Friday, June 13, 2014

Article on the iliad in our local newspaper.

Tomorrow, I am one of 18 tellers performing in the iliad.  What a great adventure it has been.

I wrote about it in the following article published in a local newspaper.

Enjoy.

 http://www.centretownbuzz.com/2014/06/13/centretown-storyteller-helps-bring-an-ancient-tale-to-life/
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Scary traffic.

I heard this morning that a blind person I know was hit by a car recently.  Was not their fault and no one was hurt.  it made me stop and think as I traveled the sidewalks and streets this morning.  I usually think of traffic as helpful in that its movement allows me to read traffic lights.  For example, if there is no audible signal and I arrive at an intersection, I listen for cars moving the way I wish to move.  Then I know it is safe to cross.  I learned this from a young age and so was not too afraid of traffic.  It helped me get around.  I  have had close calls with bad drivers though which always shakes you up.  So glad no one was hurt and thanks to the paramedics for checking out the guide dog and putting the guide dog in the ambulance too.

Monday, June 2, 2014

More iliad links.

Thanks for the great responses on the Iliad and my blog post.

Find here some links for more information, blogs, and tickets.

Two Women Productions is one of the presenters of this day-long work.

The two women are our artistic directors and they also blog about their experiences at

http://www.2wp.ca/blogging-the-iliad/

Link for ticket master is 

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/artist/991709?lang=en-ca&brand=nac

It would be wonderful to see you at the performance.

Posted by Kim


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Storytelling most accessible (working through the iliad for our performance on june 14 2014)

I am lucky to be one of eighteen Storytellers bringing alive Homer’s iliad.  We will be performing it on June 14.  The day will last 12 hours with about 8 plus hours of storytelling.

We did this two years ago with Homer’s odyssey and it was a wonderful experience.

this past weekend, we had our full run through of the story.

When I first read it last summer, it did not immediately jump off the page and come alive.

I had trouble figuring out who was who and what was going on.

but, as I listened to the many varied voices bringing the story to life last weekend, the story came alive.  I found myself on the edge of my seat, drinking in every word.  The images were vivid and clear.  The many different timbres of voice were so wonderful.

In these modern days of TV, movies, etc, people who are blind need good audio description to follow many of them.

This is the best audio description ever.  Straight from Homer many hundreds of years ago.

I know there are many translations but this work was meant to be heard.

No props, no costumes, just the words, the voice timbres and the vivid language.

I am so looking forward to being part of it again and allowing my voice to bring forth the story.

Please come and join us and share with your friends too.

For more go to 

 

http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca

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.

Posted by Kim

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.