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January 29, 2014

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This is beautiful and moving, with so many memorable lines that jump out at me, these two among them: "Dementia conveyed a barbed gift—disinhibition is the clinical term—restoring her to me for a time." "Walk in the front door and decide, will I go downstairs, where we keep so many of the old things, the useless and the cherished, the forgotten, the frightening? Or will I go up . . ." Thank you. Stacey

Dear friend,
How long have I known you? How utterly little I have known of you all this time, except your bright eyes, your surprising laugh, your unflagging support, your gentle urging, your brilliant questions, and your companionship as we continue to drive through the dark, me to my patients and you towards unseen doors. How exciting, there is tomorrow!
Tomas

I read this gorgeous piece and look up asking who's the mockingbird, the mother, and the writer? There's such an integration of ear and eye and tongue. I want to keep reading what comes from them!

J- This is lovely. "It is hard to sing of granite, my hard hard home." Beautiful. I wish you good journeys with this. S

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