A Smile Within

Re blogging this for Sherilyn. Facial expressions are greatly valued by all deaf people around the globe. I recall vividly as a severely deaf child being totally confused by a sarcastic primary school teacher with her application of amusement when scolding and seriousness when complimenting! Everybody should look at each other’s face when communicating and learn something new. There is a lack of eye contact in communication which is sadly increasing with the excess use of tecommunications. Now there are psychology studies of how people avoid reality by averting eyes away from uncomfortable realities which makes for riveting readings!

The Mindful Soul

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day/night, wherever you may be. My name is Sherilyn. I am currently 20 years old, going on 50. I may be physically young, but I have had more life experience than many people I know. I have garnered much wisdom from all of the trials, and joys, of my life. It seems I was meant to be an old soul from my very beginning.

I was born with a very rare neurological disorder called Moebius Syndrome. It mainly affects the 6th and 7th cranial nerves (though others may be affected also).Therefore, I do not have any facial expression. From birth, my family had a difficult time caring for me, as there was hardly any knowledge of the syndrome at that time. I was diagnosed at 7 months of age, much longer than the weeks or even days that it takes…

View original post 807 more words


Games Kitties Play

Re blogging here as compensation as to change of circumstances in my later life. I take pleasure by following TheeCatYard activities.


We are starting Week 2 since Anna has arrived and I was tempted enough to compare this meeting with the last one with the kittens.  Not that different, although last time there were actually two integrations going on at the same time, since Davout and Rhea had not met before coming here.

One difference was that the kittens were far more interested in breaking out into the house than Anna has been the last few days.  It isn’t like she is scared, just that she has seen it and is happy enough with her space for the moment.

So lately the mixing goes the other way, with there being a host of kittens waiting at the door if I stay in for very long.

Anna is getting quicker at recovering from the indignity of the medicine.  Getting dinner afterward helps.  She retired to the closet for some relaxation as I…

View original post 212 more words

Thankful for …the gift of communication

Essential to keep this one in constant circulation around the world to prompt politicians to ensure INCLUSION of deaf communities in budget headings throughout their strategies and policies.

The Pondering Woman

helen kellerI am thankful for one-on-one time with my daughter, Emily, and for the communication we are blessed to enjoy. We have mother-daughter lunch dates on Wednesdays and today I am reminded of the gift of communication. So often kids hit teen years and stop talking to their parents. We have conversations on just about everything you can think of. She feels comfortable asking me anything and I am so thankful for that.

We’ve been through a lot together. My older daughter went off to college a couple years after their father left and it’s been just Emily and I until this year. Now she has brothers, another sister, and a step-dad. It’s a houseful! What I realized anew as we talked today is how thankful I am for our communication. It truly is a gift! I thought today about the hard road traveled just to be able to communicate. It…

View original post 1,861 more words

High Fidelity: Cochlear implant users report dramatically better hearing with new Vanderbilt process

Cochlear Implants & Hearing Loss BioTech

From Vanderbilt University Medical Center Posted on March 5 2013 by Nancy Wise 

From left: René H. Gifford, audiologist and assistant professor of hearing and speech sciences, adjusts the external sound processor worn by patient and study subject Ally Sisler-Dinwiddie. Sisler-Dinwiddie says that having her cochlear implant remapped using Vanderbilt’s new process has made a huge difference in her quality of life. (John Russell / Vanderbilt)

Imagine suddenly being able to hear the words and tone of the person across the table from you in a crowded restaurant when once you only heard overwhelming noise. Or speaking on the telephone with confidence because what you hear is now crisp and clear. Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting such dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by Vanderbilt University researchers.

View original post 1,223 more words

New Theme: Sketch

Now I simply have no excuses any more as to get back to my sketching talents from years past! A challenge for me as five year old grandson collect everything on sharks and dinosaurs……..

The WordPress.com Blog

Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Sketch!


Sketch WordPress Theme

Designed by yours truly, Sketch is a clean, modern theme for showcasing your best visual works. Whether you’re a professional illustrator, an aspiring photographer, or a painter, Sketch will ensure your portfolio looks stunning no matter the device or screen size.

Sketch Responsive Design

Further customize your site with a logo, showcase your favorites with a Featured Content slider, or spruce it up with a Custom Background or Header.

Take Sketch for a spin — visit the Theme Showcase to learn more, or activate it on your site by going to Appearance → Themes.

View original post