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The Hard-To-Write Life Story

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The Hard-to-Write Life Story “You read them Chaucer!” said my colleague, stunned. “They liked it, didn’t they?” I asked. She nodded. “But they are homeless!” “No. They are coming home. It’s a journey others have made.” My women’s journaling group were living in a shelter. ┬áIt was nearly spring. It had taken weeks to earn their trust, but slowly they opened up. I was very patient while they looked at me warily and gave away nothing. I listened to the crumbs they tossed me, remembering them, connecting these to form mental...

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On What Dementia Cannot Steal

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If you have ever struggled with a loved one suffering memory loss, you understand that grief. In working with residents living in skilled nursing settings, I have witnessed an astounding fact. Core parts of an individual remain uncompromised, an essence left intact. Here is my own story of a failing parent’s memory loss and something found as well. Heavier than the Hawk Can Lift I watched a hawk glide parallel with the ground, low to the grass. It moved without moving but fast. It was wide and flat with chestnut wings, a broad triangular plane, all silence, speed and stealth. I do not...

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