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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Healthy Hearing Feature Story

Recently Lauren Clason of Healthy Hearing interviewed me through online chat for a profile piece on their website. I was very pleased to see the published article which includes the surprising event that led to the discovery of my hearing loss, my musings on when the loss might have started and what the possible causes might have been. The article concludes with my current challenges and hopes for the near future.

When I shared the link on Facebook, I saw Healthy Hearing had given my story this lovely tagline: Sarah's hearing loss helped her launch her own successful blog...and a brand new career. Thanks, Healthy Hearing!

You can read the story here.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Gardening with Puppy

This is our dogs' favorite flower bed.
We know better than to plant any annuals
here. The little plants you see are a
perennial morning glory which will
grow up onto the trellis.

I wish I had gotten a "before" photo. This flower bed 
looked so pretty with its new marigolds. When I 
went inside for a drink of water, Melody 
trampled and beheaded each one.

This crime really took us by surprise!

The criminal: Melody

Of course, our other dog, Blondie had her share
of crimes as a puppy. For a look back, check out
these posts: BlondieFunny text message, and

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chicago Architecture in Photos

Today my husband Rob and I went on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Chicago River cruise. This is something we had been talking about doing for a long time and today was the perfect day weather-wise to fulfill our dream. The cruise lasted 90 minutes and featured a docent describing the history and architecture of the buildings we saw. Here are my favorites of the many photos I took.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Classifier Story

My final project for my intermediate ASL class was to create a classifier story and share it with the teacher on video. For those of you unfamiliar with American Sign Language, classifiers are "designated handshapes and/or rule-grounded body pantomime used to represent nouns and verbs" according to Brenda Liebman Aron in her article What, When and How to Use ASL Classifiers. Another resource that my professor shared with my class was Dr. Bill Vicker's lesson on classifiers from his online American Sign Language University.

For my story, I wanted to pick a scenario that was very familiar to me. I chose my experience riding in the car with my son when he was learning how to drive stick shift (manual transmission). This story is based in truth but has humor and drama added in for interest.

Within the story, I play several roles: myself, my son, the car, and another driver. There are a few ASL signs sprinkled throughout, but through my mime and facial expressions, the story should be pretty clear even if you do not know sign language. One classifier that comes at the very beginning may need explaining. When I hold up my hand with 2 fingers pointed forward, 2 curled back and my thumb pointing up in the air, that is the classifier for vehicle, in this case, a car. I would love to know what you think of the story (remember I'm still a student) and if you were able to follow it. Enjoy!