Waiting for The Force Awakens
Big Guy and I are a couple of city kids adjusting to small town life in the Texas Hill country.
My first blog started in 1996 as a class project, only it wasn’t called a blog back then. Over the past 20+ years. The Dee Zone has been around in many forms. I write about music, religion, cooking, photography or whatever hits my ADHD brain at the time.
Growing up I never enjoyed writing and would do anything to get out of writing assignments in school. I have dyslexia and dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a form of dyslexia that affects fine motors skills and the ability to write legibly. It was the actual process of transmitting ideas to paper that made writing so painful. Thanks to several elementary school teachers that ignored my learning disability and punished me for poor handwriting by the time I reached middle school I hated both school and writing.

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  1. Hey Dee,

    Yes, I did have Dr. Rainey for Greek and other classes. I’m grateful to have had him as a spiritual marker in my life.

    I had a great university experience at HPU. I was on staff at Lake Brownwood Baptist Church, the Baptist Encampment and then at Eastside Baptist in Comanche. My current church is sponsoring a church plant in Blanket at this time.

    Jimmy Pruitt
    MSCC Abilene


    1. Hello Dee,
      I do not know if I’m doing this right, but here it goes. This is the first time I comment on ANY blog.

      Like you, my 13 year old son has ADHD and dysgraphia, so I would like to know more about your academic experiences. How did you become such a good writer and speller?

      He is doing OK in 7th grade. He can complete reading comprehension tasks, so he gets Cs and Bs on all his core classes. He is in advanced math, and he is doing very well there, but he does all the math in his head. If he writes numbers down, he has a difficult time reading them. He is very smart in many ways, but he cannot spell well or write complete sentences.

      What made spelling and writing click for you? Do you have any information that might be helpful to him. Did you have specialized instruction? I know these learning differences are very hard on him, and his self esteem is suffering. I would appreciate any information you can share.


  2. Hi,
    Thanks for highlighting the topics on ADHD, ADD and hyperactive children. I’ll be needing those info for my next assignment.

    Btw, I’ve added you on my Blogroll list.

    cheers, rani.


  3. HSB doesn’t have a way for comments yet. Hopefully that can be added. However, I’m starting to add something here for HSB Post so comments can be left. However you do have my email from my comments.


  4. Hey Dee, I had to check out your site…We have much in common. I homeschooled three kids for 17 years and loved it. I have taught a lot of dyslexic children to play piano. My son is dyslexic. I adore Dr. Pepper. Never had a pet cow, though. Way too big for me. LOL.


  5. Thanks for dropping by. I enjoyed your comment and have responded, hopefully clarifying matters a bit. I totally resonate on handwriting struggles and nasty teachers, and similarly have been freed by the keyboard to actually discover that I love to write, now even in longhand – tho still messily…


  6. Hello Dee!!!

    Your web site is really cool …I got to ccc your picture 🙂 you have hair like
    me 🙂 and we kinda look alike …Are you my long lost sister? …..Your hair looks to be naturally curley,? anyway… I visted your flowers (bluebonnets) i also take pictures and decorate with them, Stephen and i love to travel so we take lots of pictures …i’ll send you and Nathan some… thank you for inviteing me to your web site……..tell Nathan hello for me…have a wonderful 4th
    God bless you much

    mf from csd


  7. Dee,

    i don’t have a blog…at the moment but have considered starting one.
    i do enjoy writing…have a great rest of the weekend God bless! 🙂



  8. Don’t forget that you played the trumpet and saxophone in the HHS band!!!!

    P.S. Dublin Dr. Peppers ROCK!!!!!!!!


  9. Hi,
    Thanks for visiting my blog space, and thanks for the comment. I am enjoying your site, you come across as a very interesting individual, I’m glad to have stumbled upon your blog. Will be visiting more often. =)


  10. Admin 426,

    Thank you for you interest in a link exchange. However, my links are limited to websites that I find interesting or important. My blogroll is limited to either blogs I enjoy reading or my actual real life friends.


  11. Hello,

    My name is Nathan Williams and I am part of the Editorial Team for Zen College Life. I wanted to let you know that THE DEE ZONE has been selected as one of The 50 Best Learning Disability Blogs at http://www.zencollegelife.com/50-best-learning-disability-blogs/.

    Our Editors and Readers selected your blog because of its high standard of quality information mixed with your excellent commentary.

    We’ve also created a badge that you can display on your website to let your readers know you’ve made the list. If you want to display the badge, simply email me and I will help you post it to your blog.

    In addition, if you are interested in being interviewed for our blog, please let me know.

    Continued Success!



