The Beginning of Gone

Larry was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease,


He’s at the beginning of the journey toward the end. Yeah, I mean, they’ve given him the magical pill, but there aren’t any guarantees.

Well, just that one guarantee.

Larry’s been making art that evolves from nature for a long time.

He’s put the essentially impermanent into a state of forever. He’s too old and dyslexic to be on Etsy. He sells a piece now and then when the spirit allows it.


What is this diagnoses all about? Does it starts a long walk into tomorrow or nothing or what? How is it changing things?

Larry doesn’t have family. His sister died from Alzheimer’s. He lives alone. All he has is a few friends, a very old dog, a house in the ‘hood, and his art.

I don’t know how I feel, other than desolate with the news of my friend. I don’t know what to think of about this. Or how to help.

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Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home. 

  2 comments for “The Beginning of Gone

  1. Lisa Hill
    February 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    How very sad. He’s already quite alone it seems. Have him write his list of 50 and help him remember that he loves those things for as long as he and you can.

  2. Stacy Kearney
    February 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Being his friend will be a wonderful help to him so you are already helping. Sending hugs to you.

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