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Best Nonfiction of 2021 (and Honorable Mentions)

Hello, humans, humanoids, Hungarians, and other groups starting with “h.” It has been over a year since my last post about the best non-fiction books I read in 2020. And what a year it has been. From the insurrection of 1/6 to the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, from Michael K. Williams to Joan Didion, it has … Continue reading Best Nonfiction of 2021 (and Honorable Mentions)

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Best Non-Fiction of 2020 (and Honorable Mentions)

Hello, friends, family, foes, and other groups of people starting with “f.” It has been about a year since my last post about the best non-fiction books I read in 2019. For all of the tribulations and anxieties of 2020, it could have been worse if not for the following non-fiction books that kept me … Continue reading Best Non-Fiction of 2020 (and Honorable Mentions)

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Best Non-Fiction of 2019

When social distancing stopped being the exclusive domain of introverts and curmudgeons, I resolved to catch up on Orwell and Austen and all those books piling up on my nightstand.  Only to find myself consuming too much Cabernet Sauvignon, liking every other Facebook post, and binging on Tiger King instead.  It can be a frustrating … Continue reading Best Non-Fiction of 2019

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Progress, Pessimism, and Passion in the Deaf Community

Are we eternal pessimists? I had dinner with two childhood friends two weeks ago with whom I attended school at California School for the Deaf in Fremont (CSD) and Gallaudet University. Per the custom for Americans, we talked about what keeps us busy from 8a-5p and awake in the middle of the night these days. … Continue reading Progress, Pessimism, and Passion in the Deaf Community

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5 Reasons Why We Should Celebrate Interpreter Appreciation Day

As the old woman would say, we ought to be careful what we wish for. So, it was Interpreter Appreciation Day two days ago, which is supposedly “extremely problematic.” There are some deaf people arguing the day should not exist. According to varying accounts, it is because (1) interpreters do not actually make 'sacrifices'; (2) … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why We Should Celebrate Interpreter Appreciation Day

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Why I Will Not Drink at the Signing Starbucks Store

As some wise dude once said, good intentions can often lead to unintended consequences. If you have not heard – or seen, in my case – the news, Starbucks has opened a “sign language” store near Gallaudet University, the only 4-year liberal arts university for deaf people in the world. Splashed on the entrance of … Continue reading Why I Will Not Drink at the Signing Starbucks Store

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Deaf President Now 31 Years Later: Reflections & Questions

Thirty-one years ago this week, deaf students protested and shut down Gallaudet University, asserted the right of deaf people to self-determination, captured international attention, inspired broad public support, and made successful demands that resulted in the first-ever deaf university president.  One of my earliest memories as a deaf child was attending a Deaf President Now … Continue reading Deaf President Now 31 Years Later: Reflections & Questions

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Wondering Why, Why, Why

The writer and baseball statistician, Bill James, once asked, “Do people really believe there’s something different about the eyes of murderers?” Being somebody who overthinks for a living, the question stuck in my mind for a while, inching over my thoughts like a measuring worm, but I didn’t have much to say on the subject … Continue reading Wondering Why, Why, Why

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How Small Choices Can Save Democracy

In this day and age of polarization, gridlock, and bigotry, we can, nonetheless, revitalize our democracy with the most basic choices. Preserving our country from boorish and malevolent forces might feel like an Herculean task requiring enormous effort and massive cooperation. But, in truth, our small choices matter. Over the span of our lifetimes, they … Continue reading How Small Choices Can Save Democracy

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Holding My Fingers To My Ears, Frantically Moving My Head To The Left, Then Right, Then Left, Then Right Again

When I was in High School, I was cruising around town with a group of Deaf friends in my car, looking for a good time. And we ended up at a fast food drive-thru. Because it was the good ol’ days when we thought GMO stood for something like General Manager Operations. And because that … Continue reading Holding My Fingers To My Ears, Frantically Moving My Head To The Left, Then Right, Then Left, Then Right Again

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Best Non-Fiction of 2018

Alfred Tennyson claims the New Year is a whisper that we will be happier. Others rhapsodize it is a 365-page book waiting to be written. For me, it is an ideal time to think about the best non-fiction I’ve read last year and then write down my personal thoughts and the lessons that I’ve learned … Continue reading Best Non-Fiction of 2018