As a long-time hunter, Steve Johnson had a lifetime goal of harvesting a “braggin’ buck.” When he lost his sight in 1986 he thought that dream would fade away. Yet, little did Steve know that on a snowy December day many years later, he still might have a chance. In “Wise Old Buck,” Steve shares a detailed account of trekking through the Coulee Region hills with his hunting assistant to attempt to make his dream a reality.
Cooking is a creative venture for several of The Outlook From Here authors, searching for new recipes, returning to old favorites and discovering handy techniques to make cooking both fun and accessible. In the first of a continuing series, Annika Konrad shares what she enjoys about time spent in the kitchen, along with one of her favorite recipes.
After launching in early 2014, the blog that has provided a voice for individuals who are visually impaired is celebrating its 75th published piece. Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired CEO/Executive Director Denise Jess reflects on the perspectives The Outlook From Here has provided from its many talented writers and shares her enthusiasm for its future.
In “Vision as Guiding Light,” former Council scholarship recipient Kelsi Watters writes about how her passion for faith and healing led her on a path to becoming a chaplain.
In “Playing the Part: An Adolescent Teen Trying to Fit in While Dealing With Her Ongoing Vision Loss,” Janell Groskreutz writes about her adolescent years and the challenge of trying to fit in as a high school freshman while dealing with the effects of juvenile macular degeneration.
Saturday, October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. In her poem, Ericka Short shares the significance of the white cane in her life and how, after resisting it initially, her cane has served as a steady partner, empowering her to travel independently.
Dan Sullivan shares his heartwarming story about how the “kid with bad eyes” received mentoring from an unlikely source and helped him fit in on a small town’s beloved basketball team.
In honor of National Service Dog Month, Katherine Schneider shares a touching poem paying tribute to each guide dog that has touched her life. Katherine also writes about the value of guide dogs for liberation and freedom for someone who is visually impaired.