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My Mother’s Menagerie

  Aardvark, alligator, anteater, ape . . .   To keep her mind sharp, to stave off dementia my mother late in life assembled a list of animals—alphabetical, several to a letter (except for “u” and “x”)— and committed the sequence to memory.   Each week when I visited, wherever we were, restaurant, kitchen table, waiting room, out […]

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