Driving Blind, a feature length documentary is now available on iTunes.
Two brothers, Tod and Justin Purvis faced with a rare genetic disease that causes blindness (Choroideremia), decide to take the road trip of a lifetime around the United States and see everything possible before going blind. Exploring large cities and small towns, camping in national parks, pushing themselves to their limits while meeting strangers and making new friends, Driving Blind is the story of appreciating what you have, while you have it. The film is a portrait of what makes America beautiful, what really matters in life, and what we as human beings do with our short time here.
Brian James Griffo
Driving Blind: $7.99
View on iTunes at
This is the story of how the author obtained her first guide dog from The Seeing Eye™ in Morristown, New Jersey: what motivated her, the extensive training she had, the special relationship she developed with her trainer, and the good friends she made. Once she returned home to Tennessee, there were many new challenges to be met and overcome, including domestic abuse. All that was in addition to her chronic conditions of bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia. With honesty, courage, and humor, Patty Fletcher tells a remarkable story of personal development that is sure to inform, entertain, and inspire others, both blind and sighted.
On her blog at Campbell’s World Patty explains: “I wrote this book to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom.
I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges.
I also tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take.
I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not. Then I show how hurtful it can be when a person is completely rejected, made to feel as if they have been tossed out with the trash, when they become sick as a result of mental illness.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly …”
Campbell’s Rambles is available from major bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc.
It can also be downloaded in various formats at SmashWords.com
A while back someone forwarded me a newsletter. As often happens, I started to read out of curiosity, with no real expectations. However, it wasn’t long before I found I was looking forward to the arrival of Dan’s Tips in my inbox.
I contacted Dan to find out more.
It turns out Dan puts out not one, but two newsletters.
The first is called “Hotspot with God”. Dan explains how this newsletter got started.
“The Hotspot with God Devotion kame to me in 2011 when I was asked to do a sermon at our church. Several of my students were all about finding “hotspots” for their various wifi access devices.
My sermon was entitled “Wired”, because the IPhone 6 was coming out around that time.
I believe it was a God Wink, which planted this thought.
“One hotspot sure to never gro weak is from God to us.”
Mankind needs to be more willing to accept that signal more permanently.
The devotion draws from a wide range of authors and my own contributions made via God winks now and then.”
Dan’s tips started around 2005 as part of another newsletter called “Mamas Corner” put out by Mama Peach. When this newsletter stopped publication around 2008, Dan decided to start publishing Dan’s Tips.
Tips are posted Monday through Friday covering a very wide variety of topics such as assistive and/or general technology, home maintenance, gardening, etc.
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