Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A terrifying moment! Falling in the elevator


At the best of times, falling in the elevator is not a very nice experience. But for someone with a vision impairment, it is probably quite a bit more challenging and scary.

In early March 2020, this is what happened to me. I had just come in from running errands and had first gone to my mail box to collect my mail. Then I went to the elevator and pressed the button. The elevator came and I entered. Then the horror show began.

My mail slipped out of my hands and I had to go searching on the floor of the elevator to find it. I could only use one hand as I had my cane in my other hand.  By the time the elevator had stopped at my floor, I had just found my mail and as I went to exit the elevator, I fell.

I was jammed between the door of the elevator and lying flat on my back. The door was heavy and difficult for me to push away from myself. Thank God that I did not panic.

I knew that no one could really hear me so I decided to be methodical. First, I jammed my sturdy cane between my body and the door. Next I rose slowly with my mail in hand and then the rest went in my favour.

I exited the elevator with a bruised temple and a painful headache but all ended well.

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

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Monday, July 6, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan
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Hi, everyone. It’s a new day and as I continue to promote my positive power, I think that we need to congratulate ourselves on a job well done! So many of us continue to work together to make the best of everything during these very troubling times. We know that the new normal is going to be very different for us but we need to look ahead and not look back!
So, let's just do this and I'd like to share the following quote with you. "It's never too late. Don't focus on what was taken away. Find something to replace it, and acknowledge the blessing you have." Drew Barrymore

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Friday, July 3, 2020

A fear of the unknown: Facing the Corona virus


Like so many others, I am not going to be alone when facing this virus! We are all in this together and I know that at least for the next few weeks, or even months, I am going to be staying in with probably a weekly trip to get my errands done.

I'll try not to listen to the news too often. I'll do my best to stay mentally on track, to make a daily schedule and stick to it. To reach out to my family and friends and most of all to check in with my mom as often as I can.

Am I scared? Naturally so but with God on my side I'll be just fine. I'll pray hard each time I feel sad or down. I will think positive thoughts each time my mind starts to wander down the wrong path or in the wrong direction and I'll look forward to that sunny day when can I see my mom and family again.

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

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

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

I am so excited: My new pottery studio


I am so very pleased to have discovered my new pottery studio! A warm and welcoming place for me to use my imagination to its fullest. As I would say, the sky is the limit and I am very fortunate to have met Sister Helen; a kind, gentle, and positive person.

I am so looking forward to working with Sister Helen and I can already tell that I'll be making all kinds of interesting objects.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

My favourite songster visitors: The doves are back


They're back! My favourite little songsters! Every year and some time in April, more towards the beginning of April, they arrive at my office balcony and there they lay their eggs. The eggs hatch and parents and little ones
stay for a few weeks and then they are off for other parts!

This annual event probably started way back in 2012 and each year they have never failed to make my balcony their birthing centre. I am always so very excited whenever I hear their arrival, and how do I know that they have
arrived? Because apart from expecting them, I hear them calling to each other early on mornings and this lasts for a few days. Then I hear the little ones interacting with their parents and this is when I know that the young ones
have arrived.

Parents and kids enrich my early morning hours for a few weeks and then, as easily as they have come, they are gone. That's my typical April morning activity!

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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Monday, June 29, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan
and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com
along with my subscription libraries.

Believe it or not, this unexpected pandemic has definitely brought out some very wonderful things for us all!
Kind deeds from persons we do not even know! Generosity from strangers, creativity on the part of so many to help each other stay positive!
Today I salute and acknowledge my dear friend Gabriella who, for the past few months, has been patiently posting photos on Facebook with amazing descriptions.
Gabriella's selfless generosity has helped to keep my spirit alive and to help me remember things that I used to be able to see before I lost my vision in 2004! 
Thank you, my dear friend! You are the perfect example of kindness, thoughtfulness, and positiveness!
I'd like to share this quote with you and I hope that it can help to inspire us to keep on trying.
"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change." Bob Kerrey

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Trying again: A CCB Mysteries revival


This initiative is very near and dear to my heart and so when I got a chance to revive my chapter in late January 2020, I grabbed it.

