Friday, April 20, 2018

Cherished times: The playing cards


I still have memories of those childhood playing cards when I used to play with my brother, cousins, and Dad.  For me there was Braille on them so that I could play and then there were the special ones that my beloved Tanta Julie bought for me when she went on her trip to the United States.

The backs of those cards were red and I guarded and protected them so vigorously.  The only time that I played with them was when I was involved in games with the others.  Otherwise they stayed safely tucked away in my toys' cupboard.

Fast forward to so many years later and I seem to have lost track of them. They probably disappeared from my grasp without my even knowing it.  It sure bothers me that I cannot even remember what happened to them.

I have since had several other sets of playing cards. Some were bought at stores that sell stuff for the blind and vision-impaired while there was one particular set where my cousin, Brenda, helped me to put Braille on them thus making them available for me to play with.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

A funny experience: What color were my shoes?


Every now and then my very meticulous system of organizing has a bit of a glitch.  That is, the organizing of my clothes closets.  I am used to it but the important thing is for me to catch it before I leave my home.

That was the case a few months ago when I went to fetch a pair of shoes from my shoe rack and I just could not remember what color my shoes were.  Good thing that Mom was there to rescue me from a minor disaster.

I am never afraid to ask her for help and she is always so very ready to be of assistance. So what I thought were black shoes were actually tan shoes.

It is a good thing that we both have a great sense of humor.  It sure helps at moments like these.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My beloved Sears forever: I'll never forget Sears


This crown jewel of the Canadian retail landscape may have closed its doors forever but I can tell you, my beloved Sears, I'll never forget you.

I spent so many wonderful shopping days in your stores in Montreal and Toronto and I bought all kinds of things from you.  From furniture to exercise equipment and from pots and pans to sheets and comforters to bathroom fixtures to kitchenware.  Everything was so good.

I even bought dolls at Christmas time, a Christmas tree with all of the ornaments, a doll cabinet, and so much more.  I also bought clothes and shoes, slippers, and fall and winter jackets and coats.

It was always so enjoyable to shop at your stores.  Even my mom used to enjoy visiting you.  She and I would spend endless hours shopping, walking, and simply loitering in your facilities.

Now you are gone but you will never be forgotten!  You were part of my life and you will continue to be but now it has to be in my memory!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Just a wonderful sales person: Working with Maria to choose a new suit


In the fall of 2017, I had a very enjoyable shopping experience when Mom and I visited the Laura Petite's store at the Eglinton Square Mall in Scarborough, Ontario.

There we met a wonderful sales lady named Maria who spent the next hour helping me to carefully choose a very special suit for a very special occasion.

Maria was extremely meticulous.  She took her time to explain everything to me about this suit, every minute detail and how it looked and why she felt that it would be the one for this very special occasion.

After almost an hour, Mom and I walked out of the store with a large suit bag.  It contained Maria's suggestion and we were both extremely pleased and impressed with Maria's suggestion and attention to detail.

It is always so very important to me, as a vision-impaired person, whenever I can find a salesperson who understands how to communicate with me, how to explain things and show me things. Thank you, Maria.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Enjoying my time: Megan's description of onstage action


I am always so delighted whenever I can sit next to someone who is only too willing to explain what is happening on stage to me.  And this was the case at a conference in late September 2017.

My table companion, Megan, did a superb job of describing everything to me. The scene was one of teens depicting several different scenes of their peers in various situations.

These situations included peers rejecting each other, turning their backs on each other, asking their fellow peers to include them in social activities, and so on.  I truly enjoyed Megan's descriptions and at the end of it all this particular session was much more valuable to me.

Now that I can no longer see what's happening on stage it is always a luxury for me to be able to know. 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A refreshing experience: Description of a new building


It is always very interesting to me whenever I am in a situation where I ask someone to describe a new building to me.  Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words and this means that no two persons would ever describe a building in exactly the same way.

This is what happened in September 2017 when I attended a conference in Ottawa and I had the luxury of having several persons describe a building to me.  I knew from the outset that this would happen so I was ready.

I took all of the descriptions and went to work to take a piece from here and one from there and by the time I was finished I was able to put together a reasonable picture for myself.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

A wonderful experience: Great volunteers


There are volunteers and then there are volunteers and this is what I discovered in September 2017 when I attended a conference hosted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa.

