Angels among us

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As everyone knows, life can be pretty difficult at times.  At one point, or another, we will be faced with challenges that can push us to our limits and sometimes things seem pretty impossible to handle.  Sometimes we all need a little helping hand…someone to show the way when we feel lost, to pick us up when we don’t have the strength to stand on our own.

Do you believe in Angels?  I do.  I’ve experiences them many times.  Here are two true examples.

In August of 2007 I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that … Continue reading

Drops in the cosmic ocean

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Almost every evening, I like to sit out on our balcony and stare into the sky.  I’ll try to stare as far into space as I can.  Looking past the stars and focusing on the blackness.  It always fills me with a sense of awe, knowing I am seeing for millions, or even billions, of miles and through millions of years in time.

When I do this, I get this sense of smallness.  I am a simple creature on a chair somewhere on a tiny planet lost in the enormity of the cosmos.  All the pettiness that surrounds us all, … Continue reading

Applying for Disability Benefits for Adults with Vision Loss or Impairment

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Editor’s Note: This information is for readers located in the United States. Readers living in other locations might have similar programs in their countries. If you know of any links or information, please share in the comments below.

Vision loss or impairment can affect a person’s whole life. Although there are ways in which an individual can adapt to a lifestyle without eyesight, it can be very difficult. Along with the more apparent challenges of being unable to see comes another less obvious obstacle—financial stress.

The medical care, specialty treatment, and assistive technology often required to live with vision impairment … Continue reading

Lessons learned from an orange tree

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The Universe has a strange way of teaching us Life lessons and speaks to us in the most unexpected ways. The key is to stop and listen to what is being said.

A few years ago, summer of 2007 to be exact, I was diagnosed with cancer. That Christmas, after several months of chemotherapy, I was feeling physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. I was tired of the needles, the drugs and feeling sick. I was tired of being tired. I was growing tired of fighting.

One day, my wife came home with a bag of oranges. Not entirely that uncommon … Continue reading

Beginner’s Guide to Echolocation – A book review

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The title, “Beginner’s Guide to Echolocation for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Learning to See With Your Ears”, is exactly what this book is. The author, Tim Johnson, gives a high level overview of what echolocation for humans is, the difference between active and passive echolocation, and how it works. He touches on all aspects; from the philosophical use of echolocation, and the mechanics of sound, to basic techniques for getting started.

The information is presented in short, easy to digest sections. The text is written in a relaxed, conversational language suitable for a wide audience. Concepts are clearly explained … Continue reading

We’re exactly the same, only different

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“Variety is the spice of Life.”. Ever hear that? I’m sure you have. It is a rather ubiquitous saying which means it is the differences that make life interesting and flavorful. That the world would be a boring, mundane and bland place if everyone was the same.

Could you imagine a world where everybody dressed like you? Talked like you? Thought and acted like you? A world where everybody enjoyed the same activities and could perform them the same way, with the same skill and prowess as everyone else? How absolutely horrendous that world would be!

It would be a … Continue reading