Lelia Jo Cordell

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Hi, my name is Jo. I'm an "empty nester." Our collective five kids (his one son I call mine, plus the four I brought into the marriage) are all making their own lives. My hubby Dwight and I live in a small ranch-style home with our three dogs. There's Caesar, our English Mastiff, Tigger, our mutt, and Princess, our American Bulldog. I'm the "penny pincher" in the household, and I sometimes fight a losing battle to keep hubby from overspending!

I don't make a big deal of it, but I'm almost totally blind. A drunk driver hit my car head-on in February 2003, and the resulting blood loss to my brain wiped out most of the vision center in my cerebral cortex. I thank God daily, He left me my intelligence. Nothing could steal my faith!

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Tools That Help The Blind TodayI can't outline every tool available for the blind today. However, I promised I'd write about the tools that make my life easier. I try not to adapt more than necessary, but I do need some things accessible. I wrap a bread tie around the handle of the gallon jug of tea or fruit drink.


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Observations from the Blind SideBlindness ain't for sissies! Apologies to late actress Helen Hayes who originally said "getting old ain't for sissies", but this is true. It takes a special sort of mental, emotional and spiritual toughness to deal with suddenly being blind.


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Super Special Salmon PattiesThis recipe tastes like a little bite of heaven! It's also very healthy - the fish is full of omega-3s, and the canola oil is heart-healthy. I believe substituting Ritz crackers for the usual saltines is what gives the dish its extra-special flavor.


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Ten More Lessons from the Blind SideHere are a few more things I've learned over the last eight years since I lost my sight:


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Ten More Commandments Of Dealing With The BlindBack, by popular demand, here are a few more tips for sighted folk dealing with blind people:


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Be an EncouragerDo you want to be remembered with love everywhere? Learn to be an encourager. It isn't hard to do: it's as simple as smiling and saying something nice to at least one person, every day.


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How to Complain to a Company and Get Real ResultsI've recently had to log more than one customer complaint, with different companies. Here's the strategy that worked for me.


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Ten More Questions You Always Wanted to Ask...October is "Meet the Blind Month." In honor of it, here's the follow-up to my original "Ten Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Blind Person."


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Ten Things to Do with a Blind CompanionSomeone recently asked me what I like to do. I didn't have an answer then, but I've been thinking about it. I'm not into extreme sports like skydiving or mountain climbing, but I have read of blind people who do those things. Here are some ideas for the rest of us.


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Surviving on the Blind SideI've noticed more than one of my TF family is experiencing vision loss. This article is for you.


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Characteristics of the BlindThe English language with its wealth of idiomatic expressions makes the following deductions concerning the characteristics of the blind and their daily activities possible. Proof that we blind folk know how to laugh at ourselves!


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Think Outside the Box When Job HuntingIn these tough times, we need every edge we can get. Traditional job-hunting methods; pounding the pavement, visiting companies in person to drop off resumes, for example; don't seem to work as well. Why not try thinking "outside the box?"


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Ten Lessons from the Blind SideHere are just a few things I've learned over the last eight years since I lost my sight:


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Ten More Things to Do with a Blind CompanionBack by popular demand, here are a few more ideas of things to do with your blind family and friends. I welcome your feedback!




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