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I always had an interest in Helen Keller When I was young my parents nicknamed me Helen Keller, because I would go around to everyone s plates and demand food I wouldn t eat off my plate, but I would gobble off others without remorse I would still have this habit of munching off people s delectable morsels if I wasn t humiliated in High School It was just second nature to me that I didn t even notice that I would grab a chip here and there Helen Keller was introduced to me when I was very young, and I introduced her to my daughter I somehow got my daughter into Brad Meltzer s children books, Ordinary People Change the World They are biographical picture books The first one I brought home was about Martin Luther King Jr, and she loved it The second was Helen Keller, which my husband and I read almost everyday They are really cute and in comic book form Since reading about Helen Keller to my daughter I wanted to read her biography,The Story of My Life.Helen Keller was not born deaf and blind, but became very sick at nineteen months The sickness ran it course, but left a permanent mark Did she let her disability defeat her If you watched the movie, or watched the many versions making fun of her disability you know the answer But no she did not Instead she learned to speak and in multiple languages, went to college, and helped many people out She was a well to do woman, a go getter, and an inspiration for generations I think if she had a disability or not she would have done something amazing with her life She was that kind of person when said she was going to do something she did it Life was tough for her, but she zig zagged to get what she wanted She is a wonderful woman It is weird to find that Helen and I have some similarities, besides eating off other people s plates Maybe, I was Helen Keller in my past life Just kidding, she would be disappointment in me She described a story about being at the beach She was playing in the ocean when unfortunately she was sucked under a wave She eventually resurfaced I too had this happen to me or I thought it did It is a really fuzzy dream, but very real in my mind I remember being at the beach on a dark and stormy day I don t remember who I was with though I feel like my parents wouldn t take me to the beach at that time, but somehow I was there There I was in the water, when all of a sudden I too was sucked under a wave I remember being jostled around, and doing many flips in the water I held my breath and closed my eyes I was afraid Then somehow I was back on the sand Once I opened my eyes I noticed that I wasn t far from my group, but still I was pushed down the beach I remember running back, and that is the end of my memory I had some very lucky moments if it wasn t a dream Also, her thoughts about college are very similar to mine She said One goes to college to learn, it seems not to think Sometimes that is how I felt Here you having a full course load, which is 15 credit hours, and you are expected to memorize all this information about individuals, concepts, theories,..etc, but not really to use them During college I felt like everything was rush, rush, rush I just learned the concept and how to solve the problem I had other course work to do and I couldn t sit too long on a subject I have a science major for goodness sakes Take Organic Chemistry and feel the misery of all science majors After college I have a lot of time on my hand to think of the knowledge that I have gained, and analyze other concepts Then you are suppose to study 3 hours for every credit hour All the information you read for one class can conflicted with the other classes information, which leaves you only with a jumbled bag of information that isn t categorized College is hard, and not thinking about the subject in depth causes pain Helen Keller leaves me inspired Her thoughts are beautiful For someone without sight, she had vision As an abled body we take advantage of our surroundings Sadly, most of us are on our phones all day Today, I left my phone in the car to get some coffee from Starbucks after a dreaded day of grocery shopping It felt so good to be detached I honestly hate being on my phone, but it is also second nature to me now that I don t realize it I saw everyone looking down at their phone, not looking at the barista, not seeing their world around them Made me feel sad, especially after finishing the biography part of the book She imagined a beautiful world She could see the trees and the grass She noticed the world around her I feel like I should go in my front yard not the backyard I have dogs and just stare at the world Memorize the bark off the tree Look at the lines of the petals and leaves like I use too Just to be grateful of the world Lastly, after reading this she makes you want to go do something with your life She did all these amazing things, and I think what is really stopping me from doing something I want to do There will always be challenges, but you can find a way around it if you really want it Don t let anything stop you from doing something you want to do I know it is hard, and you might face enormous challenges, but YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN That is what I learned from Helen Keller.I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year I have tons of plans for 2017 Let s do this plays awesome music Also, check