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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
As I’ve been watching the news on the war in Ukraine I have wondered what is happening to the people with disabilities there. Are they successfully escaping with their families? Or are they safely staying behind? I know war harms the lives, health and safety of all people involved. but the circumstances are far worse … Continue reading We’re with U Concert Helps Blind Ukrainians →
Writing is a Joy Writing has been such an intricate part of my life it is hard for me to remember the days when I was not a writer. With that being said writing is something I love to do not just a task to make money. The creative process is a joy. Coming up … Continue reading Managing Creative Burnout and Slowly Getting My Writing Mojo Back →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
The Power of Words Yes, words Matter. They are what we use to communicate. Whether it is verbally or in written form words are the tools for language. From the time a small child learns to talk, the significance of words becomes clear. With that being said words have power. They can inspire, motivate or … Continue reading Do Words Matter? Here’s 15 Quotes on the Power of Words →
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