Cathie Borrie | The Long Hello (The Other Side of Alzheimer's)

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The Long Hello (The Other Side of Alzheimer's)

by Cathie Borrie

Author Cathie Borrie's seamless stitching of lush landscape and dance sequences into the tapestry of her gorgeously arresting memoir, The Long Hello, creates a startling and unexpected metaphor for the experience of Alzheimer's caregiving that finds beauty and grace in what is traditionally characterized as a journey of suffering. Having recorded many of their conversations, her mother’s voice weaves through the work with insight, humor and an astonishing poetic sensibility.
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1. Song, Introductions & Credits
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2. Chapter 1 Forty Years After His Death . . .
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3. Chapter 2 Every Day I Sit With My Mother And Watch The Sea.
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4. Chapter 3 Bird Pecking At The Feeder.
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5. Chapter 4 I Feel Guilty If I Don't . . .
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6. Chapter 5 Mum Wakes My Brother And Me . . .
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7. Chapter 6 A Few Months After We Move In With Our Grandparents . . .
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8. Chapter 7 For Lunch I Make . . .
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9. Chapter 8 I Tell People . . .
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10. Chapter 9 When We Move In With Gran And Grampy . . .
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11. Chapter 10 My Mum Works Really Hard . . .
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12. Chapter 11 My Mother And I Lay Side By Side . . .
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13. Chapter 12 As Soon As I'm Home . . .
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14. Chapter 13 In The Summer . . .
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15. Chapter 14 The Summer My Mother . . .
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16. Chapter 15 When My Mother Can't . . .
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17. Chapter 16 Wedged Tightly Between . . .
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18. Chapter 17 After Grampy Dies . . .
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19. Chapter 18 One Weekend Mum Goes Back To The City . . .
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20. Chapter 19 I'm Trying To Get My Mother . . .
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21. Chapter 20 June.
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22. Chapter 21 I Don't Remember . . .
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23. Chapter 22 I Tack Up Bright Orange . . .
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24. Chapter 23 I Remember How My Brother Died.
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25. Chapter 24 For The Rest Of The Summer . . .
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26. Chapter 25 My Parents Spend Their Weekend Honeymoon . . .
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27. Chapter 26 After My Mum Remarries . . .
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28. Chapter 27 Anxiety . . .
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29. Chapter 28 I Sign Up For Ballroom And Latin Dance . . .
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30. Chapter 29 I Call My Mother . . .
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31. Chapter 30 I'm Sick Of Myself . . .
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32. Chapter 31 I Don't Know Where My Will Is.
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33. Chapter 32 I See A Family Therapist . . .
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34. Chapter 33 At My New Boarding School . . .
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35. Chapter 34 Everybody Says My New Father . . .
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36. Chapter 35 Every Morning And Evening We Walk . . .
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37. Chapter 36 My Father Buys Four Lots . . .
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38. Chapter 37 Often It's Just The Three Of Us . . .
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39. Chapter 38 Small Talk At The Dance Studio . . .
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40. Chapter 39 My Mother Starts To Think . . .
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41. Chapter 40 When She's Not Away On A Business Trip . . .
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42. Chapter 41 My Father And I . . .
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43. Chapter 42 Long After My Brother`S Death . . .
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44. Chapter 43 Love?
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45. Chapter 44 My Mother Has Started Crying . . .
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46. Chapter 45 Cath?
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47. Chapter 46 I Want To Keep The Words . . .
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48. Chapter 47 I Dream I'm Going To A Party . . .
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49. Chapter 48 After High School . . .
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50. Chapter 49 My Mother's Confusion . . .
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51. Chapter 50 An Old Friend Calls.
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52. Chapter 51 High Heels Tap Tap Tapping . . .
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53. Chapter 52 Several Times A Week . . .
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54. Chapter 53 During Nurses Training . . .
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55. Chapter 54 In The Cautious Warmth . . .
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56. Chapter 55 I Take My Phone With Me Everywhere I Go . . .
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57. Chapter 56 After Graduationg With My Rn . . .
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58. Chapter 57 My Brother's Death . . .
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59. Chapter 58 I Don't Attend . . .
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60. Chapter 59 During One Of My Visits Home . . .
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61. Chapter 60 After Three Frozen Winters . . .
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62. Chapter 61 My Dance Teacher . . .
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63. Chapter 62 My Mother's Face Lights Up . . .
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64. Chapter 63 A Pile Of Crossword Puzzles . . .
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65. Chapter 64 My Mother Wants To Know . . .
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66. Chapter 65 A Scientist Friend And I . . .
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67. Chapter 66 Midnight . . .
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68. Chapter 67 I Stay In Bed For Long . . .
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69. Chapter 68 I Move Back To The Coast . . .
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70. Chapter 69 My Father Is Dying.
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71. Chapter 70 After My Father . . .
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72. Chapter 71 My Mother And I Sit Side By Side . . .
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73. Chapter 72 An Accountant I Know . . .
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74. Chapter 73 Are We Related?
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75. Chapter 74 Every Time I Meet New People . . .
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76. Chapter 75 Love?
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77. Chapter 76 I Sell My Store . . .
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78. Chapter 77 Something Has Gone.
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79. Chapter 78 My Mother . . .
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80. Chapter 79 Some Men Like To Talk . . .
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81. Chapter 80 My Mother's In Bed . . .
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82. Chapter 81 Prescriptions . . .
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83. Chapter 82 Now Listen, Lovey . . .
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84. Chapter 83 April.
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85. Chapter 84 Saved Voice Messages . . .
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86. Chapter 85 No Turning Back . . .
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87. Chapter 86 Sometimes I Pretend . . .
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88. Chapter 87 We're Watching Oprah.
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89. Chapter 88 Men Complain That Women . . .
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90. Chapter 89 July.
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91. Chapter 90 Mum.
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92. Chapter 91 When I Get Home . . .
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93. Chapter 92 I'm Still On Crutches . . .
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94. Chapter 93 Sometimes My Mother . . .
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95. Chapter 94 I'm Trying To Get . . .
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96. Chapter 95 Christmas.
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97. Chapter 96 I Lay The Orchids And Roses . . .
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98. Chapter 97 The Woman At The Spa . . .
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99. Chapter 98 I'm Having My Nails Done.
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100. Chapter 99 The Last Three . . . March. Song.
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Written by Cathie Borrie, read by Melia McClure (unabridged) and produced by Ian Widgery. The Long Hello~The Other Side of Alzheimer’s, is brought to auditory life with haunting grace and mesmerizing emotional resonance by author and actor Melia McClure. This memoir’s deep use of silken language and the presence of two distinct, fascinating main character voices, along with the many other finely-wrought secondary characters, lend the book to the magical oral storytelling tradition. The narrative’s shifting time periods, reflected in the changing chorus of voices from young to old, enrich the unfolding drama. The audiobook production of The Long Hello is staged for the ear in the spirit of a radio play, featuring spare but meaningful sound effects, sensitive and intense voice portrayals, and an immense honoring of the story and message. With moving power and tender respect, the tears and laughter of The Long Hello, and its paradigm-shifting vision of the Alzheimer’s experience, are dramatized with passion and vividness, giving the listener a sensuous way to lose oneself in the searing beauty of the text.


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