Thursday, October 19, 2017

A heartfelt thanks: Remembering Penfield


Penfield House at the Montreal Association for the Blind is where I met so many kids that have become my friends for life.  Most of all, it is where I met my best friend, Char. Today, I am still friends with not just Char but Chris, Dar, and others.

This was so many years ago and it is just like yesterday.  My dorm room was so luxurious.  We had all the amenities to keep us in comfort and style and the meals were so very delicious.

We attended college and oh, yes!  We skipped classes every now and then. During the summer Char and I went riding in tandem at the back of Penfield House.  Char taught me how to roller skate and play basketball.  We played broom hockey, various card games, and drank tea and ate cookies at
night.

Karen and I had our two-person band, she on the recorder and me on the piano.  We played mainly at night and on weekends whenever she did not go home.  Noreen and others often came to listen and then Karen and I had this little concert in memory of Noreen after she had passed on.  Susan Russell
was our emcee and so many people from the MAB attended.  I'll never forget that day!

Linda Smoke kept me on track with my studies and there was Ruth Macleod and John and Giselle Hall for mobility, Judy Potts, Kathie Palmer and Jennifer Coppold for occupational therapy and Bill Rudkin and so many others helping me in every way.

I must not forget to mention Jay Wodsworth. He escorted me to class every day during my first days at Penfield as I did not know my way and had to learn my mobility.

The thing that I will be forever grateful for is that so many staff members pitched in to help me, and not just with my daily tasks!  They read to me, recorded books and handouts for me, and did everything that they could to help me complete my studies.

From the late Jeff Tessler to Sandra Dorfman, Ruth Robillard and Donna Woods, Fred Collins and William Rudkin Sr.: they were all my readers.  From Dorothy Allen and Marion Torpy to Joyce Leach and Karen and Jamie Prieur and Linda Smoke and her husband, Jerry, to Tony Russell; these were my greatest supporters.

Then there was Donna-Marie Patton, Maralyn Caners, Ellianne Masson, Nicole Caron, Suzanne Billideau, Maralyn Bridgeman, Lorina Pottier, Dollie Hicks, Judie Fletcher, Harry Morrison, and if I have left out anyone then my sincerest of apologies.

A special thanks must go out to Paul Gareau, Dr. John Simms, and Wilfred Williams and oh, yes!  Joan Stryde.

I had five Montreal moms: Dorothy Allen, Marion Torpy, Joyce Leach, K McCrimmon, and K Smith.  They were all there for me when I had my terrible accident and we have remained friends after all of these years!  Then my dear math teacher, Betty Tate! From Wilfred Williams to Dr. John Simms; I shall never forget!

They were all mentors to me and each in their own way helped to make me a better person!  Thank you, Penfield House!  Thank you, MAB!  Thank you, everyone!

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, October 18, 2017

Precious memories forever: Remembering Broughten Hall High School

Memories of this wonderful high school of so many years ago shall forever linger in my mind.  Today, as I sit writing this blog, I can still remember almost all of my classmates.

There was Ruthie, Winnie, and Marie Lamb.  Johannah J-Dean, Angela Alcock and Angela Sexton. Angela Lightfoot, and Angela Bertill. Michelle Moran, Anne-Marie Doyle, Concietta Corruvia, Helen Murray, Ann Cassady, Kathleen Chambers, Jackeline Cole, and those great teachers: Ms Cropper, Ms Berkhill, and Ms Garino!

Of course, there were so many more to remember; a special memory of Pat Quinn and Celia Chambers and her niece, Celia.  These were all youngsters just like me, simply seeking to finish high school and then go out there and discover the world.

I may not have realized it at that time but I was a truly lucky kid.  I had the luxury of attending one of the finest high schools for girls in England and I stayed at one of the finest accommodations.  There was always someone to help me. If I had to do it all over again, I would be much more
appreciative and I would take this experience and learn so much more from it.

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, October 13, 2017

So very frustrating: At the North York General Hospital


Going to a hospital to have tests done or even for surgery is definitely not my favorite thing and I can bet that it is not for most of us.  However, when you are a vision-impaired person there are other things that are more challenging.

If you meet staff who have the additional patience to be of assistance then that is fine. But when they are overworked, or simply do not have the patience, then here is where the challenges occur.

I have met both types and each time I need to go to the hospital then I usually pray very hard before setting out.  If they do not fully explain what they are going to do then this is a challenge.  Or if they do something and do not tell me then this is yet another challenge.

Whenever they think that I cannot get undressed or dressed on my own and ask my friend or Mom to help me, then this is an embarrassment.  Or whenever they shout at me because I cannot hear them then this is yet another embarrassment.

What could be the solution?  More awareness training is needed.

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, October 12, 2017

Interesting experiences: Cleaning up the flowers


This is probably one of the more interesting tasks for me on a daily basis. That is, when I need to clean up the flowers.

This usually occurs whenever I receive flowers from Mom or friends. I need to make sure that each day I clean up the fallen flowers or make sure that I find and remove them from my arrangement.

At first it was a chore for me but now I think that I have it down pat and to a science.  Each day I check around where the arrangement is and I clean up the dead flowers that have fallen off.  Then I check the arrangement itself and painstakingly make sure that there are no dried up or dead flowers.

I place the dead flowers in my dust pan and after making sure that I have checked thoroughly I take my dust pan to my garbage and empty it there. This method works for me and it's all in a day's work.

