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Larry Irving Bergum, Obituary

Larry Irving Bergum, Obituary

Date of Birth:  Friday, December 10th, 1943 Date of Death:  Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 Obituary:BERGUM It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Larry Bergum; husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Larry was born in Killam, Alberta on December 10, 1943. He married Doreen Dumont of Sundre on October 8, 1965, […]

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Cancer

Cancer

For me cancer still carries the death sentence stigma. My generation has seen many advances in the care of cancer and the outcome of a cancer diagnosis has changed significantly in the last several years. Recently I had my first one degree of separation encounter with cancer. I learned a lot and there are many […]

By November 9, 2015 Read More →
Communication & Imagination

Communication & Imagination

  Living with Ocular Albinism I’ve always tried to define the word accommodation?   My definition for accommodation recently changed.   I’m an Information Technology professional; naturally my definition of accommodation has revolved around technology.   Here are the solutions I’ve found to the problems I face with Ocular Albinism.   Light Sensitivity My irises are translucent so […]

By January 23, 2015 Read More →
My Biosphere is Shrinking

My Biosphere is Shrinking

I’ve been back in Alberta now since July 2009. Ironically even though I grew up here I’m allergic to absolutely everything; pollen, duet, mould, all the trees all the flowers. I’ve found that even though I grew up in a house with smokers I can’t tolerate cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke all on its own will […]

A2

A2

  A very long time ago I worked for Health Canada and spent a lot of time in Ottawa Ontario for work.   I was away from home one December, my kids were very young.    The kids mother asked that I do the Christmas shopping in Ottawa as there wasn’t any time left before […]

The Parental Alienation Opera

The Parental Alienation Opera

If you’ve been reading you’ve undoubtable read about my issues with having a relationship with my children. Also many of you have found your way here by searching for topics related to: unaccompanied children traveling alone, parental interference and parental alienation. I am here to tell you that this issue doesn’t only happen to the […]

Grammar Grammar Grammar

Grammar Grammar Grammar

Grammar has never been one of my strong points.  If you told me at any point in my life that I would one day be making my living by writing I would have laughed at you.   It’s really hard to master something that you can’t see or touch smell or taste.   I have the same […]

Angels Among Us

Angels Among Us

ran my first marathon a couple of years ago in Calgary.   I chose Calgary for my first marathon because I grew up there. I didn’t want to be worrying about where was I and where was I supposed to be going.   My knowledge of the city took my disability out of the equation.   I could […]

Gym

Gym

I hated gym I hated it all through school.  I ended up hating jocks.  Those SOB’s who do they think they are being able to do those things.    Who were those guys running down the track jumping those hurdles?   Man those things hurt…. Baseball runs in my family’s blood.  My dad played just below the […]

I Love Shopping

I Love Shopping

The internet has made available to me everything I could ever want.  I have purchased almost everything off of the web even a house.     I did have a trusted friend confirm the property was what I would want but I hadn’t seen it before the deal was closed. I Love Shopping Podcast Malls in a […]

Family

Family

It’s very hard for your family when you’re born with a disability.   There is the whole set of issues around what did we do wrong why do we deserve this why is god punishing us.   Then they have to deal with what and how will this baby grow up and make its way in the […]

Darkness

Darkness

A blind man is handy to have around in the dark. I live in the sticks can you believe that? I can’t. I live in a small town in the mountains and I’m happy about it. Yes logistics are difficult and its hard getting places but yet I’m happy. Living in the middle of nowhere […]

Curse You Cursive

Curse You Cursive

Time shows us that language reading or writing has only been available to about two percent of the population at any given time in human history. Historically the clergy were the ones who were taught to read and write. In the last fifty years this has changed dramatically. High technology historically was the pen and […]

Orientation / Navigation

Orientation / Navigation

I grew up in Calgary next to some of the best skiing in the world. My cousin told me that when you’re in an avalanche you need to spit to find out which way your buried in the snow. So you don’t dig the wrong way. When the spit starts hitting your face you know […]

Diversity Directions

Diversity Directions

My fiancee has a high data quality requirement for directions. No I’m not picking on my fiancee its just I have someone to show me the world and I’m learning so I’m sharing my learnings. Anyway. I can’t give directions to my fiancee at all. She needs street names and major intersections. These things are […]

Six Months and Still Babbling

Six Months and Still Babbling

WOW Its been six months since I started WWW.BlindManCan.COM. Its been fun. The comments have been interesting. I know people are reading the blog. The biggest theme is why don’t you describe more of what you’ve learned or tell more about how you felt in your blog posts. I want more. Six Months and Still Babbling […]

