Friday, December 14, 2018

The color of Christmas


As Andy Williams used to sing out each year, "It's the most wonderful time of the year," and this is certainly the case for me.  It is that time of year when the child in me decides to show itself.  I am never too embarrassed to express my joy whenever I hear Santa's rich laughter and whenever I smell the sweet fragrance of pine.  All of those colorful presents, bows, lights, and other goodies dancing before my eyes!

Now that my vision is down to a bare minimum, I use my imagination to help me out.  I imagine all those mysterious colored packages under a huge tree decorated with blinking lights.  I can almost see those colorful lights dancing in my memory and I can practically reach out and grab one of those mysterious packages from under the tree.

Lights intermingled with artificial snowflakes, all kinds of Christmas figures and at the top of the tree?  The shining star!

I must not forget my angel and my manger with the Baby Jesus lying in Mother Mary's arms.  The animals, shepherds, Joseph, and the three wise men.  All fixed in my mind's eye forever.

The toys all come alive in my mind!  Doll houses filled with little people. Furniture, tea sets, and strollers with baby dolls.  Even the racing cars, train sets, and those ice skates dancing just out of my reach.  The skis waiting for me to put them on and the colorful balls and game sets.

Ah yes!  The color of Christmas and I will forever be a child at this time of the year!




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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Little Christmas tree


It was the night before Christmas and in my dreams I slipped lazily and happily into memory lane.  Another time had come and as I stood there, the little Christmas tree twinkled in front of my eyes.  The tree smelled so wonderful!  It gave off the scent of warm pine.  The colored lights danced in front of my eyes as they took turns blinking on and off.

I moved, oh so carefully, towards my little Christmas tree, being careful not to step on packages neatly piled in front of it.  I had to get as close as I could so as to see everything.  My partial sight only allowed me the luxury of seeing things very close up and at best only a few things at a time. Nevertheless, it was enough for me.

I gingerly reached out and placed my index finger on one of the little lights, a little yellow one.  Then I took my time at identifying other colors.  Red, blue, and green. Then I had to take my time at finding a spot where there were no lights.  I found it after a few moments and I held a tiny portion of a branch between my fingers.

Next I looked upwards and found the star at the very top.  I stood gazing for quite some time thinking of the story that my parents would tell me every Christmas: the night that Jesus was born.  What a lovely memory for me.  Then I bent down and felt for some of the packages and finally I made my way to where the manger had been set up.  There I spent most of my time, examining each little figure: Baby Jesus in the arms of Mary and Joseph, the three Wise Men, the shepherds, and the animals.

Ah!  That was a memory of when I was a child and had enough vision to see it all.  Now I can only recall this memory each Christmas and that’s okay for me.  At least I have a memory that I can recall and one that I can cherish forever.
Merry Christmas everyone!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you happy Christmas dreams! 






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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas is for me


I have had the good fortune to enjoy many wonderful Christmases, with and without vision and it does not matter!  Christmas is for me.  The smells and the sounds, the laughter and the merry making.

When I had enough sight, I used to enjoy going out to window shop.  To see the bright colorful lights, the flickering candles in the Church, Santa's bright red suit, and streets crowded with throngs of folks of all ages.  I also loved to smell the scent of rich pine, cakes and goodies baking in ovens, and taste the various Christmas foods and drinks.  I also loved to walk in the snow and watch those big white snowflakes race each other to the ground but most of all, I loved to ice skate around those huge outdoor rinks decorated with Christmas lights.

That was then and this is now but not much has changed for me.  True it is that I can no longer see the flickering candles, the colorful Christmas lights, and the big fat snowflakes, but this does not prevent me from enjoying this special time of the year.  My sense of smell is still intact along with my sense of taste and I use my memories of years gone by to help me along.  I focus on the times when I could see and intermingle those memories with the now.  I am blessed!  I am lucky!  With or without sight, Christmas is for me!  I am a kid at heart, playing with my talking games, playing my electronic keyboard, and my Christmas CDs.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, Joyeux Noèl, and Feliz Navidad to you all!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan.  Will see you again in the New Year.



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Friday, December 7, 2018

That's my king! Rico's photo


Finally and simply, finally!  And a huge thanks to Carl for having captured the happy little boy!  Now I am able to share his image with my friends!

