Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting ready for a renovation


This is probably one of the most challenging things for me to deal with now that my vision is almost gone. At the best of times it is difficult for anyone but when you are blind and vision is not available then I have to muster up all of my energy and mental faculties to help me.

In short, I have to be on the ball and I have to be super organized. I have to label my boxes in Braille. I have to place my boxes and furniture in such a way that I would be able to find them at a moment's notice. Everything has to be in ship shape order so that I do not get confused and disoriented when time comes for me to put back everything. Thank God that Mom was with me last November 2013 when I had to move and put back everything.

Mom seemed to understand my dilemma and she was right there beside me to help. What would I do without her? Thank you, Mom!

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

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heros and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Re-imaging my doll cabinet


Last November 2013, after I had concluded some painting and re-carpeting to my condo, it became necessary for me to rearrange my doll cabinet and thanks to Mom it was done very quickly and efficiently. All well and good but here is the thing: I have to re-image my doll cabinet, and why? Because my dolls have now been rearranged and I have to go in and learn where Mom has put each of them.

Not a problem for me, it just means that I have to learn where they are and then form a mental picture in my mind. I am very sure that the previous mental picture which I drew when I had functional vision now has to be re-drawn and I will be using my sense of touch to draw it. What this means is this: I need to erase the previous mental picture of my doll cabinet and replace it with a new one.

It could be looked at like this: A previous memory is now gone forever and will be replaced with a new one.

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Remembering the coconut trees


Ah yes! This was one of my most cherished childhood memories, those tall graceful coconut trees swaying vigorously in the cool Caribbean breezes.

They were there to form a tunnel as we drove through on our way to Mayaro. They were there standing tall in front of our beach house, swaying in the wind. They were there for me to swing on and they were there for me to take advantage of as I sat in their lowest branches relaxing and taking in the fresh sea air.

No one could ever take those memories away from me. No one could ever convince me that those tall graceful trees were not there for me to enjoy, touch, smell, and play with. They were for me and despite my limited vision in those days, I still knew what they looked like.

I could never figure out whether or not birds lived in their branches. All I knew then is that their delicious coconuts were always filled with sweet water and yummy jelly.

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, July 11, 2014

My scooter


My scooter was probably one of my most cherished toys when I was growing up. As a matter of fact, it was a present to my brother Jeffrey from our Auntie June but then I quickly adopted it as my own and no one seemed to mind.

It was red and it was a two wheel toy. I would stand on the metal foot part and there was a wheel to the front and one to the back. I held tightly to the handlebar and whenever I could, I would go racing around the yard. It was such a wonderful feeling to be able to do this and with precious little vision I was very careful not to bang into cars and other objects in our yard.

I was free! I was independent! I went as quickly as I could! I raced against myself and I loved it all! No doubt, my parents kept a very watchful eye on me each time I did this but they never made me feel as if I could not do it. I never discussed this with them but if they never worried or rather if they never told me that they were concerned then it is probably why I had even more fun!

With one foot on the metal foot part, and the other one on the ground, I could push off, glide, and go as fast as I could. I loved gliding and racing and looking back now it is probably what helped me learn to ice skate later on. Ah yes, my scooter forever.

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heros and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spinning around the floor


This was one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid. Sometimes my twin brother, Jeffrey, used to do it with me but for the most part I would do it alone and boy did I have fun.

I would stand off to the side in our large kitchen and from my spot I would proceed to spin around the floor. Vivid colors would go flashing by and the red and white tiles of our floor would whiz past my visual radar. I could feel the air whirring through my hair and I would say to myself, "Going! Going!"

I am not sure if anyone ever noticed me doing this because no one ever said anything to me. If they did then they never said anything because they probably felt that it was completely harmless, just another childish pastime of mine.

I can still remember doing it and the fun that I had. Once in a while I would tumble to the floor but as quick as I could I would pick myself up and keep on going. Ah yes, just another childhood memory for me to share!

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meditations from my rocking chair


Ah yes, for a breath of fresh air and just that simple precious moment to sit in my rocking chair and meditate. This is probably one of the few times that I get to sit and allow my imagination to wonder and ponder.

I am not going to wonder what it could or would have been like if my vision had not left me and I do my best to stay away from the big what if question. Instead, I allow my imagination to wonder far afield and to fetch those precious and cherished memories. So many for me to choose from and I never tire of retrieving them and examining them whenever I can.

I will tell you that having become an audio mystery writer has helped me to preserve my memories. I just love to sit in my rocking chair and meditate on stories for my audio mysteries. I started writing in 2010 and to date I have written three seasons of episodes consisting of 13 mysteries per season. I am presently writing a special suite of mysteries for Christmas time and I have titled it the 12 days of Christmas. I plan to write a special box set for kids as well.

Ah yes! I do all of my meditating from my rocking chair and that's the way I like it! Just those precious times when I can sit quietly, relax, and meditate!

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, July 4, 2014

When the Internet failed


At the best of times it is always a huge inconvenience whenever the Internet goes down, but thank goodness that it does not do this very often. As a matter of fact, very seldom for me.

Most of the time I can tell when the Internet goes down. First I check to see if I can access it and when I am unable to do so I then check my emails. If both are unavailable then something is wrong, but if only one is unavailable, then I wait. I also use my iPhone or iPad to help decipher things for me.

On this particular day when it did indeed fail, I felt like a fish out of water, so to speak, but this is the way I suppose that many would feel as well.

I was able to ascertain that indeed the Internet had gone down but here is where the fun started. When I called my ISP to find out what was going on they kept telling me that it had not gone down and that it was a problem in my own home. Just imagine the panic I felt at hearing this. What!? How? Why? What to do now? The technician kept telling me that it was my modem and because I could not tell him whether or not the modem lights were on, it posed a royal headache for me.

The technician suggested that I find a sighted person to help me and on that day my neighbor, Sandra, was there to rescue me. It was not just the modem, but the connector to the modem. Matter solved and something new for me to keep in mind to check on the next time my Internet goes down.

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud, those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"