Jun 03 2014

 With a bit of color work in fabric choices, a simple quilt pattern looks complex.

This sweet quilt from the web site and blog, “PleasanTree,” demonstrates the potential, perfectly. What could be easier, construction wise, than alternating blocks of “Nine Patches” and “Half Square Triangles?” And yet, look at the sophisticated appeal of this quilt, the pattern called, “Country Charm,” from the book Country Inn by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.

Pleasant Tree Country Charm

PleasanTree makes “Country Charm”

The work is also appointed with a ruffled edge, lifting this quilt up and out of the ordinary in another delicious way. The cuddle factor is a hit “outta the park.” What a Home Run with just a bit of planning for color in fabric selection. To enjoy more photos from PleasanTree, go here.

Auditioning Fabric

Try auditioning fabric without cutting.

Audition possible fabric choices with colored pencils on graph paper, or physically try them out by folding them onto a background fabric, or by pinning them to a design wall. Some quilters also print out their pattern layout on EQ, or Electric Quilt, a computer design program, print out the required number of blocks and then cut small fabric squares to glue stick onto the paper. No matter how the color way is planned, the time spent choosing fabrics will produced a high level design, with few construction headaches.

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May 01 2014

Well, how droll. Everyday I read comments and posts on BlogHer.com with one sided facts, allowing no accommodation for opposing points of view.

There seems to be no recognition that other spiritual beings may have experienced a side of the universe unknown to the posting authors. In fact, many BlogHers post their thoughts, while turning quickly to “take their toys and go home,” when a reader offers conflicting knowledge.

As long as Comments and congruently related BlogHer posts are aligned in like thinking, the “X’s” for kisses and “O’s” for hugs flow like virtual slaps on backs at an “old boy’s club.” But, let a reader offer a challenging Comment or information from an opposing, but equally defensible stand, and suddenly childish name calling and faddish labels such as “pseudoscience” seek to banish the offender to “from whence they came.”

This lack of interactive embracing  is ill advised, as every known fact in the world has varying points of view and ways to support it. And, no one, not even one BlogHer, knows everything, including the discoveries that will be made tomorrow.

Anyone with a real thirst for learning wants to hear it all, warts and all, to add to their knowledge bases. Some new facts will be stored for future reference while others may be discarded or put “on hold,” for validation. But, intelligent people want to listen and learn from those coming from a different place, walking a different path. How else, in the world, does one learn something new? If BlogHers only interact with those who think like they do, the knowledge gained quickly lessens, but worse still, their interaction becomes like a cult.

Clouds 5 1 2014 w typeBlue sky and rain clouds can exist at the same time.

Yes, it’s true! If BlogHers adhere to one view, affirming only slight variations of the same theme, the group becomes a cult. Cults restrict ideas, limiting thought and expression to a selected version of tenets. In cults, people consider themselves educated, even though they mindlessly parrot the collective thoughts of the group. If one conforms to the group’s collective beliefs, they are rewarded. If one speaks up with a diverse contribution, they are shunned. BlogHer was never meant to funnel thinking down into a space no wider than a computer screen. No! The BlogHer community was built to be like a Chavruta. You know, the partnership in learning that is the cornerstone of Jewish education.

Chavruta Style Learning in Grade 2

For years too numerous to count, Jews worldwide have maintain that knowledge cannot be learned in isolation. Knowledge is to be presented, discussed and even argued to the betterment of all that participate. It is the only way to see the other side of the mountain. And, it is practiced from the youngest in elementary school to the highly learned at the Yeshiva Universities. Each person in the discussion, which is often carried out in pairs, is respected for their interpretative offerings of text and tradition.

 

Advance Chavruta (or Chavrusa) Learning

Wikipedia shares that, “In contrast to conventional classroom learning, in which a teacher lectures to the student and the student repeats the information back in tests, chavruta-style learning challenges the student to analyze and explain the material, point out the errors in his partner’s reasoning, and question and sharpen each other’s ideas, often arriving at entirely new insights of the meaning of the text.”

“A chavruta helps a student keep his mind focused on the learning, sharpen his reasoning powers, develop his thoughts into words, organize his thoughts into logical arguments, and understand another person’s viewpoint.” The entry continues, “Chavruta-style learning tends to be loud and animated. In the heat of discussion, they may even wave their hands, pound the table, or shout at each other.” For the full entry, go here.

 

Many BlogHers take co-ed attendance for
granted, Yentl must attend as a male
student. Notice the chavruta in this clip.

