Deaf Culture Enters the Mainstream

If you were among the millions who watched the Superbowl last weekend, you were also treated to a wonderful performance, as Deaf rapper Warren “Wawa” Snipe performed the national anthem in American Sign Language. His rendition of the Star Spangled Banner showed the physical eloquence...

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Time to Ditch the Gas Guzzler?

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought good news and bad news when it comes to reducing polluting auto emissions. The good news: fewer people are commuting, and that means they’re driving less. The bad news: fewer people want to risk public transportation, and they are driving more. More of those...

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“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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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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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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