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Behind our Eyes: a second look

Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look

BOE2 coverEdited by Kate Chamberlin

ISBN 978-1490304472

 

These writers didn’t have a choice about disabilities in their lives, but each certainly made choices about handling their daily challenges. Through their stories, poems, and essays, these writers have chosen to live life to its fullest.

Behind Our Eyes, Inc, a 501C-3 nonprofit organization, offers accessible opportunities for writers with disabilities  to share and discuss their work with fellow members, guest authors, and professionals in the publishing field via their e-mail list and teleconferences. Through positive critiques and suggestions, the members support and assist each other in their on-going efforts to express themselves in the written word. Braille displays, screen-reading software, and other adaptive technologies enhance the skills for many of these writers.

This second anthology showcases the literary endeavors of this unique collection of writers. Their first anthology, Behind Our Eyes, was published in 2007 and the on-line magazine, Magnets and Ladders, made its debut in 2011.    The pieces in Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look, are a rich blend of new submissions to this anthology, as well as reprints from the online magazine. The vivid tapestry of life these writers weave with their stories, poems, and essays demonstrates what a varied and diverse group they are, yet showcases their similarities to each other and to the world at large. You may share your thoughts with these authors and others at www.BehindOurEyes.org  and www.MagnetsandLadders.org.

The organization of this book enables you to read it from cover to cover, flip to a theme, pick your favorite author, or just read one selection each day. Whatever your reading preference is, it’s worth taking a second look.

–BOE Anthology Committee

 

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Behind Our Eyes:  A Second Look

Table of Contents

 

I. ECHOES OF CHANGE

Banging The Drum Loudly, Memoir

By Peter Altschul…pg#

The Willows Weep, memoir

By Myrna D. Badgerow…

Now and Then, Sonnet

By Myrna D. Badgerow…

The Art of Dying, memoir

By Bonnie Blose…

A Long Way from Home, memoir

By Phyllis Staton Campbell…

Wonders of Womanhood, Free Verse

By Marsha Gaide…

The Little Window, memoir

By Tara Arlene Innmon…

The Afternoon I Caused My Own Abduction, Memoir

By Barbara Mattson…

Stars In My Eyes, Free Verse

By Valerie Moreno…

A Different Kind of Healing, Memoir

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega…

Grandma, Memoir

By Michael Price…

Best Friends, Memoir

By Rebecca Shields…

Strength Through Stitches, Memoir

by Rebecca Shields

A Noteworthy Friendship, Memoir

By Rhonda T. Spear

Mother And Child Reunion, memoir

By Terri Winaught…

 

II. SEASONS AND CELEBRATIONS

Nobody Ever Asks Me about my Mother, memoir

By Bonnie Blose…

The Empty Nest Halloween, memoir

By Kate Chamberlin…

Buddies and Pals Nursery School, Memoir

By Kate Chamberlin…

Rubik’s Cube, Memoir

By Caitlin Hernandez…

A Journey of a Thousand Miles, Memoir

By Shawn Jacobson…

A Simple Pleasure, fiction

By Bobbi LaChance…

Reflections, fiction

By Bobbi LaChance…

Eclipse – Hands folded in Prayer, Free Verse

By Lynda Lambert…

Family Feast, memoir

By Deon Lyons…

The Other Side of the Glass Wall, memoir

By Deon Lyons…

Egg Cream, Please, memoir

By Valerie Moreno…

Marshmallow Peeps, memoir

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega…

The Box on the Porch, memoir

By Ed Potter…

YOM KIPPUR, Cinquain

By William Preston…

Stealing Yeses, Free Verse

By Nancy Scott…

Heaven on Earth, Free Verse

By Sherry Taylor…

Christmas Magic, Fiction

By Sherry Taylor…

Birds Of Noël, memoir

Judith E Vido…

 

III. IS IT POSSIBLE?

Sweet Music, Fiction

By Myrna Badgerow…

The Nicest Little Friend, fiction

By Nicole Bissett…

Terms and Conditions, fiction

By Manny Colver…

Probabilities, fiction

By Manny Colver…

A Dotty Encounter, Fiction

By Ellen Fritz…

The Reality of Rejection, fiction

By Shawn Jacobson…

Audioscape, flash fiction

By Nancy Lynn…

Hold Me Down, Sci-fiction

By Traci MacDonald…

Would you?, Non-fiction

By Christine Malec…

I Call on the Spirit of John Milton, Free Verse

By Ria Meade…

New Life, fiction

By Marilyn Brandt Smith…

Chandler’s Curse, fiction

By John Wesley Smith…

‘This Ball is Outta Here!’ Fiction

By Lillian Way…

The Adventures of Mckaitma and Jacob, Fiction

By Tyler Zahnke…

 

