Author Archives: Sally Hobart Alexander

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.

Where is Love?

  Valentine’s Day. Eighteen instances of shootings on school properties in the first 45 days of 2018has probably sunk us all in the US today. And we all feel desperate for solutions, for answers to why this is happening so … Continue reading

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The heart against itself

  I think it was Lord Byron who spoke about the “heart against itself,” a phenomenon that is one of the most painful, yet profound experiences a person can undergo. That phrase captures the emotional tangle I’ve felt the past … Continue reading

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“Nothing But the Truth” by Avi

My husband is an adulterous reader, always having a number one book going with many runners-ups, a wife and many mistresses. As he devoured a biography of Sir Walter Scott, for instance, he had frequent sessions with a history of … Continue reading

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Delightful Book Recommendation

Yesterday I ordered the newst book from one of my favorite authros, Kate Dopirak, called “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car.”  In fact, I ordered two books, one for my grandkids and one for me.  Kate is the author of two previous … Continue reading

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Timely Art

  All week I’ve tuned into the headlines whether consciously or unconsciously. Probably another sign of being cheap, but we claim that streaming would plant us in front of the TV every night. Our queue is 99% Academy Award nominees, … Continue reading

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One More Thing about Sensitivity Readers

One of the tricky issues in the new phenomenon, the sensitivity reader for pre-published books, which I heartily support, is that every minority group has a multitude of opinions, just as the members of majority groups have. When my first … Continue reading

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Cultural Appropriation

      Many people, whether in the publishing world or not, hav strong opinions about the oft-used term cultural appropriation, where members of a majority group freely express views of those in a minority group. Many feel that anyone … Continue reading

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