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


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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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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.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas

The papier-mâché nativity was made by Gregory when he was 11 years old. His creativity and the detail is amazing. His mother saved and displayed it through his growing up, high school, and college years and gave it back to us a long time ago. Each year it has held a place of honor in the condo. This year it did not make an appearance for the obvious reason but I am pleased to see it here!


  1. Thank you for sharing a photo of Michael's lovely Nativity scene with us.

    I ran across an old post of yours that has a hammered aluminum bowl filled with Vintage Santas. I intended every day to find my Vintage Santas that I think are very similar. Mike Botts stuck them on florist sticks to tuck into Christmas arrangements, some 30 years ago at Boxwood Gardens. Some 25 years ago, I bought boxes of similar, smaller Santas at a little shop somewhere south of Atlanta. Maybe I'll look for them again.

    I saw something recently that suggested these tiny ceramics are cupcake toppers. What do you think?

  2. Merry Christmas. Actually, I am Michael and the nativity was made by Gregory. Don't feel bad about the mix-up. Even our closest friends call me Gregory and used to call him Michael :-) Yes, I love those little Santas. Another actually, there are good quality plastic not ceramic. I keep a bowl of them by the door (with my Jewish Dreidels) and invite my guests to take one after their visit.

  3. I realized as soon as I hit 'send' that I'd mixed up the names. I did know better. I had Michael Botts on my mind, I guess, with the Santas. Somebody here (not me) used to sometimes call one of the children by the dog's name. Blame it on old age.


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