Art is beautiful, fighting is ugly. Artists create. Fighters destroy. Artists make paintings and songs and dances that bring joy to our hearts. Fighters make blood and pain that damages our bodies and brains. Permanently. Using the word “artist” to describe a figher is an insult to artists everywhere, and demeaning to the word “artist.”
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How does our worldview change as we age? I pondered that question this week as the news broke that HarperCollins would be publishing a new book by Harper Lee, the author of *To Kill a Mockingbird.* The story interested me for several reasons: first the fact that it was such a huge story; as a writer I'm always gratified to see the general public get so passionate about books. The top trending tweets for several days had the keywords "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Harper Lee."
I am, unfortunately, an expert on memory. I am not a doctor, or a researcher, but a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. And like many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury, my memory was severely affected by the damage to my brain.