Here is a link to my interview with Deborah Kan on “being patient.” The show was podcast live. The link takes you to a transcription. The transcription page has the video link in it–just scroll down on “being patient’s” website.
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 […]
I want to point out that posting this totally unvarnished photo of myself shows that vanity is not an insurmountable obstacle in my life. What I intend with this post, is to let you know that I am going to have “cosmetic” eye-lid surgery tomorrow–the kind of “cosmetic” that Medicare, aka, you, the taxpayer!–will pay […]
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 […]
Dementia can go like this: Prologue to the story of Edith Buchsteiner Schmidt, a never-met, yet well-known, acquaintance
For those of us lucky enough to encounter a soulmate at all, such a person usually comes but once in a lifetime. For Edith Buchsteiner Schmidt, true love came twice: first, when she was 16 and met her husband-to-be, Helmut Schmidt, at a youth camp in Germany; second, nine years after Helmut’s death, when she […]
That is, if one can consider two women over twenty years younger than me as peers! The Wombat I have had some ups and downs with my energy level the last few weeks—a kind of mental exhaustion unrelated to actually having done any thinking or writing. When lovely Shauna Robertson of chicover50 invited me along […]
Some weeks ago I received an invitation from Bob Goldberg, Director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah and History professor, to do a reading and Q & A on campus in relation to Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia. My history with the Tanner Center goes back over 20 […]
In my pre-dementia life, I used to travel to broaden my mind and expand my world. Nowadays my favorite place to go to is the Las Vegas Strip that, despite its representations of Venice’s Grand Canal and St Mark’s square, the village of Bellagio on the shore of Lake Como, and Caesar’s Rome; Egypt’s Great […]
Here it is, dear friends: Melanie Rice interviews Gerda on Cape Talk Radio. Thanks so much to those of you who were able to listen “live” and who sent me such lovely comments.