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… Continue reading LSD and the Alternate Reality of Dementia
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… Continue reading Facing Grief
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 aloneTo let me be privateTo let me grieve, to be shaken, to be less than perfectSo your vision of me isn’t marredSo you can remember the good timesMe healthyMe laughing. Or can you stand next to… Continue reading Will You Stand Next to Me When I’m Broken?