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We Didn’t Know We Were Making Memories

“No!! Peggy died. Noooo!!”

The text from my friend Sue jolted me awake. I fought to make sense of the words as I wiped sleep from my eyes.

Peggy. Gone.

How could that be? We had chatted through Facebook before I left for Africa. And now there would never be another chat again.

I met Peggy through Sue–the two of them met in college. Through the years we stayed in touch, always waiting for that proverbial “Someday” when the kids were grown and we could have more time together.

The three of us shared a love for John Denver songs. Despite being deaf, we were able to enjoy his music. One year, I made a CD of my favorite John Denver songs for Peggy and I introduced her to songs she hadn’t heard him sing before.

Last year, we got together to attend a small-town production of John Denver’s music. It was just two days after my mom died. I needed that time away to handle my sorrow. What better way to spend the day than with music and friends.

After the last song ended, we took a walk in the woods, soaking up the beauty around us. We paused on a bridge, grabbing a snapshot.

“We didn’t know we were making memories, we were just having fun.”  ~Unknown

Peggy took us to the river. As we gazed at the water, an eagle flew by. John Denver loved eagles and immediately, the song “The Eagle and the Hawk” flowed through my mind. I felt my mother’s spirit at that river. I ached for her.

And now I ache for Peggy.

Here are the words to her favorite John Denver song, The Wings That Fly Us Home:

 

“I know that love is seeing all the infinite in one.

In the brotherhood of creatures, through the Father, through the Son.

The vision of your goodness will sustain me through the cold.

Take my hand now to remember when you find yourself alone: you are never alone.

And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens.

It fills the endless yearning of the soul.

It lives within a star too far to dream of.

It lives within each part and is the whole.”

~The Wings That Fly Us Home, John Denver (Peggy’s favorite song)

John Denver Song Makes Me Think of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children

I spent the afternoon playing around over at Overstream, learning how to add captions to a video.  I figured that it was time to learn, especially since Stephen Hopson and Glenda Watson Hyatt will be joining me to present at SOBCon’09 and we’ll be talking about web accessibility.

I selected a John Denver video, Children of the Universe, since I know that song by heart.  But there was another reason for me to choose that song:  it always makes me think of deaf and hard of hearing children.  How different we all are, yet we are all brothers and sisters.  As different as we are, we make up one universe. 

“To understand that life is more than always choosing sides.”

It’s captioned. Enjoy!

Time went by and the two of us became busy.  Yesterday, I found a wonderful post over at Bill's blog-- news that You Tube was enabling a captioning feature for users to add captions to their videos:

You Tube Adds Captioning Feature

So I left a comment and asked Bill about the John Denver feature and wondered if it was captioned.

Bill delivered. 

And so today, I want to share one of my favorite songs with my readers.  It is a John Denver song called, "I Want to Live." Captioned.

add your captions on TubeCaption.com


http://www.tubecaption.com/watch?v=iuB3_HLcFfk&vcId=473

Thank you, thank you, Bill for all the work you do. It is very much appreciated. May you have a wonderful weekend!

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I Want to Live–Captioned Version

Dear Bill Creswell:

Thank you.  Thank you.  And thank you, again.

Back in June, I wrote a post over at Disaboom about how frustrated I was to navigate through You Tube videos without captions.  I shared one of my favorite songs and posted the lyrics in the blog. 

Along came Bill Creswell.  He left a comment:

“Don’t forget, I take requests at billcreswell.wordpress.com.  “My tagline is captioning the internet one video at a time” 🙂  I have this one in my  “queue”.

Time went by and the two of us became busy.  Yesterday, I found a wonderful post over at Bill’s blog– news that You Tube was enabling a captioning feature for users to add captions to their videos:

You Tube Adds Captioning Feature

So I left a comment and asked Bill about the John Denver feature and wondered if it was captioned.

Bill delivered. 

And so today, I want to share one of my favorite songs with my readers.  It is a John Denver song called, “I Want to Live.” Captioned.

add your captions on TubeCaption.com

http://www.tubecaption.com/watch?v=iuB3_HLcFfk&vcId=473

Thank you, thank you, Bill for all the work you do. It is very much appreciated. May you have a wonderful weekend!