Part 3: Mastery of Change by Sean Morgan
Xpressive Handz Hello, this is guest blogger Sean Morgan. Previously, I was able toshare the second installment of a book I wrote called "The Mastery OfChange, Choosing Mental and Emotional Wellness". We are getting intothe realm of emotions and beliefs. If we are programmed by our genesand culture to believe things that cause us suffering, we have todeprogram ourselves of this "outd...
Thu, Jul 24 2014
Testimonial by Kay Tyberg Regarding Deafness and Hearing...
Xpressive Handz This excellent letter is written by my friend, Kay I had the pleasure of serving with Kay on the Pennsylvania Advisory Council for Hearing Loss Association of America. She is a joy to know and to work with. Though this is written as a letter, it was actually from her speech when she appeared before PA Governor Tom Corbett and Commissioners regarding long term care and...
Mon, Jul 21 2014
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Transcontinental Move is Happening!
Xpressive Handz I can FINALLY share with everyone our BIG news! It's official - we are leaving Eastern US in SEPTEMBER and moving West to the Oregon Coast!My Fabulous Husband officially retires from the Pennsylvania State Office of Attorney General as their Communications Specialist. He had the awesome opportunity of working with special agents these past years who are, in my eyes, h...
Fri, Jul 18 2014
Revisiting The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss
Xpressive Handz *previously published, August 2, 2013 "The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss" as seen in ALDA News Many of you who are members of ALDA (Association of Late Deafened Adults) received the latest ALDA News, Summer, 2013 Volume 29, Issue 3 this week. The Editor, Nancy Kingsley contacted me and asked if I would be interested in submitting something for them along ...
Wed, Jul 16 2014
Oticon Advocate of the Year Voting to Close July 15: Be...
Xpressive Handz Vote for Joyce Edmiston (Xpressive Handz) in the 2014 Focus on People Awards! Vote Online at oticonusa.com now through July 15 Oticon, Inc. has narrowed this year’s finalists down to nine outstanding people with hearing loss who are helping to change negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. Each is unique, remar...
Sun, Jul 13 2014
Part 2 of series "The Mastery of Change, Choosing...
Xpressive Handz This is part 2 in the series by Guest Writer, Sean Morgan: Hello, this is guest blogger Sean Morgan. Last week, I was able to share the introduction to a book I wrote called "The Mastery Of Change, Choosing Mental and Emotional Wellness". I wrote this book after I was able to let go of some very debilitating patterns in myself and embrace a pattern of positivity tha...
Fri, Jul 11 2014
"Deaf for a Day" by John Barrowman video
Xpressive Handz I want to thank my friend and life coach, Christine Carver for pointing me to this video. The gentleman described feelings of frustration and isolation. This is what we who are deaf or living with hearing loss feel like on a daily basis. We get tired trying to communicate and navigating with hearing loss in a hearing world. I wish more people could experience what we...
Wed, Jul 09 2014
"Firework" ASL Interpretation by Jason Listman
Xpressive Handz I love the ASL interpretations Jason Listman posts on YouTube. This one is Katy Perry's "FireWork".Speaking of "Firework", have a great and safe 4th of July weekend! [link]
Thu, Jul 03 2014
Hysterical!! 38 Wonderful Moments in Closed Caption History
Xpressive Handz I laughed out loud. Everyone will enjoy these. My friend Ken Mueller posted this on my Facebook timeline. Thanks, Ken, for the belly laugh!! [link]
Tue, Jul 01 2014
Xpressive Handz Your job isn't to judge. Your job isn't to figure out if someone deserves something or decide who is right or wrong. Your job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurting. Joel Osteen
Sun, Jun 29 2014
Sage Advice from Kurt Vonnegut
Xpressive Handz Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.
Sat, Jun 28 2014
"Mastery of Change" by Sean Morgan (Part 1)
Xpressive Handz Today's post is the first is a series of 7 by my guest, Sean O'Donoghue Morgan. When I read Sean's book, I felt compelled to ask him to share his story and his work with my readers.This is the review I published on Amazon:Sean's book is simply wonderful! It's perfect for people wanting changes in life but are either overwhelmed or don't know where to start. I love the...
