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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jun 24, 1998  6:40 pm
Subject:  Good Evening SW List :-)

June 24, 1998

Good Evening SW List Members -
I hope you all are doing well...

I have been "snowed under" a pile of papers this week, and actually I still
am, but I decided it was time for me to say "hello" anyway!

As you know, the SignWriting List is an international list...we have
members from all over the world. Those of you in Australia, Brazil, Chile
and other countries "down south" ...I know you are experiencing winter
right now... but here in San Diego (grin)...we have summer...and I only
wish I could share with you the beautiful summer evening we are having at
this moment- it is peaceful and calm - absolutely breathtaking.

I am writing to welcome the new members to our list! We have several new
members. For those of you who have just joined...we are always interested
in hearing from you. Back when the SW List first began, Ben Karlin asked us
all to introduce ourselves. At first we all felt pretty shy, but after one
or two introductions it became fun! It was great getting to know each
other, so please feel free to tell us a little about yourselves and why you
are interested in SignWriting :-)

Meanwhile, because it is summer here, several people are traveling, and
some have temporarily signed off the list. You can do this yourself, and
then sign yourself back on again anytime. There are instructions on how to
do this...if you would like that information, please write to me personally
and I will be happy to send the information to you. The LISTSERVE software
that manages this list has a list of "commands" and once you get to know
those commands, it is easy to become independent.

Let me tell you about one of our list members...Mark Penner, who is an
American who lives in Japan. Mark has been using SignWriting to record
Japanese Sign Language, and awhile back Mark ordered the Lessons In SW
textbook, the videotapes, and the software. He has a group doing
translations from the Bible into Japanese Sign Language and he is hoping to
write some of it in SignWriting. But like all of us, they are terribly busy
in his office, and they have not had time to learn the system on their own.

This afternoon I was working on the booklet that will accompany our new
"History of SW" video, and the voice phone rings. Who was on the phone?
Mark Penner of course! So...since Mark is traveling...he has temporarily
signed off the SignWriting List...and when he returns to Japan he will sign
on again. Meanwhile...Mark will be coming to San Diego on July 24th to
study with me - we will be writing some Japanese Sign Language together,
and then I will post it on our SignWriting Web Site for you all to enjoy :-)

And I just received a story written in Nicaraguan Sign Language, which I
will also post soon...and...I am preparing lessons for the teachers in the
SignWriting Literacy Project...and...I have received attached files or
files on disk from several of you - thank you!! I hope to be writing to you
personally soon -

Thanks so much for your continued interest - and once again - welcome new

Valerie Sutton :-)

Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax

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