It was sort of unexpected but with a bit of hard work, creativity, and good luck I feel confident that things will improve in time.

I have now identified ways to contribute funds raised to very important initiatives to send kids with special needs to camps. Thanks to friends in Ottawa, Kim and Shelly, we should be able to create a radio camp for kids as soon as conditions are right.

Then, thanks to Sister Helen who runs a pottery studio, I look forward to making a contribution to sending kids with a disability to pottery camp.

There will be opportunities for my chapter to collaborate in various fundraising activities as well. So patience, patience!

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

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

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Godsend: Taking images with iPhones


I can't tell you how much this technology impresses me despite my not being able to take advantage of it. No, as a vision-impaired person I am unable to do so but my friends and family are always willing to step in and help
whenever I need images and pictures to be taken.

It comes in greatly handy whenever I need to send forms to such recipients as universities, government agencies, and to my doctors.

In so many cases these days, I am often asked to have documents scanned and sent along, but alas! I am not able to do so and here is where the iPhone comes to the rescue.

My friends or family take a picture of said document, send it to me, and then I am able to email it.

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

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

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Challenges of the day: Those pesky onion skins and stray Kleenex bits


They are probably two of the biggest irritants in my life these days. That is, when they fall to the floor and I am not aware.

In the case of the onion skins, I never know that they have made their unwelcomed way to the floor until I actually step on them. Then comes the task of picking them up and then to make sure that I have cleaned up any
accompanying juice.

In the case of those Kleenex bits: they grace my floor with their presence whenever they fall out of my pocket and purse and then somehow become bits. Or whenever they become part of my laundry in the dryer because I forgot to
take them out of my pocket before tossing my clothes in the washer.

Yes, they can sure be very irritating for me and there is no tried and proven solution except to be more careful whenever I deal with onions or Kleenex.

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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Monday, June 22, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan
and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com
along with my subscription libraries.

There is so much going on around us and I know that at times it is so very difficult to take it all in, let alone to be able to deal with it all! Having to deal with the perils of the Corona virus is probably enough for many of us but when we are called upon to deal with other pressing matters such as racial inequality then here is where things begin to start overwhelming us!
You're probably asking if we can overcome and my immediate response is a resounding yes!
Let us start by taking one step at a time and handling things calmly and logically!
It will all work out; just you wait and see!
I'd like to share this quote with you and I hope that it can help to inspire us to keep on trying.
"You can't change all that is wrong in this great big world, but you can have an impact, even if it is just a tiny, positive impact on a stranger that receives a smile from you on the street today. There's so much we can do for others, and in the end what we do for others ends up benefiting us tenfold. So, let's do this. Let's make our little worlds amazing today." Craig Ballan

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Friday, June 19, 2020

A great experience: Flea markets


I don't think that I have ever spent too much time at a flea market until I did so at one in the Hawaiian town of Hilo.

It was a fresh, sunny morning when Sue and I stepped into this market. As I listened to the buyers and sellers around me I thanked God that I was able to come here so far away from my home to enjoy this.

I did manage to buy a Hawaiian skirt for Mom and sampled some of the nuts and other goodies, but the highlight was that I got to meet so many wonderful Hawaiian folks.

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

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

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Memories not to forget: On a Hawaiian cruise


Thank God that my friend Sue and I went on our Hawaiian cruise before the Corona tidal wave struck. Thank God that I had her as my sighted assistant or else things would have been quite a bit different and more challenging for me.

As things turned out, we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and Sue was simply wonderful when it came to guiding me and describing things to me. From beginning to end, when we arrived at the airport and returned to the airport 12 days later, things were very smooth.

