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07:57 AM on 08/01/2012
A story of lthe power of love. I feel like I looked into Ed's personal moment when time stood still so beautiful and precious. Music has a connection within when other parts of life are challenging to remember music moves your heart and soul. What a gift you gave Ed that day it could not be more perfect. I am greatful for you sharing this story. Some moments of life live on in treasured memories. The story touched me very deeply.
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07:56 AM on 08/01/2012
Great story and very Heart warming.
07:55 AM on 08/01/2012
Lovely, heartwarming story - just what I needed. Great idea to bring such joy to Ed. So happy he enjoyed himself!
07:22 AM on 08/01/2012
Thank you for sharing an uplifting story of two gay men, ageing together as gracefully as possible.

More senior gay stories should make it to people's attention, so they can see that we're as normal as anyone else (and just as exceptional, too).
08:01 AM on 08/01/2012
Marie Marley is a woman, not a dude.
03:05 PM on 08/01/2012
Oh, that changes EVERYTHING, doesn't it?
Gay people don't have feelings.
08:03 AM on 08/01/2012
Here is a quote from the authors profile:Author of the award-winning "Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy," the true story of a young American woman's amazing 30-year relationship with a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and their triumph over Alzheimer's. The book contains a great deal of advice for Alzheimer's caregivers everywhere. It's available at www.ComeBackEarlyToday.com and at Amazon.com; Author of numerous articles on Alzheimer's caregiving. This is about a man and woman.
03:07 PM on 08/01/2012
Sorry--someone used a term other than "spouse," I got confused because gay people have to find ways to express their "partnerships" that aren't reserved for heterosexuals.

Same, same, though.
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kitkatmom1
Life is too short, make the most of it.
07:20 AM on 08/01/2012
Awwwww, very nice story.
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barbarahoward49
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06:55 AM on 08/01/2012
My mom had Alzheimer's. I cared for her for the final two years of her life. I had no idea how to do it. By the time I had begun to figure it out, she was gone. Bravo to the author!
06:38 AM on 08/01/2012
William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697:

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I've read, that things inanimate have mov'd,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform'd,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
'Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
The silent Tomb receiv'd the good Old King;
He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg'd
Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
Why am not I at Peace?
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krf1942
Healing conservatives since 19XX
06:26 AM on 08/01/2012
Wonderful, heartwarming. Music can and does reach deeply into ones memory and soul.
01:24 AM on 08/01/2012
This is a lovely story, and within it, a reminder that living in the moment is the most joyful place to be. Bravo!
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Marie Marley
Author, Come Back Early Today
05:31 AM on 08/01/2012
Dear SurfnotTurf,

Thanks for your kind words. People with Alzheimer's typically live only in the present because they can't remember the recent past and because they don't have the mental capacity to worry about the future. Living in the moment is something we could all benefit from doing. Marie