I am a real fan of the humorist, Wil Rogers. Among the many insightful things he said were his comments on Mother’s Day: “It’s a beautiful thought, but it’s somebody’s hurtin’ conscience that thought of the idea. Someone … figured we’ll give her a day … and then in return Momma gives you the other 364.”
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A number of years ago, I was asked by the friend of a friend to speak with a middle-aged man who was losing his vision but very much in denial. When I went to his home, he welcomed me cordially, invited me in, and offered me a soft drink. When he tried to pour it into a glass, however, three-fourths of it missed the glass and spilled on the rug. I learned later that his vision had deteriorated to the point that, when eating, he had to lower his face about three inches from his food to see what was on his plate.
I would like to think that, polished sophisticate that I am, if I were introduced to, say, Queen Elizabeth or former President Clinton, I would remain the ever-poised person I like to think myself to be and not blurt, “Hi, Liz” or “Hey, how’s Monica doing?” In my more realistic moments, however, I have to admit that, nervous and ill-at-ease, I’d probably be more likely to commit a social faux pas than I would like to think.
If someone who is blind were to draw a map of your city, what would you think it would look like? What would be highlighted? What would be left out? Growing up in Kansas, which, if it’s not as flat as a table top, comes pretty close, it was relatively easy for me to have a reasonably accurate mental map
After a little reflection, all of us can name those people who had had the greatest influence on our lives: parents, favorite teachers, etc. Sometimes, however, people who only touch our lives very briefly may have a significant impact as well.
As a blind or visually impaired student, there are all kinds of things that the others kids do that people say you can’t, and, to be honest, there are a few you will have to cross off your list. If you’re a boy, you’re never going to be quarterback of the football team, and, if you’re a girl, it’s not
You may be wondering why, with all of the responsibilities and inconvenience associated with working with a dog, anyone would do it. It ultimately comes down to a personal preference, and these are some of the reasons that people give for using a guide dog.
The easiest, or perhaps the least stressful, part of flying as a blind person is the flight itself. There are only a few things to keep in mind to make it a little less difficult than it might otherwise be.
Every single one of you who reads my blog matters to me. I’m here because you’re here, after all. As we reach the first-year anniversary of the blog, I’d like to ask each of you to take a minute and help me see myself and the blog through your eyes. Every year about this time I go on a retreat
When transferring between flights, most people simply pick up their luggage when exiting the plane, check for the gate number of their connecting flight, perhaps stop off at the restroom or get something to eat, walk to the gate area of their connection, and board when the flight is called. If you’re blind and working with a customer service representative,