I am a chiropractor, health advocate and advocate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. I love to travel and spent several years working overseas in Indonesia and Ghana. @aslchiro- Instagram
Running Like Water
The City holds it's breath Trapped under a wave of endless heat I stand suspended Each second an eternity Caught in the chasm of time and space
Closed Captioning Offers Accessibility For Online Learning
The world is switching to online communication and learning. As the global pandemic continues, classrooms and meetings are moving to online platforms. One of the most popular online platforms for video conferencing is Zoom. But video conferencing can be difficult for those with hearing loss or for whom English is a second language. How can we make sure it is accessible for everyone?
Drinking Out of a Fire Hose
The words wash over me, saturating me. I am listening intently to the speaker on the other side of the screen, drinking in the information. The information is valuable, priceless even. I pause to write a comment in the chat box.
In Times of Stress, Breathe
Breathe. It is easy to be overwhelmed by fear in times of uncertainty. As Covid-19 sweeps the globe, many people find themselves being overwhelmed by stress. Stress and fear about contracting the virus, about losing their job, running out of food....and even running out of toilet paper. But constant stress can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health and our waistline.
The $12 Shirt
She was about to close the drawer when she saw it. A simple long-sleeved shirt that she had bought at one of those Big Box stores. It was made of thick cotton and was one of her favorite shirts to wear when the air turned cool and nippy. She remembered the day she had bought it. She had traveled up to Sam's Club with her family. The day had been warm and mild when she left her house and she had dressed for the weather, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Although the store was only an hour away, the weather was completely different. It was at least ten degrees colder, cloudy and blustery. She had been freezing and had bought the shirt in order to stay warm.
Light and Darkness
I sat on the floor, looking at my beautiful newborn who was sleeping contentedly under the mosquito netting in her bassinet. My head was spinning from exhaustion. I felt myself sliding into a black hole it would take months to get out of it.
I live my life suspended between two worlds, not quite fitting into either. There is the hearing world: a world of noise, of happy conversations and quiet whispers, of blaring horns and twittering bird songs, noises loud and soft, high pitched or deep. Then there is the deaf world: a visual world of images, where communication occurs through your fingers and meaning comes through facial expressions, a quiet world in some ways but vibrantly alive in others. It is a world I have never been truly part of but have sometimes longed to, knowing that the miscommunication and misunderstandings I often experience in my life in the hearing world would vanish in the deaf world.
"Blofonyo!" My mother-in-law's greeting to me is full of affection and warmth. Her term of endearment literally means 'white person,' but has a whole other meaning when she speaks it. When she says it, I embrace the term, though it has a different connotation when I hear it on the street. People here are friendly, sometimes overly friendly, and I am used to attracting attention in Ghana. I hear the call 'Blofonyo' a dozen times, as I go shopping at the local market, or explore the restaurants and local shops. Among friends and family, the term becomes an inside joke. A close friend, and I jokingly refer to each other as 'Mordin,' and 'Blofonyo'–black and white respectively.