Thoughts From A Hard Of Hearing Performer: should only deaf actors play deaf roles

The following is a series of responses I have made on social media the past few days concerning the controversy of Theatre Cedar Rapids production of Tribes.   Here is the theater’s official response to the concerns of the deaf community about a hearing actor being cast in the role of “billy”.  The rest are my own thoughts on the subject: Continue reading Thoughts From A Hard Of Hearing Performer: should only deaf actors play deaf roles


Police Abuse Of Power

Here are some thoughts I had this morning after hearing of the police shooting last night. I know, which one?


First, this year was the SAFEST in recorded history of this country for police!

Second, they DO NOT have the right to KILL citizens. That is not what their job is! They are to Protect the community. We are the community. They are public servants paid with tax dollars. Continue reading Police Abuse Of Power

Heal From The Cell On Out

The road to healing has many steps along the way. The first step is one of the most important. It is possibly one of the hardest as well. You must change the way you think. We tend to have a backward pattern of thoughts when it comes to dealing with the stresses of life. We worry, we obsess, and this does nothing for our body. In fact, it is harmful. The more stress we are under, the higher our blood pressure, the more toxins are released in our bodies, and the less our bodies perform their vital functions. Continue reading Heal From The Cell On Out

My Long Journey To Healing

This journey is a long one. I am not sure where it will end up. It started with one of the worst words a doctor can tell you, CANCER. Two and a half years of procedures and treatments left me with a hard to treat form of epilepsy. I saw three neurologists that all came to the same conclusion; they have no treatment options and left me to be managed by my family doctor. As it stands now, I take nine prescriptions twice a day and still have multiple seizures a week, sleep for sixteen hours at a time, and loose whole days of my life. While I am cancer free, I live with the damage done to my body from the treatments.

This page is going to be an ongoing dialogue of my journey to heal this damage, if that is possible.

Blessed Be,


Bajoran Hasperat Souffle’



All these years of watching Star Trek, and I always wondered what it was like to be one of the species. What was it like to live on Andoria?  What did a Red Bat taste like? So, I started researching and decided it was time to find out. Bajoran Hasperat is a vegetable with a great deal of Chlorophyll and Capsaicin. It is brine fermented. The longer it ferments, the hotter it gets. It can be prepared in a variety of ways. I have gone to Deep Space Nine for this variation. I believe it to be as close as a human on Earth can get.   Enjoy!

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Incredible Ways To Detoxify Your Life

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This world is hectic. Everyday we get stressed, eat toxin laden foods, work too hard, sleep too little, and live in a society that can chew us up and spit us out. How do we survive? How do we stay sane? No one method works for every person. Here are some simple ways to unplug from the rat race and detoxify your life.    Continue reading Incredible Ways To Detoxify Your Life

The Music Can’t Be Stopped

Life As A Deaf Musician

An exert from the article I wrote :
 As a musician, I cannot remember a time that I did not feel sound coursing through every cell of my body. It has always been the innermost part of my being. I feel every tone vibrating within me. Singing brought me a joy that cannot easily be explained. It has to be felt. There is a profound need for expression. Continue reading The Music Can’t Be Stopped

Mandy Harvey : A Voice That Will Bring You To Tears

Today I stumbled on a video that stopped me dead in my tracks. A voice sang a simple song that touched me deep in my soul. Them I learned an amazing fact about this young woman, she is completely deaf. As anyone that knows me is already aware, I am hard of hearing musician as well. Like Mandy, most people do not know unless I tell them. She does not let that stand in the way of the music. The soul must be expressed. You cannot keep it bottled up. This young woman must be heard. The world needs to hear that voice. She will move you.
Sit back, grab a nice cup of tea, and enjoy her wonderful voice! Continue reading Mandy Harvey : A Voice That Will Bring You To Tears