out my blog herehttp re To All My Goodreads Friends and to Others Who Have Enjoyed My ReviewsI wish to thank you all I have been struggling with vision loss for some time, in the last year While I believe I can still write reviews and post them, so I am told, I have been struggling in the last two months with reading other people s reviews, and so I really don t feel as though I can just go through and like a review without reading it first The last week has been the hardest for me.I have glaucoma and myopic degeneration, and in December I had glaucoma surgery, which, while lowering my eye pressure has caused vision loss In the last week I have noticed words in my central vision fading and a lot of blurriness So, I made the font dark, but those words began fading as well.Visual Services has been helping me, and yesterday one of my case workers put voice activation on my kindle, which so far is not working too well when it comes to Goodreads And she put a program on my computer that takes months to learn I have no idea what I can and can t learn at this point, and I have no idea what learning it will do for me.Speaking of which, each and every one of you have inspired me with your own writings, and your comments on my own reviews have also been very inspiring and helped me to get over being shy about writing reviews.You all know that I like to add personal touches to my reviews, maybe too many personal touches, but I had found when reading books that they bring back childhood and adult members, so I add them because I enjoy doing it As one friend once said to me, I write for myself, and while I do that, I also hope to entertain others with my own stories or just with my reviews on the books.I listen to audio books now, mostly from the Library of Congress for the Blind I had hoped to read my Nancy Drew books before I couldn t see them well enough, and now I am not sure of that, although I am told that my new Iphone will take a photo of a page and read it to me Last summer I spent a week at the blind school learning how to be blind It was fun being there it was tiring, and it was nice meeting people and knowing that those that ran this program are also visually impaired Only I wish that we could all see It is just that it is encouraging to hear this, There is life after blindness What do I see Light but my world is darker Objects but they are blurry My house is darker than it used to be I don t like to go shopping unless it is a well lit store, which means I like grocery stories I have eaten in the dark in my favorite restaurant in Ft Smith, AR, Rolando s They believe that candle light is romanic I told them that I would bring my own lamp next time instead I am bringing a miner s head lamp, that is, unless it mbarrasseswhoever is with me at the time In which case I can say, Let s get it to go Since it is a Latino Cuban Mexican restaurant, It didn t matter if the food was mixed up I have accidentally touched people in dim lit stores thinking they were an object, and if I touched it, I would be able to recognize it So far I have not been hit upside the head for doing so, but now I am careful I have a cane which I seldom use because it is embarrassing, but I find that when I do use it people are helpful Such as, in a doctor s office they don t run away from me thinking that I will follow them instead they stay close In a restaurant I can find a bathroom by myself unless it is too dark I have been known to feel walls to find doors or papertowels in the restrooms I have learned that I can still cook on the stove even when they blindfolded me at the blind school I can chop vegetables without chopping off a finger, and I can pour liquids into a cup without having to clean up a mess I learned how to reach for a glass of water without tipping the glass over, and I learned how to clean my house, which is no longer enjoyable since I can t tell if it is dirty or not I have given many of my books away, especially when learning that they are on audio for the blind I am so glad that my new friend on here wanted my Native American books, which I gladly shipped to her And my college friend took two boxes of my other books I have many books that I would love to read and can t get on audio or on kindle I am hanging on to them to see what can happen It is hard to believe that people just use hand held magnifiers to read with, because that is not fun The story doesn t flow well One good thing that I found is that after activating the voice on kindle the reader is so much better than Alexis She sounds natural and reads slower Now I know that I can get to my thousands of kindle books that are not on audio.And most of all I am grateful that I love to read and that there are audio books.Again, thank you all And if there are days that my eyes see better or I can figure out how to read your reviews, I will, but only a few at a time.And most of all I wish to thank my husband who helps me all he can, sometimes too much as I need to learn to do things myself.Note I have yet to read this book, but maybe when I do I will find it inspiring. The Story of My Life, Helen Keller The Story of My Life, first published in 1903, is Helen Keller s autobiography detailing her early life, especially her experiences with Anne Sullivan Portions of it were adapted by William Gibson for a 1957 Playhouse 90 production, a 1959 Broadway play, a 1962 Hollywood feature film, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali s Black featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the role of Anne Sullivan The book is dedicated to inventor Alexander Graham Bell The dedication reads, TO ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL Who has taught the deaf to speak and enabled the listening ear to hear speech from the Atlantic to the Rockies, I DEDICATE This Story of My Life 1985 1353 376 1356 20 1364 98 1368 155 1379 9646209254 1385 1388 9789646209251 1375 1378 120 9649086846 1376 79 1380 9646034233 1377 62 1379 9643532976 1380 1952 1953 1964 1968 88 I have always held Helen Keller in high regard How can you not, really She is a remarkable woman I did a report on her in grade school, and though I forgot many facts of her life over the years, what I learned of her perseverance and strength of spirit left a lasting impression on me.Helen Keller s spirit certainly shines in this short but beautifully written memoir, which Helen wrote when she was just 22 and, worth noting, attending Radcliffe College.I think most know that Helen lost her sight and hearing at a very young age she was not yet 2 after suffering a mysterious illness her doctors did not think she would survive It was not until several years later almost 7 that her beloved teacher, Miss Sullivan, would arrive and introduce her to the world of language, and thus the world at large.I found it fascinating to learn of Helen s memories of those many years after she first became blind and deaf, and before she learned language How does one makes sense of a world she cannot see or hear before she even has words to conceptualize it It was amazing to me that she was able to understand so much about her surroundings at such a young age, and essentially only through touch, smell and vibration I was also fascinated to learn how Miss Sullivan was able to so patiently and thoroughly introduce Helen to all the many complexities of language and even abstract thoughts such as love to a child who, up to that point, had no real idea such things existed Even remarkable is that Helen not only fully mastered English, but French, German and Latin as well.Helen s love of language is clearly displayed in her rich, descriptive writing One reviewer called it too flowery, but I thought her words to be often poetic.Perhaps what I found most remarkable was Helen s incredible sense of awe and wonder for the world at times her joy for life seemed to exude from the pages Though she admits moments of extreme isolation and sadness, she writes, Is it not true then, that my life, with all its limitations, touches at many points the light of the world beautiful Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content And later, I try to make the light in others eyes my sun, the music in others ears my symphony, the smile on others lips my happiness This is ultimately a story of her life as it is appropriately titled , so those looking purely for a book on what it is like to be deaf and blind may be disappointed But after all, that is truly Helen s legacy that she led such a rich life despite being blind and deaf. A remarkable story of a remarkable woman who defeats all the odds stacked against her Helen at the age of 19 months old contracts an illness that renders her both deaf and blind This story mainly focuses on Helen s earlier life and describes how she learns to read, write and communicate with the aide of her teacher Miss Sullivan after her family decide to take her to the Perkins Institute for the blind in Boston in 1886, Anne Sullivan becomes instrumental in her life teaching her methods in communicating but then also later becoming a loyal friend and constant companion, her part in Helen s life I believe is paramount to Helen s wellbeing and where her love of learning and discovering develops She describes in abundance her love of reading books, her appreciation of the written word leads her to forge ahead into higher education and takes on many courses to further her academics she becomes frustrated as her determination is impeded by the lack of ways that she is able to articulate her knowledge in the conventional ways and finds many methods to overcome many of the obstacles that threaten to detract her She eventually succeeds in attending Radcliffe college and graduates there at the age of 24 This story is told beautifully in a tone that really captures the essence of Helen, she s feisty, stubborn willful and determined with an incorrigible thirst for knowledge, how she overcomes so much to succeed and even excel in her endeavours is truly admirable She is one of a kind I m so glad to have read this book and it s infinitely inspiring on so many levels. This is an interesting book in that it exactly fails to answer the question that you wish it would answer what is it like to be both blind and deaf Of course her education was marvelous and it is amazing that a young woman with those disabilities was able to overcome them and become a productive member of society However, I found that the book focused much on how I became normal instead of on how my life is different I found the prose to be a bit flowery perhaps a product of the era Perhaps a product of an over eager Anne Sullivan Perhaps a product of an over eager editor and, well, completely unfocused I m genuinely sorry that I did not like this book better such an amazing accomplishment should be commended writing your autobiography