Father’s Day

Dear readers,

This post is dedicated to all the blind fathers out there whose children were ripped from their lives by a government that doesn’t understand. Fathers with disabilities can and will father children, and I have a good example of several different fathers.

Meet Dishon. He’s a Louisiana born Colorado father of one little boy. This is the first child he’s fathered, and his wife is blind. He is happily not involved in a custody case, but his little boy is only 2 years old. I think. What move a father makes could spell the fate of the child, and this is true of any parent.

Meet Clayton, a blind man whose daughter was ripped from his custody upon the secon divorce from a sighted ex. He is not able to see his daughter, and this post is dedicated to him. He would like to be able to use his blindness skills and his other senses to track his daughter’s movements throughout a house or home, and she’s 3 years old. I could be wrong, but being a summer baby has its benefits, but having heard about her birthday, I called Clayton and just sat there with him on the phone. Father’s Day is not a day of gifts, spending time with children or a child, not for Clayton. It is only a reminder that he must reinstate his parental rights to his child, like most blind men should be doing. If a man fathers a child, he must take responsibility for that child, and Clayton swears he has. Unlike other men I’ve witnessed who have kids running around, and who are sighted, one blind man says he’ll father his child responsibly. What does this say about men these days?

Back to Dishon. His family will likely not be torn apart because Dishon’s family support is good, and both he and his blind/visually impaired wife use blindness skills to take care of little boy in the picture. There are many blind fathers and mothers alike who would like the government to stop ripping away children from their blind parents and unfairly terminating the rights of a blind father in Clayton’s case. Here’s a story that proves we need to do more. While Clayton’s case was in Iowa, this story wasn’t far off.

Scott Meade had five little children. HE divorced his sighted wife, and she ran off with the baby. Th children were taken from Meade and adopted out as a result of the state of Wisconsin and its negligence and perpetual expertise on blindness, which was not favorable to Meade himself. Now, he’s a single man, and he lives with friends out of state. He can never see his children, and it makes me sad. Clayton may never see his daughter up close, but I pray that this and other stories teach us that blind men have a right to father a child to the best of their abilities like everybody else.

Updates and Other Things

Dear Readers,

THe last vestiges of the church have been destroyed. I have sold the piano because, even though it was a loner from a friend, I can no longer keep the darn thing. That friend sided with a congregationwide vote to remove me from the church, something that will never happen again. The price was $450. But I went no lower than $400. The lucky buyer was a lady and her husband looking for an instrument for their children, and they’re musical themselves. I want to thank Yana from the bottom of my heart for at least taking the time to get to know me, and for her question about my iPhone. OF course, many blind people have iPHones, but her question was valid, she’d never seen Voiceover before, so I explained what it did. She was impressed, by God, I had never read a check written on by hand with Seeing AI, so I attempted a demo, but that sparked something. If you ever had questions, I’d say, give me a call. Friends forever, I hope? Well, as I begin watching this trashed up version of the dispassionate Paula Dean, I am thinking of all the potential that Yana’s kids will have. One day, I’d like to perhaps attend a recital and if Yana herself goes and plays in an orchestra, I hope she gets a solo. She herself is a violinist. HEr husband? THat’s a different story. Her husband’s a keeper for her, I’ll say. Now, the next steps.

  1. I’m going to get a Macintosh, complete it with a keyboard, magic pad, etc.
  2. I’m later going to save up to get a beautiful new MIDI controller, and maybe get a small one so I can later get a big one. But I want a Yamaha or Roland Midi controller. And the miniature dollhouse can wait, especially the moldy crisp bacon, the lazy little pinhead, and the swan face and the clock. And???
  3. I’m going to put together my press portfolio, or perhaps a sound portfolio, something that shows people I can compose. I don’t want college. Not yet.
  4. Going to see if DVR will support college.
  5. Black people should NOT be sold as “pieces of meat”, according to some video I’m watching about the making of hot dogs. Maybe I should make the background tracks to YTP videos and collaborate with others?
  6. Continue writing in this blog? Yes. I will continue writing in this blog, and anyone who objects, they will go into the Chokey with everybody else. Right, Miss Trunchbull?
  7. I will plop before I start laughing, and workers are not loose synthetic fibers. I think the maker of that YTP is amazingly weird.

Those are all the updates and list of things I’m going to do for the time being.