My dearest Peter, Last year for my birthday, you wrote me a letter that includes this quote from The Velveteen Rabbit: “It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who […]
Main image credit: Tomás Mondragón’s Alegoría de la Muerte (Allegory of Death), Mexico,1856. There is no question that my world is shrinking. Just this afternoon Peter and I were talking about how we go out less often. That is because Peter loves being home almost all the time, and the drive to go on an […]
Dementia support websites often urge relatives of people with dementia to compile photo albums of the person’s past as memory triggers or conversation pieces. Photo: Photo Albums for Dementia Patients In our house, I used to be the person in charge of the photo albums —back in the day when photos still had a final form […]
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 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 […]