For years when I was single and worked as a registered music therapist with senior citizens, I attended the Wyoming Lions Summer School for the Visually Impaired during the last two weeks in July. There, I learned new skills and connected with others who were blind or visually impaired.
The camp, located on beautiful Casper Mountain, offered a one-week children’s program and a two-week session for adults, most of whom were senior citizens. Classes were taught in such subjects as braille and computers, and there were always a picnic, talent show, and other fun activities.
One of the campers was an elderly woman who had recently lost her vision and suffered from other health issues. Nevertheless, every morning without fail, either in the dormitory or as we gathered at the flagpole, she sang the chorus of this song.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
How inspiring that was! Now, here’s Dr. Crystal Grimes’ rendition of this beautiful hymn, played on liar. She also provides some background information and shares her own memories associated with this song.
By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.