An ASL Cover, Defying Gravity from “Wicked”


Please enjoy watching the ASL Cover song below, of “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway show “Wicked” and sung here by Lea Michele.  This is from my YOUTUBE page called “ASLSuzyQ”, please subscribe to my YOUTube Page after watching. Thank you so much! Enjoy!  Feel free to tell me in the comments, what songs you would like to see done in ASL.

 

True Colors-An ASL Cover


I have done an ASL Cover to the Song “True Colors” from the Orig. Disney Movie “Trolls”. If you haven’t seen it yet, you just must! It is adorable for all ages and has wonderful life lessons in it for all of us to follow. I just loved this movie. The song is sung by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick.  Please Please go to my You Tube Channel . ASLSUZYQ and Subscribe to my channel and feel free to comment on my video and watch other ASL Covers that I have. I do this for fun, entertainment now because I once was an Interpreter for the Deaf and now I have lowered vision and 2 hearing aids for moderate hearing loss. I used to Interpret for Deaf patients at the U of MI hospitals. I also worked as an Interpreter for Deaf children via magnet schools in Livingston County, MI. Please enjoy and Requests welcomed!IMG_0222

 

Hope Is A Verb


img_7869We all lose hope at some point in our lifetime or another. We get sad and start feeling hopeless when too many things happen all at once; that we consider to be “bad”, hurtful or depressing. We may start to feel overwhelmed and this causes some of us to lose hope. Sometimes it is the way we feel inside because of something or some “things” that others have said or done to us or said about us.  Certain words or situations might hurt our feelings or even our ego possibly? The holidays seem to bring about an overabundance of  feelings, situations and even hopelessness. At a time when Charles Dickens’ ghosts would be telling us that we need to learn from our past, live in the present and look forward to our futures. It’s not as easy as it seems. Even the Hallmark Christmas stories, have characters who, by the end of the story, are healthy, happy and hopeful. Those of us living with daily chronic pain are not immune to the difficult, hopeless feeling situations that actually multiply for us during the holidays. You see, we get these feelings on top of  debilitating pain and most often, that brings with it, several illnesses and disabilities.

You might say to yourself, “What is she talking about? Why is she writing such a “downer” as this, during what most see as a happy time of year?” I’ll tell you what I’m talking about. It is this 4 letter word “HOPE”. It can be anything you make it, if you just think about it for a moment. People want “HOPE” to be brought to them. They want it as a “gift” from God. Some others think of it as a noun or a “thing” that we are entitled to. But in my lifetime I have come to love this sometimes mysterious 4 letter word. It intrigues me so much that I wear it on a chain around my neck. I have worn HOPE around my neck for years and years. It is my favorite of all words.  I always thought that I’d get out of a bad situation if I just had “Hope”. Things will get better if I just keep “hoping”.  I always thought that if I continue to wear my “Hope” necklace, then one day I will have “HOPE”; the noun, the “thing” that others seem to have.

But I did not “get” HOPE because you cannot wait for it, for the noun or the “thing” to come to you. I have learned that “HOPE” is a verb. A verb is an “action” word.  I have found that HOPE is also an action word and you have to DO something in order to have and keep HOPE! If you keep waiting for it to come to you, that is when you will lose it. For example; as a chronic pain patient, in order to find a good Dr., one whom you trust and respect; you must continue to look. You can’t sit back and “HOPE” that others will find the Dr. for you. You must do the work of looking, hunting on the internet and reading the different reviews about many many physicians. You might have to do the tedious work of going to 3, 4 or even 5 different Dr’s before you find the right “fit” for you. But after you do the actions, then you can receive the “HOPE”.  It will be rewarding to actively do the “work” or the job of looking for and getting what you want or need for yourself. Along with this comes the feeling of accomplishment and when you put those things together, you will feel more secure, happy and hopeful.  See how it works? If you choose to do nothing, feel sorry for yourself most of the time, and let others do it all for you; then there cannot be much HOPE. If you try your best and keep making the end goal of having and keeping HOPE; making it a verb and doing the actions; I think you will be surprised at how much better you feel inside.I’m not saying that you can never feel sad, loss or grief.  It is OK to feel sad sometimes, as long as you can get yourself back in time, before the loss of hope comes.

