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Reasonable questions: our visit to St. Francis Xavier School last week

March 2, 201627 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, questions kids ask, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney, writing

I’ve been visiting elementary schools with my Seeing Eye dogs more than 25 years now, so it’d be reasonable to think I’ve heard every single question a kid would dream up when it comes to blindness or guide dogs. Jackie Petrozzi But hey, who ever accused kids of being reasonable? Last Friday afternoon my Seeing Eye […]

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Questions about the color black

January 20, 201624 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, questions kids ask, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney

Last week was chock-full of school presentations for my Seeing Eye dog and me. I already wrote here about our Tuesday trip to Elmhurst. Two days later, Whitney and I got on another commuter train in Chicago to visit two more suburban schools. “I’m blind,” I told a group of second-and-third-graders at our last session […]

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Questions from the kids: our first school presentation of 2016

January 13, 201622 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, careers/jobs for people who are blind, questions kids ask, Seeing Eye dogs, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney

My Seeing Eye dog Whitney and I started our new year of elementary school visits in a big way: we took a commuter train to Elmhurst (The Chicago suburb where I grew up) and gave a presentation to 250 kindergartners, first-graders, and second-graders. All. At. Once. Whitney usually leads me to the train station in […]

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Time out for Seeing Eye dogs

November 21, 201513 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, Seeing Eye dogs, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney, writing, Writing for Children

Realizing I wouldn’t be able to see when his schoolfriends raised their hands to ask questions, my six-year-old great nephew Ray volunteered to help me call on kids in all three of the first-grade classes we visited at his school yesterday. All of the first-graders at Westmore Elementary had read Hanni and Beth: Safe & […]

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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, Whitney, 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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