Friday, December 8, 2017

Forever in my mind: Remembering the Rossi's store


Talk about a variety store that I used to frequent at least once a week and this was the Rossi's store in Montreal.  In fact, there were two of them close enough to where I lived and I frequented both.

Those were the days, as they would say!  When I would simply go in and start to browse.  I would enter empty-handed and by the time I would be ready to leave I would either be carrying an armful of purchases or just something small.

Visually, the Rossi's store held everything for me.  From toys and teddy bears to framed photos.  From clothes to sheets and towels and from stationary to cosmetics and cutlery to kitchen stuff.  Christmas time was always the time when this store went out of its way to sell all kinds of decorations.  From tabletop Christmas trees to ornaments and so much more.

I made my first visit to Rossi's with Char and Chris and many more after this. Then I went with Nella and with Francine.  Then, when I obtained my first cornea transplant, I would make it a habit to go there whenever I could on my own.

Ah, yes!  Memories of Rossi's forever!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

A favorite haunt: Remembering the Bo Peep Restaurant


Ah, yes!  The Bo Peep Restaurant, with its lingering smells of deliciously cooked food, the warmth of its staff, and everything good about it.

I was a regular visitor there and I went often with others and sometimes on my own.  I used to sit and enjoy it all and with functional vision at my disposal it was so very easy for me to spend time there just hanging out and watching the world go by.

I always enjoyed the cabbage rolls, the Ontario turkey dinner, and the roast beef.  I went with friends and even took clients there.  The Bo Peep was so very accessible to persons with disabilities.

The entrances were wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.  The booths were the same and the aisles afforded great ease of passage.

The staff really knew how to be of service to seniors and persons with a disability.  They were patient and were always so very willing and ready to explain and assist.  I think that many restaurants of today could easily learn from the Bo Peep which closed in 2004.

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

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Such treasured memories: Remembering the White Rose Nursery


This was one of my favorite haunts, as they say: visits to the White Rose Nursery and I was so very sorry to see it close.  Oh, how much I used to enjoy going with Mom and Gabriella to choose plants and all kinds of decorations.

At the beginning of planting season, which was in May, we would go there to choose our flowers.  I still remember how very colorful they were, from impatiens to begonias and from marigolds to so many other types of plants and flowers.

We would start outside with the outdoor plants.  Mom would lead the charge with Gabriella and me following closely behind.  She would meticulously choose and then allow us to pack them gently in the cart.  Next we would venture indoors to pick up the plant food and other supplies.

In November we would return to choose our Christmas decorations and, oh, how much I cherished these visits.  There were all kinds of decorations, from ornaments of all kinds and sizes to hollies and poinsettias.

As I sit here writing this, the colors are simply dancing around in my head. All of the sights and sounds of that good old White Rose Nursery are very much alive in my mind!  Oh, how much I miss White Rose!  Another memory for me to cherish and I am sure glad that I was able to take all of this in while I had functional vision.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

A rare and special lady: Saying farewell to Manon


It was so very somber, the day that I had to say farewell to Manon.  I first met her in 2006 when she was introduced to me as my new banking officer. From then until May 2017, she was a constant in my life.

I knew then that I was losing someone very special!  Someone who had so many times gone out of her way to ensure that my needs and requirements were met.

Manon did everything possible to ensure that I was comfortable when carrying out my banking.  She never made me feel inadequate and I sure appreciated her positive attitude whenever it came to ensuring that my documents were properly signed, initialed, and executed.

I would say this: Manon's friendly voice sure matched her personality! There could never have been a more perfect match!  She loved the Canadiens hockey team and so did I.  She loved to laugh and so did I.  She loved to chat and so did I!

Good luck, Manon, now that you are retired.  Stay well now and never lose your happy spirit.

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

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

A very special person: Saying goodbye to Radhika


When it comes to exceptional persons, the ones who really stand out for some reason or other as you travel along the path of life, Radhika easily falls into this esteemed and illustrious category.

I first met Radhika in 2011, after she had delivered flowers to me through the Sears Canada, Flowers by Sears service.  She simply grew on me and over the years she became one of my very favorite people.

Radhika was always so very willing to accommodate my needs.  She went above and beyond the call of duty.  She always made my floral arrangements extra special, with colors that she knew that I liked and then she would slip in some very special ornaments.

