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Women in Fly Fishing February 18, 2014

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Everything has changed- in the fly fishing sphere anyway. It is no longer solely a man’s world, a boy’s club where women are not welcome. Women have been flocking to the sport over the past few years. Many would even consider themselves “enthusiasts.” Gear companies have started targeting their female customers with gear made specifically for women.

There are lots of statistics, studies, and articles floating around discussing this new trend. Some statistics say that around thirty-five percent of fly fishers (not fly fishermen- that term is apparently dying) are women. The search to find gender neutral terms is as evident in fly fishing as it is in other once male dominated arenas. Terms such as fly fisher, fly caster, angler, and the somewhat clumsy fly fisherperson have become more common.

Actually, the oldest surviving English text on fishing is attributed to a woman. In 1496, “Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle” was published by Dame Juliana Berners. The book covered different aspects of fishing including how to tie a fly. Of course there have been many other notable women fly fishers over the years.

So what is the draw of fly fishing? Well some may attribute it to Brad Pitt’s movie from 1992, A River Runs Through It (um, yeah I’ll go fishing with Brad Pitt!) But according to one study, eighty six percent of women surveyed said they fished to spend time on the water. The draw seems to be enjoying the great outdoors. There are many reasons to love fly fishing for both men and women. It can be relaxing, exciting, challenging, and fun all in the same moment. There is always more to learn. Even the most seasoned expert can discover something new to love about fly fishing.

What about those men out there grumbling that they go fly fishing to get away for some peace and quiet? Well I might remind them how handy it would be if the women in their life loved to fly fish too- they would understand the need for another fishing rod despite already having fourteen at home, the draw of spending as much time as possible on the river, following the dog around hoping for a piece of hair to tie the perfect fly, and dinner table discussions might even include new fishing spots to try. And best of all, you may hear those beautiful words, “Let’s go fishing!”

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No Matter How Hard You Try January 3, 2012

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It is a fact now I am having to accept. No matter how hard I try, it seems impossible to get people to not be judgmental of a person without a voice. They are not so blatant about treating you differently, but you sense the exclusion when trying to participate in communicating. It is amazing how fast most people are pushed out of their comfort zone and into confusion or prejudices.

So what can be done to get yourself into the main stream of communication and not feel excluded? The conclusion I have come to is you have to be forceful. You need to make people recognize you are there, have something to say, and realize you are going to be heard.

It is too easy to just listen, draw judgements, come to conclusions and not have your thoughts on the table to be considered. People need to realize because you are not able to talk, you are not brain dead or mentally handicapped. How many times do people turn up their volume when talking to you, even when they know you can hear? Often.

The answer is impose yourself into the comfort zone of anyone you want to talk to. Make them listen to what you are saying. I do find people do want to see what is being written when engaged in a conversation. So give it a try. The first step is you have to be interested and interesting when addressing another person or a group. You need to feel what you say is important; better work on those writing skills or your typing.

I always fall back on the idea is if there are going to be any changes, it is going to be up to me to make those changes. No matter how hard a person tries, they can not imagine your situation of not having a voice. To them, it is unimaginable. See if anyone you know can go for 1 hour without talking, but continue to communicate with others. It is very difficult to do.

What I pray for more than anything else is PATIENCE. Because it is going to have to come from you to lead the way for others; otherwise you are going to wilt away, hide away, lose confidence, or drop out of an active, full life. Don’t let that happen!

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Tools That Make You Roar! November 6, 2009

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Secret Talking Device Marvel November 3, 2009

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The Universal Talking Tool November 2, 2009

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The Universal Talking Tool
By Ted Holcomb

You have lost your voice. Life isn’t fair, but goes on with or without you. You need to have the most important item in your tool bag, or purse. Being able to express your opinions, ask questions, and keep a conversation going on and on and on is a great benefit. You will find yourself engage in focused conversations, oblivious of other people and consumed in delightful, interesting conversation. You know the best part? It will probably be new to whom you are talking to as well.

You can have this marvelous piece of equipment for yourself or give it as a gift to someone you know. It cost less than $10. The good news it is not ordered from a catalog, no shipping charges, and no return policies to worry about. There is, however, one limitation on the amazing tool. It is you … that is right ,,,if this tool doesn’t work, it is because of you. You will find that the more you use this device, the better your conversation and your confidence will jump up. Being able to succinctly express your thoughts forces others to pay attention to what is being said. You will be able to drive the conversation, and never say a word!

You might be looking for a Christmas gift. This is one of those gifts that someone with no voice, such as me, would love to receive. Talk about a gift that will be remembered, this is it…you have no idea how grateful a person that needs this tool will be.

So now I am going to tell you what this miraculous tool is. First, you need to be warned that the simplicity of this tool might cause you to undervalue or miss the importance it has in meaningful conversations. In fact, this could turn into a … Ah Haa moment for you!

The tool is …. A pencil and a pad. Two inexpensive items that will move you into so many conversations, get attention, and open up new opportunities for you. Go out today and get a pencil and tablet and start using them. They are available at many places. I buy mine at Staples and the Forest Elementary School Store in Troy, Ohio.

