The purpose of the Empish’s Blog is to Educate, Empower and Enlighten you with news, stories and info about the blind and visually impaired community using my life as a focal point.
Reading with My Ears Book Review I have read a lot of books about disability. Some were fiction while others nonfiction. Some were biographical, technical, historical or medical in their approach. Others more laid back and conversational in tone. But the book, “Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an … Continue reading Confused About Disability? Read This Demystifying Guide and Become a True Ally →
A Response on Becoming Disabled Back in August 2016 I read a very interesting article in the opinion section of the New York Times. It was titled, “Becoming Disabled” by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. It asked the question, Where is our disability pride movement?” Afterward I wrote my own thoughts and personal reflections. In honor of Disability … Continue reading July is Disability Pride Month and Is There Pride in Being Blind? →
Reading with My Ears Book Review I recently joined Book Nation for another virtual discussion about the book True Biz by Sara Novic. The conversation with the author, who is deaf, was noteworthy because she shared about her life and the writing process for the book. But reading The audiobook was such an educational and … Continue reading Deaf Culture Facts I Learned from Reading True Biz →
Many of us have seen that stereotypical image of a blind person wearing sunglasses and carrying a white cane. For years I wrongly assumed that wearing sunglasses was because the person either had no vision or their eyes didn’t look natural. It wasn’t until I lost my own vision that I learned otherwise. Now blind … Continue reading Why Do the Blind Wear Sunglasses? It’s Not Totally Why You Think. →
Tuesday, June 21 is my birthday and I am breaking tradition. I am celebrating by writing gifts to myself. I know you are supposed to receive gifts from others and I will happily take them. I just wanted to do something a little different this year. After all the birthdays I have had, and there … Continue reading Celebrating My Birthday With 7 Writing Gifts to Myself →
Do you remember as a child when mama told you to eat your vegetables? Perhaps it was broccoli, green beans, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts. Or in my case those horrible canned red beets and raw radishes! Yuck! Maybe you would dutifully eat them, as mama said, wanting to be the good little child. Hoping later … Continue reading Mamma Always Said Eat Your Veggies. Here’s How to Fill Your Plate and Make Her Proud →
Twenty Years Owning a Home Last month I contacted the courthouse to request a copy of my deed. For some reason I misplaced my original and needed to replace it. As I was reading the copy they sent, it dawned on me that it has been about 20 years since I purchased my house. Where … Continue reading After 20 Years of Ownership My House is Still a Home Sweet Home →
Reading with My Ears Book Review I came across another excellent audiobook read from the library by New York Times columnist and bestselling author, Frank Bruni. “The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found” is a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing eyesight. The first time I heard … Continue reading New York Times Columnist Shares Insights on Vision Loss and Found →
Accessible Origami Class Offered For some years now I have been interested in taking an origami class. I would see them advertised all the time at my local library. But thinking they were probably not accessible I didn’t pursue it until recently. The American Printing House for the Blind offered a virtual weekend origami class … Continue reading Making Accessible Origamis: How Folding Paper Stimulated My Brain →
Even though archery is one of the oldest sports in existence, it is still practiced and played today. In recent years it has increased in popularity and is observed on May 14, the second Saturday in May-National Archery Day . In honor, I’m sharing about a woman who was disabled and very talented in archery. … Continue reading First Paralyzed Athlete Competes in Archery at the Olympics →
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