Annabel's Favourite Things - 10/10/2021
Inspired by Oprah's favourite things and my personal entertainment, here's a short list of some things I've been enjoying over the past few weeks!
Helen Keller's speech at Lions Club
I had listened to this re-enacted speech once or twice before, but every so often I like to come back to it- and each time, Helen's words never fail to inspire me :)
I'm more of a listener than a reader, but the written transcript is excellent as well:
Dear Lions and Ladies:
I suppose you have heard the legend that represents opportunity as a capricious lady, who knocks at every door but once, and if the door isn't opened quickly, she passes on, never to return. And that is as it should be. Lovely, desirable ladies won't wait. You have to go out and grab 'em.
I am your opportunity. I am knocking at your door. I want to be adopted. The legend doesn't say what you are to do when several beautiful opportunities present themselves at the same door. I guess you have to choose the one you love best. I hope you will adopt me. I am the youngest here, and what I offer you is full of splendid opportunities for service.
The American Foundation for the Blind is only four years old. It grew out of the imperative needs of the blind, and was called into existence by the sightless themselves. It is national and international in scope and in importance. It represents the best and most enlightened thought on our subject that has been reached so far. Its object is to make the lives of the blind more worthwhile everywhere by increasing their economic value and giving them the joy of normal activity.
Try to imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly stricken blind today. Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night; your work, your independence, gone. In that dark world wouldn't you be glad if a friend took you by the hand and said, "Come with me and I will teach you how to do some of the things you used to do when you could see?" That is just the kind of friend the American Foundation is going to be to all the blind in this country if seeing people will give it the support it must have.
You have heard how through a little word dropped from the fingers of another, a ray of light from another soul touched the darkness of my mind and I found myself, found the world, found God. It is because my teacher learned about me and broke through the dark, silent imprisonment which held me that I am able to work for myself and for others. It is the caring we want more than money. The gift without the sympathy and interest of the giver is empty. If you care, if we can make the people of this great country care, the blind will indeed triumph over blindness.
The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: To foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?
I thank you.
Helen Keller was an extraordinary lady. Despite becoming blind and deaf as a toddler, through working with Anne Sullivan, a talented teacher, Helen learnt to sign, and years later, learnt speech.
She invested her life in advocating for people experiencing disability, particularly blindness. Today, Helen Keller International works to eradicate preventable blindness, in honour of Helen's work.
One of the most common causes of preventable blindness, which can be treated relatively easily, is vitamin A deficiency induced blindness, affecting over 180 million children, and leading to the mortality of 100,000 children annually.
High dose vitamin A supplementation (VAS) programs are a cost-effective solution to this problem. Each supplement costs only $1.69 AUD to administer to a child, helping to prevent deficiency-induced blindness and mortality.
I don't have a photo of my own, but it's sooo goood. Especially with cherry tomatoes and charred asparagus!
I go with a recipe like this one but also add onion.
THE MORE LOVING ONE by W.H. Auden - Discovered through Brain Pickings (another favourite thing).
Michelle Obama - Becoming
I started writing about how I felt about this book but came up with a note long enough for it to become it's own post, so I've linked it here - Becoming - Meaningful Moments from Michelle Obama's Memoir.
In short - very good! Highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Michelle herself!
Going for walks around sunset time
I've probably seen the sun disappear into the horizon hundreds if not thousands of times by now, but every time I see it, I'm left in awe.
When I go for a walk, observing the trees around me, the way that the clouds texture the skyline, and the warm tones of the sky falling into each other around the sun, I'm reminded of how lucky I am.