I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Friday, July 9, 2010


       I can't believe a whole month has gone by since I last blogged! Here's the list of reasons why...um rationalizations...um...excuses:
  • A few days after the last post, I went to the beach for a week and we had no Internet access- we hardly had cell phone reception. ( yeah, that excuses me until about June 20th. )
  • I realized that I had to do some MAJOR writing to have my manuscript at least solidly first drafted before I leave for the national SCBWI-LA conference in order to perfect my pitch for agents. (yeah...pfftt - that's a "raspberry sound" in case you don't recognize my spelling.)
  • We had the 4th of July weekend.
  •  I'm still working on perfectly the manuscript that had to be totally rewritten after my writers' group critique.
  • I've been lazy. (Okay, that's probably the truest.) 
  •  I couldn't think of something good to write about.

Anyway, today I found something to write about.

       Since the beach trip- where I took my newly purchased white cane to practice using it- I have been using my cane more and more. I'm feeling more comfortable out in public walking with it and some friends have said, "hey, you walk more confidently now that you're not constantly watching out for stuff to trip on or bump into!"

       Today, I was out shopping with a good bud of mine. We were walking along the sidewalk of an outdoor shopping mall, heading to lunch, when a man suddenly appears next to us and says: "Hey! Have you heard the good news? God heals the blind!" Now my friend tells me he was sitting at a cafe table, talking to someone sitting with him AND talking on his cell phone when he saw us. He jumped up to come over and speak, so to me, that implies there wasn't a lot of forethought going on! This was impulse proselytizing at it's worst [and I am not a fan of proselytizing at all] but he picked the wrong cookie! This is a woman who "encouraged" her city to replace the broken-up, uneven sidewalk near her home. [got it done within 3 weeks] This is a woman who sent letters to all of the executives and Board of Directors of the local mass transit organization to "encourage" them NOT to eliminate the bus routes she needed to get around the city, and cited  the Americans with Disabilities Act. [And they did save the routes (well parts of them.]

No, that man, who thought he had a poor blind woman on his hands who would jump at the thought that a higher power would remove her vision loss, made a big mistake.

I turned to him, put my mad-teacher-face on, stuck out my finger and said, "DON'T GO THERE MISTER! DON"T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!" [it always worked well on 4th graders :-D ]

There must have been something in my face that convinced my friend to take my elbow and urge me to continue crossing the walkway, rather than let me go after him. I wanted to tell him he was being totally rude and offensive. I wanted to tell him that religious solicitations using someone's disability was not good karma. I really wanted to take my cane, which is 52 inches long, and which wasn't too far from his feet and suddenly raise it toward heaven- maybe 2 feet off the ground- and smack him where it hurts! Then I could tell him that maybe he could ask for healing too! (Yeah, I know that wouldn't bring good karma either.)

But I didn't....... because unlike that man, I have a bit of class. And while I have done some stupid things in my life, I am not afflicted with terminal stupidity. 

Let this be a lesson to all wish to proselytize to this woman. Think before you speak....or else you better wear some protection!


  1. Note to self!

    But you go girl. And I agree. Not good karma. :) I'm smiling at the whole picture though.

  2. Hi Gail! What a fabulous post! I think you must've taken some time off shortly after I started following you! But, hey...it was worth the wait! This made me laugh! And, I say too, You Go Girl! :D
    P.S. I wish I could keep myself AWAY from blogging more, too, because I need to work a LOT more on my book, as well!

  3. I have goosebumps just reading this post. Gail! You are AWESOME! I'd be so pissed off if that happened to me too, and you handled that with grace, strength, and steely nerves! Good for you!!!!

  4. Gail, you rock! Is it bad karma to so thoroughly enjoy the picture of you giving him a "what for" with your cane?

  5. I've been so worried... don't do that again, at least check in and say "Still alive just busy"
    I got my wonderful chocolate bar.... didn't share it with grandbabies and then Puff you was silent. Did you want a bite? hehehe

  6. 'Terminal stupidity'...Oh what a polite way of calling this guy an ASS-tonishing, ignoramus! Ditto on the 'Go Girl!'