Fri, Jun 27 2014
"We Believe What We Tell Ourselves"
Xpressive Handz TELL YOURSELF: Everything WILL work out. Things WILL get better. You ARE important. You ARE worthy of great things. You ARE lovable. The time IS now. This too SHALL pass. You CAN BE who you really are. The best IS yet to come. You ARE strong. You CAN do this.
Thu, Jun 26 2014
Xpressive Handz Encouragers. Who are they? Are they in your life? I hope you are as blessed to have many encouragers in your life as I am blessed to have in mine. Encouragers are the ones who lift us up and help us soar.They are the ones who share a post written by another, leave a comment, or simply a click "like" on a Facebook post. They take a moment to share a kind word. Enco...
Tue, Jun 24 2014
CCRA Online shares my recent Captioning Experience
Xpressive Handz Saba McKinley recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing my experience with the California Court Reporters Association Publication, Volume 14, Issue 6. It was nice to see my story on pages 5 and 7, complete with the photos from the event. Have a peek and check out the other items in this issue while your at it. [link] you Saba for referring m...
Mon, Jun 23 2014
Patt's "Lifeline" - Guest Post by Patt Kelsey
Xpressive Handz Today's post is written by Patt Kelsey. I very recently met Patt on a Facebook forum, Church CART Providers. Pat shares what it was like for her to have CART at a "Joni and Friends" event over Memorial weekend. Pat shares a few of her photos from her weekend at the end of this post. ~~~~~~~~~~ I would like to share the amazing experience I had Memorial Weekend, w...
Fri, Jun 20 2014
Check out this Smart Phone Captioning APP at a Convention
Xpressive Handz Here is an exciting new app that could change everything for church goers - who have smart phones. Of course, open captioning is always best, but this is a wonderful technology to help us go places with captioning. Thanks to Lauren Storcke, Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning for sharing this post on ---
Wed, Jun 18 2014
What it would mean for me to win Oticon's Advocate of the...
Xpressive Handz When Sarah Wegley, Speak Up Librarian a former Oticon Advocate of the Year winner 2011 learned that the hearing aids I was given would not work for me, she nominated me for the category of Advocate of the Year Award with Oticon. Oticon selects 3 people from each category, student, adult and advocate to recognize their positive contribution to the deaf and hear...
Mon, Jun 16 2014
Happy Father's Day
Xpressive Handz Today I am grateful for the precious gift of my Fabulous Husband who not only chose to marry me, but stepped in as DAD to my children. Amen.
Sun, Jun 15 2014
I'm An Oticon "Focus On People" Advocate...
Xpressive Handz Vote for Joyce Edmiston in the 2014 Focus on People Awards! Vote Online at oticonusa.com now through July 15 Oticon, Inc. has narrowed this year’s finalists down to nine outstanding people with hearing loss who are helping to change negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss. Each is unique, remarkable and inspiring...
Wed, Jun 11 2014
Speaking Faith Into Their Destiny
Xpressive Handz "When people know that you believe in them and you go around speaking faith into their destiny, it ignites hope on the inside. Use your words to lift others up." Joel OsteenWhen you encourage someone like this, it not only lifts them up, it lifts your own spirit, as well. Try it today and see what happens.
Wed, Jun 11 2014
"Captions Capture the Votes"
Xpressive Handz Are you running for office? Do you want to reach millions citizens that have been overlooked when it comes to the media and getting your message out? Do you vote, but don't feel you have all the information because candidates don't caption their videos so you can understand what they are saying?Hop over to Sarah Wegley's blog and learn what you can do to change this: ...
Tue, Jun 10 2014
Look what we found in Paradise
Xpressive Handz You never know what you may see while driving around Pennsylvania. We decided to take a Sunday jaunt yesterday. Usually this time of year the roads are cluttered with the horse and buggy traffic of the Amish communities. It's Rumspringa and courtship time among the young adults of the Pennsylvania Dutch. We were moving along without the bustle of carriages and cars ...
