In response to the question, “What is it like to be blind?,” Katherine Schneider has developed Blindness 101. This practical and fun simulation of the blindness experience leaves learners with a realistic impression of not only the challenges of being blind, but also the useful adaptive techniques employed by blind people.
And Mike Morris said, “Let there be light!” Mike explains how the use of the proper amount of lighting helped him regain his independence in the kitchen. Included is his piece is a mouth-watering recipe for smoked salmon.
In “Learning to Love without the Details,” Annika Konrad reflects on the visual nature of planning her wedding. Between navigating and delegating decisions about wedding colors, wedding party attire and invitation font, Annika wonders: Will her visual impairment keep her from enjoying the big day?
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.
How important is it that your cakes and muffins look as if a first-class pastry chef has made them? Baking enthusiast Katherine Schneider believes many home bakers who have gone blind later in life might give up their hobby because they may not be able to produce sweet treats that are visually pleasing. In “Peanut Butter Perfection,” Katherine encourages other visually impaired bakers to keep in the kitchen and offers a simple-to-create peanut butter cookie recipe.
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.