INSPIRATIONAL STORIES for ARCHITECTS of CHANGE

Read excerpts chosen from Kismet From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer’s by Maria Shriver for her blog:

Part 1: From the joy of romance...

Part 2: to the Agony of Alzheimer’s

Maria Shriver imageMaria Shriver is one of the nation’s leading advocates for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and passed away from it in 2011 at the age of 95. In 2009, Shriver co-executive produced the Emmy Award-winning four-part HBO documentary series called The Alzheimer’s Project, which opened millions of people’s eyes to the devastating disease.

Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Shriver served as California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010.

She continues her advocacy on her website by promoting and recommending books that are helpful to caregivers, to those in need of inspiration and especially to those touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

Reader Review of Kismet:

As beautifully as a carpet of Isfahan, Elizabeth Van Ingen’s poetic descriptions are woven together with symbolic themes of purpose and self-discovery. Her words pull you in and you feel like you are there with her, traveling to the next country, breathing in scents of coriander, dust, the black earth of Iowa, or walking through the chaotic, agonizing and uncharted territory of Alzheimer’s.

Through her story, we see a personal journey represented by place and experience, gold charms on her bracelet, and a Tunisian bird cage that earned a custom-designed spot in her and her husband Tony’s long-time home in Iowa. Liz writes early on in the book: “‘Watch out the Shah doesn't get you!’ my friends had warned me as I left home in California. ‘The Shah didn't get me, but Tony did.’”

I know that Kismet will get you, too! It is an extraordinary story. Of an extraordinary woman. And, an extraordinary life.

-- J. P.

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