Hello and Welcome! I invite you to listen to my discussion of Chapter 1 in my debut poetry book, Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir, and my reading of my poem “Hyperion Raises Doubts”. The audio explains the themes and stories in Chapter 1. The audio is around 10 minutes long. Upcoming Launch Events for “Three-Penny... Continue Reading →
My Mourning Heart by Barbara Harris Leonhard site: extraordinarysunshineweaver.blog@BarbaraLeonhar4 -In response to “Melancholie”, a Statue created … My Mourning Heart by Barbara Harris Leonhard Thank you, Gabriela Marie Milton, for publishing my poem on MasticadoresUSA today!
In preparation for the launch of his debut poetry collection, Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, Jeff Flesch and I will be hosting a special Zoom … Invite to a special event with EIF and Jeff Flesch! A fellow poet with Ingrid Wilson’s highly successful publishing company, Experiments in Fiction. Join Jeff’s party and enjoy... Continue Reading →
My gratitude to Spillwords for publishing my poem about the collateral damage of Putin’s unhinged attack on Ukraine. I have friends from Ukraine who have lost track of loved ones or who fret daily for their family and friends. The poem leads us to see that war only causes unresolved pain and grief, which eats... Continue Reading →
Issue III: hestia (hearth & home) is now available to download! The digital download is completely free but if you wish to donate/pay as you feel, you can do so through the Donate tab. Issue III: hestia (hearth & home) explores what home means to us all through poetry, prose, photography & artwork. Contributors reveal how […]Issue... Continue Reading →
I just published a new podcast episode which explores the grief and loss we are experiencing mainly due to the current pandemic and social upheaval. Our wellness is at stake, and those with pre-existing conditions are vulnerable. How can we maintain good health and navigate our grief when we experience loss of loved ones and... Continue Reading →
This poem is included in an article I wrote for Phoebe, MD: Medicine + Poetry (https://phoebemd.com/2020/03/12/fire-ice-the-faces-of-grief/). The article is based on my poetry podcast Grief: Fire and Ice, which features this poem (https://meelosmom.podbean.com/e/grief-fire-and-ice/). Before Eden Fell We were all immortal, our beauty, captured forever in flora and fauna so brilliant that light itself had... Continue Reading →
This poem is included in an article I wrote for Phoebe, MD: Medicine + Poetry (https://phoebemd.com/2020/03/16/alzheimers-grieving-the-loss-of-my-mother/). The article is based on my poetry podcast Grief: Fire and Ice (https://meelosmom.podbean.com/e/grief-fire-and-ice/). Erosion A garden once planted in spring, bearing life in shade and sun, is now tangled with weeds and blight. A hearty yield once sustained by... Continue Reading →
Phoebemd.com has published the second part of my article on my mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. You can access Part 1 via the link provided before the article starts.
These installments are based on my poetry podcast on this topic.
Please like, share, and follow. Others with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s may benefit from the information.
[This is the second segment of a 3-part series on Grief and Alzheimer’s. To read the first post, click here.]
As a way to examine grief and loss, I will share my story of the loss of my mother to Alzheimer’s, one of the most devastating forms of dementia.
What is Alzheimer’s?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease is a dementia caused by the building up of plaques—deposits of protein fragments that create spaces between neurons (nerve cells)—as well as tau tangles inside the cells of the brain itself.
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I have another episode up on my Podbean podcast, Poetry: The Memoir of the Soul. This podcast episode is about grief and in particular, my grief over my mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. I describe grief and the havoc Alzheimer’s wreaks on its victims, especially Mom. In addition to my poems, I include a poem by... Continue Reading →