Each volunteer that I interacted with was definitely a cut above the best! They were well-trained when it came to rendering assistance to me as a vision-impaired person.  They communicated so well, offered assistance beyond the call of duty, and certainly helped to make my time spent at the conference a pleasurable and memorable one.

We need more of this type of volunteer to help improve communications between persons with disabilities and the sighted world.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Just another new experience: An unexpected challenge at a hotel


As a regular traveler I often have the pleasure of staying at hotels that range from excellent to very good to good but with some glitches.

This is what happened to me a few months ago in 2017.  After entering my room I discovered that there was a problem.  No, not with the room but with the elevators.

You see, the very nice service desk attendant had just escorted me to my room but when we took the elevator up he told me that not all of the elevators had access to the same floors.  Some only went as high as #6 for instance, others went as far as #12, and the rest went to the penthouse suites.

In addition, there was no way for me, as a vision-impaired person, to know which elevator went to which floors. What to do?

Well, the quickest solution was for me to ask for assistance each time I needed to get to and from my room but that was not an ideal solution.  In addition, there were no Braille labels on the buttons, just raised large print.

I found it to be a very strange way, indeed, and I can only hope that this hotel finds a way to fix this.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Just another interesting challenge: The salad is not my friend


I'll tell you very honestly!  Whenever I eat outside of the comfort of my home, I do my best to avoid those overloaded salad bowls with large slices of everything in them.

You see, those large slices, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or anything else for that matter, often create challenges for someone who is blind or vision-impaired.  It is difficult for us to control our forks in a very limited space, this being our salad bowls.

It is difficult for us to avoid spilling our salads onto the table and not knowing how large a slice really is, we often have to deal with uncertainty. Sure, we can estimate the size of a slice with our forks but when the slice is too large we need to cut it and here is where the challenge arises.

For me, I do my best to avoid these slices.  I often decline the salad if I know beforehand that it contains large slices.  Just my way of dealing with salads.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Not my favorite moments: Bees around me


This is what happened several times during the late summer of 2017.  First I would be walking along, and then!  Those unwanted bees would come buzzing around me.

The thing is that I never knew that they were there until I was told.  I did not really hear them buzzing and then, when I was told, I simply froze.

There is nothing worse for me than not knowing when these little terrors come near me.  Yes, I realize that they bring us honey, but no!  I simply do not like them coming so close to me!  Especially when I cannot see them approaching!

I really do not appreciate being stung unexpectedly.  However, there is nothing that I can do to fix this!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

An interesting experience: Feeling the crow


I had a very interesting experience in the fall of 2017. My friend Gabriella and I took Mom shopping to buy some Christmas decorations and on our way into the store Mom saw an artificial crow and proceeded to introduce me to it.

What an experience. I can tell you that I did not really relish the feeling when I explored this poor crow.

It felt very uncomfortable to my touch, but you know what?  I was sure glad that I got to feel it because I was able to add a new image to my memory bank.  I never really got to see what a crow looked like when I had functional vision so this was great for me.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This shall linger forever in my mind: Mom's special birthday


It was so very special for Mom and it was a time when I got to enjoy the celebration with everyone describing everything to me. On a previous special birthday I had enough functional vision to see what was going on, but not this time.

That did not hinder my enjoyment. I used my imagination to picture the entire birthday dinner. We took Mom to a lovely upscale restaurant and Martha took pictures with her iPhone.

I could tell that Mom ate with much gusto and really enjoyed herself.  She received flowers from the family and as I stood by while she received them at home, I pictured my mom with one of the biggest smiles on her face!

Thanks to my imagination and having had functional vision previously, I can still follow along and enjoy.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy times: Downtown with Brian and Debra


Ah, yes!  The things we do when we are kids and I have no regrets.

It was a great day in December and we were on Christmas vacation and my friend, Debra, and my cousin, Brian, decided all by themselves that they would take me on my very first trip downtown.  They were bound and determined to let me experience what it was like to go downtown to the crowded stores at Christmas time.

So off we went; we were dropped off at a store called Excellent Trading and Debra's mom was standing outside waiting for us.  Debra arrived and then she and Brian walked with me along the busy sidewalks.

These two daring kids took their time with me, making sure that no one bumped into me while at the same time describing everything to me as we walked.  We went into some of the stores and they showed me different things.

I will admit that at no time was I afraid because I knew that both Brian and Debra would take good care of me and this they did.  We spent about three wonderful hours in town and returned home with all kinds of Christmas goodies and some toys.

