“I Was Driving My Wife Nuts.”

For Curt Crocker, it was a familiar story. “I was driving my wife nuts,” he told us. “I kept asking, ‘What did you say?’ and she had to keep asking, ‘Did you hear that?’ I could hear the TV, but I couldn’t discern what they were saying.” This went on for a couple of years. Finally Curt went to get...

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He Lost His Eyesight — and Became an Athlete

In 2009, Tony Duenas suffered a sudden retinal detachment that left him permanently blind, the Los Angeles Times reports. At the time, he was also overweight, out of shape, and had problems with his blood pressure. “It was scary,” he she told the Times. “I didn’t know what I could do. I was blind....

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A Fresh Start

On Wednesday we witnessed once again the ritual that makes us unique as Americans: the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. Yes, this year there were some distressing bumps in the road to the inauguration, but in the end, we pulled it off. And there were more than enough...

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Beloved ASL Interpreter Dies of Covid-19

Patty Sakal, an American Sign Language interpreter who translated updates about the coronavirus for deaf Hawaiians, died on Friday of complications from Covid-19, The New York Times reports. She was 62. Ms. Sakal worked as an A.S.L. interpreter for nearly four decades in a variety of settings, and...

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Look to the Helpers

Phew! After the roller coaster ride that was 2020, we were all looking forward to a new start. And the first two weeks of 2021 — well, it’s been … interesting. What is it that Mr. Rogers used to say? When times are tough, look to the helpers. So I thought it might be nice to look...

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The Sound of Silence

This week I saw a pretty amazing movie, and it made me think deeply about our mission here at LSH. It’s called ‘The Sound of Metal,’ and normally I wouldn’t be drawn to the subject, since the lead role is that of a heavy-metal drummer. I’m not a huge fan of that...

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