I’m pretty sold on that 8mm video app with it’s funky retro feel.

Moreover, all the videos are squashed and saved on it – or you can upload it directly to youtube, so your storage isn’t completely usurped.


So if you are the type that likes videos, you can look forward to seeing more from time to time on this blog.

Let’s start out with “Lovefest”.

Warning: potential for uterus-aching.

Triggers: wanting a baby and/or wanting Moxie.

Watch at your own risk.

 Love. Undiluted, unabridged, unabashed.

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Before we say anything else, how about talking about how awesome it was that the Olympic drummers were lead by a deaf percussionist?! That it was the deaf children’s choir that sang their National Anthem? And that in music dance pieces, I saw people who use wheelchairs also dancing?

 Go, London!

 That’s some pretty rad inclusiveness on display.


Posts this Week:

The Influence of Disability Within My World

  • This was for the Blog Hop, and it was a hard one to write. It’s really about my claiming the thread and culture of disability for my own life, and accepting Moxie’s diagnosis.

Moxie Got Her Hair Cut

  • …and she did! First one ever, by someone other than me. Certificate to prove it, too.

On the Road: From Tijuana to San Quintin

  • Back to Baja –  going from Tijuana – and how we spent New Year’s Eve.

Comic Fun: Moxie Wants to PLAY!

  • She’ll try and get you to slide here. You are duly warned.

** Giveaway winner of No Ordinary Boy was Corbett O’Toole – congratulations, Corbett!


I normally do the photo collage thing for the week – everything I posted on facebook – but I wanted to do something different this week. Here’s my Week in Review video!


Now, did you really watch it?


Okay, thanks! It took forever to upload that thing. I might go back to the collages next week.


See this?


I want this – my kids are not d/Deaf but I want them to intrinsically feel pride in who they are, celebrate every aspect of being.

I want them to be on a stage signing in deaf jams, fun bits about being born. I want them to have the confidence and sense of self-pride to be at ease with expression in all of it’s fluid forms.

This has been on my mind in a big way this week as I’ve taken that morsel called “education” and held it, looked at it and really thought about what it means to me now – and how my kids are going to be fitting in with it in the snug bed o’ life.

Teaser for a post coming next week: words I have learned include: “unschooling“, “taking children seriously.”


Other fun stuff:

Bob Ross and his Happy Clouds, on Remix

I LOVE BOB ROSS!! Always did, always will. May you rest in peace, Mr. “Tree Guy”

Mister Rogers and the “Garden of the Mind”, on Remix


I was not a fan of Mister Rogers when I was a kid. I think he creeped me out and he was soooooooooooooooooooo slow that I’d get annoyed. I like him a lot more now that I’m an adult. There still is a part of him that I’m not crazy about – it might be the whole adult-man-working-with-kids thing.

But anyway!

Here’s what I thought to be the coolest meme this week:

And these two were the funniest. Sort of. They also made me groan – they cross that fine line between REALITY and HUMOUR, if you know what I’m saying.

One of my constant goals is to remember to get to the dollar store to buy some disposable eating ware. Catch up on the friggin’ dishes, maybe even glimpse the actual steely surfaces of the sink basin.


Where was I? Oh right. Back to the Week in Review. I always enjoy these posts even if they take a long time to write. But. My Mom has been out of town and will be for a while – NO CHILD CARE FOR ME – the garden needs a ton of work, I have a book to review and lot more work to do, so I’d better cut this now.


Thank you to the sponsors of this post, . Orlando, home of Disney World, Sea World and the NASA space center, was a lot of fun when I visited it some years ago. Awfully flat, very hot and also very, very gorgeous – I understood why people flock to Florida.

OrlandoEscape has a green living blog – check it out! They also have a ton of lists and tips for hotels and deals in the area as well as for finding hotel packages, and family hotels.

And – 

1. before I sign off completely, tell me: what did you think of the Opening Ceremonies? Did you watch it from Orlando?

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Have a good one!



The Laughing Heart:

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

-Charles Bukowski

Roll The Dice

If you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
isolation is the gift,
all others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way.
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

-Charles Bukowski 

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