A blessed day to remember forever.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Such treasured times: Saturday shopping with Char and Ray


I never knew what to expect but each time I went shopping with Char and Ray it turned out to be a unique experience.  Char was always up for an adventure and her husband, Ray, never disappointed us.

We went anywhere and everywhere.  We would first eat a quick breakfast and then it was off to conquer the world!  We went record shopping where we almost always came away with something.  The record stores were always crowded with record seekers and Char and I would go from rack to rack where she would read me the names of the various artists and I would get to choose what I wanted.

Then we would visit the clothes shops and take time to examine the sweat shirts and jeans.

Sometimes we would go to the hockey shops at the Montreal Forum and this was probably one of my favorite haunts.  We bought cards, sweat shirts, and even jackets.  Sometimes we would buy mugs and other memorabilia.

Our jaunts down St. Catherine's Street were priceless memories.  Char and Ray would walk on each side of me, with me hanging on to Char's arm.  We walked leisurely and as we did Ray would tell us what each store was selling.  Sometimes we would go into the store to explore but at other times we would bypass them and keep walking.

Finally, at around 1 pm or so, we would find a nice family restaurant and there we would locate a booth at the back of the restaurant where we would sit and enjoy our lunch.  Then it would be back home to go over our loot.

Ah, yes!  Such precious memories!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A cherished childhood memory: Memories at the market


I always remember when we were taken to the market by our grade school teacher, Mr. Dalip.  It was a glorious December morning and he felt that it was time to take my classmates, Trevor and Cecelia, and me to the market for a bit of an outing.

So, off we went in his little blue car.  We drove down to the San Juan market from our school and as we entered I remember being greeted by smells of veggies, fruits, and other smells that I could not easily identify.

Trevor and Cecelia had much more vision than me but that was just okay with me as they both described things to me and Mr. Dalip was only too excited to do the same.  As we walked along, vendors greeted us and when they realized that we kids were visually impaired, they went out of their way to be extra kind to us.

They let us touch and examine their produce.  They gave us all kinds of things, and one of them even lifted me into the air and spun me around.

You could tell that Christmas was in the air because everyone seemed to be in such a great mood.  They were singing, laughing, greeting each other, and just having a great time.

Ah, yes!  Memories of the market forever!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

A new experience: When the bank changed


It was quite an experience for me when, in the late spring of 2017, the Royal Bank branch at the Bridlewood Mall began renovating its facilities.  For so many years I had been used to the layout, so when I was told what was happening I had to develop a new way to navigate my favorite branch.

I had always been able to visualize this branch's facilities because I had been able to see what it looked like when I had enough vision.  Now it would be different and I would need to depend on others to describe things to me.

My mom and my friends, Sue and Gabriella, have done a masterful job at filling me in and the staff have been so good at helping me out.  However, it is not quite the same when someone else describes things to you.

Remember now, a picture is worth a thousand words and no two people describe things to you in the same way.

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

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

A constant challenge: When noise confuses me


This is probably one of the biggest daily challenges for me: too much noise around simply throws me off track.  So knowing this enables me to deal with confusion more effectively.

In short, too much noise around confuses me, makes me anxious, and sometimes I even panic.  When this happens I need to stop for a few minutes, remove myself from the center of the noise, and find a quiet spot to stop and think.

Now that I have precious little vision, I depend more heavily on my sense of hearing and when my hearing becomes cluttered with too much noise then everything goes into what I call mix-up mode.

Being aware of this enables me to avoid this more often than not but I can tell you that there are times when I simply cannot avoid it and I need to do the best that I can.

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

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A very interesting cat: Rico's walks


What more can I say about this very unique little cat?  In short:  He is a loner at heart but he sure does not seem to mind being all by himself in our large yard.

Now that I can no longer see, I need to depend on Mom to fill me in. She tells me everything about him.  That is, whenever she sees him around. 

He walks across our yard, tall and proud.  He chases dry leaves, tries to catch the birds, and oh yes!  He often catches a poor unsuspecting lizard.

Rico is not the biggest of cats but Mom says that he is a good-looking boy.  He has many friends, that is, the human kind. Truth be told, he also seems to have other cat friends who often visit him at night. 

He seems to be the boss as we really do not hear any squabbling going on. No fights, no arguing among friends. 

That's my Rico!  Alone on his walks and not at all in the least bothered.

