FOR GREGORY

Periodically I will add posts here if the sources provide additioanl informaiton on how to think about and deal with Dementia/ Alzheimer's Disease.

PLEASE NOTE:


SCROLL DOWN FOR TEXT and BIBLIOGRAPHY from DAI WEBINAR 2/22-23/2017. You can also find this information on my website: www.horvich.com


Even though this blog is now dormant (see info below) there are many useful, insightful posts. Scroll back from the end or forward from the beginning. My guess is that you could spend a lot of time here and maybe learn or experience a thing or two about living with and loving someone with Dementia/Alzheimer's or maybe come away with the feeling that "you are not alone" in YOUR work with the same!


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THIS WAS THE FINAL POST TO THIS SITE BEFORE IT WENT DORMANT.


Happy New Year 2016. With a new year comes new beginnings and sometimes endings. If I am personally progressing and if I am doing a good job in my grieving Gregory's death; if I have been able to learn my lessons in living and loving someone diagnosed with Dementia/ Alzheimer's; if I am to get on with my life ... I need to bring this Alzheimer's blog to an end since my writing has been dealing less with Dementia/ Alzheimer's and more with life after Dementia/ Alzheimer's.


Of course, I will always continue to work for and support fair treatment on behalf of people with Dementia/ Alzheimer's and may post here from time to time. Also, there are many wonderful posts here through which you may browse.


With this change, I will continue and reinvigorate my "michael a. horvich writes" blog which deals with grieving Gregory's death, life lessons, personal experiences, observations, memoirs, dreams, and humor in essay and poetry, as well as an attempt now and then at sharing a piece of fiction.


Please follow me there by clicking http://mhorvich.blogspot.com or click the link located on the right side of this page.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gay Used to Mean Happy :-)

It still does! 

Being "Gay" is so different today than it was when Gregory and I came out. For me it was towards the end of my undergraduate studies at The University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in the middle 60's and for Gregory as a bi-sexual man during his master degree studies at Harvard in the early 70's.

This condolence card was delivered this morning by the condo's custodian/engineer. Inside the printed text reads: "Your life has changed but not the love you two shared. Wishing you hope and strength in the days ahead. "


I am moved and impressed; and even thought unqualified love is and has been all around Gregory and me for a long time, I am still surprised and amazed. 

Having been "Gay" all my life (in looking back,) and coming out during the 60's and 70's; when it was not fashionable or acceptable to do so, when it was illegal in many places, while it was still "the sickness that dare not speak its name," when there were no older role models to be seen; I still find that my memory banks cause me "to look over my shoulder in fear of being discovered."

Why does the famous advertisement "You've come a long way baby?" come to mind?



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