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Liysa Callsen was lost the day she was born. Her ears worked. Those of her parents did not. Hence her first language was not the spoken word, it was American Sign Language. That was 1972. Since then, the bridge between the hearing world and the Deaf has widened.
After graduating from high school in Livonia, Michigan, Liysa went on to earn a degree in Paralegal from Madonna University also, in Livonia. Those skills took her to Chicago. There, she became homesick, and realized she yearned for the world of the Deaf. Imagine her good luck to subsequently marry a Deaf man and have two children who can hear.
In 2011, after finding herself, she launched her one-woman show in Milwaukee. In the show, she enacts what it was like to grow up being constantly directed by adults who could hear and those who could not. In the show, she paints word pictures onstage with her hands. She never spoke orally. That voice comes from an actor offstage. The stories from the show are folded into her memoir.