Hello, Fab Fans! What’s happening? I know! I know! There are so many things to do for the holidays. We have to be ready from the beginning of November through the first week of January.
Nails done at Nail Pro Salon in Palisades Center, NY
Take a deep breath and tell our bodies to relax. It is not a matter of death or life if we do not get everything done on time, are off budget, or just mess up. It is not the end of the world. We must remind ourselves how grateful we are for our lives and the many chances and opportunities down the road.
Grinch Fruit Kabobs with North Pole Smoothie Bowl Made by Aidan Mack
It is important to stop and think about how hard our bodies have worked for us to continually perform physically, mentally, and spiritually and to thank our bodies for their hard work in keeping us alive and active. To those whose bodies limit performance in part or in whole, we thank these bodies for continuing performing through the limitations. Our bodies do their best to support our great lifestyles as long as possible.
Decorated by Aidan Mack
Facing adversity and challenges, we must continue to appreciate and be grateful each and every day, knowing we will persevere and do our best. It does our hearts good when we give back to people, communities and organizations in need in every way by donating, giving, helping, and volunteering.
Pistachio Pudding Cookies Made by Aidan Mack
Always remember if we do not meet or accomplish a goal, do not get discouraged and say why should I give back since I did not meet the goal like someone else. Don’t be that person. Keep on reminding ourselves that we are works in progress, and we will get there if we just do not give up. We must continue to find a way. As we persist, we are succeeding. Success does not have a final destination.
Sautéed Mushroom on the top of the Beef Tenderloin on the Garlic mashed Potatoes. On the side, it is Balsamic Vinaigrette Mixed with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Garlic and Onions Made by Aidan Mack
Do not let stress wrap you up in self-absorption by trying to present yourself with the perfect home, perfect food, perfect party and perfect presents. You will only end up disappointed because life will not be perfect. Yes, it will not be perfect because perfect is not possible.
British Columbia, Canada
A great way to show appreciation and gratitude is to open up your heart, look at each community, reach out to them and ask them if they need help, support or love. If you see that they are too afraid or have too pride to ask, make sure you jump in and offer help. If you see a human throwing ISMS and PHOBICs around people, please take a stand and tell them that is not acceptable. We are here to love everyone, regardless of his or her background, community, race, religion, sexual, etc.
It is amazing that our hearts can produce so much love if we simply allow it. It is no excuse to say that we can only give so much love to any diverse group, religious identity, race, sex, background, culture, economic condition, personality, and community of people who have mutually respect for each other’s common good and differences every single day. Love has no limit…
Whoa, I missed one of my favorite holidays this year — Halloween.
Photography By John Warren
Every year I dress up and celebrate this spooky celebration. This year I had a list of food and stories and video for Halloween, but I never got to them because … I been so busy focusing on my show and my projects. I know! I got it, folks – that I need to balance my personal and professional life. I am working on it. Trust me.
Photography by John Warren
So, sorry to have been away from this website for such a long time. My intention is to keep it filled to overflowing with projects, ideas, information, entertainment, inspiration, and reflection.
Photography by John Warren
Since The Aidan Mack show moved to a different location from White Plains to Manhattan, I’ve had to devote more time to set things in motion and get my new show up to snuff. I want it to be the same high quality that made you fans in the first place. Things are coming along and I’ll keep you posted about airing times, but in the meantime, I intend to stay in touch through this website sharing information and experiences with you all.
While waiting for my show to be greenlighted, I decided that I will go ahead and set up a mini studio at my home so I can video myself with a nice background and share information, news, and tips without pausing. It will be like a friendly visit. As the old song says, “Come on a my house,” until we can get the studio version up and running. It’s exciting to watch this project grow, and although it is just beginning to bud right now, I know it will soon be a garden in full blossom, and you’ll be there to enjoy it.
Photography by John Warren
There are two projects I have been working on: 1) set up a foundation and 2) stage a fundraising event.
With the foundation, I have board members and we have our bylaws. I also wrote the business plan. The only thing I need to do now is find someone to help fill out the forms. It requires a lot paperwork to get this non-profit activated. It is so complicated to fill these out and it is important to make sure the information is accurate. The process is time consuming and expensive, but I have every faith that I can bring to fruition. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Meetings are underway and my committees are getting together to do fantastic work. We’ve decided on a two-year plan to reach our goals. I am gratified with their interest and their passion. Think good thoughts for us. We are willing to do the work, we have the inspiration, now a prayer or two might help.