When I visited her floral shop in May 2017, I simply enjoyed the fragrances of her flowers and I could tell how packed her shop was with all kinds of flowers and plants.

Thank you, Radhika, for having come into my life and a special thank you to your wonderful daughter, Ria.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lots of pain: My poor right shoulder


In late December, 2016, I began to experience great pain with my right shoulder and over the next few months it grew worse.  It was even more difficult for me as my right hand was my so-called cane hand.  In short, the hand that I use to work with my mobility cane.

So, I had to devise ways to help myself.  My right arm still remained the captain of the cane, so to speak, but now I had to call on my left arm to help out.  Any mobility instructor who may have noticed my techniques over these few months would probably have cringed and yelled at me, but sorry: I had no choice.

My left arm took over when it came to moving my cane along but the right arm was still there to ensure that things were okay.  Pain or no pain; I still needed my right shoulder to help me.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Such a wonderful person: Hanging out with Sue


Hanging out with Sue is always so very refreshing and enjoyable for me.  Sue is probably one of the best guides that I have ever had.  She knows how to guide a vision-impaired person.  She is careful, thoughtful, and always looking for ways to make things better.

Sue is not afraid to try new things, discover new ways, and find solutions to challenges.

She makes difficult things look so very easy.  She is never afraid to say no but always willing to say yes!

She is funny and helps me to see the humour on difficult days.  She laughs so easily and that's my friend, Sue!

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

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

She is so special! Hanging out with Gabriella


I must say that it is always a pleasure whenever I get to hang out with this wonderful person.  A lady who has never shown any indifference to my being vision-impaired and a person who has always shown me that nothing is impossible!

I met Gabriella in 1986 and since then ours has been a plethora of adventures, excitement, discovery, and memories forever.

She has shown me great understanding and I have learned so much from her!  I would say that Gabriella is a person who we can easily learn from: compassion, passion, patience, and a huge propensity for giving and accepting.

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

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

He was one in a million: Remembering Mr. Q


The best way to remember this exceptional man is for me to say that he was bigger than life!  I met Richard Quan in late 2008 and the minute I did I knew on the spot that I had met someone who would probably influence my life.  I was so right!

I did not interact with him very often but when I did they were encounters that were so very meaningful to me.  Richard was my mentor and coach while I was president of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, and boy, what a difference he made!

He advised me on how to deal with certain difficult situations and his encouragement was so surreal.  He gave selflessly of himself and he always had time for me whenever I reached out to him.

Richard had an uncanny ability to fill the room whenever we had meetings. There was standing room only whenever he chaired a meeting and he had the ability to capture and hold the attention of many whenever he spoke and advised.  Richard advised me to continue on with my dinner mystery evenings and for this I am grateful.

I shall always remember one of his quotes after we had secured a victory against the Canadian Government in our charter challenge.  Richard tweeted: "A landmark victory for all Canadians."

God bless you, Richard!  Thank you for having come into my life!  Rest in Peace now!

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

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Always in my heart: The Harbour Front skating rink


Oh, yes!  Another treasured memory from my bulging memory bank.  One that I shall always cherish and one that I often recall whenever I have a yearning to go out there and do some ice skating.

This rink was big and spacious.  A rink that sat on the edge of a lake and one where so many people still go to enjoy a wonderful winter skate.

I can still remember the wind blowing lustily through my hair and across my frozen cheeks as I skated around. The ice was always in almost perfect shape and I can still hear the blades of my skates brushing gently against the ice.

I can still hear the Christmas music and see the Christmas lights winking back at me as I skated around and I can still hear the laughter of kids and adults as they whizzed past me on their own skates.

Those were such happy times for me with my dear friends, Jason and Christine. We would often go skating at the Harbour Front rink and then we would eat dinner at a restaurant that served up sumptuous Chinese cuisine.

I have not been back there in so many years but maybe some day I'll return just for that one last ice skate.

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

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

A treasured memory: At my first baseball game


I can still remember going with Char and Ray to my very first baseball game. This was so many years ago, when the Montreal Expos existed and played their games at Jarry Park in Montreal.

In those days I had very little vision so Char and I took radios along with us to hear the game as it was being broadcasted on the radio.  We were able to follow it with very little difficulty but what really pleased me was being able to be a part of the large, noisy, cheering crowd.

