What I Blog About
Life Adventures With Vision Loss

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A Big welcome to all my new readers at Amy’s Adventures!

In this blog, I talk about coping with progressive vision and hearing loss as well as my faith. I share stories of my life, which I view as an adventure. No two days are the same when vision  and hearing is constantly in flux. Although ‘adventure’ may be an overused term nowadays, it fits my outlook. Too many who suffer this hidden genetic disease feel helpless and trapped and choose to stay at home.

I want to serve as a catalyst in the positive wind of change to blow over the vision-impaired community and sighted world alike to bridge understanding. 

For this challenge–and also this year–I will blog about five topics: each of my books, culture and other countries along with having an interview with a vision-impaired individual that models positive living. This is the breakdown:

  1. #1 Work-in-Progress (WIP), Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility. These excerpts offer glimpses into some international tales (some may refer to them as scandals!) before I ever had a long white cane. Others invite you into my brand new world with my “stick.” Others may reveal confidence and independence as I developed more confidence with it.  They’re light and fun and insightful.
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  2. #2 WIP: Second Sight: When Physical Vision Blurs, Spiritual Vision Comes Into High Definition. (still refining subtitle). The tales will offer humor and insight into my sometimes zany vision loss experiences but include a faith take-away.
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  3. #3 WIP Don Bovaird, The Tree Man (tentative title) Coming this summer.
    This will feature excerpts from my father’s book. If not an excerpt, at least an update on it. He was a dreamer, a builder and an entrepreneur. The contents include his lifelong passion for old cars *which in his later years, he stretched into limos and created a business around. You’ll read about his strong work ethic,  gentle humor and rapport with the community. Dad also knew a lot about trees trees, both planting and cutting them down. He learned the art of decorative pruning of arborvitae bushes and created arches, and other distinctive arrangements.

    You’ll discover his unique and upbeat personality along with two unforgettable dogs and a ’39 Ford truck with an old horn that has the town honking in a good way about Don Bovaird.

    4.  On Wednesdays, I have a column called “Where in the World…” that my readers enjoy. For a couple of months, I cut down on my blogging to once a week to give me time to write my  books. But that’ll be a regular feature weekly addition now. Since my former ESL *English as a Second Language) teaching career involved living overseas, I like to feature stories of other cultures.
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    5.  On Fridays, I have a column called “Friday Friends. Spotlight on …” When I find people that inspire me with vision and or hearing loss, I like to interview them to inform and inspire my readers and me.
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    The rest of the time, I’ll blog about  cooking adventures, my family, the Lions Club, and my first book, Mobility Matters. I hope to even have a surprise announcement to you sometime this month!

Which of my topics most interests you? Are you a blogger? If so, what topics do you feature in your blog? What types of reading do you enjoy?

My dad in his '39 Ford Pick-up with his sidekick in the back.
My dad in his ’39 Ford Pick-up with his sidekick in the back.

That’s all for today!  Have a wonderful afternoon and don’t forget to take a moment and leave a message. It makes my day to hear from my readers!

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  • January 2, 2016 at 8:51 pm
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    I am so sorry for your vision and hearing loss, but so excited to read more of your adventures. Sometimes loss reminds us of what we have left. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and screaming helps.

    blessings for 216

  • January 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm
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    Thank you, Tracey.
    Were you in last year’s blogging challenge? It sounds like you’ve read some of my stories. I love that!
    I really hope to finish some of my books this winter. I am trying to organize my time to get them done. It’s a lot of work. 🙂
    I like what you said, “Sometimes loss reminds us of what we have left.”
    Some days are overwhelming. But I know it could be worse. I also feel like even facing a future with more restrictive vision, I have a lot left.
    Thank you for taking time to comment and welcome back to my community!
    Amy

  • January 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm
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    Your cane confessions interest me – I’ve never lived overseas although I have a cousin in the Foreign Service,and am interested in the experiences of those who have lived elsewhere. I look forward to reading more of your posts during this challenge and beyond (as I’m already a fan of yours).

  • January 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm
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    Hi Alana,
    Great!Cane Confessions is my next book out! I’ll be posting 5-6 at least excerpts this month. My cultural posts are fun to read too. I try to share a local element of a country, like the water carriers in Morocco. So I look forward to your feedback.
    Amy

  • January 3, 2016 at 2:23 am
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    Great connecting with you, Amy. I like all your blog themes. I blog about all kinds of things around personal development, success, gratitude, affirmations, and more. I like to read non-fiction books primarily around leadership, success, personal development, spirituality and the like.

