Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A cherished memory: When Dad left on his trip


I can still remember this particular day so clearly, as if it happened only yesterday.  It was a Saturday in early June many years ago and Dad was on his way to Europe with Uncle Ben and his cousins.

I did not want my dad to go because I knew that I would miss him so much and all day long I remember dreading the time he would have to leave.  I was not sure what I would do but one thing for sure was that I knew that Mom would do her best to distract me enough that I would not notice him leaving. This was exactly what she and Granny did.

A family friend brought his daughter over to play with me and so absorbed was I that I never knew when Dad left and when I finally realized that he was gone I burst into tears.  I was not mad that he had left without saying goodbye to me; I was mad that I did not even notice.

I went into his room and laid on his bed and sobbed into his pillows.  Then I turned over on my back and began to pray that he would return the next day but that was never going to be possible.  So I satisfied myself by inhaling the scent of the remaining dregs of his cologne and after a while I joined the rest of the family in the kitchen.

Looking back on it now, it is really interesting how the scent of Dad's cologne helped to calm me.

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

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A funny experience: When the kettle leaked


Looking back at this particular instance it was not very funny at the time but now I can smile a bit more when remembering.

At first, no one seemed to know where the water that was making puddles on my counter had come from.  One guess was that it had come from up above via a leak in the ceiling.  Another guess was that it came from a tap that had been left running and that the water had overflowed onto the counter.  Then we figured it out.

The poor old kettle was the culprit, so to speak.  We had filled it too full and as a result the water came running out.  This could happen to anyone but when you are vision impaired it takes a bit more thinking and figuring out to identify the reason.

Sometimes my head hurts just trying to figure out things but I have to accept this and just deal with it.

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

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

All in a day's work: Reminders for the Management Office


This is a constant process for me but one that is very necessary.

I live in a condo building and I naturally depend on the Management Office to let me know whenever such activities as fire alarm testing, water shut offs, heating and air conditioning maintenance, and other types of safety and security activities are going to take place.  In addition, to provide me with schedules for our superintendents.

Sometimes they remember to email me the notices that they also stick in our doors but a lot of the time they do not and it is at these times that I need to phone them and remind them.

I have a great neighbor and friend who keeps me up to date whenever notices are stuck in our doors so if she tells me something and I have not received a notice via email, this is when I need to remind the Management Office.

This is a work in progress and I am not sure if it is going to change.  It is one of the challenges of living in a condo complex and there is nothing to be done about it.

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, May 17, 2017

Refreshing experiences: At the Apple Store


I can definitely tell you that any time I have visited the Apple Store for assistance with any of my iDevices, I have come away feeling so excited and delighted. These visits have been nothing but a treat for me as the store's technicians really know their products and when it comes to working with a vision impaired person, they are second to none.

They are on top of their game, so to speak.  They know their stuff and I have been able to learn so much from them.  They teach me about apps that I never even heard of and they increase my knowledge of my own iDevices.

Now, if only other companies could follow suit!  This would surely make life so much simpler!  It's all about top notch customer service and technical support, and oh yes!  Making the customer their priority!

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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Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily challenges: Those recycled bags


Yes, they are a real challenge for me and if I want to be on top of things then I need to be super organized.  I need to ensure that I put the right stuff for recycling in the right bags or else I will be in big trouble.

Added to all of this is that I need to remember which stuff should be put into which bags.  A real chore?  Indeed!  But I need to do my part to sustain our environment and to ensure that our kids have a shot at a cleaner and brighter future.

So, I need to call on my memory, my will power, and oh yes!  To make the time to take my recycled bags down to the recycling room.  The one thing that I find is that those bags may be strong but do not let them rip on you!  They rip so easily and then they literally disintegrate all over the place making it harder for me to go after them.

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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Thursday, May 11, 2017

A challenge: When the cable box refuses to cooperate


Now, whenever my beloved cable box is in a good mood then there is nothing preventing it from working like a charm.  However, whenever it feels in a mood to be either nasty or that I do not seem to be doing something right, then here is where things can get very testy.

When these moments occur, and because I have no way of knowing what is being displayed on the screen of my cable box, I am practically in limbo. If there is no sighted person around to assist me, then I am truly at a loss.

How I wish that we could have access to talking cable boxes.  What a great thing this could be.  At least for a sighted person it is easy for them to see the display and lights on the box, but alas!  For me it is practically impossible.

Sometimes I get lucky using the methodical approach. I reconnect with my cable box by pressing buttons that others have shown me, but I can tell you that these times are not always there for me.

Ah, yes!  The joys of interacting with my cable box.

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

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Some musings: Who was it really?


Sometimes I am not very sure who I have just spoken to and this often happens whenever I approach the service desk at a hotel, restaurant, or even at a store.

Sometimes I think that I am talking to the one whose voice I have just heard but then again I am often caught off guard.  It is often a very humorous situation and I try not to either laugh out loud or to smile lest someone thinks that I am crazy.

These situations normally take place whenever someone responds to me but then walks away without letting me know, or that I think that I am speaking to someone but it's someone else that I am talking to.  Or some of the time I may not be talking to anyone because the voice that I thought I heard was someone else talking to another person.