Carl took two photos of him sitting in the middle of the yard.  Sue loved the colours of his tail and Debra called him a handsome king!  Mom was pleased with how they turned out.

Though I cannot see what he looks like, I have enough of a description of him to form my very own mental  image.  Rico was always a handsome boy in my mind.

Born on July 09, 2016 to Gladys, his mama, Rico was one of seven little ones and he managed to become a permanent resident of our yard.  Everyone spoils him with lots of attention and gives him food second to none.  His favorite guy is Sanchez who we refer to as his dad.

This is our Rico!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

There are some minute differences: Facetime and Messenger


When it comes to working with technology, I might as well just join the crowd and accept the highs and lows and this especially pertains to such things as Facetime and Messenger.

For the most part, I have not had too many problems with Facetime, just the odd glitch.  I have managed to keep up with the changes, the new additions, and oh yes!  Messenger!

It took me a while to start using Messenger but in the summer of 2018 I used it to communicate with my friend Connie who lives in Milan, Italy.

It was quite exciting for me as we chatted across the miles and as she put it, she much preferred to use Messenger as opposed to Facetime!  Just one more avenue for me to use when I communicate online.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Taken from us too soon! I will never forget you, Cousin Shaughn


He was my second cousin but you could have said that he was just my cousin. Always there to greet me and share his info with me.  Always there to give me the latest news and to listen to me whenever I complained.  Always there to give his suggestions. In short, cousin Shaughn was probably one of the most likable cousins on my dad's side of the family.

You were taken too soon from us and oh so suddenly and though I was unable to see what you looked like after 2004, I shall always remember your face. Most of all, I shall never forget your cheery voice.

You are gone now but you are in a much better place: with no pain, no stress, and reunited with the family.  I am sure that you and Robert are now planning, forecasting, and hoping that our company is able to ride the waves of change.

Take care and do not forget us.  See you whenever that time comes.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Here comes the cat who can tell the time! A picture of Pete


Now that I can no longer see pictures it means that I need to depend on others to tell me what things and persons look like.  And this was the case when my friend Debra sent me a picture of her beloved cat, Pete.

I guess that I had developed my own image of Pete but it was surely a different matter when Mom described him to me.

Somehow, I thought that Pete was grey but he is not.  However, I got his size right.  It does not matter; Pete is a lovable, loyal, and always surprising cat with an exciting personality.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gone much too soon! Remembering BD


This is what my dear friend Debra called her husband Don and I just followed suit.  I did not know him very well but what I knew was enough for me to say that he was a good, kind, and humourous man.

When I met him so many years ago I had enough vision to see what he looked like and I certainly approved!  His voice was always filled with good cheer and pleasantness! I am just so very sorry that he had to pass on in such a tragic way!

As they often say, the good they sure die young! Rest in peace, BD!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A surprising discovery: Doves with pink legs?


Just imagine my surprise when Mom informed me about this!  We were standing outside the exit of the airport when she suddenly exclaimed, "These doves are so very pretty! They have pink legs!"  This was my surprise as I echoed back, "Pink legs?"  She said yes.

I guess that I probably never had enough vision to see what doves really looked like but when she told me that they had pink legs then I had to stop and think and then to create a new picture in my mind.

Doves with pink legs!  How very new to me and just another picture for me to keep in my already cluttered and over-loaded memory bank.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

I shall never forget: Sweet St. Lucia forever


I don't think that I shall ever tire of singing the praises of this sweet little jewel in the Caribbean!  An island with spirit, personality, warmth, and a perpetual welcoming smile on its face.  From airport to hotel and from supermarket to mall, it has always been the same for me!

Such lovely beaches, ocean, and blue skies with birds making them their playground!  Such wonderful food and music!  And the best: the wonderful St. Lucians!

I consider myself to be so very lucky because I have had the good fortune to be visiting since 2010 and I truly hope that I'll have many more years of visiting and enjoying!

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Fond childhood memories: Remembering sports day


I have to admit that I was never a very good athlete when I was growing up but somehow I have managed to become a decent one in my adulthood.  Yet, for all of this I do carry some fond memories of sports day with me.

I guess what I remember was that whenever I ran a flat race I had to make sure that I ran straight, following the sound of the bell as it rang from the top of the hill. Then there were the sack races, the egg and spoon races, and finally the obstacle races.

