This page is a copy of the article in ShelfAwareness. To read it on their website, go to ShelfAwareness and scroll down to “The Writer’s Life.” Or else, read it below. (Main image credit) The Writer’s Life Gerda Saunders: Field Notes on Dementia photo: Peter Saunders Gerda Saunders is former associate director of the Gender […]
Blog: Dementia Field Notes
I’m in pre-publication euphoria—my book is getting such great attention. I am so happy about this. Why then, did my day-in-the-material-world suck? These are a few of the energy-draining events I remember: Olfactorily, I should be fine all day long—this morning I sprayed my underarms with “natural citrus” bathroom spray. The stuff is oily, I […]
What a day, what a film crew, what a woman! Credit for main photo, and above: Today Show producer, Robert Powell. Yes, yesterday Maria Shriver came to visit the Sugarhood Neighborhood (as our not-so-upscale part of Sugarhouse near State Street is fondly called). There she was across from me in our back garden: the Peabody- and […]
What does the solar system on my ceiling have to do with Maria Shriver’s Brain Power series on the TODAY SHOW?
“It occurs to me that there is a considerable parallel between what happens in outer space and in the inner space of human life on earth.” (Source of main image: “Solar System of the Mind,” Saroja Srinivasin.) Last week Peter and I had an astonishingly fabulous surprise—Maria Shriver wants to interview me, Peter, and our […]
For starters, a sheepish confidence: I know that I would not be awaiting the June 13 publication of MEMORY’S LAST BREATH: FIELD NOTES ON MY DEMENTIA if it weren’t for the “serendipitous” circumstance that I was struck by microvascular disease at the same time that we as a society became aware that “more than 28 million […]
Photo credit: Peter uncovered this Kirlian image of Doña Quixote in a photo from the Boston Globe. Like many people of my acquaintance—and others I know only from their opinions in social- and other media—I have more than once theorized that Donald Trump must have a mental illness: some of his confusions about facts and […]