About the Blog: Vision Through Words posts poetry and short essays written by visually impaired and blind authors. Being blind or not, reading the pieces that this blog will post will touch you, make you laugh, make you cry and inspire you. The purpose of Vision Through Words is to give visually impaired writers a new venue in which to share their experiences and creativity, showing how their lack of eyesight has impacted their lives. We hope you enjoy this blog and what it is trying to accomplish. Submissions cannot be posted directly onto the blog. Please click on the “Submissions” tab for details.
A Few Words from Stella De Genova: I was born and raised in Chicago, IL and I am a legally blind artist. I have a retinal disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP), which I have had since childhood. I have 3 beautiful kids, which I provided for until my continuous loss of vision no longer allowed me to fulfill all of my work duties. I am recently remarried to a man who supports me in all of my endeavors. I mention the personal aspects of my life to share with you my feeling that even as I lose more and more of my eyesight, my life continues to grow in more ways than I can count. My art has always been my creative outlet. To see my art website, you can go to www.artbystelladg.com I have found that creativity lifts the inner spirit and even if I am not the artist, writer or musician, I can enjoy being the appreciator.
A Few Words from Jeff Flodin: Like Stella, I have retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and I am a happy newlywed. Unlike Stella, I can’t draw even a stick figure, I have no children (grand or otherwise) and my career was in social work. RP came into my life at 35 and my eyesight has dwindled for 2 decades, into a thick gray fog by day and a thick black fog by night. Nonetheless, though my eyesight has never been worse, my quality of life has never been better. The idea for this blog is a wonderful thing – a venue for us to share, laugh and cry. Only hurtful things are better left unsaid; shedding light on our fears and our joys promotes understanding and acceptance and ends that isolation that zaps our spirit.
For the record, I live near one of Chicago’s prized possessions, the Swedish Bakery, where I can often be found when not at my home computer. “Oh, for a laptop, a sidewalk table and a blueberry scone.”
Jeff’s own blog, Jalapenos in the Oatmeal, which can be found on www.second-sense.org got me thinking that there must be plenty of visually impaired people that have something to say and share through creative writing. I searched the Internet and honestly could not find much out there and that is when I came up with the idea for Vision Through Words. (Stella)