Endurance

I read a lot of books. Most of them don’t feature a blind character. But if one does, I’ll mention it here on Adventures in Low Vision when the writer’s story, characters, voice, or context strikes me, too. Scott Kelly’s Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery certainly did. So, here we go…

Right Under My Nose

Every year they surprise me. They appear dormant for days in the tangles of green shoots. In one moment when I’m not looking they burst into bloom, a cluster of yellow day lilies alongside a thick row of orange tiger lilies. It’s beautiful. It’s summer in Mayberry. But the flowers holding my attention live in…

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Rods and cones, all of our eyes contain them. They’re photoreceptors, the cells in our retinas processing light into signals for our visual system. Rods react in low light conditions like when you wait in a just-darkened arena for a concert and your eyes adjust, trying to determine if the band is walking on stage…

Breathe, Press, and Roll

Eye strain. Headaches. Fatigue. A true fiesta. This party-for-one contains side effects of my visual impairment depending on my environment and my work habits and my health. Treating the physical side effects of a disability means being choosey–medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise, socializing, eating, drinking, resting–so many options exist for stress relief with varying…

Curry Up

“Would you like to sit at a quieter table?” A hostess or a manager asked as she grabbed menus. The smell of cayenne and cumin and cinnamon emerged from the noisy kitchen behind her. Stockton may have looked at me. I said something to indicate sitting anywhere in the restaurant would be fine. I felt…