I probably did best in the obstacle races, finishing first on two specific occasions and then coming in third in my final race before going off to high school.  There was one year when I did not do too badly, placing in five races with a first place finish in the obstacle race.

I will say that most of the time I was always a bit embarrassed to participate with my family looking on.  They were so good!  Never criticizing my poor performances; just cheering me on.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fondest memories forever: Remembering Tragarete Rd


Ah yes!  The smells and sounds of the street on which I grew up!  I'll never forget you, my beloved Tragarete Rd!  With all of your interesting happenings at night, traffic during the day, and horns blaring, kids walking and laughing, and dogs barking and chasing each other.

I shall always remember Craig pontificating every night from his soap box and me listening to him before falling asleep.  The smells of the bakery as it baked all kinds of cakes and breads.  Kids laughing and shouting as they walked home from school, and oh yes!  The dogs barking and chasing each other and the overly happy folks who had a bit too much to drink at night.

Believe it or not, Tragarete Rd was once a very quiet street but today it has blossomed into a main thoroughfare.  All kinds of traffic rumble down its landscape on a daily basis and at night Tragarete Rd does not sleep, unlike the good old days when everything halted between 11 pm and 5 am.

Then there was Christmas time!  Tragarete Rd was filled with the sounds of firecrackers going off!  Kids walking and singing!  The fragrant scent of baking goods, and so very much more!

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Always a pleasure: Getting ready for my annual vacation


I can honestly tell you that this is probably one of my most enjoyable events.  It happens every year whenever I visit Mom at her home.  We get ready for our annual vacation to St. Lucia.

We have been doing this since 2008; our annual getaway to sweet St. Lucia. So, here we go. It starts with me taking down our suitcases from the cupboard in Mom's room and then it moves along as we gather our clothes and other things for packing. Then it culminates with us packing and making sure that we have packed everything that we are going to need for our beloved trip.

Before packing my stuff, I make sure that I know what clothes I would like to take with me.  Then, very meticulously, I ask Mom to tell me if things match, if they are clean, and if they look okay.  Mom inspects my stuff and after she gives her stamp of approval, I do the finishing touches to my packing.

I am in charge of ensuring that all of our documents are in order.  I will have printed them off before I get to her home and she looks them over to satisfy herself that everything is in order.  We are now ready for our getaway.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

A refreshing way to communicate: Communicating from the top


This is a technique that Mom and I have perfected at her house.  You see, whenever I visit Mom at her home there are these 17 stairs that I need to interact with.

These are steep steps and I need to ensure that whenever we go out I let Mom descend the steps first, give her enough time to get to the bottom, and then I descend knowing that I am not going to knock her over.

So, how does this all work?  When she gets to the bottom she shouts, "Okay," but while on her way down, as she descends, she uses her ring to knock on the railing of the steps as she goes.  This helps to give me a fair idea as to where she is.  This technique sure works for us both.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A new experience: Mom and her painted doors


It was a very interesting experience for me when I visited Mom in the summer of 2018.  You see, she was having the doors to her laundry room, bathrooms, and bedrooms painted and I needed to be super careful when I went near them as they dried out.

In this instance the smell of paint did not help me all the way as the doors dried long before the smell went away.  So, I had to walk gingerly by the doors.  I needed to depend on Mom to tell me exactly where the doors were located so as not to bump into them.

Most of the doors were left three quarters of the way opened while some were left fully opened.  I needed to use my navigation skills to help me avoid wet paint.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

My yellow friend forever: My iPhone and me


She is yellow; but alas!  I cannot see her colour.  She is small and nifty and fits neatly into my purse.  She is an iPhone 5c and she does everything ask of her.

I am not a constant user of my iPhone. I use it to read my news, check into Facebook, and keep up to date with what my hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens, is doing.

I back up my data to iCloud regularly and send off text messages.  In short, I use my iPhone as needed but she is a good little friend.  I have placed a screen protector on her screen and this is a shield that contains dots to help me navigate my screen.

I know that some day, very soon, I'll be trading her in for a more powerful iPhone.  I have had her now for two years and I'll never complain about her.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

A continuous challenge: Checking on my digital clock


I can only tell you that checking on my digital clock is probably one of the most difficult challenges for me.

