“Her Christmases with Rudy, though, were so different. He loved all of it. Finding the perfect tree, stringing it with mini-lights, hanging their collection of rocking horse ornaments. Setting the vintage rocking horse that dated back to her early years next to the tree. And Jenny’s childhood teddy bear, a red bow around his neck, […]
For two years, 2012 – 14, I did a volunteer art program at a retirement home. At one time in my life I had been a nursery school teacher, and very attuned to the importance of children’s creative expression. I found the pleasure people with dementia have when they complete an art project parallels the joy young children have in expressing themselves. Small children tend to be non-critical and fully satisfied with what they create. I saw the same kind of reaction in my retirement-home art group.
Two years ago, in mid-January, 2019, I started writing a fictional account of a marriage challenged by the twisting and turning, and ultimate unraveling that characterizes dementia… Click to learn more about how my debut novel came to life!