I have an example for you, and it just happened to me during these past few weeks.  I was feeling sorry for myself and a bit hopeless. Silly as it seems, I had taken off my “HOPE” necklace and everything just appeared to be a bit bleak. I was experiencing higher pain levels because we live in Michigan and it’s been so very cold. I don’t like going out much or at all during this part of the year because of the higher pain levels along with extreme cold. But I do want to go out, because this is my favorite season of  helping others, HOPEfulness and cheer. I love the lights, the music and the Christmas trees. I usually feel happier even when staying inside with my cat in my warm, cozy chair. I enjoy drinking something hot and watching the overly dramatic Christmas movies. But these past few weeks I had been feeling down and a bit hopeless.  I was feeling that I was trying even when I didn’t feel good enough to try anymore. I continued “doing” when I didn’t feel well enough to do the things that I just wanted to do.  But I was adamant about doing those things anyways. I realized that you must stop and take a time out, when you need one. It’s OK to be sad for awhile, but just when you feel that HOPE is lost, that is when you are keeping it as a noun and something that is given to you. But things will turn around when you remember to keep HOPE as a verb. Keep it as an action word and one in which you have to do something in order to have it. When you make HOPE a verb,something always happens to change the negative feelings in your life.

Just when my HOPE was draining, I received a large envelope in the mail.  Inside was a blue folder with the seal of Michigan on it. When I opened it, I started to cry and I was ecstatic. What I held in my hands was a “Special Tribute” from the Michigan House of Representatives  and from the Governor,  Rick Snyder!  I’ll Post a photo of the “Special Tribute” here so that you can read it. I have been rewarded when I have never asked for any rewards. I received a special tribute for the advocacy work that I do and my “compassion for others”.  I don’t have any idea where it originated?  I know who signed it and sent it to me; but what, how, why me?  All I know is that I was feeling down and tired of constant pain, even though my pain is somewhat controlled. I was losing HOPE because I was waiting for someone to give it to me. I had to remember again, that it is an action of “doing something”. Though I did receive something in the mail that truly cheered up my spirits. In the end, I did something to make it happen.

Don’t lose hope because it’s not something you can “hold or touch”; it’s something that you “DO” or “act upon”. My hero was an Advocate, Helen Keller.  She was blind and Deaf, but she never gave up. She was tenacious and I strive to be like her. Especially in that I’d gone to University to be an Interpreter for the Deaf and blind. I worked at a major Hospital as an Interpreter and at magnet schools for hearing impaired children. Then, in 2002, my car was hit by a man who ran through a red light. I won’t go into the multiple injuries and surgeries. But I will tell you how ironic it was/is that I am fluent in American Sign Language. Deaf culture & ASL have always been something that I love.  As a result of the car accident, I also suffered a “Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Part of that includes hearing loss and vision issues. I have a convergence insufficiency, chronic dry eye, my own hearing aids and prescription eye drops that I must use on a daily basis in order to keep from going blind.

Whenever I feel that I’m losing HOPE, I remember all that I have been through and all that I still CAN do. I try to remember to never stop doing the actions that keep my HOPE alive. Lack of action makes hope die and that is when I remember what my “hero”, Helen Keller, once said: “Your success and happiness lies in you.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

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HELLO, an ASL Cover


This song is an ASL cover with vocals by Alissa Audrey. I claim no copyright and this is for personal enjoyment, entertainment and for others as well, I hope. I used to be an Interpreter for Deaf and Interpreted at a major University and Hospital, also schools. I was injured in a MVA 2002 and now am H.I. myself. I have chronic pain and full body CRPS. I do the best I can and try t0 convey the message of joy and never give up hope!

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Your Love Never Fails


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This ASL cover song is called “Your Love Never Fails” by the Newsboys. I am doing this as a tribute to the tragedy in Paris on Friday, 13th of November, 2015. I used to be an Interpreter, but now disabled do to CRPS full body, chronic pain, and I suffered a TBI from a MVA in 2002 and cannot Interpret any longer. I do this for my entertainment and for yours, I pray. Thank you for watching!

 

 

The Kitty Cat Diary…A Day In The Life Of “Luna”


Beautiful white domestic mix cat!
Beautiful white domestic mix cat!
here at the computer doing her diary entry for the day
here at the computer doing her diary entry for the day
MY Beautiful White Cat Who "Rescued" Who?
MY Beautiful White Cat Who “Rescued” Who?

