Blog Report: Pamela Mertz interviews Canadian women who stutter

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Pamela Mertz, author of the excellent blog Make Room for the Stuttering has posted another episode from the "Women Who Stutter: Our Stories" series. The October 1 session features CSA Member Carolina Ayala from Toronto, and a previous episode (#22) features CSA Member Heather Baier from Edmonton, Alberta. Upcoming is Sadia Khan, featured in a CSA Voices article Students and Teachers who Stutter.

Beware of dubious claims made on website

Kill Stutter A dubious website!

This article is a warning to people who stutter, and an appeal to everybody to help stop a website that makes impossible claims regarding curing stuttering, and has attracted international attention. The owner of the website in question, Arjun Lal, is Canadian and lives in Unionville, Ontario.The website claims to sell a taperecording that will stop stuttering in under 10 minutes.

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Notker the Stammerer

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Did you know people who stutter have a patron saint?

Blessed Notker of St. Gall, called Balbulus (“The Stutterer”) lived in the 10th century in St Gall, a famous centre of learning and culture in medieval Switzerland.

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Review of "the King's Speech"

Kings speech Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter

I had the pleasure of attending the screening of "The King's Speech" last night at the Toronto Film Festival and enjoyed every minute of it.

The movie is about the unlikely friendship that forms between shy, stuttering King George VI (played by Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (played by Geoffry Rush), his speech therapist. The latter helping the former find his voice. Even King George VI shared our familiar self-doubt: "How can I be king and lead my people with a stammer?"

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My Experience at the NSA Conference

rebecca Rebecca Tasker

This July, Daniele, Carolina and I attended the NSA conference in Cleveland. We ended up taking a greyhound bus all the way and even though some parts sucked we saved some money and got to know each other a lot better. Carolina had been to NSA conferences in the past and Dan and I were the "First Timers". Not knowing what to expect i was extremely nervous and didn't really understand why, but once we arrived and everyone was meeting each other I felt alot better!

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STUTTER: the Performance by Jordan Scott

This Review first appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the CSA newsletter.

A review of the Poetry Performance of Jordan Scott and the Sounds of the Element Choir, Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Music Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

There was a mystical quality to Jordan Scott’s performance at the Music Gallery in May of this year. The venue, St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, was built in 1844. Although partly burned down in the 1950s, the church retains its stone structure and stained glass, reflecting its original purpose as a place of worship. This is appropriate for the shows put on by the Music Gallery, experimental and unconventional performances that encourage thoughtful reflection in the listener.

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