In American life, we think we are most free when we don't need anybody. Exactly what Alzheimer's represents is absolute dependency - That's what we all need to learn - how deeply we need one another.
- Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
- Bil Keane, Cartoonist
All real living is meeting.
- Martin Buber, Philosopher
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis, Author
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- A. A. Milne, Author (Winnie the Pooh)
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, Philosopher
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat . . .We must find each other.
- Mother Theresa, Saint
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer, Missionary
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang, Writer
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham, Dancer
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
Memory Bridge Newsletter
03/23/09 - Yetta Borden 1913-2008
Some years ago now, Memory Bridge board member Carla Borden sought Michael Verde’s help in finding an assisted living facility for her mother Yetta, who, because of her advancing Alzheimer’s, was no longer able to live alone.
Carla was working at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, an organization fundamentally concerned with issues of identity and its expression in cultural forms such as music, which are among the last memories people with dementia lose access to. A series of long and increasingly exciting conversations between Carla and Michael as they drove from facility to facility eventually gave rise to Memory Bridge.
Yetta knew nothing of her role in inspiring the creation of the foundation. She had a quiet, private nature and probably wouldn’t have wanted to take credit in any case. But we are all deeply grateful for her long, loving life, and for the opportunity she is giving many whom she never met to live fuller, more loving lives because of her.