You can be sad when Summer comes. It’s harder to admit though. Everyone else seems so caught up in the lighter nights and plans for holidays to exciting new places. Outside birds are nesting and temperatures gradually climbing, but inside your heart still huddles against the Winter winds.
Take heart, tired soul. Come to the Psalms with me. … More The Lifter Up of Heads
This week isn’t a specific question but a concern which niggles in the backs of our minds. Everyone asks it at some point about something but if you are young and living with hearing loss, it will probably centre around that: What will people think/say? Well, they’ll think or say a lot of things, some … More Midweeks on Mute: Foot in Mouth Disease
Not to be funny, but this week’s question is probably quite a big one for younger folk, especially teenagers since their confidence is so often in their boots. Will my hearing aid be obvious? To the surprise of the audiologist, this wasn’t a concern for me. Because the first suggestion of a diagnosis was Meniere’s … More Midweeks on Mute: The Invisible Friend
He was an excellent speaker, unobtrusive but captivating. He did not flog us ten easy steps to getting published, nor did he attempt to dazzle us with eloquent yet empty verbosity. The man spoke simply and humbly and said just this:
Write what you know. … More William Feinnes, The Snow Geese, and Why I’ll Never Be Tolkien
Today must have been the worst day in all the world. It must have been agony living through those hours. Imagine:
Sometimes I wonder what happened to the others, to Jo-jo and the boy who hardly spoke and whose face I cannot remember, and Heather who would rather have been playing dodgeball that first evening. A war was going on in a little side room in Glenshee those spring afternoons. Strangely enough, the only things I … More Twelve Years a Slave
One of the first things people asked when I got my hearing aid was can you hear me now? Ha. Ha. Ha. More importantly, their next question was whether it is comfortable to wear. Admittedly this had been a worry for me too in the run-up to having Dana fitted. You must remember that there … More Midweeks on Mute: A Question of Comfort
A toddler hugs a beaming grandmother. A greying couple laugh into blue skies and sunshine. A newly permed old lady laughs at a joke. An old man grins as he holds up his new hearing aid, his smile as bright as his buttercup shirt. You will have seen them a hundred times before. Yep, they’re … More Midweeks on Mute: New Series!
My parents done good. As one of the few who have first-hand experience of being raised by them, I stand by the truth of this statement. Yesterday marked a rather significant day in my life, one which was probably pretty memorable for my parents. So in honour of the fact that they have never given … More 22 Things My Parents Taught Me
This week has been very busy and will only get busier (I have an essay due Thursday but I’m working the next two nights so I need to get it done today). So instead of writing a full on post, here are some more little snippets from my notebook. They are not necessarily true, they … More Notes