The Good Stuff: What’s It Like To Go Blind?

Check out this video!

What’s It Like To Go Blind
is a video made by Craig Benzine and a group of guys who make videos for a youtube channel called
The Good Stuff.
One of my favourite bloggers,
Beth Finke
was filmed and interviewed for a recent episode about the theme of senses, and it turned out great. Its a lively, lighthearted but informative piece that answers a lot of questions people often have about blindness.
Its definitely worth watching!
I’m also looking forward to watching more of the videos that ‘the good stuff’ have already made. They sound like fun!


Long Time, No See

That’s something people round here say often. Its a sentence i use often too, even though I’ve actuallly never seen anybody before in my life. Its also the title of
Beth Finke’s memoir.
I’ve been reading and enjoying Beth’s blog for the last few years, so naturally i was delighted to finally be able to read the book in braille when it was published and sent to me by the
RNIB library.
Beth’s book gives us an insight into what its like to live with juvenile diabetes, fall in love and get married, lose your sight and raise a child with a significant learning disability, not to mention train with a guide dog when you really don’t like dogs!

Beth’s great sense of humour, pure honesty and gift for storytelling makes this book a pleasure to read. I’ve heard her speak on NPR a couple of times, so I can almost hear her narrating her own story as I read my braille copy.

I think the main reason why I could relate so much to Beth’s story is not because she is blind, but because of her positive attitude to life. She recognises that not everything is straightforward and simple. Things are sometimes difficult but that doesn’t mean you have to sit down and feel sorry for yourself. I could relate to her determination to be independent, find a job, look good and to not be what some people would consider a stereotypical blind person. Her husband Mike seems to share the same obtimistic attitude, making them perfect role models and supportive parents for their son Gus. The words “fight the good fight” will stick with me for a long time.

‘Long Time No See’ is an excellent book for teachers, parents, people in the medical or caring professions, and anybody who is curious to know what its like to lose your sight and still lead a normal life. Sometimes as blind people, we might think we know all this already, but I can guarantee you that Beth’s story will teach you something new, and you’ll be glad you took the time to read it.

Safe and sound

Over the last year I’ve been regularly checking
Beth Finke’s blog
And reading her interesting posts. Beth is a teacher, journalist and award-winning author from Chicago. She has written a memoir entitled
long time, no see
Which unfortunately I haven’t read yet. I absolutely love her children’s book
safe and sound
Which explains how she works with her guide dog Hanni. I have the Braille version of the book, which also has print so that blind and sighted people can read it together. I have taken it to our local primary school and the children really enjoyed looking at it.

Beth was recently given the chance to drive a Mustang convertible, and her experience sounded like so much fun. You can read about it in the recent entries on her blog:
and you can
To her describe it here.
It really makes me want to go for a drive!