Dear Readers, Mt. UT and I were lucky to escape to the what we call the North Shore of Minnesota, on Lake Superior. (Read Part One Here.) We've been here before, during each of the four seasons, but I think fall is my favorite. I can't seem to find words that haven't already been used … Continue reading Escaping to My Music Part Two
Dear Readers, Mr. UT and I had took a wonderful trip up to the North Shore of Minnesota. We were very lucky to see some brillant colors on the leaves! It remided me of a poem I wrote when I was going deaf, and getting used to the differnt sounds of my first cochlear implant. … Continue reading Escaping To My Music Part One
On Our Walk at the Minnesota Landscape Aboretum Dear Readers, A hawk came to rest on our fence post, and tried to catch a hosta-eating bunny. He failed this time, although, I wish he had prevailed, but one thing I know is, he will keep trying. I know I need to keep trying to keep … Continue reading Staying Optimistic
Dear Readers, From the beginning of time, the world has been through many trials and tribulations. So too, has every living thing on our Earth. My mother has been through some of these, having been born in 1925. She will be 95 on Easter. A concert violinist for all of her life, she only retired … Continue reading Perseverance
Visiting Chicago! Dear Readers, Sometimes I feel very pessimistic about the world, and the only way I feel I can keep sane is by acting where I can. It might be as small as a donation to a person I want elected, or to a non-profit I support. The act of doing something helps, even … Continue reading Maintaining my Sobriety
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis! Dear Readers, I remember when I was first going through my student teaching days, getting ready to become an elementary school teacher, I had a particularly hard review by one of my university observers. I was devastated. I wanted to quit, and almost did. But another supervisor said she hoped I didn't, because I had such a wonderful sense of … Continue reading Playing
This is my left ear implant! I will be getting a black one to match my hair!Dear Readers,I am so grateful for my new implant! It is just amazing how much more I can hear with two sides of my brain hearing! I am discovering new sounds daily! I can hear so much better on the telephone, and hubs can … Continue reading How Much is Enough?
Dear Readers,I lost my hearing, slowly over time. For awhile, hearing aids helped, but when I was around 58, my hearing diminished to the point where they did not help anymore.This was a struggle, not only with teaching, but hearing in any sort of group setting.After I retired, I took a leap of faith and had a cochlear implant … Continue reading Can I Hear You Now?
Dear Readers,A Long Hot walk!There is a major transition, a change, happening in Mr. and Mrs. UT's lives soon. Hubs is retiring!Yikes!! Or Yay!!All depends on my frame of mind, ha!The good news is, we like each other a lot, and one of the keys to our long standing marriage is we like to play together. We love to … Continue reading Changes
We forgot the paddles! Luckily the lake was close!"We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." Barbara De Angelis Dear Readers,In order for me to get sober, I had to have the courage to face the fact I had to change. I had to have … Continue reading The Courage to Change