The Best of Both Worlds

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Years ago after I lost my hearing, I couldn’t really enjoy the movies like I wanted to. Trying to follow along with stories just by visual cues was sometimes daunting, though not impossible. Coming from years of movie watching, which I loved, it was heartbreaking to no longer be able to understand what was being said. Going to the movie theater was always an adventure, but now almost became a chore to try to follow along. Scenes would sometimes fly by and I’d only get perhaps part of the gist of the story in broad strokes. I had to study the world all over again. I had to remember voices and sounds and reorient myself in how I followed a …

8 Great Resources to Learn American Sign Language

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Many people express an interest in learning American Sign Language yet rarely pursue it because of a fear of difficulty or cost.   However, there are many ways one can learn a good deal of ASL alone. For those of us who are deaf/HoH and rely on ASL to communicate and have friends or family members who truly want to learn on their own time, these apps and websites can help tremendously! And it is especially helpful for parents who want to communicate with their toddlers.   Keep in mind that these are only tools and are not a replacement for actual in-person learning, whether through a classroom or a tutor. They can be a supplement for classroom learning but …

Getting Personal: The Tears of a Clown

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Many times, over the years, we come to understand that laughter is the best medicine. It can make us forget our troubles, makes others feel better and can even be good for our actual physical and mental health. But what about when we laugh to keep from crying? Those times when we joke around and laugh to put others at ease but inside we’re hurting?   Sadness, depression and anxiety can take us for an emotional rollercoaster ride that can leave us feeling like nothing is going right; with highs and lows that cannot exactly be quantified with accurate descriptors. It’s a painful and bewildering feeling of hopelessness. Sometimes with no actual cause. It’s a wave that comes over you …

When the Needs of the Few…

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…trump the needs of the many. This is a reversal and slight rewording of a common phrase used to remind the troops that the well-being of the citizens of a country weigh more than their own lives. It’s a rallying phrase that calls to mind the purpose of the Armed Forces to carry on with their gallantry and bravery to self-sacrifice, if need be, for those who sit unknowingly and perhaps worriedly, at home in relative safety. Their uniformed lives and deaths are meant to protect us all. But what happens when the needs of the few, or the well-off, matter more than the needs of many? Trouble looms large in this new administration. From the gutting of the Affordable …

Getting Personal: Stress and Work and Me

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It’s the New Year and I want to talk a little about overcoming stress and anxiety in the workplace, while working with Hearing people…..   Faith that things will get better is what keeps me pushing to do better and keep living life, but sometimes I have to hit “Pause” and step back.