Week 38

In just a couple of days, October 2nd to be exact, we’ll be celebrating “Name Your Car Day!” Beep beep! Now we all know that the heap of nuts and bolts parked outside has probably been given many names in the past (but !^%& is very hard to pronounce)!! For this week’s pre-hump tell us if your car has a name, what it is and why…or if you don’t have a car, how about your computer? And if you haven’t already named one or the other, now’s the time! Read more Week 38

200 things

I’ve done the ones completely on bold!, the ones with just the number bold are the ones I want to do but have not yet. (I want you to do it too, unless you did it already… and trackback :) )

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
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“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.”
– Alfred Korzybski

“In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.”
– William James

Today I want to explore knowledge. One of the things my Grandfather taught me was that knowledge was the only thing another man could not take away from me. Someone could even take my money, even my freedom but not my knowledge. I take that one step further and say no one can take away my faith.

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R.I.P. Tommy

Today I was planning on writing about my ASL class, more specifically I wanted to write about my reaction to a movie that I watched in the class. The movie is called “For a Deaf Son.” it is distributed by PBS and if you are interested on seeing it e-mail me, I will tell you how. Here is a synopsis of the movie.

Annotation The life of four-year-old Thomas Tranchin, born deaf to a hearing family, and the struggle of the producer/director to unlock Thomas’ speech capacities is documented through home video of therapy sessions, classrooms, and workshops. Their struggle in the decision of whether to educate Thomas in sign language versus strictly verbal speech is also documented. Therapists and other families with deaf children are also interviewed. 1/2″ VHS

I have many opinions on the movie, but I am not going to talk about the today, because I am sad to say that Tommy is not with us anymore. I offer condolences to Rob and Laurie Tranchin and their family as they mourn for their son, Thomas , age 15, who died December 9 2003.

The article from where I found the news was originally posted at thetactilemind.com, but the site has since changed.

The movie is touching to say the least. It is very moving, or at least it was to me. I cannot begin to comprehend what it will mean to a deaf person. For now all I wasn to say is Tommy, R.I.P.