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, October 11, 2017

A moment of frustration: When the salad fell


I have to admit that it was quite a mess for me when my salad fell out of the fridge. So much of it fell out of the container and onto the floor and as a vision-impaired person I had to take some extra time to clean it up. And why?

Because I had to make very sure that I retrieved everything and this meant searching my kitchen floor far and wide on my knees. So, off I went, in search of rolling blueberries and walnuts.  It was easier to find the lettuce but those nuts and berries were a problem because they rolled all over the place.

They rolled under my fridge.  They rolled down my kitchen floor and then they rolled onto my hall's carpet.  All together I must have spent about half an hour gathering up everything and even then I stumbled upon some stray berries a few days later.

All in a day's work.

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, October 6, 2017

Patience builders: Knitting and pottery


I have to admit that before I started to learn how to knit and do pottery, my patience was not always the best; a few years ago I decided to do something about this.  You see, I wanted to change my approach to life and to the world around me and I felt strongly that part of the solution would be for me to improve my patience.

So, off I went and after a bit of pondering I came up with these two activities.  For the past 3 years I have been knitting and doing pottery and I have seen a big improvement.  These two activities have taught me so much when it comes to not just building patience but also learning how to work better on my own, how to develop alternative approaches, and how to find ways to improve my creativity and innovation.

I truly enjoy my knitting and pottery and I hope to stick with these two hobbies for a very long time to come.

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, October 5, 2017

Challenging times: Tax time


I can honestly say that tax time is probably one of the most challenging times for me as a vision-impaired person. It means that I need to make doubly sure that I am giving the correct and appropriate documents to my tax accountant.

So, off I go to gather up my company's invoices, receipts, expense and revenue statements and then all of the other relevant bank statements.

I have to do it for both my personal taxes and for my business taxes.  I put each into separate envelopes.  That is, one envelope for business and one envelope for personal.

I double check everything but it is a good thing that I am constantly on the ball making sure that I keep all documents up to date.  It sure makes things a lot easier and much less complicated.  Then, when I am ready, it is off to my accountant.

It is so important for me, as a vision-impaired person, to have everything in order and that I know at all times where everything is.

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, October 4, 2017

A bit of a challenge: Searching for the missing chess piece


A few months ago my favorite technician came over to help me with some stuff but after he left I realized that one of my chess pieces had been knocked off the board but I did not hear it fall.  My office is carpeted so sometimes it is difficult to hear when anything falls.

So, off I went to hunt for it.  It was the white rook and if any of these chess pieces are lost then it is next to impossible to use the chess set for a game.

I used my logic to try and find my white rook. I was in luck!  Nestled there was my lost white rook.

This is the strategy that I often use: logic and a package of patience to go along with it 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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Friday, September 22, 2017

Always a pleasure: A visit with Char's cat, Henry


I will be the first to admit that I am not really a cat person and now that I have precious little vision I have become very wary of them.

No, I do not mind playing with them but when it comes to having them in my bed the answer is a firm no.

Whenever I visit my best friend, Char, in Montreal I am always delighted and happy to see her cat, Henry.  He is quite friendly towards me.  He climbs onto my chair and proceeds to squeeze in beside me on the chair.  There he lies purring happily and he allows me to pet him and talk to him.

Then, whenever we have our meals in the kitchen he climbs onto the kitchen table and starts to inspect everything.  I think that he feels that this particular table is his and that he is only doing me a favor by letting me share it with him or should I say he allows me to share it with him.

Whatever it is, Henry is a really enjoyable cat to be around.  He is so attached to Char and is always seeking her attention.  He is constantly talking to her in his own way and simply loves his food but Char needs to give it to him in small amounts so as to avoid accidents.

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, September 21, 2017

Just another strategy: Tracking the spills


Whenever someone asks me how I go about cleaning up my spills, this is what I say in response. First, I find the spill. Next, I do my best to estimate the size of the spill. Then I mark where the spill is so that I can go off and find something to clean it up with.

My job, however, is not over.  I make allowances for the spill being bigger than what I originally considered it to be.  Because it could get bigger while I am off to find something to clean it up with.

This may sound like a complicated strategy but it is what works 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.

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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Oh, my beloved Granny: Memories of Granny's home


I always used to revel and smile so broadly whenever Mom told us that we would be visiting Granny's home.  To me it was my second home and even after all these years I can still bring back so many happy, vivid memories despite the fact that in those days my vision was so limited.

The fence was red and the front steps were painted in red, as well.  From the gate, there were two steps down to a short paved path that lead to the front steps.  There were about four steps up to the front gallery and on each side of the steps there was a nice fat banister adorned with plants.

The gallery was big enough and there was a window on either side of the front door.  There were nice, comfortable rocking chairs in the gallery which I loved to sit in.  Then came the living room with so many other chairs, two couches, and lots of ornaments sitting on tables.  Granny always used to polish the floors of the gallery and living room and, boy, did those floors shine!

At the back of the living room there was a large door that lead to Granny's kitchen and my favorite memory was Granny's kitchen table with six chairs around it.  The table had drawers where Granny kept her cutlery.  I do not really remember the color of the kitchen floor but outside of the kitchen were steps that lead down to the back yard that was huge.

There was a coconut tree in the back yard and then there was the train line at the end of the yard. Granny's home also had a huge front yard with lush green grass where all of the cousins used to play all kinds of games.  We would play hide and seek, ball games, and even have concerts among ourselves.