You see, in former times whenever I had a clock that was either not a talking one or one that I could not see, I used to remove the front cover and voila!  I could feel the hands and the hours and minutes by ascertaining the position of the hands. What I discovered was that there were dots to represent hours and minutes when I removed the front cover and boy did that make me so happy.

Since the entry of the digital clock, this is no longer an option for me. No more cover for me to remove.  So now what do I do?  Not much choice but to ask for sighted assistance.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A great feeling: Auntie's recovery


She is strong and determined and each time I visit her I am so reminded of this.  Her recovery is slow but sure.

Now that I can no longer see her, I find other ways to remind myself of what she looks like.  I listen to her voice and I sit next to her.  I reach for her hand and put mine in hers.  I answer her questions and I ask her how she is doing.

I am just so happy that I got to see what she looked like before I lost my vision.

Auntie has a lot of good lessons to pass on to me.  She never complains and takes everything in stride.  In short, she is a good old trooper!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Good memories: The family reunion


Coming from a small family on my mom's side, I find that it is very important for us to be able to keep in touch. Now that I can no longer see what each person looks like, it is even more vital for me.

I sure remember each voice and this helps me to interact smoothly and nicely.  The good thing is that my family does not appear to realize that I cannot see them.

They have always been a bunch who never seemed to be concerned that I am blind.  However, I remember when I had my first cornea transplant and they all came by for me to see what they looked like.  What a crazy bunch!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mom and I at work: Picturing the blouses


Now that I do not have enough vision to see what things look like, this is what I do each time that Mom is around to describe them to me.

In the case of blouses, I ask her to describe and she is just so great at describing.  She tells me the colour, the style, and what it looks like. Then she goes one step further to tell me what colour jeans or pants will match said blouse.  Finally, she tells me whether or not the blouse is dressy or casual.

This is how I deal with identifying blouses and it sure works.  No problem here.  Just another way to beat the odds, as they say.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A funny experience: Grains of sugar on the floor


Mom did not know that they were there because she was not expecting them to be there.  However, I found them and reported their existence.

Mom had just finished up in the kitchen and was washing her hair when I decided to leave my chair and go walking around the kitchen area. Then I found them.

How did I know that they were sugar?  They felt grainy when I stepped into them.  That is, I could feel particles of grain under my slippers and I was able to confirm it when I bent down and caught a few grains in my hand.

Just another way for me to discover: by touch with my feet.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

A very good aunt: Thinking of Auntie


Sometimes I can be held guilty of not thinking enough of those who have helped so much during my lifetime and this is the case with my God Mother, Auntie Enid.

Here is a lady who has had so much to deal with throughout her life and although I have had so much difficulty understanding a lot of what she has done, it does not take away from the fact that in her own way she has been good to me.

Auntie never discriminated against me as a blind child and this has expanded into my adult life.  She has always been so prompt to render help and seek help for me whenever I am around her.  Now it is time for me to return this precious favour.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

An amazing experience: Gabriella and her picture taking


I am always so very happy whenever someone can take pictures with their iPhone and then send them to me.  There is a procedure for this entire process.

First, Gabriella and I decide what she is going to take.
Next, Gabriella takes the pictures with her iPhone.
Next, she looks at it to see if it has come out fine.
Then she sends it to my email address.
Finally, I detach and store the picture and then send it along to friends and family.

Now that I no longer have enough vision to see what she has taken, I need to depend on others to describe things for me. But my active imagination is always eagerly waiting to hear.

Gabriella has also found another purpose for her picture taking and this is that whenever she wants me to read a business card or something that has come in the mail, she takes a picture with her iPhone and then emails it to me.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Refreshing and enjoying: The Red Lobster experience


It always gives me pleasure to share whenever a good experience has been had at a restaurant and this was the case in June 2018 when I visited the Red Lobster Restaurant with friends.

From start to finish, as they say, everything was perfect.  I am not saying that everyone in the service industry ought to or needs to know that I am vision-impaired, but it is so refreshing when someone knows. It makes life so much easier and comfortable.

The folks at the service desk put us in a booth that was easy to find and navigate.  The waitress was so very helpful when it came to showing me where my drink was placed, where my utensils were, and told me exactly where she had placed my food.

What a lovely evening.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

A most humiliating experiences for me: No access when I voted in the Ontario Elections on June 7, 2018


Believe it or not, this was a total shock for me.  I could only say that it was one of the most horrible experiences for me when it comes to voting in Canada.

