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The Cat Is BACK

This cat is special.  Seriously.  I think I can convince  you why this (TRUE)  story is interesting enough to read

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Dear Dream Reader:

 

  • I have been so inspired by your blogs (and then YOUR book).  The way you put IT OUT there and are so honest, and so willing to take the emotional risk of being so honest.  THAT inspires me.  Your humor, I totally get it.  Your life story.  WOW.  I relate to so much, and yet am left shaking my head in awe at the obstacles you overcame.  The letters you write to your son, to inspire him and for him to read one day, are things they should teach in parenting classes.  I think parenting classes (especially in today’s world, should be REQUIRED).  They should include “Marriage” requirement classes as well.  That is my education reform recommendations.
    We talked about Humility tonight in a step study meeting.  “Humbly asked HIM to remove our character defects”-what an amazing topic and the feedback-WOW-  I remembered in an instant flashback of standing in Sedona, AZ at Church of Holy Cross, and taking my step 7 for the first time.
    I have been wondering tonight WHY do so many people blog.  It obviously (as I am learning) takes hours.  I gave up face-book over a year ago because of the time I spent on it.  So, to be a successful blogger, do you have to also be connected to social media?  It also appears, that many (successfully vs unsuccessfully) attempt to make a living, or at least money by their blogs.  Not “pie in the sky” book deal money, but simple requests to send some if you so feel inclined.  Really?  And people obviously do!  Another WOW in my day.
    Our blog 101 requirement today was to insert something outside the normal.  I wanted to insert the spotify link for the lyrics to Dream Weaver.  As of this moment, I can only paste the lyrics.  But, this song comes to my mind tonight as I ponder this assignment.  And, since I am a day late in the assignment category, I actually had two posts today.  Sorry.  Won’t happen again.  Reminds me too much of why I went off FB;  beyond multiple updates and posts from the same people upteen times a day.  Is blogging just another EGO boost?  I hope not.  I don’t think so.  I need the writing practice, the canvass so to speak.  So, look over the lyrics to the song (below) and feel free to send me a comment.  Apparently followers and comments in the blog world mean something!  Thanks!
    Dream Weaver
    Song by Gary Wright
  • I have just closed my eyes again
    Climbed aboard the Dream Weaver train
    Driver take away my worries of today
    And leave tomorrow behind
    Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night
    Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light
    Fly me high through the starry skies
    Or maybe to an astral plane
    Cross the highways of fantasy
    Help me to forget today’s pain
    Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night
    Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light
    Though the dawn may be coming soon
    There still may be some time
    Fly me away to the bright side of the moon
    And meet me on the other side
    Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night
    Dream Weaver, I believe we can reach the morning light

 

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Are you living in the now?

For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
— Alfred D. Souza

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01/23/2014 · 4:44 PM

Closed Caption Glasses at THE THEATRE

As my blog duly notes, I am deaf.  I am a bi lateral cochlear recipient.  This month, is my 2 year activation date.  It has been a rewarding struggle.  Going to the movies, has basically been non existent for at least 8 years.  I tried to go, but lip reading through a whole movie is simply exhausting!  About 2 months ago, a friend and I went to AMC.  They did not have the glasses, but they had the caption fish gadget that sits in the beverage holder, and streams out the caption.  The movie sucked, but the caption gadget was GREAT.  I was just so excited to actually GO TO THE MOVIES!

On New Years Eve, my husband and best friend attended a cinema in New Orleans.  They touted having the Caption Glasses!  Game ON.   We saw a FANTASTIC movie (Wolf on Wall Street).  They had the GLASSES.  I thought, WOW this is going to be AWESOME.  I was WRONG.  The glasses stream out a neon GREEN caption (instead of white).  Depending on how you have your head, the caption could stream across the screen, and blend in with the scenery, or I guess if you hold your head perfectly (which i achieved at sporadic moments) it projects above the actual movie screen.  I had a HEADACHE from trying to hold my head the correct way, the weight of the glasses, the NEON GREEN (SERIOUSLY?), and straining to see the screen without my distance glasses.  There is no comfortable way ( I could be wrong) to wear these, have them sit approximately the same place as the cochlear ear piece sits, AND wear prescription glasses to see.

I don’t get it.  WHO TESTED these glasses out for deaf people before selling them to theaters?  Is it like so many other “inventions”, those that use them aren’t consulted?  I seriously don’t get it.  I am sure these glasses are EXPENSIVE.  Give me the AMC system any day over the glasses.

ALL THAT said, KUDOS to finally getting a devise in place that the deaf community can at least go to the movies!  PRAISES be to the multitude of companies that have decided to help a large number of consumers, that although deaf do have money to spend,  AND are willing to spend if we can “hear” the damn movie!

I do hope GOOGLE GLASS, can learn form SONY’S design flaws, and perhaps actually use deaf persons in testing them, for accurate and honest feedback.  One could only hope this to be a logical outcome.  I thoroughly enjoyed my 2014 New Years Eve-design flaws and all.  The movie was spectacular.  I could have done without the neon green glare of caption.  BUT…I saw and “heard” a movie for the most part!

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Why is eye contact so hard?

I sat in the waiting room at Ben Taub Hospital with a friend that was having cataract eye surgery.  Ben Taub is the top trauma hospital in Houston, and is also the hospital where uninsured persons get their chance at medical care.  I hadn’t been inside this place for years. I was so surprised to see so many friendly and nice people at 6:15 a.m.

While I was waiting, going into the 3rd hour and reading, I noticed a man standing in the small area where about 25 persons also sat.  He was speaking, but at first I didn’t stop to pay attention.  I did notice NOONE was looking at him.  He was crippled, not a handsome guy, but what a smile he had!  I leaned closer towards him,and noticed he had a hospital badge, his name and MLSW after it.  He was asking if there was anything he could do to make all of our wait time any better.  Still, not an eye was upon him.  I put my book down, looked at him, smiled, and said ” chocolate would make me happy”.  He smiled, and with no other words left.

About 5 minutes later he walked back and hands me a Hershey’s mini chocolate.  I thanked him, and others noticed we were then chatting. This young man, had been gunned down execution style during a robbery he happened to walk into while he was a pre med student at UT, 20 years prior.  He gave me a copy of an article that he wrote and was published in one of the Chicken Soups for the Soul books.  I asked him in light of his experience,what does he do to reconcile for all that happened.  He replied “I try to make people smile every day, and you have a beautiful smile”.  I got misty eyed, and thanked him again for the chocolate and the great conversation.  Oh, he also went back years later and finished his degree!  What courage and what a HERO.

I live part time in New Orleans, and sure you have to be careful. But guess what I notice most often? In New Orleans, the obvious homeless will return a smile,they make eye contact, and if you happen to have a cigarette and give them one, they thank you.

I look normal, usually walk with two small adorable dogs, so that often brings smiles to strangers faces. Think about this the next time you are walking…be it on your street, out of town, in the elevator. Start a trend, make a vow for one whole day you will smile and say hello to a stranger.

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