A Smart phone

A Smart phone
Well I’ve joined the digital age, allowing a Smart phone in the house. It’s sits on the bureau feeling like nothing more than a smallish picture frame to me, but it speaks. It not only speaks, I think it mocks. In order to use it I need to learn a series of single finger double taps, double finger single taps, three-fingered taps, flicking, and, I hope, not throwing. Like the laptop before it and other techy objects, I do imagine it feeling very superior. Though the voice pretends to be courteous and respectful, I hear the underlying disdain. Like so much for those of us blind, the devices quite simple to operate with sight truly bring us to our knees. But I actually made and received a call. I got the weather unintentionally and the stock reports, again unintentionally, but nevertheless, I plan to prevail. I really do. Honestly.

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About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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