Photography By John Warren
With closing, I will commit to writing and posting video on my website once or twice a week from now on. If I am busy, please know that I am out there trying to make a difference or doing something that I hope will benefit you all in the future. You know I hate excuses, so there will be no excuse for me not to write or post a video.
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This video, “#IAMDEAF”, is a part of a campaign that shows the world that Deaf people can do anything.
People, it’s over! Please open these damn doors that we have fought so long to get these doors open so we could have opportunities. We deserve to have these opportunities as hearing people.
Fear us, not! American Sign Language is a language that would enrich and flourish Deaf children’s lives and their personal and professional growth. It is not just that. It also applies to the hearing babies who would thrive even more if they learned sign language as well. Learning and using America Sign language has so many benefits.
Oftentimes, hearing people do not know how to communicate or to work with Deaf people and they easily walk off and blow us away. For your information, The Deaf community and the hearing community CAN work together and they both also can communicate with each other. All we need to do is to remove the attitude toward Deaf people and, let it be known they are capable people who have so much to offer to the world. You will see that we have so many different ways to communicate and so many different ways to work as a team personally and professionally regardless of the culture and language differences – only if we as Deaf people are given a chance.
Through my opinions, discoveries, and commentaries on different topics, I as a host of the Aidan Mack Show, really enjoy sharing information and discussing them with non-signing, signing hearing and Deaf viewers. I love being a host so much for it empowers me, and I am highly motivated and passionate in finding and sharing knowledge that may benefit or enlighten my viewers.
All my life, I had to struggle to gain access to information and to be able to express them. I remember the depth of my feelings and my thirst for knowledge. I wanted to write, but I do not have enough tools in my bag to be fluent in writing English. Not only that, but another obstacle is, unfortunately, the powerful judgment of people with the upper hands who would determine our intelligence based on how fluent we write. The last possibility would be for me to express myself through ASL, but there was no budget to cover the interpreting service for translating ASL into spoken English and vice versa. That is another barrier for me, and non-signing hearing people, in the business and entertainment communities.
There were several moments when I felt trapped inside four walls without a door to escape. I could see the information, and I know that there is information out there. How could I communicate that information, or get confirmation whether the information is true if I am unable to access the information? It is like they have taken liberty away from Deaf people. Our right to be informed was being denied by them by not providing interpreting services for us, not adding subtitles to music, movies, and news. They are depriving education and language of the Deaf, marginalizing our voices in the media and discriminating us from seizing an equal job opportunity.
As a person who was always starving for knowledge, I would find books, articles and newspapers to read, watch TV and put stories together in order to try to understand what was going on; and ask people what they or the others said as best as I could. The growth of knowledge did not have to be that painful. It should be the key to advancement and prosperity for all.
As Benjamin Disraeli quoted, “As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.”
That was what triggered my passion being a talk show host, to finding and researching information, analyzing it, questioning it, discussing it, sharing it with my viewers, and interviewing people, the experts, celebrities, and everyday people on my show or at locations. I wanted to give people the power of knowledge in every angle and being as true as possible.
I did not set up The Aidan Mack Show for me to become famous. Well, it may be slightly true that I would like to be a celebrity, but a humble one, who values true and honest people. I set up The Aidan Mack Show so that people can have access to full information that would be beneficial to their needs, wants, actions, decision makings, and desires, and to help enhance the quality of their lifestyle.
I would like to share what I have discovered from my research.
Actually, the origin plan is to research on Starkey Foundation and find out what its mission and why they make this choice to contribute their time and give away hearing aids for these people in need. I want to find out what their motivation was. It is not my bag in reacting in emotional way and throwing assumptions without knowing the whole information. I rather look at this from a different perspective by going around from a 360 degrees angle. Once it is being fully understood then I discuss this.
Now, Imagine the Deaf community as a map and it is now being stretched out.
Hold that vision for a second.
I noticed that many Deaf people keep saying… “Don’t take advantage of the Deaf community. “I cherish the Deaf community.” “Let’s support the Deaf community”. It is like they think that the entire population in the Deaf community uses American Sign Language and is a part of the Deaf culture. And these cause me some concerns.
Look at this. The Deaf Community on this visualized map that is filled with Deaf people (including people with hearing loss) on it.
Do you think that this map is filled with most of Deaf people who are using American Sign Language and is a part of Deaf culture?
There is a small and tiny dot on the map of the Deaf community that has a group of culturally Deaf people using ASL and the rest of the map is HEARING people with hearing loss, FYI.
