A look inside Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight

Book cover of Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight

An upbeat exploration of how the author manages life with poor vision. 

Full of rollicking adventures and humorous incidents.  Lots of fun examples showing the advantages of poor eyesight. 

Happy skydiver wearing eyeglasses and passing some clouds while floating downward

Adventures

Include parachuting, world trade center, scuba diving, pseudo dive bombing, spelunking (caving), and horseback riding.

Cowboy on horseback with clouds in the background. While riding his horse, he is leading another horse by its reins.

Snappy quote at the start of each chapter:

One day, your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching. Gerard Way

a watermelon growing in a garden

Snappy quote at the start of each chapter:

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.   Mark Twain

Baseball batter ready for the pitch, superimposed on the image of a large baseball.

Adventures

Also include Baltimore, Brooklyn, a Watermelon, a high wire act, 2 for 1, sports, geese, fire, looks, mayhem, and catching a thief.

Side view of Rodin's statue: The Thinker.

Snappy quote at the start of each chapter:

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. Stevie Wonder

Holding hands

Vision related anecdotes

Also involve: public speaking, poker, balance, smell, hearing, touch, brain power, details, romance, friends, racial harmony, curiosity, suggestions, and sharing.

Scientific science fiction schematic of an eyeball

Snappy quote at the start of each chapter:

I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that?  

Soledad O'Brien

Smiley face

Corny jokes at the end of each chapter:

A green snake goes in to see the optometrist because his eyesight is failing.

“It’s actually affecting my life. I can’t hunt anymore because I can’t see.”

The doctor fits the snake for glasses and the snake immediately notices an improvement in his eyesight. A week later, the doctor calls the snake to check how the glasses are holding up.

“They’re fine,” the snake answers. “But now I’m being treated for depression.”

“Depression?” the doctor asks.

“Yeah, my eyesight cleared up, but it made me realize I’ve been dating a garden hose.”

A little over a dozen people walking through a city plaza in the Autumn. Author Ken Brandt is in the back left.

Vision-related anecdotes

Involve: laughter, crime, data, courage, finding friends and meeting new people, stairs, enjoyment, and eye patches

A wise owl standing and winking, with one wing down, one wing upward making a point.

Advantages

Advantages of bad eyes, can also include seeing - and helping to make the world better - in terms of beauty, romance, and racial harmony.  

Headshot of a pirate wearing an eye patchpirate-Eye-Patch.jpg

Corny jokes at the end of each chapter:

How do pirates prefer to communicate?

Aye to aye!

Why do pirates say "aye aye Captain"?

Two ayes are better than one

What did the pirate say when he turned 80?

Aye matey

Author Ken Brandt holding his very first pair of eyeglasses

Corny jokes at the end of each chapter:

My optometrist told me I have bad vision…

I don't see the problem

Five nicely wrapped presents

You are doing a good deed!

Book cover of Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight

Advantages of Poor Eyesight

Can include longer life; more adventure and discovery; greater creativity and imagination.

A hand with an eyeball looking out from the hand's palm

Advantages of Poor Eyesight

Can also include better hand-eye coordination, balance and presentation skills.

Three small apartment buildings with a giant flame behind them

Advantages of Poor Eyesight

can also include enhanced use of hearing, smell, touch and taste

Speaker on stage, beside a podium, addressing an audience.

Snappy quote at the start of each chapter:

If there are any of you at the back who do not hear me, please don't raise your hands because I am also nearsighted.  W. H. Auden

Woman walking a tightrope

Chapters include:

1. Longer Life 

2. Science to the Rescue

3. Adventure and Discovery  

4. Successful People with Poor Eyesight

5. Imagination, Creativity  and Focus

A brain working out with a barbell

Chapters include:

6.Public Speaking and Sports

7. Smell, Taste, Hearing, Touch 

8. Beauty, Relationships, Racial Harmony

9. Mayhem, Curiosity, Mystery,
     Thief 

10. Final Thoughts 

Drawing of an eyeball

Corny jokes at the end of each chapter:

An ophthalmologist, an optometrist, and an optician walk into a bar...

Nobody could see the difference

 

What did the right eye say to the left eye?

Between you and me, there’s something that smells