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I came across a past issue of National Geographic last month while in New York.  Not so old, actually – from 2007.  The cover story is about Memory, but what I really loved was the Editor’s Note.  In this note, NG Editor in Chief Chris Johns writes of his father’s dementia.  It is a powerful essay and here are my favorite lines: “Memory, perishable and enduring, is the brain’s archive…Its loss can be cruel, but remember this: It is through memory that we hold on to those we love.”  I would add that it is also through the stories told and passed down that we remember and hold on to those we love.  Below are links to the Editor’s Note and to the article on Memory.