I Am Back Online




After cruising along with my amazing eye gaze computer for so long,  I screeched to a grinding halt 😦

This was caused by moving into a manual wheelchair.

Although this move made it manageable to push me in the new chair, a side effect was that my computer was no longer aligned with my eyes.

A wheelchair technician came to our home a number of occasions, but each time he neglected to bring  the one piece which he needed to rectify the situation.

We finally decided to make the trip to his work shop where he had all the pieces that he would need.  After about a week of being speechless, the problem was finally taken care of!

Now I regained the amazing gift that I had lost! The incredible gift of communication!

From this I learned two things.

First I learned never to take speech for granted.

Unkelus writes that when Hashem breathed a living soul into Adam, the meaning is that “A spirit of speaking.” Apparently, he views THE defining feature of the human being  is the ability to speak.  A reminder to use this unique gift wisely.

Second, I learned never to give up on yourself!

In my case, when the power of communication left me,  I would do well not to waste energy on an emotion of frustration.

A reminder that the great Yogi Berra was right when he said, “It ain’t over til it’s over”.



  1. Lauren Shaps · · Reply

    I am floored by the unbelievable precision required to keep everything in balance! So happy that you are back on line and that we will once again be able to “read” your voice!!

    1. I soundlessly laugh when I read that you “read” my voice! Sorry, no lol for me!

  2. Welcome Back! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the hospitality!

  3. WELCOME BACK – we missed you!!

    1. I am overjoyed to be here, in every sense of the word!

  4. Elisheva · · Reply

    Was wondering what happened to you. Glad you got your chair finally and you back.

    1. Glad to be here!

  5. Mitchell · · Reply

    Welcome back. I am hoping we can get that device doing more things soon.

    1. I can’t wait, my friend!

  6. Janet Kaiman · · Reply

    i always learn from your words,,,,Shabbat Shalom

    1. You are an excellent student as well as an educator! Shabbat Shalom to you and yours!!

  7. beryl ben-reuven · · Reply

    just goes to show you that it takes little st eps to make big gains. and the steps teaches us patience . Oh how that works. So now you appreciate all that you have gained. A lesson for all of us to learn.

    1. Thanks for that wonderful comment!

  8. Sometimes we joke about taking away the power of speech (e.x. to keep an annoying cousin quiet), but then you realize how absolutely horrific it is when someone can’t talk at all. It changes how you see the whole entire world.

    1. Well put, Julie! I couldn’t agree more!

  9. I’m so glad to hear that you are back up and running (rolling?) in the speech department! Good Shabbos!!

    1. Yes, yes! I’m rolling along! Gee Jenny thanks a lot!

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