New, Yet Familiar

It feels new and familiar all at once. There’s no doubt that I’m a geek. I like to learn.  I especially enjoy learning about other people and cultures. Always the journalist, or maybe just the unqualified psychoanalyst, I want to know how people think. While learning the signs is new, what feels familiar is American Sign Language’s emphasis on facial expression. In sign language, expressions aren’t stylistic. It’s proper grammar. Both my parents are extroverts, so personal expression is hard fought for, because you have to be louder, sillier or more outrageous than they...