Prior to this experience on June 7, 2018, all of my experiences re voting in the Ontario Elections were excellent so just imagine my horror when I went to vote this time.  Here is the short story.

Staff at the polls were absolutely not trained to interact and communicate with a vision-impaired person.  They refused to communicate directly with me, choosing instead to insist that I sit in a chair and then communicating with my friend on my behalf.

They did not understand when my friend and I insisted that I be given my right to vote privately in the booth, insisting that either she or they could accompany me into the voting booth to cast my ballot.

They had no idea where to find the Braille templates or Braille documents.  They did not even know how to assemble the template and then slip the ballot into the template.  Most of all, the Braille was unreadable.

It is my right, just as it is the right of everyone else, to be allowed to vote in privacy. When staff such as these folks display such unawareness and lack of understanding I can only shake my head in disbelief and then do the right thing!  Take Elections Ontario to the Human Rights Tribunal!

This was totally unacceptable!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

What a funny experience! Putting the wrong bottle in the freezer


Well now!  Here is another classic of how I almost ended up off of the beaten track and at the end of it all I simply had to laugh at myself. Here's the short form of the story.

I had bought a bottle of flavoured water at the supermarket and then had brought it home.  I placed it in my pantry next to a bottle of honey and then a few days later I returned to my pantry to retrieve the bottle of flavoured water so that I could freeze it for a few hours before taking it with me to an exam.

So far so good.  I removed what I thought was the bottle and placed it in the freezer and the next day I took it out of the freezer and was just going to leave it in my fridge to thaw out when I decided to check it to make sure that all was good.  Alas!  It was not good!

I soon discovered that instead of freezing the bottle of flavoured water, I had done it to the bottle of honey!  Time to correct but not panic!  I went to my pantry and retrieved the correct bottle, the flavoured water, and put it in the freezer.  Then I replaced the frozen bottle of honey on the shelf in my pantry.

Both bottles felt the same and were of the same height and this is how I got tripped up.  However, what I should have done was to shake the bottle when I first went to my pantry and no doubt I would have been able to avoid this mistake.

All in a day's work.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A learning experience: Changing the light bulb in my bathroom


I can honestly tell you that this was probably one of the funniest experiences for me.  Now that I can no longer see light, and I am not sure why I do this, I still turn on lights and then turn them off at night or when I am finished in my bathroom.

Whenever I remember, I check the light bulbs in my bathroom to make sure that they are still working and this is exactly what I did a few months ago.

I carefully stood on my step stool and placed my hand gingerly on each of the five bulbs.  Alas!  One of the bulbs was cold to the touch so I knew that it was not lighting up.  So, I retrieved a new bulb, removed the offending one, and then proceeded to screw in the new bulb.

It took me a bit of time to fix things because I had to be very careful when inserting the new bulb so as not to get a current shock.  When I inserted the new bulb and screwed it in, I had to place my hand gingerly on the top of the bulb to make sure that it was lighting.

Eventually, I got it done.  All in a day's work.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

A person of a lifetime: Getting ready to say so long to Joan


I have had the pleasure and privilege of being a part of Joan Spears’ life since 2014 and I will say most emphatically that it has been a great experience.

Joan has taught me so much; not just the rudiments of pottery but so much more.  I have learned to become more patient.  I have had the opportunity to use my creativity to build some really super pieces and I have had the pleasure to work with a very special lady.

I have never seen Joan in a down or unhappy mood.  She is always so very positive and ready to share her skills and knowledge.  She has taught me so much and soon I’ll be saying so long to her as she walks away into retirement.

Thank you, Joan, for everything and God be with you as you start a new chapter in your life.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A terrific experience: An audio description of my birthday lunch


For my birthday in 2018 I was so pleased when my dear friend Gabriella provided me with a terrific audio description of my birthday lunch.  From start to finish, she described every detail to me.

Gabriella took me for a Japanese lunch. As we sat at the cooking table waiting to be served, she described everything starting with the items on the menu to a detailed description of our choices of dishes, and then to what the chef was doing and how he was doing it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this meal with Gabriella and as I would say, I did not miss anything. Gabriella is a very unique person in that she has always taken the time and patience to describe things to me.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time to sweat bullets: Exam time once more


It always seems as if exam time comes a bit too quickly, but truth be told it comes once a year in the springtime. And when it does it always seems as if I am scrambling to be ready.

