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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Your Giving Goes Further This Year

A small ray of sunshine. Some days I look at the calendar and think, “How is it already December?” Other days I think, “Will this year ever end?” Well, no matter what I think, it’s happening. The holidays are upon us. And it’s always a happy time for LSH, since...

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It’s Not Junk!

Don’t you just hate it when you go out to move the old car because it’s street-cleaning day, and there’s this little white card stuck in the driver’s side window saying WE BUY JUNK CARS? “It’s not junk,” you mutter angrily. I get it. It really isn’t...

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Sitting Together

Last week I discovered a new word, one that really resonated for me in these weird times we’re going through. The word is Qarrtsiluni, and it comes from the Inuit tribe of northern Alaska and Canada. It’s a verb, and it means to sit together in the darkness. With the days getting...

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Don’t Forget Giving Tuesday!

The next time you blink, it’ll be Thanksgiving. It’s coming. The next time you blink, it’ll be Thanksgiving. And after that, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and the holiday season will be upon us. A few years back, though, we became part of a new tradition that (for me, at least)...

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Skateboarding — With a White Cane

This takes guts — and patience.   We could all use a little inspiration these days. That’s why I wanted to share an amazing story I ran across this week. At 13, Dan Mancina was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disease that leads to vision loss. He started losing...

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“What the heck is that ticking noise?”

     Melva Snyder went through five sets of hearing aids before she finally got the right ones.      That meant more than 10 years of frustration. She still had to ask people to repeat themselves. When she was driving, she couldn’t hear if her blinker was on. If she was outside the house,...

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Meet Dave Hubbard

When it comes to the LSH mission, Dave Hubbard knows what he’s talking about. A longtime Lion and an LSH advocate, Dave suffers from hearing loss, and he told us he was in denial for a long time before he did something about it. “I denied it for about 17 years,” he says....

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Do You Need Relief From Blue Light?

This pandemic has been a disaster for so many businesses — but some are actually thriving.   In that second group, count the manufacturers of blue light-blocking glasses.   Before the pandemic, many of us were already spending way too much time in front of screens — but now...

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It’s Hot Out There!

Let’s face it: we’re pretty lucky here in California, especially near the coast. When we complain about the weather, some of my friends who live in the snowbound Middle West or the steamy-humid South start shaking their heads. They may have a point. I know at least one person who lost...

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