Funny, you may think, and I agree because if I want to keep my sanity then this is how I need to approach life.  These are some of the more interesting experiences that I encounter as someone who is vision impaired.

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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Friday, May 5, 2017

A minor challenge: Challenges with an AC


These challenges normally arise when I stay at a hotel during the summer. In the normal scheme of things there is no way to really tell how I should go about setting the temperature and it all has to do with trial and error.

I prefer to try things out on my own and it takes lots of patience and perseverance.  However, I sometimes get lucky the first time around and I am able to do the settings to my satisfaction.

I would love to be able to find a way whereby I could receive audio cues as I go about setting the temps but I am not sure how this would be or could be accomplished.  So for now, I'll just have to put up with things.

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

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reflections: Those spanking new windows


It was worth the wait and now they are here.  I cannot appreciate their beauty but friends and family tell me that they look so good!  My windows are finally here!

I love them because they keep out the cold air during the winter and when summer rolls around we shall see how they stand up to the frightfully hot outdoor humidity.

There was a lot of work to be done before they finally came.  I needed help to pack things away and move furniture away from the windows and balcony doors.  Things needed to be covered up so as to prevent dust from making a muck of everything.

I know that I was so very worried as to how things would go before the actual date but thankfully everything worked out fine and with my friends Sue, Sandra, and Gabriella to help out, all's well that ends well.

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, May 3, 2017

Precious memories forever: When the dogs greeted me


Oh, boy!  I can still remember those flailing tails and booming voices of my dogs as they used to greet me when I would come home from school or from anywhere else.  They would be jumping all around me and then leaping to my shoulders to catch my attention but the most memorable moment was when I returned home from England after having spent a year there as a student.

For one fleeting moment I thought that they would have forgotten me but how wrong I was.  No, no!  Not at all!  As soon as they saw me they went crazy!

They barked!  They howled with delight!  They danced and flailed their tails!  And all I could do was to simply stand there and reach out my arms to them!  Ah, yes!  They were my most loyal friends!  My Lion and my Tiger!

Then the whole episode was repeated days later when I traveled to my granny's home to see Boyo and Brownie!  No difference!  Same loyal and loving reception!

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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Friday, April 28, 2017

Great memories: Happy times in the Savannah

hey sure were such happy times for me and they are times that shall always remain in a very special corner of my heart.

I can still remember learning to fly a kite with my dad and playing all kinds of ball games with him and my brothers.  I remember racing around on Jeffrey's scooter with him running alongside me and laughing at the top of his voice.  I remember running as hard as I could with Jeffrey and Nancy and enjoying it so much as the fresh, cool air blew gently through my hair and across my cheeks.

Then there were the times when Dad and I would take our dog, Yella, for walks and she would just go off and roll around in smelly dirt and then Dad would scold her before taking her home to give her a bath and another scolding.

Then Dad would take Jeffrey and me to see the race horses and we would stand there watching them do their morning exercises and Dad and Jeffrey would describe everything to me.

Then there were the more quiet times: walking with Mom and Dad in the Savannah, feeling the cool grass under my feet, listening to the sweet singing birds,  inhaling the fragrance of nearby flowers, and sitting quietly on the benches while Dad read and Mom and I chatted.

Ah, yes!  Those cherished memories for a lifetime.

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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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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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Great reflections: Imagining while sitting in my high chair


These were the times  when I was growing up that I got to truly imagine.  How well I remember doing this as I sat there fighting off bouts of fever and tonsillitis! As a child I suffered much from tonsillitis and spent too many moments either in bed or seated in my high chair with Mom close by.

I still remember those days.  I would be overcome with high fever and tonsillitis and Mom would have to look after me.  She would give me a hot bath, feed me the usual soup, juice, and toast, and then dress me in warm PJs and let me sit in a high chair until I told her that I wanted to go to bed. Then she would lift me out of the chair and put me in my bed.

However, as I sat in my high chair, shaking from the fever, I did manage to imagine. I imagined so many things!  I dreamed of becoming a story teller and writing about fairies, princes, princesses, and kings and queens.  Then I dreamed of becoming a lawyer and then I dreamed of becoming a good swimmer and ice skater.  These were the major things but, of course, there were many other imaginings.

Guess what?  I am so very delighted and humbled to say that my imagination has turned into reality!  I am now an audio mystery writer, and I can ice skate and swim reasonably well.  However, I am still working on becoming a lawyer.

Gosh!  I need to thank my imagination, don't you think?

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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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, April 26, 2017

Fond memories: Growing up with the cousins


I can honestly say that memories of growing up with my cousins were ones of cherished and never to be forgotten times. There are so many memories for me to look back on but I'll tell you honesty that if you ever wanted to talk about equality, then my cousins showed how it was done.

They never differentiated against me!  They always treated me without any semblance of being afraid to play with me, talk with me, and have so much fun with me.

They walked with me, talked with me, swam with me, played hide and seek with me, plus so much more.  They even played football and cricket with me and never grumbled whenever I asked for help.  They even played cards with me and taught me so much.

