Land of the Lost...and Found
Sometimes as we putter through life, we come across something that triggers an avalanche of memories. Such was the case last Sunday, January 18th, as I worked with Wifey to get a few things done around the house. We still have gobs of things left to be done since Mumsie's passing; we hadn't gone through what appeared to be the nearly infinite piles of things that were left behind, sometimes hiding bits and pieces of our own lives intermingled with bits and baubles that Mumsie had collected, stacked, sorted, unsorted, re-sorted and reassigned as her dementia grew and worsened.
As Wifey and I tried to get an old sewing machine to work so that we could finish a project hanging curtains in the living room, Wifey handed me an envelope with my name on it.
I hadn't seen it in nearly two years, but recognized it instantly. It was from early summer 2007, from one of the editors at ePluribus Media: badges (plastic name badges that looked like stylish credit cards).
The badges had been intended for use at DemocracyFest 2007, where luaptifer and I were slated to give a presentation. The badges had disappeared from my perpetually cluttered office within a day of receiving them, forcing me to question my sanity as I tore apart the office for several days -- backwards, forwards and sideways -- trying to locate them.
I felt horrible at the thought of having lost them so quickly and expeditiously. They were professionally produced, and had been sent to me for safeguarding since I was (theoretically) the most logical choice: I was going to drive us both up to the conference.
Fortunately, both luaptifer and myself had old badges from attending Media Giraffe; I was able to finesse them to look acceptable. Still, I was at a loss to explain the disappearance of the brand-spanking-new set.
I never thought to check Mumsie's room, nor did I expect to find the envelope wedged in between elements of an old Singer sewing table amid the pins, bobbins and spools of thread.
The discovery was bittersweet in some respects, as we realized yet again the fog that was enveloping Mumsie -- a very meticulous, detail-oriented woman who demanded perfection in everything she did -- was quite likely wreaking more havoc with her than we realized at the time. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say.
We're constantly referring to Mumsie, of course; she's only been gone a little more than a year now, and we're still making little discoveries about her, about ourselves and about life. And finding that our house, as well as our hearts and minds, are serving us well as lands of the lost and found.
Previous pieces related to Mumsie or Alzheimer's Disease:
- Mumsie entered a nursing home today. -- Tue May 22, 2007 at 12:10:35 AM EST
- Yia-Yia and Woo-Woo -- BFF -- Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 02:21:33 PM EST
- Synchronicity -- Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 12:24:52 AM EST
- "As I Lay Dying..." -- A Farewell to Mumsie -- Thu, 12/27/2007 - 11:09
- Musical Deconstruction of a Life's Worth of Memories -- Tue, 03/11/2008 - 17:35
- Stir of Echoes -- Tue, 03/11/2008 - 17:30
- The Chestnut Tree -- Fri, 11/07/2008 - 23:50
- Whispers of Memory -- Mon, 12/29/2008 - 00:58
And a very poignant film from an independent filmmaker about caring for victims of Alzheimer's Disease:
- "My Name Is Lisa" -- A Powerful Short Film About Alzheimer's Disease -- Mon, 07/21/2008 - 19:27
More about the 2007 DemocracyFest stuff, culled from a couple of old posts from the Scoop site:
It's Summer in the City! by jenn718
Thanks to Lefty and roxy317 for all their hard work on getting the back end working so these wonderful timelines can be automatically delivered. Currently Ilona's timeline on PTSD is available as an comma separate values (csv) file (readable by excel) for purchase, with more coming in the very near future.
"Don't clog my tubes!"
Greyhawk and Luaptifer recently attended DemocracyFest. What is DemocracyFest?
DemocracyFest is an annual educational and inspirational festival for the progressive grassroots. DemocracyFest gives grassroots progressives the knowledge and skills they need to take our country back. Participants return home to their communities with renewed commitment, and new skills to help them making a difference.
By now, most everybody in in the blogosphere knows of the, now infamous, speech senator Ted Stevens, who happens to be in charge of regulating the internet, gave where he referred to the internet as a series of tubes. While at DemocracyFest greyhawk, with a little help on the graphics from roxy317, was able to debut a great new coffee mug that pokes a little fun at this concept. If you haven't seen it yet, or would like to purchase one for yourself please visit cafepress for more details!
ePluribus Media's special "Don't clog my tubes" mug
Participatory democracy involves many things; physical activism, the expanding influence and involvement of the netroots, The Rise of the Blogosphere, the growth and growing power of citizen journalism and the subsequent challenges to net neutrality.
For Democracy to work, and in support of the concept of a democracy of the People, by the People and for the People, Roxy of ePluribus Media developed a special design to accompany the slogan "Don't clog my tubes."
Here's the design:
In case you can't make out the spiralling words, it says "bloggers...citizen journalists...patriots...ePluribus Media" with an arrow pointing to the phrase "Don't clog my tubes."
Here's the design wrapped around a nice mug:
We added the mug to the ePluribus Media store to share it with folks and enable you to simultaneously show your support for ePluribus Media while also telling the government to keep "the tubes" in the domain of the people. If you'd like to purchase one (or more...more is good) just click the image of the mug. You'll be brought to the CafePress product page for it, where you can add it to your basket, then either log in if you have a CafePress account or open a new one to make a purchase.