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Janet Perez Eckles's Blog – August 2008 Archive (9)

I hate my life!

Long ago, when I had to interpret those words, a myriad of feelings slid through my head. What could possibly drive someone to utter that gloomy phrase? Are there events that pile up in such a way that you reach the end and all that’s left is hate?

I’ve had days where bad news stomped in like muddy shoes on a clean floor. We don’t expect it, and aren’t ever prepared. You probably have been there. The routine, the details of daily life follow through uneventfully. Until a phone call,… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 28, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Stupid things "we" do...

I should say stupid things "I" do. “Can’t find my cell phone,” hubby murmured as he paced from room to room.

“Where did you use it last?” I asked, as I picked up the home phone to dial his cell—a tried and true way to find lost cell phones these days. But no luck.

We did a mental trace of the places it could be. The next morning, still discussing the possible spots where he might have left it, we hopped in the car and headed to church. We looked under the seats, in the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 26, 2008 at 5:26pm — No Comments

He's at my window, the ugly stalker...

Like dangerous intruders, tropical storms, often a prelude to hurricanes, still dance outside in some parts of Florida. That eerie feeling washes over me. I can’t help it. My mind works overtime at the sounds outside—the whistling, the roaring, and the drops of rain as they pelt against the window—a monster outside—one that stalks our senses.

Each sound stirred memories of past hurricanes. But more devastating, the reminder that the darkest of stalkers roams around even during sunny… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 22, 2008 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Florida Prepares for the Arrival of a Hurricane

Been there, done that. I’m sure all of us in Florida echo the same. But how do you really prepare? Water, candles, flashlights, canned food all line up just in case.

But preparing emotionally is something totally different. The aftermath of Charley, Ivan and Jeanne stir ugly memories. Yet in the midst of weather reports, announcers’ warnings, pointing out potential dangers, and making suggestions, thoughts still wander to the “what if.”

Those are our human reactions,… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 19, 2008 at 4:48pm — No Comments

How to Publish A Book

Some people want to know that very thing. We all want to accomplish something, meet a goal, and delight in the victory when reaching that milestone. Maybe yours is in fact, to write and publish a book.

But that desire never visited my thoughts. Once I lost my sight, I kept my eyes on Jesus, the one who gave me a new vision.

And one day I sat at the computer and, with the aid of a special voice synthesizer that reads the screen, my fingers danced on the keyboard. I wanted… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 15, 2008 at 7:04am — No Comments

Tickets to the Olympics

Tickets to the Olympics

We all have them don’t we? First row, the view is great, and the seats comfortable—our TV screen provides all, or nearly all amenities you’d find in the arenas in China.

Don’t you love the excitement, the anticipation and the thrill of watching the United States team move toward the finish line?

No different for you and me—we dash off to the next task, next goal, next milestone, next achievement. Phew! But when we get there, a gold medal… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 12, 2008 at 2:11pm — No Comments

European Tours You Can't Pass Up

Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? I was a bit envious when a friend related her recent European tour. She described some delightful details. But the best part was that this great escapade was her husband’s surprise birthday gift. “The only thing is,” she said, “was that the trips from city to city required long bus rides.”

I know the feeling. The few times I rode in a bus going from point A to point B were endless, boring, hugely monotonous, and fatiguing. I could say I don’t know why,… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 9, 2008 at 10:07am — No Comments

Help for the blind...

That phrase can be interpreted in lots of ways: help with tools to navigate, help for restoring sight, help with support, help with grants, scholarships—the list is way long. Of course, those of us who are blind need help in various ways in different stages and from varied sources.

But the best help anyone has given me after I lost my sight came from two friends who took me into a Christian church. In the midst of sobs that expressed my misery, I blinked my tears away to see God for… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 6, 2008 at 7:55am — No Comments

Is there protection against California's earthquakes?

The earth did quake a few days ago. Although I was in my home in Florida, I heard its impact as it shook. I happened to be interpreting for a client and her patient located in a city in California. The conversation was calm and polite. Then their voices choked, then paused, gasps filled the air. And then the word “earthquake” echoed through the phone line.

How quickly, how abruptly their focus was redirected, the emotions shifted and tone changed—from friendly to… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on August 2, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

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