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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.



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 her through the show she did for 25 years, but not since she finished that particular project.  I also made a video about 10 years ago, part of which is on Youtube.

After persistent requests, Canadian comedian Rick Mercer taped a promo for The CEP in 2013.

 Among many  attempts to enlist the help of famous people, I also did a video of a song I wrote for a certain Canadian radio show host who has fallen into scandal.  I tried contacting Oprah and others because I figure that people who have some degree of celebrity have easier access to the attention of the masses, and I just need a little bit of that!   Maybe it’s time to try to get a hold of a different celebrity; it’s kind of fun doing the productions and you never know w

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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 but I’m not doing so well at convincing some people.

I feel like I’m offering a “tip” that can be of good use, however, in the request to pass it along, I guess I’m asking something of others.  Regardless of my intention I am asking for a favor; a favor that is “help me do something helpful”.

The biggest problem is proving that I’m not a scammer.  We hear so often about cheaters that it’s understandable to find skepticism when you want to offer something, even when the something is as seemingly harmless as information.

Still working on it…

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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 part for me to do

So the trusty wee loupe in my pocket

Ensures that this job I will rock it!

Then when I am out of the store

Dodging traffic is sometimes a chore

So my white cane ensures I feel serene

While I stand and await a “fresh green”

Most fellow pedestrians have sight

And may figure I can’t see the light

So I probably won’t risk my safety

Just to try not to look like a dumb lady.

Then once I am safely indoors

And purses attract me some more

If my white cane is folded away

And I choose one and then go to pay

If I need help and the cashier asks why

That’s when I point out my checkered eye.

If he doesn’t know I’ll tell him what it means

And then once again I’m serene.

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