It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

They look gorgeous. They smell lovely. But I’m not fooled. Those vibrant, blooming flowers contain little buckets of pollen time-bombs. If I get too close to the yellow dust, eventually itchy watery eyes team up with my usual light sensitivity. Delightful. Allergy meds crowd the shelves at the pharmacy, but there’s a catch. When you…

Computer Screen Glare

My eyes and glare go together like students and a substitute teacher. One wrong move and the day isn’t going to go well.  Some days the ocular classroom is relatively calm. Some days roll call isn’t complete and I’ve lost control.  To manage light sensitivity I rely on things like hats, sunnies, and adjustable window shades….

Next Generation

When I used it for extended amounts of time, my arm and wrist tired from it’s weight. It’s not that my white cane was a poor fit. It’s that I’ve been using it long enough to wonder is this all there is. A few months ago, while spending time around friends who used different cane…

Without a Second Glance

It happened before in this neighborhood and it will happen again. It still surprises me. This time of year the hardest decision before an early walkie is which jacket to wear. The daffodils showed their bright yellow faces last week, perhaps the last frost is behind us. The long parka stays in the closet. I…

Grocery Surprise

It’s late and the lines are short. Stockton wheels our small cart into a lane and begins to place items on the belt. Our cashier greets us and scans our shopping with odd bits of commentary. “Can you tell I’m bored?” she says as she bags up boxes and cans. “Ok, that’s $94.” Stockton signs…