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A Joseph Brodsky poem for the Spring Equinox: "In Villages God Does Not Live in Corners" Lecture Aura, Number Drawing, Celebration Around The World, 5d Diamond Painting, Round Frame, Drawing Skills, Paint By Number, Easy Paintings, Weird World

"In Villages God Does Not Live in Corners": for the Spring Equinox, a Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) poem : "In Villages God Does Not Live in Corners" - GERDA SAUNDERS

In villages God does not live in corners as skeptics think. He’s everywhere. He blesses the roof, he blesses the dishes, he holds his half of the double doors. He’s plentiful. In the iron pot there. Cooking the lentils on Saturday. He sleepily jigs and bops in the fire, he winks at me, his witness. […]

Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume idea? This easy half-skull makeup tutorial will make you look like an actual skeleton at your Halloween party. Zombie Halloween Makeup, Zombie Makeup, Scary Makeup, Halloween Halloween, Skeleton Makeup Tutorial, Makeup Tutorial Step By Step, Half Skull Makeup, Sugar Skull Makeup, Makeup Tips Foundation

Doña Quixote gets a makeover - GERDA SAUNDERS

Featured image: Cosmopolitan: skeleton makeup tutorial In August 2016, I signed the contract that granted Hachette Books the rights to publish Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on my Dementia. It came out in June 2017. During the writing of my book, I created a character, Doña Quixote, to represent my demented alter ego. On her […]

Says Sissy Spacek, "I read a book called Memory’s Last Breath"—part of her research for Castle Rock's “The Queen” Sissy Spacek, Medical News, Castle Rock, Ny Times, Season 1, Breathe, Books To Read, Actresses, Memories

Says Sissy Spacek, "I read a book called Memory’s Last Breath"—part of her research for Castle Rock's “The Queen” - GERDA SAUNDERS

Last week, my editor at Hachette, Paul Whitlatch, sent me a note saying, “I just noticed that the actress Sissy Spacek mentioned the book (and calls you “brilliant”) in this New York Magazine piece!” To say I’m no movie buff is an overstatement, but even I have heard of Sissy Spacek! Given my deficient memory, […]

Says Sissy Spacek, "I read a book called Memory’s Last Breath"—part of her research for Castle Rock's “The Queen” Sissy Spacek, Medical News, Castle Rock, Ny Times, Season 1, Breathe, Books To Read, Actresses, Memories

Says Sissy Spacek, "I read a book called Memory’s Last Breath"—part of her research for Castle Rock's “The Queen” - GERDA SAUNDERS

Last week, my editor at Hachette, Paul Whitlatch, sent me a note saying, “I just noticed that the actress Sissy Spacek mentioned the book (and calls you “brilliant”) in this New York Magazine piece!” To say I’m no movie buff is an overstatement, but even I have heard of Sissy Spacek! Given my deficient memory, […]

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RadioWest's film series "Gerda" is a finalist in the 2018 Online Journalism Awards - GERDA SAUNDERS

Last week I received a delightful email from RadioWest’s magnificent producer, Elaine Clark: “While sitting in a Scottish bar in Paris, I got some amazing news! RadioWest is a finalist in a national award competition for our series and website about you.” As many of you know, RadioWest has been making a series of films […]

"Black Lives Matter," shout I, who grew up white in South Africa, a perpetrator, beneficiary, and eyewitness of Apartheid African American Artist, American Artists, Charles The First, Basquiat Paintings, Protest Posters, Black Artists, City Art, The Guardian, Graffiti

"Black Lives Matter," shout I, who grew up white in South Africa, a perpetrator, beneficiary, and eyewitness of Apartheid - GERDA SAUNDERS

Featured image: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart),” 1983. Dementia makes you forget, but you don’t get to choose what you forget about your own part in racism. What you learned first, when you were a small child, usually lasts the longest. WHAT I WANT TO FORGET Watching out of the living room […]

Taking up arms against the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Doña Quixote breaks out her glue gun - GERDA SAUNDERS Second Law Of Thermodynamics, Steps Per Day, Fourth World, Glue Gun, Dementia, Genetics, Dishwasher, Two By Two, Arms

Taking up arms against the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Doña Quixote breaks out her glue gun - GERDA SAUNDERS

Today, I picked up a cup in the living room to take to the dishwasher. In our kitchen, five steps away, I could not find the dishwasher. Or, rather, the concept of “dishwasher” did not come together in my head, even though I kept repeating “dishwasher, dishwasher” in my mind to remember what to do. […]

"Living full out": Nancy Solari interviews Gerda about accepting support from others in her uncertain future with dementia - GERDA SAUNDERS Dementia Diagnosis, I Have Spoken, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, Other People, Over The Years, The Cure, Interview, Challenges

"Living full out": Nancy Solari interviews Gerda about accepting support from others in her uncertain future with dementia - GERDA SAUNDERS

I met Nancy Solari some time ago when she pre-recorded an interview about my dementia for her radio show. This week the show is being broadcast as If You Are Uncertain of the Future, by Turning to Others for Support You Will Be Able to Live Full Out. Nancy Solari has first-hand experience of living […]