IV. FUR AND FEATHERS

Kicked by a Camel, Kissed by Two Dolphins, Memoir

By Peter Altschul…

My Little Neutrino, nonfiction

By Bruce Atchison…

One May Morning, Poetry

By Lauren R. Casey…

Witnesses, fiction

By Ellen Fritz…

Border Patrol, Fiction

By Donna Grahmann…

Dependable Pal: A Pony’s Tale, Fiction

By Donna Grahmann…

From The Old Crow’s Nest, fiction

By Ernest A. Jones…

My Kitchen Guests,Couplets

By Bobbi LaChance…

It’s Not the Cat That Has Nine Lives, Pantoum

By Mary-Jo Lord…

Blind Cat’s Bluff, non-fiction

By Valerie Moreno…

Sharing Your Gifts, fiction

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega…

Loving Amber Eyes, Free Verse

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega…

Irreproducible, memoir

By Aly Parsons…

Her Spirit Guide, non-fiction

By Eve Sanchez…

Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life

By Katherine Schneider…

A Precious Memory,  Memoir

By Frances Strong…

Omen from My Totem, Free Verse

By Leonard Tuchyner…

Maddie’s Love of Music, Memoir

By Judith E. Vido

 

V. POTPOURRI OF POETRY

Longing, Free Verse

By Norma Boge…

Wedding Vows, Free Verse

By Jimmy Burns…

Come, Free Verse

By Elisa Busch…

Cat and Dog, Nonet

By Kate Chamberlin…

Spring/Winter, Acrostic

By Elizabeth Fiorite…

Inevitable Circle, Free Verse

By Ellen Fritz…

C.P.,  Couplets

By Heather Herschap…

Safe Harbors, Rhyming Quatrain

By Gottlieb, Grahmann, Leschak, Strange…

More Than Books, Free Verse

By Robert Kingett…

For My Mother at Eighty, Villanelle

By Lynda J. Lambert…

How to Treat My Heart At High Tide, Free Verse

By Mary-Jo Lord…

Match, Free Verse

By Mary-Jo Lord…

In Dreams, Cinquain

By Nancy Lynn…

Hyacinths of the Midwest, Acrostic

By Alice Jane-Marie Massa…

The Gift, Free Verse

By Wendy Phillips…

Cochlear Implant, Free Verse

By William Preston…

Writing About Eating In Amherst, Couplets

By William Preston…

Oxygen, Free Verse

By Sally Rosenthal…

While Walking Home, Free Verse

By Abbie Johnson Taylor…

Awaiting The Return Of The Better Half, Free Verse

By Abbie Johnson Taylor…

Blind? Deaf?, Free Versey

By Leonard Tuchyner…

 

VI. WHOSE VISION?

A Prickly Tree, memoir

By Robert Feinstein…

Just To Know, Free Verse

By Caitlin Hernandez…

What I See, memoir

By David Kingsbury…

Wind’s Door, Free Verse

By Ria Meade

Trouble’s in Town, memoir

By Ed Potter…

Burdocks, Memoir

By Janet Schmidt

Hearing the Sunrise, Free Verse

By Nancy Scot

The Light Beyond The Dark, Non-fiction

by Rhonda T. Spear…

Triathlon, Memoir

By Nancy Stevens…

Reading Blind, Free Verse

By Cheryl Wade…

 

VII. TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Snapshots of Life After Abuse, memoir

By Nicole Bissett.…

Ruby’s Gift of Prayer, Fiction

By Elisa Busch…

Trust, Memoir

By Robert Feinstein…

One Case from the Files, Creative Non-Fiction

By Elizabeth Fiorite…

Special Class: a Journey in Mainstreaming, Memoir

By Donna W. Hill…

A Night At The Totem Bowl, Memoir

By Shawn Jacobson…

Three Weeks to Live, memoir

By Ernest A. Jones…

Torn By Peace, Memoir

By Traci McDonald…

Unbroken, Free Verse

By Traci McDonald…

Darkness, Memoir

By Fred Nickl…

Mysterious Encounter, Memoir

By Fred Nickl…

The One I Love, Free Verse

By Michelle Sipe…

Narrow Escape, memoir

By Marilyn Brandt Smith…

When a New Day Dawns, memoir

By Terri Winaught…

 

VIII  Contributors’ biographies