Sunday, September 30, 2012

Molly rocks!

Molly shows great courage and determination to speak out. She definitely has taken the right decision, and she will feel more and more liberated from stuttering. She might still keep on stuttering but not be a slave of her stuttering.

How do all those who keep the obvious a secret feel about those public outings?

International Stuttering Awareness Day

Check out the on-line conference for the International Stuttering Awareness Day starting tomorrow! An interesting mix of articles from people who stutter sharing their experiences, therapists talking about treatments, and researchers sharing their research and theories. The good thing is that you the reader can leave questions for the author, that cannot really be ignored and a no-answer is obvious to all! And it's a great retro experience of what the web used to feel like 10 years ago... ;-)

The worse thing about the conference are all those (female) students who start their questions with "Thank you very much for the efforts you have put into your article. I am really fascinated by the topics XYZ...." If  we are lucky, they actually ask a real question after those few sentences! So here is my advice: Just ask your damn question, no-one is interested in whether you find something fascinated, don't think about the consequences of your questions, don't be blinded by authority, and make up your own mind!

P.S. I have hacked the website in 10 seconds and you can already access the conference here. ;-)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Stuttering: Inspiring Stories and Professional Wisdom

Check out Peter Reitzes' book which collects stories and wisdom from people who stutter and professionals. I asked him to send me a summary of what his book is about. Attentive readers will note the ambitious "Publication No. 1." on the title page. I didn't have time to read through the book, but it seems to be cast in the mindset of its editor: providing others the opportunity to talking about their experiences and throwing out ideas while avoiding more definite scientific or generalizing statements that I could take apart! ;-)

 Here is the summary:
The book is titled Stuttering: Inspiring Stories and Professional Wisdom.  
It contains 25 chapters written by people who stutter, leading professionals and the spouse of a person who stutters. All chapters were donated to StutterTalk to help raise money for the free podcast. The book is available in paperback at Amazon for $12.99 and as an ebook and download at Kindle, iTunes and Smashwords for $5.99. Barnes & Noble online will carry the book within a few weeks. I

Monday, September 03, 2012

In Berlin

I will be in Berlin from Wednesday to Saturday with Jelena, and have to attend a business meeting, too. So if someone is from Berlin, let me know and you can join us for drinks or dinner! I am already in contact with Blanka, who had the first (and only) German-speaking blog on stuttering: Stottern usw. I am actually very much surprised that no-one else has a German-speaking blog...