Withering Hands

These hands. Strong and powerful. Soothing and gentle. As if these embody a complete character, the whole persona. A person engrossed in her life, fulfilling its duties religiously. Duties as a daughter, as a wife, as a mother, as a homemaker — as an epitome of tolerance, patience and acceptance as life comes.

Her hands do not have manicured fingers as an epitome of fashion; her hands are age ridden, filled with lines, time-worn yet experienced and comforting. You are seeing the hands of my 79 year old grandmother. Her hands are diligently working on an Indian cutting utensil.

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Teaching American Sign Language with a Stick

In the History of Bad Idea the — the worst one, in my humble estimation, is the practice of teaching students of American Sign Language with a stick.  Yes, a stick made of wood.  In some ASL programs, instructors use a stick during class to manipulate — and intimidate! — their students.

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Swollen Hands at the Feet of Opportunity

Have you ever typed so much for so long in high heat that your hands started to swell?

My hands have been swollen for over 24 hours now and I can’t figure out how to get the blood out of my fingertips.

I’ve tried icing, exercise, water pills and push-ups.

Nothing helps.  The hands remain swollen and the fingers are unbendable.

Still, we solider on, and continue — as evidenced in this post.