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Surprises I Didn't See Coming

Are the holidays causing unwanted anxiety in your life? Too many trees to decorate, gifts to buy, and people to visit? Take a moment to relax and laugh your stress away with these funny vignettes from peer advisor Mary Hiland. Check out the Laughter Is Often the Best Medicine series to keep the good times rolling. Surprise in the Freezer Whenever I make a real meal for myself, I have lots of leftovers (as most


Knowing How Doesn't Always Get the Job Done!

Editor's note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter Is Often the Best Medicine. The contributors to this series hope their vignettes provide a chuckle, an aha moment, or dispel myths about visual impairment for all readers. Being Handy Around the House After teaching daily living skills and other courses about blindness for several years at Florida State University, I consider myself quite independent. I'm a pretty good cook and keep


A Day at the Races with No Horses

Editor's note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter Is Often the Best Medicine. The contributors to this series hope their vignettes provide a chuckle, an aha moment, or dispel myths about visual impairment for all readers. Enjoying Horse Races Since Childhood Whenever I think of the Kentucky Derby, I am reminded of those wonderful summer afternoons when my mother took me to River Downs near Cincinnati. Certainly, I was too young to bet, but my mother and I would each choose a horse, mostly based on their


My Experience on a Memorable April Fools Day

Your Check Isn't in the Mail! Years ago, when I worked in staff development at a state agency, we were always paid on the first day of every month. Although our checks were directly deposited, our Department Manager would hand us our paycheck information at the end of the day, usually around 4:45 PM every month. Our manager was great and extremely methodical in his work. His office was meticulous. In fact, among the eleven people who worked in the department, his was the only desk that was always neat and orderly! So we came to expect the same behavior at all times. <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=1385" alt="close up of a person filling out a large


Cooking Surprises! We All Have Them

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. The contributors to this series hope their vignettes provide a chuckle, an "aha moment," or dispel myths about visual impairment for all readers. How Many Chocolate Lovers Have Eaten Chocolate Mashed Potatoes? By guest writer, Liz Bowden, vision technology instructor. Mashed Potatoes, A Real Staple During the Holidays One food eaten by almost everyone during the holiday seasons is chocolate. There are chocolate bells, kisses, Santas, turkeys, Valentines, angels, and Bunnies. Real chocolate lovers say they wish everything would be


Finding a Nice Man When You Cannot See

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at themselves and celebrate victories. Being Single Again Many, many moons ago, when I found myself back on the singles shelf, a divorced mother sharing a new home with my toddler and two emerging aliens (teenagers) and a food-challenged guide dog, life was so full it was hard to imagine ever needing to be part of a loving relationship ever again. I stopped looking at the


My First Adventure with Uber

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at themselves and celebrate victories. An Accidental Adventure Early this week I tried Uber for the very first time. It was more by accident than anything else. I had finished up at the doctor’s office and had booked my trip with my local PARA-transit service. But when the appointment was over I had over an hour to wait for them to come and pick me up. I quickly realized that I did not want to wait that


A Case of Mismatched Earrings

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at themselves and celebrate victories. Dress Up Time A friend was recently invited to hold a month long exhibit at one of the elite art museums in Tallahassee. Four of us decided to attend the opening night before heading to the beach for the weekend. This required dressing in something other than jeans and T-shirt. I chose a colorful, sort of artsy blouse and a pair of black pants. I wore red sandals to draw out the red in my blouse and grabbed my red earrings as I hurried out the


When Your Technology Talks Back to You

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at themselves and celebrate victories. Siri Speaks Up by Empish Thomas As some of you may know I recently purchased an iPhone. In these last few months I have been learning something new almost weekly. It has been an interesting experience for me after years of using tactile phones.


Blind Bandits on the Run: An Adventure Tale

Editor’s note: As part of our Laughter Series and in honor of our wonderful fathers across the world, here’s an adventure tale for Fathers Day…hold on to your hats - my father doesn’t like to be late for any function, least of all, for a special luncheon we were invited to attend in Melbourne, Australia. Cruising the City Streets “One hour should give us plenty of time to find a car park.” My elderly father chirped as we cruised the city streets of Melbourne in his little car. “We’re way early.” I threw him a smile, keeping visually impaired eyes peeled to


On the Way to A Concert--Instead of Stealing the Show!

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, which is a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at blunders and celebrate victories. Hopefully, these personal experiences will give you potential solutions for coping with your vision loss. The Great Golf Cart Caper I live in a unique community that has golf cart paths all throughout the city. Most families own a golf cart as a fun way to travel and to get around town easily. Recently, a friend invited me to go


Dog Days at the Dentist

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at blunders and celebrate victories. The Crowning Event by Sue Martin, peer advisor, LVT,VRT I have recently had my four top front teeth crowned. The teeth were not done for vanity. It was just time. I was bulimic for thirteen years and the damage to my teeth during those years necessitated the crowns. The problem was, there wasn’t room for the crowns. What


The Fun and Joy of Motherhood As A Visually Impaired Mom

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at blunders and celebrate victories. Celebrating Mother's Day in Style By Audrey Demmitt, peer advisor Dark restaurants are often very difficult to navigate for


Sharing Our Goofs

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, which is a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at blunders and celebrate victories. Hopefully, these personal experiences will give you potential solutions for coping with your vision loss. Where, Oh, Where Is My Room? by Lynda Jones In 2003, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) hosted a fabulous conference at none other than the Beverly Hills Hilton! Movie stars walked around


Surviving a New Year Festival in Australia--As a Visually Impaired Person!

