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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.

Are Jigsaw Puzzles and Writing Alike? Checkout These 13 Similarities

Jigsaw Puzzles Were Part of Childhood When I was a kid, assembling jigsaw puzzles were a big part of my playtime. I started out with big puzzle pieces and as I got older advanced to the small pieces. You know the ones with the 1,000 pieces and more. It was my dad who introduced me.…

Not All Blind People Read Braille and Here’s Why

Braille Literacy  Month is almost over and I am sharing  another post on the topic. Most people think  if a person is blind, which includes low vision and total blindness, they must know and read braille. For those that think this, I am about to burst your bubble because not all blind people read braille.…

Can You Bluff Being Blind? Read My Review on  James Tate Hill’s Memoire

The definition of the word Bluff, according to WordHippo, is an attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or is going to do something. It is bravado or bluster that is superficial or not backed up. So, can you successfully bluff your way through life? What about a particular situation? How long could…

4 Ways Pharmacists Provide Accessible Prescriptions to the Blind

The last two  weeks I have been struggling to get a prescription filled. Usually when I call my doctor my medication is ready in a couple of days for pickup from my local pharmacy. However, a new computer system  is causing the delay. As of this writing I am still without my medication. Going through…

How Much Do You Know About Braille? Learn More Reading These 15 Facts

January is the time we, in the blind community, celebrate Braille Literacy Month. Braille is a code created for reading and writing. This code, which is a series of raised dots on paper, has revolutionized the lives of people with vision loss because it has opened doors of literacy, education, employment, and independence. History of…

Need Reminding? Never Forget with Accessible Technology Devices

This past week I read a news article about the increase in people sending text messages to themselves as reminders. I had to smile  and nod my head  while reading the article because I have been doing something similar for years. Plus, today, Jan. 6 is National Technology Day and I use accessible technology  to…

Start 2023 Off Right with 6 Audiobooks on Decluttering Your Life

Start the New Year Off Right It’s the beginning of the year   and Get Organized Month. What better way to  start off on the right foot than to clean, declutter and organize. It is hard for new  and exciting things to come into your life  when there is a lot of extra stuff hanging around.…

How I Got My Own Personal Audio Describer for  the Lion King

While I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last month it was announced  the Lion King  was celebrating 25 years of its theatrical production. I recalled the first time I saw the Lion King. It was the animated version and I was totally sighted. I remember the incredible music and visual affects. A friend…

Gaslighting is the Word for 2022 But It is not New to Me

Gaslighting is the word for 2022. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary announced it last month. Gaslighting is not a new idea or concept. However, it has become more pronounced in the last couple of years with  the increase of misinformation, conspiracy theories, fake news and  Twitter trolls. Gaslighting Definition and History So, what is gaslighting in the…

Do You Stretch Regularly? Read My Reasons Why You Should

Didn’t Take Stretching Seriously I have been exercising for many years but never put too much value in stretching. I mean, I knew it was important  and a good thing to do. Yet, I just didn’t bother until a few years ago. I would just do my routine workout of walking, biking  or aerobics  and…

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