Being Blind

Disability Defined

Disability Defined

My disability has added a second disability, my back. I have a ruptured disk for whatever reason we, the doctors and I, have no clue what happened. The theory is that a cycling accident I had a number of years ago was the catalyst event. It really doesn’t matter, my back condition is painful, debilitatingly […]

Pace

Pace

It’s a lesson I’ve had to focus on for my whole life, slow down, be patient. I’ve laughed at and mocked statements like you need to slow down to go faster. With age, millage and experience I can now look back and see that indeed if I’d stopped, spent more time learning, more time planning, […]

Managing Your Disability

Managing Your Disability

Disability requires constant diligence, what’s working what’s not working, what’s changed, what can I do to manage my disability differently. It’s a discipline of constant diligence that will see you through. None of Us Wants be a Burden We all don’t want to be a burden on others. Having others take care of our basic […]

Throw Back

Throw Back

Recently I had the opportunity to work at a client who’s focus is the eradication of blindness. I had some misgivings going into the organization, “the blind man at the blind organization”. Initially the gig was a good fit the people were excellent the mission for the organization seemed sound and I had fun for […]

Blind Man Fighting

Blind Man Fighting

To steal a line from Peter Gabriel “I was taught to fight, taught to win”. My parents would tell me when I was growing up that they are raising me differently then they did my sister. They were teaching me to fight for myself. Being disabled is tough it can be a “fight”. Recently as […]

Eureka

Eureka

I finally know why people don’t think I’m blind. I ran into a woman on the street yesterday who just kept looking at me in shock. She said that she had a friend who is blind and she says to me “you’re not blind”. I was raised to appear not blind for 40 years I […]

Prejudice

Prejudice

The remarks, “You are amazing!”, “You are inspiring” are a polite reminder of how brave I am to leave my house. I was on course last week and my eye’s, my mind, my heart was opened to some tragic truths. I am of Metis decent. Thankfully, and I say that with a lack of pride, […]

Beware, Small Minded Person

Beware, Small Minded Person

There are people out there who feel badly about themselves to the point they use others, they hurt others, to feel better about themselves. These are the people in a “culture” who are convinced that greatness cannot come from anywhere but within the culture. They are closed to the potential of others instead they judge, […]

Culture Defined

Culture Defined

I took a course that offered a model of culture that I’ve latched onto. I am a visual thinker and models help me to make sense of things and to move forward my thinking on a subject. I’ve been trying to write about a number of topics for a couple of years and now with […]

Identity

Identity

Recently I published an article defining culture, I want to build on that article as the definition of culture has given me language to discuss identity. I have been drafting an article on identity for as long as this blog has been in existence. All of my life Spock from the “Star Trek” franchise has […]

Intolerance for Intolerance

Intolerance for Intolerance

I don’t have to look far to recognize the things that infuriate me about intolerance; I just have to look in the mirror. I have a total intolerance for intolerance, and I’ve been brutal about it. Popeye has been an inspiration for most of my life, well a sound byte of Popeye’s has been an […]

Crossing the Street

Crossing the Street

  Crossing the street is serious business. I have a rigor a discipline that keeps me safe and keeps me alive. Sighted people are so carefree so careless, jaywalking, cutting corners, crossing against the signal. I don’t have that luxury, my envelope of certainty isn’t that big. My rule of thumb is never trust a […]

Coke Bottle Bottoms

Coke Bottle Bottoms

  WARNING, this content may be misconstrued by some readers.  The implication being I can see more than I can actually see.    The ability to compose a picture has no relationship to how much of the content of the picture can be seen.     Photography is an important technical accommodation used to give […]

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do It Better :-)

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do It Better :-)

  I regularly receive the comment, “I didn’t know you were blind!” I am what they call “high functioning”, which has always pissed me off. High functioning is a fancy way of saying I’m not blind, or I’m not blind enough. Lets stick purely with the facts, I am blind; yes I still have some […]