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home-era in mid-March, so home has

clients-ranging from injured or sick teens

been a busier place than it customarily is

to the elderly-and helps make them safe.

Her other project is recording podcast
BELOW:
Kathy Dean
developed her
own home care
company for those
aging in place.

"Aging in place is becoming a big issue
now with the costs of having loved ones

episodes for "Reading, Writing, Rowling,"

in facilities. ... It has been proven that

discussing the books within the Harry

patients do better when in their own

Potter series.

home. It warms my heart to be able to
Kathy Dean, 61-year-

help the seniors or young people with

old former real estate

injuries. These groups seem to be the

professional in Roanoke,

forgotten."

had a bad experience with a

Marilyn Moriarty, a Shakespeare teacher

retirement facility and a good

at Hollins University in Roanoke, took

one taking care herself of her

advantage of COVID downtime by writing

grandfather and her mother.

a book featuring her father's World

That led her to develop her

War II letters. She had published two

own home care company,

previously and written others that were

Live Your Life at Home.

not published.

"I have nightmares about

"I had been working on my dad's book

my future as I don't want to become a

for a long time," she says. The book's title

burden to my daughter but the thought

is WWII Letters of Veale F. Moriarty. "My

of having to leave my home scares me to

father's letters in Paris chart his meeting

death," she says. She earned a designation

with the woman who would become my

allowing her to work with the elderly,

mother. I have all the letters, thought

financed by her stimulus check. She

by publishing to release myself from the

"spent my whole quarantine in classes,

burden of their history.

doing research and getting in touch with
other people in the industry."
Now, she assesses homes for her

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"I also published for [Frenchman]
Bernard Marie, his story about D-Day,
D-Day in the Eyes of a Boy." 

DAN SMITH

during daytime hours."



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