Memory’s Stark Reality

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

November 14th, 2009

Memory’s Stark Reality by Gregory Gerard

I see that memories come unbidden, like roaches scurrying down the dark-drenched walls of my first apartment after college.

I hear that memories can delight; the soft patter of my grandmother’s voice telling her tales of Irish intrigue over mouthfuls of maple walnut ice cream.

And I know that memories are long as the elephant’s rough-hewn snout, twisting and thrusting through the spanning years; stories of rights wronged, and dreams realized.

But what I believe about memories; what I discern in my heart to be undeniable truth as my brain continues its relentless struggle to build neural pathway upon neural pathway—

Is that I am memory. I am the source. And when I’m gone, memory is no more.

Gregory Gerard keeps preserving memory in Rochester, NY. His recently released memoir, In Jupiter’s Shadow, explores the importance of emerging from the ‘shadow’ of others’ expectations and examines how we often work to hid truths from the most important person in our lives: ourselves. For lots, lots more, visit

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