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A Child’s Concept of God   Leave a comment

At some point in a child’s explorations, he or she may ask about the origins of life.  If he or she sees inanimate objects being made, the most obvious question may be, who made me?  When? Why and how?  The answers the child receives will conform to the culture in which he or she lives.

I grew up in a more or less Christian culture.  As children, my friends and I had a zillion questions about the nature of the divine our parents introduced us to. Before being indoctrinated into the rigid dogmas of some organized religion, our questions were ingenuous and the answers we came up with were based on experience and reason rather than authority.

As my disabilities progressed, the realities of my life ran counter to the Word of Faith teachings that first opened biblical scripture and Christian doctrines to me.  I found myself pulled in two different directions.  In the eyes of the people who surrounded me, being honest about what was going on in my body and mind was tantamount to denying the power and even the existence of God.

Gone was the innocent questioning that marked me as a child.  There was no one to whom I could ask questions.  I knew that such questions would raise eyebrows and suspicions so I learned to squelch them.

Speaking for the Child follows the slowly increasing cognitive dissonance that finally led me to reject many of the preposterous doctrines I had learned from Church and return to honest questioning and searching for my Creator.

Look ahead and trust the Creator
Look back and thank the Creator
Look around and serve the Creator
Look within and find the Creator

–author unknown

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Posted September 10, 2011 by rhondadenisejohnson in Topics

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Deafness   Leave a comment

“She can hear what she wants to hear.”
“He turned a deaf ear to her cries.”

People often say these things without a thought but for those who must cope with hearing impairment it is both painful and frustrating to be blamed for that which is totally out of our control.  We feel the stigma of having deafness equated with cold-heartedness.

In Speaking for the Child, we see first the girl the woman, thinking, feeling, acting, living.  She refuses to allow her progressive visual and hearing loss to deaden her personality. She refuses to carry the stigma or live the stereotype that society has of people who have disabilities.  In the end, she is far from the confused, angry and hurting child she was and yet she is still her Self.

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Posted September 8, 2011 by rhondadenisejohnson in Uncategorized

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Childhood Disability   Leave a comment

What is better: to be born with a disability or have a disability occur later in life?  There may not be one single answer that everyone will agree with but it’s worth exploring our own thoughts about this question. There is a certain trade off with pros and cons on each side.  To make it even more complex one man’s pro is another man’s con.

For me, disability came early but it happened so slowly that it’s hard to say exactly when it started.  I can only figure from the way people acted towards me and the things they said to me when I was a child that there were things I was not hearing—things I was expected to know.  For the life of me, I could not fathom what those things were or why I was expected to know what I did not know.

By the time my hearing impairment became noticeable. It was not seen for what it was, a disability, but as another manifestation of what everyone had for years decided was stupidity, inattentiveness and lack of common sense.

In a way, this is somewhat different from someone who is born with a disability as well as someone who suddenly becomes disabled as an adult.   My unique experience shares the pros and the cons of both cases in a way that is shaped not only by my situation but also by my own personality.

In Speaking for the Child, I bring out this personality in ways that are both raw and dignified—at times redefining dignity when it seems out of my reach.  At the end of the day, humanity triumphs over a lifetime of seemingly insurmountable troubles

Fall 2011   Leave a comment

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Posted September 8, 2011 by rhondadenisejohnson in Uncategorized

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