ABOUT LENNYSuccess Without Vision - This is my story of a successful life while dealing with blindness.
Hard To Believe - Hard to believe, falling down the basement steps was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Joining the Zipper Club - I joined the zipper club in 2004, this story should convince everyone not to dismiss a potential medical problem.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, 2012 - This is an interesting story why I wore ladies high heels one day. The story is very serious but written with a touch of humor. The program is a fund raiser for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center. This story contains some hilarious video and photographs. My story can make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is definitely worth the read to help stop and bring attention to a major problem. It took a lot of brave men to support women in this way. There is a very funny video of me using some powertools.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, 2015 This is the 2015 story of my participation in the program. Again I think you will find it funny and motivating.
My GUIDE DOG Stories
Otter my new Freedom Guide Dog -This is a heart warming story about Otter, one amazing Freedom Guide Dog
Freedom Guide Dogs Benefit Magic Show - I performed a benefit magic show for Freedom Guide Dogs in honor of my new guide Otter.
My Decision To Get A Dog Guide The story about my decision to get a guide dog was chosen as the 2007 first placewinner in the International Association of Assistant Dog Partners, IAADP, writing contest. It was truly an honor for this award for the best opinion story.
A Story About Trinity - The kids of Trinity Lutheran Church sponsored a Freedom Guide Dog; this is a positive story about our youth.
Indy Visits The Library
My Guide Dog Discrimination story and some educational information
The New Jersey State Attorney issued a press release educating business owners, hopefully preventing future guide dog discrimination cases.
New Jersey Attorney General Press Release
Seeing and Hearing Similarities (almost unbelievable).
I had to place this story with the complaint since it ended up being a follow up.
If you have any questions about service animals in places of business in the United States, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. for information directly from the Disability Rights Section. The information will be displayed in a new window.
My Woodworking Story
Woodworking Photo Gallery here are a few pictures of my wood working projects.
Bird house/ Planter Plans - Detailed instructions for a blind woodworker to make a birdhouse planter
More of my stories
Our Trip To Australia. - Purchasing a bottle of Jacob's Creek Wine, Australia’s Top Drop, we won a trip to visit the winery and made some very special friends.
Motivational Magic For many years I used magic as a motivational tool. Being a blind magician really inspired many people.
My Linking Ring story The Linking Ring The magician’s member publication was doing a story about brick and mortar magic shops. They are closing all around the country and this is the story that I submitted.
Guide dog talk and magic show For almost 19 years I have not been performing my motivational magic. After I was paralyzed from surgery going wrong, I did not think that I could do a stage show ever again. Here is the story of my first public show since the surgery November 1995. This show was one week before Karen and my 40th wedding anniversary. She has always supported me. There is even a little humor about the anniversary in the story. We plan to do many more shows…
My minds eye memories of pottsville - Something to be said for losing one's sight.
Photographic Journalism, A story of love.
Amateur Radio Stories - Several short stories about amateur radio.
Would You Like Some Cheese? - A very humorous situation that took place in an Italian restaurant.
Genuflecting-My introduction! - A funny story about accompanying a friend to his church.
I was almost in the movies! - A humorous event that happened to me during the filming of the movie The Distinguished Gentleman Starring: Eddie Murphy.
MY THOUGHTS, CREATION VS EVOLUTION...
First Talking Computer I had the world's first talking computer linked to an IBM main frame computer. It is quite an interesting story.
When To Use A Cane
How To Be A Sighted Guide Information on how to guide a blind person.
Published letters and news stories
Indy's Letter To The Editor - This is the first letter to the editor that I wrote with the hope of educating the public about guide dogs.
Big responsibilities face new guide dog 04/11/2007 - This is a letter to the editor written in the third person about Micah, my second Freedom Guide Dog, accepting employment in Pottsville. It has a touch of humor with a very serious message.
Micah's first public service 06/19/2007 - As a result of the letter to the editor about Micah accepting employment in Pottsville, we were invited to be the keynote speaker for a Good Will Industry award breakfast. I think I was also upstaged by a dog.
Freedom Guide Dog visits school - This is a thank you letter that I sent to the editor of our local newspaper. I spoke to my grandson’s 4th grade class about my Freedom Guide Dog. It may be used as a sample for anyone doing speaking engagements.
Bond spurs gift Published 07/26/2007 - This is a news story that appeared in the Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald.
I lost my independence, Published: Monday, April 6, 2009 - This is a news story about Toga, my new Freedom Guide Dog that appeared in the Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald. In the article there is no mention of Toga's name, Until we bonded I did not want anyone else to know and say her name. .
Muttmuffs hearing protection for dogs, Published: December, 25, 2013 - This is a news story about Toga and her new hearing protection, that appeared in the Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald. .
Adversity: by Maureen Barnard - This is an extremely inspiring letter.
Really flying blind By Alan Paganelli -Story about the world's first blind pilot.
Another genuflecting Story By Anne
You are invited to submit a guest story, any personal experiences, humorous or serious, related to blindness. Send your stories to Lenny
Here is an extensive list of resources for people with visual impairments.
A list of my product reviews
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Lenny and Micah( Click image below to get a larger picture. )
Lenny and Indy
I had to include this photograph. I have changed so much since high school that some classmates did not recognize me at my 35th reunion. When they went home and looked in their yearbooks, then they remembered me.
High School Graduation, June 1965
I have a very special thanks to my friend and Web Designer, Mike Fisher. During high school days Mike and I were very good friends. We must have played hundreds of games of chess.
I have fond memories of going down to the LAR, an ice cream and sandwich shop. We use to carry in the chess game listen to the jukebox, have a milkshake and play a game or two of chess. What a memory! With that jukebox you could listen to ten songs for fifty cents.
About thirty years ago Mike and I lost contact. Recently I went to my 35th class reunion and became reacquainted with some old classmates. One classmate has a friend who kept in contact with Mike. I was provided with his email address and an old wonderful friendship was re-established.
This web site was Mike's brainstorm. I am truly glad that he convinced me into establishing it. Mike did all of the technical stuff to make it happen.
(This is a note from Mike Fisher, the "novice" webmaster of this site.) I felt that I should mention that the anonymous person Lenny referred to above, who re-introduced Lenny and me, is Bonnie Zimmerman, my great friend and classmate from Pottsville Area High School class of 1966. She was the main catalyst that brought together the elements that cooked up the wonderful chemistry that made this all happen. As Bonnie told me recently, "The Lord works in mysterious ways."