They were mainstream kids who adapted so well to playing with a kid who was vision impaired.  We were close and saw each other so very often.  My, how I loved each of them in their own special way and even today we still manage to stay connected.

We love reminiscing about the good old times: building sand castles and water pools on the beach, running with the dogs, and cutting out photos from Mom's magazines, plus so much more! These memories will be mine forever and my cousins will be mine forever.

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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Friday, April 21, 2017

Lessons for a lifetime: What did I learn in England?


Despite it being so long ago I can honestly tell you that I learned so much and these are the lessons that have helped to shape me as a person.

I did not just learn how much Britain had to endure during those World Wars, I learned the true meaning of the phrase "stiff upper lip."  I also learned how hard this great country fought to stay alive and what it did in order to triumph and live to tell the tale.

I learned why Britain is often referred to as "Great Britain" and I also learned all about the important part Royalty plays in its history.  I learned all about a new culture and I came to appreciate the challenges that others face and the diverse challenges at that.

I learned to appreciate my family even more and I learned not to take anything for granted.  I learned to be more giving and sharing and I learned what selflessness is all about.

Most of all, I learned all about sacrifice, loyalty, and how not to give up in the face of adversity.  I learned how to endure and problem solve and I learned never to take anyone for granted and to appreciate friendships.

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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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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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lucky me! Memories of the Grange


This was my home away from home when I studied in England and I must say that it was one of the best places that any student could have hoped for. It was extremely luxurious with large bedrooms, comfortable beds, and the facilities for our recreation were top notch.

I can still picture the dining room, lounge, and living room in my mind. There was a garden just outside of the dining room and the grounds were simply immaculate.

Now, looking back on it all, I can truly appreciate it much more than I did then.  I had so much to be thankful and grateful for but unfortunately for me I did not see the true picture then.

This was a once in a lifetime experience that any teen would have died for but I am afraid that I may not have truly appreciated it then.  However, it is never too late to look back and remember.

In essence, I stayed at a classy hotel and I did not even know it.  I had the good fortune to be accommodated at a place that so many teens my age would have absolutely died for and have wished for.

Maybe some day I will return there, to Christopher Grange on Youens Way in Liverpool.  Just to see it once more and to silently say thank you for having enabled me to live there for one year.  I was the lucky one!

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, April 19, 2017

Forever in my mind: Memories of school days in England


Looking back on these memories I can only say that it was probably my first taste of real learning as they were all carried out so far away from home. I sure learned a lot.  I developed endurance, creativity, but above all I obtained an appreciation for the trials and tribulations of others.

As someone who is vision impaired, I learned that there were others with additional challenges, mental and physical challenges.  I learned to deal with all kinds of weather conditions ranging from dull and soggy days to wonderful spring mornings with fresh cool breezes blowing down my cheeks and through my hair as I walked to school.

I learned to cope with dark mornings and night-like afternoons as I went to and from school and I learned to appreciate a brand new culture, a very different British culture.

My classmates were all so helpful and encouraging to me.  I experienced so much with them and they were always so willing to share their knowledge, skills, and everyday activities with me.

I had to make friends with so many new kids of my age, and teachers, as well. At times I found it very overwhelming but it only made me appreciate more what I had left behind: my parents, brothers, Granny, dogs, and family and friends.

These were all learning memories for me; hard, realistic, and brutal but at the end of the day?  They were ones that were the beginning of the road to my independence!

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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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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Friday, April 14, 2017

School time: Remembering concert costumes


My first memory of concert costumes was when I was slotted to play Little Boy Blue at a Christmas concert. The next time was when I was dressed as an angel in a skit called the Eight Bells of Christmas.  Then I was dressed as Mother Hubbard and after that my days as a so called would-be child actress ended mercifully.

I will be honest here and let you know that being in concerts was not an easy task for me.  I did not like it. I was almost always very anxious and nervous and even when I was chosen to be in a choir or even perform a piano solo or duet, I would practically have bad dreams before the actual event.

Christmas concerts were the order of the day for our grade school and many of my classmates practically lived for these moments.  Not me!  Sure, I enjoyed the excitement but I would almost always be praying that I would not be chosen to be a part of it!

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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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A childhood reflection: Riding the tricycle in our yard


I can still remember the absolute delight as I used to zoom around our yard on my tricycle.  Oh,, how I loved to just get on my little tricycle and then pedal as fast as I could.  I am very certain that my parents were watching me very carefully to make sure that I did not bump into anything.  I could practically feel their eyes on me from their second floor lookout as I raced around the yard.

I usually did it on evenings when there were not too many cars coming in and out of the yard.  The good thing is that I always rode around using the parked cars as my guide and in those days I had enough vision to see the cars and their bright colors.

I sure worked up a sweat and by the time I was done my clothes were soaking wet and then it was time to have my evening shower.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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www.takeanother5.com
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Precious and perfect forever! Quiet evenings on the patio


These are some of the times that I treasure most, quiet times on Mom's patio with Mom sitting close by.

It is the time when I could hear myself think.  Times when I could forget all about ringing phones, persistent emails, and those insistent text messages.  It is the time when I shut out the world, so to speak, and even the news is way in the background.