Crazed by Cruella-de-Virus, Doña Quixote shops her closet for "athleisure"; failing, she concocts "streetwear" she fancies Glenn Close might go for - GERDA SAUNDERS Instagram Influencer, Coping Skills, How To Increase Energy, Immune System, Older Women, Healthy Skin, Health Benefits, Health And Wellness

Crazed by Cruella-de-Virus, Doña Quixote shops her closet for "athleisure"; failing, she concocts "streetwear" she fancies Glenn Close might go for - GERDA SAUNDERS

Featured image: Janet Walker reviews Geraldine Solin’s Authorpreneur in Pajamas Now that Cruella-de-Virus has brought us to a point where people work from home and we who are mature in years have to be particularly asocial because of the underlying condition of oldness, the issue of what to wear every day has been pleasantly solved […]

Guest post by my sister-in-law Ria Saunders, who turns 78 today: "Angels in Israel" My Sister In Law, Daughter Of God, Jesus Tomb, Christian Love, Praise Songs, Red Candles, The Eighth Day, Ivory Coast

Guest post by my sister-in-law Ria Saunders, 78 today: "Angels in Israel" - GERDA SAUNDERS

Featured art: Angel, stitched and burned on the synthetic fabric Tyvek by Gordana Brelih. Out of my 7 sisters-in-law (including exes and Esta who has died), Ria Saunders was my first—she and I married the Saunders brothers: she the oldest, Cliff, and I the younger, Peter. Our beloved Cliff died in June last year, 2019, […]

Corona virus contemplations, including explication of what the coiff is going on in and around Doña Quixote's skull - GERDA SAUNDERS Mark Doty, Dementia, Magazine Art, My World, To Go, Skull, Artwork, Fashion, Corona

Corona virus contemplations, including explication of what the coiff is going on in and around Doña Quixote's skull - GERDA SAUNDERS

Featured image: From Entities of the Threshold, Tamae Frame, figurative ceramic sculptor. I started this post about two- to three weeks before the true danger of the corona virus became evident to (many, but not all) of us Americans. I was writing—again—about the shrinking of my world because of my dementia; grieving it again, as […]

The Dance of Life is a multi-dimensional model which helps medical practitioners to understand health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective. Aboriginal Painting, Aboriginal Artists, Education And Training, Health Education, Human Tree, Heal Liver, Online Workout Videos, Spiritual Dimensions, Collective Consciousness

Cheryl Saunders, guest post about coronavirus: "We cannot control the world, but we can control where we put our focus" - GERDA SAUNDERS

Featured image: Australian Aboriginal artist Helen Milroy’s The Dance of Life (2006) reflects a multi-dimensional model of health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective. All other art in this post is by Milroy. My beloved daughter-in-law Cheryl Saunders wrote the letter below to our family and friends in this time of coronavirus caution and, alas, panic. […]

The seat of memory: home is where the couch is Ikea Couch, Gender Studies, One Year Old, Dementia, How To Take Photos, Slipcovers, My Childhood, Men Casual, Memories

The seat of memory: home is where the couch is - GERDA SAUNDERS

As ideas for this post churned in my mind, I gathered some objects I have cherished as memorabilia throughout my life—we brought them along in the ships’ container when we emigrated—and took a photo of them: serving as the display surface is the riempies chair, (one of the eight around the table our family used […]

Winter solstice, "the night when whatever direction you go, you'll be walking toward the dawn" - GERDA SAUNDERS The Longest Night, All The Small Things, Shocking News, Bar Graphs, Margaret Atwood, Inner Strength, Winter Solstice, Dementia, Dawn

Winter solstice, "the night when whatever direction you go, you'll be walking toward the dawn" - GERDA SAUNDERS

Title quote from “Blessing for the Longest Night,” Jan Richardson. Featured image by Peter, “2019 Saunders Family.” I write this in the season of …the winter solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future (Margaret Atwood, “Shape […]

maurizio cattelan returns to the art world after a five year hiatus by staging a major exhibtiion at monnaie de paris. Ankara, Afraid Of Love, Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Chef D Oeuvre, I Cant Even, Art World, Staging, Art History

Undiagnosis: I am so upset I can't even joke about it... - GERDA SAUNDERS

…but, after many weeks, I’m attempting to at least write about it: I have been UNDIAGNOSED: I almost certainly don’t have microvascular disease, which—for the past 9 years—my doctors and I had thought to be the reason for my dementia symptoms. The shock of undiagnosis came last month, when the results of a recent MRI […]

Aliya Saunders, 9 years old, guest post: "This is about my ouma and oupa and me" - GERDA SAUNDERS Back Row, Front Row, Do Homework, Soccer Games, 9 Year Olds, Take Care Of Me, Dementia, Good Times, Love Her

Aliya Saunders, 9 years old, guest post: "This is about my ouma and oupa and me" - GERDA SAUNDERS

Since Doña Quixote has had me locked up in dementia jail for many days during the past weeks, I did not have the wherewithal to do any writing. Fortunately, my granddaughter Aliya stood in for me by writing and illustrating this post. Aliya is 9, a great student, a voracious reader, a bodily-activity fanatic able […]

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