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

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Friday, March 2, 2018

I shall always remember you: Oh my beloved church


You will forever remain in my heart and my mind!  You were the one that my parents took me to when I was growing up!  You were the one that stood tall and proud! You were the one that we went to every Sunday morning!

Oh, how I used to love to  listen to your bells, sit in your pews, and listen as the priest preached his weekly sermon.  The people around me were so very welcoming and accommodating.

That was my beloved Church, Sacred Heart!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

My heart belongs: This is my home


My home is not my roots!  My home lies far away from my roots and I thank God every day for my home! 

My home is Canada!  A country with so very much to offer: four distinct seasons, opportunities abound, and possibilities are for the taking! 

It is the country where I literally grew up and found my feet.  Where I discovered who I was and what I wanted to do with my life!  A country that taught me so much and helped to shape my path in life!

Spring, summer, fall, and winter!  I love them all and I see the goodness in each season!  I take advantage of the rich cultures and I embrace opportunities to help make things better for others.

This is my home!

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, February 28, 2018

Bitter sweet memories: Memories of my roots


As I always say: I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to enjoy both sides of the world.  My roots lie in a tiny Caribbean island and I like to call it the crown jewel of the Caribbean.

I spent many of my formative years on this tiny island!  I learned to walk and talk there!  I cut my first teeth there!  And I learned to count, read, write, spell, and say please and thank you!

Those days were so very long ago but I can tell you that I'll never forget my roots!  My perfect little island called Trinidad!  Where everything was so very uncomplicated in those days!  Where one could swim so freely in the ocean, sit on the beach and enjoy the fresh unpolluted air, and walk through the botanical gardens and enjoy the greenery!

Those were my roots and I shall forever remember!

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, February 23, 2018

A challenge: Haircuts and hairdos


This is what it is like for me now that I no longer have the vision to see myself in the mirror.  I need to depend on those that I trust to tell me how things look for me after I have had a haircut. 

For the most part I trust my hairdresser, but like anything else she sometimes goes a bit off track.  Sure, I can feel the length of my hair at the back and my bangs, but there will always be things that I would miss: evenness around my head, too short or not short enough, the shape, and so on.

This is how it must be for the rest of my 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.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A funny experience: I did not know that he was there


So much for not knowing and this is what happened a few months ago when an air conditioning man came to have a look at installing AC in Mom's home.  Here I was thinking that he was on his own, but guess what?

After he had left Mom told me that his son was with him.  I never heard the little guy walking around and I never sensed another person close by. 

This sure made me a bit concerned for as a person who is vision impaired, I need to be aware of what is around me and who is around me at all times.

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, February 21, 2018

A cherished memory: Auntie's birthday party


In August 2017 my family celebrated the 80th birthday of one of my aunts and it was one where I had to depend exclusively on my hearing to help me enjoy it all.  Now that I no longer have the vision to see around me, I need to depend on others to tell me what's going on if I am unable to hear what is going on.

The day was very special for me as I got to sit next to Auntie and chatted with her as she enjoyed the celebration.  It was quite a noisy occasion as everyone wanted to get caught up and the crowning moment was when Auntie asked little 4-year-old Mateo to stick the cake with her.

As Mom later described to me, Mateo did very well and acted like a perfect little gentleman!

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

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

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Friday, February 16, 2018

I am now used to it: Mom's cell phone


It is a very simple one and one can say that it is very old fashioned in its make up.  Just the necessary buttons.  No tapping in order to get to anything.

This is the way that Mom likes it. You just need to get used to the small buttons and you can only dial out, receive calls, and check your remaining balance.  Music punctuates the turning on and turning off of the phone and then notifications are punctuated by the normal audio notification.

Mom's cell does not talk but I am used to this.  In other words, there is no voice-over to guide me but I can hear the buttons emit a sound as I press them and all of the other things I can deal with through sound.

It took me a bit to get used to this little gem but now I am okay.  That's Mom's cell!

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Not my favorite things: Remembering the balloons


Truth be told, balloons were never my favorite things to be around. But I have to admit that I used to love to toss them into the air and then watch as they came floating back to the floor.  I used to like to see the different colors, but what did I not like about them?

I was always afraid that they would explode or burst in my face if I either touched them or ran into them. I would try to admire them from afar and that was it.

