The Bercaws Arrive in India, Again

Dears, The Hindu Newspaper, started in 1878 as a weekly, became a daily in 1889 and since then has steadily grown to the circulation of 15,58,379 copies. Today’s print and online edition features a very well-written story by journalist S. Ravi about Brain in a Jar, which has just launched in India. Will 15 million…

Last Night’s Dream Wasn’t Mine

Dears, Get this: I was blow drying my hair this morning, after a lovely night’s rest and unremarkable dreams. Usually my dreams are nightmares. Big, crazy, intense, absurd, menacing and even metaphorical. In fact, the night before last, I dreamt that my father, who died of Alzheimer’s in 2012, was alive but had turned into…

Even the Alzheimer’s Studies are Confusing

Dears, Oh for God’s sake. Even the news about Alzheimer’s research is confusing. The Lancet, a renowned medical journal in England, reports that dementia and AD rates are on the decline in Great Britain. Click here for full story. Here’s a quote: Dr. Marsel Mesulam, director of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at…

The Heart of the (Grey) Matter

Dears, For weeks now, I’ve been thinking about the next phase of my jarred life. The brain motif perfectly captured my grandfather and father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Heck, it wasn’t even a symbol. It was real. Dad kept grand-dad’s brain in a jar. But I am me, not he. And I am moving into…

Book Ends & Begins Again

Dears, In all the madness of Brain in a Jar being published and traveling the East Coast, I forgot (not an Alzheimer’s related slip) to tell you that the book has been nominated for a National Book Award! The day Brain in a Jar came off the presses, Broadstone Books immediately filed the paperwork. It’s…

Hooray for Bollywood!

Dears, Big news! Great news! Brain in a Jar publishing rights for the Indian Subcontinent have been sold to Fingerprint Press in Delhi. What does that mean, exactly, you ask? Here, I translate: BIAJ will come out in the English Language, in paperback, for audiences in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan,  Pakistan, Myanmar, Bhutan,…

I WANT TO LIVE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE!

My today: -Hotel Breakfast, I had waffles -Hopped in da’ horrible car of badness -We drove off to New Dominion Books for Mommy’s book reading -Then we ate lunch at some italian resturant -Then we hopped in the car again (I hate sitting down) -After a while we ended up in Palm Ira (Palmyra) and…

Happy VA Day!

Today I slept in until 8:00 am (or so). Then we hopped in the car and sat there forever… (i’m starting to totally really hate sitting down). Anyways, when we ended up there we went to New Dominion Books to drop off some of mommy’s books and I bought a book called THE SECRET OF…

How to Feel Sad & Happy

Dears, If you have the desire to feel many emotions at once, write a book about your family and Alzheimer’s disease. Call it Brain in a Jar. On one hand, you’ll feel elated. On the other hand, you’ll feel deflated. People will say amazing things to you. People will say horrible things to you. You…

The (En)During People

Dears, Life and time are marked by so many befores and afters. There is the time before my son was born, and there is the time since. There is the time before Beau’s death, and there is my life after. More recently, there is the time before my book and now there is the aftermath….

Tomorrow is the Day

    Dears, Tomorrow is the first anniversary of my father’s death. Tomorrow is the day I receive my first copy of Brain in a Jar. My head is spinning. Love, Gal

Good Friday; Good Grief

Dears, On Friday, I went to visit The Arbors, a lovely memory care facility in Shelburne, Vermont, where I will be speaking on Wednesday evening. What was I thinking? I was thinking about the good news I had just received from my publisher: Brain in a Jar has left the printer! I was so preoccupied…