For the past few years I have been studying for my Law degree from the University of London England and taking my sweet time at doing it.  I have always wanted to become a lawyer but given the present landscape in my personal life, I really do not mind at all.

I will not be seeking to become an Attorney at Law, choosing instead to obtain my Law degree.  I have learned a lot over the last few years and this in itself has helped me to be a much better advocate.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

A refreshing evening: Meeting Wendy Robins


She was probably one of the most pleasant persons for me to have met in a long time.  She was refreshing, open, and so very friendly.

Wendy is going to be working with me to produce an article that will give an in-depth history of my successful legal challenge against the Canadian Government over their inaccessible websites.  At this dinner meeting, Wendy worked with me and my friend Gabriella to lay down the foundations for the article.

Wendy did not seem to be uncomfortable in any way to be in the presence of someone who is vision impaired.  She was totally at ease and even went the extra mile to render assistance even before I thought to ask.

The world needs more folks like Wendy to help create a friendlier environment for blind and vision-impaired persons.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

A humourous experience: The horse in the restaurant


On May 17, 2018, my friend Gabriella and I met with a professional writer to discuss her writing an article that would present a chronological history of my Charter Challenge and the events leading up to the introduction of the Accessible Canada Act to the Canadian Parliament.

We went to a restaurant in the Yorkdale Mall and just imagine my disbelief when Gabriella told me that there was a replica of a horse in the restaurant.

No, no kidding!  It was indeed a life size replica and I just could not believe it.  Gabriella offered to take me over to inspect said replica but I declined.  For as much as I adore and admire horses, I have never ridden one; there was something very strange about the entire thing.

I was not sure if my imagination took over but there it was.  I preferred not to feel and inspect it.

For the life of me I just could not understand why anyone would want to have the life size replica of a horse at a restaurant, but there you have it.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It's no fun! Traveling alone


This is probably one of the most challenging things for me these days. With the world of travel changing all of the time, it only becomes more difficult for me as someone with a vision impairment.

It does not really matter how helpful agents are. It is the anxiety of hoping that no matter what, I will encounter helpful and friendly agents along the way.

It does not matter how much notice I give to airlines beforehand or to ground assistance companies before I travel, the anxiety for me is always there.

It all starts before I get to the airport and it does not end until I am safely in the car of family or friends.  From the curb to the check in counter, and from check in at security to the gate, everything for me is oh so stressful.

Then, aboard the aircraft to touch down and then to customs and immigration, it is the same.  Then to locate the luggage.  Then, on the return journey, it is no different!

Traveling across Canada may be a bit less stressful because when I travel internationally I cannot determine beforehand what I am going to encounter. Just another challenge for me to face each time I travel.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Frustrating times! Tired of advocating?


Yes, I sometimes become very tired. But when I stop to think about the reasons I continue to do so, then this is where I stop, think, look left and right, up and down, and remember that I am not just doing it for myself.  I am doing it for others and for our kids of the future.

Advocacy becomes tiring when lawyers deliberately fight against the flow of the current, choosing instead to erect barriers and use the deep pockets of their clients to bully, intimidate, and wear us down.

Advocacy becomes tiring when those in authority knowingly remove our services and products, citing budget constraints and cost cuts.  Advocacy becomes extremely difficult whenever companies believe that satisfying their shareholders is what is needed and then they refuse to involve their shareholders in decisions pertaining to advocacy, choosing instead to make the decisions on their own.

All in a day’s work.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

No fun! When notifications are not in electronic format


There used to be a time when the property management office would often forget to provide me with notifications in electronic format. But ever since I complained robustly with a mild threat that I would take them to court if this continued, everything has changed.

It is usually not my style to threaten anyone but when the lack of electronic notifications could easily lead to some interesting situations and potential danger, then here is where I draw the line.

Here is an example.
I could be sitting around in my condo in a state of undress and workers enter my condo to carry out some work.  Of course we have been notified beforehand but I never got the notice so this is what has happened and now everyone, especially me, is totally embarrassed.

Another example would be if a notice is circulated giving out new numbers for the superintendents and an emergency arises and I do not have their numbers because I never received the notice in a readable format.  I am in difficulty and who do I call?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Something new to learn! Learning to manage my cable box with Sandra


I have no guilt feelings when it comes to the continuing fights that I have with my cable box.  In short, I am not very happy with my cable box and at times I have been hard pressed not to pick it up and throw it through the window.

