I do still exist

For those who are still reading (and I do see that a few are still here), I am posting a very, very short summary, like one of those very short introductions I despise. I will try to check in more often but I cannot make any guarantees.
I have been teaching Hebrew for four years in the online program at Anderson University. I put a lot of work into this! It is a low-enrollment program; but the Hebrew courses have stabilized and this year I will have four or five in Hebrew III. This is a huge breakthrough--there are never that many students in second-year Hebrew, on or offline. Perhaps hard work pays.
I enrolled in the D.Min. program in 2016 and this is my final year. For my final project, I am studying the factors that contribute to student success in the online Hebrew program. The students are giving extremely good feedback!
I am looking at options for further education--I would really like to pursue a Ph.D. after this. However, I am still adjuncting and I don't want to be an adjunct with $400,000 in student debt. This is a hard choice: I cannot advance without a Ph.D. but I can't Ph.D. without funding.
Kevin is well and we are happy. We were able to buy a house last year and it is the perfect house for us. I have been working braille transcription jobs on the side. The jobs are waning this year, though. We can meet our needs; but I will not have an extra source of income after this year.
I have put my application in for dog number 6 after four years of doglessness. I am waiting, waiting, waiting for news on a training date.
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about me and friending info

If you add me, please leave a comment so that I know who you are.

I started my journal in 2005 with the intent of blogging about life with disabilities and chronic illness. My hope was to increase awareness of accessibility issues, social concerns, etc. Over time, I made friends on LJ and began posting less public entries.

My journal has seen me through the completion of a Master of Divinity degree, ordination as a minister with the Church of God (Anderson, IN), and many other things. I have kept a journal offline for many years. Blogging online has been a fun way to meet people and share perspectives.

I have an eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity. I had a partially detached retina as a child, leaving me a small amount of usable vision. The damage to my retina led to other problems with my eye over my lifetime which have caused me to lose my vision, get treatment, regain my vision back, and repeat this process several times.

I have several other medical conditions as well: asthma, atypical migraine with vertigo, sensorineural hearing loss, and rheumatoid arthritis. When people look at me, they see a person who is blind, and that is what they perceive is hard for me. From one day to the next, my life may be challenged by any of these six things, or by none at all.

Welcome to my journey.

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Tired of tests yet?

Just testing another ap. I think I don't like it, but it does update both blogger and Lj and seems less clunky than the other LJ app. So far the best blogging app I have found in terms of accessibility is the Wordpress app. Blah. Sadly, I do understand why people keep going to Dreamwidth.

Gotta go check on the pots of food on the stove.

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warning to LJ users

I just got an email saying appearing to be from Livejournal saying that someone sent me a message. Inside was a link appearing to be to YouTube to "watch the message." There was another link to "go to your inbox." If I didn't know better, I would think this was legitimate.

The tip off? This did not come to an email address associated with my LJ account.

Friends, LJ would not send you messages like this with links to YouTube. If your email notifications are enabled, the text of the message is always shown inside. Never click a link like that. In fact, it is best practice never to click go-to links from inside suspicious emails at all. I will click reply links from inside emails where my message is quoted and someone's comment is shown. Those always lead to http://3kitties.livejournal.com/blahblahblah (entry number and comment mess--the key here is 3kitties.livejournal.com). If the link takes me anywhere else, I should not put in my login info.

Just a friendly warning about a new type of phishing attempt that seems to be circulating using LJ identification info.

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friends list housekeeping

I have done a cleanup of deleted journals. If you were accidentally removed and would like to stay, or if you have left in the past and would like to come back, please let me know and I will add you back.

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conference notes on independence

I am posting from Henryville, IN, where I am attending a conference called Candle in the Window. There are some 14 blind people here... The topic of the conference is different each year; and this year it is independence vs. interdependence. This morning we examined definitions, and this afternoon we are talking about family issues (parents, siblings, children, etc.) Tomorrow we will talk about marriage relationships.

This is an extremely nebulous topic, and I really wish I had more time to reflect. (This is why I am writing a post while I am sitting in the middle of a session.) Fortunately we are going around the room in a circle, so I can keep up with who is next, etc. I could probably write volumes on this subject. (And where is my money for self-publishing anyway??)

Someone asked this morning why we think that independence is such a buzz word for blind people. Answers included things like because our independence has been taken from us, because independence has been emphasized throughout our lives, because teens strive for their identity, and numerous other things. As I listened and participated in this discussion, it occurred to me that the answer really depends on the context. Independence can be defined differently depending on the discussion and its context. Are we talking about people who lost their sight? Kids who are learning how to function as adults? Girls learning to dress for success? Little kids learning to cross the street? Adults who need to maintain an identity as equals in the community? Independence means something different in these groups.

More notes in time...

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footwashing and faith

Doing this as a public post... A friend and I had a discussion in her LJ that meandered onto the topic of footwashing, and I promised a post here about the two most meaningful footwashing experiences I've had. I should preface it by explaining that my church does recognize an annual footwashing event. It is optional; and because there is great variation among congregations over matters like men washing women's feet, it is handled in various ways depending on where one goes to church. I don't have any outstanding memories of attending these events during my childhood, though I do remember teachings on footwashing. The practice in general has never seemed strange to me. It has been something I associate as part of my faith tradition. I do, however, understand and respect why many people find it disturbing and have difficulty applying it meaningfully to their own faith.

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A new (or at least modified) theology on footwashing...