Updated March 16, 2015
I am very grateful for the conservative
education which I received at Sharon High School. I have noticed that
many of my younger co-workers are deficient in basic math and English. I
remember that I had to wear a suit and tie every day. I no longer have
to do this, but it was good to learn respect for the rules of the
Unfortunately, I do not have fond memories of my social life at Sharon
High. I was legally blind and could not participate in sports. I wasn't
even allowed to take shop. I rarely dated. I helped to set up the gym
for the Senior Prom, but I didn't attend because I never asked anyone to
go with me.
After graduation, I received an Associates degree from Dean Jr. College.
I transferred to UMass, Amherst where I received a Bachelor and Master
degree in business. Many years later, I discovered that our guidance
counselor, Mr. Barrows, did not recommend me to UMass because he thought
it would be too hard for me.
After a brief work experience in the garment trade and a travel agency,
I went to work for a real estate property management company. I have
worked in this industry ever since. I gave up my job around age 50 when
my eyesight got a lot worse. Although I have remained unemployed since
that time, I have never been busier. I was a volunteer for the Carroll
Center For the Blind for twenty years. I am secretary to my condo
association and I prepare tax returns for many of my friends who can't
afford to have this done for them any other way. I also volunteer at
Simmons College as a practice patient in the nursing school. I might
need one of those nurses some day, so I better help to train them!
I never married and have no children. I have been living in my Boston
condo for fifteen years. For the past four years, my volunteer reader, a
gentleman about my age, has become my roommate. This is the first time
that I have had a working pair of eyes in my house and it takes a little
getting used to.