Part 5 – My Venture Into Asperger‚Äôs ‚ÄstEye Contact

This is Part 5 of 10 of¬†My Venture Into Asperger‚Äôs and it is a biggie for me.¬†As usual I will start out with a personal story and then show how that links into Asperger’s. This post is primarily¬†about my struggles with eye contact. To most people eye contact, that is looking into the eyes of the person you are talking to, is a normal process. … Continue reading Part 5 – My Venture Into Asperger‚Äôs ‚ÄstEye Contact

My Visual World…

Being deaf my world is primarily visual. So one of my most endearing hobbies is photography. I got my first 35mm camera right out of college. It, besides my 1970 Mustang, ¬†was my first extravagant purchase. ¬†I ¬†have upgraded cameras many times since then and now have a fully digital GPS enabled one¬†sitting beside me on all of my micro-RV trips and even around the … Continue reading My Visual World…

Zoar Village – Ohio

¬†¬†Recently I visited the Zoar Village in central Ohio that ¬†is one of the few villages where the whole town is on the National Register of Historic Places. ¬†As is often the case Zoar¬†was platted by Germans escaping religious prosecution by the Lutheran church in the early 1800s. It was a communal colony but unlike most did not discourage gawkers so it has a rich … Continue reading Zoar Village – Ohio

My Venture Into Asperger’s – Arrogance and Criticism..

¬† ¬†This is Part 4 of 10 of¬†My Venture Into Asperger’s.¬†As usual I will start out with a personal story and then show how that links into my study of this syndrome. This post will among other things be about my struggles with criticism. As a¬†young boy I had troubles fitting in to the group mode. I always felt like I just didn’t belong. Because … Continue reading My Venture Into Asperger’s – Arrogance and Criticism..

Take Me Home, Country Roads..

¬† ¬†When I was hearing I enjoyed the songs of John Denver, especially his 1971 album with “Take Me Home, Country Roads” ¬†about West Virginia. I certainly enjoyed my visit to WV in 2011 and yes it did have a lot of beautiful country roads. Click on any picture to see a larger slideshow view An especially delightful time was at the State Museum in … Continue reading Take Me Home, Country Roads..

Feminine vs Macho…

¬† ¬†This is Part 2¬†of 10 of My Venture Into Asperger’s. ¬†In my previous¬†post I reported how I was a late-bloomer in the relationship field. This time I want to talk about feminine and ‘macho’ things. Even as a young child¬†macho was a very negative trait to me. ¬†Simply speaking I hated it. ¬†I’m sure the word macho means different¬†things to different people so to … Continue reading Feminine vs Macho…

Stop Using Sign Language Interpreters…

The title above may seem strange coming from a deaf man but I really do think we have to stop using sign language interpreters for public announcements.  Its time to move on to better ways. Way better ways… The facts show us that the ASL interpreters who are often behind a public official announcing something is understood by less that 20% of the people who … Continue reading Stop Using Sign Language Interpreters…

Teach theology, not religion

The quotes below come from input from Irish high school students when asked about having religious studies in their school system. The wisdom of these kids’ words are way beyond their years. By giving all children the opportunity to learn about the beliefs and values of diverse groups in society, the government would be providing for their education in some of the liberal democratic values … Continue reading Teach theology, not religion

Part 1 – My Venture Into Asperger’s

Postscript: If you are interested in this ten part series click here. This is the first of a ten part series about Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism is something that I have never studied or understood to any degree. I have always wondered why I never even heard of it until the last few decades. Did it just pop up or was it just known as something … Continue reading Part 1 – My Venture Into Asperger’s

Why Not A Trampoline??

When George Bush ¬†in 2000 said he was a “compassionate conservative”, my first thought was there is no such thing. But then after some thoughtful meditation I had to take back those words. I must admit that compassion, at least beyond a minimum level, seems to be pretty far away from most in the GOP. They seem to be much more concerned about the top … Continue reading Why Not A Trampoline??