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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.

Disabled Author Confronts the Church in My Body Is Not a Prayer Request

In July 2008, I was interviewed for an article on disability and religion for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. When the reporter spoke to me he asked me to describe the problems I was having attending and participating in church. Prior to my interview  other disabled people exposed the physical barriers. However, my story was different.…

Netflix Says Goodbye to DVDs and I Did Too

On April 21 Netflix announced they were stopping their DVD subscription plan. The change will take place in September. I wasn’t surprised. As a matter of fact I have already  stopped my DVD subscription. I did it back in February. Why? Because I already saw the writing on the wall. Noticed Decrease in DVD Movies…

No Paper Or Plastic. Instead I Use Earth Bags for Grocery Shopping

I haven’t gone totally and completely green. Rather opting for simple and small changes to help the planet. One  adjustment that  is now a routine part of my life is using reusable grocery bags, or what I call earth bags. I made this major modification several years ago and now it is a no brainer.…

It’s All in the Wrist:  How I Avoid Hand and Wrist Pain as a Writer

I have been typing and writing on a keyboard for as long as I can remember. It all started in the 9th grade when I took a high school typing class. It was on one of those old-fashioned Smith Corona  typewriters. Then I moved on to a computer using word processing software. My very first…

Self-care is Accessing  and Knowing Your Numbers

Although April 5 is National Self-care day, I  make strides to care for myself everyday of the week. A big part of my effort is knowing my numbers. When I know what my numbers are I have more control of my health and well-being. Resulting in better decisions and peace of mind. This is a…

Questions About Eye Donating? Read These Insightful Answers

When most people think of organ donations the heart, kidney, liver and lungs come immediately to mind. Yet donations of eye tissue is just as important. According to the Eye Bank Association of America more than 85,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants take place each year. Out of these transplants, 95% are successful. Plus, the wait time…

CPAP Therapy Works So Why Am I Still Sleepy?

Using a CPAP Machine Again Getting a consistent good night sleep has been a major challenge. For many years I have struggled mightily  with sporadic results. I have gone from using a CPAP machine, to taking meds for Non-24 sleep wake disorder, to nothing and now back to a CPAP machine. Yes, you read  right.…

5 Pieces of Popular Writing Advice I  Ignore(and You Should Too)

As a writer I am usually open to tips, tricks and techniques to make my writing better. I have read tons of blog posts, newsletters,  articles and books  to improve  my work.   I have even taken a class or two. With that being said, I have observed  a trend of common and/or popular advice  that…

How a Rare Eye Disease Caused My Blindness But Didn’t Stop My Life

Editor’s Note: Feb 28 is National Rare Disease Day and I am reposting an article I wrote for VisionAware on my rare eye condition and how it caused my blindness. What is Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome? I am sure you have heard of common eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. You are probably…

Black  Blind Journalist Publishes  the 1930s Detroit Tribune

Before Black History Month is over, I am sharing a story about a Black man with a visual impairment. He was  a poet, journalist and newspaper publisher. I learned about his life from the Blind History Lady and was compelled to share it here on my blog. As a Black blind journalist myself, it is…

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