How is it to be Born Deaf in Cameroon?
Xpressive Handz This guest post is written by Marc Serna from Reach Out Cameroon. Marc shares the story of a beautiful young deaf girl, Thelma, who needs help reaching her full potential. Learn how you can help. Thelma and her mother How is it to be born deaf in Cameroon? Buea School for the Deaf Thelma is a 6 years old girl living in Tole, a village in the South-Wes...
Mon, Nov 09 2015
National Daughter's Day 9/25/2015
Xpressive Handz Happy National Daughter's Day! I love the child you were, and the woman you have become, Mary! Mary is beautiful..... Inside as well as out. Mary loves deeply in ways some people would never understand, and in ways I highly admire. Hoping she someday writes and shares her story. She has gone through difficult things in her young life, and despite what she ...
Fri, Sep 25 2015
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Launched Formal...
Xpressive Handz So pleased to see advocacy in action regarding this issue! [link]
Sat, Sep 19 2015
Professor Refuses to Accommodate Deaf Student
Xpressive Handz Won't it be a shame if this professor losses HER hearing someday and needs to rely on accessible features herself? I cannot believe they are letting her teach with this kind of discriminating attitude against a deaf or hard of hearing person. [link]
Fri, Sep 18 2015
Oticon's "Focus on People" Candidates for 2015
Xpressive Handz Here are the nominees for the National "Focus On People" 2015-2016. Read each story and cast your vote for one person in each category. As last year's winner for Advocacy, I can say Oticon is a company that truly does put "People ---
Mon, Sep 07 2015
Selling Our Cottage on the Coast
Xpressive Handz We put my mother's corner lot cottage on the Southern Oregon Coast up for sale. It's a charming old home and right by the park a few blocks from the library and downtown. If you know anyone looking to buy an inexpensive home and likes to fix things up, this would be perfect! [link]
Fri, Sep 04 2015
Bandon Beach Web Cam
Xpressive Handz Our little city of Bandon by the Sea has a live beach cam. How cool is that? [link]
Fri, Aug 28 2015
How Far You Go in Life Depends On...
Xpressive Handz How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver
Mon, Aug 24 2015
Bad Lipreading "Republican Debate"
Xpressive Handz The young men who created the "Bad Lipreading" series do a fabulously hysterical job! If you need captions, be sure they are turned ---
Fri, Aug 21 2015
Reiki - An Interview with Rickie Meryl Freedman
Xpressive Handz My friend and mentor Rickie, aka "Reiki by Rickie" was recently interviewed by Amy of ABC Channel 27 News program Good Day PA. Below is the transcript Teresa Russ, professional captionist provided for me. There will be captions available for the video soon, as well.Good Day PA video link is below the transcript:ABC Channel 27 News An Interview with Rickie Freedman...
Fri, Jul 31 2015
I've Opened my Reiki Practice
Xpressive Handz I'm so excited to share with you that I've set up my Reiki Practice here in Bandon at The Synergy Center. This article is a little outdated, but it tells you a little more about what Synergy Center is all about. It is a priviledge to be working with Jackie Day and the other professionals that have made Synergy Center what it is.Currently, I facilitate 2 Reiki Shares a...
Tue, Jul 21 2015
A Beautiful Scientific Aspect of Reiki
Xpressive Handz The word is spreading I can tell pregnant women the sex of their baby BEFORE their ultrasound reveals the gender. Two women asked me yesterday what they were having. So far, the accuracy percentage is 100%.My trick? No trick.. It's Science! Male and female genders are created magnetically/energetically differently. I learned this during my Reiki practice at the end o...
Sun, Jun 28 2015
Happy Father's Day, My Fabulous Husband
Xpressive Handz Happy Father's Day, Fabulous Husband, Gary. I honor you as the Father to my children and Grandfather to my grandchildren. You are a precious gift and God's blessing to us. I honor you and all that you are and all that you mean to us with love, admiration and appreciation. You are deeply loved.
Sun, Jun 21 2015
ASL Classes and Bible Studies, Harrisburg, PA area
Xpressive Handz Here is the latest information for happenings with DeafKonnect in the Harrisburg, PA area: DeafKonnect – a Ministry by and for members of the Deaf Community in the greater Harrisburg area. Pray, Preach, Teach, Reach PRAY: Prayer takes place throughout the ministry’s activities: before and after classes and events. PREACH: Rev. Martin Lewis (Deaf) leads Bi...