As I did do some research, I found these well respected scholars, who were very involved this research of culture, linguistic, ASL, environment, education, and other different things in the Deaf community. They have wrote a numerous of good books. These scholars, Sharon Baker and Dennis Cokely did find the information on how many culturally Deaf people who use ASL. Unfortunately, they did not have a specific number however they do have numbers that are in the range. The range is between 100,000 to 500,000 culturally Deaf people using sign language, which means the rest of the map is HEARING people with the hearing loss.
Now, there is a research on how many people of hearing loss including culturally Deaf people.
For example, NITDCD and HLAA, their research had concluded that there are 48 million people with hearing loss (including culturally Deaf people).
Now, this small and tiny dot that I take out 500,000 culturally Deaf people is being subtracted from 48 million people with hearing loss (including culturally Deaf people). It would leave 47,500,000 HEARING people with hearing loss. In the Deaf community, we have a small and tiny dot of a group of culturally Deaf people using ASL. That’s it.
Most people with hearing loss are people who born as hearing then became Deaf later. For example, a hearing baby becomes sick, they are born prematurely, they have gene defects or their mothers have illness. Those things would impact on the hearing of babies. It can go far as toddlers, teens, young adults, middle age adults, and elders. It can be from cancer, illness, infection, and aging.
So this means the large of population in the Deaf community is hearing people with hearing loss and it also has a small and tiny dot of a group of culturally Deaf people using ASL.
That’s when I understood that Starkey Foundation’s primary target is on hearing people with hearing loss. Starkey Foundation acknowledges that a small dot and tiny group of culturally Deaf people is a part on this map and Starkey would welcome them if this group wants hearing aids. Starkey does not discriminate any group in the Deaf community.
Is Starkey Foundation are being politically involved with or promoting ASL, Cued Speech, Oralism, SimCom, SEE?
No, they are staying out of this. They just focus on giving away hearing aids for free to those people who cannot afford paying for the hearing aids and the insurance does not cover the costs.
Think again… Starkey’s primary focus is HEARING people with hearing loss.
Now some culturally Deaf people get angry by blasting and demanding. It is important to remember that we have a very small dot of a group of culturally Deaf people who use ASL. Who has more power? I suggest you to be careful if you really want to influence the large population of HEARING people with hearing loss by informing them about the benefits of using ASL instead of scolding them or getting angry at them. These people would step back because they are HEARING people who lost their hearing.
This is serious business.
It is important for us to look at situation in different angles.
Oh… I finally understood why some culturally Deaf people who use ASL would prefer use the ASL community instead of the Deaf community. The ASL community means all kinds of people who use ASL. It can be CODA (Child of Deaf adult(s), interpreters, parents of Deaf children, etc…
However, when it comes to voicing our rights, If we only want the ASL community to represent us, it would be still considered a small group anyway.
We would still need a support from the Deaf community that has a large population, which are HEARING people with hearing loss by being our ally for our right of accessing to ASL.
We can work with them by adding ASL to their lifestyle. If HEARING people with hearing loss were having a hard time understanding lipreading or hearing, they would have a back up by using ASL. We show them how much ASL would benefit them without criticizing them for wearing hearing aids, finding them benefit to them, and telling them to do by saying they do not need hearing aids and it is stupid to have hearing aids. I feel it would be the most effective way is for us to respect their wants/ desires/needs then to enlighten them about adding ASL to their lifestyle that would make things easier for them to communicate and to understand each other better.
We need to consider how to make this approach toward a large number of Hearing people with hearing loss in our community and we do need their ally when it comes to voicing our rights or to protesting that our rights are being taken away.
I want to stress that again… There are 47,500,000 HEARING people with Hearing loss in comparison with 100,000 to 500,000 culturally Deaf people using ASL. Which group is powerful?
I will explain more the depth of this whole picture of Starkey Foundation the next time – on my show.
Before I write a post on what Valentine’s Day mean to me, please be advised that this may change the mind of Valentine’s Day haters.
Valentine’s Day means different things to different people and they have a right to have their own perspective on Valentine’s Day. The only thing I hope for them is that it is a positive day, regardless of the fact it may be a commercial holiday. It does not matter if you are single, or a part of a couple. I feel it is important to point out that society and businesses destroy people’s perspective of Valentine’s Day. It is your opportunity to make that day special.
I agree that it is important for people to show love to themselves and/or their partners and show their appreciation every single day. Nowadays we are so busy with taking care of our lives, our living costs, our families, our children, our future, our career, and/or our challenges that may be thrown in our face for us to deal with. Valentine’s Day is a good way to remind us to celebrate ourselves in any way we want.
