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Blog - October 2013

Bucket List

I don’t have a “Bucket List”. My life has changed so much over the last year and a half, that anything I would have had on the list is now either absolutely impossible, unimportant or no longer desirable. I now understand that life throws us curve balls and the only measure of our worth is how we make those curve balls turn into RBIs. Checking off items on a list of “things to do before I die” doesn’t work for me any more. I am much more productive if I make a list of “things I am thankful for” . I do, however, have a (?)uckit list - those things I choose not to worry about.

Having said that, I am making a list of things I want to do this winter. In my past life, my ex and I parked a motor home in South West Florida for the winter.

Small Town Kindnesses

I am a walker. I walk to exercise myself, to exercise my guide dog, to breath fresh air, to clear my mind and to have an uninterrupted 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours to listen to music (one earbud only - the other ear is to listen to traffic. And yes, I have an off/on switch on the earphones to turn the tunes off at intersections, railway tracks and obstacles). I woke up this morning to the sound of a soft rain falling outside the window. Normally rain does not deter me - I don’t think I will melt. Rain does, however, deter my dog. Hope is a bit of a princess in the rain. She does not work as well when she gets wet and she abhors puddles. She will skirt around a puddle, taking me right through the centre.

Hope

I am writing this post with a head on my lap.

For those of you who follow my blog, you know I hosted Thanksgiving dinner and you know I had a few sad moments. You may not know this is a new house for me. I moved here in May. I did have a sighted friend give me the entire tour - where are the smoke detectors - where is the water / gas / power shut off - where is the electric panel - where is the furnace and how do I set the thermostat?

So here I am, hours after everyone has left. The pots have been soaking and I am scrubbing them clean. The oven had some spills so the self clean has been turned on. The smoke detectors, of course, go off.

The crazy mixed up world of blind dating

I have been single now for a year and a half and have taken the leap into the unknown waters of the dating world. Remember, I am 55. The last time I had a first date, I was 18 years old. Back in those days we went to bars, we met at school, we had lots of single friends with single friends. Finding a reasonable date was relatively easy. Finding a reasonable date at age 55 is a little more challenging.

I am always up front and make sure a potential date knows that I am blind. I always offer two choices - they can run away, as long as they are not carrying scissors, hedge clippers, or chain saws - or they can ask any and all questions they may have.

The Passing of Abraham Nemeth, creator of the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation

We have just learned that Dr. Abraham Nemeth, Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the University of Detroit Mercy and inventor of the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Scientific Notation, has passed away. His contributions have touched the lives of many braille-reading Canadians.

The below press release was copied from the NFB website and the original version can be found here

National Federation of the Blind Mourns Passing of Dr. Abraham Nemeth, Honors His Pioneering Work to Enhance Braille

Baltimore, Maryland (October 2, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind today mourns the death of Dr.

Bookshare Now Being Offered to CNIB Clients

This may be of interest to those of you who are CNIB clients. The information posted below has been copied from the CNIB Digital Times newsletter (September issue). You can find out more about this exciting new opportunity by visiting this link on the CNIB library website

Bookshare now available through the CNIB Library!

CNIB clients can now sign up for a free one-year subscription to Bookshare, an accessible online library for people with qualifying print disabilities!

President's Report - October 1, 2013

Hello, AEBC!

We must become the change we want to see in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome to the October edition of the President's Report. This month has been busy for AEBC, and there are some exciting developments in the community that we need to harness and build upon, like the availability of accessible prescription drug labels at a Canadian pharmacy. Sure, it's only one pharmacy, but it's a start.

We've also had a busy September with the strategic planning session, hosting a number of discussions that have proven to be very fruitful. I am impressed with the energy and enthusiasm with which so many of you have shown to the process.

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