Monday, December 31, 2007

I Cannot Thank Deafread Enough!

I’m not sure what you think,
how you feel,or why you agree or agree to disagree
on any matters what it shows on Deafread,
only believe there’s no doubt that
Deafread welcomes you to be a part of the community
whether if they’re on the same page,
or they have debates over the matters.
I cannot thank Deafread enough
for giving us the opportunity to
learn many and many more issues
in the way it brings us great prosperity
to acknowledge, so be glad and be thankful!

Cheers to a new year and another opportunity
for us to make it better! ~Deb Ann

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Mustang Car was wrecked.

For some of you read about Fookem and Bug's site, Jason just had an auto accident. Yes, I checked their site and saw the pictures of his car (which was hit). If that wasn't enough, the next day, my oldest daughter had an auto accident. I will soon update with you about how it happened in the next vlog.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

This is what deaf/Deaf looks like!

This is what deaf/Deaf looks like! So what do you think of this?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas is a time for love and fun

Christmas is a time for love and fun, and it's time to give everyone HUGS!

The pictures are taken by me and the boys are my sons, Sam (12) and Brandon (2).
Sam and Hannah (10) set up Christmas Tree you can see in the picture and it impressed me that they decorated the tree and let Brandon pinch in and help them as well. In 2002, my oldest daughter was 12 and she did set up the tree and let her little siblings (at that time, they were 6 and 4) help. They did a beautiful job on working together and decorating.

Christmas Joys

Evergreen boughs that fill our homes
With fragrant Christmas scents,
Hearts filled with the loving glow
That Christmas represents;

Christmas cookies, turkeys stuffed,
Festive holly berry,
Little faces bright with joy,
Loved ones being merry;

Parties, songs, beribboned gifts,
Silver bells that tinkle,
Christmas trees and ornaments,
Colorful lights that twinkle;

Relatives waiting with open arms
To smile and hug and kiss us;
These are some of the special joys
That come along with Christmas.

By Joanna Fuchs

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Marlee Matlin in Dancing With the Stars????

Hello everyone!

Do you think it's JOKE??? Or is she going to be in the show? I try to find some more information about her, but it doesn't come out much.


Television News
So We Think They Can Dance

We cast the next ''Dancing with the Stars'' -- Shannon Doherty, Leonard Nimoy, and Cindy Crawford are just some of our picks for the next ''DWTS'' cast
By Jessica Shaw

THE 90210 ALUM Shannen Doherty

THE SOAP STAR Alison Sweeney


THE ATHLETE Pete Sampras



THE MOGUL Rick Hilton

THE ELEGANT, ''MATURE'' LADY Victoria Principal



THE ''HEATHER MILLS'' Michael Richards


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

What Do We Love About Deafread?

What do we love about Deafread:
Does our delight reside in things?
Or are the exciting Deaf/deaf/HOH vlogs or blogs in Deafread?
The real thing that Deafhood brings us together.
No matter where we are from or what our background are.

It’s seeing those we enjoy,
And sharing with our experiences and emotions, too.
Appreciating people who bring us joy.
Cool people just like you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hearing Impaired Program May Move because of low CSAP scores???

Hearing-impaired Program may be moving from University High Charter school because of their low CSAP scores? I would rather call it as a deaf and hard of hearing program than a hearing-impaired program! They said in this article that their Charter's own curriculum was lacking and its overall scores would be low. I am not sure where they will go. I assume that they'll probably go to a public school with a regular curriculum and more supervision on the program. I don't really know yet. So, I'll find out about that later when I have a chance to talk with someone who works at the school. It's in my hometown and I graduated from University High School in 1985.
Here is the article of our hometown newspaper today and you can click at it to make it readable. It explains why, so I don't need to repeat.

Monday, December 10, 2007


Just want to be silly! Merry Christmas and Happy NeW Year! ;)