as a blind and deaf woman Helen Keller died at the age of 87 in 1968 At 19 months old, she came down with an illness Scarlet fever , that left her blind, deaf, and mute Most people are familiar The Miracle Worker the award winning play Less are familiar of her many contributions She became a writer, and publisher She made many contributions into Human Rights She helped many who were blind and death, but also fought for world peace and women s rights She attended Radcliffe, the prestigious college for women graduating cum laude She received the first first honorary degree from Harvard the first ever to go to a woman The World I live in , a collection of essays , was Helen s first book written in 1908 Helen described her experience of the world through sensations touch, smell, and vibrations The hand is easy to recognize as the face, that it reveals its secrets openly and unconsciously People control their countenances, but the hand is under no restraint It relaxes and becomes listless when the spirit is low and dejected the muscles tighten when The mind is excited or the heart glad and permanent qualities stand written on it all the time This first book that Helen Keller wrote is out of print but it s a free kindle download It takes about an hour to read But took me longer I paused a lotthinking about things I haven t in a long time She included an essay with quotations from Shakespeare there are a few grammatical spelling errors errors in this essay but I found it fascinating with Helen s awareness of the speech of Shakespeare in relationship to how she sees the world When Cleopatra is threatened with the humiliation of gracing Caesar s triumphant, she snatched a dagger, exclaiming, I will trust my resolution and my good hands With the same Swift instinct, Cassius trusts to his hands when he stabs Caesar Speak, hands, for me So many thought provoking references to our hands as language We find the hand in time and history, working, building, inventing, bringing civilization out of barbarism The hand symbolizes power and the excellent work Allusions to moonbeams and clouds do not emphasize the sense of my addiction they carry my soul beyond affliction s narrow actuality There is nothing, Misty or uncertain about what we can touch Through this sense of touch I know the faces of friends, the illimitable variety of straight and curved lines, all surfaces, the exuberance of the soul, The delicate shape of flowers, the noble forms of trees, and the range of mighty winds Beside objects, surfaces, and atmospherical changes, I perceive countless vibrations I derive much knowledge of every day matter from the jars and jolts which are to be felt everywhere in the house Footsteps reveal and measure the character and the mood of the Walker She picks up indecision, hurry and deliberation, activity and laziness, fatigue, carelessness, timidity, anger, and sorrow.ALL THROUGH A PERSON S FOOTSTEPS Vibrations, animals, music, tones, taste, emotions, etc I tried to look at everything in the way Helen did Helen shares of being extremely sensitive to harshness of noises grinding, scraping, loosing of the earth rumbling, etc I can relate and I can see I got into the experience of this ebook Our daughter played the role of Helen Keller The Miracle Worker , with a professional theatre company when she was 14..A proud mom she was phenomenal I couldn t believe how incredible she was with the combat choreography during the famous dinner scene Sold out performances every night with the show held over I have bittersweet memories..Great during the shows run for 6 weeks rather the the 5 planned but less great because soon after she left for High School in Michigan Interlochen..It was there when anorexia developed.Playing Helen Keller was the last role I saw our daughter play for many years Thankfully today our daughter is vibrantly healthy still acting in Los Angeles singing playing piano, dancing, writing, painting thriving I ve held a personal relationship with Helen Keller since that play our daughter performed in.But it s been years to never to thinking THIS PROFOUNDLY about being blind, deaf, mute, educated, and an incredible contributor to society THAT WAS HELEN KELLER What I was looking for in this book is not what I got, but I am still glad I read it.This is an autobiography written by Helen Keller 1880 1968 It was published when she was still only twenty two, when she began her education at Radcliffe Thus, it does not cover her whole life and is in a sense biased in that she is telling us what SHE wants said To get a full idea of her life, even just the first twenty two year of it, you must read other books too.Clearly, Hellen Keller was an intelligent and extremely talented woman At nineteen months she became both deaf and blind due to an illness, which illness is not clear, but influenza or scarlet fever are today postulated On March 3, 1887, Anne Sullivan came to teach her, this being three months short of her seventh birthday Her family was wealthy and spared nothing in their endeavors to provide her with the best care and education that could be gotten What she accomplished with the help she received from Anne IS remarkable, but Helen Keller s dependence upon Anne Sullivan must be emphasized too.The book shies away from the emotional difficulties that Helen Keller had to surmount Her struggle and frustrations are downplayed, scarcely spoken of She is not