Hello All Purrrsons and Felines:

Luna is an almost 3 year old domestic mix, all white Cat. She was rescued from a hoarders home where she snuk outdoors to have her kittens safely from the hungry dogs that had also been starved and in high numbers, where Luna had lived.  A neighbor saw her outdoors with her kittens, put them all in a box and took them where she thought they lived (at the hoarders home). This person saw what was going on with the starving, neglected many cats and dogs . She called the Humane Society and Luna and her furrriends and her kittens were taken to a foster care home where she and her kittens lived for 6 months. Then Luna actually “rescued Me”. I am a chronic pain patient with a horrible nerve disease, degenerative disc disease, many other things too much to mention here and too much for me to bother writing and for you to bother reading.

I also have lost my oldest daughter 9 years ago, through estrangement. My youngest daughter and I are very close but she got her MLIS degree, moved out about last September 2012 and got a great job! She has a wonderful boyfriend also. So there we were “empty nesters” and I’m only 51 years old!! I felt like with all of my pain issues, illnesses, past history of 9 surgeries and more to come….I just had to have something more at home so that I didnt feel so lonely and overwhelmed. I honestly feel that Luna “rescued” me or us. You can read this average day in her life today, the way she’s living now at our home, with us for the past 5 months! It’s pretty amusing and I think if you like animals and Cats, you ‘ll maybe just get a “kick” out of this diary entry for “A Day In the Life Of Luna, the Cat”:
If I had a diary (which I do! (shhhhhh don’t tell Mom!) …it would go something like this:
Oh My Gosh!  Luna’s Diary journal entry :
5;45 am: Get up! The alarms going off in 30 minutes, I can’t wait that long!  Plus…I want to be FIRST!
6:20 am: Luna’s really mad now because we waited for the real alarm clock to go off before we actually get out of bed….well…Dad did anyways…Mom’s a pushover and Luna knows how to melt her heart….or is it those butt scratches Luna wants….right in moms face….so she finally just gets up anyways
7:30 am: Luna actually eats her breakfast, even though demanding it at 5:45 am….she really wasn’t THAT hungry!
8:00-11:00 am: watch mom clean litter box….then poop….watch mom waiting for that poop, she cleans it up ….I pee!!  Then Luna grooms, bathes, watches birds & watches the dog next door poop…then a nap!
11:30 am dad comes home for lunch…Luna wakes up….runs to greet him and then runs away just after he bends down with his sore back, to pet her!
12:15 pm: mom goes on her gadgets or iOS devices!  “Oh no you don’t!!”….Luna wishes to play and finds every cute little face and guilt trip in the book until she gets mommy to play…again….oh…did I forget to mention that mommy always plays with me after breakfast too?  That’s just after eating but before my self-grooming”bath”!
1:00-4:00 pm: drink water, pee, look out the side window, look out the back window, eat a dry food snack…..drink water….pee….poop..look out the front window….Oh My Gosh! All of this watching, peeing and pooping  is tiring Luna out!
5:00 pm: dinner time….nope ..no..nope..Luna doesn’t like “minced” why can’t you people remember?
5:20 pm:  mom finally gets Luna her favorite kinds of wet foods!!  Oh happy day!!  Luna is happy kitty with a full tummy once more!
6:00pm:  Luna grooms herself, hides under the couch the whole evening just to get away from that darned loud box, they call a “T.V,” and falls asleep just before mom and dad go up the stairs to their bedroom….or..um….Luna’s bedroom…
11:00 pm:  Luna gets carried upstairs in a laundry basket and gets put on her/ their big bed……Luna crawls into the “no handle” paper bag that is on her/their bed!!
**11:30 pm: (mom puts paper bag WITH LUNA IN IT CURLED UP LIKE A TOY…..onto her tummy….(hey a moms gotta get her cuddles however she can get
Them!…when it comes to this kitty!)……We all sleep…zzzzzzzzZZZZZzzzz
2:00am: Luna squirms out of the bag and crawls up under moms armpit with her little chin on mommy’s arm ….and sleeps….and the world is right once more….for awhile…hmmmmmmmph!
Love, Luna…everyone’s purrrr-friend!