Friday, March 27, 2015

Remembering the faces


This is a constant challenge and this is what I have to continuously keep remembering. As they say, faces change and the face of a child often changes as they grow into adulthood. So because of this my memories are often way behind when it comes to remembering the faces.

For example; the faces of my nieces and nephews have all changed since I lost my sight in 2004 but in order for me to keep up I need to depend on the memories of their faces at the time I lost my vision, which was in January 2004. And now that I no longer have the vision to see faces I need to depend on those I trust to describe faces to me.

Once I can orient myself to this concept I am fine. It took me quite a while to adjust but today I am just fine. I still use my memories but now I add someone else's descriptions to my memory bank

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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 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!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Checking the mail carefully


This is exactly what I do each time I receive it but my way of doing this is a bit different to the regular person. It is what I do as someone without sight. I use my sense of touch to help me decipher it all. Windowed envelopes go into their own pile as I know that they are either bank or utility statements, invoices, bills or cheques. Envelopes with stamps go into a separate pile as I know them to be personal letters. Flyers are thrown out, and those smooth like envelopes are put into another pile for further inspection.

This is usually the regular way of checking my mail but there are times when this strategy does not always work. I can also tell the difference between cards in envelopes and other types of mail. In general, cards have their very own shape and their thickness is another way to tell them apart.

Junk mail usually have some tell tale signs to them. They are sometimes bulky, they come in smooth envelopes, or they may come in the form of booklets or loose folded sheets. Flyers are flyers. So this is it in a nutshell: my way of checking the mail.

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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 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, March 25, 2015

When the blue dust came


And when it came I did not even know. It came and made a total mess of my very clean carpet and as it lay there on my carpet, silent and without any noise, I only knew when my mom told me.

This is the problem with dust as far as a blind person is concerned. We never know when it is around. We never know where it is and we can never tell how much of it there is or what color it is. We only discover when our fingers and hands find it on hard surfaces but we are powerless to discover on carpets unless the dust is of a grainy quality.

Just imagine my surprise when Mom told me that blue dust was scattered all around my bedroom. These are the times when I wish I had my vision to see. Oh well, all in a day's work.

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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!
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Friday, March 20, 2015

My friend the sea


My dearest friend: For as long as I have known myself you have always been there for me. You have never failed me. You have always been able to help me cope and you know so well how much I have depended on you to help motivate, encourage, and support me.

Many may think that ours is a somewhat strange friendship but at the end of the day it is really not. I always look forward to smelling your fresh and lingering scent. I always long to hear your waves as they roll gently ashore. I always look forward to feeling your warm water over my body and to your current rocking me gently back and forth in your surf.

I always enjoy tasting your salty water and I always admire the way you are able to come up with some tiny surprise for me every now and then. Like placing a stray shell in my hand as I sit in the surf playing with the sand or tossing a bunch of seaweed onto me as your current goes by.

Yes, my dear sea, you are my special friend and shall always be so. You and I grew up together and I discovered your friendship oh so long ago. You watched silently as I progressed through my teens and into adulthood and you know only too well that I will always come back to you from wherever I am. See you soon!

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 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!
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Trusting the one you walk with


I was reminded of this in June 2014 when I attended the funeral of my mom's cousin. There we were in the church and the ushers were seating us. One of them who I did not know came up to me and offered me his arm and as we walked he said, "'I guess that you have to trust the one you walk with, right?"

I did not think of it right away but upon further reflection I conceded that he was absolutely correct. I have to trust the one I walk with and it does not matter whether or not I know them. Scary you say? Only if you let it be so.

Come to think of it, is this not what we all do each time we fly? We have to trust the pilot who flies the plane and chances are that we would not even know them. The same holds for a bus driver, a cab driver, and anyone else who we need to trust whenever we drive or fly.

Trust for me is very important but there are times when I have to put my hesitation aside and go with the flow. I guess that this is so for all, if not most, of us who are blind.

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 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, March 18, 2015

Those pesky deck chairs


Each time I go to the seaside on my annual vacation, I always end up fighting with those pesky deck chairs. They reside near poolside and it cannot be helped if they are often left strewed all over the place. This cannot be helped.

More often than not it is the hotel's guests who leave them scattered around. This after the hotel has gone to such trouble to place them in an orderly manner. Then I come along and as I walk by my feet come in contact with them and alas! I end up with a bruise to various parts of my foot. To my toe, instep, back of my ankle, or even on the lower part of my calf.

There is not much that anyone can really do about this problem. I just need to be extra careful whenever I walk close to the pool. Just another thing for me to remember.

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

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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!
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Those lovable little birds


Oh how I love those lovable little birds! Their voices are as pure as breezes in a bottle and I always look forward to them waking me up each morning whenever I visit my mom. They demand nothing and they ask for nothing. They will sing for me at no cost. They will entertain me at no cost. All I need to do is to just give them a bit of food each day and voila! They are there for me every day!

When I had my sight I could see them when they came close enough. They were so colorful and so elegant. They flew all around me and above me. They ran races with each other and they chirped with gusto as they played and flew.

These are the memories that I have of my lovable little birds! So free and so alive! Just so forever and forever!

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 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!"