portraitJ. Parrish Lewis writes. A story crawls across his imagination and he will either wrestle it into a book or serenade it until it agrees to be a post. Either will do.

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Come on, invent these for the deaf

I know you woke up this morning and thought, "What can I invent today that's going to make the lives of deaf people simply amazing?" Well, have I got some ideas for you! (and psssst ... I want 10% of the profits. Thanks.) HOLOGRAPHIC INTERPRETERS, YESSSSSSSSS! We deaf...

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I laughed at my thinning hair

I'm serious. I looked in the mirror and I saw, for the thousandth time, the stealthy retreat of my hairline and the patch of thinning hair that spoke this message to me: You are getting older, J. For years, I noticed the gradual change in my hairline with a bit of...

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Every faith should be accessible for the deaf

I had a dream once, an actual dream, where I died and went to Heaven and they made me hearing again. I was angry in this dream and demanded my deafness back, because it was a part of who I am. Not the entirety of my Self, but a part that may be more integral than I'd...

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Story Stew #1: Light and Unseen Shadows

Author's note: On my Facebook page, I asked readers to give me various elements of a story that they wanted me to include in what I call a Story Stew. I'd take their ingredients and mix them together, adding in my own elements to create a short story. Below is a first...

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I don’t need to hear to drive my car

1991. At 16 years old, I finally got my Driver License. I say "finally" because I had spent most of my 15th year daily polishing my 1971 Volkswagen Beetle with Turtle Wax. Daily is not an exaggeration: that car SHONE like a white hot sun. I bought the Bug, which I...

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We want captions, yes we do

Try this for me. Turn off your sound. Then, for the next few minutes, perhaps 5, I would like you to actually do the following rather than imagine it: go to YouTube and watch a video or two without sound. Choose at least one that has auto-generated captions. Go on,...

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When you learn to sign, you fight loneliness

This is not a post for the deaf community. This is not a post for parents of the deaf, or interpreters, or anyone already involved with us, though you may agree with I have to say here and it may apply to you. This is really a post for (just about) every hearing...

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I’m not ignoring you, I’m deaf

[checks out the price on the cashier's screen] [fishes in wallet for debit card] [thinks where is that card, oh crap did I lose it, oh there it is] [looks up and notices cashier and bagger looking at him like he's being rude.] "Is plastic okay?" asks the bagger,...

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The best leaders care about everyone

I don't think I have written about politics on this site. It's just a minefield, you know, because people seem to either have strong feelings about political issues or they don't pay any attention. I am not going to try and sway anyone to vote for someone other than...

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I can’t always lip-read you, and please stop shouting

Here's the problem when I write about anything regarding deaf-centered topics: you might assume that we're all the same and that what applies to me applies to everyone else that's deaf. This isn't the case. So. This is a post that's going to have a disclaimer: What I...

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Transcript of the 527th Galactic Presidential Debate

The following transcript for the 527th Galactic Presidential Debate is furnished courtesy of Pi42 News Channel, the host of the recent debate. Visit Pi42 News Channel on the Galactic Wide Web at gww3.14159265359.com Former Secretary of Global Relations Helena Caldon,...

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ASL Interpreters and your deaf buddies

Hi. It's me, the deaf person you just met. We're out, right now, at a deaf social event. You're an aspiring interpreter, dreaming about the day you feel confident enough to go out there and interpret for a living. You've got passion, fire in your belly, a yearning...

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Your deaf kids and the hearing world

The other day I was asked by a father who cares very much about his daughter how he could help her deal with the struggles of communicating with hearing people during everyday activities. As he put it, he is concerned about her "transition into adulthood" without his...

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Ready or not, ASL interpreters?

At some point in time, whether it has already happened, or it will happen one day, you decide to be an ASL interpreter (or if you're in another country, whatever your country's signed language is) and you hopefully feel a spark of excitement. Perhaps you are a CODA, a...

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