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How I Lost 125 Lbs.

Since March, Club VIBES members have been involved in the National Fitness Challenge sponsored by the United States Association of Blind Athletes in which they are committed to walk 10,000 steps, roughly five miles, daily for six months. This guest blog outlines some of the more dramatic benefits of the program. Jared Jackson A little over two years ago, I

The Nearly Perfect Question

The Nearly Perfect Question Not too long ago, a friend stopped me to ask for some advice. Now, I’m absolutely certain that the world would be a far better place if more people did this, maybe the President, Congress, or even the board of my condo association. So, I was primed to share the benefit of my wisdom when asked.

Being Healed – Whether You Want It or Not

As I’ve mentioned from time-to-time in this blog, being blind or visually impaired increases the likelihood of you having some bizarre experiences that most of humanity misses out on. I was reminded of this not long ago when swapping “You’re not going to believe this” stories with a couple of visually impaired friends. The fun began when the other three

How Does Someone Who Is Blind Use a Computer

If you’re looking for something different to spice up your next business team-building exercise or family gathering, I’d like to suggest trying to use a computer without a screen. The rules are simple: The game is played in two-person teams. Person A makes all the decisions about how the computer is to be used, may manipulate the keyboard, but is

Knowledge Before College (Part 2)

Knowledge before college part 2

As a high-school student, Sarah Holloway was one of the founding members of Club VIBES. She has received her B.S. in microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is Part One of an article written by Sarah as a guest writer for “Freed to Fly”. In Part 1 of this blog, I discussed the skills that a visually impaired

Great Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

2016 Gift giving ideas

As I’m writing this, my wife is unpacking Holiday decorations and has Christmas music playing on Pandora. The air in our house is just soggy with good will and love of our fellow man. The only problem with all of this seasonal festiveness is that it means that shopping is just around the corner. For me, this is a torture of which the Spanish Inquisition would have been proud.

Tell Everyone about Your STDs and IV Drug Use

Medical Privacy

If you think you have anything like medical privacy when you lose your vision, think again. I suspect that there is a secret clause in HIPAA that says, “This doesn’t really apply to anyone who is blind.” Some years ago, my eighty-year-old mother came to visit. Since she would only be in town for a few days and we wanted

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