I am left to wonder how such educated and so called articulate BlogHer-ians can be so collectively ignorant. How can intelligent minds believe the truth is determined by how many people believe it? How can they think if they gather and rally in like-ignorance, thronging their numbers into the streets, that somehow an ultimate consensus of “common sense” can be reached? Critically thinking minds recognize the world is replete with burgeoning knowledge, ever changing and accumulating.

The advancement of learning, by its nature, forever requires reassessment and evaluation, which only can be achieved if everyone in the BlogHer community contributes their share of ideas, while extending respect in our Chavruta or partnership.

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Jan 11 2014

So, New Year’s comes but once a year. That’s about all I can stomach.  All of this looking to the future and re-creating myself takes its toll.

I try to maintain a low profile, pretend it’s just another time of year and wait until it all blows over, along with the resolutions of the “do-gooders.” Unfortunately though, this last year, because I roomed with Laurel Regan and Sabrina Lovejoy at BlogHer ’13, it’s been harder for me to maintain my low standards of performance. Note to self: Don’t ever room with movers and shakers.

Sabrina & Laurel Networking at BlogHer ’13

From the beginning, I was odd man out. “Let’s go here,” they said. “Let’s go there,” they said. “Let’s get up early in the morning and take in every networking opportunity at night,” they said. But, I just put my pillow over my head, and waiting long enough, could hear them go out the door, frolicking off to their next adventure. Leisurely mornings and Grumpy Cat levels of non-performance were my preferred specialty. But, gradually, totally against my will, I have been influenced thoughout the last year in ways I never would have anticipated.

Kitty Surpassing My Level of Activity

I have found that Sabrina, whom I call “Pastor Lovejoy,” covers the spiritual plane. She spreads common sense goodness on her web site and blog, “Much Needed Advice for Women,” while holding court on Facebook, Twitter and BlogHer with a zillion devotees. Sabrina is ready to comfort the lost deniers of reality by Tweeting and posting at all hours of the night and day, offering unconditional love and guidance.

 Taking Stock of My Emotions with Sabrina

Laurel seems more of the physical world, manipulating art media and touting organizational skills to define and document every day existence. She creates, in a disciplined way, making small things of beauty seem monumental. Laurel has introduced the world to her trained eye, on her web site and blog, “Alphabet Salad,” with Tangles, continuously posted articles and photographs. While sending updates to Instagram, Chatter, BlogHer and the Library of Congress, Laurel insures little things will be seen in radiant beauty, not forgotten.

Learning Office Supplies are Beautiful with Laurel

And so, because of Sabrina’s unwelcomed good influences, I have started Tweeting uplifting sayings and having a totally unintended positive attitude. Because of Laurel, I take photographs of office supplies and my cats in various, heartwarming poses. And, now, as you can see, I am attempting a January NaBloPoMo, once again, walking in their footsteps. Not exactly following their levels on punctuality, but baby steps, baby steps.

My Cat Will Take on all Cuteness Comers.

And so, when Laurel promptly posted, “My Blogging Bucket List,” I grabbed a pen to copy and emulate eveything she’s planning on doing. I know whatever it is, those are the right things to do. But, geese! Halfway through, I got tired and quit. I couldn’t even complete writing down Laurel’s Bucket List.

And, reading Sabrina’s glory-luscious New Year’s Eve Post, “Happy New Year – My Prayer for You,” I realized I’d have to keep myself on the spiritual straight and narrow for a month of Sunday schools, which made me nervous, feeling not quite up to all of that goodness.

So, finally, I realized the best way to come up with a 2014 Bucket List of my own was to keep it short and sweet. Just be more like Laurel and Sabrina and leave it at that.

Because, like I said, when you’re headed for greatness, it takes baby steps, baby steps.

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Jun 30 2013

In this day and age, it’s great to have some good news. And this morning, I got some of the best.

Remember at the beginning of June, a project was launched on Kickstarter.com to fund a new movie production? And, not just any production, but a movie mentoring women who unexpectedly need to change their lives?

Well, today at 11:35amEST, the $5,000 goal was reached and the project was funded. The movie that Ally Kirkpatrick as been envisioning with her credible background in film documentation will now proceed.

Ally in Woods II

Ally in the woods near the Green Cabin.

