Sunday, July 14, 2013


So often we ‘chase rainbows’ not realizing we are standing in one!  It is easy to think something better is out there somewhere, not realizing things are pretty wonderful right where we are.  Remember, if we go ‘out there’ somewhere searching for who knows what, we are always bringing ourselves along! Do we change much?  Not much.  Today, right now, is the best time of thre rest of our lives.  Who knows what the future brings.  We know for sure we will be older and that will bring an entirely different bag of tricks.   You can’t buy more time, or go back to another time. I agree with  Marcel Proust "The real journey of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes".

On the other hand, there is another side to the coin.  We must always strive to better ourselves and never be afraid to dream........

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Imagine Presentations for Tucson Festival and CTEVBI

The last two weekends I was in Tucson and San Francisco.  Tucson Festival of Books was quite an experience.  Kudos to Tucson!  The festival took over the University of Arizona during spring break.  I was honored to be one of the over 200 authors asked to give a presentation.  They treated us like royalty.  Fun time. Tents, authors, books everywhere!

In San Francisco (actually Burlingame) The California Transcribers and Educators of the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI) Conference was awesome.  My workshop went well.  We sold a lot of my book  I Can’t See, But…I Can Imagine in both Braille (twin vision) and print. Nearly ran out.  We did a lot of ‘networking’ at the conference. I have always wanted to add tactile graphics….allows a blind person to feel the shape of something mentioned in a particular page of the book.  We met Liberty Braille owners Mike and Cristen Lockwood.  They do tactile graphics and want to do my book!  I am delighted! 

It was interesting to see people all around me who are blind or visually impaired doing just fine.  They are independent, working and successful.  Many have families and do all the things mothers and dads do—just in a little different way.  Many have dogs or white canes. They tell me this is the best time ever to be blind because the technology is incredible.  After being with them awhile you simply forget they have a vision problem at all.  I had heard that, because of the technology, Braille is becoming less and less used, but they tell me that is not true at all.  They use Braille all the time. It goes hand in hand with the technology. 

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Imagine Presentation at CTEBVI !

Friday March 15 & Saturday March 16 I have the pleasure of being part of the Conference of the California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI).  I will be exhibiting, signing, and selling my book both days.  It is a real honor to be asked to give a workshop!  My presentation will be March 16.  The event is held at Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame (outside of San Francisco).  People who are interested in teaching/assisting the visually impaired come from all over the US to attend. 

All last year I had great contacts with several people who work with the blind—and wonderful responses/comments from schools for the blind and individuals all over the country who have purchased my print/Braille book. It is interesting to have talked to people I now feel as if I know personally…but never met face to face.  They have been ‘cheerleaders’ for my print/Braille book “I Can’t See, But…I Can Imagine” and I appreciate them a lot.  I notice some of those people are giving workshops.  This conference will give me the opportunity for a ‘face to face’ meeting’.    Exciting times! 

Friday, March 01, 2013

Imagine Presentation at Tucson Festival of Books!

My husband and I are about to leave for Tucson AZ.  I have been asked to give a book presentation at the Tucson Festival of Books March 9th.  The festival is one of the biggest in the country and I feel honored to be part of it.  It takes over the entire campus of University of Arizona on spring break—130,000 to 150,000 attend.  They have entitled my presentation “Imagine That:  Your Family Has a Story.”  I will be in Room 333 in the College of Education building and will sign books following the presentation.  This is a great opportunity to share both the original and print/Braille versions of my book “I Can’t See, But…I Can Imagine.” 

In addition to the festival, Friday March 8 I will be sharing my book with students and teachers of the blind at Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind – also in Tucson. 

After the Tucson presentation I will be in San Francisco.  Stay tuned... J

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Cascade Arts and Entertainment Magazine

April Lewis, feature writer for “Cascade Arts and Entertainment Magazine” wrote a great article about me and the print/Braille version of my book “I Can’t See, But…I Can Imagine”.  You can find the article if you Google “Cascade Arts and Entertainment Magazine” and look under ‘articles’ – “Local Author’s Braille Edition I Can’t See, But…I Can Imagine”   This is the link

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Window With Kristi Miller

Today I participated in a TV fun interview with Kristi Miller for her new program “My Window with Kristi Miller”.  The interview included author friends Paty Jager and Ava Wilson.  We each talked about our books and Central Oregon Writers Guild.  Our segment of the program will be aired November 7th at Noon on KBNZ-CBS for Central Oregon, channel 6 & 606.  Then again at 6:30pm & 11pm on Bend Broadband’s COTV channel 11 & 611.  It will also be available on Free Video on Demand under the date it aired.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Professor Sunggye Hong's Braille class

 A couple of weeks ago I had and experience I must share!  I was invited to speak to a class at San Francisco State University for future Braille teachers and present the print/Braille edition of my book “ I Can’t See, But…I Can Imagine”.  The professor inviting me was Sunggye Hong.  I was delighted to meet him because his name has come up several times when I talk to Braille teachers in California.  The students in the class were sighted and one was blind.  For that matter, the professor was blind as well.  The presentation went well and the book was well accepted by the group.  Sunggye emailed me “It was my pleasure to have you in my class. And thanks for your wonderful presentation and excellent literacy option for families, children, and teachers. The students loved the story and appreciated your presentation. On behalf of my students, best wishes for your endeavor and I look forward to seeing you in CTEBVI next March as well.  (In March I will be giving a workshop at 54th annual conference of California Teachers and Transcribers for the Blind and Visually Impaired.)  Professor Sunggye thank you for inviting me!  I have met some awesome teachers of the visually impaired and now I know a wonderful instructor responsible for several of them.