Out of Step

When traveling, design stands out. It reveals clues about a culture. Open or cozy. Utilitarian or funky. Built to last or cheap construction. What’s normal at home may not translate to another place’s attitudes, climate, and terrain. When I traveled to Salt Lake City, I noticed which architecture and materials were “new to me” to…

Extra Hands

Sunlight streamed through the rustic structure. Cool breeze cut the stifling heat and carried the wondrous scent of wedding meal preparations. Typical to my personality, I strategized. I scouted the gardens and layout with my white cane and various family members, and then took my seat. The DJ announced the buffet. Experience teaches me the pros…

It’s Alive

Hey Everybody, Susan relented the keyboard. She’s allowing me to say a little something. Between you and me, I kinda have a lot to say. Susan might not see everything so clearly, but I do and well, it’s about time I share my thoughts. Funny stuff happens when you spend time with her. You notice…

Shopping for Answers

We pass vehicles, shiny ones and ones dirty from the road salt, some parked carefully, and some with bumpers over the painted lines. We walk towards the looming building which is flanked by reflective sets of double doors. A car horn sounds across the lot. I hold my niece’s warm, tiny hand in mine. My…

If Ollivanders Crafted Canes

If you can’t escape winter physically, you can at least take a vacation mentally. Let’s travel to Diagon Alley and go shopping. Those familiar with Harry Potter already understand the magical power of a wand purchased from Ollivanders. Woods and cores and lengths and flexibilities are the distinct features of each instrument, but not until…