If you remember, Ally’s Kickstarter journey began on May 31, 2013, which seems like forever ago. She and her associates and production crew set up the Kickstarter account to gather her minimum costs of $5,000 to produce the movie, “Stories from the Green Cabin.” I read about it and couldn’t stand on the sidelines of such a worthwhile endeavor, so wrote a post for my web site and cross posted it to BlogHer.

Then began the longest thirty days of my life, watching, waiting and wondering what would happen to Ally and her band of pro-active filmmakers.

Canning Jars Ally II

Storing up cans for the winter, Green Cabin style.

Well, today the news has arrived! I can tell you with certainty that Ally’s “Stories from the Green Cabin” has tipped over the $5,000 mark, because, oddly enough I was there!

Yesterday, it didn’t look good. She was $600 or so under funding. Today when I visited her Kickstarter site, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The total had climbed to $4, 990!

I was talking to myself, rubbing my eyes and recalculating my second grade math to find out that, YES! Ally was only $10 away from goal.

I just HAD to be the one to push it over the top, and what’s more, I could afford $10.00!

But, I wasn’t prepare. I hadn’t registered with Kickstarter. Oh cruel oversight! Would I miss my chance to push Ally’s project over the top?

I fumbled with registration, each time being told my two e-mails, entered separately, but suppose to match, didn’t. Agh! What to do!?!? Wringing of hands…wringing of hands…

So I erased and reentered both e-mails and voila, I was in.

Lisa and Ally

Lisa Weldon and Ally in production.

I didn’t want there to be any question that Ally over over her goal, so I “dug deep” and pledged $15.00. Woo-Woo! It was the biggest thrill of my life when, after clicking “submit,” the screen came up to read $5,005. Wow…

And, that wasn’t the end of it. E-mails started arriving in my in-box, one after the other. Thanking me for my participation. Acknowledging my gift and promising my rewards to come. I felt so important.

Then, the BIG e-mail came. A video of Ally herself announcing the project was funded. How cool was that?

So, yes! Today was a great day with good news. I am looking forward to all of the good things to come from Ally and her movie futures. And, BTW, did you know you can still add to the Kickstarter total? For the next hour or so, at least.

Help Ally get more for her production needs  by going to her site and pledging. Just remember to reenter your e-mails like I did, if you have trouble registering.



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Jun 02 2013

Have you ever seen something that had an immediate impact on your life?

Something so wonderful, so you couldn’t quite understand the magnitude at the time, but which moved you to action, figuring the whys and wherefores would later appear?

I had such an experience yesterday when I saw the most compelling post on Facebook. Lisa Weldon, who blogs at “reSoulin’ My Dancing Shoes,”  had shared the most interesting Kickstarter opportunity. When I looked at it, I was mesmerized by heavy green foliage, a green cabin and sunlight dappling through the trees. The vision had that spring green look of new life and new directions. And, how right I was.

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The future SunbonnetSmart hiking in the Garden
of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO, September 1978.

The scene reminded me of my middle to late 20s, in the 1970s, when Jethro Tull’s “Songs from the Woods” was my favorite album and life seemed to be an unending series of mental “forks in the road.” So many choices, what to do, when and why. Constant questions without much guidance and plenty of uncharted vision as to “what ought to be.” It was overwhelming and ponderous. I was more timid then, in some ways, more assured in others, but I remember I was up to the task, assuming I could always, “punt” as I used to say, if things didn’t go my way. “Have an alternate Plan B” was my motto.

And, through the years, I’ve had many “Alternate Plan B’s.” That’s why I kept returning all afternoon to the Kickstarter video that Lisa had shared. Watching it, the green forestscape opened up to the story of Ally Kirkpatrick,  a young film maker, artist and visionary, who at 29, is at the stage I was in the 1970s. Much like I quit my job, packed everything into my Toyoto Celica and drove across country to live in Colorado, Ally decided to leave Brooklyn, going to go live in the woods, at her father’s hunting cabin.

Ally reading

Ally reading at the Green Cabin in Virginia.

While Ally was there, in a tranquil, but secluded spot, she devised a plan to passion out her future. As she blogged and examined her life, she found the “expanse of time and space” a bit overwhelming, compared to her hectic life in Brooklyn. She decided to reach out to people she admired. People who, as she says in her introductory Kickstarter video, “..had lived their life creatively and with gusto.”

