Access to language may falter but the imagine can soar.  Anne Basting

Have you heard of TimeSlips?  It is an extraordinary program developed by the equally extraordinary Anne Basting.    Using evocative photographs,  TimeSlips opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

Last week, we worked with a small group of delightful people living with memory loss to create such a story.  I think you will agree that their imaginations are definitely soaring.

With profound thanks to Mary Edwards, Mary  Mitchell and Mary Adele, who are pretty extraordinary themselves.



“Double or Nothin’” November 7, 2017 Hugo House

Storytellers: Helene, Kirk, Rafe, Alice

Facilitator: Mary M

Scribe: Mary Adele

Maude and Mabel were married to the same guy.

“At different times… “ says Helene.

“They are in Vegas,” says Rafe.

Rafe said he would tell a story about them…but it is a little dicey!  Hahahahah.


One of the dice is in midair.

When the dice land, they’re going to go, “Bam,” says Alice.

Or maybe they will have a soft landing with a muffled sound.

When the dice land, Maude and Mabel will be happy, because they’re going to win about $1,000 bucks, says Helene.

Rafe says $2,000.


Rafe thinks they are twins!

Maude and Mabel walked by a dress shop and decided to wear special colors. They spent a long time picking out their attire.

The woman in the purple dress wears a ring. Her husband is Saul.

He is at the local pub.


Saul’s glad not to be with them.

Alice says he’s glad they’re doing this because he’s glad they’re visiting and having a good time.

Saul supported them by giving them each $1000 to play with.

They could spend the money anywhere…craps table, slot machines, anywhere.


Mabel and Maude have never been here before.

Their eyes are wide open, and they’re yelling, “Come on, Lady Luck!”

They are twins, but they have different jewelry.

After their win they’re going to a show, to see Celine Dion.


They’re going with Saul, because they want him to pay for everything.

Saul is a rabbi and gives half the money to his place of worship.

He’s a very nice man.

Afterwards, they’ll all get something to eat and then go home.


I think the sister in red left her beer-drinking, boring husband at home,

and she won because she came for the money.

The sisters will split the money:

one’s a saver and one’s a spender.


“Yee haw!”

“Good job!”

“Come on, Lady Luck!”

“Mama needs new shoes!”