From having to lug around large print books to being teased about having the front row seat in class, memoirist Dan Sullivan chronicles in relatable fashion the bullying and blessings he received while a student losing his vision attending St. Joe’s in rural Wisconsin. He writes about the hope the prayers of the Sisters gave him when he found out he had macular degeneration, an incurable eye condition.
Since losing her sight, Judith Rasmussen has thought of new ways to cook and bake delicious meals. A heavy-duty, versatile pair of kitchen scissors has helped Judith continue to explore new recipes, savoring the vegetables she grows during the summer. In this piece, Judith shares accessible ways to chop and cut food in the kitchen and tips to make a great chopped chicken salad.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, it’s important to pause and reflect on what is essential in life. In “Christmas Shopping with My Guide Dog, Sully,” Janell Groskreutz attempts to find some last-minute gifts in a hectic mall with the help two loyal and patient companions, Sully and her husband, Kevin. While taking a moment to rest, a stranger reminds her of the valuable bond she shares with Sully.
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.