Even today, I am still very much skeptical about balloons.  At best, I put up with 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 
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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, February 14, 2018

Special times: At Jaffa's with the family


This is probably one of my favorite restaurants to visit whenever I am in Trinidad.  It is a very pleasant restaurant and the staff is extremely friendly to me and render assistance so easily to me as a vision-impaired person.

My family also likes going there and it is always so nice whenever I can spend some time with them.  Just to sit and relax and to catch up.

Truth be told, I do not see my family very often but when I do it is always so great. One of my favorite things to do is to just simply sit there and try to imagine what they look like.

Of course, I do remember what the adults look like. But as for Faith, my niece, it is a bit more difficult because the last time I saw her face was when she was about 3 years old!

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Forever in my heart: Oh my Sweet Saint Lucia


Since 2011, Mom and I have made it an annual must-do to travel to sweet Saint Lucia for our summer getaway and each year I feel as if it is the first time that I am going there.

This lovely little unspoiled island is probably one of the most accessible for a person with a vision impairment, and why is this?

In my humble opinion, it is the people who make this so.  They are so accommodating, so helpful, and so aware of customer service.  They go way beyond and above the call of duty.  They aim to please and the customer always comes first!

Sweet Saint Lucia is definitely a must-visit for anyone who wants to check out not just the tourist aspects but the accessibility features.  Not just the beautiful beaches and fantastic cuisine but the overall accommodations for persons with special needs.

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Placing my blind trust: At the therapist


In the summer of 2017, I took the time to look after my poor right shoulder and over the course of two months I visited a therapist several times.

This was quite a new experience for me as I literally had to place my blind trust, so to speak, in someone that I did not know.  I had to trust her to help me with the various exercises and I was not disappointed.

Christy was very good and went beyond the call of duty.  She was helpful, extremely accommodating and did not seem to mind working with someone with a vision impairment.

She took the time to show me what to do, kept close watch over me, and always told me what she was going to do with me.  Hats off to Christy!

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, February 7, 2018

A great new experience: Exploring the lion


In the summer of 2017, I accompanied Mom downtown to do some banking business and after completing it we walked out to wait for Mom's driver to arrive.  We were standing quietly when Mom decided that she wanted me to explore something quite new: a huge sculpture of a lion which is the main centerpiece of the Royal Bank's logo.

Indeed!  It was quite a new experience for me as I explored this huge sculpture.  I felt its head, touched its mane, and then ran my hands down its vast front and down its legs.  At the end of it all I sure did have a better idea of what a lion looked like.

Just another experience for me to store 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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Friday, February 2, 2018

A precious Montreal memory: Remembering the Big O


O yes, indeed!  This used to be the pride and joy of the City of Montreal, the Olympic Stadium, at least when I lived there in the 80s, and I can remember the two occasions when I visited.

First with Char and Ray and then with Char, Joan, and Heather. Then there may have been a third time when I went with Joan and Heather.

Everything was so very clean!  The seats were so very nice and comfortable and, my, how big the place was.

Char and I took radios so that we could follow the game and I can say that this strategy worked very well indeed.  We sat beside each other and relaxed as we enjoyed our snacks and Coke.  Joan and Heather also seemed very relaxed and we all chatted so amiably as the games progressed.

Those were such happy times, probably never to return as baseball no longer graces Montreal with its presence.  It was such a great way to bond and just be friends for some precious moments.

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

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

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Forever in my memory: Remembering the doll house


Oh, my special little doll house!  The one that I improvised just for me.  The one with three little rooms and a front yard.  It was the one made up of a board that stretched over 2 small wooden cartoons.  Thus we had a center room and two outer rooms.  Or so I imagined it to be.

I used the rooftop as my kitchen and there I had set up all of my dishes, appliances, and everything else.  Then, venturing down to the rooms and the center room where my dolls slept.  The two outer rooms were for laundry and then the bathroom.

The front yard was big and there my dolls played and had lots of fun!

I spent countless hours playing by myself and during this time my dolls came to life and played with each other.  I entered into my own little world where I could make everything possible; to imagine, create, and dream a little.

Oh, yes!  That was my doll house!  A treasured memory forever.  It did not matter that I could not really see the faces of my treasured dolls!  They were in my imagination and there they shall remain forever and a day!

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

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

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cherished Christmas memories: Remembering the Weall and Cullen barn


Such wonderful memories for me and especially so at Christmas time when this landmark building would be lit up with all kinds of Christmas lights!  They lit up the building outdoors and I could see it as we approached.

