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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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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Where you can find me to tell me your thoughts

I love to write, and I enjoy knowing what others think and feel about my written works. Sometimes I want to entertain, to make someone smile, to laugh, to join others in feeling. Sometimes I just need to express myself, to seek that cathartic feeling, and find peace...

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Stop saying you sign badly

I see this all the time, paired with looks of dejection or at best, an awkward sheepishness. I sign badly, sorry... My ASL is so awful... I forgot a lot... Sorry, I am slow... You don't sign badly. I don't care if you only know a few words. Apologizing to me is...

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You are always you, no matter how much you change

I have thought a lot about how we change as we grow up, but still remain ourselves. I see it in my kids as the years go by. They learn new skills, their faces and bodies grow, their thoughts and behaviors slowly shift toward who they will eventually become. At the...

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I hate LOL but I give up. LOL, you win.

In 1996, when I first started seeing LOL, I LOLed a lot. It was LOL LOL LOL all over the place in chat rooms. LIke every other sentence. I must have thought the world was hilarious. As the years passed, LOL started to annoy me. A lot. I said, "LOL, shut up! Be gone!"...

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The Rabbit List: Getting Control of Rascally Habits

If you're a human being, you've got habits. Actually, if you're a living creature, you've got habits. I'm not sure that non-living creatures have habits, unless you want to call a rock's sitting there on the ground as the rock's habit and water flowing in a river as...

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I am counting the good stuff because it is good stuff

I got this little blank journal on Christmas as one of my stocking stuffers, and last night I labeled each section with something good I wanted to be practicing in 2016. Then I made sloppy little calendars in each section, with the goal of counting all the good stuff...

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I left a trail of broken resolutions behind me

Here's the good news: change is possible. In 2015, I managed to kick my 20+ year addiction to sweet sweet coffee. Frappuchinos, mochas, or "coffees" that were more sugary creamer than coffee. I still have them, sometimes, but barely. This year, I'll probably try to...

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I can’t change your mind

Like a lot of people, I've spent a lot of time trying to change the minds of people I know. When I was 12 years old I tried to convert everyone to vegetarianism. I also tried to convince Christians that we descended from apes. I've tried to get people to see things my...

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Why I love music even though I’m deaf

It almost seems dangerous to say that I love music, because not everyone will understand and I will be judged. While the majority of the Deaf Community will say they don't enjoy music at all, there are plenty of us that do love music. Even when we cannot hear it. From...

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