The first person with whom she got in touch, she had met at BlogHer ’12, during a Breakout Session on Pathfinder Day, August 2, 2012 in New York City. Ally and Lisa Weldon had been in the same session and hit it off right away. Perhaps they were drawn to each other because, although there was a thirty year difference in their life stages, they were in somewhat the same quandary. Lisa’s life had taken unexpected turns overnight requiring her to stop, exhale and begin again. The void she felt closing in on her was very similar to the uninterrupted blocks of time Ally was experiencing at her dad’s cabin. Ally recognized a kindred spirit and called Lisa.

Ally’s Kickstarter call for funding.

Now, months later, the two, with the help of many others, have put forth Ally’s video proposal for Kickstarter funding. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a wonderful site where dreams and business proposals are presented for patron financial backing. Each proposal must have a goal established. After donations are pledged, if the project funds at its goal or above, the leader of the project receives a check. If the project does not reach its goal, then no cash is forwarded and pledges are vacated. So, Ally set her goal at $5,000 and she is off to a great start, but I am hoping she gets much more than that.

Additional funding would allow her to tell the stories of more women in life transitions, watching them create new paths to abundant self-fulfillment. Much like Lisa and Ally inspired each other, women learning from other women who have faced the dreaded unknown of life changes will, in turn, be inspired from the stories in Ally’s films. To get a feel for the project, visit with Ally at her “Stories from the Green Cabin” area of her web site, Allytk.com .

So, do you feel as empowered as I do by the creative approaches these women have taken to cure the deafening hiccups in their lives? If you are able to financially show them some love, would you consider donating to Ally’s “Stories from the Green Cabin” Kickerstarter listing? It would make my day to see this project not only funded to its goal level, but also way past, to provide for more stories from more creative women.

Please note! The project must be funded within thirty days from its start, which is by 3:27pm on June 30, 2013.



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Mar 26 2013

Activity Books were popular when I was a kid and I loved them. Big, thick, coloring book type, newsprint paged, goldmines of things to see and do.

There were puzzles, cut outs, paper dolls, rhymes, rebus brain teasers and lots more. It was enough to keep me occupied for days as I worked my way around the pages that captivated me with scissors and paste. Especially when I was sick. I would stay happily in bed with my crayons, pencils and my play books.  I was warm and snug while creating great things and merry wonderment.

You can see why then, when my friend, ElaineR.N. decided to play Humpty Dumpty, I was disappointed I couldn’t just run to the store, to send her an activity book. That and a new book of Crayola Crayons, the one with 64 colors and a sharpener in the box would be “just the thing.” But the diversions of fifty years ago pale beside the fun things we have today with the Internet.

So, putting my finger to the side of my head like Pooh Bear, I tapped my temple saying, “Thinking, thinking.” I realized the only choice was to create a fun activity page to electronically distract Elaine from the discomfort of her broken wrist while it heals. So here, Elaine! These fun things are for you!

Cutest Thing in the World

Suggested stream-able movies on NetFlix.com, in no particular order: October Sky, My Brilliant Career, What the #$*! Do We Know?, Sirens, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, The Secret, Holes in my Shoes, Keeping Up Appearances and Sebastian Maniscalo in What’s Wrong with People (comedian.)

2013 Passover Jam

 

The Nursey Crossword Puzzle: Click Image

 

 

Canadian Candid Camera: Space Laughs

 

Get Well Maze: Click Image

 

Whimseys and fancies for fun and wrist healing profit.

I hope you feel better, Elaine!





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Mar 07 2013

EFT, or the Emotional Freedom Technique, combines stimulating acupuncture meridian points while saying phrases to effect change in one’s life. It’s easy. It’s free. It works.

But, you’ll have to prove it to yourself. It took quite a while for me to get into it, and when you talk to people who feel it is effective, many say the same thing. It just seems to be too good to be true. They didn’t believe something so simple could have such a great, far reaching effects. I understand as I was the same way. Although introduced to EFT in 2008 by the friends who led us to drink raw milk, and eat raw butter and cheese, it wasn’t until my medical doctor advised EFT for me in 2012, that I began to take it seriously.

Yesterday, when I was BlogHer Commenting with FatCat and ElaineR.N., I mentioned EFT as a good companion to effective weight loss and shared a video I had found online, just to give them a brief introduction. Because they seem to be interested, I am sharing more about the process here, so anyone who needs the technique can try it out for size.

I decided to join in on the Online World Tapping Summit 2013, which just took place in February. It was free, with a different theme to each day’s tapping, but I eventually signed up so I could get MP3 recordings of the directives, as I felt it was so beneficial. Here is an intro to this year’s Tapping Summit so you can get a feel for what it’s all about.

