Friday, February 12, 2016

On a cruise with Sherry


In 2004 my friend, Sherry, and I took the plunge and went on a cruise to the Bahamas.  Looking back now I must say that it was quite an experience for me, and why?  Because we were accompanied by Carol and Judy, 2 lovely ladies with whom we had never traveled before.  Carol was a travel agent and Judy was her friend.

Our accommodations were what I expected: a small, compact cabin with all of the amenities.  People were very nice to us and the servers in the dining room were very helpful and always willing to be of assistance.

Accessibility in those days was just starting to come into its own so a lot of the time we had to go out of our way to teach others how to help us and to help them understand what we needed and required.

Carol and Judy were great guides.  They described things to us, gave us appropriate assistance, and their sighted-guide techniques were very good. It sure helped that we had taken the time to plan this trip carefully before embarking on it.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

My parents and I in a carnival band


This memory is still so very clear in my mind.  It is as if it only happened but yesterday, and after all of these years the memory appears like magic in my mind whenever I recall it.

I was probably about no more than six years at the time and Mom and Dad had taken me into a carnival band on a warm February evening to join other revelers.  Dad had me in his arms and Mom was walking beside us.  Dad was chatting with others around him and Mom was laughing with my brothers and aunt who were also in the band with us.

The air was pungent with the fragrances of baby powder and other types of perfume.  There was no breeze or hardly any and the revelers were loud but very merry.  One minute I was in Dad's arms and the next he had handed me over to another man who held me very tightly in his arms and began dancing with me.

For some reason I was not afraid because I knew that Dad was very close by and Mom was within hailing distance.  The stranger was very kind to me.  He asked me my name and then asked if I was enjoying myself.  Then he gently placed me on the road beside my parents, gave me a huge hug, and was off on his way.

I went home that night a very happy little girl, and why?  Because I got dance in the air without having touched the ground!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Remembering the mango


This is probably one of my favorite fruits and one that practically accompanied me through my childhood until now.

The mango was there when I took my first bite of a fruit.  It was always there as a mid morning snack and as something delicious to eat at the beach and it continues to be my constant companion whenever I can get to eat it.

I can no longer see its form but I sure remember what it looks like.  A healthy combination of green and yellow skin with a yellow inside.  Its smell is like a breeze in a bottle, wafting all around me and so distinguishable.

I can detect that old favorite smell anywhere!  It catches my sense of smell wherever it is and I automatically go looking for it.  Ah yes!  Remembering the mango!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Setting the Big Ben clock


When it is not possible for you to see what you are doing then here is where one's fingers come in to help to complete the task.  This is what happened in the summer of 2015 when I had to help Mom reset her Big Ben clock.

First, I removed the batteries and then Mom did her part by resetting the time.  I could not do this because I am unable to see the hands on the clock.

Next, I replaced the batteries at the back of the clock and then I set to work to do the more difficult stuff.  It all had to do with making sure that the chimes were in sync with the time.

After a minute or so I got it and it took a bit of figuring out.  I had to explore and experiment with the tiny buttons at the back of the clock but at the end of it all, it got done.

Big Ben was back on his feet and chiming away at the appropriate times.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit  jodhanmysterybook.club/about-the-author
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Visiting with the newborn kittens


A few months ago our adopted cat, Gladys, gave birth to seven little ones.  Such was my desire to reach out and touch them that on a quiet Sunday morning, just days after they were born, I did just that.

Gladys did not seem to mind as she simply went for a stroll when we came to visit.  One of the guys picked up the two ginger colored kittens and then he allowed me to play with them.

I gently touched their tiny forms.  They were clinging to each other and seemed oblivious to my stroking them but they were so soft, so tiny, and so innocent.

Their tiny paws were so soft and their small heads did not move much.  Their little bodies vibrated a bit but apart from that they did not react.

I marveled at these new additions to my circle of favorite friends. I wished them well and then sent them on their way back to their mom.  Of course, I could not see them but just touching them and running my fingers gently through their warm fur was enough for me.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Braille labels found in St. Lucia


Just imagine my surprise when I discovered that some of the products in a pharmacy in St. Lucia had Braille labels on their boxes.  I discovered this great find during my 2015 annual summer trip to this tiny Caribbean island and boy was I delighted.

I have seen Braille labels before on a sporadic basis but I certainly did not expect to find them in this particular neck of the woods.  Now, allow me to clarify for you.  The box in question that I discovered was denoted with the name of the product in Braille, just one line of Braille.

This was enough for me to light up with glee. Then a closer examination of other boxes on the shelf enabled me to discover that several others also had Braille notations on their fronts.

This, to me, is a start and I look forward to more progress.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Going shopping at Price Mart


This is always a very pleasant adventure for me, going shopping at the Price Mart Complex with Mom.

Price Mart is huge, almost always crowded whenever we go, and filled with the sounds of shoppers scurrying around with their shopping carts.

I simply love to take in the many different smells, ranging from chicken baking at the deli to the fragrance of flowers.  I love to inspect the many fruits and vegetables, huge boxes of cookies and chocolates, and gigantic packages of so many other things.

Then there are the over-sized tins of nuts, the larger than large bottles of all kinds of fruit juice, and oh yes!  The bulky packages of meat of all kinds.

I always stick very close to Mom, hanging on to the handle of the cart as we cruise from aisle to aisle.  She describes the scene to me as we move along and then she often places packages in my hand to show me how huge they are.

Mom and I have so much fun on these special days.  She is my eyes and I am her ears.  Yes!  Those special shopping days at Price Mart!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit  jodhanmysterybook.club/about-the-author
There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.
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