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Topic: Forgetfulness & Depression
Ann
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Forgetfulness & Depression
on: October 25, 2011, 19:03

We had a great time on Salt Spring Island this weekend teaching a wonderful group of folks from the Hospice and from the Greenwoods Foundation.


It is relieving to be within a community learning field with folks who love people in all states of consciousness and are eager to further their skills in communicating with those with forgetfulness/dementias/alzheimers. Thank You for having us in your ‘home’.

Love, Ann and Stan


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Re: Forgetfulness & Depression
on: October 25, 2011, 19:13

We want to share an experience we had. There is a wonderful little Gallery in a barn in the woods on the south end of the island. Margaret invited us to come to see an exhibit she was just closing down of a very prominent Canadian artist – George Wallace – a showing of some of his life works. They were amazing and profound and deep and rich and intricate and full of questions and strong images and thoughtful. Then we were shown a very simple drawing he had done in the last year of life. After not doing his work for a couple of 6 months of his life – and after needing to move to a nursing home because of advanced Alzheimers. Someoone thought to give him a pencil and this lovely simple human sketch got put on paper. He continued on – daily – reinhabiting the great artist that he is – from a new deeper sentient level – and creating the most human, touching, connected, fun, expressive, faces ! ! ! The genius of the artist shining through the situation we call Alzheimers.


We believe someone is always home and that consciousness is always present and these drawings – that George Wallace created up until a week before he died – show this!


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