Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color


According to Brigitte Gabriel, a Middle East expert and a very smart woman, there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, 15% to 25% of them are radicals. That makes 180 to 300 million radical Muslims. The rest are peaceful. In terms all of the deaths the radicals have caused, the peaceful majority are irrelevant. … Read more

A Story

A story, lived together. At the same time, in the same place. Leaving burn marks in our minds. Raising questions, giving answers. A story told in two voices. Same story, different words. Different questions. Different answers. Different story. But we lived it, together.

Capturing moments

The brain surgeries have damaged the wiring that connects my factual memories and the emotions tied to them. Most of my memories are detached. I can only relive them through my writing. I don’t, I can’t, dwell on them. To me, writing is a form of exploring who I am in the aftermath of the … Read more

Pieces of a Puzzle

I feel uneasy. It doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t quite fit. I try fighting it, I try forcing the pieces into place, but they won’t go. I try writing and rewriting pieces that I know belong, but the uneasiness is distracting.I take a break. I play Sudoku, I eat a snack, I read. Then I … Read more


A friend of mine, Darlene, once told me that breast cancer saved her life, meaning that she now lives life to the fullest. I feel the same way about the bloody brain. A couple of weeks ago, I was telling Darlene about some people’s  reactions to my stories. In order to illustrate my bewilderment at  … Read more

In the Shower

As soon as I reached my room, I jotted down on a piece of paper: In the showerbest ideasChanges—chantFinger to Nose—with JoycedemoNote from neurologistThen I relaxed and finished getting ready for the day. I had enough notes to capture my ideas so that I could act on them later, when I had time. Some of … Read more