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Janet Perez Eckles's Blog – February 2008 Archive (11)

What's your pet peeve?

Can I tell you mine? Actually I have two. The first one creeps up in church, of all places, right in my pew. The worship leader announces the hymn number and the person beside me makes no attempt to open the book. Instead, stands silent.

I know, I know, you’re probably thinking how do I know that since I’m blind?

I can hear real well. In fact, my ears are tuned to all voices not only from the choir, but also to those seated around me. So why does that bug me? Because… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 28, 2008 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

I Don't Understand my Husband

I Don’t Understand My Husband

The lyrics to the old Village People song, "Macho Man" echo in my head. But that’s not my husband. He’s not a macho man; nor did he fulfill my dreams of me marrying a muscular-bound hunk who, with one wink would melt me to nothing.

Instead, I married a man I cannot understand. If you were to peek into our family room, you’d find my husband, Gene, on the recliner with a bowl of chocolate ice cream balancing on his slightly protruding belly, pausing… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 26, 2008 at 8:04pm — No Comments

You probably have no clue...

How your words encourage me. Sometimes I receive kind words about my humble posts; they fuel me to keep on writing and sending messages to lift your day.

Just like Paul traveled from Antioch to Jerusalem and all over Asia, we also travel through cyberspace to each other’s screen to share notes to encourage, to bring a little laughter, inspire one another through rough moments, and even to send a bit of enlightenment drawn from god’s Word.

So thank you to those of you who… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 25, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments

Prunes? Wrinkles? The sure answer...

In my years of physical darkness, folks have made comments like, "Look at this." Or "Let me show you." Show me? They forget all I can do is hear, and at best, feel. But phrases have become so commonly used that they lose their literal meaning.

And when it comes to making comments about my looks (which is nothing to write home about), they must know I cannot verify in the mirror remarks like, "Janet, you don’t have any wrinkles."

Part of me wants to grip them in a big hug… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 22, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

The Soft Chair of Patience

Have you ever savored something so delicious that your taste buds jumped and screamed, "Where you been all my life?"

I had that experience Saturday night. Hubby and I attended a wedding, gorgeous event. We brought a piece of the homemade wedding cake home. I sunk my teeth into it. And I think my eyes crossed from the delight. It was simply out of this world, to die for, and finger- lickin’ good. (I think that’s enough clichés.)

The wedding reception was nestled in the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 20, 2008 at 5:08pm — No Comments

When your soul cries out...

Have you ever experienced your cries just echoing back at you?

Kris writes what some of us might have felt…but like a great story, it has a good ending penned by the Author of Life, the master healer and King of kings. I think you will be touched.

"Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint...Find rest, O my soul, in God alone" (Psalm 61: 1, 2 & 5, NIV).

My eyes are very swollen from all… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 17, 2008 at 5:41pm — No Comments

For Valentine's Day, he brought me roses...again!

Ungrateful, pitifully so…that’s what I am. Hubby walked in this morning and on my desk, he placed a large vase filled with long-stem roses. (I forgot to ask what color they were.)

"Here, to the beautiful girl in my life. Happy Valentine’s Day." He gave me a kiss.

Sweet, isn’t he? The only thing is that I’ve told him, very gently, I might add, that roses are great, but since I can’t see them, it’s kind of a waste of money.

I hinted, suggested and down right told… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 14, 2008 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

The Cell Spell

It’s finally happened, what has been predicted for years has arrived…the cell spell is here.

Now don’t wrinkle your nose, as if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Chances are, you’re probably under that spell too. You can’t avoid it; they’re everywhere - in cars, grocery stores, the mall, theaters, parking lots, airports, restaurants, churches, public bathrooms, private bathrooms. Phew! Cell phones are everywhere. Even in saunas. Now, that gives a new meaning to the phrase… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 12, 2008 at 12:01pm — No Comments

He said to expect...and expect it big!

That was our Pastor’s challenge. When we ask God for blessings, we often ask mousy petitions, for limited blessings, and are reserved in the favors we ask Him.

On top of that, we ask using words that express apprehension, tainted with a bit of doubt.…


Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 10, 2008 at 9:56am — No Comments

I sat on the stump, like a fool, shaking and wondering...

While perusing messages in my in box, I was just about to press the delete key, when I decided to read the following story. Once I read it, an itchy, nagging kind of feeling tugged at me. Here’s why.…


Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 5, 2008 at 7:59pm — No Comments

What did you say? Is my hearing going, along with my eyesight?

The over-the-phone interpreting task carries its hazards. Often, a call from a medical facility might have a child screaming in the background after a vaccination. And the words that need to be interpreted get lost in the shrills and wailing that pierce your eardrums.…


Added by Janet Perez Eckles on February 2, 2008 at 2:07pm — No Comments

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