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Suzanne Clarke | Blind Beauty Issue 42

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Suzanne Clarke | Blind Beauty Issue 42

“Tears, flowing, rolling down my cheeks,
My life described in verse.
I’ve been feeling this for weeks and weeks,
This blind poet can sure converse.
The poem that hits home to me,
Was truly written from the heart.
It’s okay to scared said he,
The permission to live could start.
He helps so many with blindness,
Reaching out with his poetry.” ~Suzanne Clarke

Sometimes in our darkest moments, we can find a sliver of hope in the light of another. For Suzanne Clarke who is losing her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) another living with the same disease became her hope.

In the attached video Suzanne reads a stirring poem (beginning at 5:14) inspired by Blind Poet, Dave Steele. Dave, who also has RP, is the author of the Stand By Me RP book series.

When Suzanne sent me her video I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Like so many others who’ve lost sight later in life, we share so much in common. Our commonalities help uplift those new to sight loss by showing them there is hope and life without sight.

Suzanne, thank you so much for allowing Bold Blind Beauty the pleasure of sharing your story.

Blind Beauty Issue 42 Featured Image Description:

The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Suzanne is on the cover smiling brightly for the camera and sporting her sassy short silver hairstyle. She is wearing a red and black floral v-neck top.

Blocks of text superimposed on the photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”

Connecting With Suzanne Clarke On Social Media:

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Faith & Savannah | Blind Beauty Issue 41

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Faith & Savannah | Blind Beauty Issue 41

“It really is amazing that Sav and I became friends because I am guide dog user and Sav raises guide dog puppies that impact my life daily!! I can never thank her enough for her amazing work for GDB and the friendship she has given me. I am so grateful that we were put in each others lives!!” ~Faith Snapp

Friendship Is Beauty In Action

Today’s featured image made me smile because it is such a happy photo of two friends sharing a laugh. When I found out the story behind the photo it warmed my heart.

There’s something undeniably special about the bond of friendship. Friendships that evolve out of mutual respect for one another are extra special.

An image of two friends laughing while walking their dogs is so simple yet at the same time powerful. While I don’t particularly care for calling out blind people for doing ordinary things, Faith’s photo spoke to me. What it said was one word—joy!

Yes, Faith is blind and uses a guide dog. Savannah is not and raises guide dog puppies. A match made in heaven? Eh, could be. But in this singular period in time, these are just two friends sharing a joyful moment.

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.” ~Winnie The Pooh

Blind Beauty Issue 41 Featured Image Description:

The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Faith & Savannah are on the cover sharing a laugh as they walk with their dogs. Both have long blond hair; Faith’s is in a ponytail and Savannah’s is loose. They are both casually dressed in jeans as they walk on a wooded path.

Blocks of text superimposed on the photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others”

You can connect with these ladies on Instagram:

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Hawkeye | Blind Beauty Issue 40

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Hawkeye | Blind Beauty Issue 40

“Not only do I lead the way for Cassie to have a fun, confident, and independent life, I’m showing others in a light-hearted manner anything is possible despite the challenges.” ~Hawkeye

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Typically on Blind Beauty, we feature photos and words of wisdom from beautiful blind & visually impaired women. Today’s Blind Beauty Issue 40 is a little special as we present, a rising star, Hawkeye, of Hawkeye’s Travels.

Many people think inanimate objects have no thoughts, feelings, or opinions. Between me, you, and the internet, for the love of all things sacred, please, please do not tell Hawkeye. This is one personable, well-traveled white cane.

Not only does Hawkeye help Cassie navigate the world, he does so with a humorous flair. When you visit Hawkeye’s Instagram account you’ll notice the majority of the pictures have a blurry background. These images attempt to simulate what it is like to not see clearly.

Hawkeye is a white mobility cane with a rolling ball tip. What makes Hawkeye stand out from other rolling balls are the eyeballs on the ball.  When Hawkeye is doing a photo shoot, the ball is in an upright position to show us his facial expression.

We hope you enjoy this small sampling of Hawkeye’s travels.

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Hawkeye’s Photo Descriptions:

  1. Found my name on a sign, it was only a matter of time. The word “Hawkeye” is in white letters on a large hanging sign in the background of this photo.
  2. Getting down and dirty in the rainforest. Forest debris covers Hawkeye’s head.
  3. That awkward moment when you are out and about and a shark tries to eat you… A large poster of Jaws appears to ready to chomp down on Hawkeye’s head. 
  4. Help! I’m being attacked by leaves!! It’s that time of the year again when Cassie manages to walk in all of the piles of leaves, definitely must be autumn. Autumn colored leaves surround Hawkeye.
  5. When you want to have your picture taken at a magic show and someone gives you bunny ears… Two fingers are behind Hawkeye’s head. In the background is a magic show stage setup.
  6. Getting into the Christmas spirit with some tinsel and lights. Our snazzy looking Hawkeye is wearing green tinsel.
  7. Having breakfast with the Roos. In the background are two kangaroos.

Blind Beauty Issue 40 Featured Image Description:

The image is a faux fashion magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. In this selfie, Hawkeye is on the cover with sand on his head. He doesn’t mind getting a bit sandy to get to where he needs to go. In the background, we see a beach, with aqua colored water between two mountains against a blue sky. Blocks of text superimposed on Hawkeye’s photo are: “Bold | He Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | He Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | He Sees To The Heart Of Others”

You can follow Hawkeye on Instagram at @hawkeyestravels.

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Fatmatta Wurie | Blind Beauty Issue 39

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Fatmatta Wurie | Blind Beauty Issue 39

“Seeing life through different eyes” ~Fatmatta Wurie

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Working towards her Masters “was the toughest experience” of her life, yet Fatmatta did not let sight loss prevent her from reaching her goal. Diagnosed with Stargardt Disease at an age where she was about to experience young adulthood was tough.

Finding resources and connecting with others sharing her diagnosis was also challenging but she kept going. Fatmatta’s diligence paid off when she walked across the stage a few days ago to get her degree.

When I asked Fatmatta what quote she wanted to use for this post she said the tagline from her blog. “Seeing life through different eyes,” she said, speaks volumes because, despite sight loss, we start to see the world differently. We begin to appreciate what is in our sight during every present moment. Since we do not know if what we see today we will be able to see tomorrow, it puts life into perspective. Gratitude takes on a new meaning in which we immerse ourselves.

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Blind Beauty Issue 39 Featured Image Description:

Blind Beauty is a mock fashion magazine cover. Fatmatta Wurie is stunning in a sleeveless white dress and graduation cap, as she casually stands left hand on hip. Her graduation gown is flung over her right shoulder held by her crooked finger. She looks so happy with the biggest smile on her face as she poses for the camera.

Blocks of text superimposed on Fatmatta’s  photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.”

Additional Images:

  • Image #1 Selfie of Fatmatta with a huge smile holding a bunch of white roses, is in her cap and gown. The cap and gown are black and the gown’s collar is teal. She is wearing teal fringe drop earrings that are an exact match to her collar.
  • Image #2 In this photo Fatmatta is sitting outside with legs crossed on a cement bench posing in her stylish graduation outfit. Her outfit is an off the shoulder, bell-sleeved top with matching straight legged pants. The color is a darker teal with geometric circular designs in teal, black, and coral. She’s also sporting chunky black high heels with a thin ankle strap.

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