Blog Post # 22: An Orphanage Story

Waiting for Mom and Dad, Part 1 Here is the beginning of how we completed our family! In a small Romanian village, on an auspicious day in the middle of January, 1993, a child was conceived.   (Amazingly enough, at that same time, in Tallahassee, Florida I fell in love with sign language. (Blog PostContinue reading “Blog Post # 22: An Orphanage Story”

Blog Post # 21: Giving Myself Room To Stop

Driving Safely I was driving on the 495 beltway around Washington, DC, when the car in front of me ran into the back of the car in front of them. An accident, directly in front of me.  Disaster nearly struck, as I had not given myself enough buffer room to stop in time to avoidContinue reading “Blog Post # 21: Giving Myself Room To Stop”

Blog Post # 20: Our Son, The Clown

Family Stories This is about our youngest son, who was six years old when this story takes place. Our son happens to be Deaf.  He also happens to hate cigarette smoke.  He and I had just finished doing our grocery shopping at the Food Lion. We started to walk to our car. Then I noticed,Continue reading “Blog Post # 20: Our Son, The Clown”

Blog Post # 19: Fish Fry Danger

Narrow Escape I was working as receptionist at a car dealership in Gainesville while putting myself through college.  One Friday a cute guy in used car detailing asked me to his country home where his neighbor was doing a fish fry that evening. Sounded fun! I went, and enjoyed it, but drank too much. AtContinue reading “Blog Post # 19: Fish Fry Danger”

Blog Post # 18: Don’t Touch His Head!

Black Humor My family has had its share of tragedy. I have found, in the midst of tragedy, there are two things that have made me feel better, at least for a few moments.  The first, is having the family’s babies around us. Just looking at them brings a smile to my face. The secondContinue reading “Blog Post # 18: Don’t Touch His Head!”

Blog Post # 14: ASL — My ASL Bloopers

ASL: Crashing but Learning I want to tell you about a few embarrassing American Sign Language (ASL) bloopers I have made in my life.  At least they were embarrassing for me; they proved highly entertaining for the Deaf folks who were watching! Each case involved a pair of words, the appropriate word and the wrongContinue reading “Blog Post # 14: ASL — My ASL Bloopers”

Blog Post # 13: Family Stories — Grandma Hall Falls In Love At Age 74

Frankie Ruth Haswell Hall Grandma Hall was my Mother’s mother.   At age 74 she fell in love with Peter Doke, a man she went to high school with in Garfield, Arkansas.  He always lived in the country, on a farm. She always lived in a city. They hadn’t seen or communicated with each otherContinue reading “Blog Post # 13: Family Stories — Grandma Hall Falls In Love At Age 74”

Blog Post # 12: Narrow Escape: Dangerous Driving

Narrow Escapes I’ve Had In My Life It was late evening. I was driving home to Tallahassee from Atlanta, Georgia, after attending a 2 day computer training seminar.  The drive took me about 4.5 to 5 hours to make. I was tired and ready to get home. It was a completely dark, moonless night. ByContinue reading “Blog Post # 12: Narrow Escape: Dangerous Driving”

Blog Post # 9: Asserting Myself

Learning To Not Always Run Away For years, I had only one option when facing conflict: run away. This is not always a bad solution, but I also knew sometimes it would have been much better to stand up for myself. Going to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), I learned the importance of choosing theContinue reading “Blog Post # 9: Asserting Myself”

Blog Post #6: Lessons Learned From A Narrow Escape At The Post Office

It was after business hours, about 7:00 pm. I was on my way to my computer users group meeting, and I wanted to stop by the Post Office and mail the stack of our wedding invitations. It was January 1988. There weren’t many folks there at the Main Post Office. I had to finish addressingContinue reading “Blog Post #6: Lessons Learned From A Narrow Escape At The Post Office”