My first time teaching Braille was as a sixth-grader to my best friend, Megan. We passed my Perkins Brailler across the aisle and wrote each other notes. She brailled out the agenda each morning and added jokes for me at the bottom.
Author Archives: Rhianna McGregor Hajzer
WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN BLOGGING LATELY?
Why haven’t I been blogging lately? I’ve been asking myself this question for weeks now, so I thought I’d offer a little life update, and answer this question, if not for you, then for myself.
HAVE YOU SAID THANK YOU FOR THE HARD THINGS?
Remembering to be thankful can be a challenge in and of itself, but being thankful for the hard things in life is even moreso. How can we show gratitude for things that cause us pain, that hurt our hearts and are seemingly so meaningless?
SIX WORDS TO DELETE FROM YOUR DISABILITY VOCABULARY
Language is powerful and the words we use make a difference. That’s why we need to be careful to examine the words we use when we talk about disability and people with disabilities.
FOLLOW THE VISION — A SHORT STORY, PART TWO
Read Follow the Vision, Part One here. INNISKEEL MONASTERY, 598 AD Dusk curtains the monastery as Feidhelm traces a finger beneath Aibreann’s closed eyes, along her cheekbone and across the dimple of her chin. She is still warm, clinging to the last fragment of life that struggles within her.
THE CAT IN THE CATHEDRAL — FONDLY REMEMBERING MY VISIT TO THE WELLS CATHEDRAL [AND WHO I MET THERE]
It’s Market Day in Wells the day we arrive. Cramped and weary from our road trip across southern England, the rising cathedral spires elicit something of an excited yawn as I strain, stretch and stare out the window in waking anticipation from an uncomfortably long sleep.
FOLLOW THE VISION — A SHORT STORY, PART ONE
DRUIM CETT, 575 AD “King Hugh, listen to me, I beg of you. To abolish the fild will be to abolish the very foundation of Ireland. Our identity as a nation owes itself to this order; the filid are the keepers of our history, the ones who preserve our culture.
HAVE YOU SAID THANK YOU TO YOUR BODY?
Being thankful for the body that you live inside doesn’t always come easily. It’s a lot easier to wish it would look different, act different or be something else entirely than to be thankful for what it is and what it does to keep you alive.