Mom and I sit and chat quietly.  Often times we have our dinner, relaxing and savoring the cool evening's breeze.  The birds fly by on their way to their nests, chirping and calling to each other as they go by and the fragrance of the flowers wafts gently against my nostrils.

Mom often describes pictures of sunsets to me; she is always looking for things to describe to me.  Anything from Rico, our adopted cat, crossing the yard to a lizard creeping soundlessly along the wall.

There is always something for us to talk about, laugh about, and wonder about.  Ah, yes!  My quiet times on the patio.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Friday, April 7, 2017

A new path: Going with Mom to the doctor


Now that my mom's hearing is starting to deteriorate, I am happy to accompany her whenever she has to visit the doctor.  I listen intently as the doctor speaks to her and whenever I feel that she has not heard a question or a response I am happy to jump in and help her understand.

Mom is extremely patient and never loses her cool.  She never raises her voice and does her best to hear what is going on.  Her doctors are also very good to her and are happy to repeat themselves whenever necessary.

So it is a new experience for me; she sees and I hear.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reflections: The 2016 Olympics

I am not sure if it would be accurate to say that the degree of audio description would depend on which channel you choose. But what I would say is that when it comes to audio description we are still a very long way from being able to enjoy acceptable audio description.

I found this out when I followed much of the 2016 Olympics on more than one channel.  Sometimes the audio description was simply non-existent and at other times it was not too bad.

At the end of the day I would say that I hope and pray that with time there will be more audio description.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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www.takeanother5.com
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An interesting experience: When the pill rolled off the counter

Looking back, now, this particular memory was one that was a very interesting one.  I had brought my vitamin pills out to the counter and had laid them out but I needed to fetch some juice in order to wash them down.

So, off I went to get my juice and upon returning I discovered that I could only find two of the three pills.  At first I thought that the missing pill had just rolled away on the counter, but I was wrong.

The pill had actually rolled off the counter and had fallen onto the floor and now I had to use my logic to figure out where it was.  Sure, I could have asked my mom to help me locate it but this time I wanted to do my own searching.

So, I composed myself and then I began a methodical search on the floor, trying to figure out which direction the pill had taken.

This paid off quickly for me because before I knew it my fingers had found the missing pill.  Score one for me on this day.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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www.takeanother5.com
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Friday, March 24, 2017

More happy days: Lunchtime at school


This was the time in high school when I would get together with my little group of friends.  There was Debra, Kathleen, Bernadette, and Lyn.

There we were, seated on the floor outside of the chemistry lab with our lunch boxes.  Each of us had different things to share but for the most part it was Debra and I who shared.  She loved the lunches that Mom made for me: yummy potato salad and baked chicken, macaroni pie, and those fat, juicy sandwiches. I loved the Chinese food that her parents used to pack in her lunch kit.

We were a tight little group of five and even after Lyn left we continued to eat lunch together.  Then we graduated from sitting on the floor to sitting on benches with tables at the back of the school.  This was a sort of courtyard that faced the boys college and my friends never tired of describing the boys to me as they walked by our school.

Of course the boys would also take the opportunity to peek into our yard as they walked by and I am very sure that they, too, made comments among themselves.  Oh, yes!  Those were the good old days, forever gone but never to be forgotten!

We ate lunch together for three marvelous years!  We chatted, discussed, and my friends would often read to me! Then we would finish our lunches and return to sit at our desks and wait for afternoon classes to begin.

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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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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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy times: Soap operas on the radio


Oh, how I remember listening to these on our radio.  I must have started when I was about six years old and along with Mom and Granny it was the time of day when we three got to sit together.  There was no TV so we had to depend on the radio. Even after TV came to our neighborhood, we continued our rituals.

Soap operas seemed to play all day long on the various radio stations, starting from around 10 am and ending at around 4 pm and then again it resumed at supper time and ended at bedtime.

I sure remember sneaking my small transistor radio in my school bag and trying to listen to the soap operas during break time and again at lunch. Then when I went home I would race to find Mom and Granny to ask what went on during the day with the ones that I had missed.

They were always so ready to tell me everything and I was such an avid listener.  The voices in the soap operas were so clear and easy to understand and the descriptions were unquestionably the best.  We had no difficulty following along.

As I think about it now, these soap operas dealt mainly with human conflict and descriptions of crime and sex were kept to a very minimum.  This definitely did not prevent listeners from deriving lots of enjoyment. Blind or sighted, listeners used to flock to their radios to tune in.

Would it be possible to bring back those wonderful soap operas?

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Looking back: Playing with Jeffrey's toys


I can easily say that as a child I certainly had the best of two worlds. That is, I was able to play with my girl's toys, either on my own or with my girl cousins, and then, on the other hand, with my brother Jeffrey's toys.

I looked upon this as having been able to enjoy two different worlds. Jeffrey is my twin brother so there was no age barrier.  I played with his toy cars and toy soldiers.   I simply loved to drive them around on the carpet, and then there were his little trucks, vans, and buses.

One of my favorites was his space ship and another was his Mix Master cement mixer.  He always used to let me play with them for hours on end.

