Alzheimer's is, above all, an insidious disease. Its symptoms typically begin so mildly and progress so slowly that it's easy to deny them until one day there may be a 'defining incident;' an incident so bizarre, so far out, so outlandish that not even the spouse, child or other loved one can ignore it.
I was on my way to see my family doctor because I'd been experiencing confusion and memory problems. The strange thing is I got lost. And I'd been going to her office for seven years. When I finally got there, we talked about my symptoms and she recommended that I have a four-hour series of neuropsychological tests and also see a neurologist.
For 16 years, Newt Gingrich has performed a solo performance art piece where he dances right up to the line of running for president, only to pull back at the last possible moment. For reasons that surpass my ability to understand them, this has only increased his overall mystique with the political press, which enables him to repeat this performance every four years. But on Tuesday, it looked as if Gingrich was going to finally jump into the race and be the first man in the field who could be considered a serious contender.