Thursday, December 6, 2007


ASL awakens in your life and starts to blossom without hesitating.
ASL is the most beautiful language you ever have experienced.
ASL is like crashing and smashing in your hands it stands for all the meaning of natural signing.
ASL is the right key to open Deaf’s world. (Deaf can be deaf, HOH, hearing loss, and ones with Cochlear Implants)
ASL is NEVER extinct.
ASL is a true flight of fancy!
ASL is giving a clear visual impression when signed.
ASL is a healthy tool to use!
ASL is an image present in the mind without any problem.
ASL is just perfect in every way!
ASL is naturally knowledgeable.
ASL is a natural language.
ASL is like moving and rising in your hands the way it shows all the pictures.
ASL NEVER fades away!
ASL opens your inner world to communicate.
ASL is a potential language.
ASL never Quits even if they try to keep you from knowing ASL.
ASL reflects everywhere!
ASL stays forever!
ASL is like tumbling and rumbling to move all the beautiful feeling in an inspiration.
ASL is the language that upholds in every way!
ASL will NEVER be vanishing because it is gifted by God!
ASL weaves all the words into storytelling.
ASL xings everywhere!
ASL HARDLY yields in any way!
ASL is the best tool to explore into everything with ZEAL!
It's created by Deb Ann

Whew! I worked so hard on the ABC's to fit in all this story! Guess what, I need to go and catch up with the laundry!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

~Candles are a Gift of Light~

Candles are a gift of light,
A tiny sun, a bit of star.
No other dancer in the night
Dances with such sheer delight,
Little souls serene and bright,
Each a glimpse of what we are
Shining innocent and pure.

Now you see this beautiful poem and you can just drop the word, Candle..and add the word, ASL. Isn't it true?

(The photo by Swissiemiss)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Two Oldest Brothers who are Deaf

Did you know that Marie Osmond has two brothers, who are deaf?
You may want to know more than that. Virl and Tom, the two oldest Osmond children, are deaf and raised orally. Their deafness was the inspiration for the Children's Miracle Network. Olive Osmond started the Osmond Foundation, which is the Children's Miracle Network. Marie Osmond served as Chairperson of the Foundation. I don't really read all of the stories. Just wanted to share a tiny bit of the news on my post. I wanted to add something else that I caught Marie Osmond signing: "Thank you" on the television show, Dancing with the Stars. Just the perfect sign, "Thank you!"... That's nice to see that. Well, I thought it would be cool if her deaf brothers would be on the T.V. show than just her brother, Donny, but I don't really mind. I guess that's all for my blog. =)
Here is the website you may want to check and learn more about the Mother Osmond.

What I learned from this website: Their first two children, Virl and Tom, were born with a degenerative condition which left them nearly deaf. Doctors warned the couple that any other children would be at risk of inheriting the same disorder, but George and Olive wanted a large family. The rest of the children, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie, and Jimmy, were born healthy.
You can copy and paste it.

After you read all the comments below, you may want to see Barb's post regarding deaf/Deaf. (copy and paste it)

Thanks to Kim's help for explaining about the degenerative condition, she clarified it.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Our Greeting Card from 2002

When I sorted out the Christmas boxes, I let the kids set up the Christmas tree. I found the photo on our greeting card that was taken in Fulton, Illinois by the Mississippi River. You can see the windmill behind us on the photo. It's a replica of those in Holland. The photo was taken in 2002 before my 4th child was born. At that time, we took a two-week vacation to Jacksonville, Illinois for Tom's 35th High School Reunion at ISD and came to see a lot of places: The Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO), The Sears Tower (Chicago, IL), Abe Lincoln's homes ( New Salem & Springfield, IL), and a lot more! By the way, we visited Tom's old school and we had a chat with his classmate, Jim (from Fookem and Bug Site) and his wife. He introduced us to meet his son, Jason who is the vlogger on their site. It was about five years ago! Anyway, we had a wonderful vacation and my kids want to go there again. Hopefully we will do it once more soon!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Deafies' Thanksgiving and Fellowship

Just as I wanted to show the pictures, the Deafies made it a time of Thanksgiving and Fellowship with one another and also shared the songs, poems, and the history of Thanksgiving. That night was so good!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My favorite turkey dressing and cranberry sauce

Cranberry Sauce
One cup packed brown sugar
one cup orange juice
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
2 teaspoons grated grated orange peel
Heat brown sugar and orange juice to boiling over medium heat, stirring fregquently. Boil about five minutes.
Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling. Boil about five minutes, stirring frequently, until cranberries are popped and mixture has thickened. Stir in orange peel.
Cover; refrigerate about three hours or until chilled.
Six servings ... 1/4 cup per serving

Turkey Stuffing
1 to 2 stucks butter
4 to 6 large sticks of celery, chopped
one large red onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
two 8 oz can water chestnuts, chopped
4 green apples, chopped in cubes
lots of pepper,
lots of garlic,
salt to taste,
lots of Italian seasoning
one loaf of your favorite bread
In the skillet pan, melt the butter. Add celery, onion, parsley, and seasonings...saute. When onions are clear add water chestnuts and apples. Simmer on low heat. Then pour over the bread crumbs and stir until well mixed together. You can add some water or chicken broth to it.