Sat, Jun 20 2015
2015 Oticon "Focus on People Awards" Now...
Xpressive Handz 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards Seek Outstanding People with Hearing Loss For National Recognition and Prizes SOMERSET, NJ May 28 -- Oticon, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national awards program, now in its 17th year, celebrates the accomplishments of people with hearing loss who d...
Fri, May 29 2015
Princess Ewauna and the Legend of Face Rock (photo by Gary...
Xpressive Handz I love living in the small coastal community of Bandon. My Fabulous Husband was up very early one morning to catch the moon over Face Rock before it dipped into the sea. I love how he also caught the reflection of the moon along the shoreline. Below the photo is the Legend of Face Rock, as found on the Coastal Muse page.Face Rock, Bandon, Oregon Photo by Gary Edmiston...
Mon, May 11 2015
A Mother's Day Note from my Mother
Xpressive Handz I found this in my jewelry armoire today from 8 years ago. My mother's words still deeply touch me.
Sat, May 09 2015
Xpressive Handz I am incredibly grateful for the woman who selflessly allowed me to be adopted into another family. My mother adopted me when I was 11 months old. She not only was my mother, she was my best friend, and I miss her dearly. It's been 17 months since she transitioned from this earth, but I find the grief still too fresh. She gave me an incredible life filled with trav...
Sat, May 09 2015
Spiritual Maturity: What is it?
Xpressive Handz This little gem showed up in an email this week, and it is an excellent perspective of what Spiritual Maturity really is: Being Spiritually Mature Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, or how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the...
Fri, May 08 2015
We Are Grandparents Again!
Xpressive Handz We are grandparents again! This little cutie pie will be signing before we know it!
Sat, May 02 2015
Happy National Interpreter's Day
Xpressive Handz Here's to all the interpreters who provide access to language! I'd like to include CART and Captioning Providers, as well! Text Captioning is language, too!
Fri, May 01 2015
"Can We Create New Sense for Humans" David...
Xpressive Handz I love Facebook. My friends post and share some pretty amazing things from memes and stories to the latest in technology and science. Sherri posted this on my timeline. I admit I didn't watch the video, but I DID read the interactive transcript since I couldn't find the caption button."Can We Create New Sense for Humans" TED2015"David Eagleman Neuroscientist David E...
Thu, Apr 02 2015
My Speech at "Focus on People Awards" and our...
Xpressive Handz Below are 2 videos from the Oticon "Focus on People Awards" 2014. The 1st video is my speech. I want to thank Teresa Russ for providing the captions for my video. If you need captioning added to your videos, I highly recommend Teresa. The 2nd video shows the interviews of each of us discussing our thoughts regarding role models. firstname.lastname@example.org Teresa ...
Tue, Mar 31 2015
Glenn's Advice Regarding Meniere's Disease and Brain Fog
Xpressive Handz If you're living with Meniere's Disease and looking for practical advice to help alleviate some of its symptoms, I highly recommend you hop over to Glenn's page and check out what helps him. A few suggestions over there may help you, too. [link]
Sat, Mar 28 2015
Captioning Campaign for New York Times A SUCCESS!!
Xpressive Handz Lauren Storck of CCAC Collaborative for Communication Access Via Captioning spearheaded a campaign this week to encourage The New York Times to provide quality captioning for their videos. Here is her write --- York Times Videos Have No Captioning! Help Advocate: ccacblog.wordpress.com I'm pleased to share with you this follow up from Lauren celebrating SUCCES...
Wed, Mar 25 2015
Teaching the World to Listen with Their Eyes
Xpressive Handz I was contacted by News Reporter, Amy Moss Strong recently for an interview for the Coos Bay World and Bandon Western World newspapers in the series under "Neighbors". So often, we don't know who are neighbors are, or what their story is. Everyone has a story. I'm looking forward to the weekly series to learn about the people here in my community and getting to know...
Thu, Mar 12 2015
Interviews With Incredible Women ... interview with Joyce...
