Empish’s Blog

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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.

Growing  a Writing Green Thumb:  6 Ways Spring Can Nurture Your Craft

Writing About Spring I’ve  never been great at growing vegetation. Plants and flowers  don’t seem to flourish around me. The idea of getting outside in the heat. Dealing with bugs of all kinds. Tilling soil  and getting dirty. None of these are my thoughts of a fun  and enjoyable activity. Then add my visual disability … Continue reading Growing  a Writing Green Thumb:  6 Ways Spring Can Nurture Your Craft

Can You Hear Me Now? Why I Like Landlines and Smartphones

Telephone Memories Today, Apr. 25,  is National Telephone Day and I am feeling somewhat nostalgic. I am reflecting on my usage of this important communication device  invented by Alexander Graham Bell. I remember my first telephone. It was a white Princess model purchased from Bellsouth. It sat on my nightstand next to my bed. I … Continue reading Can You Hear Me Now? Why I Like Landlines and Smartphones

Feeling Anxious About Tax Filing? Stay Calm with My  Stress-Free Organizing Tips

Although this year’s tax filing deadline is right around the corner on April 18, I traditionally file my taxes in February or March. I figure the sooner the better and to just get the whole maddening business out of the way quickly. But more importantly I file early  because things get pretty busy and hectic. … Continue reading Feeling Anxious About Tax Filing? Stay Calm with My  Stress-Free Organizing Tips

Max Cleland Has the Heart of a Patriot While Surviving His War Wounds

Day Remembering Vietnam War Veterans When I think of veterans November  comes immediately to mind because of Veteran’s Day. Or Memorial Day coming up soon in May. But I was surprised to see a national observation for veterans on my calendar. March 29 was National Vietnam War Veterans Day. After I saw this commemoration pop … Continue reading Max Cleland Has the Heart of a Patriot While Surviving His War Wounds

Representation Matters: Excellent Audio Description of The Harder They Fall

Grew Up Watching Westerns While growing up in Texas watching westerns were a big part of my childhood, especially on Saturdays. There was Big Valley, Bonanza and The Lone Ranger. In the evenings, my favorite western was  Gunsmoke, starring James Arness as Matt Dillon. I even enjoyed Little House on the Prairie and later as … Continue reading Representation Matters: Excellent Audio Description of The Harder They Fall

Blind History Lady  Shares How a Black Blind Teacher  Educated Her Own

Editor’s Note: In honor of Women’s History Month, I contacted the Blind History lady, Peggy Chong, to share the story of Emily Raspberry, a Black  blind woman who became a teacher  for the blind and visually impaired. This blog post is a reprint from the February 2022 issue of the Blind History lady monthly email. … Continue reading Blind History Lady  Shares How a Black Blind Teacher  Educated Her Own

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