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The Days Are Long But the Years Are Short

The Days Are Long But the Years Are Short

Once upon a time, someone shared the saying, “The days are long but the years are short” and I didn’t fully understand the significance of these words. That is, until my children became adults. The photo I have featured here is from October of 2008. At the time, my children were ages 8, 4, and … Continue reading

The Fight for Captions, Accessibility, and ADA Compliance

The Fight for Captions, Accessibility, and ADA Compliance

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush 30 years ago, I have personally witnessed several excuses for lack of communication accessibility in public spaces. “We don’t have the budget for that.” “You must be a paid subscriber to enable subtitles.” “We don’t handle accessibility matters. So and so … Continue reading

Hearing Loss and the Pandemic: One Year Later

Hearing Loss and the Pandemic: One Year Later

One year ago, most of us first experienced the reality known as COVID-19 life. The school where I work shifted to remote work operations at that time. For two months, I worked from home using all kinds of technology to keep in touch with my colleagues, parents, and students. Then we shifted back to in-person … Continue reading

The Thanksgiving I Fell Off a Horse

The Thanksgiving I Fell Off a Horse

Pecan pie, stuffing, and falling off my Pappaw’s horse. That’s what Thanksgivings are made of. The earliest Turkey Day memory I have has my older sister and I riding bareback on our Pappaw’s horse Brownie. He picked the tamest, gentlest pony for us to ride out on his pasture. Picture a man with the looks … Continue reading

Twenty Five Years Ago Today

Twenty Five Years Ago Today

“You have until midnight to do your interviews and take your photos,” The Star County Newspaper editor said.   Three of us junior reporters sat squished in the backseat of our editor’s mile-long 1970s-era Chevy. Two weeks before my career-defining internship with the major metropolitan newspaper, I had the assignment of a lifetime—and from a small … Continue reading

The Power of Connection During Social Distancing

The Power of Connection During Social Distancing

I hope you are doing well during these unbelievable times. My family is making the most of our time at home and trying to stay healthy. For the next few weeks, my workplace and community will follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. What does that look like for a Lipreading Mom? The Power of Captioned Video  … Continue reading