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 […]

My Darkest Day: Becoming A Blind, Single Mom

My Darkest Day: Becoming A Blind, Single Mom

My life didn’t go as planned. Does anyone’s? Not the kind of people I connect with. I’m drawn to the people who have experienced heartbreak, loss, rejection, failure and confusion, yet still have become brave warriors in an uncertain world. The kinds of individuals who say, “I’ve been through hell and I’m still here.” The ones who […]

Retreats For Visually Impaired Women @ Oasis Center For Hope

Retreats For Visually Impaired Women @ Oasis Center For Hope

Living as a visually impaired woman comes with its own unique set of challenges, both physically and emotionally. Many of us choose to fully embody our role as caretakers, giving every ounce of ourselves to our children, families, careers and friends. Sometimes we need to take a moment, catch our breaths, and reconnect with ourselves. The Oasis […]

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Haven & Nera

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Haven & Nera

Puppy raisers are the unsung heroes of the guide dog world. Their immense sacrifice and dedication towards training allows people, like myself, to live more independent lifestyles. While every puppy raising family is undoubtedly special, I was personally touched by the profile you are about to read. Check out 14 year old Guiding Eyes for the […]

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Ito & the Cross Family

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Ito & the Cross Family

Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York, matched me with my first guide dog, Frances, in October of 2016.  Since our training, “Franny” and I have traveled together more than I have ever dreamed possible.  She is my best friend, my companion, my partner, and as my daughter, Nuala, says, “Franny is […]

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