  12. My spouse and I definitely think that this short article was highly beautiful. For your efforts we offer you this interesting quote. – “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ~ Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)


  13. Hello,

    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert


    1. Kathleen, I really don’t take guest posts. I’ve had a couple from my mom or my husband but that is about it. Have you considered starting your own blog with WordPress? It could be an on-line portfolio.


  14. You have a very cool blog! I just wanted to let you know that I have a Google Plus page with the same name. And get this I searched for myself on Google+ and your blog came up, I clicked on it and… I Found Out I Have a Lot in Common with You! God Bless


  15. Hi Dee, your blog is awesome. I wanted to let you know that I have a Google Plus page with the exact same name. Don’t worry it’s not a page where I talk about bad stuff, I mainly talk about church and school activities. Here’s the real funny part, when I found your blog I noticed we have a lot in common! God Bless!


  16. I tried to check out your blog but the link you provided is private and I’m not sure I found you on Google+. That is interesting. I’ve had a blog entitled TheDeeZone since about 1996. TheDeeZone has been on several servers: HtComp, Geocities, Angelfire and Blogspot before landing on WordPress. Thanks for stopping by.


  17. You’re twitter account is protected and posts are not visible. Are you new to blogging? I wasn’t really able to read any posts you mentioned on either Google+ or Twitter. It appears that both are closed or private blogs.


  18. Sorry about that. They are private pages. How about I leave the blogging to you and the “big guy”. I am very new to all this. I never used email until 2 years ago. People who know me would be hard pressed to find a single picture of me on the web. I’m just trying to take it slow, slow, slow…
    Bye now!


  19. Hi Dee,

    Do you accept guest blogs? I work with a doctor who treats dyslexia and dysgraphia and if you’d like to know more or see a sample blog, please contact me.

    Thank you,


  20. Love Dr. Pepper. Is there a special kind that I don’t know about? Thanks for your comment on the writing challenge.


    1. There was a special kind. The original bottling plant was still using the original equipment and cane sugar until DR Pepper forced them out of business. Oh, the original plant was in Dublin, Texas. It is Dublin Bottle Works.


  21. Subject: Brief Online Study for Students Diagnosed with Learning Disability/Disabilities.

    Hello my name is Elizabeth Geiger and I am a masters student in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am looking for individuals who would like to participate in my research study exploring the life experiences of students diagnosed with a learning disability/disabilities. This survey should only take about 20 minutes of your time.

    If you are willing and eligible to participate, please click on the link provided below. Thank you in advance for your time and input. Also, I would really appreciate it if you could pass this message along to anyone else that you think may be eligible and willing to participate.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    * Must be at least 18 years old.
    * Must reside in the U.S.
    * Must be diagnosed with a learning disability/disabilities.
    * Must be currently enrolled in college or graduate school.

    If you meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested in participating, please click on the link below to take you to the survey:


    ***This study has been approved by the Teachers College, Columbia University Institutional Review Board: (Protocal #14-020).

    It is possible that participants may recall experiences and events involving stigmatization and discrimination that may be unpleasant or uncomfortable. In order to help minimize any discomfort, participants may skip questions or leave the survey at any time without penalty.

    If you have any complaints, questions, concerns, or would like to know the results, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at efg2116@tc.columbia.edu or my faculty sponsor Dr. Melanie Brewster at melanie.brewster@tc.columbia.edu.


  22. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my audience would value your work. If you are even remotely interested,
    feel free to send me an e mail.


  23. Great blog! I wonder if you’d be interested in doing a post on Beeline Reader, a new tool that helps readers with dyslexia and ADD stay focused while reading. We’ve won several startup awards and are currently in the final round (top 3) of Dell’s Ed-Tech competition. We have various free tools (also ad-free) on our website: http://www.BeeLineReader.com


  24. Hi there,

    Please excuse my direct approach.

    I’m the Development Officer at St. John’s School and College (www.st-johns.co.uk) a learning disability organisation based in Seaford and Brighton.

    We support, care for and educate young people from all walks of life, aged 7-25, who have complex and severe learning disabilities and special needs. We currently support learners with autistic spectrum conditions, Downs Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, severe communication difficulties and rare diagnoses.

    Essentially I wondered if your blog would be interested in helping to promote on of our upcoming projects, The Jumblies Project. We would of course help promote your blog too but it seemed like there is a good link up between our work.

    To give you some background, we are trying to raise money through Neighbourly, a sort of crowd funding website, to help our students put on an interactive, sensory performance of Edward Lear’s play The Jumblies that will be performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival and Brighton Digital Festival in 2017.

    I can provide more details about what is involved, how it will benefit our learners, links etc. but we would love your help getting the crowd funding link out there and provide you with some interesting content.

    Please let me know if this is on interest to you.

    Kind regards,



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