Archive for 2013

The Uproar Over a Fake Sign Language Interpreter

“Ha oun i ie i no e ere ac a e hae ie. I s ha ieece e ha mae o he lies o oer at ill deerie he iifiace o e ife e ea.” — Nelson Mandela A little frustrating to not know what this sentence reads, isn’t it?  Welcome to my deaf life.... Read more »

Not Inspired? It's Time for a Change

I have a friend who has been dragging through life in the last several years. I see this friend occasionally during the year at social gatherings. Every single year, it’s been the same response to the request to catch up on what’s new. “What’s new? Oh, it’s the same since the last time we talked.”... Read more »

How Writing on the Bedroom Walls Led to a One Direction Music Video

“Mom, can I write on my walls?” When my teenage daughter asked me that question, I had to probe further.  ”What do you plan on writing on the walls?” I asked. In the previous years, Lauren had requested permission for many different ways of expressing herself. Multiple ear piercings. Belly button piercing. Tattoos. I suddenly... Read more »
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Right Now, Drop Everything and Cherish the Moment

Right now, drop everything and cherish this moment.  I mean RIGHT NOW.  Yup, this very moment. Poof. It’s gone. Did you enjoy it? Did you pause in the middle of something you really loved to do to read this post? No? Is this post just breaking up the monotony of yet another day of mediocrity?... Read more »

Sort Through the Clutter and Find Your Voice with Joel Boggess

“Listen to your voice. No one else can hear it. Tell your story. No one else can speak it. Run after your passion. No one else can catch it. Being true to the person you were created to be is the best gift you can give yourself, your family, and the world.” That’s the first... Read more »

Deaf Teens Sign "I Would" for the One Direction 1D Day Music Video

    Can deaf kids enjoy music? That’s a question I often get from parents of newly-identified deaf and hard of hearing babies.  In a nutshell, the answer is “yes.”  In fact, this week, XXL and SPIN produced a story about deaf musicians: Hearing Impaired Rappers on the Rise. My own three kids have varying... Read more »
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Dear 20-Year-Old Self, You Should Have Enjoyed Your Perky Boobs

I have a 20-year-old son who is off to college.  Somehow, the math doesn’t add up, because it was just yesterday when I met my 20-year-old boyfriend who became my husband.  I still feel like a 20-year-old on some days, but the crow’s feet decorating my eyes reminds me of the big 5-0 birthday coming... Read more »

Steve Olsher: Discover Your 'What'

Five years ago, Steve Olsher received a “wake up call.”  He was sitting at his step-father’s bedside, holding his hand during his final breaths. Steve’s thought’s turned to funerals. Not just his step-father’s upcoming funeral, but his own. What would his family, friends and colleagues say about his life,  he wondered.  How was he going... Read more »

How to Change the World, A Fitting Tribute to 9/11

Twelve years ago, I sat transfixed to the TV, crying all day long. My kids were 4, 6, and 8– and I wondered what kind of world they would have ahead of them. I’ve since learned we create our own world with every act of kindness and every loving thought. It’s quite simple, really. Begin... Read more »
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A ChicagoNow Post on Harry Styles Ends Up in M Magazine

Despite being deaf, I could hear my daughter’s scream as she showed me a screen shot a friend had sent her.  ”Mom! I’m in ‘M’ magazine!” A few weeks ago, my daughter and her friend attended the One Direction concert in Tinley Park.  They originally had seats in the fourth row, but the management moved... Read more »