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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.

The Quirks of RP Vision

“You can see a pencil across the room. Yet trip over an elephant on the way to pick it.” –Author Unknown I have no idea who said this but it’s floating around my RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) Family and Support Group page and it’s an apt expression of what it’s like to see through the eyes of someone affected with RP. My vision is unreliable. I don’t know why I can’t see some things and can see others clearly. It’s confusing and frustrating. But also … quirky! Here are a few examples. Read the rest of this entry »

Clayton Tucker Band

One Sunday morning during the worship service at church, Frank and I sang together. After the service, the lady in the pew ahead of us turned around and said, “What beautiful voices the two of you have!” Frank jabbed me in the ribs. I rolled my eyes. But, secretly, I wondered if Jesus had just performed a modern-day miracle! That’s what it would take to make my voice sound beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

A Matter of Perspective

"Why are you in such a bad mood?" Mom asked when I snapped at her shortly after coming in the door. "I...just..." It wasn't fair of me to take it out on her. I felt like I was going to lose it but tried to regain my composure. "Well, my hearing aids aren't working!" Trying not to think about the visit I just returned from, I stomped up the stairs and headed up to my flat over my mother's house. "I hate it! I hate it! I. HATE. IT," I shouted with each stomp. Read the rest of this entry »

Launch Party Invitation

Order of Events Scheduled: Author Introduction Words from the Author Prayer for success and outreach of Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith Reading Selection Question and Answer Session Book Signing / Sales Read the rest of this entry »

Excerpt from Out of My Comfort Zone

When you have a serious eye condition, it's always stressful when you meet a new doctor. What will he be like? What will he say? Will the news be good or bad or somewhere in between? Will he talk to me or over my head? Will he even care? Read more to find out what this doctor was like! Read the rest of this entry »

Twin Collapses

This is a memoir post about how 9/11 affected me. I haven't written on this topic before but perhaps it's time to voice what happened. As I continually move forward to become the woman God desires me to be, I have to take a step back to evaluate where I placed God in my life before. Read the rest of this entry »

Step Out from Behind

I wanted to scoop Fiona up and squeeze the “cute” contained in her little frame, and reached out to tickle her. Instead of the giggle I expected to hear, she withdrew and said a firm, “No,” hiding behind Gaga. In toddler-talk that one word meant, “Don’t touch me,” “Don't overstep your boundaries." Read the rest of this entry »

Christopher Duffley Sings The Eyes of My Heart

When I was looking for some inspirational music to share, I came across the video of this autistic blind boy, born the son of a cocaine addict back in 2001 and was amazed at the joy in his face and his superb voice. Read the rest of this entry »

Tandem Bicycling: Fun Fitness

Since my vision loss, it hasn't been safe for me to ride a bike even in my hometown. But yesterday I read a post on the VisionAware site, where I serve as a peer adviser. The article was about the benefits of tandem riding. This infused me with new hope! I never considered riding "a bicycle built for two." Read the rest of this entry »

The Job Offer

The speaker on the other end of the phone said, "Congratulations, Amy. The board of directors have approved you for the 2009-2010 academic year. You got the job!" "Wow! Exciting news!" I hung up the phone and did a happy dance. Life was just about to get better. A regular income and I could use my Spanish skills! Read the rest of this entry »