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From the mind of Ann Chiappetta

New Year Wishes

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I’m waiting for the water to boil for the macaroni so I thought I’d jot down a few things for the New Year. First, I hope I can keep up with the legal matters regarding my State exam. It’s taking a toll on me already but the thought of dropping it pisses me off so much that I have to see it through. Not just for me, but also for the other qualified, talented folks who got themselves through a master’s program with a print disability. It’s not just about me anymore. It’s about ethical, fair, treatment, hard to find in this day and age of Obama.

I’m not kicking our Prez, just wondering when (like all our other presidents since the creation of the ADA) he’s going to stand behind his proclomation for making the ADA laws actually help us.

Okay, onto the next part: taking the last plunge into blindness. Yes, it’s been happening for months now, the fog is rolling in, obscuring light and outlines, and it’s downright scary. I’m so glad I have Verona, good cane skills, and resolve, the latter most times. Sometimes, though, I just want to hide and stay in my safety zone and not have to struggle so much.

Next, I’m really doing well at work and I finally feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I finally “fit in”; most of my life I never really did fit in anywhere socially or professionally so it feels so good to be respected, accepted, valued and paid well for it. The last part, of course, is the license but the VA is trying to do right by me and other blind folks and my office mates are wonderful, caring people.
I’m lucky and count my blessings each and every day.

Jerry is doing well at work, the kids are mostly fine, nothing earth-shattering. April has friends now, most whom I like, lol. Ant is slowly spreading his wings, and, is a very good writer. I’m so proud, it will come in handy for sure. Not everyone can write and do it well and on the fly.

Going to see mom in March, she’s going to be 80 next year.

Still volunteering for GDUI and Guiding Eyes, which is not at all like work, I enjoy it. Still writing for the Ziegler online e-zine and wish I could do fmore feature articles for more of them.
Dogs and critters are good and I look forward to moving along with happiness, health and success in the coming year.

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