I always loved to walk round and around Granny's home with my cousins.  We laughed, we talked, and we dreamed.  We always got along with each other and I was always so sad to leave each time we had to say goodbye to Granny and the family but I always knew that we would be back again and again.

Such wonderful memories 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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Friday, September 15, 2017

My perspective: Hotel rooms


As a regular traveler who is vision impaired, I believe that it is so important for me to ensure that I am able to navigate my hotel room easily and quickly.  The one thing that I would say is that it is helpful to know that the majority of hotel rooms seem to be laid out in the same way; now it is up to me to decide what I need to find and know.

First, to make sure that I locate wall outlets so that I can plug in my iDevice and computer.  Next, to find the clothes closet so that I can hang up my things.

When I enter the bathroom, I make sure to locate the wash basin, towels, toilet bowl, and bath tub and shower.  I check out the various cosmetics on the counter of the wash basin but nine out of ten times it is not very easy to decipher what is in each tube so I make use of the soap and bring my own
cosmetics along.

There are two other things that I make sure to do before settling in.  The first is to obtain the password for the hotel’s wi-fi and the other is to ensure that I am able to decipher the number on the door of my room.

I usually put tape on the door of my room.  This after I have asked the porter to tell me how many doors I am away from the elevator and then I put masking tape on the door just above the handle.

I recently bought a set of luggage locator tags and I plan on using one of these to hang on the inside handle of my door when next I travel.

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, September 14, 2017

So very sorry: When the jasmine died


For those who know me well enough, they will quickly tell you how much I enjoy the smell of jasmine. So, when my jasmine plant died I was really not too happy and, as a matter of fact, quite sad!

My florist had given me this beautiful plant and for a while it had fulfilled my dreams by filling my home with its lovely, fragrant smell.  Each morning I would stop by my jasmine and bend down to touch her.  I always enjoyed being able to play gently with her flowers.

My jasmine was abundant in flowers and leaves.  She was quite large and she had spread out quite a lot, but alas!  One day she had suddenly begun to wither and from there on it was downhill for her.

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, September 13, 2017

Memories forever: Some favorite memories of Dad


I always find it a joy, pleasure, and a delight whenever I can drum up some of those favorite memories of my dad!  Of course, there will be always so very many to choose from but here is a sample.

Riding my bicycle with Dad on the beach!  How much I enjoyed those times with Dad and me riding along the beach and enjoying the afternoon’s fresh air when the tide was out.  Going swimming with Dad and my brothers or so many times when we did it together with Dad teaching me the back stroke, the butterfly, and the crawl.  The sea was so very calm and as the sun shone down on us, there we were with me, the student, and Dad, the patient teacher.

Then there was Dad teaching me how to fly a kite in the savanna and playing ball with my brothers and me.  Oh, how I loved those precious times.

Then how about the time when we traveled to South America and there was Dad sitting next to me, holding my hand and making sure that I was not scared as the plane bobbed up and down.  He explained to me that we were going through air pockets and this is why the plane was bobbing up and down like this.

Then those cherished times when he would read to me.  There I was, lying in bed, and he would be in his chair reading all kinds of news articles to me. Or those childhood nights when he told me stories that came straight out of his head.

Finally, this one: Dad and I walking in our garden and my holding onto his comforting hand as he caught butterflies and placed them in my hand and told me not to close my fingers around the butterfly because if I did so I would kill the butterfly.

I could go on and on but these are just a few and I thank my darling dad for having brought me all of this.

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, September 8, 2017

Special memories: Radhica's flowers


I shall forever remember Radhika's flowers.  They have always been so very special to me.  I first got to know this wonderful lady and her daughter in 2011 and since then she has been my regular florist.

I have sent flowers through Radhika to my mom and friends and in turn my mom has used her to send flowers to me.  Radhika has always been a very cheerful person: laughing, joking, and filling my days with humor each time I phone her to place an order.  She is always filled with ideas and never hesitates to share her brightness with me.

There are not too many people like Radhika around today.  She loves her work and her clients.  She aims to please and satisfaction is her top priority and now that I can no longer see those wondrous flowers it sure helps whenever I receive an arrangement from Radhika. 

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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From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Forever close to my heart: The treasured letters


These are those precious letters that kept me going when I first left home.  The ones from Mom, Dad, and Granny along with my other friends.  They were the ones that I could not read for myself in those days and I had to depend on sighted assistance to read them.

Alas, I had managed to keep some of them safely tucked away in my briefcase. When I had enough vision to read I sure as heck read each of them several times to ensure that they remained firmly implanted in my memory bank.

Now that I can no longer read them, it does not mean that I do not remember them.  Yes, I remember each of them but I do not know whether or not the print is faded.  That does not matter to me; the print in my mind burns brightly on!

Yes, my treasured letters 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.

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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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Such cherished memories: Mom, Granny and me


Yes, we were a team!  When I was growing up this was my primary team!  Mom, Granny and me!  They were my primary teachers, my supporters and my most important critics!

We ate together for the most part.  We listened together to the soap operas on the radio.  We used to sit on our patio spending quiet times together on countless evenings.

Of course, the rest of the family was there, too, but Mom, Granny and I were always together!  Who can forget those happy times spent digging for clams and having fun in the sea.  Or times spent shelling peas together and walking with our dogs! Or going to church together or going for drives with the rest of the family!

