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.

picture book conference

  The Music in George’s Head by Susan Slade is a picture book about George Gershwin and is the spark for a Pittsburgh literary conference. The WPA SCBWI invited the author, illustrator, art director, editor, and agent to speak about … Continue reading

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Dialogues on Disability

    ON April 4th I joined two other speakers in a Dialogues Conference at Chatham University on disability issues. One of the presenters was a deaf English professor from Gallaudet and the other, a woman dealing with chronic pain, … Continue reading

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First Encounters with Death

Our son-in-law’s mother died last week after a prolonged illness, saddening the whole family and her many friends. Our grandkids understand that they will never see her again, but our six-year-old granddaughter is really struggling with it. Her reaction reminds … Continue reading

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New Instagram Star

Having a guide dog can be bad for the ego. He gets all the attention. Really! Passersby call, “You are so beautiful” or “Aren’t you magnificent!” There was an incident many years ago when I deluded myself, thinking the man … Continue reading

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What? Gutting the ADA?

Warning: this could sound political, but I’m hoping my concern cuts across party lines. I just learned that some US Congress members have voted to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law affects an unbelievable 55 million American citizens … Continue reading

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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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