Friday, February 27, 2015

I know when she has reached the bottom step


This is a technique that Mom and I have recently developed and when I was visiting her for the 2014 Christmas vacation, we somehow managed to perfect it. In reality it is very simple and it works; especially so as Mom has some very steep steps to climb in order to reach the entrance of her home.

So, here is how it works. Each time we leave her house, Mom goes down the stairs in front of me and as she goes she taps lightly on the railing and I can hear her as she goes. I can also feel the vibration of her taps as she does this and it tells me exactly where she is, how far ahead of me she is, and how close she is to the bottom step.

This is the perfect technique for me now that I am unable to see what is in front of me and no one would really know if they were to see us going down the steps.

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!"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mom and me with her Christmas decorations


This particular memory shall forever be imbedded in my mind and will have a special place in my memory bank. It all took place when I visited Mom for the 2014 Christmas holidays. There was Mom, like the eternal guide that she has always been, carefully navigating me through her sparkling creations of Christmas decorations.

I could hear the excitement and pride in her voice as she gingerly and carefully showed me each decoration. She gently took my hands and explained as she and I walked through her kitchen into her dining room and then into her living room. There was the heirloom Christmas tree. Then the poinsettias. Then her very own and personal touch, the ones that she has always been known for! Her special arrangements of candles, Christmas balls, and other Christmas decorations.

At the end of her special tour I had to stand there and marvel at this wonderful lady's enthusiasm, her will to keep Christmas cheer in our home, and so much more. Then I gave her a hug and a squeeze and a pat on the back as we walked back towards the kitchen. She had managed once more to revive and preserve my special Christmas memories.

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, February 25, 2015

Remembering my childhood mirror


I can still remember this very special and precious mirror. Although I could not really see very much because of very poor vision, it was enough for me to be able to put my nose right up against it and strain my eyes to see whatever I could.

The mirror resided in my mom's wardrobe and each time she opened it to find something or put something in, there I was, glued to my childhood mirror. It was a full length mirror and to this day it does still indeed live on. The other day I remembered it when my mom went to her wardrobe but now things are very different.

Yes, I know that it is still there and yes I can still touch its surface but no! I can no longer see anything in it and so I have to depend on my childhood memories.

In those days I used to be able to see a glimpse of my reflection and I used to play games with myself; swaying back and forth in front of the mirror to see if I could catch a glimpse of myself. I had so much fun but I'll never know if my mom caught on to my childish games.

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!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, February 20, 2015

As an audio mystery writer


What started off as a hobby has now turned into a thriving business for me, and boy am I enjoying it. The one thing that I would say is this: Being blind has not stopped me from pursuing my new part-time career.

I can use my imagination and the sky is the limit! I have created a character named detective DJ and I have patterned her after much of myself. This exciting character not only solves crimes in a unique way with her team of crime crushers, she writes and records Christmas mysteries that are thrilling, scintillating, and riveting. Mysteries that are refreshing and filled with hope, joy, and cheer and then there is more.

Detective DJ is heavily involved in campaigns against bullying! On behalf of kids who are blind, on behalf of women who are vulnerable, and on behalf of the true victims! Yes! Being blind is no barrier to my new part-time career.

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!"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

God bless Steve Jobs


I am probably one of those who will continue to sing the praises of the late Steve Jobs for the rest of my life and as a blind person I can tell you that I am very proud to do so.

Thanks to Steve Jobs I can be a part of the worldwide group of i device users. He did something which has turned out to practically revolutionize the world of mobile devices for blind and low vision folks like me. And as they often say, better late than never. I just hope that other developers can find it possible to follow in his footsteps and since he has been gone, Apple has continued to fulfill his promises.

I, as a blind i device user, will continue to encourage Apple to keep on motoring. To keep on developing and marketing software and hardware for blind persons. The world is a better place for me, thanks to Steve Jobs.

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, February 18, 2015

My childhood days at church


These are very priceless and precious memories that I have managed to carefully stow away in my memory bank. My parents took me to church every Sunday and along with my brothers, Robert and Jeffrey, our family would sit together in the pew and be a part of the Mass. In those days I could not really see too much around me so I had to depend on others to describe things to me. My mom was my eyes and ears in those days.

I did not have the luxury of a Braille prayer book in those days so I had to depend on my memory to help me keep up with the responses and my dad made sure that I knew them well. Then there were the days when I, along with my family, would go to church with my granny and cousins during vacation time. During the summer vacation at the beach and again at Christmas time.

I have to admit that going to church at Christmas time was always my favorite as I would use the descriptions from Mom and Granny along with my imagination to conjure up images of the Manger, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and a richly decorated church. Once or twice I was called upon to play the organ and oh, how I loved it all.

Yes! Memories of my childhood days at church, memories forever!

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!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, February 13, 2015

Remembering the comforter


Call me a sap or whatever you will, this is how I felt when I finally decided to part company with my beloved comforter. I had had it for many years and knew exactly what it looked like as I had bought it when I still had vision.

It was so beautiful, with large pink flowers on a white background. It was so crisp and bright and oh how I loved it. I have since bought a new one but it is not quite the same, and why? Because I do not really know what it looks like and I have had to depend on my mom to describe it to me. I can tell you that there is a huge difference between being able to see something for one's self as opposed to having someone to describe it for me.

Oh well, that's life. My beloved comforter is gone to a better place now.

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!"