Then he would help me tie bits of string around his larger cars and pull them around our home.  There was his police car, the patrol car, the large bus, and the old-timer car!  And oh, yes!  The Ferrari race car, which was one of my favorites.

Sometimes I tried out his pop guns but I was always afraid of the noise that they made.  The one thing that I stayed away from, however, was his model planes because I knew how much he treasured them. I was always afraid that I would break them if I touched them too hard.  However, my parents would let me touch them once in a while so that I could get an idea of their shape.

Oh, yes!  How much I enjoyed playing with Jeffrey's toys!  Those tiny cars and toy soldiers will forever be in my mind, and yes!  Playing with the sailboats in our large, plastic swimming pool.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Another childhood memory: Remembering my childhood bathtub


Oh yes!  It was huge and it was filled with all kinds of things as I passed through my childhood years.  With balls of all sizes.  With boats and ships. With all kinds of everything.

This tub was not your ordinary one!  It was custom made with lots of space for me to slide around.  There were high walls and a step to climb down into the tub.  There was a shower and an additional tap for us kids to shower under.

I always remember using the bar of soap to make the floor of the tub slippery and then I would sit and slide around in it all.  My brother, Jeffrey, did the same thing and as kids we would have mini races in our bath tub.

Ah, yes!  Those wonderful memories!

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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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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A childhood memory: My special sea game


I can still remember my special little sea game and I do not think that anyone really knew about it. At least I hope that no one knew.

It was all about me and those wonderful waves.  The big ones and the small ones.  I floated over the small ones and jumped over the big ones.  Then there was good old Dad who was always there to tell me when to jump.

It was amazing how much he was involved but I still do not know if he knew about my games.

He would tell me when to jump and sometimes I got it and sometimes I missed it completely.  Then there were the times when I really missed and the wave would get the better of me and send me sprawling towards the beach where I would land face down at the edge of the water.

Strange, but I was never embarrassed. Just more determined than ever to try again and then Dad would be there to play along.  Ah, yes!  my sea games forever.

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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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, March 15, 2017

One of my favorite memories: Granny's special signal


I can still remember her signal as clear as day and truth be told it was nothing more than Granny knocking her ring against the pipe of our banister as she ascended the stairs to our home.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I would become whenever I heard the sound of her ring echoing upwards as she ascended the stairs. It meant that Granny was home once more after having been away for a wee bit and now she and I could enjoy each others' company.

Talk about someone who taught me so much and that was my beloved Granny! She was patient, gentle, but firm.  She taught, guided, and more often than not she pushed me to be a better person.

I was not always the best of students but Lord only knows how hard I tried. I know that Granny was very proud of me because of her wonderful graduation card that she sent me when I graduated from university, and when Mom found a graduation photo of me among her papers after she had passed on!

I am awfully proud to have had you for my granny and I thank you for all that you gave to me.  Until we meet again!

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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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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Friday, February 24, 2017

A cherished memory: Mom and her slippers


Poor old Mom!  I am constantly teasing her about her various types of slippers.  She wears one pair that makes a very loud and slapping noise as she walks and this is the one that I like best as I can normally tell where she is and when she is approaching.

Then she has one that makes a much softer sound as she walks.  It sounds very professional and sometimes I cannot tell quite where she is.  However, I can tell when she is hurrying along as opposed to her walking more leisurely.

Then finally there is the pair of slippers that simply do not make any sound at all and this is my least favorite.  I cannot really tell which of these is Mom's favorite but maybe, and just maybe, she likes them all.

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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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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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Good times: Having tea with the family


I always enjoy having tea with the family and, as a matter of fact, I enjoy this activity on the whole.  However, I always need to adjust my strategy whenever this happens.

If the tea is a sit-down tea whereby you can order from a menu, I need to have someone read the menu to me and then the fun begins.  If each person receives their own plate of goodies then I normally get someone to tell me how my goodies are arranged.  I normally order tea so that when it comes I again depend on someone to help me find the cream or milk.

I can usually pour my own tea from the tea pot but there is always someone there at the table to render assistance.

If the tea party is a buffet event then here is where the trick of the trade comes in as I would need to depend on someone to assist me at the buffet table.  I would ask them to tell me what is being served and then to help me retrieve what I would like to have put on my plate.

This is just another routine task for me if I attend any afternoon tea event.  I will say that there is always someone there to assist.

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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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, February 22, 2017

A great memory: Mom and the lizards


Never mind that Mom really does not appreciate having those lizards come too close to her, this is how I also feel.  I cannot see them so I allow my imagination to take over whenever I sense that they are close.

How do I know that they are nearby?  First off, they make a sort of a clacking sound when they are close by and then there is good old Mom!  She normally shrieks and runs away whenever she sees any of them.

She may be opening the door to any of her kitchen or pantry cupboards or she may be in her garden or she may even be in her laundry room when they appear.  I am usually not too far away and her protestations are followed by her reaching for her spray can to spray them.

I usually find all of this very funny and humorous but truth be told I am sure glad that I cannot see these lizards.  I can only use my imagination to figure out what is happening.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

A refreshing memory: Mom and her magazines


This is probably one thing that must occur each week and that is for Mom to purchase her favorite magazines.  When I had functional vision I was the one who bought these for her and mailed them to her.  I always enjoyed doing this as I was able to pick out her magazines and read the headlines before buying them and then taking them home where I stuffed them in large envelopes and then took them to the post office for mailing.

