Who Am I?*


"But what is your name," asked the Hobbit.

"Hoo, now, that would be telling, and it would be a long story," replied the ent. "My name is a very long name because I have lived a very long time. My name is green and growing all the time."

paraphrased from J.R.R. Tolkien




Early Life

I was born in Olean, New York, USA, in the last year of the Korean War. I was born totally blind. When my parents discovered this, they were shocked and saddened, as you might imagine. However, they decided that they were going to treat me just like any other child.


They started by exposing me to all kinds of experiences. Everything from going on picnics in parks and sitting on the grass, to going to plays, movies and concerts. They described everything they saw to me. I mean everything! Even the things that I couldn't possibly experience myself, like color.


Both my parents were artists, and therefore, they had well developed color senses, and they tried to make me understand its meaning. Now, when I think of color, I have an intellectual picture, but no real experiential one. But, I am grateful for the knowledge they instilled.


They insisted that I go to sighted schools. I did so, having an itinerant teacher come to the school to teach me braille and typing.




My Interests


Although blindness is one of my characteristics, it is not who I am. I'd like to take the following pages and talk about my interests and a little bit about what I think about in odd moments. This part of my web site is probably going to change often as I find new links and I expand upon what I have said here. So don't be surprised if you come back and find the whole story changed.



My Faith


A major part of who I am is my faith. I am a Christian, and I practice Roman Catholicism as my chosen path. I often have made detours in this path including the Charismatic movement, basic Protestantism, an exploration of Native American mysticism and how it relates to Christianity. Because of these detours my tolerance level for different types of thought is high. I enjoy exploring how others see God and how they make that vision manifest to others.



Reading, empowerment Through Knowledge


I dislike narrow-mindedness of any kind, which is why I am strongly against censorship on The Net. I believe that access to information in the form of books, magazines, newspapers and web pages is vital for everyone, especially those who are blind or visually impaired. That is why I call my small business Portal Tutoring.


I love to read! I read constantly. Most of my reading is done via audio means either via etext, tapes, digital etext or digital audio files. I find that reading braille is satisfying, but I don't have time to sit and read braille often. I am always looking for more sources of reading material. Here are some links to some of my favorite places to obtain literature.




Writer, me?


Along with my interest in reading goes an equal interest in writing. I have published some articles in various places, and have written some poetry and a short story. Here is a small sample, but a growing one, I hope.




Music Alone Shall Live


Music plays a great part in my life. I play the guitar and sing. Oh, I am not that good, but I love to sing, and especially in a crowd. My favorite songs are folk songs, old ballads, and hymns.


I am also a choral singer. I belong to The Rochester Oratorio Society. For those who don't know, ROS performs the classical repertoire; oratorios, masses, te deums, etc. Sometimes, though, we break with tradition and perform something lighter.




Travel


Travel is one of my joys. I love to travel, and I have gone many places with my Chorus, Rochester Oratorio Society. I have traveled to Europe four times. Below please find my diary of my trip to England in 1994.



My Indian Experiences


As mentioned on my main page. I have been a board member of Ann Foundation from 2005 to 2007. During that time, I have made three trips to South India where I helped to conduct workshops for teachers and students in adaptive technology. To see my journals of these experiences, please access the link below.




Of course, these are not my only interests, to show case all of what interests me would take up more than the space I am allowed by my provider. However, I hope that this biography and its accompanying links will have given you an idea, reader, of the person behind the letters on this screen.

Last modified: Fri Oct 1 13:48:49 EDT 2004