Flailing In the Thrall of An Incoherent Haze

Sometime probably during the latter part of 1997 (or thereabouts), as I was browsing through a national newsmagazine (I think it was US News and World Report, but I can’t say for sure), I came across a particularly poignant photo of Ronald Reagan. He’d been out of office for more than eight years, and almost three years had passed since his open letter alerting the country to his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. He’d retreated from the public stage—a purposeful effort to endure his inevitable [...]

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