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Nest & Cocoon

Brigitte sits sideways on her bed, in the middle, where the security side rail ends. She wears a night gown, a white terry cloth towel draped over her shoulders. Her wavy white hair is gathered in a becoming ponytail. This is my first visit since Brigitte recent admission. We talk about her food preferences, her … Continue reading

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THE MEMORIAL

How to create a memorial among people who have some forgetfulness and no common language? This has been my question for years. How to remember a person when you do not remember a person? For the last months I have been reading Francis Weller’s, THE WILD EDGE OF SORROW, after attending an intense one day … Continue reading

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Dominoes

“Domino, Domino, Le printemps chante en moi Dominique Domino, Domino, J’ai le cœur comme une boite à musique J’ai besoin de toi, De tes mains sur moi, Domino, Domino, J’ai besoin d’être aimé Domino.” Singing that famous French waltz, I open the shoe box. I pull out the tiles and lay them randomly on the … Continue reading

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SAFETY

“Call Security! She is hitting us!” Nicole, behind her walker, is zooming through the hallway, surrounded by nursing staff. She speaks in a language we don’t understand well. Framed by her short silvery hair, her face is serious, focused. Her walker went straight into the nursing assistant who was trying to redirect her. A few … Continue reading

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SPEAKING TO HERSELF

“–Pauline looks better today.  –Yes, she is speaking non-stop, to herself. – I noticed that. She does it often, even when surrounded by people and activities. What does she say?  –She talks about her house, her things. That she has a lot of gold and diamond jewelry. In reality she had some, but not that … Continue reading