Now it is Mom who reads the headlines to me and then she proceeds to do her crossword puzzles and browse through the various sections.  I know better than to interrupt her when she is with her magazines.

I sit and wait patiently for her to read and then she is ready to talk to me.  These are the moments that I really treasure: Mom reading her magazines, me waiting and working at my computer until she is ready.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A challenge: Searching through Mom's fridge

Talk about an adventure for the day, and it is all about searching through Mom’s fridge.  You would be very lucky if you were able to come out of there without having paused to sample something or the other.

As a blind person I find it very interesting and at times a bit of a challenge, and why?  Because I never know what I am going to find, but there is one thing for me to say: it is well organized as everything seems to have its particular place.

For the most part, Mom’s fridge is always packed and contains a wide variety of all kinds of everything.  Things are organized into some sort of orderly piles and it is not too difficult to find something cold to drink.

My challenge is that I often have to open containers to learn their contents whereas for the one with sight this is not the case.  Say what you may, however, it is an adventure that I often enjoy!

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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www.takeanother5.com
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My reflection: Mom's favorite supermarket


Oh, how I love going to Mom’s favorite supermarket!  It is always a treat whenever I go grocery shopping with this very special lady.

We set out early in the morning and soon we are there!  The many smells of food cooking, fresh produce, baked goods, and so much more simply tantalize my nostrils.

On most occasions Mom’s favorite supermarket is crowded with shoppers pushing shopping carts loaded with all kinds of goods, standing around in the aisles chatting and laughing among themselves, and shoppers conversing in various languages other than English.

Some are carrying on conversations in English.  Others are greeting each other in Spanish while others are exchanging information in a Chinese dialect.  I stop, I listen, and I take it all in and I thoroughly enjoy the entire scene.

Mom would often stop to greet a friend and then she would introduce me to them.  Then we would move on to continue filling our own shopping cart.

Christmastime is probably my favorite time to visit Mom’s favorite supermarket as it is overflowing with goodies of all kinds and the crowds are thick and noisy.  It is the time when smells simply outdo themselves as they compete for my attention.

Ah, yes!  This is Mom’s favorite supermarket!

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Forever my doll house: My makeshift doll house


This is exactly what it was.  It was a makeshift doll house but it was mine, nevertheless, and I loved and cherished it because I had created it with my own two hands along with my imagination.

This is what it was.  A large piece of board supported by two small crates. There were three tiny rooms.  The center room was the one between the two crates and the outer rooms did not have any outside wall. I placed all of my main furniture in the two outer rooms while my little dolls slept in the center room.

I did all of my cooking and ironing and other activities on top of the board and I called this my kitchen and pantry.  I made space for a very tiny yard outside of my little house and there I would bring my dolls out to play.  It worked very well and it was my little space in our family's home and mine alone.  Everyone left me to do what I needed to do and even the dogs respected my privacy.

I can still picture it now.  It was all mine and will be mine forever.  Mine where I played, imagined, created, and dreamed.  Dreams that I kept secret and ones that, for the most part, have come true.

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
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A great childhood memory: Hunting for almonds


I have to admit that this was one of my favorite childhood activities at school.  There I was, along with my classmates, hunting for those ripe and juicy almonds at break time and during lunch hour.

We were all vision impaired so accordingly we had to walk gingerly in the grass in order to find them.  We needed to make sure that we did not crush them when we stepped on them as it was the only way for us to find them, by stepping on them.

I do remember having been able to find so many of these sweet, large, juicy fruits and each time I found one it was as good as the previous one or even better.

I know that my classmates felt the same way and we often had competitions to see who would find the most during break time.  Ah, yes!  More memories to cherish and love forever.

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

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Memories forever: My little blue rocking chair


I still remember my little blue rocking chair: so tiny, so delicate and so bright.  Oh how I loved it and I can still remember sitting in it and being afraid to rock too hard in it for fear of breaking it.

I must have been only about five or six years old and thank goodness that I was very petite or else I may not have been able to fit in it.  My memories are clear but the one thing is that I do not even know now what became of it.

All of this being said, I definitely have great memories of my little blue rocking chair.  I really loved and cherished it and will always hold these memories very close to my heart.  Those were the days when I could just sit, rock gently, and imagine so many things.  I imagined about fairies, kings and queens, and princes and princesses.  I imagined swimming with the fishes and flying with the birds and I dreamed of flying with fairies and playing with princes and princesses.

Ah, yes!  My childhood dreams and ones that live on in my mind and will be there forever.  My little blue rocking chair sure helped me to imagine.

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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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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Friday, February 3, 2017

Not much difference: Interacting with Mom's TV


This is, indeed, a very interesting but humorous type of interaction for me. At first I had refused to even go near Mom's TV, but in the summer of 2016 I decided to bite the bullet and grab a hold of this situation.

Mom's TV is very moody at the best of times but when she works she really does.  Mom has two separate remotes to make her TV work but I have figured out a way to get around this.