It does not have to be only for people who are in a relationship in order for Valentine’s Day to be celebrated. It can be a personal friendship between two people that is reciprocated and they are there for each other for support and encouragement. Friends can do something on Valentine’s Day to celebrate their friendship. It also applies to families, such as parents and their children, and siblings.
There is never a good excuse not to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It is sad when I see people who are single who would say, “I have no one to celebrate with.” That is absolutely not true. You should celebrate yourself. Send lots of love to yourself and appreciate yourself for what you have done to achieve your goals, or for getting yourself farther ahead than you were before. It is always best to love yourself first before you can love the others. Be grateful to your heart that is a capable of filling up with so much love, that is only if you allow it. You can look into the mirror and say, “I am beautiful, or I am handsome. “ It will fill your entire body and soul with love. Your body and soul need to hear your kind words come from yourself.
As you may know, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It is very special to me, regardless whether I am single or in a relationship. As for today, I am single by choice. I chose a theme for this year of 2016 for myself, which is to reflect and appreciate myself, love what have been given to me through good and challenging times, and I relish in how blessed I am personally and professionally, while showering myself with gratitude.
I plan get up in the morning and do some self-mediation on Valentine’s Day. With Self mediation, I would build up and let go of my muscles, clearing up blocks and moving forward to reach optimal self-acceptance and continual love of myself for who I am.
Before I go to the gym, I plan to make a sweetheart smoothie. I will be mixing one cup frozen strawberries, one cup frozen cherries, one frozen raspberries, ½ cup mango chucks, ¼ cup red grapes, one banana, ½ cup almond milk, ¼ cup kale, ¼ cup peeled and chopped carrot, 1tsp ground chia seeds or flaxseed and 5 ice cubes in a blender.
After I work out, I would be hungry and I would not want to eat at a restaurant as if I was starving for days. So I plan to make hearts out of watermelons and strawberries then put them on the top of a watermelon. I would carve oranges into arrowheads and add a fletching with long toothpicks. The shaft would act as an arrow, piercing through the watermelon hearts. I would add unsalted mixed nuts around them.
I plan to dress up for Valentine’s Day by wearing a pair of faux leather skirt and a jacket over a t-shirt with shiny lips. I will carry two bags, one with a word, LOVE on it. The second bag will be filled with hearts. I will be meeting up with my best friend and sharing our gratitude for our great friendship with a Valentine lunch.
After I get home, I am going to pamper myself by doing my own facial. I will exfoliate my face with Neutrogena Microdermabrasion system for twenty minutes, and carve a cucumber into hearts for my eyes, as they need some loving, too. I would mix raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with Indian Healing Clay until it is smooth and cover my face, neck, and chest with it. I will turn the music on, lay down on the couch with two cucumber hearts on my eyes, and feel the vibration of love.
That’s what my Valentine’s Day will look like. Instead of moping around and complaining about what the point of Valentine’s Day was, there are thousands ways we can do to make this day special, only if we take proactive actions for ourselves and our partners.
Please do share what Valentine’s Day mean to you.
Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day from The Aidan Mack Show!
Hello everyone! Before I get into the topic of Halloween which is one of my favorite holidays, I wanted to say welcome to my new website, www.aidanmack.com. Everything will go directly to www.aidanmack.com. Please make sure you subscribe to this website and it will go directly to your inbox before it goes public. It is still a work in progress so bear with me on this. Please do feel free to share this website with everyone that you know. You can also follow me on social media. Please feel free to give me any feedback or suggestions and I am all “eyes“ for them. I thank you for your patience and support.
Don’t you all love Halloween? If you don’t, then something is wrong with you! I’ll tell you why it is so much fun to dress up in costumes and marvel at others’ creative or outrageous outfits. I have been to numerous Halloween events such as haunted houses, nightclubs, parties, pumpkin festivals and parades which bring wonderful memories for me. There is so much to do to celebrate Halloween. It is great for couples to transform themselves for one night to revel in another character. Of course, it is just as enjoyable for families with children. A family could do so many things such as creating a haunted house or a Halloween themed party in their home. The children could get involved in planning in the haunted house or party (it’s safer than going from a door to door). Parents can also dress up in costumes to go trick or treating with their child(ren). It creates wonderful memories as a family and for the parents to watch their kids sort through the candy with excitement and disappointments on their faces. After kids go to bed, both of you as parents can do something fun if you get my drift.
Halloween is fun for all whether you are young, mature, single or married.