Where Dreams Come True

Where Dreams Come True

God has a way of getting the point across. God has been telling me emphatically for a few months now. Follow your voice follow your voice. People have been saying more and more often. You have such a great voice you should do radio. I even ran into someone in a store who remembered my […]

Groups

Groups

For all of us inclusion of some manner in a group is comforting. People’s thinking seems to be focused around categorization. We all need a hole to fit into be it round or square its kind of up to us as individuals. Sometimes how you fit a square peg in a round hole is with […]

Its Crunch Time

Its Crunch Time

In these tough economic times people with disabilities are going to take a huge hit. I read an article today that governments are thinking of canceling the death penalty to save money. You know if you have a disability that your screwed when the death row dude is going to live because they can’t afford […]

BlindManCan Store

BlindManCan Store

Check out the BlindManCan Store BlindManCan Store Podcast Today on a whim I added a store. A few of my friends have been suggesting slogans so why not. I’ve started with mugs but will be adding shirts hats etc. Check it out. You might enjoy some of the items.

BlindManCan on iTunes

BlindManCan on iTunes

BlindManCan Now On ITunes BlindManCan Now on iTunes Podcast Its technology so cool. You can now find BlindManCan on iTunes.

Head Out of Sand

Head Out of Sand

My parents had a couple of great sayings that really help me out to this day. Being disabled you can get caught up in yourself to the exclusion of all else. You can live in your own little world. You can also fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself. Head out of Sand […]

Groups II

Groups II

Some additional thoughts came to mind after I wrote about groups previously. I was listening to the Vinyl Cafe a radio show from the CBC in Canada. Its very comical following the exploits about Dave. Dave owns a used record store in small town no where Canada and the radio play follows Dave’s trials and […]

Human Migrations

Human Migrations

Growing up in Canada there were many times because of a resource based economy that industries shut down and people had to move. The mine was closed the forestry shut and fishery devastated. I never in my wildest dreams thought as an IT person that my industry would be devastated. I often thought of the […]

Audiance

Audiance

I’ve always been told that I’ve got a great set of pipes. Voice. I’ve always been told I should be in radio. When I was born the nurse even told my mom that I had / have a voice like a fog horn. I’ve been messing around with a career transition and talking to some […]

Run Me Down

Run Me Down

A fellow in a truck almost ran me down the other day. I tapped on his truck to get his attention and he started telling me how he was going to insert my white cane in an orifice of mine. I’ve done it as well when I do something I know I’m in the wrong […]

BlindManCan Amazon Store

BlindManCan Amazon Store

I added an Amazon hosted store for the books and devices I talk about. Check it out. I added an Amazon hosted store for the books and devices I talk about. Check it out.

No One is an Island

No One is an Island

With the current economic times God has taken the opportunity to remind me that no ones stands alone. No one is an island. I have always been grossly independent. Historically if you tried to help me I’d crush you like a bug for your generosity. I’d take offense be offensive and stand in admiration at […]

Artists Way

Artists Way

Its become apparent to me that one has to take care of themselves to be able to create. I have the “Artists Way” book but have never gone through it. I haven’t scanned it. But when I am under stress or I’m upset. I can’t write and I can’t record. Sucks. It continues to surprise […]

I Wish You’d Told Me

I Wish You’d Told Me

I wish you’d shared with me. I’m suffering for your ignorance and pride. Who do you think your kidding not talking about your disability not sharing with others in your family impacted by the same disability you have. Who are you not to admit that you are blind like me. Throughout our lives we are […]

I Admit It!!!

I Admit It!!!

O.K.. I admit it. I’m bitter. The worst economic meltdown in my lifetime absolutely. I’m so sick and tired of not being considered for a job because I don’t have a degree. I had a choice when I was going to school. The ophthalmologist told me your sight or a degree. It was a very […]

Desperation

Desperation

I now know why they call it a depression. Deep recession, recession, global economic disaster whatever. I’m going to call it a depression. We are not out of this thing yet. I don’t care what spin the governments are putting on things. Call me the crazy man yelling the sky is falling. We are in […]

The Hardest Choice

The Hardest Choice

Having children without the issue of a genetic disorder is daunting decision. Society is unkind to men and woman who choose not to have children. Parents, friends, apply a ton of pressure to have children. I’ve seen many people who don’t want children spend most of their life single as the pressure from society to […]

They Didn’t Even Ask

They Didn’t Even Ask

I’ve been looking for work now for eight months. Recently I’ve had a cluster of interviews in Canada and in the USA. Its so wild my recent trip to Alberta for interviews. I went with four confirmed interviews and added three more while I was there. Busy couple of days. I came away with only […]

