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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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A change of blog format

“Blog” is a shortened version of the term “web log”.  To me a log is a record of what happened when. I keep a log of all checkered eye phone calls for example, containing dates, phone numbers, and details of the conversations.  I’m noticing that the common use of the term log in the contemporary word blog is different.  This is why I have felt like I should choose a topic that is relevant to the Checkered Eye Project (CEP) and… View More

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Beautiful Hazards

Beautiful but hazardous for blind people I was walking along the main street in my little town the other day and encountered a tall gentleman using a mobility cane.  Being familiar with the surroundings I wanted to caution him about the hanging flower baskets.  Not all but some of them are directly over the sidewalks and as the season goes on they hang lower and lower. I introduced myself and mentioned that I’m on the… View More

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Blind Airline Passenger

Any time I travel alone on an airline I always call ahead to request assistance and I always have my white ID cane in hand when I arrive.  I only carry the cane so people recognize my blindness, as it is not apparent. It usually serves its intended purpose however, once people notice that I can see quite a bit, the cane as a symbol sometimes seems to lose its validity. On my recent trip, since carrying the cane along with luggage can… View More

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Go west!

When my sister moved from Ontario to British Columbia, she shipped some of her belongings and drove herself to the destination in Langly.  Since it would have been a long and lonely drive I decided to accompany her.   There was only one place we visited that provided their menu in accessible formats for people with visual impairment; The Water… View More

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I wish!

I met a fellow recently who said he heard that the checkered eye had been featured on Oprah!  I’m pretty sure I would have known about that, being the head honcho of operations at the international Checkered Eye Project headquarters here in my empty nest!  So I happen to know that this fellow was mistaken.  I told him so at the time and also mentioned that I’ve been trying to get a hold of Ms. Winfrey for years.  I wrote to… View More

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Prevailing Problem

I am struggling again with trying to convince a chamber of commerce that the information I’m asking them to make available to their members will benefit them and their customers with low vision.  If one of the services that this chamber provides is information distribution, and they charge a fee for this, why should they do it for free for the Checkered Eye Project?  Does it really serve “the greater good”?  Well of course I think so… View More

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Goofy poem

My vision’s not the clearest But if I get really close to my dearest I can see his facial expression, Usually meaning “too close Lib” I’m guessin’! And shopping can sometimes be taxing, Not an action I choose for relaxing. But browsing for purses I’ll work through Reading price is the tough… View More

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Skating

I recently started ice skating for a bit of exercise.  My hubby Ray and I go to the one hour “older adult skate” a few times a week.  It’s a good thing they don’t call it “mature adult skate” because Ray’s such a goofball they’d never let him in for that. Being your average Canadian girl, I skated as a kid, mostly on outdoor… View More

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Party Pooper?

Here it is, the party season and yup it’s me, I’m the party pooper.  Not a complete party pooper though, I love the feasting and gathering of the month of December, and I know I mentioned in last December’s blog post that there are lots of joys of the season that I like and that don’t require acute eyesight, but I’m going to talk about some of the seasonal things… View More

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Slushy

The phone number for the CEP is listed on the website and any calls that come in come directly to me.  I am delighted to have the time to chat with folks who call for info about ordering the checkered eye pins or who want to request literature.  We often end up chatting at length about our shared experiences as people with a hidden disability.  Most often my callers express the frustration of being mistaken as fully sighted when requesting… View More

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