Then, when we entered, there it was!  A fairyland of figures, decorations, lights, churches, nativity scenes, and boundless creations to satisfy anyone's imagination!

For me, my imagination simply came alive and for those very few special magical moments I allowed myself to drift into dreamland where I would become a kid once more and dream to my heart's content.  Oh, how I enjoyed these visits and for the most part I would simply ignore everything around me and enter my little world where I did whatever I wanted.

Those were special days but not so long ago.  This wonderful historical landmark is now no longer around but still I keep on dreaming. Memories forever.

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

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

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Such sobering memories: Remembering the lagoons


Each lagoon was an individually very special one to me.  Each had its own very special memory because each had something that was different from the other.  Many would say that all lagoons are the same but it was not so for me.

There was the one in Toco, a huge one with water that was always flowing so silently and oh so easily.  We used to build boats out of palm leaves and then float them down the current of the lagoon.  We used to splash around and our dog, Yella, used to join us, barking so happily as she played with us.

I remember that there were fishes living in the lagoon and my brothers would go fishing, often catching a fish or two.  Sometimes we would see crabs running around at the mouth of the lagoon and then we would take time to watch the lagoon empty its water right into the sea.  This lagoon was surrounded by trees that bore luscious sea grapes and almonds.

Then there was the small lagoon in Mayaro.  One that had a bridge across it where I would often sit and listen to my radio and enjoy the fresh sea air. My cousins and brothers would go fishing in it and sometimes have palm leaf boat races but the water was not deep enough for swimming.  Yet the crabs seemed to enjoy playing in it.  This lagoon was right outside of our beach house.  This little lagoon was more open and not many trees surrounded it.

Finally, there was the larger lagoon which was about a quarter mile up the beach from us.  This one was deeper than the other one and there were many fishes in it.  I loved this one because of its peaceful ambiance.  It did not seem to empty its waters into the sea but somehow its waters did flow somewhere.  Coconut trees surrounded it thus making it a very private little getaway.

Those were my lagoons and memories of them shall forever be in my memory bank.

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

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

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Granny and us: Remembering the seaside shops


These were quaint little shops with such friendly shopkeepers who were always there to serve their customers and then go out of their way to be of help.

In those days I could not see them as they stood in front of me but I sure remember their voices. When they realized that I was blind then here is where they became such wonderful folks to me.

I was just a wee one then but that was okay.  Granny always took me with her to these shops and my cousins came along and of course the dogs followed us all the way along the beach.

Sometimes along the way they got in minor fights with other dogs but Granny was always there to get them out of trouble. Granny would walk quickly, beckoning us to follow.  My cousins always guided me along and as we walked, arm in arm, we would chat, laugh, and steal a few moments every now and then to stop and walk in and out of the breaking waves.

The water was almost warm and the waves were not very large as they rolled ashore.  The air was always fresh and the sun was a glorious one.

When we reached the shop the dogs would accompany us inside and wait.While Granny did her shopping we kids would look around and wait patiently. Then we would walk back home with Granny leading the way and us kids just dying to get home and then get ready to go swimming.

Those wonderful memories, so long ago but still so very fresh in my mind and in the days when my vision was just so limited.

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

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

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lingering childhood memories: Remembering the beach houses


These memories shall forever stay with me.  As a child I had the privilege of spending so many joyous holidays in beach houses that were so warm, welcoming and filled with terrific memories.  I can tell you that these houses were always filled with shouts of glee!  Laughter and shrieks!  Noisy kids running to and fro and exciting games being played inside and outside of the houses.

Even our dogs got into it; barking with delight, chasing each other, and running with and after us! Then there were the beaches and the ultimate prize!  The warm waters of beautiful oceans filled with waves of all sizes.

Oh, yes!  Those sunny days filled with cloudless blue skies!  Sandy beaches where we built castles and dug sand pools and made them in so many different shapes!  Fishing in the lagoons and walking in their warm waters.

Racing with the dogs on the beach and us kids simply swimming freely in the sea with Dad watching over us all!

Oh, how I wish those days could somehow return, but alas!  They are gone forever but not my memories!  Beach houses in Toco and Mayaro!  Pictures that shall fill my mind forever and I did it all with precious little vision!

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

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Those days are forever: Remembering the swimming pool at school


Oh, what a lovely childhood memory!  Those happy-go-lucky days when I would frolic in our school's swimming pool with my school friends.  Mrs. Mondey would be supervising from the side and she made very sure that we did not go too far into the deep end.

