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A Great Way to Discover Your Child’s Talents

For four years when I was a child, my parents made me take guitar lessons. Because the gene for musical talent is recessive on both sides of my family going back several generations, this was a deeply scarring experience. I was absolutely awful. I had not a drop of talent and I knew it. While I’ve been in therapy for

Meeting a Guide Dog

Over the years, I’ve written a series of posts on training and working with guide dogs. Why Do You Use a Dog Rather Than a Cane? Faux Service Dogs The Dog Blog: What Should I Know about Getting a Dog? The Dog Blog: Creating the Right Dog The Dog Blog: for Dogs The Dog Blog: Learning to Work with

How to Seduce Someone Who Is Blind

The title to the contrary, this is a blog that can be read by the children. It has nothing to do with Monica Lewinsky or Stormy Daniels. It does have everything to do with how to truly impress someone who is blind. A couple of years ago, I was invited to be a part of a small group that was

How to Meet a Pregnant Nun

Recently, my wife and I were invited to dinner with another couple who were anxious to introduce us to a third couple who “are really great people.” As tends to happen at such things, the men were seated at one end of the table and the women at the other. I appreciate meeting someone with a disability can be anxiety

The Curse That Comes in the Night

Of all of the many things that I’ve written about blindness and vision loss on this blog, I have never touched on one of the most unusual and little known. Most people who are losing their vision have never heard of it and, therefore, don’t think of it as a possible consequence of their vision loss. If, however, they are

And You Want to Know about My Sex Life?

No, this title is not just a sleazy way to get you to read this post; it’s really the topic of this blog. Read on. Several years ago, I wrote a blog, Tell Everyone about Your STDs and IV Drug Use About how blind people really have no privacy when filling out those probing medical questionnaires you’re given when checking

Ten Facts About Braille

In the past, I’ve written a couple of posts about Braille: Do I Really Have to Learn Braille? and How Does Braille Work? The last one was several years ago and, because many people are curious about the topic, I’m reprinting a post from the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired on the subject. I’ve taken the liberty of

Be My Eyes

The following article, App Helps Visually Impaired with Daily Tasks By Marisa Iati, originally appeared in the Washington Post on December 18, 2018. The program she describes, while several years old, is still as popular and widely used today. The alert flashed across the screen of Christina De Leon’s smartphone on a recent morning: “Someone needs your help.” De Leon,

4 Secrets to Making the Old-fashioned Ask

I’m convinced that one of the reasons I’m on earth is to provide comic relief for the people I meet by just doing the bizarre things that are just a natural part of being me. I was reminded of this recently when I sent my ten-year-old granddaughter into gales of laughter by thanking Alexa after it answered by request for

How Do Blind People Know What Money They Have?

Pop Quiz – close your eyes, open your billfold or purse and count your money – no peeking. You probably did pretty well with the coins. After all, with their seriated edges and distinctive sizes, the dimes and quarters probably stood out, and, after a little thought, you could probably distinguish pennies from nickels. This exercise may not have been

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