The doctors tell me that senile dementia is not contageous, that it can be reversed slightly by doing mental gymnastics such as writing. They offer no guarantee, however, and there have been no double blind experiments to verify their hypothesis. They do periodically scan my brain, even let me view the results; to me it appears that there has been shrinkage, like that last pair of jeans I bought which after one washing are too tight in the waist and seat.
I enlisted in the marines to experience a war; I don't recommend it. The sights sounds and smells remain fresh while more pleasant memories diminish with time and the shrinkage. I cannot comprehend why the war I attended is called by pundits and authors "The Forgotten War." I wish it were forgetable. All wars are forgotten almost as soon as they are begun by all but those directly affected; the reason for this, I've concluded, is because a fresh blood bath is begun before the last one is concluded. Then too, there are books authored by warriors or about warriors, about the victims, the refugees, and the costs--usually ten to fifteen years after the end of each conflict; and then there are those movies based on the books and stories produced a generation or two after the war they depict, which serve as recruitment devices for the next war. If one comprehends the above, then one can understand what keeps those undesired memories fresh while the more pleasant stuff shrinks and fades like blue denim.
I maintain two sites for writing stories and posting pictures. You are welcome to visit and make comments on the material you find there. http://oldmackstales.com and http://oldmackstales.wordpress.com
When I feel inspired I post on the literature and writing forum at http://www.Craiglist.org.
I don't plan to post any war stories here. I hope to engage in discussion about books and the writing craft.