Zen, Alzheimer's, and Love

Zen, Alzheimer's, and Love

A story of enduring love between two authors with a deep interest in poetry, Beat literature, Zen, art and music, and includes poems and passages written during the heartrending experience of Alzheimer's, care-giving, and death.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Los Angeles, here I come. Please save the date for Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6.30pm at Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood, California. 

I hope to reunite with relatives, dear friends and acquaintances and meet many others from the Los Angeles area and other parts of southern California.  Let's celebrate the event by honoring Robert Briggs and all he accomplished as a writer, poet, and lover of the written word. 

You can keep in touch with me on this blog or on my Facebook page. I look forward to hearing from you and more, seeing you all in person. 

Thanks and have a wonderful March and Easter! Diana 

Diana Saltoon-Briggs discusses and signs "Wife, Just Let Go"

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Diana Saltoon-Briggs to the store to discuss and sign Wife, Just Let Go: Zen, Alzheimer's, and Love on Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store. 
Diana Saltoon-Briggs at DIESEL, A Bookstore in BrentwoodAn extraordinary love story, Wife Just Let Go, are the last words Robert Briggs wrote to his wife before he passed away from Alzheimer's disease. A publisher, literary agent, and author who deeply felt the influence of the Beat era, Robert never stopped writing. Even in his later stages of Alzheimer's, Robert was able to share insights into what he called "the power of aging," and his love of poetry, jazz, and Zen. He continued to write, valiantly, of his younger days and of his stint in the army when he and his platoon witnessed an atomic bomb explosion at Frenchman Flat, Nevada, an experience that forever haunted his imagination. What began as a promise to publish his last works evolved into this duo-memoir. His wife Diana, as his long-time partner and primary caregiver, joined him in this telling, as a way to restore for the reader, and for Robert, the parts of the story he was losing. Her meditative commentary became her solace through her own path of pain and grief as she witnessed the daily, wrenching loss of her husband's memory, and ultimately his death. Poignantly written yet unflinchingly honest, the book navigates not only the waters of grief and loss but also the other side of Alzheimer's: gifts that sustain and inspire loved ones left behind.

Diana Saltoon has traveled extensively, studied yoga, and in the 1970s developed a program that dealt with modern stress. Her interest in Zen led to a study of Chado, The Way of Tea, as a Zen art and received a certificate of Chamei from the Urasenke School in Kyoto, Japan. Diana became a teacher at the Portland Wakai Tea Association in Oregon before moving to New York in 2011. She returned to Portland, Oregon, in 2014. A member of Zen communities in Oregon and New York, Diana continues to give presentations, classes and workshops on the Zen Art of Tea and continues to write. She is affiliated with the Oregon Haiku Society of America as well as the Haiku In English Maui.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa MonicaCA 90402

Wife, Just Let Go: Zen, Alzheimer's, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780931191206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - click to see which location!
Published: Robert Briggs Associates - August 11th, 2017

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