 

EFT Introduction by Gary Williams and Nick Ortner

As I mentioned, tapping included the various acupuncture meridian points where energy flows throughout the body. You’ll notice as you watch the videos, there are different sequences used by different professionals, depending on what they feel works best. You’ll be able to decide what’s best for you as you learn more about the routine. Many medical doctors are fans of EFT. For a list of EFT practitioners, click here.

An EFT Demonstration

I really enjoyed the World Tapping Summit, which has been growing through the years to include hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. There is a web site with more information, if you are interested. If you’re REALLY interested, you can send for free DVDs and e-books, also at the same web site.

The more one studies quantum physics, the more one realizes the reality we have been brought up to believe is brick and mortar in 3-D, is actually a hologram of energy. Basically, we are nothing but our thoughts and thoughts become our reality.  The sum total effect of this is astronomically astounding and will knock one off kilter when it is first encountered. But, the more one reads and studies about it, the more it cannot be denied. The energy base of our existence is decidedly true.

Eventually, you will run into counselors like Louise Hay with profound ideas of healing who say that if you have an illness, why? What is it accomplishing for you that you can’t give it up? I was very sick when I first ran into that statement and I thought she was crazy, as anyone not enlightened would. But, as I used the Hay House techniques and got well, I realized Louise Hay was a gifted healer. Healing is a journey, whether it’s physical or emotional disturbances that are troublesome.

One quick way to see profound results using energy healing for the mind and body is EFT. Try Emotional Freedom Techniques to see if you get relief.

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Mar 04 2013

With the creed of giving to get and knowing the glass is half full, lifetime abundance can be had by all.

In the 1980s I was overwhelmed by the powerful teachings of Louise Hay, celebrated author of You Can Heal Your Life. Reading her words and listening to her meditation tapes was a mind altering experience. That’s why I am saddened by what seems to be a common mindset displayed today.

The book, “You Can Heal Your Life,” in a movie.

Rather than reap the rewards of a bountiful universe, many bloggers seem to bemoan lack and look to capitalize on discord. Perhaps they believe sensationalistic post titles will bring a Comment flow, but it’s a lopsided trade. Positive actions and thinking patterns actually insure a better world and guarantee financial rewards. Living with an “attitude of gratitude” will change one’s life.

But, don’t just listen to me. Take it from Amanda Palmer, one of today’s brilliant and gifted musical artists who recently gave a TED Talk on risk and trust in the music business. She now gives away her CDs, asking for donations if one is able, and is reaping the rewards of goodwill.

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking

Giving to get, being vulnerable enough to allow human connection, is what life is all about. Building walls by pointing out inadequacies only makes us feel inadequate and halts the flow of abundant return. This concept is as old as life itself, concisely depicted in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 11:1, where it is written, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”  

In August, Rolling Stone magazine covered Ms. Palmer’s successful crowdfunding in May where she raised 1.2 million dollars for her new album, Theatre is Evil. Having been a fan of Amanda Palmer for many years, I have fallen in love with her spirit, her direction and her sense of self as displayed in the following song,  In My Mind.

“In My Mind,” Amanda Palmer connects with us gloriously.

Amanda Palmer is a great example of having the confidence to allow oneself to be vulnerable. She risks, trusts that she will get a return and she does. Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk was Friday, March 1, 2013, and on March 2, Rolling Stone Magazine again wrote about her crowdfunding strategies.

Feeling worthy to give, then giving while believing this gift will be returned enables each of us to profit, whether the return is love or financial.

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Mar 03 2013

Priscilla Judd has a vision. She is determined to inform the world it’s taken a wrong turn.

A piano tuner by trade, she has an ear for harmonics that easily translates over to her music. As a piano tuner, Priscilla uses a tuning fork to begin the calibration or tuning of each note on the keyboard. First she tunes the center octave of eight notes. The rest of the notes are tuned in line with the first octave. Using damping felts to isolate strings so each tone may be heard in its pure state, Priscilla builds the scales represented by the black and white keys. Tuning a piano proficiently takes lots of practice. In command of an exacting science, Priscilla has trained her senses to be accurate and precise.

Priscilla Sings to Bring About Change

And so, Priscilla is observant of the world as it really exists. She doesn’t necessarily like what she sees. She espouses what is good for people and Mother Earth may not be what is practiced by multinational corporations with higher yearly incomes than the gross national product, GNP, of some countries. She has widened her musical talents toward playing guitar and singing her original compositions to protest what she feels are dangerous trends.