Yes, that was Mom, Granny and 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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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www.takeanother5.com
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Great times: Getting better with my knitting


When I made the decision to learn how to knit in the fall of 2014, my objective was to use this activity to build my perseverance for patience and I am happy to report that I have more than met my objective.

At first I was very skeptical as to how a vision-impaired person could learn to knit.  Especially me, who at that time was just a bit short on my patience.  When I started out I already knew that there were people who were vision-impaired and who were good knitters.  However, I needed to convince myself.

My first teacher was Miko, a very patient young lady with tons of patience and a willingness to help me get over my hesitation.  The first few months were very trying ones for me as I struggled to get familiar with casting on and casting off and then knitting rows.

I often ran into great difficulty trying to control my spiraling but Miko persevered with me and by the time she left on maternity leave in early April 2016, I felt as if I was finally beginning to crawl but I knew that I had a very long way to go.

Then in came Robbie!  A dynamic young man with tons of ideas, the patience of Job, and someone who was not going to allow me to give up!  He persevered, encouraged, pushed, and filled my lessons with stories and lots of mugs of delicious English breakfast tea!

Today I am much better at controlling my spiraling.  I can cast on and off without much difficulty and I am much better at knitting multiple rows at a time.  I am working with both thin and thick wool.  I can troubleshoot much more easily now and get myself out of trouble without too much panic.

I give a huge thanks to Miko, Robbie, and folks at the Purple Purl knitting store!

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
And available for download from iTunes and Google music play

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

An experience to remember: At the chess club with Nadia's young students


In February of 2017, I visited my chess coach's class to talk to her young students and the topic was to be: I play chess as a blind person.

Nadia had been asking me to do this for a while and I finally got around to it.  I can tell you that I fully enjoyed my time with these smart and intuitive young ones.  Their questions were right on the money and they were very intuitive questions.

They wanted to know how I played chess; how did I go about identifying the pieces from each other.  Whether or not I used a special board, how did I identify pages in my book, and how did I know what the teacher was writing on the blackboard.  Were Braille page numbers different from print page numbers and did I like playing chess?

These questions were but just a few and as they ate their lunch their questions kept coming, fast and furious.  The youngest was about six years old and the oldest was about 12 years old.  Nadia did not have to encourage them to ask anything and everything.

At the end of it all, as I walked out of the school with Sue, I could not help but muse to myself as to whether one of these smart youngsters could one day become Prime Minister of Canada?

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, August 30, 2017

A refreshing experience: An enjoyable train ride to Ottawa

In early February 2017, I took the train from Toronto to Ottawa on a very cold and wintry morning.  It was a typical Canadian winter's day but I was ready as I could ever be and I would say that I was pleasantly surprised when it came to my journey.

Courtesy of the Canadian Council of the Blind, I traveled first class to receive an award from them and it was first class all of the way.  The staff members aboard the train were so very accommodating and were so aware of my needs as a vision-impaired person.

They read the breakfast menu to me, told me exactly what was on my plate when they brought it to me, assisted me to the washroom whenever I asked, and helped me with my luggage on and off the train.  During the course of the four and a half hour trip they stopped several times to check on me.

Thank you Via Rail for having made my trip a super one.

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
And available for download from iTunes and Google music play

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy times: Remembering Lake Jo


This was probably one of the last great experiences that I had before I lost my vision in 2004.  My friend, Rozi, and I had gone to the Lake Jo Camp for a week and it was such a marvelous time.

Rozi and I shared a room and each day we spent time together just enjoying the lake and all of the activities around us.  We made lots of new friends and I got to do so many new things.

I canoed and rode in a kayak, sailed, swam in the lake, played basketball and croquet, and oh yes!  I played a game called Show Down, a type of air hockey.

It was a week never to be forgotten.  Where all of the facilities were accessible and usable.  Where the staff were so well trained and the volunteers so eager to please and assist.

The most memorable thing for me was that I was able to see the lake.  So beautiful, so tranquil, and so calm.  Those wondrous sunsets and the birds gliding effortlessly over the lake!  Ah, yes!  That was Lake Jo!

Now I can only remember and keep it close to my heart.  Maybe one day I’ll return to enjoy it, but without vision!

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, August 24, 2017

A real challenge: The challenges of identifying photos


This has become one of my challenges ever since I lost my vision in 2004.  How do I go about identifying them for myself and to others?

As for myself,  there is really no fast and hard way.  I cannot see them and that’s the end of it all.  I just need to know what is in them and I do this by giving them names that reflect the date and a concise description.

If I do this then I can easily identify to others with sight what they are.  I place photos in folders that have names that mean something to me and my photos are carefully grouped.

So, for example:  I have a folder named Donna’s Photos and this folder contain photos of me alone, me with others, and so on.  This method really works for me.

I’m not going to say that I do not miss being able to see photos.  I sure do, but I try to keep my memories alive as best as I can and I try to imagine those that I have never seen.

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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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy times: At the spa with Gabriella


It was the very first time that I had been to a spa and this wonderful experience took place in early February 2017.  Gabriella and I had traveled to the St. Anne’s Spa in Ontario and we spent a day and a night there.

Thank goodness that she was with me because I am pretty sure that as a vision-impaired person I would have found it difficult to navigate the facilities.  I would say that the staff were extremely accommodating and always willing to assist. But with facilities that did not seem to be designed with persons with disabilities in mind, that was the main drawback.

The waiters and waitresses were extremely attentive and this definitely helped to make my visit a very enjoyable one.  In addition, Gabriella made sure that at all times I knew what was going on around me.

