Archive for January, 2012

Generations united

January 30, 201210 CommentsPosted in Beth Finke, blindness, Braille, Mike Knezovich, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney, Writing for Children

Check this out: Mrs. Walsh’s first-graders made a book to thank me for visiting their school with Whitney last month. When the book arrived in the mail I knew right away who I’d enlist to read it out loud to me. A number of the seniors in the Wednesday memoir-writing class I lead are retired Chicago […]

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Nine lives

January 27, 201215 CommentsPosted in Beth Finke, Seeing Eye dogs, Whitney

While Whitney and I were training at the Seeing Eye last month, the PR people interviewed a few of us for a short one-minute promotional video. You can link to the video on YouTube, but get out your Kleenex first – it’s downright heartwarming. And be sure to watch from beginning to the very end, […]

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Whitney has a smart bump, and she's not afraid to use it

January 23, 20129 CommentsPosted in Beth Finke, blindness, Blogroll, guide dogs, Harper, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Whitney, writing

Today Bark Magazine published a blog post I wrote about my first weeks at home in Chicago with Whitney. I start out the post describing how the Seeing Eye-dog thing is supposed to work. The blind person memorizes or finds the route, the pair gets themselves situated on the sidewalk, the blind person commands “Forward!” […]

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January 19, 20127 CommentsPosted in Mike Knezovich, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Whitney

Whitney and I have been busy the past few days here in Chicago working with Chris Mattoon, one of the superstar trainers from the Seeing Eye. In the meantime, a few of the superstars in my family have been making news: my 16-year-old great-niece Anita Sterling was featured in a newspaper story about “2012 Breakout […]

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