I was born in Calgary Alberta, but now live in British Columbia. I attended the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree and a Diploma in the Education of Visually Impaired Children. That wasn't enough schooling, so while I worked full time as a teacher of visually impaired children with students from kindergarten to grade 12, I got my Master of Arts in Special Needs, with the focus of Orientation and Mobility (that would be teaching blind and visually impaired persons how to use a white cane and navigate in the community).
I've been working with disabled children and youth for 27 years. That sounds like such a long time, but it's not time to retire yet. Unfortunately a couple of years ago I started getting a lot of headaches until for the last year and a half I have had migraine headaches every day, all day long. I stopped reading books a couple of years ago because of the headaches. For me, that's a long time without a book, but reading books just made the headaches worse. I have spent the past several months off work because of the headaches and it got rather boring, not being able to do much.
Then I discovered books on the iPad. I used to take 30 or 40 books with me when we went camping (we were usually gone for a month or so). Now I can just take my iPad. I love it! The ability to change the background to black, lower the brightness and enlarge the print gave me back the ability to read again. Nothing wrong with my vision, it's just the headaches. Then I was asked to review a book for a friend of a friend. That's when I started blogging. I love it. It makes me feel useful again.
I live with my husband, two children and three miniature dachshunds. I am a Christian, with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If I could be as active as I would like, I would spend a lot more time hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping. My husband loves photography so I often accompany him on long walks when I feel up to it. I have done all kinds of crafts too, from quilting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, sewing, card-making, quilling... but my favourite thing to do is read. And when I can't read... listen to books.