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How Experience with LSD Prepared Me for the Alternate Reality of Dementia

Being with someone who has dementia is a lot like being with someone on LSD; they are in a somewhat different reality. It seems to work best to get excited for them each “new” realization, when they tell you again what they just said 20 minutes ago. It's certainly further developing my own capacities for patience. The invitation appears to be to just roll with being 100% in the present mome...
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Facing Grief

Originally published in the Sonoma Gazette, September 2016. My heart goes out to all those affected by recent tragedies, notably the recent car accidents taking lives. It is the ultimate heart break when one of our loved ones dies. How can we be with all this sorrow? In our culture, grieving is challenging, as the tendency is to go unconscious, numb, or stuff it down and move forward. The invita...
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Will You Stand Next to Me When I’m Broken?

Will you stand next to me when I’m broken? Or will you go somewhere else - to let me be alone To let me be private To let me grieve, to be shaken, to be less than perfect So your vision of me isn’t marred So you can remember the good times Me healthy Me laughing. Or can you stand next to me when I’m broken And remember me laughing And see me in tears, voice shaking Body broken Scared And still h...
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