“Life Imitates Art or Art Imitates Life?”

A guest vlog by Amy Cohen Efron


  • Donna 17 years ago

    Hi Amy, oh yeah I agree with you that we in the Deaf community need to get together. I enjoyed watching your v logs!!! Thank you for doing this for us, smiles, Donna

  • Katherine 17 years ago

    Eloquently shared, wow! I do enjoy your vlogs and it’s been long overdue. I’m glad to view it once again.

    I am fascinated by left-hand signers when they use their left hand as dominant. I think because left-hand users, who are deaf, are rare πŸ™‚

  • Jean Boutcher 17 years ago


    You are such a beaut! Would that Jill Bradbury would have you as one of the participants in the conference! Make more videoblogs.

    Jean Boutcher

  • IamMine 17 years ago

    I’m a left-handed…but I’m nowhere as smart as Amy!!

    That was… *golf handwaving* !!!

    It did make me think alot of what I’ve said in the past and on certain blogs… I’m not too proud of that, but tomorrow is another day!

    But thanks for always opening our eyes – and hands!! πŸ™‚

    Unity for all!!


  • Carl Schroeder 17 years ago

    Well-organized, well-delivered, and well-intended! Superb! I thought that Amy could’ve made a more impact if she could conclude her vlog concisely with some pictures she introduced in the opening. Otherwise, I was impressed by her thoughtfulness.

  • Sordo 17 years ago

    We must to solve this problems whatever might be necessary to help restructure our unity. So, they can better respond to the blogger and vlogger pace of unify.

    Once again, many thanks for your help and support.

  • Katherine 17 years ago

    IamMine —

    You are smart in your own way! All of us in the Deaf community have something to offer for a better and healthy community.

  • Teri 17 years ago

    Hi Amy,

    Hope my post, “Life Imitates Art That I Found Myself Smiling…” made this AM inspired you to do a vlog.

    In fact, it is a quote by infamous Irish writer, Oscar Wilde and I played with it after discussing with my Irish husband who has an extensive knowlwdge in Irish literature. We came up with the title for my post at my bedside this morning (I was sick this morning).

    The actual quote is ” Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”


    Yes, I am fortunate for having such a wonderful husband. We always have “editorial” meeting, be it in hot tub, in bed, at the dining room, or any room you can think of! We are like a being of two minds.

    If you need help with some ideas for titling your posts, feel free to ask me and Bill. We will always come up with a clever one! πŸ™‚

  • The One and Only Ridor 17 years ago

    Pic of me? Oh, god. πŸ™‚

    But good video as always, Amy. You outdid yourself as ever!

    It is interesting to note that my blog has provide both positive and negative aspects of what had transpired in Deaf Communities — but very vocal few ones refused to acknowledge the positive aspects of my blog from day one.

    That is fine with me. At least, I’m comforted by a lot of emails supporting my back.


  • Grant W Laird Jr. 17 years ago


    You’ve said it all. Thanks! You’ve always been beautiful vlogger.

    Again, thanks for another edition of cool yet useful video πŸ™‚


  • Aidan Mack 17 years ago

    Amy-You said it beautifully.. I am glad to see you in Vlog again. You have unique energy that I admire. Your soul is beautiful, wise and gentle. Keep it up!!!

    Jean- I agree with you that Jill should include Amy for Vlog and Blog confernece. She is amazing!

  • Gary Brooks 17 years ago

    As always you make me smile! that’s why we need to stop negative each others. We must fix our broken circle. Deaf Unity Now!
    Gary Brooks

  • Toby 17 years ago


    I agree with you. It is beautiful comments! All of us need to have a unity among d/Deaf people since we are so small community compare to hearing community. Thank you, Amy for sharing with us all!


  • MikeS 17 years ago

    Your smile is causing a ripple effect. πŸ™‚

  • Joey Baer 17 years ago

    For your information, I did not approve one comment because it was very inappropriate. I will not tolerate any bashing comment toward any individual on this site. We need to focus on the topic whether we agree or disagree.

    Thank you.

  • Rob Walker 17 years ago


    That was excellent work.. truly excellent and so eloguent! Your messages were precise and right on the mark pertaining to the current issues in the deaf community (and also in the wake of a recent incident within a deaf blog.)

