Tag Archives: blind

Louis Braille: wondrous gift, punishing recipe

Lauren Hill Walnut Cove, North Carolina, United States Jack Riggs Morgantown, West Virginia, United States Louis Braille (1809–1852), blinded and ultimately dying by “opportunity” … but not before inventing a wondrous gift to humanity. From De Tampon, 1925. Via Wikimedia. No known restrictions on publication.   “… as need, the mother of all inventions, taught […]

“Troubled in my eyes”: the risks of reading and writing

Katherine Harvey London, England, United Kingdom   A medieval miniature showing St Mark reading a book and holding spectacles to his eyes. From Jean Poyer, The Tilliot Hours (c. 1500), The British Library. On January 1, 1660, a young Londoner named Samuel Pepys began to keep a diary. Over the next nine and a half […]

Pieter Bruegel and The Parable of the Blind

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   The Blind Leading the Blind, 1568, Pieter Bruegel, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples. Wellcome Collection “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch.” —Matthew 15:14, King James Version 21st Century   The Netherlandish painter Pieter Bruegel […]

Blessed is the heart

Jeanne Bryner Newton Falls, Ohio, United States   Study of standing chute. Dominik Skutecký. 1880-1900. Slovak National Gallery. Image Source Peacemaker inside the great barn father of us all, he passes the meat plate, its thick roast to the left his fork last in line. Bless his bulbous nose, ruddy face and bloodshot eyes, his slur […]

Falls and art: an evolving story

Glenn Arendts Murdoch, Australia   The Blind Leading the Blind, 1568, Pieter Bruegel, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, via Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC 4.0. Coming to rest inadvertently on the ground:1 the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of a fall sounds vaguely patronizing, bordering on disinterested. The human act of staying upright is a complex triumph […]

Waiting for the darkness to lift

Sheila Klass New York, New York, United States   Amsler chart with macular degeneration From early childhood I wanted to be a writer and tell stories. But Mama and Papa, impoverished and struggling to survive at the end of the Great Depression, scoffed at such ideas and insisted I should be enrolled in a commercial […]