Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Paul Kiel's Message to Deaf Missourians: MCDHH needs you!

This is Paul Kiel's Message to Deaf Missourians: MCDHH needs you! It is captioned for hearing.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Aunt Wowee tried to cure my deafness...

Aunt Wowee - picture taken Christmas 1944

Thankgiving 1959, we were at Aunt Wowee's apartment. The apartment was packed with all the relatives having fun and eating Turkey dinner. She was my grandmother' s cousin. I called her Aunt Wowee. I used to scream "Woweeeeee...!"

After dinner and washing dishes into the evening, she sat down at the kitchen table. The relatives were in living room chatting. She caught me running down the hall and screaming. She asked me to be quiet so she can pray. She was a devout catholic who said rosary several times a day into the eighties when she passed. She grabbed my jaw and made me pay attention to her.

She said that she prayed and prayed to get me to hear again. She cried a little bit and did not understand what happened. I looked at her with a smile. I did not fully understand her. I gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek. She began ranting with the rosary. I looked at her frail face. She was in late 60s. I stared at her closed eyes and her lips moving.

The last time I saw her in 1970 in the evening before I left her apartment, she was still praying at the kitchen table. She went to church every Sunday. She told me that I must go to church every Sunday. I liked playing hooky from church as it was boring and how can I read the priest's lips when we were in over 100 year old and gigantic church. She was furious, but lacked understanding of my frustrations in lipreading and speaking.

After the funeral, I took the cross off her casket and it still hangs in my room to this day. I thank Wowee for caring and looking over me. I am still deaf to this day and I do appreciate being deaf this way. Silence is golden!

Have a Safe and Happy Holidays!

Remembering Kennedy Assassination 47 Years Later

Remembering Kennedy Assassination 47 years later, I am. It was a sad day and how it happened.

After lunch, we were returning to classroom. Then we were told to go to another room to watch that black and white television. Of course, it was 1963 - color television was starting and rare. We watched the box that was television ( probably from 1958 ) and learned about President Kennedy being assassinated. The teacher would explain orally what happened and we were shocked. There was no captioning in those days and it was not even available in 1963. Not even tty! Not even pagers! No internet! I was only 11 years old at that time and I was kind of upset that a nice man was shot.

Reflecting on that warm day of November 22, 1963, I remembered returning to classroom and we stood up and prayed for the Kennedy Family. It was short and sweet. We discussed what happened and who did it. We did not have that answer.

As the days went on, more information came out. Then the assassin was shot. Then the conspiracy theories spun for the next 47 years to this day. No one knows for sure. No matter how many reports, how many investigations came out...the answer is still unknown.

Now with the recent memoir by former Secret Service agents, I am scratching my head. I humbly do not know anymore who is telling the truth.

If we have a time machine, we could go back and stop the Kennedys from going through that area. Wonder what the history be like if JFK lived longer. It is unusual how series of assassinations happened - 1963 - JFK - 1968 MLK - 1968 - RFK.......Still they are spinning conspiracy theories to this day.

Wonder who is behind it all?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paul's Comments in Buff and Blue about WDCF and DIG-IT

You can click on the headline above to reach the Buff and Blue website for the story.

Paul was interviewed by Derrick Behm during WDCF (Worldeaf Cinema Festival) at Gallaudet University. He wrote an article for the Buff and Blue. Paul's comments are in the article.

More comments on the way.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What in the world are they thinking?

With the recent television show, I am pondering what is it? What happened to ASL? It seems like they were promoting CI and Hearing aids. Does it remind you of something?

Monday, November 1, 2010


Countdown to WDCF! A series of TRIP TO DC by Paul Kiel - a dairy of going to Gallaudet after 26 years...