The other day my neighbour Sandra came over to try and help win the battle, but alas!  I am still fighting with the darn thing.

Here is the problem.  Each time there is a power outage my cable box needs to be reset.  Sure, I can unplug the cable box’s power cord and then plug it back in after a few seconds but here is where my abilities end.  I have no idea what is on the TV’s screen let alone be able to put my TV back on to channel 3.  Sure, I can use the buttons on the TV to flick but do I go up or down?

Sandra realized this when she tried to help me.  So, I am still seeking a solution.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

An unavoidable challenge: A communication barrier


For me, whenever oral communication is hampered then here is where the communication barrier sets in.  And it normally happens whenever any of the following occurs.

Whenever I communicate with someone whose first language is not English. Whenever someone uses gestures or eye contact. Whenever someone uses body language. Whenever someone uses printed media or communication. Whenever someone sends me files in PDF formats that have not been tagged for accessibility.

This is a continuing challenge for me and all that I can do is to keep on trying.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Having some fun: The matching jacket and cane tip


Just imagine my big smile when Gabriella told me that my jacket and cane tip matched each other on the day when we were going out to run errands.

Truth be told, even when I had enough vision to match my outfits to my accessories, I never ever paid attention to it.  So, when Gabriella noticed this it was a huge first for me.

It is always nice when things do match but my poor old cane tip is never really in the picture when it comes to matching things.  Having had vision previously it is always nice to have things matched and even now that I do not have any vision, it still matters.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A surprise! When did the picture go cloudy?


Looking back at this experience, I can’t help but smile to myself.  I would never have known that my TV’s picture was now cloudy were it not for David and Sandra telling me.

Yes, it is now cloudy and I need to find a way to fix it so that Mom will be able to enjoy her movies and programs when she watches TV at my home.  It does not matter for me as long as the sound is good, but not for Mom.

There is always something to fix when it comes to my cable box and my TV and it does not matter when the picture became cloudy. It's just another challenge in my life to overcome.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

A different experience: Sue's different car


I always seem to know when Sue has pulled up at my driveway in her car.  For some reason her car makes a unique noise when it arrives and I am right there to hear it.

However, on this particular day she fooled me when she arrived in her mom’s car.  I had to smile to myself when she called out to me when she arrived and she was so quick to see the surprised expression on my face. 

I smiled to myself as I walked towards her.  Such a funny experience.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Gone but not forgotten: Remembering Vern


I know that when he passed on, we had not seen each other for several years but this does not mean that I did not think of him from time to time. 

Vern was one of those very unique individuals who never seemed uncomfortable around me and he never seemed to be inhibited by my being vision-impaired.  He treated me as an equal, was never afraid to discuss politics and hot topics with me and I am truly grateful that I had the chance to know him. 

Vern loved to take me to eat Roti and he and Yvonne often took me to eat out and go shopping.  He had a wicked sense of humor and was always looking for things to do with me.  

Rest in Peace, Vern; travel safely now and save a place at your table for me! Until we meet again!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A springtime favourite: Awaiting the doves


This is probably one of my favourite annual springtime anticipations, the arrival of the doves to give birth to their little ones on our balcony.

This balcony is just outside my office and each year the adult doves come by for a visit which lasts for about a month or so.

I know that they have arrived when I hear them on a quiet early morning as I work in my office.  I can hear them chatting with each other and it does not matter that I cannot see them because of not having nearly enough vision, they are most welcome to my balcony.

Then, a few days later, I can tell that something has occurred: yes!  The birth of some little ones but I do not know how many.  Then, from here on in it is a total delight and pleasure for me.

Each morning I look forward to hearing them.  I start work at around 3 am and they already seem to be awake.   I can easily distinguish between parents and kids; the voices are very different to my ear.  The little ones have voices that are soft, sweet, and hesitant while the parents  are bolder and more authoritative.

I estimate that my feathered guests stay for about a month with me and then they are gone.  The family moves out without notifying me but I know that others will be back next year.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Extra precaution: Making sure with my mail


I have always had and shall always need a very disciplined approach when it comes to sorting my mail, and why?

