Oct 112007

I recently read ‘DANCING WITH ROSE: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s’ by Lauren Kessler. In it, she reveals the inner life of an Alzheimer’s care facility. I liked so much about this book but want to share one part in particular for now. Early on in her job at the care facility, Kessler tells us about a group of ‘doll mothers.’ “One lady is sitting in the rocking chair, rocking her doll back […]

Oct 052007

Not too long ago, I studied acting for a year and a half. As with any approach to acting, the ultimate goal was to ‘live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.’ You don’t pretend to be enraged, grief-stricken, or in love, you actually feel these things in response to what happens. And when an actor is able to achieve this, the effect on the audience is powerful (I always think of Shirley MacLaine screaming in a heartsick […]

Oct 032007

The following was received by Mony De Leon at NYU, and forwarded to the Alzheimer’s Association. Please take this powerful call to action to heart. I would like to dedicate this in honor of my Beloved Mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, who passed away April 22, 2006. Just exactly how many people are familiar with this horrible disease? Some may say they have never heard of it. Others may say it’s “hardening of the arteries.” […]

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