Featured art: Near Miss, Jack Davis (2017) When it comes to lost and found, I have had four major near misses in my life. All four relate to losing my handbag and/or money in public places with many strangers milling around. Clearly the kind of lapses for which I now blame Doña Quixote have been […]
Blog: Dementia Field Notes
At DF Dance Studio, Peter — his black shirt and pants bedecked with a red tie — walks onto the stage with his team, Fuego (Fire). His lissom dance partner, “the lady in red, she in the chile con carne red,brilliant as the shine of a pepper crimson in the summer sun,…crimson arrow amidst the […]
Military metaphors vs Stockholm Syndrome: fighting Doña Quixote, aka my dementia, or cozying up to her?
It’s been a while since I last posted a blog. Blame Doña Quixote. Afrikaans has a crass but apt expression when it comes to how I feel toward the Doña lately: more than once during the past months I’ve told her, “Jy maak my tiete lam,” or, “You make my tits droop.” So what has […]
Featured image: Miracle granted to Puglisi Giovanni, 1980. “Medical Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos.” U.S. National Library of Medicine. (An ex-voto is a religious offering given in order to fulfill a vow.) “At 76, I am old enough to die.” So says Barbara Ehrenreich, author and political activist—who describes herself as “a myth buster by […]
Featured image: Atomic and Uranic Melancholic Idyll, Salvador Dalí (1945). Last week Monday, July 2, 2018, a giant saucer-shaped UFO, large enough to eclipse the waning gibbous moon over the Salt Lake Valley, entered Earth orbit and deployed a saucer-shaped “destroyer” module that settled over Wilmington Flats, obscuring even the little paradise of Hidden Hollow. As […]
Image credit: “Massacre in Korea” by Pablo Picasso, 1951 Dementia can go like this: In a blog entry over a year ago, I introduced you to Edith Buchsteiner Schmidt, whom I have never met, but with whom I have a complicated link of non-blood relationships, the fellowship of being a first-generation immigrant mother, and the bond […]