Amy’s New Book

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Sharper Focus

Many people dream of seeing the world. Ask vision-challenged globetrotter Amy Bovaird, and she will settle for seeing it in a little sharper focus. Follow Amy--but not too closely--on adventures foreign and domestic as she recounts tales of trips and travel.

Interview with VisionAWARE

Find out what Amy Bovaird has to say about being in denial about her increasing vision loss, why blindness is like entering a foreign country and how meeting her first blind person changed her life... Read the rest of this entry »

Dining Out in a New Language

I've always been drawn to other cultures, and my best memories always involve food. This video highlights a restaurant with a new culture for me ... and maybe for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for Inspirational Romance?

When my writing colleague asked for people to join her blog tour to introduce her new book, I quickly volunteered for the task. I love romance and couldn't wait to find out more about her book and characters! But I'm jumping ahead of myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Launch Pools Efforts of Vision-Impaired

"I have a vision-impaired friend who has a basket ministry," Marilyn said when I mentioned I wanted to have some giveaway baskets. "She collects things to add to baskets and does a lovely job." "She's got the job!" I joked, noting that it was a volunteer position. Read the rest of this entry »

Start Small

It's typical to measure our worth as we compare ourselves to others. Wherever I went, I struggled to feel confident about myself. In Japan, where everyone wants to blend in, my vision made me stand out. My Japanese boyfriend oftentimes disassociated himself from me on the train as I tripped over roped off sections, traffic cones, school children seated on the ground--what or whoever was in my blind spot. When I looked up, he was several paces (or seats) away. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m No Squiggle!

The whole transaction happened so fast I didn't have time to respond. I held the receipt in my hand with its squiggly line drawn in place of my name, and lifted it closer to examine it. What was this supposed to mean? I thumped my head with the palm of my hand and rolled my eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Buddy Boy, a Popular Character

One of my favorite characters in Mobility Matters is "Buddy," the four-legged Even as a youth, Buddy had a way of drawing people to him. companion I brought back from the Middle East. A quiet, unobtrusive stray black Lab mix I picked up at the men's branch of the college where I teach, Buddy slowly but steadily wagged his way into my hea Read the rest of this entry »

God’s Special Pre-launch Dance

I notice a pattern in these kinds of things. Something I expected to fall into place goes terribly wrong, and I think, oh no, my life is ruined. Nothing is going to work out. Read the rest of this entry »

A Model to Follow

Bob had excellent cane skills and challenged me to solve my own problems in our mobility training. Best of all, he modeled a perspective of success. He did not let other people determine his outlook. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobility Matters Coming Soon

October 1 begins National Disabilities Employment Month AND National Cane Safety Month. Looking back, I’m amazed at my own progress! A year ago, these issues were not part of my active vocabulary Read the rest of this entry »