All told, a great and wonderful experience!

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, August 18, 2017

Fun times: Making tulips in my pottery class


It took me about one and a half pottery sessions to complete my project of making a bouquet of tulips and a vase to go along with it.  All together, about 20 hours of such intricate work.  Hard work that demanded all of my attention and concentration.

I was so glad that Joan, my teacher, was there to guide me along and help me to stay on track.  First, she cut out the shape of the tulip’s petal for me and then patiently showed me how to place each petal in a specific way against each other in order to form the body of the tulip.  Each tulip was made up of six petals and each petal had to be just right when it came to its width and thickness.

We had to figure out how to arrange the petals inside and outside of each other and then to squeeze them together just enough so as to leave an opening for the stem.  Then at the end of it all we had to use special sticks to form the stems. 

While I painted them in green, Joan had to prepare them first by cutting and filing them down.  Then, after this, she fitted each stick into each tulip’s opening and glued it all together.  Finally, they were ready to be placed in the vase.

Before this, however, each tulip had to be glazed in their chosen color.  Everything is done now and my finished vase and bouquet are now sitting atop of my piano. 

Gabriella has taken pictures of it for me and I have begun to share them now.  I am so very happy that I decided to do this and to stick with it.

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, August 17, 2017

A strategy: How I stay aware


I guess that we each have our own special way of staying aware but for me it comes down to using my four senses, vision being now unavailable to me.

So, I use my sense of hearing first and foremost, followed by smell, touch, and then taste.  It does not always happen in this order for it depends on what I want to stay aware of and/or be aware of.

It is so very important for me to stay aware of my surroundings, to be able to know what is going on around me.  To hear and identify the various activities, to be able to identify the various smells wafting in and out of my space, so to speak, and then to use my senses of touch and taste as backups whenever necessary.

Sometimes it is easier than you may think but at other times it can be very challenging and trying.  All in a day’s work.

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, August 16, 2017

A trick that works: Shaking the tins


A few months ago I had to employ one of my favorite tricks in order to determine what was in each tin. 

At first I had some idea what each of the three tins should contain, but in order to make sure I had to shake each in turn.  This came after I had somehow mixed them up in my pantry.

So off I went, getting down to work.  True it is that the shape of the soup can was the first telltale but I needed to know the difference between tomato soup and mushroom soup. 

Bingo!  I guessed correctly. It was the mushroom because upon shaking it the contents did not make any sound.  Mushroom soup is usually much thicker than tomato soup. 

Then I had to decipher between a tin of beans and a tin of sweet potatoes.  As I already knew what to expect re listening to the various sounds, the sound of the tin of sweet potatoes sounds a bit more fluid than that of the tin of beans. 

Of course, I could have taken out my iPhone and used the appropriate app to help me out, but on this day I was just a tad too lazy to do this.

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!
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Friday, August 11, 2017

All in a day's work: Reacquainting myself with my fridge


Each time I travel and stay away for any length of time, I need to reacquaint myself with my fridge. Thank goodness that my fridge is just big enough so that I do not have to worry too much about large shelves and drawers.

I start with the top shelf and methodically descend downwards doing my best to remember.  Then I tackle the drawers and finally I go to my freezer.

This entire activity takes about half an hour at the most, but at the end of it all I am a bit tired and need to sit and catch my breath.  I liken this to a refresher course in familiarity.  For whereas a person with sight would normally take much less time to do this, it is not quite the same for me as someone who is vision-impaired.

I need to depend more on my memory whereas for a person with sight the memory factor is not as prominent.

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!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Traveling challenges: In search of my luggage


This is probably one of the most difficult challenges for me whenever I travel and there is no getting away from it: I need to depend on sighted assistance to help me out.

This usually comes in the form of agents helping me to locate and fetch my luggage.  I do my best to ensure that my suitcases are marked in ways that anyone helping me can identify them.  One of my suitcases has a pink Disney tag on it while the other has yellow strips of tape pasted all over it.

I have been told by many baggage agents that many people have black or blue suitcases so, if possible, it is always preferable to have suitcases that are either of a different color or ones that are clearly marked.

I recently bought a luggage locator and I can place the transponder in my suitcase and use the receiver to locate it.  It’s one way to deal with this challenge.

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!
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Great times: Helping Mom to pack away her decorations


This is probably one of my favorite activities to do after the Christmas holidays are behind us and it is one that I shall forever cherish.

Mom and I do this at the beginning of each year and as close as possible to January 06.  We start off at around 9 am in the morning and Mom takes the lead.  She goes from room to room, meticulously removing and taking down her decorations.  Then I help her to pack them away in their designated boxes and bags.

Mini Christmas trees go into their assigned boxes.  Hollies and Poinsettias go into their various bags and then the angels and other decorations go into boxes and bags.  Then comes the fun part.

I take a stool and under Mom’s directions I climb up and open the various overhead cupboards and then very gingerly and carefully I proceed to pack away her decorations. 

The entire event takes about an hour or so and at the end of it all?  Mom’s decorations have been packed away for another year, waiting to be taken down again at the end of the year.

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, July 21, 2017

A favorite memory: Remembering Mom's rose curtains


I can no longer see them but I sure remember what they look like.  They are bright and they light up her guest room.  They hang majestically from their rod and sway gently in the breeze.  They keep out the bright morning sun and they protect the room at night.