    One thing is evident – work is needed to erase the concept of ‘elitism’ – regardless of its allusion to social stratification (positions, level of income, etc etc). All too often, this is where the age-old ‘crab theory’ has come into play.


    Not only that, this appears to give some people the opportunity to ‘fire back’ with their concept of wittism (from their perspective). If only one would just think before speaking out, IF there is a need for it.

    In that, I agree with one of Amy’s remarks – a meeting of the minds and an exchange of opinions.

    Keep it up! Joey, I have meant to commend you on your blog/vlog site.. excellent and inspiring . Please keep up the good work.

    Rob Walker

  • Amy Cohen Efron 17 years ago

    Thank you to everyone who made positive and insightful comments to my vlog. You have inspired me and I am so happy that this vlog inspired you.

    Please mention this vlog to your friends, colleagues, co-workers, teachers and professionals.

    I want to share my plan what I am going to do with this vlog, I am in process of getting this voice-interpreted and open captioned to bring this vlog to the wider and broader audience.

    The information and content are so valuable for people to see it, learn and understand. The best part is that when a viewer understand this, and finally put in action. That is a successful vlog!

    I sincerely hope that I can see the increase of action-focused blogs and inspiring vlogs to help to unify all of us with respect, dignity and courage to share opinions and views without any retaliation.

    Thank you again for kind words.

    Lastly, a huge, heartfelt and warmest thanks to Joey Baer to have me as his guest vlogger, and posting my vlog on his website.

    Amy Cohen Efron

  • Nick 17 years ago


    Your vlog has been great with innovative ideas of your different analogies, perspectives, opinions, and many things that you share with your new concepts of deaf people, community, and culture. More like a “newsmagazine” as well as Deaf Mosiac. More episodes forthcoming to entertain! I absolutely agreed with your comment on your vlog that will lure our community to get together and share many things to provide with different categories to accomplish.

  • Jean Boutcher 17 years ago

    To Nick in #18,

    I am in total agreement with your comment. Let us write to Jill Bradbury (email address is as follows:
    Jill.Bradbury@Gallaudet.edu) and persuade her to invite our talented young Amy Cohen Efron to the Blogging-Vblogging Conference. The Gallaudet community needs to hear her very original thoughts.

    To Joey,

    You are a genius for recognising Amy’s talent!
    Hope to see more vblogs by Amy on your blog.

    Merci bcp!

    Bonne année à tous et à toutes 2007!
    Jean Boutcher

  • ToddE 17 years ago

    ABC- (Should there be a new sign name?!?) πŸ™‚

    Nice work. Thanks goes to Joey for hosting a high quality video file. And thank you for considering your vlog to be captioned/voiced-over; I think it is deserving of a much wider audience.

  • Jean Boutcher 17 years ago

    Post Scriptum:

    Halo again, Amy!

    Can you live me a list of titles of your vblogs with URL, so I can circulate it to my movie lovers.
    I also want Jill Bradbury to view them.

    Merci bcp. d’avance!

    Jean Boutcher

  • White Ghost 17 years ago

    I saw pics of Ridor and Jamie. Well, there might be the biggest thread of the year 2007. At the end of this year, we will look back and laugh so hard.

    Amy, well said. That is what the Bloggers and Vloggers are all about. Yet, we should all treat professionally.

    Hey, Amy I truly love your famous videos! Keep it up.

  • Penny 17 years ago

    Amy, well expressed and you are impressive too! Wow! I look forward to seeing more of your vlogs. I agree with you about Freedom of Speech with some restrictions. I am learning to do them too. It is hurtful to see our community going too far and attacked on others i.e. Ridor when he simply as for donation, Steve Hlibok with ugly attacks solely because he gave the message which he thought he had understood in the first place and others. It is truly unacceptable and I am sure your vlog will educate many people like you did with me. πŸ™‚ More vlogs from you, please!

  • Tara 17 years ago

    You said it all! Beautiful said!

  • Joseph Delawder 17 years ago

    Yeah ! I agree with you about Freedom of Speech! That’s true, deaf community need rebuild back together love as like brothers & sisters.

    I’m glad that they have deaf vlog so deaf will watch and listen to it and hope deaf community change better and better in the future.

