Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Sorry for the long lapse in blogging and the junk posts.

I’m so sorry for the long lapse in blogging.

It has been a very busy winter.  My spring resolution is to blog more again.

Also, I am sorry for the junk posts that I found on this blog recently.  I have cleaned them up.

Unless you see posted by Kim at the bottom, don’t read or take them seriously.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

A new appreciation of family.

It has been ages since I blogged.  Several family members were facing major crises and that took up all of my time and energy.  Fortunately, things are resolving and I feel I can breathe and blog again.  Over the past couple of months, I have learned so much about the resilience of my family members.  I have admired their courage and strength when faced with extremely difficult and even life threatening situations.  Their tenacity and ability to keep going and keep moving forward.  I am lucky to have been born into their midst.  It is the same tenacity they showed when they learned I was blind and would always be blind.  Their attitude of “Okay.  This is how it is.  Now let’s go on living.”  Their example of positivity.  Their modelling for me that life is precious.  That everyone’s life is precious and valuable and that you can find ways to adapt and live.  Their great gift to me is this.  That you can always find a way on.  Not an easy way always.  Not a fun way always.  But a way to live and thrive and I thank them for that.  It has given me a tenacity, an ability to be creative and adapt what needs adapting, a stubborn independent nature.  But also a sense of humour and fun that helps in these times.  Thank you!  You know who you are!  With love.  Kim

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I am so lucky to have so many interesting experiences.

The other day, I was on the bus.  Someone beside me asked me a question.  The usual question about the dog.  Then she asked if the dog got bored.  I said that I did not think so.  She said, “I suppose you don’t go to very many places.”  I laughed.

Let’s take yesterday as an example.

Yesterday morning, I got up, ate, got ready, then I tweeted about our radio show, facebooked, and met my co-host Shelley and off we went to bus to the university to do our radio show.

At the university, we chatted with our show guest and others.

Then we did the show.

This involves doing every aspect of it.

Controlling microphones, sound levels, selecting and bringing in and playing the music.  I had to audio edit a segment for yesterday.  We have to prepare for interviews and then conduct them.

If we have phone guests, we call them while a song is playing.

It is busy.

After the show, I came home and worked on my presentation for last night and other paperwork.  I’m also creating autobiographical stories for an upcoming show.

Then, last night I was the guest speaker at an event for parents of pre-schoolers who are blind or have low vision.

That was a great night with lots of great questions and answers and lots of interaction with parents.

That was just one day in my very full life.

Does my dog get bored?

I don’t think so.

Now, she is snoring contentedly at my feet, lying in the sun.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Funny interactions with kids.

Yesterday I had a wonderful time at the foundation fighting blindness event in Ottawa.  I gave a workshop “Intro to Idevices and accessibility” and I had a table for our GTT program.  It was fun and I talked to many people.  The volunteers were wonderful.  As I was standing beside my table, a little kid came up with his dad.  They had been playing squash at the rec centre and were leaving.  The kid said that they would like to pat the dog. Don’t know if the kid was a he or she.  So, the dad said that they could not pat the dog because the dog was working.

I explained about Tulia wearing her harness and then said that if I took the harness off, they could give her a pat.

I did this.  The kid patted her, thanked me, and started to walk away.

I heard the kid say to the dad, “I would like to buy that dog."

Very funny indeed.

I told them Tulia was not for sale.

Storytelling today at the Children's festival.

I am excited to present the first half of my one woman show “Flying in the dark” at the children’s storytelling festival in Ottawa today.  Admission is free.  The location is library and archives Canada 295 Wellington street. to find out more go to 

www.ottawastorytellers.ca

If you want to book the show in full or the first half for performances, house concerts, or any other venue, please get in touch with me by e-mail at

kimstoryteller@icloud.com

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Performing at the Ottawa Storytelling Children's festival on Sunday Nov 10.

I am performing a version of my very popular one woman show “Flying in the dark” for kids at the Ottawa Storytelling children’s festival.  It is an hour of stories, fun, and questions.  For ages 8 and up.  Please come.  Admission is free.  It is at 295 Wellington St. in Ottawa.  Library and Archives Canada building.  My set is from 3:30 to 4:30 but there are many other great sets as well for kids of all ages.  Find out more at 

www.ottawastorytellers.ca