When I host or I attend a Halloween party, I love to be creative when it comes to making food. I also need to think twice about using healthy and tasteful recipes for people to enjoy. I have three recipes: Brain Dip, Creepy Apple Teeth and Jack ‘o Lantern Oranges.
It is perfect to make it because it looks spooky and tastes delicious. I display the blue corn tortillas and guacamole dip in a fun way next to the cauliflower which resembles a brain and radishes as eyes. Here is the recipe:
One head Cauliflower
Thin slices of blue and red fruit roll-up
Sloppy peeled Radish
Organic Blue Corn Tortilla
Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and scoop the avocado out from the skin into a bowl. Mash it with a fork and stir in diced tomatoes, chopped onions and garlic. Put it in a small glass bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent it from browning.
Remove leaves from cauliflower and remove the stem. Place it in the glass bowl. Decorate it by weaving thin strands of red and blue fruit roll between the florets to resemble arteries. Poke two radishes in as eyes on the “brain”.
Place the blue tortilla chips around the “brain” and the guacamole dish behind it.
Creepy Apple Teeth:
While waiting on a line, I saw a food magazine. I was reading it and saw this amazing recipe and said to myself, “I must make this one day!” And when I did make this and it was so easy to do. This recipe is perfect for a last-minute plan and it’s creepy looking but delicious. Here is the recipe:
Apples (cored and sliced)
Freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice
Slice apple in halves and dip them into lemon or squeezed orange juice to prevent browning.
Spread almond butter on apple slice on one side
Slice the strawberry to resemble the shape of a tongue. Drape it over the apple slice.
Stab pine nuts into the apple to create teeth.
Jack o’ Lantern Oranges:
This is a very creative recipe using an orange to resemble a jack o’lantern. I saw these at an event that I attended and vowed to make these. It is so easy to make and perfect for kids to do. This is healthy for kids which is a bonus for the parents.
1 apple, chopped
Halved seedless red grapes
4 strawberries, chopped
Choose which side of an orange you will use as the face for jack-o’-lantern’s; cut a thin slice from the bottom so that it rests flat. Cut another small slice on the top.
Before you spoon out pulp, cut out the face you desire to use.
Chop pulp and combine with apple and grapes. Spoon the fruit into Jack o’ Lanterns.
What did I pick for my Halloween costume? I had a tight budget this month so my choice was limited. I went to Party City and I was looking for a meaningful costume that matches the theme. I browsed at all of the pictures of various costumes they had posted on the wall and I found a perfect costume for me. It only cost me $14.99 which is a steal and perfect for my small budget!
Yes, it was Medusa.
I decided to take an opportunity to be Medusa because in a few years ago, a well-known Deaf man in the Deaf vlogging world, who looked down on women with strong personalities, labeled me as Medusa. He believes women should submit to men and that men should have the final word. He reminds me of how men treated women back in the day when the feminist movement started and these men labeled these women as Medusa. Even today, these men who see women who are strong and vocal about things as Medusa. Labeling me as Medusa does not hurt every part of my body emotionally and physically. It even makes me proud knowing that I can be my own person and I am a woman with a strong, outspoken and independent personality.
Medusa is a character in Greek mythology, she was a beautiful woman who was raped by Poseidon (the Greek god of the ocean). He broke into Athena’s temple (Athena is the goddess of wisdom and the daughter of Zeus) where Medusa was staying and raped her. Athena accused her having an affair with Poseidon so she punished her by turning her into a monster with snakes on her head. She was never allowed to look at another man and whoever looked into her eyes turned into stone. She ended up alone and used those eyes to turn any male into stone out of rage for the unfair punishment she got. No one wanted to go near her because of the snakes on her hair. Once beautiful, now fearful to people.
So I chose Medusa to honor of these diverse women with strong, outspoken and independent personalities and for those who have not gotten the support they deserve after they get violated by men.
Please remember it is never a woman’s fault when she gets raped. She has a right to say no because it is her body. She has a right to choose whatever she wants that she feels it fits her and to be in a safe environment.
Always stay true to yourself and to others. Stand up to do the right thing and speak up to be heard. Get out there and make a difference in your community to make it better. It is good to have a strong and independent personality – knowing that we as women are capable of emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically, and mentally care of ourselves.
Here is my short video wishing you all a Happy Halloween from the Aidan Mack Show. I wanted to make sure you have a safe Halloween. Please keep your children safe by checking their candy and going to safe neighborhoods to go trick and treating. It is so important for drivers to watch the roads for trick and treating children crossing them!