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.

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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.

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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!
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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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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.

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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
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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 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. 

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, 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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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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. 

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, 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. 

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 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. 

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, 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. 

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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www.takeanother5.com
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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. 

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, 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. 

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, 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. 

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, 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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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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. 

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!
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www.takeanother5.com
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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. 

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, 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. 

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, 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. 

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, 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. 

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, June 2, 2017

One of my favorite passions: Is ice skating still for me?


This is a question that I am constantly asking myself and one that has a very ready answer for me.  The final answer is a definite yes!

Ice skating is one of my passions.  It is one that I chose to follow from childhood and, as any true Canadian, one that has filled my heart and mind with so much fun, pleasure, and so much more.

Ice skating has helped to build my confidence.  It has helped me to become more certain of myself and it has sure helped me to conquer and overcome a bit of the unknown.  Ice skating has taught me how to pick myself up after a fall and how to deal with uncertainty: not knowing when I am going to encounter such things as cracks in the ice, water on the ice, and crazy ice skaters darting in and out of my path.

I wish that I could devote a bit more time to my ice skating but I also hope to rectify this in the coming months.  Ice skating has done so much for me and it is a passion that I continue to foster.

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 1, 2017

So much to learn and laugh about: Learning lots with Robbie, my knitting teacher


Like my pottery classes, I have been attending my knitting sessions for some time now, about two and a half years.  I can tell you that I have absolutely no regrets.  I decided to take up knitting in order to build my ability to be more patient and it sure has paid off for me.

First I had Miko as a teacher and she was absolutely wonderful. But when she went on maternity leave about a year ago I got Robbie and what a fantastic teacher and person he has been to me.

Robbie has taught and continues to teach me so much, not just knitting skills but other things as well.  I have learned how to persevere in a more efficient way and how to focus more clearly.

I have learned how to not give up too easily and how to better analyze problems before coming up with suggested solutions. I have also learned how not to panic too easily.

My sense of touch has increased and gotten better.  My problem-solving skills have improved noticeably, but above all, Robbie has taught me that there are no barriers to learning.

Once you put your mind to it, the outcome will be what you desire and being vision-impaired is no excuse.  You just need to find ways to overcome.

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, May 31, 2017

Wonderful times with two lovely ladies: In the pottery studio with Joan and Joan

 have been taking pottery classes for almost three years now and I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it.  I have gotten a wonderful opportunity to meet some very great people: my teacher, Joan Spears, and my classmate, Joan Robinson.

I have found an avenue to create and develop my own pottery pieces but most of all I have found a way to develop more patience.

Joan and Joan are my constant companions every week.  They are both so cool, calm, and collected.  Nothing seems to rattle them and there always seems to be a solution to everything.

No challenge seems to be too big to overcome.  There never seems to be a problem too difficult to tackle, but most of all!  There is always an answer to every question!

When I first started my pottery classes I was a bit hesitant as to whether or not I, as a vision-impaired person, would be able to cope let alone create. But here I am almost three years later, enjoying my pottery making.

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, May 26, 2017

We sure are a team! Mom and me, communicating


We are a team and bound and determined to make things work.  Mom sees and tells me what is around me.  I hear and tell Mom what is being said and spoken.

I need to speak more loudly now so that she can hear me and I need to keep reminding myself of this daily.  Mom knows that she needs to pay closer attention to when I speak because she does not hear as well any more.

She is a real trooper.  She works overtime to ensure that our communication remains free-flowing.  So in turn I need to do my part to ensure that this does not fall apart.  It is not the end of the world, just another challenge for us to deal with and find ways to overcome 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, May 25, 2017

Such wonderful times: Remembering the toys at school


It's funny how this particular memory keeps popping into my mind every so often and each time it does I enjoy it even more.  I can still picture the images of those precious little toys racing around in my mind.

From the peg board to the Lego's, from the alphabet board to the blocks and villages, the puzzles to the train sets, and the construction disks to the fishing game.

There were no computers or iDevices in those days.  Just toys that were meant to teach us, as vision-impaired kids, all kinds of different things. We learned the various shapes through our shape boards.  We learned how to build various objects through our Lego's, blocks, and construction sets and we learned our alphabet letters by having to fit the letters into slots on the board.

The alphabet board was probably one of my favorite toys followed by the villages which we used to construct mini villages.  We did it through the use of tiny plastic sticks, beads, and blocks.  Then there were mini trees, boats, and carriages to go along with these sets.

I must not forget the Plasticine and clay which our teachers often gave to us and then asked us to make various objects.  Anything from boats and baskets filled with eggs to bats and balls and airplanes.

Then we learned how to make paper planes and rockets and fly them outdoors. We made paper fans and picture frames and hats.  We made houses with our Lego's and the list went on and on.  Those were the days when we had to use our imaginations to create and I loved every moment of 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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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A cherished memory: When Dad left on his trip


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A funny experience: When the kettle leaked


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

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

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

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

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

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, May 18, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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, May 17, 2017

Refreshing experiences: At the Apple Store


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

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

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

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

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, May 12, 2017

Daily challenges: Those recycled bags


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

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

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

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

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, May 11, 2017

A challenge: When the cable box refuses to cooperate


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Some musings: Who was it really?


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

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

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

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

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

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, May 5, 2017

A minor challenge: Challenges with an AC


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

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

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

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

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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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reflections: Those spanking new windows


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

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

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

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

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

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, May 3, 2017

Precious memories forever: When the dogs greeted me


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

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

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

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

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

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, April 28, 2017

Great memories: Happy times in the Savannah

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

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

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

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

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

Ah, yes!  Those cherished memories for a lifetime.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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, April 27, 2017

Great reflections: Imagining while sitting in my high chair


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, April 26, 2017

Fond memories: Growing up with the cousins


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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit ttp://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, April 21, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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, April 20, 2017

Lucky me! Memories of the Grange


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, April 19, 2017

Forever in my mind: Memories of school days in England


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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, April 14, 2017

School time: Remembering concert costumes


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

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

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

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A childhood reflection: Riding the tricycle in our yard


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

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

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

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Precious and perfect forever! Quiet evenings on the patio


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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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, April 7, 2017

A new path: Going with Mom to the doctor


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

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

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

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.takeanother5.com
And available for download from iTunes and Google music play

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