Mom's rose curtains are something very special; not just curtains but simply an important part of the room's decor.  Funny for me to say this but this is how I feel about those wonderful looking curtains.

They used to help me imagine and create whenever I lay there staring at them.  They would help me to fetch moments of happiness and refreshing thoughts and for some odd reason they always seemed to help me calm myself when I needed it. Indeed!  This is what Mom's rose curtains meant to 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
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!
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mine forever! So long to my darling Almond tree


She came into my life when I was but a wee one and she left in the summer of 2016.  To many she was just a tall almond tree with oodles of greenery hosting hundreds of birds.  This may have been true but to me she was so much more.

My darling almond tree stood so tall in the middle of the yard.  She gave shade and relief to so many who loved the coolness that she offered.  The birds loved her because she offered homes that were safe and secure from those predators such as nosy and curious cats. 

My darling almond tree represented something very special; she was the apple of my dad's eye.  For he was responsible for bringing her into our lives.  He got her when she was a youngster and by the time that he had passed on she had grown into a lovely specimen of over 20 feet!

I'll never forget the day when she was hewed down!  She fought feverishly to stay upright as the men struggled to bring her down and at times I could hear them expressing how strong she was. 

She is gone now but not forgotten!  She has gone to another life and has left me wistfully thinking about all of the joy and pleasure that she brought 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
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!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cherished memories: Driving Jeffrey's cars around our home


I really enjoyed those childhood days whenever I got the chance to play with my brother Jeffrey's cars, trading in my dolls and tea sets for another type of fun.

We used to tie bits of string to these cars and then proceed to race each other around the house.  There was the police  car, the patrol car, the lumbering bus, the old timer car, and oh, yes, my favorite!  The Ferrari!

These activities usually took place on weekends, mainly on Sundays.  Our dogs were spectators but they made very sure to do their spectating from afar choosing to stay back as we raced by. 

Our parents did not seem to object or at least I never thought that they did.  Granny stayed in her room reading her newspapers and my mom and dad sat around looking on. 

Oh yes!  Those were such happy days, never to return! However, the memories remain 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.

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, July 14, 2017

A frightening experience: When my wallet and flash drive fell out of my carry-on


Looking back on this experience it is the most that I can do but to simply shake my head in wonderment.  For if I had lost these two items it would have meant pure disaster for me.

Mom and I had just boarded the plane for our trip to the Caribbean and I had decided to check my carry-on and lo and behold!  My wallet and flash drive were both missing!

My first thoughts were that I had either probably left them behind in the lounge or that they had dropped out of my carry-on.  Mom began her frantic search but nothing turned up and then we decided to reach out to a passing agent.

He sprung into action immediately and within literally seconds he found them!  They were nestled in the seat pocket!  Pure relief flooded through my entire body!

I need to be doubly careful each time I travel now.  I need to make sure that I know where everything is and that I can account for each item in my carry-on at all times. I may not always be so lucky to have someone close by to help me out!

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
And available for download from iTunes and Google music play

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Not very pleasant: Challenges of a colonoscopy


I guess that this particular procedure is probably most challenging for the majority of us even at the best of times. But for me, who is unable to see what the doctor is doing, it often leads to my imagination taking over.

Thank goodness that just before the procedure commences I am given something to relax me so then I have no idea what is taking place.

Before I am given this, however, the nurse and doctor do their best to put me at ease by telling me what is going on and what is going to happen, but for all of this it does not make me feel any better.  So I lie there on my back and do my best not to get too anxious about it all.

I sing softly but loud enough that those around me can hear and this sure helps me to feel better.

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, July 12, 2017

Happy times: My pottery pieces


Much as I continue to enjoy producing my pottery pieces I am almost always so sad that I am unable to see what they look like.  Touching and feeling them can never make up for the visual part of it all that I am missing, so I can only imagine and visualize in my mind.

I have made so many pieces ever since I started with Joan almost three years ago.  I have made Christmas ornaments, soap dishes, fruit dishes, sushi dishes, mango shaped dishes, maple leaf plates, fruit bowls, tulips, a vase, bowls for my friend's cat, a jewellery bowl, and my pride and joy!  A bird house!

My teacher, Joan, has done so much for me!  She describes everything to me and I was so very proud last Christmas when I managed to make large fruit bowls for my mom and for my friend, Sue.

Joan is planning to retire in the spring of 2018 so I am planning to stay with her until she retires.  Not sure what my next piece is going to be but I can't wait to get started in the fall of 2017.

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, July 7, 2017

A memory from the past, thank you Ken: When I drove Ken's car


At that time we were both working at IBM Canada and I had told my coworker, Ken, that one of my dreams as a vision-impaired person was to drive a car. Believe it or not, he made it happen! 

On a cool day in the early fall, Ken invited me to sit in the driver's seat of his car and then he took his place beside me in the passenger seat and from there it was nothing but a dream come true for me.

Ken was calm and cool.  He spoke to me in a very easy tone, instructing me how to drive.  We made several turns around the IBM parking lot, maneuvering among parked cars.  Then he instructed me how to back up, how to move forward, and after about 10 minutes we parked his car. 

After we had disembarked, Ken told me how nervous  he had been but I can tell you that he never showed it while we were on our driving expedition.

Thank you, Ken Debono, for having helped me to realize one of my obscure dreams.