Im Still Here

Im Still Here

Its been a long long time since I’ve posted anything on the blog.    I’ve kind of lost my voice.  I don’t know what to say.   I had some weirdo provide some feedback on the blog and Its kind of taken the wind out of my sails. The movie Milk provided some inspiration to write again.   […]

Pain

Pain

I would not wish pain on anyone.    I found out when my ankle was rebuilt that I have crushed vertebra L4 and L5 and messed up the disk between them.   I am relived that now I have understanding of the pain and illness I have experience but have not been able to resolve for most […]

Making Cookies

Making Cookies

My wife and I love to make cookies.    Actually this journey started when I still lived in the US.  I missed “Dad’s” cookies.  It’s a Canadian brand of oatmeal cookies.    My wife found a recipe on the internet to make them.  Bless her heart.   Well now that I have a big tummy again maybe not. […]

An Open Letter to My Children

An Open Letter to My Children

I love both of you very much.   I am proud of both of you.   Your stubbornness and tenacity and your ability to make a decision and live it is something to be proud of. I understand that the changes I made in my life were huge.   I knew that to be fair to you I […]

PEFFS

PEFFS

Pain Energy Fatigue Functionality Seeing I have included the “dictionary.com” definitions of each of these words for your edification and entertainment.    Seeing is a lot of work and how much I see and what I see is really dependent on PEFFS.    I define PEFFS as follows: PAIN:   They physical pain I feel from the act […]

Bootstrap Blindman

Bootstrap Blindman

Pulling myself up after being unemployed for a year is going to take some time.    The toll has been horrendous.    The job market in and around Seattle remains a disaster.   Personally I’ve lost my confidence I’ve lost my belief and understanding in my abilities.  I’m trying to pull myself up and out of this mess.    […]

Accomidation

Accomidation

As a blind person I get to observe experience and rationalize sociological constructs. One of them is accommodation. When we talk about accommodation we also need to consider the norm. What is the norm what is normal? In my exploration of with is the norm and what is normal I have observed that these constructs […]

Bad Dad

Bad Dad

I am a failure as a parent. Actually technically as a loving caring person I got better. but as a blind person who is a parent I’ve failed. Not living openly with my disability created dynamics that made the whole parenting thing impossible. It put pressures on me and my children to the point that […]

Show Me The Money

Show Me The Money

Being blind, being disabled, is expensive.    We all have certain costs for housing transportation, food, entertainment, clothing, etc..   From experience my costs are higher.    Having married an accountant I am not very aware of my expenses. Money has always been a problem for me.   Really not that I don’t make enough of it which I’m […]

The Ultimate Opportunity

The Ultimate Opportunity

Touching a persons life is above else doing the work of the universe of “god”. We are all together in this, if we feel unloved unwanted or alone, we are all together in this. This Life. What does it mean to touch a persons life. The negative side is easy. I’m disappointed I’m unhappy, I […]

Broken’s Parents

Broken’s Parents

A disabled child, shocking abnormal, broken, unacceptable, shameful, sin….. Having a “broken” child is such a disappointment. What have I done, what could I have done differently. Why is God punishing me!! Why Why Why. Its like waking up Christmas morning anticipating that one thing that you’ve always wanted you’ve always desired then … Its […]

Meds

Meds

I hate drugs be they prescription or recreational.  I have come to accept the prescription variety.  Pain or a threat of a shortened lifespan are amazing motivators in seeking out treatment and ultimately be willing to accept medications in your world. As an individual I use every ounce of my abilities to get through the […]

Find A Happy Place

Find A Happy Place

My wife asked me today to find my happy place.   I resented her comment at first but I am starting to get it.    I am always reminded that we are impacted by those around us and in turn we impact them as well.  My life is truly blessed by the presence of my wife. When […]

Marginalized

Marginalized

People don’t get it. If you don’t look or act a certain way then you can’t be. I don’t look blind and most of the time am fairly highly functional. I have had a successful career although with the economy that is no longer true. People like to push you around like to determine what […]

Alberta Bound

Alberta Bound

Those words have been given new meaning for me since I’ve moved back. I can’t believe how much things change and how much I’ve changed as an individual. The culture here is very much against open discussion on anything. They all appear to be homophobic and afraid of anything that is not the “norm”. There […]

I Believe

I Believe

I have faith and I am a very spiritual person. Organized religion is very hard for me.    Having lived with people who look at me and my disability with the moral model, I’ve sinned or my parents have sinned.  Its very hard to believe in a system of spirituality that condones and practices intolerance.     To […]