Image shows Judith Rasmussen using a pair of heavy-duty scissors to chop a stalk of celery. Judith is steadily holding the celery in her left hand and the scissors in her right hand and is focused on cutting the vegetable. On a countertop, just in front of Judith, lies an apple, potato, carrot and paring knife, resting atop a cutting sheet. Sunshine peers in through a window, illuminating the kitchen as Judith intently chops the celery.

Strategies for Fun and Accessible Cooking: A Heavy Kitchen Scissors Goes a Long Way

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.

Image shows Janell Groskreutz, right, with her guide dog, Sully, a black lab. Janell and Sully are sitting close to each other on the floor and Janell has a bright, beautiful smile on her face. She is pleased to be finished with holiday shopping, eagerly anticipating Christmas Eve when her family opens their presents and she hears excitement and happiness in their reactions. A lighted, fully-decorated Christmas tree sparkles in the background and presents are spread along the hardwood floor, surrounding Sully and Janell.

Christmas Shopping with My Guide Dog, Sully

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.

Image shows Kelsi Watters sitting in a wooden chair with bright green pine and oak trees in the background. Kelsi's eyes are closed and she has a pleasant grin on her face as she strums a reverie harp on a warm summer day. Kelsi is wearing a blue dress with a flower pattern, a multicolored top and a white sweater. She appears to be in her early 20s with long brown hair and light brown skin.

Vision as Guiding Light

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.