I Am A Camera

The personal journal of author and photographer Jason Pettus

A field report from Chicago Marijuana Legalization Day, and the party-like atmosphere in Andersonville around the city's oldest dispensary

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After being absent from my blog for six months, I thought I'd end the year with a look at why that was, my plans for 2020, and a list of my favorite book reads and movie watches of the year, out of the 300 titles I consumed

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A complete list of all the books I've read and reviewed as part of learning American Sign Language

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After a two month hiatus, I've finally resumed my study of American Sign Language, this time with the help of a new group of fellow students I started at Meetup.com

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An ongoing list of useful small words in American Sign Language, to help you string major concepts together during conversations

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On the cusp of “graduating” from my first semester of sign language, today I pause for some thoughts on teen girls, doddering grandpas, and the joy in being officially smarter than a dog

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Today, an extended look at the most crucial event to define the modern Deaf community, and the reasons it's considered so important

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I'm starting to meet a lot more people in the Deaf community, in a variety of different ways, but my experiences aren't quite matching up with my expectations

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A field report from my very first Chicago Deaf community social event, plus some sobering thoughts about my fellow late-deafened adults

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A field report from the annual Chicago conference on disabilities and the arts, plus a look at my first experience signing with strangers

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