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.
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!
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: http://gatewayofhope.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/how-to-find-inevitable-joy/
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. http://rjthesman.net/2012/10/19/birthday-changes/ 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: http://rjthesman.net/2013/06/06/mom-walks-tall/
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!