You all have a Great Thanksgiving Day, Deafread bloggers, vloggers, and readers!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A note for Bug from Fookem and Bug blog site

I am so bored and I can't think of anything to add
to my blog. Ah! I thought about that, Why don't I
add something to my blog...The note for Bug!

I think I found a perfect match for you!
She's glamour!
You'd faint to the ground when you meet her!
I believe you both will chat-chit for hours!
Her body is hard, smooth, and sweet
like a lollipop you'd like to lick!
If you'd squeeze her, she might bite you,
but her tiny bite won't hurt you.
Just tickle you a little bit.
You'd probably like that!
Her oval shell (sorry, no nipples, just the spots)
attacts you!
Would you like to meet her? Let me introduce her...
...her name is ladybug!

I met her in my garden last summer and thought about
FB bug!

Monday, November 12, 2007


H...helping every living creature,
O...opening up your heart to God,
P...praying for those in need,
E...everyone has a reason to live,
S...simply enjoy your blessings!

Written by Hannah

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

KODA's poetry

My youngest daughter, Hannah edits her poetry from last October. I love her poetry and wanted to share with you on my post. I hope she'd write some more poetry. Enjoy her poetry!

The man stood outside with his lamp, waiting for any type of inspiration. All of a sudden, a beautiful, white unicorn came out of nowhere, and her mane and tail were blowing in the wind. Her glamorous eyes were dazzling with a lost feeling. The man, Jacob, reached out for his rope while trying not to take his eyes off the mare. After a while, a neigh was heard followed by a shout of victory. The elegant horse was caught. For the first time in 30 years, Jacob's eyes sparkled with excitement, and he laughed a laugh of happiness and comfort. And the horse, who Jacob named Sunny, felt as if she was home, safe and sound. Jacob climbed on her back and rubbed her neck. Then they went, flying through the sky and wet clouds that game them ice cold showers. Jacob grinned a smile as warm and loving as the sun. That particular day Sunny was exceptionally joyful from comforts. She decided to leaped higher and higher, then lower and lower, until she finally stopped at a stream and began to lap down water. Her brown, shimmery eyes gleamed with love for Jacob, she knew she would never leave him. And Jacob felt the same way.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween's here (it's written by Cheyenne)

My kids enjoyed the trick or treat last night and got a bunch of candies!
By the way, my friend (my classmate from University High), Leanne
sent me her daughter's poem via an email. I thought it was cute and asked
Leanne if I could print her daughter's poem on my blog. She said, yes, so
that's great. I know it's kind of late to print it since Halloween was last
night, but I think it's too cute not to post!

The poem is written by Cheyenne.

Halloween's here.
It's a scariful time of year.

Black as night,
Red, orange, white
Halloween colors here to fright.

Pumpkin patches,
Witches cackles,
Goosebumps on your back like scratches.

Ghost are round,
Goblins too,
All just waiting to say to you,

Monday, October 29, 2007

October is almost over...

October is almost over and November is coming to a close, so I hope you all have plenty of fond moments and memories of October!

The photo by Beth Armsheimer

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sparkling Angel is what you see

Sparking Angel is your whispering spirit

Friday, October 19, 2007

My original poetry about the innocent DEAF children being implanted

Trying to go through the glass of a window, crying for little Deaf children being implanted

Without their right, without their will,
without their personal choice of the mode communication

Without their own uniqueness,
without a taste of a natural sign language,
without their thoughts and choices
on the cochlear implants

Without the direction
of their mind, heart, and soul in their inner DEAF core

Trying to go through the glass of a window,
heartbreaking for little Deaf children who already are implanted, lost their taste of their DEAF inner world

Then looking through the glass of a window,
too much hurt to watch the little Deaf girl

A little curly blond girl running,
feeling great in her own Deaf world

Without sounds in her ears
and without transfigurations of what the sounds are or where the sounds are from

Happily, running and running for freedom
in a beautiful scene without noisies in her ears

Her feet touching, moving quickly in rich green grass,
free from transforming the sounds

Her feet moving fast in the grass,
looking for crossing the street to the playground,

Watching through the glass of a window,
feeling so much pains, knowing something is going to happen to the innocent little Deaf girl in the next scene