I can turn her TV on and off with the buttons at the top of the TV and I can also increase and decrease the volume the same way. I only need to use the remote to flick the channels.

I do not mind doing it this way because I cannot navigate her remote without being shown where the numbers on the numpad are positioned.  Ah yes!  Just another humorous challenge for me.

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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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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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our new way: She sees and I hear


Now that Mom is losing her hearing it has become necessary for us to work even more closely and as a real team.  In short, she sees and I hear.

This is taking some getting used to but we are both working very hard to make it all work.  Mom's eyesight is very good and my hearing is as good. So we assist each other.

Of course, we have our kinks to work out but this is an ongoing work in 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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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, February 1, 2017

Precious memories: Mom and I in St. Lucia


Mom and I have been making it our annual holiday since 2011 and this is an event that I really look forward to every year. Yes!  It's girls' time and we head off to sweet St. Lucia every year to simply relax and have some down time.

It is always so interesting to me whenever we go down for our meals.  These are always buffet style meals and, as always, Mom is my main helper. But the staff has grown so used to us now that they automatically help us out at meal time.

Everyone is just so helpful and oh so cool.  They chat and laugh with us. They bring us whatever we want and they know exactly how to help me out as a blind person.

Then there is the always to remember beach with the sand and surf in limitless abundance.  Nights are very special to me as it is the time when I get to be in touch with my imagination, my self, and my thoughts.

Mornings and evenings on our balcony are so relaxing and so memorable.  Just listening to the sound of the waves as they break gently on the sandy shore, the singing birds and the chirping crickets.

Ah, yes! Sweet St. Lucia!

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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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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Friday, January 27, 2017

Memories forever: My childhood summer holidays


Many may say that memories of one's childhood summer holidays would probably fall into the ordinary category but I would say that they fell into the extra special category.  You see, these are memories of holidays spent with family and dogs.  Memories that were created when I had very limited vision but at the same time they were memories created with lots of time to allow my imagination to wonder, roam, and grow.

Ah, yes!  being able to think and create stories in my head as I lay there at night listening to the waves break upon the sandy shore.  Being able to actually memorize some of them as I tossed and turned, the crickets sang and the dogs walked back and forth along the floor of our beach house and all this just before sleep grabbed a hold of me.

Being able to plan exciting mysteries in my head while the mosquitoes buzzed and the fresh sea breeze wafted freely through a quiet house.

Being able to create sand castles and mountains on the sandy beach, construct pools of all shapes and sizes, dig for clams, and enjoy the surf and warm Caribbean water while thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Being able to simply sit there and allow myself to be just another child among my brothers and cousins while they read to me, played marbles with me, and then we would go out and play all kinds of games such as hide and seek, cricket, football, and then the lagoon activities.

Ah, yes!  Those cherished memories of my childhood summer holidays.

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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Thursday, January 26, 2017

With much gratitude: Now I can really appreciate


I really do not know that many people who have had the privilege to be born with very limited vision, to get a whole amount of it as a teen, and then to lose it as an adult about 25 years later.  That's me, and this is probably what has enabled me to appreciate things so much more.

For me, I have had the opportunity to live in both worlds, so to speak.  I know what it is like to really appreciate very limited vision.  I know what it is like to savor and enjoy so many things with so much vision, and now I know what it is like to be plunged back into a world with almost complete darkness.

I am not saying that along the way things have been easy.  I have had to endure several bumps and roadblocks, but at the same time I have had the pleasure and privilege of enjoying so many things.

I do not think that I could ever fully describe how I felt when I received new vision for the first time but what I can say is that it all enabled me to appreciate things that so many others would normally take for granted. Then the feelings I experienced when I lost almost all of it in 2004.

Now I can really appreciate so much more.

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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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 25, 2017

My precious dogs! Each dog had their habits


I am never tired of talking about my precious dogs and oh how I loved each in their own way.  They were my childhood friends and I am very sure that they each knew that I was visually impaired.

Let's start with Yella, the matriarch of our dog family and a fat and sometimes friendly and sometimes not so friendly lady Lab!  She knew that I was vision impaired because each time I came a bit too close to her she would move softly out of my way.  Yella loved her privacy.

She had her favorite foods: green pea soup, chicken Palau, and oh yes! Coconut jelly and boiled chicken.  She had a sweet tooth as well.  Yella enjoyed her regular baths, but most of all!  She would only play with you on her time and whenever she chose to do so.  Dad was her favorite family
member.

Then there was Tiger!  Fiercely loyal especially so to my mom and he was always ready for adventure and excitement.  Tiger was a huge and muscular Lab who also knew that I was visually impaired because he was always there to try and lead me at times.  He was not afraid to stand up for the family, loved the sea, and enjoyed chasing the birds and any cat that dared to come his way.

Tiger loved most foods and meal time was where he drew the line.  He was very protective of his food.  He, too, loved coconut jelly and all kinds of meat.  Tiger was a dog for all times!  He never flinched from his regular baths and was always up for anything that came his way.

Then there was lion; nothing further than being a lion!  A gentle soul with a playful and friendly personality to his family.  He was loving and always ready to play but on the other hand he, too, liked to be alone.  Lion and Tiger were brothers from the same litter, Yella's two sons.

