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  1. Chase

    Merry Christmas!

    Just wishing all you fellow deafies and our hearie supporters a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
  2. Chase

    How deaf is she?

    I was hard-of-hearing for two decades but could play the guitar and sing. However, when I became totally deaf in 2001, friends could tune my guitar, but I could never sing in sinc with it...
  3. Chase

    My sister passed away this morning.

    My dear sister was eighty years and twenty-one days on earth. Marjorie Diane Hale Callis was totally deaf at birth, and she met everyday challenges with a beautiful smile. Her birthday was February 2, and she loved groundhogs. "Di" raised four happy, healthy, hearing CODA boys mostly by herself...
  4. Chase

    A Deafie's Pet Peeve About Living Among The Hearies

    I'm the only deaf person in my circle of friends. I'm sure many hearies view my deafness as a hurdle to communications. This thread is a discussions of some problems innocently caused by those who don't understand ASL, lip-reading, notes, etcetera. Pet peeve #1. :yesway: thumbs up for...
  5. Chase

    "deaf Takes A Holiday" Available At

    Chase, an AllDeaf member and deaf author, writes a mystery novel featuring a deaf amateur detective, an amateur interpreter confined to a wheelchair, and a dyslectic deputy assigned as a law-enforcement liaison. Losing his hearing in the first gulf war, Les Huntsman's life spirals...
  6. Chase

    Hello, Old Friends And New Members,

    I'm a former teacher, late deafened and now an editor and writer. My sister, four years older, was born deaf and taught me ASL before I could talk. Sure came in handy when I was losing my hearing over a twenty-year span and then became totally deaf in 2001. I hope to get reacquainted here at...
  7. Chase

    Thanks, Alex

    Alex, :ty: for allowing my writers' site to borrow a few ASL smileys for me. My administrator says you're a gentleman and a scholar. :yesway::yesway: (Chase)
  8. Chase

    New Neo Nazis alive and well in Germany

    By Micah Halpern Monday August 11, 2008 “German police shut down an adventure camp near Rostock, [Germany, on Sunday, August 10, 2008.] It was a Neo-Nazi camp. The police sent 39 campers, children and teenagers, home. The police confiscated original propaganda dating from the early...
  9. Chase

    German violence against U.S. military personnel

    A long-time German friend from Göppingen, Germany, sent me this and writes how too many Germans are celebrating this release after so little time. He says too many Germans are waging smear campaigns and violence against Americans stationed there. Whenever a group is disbanded, another is...
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    Obituary Common Sense Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as...
  11. Chase

    Speech reading barriers

    Last night at the public library, I was on volunteer duty, returning books to the shelves. A young lady approached already speaking in a rapid and breathless manner: ". . . uh . . . you know . . . like . . . lost my book . . . your book . . . the library’s book . . . that was . . . you know...
  12. Chase

    Hot 'n' Heavy?

    If this U.S. soldier in the Iraq War is praying for strength, who could blame him? That's certainly no Batman utility belt he has strapped on.
  13. Chase

    Why did the chicken . . . ?

    Some answers to the age-old enigma of why did the chicken cross the road? BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE! JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation...
  14. Chase

    Walpurgis Night

    Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht in German) is "the other Hallowe'en." It's six month from All Hallows Eve, the day before All Saints' Day. Much less famous (infamous?) than trick or treat night in the U.S., Walpurgis Night falls on the eve of May Day. From ancient pagan beliefs adopted by...
  15. Chase

    Pet the kitty

    Fun URL for cat lovers: Pet or play with your cursor.
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    Overheard while a grandfather turned pages of a zoo picture book for his primary school grandson: Grandson points to photo: Hey, looky! It's a frickin' Leo, Pard! Grandpa (surprised): What? What did you say? Grandson points to caption: Says so on the sign, Grampa! “A . . . Frickin'...
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    (Almost) Useless English Trivia

    Feel free to add your own trivia about the English language, ASL, or SEE. Make comments on language trivia or ask questions. 1. Know what a “palindrome” is? It’s a sentence, phrase, or word that reads backward the same as it does forward. These are some palindromic names and words fun...
  18. Chase

    Breakfast of lesser champions

    No matter what your political affiliation, this election-year cereal is for you:
  19. Chase

    I wish . . .

    Wouldn’t it be great to turn on the TV and see the following closed captions under the video of any president -- Democrat, Republican, Independent, or write-in? "My fellow Americans: As you know, the defeat of regime dictating to the Iraqi people is complete. This morning I gave the order...
  20. Chase

    Aw, What A Fake!!!

    As a newcomer to the wet Pacific northwest, I enjoyed discussions in another thread on real versus movie mist-fog-cloud-steam phenomenons. Completely agreeing with VamPyreX that movies are primarily entertainment where writers and FX people bend the rules for thrills, I also agree with...