Her curly hair was flying,
her arms opening freely, feeling the crisp air through her body, her feet moving, feeling soft grass, seeing all the scenes, no more annoy noises in her ears with CI, her glossy blue-ocean eyes tending to the playground cross the street, crossing the street

Not knowing the car driving by,
the little girl's CI was off-plugged

The blond girl running was going to cross the street,
feeling so freely, not hearing anything

The driver saw the little girl not arranging to stop,

Screaming through the glass of the window,
so much desired to rescue the little girl

Scared the driver, his heart was beating tight,
concerning on the brake, more he hopes to brake to make it not to hit the little girl

The creator up above,
commanded his quardian angel to go down quickly to the little girl

The coming guardian angel touched the shoulder
of the CI-off plugged little girl

Giving her the silent whisper into her heart,
telling her to pause and sense of what's there

All she felt is the air against the truck passing
just an inch front of her face

Confusing her big glamorous blue eyes

The mother ran down scattered in her soul,
yelling for her name

Behind the little girl, yelling,
yelling for her name, the mother thought her girl could hear

Grabbing her with a joy that she is okay,
and speaking to her but no sign language spoken

Puzzled the mother,
recognizing the little girl disconnects her cochlear implant

The mother put it back
and confirmed she is to keep it on, telling her to stick with CI

Diminished the girl's soul
of being Deaf in her inner world for a previous moment

Her glossy blue eyes,
big innocent eyes, turning to dull blue teary eyes, not knowing her inner core is lost

Who's watching through the glass of a window,
so much hurt to see how the Deaf girl's soul diminished, who do you think? That is "we are."

~Deb Ann
the photo created by phitar

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Life is precious

Remember take time out to enjoy life, do not let life pass you by.
The life is short. Enjoy the scene of this season!

Take your child or children to the playground.

Walk with your husband.

Take your dog out for walking.

Just sit down and read a book under the tree.

Ask your friends to come along with you for a picnic and fun chat.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy Harvest

As Harvest comes before you know
The moon casts its golden glow as you see
The leaves full of color to dance the way
as you walk through and enjoy the scene
Children laugh at the carved pumpkins
glowing by the candles bring you a smile
Then pumpkin pies will be made from these
the smell of them is on a passing breeze
Apples are ready to be picked from the trees
Seeing them piled in the baskets is a joy
The apple crisp will be made from these
the smell of them is on a passing breeze
The ripe harvest in the fields can be fun
and you catch the delighted smell of cooking
pies and apple crisp in a breezing evening!

The photo of pumpkins by wishymom
and the photo of apples by jellybeanjill13

Monday, October 8, 2007

Taste Deaf's inner world

The vibration of the scream flowing into the vessels of your body in no time is very strange!

The mind wandering, telling you that you couldn't step out and it freezes you at this very moment!

The conscience of your very own soul leaving you a silent message turned you around in a very slow motion......

Booed, the ghost again at you!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Two facts:

All of the joys and struggles that we experience on a daily basis are to happen.
If we never experience the struggles, then it's not a reality.

Why did we keep trying and trying to get it right or make this a better place?
So, if we want to make this a better place, we need to change our mind. When we change a heart in a new way, we change the world. In the way, it will light the darkness one life at a time. (It's based on the lyrics, " Change A Heart, Change The World")

Friday, October 5, 2007

My dad's project

My dad has been working on Chevy for about four years. It's a 1948 Chevy with Camero frame and 425 HP under the hood. Isn't it so attractive?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

My KODA daughter wrote the poetry

The man sat on the porch with a crackling torch, waiting for the sun to rise, waiting for a new prize for inspiration. Out of nowhere comes a flashing white unicorn with its mane and tail blowing in the wind. And the eyes sparkling with a lost feeling. The man with his jaw on the ground, slowly with his eyes on the horse he grabbed a rope. A neigh, a shout of victory! The mystical creature had been caught! For the first time in 20 years, the man's eyes sparkled with excitement and he laughed a laugh of happiness and comfort. And the horse, which the old man named sunny, felt a feeling of being home, safe and sound. He climbed on Sunny's back and patted her neck. Off they went, flying in the sky through wet clouds which gave them ice cold showers. The man, whose name was Jacob, grinned a grin as big as the sun. Sunny, glad of comfort leaped higher and higher, lower and lower , until she landed at a pond and began to lap water. Her brown eyes gleamed with love for Jacob. She would never leave home again, because she found a perfect one. And Jacob...felt the same way.
Written by my daughter, Hannah