It was such a treat for me as I sat next to Char, and Ray sat on her other side.  We ate hot dogs and French fries and drank large glasses of Coke and as the sun shone down on us I just soaked it all in.

It did not really matter to Char and me that we could not see what was happening on the field.  As the commentators described the game, the crowd seemed to acknowledge their descriptions and their cheers were enough to confirm what was happening.

No one cared that we could not see what was happening.  They were just too busy enjoying the game themselves and this is how I shall always remember it.

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

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happy memories: One of the most pleasant kids


Her name was Tobi Nielsen and in my books she was probably one of the most pleasant kids that I ever met.  She was just nine years old when I first met her and from then until she left home to marry and settle down in Austria, I had the privilege and pleasure to know her.

Tobi was a very gentle little girl; always pleasant and always smiling and laughing.  She was filled with warmth and whenever I visited her home she was always there to give me a huge hug and play all kinds of games with me.

I don't think that Tobi really cared that I was vision-impaired.  She did not treat me with kid gloves but on the other hand she was always ever so careful to ensure that I did not stumble and fall or run into objects.  She was helpful but never overdid it.

I always loved giving her Christmas presents, all kinds of girls' toys.  She appreciated each with such delight that it often almost made me cry.

Now Tobi is all grown up with 3 daughters of her own and her youngest is vision-impaired.  She has RP.  I know that this will be a great challenge for Tobi and her little girl but I can only hope that somehow my having known her when she was a kid would help her in some way as she watches her little girl grow up.

You can do it, Tobi, and I am here for you if ever you need to reach out.

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

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Friday, November 10, 2017

My perspective: Buses and buses


There are buses and then there are buses and for someone who is vision-impaired, I need to keep this in mind whenever I travel.

The city buses are usually a bit narrow with front and back doors for entering and exiting.  The seats in my city are comfortable enough but there are some that face forward, others that face backward, single seats, bench seats, and then double seats.  Then there are the poles for you to hang on to on those crowded days.  Winter travel on these buses is made comfortable and bearable with adequate heating but in the summer the windows need to be opened to let in the fresh air.  There is no air conditioning.

Then there are those buses that travel between cities: from city to city or even province to province.  These are the more comfortable ones because of the length of their trips.  They are equipped with bathrooms at the back of the bus and very comfortable seats.  In the winter they are well heated and during the summer they are adequately air conditioned.  No worries about not being able to find a seat.

These buses are clean, comfortable, and well maintained, just like the city buses.  What is the difference between the two types of buses. you may be asking?

You never have to fight for a seat on the buses that take you from city to city or from province to province.

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

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Enjoyable for the most part: Metro stations in Montreal


Previously I told you about my travels on the Toronto subway and now it is time for me to tell you about my travels on the Montreal metro.  It is not as noisy as the Toronto subway and it is faster.

Stops are announced in both languages, English and French, as the metro arrives at each metro station, which helps greatly.  However, I will say that some of the metro stations are not as accessible for persons with disabilities as others.

I remember that there are very steep stairs leading down to the platforms of some of these stations which make it quite a challenge for persons with disabilities.  I always enjoy traveling on the Montreal metro when I have the chance.

For the most part, metro stations are kept clean and the traffic inside the stations is not as horrific as it is in Toronto.  I consider this to be a big plus for Montreal.

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

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Challenges: Subway stations in Toronto


If you ever have the chance to travel on the subway in Toronto, then you might as well brace yourself for a challenging experience.  Not only will you encounter tons of folks walking and running in every direction but you will also encounter all kinds of other obstacles.

For someone who is vision impaired, I have had the opportunity to travel on this subway in different ways.  That is, I did it when I had functional vision and now I continue to do it as someone with almost no vision.  I use my vision to help me navigate heavy traffic in the subway stations.  I use it to help me cope and I use it to help me pack huge packages of patience as I prepare to travel on the Toronto subway.

I am afraid that it is only going to get more challenging with time.  Of course, you can choose the times when traffic is at its lowest, if you have that option or opportunity to do so.

Let's say between 10 am and 2 pm would be the best times to travel as freely as you can.  Trust me when I tell you that it is a pure luxury when you, as a vision-impaired person, can travel without too much trepidation.