Mon, Jun 09 2014
Have the Courage to Follow Your Heart and Intuition
Xpressive Handz Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become....
Fri, Jun 06 2014
Nancy Kingsley Wins Community Leadership Award from...
Xpressive Handz As soon as I learned that Hamilton CapTel was taking nominations for this award, I nominated my friend and mentor Nancy Kingsley. I pleased to share with you that Nancy is the Pennsylvania recipient of the Hamilton CapTel Relay's Better Hearing & Speech Month Community Leadership Award. Nancy has been the "Go-to person" in our community. If there is information we ne...
Mon, Jun 02 2014
Wisdom of Maya Angelou
Xpressive Handz "We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and sow forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate - thereby making the present comfortable and the future promising."
Thu, May 29 2014
My Experience With Captions at the Beth Moore Conference in...
Xpressive Handz Beth Moore and Travis Cottrell "It was one of the best experiences that I've had in my life to be part of the Beth Moore conference. The camaraderie between the the women in the audience was amazing and heartwarming." Terri Avis, professional captioner at the Hershey, PA Beth Moore Conference, May, 2014. I agree with Terri! I had the most wonderful experience at ...
Wed, May 28 2014
It Is the Soldier - A Memorial Day Tribute
Xpressive Handz It is the soldier.. "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who, has given us freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the fla...
Mon, May 26 2014
VBS inclusive for Deaf ASL Children (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Xpressive Handz Please feel free to forward the following message: Vacation Bible School (VBS) For Deaf Kids too! Dates: 8/4 – 8/8 Time: 6pm-8:45pm West Shore E. Free Church is inviting all deaf children ages 4 through completed 5th grade to attend VBS. Signers and interpreters will be working throughout the VBS environment to make it completely accessible. Th...
Thu, May 22 2014
"Let. Them. Go." by Lana Ryder Rosner
Xpressive Handz My friend, Lana Ryder Rosner (click the link to her blog below this post) is not only wise, she is able to put her wisdom into words that can be understood by others. I love how she expresses herself here, and I'm sure many of us have been in similar situations."As far back as I can remember I have believed that we can all get along, even if we don't agree or have ve...
Tue, May 20 2014
My Experience and Tips Regarding Hearing Aid Dispensaries
Xpressive Handz Over the years, I've gone through at least 4 pairs of hearing aids. I've always had good experience at the audiologists office, until last week. What we experienced should not happen to anyone. You'll find a tip or two to help you here if you are in the market for new hearing aids, or getting a pair of used ones refurbished for yourself.I was given a pair of barely us...
Thu, May 15 2014
HLAA-Lancaster Chapter Meeting Tueday, May 20th, 2014
Xpressive Handz Our next Hearing Loss Association of America, Lancaster County, PA meeting is:TUESDAY MAY 20th 10:00 AMLOCATION: VILLAGE CENTER BUILDING FELLOWSHIP HALL (LOWER LEVEL)BRETHREN VILLAGE RETIREMENT3001 LITITZ PIKE, LANCASTER, PACART and loop providedSudan Khan, PA Captioned Telephone Relay Service Outreach Coordinator will be presenting Making Captioned Calls via Phone, C...
Wed, May 14 2014
Does Closed Captioning Still Serve Deaf People?
Xpressive Handz Lauren Storck of CCAC posted this video on Facebook. As stated in this video, "360 MILLION" deaf and people with hearing loss around the world matter. Watch this 10 minute video by Gary Robson and experience why captions are so important, and the new FCC law.If you need captions, like I do, click the "YouTube" button and once you are on the YouTube page, click the...
Thu, May 08 2014
Joni's event hard to hear for some - LancasterOnline:...
Xpressive Handz Nancy Kingsley, Director of Hearing Loss Association of America, Pennsylvania State chapter submitted this excellent letter to LancasterOnline Editor which was published Thursday, May 1st. Nancy helped me with getting captions provided at the Beth Moore Conference this past weekend. Joni’s event hard to hear for some - LancasterOnline: Letters To The Editor Posted...
