I have a very good friend who is legally blind. He is 85 years old and gets around very well for someone who has difficulty seeing. He goes to work everyday and presides at family court. We visit a lot and he tells me about his grandson that he is very proud of and his five daughters and their families. I often mention books that I’m reading and he shares audio books that he’s been listening to. Recently I wanted to get a recording of a book that was published in 1921 and though I’ve scoured the Internet I’ve been unable to find a recorded version of the book. I tried using Espeak on my Ubuntu notebook. I’m not as good with Espeak as I’d like to be. Tonight I set out to find a website that had text to speech capabilities. I found Spoken Text. The examples seem to imply that their system is better. I hope so as I’d really like my friend to have a chance to hear this book. I almost forgot to mention that I wanted him to hear “Conquest of Fear” by Basil King. I thought it might mean more to him as the book is about the authors own struggle with blindness and fear.
My friend is one of my spiritual advisors and last night he was happy to hear that I’m going to return to graduate school. He’s been helping me to examine where I’m going and he’s delighted that I’m doing something positive. I hope that you who visit here might keep me in your prayers. I haven’t made a final decision on schools and specific programs of study. As always it is difficult choosing. As usual in making this decision, I’m projecting, worrying about money that I haven’t even spent yet.