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

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

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

Being a well behaved guide dog has its hazzards.

We were on a plane the other day.

Everyone always asks me, “Can your guide dog travel with you on the plane?  How does that work?"

The answer is yes a guide dog is allowed in the cabin of the plane.  The guide dog lies at your feet on the floor as he or she would in a taxi or other vehicle.

Tulia is a great traveler.  Nothing seems to phase her much.

We were sitting on the plane and she was lying curled up at my feet.

Flight attendants were moving through the cabin telling people to take off head phones, turn off cell phones, store their cabin baggage, etc.

They got to us.  She said, “Excuse me but  you will have to put that bag under the seat in front of you."

I was confused.  I had stowed my purse and my backpack in the overhead bin.

“What bag?”  “The one at your feet.”  Then she looked again.

“Oh my gosh that is your dog.  She is so good and quiet I thought she was a black bag!"

All through the flight she would come by and comment on how good Tulia was.

And no I did not shove her under the seat!

She is small enough though.  She would have fit perhaps.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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