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Remembering Ilan

Today I remember Ilan as being a special and unique child. It’s been eleven years since Ilan passed away unexpectedly, but he’s still in my heart and life. Ilan began his life with numerous strikes against him. It took more … Continue reading

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Book signing – Los Altos Library May 6, 2015

I’ve been invited to join a panel of local authors at the main library in Los Altos. This will be a first time experience for me and I might mention I’m both excited and nervous. As you can see from … Continue reading

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Book Signing Aftermath

It’s been seven weeks since the February recognition and book-signing event held at LAUMC. I thought I was making progress with getting a handle on my emotions until someone requested for a personalized book today that caused my heart to … Continue reading

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Book Signing with Marian Aiken at LAUMC

Guest post submitted by Donna and Steve A book talk and signing event was held on Sunday, February 8th at the Los Altos United Methodist Church (LAUMC) during a luncheon to celebrate Marian and the release of her memoir “Derek”. … Continue reading

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Challenges of Hearing Loss after College

As my teaching career at the West Virginia School for the Deaf began the fall after my graduation from Salem College, I fell in love with my job and the community of Romney. Each day my ASL skills improved and … Continue reading

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Challenges of Hearing Loss in College

During my senior year in high school I had planned to attend a trade school to study musical instrument repair. I had spent hours maintaining my French horns and also other brass instruments for the band. I found it fun … Continue reading

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Challenges of Hearing Loss in Junior-Senior High School – Part Two

I continued to struggle in academic courses regardless of sitting in the front of the classroom and reminding the teachers of my communication needs. My grades were average to below average in spite of of how hard I tried. However, … Continue reading

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Challenges of Hearing Loss in Junior-Senior High School

Most of my classmates had adjustments to make with transitioning from elementary school to junior high. I likewise had the same and a few extra to deal with. Since my hometown, Duke Center, Pennsylvania, was small, the class size in … Continue reading

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On Being A Kid With A Hearing Loss

I didn’t know. I just didn’t know I couldn’t hear things like others did. I had no idea I was missing everyday sounds. How was I expected to know? I knew no differently because I probably never had normal hearing. I … Continue reading

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Sewing – Handmade by Marian

Several years ago many changes happened in my life. At the suggestion of a friend, I returned to a skill I had learned as a child from my grandmother that helped me to satisfy some of my needs. That skill … Continue reading

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