Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
It has been a somewhat slippery winter around here. I was thinking about this last night. I had taken my guide dog out for the last time and was coming back in when someone told me there was a little patch of ice. They said good thing it wasn't black ice. I have heard people describe black ice before and know that it is difficult to see. So, what is black ice? How is it different from other slippery icy sidewalks? What do the icy sidewalks look like? How do you know there is a patch of ice ahead? How do I know? When my foot touches it! I do find my guide dogs get to know it and become more careful with the ice. Thank goodness for that.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
It has been bitterly cold here all week. Before the cold, things had warmed up and melted. So now there is quite a layer of ice about and freezing temperatures. This means I have to wear heavy gloves or mittens. This means that I don't know what anything is when I touch it with my mittens on. I have to quickly remove a mitten and touch the object or find my keys or put on the guide dog harness etc. Then just as quickly throw the mitten back on again.
And, in the cold you have to wear a thick hat or hood. This makes hearing what is around you difficult. Traffic sounds, the sounds of echoes bouncing off buildings do not sound as clearly. It is easier to get disoriented. So, at street corners or challenging places, off comes the hood. Freezing air on my head until I cross or sort myself out and back on the hood goes again. Also, thick heavy boots. You can't feel the terrain underfoot as well either. But no I don't take off boots to figure out what is underfoot. Next time, the adventures of guide dog coats, boots and snowbank climbing.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Last night, we held our monthly GTT (Get Together With Tecnology) tech drop in group. As usual, everyone was full of questions and tips. Everyone was happy to help each other and share and learn. There was a wide range of ages and knowledge about access technology for people who are blind. But everyone was keen to learn and help. I love the feeling in the room when this group is taking place and everyone is so engaged and helpful. Thank you to all who took part. It makes coordinating this group a great pleasure.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
My parents and relatives had never met a blind person before I was born. But, they carried on. They treated me like I was smart, capable, and loved. Blindness was there but it didn't hinder what I did. Instead of saying, "We can't. You can't." They said, "How can we. How can you." There was laughter and humour. There was always support of who I am. My friends too. My blind friends get it in a way others don't. I'm grateful to them for that and for their support always. My sighted friends may not have known a blind person before me but jumped in. Offer me help when I need it. Describe things to me. Laugh with me and treat me like a friend who happens to be blind. Thank you to you all. Thanks to Caitlyn and to those at two women for helping with the creation of this show. The times we've spent working on it are precious to me as is your friendship. On with the show! Deep breaths!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
As I have mentioned on this blog before, my one woman show is being performed at the NAC fourth stage in Ottawa on Thursday January 17 at 7:30 PM. Here are two links for interviews I did this week. One is a tv interview and the other is for a University radio station.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
It seems that with every year that goes by, technology changes more and more quickly and it is difficult to be on top of all of the changes. Yesterday, I had a miraculous technology experience. I have been using a computer since the late 1980s. Before that, I used a typewriter. I learned to touch type in grade 4. being totally blind, the actual typing was not the problem. The problem was the proofreading of the typing. I could not read anything I wrote. Also, the ribbon sometimes ran out on the typewriter and I would not know it. I typed a whole exam in university that was blank. With the advent of the computer, I was able to proof read using screen reading software which reads what I type and what is on my screen. But, I have been a Braille user since I was in grade 1. I wanted to use Braille on my computer. Yesterday, I took my braille display and paired it with my mac computer. Suddenly I was reading, writing, and editing in Braille. This makes editing much much easier for me and much more of a pleasure too. Thank you Apple and thank you Humanware for the braille note.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Jan 17 - Flying in the Dark – Kim Kilpatrick
So, she was born blind! For those of us who are sighted, Kim would seem to be hemmed in by dark. But that's not how she sees it. For her, the darkness is no barrier - it's the refusal of others to acknowledge her competence that weights her down. Laughter, language, and relish for living have freed her - that and her trusty guide dogs! Join us for a story of gentle adventure to send you chuckling into the night.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
No not really. I don't hate them but find them dull. The noises are the same after a while and I can't see, well, can't see the fireworks so it is a bit boring for me!
Last year, while working on my one woman show, the women from two women productions and I got talking about fireworks! They were trying to describe them to me. What they did. How they moved. What they were like.
If any of you wonderful describers care to try this, I'd be happy to know your thoughts.
Happy new year to all and may 2013 be wonderful. Thank you as always for reading my blog.