November 14, 2015 |
For Rea Rossi, sound has always been a tricky thing: elusive and slippery, wrangled only with therapy, concentration, and excellent hearing aids. So Rossi, 29, an artist based in Fishtown, began contemplating how to capture it and make it tangible, solid enough to wrap around a wrist or drape over her shoulders. The resulting artworks - visualizations meant to represent sound waves created in a computer-assisted design program and 3D-printed from nylon - are somewhere on the spectrum between jewelry and sculpture.
July 22, 2015 |
WHEN DOROTHY Donnelly Caparella found out she was qualified to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, she wasn't impressed. Turns out an ancestor on her father's side of the family, Francis Stimmel, fought in the Revolutionary War, enabling Dottie to become a member of the iconic DAR, long a passionate promoter of patriotism and the American way. Dottie was not impressed. It wasn't that Dottie lacked interest in her family history. She was a devoted family matriarch who always put her family's needs ahead of her own. But the DAR didn't interest her. Dorothy L. Donnelly Caparella, one-time part owner of a hearing-aid store in Southampton, a dedicated traveler who was frequently on the go, often looking for a place where she could get a good meal, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Friday.
June 30, 2015 |
The duPont Hospital for Children had too few of the little wagons that young patients prefer to wheelchairs, so Peter Zucca started a foundation to raise money for a fleet of them. A patient couldn't get blood for a transfusion, so Peter planned a series of drives, the first to be held Monday. And when he saw that most books about the challenge of childhood hearing loss "are really bad," he wrote his own. At age 12, Peter Zucca has already had a world of experience with cancer.
September 6, 2014 |
Friends unfailingly describe Eileen McDonnell, a retired public school speech and hearing therapist, as "quiet" and "reserved. " Except when the conversation turns to nature. Watch her eyes widen and her speech grow animated! "She effervesces," says Andrea V. McCabe, development director at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, the Quaker-affiliated continuing-care retirement community in Montgomery County. McDonnell, 83, formerly of Harleysville, has lived at Foulkeways for a decade, and from Day 1 she's been "effervescing" about the place, trying to boost awareness of the 110-acre campus' flora and fauna.
March 10, 2014 |
David Decker had all the signs. He often missed things that actors said on TV. Hearing in crowds was a challenge. And when he came home each day from work in a noisy data center, where cooling fans whirred nonstop, his wife would tell him he talked too loudly. Why not get hearing aids? A big reason: the cost. Decker, 70, of Northeast Philadelphia, learned what millions of aging baby boomers are starting to discover. High-end devices can cost $6,000 a pair, and most insurance plans cover a fraction of the cost at best.
February 1, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - There might be a time in the Super Bowl when the Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman cannot hear quarterback Russell Wilson make a call at the line of scrimmage. So the fullback will get Wilson's attention and read his lips. Coleman is legally deaf. He wears hearing aids. He said that if a normal-hearing person is an eight, nine, or 10 on a scale of zero to 10, he would qualify as a two without the hearing aids and a six, seven, or eight with the hearing aids - "depending on the day. " He's believed to be the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. The story has generated attention in recent weeks, and especially this week with the Seahawks taking center stage.
January 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Media day in the Prudential Center was loud, and of course, silly, with "reporters" dressed in see-through lace dresses and as Waldo. (But sadly, not as Waldo in a see-through lace dress.) Derrick Coleman did fine with the silly. The "loud" could have been a problem, had the Seattle Seahawks' fullback not been tucked away at the back of yesterday's hurly-burly. "As long as you're looking at me, I can read your lips, and we're good to go," said Coleman, the first deaf offensive player in the NFL. He wears hearing aids in both ears.
May 19, 2013 |
I visited Mother Mary, but it wasn't all laughs. I had a night free on book tour in Naples, Fla., so I made the trip to Miami to take her out to dinner for Mother's Day. I arrived to pick her up, but she wasn't dressed, because she had decided she didn't want to go. "We should stay home and order Papa John," she said, frowning. "Ma, you can't have Papa John's on Mother's Day. " "Why not?" "Let me take you out. " "No. " "Please. It's my Mother's Day, too. " "Hmph.
June 4, 2012 |
WINNETKA, Ill. - What if you knew, even before your child was born, that she wouldn't look like everyone else? Clara Beatty's parents knew. They were living in Belgium at the time, a decade ago. Prenatal screening was extensive, probably more than would have been done in the United States. Those tests determined that baby Clara, their third child, was likely to be a perfectly normal kid inside. But even in the womb, doctors could see severe facial deformities - droopy eyes, under-developed cheekbones, and a tiny jaw. It meant she would need a tube in her neck to help her breathe after birth.
December 25, 2011 |
I cheaped out on Mother Mary for Christmas. I didn't mean to, actually. What really happened was that I gave up. I surrendered. You can't buy present for Mother Mary without a fistfight. Here's what happened. A month before Christmas, I started asking her what she wanted, but I should have known better. Joking aside, she's the best and most unselfish mother on the planet. So I know that she doesn't want me to spend money on her. That she would rather I didn't worry about her. That she would prefer it if I got gifts for Francesca instead.