Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color

10 Things I Especially Like (In No Particular Order)

Gus’s a funny little thing, a mutt, smarter that I could have imagined. He teases me, changing the rules of games as we play, laughing at me from the top of the steep hill in my back yard, squeaking his toy as he tries to tempt me to clamber up the slippery slope to wrestle the toy away from him.

Enoughness

Speed limit 5 road sign

I read the first sentence: “An island is 2 miles due north of its closest point along a straight shoreline.” Oh God! What the hell does that mean? “Closest point along…blah blah blah” There was no way I could figure this out. About to panic, I took adeep breath. What if I drew a picture? … Read more

The Arizona Summer Oven

Hot dry air slammed into me as I exited the cinema. My brain, heavy, pressed against my skull, cutting off my neural pathways. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t move A thought, sluggish, rose in a thick bubble to the surface of the thick soup that was my mind. It became recognizable when the bubble popped … Read more

Brain Injury–Pros and Cons

Cons: Loss of independence Sensory overload (i.e. difficulties processing sensor input) Emotional volatility (including depression, anxiety, rage) Headaches Seizures Memory loss Short attention span/easily distracted Damaged sequential thinking Trouble with task initiatio Pros: Heightened awareness (including self-awareness) More in tune with environment More of an extrovert Improved ability to connect with people Increased ability to … Read more