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The Really Blind Date

The following guest blog was written by Owen Neil, one of our newer members. As you can see, among his many virtues is a whimsical sense of humor and a light touch in approaching a topic that could easily be discouraging. O.K., not being conceded or anything, but I’m a fairly attractive guy. I have most of my original hair,

Some Pet Peeves of Being Visually Impaired

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post, “What I Wish I Could See,” that focused on the major things in the lives of Club VIBES members that they wished they could see. This was pretty heavy-duty, serious stuff. Today, I want to focus on something lighter, pet peeves, things that are just what you would guess – annoying,

I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say “No”

My wife tells the story of trying to cross a busy street in downtown Memphis as part of her mobility training when she was losing her vision. The instructor wanted her to have the experience of judging traffic to know when it was safe to cross as well as the challenge of actually crossing. All was progressing well; she listened

My Blind Sister

At nine-years-old, this blog is written by our youngest blogger and sister of one of our newest VIBES members. There have been only a few changes in spelling and punctuation, but the content is purely Harris Harris Rutherford Hi my name is Harris Rutherford. And I have a blind sister her name is Campbell and I want to tell you

What I Wish I Could See

At the beginning of a recent VIBES meeting, we began by everyone introducing them self and saying what they wished they could see or what they missed most by not being able to see normally. The answers were so interesting, and so varied, that I’m devoting this post to reproducing what was said that night. Appearances to the contrary, this

When I Become President

With the publication of this blog post, I am announcing the beginning of my campaign for the Presidency in 2020. I know I’m getting a late start; I should have started on election night of 2016 but I think I have a compelling message. My candidacy will stand out because I’m not going to focus on the traditional hot-button issues.

Over There

Editor’s note: As a college student, Cathy Anne Murtha wrote the following essay years ago, never dreaming that it would still be reprinted decades later. Her amusing take on some of the difficulties she’s encountered when receiving directions is a wonderful reminder to everyone of the importance of avoiding vision-based terms when giving directions to someone who is blind. Currently,

What Should I Call Someone Who Is Blind?

Several years ago, a couple I knew was going to have a child and were undecided as to what to name the baby. It was fortunate that human gestation takes nine months because they could not agree on a name. She liked traditional names where he wanted something more contemporary. Finally, tired of having all of her suggestions vetoed, the

“Blind Skills” You Didn’t Know You Had

When most people think of losing their vision, I imagine, after thinking of all the things they wouldn’t be able to do, the next thoughts are of how they could never learn to make the adjustment. To be sure, there is a learning curve in mastering Braille or mobility skills; but, believe it or not, some of the basics in

How Does Braille Work?

There are many things about vision loss that society views as negative, but the use of Braille is not one of them. Whether small child or adult, most people are fascinated with Braille and curious to know how it works. I offer the following quick and dirty summary as a public service to satisfy that curiosity. First, think of learning

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