Once you understand how the lines go, from east to west and from north to south, you can find your way around quite easily.  The lines are quite long but that's how it is for a large city like Toronto.  Stops are announced as the subway arrives at each station and this helps a lot.  Seats are quite comfortable and if you are unable to find a seat then you need to hang on to one of the many poles in the subway.

You may or may not find a good Samaritan who would be willing to give up their seat for you as a vision-impaired person.  It all depends on whether or not their heads are either buried in a book or their eyes are glued to an idevice or that airbuds are stuck in their ears.

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, November 3, 2017

A rare and unique friend: Memories of Coranna


Oh, my dear friend:  It is more than a year now since you left us but I still cannot believe that you are gone.  Little did you know how much I appreciated your friendship and I can only say that you came into my life a bit too late.

You helped to shape my advocacy and you taught me how to stand up for my beliefs and stick to my guns.  You helped me to see things more clearly and you never hesitated to share your opinions with me.

You were always firm in everything that you stood for and I know that, for you, there were many challenges for you to overcome as a vision-impaired lady. But this never stopped you.

Thank you for having shared those special moments and times with me. Rest well now until we meet again and please do not forget to keep a place at your table for me.

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

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A wonderful friend forever: Happy times with Helena


Shopping is not just the only memory that I have with my dear friend, Helena.  No, not in any way, and if I had to recount them all it would probably take me years to do so.

You see, Helena and I became friends when I moved to Toronto from Montreal so many years ago and although we do not see each other much anymore, she is always uppermost in my mind.  I know that she will always be close by if ever I need to reach out.

We had happy times at restaurants, enjoying sumptuous meals.  I spent so many wonderful days at her house, swimming in her pool, sitting in her hot tub, and enjoying the hospitality of her family: her husband Wil, and kids, Nick and Tobi.

I still remember the day when friends at her poolside party dared me to jump from the top of the deck into her pool and there was Wil beside me, at the top, and Helena waiting for me in the pool.  What an experience!

Then there was the day when Nick took me for a ride on his motorcycle and Helena and Wil were standing there waiting for me after I had gotten off the motorcycle.

Then the day that we went shopping and one of us squeezed the bottle of body lotion a bit too vigorously and it burst and there was lotion all over us both!  It was Christmas time and we had to go home on the crowded subway smelling sweetly of body lotion.

So many wonderful days with Helena Nielsen and her family for me to remember and cherish forever.  A rare and wonderful lady with a warm and loving family!

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.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Treasured times: Memories of shopping with Helena


She was special and she was great!  She was delightful and she always managed to fill my shopping days with pure humour, excitement, and at the end of each shopping trip?  I would return home loaded with bags of merchandise.

Helena really knew how to communicate and interact with me as a vision-impaired person.  She went to great lengths to describe everything that I tried on.  She made doubly sure that whatever I chose, it looked good on me and that things matched.  She was always very honest with me and she did it
in style!

I shall always be very grateful for Helena's help, not just as my shopping assistant or a friend but as a Human Being who truly got 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 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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Friday, October 27, 2017

Always in my heart: The day I left Montreal


This is a day that shall forever remain firmly imprinted on my mind. Because it was the day that a small part of my heart died!  The day that I said a sad and silent farewell to the place that I shall always call home! However, I promised to return as often as I could.

Ah, yes!  Montreal!  And as the Air Canada plane rose slowly into the air, I looked through the window and down at the rapidly disappearing city.  Cars driving along the highway, homes looking like tiny dots, and snow and grass all intermingled as the day before we had had a terrible storm!  My tears rolled swiftly down my cheeks as I looked down and increased as I looked upwards and outwards to see a pale blue fall sky looking back at me.

It was a typical fall day with the sun doing its best to smile and the biting fall air nipping at my clothes as I got into the car and drove with Betty Tate to the airport.  Too late, no!  I had made my decision but I knew that I would be back soon to visit!

So many memories that are forever stored away in my memory bank.  So many things to remember and cherish!  This is the city where I found myself and obtained my vision!  Ah, yes!  Pictures to fill my scrap books for a lifetime and beyond!

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, October 26, 2017

Oh Montreal! My home forever! Remembering Montreal


Oh, my beautiful and beloved Montreal!  Marvelous!  Sweet!  My heart shall forever belong to you and you shall forever remain in my heart!

This is the city where I discovered myself, both with functional and with little sight.  I learned so much through you!  I found myself and my identity!