  • January 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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    Hi Tandy,
    Yes, so nice to connect!
    I’m glad you like my themes and look forward to hearing what you think of my posts!
    I write about success, gratitude and humor in my daily life.
    All of my books are non-fiction so far.
    I look forward to connecting with you more.:)
    Amy

  • January 4, 2016 at 2:25 am
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    Amy, as always, so many thoughts on reading your blog posts. I want to share that I had 2 friends in college who were “Oxygen Babies”, the last of the newborns blinded by pure oxygen to help them breathe after delivery (1953 or so). I learned a lot from them about learning by feel, putting a fingertip into a mug of coffee to see how hot/full it was, or searching in my purse with a hand rather than my eyes. They enriched my life. Thanks and blessings!

  • January 4, 2016 at 3:03 am
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    Such a great post, thanks so much for sharing, I blog about “all things mommy” and do product reviews 🙂

  • January 4, 2016 at 4:28 am
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    Amy, I’ve been a reader of your blog for awhile and I’m so impressed with how well you live your life, in spite of obstacles, and serve as an inspiration for others with similar challenges. God bless you with a wonderful, blessed, prosperous new year!

  • January 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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    Hi Kebba,
    Thanks for sharing the exposure you’ve had to others coping with vision loss. They’ve learned a lot through medical strides. I had a little baby in an incubator. She was in the SBCU (Special Baby Care Unit) because she was premature. I think if she had lived, the doctor said the amount of oxygen given to her could have affected her in various ways. That was in 1998.
    Thanks for taking time to comment. Have a great day!
    Amy

  • January 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm
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    Hi Jennifer,
    All things mommy sounds fun. Whatever I learn, I will pass on to my nieces who have kids that range in age from 1 1/2 – 8 years old!
    What kind of product reviews do you do? Probably things that relate to kids. 🙂
    If you are looking for a different kind of product to review, I have an audio book coming out soon. I am looking for people to review it. Let me know if you are interested.
    Thanks!
    Amy

  • January 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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    Thank you so much, K Lee!
    Love having you as part of my community!
    Amy

  • January 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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    Hi Amy. I love the way you write and encourage through all of your topics. I’m not sure where you find all your blogging challenges though. I love to encourage others through blogging about many of life’s problems, including loss of sight, by changing people’s focus from problem to solution. Sharing ways to help others is a main topic as well. It’s fun to get people thinking and reflecting about what they believe.

  • January 8, 2016 at 6:04 am
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    I was happy to be one of your featured Friday’s in 2015.
    🙂
    My word for 2016 is “adventure”, but often I do find it is a lot easier to hide out at home, away from the world and from living as a part of it.
    I hope to blog a lot about what happened to me, twenty years ago this year, as a start to the memoir I hope to write one of these days. I watch you writing your books and I want to write mine, finally and after all this time, but I don’t know what holds me back. Should be an adventure.
    🙂
    I wonder what sorts of things you have still to confess.

  • January 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm
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    Kerry, You’ll soon see what I have to confess.:)
    They’re just humorous, a little more lighthearted stories that give readers a moment to pause and or think.
    “Adventure”: Great word! You knew know where your writing adventures will take you!
    My thinking is that when you begin to write your memoir, you’ll keep on going til it comes out!
    Happy New Year!
    Amy

  • February 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm
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    Wow, this is really inspiring though I’m sorry to hear about the vision and hearing loss. It’s really great that you are spreading your message so that other people who are going through similar situations can be inspired.

    Looking forward to reading your blogs. Personally, I feel anything that would help with daily living. mommy stories and how you overcome challenges would be insightful and inspiring.

    Cheers to you!

    Maya

  • February 24, 2016 at 11:49 am
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    Thank you, Maya!
    I’m sorry it took me a few days to answer. I was out of town and just got back and am catching up on my blog.
    I love that you are an Independent Living Specialist. Do you work with senior citizens? I speak with senior groups often and enjoy it so much. I will be back to my posting schedule this week.
    I’m so glad you mentioned what kind of information would be helpful to you. I don’t have too many mommy stories as I have no children BUT I have some stories about my nieces and post them on occasion. I tend to write humor-based stories though there are a few tender moments like this one:
    http://amybovaird.com/a-time-to-dance-2/
    Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to knowing you better in the future.
    Welcome to our community!
    Amy

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