Archive for August, 2016

Does this harness make my butt look too … small?

August 31, 201668 CommentsPosted in blindness, guide dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Whitney

I had just tied Whitney’s latest deposit into a pick-up bag and was leaning down to re-buckle her harness when a stranger approached. “Excuse me,” She said. Her question must have been pressing. She couldn’t wait for me to stand up before asking. ”I’m not sure you notice, you know, not being able to see […]

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Mondays with Mike: 50-50? Gus will take those odds.

August 29, 201624 CommentsPosted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, parenting a child with special needs, Uncategorized

On September 3, 1986, Beth called me at work and said, “Today’s the day.” As in, her OB-GYN was scheduling a C-section for later that day to deliver our son. Because Beth’s a type 1 diabetic she routinely—thanks to the kindness of friends—made twice-weekly visits to the doctor to monitor things. So I was used […]

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Never again

August 27, 20168 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized

The writers in the memoir classes I lead keep me amused, alert and alive. One of them phoned this week bemoaning our assignment. “I’ve been thinking and thinking about it all week,” she said. “I can’t come up with anything to write about. I want to keep doing everything! We both laughed. “You are my […]

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Not ashamed to say it: I'd rather be able to see

August 19, 201616 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, politics, Seeing Eye dogs, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized

Roughly one in five Americans lives with a disability. So where is our pride movement? That’s the subhead to an op-ed piece called Becoming Disabled in the New York Times Sunday Review this week. The piece was written by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, an academic who has a disability. The piece is well-written and looooooooooong — Professor Garland-Thomson […]

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