Archive for the “memoir writing” Category

Full, creative, and pleasurable

October 16, 201517 CommentsPosted in baseball, blindness, book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Mike Knezovich, parenting a child with special needs, public speaking, travel, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Writing for Children

It’s been a very happy week here in Chicago. Ours started last Friday, when Mike and I took an el to Schaller’s Pump on the South Side to watch a playoff game. Schaller’s Pump has been at 37th and Halsted since 1876, and from Mike’s description it hasn’t changed much since then. The bar is […]

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What I learn from Wanda's wise words

October 14, 201516 CommentsPosted in Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Uncategorized

It’s Wanda Bridgeforth’s 94th birthday, and without telling Wanda, I asked her fellow writers in the Wednesday “Me, Myself and I” to surprise her with essays on “What I Learn from Wanda’s Wise Words” and read them aloud to her this morning. Here’s mine. Bee-you-tee-full Wanda Bridgeforth has taught me the meaning of beauty. More […]

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I used to think "blind photographer" was an oxymoron

September 26, 20155 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, guest blog, memoir writing, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized

A blog post I published here earlier this month got such an intriguing comment from a blogger in Germany that I asked her to write a guest post here. She said “Ja!” Photo Narrations — pictures for the blind and sighted by Tina Paulick Beth’s post was about how she asked writers in her memoir […]

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Who would you want to read your memoir?

September 5, 20158 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, teaching memoir, writing prompts

If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you know who Wanda Bridgeforth is: She’s witty, she’s talented, she’s 93 years old and she’s been attending the memoir-writing class I lead in downtown Chicago for a decade now. When Wanda was growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her mother worked “in private family,” […]

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Describing a photograph to someone who can't see it

September 3, 201522 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guest blog, memoir writing, Uncategorized, writing

Okay, I admit it. Asking writers in my memoir-writing classes to choose any photograph they want and describe it to someone like me, who can’t see, was pretty self-serving. Thing is, though, the writers came back with pretty remarkable stuff! I’m having my husband Mike post the photo writer John Simmons chose here. Before you […]

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