O Canada – Who For A Lost Democracy

Visit with Priscilla on her web site where she shares her passions. She writes, “I suppose you’ve noticed that planet Earth is under seige? Our environment is threatened everywhere on this planet.  Sadly, human life and nature are not the most important factor when it comes to decisions made by Governments.  Democracy is threatened by corporatism – the neo-liberal or neo-conservate agenda. So, I’m an activist. I walk out and protest. I sing about wild salmon, climate change, pipelines and tankers, local food and farming, GMO, pesticide and First Nations issues.  I sing in praise of nature and heroes who stand for nature and social justice.”

If you are reading this post on Sunday, March 3, 2013, you have a wonderful opportunity before you. Priscilla’s song, the YouTube above titled O Canada – Who For a Lost Democracy, is in CBC’s Best New Artist Contest. As the contest site says, “Join our search for Canada’s best new artist. Vote for your favorite act, right now! Round two polls close Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 at midnight ET. Check back Monday at 9pm ET for round three of voting.”

As of this writing, Priscilla is fourth from being #1 in the Second Round of voting. Take a moment and vote to get her in Round Three!

 

Please VOTE at http://bit.ly/V4XtnU

Round Two ends Sunday, March 3, 2013.


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Feb 11 2013

How easily most of us read these words and are able to immediately relate. Listen to what? Shout out what? What should we communicate and when should we do it?

There are so many people who can easily “listen up” or “shout out,” the phrases have become cultural idioms in the English Language. Idioms are phases that have an accepted use other than their literal meaning. And so, “listen up” means “pay attention” while “shout out” can literally mean to “shout out” or just to “pass the word around” and tell everyone you know. But, people who have hearing and speech problems cannot always either listen up or shout out. For them, these simple directive phrases, can cause frustration and fear over the inability to express feelings while communicating effectively.

When I was a kid, there was nothing more exciting than staying home from school to watch a space launch. We all knew of Astronaut John Glenn and in February of 1962, it was all anyone talked about. He orbited the earth three times and became a national hero. Later, after his outstanding military career, he became a Senator from the State of Ohio, serving in Congress for twenty-five years.

Senator John Glenn’s wife Annie hid a debilitating secret.

With the name “John Glenn” being household word for most of my life, I thought I knew everything about him. What I didn’t know was his wife, Annie Glenn, was emotionally suffering for most of those years while her husband was in the limelight. She severely stuttered and was extremely fearful of interacting with anyone outside the Glenn family. She did not get help until she was fifty, but then became fluent after attending a treatment program at HCRI in Roanoke, VA. Now Annie and John Glenn are dedicated to publicly sharing that no one has to isolate themselves due to speech and language inabilities.

John and Annie Glenn encourage all stutterers to get help.

There are many, varied communication treatment options and modalities available, along with innovative outreach methods. The American Speech-Hearing-Language Association or ASHA, found at ASHA.org, is a proactive organization  reaching out to insure help is available for everyone with hearing, speech and language problems. ASHA.org provides a Professional Search Tool Page with easy access to audiologists or speech-language therapists. ASHA’s intent is all inclusive, stating that,  in order to enable Communication for a Lifetime, “The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.”

John and Annie talk about stuttering being treated into fluency.

Hearing loss and speech difficulties do not always begin at birth or in childhood, but may commence at any stage of life. Many people, who become speech, hearing and language disabled later on, live for years not understanding that their sensory functions are slipping away. Those who have had stokes may not be able to fully communicate to their previous level of proficiency overnight. Those who have difficulty speaking, who stutter, have trouble swallowing or keeping their balance when they walk, may be too shy to reach out for help, feeling overwhelmed by perceived obstacles.

ASHA headquarters in Rockville, MD.

So, listen up and shout out to those who might need professional help to ease their inabilities to speak fluently, having any one of a number of speech, language or communication challenges. Shout out to inform others who might need emotional support to get help for themselves. And, listen up, if this is something you, yourself need. Don’t wait to get help. Opportunities for physical and emotional healing abound. They are there for the asking. Get Help…Don’t Wait!

With the wealth of resources listed on the ASHA.org web site, it is reassuring to know anyone who has speech, hearing and language challenges can find help in the privacy of their home by clicking on the Professional Search Tool Page. Thank you, ASHA.

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