A message from Gayle Yarnall, Director, Perkins Products:
Welcome to the lighter side of Perkins Products. This part of our website is also known as "hints for real life". We will cover real life and how blind people cope with the situations that occur about fifty times a day. I do not claim that all the ideas you find here will be mine. I will take them from any place I find them. Be careful what you say to me because it may show up here. Some of these were submitted by other blind people. If you read this you will know who you are. Thanks for your help.
(Gayle Yarnall is herself blind and uses in her daily life many of the very same products sold by Perkins Products. Click on the entries below to read Gayle's latest thoughts.)
I seem to do a lot of talking about weather and seasons. I guess I am one of those people who really need light and sun.
I have been blessed with the chance to do more than my share of traveling to some very wonderful places. I never stop being amazed at the wonderful people and places that have touched my life. Two weeks ago I made what might have seemed like a simple trip to Chicago that ended up meaning more to me than I ever expected.
There are three voting experiences that have stood out in my many decades of voting. The first was the first time I voted. I was 21 years old and had one child in a stroller and I was pregnant with another.
I totally understand that no one at Google is likely to ever read this letter but it does my heart good to write it.
A few years ago, Debbie Gross asked my husband and me to be on the board of her summer camp, Inter-Actions. This is a summer camp for children who are blind or low vision. It is a true summer camp. There are no computers or lessons in Braille or anything else that is not just plain fun. There are real cabins and hiking trails and water activities.
Today is one of those days that make you glad you live in New England. The windows in my house are wide open and the sun is pouring in. We have about a dozen different kinds of birds chattering away. Our precious new lawn is thriving.
I turned 60 a little more than a week ago. I still have trouble saying it out loud. It seems like yesterday I was whining about turning 50.
It is not often that the US government grants one of my wishes, but this time they did. I love daylight savings time.
I am writing this in the middle of March. Technically, spring starts on Monday evening just 5 days from now. We have not had much of a winter. Anything over 2 weeks is too much winter for me. My favorite cold weather activity is sitting by the fire with a good book and a glass of red wine.