The Decision to Go to the Festival I had heard a lot about the Woodford Folk Festival…that it was an amazing event and one should experience this music extravaganza at least once in one’s life. So, I was very excited when my partner booked for us to go to the festival in December 2014. "It might be a bit of a challenge though, getting around with one hundred thousand people?" he said. "Nah. I’m up for the challenge. It will be fun!" I reassured us both. Dealing with Heat and Thousands of People So off we went by plane to Queensland—inland, in northeast Australia --to make our way in the heat of summer…in high spirits with adventure in


Humor for the New Year

The Importance of Confidence by Lynda Jones, CVRT Confidence is a good character trait to possess. It helps us persist when facing difficulties or gives us courage to accept challenges that may seem a bit beyond our reach. Much of the success of people who are blind or visually impaired comes from confidence that they can face any challenge successfully. On the other hand, too much confidence can lead to some of the most embarrassing moments of a blind person’s life. The women who share the following stories are very independent and confident but would tell you they were a bit too sure of themselves in these situations. Remember, sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh at


Russian Tea Takes on a New Twist

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. My Unintended and Very Tart Version of Russian Tea Contributed by Empish Thomas Last year in December I attended a holiday jazz concert sponsored by my local talking book library. After the concert was over we all gathered for refreshments and conversation. I was served a mug of Russian Tea and immediately enjoyed its warmth, spice and sweet flavor.


Five Busy Workers,Three Buzzing Saws, Two Chugging Compressors, And A Partridge In A Pear Tree!

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. Contributed by Sue Martin, Peer Advisor. Partridge in a Pear Tree or Something Like That! Three days before installation of our new floors, eighteen boxes of hardwood walked in the door. They had to be in the house for at least three days before installation so that the boards would be at the same temperature and humidity as the house. Who knew? I spent


Holiday Cooking Moments

The Cake That Never Got Baked! During one thanksgiving holiday when I was learning to adjust to my vision loss, I decided to bake one of my favorite holiday cakes to take to my cousin’s for thanksgiving dinner. It was somewhat costly, calling for lots of dates, raisins, and walnuts, but the preparation was fairly simple. The recipe created a rather large cake, so I decided to use my grandmother’s antique tube pan. The pan had a removable center which made it easy to lift the finished cake from the pan instead of attempting to flip it over onto a cake plate. The preparation process went smoothly, giving me a sense of pride and accomplishment. I set the pan on the top of the stove


Stranger Things Can and Do Happen When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. Sometimes You’ve Just Gotta Laugh! By Audrey Demmitt Sometimes when you’re visually impaired, you’ve just gotta laugh when mishaps and embarrassing moments arise. One day after shopping alone, I waited on the curb in the blinding sun for my husband to pick me up. I knew it would be a matter of a few minutes before he arrived; so when a reddish car pulled up, I hopped


The Joys of Getting Around in the Public Eye

Editor's note: This is part of a series on the theme of Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. We often find it difficult to laugh at situations when we blunder if we are struggling to find our equilibrium of adjusting to life's demands along with vision loss. In time, we realize one of the best therapies for learning to accept and value our visually impaired selves is to laugh at our faux pas. Read, enjoy, share.... Tweety Bird’s Mobility Instruction Written by Peer Advisor Lynda Jones <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=6069" alt="clip


Two Innocent Canines

This week we mourn the passing of Robin Williams, who shared his extraordinary gift of humor with the world for many, many years in spite of his battle with depression. He taught us that laughter can be our best medicine. Two Innocent Canines by Peer Advisor Sue Wiygul Martin, herself a suicide attempt survivor For two years we got to live in a house on Frenchmans Bay in Maine. The house was nothing special but the location was magical. The sun and


Teddy's Most Terrible Awful Day

This week we mourn the passing of Robin Williams, who shared his extraordinary gift of humor with the world for many, many years in spite of his battle with depression. He taught us that laughter can be our best medicine. Teddy’s Most Terrible Awful Day by Peer Advisor DeAnna (Quietwater) Noriega Many factors go into the matching process when a blind person and a


Foibles with Food

Editor's note: This is the 2nd in a series on our theme of Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. We often find it difficult to laugh at situations when we blunder if we are struggling to find our equilibrium of adjusting to life's demands along with vision loss. In time, we realize one of the best therapies for learning to accept and value our visually impaired selves is to laugh at our faux pas. Read, enjoy, share.... Baby Claire’s Night Out! By Maribel


Embarrassing Moments with Our Dog Guides

Editor's note: This is the first in a series on our new theme of Laughter is Often the Best Medicine. We often find it difficult to laugh at situations when we blunder if we are struggling to find our equilibrium of adjusting to life's demands along with vision loss. In time, we realize one of the best therapies for learning to accept and value our visually impaired selves is to laugh at our faux pas. Read, enjoy, share.... Asking for Assistance By Audrey


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