Keeping in Touch {Vintage Post}

It’s not impossible. More often than not, it’s within reach. The slim gray rectangle capable of so much hardly does whats it’s named for anymore, a phone call. Sure, I’m dictating text messages on it regularly and often reading internet articles and occasionally verifying traffic jams as Stockton and I sit on the beltway. Using…

How to Change

Occasionally it’s time for a reset. The new year arrives and some people make resolutions, some people create goals, and some people do nothing. I aim to improve the writing I share with you and strengthen the connections it fosters. Adventures in Low Vision rolled out here in 2013 and it’s been a great run….

5 Scene-Stealing Holiday Movie Moments Thanks to Eyesight {Vintage Post}

Holiday movies incorporate the same elements as their regular counterparts. Dramatic choices. Love connections. Hilarious punchlines. Rewatch a few December classics, and you might notice a theme: some critical characters are living with visual impairments. Let’s take a closer look. Movie: A Christmas Story Character: Flick? No, when his tongue sticks to the flag pole, those are goggles…

Listing Towards Home

Receipts piled up on top of the icebox. Contractor business cards kept them company. Marketing literature on various services rounded out the collection, Things have been busy at our place in Mayberry. They always are when you decide to sell your house. Since my office closed, Stockton and I, in proper millennial fashion, downsized many…

Holly’s Spectrum Post

Holly of Life of a Blind Girl recently collected responses on Twitter from a bunch of us in the blindness community. She arranged them into a powerful and informative post. As she says: “There are millions of people in the world that have a vision impairment, and I’m only one of them. Everyone’s vision is…

It’s Easier to Ghost

At the appointed time, Stockton and I made sure to be home. Twice. And both times, the other party was a no call, no show. Now, don’t get me wrong. Things happen and plans aren’t always reality. The courtesy of an explanation about the delay or issue carries weight. But, as we watched the clock…

Perfect Attendant

We both like their music. When tickets were available at a location we could reach, we bought them. Stockton and I were finally going to see talented Daryl Hall and John Oates play live. On the day of the concert, two friends, Stockton, and I piled in the car and drove to the fairgrounds. We…

Neighborhood Jams

Staying within our budget doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. We watch for things in and near Mayberry that could be interesting and this week we hit a late summer jackpot. There’s an old–but still in use–camp meeting ground nearby. When the warm season arrives, its still standing Victorian hotel hosts events like lectures and…

Lose a Job, Save Some Money

The humidity finally dropped into a cooler, autumn-like evening. We prepared the terriers for a walkie and headed out as the sun dipped below the horizon. When you’re job searching and particular about your budget, fun and free activities appeal even more. The only annoying thing was my sock. Every ten minutes I had to…

How I Saw My Language Change

Language is my family‘s industry. My dad taught reading to middleschoolers and my mom was a speech therapist. My sister works in education and you know how I like to write. When I come across books like Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper or Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide…

Recipe for a Summer Family Vacation {Vintage Post}

Summer Family Vacation Serves 12 INGREDIENTS 1 Beach House in a desirable location proven to delight. 12 Family Members, mixed ages. 6 Parking Spots, off-street. Foodstuffs, preferably ones with high sugar, fat, and salt content. Coffee, caffeinated. Alcohol, all varieties in season. Assorted Umbrellas, Beach Chairs, Towels, Coolers, Sunscreen, Aloe, Flip-flops, Sunglasses, Puzzles, Movies, Music,…