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Huh, what, yeaaaaaah, no hang on, what?!

This is generally what’s going round my head a lot of the time during conversations with others, sometimes I’ll just say it all out loud as well.  I am ‘hearing impaired,’ not totally deaf by any means but very much hard of hearing.  I have about an 80% hearing loss in my right ear and about a 20% loss in my left- basically if you’re on my right hand side (and/or really annoying) I’ll most probably ignore you as I won’t have heard anything.  I have a hearing aid for the worse ear but if I’m honest it don’t wear it as much as I should as I don’t find it that helpful.  I have constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears) which can drive you a little crazy but worse things can happen

This isn’t something I have actually talked about on my…

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October 24, 2017 · 7:44 pm

How (Not!) To Be Inclusive: Deaf Academic version

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a) Ask the deaf academic if she is willing to write a grant to cover the cost of her interpreters or CART captioning.

b) Return the deaf academic’s conference registration fees, telling her that she cannot come to your conference because her interpreters are too expensive.

c) Tell the deaf academic that she is welcome to attend and bring her own interpreters/CART captioning, and you won’t charge them registration fees (but she’ll have to pay for their services).

d) Tell the deaf academic that she is welcome to attend and bring her own interpreters/CART captioning, and you will only charge them half-cost registration fees (but she’ll have to pay for their services).

e) Tell the deaf academic (who is a graduate student) that she is welcome, and provide accommodations as requested. Upon her arrival greet her warmly, taking her aside to let her know that she is the most expensive…

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July 12, 2017 · 6:37 pm

Giving Children to God 

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It’s common to most every religious tradition – some ceremony or service where you dedicate or commit a new child to God. In some Christian traditions, it takes the form of baptism. Others have a brief baby dedication. The last baby we dedicated was our youngest child, and that was more than a few years ago. I held the little guy in my hands, but times have changed. I don’t pick him up anymore; I’d hurt myself. He picks me up – literally. He’ll greet me at the airport, and pick me up off the ground and spin me around. That’s my baby. Yes, a lot of things have changed, but one thing never has. 
All three of our children grew up, but the transaction that took place that day we dedicated each of them to God is one thing that is still being repeated today. We cannot physically hold…

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October 7, 2015 · 6:27 pm

From Ho to Housewife, How Jesus Changed Everything

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October 6, 2015 · 7:41 pm

Women Paid More Than Men! Everything you thought you knew about the wage gap is false!

The pay gap is due in large part to women attending and graduating from colleges in much higher numbers than men. This educational advantage has created a predicted future culture of women doing better-paying white collar jobs and men doing lesser-paying blue collar jobs.

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December 17, 2013 · 8:01 pm

A History of the Popes: Saints and Sinners, 1

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December 15, 2013 · 9:11 pm

A History of the Popes: Saints and Sinners, 1

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December 15, 2013 · 9:11 pm

Christians Face ‘Religicide’ In Middle East as Thousands Kidnapped or Killed

I wish Middle East reporting was better in this country and that more people knew the truth about persecution and prejudice there.
And, I wish more Christians and other people of faith would become aware and active on this issue.

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December 15, 2013 · 8:40 pm

Normal Guy Called Ugly by Celebs, Others on Twitter — Where’s the Outrage?

Jame Lowe is a photographer. As he is not a male model or a movie star or a pop singer, to a lot of us, he can be forgiven for not looking like a male model or a movie star or a pop singer.

But, he is, also, the new boyfriend of Lorde, the latest project of the recording industry hype machine of young white female singers, which means that to some people that he has the nerve to exist, to be Asian, for not being conventionally handsome and to date someone famous, he is, therefore, somehow deserving of all sorts of abuse and harassment. On Twitter, both the famous and the unknown have taken it upon themselves to harass them.

The seventeen-year-old Lorde has attacked other young pop stars, so that Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Lana Del Rey and Justin Bieber would want to fire back at her is not surprising. But, using her boyfriend to do so, and the appearance-based and (in Bieber’s case) racial nature of their comments is shocking.

“The Huffington Post” ( and “Jezebel” ( have covered this. They both rightly pointed out the racism, but they missed the aspect of this of a non-celeb being held to celeb beauty (or handsomeness) standards.

While “Jezebel” called the fusillade of racial invective a “racist meltdown,” it seems more the case that it is just another piece of evidence disproving the myth of a post-racial America. While many young people may have friends of other races, be blase about interracial relationships and happily listen to Latin rap, Swedish metal and Japanese pop music, watch and read anime and idolize Jeremy Lin, Rey Mysterio, Tiger Woods and Anderson Silva, it seems that for many young people, the sins of their fathers and mothers are being carried on by them.

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December 15, 2013 · 6:14 pm

Rush Limbaugh Backs Off From Pope, Says Some of His Best Friends Are Catholic

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December 13, 2013 · 8:49 pm