Lion was loyal to all but when it came to stepping forward he would often be standing at the back of the pack barking more loudly then the others.  He was afraid of thunder.  He, too, loved his food and everything seemed to be his favorite dish.  Lion liked to sleep in cool places, enjoyed his regular
baths like the others, and loved to sniff the fresh air on cool mornings and evenings on our patio.

I could write so much more but I'll stop here for now because I think that you have the picture by now.

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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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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

So many years ago: Remembering my favorite wash basin


You may be asking then, so what's so special about any wash basin?  And here is my answer, for what it is worth.

It was a lovely green color, very large, and just the right size for me to play in with my boats.  I simply loved this wash basin that was in our family's bathroom.

On so many quiet days when the family was otherwise occupied with other activities, I would fill my favorite wash basin with water and then I would put my little boats into the water.  Then I would stand there and simply play with them.

My imagination would simply take me to so many places: to different countries, to a peaceful river, to the deep blue sea, and even to a lagoon void of ripples.

I would sail my little boats, have boat races, and then I would make waves in the water to rock the boats.  The larger ones often withstood the waves but the poor little ones often sank to the bottom.

Oh, how I loved it all.  No one ever really interrupted my time with my boats and if ever they peaked in on me, I would never know.  My times with my boats in my favorite wash basin were priceless memories and always will be.

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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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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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Just another challenge: When Diane had to reshape my hair


This is one of the drawbacks for me as a blind person.  Yes, I can certainly tell when my hairdresser has not cut my hair the way that I would like but I can only do so after the deed has been done.

I can feel what has been done but only after the fact.

I cannot see in the mirror as she is doing it so I am unable to stop her and this is exactly what happened some months ago.  My regular hairdresser had made a huge faux pas and Diane, who is my mom's hairdresser, had to step in and fix it up.

Of course, what I had suspected had been confirmed by my mom and I was not a very happy camper but Mom to the rescue, as they say!  She patiently helped me to deal with it, combing my hair in a way that helped to cover up the faux pas.

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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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 18, 2017

A cherished memory: Remembering Peter and the goat


This is one of my most favorite and cherished childhood memories.  Memories that I shall forever keep close to me.

They were special because they were so simple and they were special because Peter himself was one of the kindest and gentlest of persons.  As I write this I can still hear his soft voice explaining all kinds of things to me as I stood there playing with our goat.

I was but a child then, about six or seven, and Peter could have been old enough to be my grandpa.  He told me so many things about our goat: what she loved to eat, play with, and what she liked to do.

Then, as I stood there on so many occasions, he would teach me about mother nature and the beautiful things around me.  He told me about the trees, flowers, the moon and the stars.  He was patient and answered all of my many questions, never hesitating to do so.

I never had a grandpa so Peter was the closest thing to this.  Then there was his dog who he named See for Me!  A quiet dog, very similar in temperament to Peter.  So many wonderful times were spent with Peter, the goat, and his dog.

Thank you, Peter, for having come into my life and for having treated me not as a blind child, but just another curious kid!

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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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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Friday, January 13, 2017

A challenge: Setting the fan to blow on me


This is probably one of the most challenging things for me to do: being able to set the fan correctly so that its air blows directly on me.

Sometimes I can get it just right but at other times I have to try several times before I get it to be perfect.

It is all about being able to position the fan in the correct spot so that the air from it  blows directly on me.  I know that not being able to see does indeed play a part but I have no choice here. 

I have to persevere and hopefully I'll learn to do it just right some day soon.

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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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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Thursday, January 12, 2017

He is just a hunter! Rico and the bird


He had only done what normal cats do, that is following his natural instincts, but for some reason it did not sit very well with me on this day.

There I was, working away at Mom's dining room table on a quiet Saturday afternoon and suddenly my concentration was interrupted by the screaming of a bird.  No, it did not take me very long to know what was going on but unfortunately for the pretty little dove it was too late.

Rico, our adopted outdoor cat, had somehow managed to capture an unsuspecting bird victim and now he was going to have him for dinner.  There was nothing that anyone could have done. 

It always bothers me whenever such incidents take place and even more when I am unable to see what is going on.   Needless to say that Rico certainly got a huge scolding and tongue lashing from all of us and I do believe that he somehow understood. 😊!

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 11, 2017

A great experience: Mom's surprise on my plate


Sometimes it really does not take too much to surprise me, especially when it comes to enjoying food that I do not expect to be there on my plate. Such was the case a few months ago when Mom completely surprised me one lunchtime.

She did not tell me on this day and I usually have an idea what she is going to serve.  So just imagine when I sat down and proceeded to discover what was for lunch.

Mom was sitting in her chair close by and I could tell that she was watching me intently but I did not even stop to think why she was doing so and then I found out a few minutes later. 

As is my habit, I used my fork to poke around my plate and at first I missed it completely but on my second go around the plate I found it at 12 o'clock.  Oh yes, they were my favorite ribs!  Yum, yum!  That was my surprise for the day and both Mom and I enjoyed it all.

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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From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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