I was probably one of the best swimmers so she did not mind me skipping into the deep end from time to time.  I still remember those warm sunny days when we would be allowed to go swimming.

It was always in the afternoon when the sun was at its hottest.  I would step into the pool using the steps and from there I would walk around, first looking up at the lovely blue sky and then looking down to see the sun playing on the water of the pool.

I would swim with my friends and we would laugh, yell, and sing out, all with pure delight.  Those were such happy days!  When there were no cares in the world for me.  So innocent as my thoughts were almost always filled with hopes and dreams and imaginations of growing up to go off and create all kinds of toys and things to help others.

These are such perfect memories and nothing or no one could ever take them away from me.  Oh no!  They are 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
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy days! Remembering the seaside churches


The thing about these memories is that these were churches that practically stood at the edge of beaches.  They were all so very quaint and very special to me.

They were small churches filled with congregations that knew all of the prayers.  They knew all of the hymns and they were such friendly and faithful folks.

We, as a family, always sat closer to the middle of the church and we always sat together.  I sang along with the congregation and prayed as hard as they did.  I dutifully went with Mom to receive Holy Communion and I always felt that I had to do the best that I could when attending mass.

I could not see those around me but I was always comforted by their warmth and their welcoming manner.  I knew that more often than not they would probably give me more than a glance when they realized that I was vision-impaired but that was just fine with me.  It did not matter to me because I
had other priorities, like praying as hard as I could.

This was my childhood memory of those wonderful seaside churches, forever imprinted on my mind.

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Such happy memories: Remembering the Starlight Drive-In


This was always a treat for me, whenever my parents took us kids and Granny to the Starlight Drive-In.  These were regular Sunday events and Mom and Granny would provide such sumptuous sandwiches and drinks for us.

Then off to the Starlight we would go and Dad would park the car in a good spot so that everyone could see and hear the movie.  Of course, I could not see enough in those days to know what was happening on the screen but with Mom and Dad as describers, I could not want for more.

Most times I sat between my parents in the front seat and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Sometimes I fell asleep and sometimes I allowed myself to enjoy the fresh air that wafted in through the windows of the family's car, as the Starlight was an open air drive-in.

Truth be told, I loved to enjoy the smells of food around me coming from other parked cars, the fragrant perfumes and colognes of those sitting in those cars, and oh yes!  Listening to the crickets in the night.

Such wonderful memories forever.

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

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

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

It helps me to relax: Cooking is for me


Being vision-impaired does not hinder me from taking advantage of the joys of cooking.  Yes!  It is one of my favorite pastimes and I have my very own way of working in the kitchen.

Everything has a method to it.  Pot handles are placed in a certain position.
I go to great lengths to position pots on my stove.
I organize my counter space in ways that I know where everything is and I can reach whatever I am looking for in quick time.
My microwave is a talking one.
My toaster oven is easy for me to navigate, though it is not one that has been adapted for vision- impaired persons.
The shelves in my cupboards and cabinets are organized in a certain way so as to help me find what I seek.
In short, everything in my kitchen has its place.

I love experimenting and I grab recipes from the Internet or from my wonderful resource, a wonderful lady who calls herself Mama Peach!

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
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.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

One of my favorite passions: Dinner mystery evenings are for me


In 2010 I started off writing and producing my own audio mysteries and this quickly grew into other things.  Today I not only write and produce my own audio mysteries, I sell them, broadcast them across the Internet, and now I have expanded my business to include dinner mystery evenings.

I have adapted these events to include full audience participation where I write mysteries that are, for the most part, fictional satire.  The audience has their say as to who they believe did it and even a jury is chosen from the audience.

I love it all and so far so good.

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 
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.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html.

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All in a day's work: Dealing with multiple conversations at the same time


I don't think that this would be any different for anyone, but for me it is a challenge.  Especially so when, as someone who is vision-impaired, my sense of hearing is taxed to the maximum in order to keep up with everything all at once.

I am not sure how a sighted person would do it but I do remember when I had enough functional vision, I used to find ways to use both vision and hearing at the same time in order to keep up.

Sometimes I have to chuckle to myself as I struggle to keep up but I do not really mention this to many people.  It is my little secret and one that I'll keep hidden.

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
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!
donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html.

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at @author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan