Clever By Nature

The afternoon sun bakes the playground equipment. Climbing trees and swinging in the shade provides temporary relief for the six of us. In time we slow down. “Are you too tired to walk to get a treat?” my friend asks one of her children. “No!” is the response with renewed energy. We leave the small…

Gratitude Journal: Trackies

Last year it was time to say goodbye. The heather gray bottoms, my favorite loungewear, featured the perfect mix of fit to flare. Purchased on discount from my job at the mall they had seen me through the hard times. College hangovers and surgery recoveries to apartment sick days to household chores. Sure, the length…

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…