Now for the fun part of not having a voice. Email your experiences using your pencil and tablet. I promise you, there will be such good stories to tell! Your stories will be published on the http://www.ListenToMeToday.com blog and shared with others. Today I attended a dinner party at a 5 star resort. I had one of the most amusing and informative conversation with one of the guest at my table. We laughed and she would read my comment or question from my simple little pad, and we talked on. There were people all around, none paying attention to us, and a very rewarding experience. Once again, it proved that it is up to me to make the effort to have an enjoyable afternoon. We even laughed at my spelling…
Go to http://www.ListenToMeToday.wordpress.com and comment or email your story to contact@listentometoday.com

Forward this article your friends or someone that will benefit from this tip. If you want to be prepared, better get one for yourself too. All you need is a pencil and pad. No Voice, No Problem…

Not having a voice can be a benefit, it is all in how you look at it, and what you do about it.
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Lost Voice Defines Who Your Are? October 28, 2009

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Lost Voice Defines Who You Are? October 27, 2009

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I am talking to you from my cabin on Holston Lake in Tennessee. It is a beautiful fall day. As you might know, there is a new website www. ListenToMeToday.com that deals with being able to communicate with no voice. It will have techniques, tools, reviews, and a positive spin on dealing with not having a voice. It will tell how to accept that because if you are like me, it was a big change in my life. It has been hard! I would avoid people, feel handicapped by not being able to talk and look for excuses not to have to interact with others

At some point, I realized that my inability to articulate my thoughts were defining me. I had lost the mechanism that allowed me to express myself. An old adage says, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Thinking about that, it became clear that I needed to define who I am. I took responsibility for myself, depending on my mind, pushing to be in challenging and uncomfortable situations. It is not that hard. I have found ways to “voice” my thoughts to others. That is what I am going to share with you.

Just today, I had an extensive conversation about life, the internet, and other topics with Jim Riden, President of Summit B S R for about 30 minutes. At the end of the conversation, I asked Jim what it was like talking to me, and was told, it was fine, no voice was not a problem. What happened in the conversation, is everyone stays focused on what is being discussed. You pay close attention to each other, you give your opinions, and you can be expressive to emphasize points you want to make.

If you know of someone that is having difficulty communicating because of the loss of their voice, or if you want to learn more about communicating with someone that has lost their voice, go to www. Listen To Me Today.com and enter your email address. As more people become confident about communicating using techniques and tools that will be on the website, will be out and about living fuller and more enjoyable lives.

So email your friends and acquaintances about the “listen to me today” website. You will help yourself and many others that will benefit from taking more control of their lives.

Sign up today, because next week, I am going to reveal for FREE the ten dollar tool that will make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people. So long for now from the hills of Tennessee on Holston Lake and make a positive difference in someones life today or help your own life by going to www.ListenToMeToday.com

Talking With No Voice October 19, 2009

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It has been three years since I lost my voice due to extensive radiation for the elimination of a cancerous tumor in my tongue. The radiation damage the nerve in my tongue and that affected my vocal cords. It was a slow process, but eventually my vocal cords refused to work. That was a real interesting experience! It became necessary to find other ways to communicate with people, to make myself understood, and to be able to function as a normal person. No voice is a huge reality to have to face. It is however, an opportunity to discover new dimensions in what you are capable of doing.

First, it was necessary “to see” that losing my voice was an opportunity to do a lot of self discovering. It forces you to listen to what people are saying and how they say it. Since you listen so closely, you learn much more about the person than just what is being said. When you do communicate, you choose your words carefully because it is more difficult to express yourself so you use fewer words. The value of this is you get to the point quickly and succinctly. Eye contact is a must, and that alone might be a new experience. So talking with no voice becomes a new way to communicate.

Now that I have your attention, how do you talk with no voice? There are several techniques that you use. I am going to give you three at this time. The first one you always have a pencil and tablet with you. You can initiate a conversation by writing down a question. After that, often one word written will connect for the other person, and the conversation continues. Second, use charades. Not only is this fun, but you have captured the persons attention. I find they want to figure out what you are saying and when they do understand, it gives them a sense of accomplishment. The third tool is having another person that can understand you and they serve as an interpreter. Now you have three people in a conversation!

So if you have lost your voice due to throat cancer, tongue cancer or the functional loss of the hypoglossal nerve or any other reason, don’t let that stop you from communicating with other people. You are capable of much more than you realize, just get out there and do it! www.ListenToMeToday.com/

Having A Voice Can Be Defining October 15, 2009

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The new website www.ListenToMeToday.com has been unleashed! It is going to deal with the issue of not having a voice, not being able to physically talk because of damaged vocal cords. The challenges it presents and how to overcome them if you are going to continue to live a full and enjoyable life. Techniques, tools, ideas, stories, and a good dose of confidence are going to be featured. Share this site with others you know that can benefit form www.ListenToMeToday.com

Listen To Me Today Pre Launch Blog October 14, 2009

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Very soon there will be a new website up that has to do with people with no voice. Literally. Due to damage to their vocal cords being damaged for whatever reason, they are not able to form words or verbalize their thoughts.

Most people see this as a huge handicap. Nothing could be further from the truth. You can still have plenty to say and you can say it. I know, my voice took flight over 3 years ago. It has taken me a long time though to deal with this inconvenience.

What I am now realizing is that you can still communicate very effectively using tools and an attitude. Not a belligerent attitude, but a confident, forceful attitude. Plus, you need plenty of patience.

A funny thing does happen though. When someone can not understand you, frequently they apologize as if it is their fault they can not understand you. I find most people are considerate and work with you on communicating.

So the bottom line of not being able to utter words, is that you choose your words carefully; you listen more carefully; and you are more direct because you do not have words to waste.