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Image Spotlight: Words
By Nancy Polanski on January 29, 2018

Sometimes all it takes is a word or two.

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ImageZanymuse
Jan 29, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Life is always better when shared with a friend. For Helen, life in the dark was the norm. She would not change that darkness if it meant the loss of a friend. That makes her a very enlightened person who, though both deaf and blind, could "see" better than many seeing and hearing people.
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Jan 29, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I could not agree more. Helen Keller became my hero way back when Patty Duke portrayed her and I am still in awe of her accomplishments.

And we think WE have problems!!!
ImageMaryE
Feb 14, 2018 2:04 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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I'm not only amazed by what Helen Keller was able to do with her life but also with the woman who taught her!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageZanymuse
Feb 14, 2018 2:33 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
MaryE wrote:I'm not only amazed by what Helen Keller was able to do with her life but also with the woman who taught her!


Yes, Anne Sullivan was a remarkable teacher.

I Admire the fact that Helen, with Anne's help, overcame her afflictions and was able to live an active life.

I did not agree with Helen's Socialist politics, but that does not diminish my respect for her accomplishments.
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Feb 14, 2018 8:47 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I had no idea what sort of politics she espoused. I was never interested in politics until later in life. I only remember thinking that Helen Keller was someone everyone could respect.

I can't even imagine how it must have been for her. She lived in a vacuum. She didn't even know she had handicaps. We have 5 senses, but she had 3. And the 2 that were lacking are the most important, in my opinion.

When the realization came to her that she could actually communicate with other people, it must have been an unbelievable joy. It gives me goosebumps to think about it.
ImageZanymuse
Feb 14, 2018 9:42 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
History and Hollywood have been whitewashing her politics and it is seldom discussed outside of, possibly, academia in colleges where socialist ideas are widespread.

As I said, her political leanings do not in any way diminish her strength in overcoming her afflictions. Nor does it diminish the success of Anne Sullivan in teaching her and remaining with her as a life long companion. For that, I admire both women.
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