Originally focused on publishing standard formats, Marian Mason Publishing Company has expanded its offerings to include ways of using music to enhance the emotions conveyed in various forms of textual content. It is currently seeking to develop prototype software to facilitate that process and has obtained a patent to classify the emotional content of digital music, which will be used in the final software.

As Marian Mason Publishing explores new means of conveying a story, it remains steadfast in its mission to provide support to families facing difficulties by providing personal narratives that can help them meet life’s challenges.

The author of our latest release is Patrick Berry, who for the past several years has devoted himself to learning about Alzheimer’s, writing about Alzheimer’s and more recently, talking publicly about Alzheimer’s to help “demystify” the disease. Based on his own personal knowledge and exposure to the ravages of Alzheimer’s, Berry met with George and Trish Vradenburg in October 2009 after he learned of their plans to found a new organization to “shake things up” in Washington and find a cure for the disease by 2020. Along with Meryl Comer and John Dwyer, Berry worked with George and Trish over the next six months to create UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, which was launched in May 2010. Berry served as a founding board member of the organization for the next five years.

Berry was born and raised in rural Mississippi, sixth in a family of twelve children. His first job was picking cotton when he was ten years old for two cents a pound; his last job was practicing energy and environmental law as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a major international law firm. In between, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Harvard College, from which he graduated with high honors in 1971. He then traveled for a year in India on a Michael Rockefeller Travel Fellowship. He returned to the United States in 1972 and attended Harvard Law School. After graduating in 1975, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. Senate Committee that handled energy legislation. He worked on the Hill for two years during the energy crisis of the mid-1970s and then joined a private law firm in Washington in 1977.

Six years ago, after working at that same firm for 35 years as an energy and environmental lawyer, Berry retired to become a full-time activist in the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Berry first got involved because his father-in-law was diagnosed with the disease in 2000 and died from it in 2005. Berry wrote a fictional account of his family’s experiences with Alzheimer’s in the novella Escape from Enchantment, which was published in 2011 as a paperback and also released in digital formats for Kindle and iTunes. An audiobook version of Escape, which is narrated by Berry and includes a complete musical score, was released in the fall of 2017, along with the soundtrack. Proceeds from the sales of all three products will be donated to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.