In today’s entry, I’m sharing two bloggers whose posts I rarely miss.  The first has Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) like me and hails from Australia. The second is a caregiver like me and hails from America’s heartland – Kansas City.

Maribel working on her blog!
Maribel Steele exudes confidence and in a true reverse, she guides the sighted on tours through her unseen world via different senses. Even though I’m also vision-impaired, I always leave her tours with new, unexpected insights. I love reading about travel. With Maribel, I can join her Touching Landscapes tour and experience “Europe on a stick.”

On the other hand, if I  want to take in a little  about how Maribel experiences the world in her everyday existence, I can  hop over to her Gateway to Blindness blog and read a selection there.

As you see from her photo,  she is bursting  with optimism.She’s  that favorite tour guide I seek out for fascinating details other guides neglect.  You know how it is when you go on a good tour. You hold onto every word!   Here’s a great example:  In her series, The Art of Being Blind, she shares what it’s like to meet someone new for the first time – through observations of touch.

I invite you to savor her stories, and join her on her “unseen” tour. You will leave with exciting knowledge of the culture she presents and hunger for more!

RJ, a nature lover

When I leave the Gateway to Blindness, I jump over to the Gateway of Hope, seeking RJ Thesman’s words. The ministry’s tagline is the helping place for hurting women.The “Words of Hope” blog instills hope in discouraged women.  Through RJ’s gentle nudging, I, too, am reminded of what I can do  to replenish my hope.  When I come to this blog, I often  bring a cup of tea and reflect.  Because travel interests me, I enjoyed this post:

When I finish reading a post here, I check out what’s new on RJ’s personal blog, Finding Hope when Life Unravels. RJ writes about coping with a parent with Alzheimer’s and reaches out to other caregivers with lessons she’s learned. She’s honest about the sometimes jarring emotions she feels but she always points to the One who understands her grief.

I could  relate to this birthday post because birthdays were always a big deal in my family. She’s transparent, and vulnerable…but what I like best is that she invites God into the picture.

Another entry speaks to me because it deals with a mother / daughter exchange.  RJ goes through a difficult visit at the assisted-care living facility.  To encourage herself,  she clasps onto one tiny detail that brings comfort. Read on to find out what that detail is:

Maribel and RJ both blog about ways to understand their world. I hope you enjoyed ducking through these new Gateways!

You’ve read “Discovering New Gateways” by Amy Bovaird, January 2013. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Discovering New Gateways
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8 thoughts on “Discovering New Gateways

  • January 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Amy,

    What an inspiring story about Maribel Steele. Loved the article! Have a great weekend!

  • January 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Isn’t it something how we can develop such a friendship of sort via blog content. There are people all of the world that lead and inspire us each day with their written word. I am so happy to be part of the Blogging community where great connections grow.

  • January 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Yes, Nate, she has a wonderful way of seeing life! I met her when she posted as a guest blogger for a big-name writer, and discovered she suffered from the same eye disorder as I did. Then we found other things in common–like we both write and are adventurous. After that, we became fast friends!

  • January 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Kirsten, it’s amazing! Developing different connections through blogging really does create ties and loyalties, and changes our perspective of everyday life! =)

  • January 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you, Amy, for your kind words. I’m so glad that my blog posts encourage you – as you encourage others.

  • January 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    RJ, I was so excited when my idea came together. I read about the suggestion for bloggers to create a post with links to their favorite bloggers. I realized that you both influence me. The confirmation came when I saw that you both have “Gateway” in your titles. I knew it was God speaking to me. =)

  • January 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Amy and friends! Thank you all for your lovely morale boosting comments – makes the sharing of our work so much easier to do… it has been a wonderful journey for me too, to discover your friendship Amy, and to learn our similar paths can cross continents – no limitations for us…all the best to everyone with reaching for your possibilities! Maribel…from sweltering Melbourne (have my feet soaking in a bucket of cold water as I type!)

  • January 15, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Maribel, we are in a mid-January thaw as I write. Erie, the closest city to where I live, has received a notorious #1 place in the nation for receiving the most snow for several weeks now. =) Good luck as your speaking engagements begin to unfold. Keep guiding the sighted!

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