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  1. Carole White
    December 29, 2019 @ 9:06 am

    Dear Gerda – I have been thinking of you and Peter over the holiday season. I was with my mother in Canada for one week and had a wonderful time with her. Although she isn’t able to speak very well, we spent hours singing Christmas Carols together. I will always remember your amazing talk last June at our conference and also the pleasure of meeting you and Peter. I have very fond memories of you both.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      December 29, 2019 @ 9:18 am

      Dear Carole, how lovely to hear from you. YOu are also very often in our thoughts. Thanks so much for talking with Shirley Farrah about my presentation–she told me about the conversation she had with you and and remarked about the wonderful work you do–as she does too. I’m so glad you were able to be with your mother and sing with her. I keep collecting examples of how people enter the world of the person with dementia rather than require them to come back to the rational world: your time with your mother is a beautiful one. As you saw from my blog, Peter and I go through the ups and downs of life but have so far by the grace of god ended up in a very good place. I wish you all the best for you, your mother and other family, and all of those around you that you love.

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  2. René Engelbrecht
    December 30, 2019 @ 6:42 am

    Liewe Gerda. Ek dink so baie aan jou en bewonder jou ingesteldheid tot jou wandiagnose. Mag julle ‘n wonderlike nuwe jaar beleef. Liefde. René

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    • Gerda Saunders
      January 4, 2020 @ 8:28 am

      So goed om van jou te hoor, liewe René. Baie dankie vir die bemoedigende boodskap en nuwejaarswense. Mag jou nuwe jaar ook die mense en dinge bring wat vir jou en die wat vir jou lief is belangrik is. Liefde.

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  3. Tom Lovell
    December 30, 2019 @ 9:40 am

    Thank you for this, Gerda. As usual so much wisdom that it will take me awhile to absorb it. But I shall do my best. Thinking of you and all the saunderses. Wishing you all the peace and happiness in the new year.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      January 4, 2020 @ 8:30 am

      How lovely to hear from you, Tom. Thanks for your kind comment and wonderful wishes. I wish you, too, peace and happiness in the new year. I think of you and those you love often and send my warm fuzzies your way.

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  4. JNHGP
    January 1, 2020 @ 12:10 am

    Hello Saunders familie. Julle lyk baie goed van hier af. Mag julle ‘n wonderlike 2020 beleef. Liefdegroete. JNHGP

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    • Gerda Saunders
      January 4, 2020 @ 8:31 am

      Hello Winterbach familie–wat ‘n wonderlike manier om die nuwe jaar te begin met woord van julle. Julle twee kom dikwels op in ons nostalgiese oomblikke. Baie lief vir julle en wens julle ‘n fantastiese nuwe jaar toe.

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  5. shen chrisetc.
    January 4, 2020 @ 5:43 pm

    As usual your post filled my mind with the wonder of poetry and art, Gerda, and awe over how on earth you manage to illuminate your words so perfectly? However, the graphs Marissa made are what have astonished me and taught me so much just now. I “get” it so much better than I have ever been able to before, and it makes so much sense with my own little observations. Please tell Marissa thank you, she must be making so much information into understandings for our world because she certainly made your brain’s rebellion suddenly click into a comprehension to my own small one! With Peter’s help of course. Smaller and slower is a mantra I like xoxoxo

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    • Gerda Saunders
      January 7, 2020 @ 8:20 am

      Thanks so much for letting me know so eloquently what new understanding you got from Marissa’s graphs. I think because you have seen me and–I hope–the new peace that has come over me, you know how much the visual representation of my maladies means to me–and what makes it even more precious is that you understand why it makes me feel better. I have so loved the time we spent together in the wake of Christmas excitement, chaos, and sadness. Thinking of you in these bleak post-Christmas days when you mourn and celebrate joy-giving Atticus. Love you into the new year and out the other end, my dearest Shen.

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