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March 24, 2011

Hello Erika and everyone -
Thank you for your well wishes and I know my parents really enjoyed visiting with you too...as did I...Your research with SignWriting, Erika, is important...how is it going?

My mother placed your photo on the wall near her computer in the kitchen...the photo when you visited Malta, with Maria and her children on the beach...my mother liked that photo! And your son Leo is adorable! Hi to Leo in return...smile...

I plan to post a tribute to a SignWriting pioneer from Italy, Dr. Elena Pizzuto, who has touched my life. I have been grieved by her quick passing and when I went onto the memorial site that was posted by Claudia Bianchini (thank you Claudia!), I was amazed to see some SignWriting there:

Memorial to Elena Pizzuto
http://www.visel.cnr.it/index.php?

I want you to know, Claudia, that I will be in touch with you later, to ask how I can post a tribute to Elena on our SignWriting site - She is truly missed...

So life goes on, and we all are fortunate to know each other -

Meanwhile, SignWriting work here is progressing. Steve Slevinski is doing excellent work developing a new version of SignPuddle, version 1.6, and we are working towards presenting SignWriting before a Unicode-related committee in June. Although my work has been somewhat on hold recently, I plan to get back to work soon...I look forward to it!

Val ;-)

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On Mar 24, 2011, at 9:40 AM, Erika Hoffmann wrote:

> Dear Val,
> I'm so sorry to hear that your mother experienced these health problems, but so happy to hear that she is doing much better. I feel very lucky to have been able to visit you last winter and, in the process, get to meet your wonderful parents. Please give them my regards and a hearty "hi!" from my son Leo. 
> Love,
> Erika
> 
> On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> March 24, 2011
> 
> Hello SignWriting List!
> 
> It has been a long time since I have posted to the SignWriting List. But I am back, and the List will become active again.
> 
> My family has some good news yesterday. On March 8th, my 91-year-old mother had a stroke, and then a week later, a second stroke, and with good reason, the doctors were concerned and talked about end-of-life issues. But after 8 days in a coma-like state, yesterday, miraculously, my mother revived and started talking and talking and talking...like her old self!
> 
> So we are rejoicing today!
> 
> I am sure you all know that SignWriting has been made possible partly because of my wonderful large family. Several members of our family have helped with fund raising, grant writing and so forth. Without our family support, I cannot imagine how I could have raised the financing alone...Our non-profit organization, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing, does support a small staff that struggles to make a living, working on software and SignWriting books and publications, so funding is needed on an on-going basis. We began in 1974. SignWriting is now 37 years old.
> 
> I am grateful for the opportunity to write sign languages and to have the support to do it...and my mother, Doris Sutton, has been one of SignWriting's strongest helpers. She worked on fund raising for years, in the 1980's.
> 
> To give you an example, years ago, Doris found ongoing funding for our non-profit organization from a small private foundation in southern Califormia, to pay for all our internet costs... As you can see in the listing below, there are quite a number of web sites related to SignWriting on our server, and the annual fees to keep the server up and running are paid for all these years, thanks to the funding Doris found for us.
> 
> Our SignWriting server, hosted by DeafVision, includes SignWriting-related web sites designed by different webmasters in the US, Germany, Honduras and Norway. All sites are related to SignWriting or Sutton Movement Writing in some way:
> 
> 
> 1. SignWriting Site
> Read & Write Sign Languages
> Webmaster Valerie Sutton
> http://www.SignWriting.org
> 
> 2. SignBank Site
> Sign Language Databases
> Webmaster Valerie Sutton
> http://www.SignBank.org
> 
> 3. SignPuddle Site
> Create SignWriting Documents Online
> Webmaster Steve Slevinski
> http://www.signbank.org/signpuddle
> 
> 4. GebaerdenSchrift Site
> SignWriting Site from Germany
> Webmaster Stefan Woehrmann
> http://www.gebaerdenschrift.de
> 
> 5. SignWriter Studio Site
> for SignWriting Studio Software
> Webmaster Jonathan Duncan
> http://www.signwriterstudio.com/
> 
> 6. FrostVillage Site
> ASL FrostVillage Blog in SignWriting
> Webmaster: Adam Frost
> http://frostvillage.com/blog/lang/ase/
> 
> 7. SignWriting Image Server (SWIS)
> Open Standards of SignWriting
> Webmaster Steve Slevinski
> http://www.signbank.org/swis/
> 
> 8. ISWA 2010 HTML Reference Guide
> International SignWriting Alphabet 2010
> Webmaster Steve Slevinski
> http://www.signbank.org/iswa/
> 
> 9. SignWriting Wiki
> Wiki-style Articles in Sign Languages
> Webmaster Steve Slevinski
> http://www.signbank.org/wiki
> 
> 10. Binary SignWriting (BSW)
> SignWriting Script Encoding Model
> Webmaster Steve Slevinski
> http://www.signbank.org/bsw/
> 
> 11. TegnSkrift Site (under construction)
> SignWriting Site from Norway
> Webmaster: Ingvild Roald
> 
> 12. DanceWriting Site
> Read & Write Dance Movement
> Webmaster Valerie Sutton
> http://www.DanceWriting.org
> 
> 13. MovementWriting Site
> Read & Write All Body Movement
> Webmaster Valerie Sutton
> http://www.MovementWriting.org
> 
> 14. SymbolBank Site
> Symbol Archive for the International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA)
> Webmaster Valerie Sutton
> www.MovementWriting.org/symbolbank
> 
> and some family sites...
> 
> 15. The SoulSite
> Spiritual Poetry by Doris Sutton
> http://www.SoulSite.com
> 
> 16. Paul Sutton, Composer, Physicist
> Beautiful Love Songs CD
> http://www.PaulMSutton.org
> 
> 17. La Jolla's Legendary Couple
> Paul & Doris Sutton Age 89 & 91
> http://www.LegendaryCouple.org
> 
> 18. World Medicine & Ethiopian Journal
> Pamela Sutton, MD. Palliative Care
> http://www.PamelaSuttonMD.org
> 
> 19. A Global Writing System for a Global Age
> Autobiography, Inventor Sutton Movement Writing
> http://www.ValerieSutton.org
> 
> 
> More SignWriting-related postings are coming...
> 
> 
> Val ;-)
> 
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> -- 
> Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
> Assistant Professor of Anthropology
> Oberlin College