Because I need to ensure that I keep what I need to keep and not throw it out in error and to throw away those mails that are what I call junk mail.  In many cases it is not too hard for me to decipher but I still need to be watchful.  I use my Ipal Solo stand-alone scanner to help me out but once in a while my trusted scanner is unable to read accurately and I either need to guess or seek sighted assistance. 

Nevertheless, I am careful and watchful each time I sort my mail.  We are living in a world where scammers are everywhere and they are only waiting to pounce whenever we give them the slightest of opportunities to take advantage of our slip ups.  That is, when we inadvertently become a wee bit careless and throw away important mail in our garbage.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

A new challenge: Hanging the fallen picture


Now that I no longer have enough vision to hang my own pictures, I need to depend on others to do it for me. Here is what happened recently when one of my pictures fell off the wall.

In the good old days I would have picked it up and hung it back in its place. But, with not being able to see enough, it is difficult for me now.

I cannot decipher whether or not it is upside down or whether or not it is hanging straight.  In most cases I know what it is because of my excellent memory, but if I forget then I am in big trouble. 

So, these are the reasons why I can no longer hang pictures when they have fallen or even new pictures.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fun times! Sorting out my ornaments


This is probably one of my favourite things to do and I can spend a lot of time doing this.  I simply love to make sure that I know what each one is and then to put it in its appropriate place either in my cabinet or on my book shelf.

Now that I have decided to pursue pottery making, I find myself making all kinds of ornaments; from bird houses and gingerbread houses to boats and Christmas trees. 

I am still able to decide what colours I want them to be, but alas!  I can only imagine the colours now because I can no longer see them. 

This definitely does not prevent me from having fun.  I simply love to hold them in my hands and run my fingers up and down and along their widths and lengths.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Not my favourite thing: Turning the clocks forward


This is probably one of my least favourite tasks to do because each time we need to turn the clocks forward I need to seek sighted assistance to do so. 

It is the case with all of my digital clocks because they are not talking clocks.  They all chime and this is great but there is no way for me to set and reset them because they do not speak.  So I have to grin and bear it whenever it comes to moving the clocks back and forward. 

Thank goodness for my neighbour Sandra and my mom.  Maybe some day someone will develop a speaking option for digital clocks or maybe there is already something out there and I am not aware.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

So happy: Continuing with my knitting


I can't begin to tell you how happy I am  to be able to be continuing with my knitting.  When I lost Robbie in the fall of 2017 I honestly thought that my knitting days were over. But then came Rochelle and now everything is back on track.

Rochelle is fun!  She is entertaining and refreshing!  She is patient and oh so positive!  In short, she is a Godsend and now my knitting is definitely back on track!

I am confident and less hesitant.  I am willing to try and my fingers are definitely more comfortable when working with the wool.

I am now in the midst of making a hat and with some commitment and patience I hope to complete it by the end of this summer.  Then it is on to other things for the fall.

Rochelle has already shown my progress to Robbie.  She recently took pictures of my knitting with her iPhone and sent it to him.  He was so pleased with me.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A funny experience: The mysterious hanger


I always try to do my best to make sure that I know where I put my stuff; particularly, where I put my clothes both inside and outside of my closet.

In particular, I am very conscious of where I leave my hangers because I need to ensure at all times that I can find them when I need them.  Whenever I am missing a hanger I spend precious time locating and putting it in its right spot with the associated piece of clothing.  However, whenever  I find an extra hanger I am forced to spend time trying to figure out from whence it came. 

This is what happened not too long ago when I found the extra hanger and this time it took me a bit of time to solve it all.  In the end, the hanger was found on the sofa in my room and the clothing for it was found lying on my bed.  All in a day's work.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Forever beautiful: England calling


Yes, it's England calling and not just London calling!  Not sure why but this beautiful country shall always have a special place in my heart!

I learned so much when I studied there as a teen.  I met many wonderful young ladies and experienced so much.

I learned to be more independent.  I learned how to fend for myself.  I learned how to cope and I learned that, indeed, I was a very privileged kid.

Not many kids at that age would have had the opportunities that I did and for this I shall be eternally grateful.  The thing is that I did not really realize this until many years later but it is never too late to discover.

I visited England in 2014 to play chess at Windermere and I am planning to go again in January of 2019.  Hold on, England!  I am coming to see you once more!

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