I think about definitions. A lot. I am of the opinion that the proper defining of a word, an intent, a rule, a law, sits at the crossroads of communication and perception. It does not make me popular, this insistence to fine tune definitions. Many of the people who I come into contact with each day seem to make rather broad assumptions that when they apply meaning to a thing everyone else sees in it kind. When I ask “how are we defining this thing, what are the parameters?” I often see a mild annoyance in the expression of the other. It slows a conversation to a near halt while we work at understanding whether we are all talking about the same interpretation of a situation or concept. Not infrequently, my comrade finds a way to either dismiss the concern, or move on to another topic.It’s too much work when all they really wanted to do was voice an opinion, get either agreement or dissenting point, and move on. I am very uncomfortable with quick assumptions. Every once in a while I find a friend who is not only willing but is eager to strip to the core what it is we’re about to discuss. Then, and only then, do I feel at ease, ready and willing to tackle discourse. Which leaves me talking to myself quite a bit. 🙂
My first official blog post–as a guest at Hearing Elmo!
Deborah is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. She experienced familial progressive hearing loss, which presented at age 10. Her first ear was implanted in 2005, the second ear in 2008. A native New Yorker, she presently resides in the central Piedmont of North Carolina. She is involved with HLA-NC, is a volunteer at the Wildlife Rehab Center of the NC Zoo, and is a board member of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina. In her spare time she takes courses at the local college, and enjoys walks and photography in the nearby Uwharrie National Forest.
I love being out in nature, taking long walks and observing the world around me. I often capture some of what I see with my camera. Trees, sky, colorful blooms, rivers and streams, rocks, fungi, ferns. All are a delight to my senses. However, there is nothing I enjoy photographing more than bugs…
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