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, July 6, 2017

Fond times: At the dollar store


This is probably one of my favorite places to shop and hang out and it does not matter whether or not I go with Mom, Sue, or Gabriella.  I simply love being there because there is so much to discover and explore. 

There is a large variety of so many things and these kind ladies never tire of describing things to me.  Toys, gadgets, kitchen stuff, things for the bathroom, and much more.

The aisles are narrow and the shelves are packed to overflowing.  Most of the time the staff are quite helpful and the cashiers are really nice.

I can probably spend a half day at a time at the dollar store but that's just me.  One of my favorite hangouts.

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, July 5, 2017

Childhood memories: Battling fever as a child


Weird as this may sound, whenever I had to battle those frequent childhood bouts of fever, it meant that I had to lie in bed for long spells but this gave me a lot of time to think and imagine. 

As Mom fussed with the hot wash cloths and aspirins and generally worried over me, I found time to think and imagine.  Then, as Granny and Dad came in to visit frequently, it also gave me time to appreciate my family so much more. 

I must not forget my brothers and dogs, as well.  Many times Jeffrey, my twin brother, would come into the room and lie on my bed beside me and there he would remain, quietly, sometimes telling me some sort of joke that he had either made up or heard at school. Robert, my elder, would stand at the window close to my bed and would often try to cheer me up by teasing me. 

Ah yes, those faithful four-legged friends!  Yella would often visit and lie close by on the floor under my bed while Lion and Tiger would come in and out. 

As for my time to think?  There was a lot of time to do this and more often than not my imagination took me to so many places: foreign countries, adventures, and yes!  Thoughts of what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Maybe a lawyer or maybe a story teller!  Or maybe a child 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, June 30, 2017

Childhood memories: Remembering our family's bathroom


I always considered my family's bathroom to be my second bedroom.  It was big, comfortable, and had lots of things to keep me occupied.  It was not just my bedroom away from my bedroom, it was my play room, my living room, and a place to hang out whenever I wanted somewhere to sneak off to.

In many ways, our family bathroom was not your ordinary bathroom.  In addition to the regular wash basin, toilet facilities, and bathtub, there were so many other things.  The wash basin and bathtub were absolutely huge.  There were lots of shelves packed with all kinds of cosmetics, skin care, and a lot more and then there were the usual bath towels and wash cloths.

My favorite was that there was so much space for me, as a kid, to lie on the spotlessly clean tiled floor. There I would take time to simply relax and meditate.  The floor was cool to the touch and felt so good beneath me.

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

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

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

An unusual experience: When my cane died


This was quite an interesting experience for me but thank God that Sue was with me.  I did not really have much warning but truth be told, my beloved cane had started to struggle of late in that it had started to wobble a bit.

So, on this day in late fall, as Sue and I were walking through a  busy mall in downtown Montreal, my cane did its last dance.  One minute it was wobbling along with me and the next I felt it quickly begin to fold on me and when I checked, the elastic had given way.

My cane died a very quick death and there was absolutely no hope of even trying to revive it.  Sue found a trash bin and there is where I left it.  A very fitting place for its burial but just think of what could have happened to me if Sue was not with me?  I refuse to contemplate!

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, June 28, 2017

A crazy experience: Seeking the mustard bottle


This was yet another amusing experience for me: when I went searching for my bottle of mustard. 

Here I was, opening up my fridge and directing my search towards the door.   I knew exactly where the bottle of mustard should be but there was one piece of the puzzle missing.  I could not remember what the bottle felt like so I had to call on my sense of smell to help me out. 

I had a fair idea as to the size of the bottle, but alas!  There were several other bottles with similar sizes so there was no getting away from having to sniff the contents of each bottle that fit the size as I perceived it.

It took me a wee bit of time to find my target but at the end of it all it worked out just fine.

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

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Such meaningful times: Memories of a Frisbee


It was a bright orange Frisbee that Mom and Dad had bought for me shortly after I received my first cornea and they had taken me to the park to play with it.  We spent countless hours tossing the bright orange Frisbee back and forth and I had so much fun. 

Mom and Dad never seemed to tire of tossing it to me and I was ever so excited that I could see it coming towards me, let alone being able to catch it.  I had such fun and was so grateful for this great experience.

So many years have gone by and I still have this precious Frisbee among my possessions.  I'll keep it forever and remember it forever.  This is a memory that could probably never turn into reality, except for in my dreams!

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, June 22, 2017

Cherished memories: Remembering the trains passing by


I would always enjoy watching the trains passing by as I stood at the window of my apartment in Montreal.  Each evening I would stand for minutes on end watching the trains, loaded with homeward-bound passengers, going by.

Sometimes I would go to the park and there I would sit on the cool grass and watch the passing trains.  It was my time to simply relax and meditate and as I did so I would hear the birds singing in the trees, kids playing and laughing as they splashed around in the nearby pond, and there was the fresh, cool Montreal air filling my lungs and mind.

Those were such treasured memories for me.  Such special days filled with carefree thoughts and amazing imaginings.  They were some of my very special times, never to return but for always in my memory bank.

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

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A childhood memory: Remembering the jellyfish


They were all large and if you ever got too close to them they would simply use their threads to reach out and sting you with them.

Some were blue and some were pink and they hung out on the beach after having been washed up on shore by the waves.  So we had to be super careful when walking along. 

Most times Granny and Mom would spot them and use a stick to burst them as they were usually very puffy and when struck they simply burst and disintegrated.  I do remember once being caught by their threads and, boy, did it ever sting!

