Thursday, October 19, 2017

A heartfelt thanks: Remembering Penfield


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Precious memories forever: Remembering Broughten Hall High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, October 13, 2017

So very frustrating: At the North York General Hospital


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
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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!
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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
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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, October 5, 2017

Challenging times: Tax time


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
And available for download from iTunes and Google music play

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