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.
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.