I also remember having been able to see them floating along in the calm sea, pink and blue and quite large.  Easter time was their time to make their presence felt.

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

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Such cherished memories: Learning to ride a bike with Dad


I can tell you straight up that memories of Dad teaching me how to ride a bike are some of the most precious ones.  Dad taught my brother Jeffrey and me how to ride a bike but for me it was extra special.  How so?  Because as a vision-impaired kid it was simply awesome that my dad never hesitated to teach me how to ride.

Dad took me through the various stages of being able to ride on my own. First it was him putting me on a bike and then holding onto me as he told me what to do.  It was a two-wheeler bike and we spent countless hours riding around the large yard.

I would pedal slowly and then pick up speed and there was Dad, hanging on to me as we rode.  He never tired of doing this with me and I often felt guilty that I made him work so hard.

Then Dad slowly let go of of me but he made very sure that the bike I was riding had stabilizer wheels on it.  This did not last for long and soon I was on my two wheeler all by myself with Dad close by, watching very intently to make sure that I got things just right.

These were such fun times.  My dad was the best teacher!  Patient, always encouraging me, and if he had any nervous moments he never let me know.  The yard was my first riding area and then we went riding on the beach.  Dad bought a bike for Jeffrey and me when we turned 7 and then I graduated to using my elder brother Robert's bike later on.

Dad and I rode so many times on the beach.  We rode side by side and up and down the sandy beach with the sun shining down on us in the mornings and the cool sea air surrounding us in the evenings and sometimes we raced each other. It never really mattered to me who won, just that Dad and I had lots of fun!

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, June 15, 2017

I could not have desired a better teacher: Learning to swim with Dad


He was probably one of my best teachers.  He was patient, generous, and so willing to teach me. Next to my granny he, too, taught me so much.

My swimming lessons started off with Dad placing water wings around my waist and showing me how to use my arms and legs to move through the water.  This was all done in the calm sea where there were no waves, just the sea as smooth as glass.

Next came Dad gingerly removing my water wings and then showing me how to support myself on my own.  This next step took a bit of getting used to but I knew that his hand was always close by to support me if I were to falter.

At first Dad stayed very close to me but as time moved on he would move further and further away from me until one day when I discovered that, indeed!  He was swimming beside me but about five feet away from me.

Dad taught me the butterfly, breast, and back strokes.  Then he taught me the crawl and then he taught me how to do backward and forward somersaults. Oh, what fun I had with my dad!

We had so much fun together during my swimming lessons.  Most of the time we swam together and sometimes he would challenge me to a race which he almost always won.  Occasionally he would give me a head start and allow me to win the race.

Dad also taught me how to float on my back, surf the waves by jumping over them and he also showed me how to dive under the large breakers.  Sometimes, however, I would misjudge the height of the wave and then I would end up being caught in it and would then be tossed onto the sandy beach.

These were such happy days for me with my dad teaching me all kinds of great things in the sea.  He never tired of teaching me and I never tired of learning from him.

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, June 14, 2017

She was one of my best teachers: Learning to tie a bow with Granny


She was probably one of the most patient teachers that I have ever had and that was my beloved Granny.

Granny taught me so many things but learning to tie a bow was probably one of the hardest lessons for me.  Yet, through it all she was patient and never gave up on me.

We spent so many hours doing this and the thing about it is that she was never impatient with me.  She spent as long as I wanted her to and she showed me so many different ways as to how to tie a bow but along the way there was so much more to this particular lesson.

Granny taught me perseverance, patience, and creativity.  She taught me humility and reality and at the end of everything, she was my beloved Granny.

I sure remember all of this and shall forever take this particular lesson with me as I travel through life.

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

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Looking back: When Mom misplaced the roll of foil


It's a good thing that our kitchen is just the right size: not too small but just right.  This makes it easier to find something when it is lost and this is what happened in the case of the lost roll of foil.

Mom did not remember where she had put it so I volunteered to help find it. I started in a methodical way by going from cupboard to cupboard and from shelf to shelf and from drawer to drawer and before long my methodical search had paid off.

Of course, for someone with sight it would probably have been much easier as they would have used their vision to spot the roll of foil much more quickly than me, without vision.

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

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

A funny experience: Looking for the piece of rubber for my step stool


Looking back on this incident now, I can probably smile a bit more.  What happened here is that the piece of rubber had fallen off of the edge of one of the legs and I did not catch this until I picked it up from the bottom and noticed the missing piece of rubber.

I did not know that it had fallen off because of course it did not make any sound when it did.  So I had to retrace my steps and think hard as to where I had used it.

This strategy worked and before long I found the missing piece of rubber lying on the floor in my coat closet.  Truth be told, this is probably one of the more interesting challenges for me as a vision-impaired person.  That is, when things fall down or off and there is no sound to tell me that they have.

So I need to be extra careful whenever I pick up things.  I need to make sure that all of it is intact.

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

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Overcoming a challenge: My smoke detector


She was so very good while she lasted, that is, my smoke detector. But when she finally died it was quite a challenge to replace her.

I knew that she was going when she started to beep intermittently.  Then I had to ask my Super to help me dismantle her because I was unable to remove her cover in order to remove the batteries.

After this was done my Super told me that my smoke detector was no longer able to work because it was written on the back that once the battery was removed the smoke detector was no longer operable.

So you see, I would never have known this because of being vision-impaired and accordingly I could not have known because of not being able to see this text.

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

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