Monday, February 18, 2013

The Eyes Have It

There's an old English proverb, sometimes attributed to Shakespeare or Milton, that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Rhonda, the Southern half of Evelyn David, has struggled for the last two weeks with a corneal ulcer. It doesn't sound so terrible, except it is. It's meant that her vision has been compromised, her eyes are so light-sensitive that she can barely walk out into daylight, she has been afflicted with, as she describes it, "knife in the eyeball" sensation, constant eye dryness, doctor visits three times a week, a medication schedule that has required awaking every four hours – and the attendant stomach problems from taking all the various medications – not to mention, as anyone with an ongoing illness quickly discovers, doctor and pharmacy bills rising faster than the Mississippi.

For someone who loves to read, that's a pleasure that's been eliminated. Watching television makes her nauseous. And writing – she can barely look at a computer screen for more than 10 minutes without feeling like her eye is cramping, so work on our latest mystery has been seriously compromised.

Thankfully, she will be fine. Though disappointed with the pace of recovery, the doctor has assured Rhonda that he sees progress and is convinced that she will make a full recovery in the next week or so. But of course, it's led to much thought and discussion about the blessing of sight and the joys of the written word.

And in the midst of this ordeal, we were both reminded of a quotation from Helen Keller: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” She's right, of course. We so often take for granted the beauty of the world around us, the people in our lives. Both halves of Evelyn David have certainly learned a lesson.

Back soon with more adventures in murder and mayhem.

Marian and Rhonda



A Reason to Give Thanks includes: Giving Thanks in Lottawatah, Bah, Humbug in Lottawatah, Moonlighting at the Mall, The Fortune Teller's Face, A Reason to Give Thanks, Sneak Peek – Murder Off the Books, Sneak Peek – I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries
A Reason to Give Thanks

Sullivan Investigations Mystery
Murder Off the Books Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Murder Takes the Cake Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback 
Riley Come Home (short story)- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Moonlighting at the Mall (short story) - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords


Brianna Sullivan Mysteries - e-book series
I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Lottawatah Twister - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Missing in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Good Grief in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Summer Lightning in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords

The Ghosts of Lottawatah - trade paperback collection of the Brianna e-books
Book 1 - I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries (includes the first four Brianna e-books)
Book 2 - A Haunting in Lottawatah (includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Brianna e-books)

Love Lessons - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords


  1. Oh, Rhonda, my heart goes out to you. I used to be legally blind for most of my life until a brilliant doctor gave me what were then experimental artificial lenses. I spent much of one year recovering from first one and then the other surgery, not allowed to move because my retinas were in such danger of tearing. But this girl who started wearing bifocals in kindergarten now drives without glasses and only wears drugstore reading glasses to read with.

    They can do wonderful things for our sight now, and I'm sure yours will be restored to you as good as new. For those of us who are big readers and writers, though, those necessary times when we cannot do either are agonizing. I knitted what I call my blind afghan during my surgery recovery periods. Hope you have something such as that to help you pass the time. Also, audio books are wonderful.

    Sending healing energy to you in hopes that it will speed up the healing of the ulcer.

  2. Thanks Linda, you're very kind. I'm hoping for things to get a lot better shortly - the hardest part is the computer work - the light really bothers my eye right now. And I have so much that needs doing on the computer. Marian and I are very close to finishing up a new mystery. I can read - on my regular Kindle (no backlight) or print books, but only for short stretches because of eye strain. Guess I'll veg out in front of the tv for now. Thanks again for the encouragment!

  3. Prayers have been sent for your recovery. And yes Ma'am, we all need to look around and appreciate the beauty we are given every day. Take care.

  4. Feel better, Rhonda! Sending love and prayers that the recovery process speeds up a bit. Maggie

  5. Oh, Rhonda, such scary stuff. Anything to do with the eyse is frightening for those of us who use them so much. Praying for a quick and complete recovery for you.