Xpressive Handz Ann Parmer has an amazing, uplifting project that highlights inspiring women.Thank you, Anne Parmer for the honor of being among such Incredible Women with your project of Interviews with Incredible Women! And thank you, my Incredible friend, Denise VanBriggle for suggesting me. [link]
Fri, Mar 06 2015
"Return to Listen and Talk" #WithCaptions
Xpressive Handz My friend, Cheri Hyatt Perazzoli (Let's Loop Seattle) posted this video along with these words:"Sound Possibilities..at School.. on the Job..in the Community Universal; induction loop technology ( hearing loop ) levels the playing field. As the ADA turns 25 this year; isn't it time we break down barriers for people who have hearing loss by making our places of work, t...
Sun, Mar 01 2015
"Thank You" ASL Music Video #WithCaptions
Xpressive Handz Here is a nice little video with ASL interpretation by Jason Listman, Dido's "Thank You" ---
Mon, Feb 23 2015
Far From the Tree with Hearing Loss Peeps by Nancy M....
Xpressive Handz Nancy Williams breaks the stereotypical myth that people with hearing loss or deafness can't enjoy music. She shares her passion for music and encourages us to not set limits when it comes to following our passion. Thank you, Nancy, for taking time to guest post and sharing what's on your heart. Far From the Tree with Hearing Loss Peeps By Nancy M. Willia...
Mon, Feb 16 2015
National Anthem ASL Performance by Treshelle Edmond at the...
Xpressive Handz "Treshelle Edmond has been selected to bring the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL) to one of the most popular sports and entertainment events of the year – Super Bowl Sunday." National Association of the DeafBree Loggins, a Signing Time Academy Instructor posted the link on our Instructors page to the video provided by I Deaf News. I love how this is total a...
Mon, Feb 02 2015
Sweetheart's Special at the Cottage
Xpressive Handz With so many of my friends experiencing harsh winters right now, might I suggest you come spend a week along the Southern Oregon Coast? I shared the post below from one of our visits here in 2012 on Facebook today. My friend Annie saw the post and wanted me to share this lovely message with you. Just tell her you're a friend of mine. You, Dear Readers, are friends. :-...
Wed, Jan 28 2015
"Let it Go" ASL Music Video #WithCaptions
Xpressive Handz Here is another fabulous ASL music video directed by Jules Dameron (check out one of her other ASL music videos, "Rolling in the Deep" at [link] This video, "Let it Go" is performed by Amber Zion and Jason Listman. [link] sure to check out D-PAN Deaf Professional Arts Network here: [link] other excellent performances available for your viewing entertainment.
Mon, Jan 26 2015
Oticon Audiologist Blows the Whistle on Big Game Noise and...
Xpressive Handz This was forwarded to me by Sara Coulter on behalf of Oticon to share with you. Be sure to click on the links below the post and check out the infographics. Oticon Audiologist Blows the Whistle on Big Game Noise and Hearing Health Whether you’re catching the Big Game in Phoenix or your hometown, noise levels on and away from the field can sideline your hearing heal...
Thu, Jan 22 2015
Hearing Loss, How Hearing Devices Work and Don't Work -...
Xpressive Handz Questions on the Host's Hearing March 18, 2011 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Evan in West Coxsackie, New York, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hey. I'm just wondering, when you listen to music with your hearing aid, how's it sound? RUSH: Music? CALLER: Yeah, like if you're listening to music on an iPad or something? RUSH: Well,...
Tue, Jan 20 2015
The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss
Xpressive Handz "The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss" as seen in ALDA News Have you ever had an embarrassing moment of miscommunication? I have, numerous times. Here is one of my more memorable moments... The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss By Joyce Edmiston You might think that as a child with a hearing loss, I would have grown up being used to social situations ...
Mon, Jan 19 2015
The First-Ever InterNational Online DeafBlind Conference
Xpressive Handz My friend Carol sent this flyer to me regarding this conference. As pointed out, "Through the use of revolutionary technologies, the conference will also be available through speech-to-subtitles software in up to 78 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES! So tell your friends from across the miles!" "We may use different ways to say something, but the desire to communicate is global...
Mon, Jan 12 2015
Xpressive Handz Fabulous Husband designed this in the sand for me last week when the days were sunny. Isn't he FABULOUS?!?
