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.
Theresa Sweeny-Smith loves cooking with her slow cooker. In order to make her favorite meals since becoming visually impaired, Theresa relies on her non-slip knife and handheld chopper to get the job done. Our third piece of this series highlights Theresa’s winter cooking method of choice along with her recipe for Italian Vegetable Soup.
While most people find crows a bit of a nuisance, avid nature enthusiast Dan Sullivan shares his appreciation for them as he ventures out into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Be it their distinct chatter and collective chorus or the great honor Native Americans find in their presence, Dan discusses his viewpoint on the value of his feathered friends as a visually impaired bird watcher.
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.