June 27th is National Sunglasses Day!

June 27th is National Sunglasses Day!

Tom Cruise defined sexy-cool in his Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses during the 1986 hit Top Gun. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ iconic oversized look was courtesy of her Nina Ricci 3203’s. Schwarzenegger sported Gargoyles ANSI Classic  in the Terminator series, declaring “I’ll be back.” Holly Bonner, (that’s me) of Blind Motherhood, likes to rock Julbo Sherpa Glacier sunglasses! Whatever your eyewear pleasure; […]

Pre-School for All? How Far Will This Blind Mom Go?

Pre-School for All? How Far Will This Blind Mom Go?

Over the past two weeks, my newsfeed has been jam packed with graduation pictures; kids of all ages adorned in caps and gowns, celebrating their academic milestones. It wasn’t until last night when I came across the video of preschooler Sophia Urquijo, belting out Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” during her Miami graduation that I […]

Thorny Devil: The ‘Grooves’ of Motherhood

Thorny Devil: The ‘Grooves’ of Motherhood

I got a late start as a mom. My little girl was born when I was in my mid-thirties. When I show up at her school for classroom parties and field day events, some of her friends think I’m her grandma. The fact that many of their mothers are almost young enough to be my […]

Oh, Gnats! – The Disabled Parenting Fishbowl

Oh, Gnats! – The Disabled Parenting Fishbowl

My nine-year-old daughter Sarah burst through the front door and shoved her soft-sided lunchbox into my lap full force, right on top of the braille book I was proofreading. “Mom! Bugs flew out at me! I opened the zipper, and a cloud of bugs just poofed out at me!” “What? Wait, what?” I set aside […]

To The Thief Who Stole My Sunglasses

To The Thief Who Stole My Sunglasses

You, with the sticky fingers. I’m sure you don’t remember me. We never met face to face. You slipped up behind me while I was chatting with a fellow writer at a conference twenty-one years ago. Without a sound, you snagged the $65 pair of sunglasses out of the purse under my chair. I never […]

Adventures in Public Restrooms: How To Traumatize A Blind Mother

Adventures in Public Restrooms: How To Traumatize A Blind Mother

This week, I had another “first” in the wild world of motherhood. After shopping in my local mall for a few hours, my almost pre-schooler, announced she had to “go to the potty right away.” Of course her declaration came just as my other darling child decided to throw the mother of all tantrums in […]

Orcam Trilogy: Episode II: Job Security & The Gift of Time

Orcam Trilogy: Episode II: Job Security & The Gift of Time

For those of you who don’t know, Blind Motherhood is not my full time gig. Let’s face it, adulting is hard, and every girl needs to earn a reasonable living. In the real world, I am an administrator for a non-profit organization. I also serve as the agency’s grant writer, an entirely different style of […]

The Ugly Duckling Cake

The Ugly Duckling Cake

My family and I were invited to have Easter dinner with some close friends. We had been asked to bring dessert, so I set out to make a chocolate pound cake the day before. Simple enough. I’ve baked zillions of cakes over the years—baking is something I do for fun. But luck wasn’t with me […]

Yes, I’m Blind. Yes, I Have Back Fat.

Yes, I’m Blind. Yes, I Have Back Fat.

The first Wednesday of every month, this momma gets a night out on the town. Frances and I walk fifteen blocks to a local catering hall where we attend a Soroptimist meeting. Sometimes having a guide dog is a lot like having a toddler, meaning you better make sure you relieve your dog before you […]

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Leah’s FATE

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Leah’s FATE

“FATE” is best defined as the development of events beyond a person’s control, inevitable predetermination, or something destined to occur. When you speak with puppy raisers who have volunteered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, many of them will say they believe “fate” played an integral role in directing their lives towards this amazing organization. Leah, the puppy […]

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