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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Jan 5, 1999  4:52 pm
Subject:  Re: Talking Hands Award

Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 17:54:01 -0600
From: "Robert D. Lancaster"
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Subject: Talking Hands Award

Valerie, please post the following with reference to our Talking Hands
Award. During the summer of 1997 our family felt compelled to write
about our experience with Alzheimer disease, so our children would have
knowledge of this terrible disease, what we had gone through, and what
they might expect should either my wife or myself fall victim to AD.
What is now in our Brown Family section of our web site was originally
developed with WordPerfect and we had not even considered developing a
web site.

Early in December, 1997 I awoke about 3 am one morning with a need to go
into our attic and go through the few items which were left to us by my
father's mother. Upon opening the trunk - and on the top was my
grandmothers signing books, literature which she had passed out when
conducting signing classes, a signed picture of Little Tiny (our True
Believers Award) and another signed picture of Brock at the Forge ( our
Brocks Forge Award). Memories flooded my mind - grandmother and an
uncle who signed for hours, a book set which grandmother had purchased
for my first birthday out of her egg money and going without food,
because this was during the depression, and many more memories. I took
these items from the trunk and over the next few months developed - with
the encouragement of our children - our web site and the awards.

The Talking Hands Award brings tears to my eyes, each and every time I
see a site which contains our award, because I truly remember all of
the help which has been given to our family by so many people, the love
and caring attitude of our friends in the www community, and how many
people are truly trying in their own way to bring joy and help to those
who have no other place for help - except through their www experience.

When we decided to require two nominations, which should be fifty words
or less for a site to receive the Talking Hands Award, we were told by
everyone that not many people would take the time to nominate a site for
our award and we would not have many award winners. Our award winners -
both in numbers and in quality content - are testimony to the fact that
many people do care, do love those less fortunate than themselves, and
stay long enough at many sites to learn about the web site creator and
their reasons for creating a web site.

Valerie, writing this has been difficult because of the flood of
memories, and I thank you for encouraging me to tell our list members
about the Talking Hands Award. Should anyone want to visit our site it
is at

Sincerely, Denny Lancaster.

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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