The staff on board the Pride of America were very helpful and always there to help. Meal times were without any major hitches and I never felt in any difficulty with Sue to help and staff being watchful.

Our on shore trips were terrific and I thoroughly enjoyed the tubing adventure where Krystal Ijama was simply the best when it came to being my guide. I could not have asked for a more pleasant guide.

I especially enjoyed the morning coffee with Sue on our balcony and the evening chats there as well. The room was so well laid out that I could not have asked for more as a vision-impaired person.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Will it be easier? Making air travel easier


Air travel, as we have known it up until now, is definitely going to change when all is said and done. Thanks to this pandemic, that is going to be assured.

All well and good but what concerns me greatly is this! How would I, as a vision-impaired person, be able to get assistance from airline and airport agents?  How will we be able to maintain social distancing or physical
distancing if, in reality, the agents need to walk very close to me so that I can take their arm?

Or how about when they are asked to help me retrieve my luggage, plus so much more?

I am sure that things will be ironed out but for now these are my concerns.

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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Monday, June 15, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan



As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan
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along with my subscription libraries.
Hi there, everyone, and in my continuing effort to promote positive power, I'd like to share these thoughts for today.
It is all up to us to play a role in the controlling of our destiny. Yes! We are living in extremely difficult and challenging times but we can consider any of these paths!
* Do nothing and accept that what we believe is the inevitable.
* Do something and help ourselves and each other to conquer.
So, I thought that the following quote could apply: "Don't underestimate the power of thoughts and words. What you tell yourself every morning will set your mind and life on that path. Talk success, victory, happiness and blessings over your destiny." Nina Bolivares

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Frustrating for me: When the muffin fell


For me, there is nothing worse than when something falls from me and I do not know until it is too late. That is, when I either step on it, find crumbs or spills on my floor, or realize that something is missing.

This is what happened recently when my muffin fell from me. I knew that it had fallen but I did not know where it was. So I started to search methodically and then!

I found it all right; but it was in a heap of crumbs and so I had to patiently gather up the crumbs and then throw it away. This did not make my day!

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

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

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

A work in progress: Still persisting with my knitting


Despite my best efforts to stay connected with my knitting, I am finding that I need to put in that extra effort to do so. I am determined to stay with my knitting and to make something of it.

Heck, I put a lot of work into this initiative and I am not about to give it up very easily. So, here we go; on to finishing my hat and then moving on to something else.  I will not give up for a lack of motivation.

Knitting is relaxing and helps me to concentrate more on what I need to be doing. It is what I call my quiet time activity.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

I am very pleased: Checking out the new pottery studio


I just can't say enough about my new pottery studio: so pleasant, so welcoming, and it is going to allow me to be much more creative than I ever thought.

When I met Sister Helen for the first time, I knew that I had just met one of the nicest people to walk into my life. She was so kind, generous, and her bunny family sure helped me to get acquainted.

This studio is going to be a much different one than Joan's studio at Pleasant Pottery. However, I am eternally grateful to Joan for having taught me so much. She got me started and taught me the rudiments of pottery.

I am looking forward to creating a lot of new things with Sister Helen. This is really going to help me stay creative and imaginative.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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Monday, June 8, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan
and I invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com
along with my subscription libraries.
On June 06, we celebrated yet another anniversary of D-Day! A day which the world never wishes to have repeated but one on which so many died to save us from certain destruction!
Let us never forget this and let us find ways to ensure that these heroes of so many years ago are justly rewarded!
We have lost so many of them already over these past few months so let us do our best to ensure that those who are still with us continue to enrich us with their spirit, knowledge, and tremendous propensity to live for us!
We can do it and we will do it!
I'd like to share this quote with you.
"I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don't know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to
do."  Christopher Reeve
My subscription libraries contain very valuable tips on home and garden along with yummy recipes for the culinary enthusiast!
I want to help make your at-home isolation experience as pleasant as possible.
Thank you and stay safe.