mysterious.

I’m always pleased to find that Uncle Crappy appeals to people of a wide variety of backgrounds and ages.

I joke around a bunch about being as old as I am, especially when compared with a large number of my Pittsburgh friends, who all seem to be about 10 years younger than me — at least.

If we’re talking about music, for example, that can make a huge difference; in the context of a few select life experiences, though, that’s not such a wide gap. One thing we’ll all be experiencing now or in the future? Concern about how our parents are doing as they age.

I’ve been pretty lucky; my folks are very healthy, and my Dad’s recovery from his bypass surgery has gone so well that pretty much the only reminder we still have is his scar — which he’d be happy to show you if you asked nicely — and his slightly modified diet.

My friend Ethel has had a different experience. Her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago, and she’s been living in an assisted-care apartment in the past couple years. At the beginning of the year, Ethel decided to chronicle her experiences in a blog titled Mom’s Brain, and I’m happy to say she’s kept up with it.

I’m a reader because Ethel is a very good friend of mine and I’m both curious and concerned about what she and Fred, her husband, have to cope with. You should check it out because it’s well-written, sometimes funny, often sad and an always-honest accounting of her life with her mother.

Most of all — if you’ve had or are having similar experiences, I think Mom’s Brain can be a positive thing for you. Ethel is definitely learning on the fly here, and I think her blog is where she works out some of her ideas about what’s going on. Alzheimer’s is mysterious for everyone — patients, families, caregivers and researchers alike — and the ability to exchange accounts and ideas with others can’t be anything but beneficial.

So. Check out Mom’s Brain. You may learn something that you’ll find helpful down the road.