• Shana Ritter

Memory and Remembrance


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For the last half hour I have been looking up the differences between memory and remembrance. I still cannot quite clearly articulate it. Memory it seems is a function, a system, the way in which we hold or recall knowledge and experience.  Remembrance seems to be intoned with emotion, how we recall something we experienced. It can also be an item we’ve saved to help us hold on to something. Even the sound of it seems tinged with melody, with sight and color, with scent.

We think of having a good memory as the ability or inability to recall the context and particulars of  a remembrance. But it is possible to experience the tenor of a long ago interaction, the texture of a place once visited and still not frame it in sequential time.

My oldest brother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I am keenly aware of how memory and…

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