Chapter 8: A Complicated Question

It is 2010, and I am standing in front of a classroom of thirty college students at Carroll University where I am a student myself. But I am not in this class. My classes are in the communication and english departments. This is a class for business majors studying diversity in the workplace, and IContinue reading “Chapter 8: A Complicated Question”

Chapter 6: Coming to Faith

It is one of many Sunday mornings growing up. Most of the family is in the car, which is idling in the driveway. I say most because we were always waiting on one pokey sibling.     BEEEP! Dad lays on the car horn.     “Where is he?” Dad would mutter angrily.    Continue reading “Chapter 6: Coming to Faith”

Chapter 5: School Days

I am in first grade, and it is toward the beginning of the school year. The classroom consists of six short round tables, around which are four tiny plastic chairs. I sit in one of these chairs, and next to me in an adult chair sits Mrs. Zahn, the full-time teacher’s aid that helps meContinue reading “Chapter 5: School Days”

Chapter 4: A Tangent on Braille

Before I continue, perhaps you readers would appreciate a primer. I am so accustomed to being blind, and so familiar with braille and all of the technology I use that it is easy to forget how foreign and “amazing” it is to the general public. You have likely heard the name Louis Braille, an iconContinue reading “Chapter 4: A Tangent on Braille”

Chapter 3: A Rogue Wave Just Before Kindergarten

While I was playing and learning at the Center, conscious only of the present moment, my parents and teachers were thinking about my future. My parents had a big decision to make, one that would effect the course of my entire life. Where would I attend elementary school?     My older siblings attended aContinue reading “Chapter 3: A Rogue Wave Just Before Kindergarten”

Chapter 2: Rough Waters From the Start

“I know you’re an adult now and I shouldn’t drag you to things anymore, but I’m dragging you to this. I think it’s important,” Mom said.     It was October 2011 and I was complaining because I had just found out that Mom, Grandma and I would be going to a grand opening eventContinue reading “Chapter 2: Rough Waters From the Start”

Chapter 1: The River

As I announced last September, I published a memoir, The Rivers of My Life, about my childhood as a blind person, and my faith journey. At the time, I was hoping to sell books, trying to resurrect my dream of writing for a living. But given the pandemic, and the busyness of school, I neverContinue reading “Chapter 1: The River”

I need My Rumspringa (Part 2)

I was on track to set out on my Rumspringa August 29, 2008 when my parents helped me move into the college dorm. I gave Disability Services the textbooks I needed months in advance, and after three weeks of guide dog training, Gilbert and I could expertly navigate the routes to the dining room andContinue reading “I need My Rumspringa (Part 2)”

Another Successful Semester of Seminary School

Well readers, as usual, the semester kept me so busy that I wasn’t able to write here. But overall, it was a successful semester. This past Monday was my first full day of summer vacation! My Systematic Theology professor gave us until this upcoming Saturday to submit the final research paper, but I was soContinue reading “Another Successful Semester of Seminary School”

An Overview of my First Year of Seminary School

Well readers, I have officially completed my first year of seminary school, and I would say it was a success, not only in terms of my grades and the accessibility of the online courses, but also in terms of my personal growth. I wouldn’t call myself qualified to be a pastor as I don’t haveContinue reading “An Overview of my First Year of Seminary School”