Sunday, April 17, 2011

The short film “Aphasia,” which tells the true story of a North Carolina

Film screening
The short film “Aphasia,” which tells the true story of a North Carolina man who had a massive stroke at age 44, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University, 115 Heart Drive. The movie stars Carl McIntyre of Laurinburg, an actor who had a stroke in 2005. As a result, McIntyre lives with aphasia, an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language but does not affect intelligence. Free. Visit Contact Sherri Winslow at 744-6142 or email

Brain-injured artists show life's reflections


Sandra Madden of Douglas shows her color photo “Native Child.” She took the picture on a visit to Plimoth Plantation. (T&G Staff Photos/CHRISTINE PETERSON)

"Winter Calm" by Sandra Madden shows a field in the Blackstone Valley.
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It's a simple scene: a baby nestled inside a pouch around his mother's belly, sleeping.

His eyes are softly closed, his head leaning against his mother.

It's a scene of calm, of tranquility, captured through Sandra Madden's camera lens. That feeling of peace is what Ms. Madden loves about the photo. That feeling of peace is something she was missing for a while after a bicycle accident nearly five years ago changed her life.

She was riding her bicycle near her home in Douglas when she lost control for a second. She fell off the bike and onto her back. more read...