Mon, May 05 2014
Oticon Focus on People Award Nominations Now Open until May...
Xpressive Handz My friend Sarah Wegley, aka Speak up Librarian posted information regarding this year's Oticon's Focus on People awards. It's not to late to nominate someone for this award. The deadline is May 15, 2024.Hop over and learn more about how you can nominate someone at Sarah's page: [link] was one of Oticon's Focus on People awarded in 2011.
Sun, May 04 2014
Patrick Roche - "21" (CUPSI 2014)
Xpressive Handz My friend Vicki posted the link to this short video on Facebook. The young man begins to count backwards from his age of 21 to before he was born. He highlights impacting memories of several ages. For those of us reading the transcript, it appears they didn't transcribe a few years, but those are the years the young man skips, so don't think something is missing.The C...
Fri, May 02 2014
Hearing Loss Expo Coming to Harrisburg, PA
Xpressive Handz Volunteer ASL interpreter Carol Mellott shared this information with me to help spread the word. It's not too early to plan to attend this event coming to Harrisburg, PA in November. Please share. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is hosting Hearing Loss Expo 2014! It is slated for Nov. 14-15, 2014 at the ...
Tue, Apr 29 2014
Organizations that have applied for and been denied...
Xpressive Handz The FCC actually keeps track of applicants that have filed to be exempt from captioning.It amazes me how many churches or faith based organizations file with the FCC to be exempt from providing captions for the deaf and hearing impaired citizens (yes, 'hearing impaired' is an acceptable term many of us use who have lost our hearing) of our country. If they are financ...
Mon, Apr 28 2014
Beth Moore Conference in Hershey, PA to have LIVE Captions
Xpressive Handz May 2-3, 2014, Beth Moore will be holding a conference at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Drew Dillon, the Assistant Manager Guest and Premium Services with Hershey Entertainment not only helped in getting captions for us, he also requested that from now on, we contact him directly for ANY events at the Giant Center when we need captions. He will take care ...
Sat, Apr 26 2014
Marlee Matlin On Deaf And Police Interaction (+playlist)
Xpressive Handz There are various signs for "deaf" but here, we learn that to be understood by police officers, we need to use the universal sign for "deaf". There are other excellent things we should know and do according to this video by Marlee Matlin.
Thu, Apr 24 2014
Captions to be Provided at Giant Center Conference May 2-3,...
Xpressive Handz I am pleased to announce that captions will be available at the upcoming Beth Moore event at the Giant Center this May. This is the ONLY conference Beth Moore is having this year on the East Coast. If you are a Beth Moore fan, but don't attend conferences because you have hearing loss, or are deaf and don't know ASL, here is your chance to attend a LIVE, CAPTIONED eve...
Mon, Apr 21 2014
US Navy to Deafen and Kill Whales
Xpressive Handz This is a video with Pierce Brosnan is captioned! (Click CC if you need captions) What we can do to stop this.Read more and sign the petition here: ---
Fri, Apr 18 2014
The point of spirituality is to ....
Xpressive Handz "The point of spirituality is to bring us together, not to split us apart, to bring us together in united, mutual understanding and knowledge." "that they would be One..." May my attitude, words and actions unite and heal rather than to ever consciously wound and divide. May that to which I give my attention be the same. Sowing discord comes from a heart ruled by fear...
Fri, Apr 18 2014
Specific Emotions that Weaken Organs in the Body
Xpressive Handz I had just come through one of the healthiest years if my life. While everyone around me had caught colds and flu last year, I breezed through with good health. My mother passed away in December, and I came down with a mild cold in February. My mother was more than my mother, she was also my closest friend. It has been difficult adjusting to her not being here. Wh...
Mon, Apr 14 2014
New Aids Arrived
Xpressive Handz I am incredibly blessed. Yesterday, a pair of barely used state of the art hearing aids arrived as a gift from a blogger who now has two Cochlear Implants. We were connected by a third party who saw the donor was looking for a recipient. Marsha remembered I had mentioned I needed new hearing aids. My current pair where given to me by the Lion's Club in Coos Bay...
Fri, Apr 11 2014
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