Mon, Jan 12 2015
Nets Kids Dancer Defies Odds Despite Hearing Loss
Xpressive Handz I had the privilege of meeting the inspiring Vako Gvelesiani and his family this summer in New Jersey at Oticon's "Focus on People" Awards. Vako won the award in the category of "Student". His mother sent me the link to Monday's (Dec. 28, 2014) issue of "Today's News" which covers Vako's story of dance. This young man has a bright future and I think we'll be watching ...
Wed, Dec 31 2014
Captioned ASL story "The the Night Before...
Xpressive Handz This is a repost of one of my favorite videos from Christmas of last year, 2013.Here is a delightful signed and captioned account of "The Night Before Christmas" posted by Sheena McFeely.. Isn't she adorable? Be sure to check the second video for "9 Reasons This Little Girl's ASL Version is so Great" at the bottom of this post!Happy Christmas!Here is a delightful sign...
Thu, Dec 18 2014
ASL Music Video "Rolling in the Deep" featuring...
Xpressive Handz I enjoy finding artsy ASL music videos, and this little gem is darkly mesmerizing. It is captioned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOUb6PhDBNc
Thu, Dec 04 2014
Sh** Hearing People Say (Things You Don't Say to Deaf and...
Xpressive Handz Rikki Poynter shares with us some of the things people have said to her over the years regarding her deafness. Many deaf people, and people with hearing loss have heard these, and many more in their lifetime. I don't have such witty remarks to share as this young lady, but I admire her spunk and that she freely expresses what she --- comments have been directed to yo...
Mon, Dec 01 2014
Photo of Bandon Beach Sunset by Gary Edmiston
Xpressive Handz This sunset at Bandon Beach, Oregon was captured by Fabulous Husband, aka HipFotoGuy, Gary Edmiston - you can contact him at email@example.com for prints. He's also on FaceBook
Sat, Nov 29 2014
52 Reasons to Visit Breathtaking, Benevolent Bandon by the...
Xpressive Handz Founded in 1873 by Lord George Bennett of Ireland, the quaint coastal town of Bandon, located just 90 miles north of the California boarder, may be referred to as the “Hub of the Southern Oregon Coast”. Historically, known for fishing and timber opportunities; today’s modern Bandon is filled with an abundance of breathtaking scenery, benevolent residents, uniq...
Thu, Nov 20 2014
A Snippet of What It's Like to be Deaf
Xpressive Handz There is a fabulous interview with this gentleman after the clip. He discuses not only what it was like to be temporarily deaf, but also how people he worked with started to treat him --- have been incredibly blessed these past few years to have family and friends who understand my hearing loss and are respectful and patient with me. I wish this were the case for eve...
Thu, Nov 13 2014
Thank you, Veterans!
Xpressive Handz On this Veteran's Day, we honor and thank those who have served, and continue to serve our country.
Tue, Nov 11 2014
Lip Reading Challenge: Guest Post by James Story from Chums
Xpressive Handz I want to thank James Story for graciously accepting my request to share what Chums has created. Chums challenges us to 4 different lip reading exercises. Read about the challenge and see how well you do. ~~~~~~~~~~ As part of UK Deaf Awareness Week in May, Chums launched an interactive lip reading challenge to test people and see how well they could lip read te...
Mon, Oct 20 2014
Albuquerque New Mexico and the Petroglyph Monument
Xpressive Handz After our visit to Roswell, we headed north up to Santa Fe. I had spent time there with my parents back in the 70's. My mother and I LOVED the city, the culture that has been preserved, and especially the architecture. We visited museums and spent much time in the Old City.I was amazed how much the city had grown along the outskirts. It looked so different from what I...
Tue, Sep 30 2014
Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest
Xpressive Handz Driving from the Petroglyph National Monument, we continued our journey along I 40 toward Flagstaff, Arizona. We stopped at Ortega Navajo Trading post to pick up a few souvenirs. Bear was fascinated with all the rocks and minerals displayed, and we let him pick out 2 bags, one for him and one for my grandson. While he was busy picking through the selection, this gave ...
Thu, Sep 25 2014
Roswell, New Mexico and the International UFO Museum and...
Xpressive Handz When we began to plan our journey, the one thing Bear wanted to see was Roswell New Mexico and learn about The alien landing and see the museum. He's really into all that kind of stuff. As we pulled into Roswell, aliens were EVERYWHERE! There were aliens in the windows, along the road, benches and the McDonald's was designed like a spaceship. This city really know...
Wed, Sep 24 2014
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