    God bless,
    Joseph Delawder

  • Amy Cohen Efron 17 years ago

    This is in response to Jean Boutcher –

    Please check the right margin of this website, and you can see the link saying “Deaf World as Eye See It” – and that is my vlogsite. I need to update this. But the first few vlogs were created.

    For more vlogs – please go to http://www.youtube.com and type : abcohende in the search field.

    Thank you so much for kind words and encouragement.

    Take care,
    Amy Cohen Efron

  • beth 17 years ago

    Amy, many thanks for taking the initiative to address this issue. It has made me sad the past few days to see such negative, disrespectful comment posting on various blogs/vlogs, especially name bashing. It has left such a sick feeling to my stomach. Such comments are unproductive and hurtful. The deaf community can only move forward if we think positive and work together instead of seeking to drag each other down. We should not tolerate or give people a forum for such negative or disrespectful behavior because if we do so, we allow it to prosper. (my opinion) Joey, glad you chose not to publish a negative comment keeping dialogue productive and respectful. And lastly Joey, many thanks for all you do with this vlog. I refer to it first thing every time. I am deeply appreciative! πŸ™‚ Keep it up!

  • Tina 17 years ago


    You have reached to a greater audience than you have imagined! After sharing your vlog with my high school students, your comments led them to re-analyze themselves as a deaf person and as a member of deaf community. They are now motivated to do their own vlogs!
    I’m looking forward to see more v-logs coming, especially from the younger generations. Thanks so much! You rock!

  • Albert W 17 years ago

    i go to bed with good feeling tonight. #15. Joey, please keep weeding these anonymous with nasty comments off your blogs/vlogs. Don’t give them the freedom by hurting the individuals. Thanks again for allow Amy to share the concern with us. Nite!

  • Bridgetta 17 years ago


    Amazing! Thank you for your presentation and for making us think and be more careful in selecting our words — whether it is for entertainment purpose or for dialogue.

    I knew you from college and was thrilled to see you on my monitor! Kudos to Joey for including you.

  • Vadim 17 years ago

    Wow.. That was a great vlog, and it hit home! I loved the way how Amy started the vlog with a concept and then drilled down to what the issue is and how it can be resolved. Amy, you definitely should hold workshops like that for both deafies and hearies. It is wonderful seeing people like Amy who “GET IT” Amy, I also loved your past videos especially about JKF πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • sir william 17 years ago

    So glad that Joey allowed your blog into his website.
    You do inspried me, besides Joey and David E.
    I am not so easy to be inspired.
    It must be that you study and gather all the facts so well – with a lot of research time?
    Nice to watch and hear (see) a total picture.

  • Jane 17 years ago

    Neat job!

    Didnt you use to live in Delevan, WI couple of years ago? If you are the same person I have in mind, please give me a holler! I’d love to get back in touch.


  • Valarie T 17 years ago

    Wow! Amy you are incredible. I really enjoyed you vlog. I am a hearing person learning ASL. My receptives skills are weak. I think I understood everthing for the most part, but if you do have it voice interpreted or even a transcript of you conversation, please let me know. I would be so interested in sharing this information. Thank you again.

  • T. K. Hill 17 years ago

    Wow, well done job in showing what we could do with this new vlog/blog medium that is now spreading thru the deaf communities now. I just recently got on the bandwagon and become attracted to those deaf people’s vlogs among many websites that I just found via Internet. I do agree that deaf communities have become so fragmented and using the medium to extend their own immature behavior to negatively influence a person’s opinion about a certain person mentioned in vlog/blog. You pointed out libel, slander, and mob action as the restrictions of Freedom of Speech as spelled out in the Bill of Rights amendements to the US Consititution. Unfortunately, people will do that by using anonymous route and difficult to prosecut due to varying state laws when a person is in the another state. All we need to do is to foster harmony environment and face each other like a man or woman. Discuss the issues with the person u have issue with and learn why they differ. Maybe they will mingle or remain apart but will definitely defuse the walking bomb within. Keep it up!

  • Jonathan U. 17 years ago

    This it s so awesome. I felt like in her life how she express own her brain say something, like same experienced in my life and experienced. Really completed agreed with her.
    I sometime like fustaued with my life and want share with the people and feel like between to my friends and you too. always read like artist of this really help me lots and hit by myself about this to between to Deaf people. I felt like more more meet lots people. I m forwarding see this. πŸ™‚


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