Language and all the hemispheres

“Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people.” -Helen Keller ** Two years ago, one of my students started school without any language.  No signing and no spoken word.  He was bilaterally implanted (two cochlear implants), but hadn't had the therapy, consistent usage, or mapping (when the audiologist adjusts settings according to her auditory... Continue Reading →


Not Okay. As a 15-year-old in the Middle East, my friends and I used to make bets on how many cars would beep at us on our 10 minute walk to McDonalds.  Not because we were cocky pedestrians, but because we were young women walking unaccompanied by men, which, apparently, equated to beeping and shouting and gawking.  My 15-year-old... Continue Reading →

The one where we got married

He proposed in a garden, standing up. He liked the symbolism of standing over kneeling, the two of us journeying life side-by-side. So he proposed while standing, in a wild part of a plantation in Charleston.  And then he got on one knee. "Martin...stop.  Stop.  STOP." He turned his head and saw the tram of sun-glassed tourists halted twenty feet behind... Continue Reading →

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