forthcoming on a personal level The book seems to be written to give encouragement, as a beacon shining light on what can be achieved rather an honest revelation of Helen s personal difficulties I wanted to see the world as she saw it before she was given an inkling of how we see it She expresses herself with the words of those who do hear and see, which just ends up confusing me She is attempting to show how capable she became, while I instead was looking for an understanding of the existence she was trying to escape She is giving her success story I was looking for her nightmare and how exactly, by what means and steps did she progress from one world to the other How exactly did Helen communicate We are told that Anne Sullivan spelled into her hand We are told that later she used books with raised print We are told she could understand what people were saying by feeling their lips It is by the first two methods, Helen absorbed information at Radcliffe We are told she learned to talk, but none of this is clearly explained in detail It was such details I was looking for in this book The prose style is dated and on the flowery side Through her prose she is showing us her success and what her hard work has accomplished One can understand why she chose to write in this manner Her style mimics the renown writers she studied and the literature that she came to love I would have preferred a heartfelt, simpler prose.The last half of the book consists solely of letters written by Helen They are written from 1887 to 1901, i.e when Anne Sullivan first came to teach her to when she had been accepted at Radcliffe Their content is not all that engrossing They do reveal her increased writing capabilities In addition, the letters optimistic tone draws a picture of her personality and reinforces the message she wished to relay with this book The audiobook I listened to was narrated by Mary Woods The narration is good simple to follow, read at an appropriate speed and without dramatization. Thus it is that my friends have made the story of my life In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation This captivating memoir written by Helen Keller at the age of twenty two was such a refreshing read It really did manage to put a smile on my face and restore my spirit at a time when it seems so much negativity envelops us There is no doubt that Helen was a remarkable woman and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, a blessing and a devoted friend Having lost her sight and her hearing at a very young age, Helen was most likely destined to a life full of isolation, frustration, and perhaps hopelessness However, through some very influential connections including one with the great Alexander Graham Bell himself, Helen was eventually put in touch with the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston and Anne Sullivan, one of the school s distinguished graduates In 1887, just before Helen s seventh birthday, Anne arrived at the Keller s home in Tuscumbia, Alabama From this point, Helen s life changed forever as she embarked on a journey of learning despite all odds The perseverance of both student and teacher led to a remarkable accomplishment that of Helen s graduation from Radcliffe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree What I loved most about Helen s narrative was her positive outlook, her generosity towards others, and her love of nature and literature I was quite surprised to read some of her descriptions of the world around her one would not have guessed that her eyes and ears failed her She used her other senses and her understanding of the things she learned to absorb everything almost like they were a part of her own being Helen explained this eloquently than IEach individual has a subconscious memory of the green earth and murmuring waters, and blindness and deafness cannot rob him of this gift from past generations This inherited capacity is a sort of sixth sense a soul sense which sees, hears, feels, all in oneMy only criticism , if you will, of this memoir was that it also included a series of letters to and from Helen Keller throughout her young and college aged life While these were certainly interesting, they were also somewhat repetitive and later leaned heavily towards details of the series of exams Helen had to take throughout her schooling That aside, this book truly was inspirational When I think about what both Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan accomplished together, it really is exceptional There were so many obstacles but these were overcome by the determination of the student and the dedication of the teacher I was astounded to discover that Anne very often had to read textbooks to Helen by use of the manual alphabet when the Braille texts were not available Anne s eyesight, which was impaired to begin with, would also be strained and compromised by overuse The friendship between these two is striking and heartwarming as well Their companionship would last until Anne s death in 1936I feel that her being is inseparable from my own, and that the footsteps of my life are in hers All the best of me belongs to her there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch Popular E Book, The Story Of My Life Author Helen Keller This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Story Of My Life, Essay By Helen Keller Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You