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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Friday, December 18, 2015

The Season

Pine. Apple. Cinnamon. Rosemary. Roasting Cashews, Ginger, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal. Yummy.

The Christmas Season is always full of wonderful smells. I didn't think I would be baking for the holiday because of missing Gregory but ended up NEEDING to! 

It started with peeling and cooking a batch of apple sauce with apples that were about to be tossed due to old age. A touch of butter and a dash of cinnamon. Yum.

The smell of cinnamon forces me to make more. Ginger bread cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, and peanut butter cookies. Didn't make my mom's Walnut Balls or Gregory's Great Grandma Barbara's German Spice Cookies. Maybe next year. 

Also made, as gifts for friends, Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Rosemary Cashews. Maybe the departed can still smell their favorites, if so I think I made Gregory happy!

Apple Sauce

Rosemary Cashews

Ginger Bread (left)
Peanut Butter (top right)
Oatmeal Raisin (bottom right)


  1. Rosemary Cashews look and sound wonderful. When I searched for the recipe, it looks as if cooks in the South tend to use pecans because pecans are what we grow.

    I'm still sorting through the last 20 pounds we had cracked. I have Rosemary in my garden. He Who Mows mentioned the other day that pecans might taste good toasted as I hoarded quarts for later. Fine idea. Thanks.

    1. Never tried them with pecans. Didn't like them with walnuts. Will try the southern way :-)


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