From ice skating and snow banks to busy streets, stores, and restaurants! From lush green grass and blooming flowers to peaceful lakes and from summer to winter and spring to fall!

How could I ever forget learning how to navigate those metros with very little sight and then just standing there taking in all of those beautiful sights when I acquired my functional vision!  Skiing with very little vision!  Learning to play basketball and broom ball!  Going shopping with my friends, especially Char, my best friend!

How could I ever forget the night when Marion promised me that when I received my new cornea she would take me to see the lights of Montreal and she never disappointed me!  Those lights of the City of Montreal!  How could I ever dare to forget!

The cold winter days walking to classes with my jacket zipped right up to my chin!  The fall days walking among the falling leaves and listening to my feet crunching against them!  The beautiful spring days enjoying the fresh air and fragrances of flowers as I walked and those long lingering days on a tandem bike or listening to baseball games on my radio!

This was my beautiful Montreal and shall forever be my beautiful Montreal!

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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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cherished memories forever: Remembering McGill University


I can still remember McGill University as if it were only just yesterday. This is where I can say that I truly enjoyed so many wonderful university days.  I met so many great students from around the world and there was something else!

This was the time when I got my first cornea transplant and accordingly it gave me a delightful opportunity to discover so many new things with my new vision.  I learned to walk the McGill campus.  I discovered the trees and snow banks.  I stared openly at tall buildings and ice sculptures.  I learned how to navigate restaurants on campus, find my way around the book store and most of all, I learned how to find my classrooms all by myself.

I shall forever remember graduation day when Jennifer walked with me across the stage to collect my MBA certificate.  There I was, trying my best not to look out at the audience but remembering in time to bow to them as I walked. Then I remembered seeing everyone standing, my parents and so many from the MAB were also there to watch me graduate.  What a fantastic memory!

Then the delicious dinner afterwards at a fabulous Chinese restaurant. Thanks to my parents, the day could not have ended on a better note!

Just to think that years later our Canadian Governor General was my principal when I graduated from McGill.

I thank all of my professors and student volunteers.  I thank the staff of the MAB!  So many to mention!  I thank the volunteers at the MAB!  But most of all?  I thank God for having enabled me to discover so much, especially so
with my new 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
And available for download from iTunes and Google music play

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Cherished memories forever: Remembering Concordia University


It may have been so many years ago but memories of Concordia University shall always be with me!

This is where I obtained my Bachelor of Commerce degree.  It is the university that gave me my break in life to go out there and discover the world and it is the university where I met so many wonderful kids and professors.

I still remember graduation day when Donna Patton walked with me onto the stage to receive my diploma.  Boy, was I nervous but when Donna told me that all of my classmates stood as I walked across the stage, I had to do everything in my control not to start crying.

So many people from the MAB came to watch me get my diploma.  From Mr. Williams and Mr. Evans to Dorothy, Marion, Char and Heather, Virginia and Leo and many more!  Mom and Dad came, too, having traveled so far to watch me take my bow! Jeff and his friends also came and Dave took photos of me!

I shall always remember those security guards who used to escort me across campus as I went from class to class!  I think that they wanted to make sure that I did not fall into those tall snowbanks.  Angie, Leo Carroll, and those whose names I am trying so hard to remember.

Then there were those wonderful professors: Bernice Wright, Frank Hayes, Andrew O’Connor, Brian Barbierrie, John Motter, Jim Wyatt, George Koory, Henry Greenspan, and my other accounting professors, Jay Flynn, Russ Mcqewin, Brian Smith, Jack Democco, and so many more!  They went out of their way to make sure that I could follow their lectures!

I thank the accounting, marketing, math, stats, economics, commerce, and English departments for having given me so much support and assistance.  I could not have done it without them! To the late Bernice Wright who remained my friend and mentor until her passing in 2012.  To each and every one who helped me along the way and to all of those young student volunteers !  I could never repay each and every one of you for all that you did for me!

I shall always remember those classrooms, lockers, book stores, security desks, hallways and stairs, and so much more! May God bless Concordia 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
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, 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
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, 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
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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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
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, 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.

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, 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. 

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, 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
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, 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
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, 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
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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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
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, 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
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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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
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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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. 

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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, 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. 

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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. 

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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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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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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, 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. 

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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, 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. 

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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, 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
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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 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
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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, 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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, 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!
www.takeanother5.com
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