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"Failures Become Victories If They Make Us Wise-Hearted" - Helen Keller

Posted on 8/25/2017
by Elizabeth Neal

"...Let us not forget the treasures which the swift years have laid at our feetthe strength, the sense, the courage to meet difficulties and overcome them. Nothing else matters very much. To keep on trying in spite of disappointment and failure is the only way to keep young and brave. Failures become victories if they make us wise-hearted." -Helen Keller, in a 1921 speech she gave at the reunion dinner for Wright-Humason School, sharing memories of past classmates and her time spent at the school You can enjoy the


Sharing Our Progress in Making the Helen Keller Archive a Gold Standard of Accessibility for Other Digital Archives

Posted on 7/28/2017
by Helen Selsdon

We were so honored today to present at the Society of American Archivists 2017 Annual Meeting to discuss the Helen Keller Archive digitization project, and our work to create a


From Helen Keller to Netflix: Making Popular Culture Accessible

Posted on 6/8/2017
by Elizabeth Neal

Helen in her dressing room in a vaudeville theatre, circa 1920 On June 15, the American Foundation for the Blind will be honoring Netflix with a


A Conversation with Architect Chris Downey

Posted on 5/15/2017
by Elizabeth Neal

On June 15, the American Foundation for the Blind will be honoring architect Chris Downey with a Helen Keller Achievement Award for his exemplary leadership in accessible design, and dedication to creating enriching and helpful environments for people who are blind or visually impaired. Downey lost his sight in 2008, and has since gone on to found his own consulting firm, Architecture for the Blind. He specializes in designing workplaces, museum environments, and vision


For Teacher Appreciation Week, Enjoy Helen Keller's Tributes to Her Teacher, Annie Sullivan

Posted on 5/10/2017
by Elizabeth Neal

"What do I consider a teacher should be? One who breathes life into knowledge so that it takes new form in progress and civilization." - Helen Keller in a speech to the National Education Association, 1938 <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=7607" alt="Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan playing chess, 1900. Helen is about to move a white queen. She has already captured one of Anne's black pawns, which


The Gift that Keeps Giving: Reviving an Historic Home in Monroe, N.Y. with Strong Ties to Helen Keller

Posted on 4/29/2017
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Selsdon here, the archivist at the American Foundation for the Blind. Back in March 2016 I received an email from a gentleman asking me about a house called Rest Haven in upstate New York. I knew about this house and its connection to AFB and I wondered what he wanted to know. Little did I anticipate the wonderful story that was about to unfold. It is my great pleasure to introduce Timothy Mitts, the man behind an incredible campaign to save an historic building that was once owned by AFB’s President M. C. Migel and enjoyed by Helen Keller. Here is Tim’s story: On March 23,


Celebrate Annie Sullivan's Birthday: Support the Cogswell-Macy Act!

Posted on 4/13/2017
by Helen Selsdon

Happy birthday, Annie Sullivan! Annie was born on April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Today, we celebrate her legacy and excellence as an educator. She insisted that her student, Helen Keller, could learn and accomplish just as much as any seeing and hearing child could and she was right. Helen was a brilliant student, but Annie turned out to be an equally talented teacher. It was


Celebrating the Foundations of Education

Posted on 3/3/2017
by Helen Selsdon

Left to right: editors Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, M. Cay Holbrook, Ph.D., and Tessa S McCarthy at today's launch of Foundations of Education, Third Edition On March 3, 1887130 years ago to the dayAnnie Sullivan arrived in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The minute Annie met six-year-old Helen Keller, she began to sign into her hand, laying the foundation for Helen’s education. Not four weeks later, the now famous moment at the water pump took place, and Helen understood for the first time that everything had a


Helen Keller on Trying to Make the World 'A Little More As I Want It'

Posted on 12/30/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Image: Helen Keller walks in her garden in Westport, Connecticut, 1950. It is wintertime. Keller is seen smiling, facing the camera. She wears a long coat and woolen hat. She holds a wooden branch railing with her left hand. As the new year approaches, it’s a good time to review the progress that is being made to digitize the Helen Keller Archive. This is a mammoth task, and we are well on our way to accomplishing the work of preserving and disseminating online the over 80,000 items in the collection. We are simultaneously working on another major objective: to


Happy Thanksgiving From the American Foundation for the Blind

Posted on 11/23/2016
by Elizabeth Neal

Transcript: Thanksgiving dinner at Palawoo, 1918. (Left to right) Elsa Kingsley, Mrs. Mary Kingsley, Polly Thompson, Helen Keller, Myra Kingsley, Maybon Kingsley, Mrs. Macy "Teacher" -- We are doing our best with a 14 lb turkey that Mrs. Kingsley brought in with all the "fixins." How much have we all both as individuals and collectively the [sic] be thankful for this wonderful day with the World War over. The American Foundation for the Blind is grateful for all of you, who share our vision of a world where the millions of people who are blind or visually impaired have equal


On Veterans Day, Resources for Soldiers Who Have Become Blind or Visually Impaired

Posted on 11/10/2016
by AFB Staff

The American Foundation for the Blind was founded in 1921 to advocate for


Beyond Recognition: What Machines Don't Read

Posted on 9/15/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller reading braille at her home in Westport, Connecticut. October 1965. I am delighted that the fifth in our series of posts focusing on the Helen Keller Digitization Project is from Mara Mills New York University Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication. Mara’s post - on the continued importance of human transcribers - is fascinating and I encourage everyone to read it. Many thanks Mara! On Helen Keller’s birthday this year, archivist Helen Selsdon wrote a piece for the


Helen Keller: A Love Affair

Posted on 8/22/2016
by AFB Staff

Image: Helen Keller smelling flowers, circa 1919. This is the fourth in our series of posts celebrating Helen Keller and the wonderful new avenues that are opening up for research about her life and legacy as a result of the Helen Keller Digitization Project. This week’s post is from Christopher Carlson, author, screenwriter and playwright. Enjoy! I’m thrilled by the diligent work being done at American Foundation for the Blind to digitize its prodigious Helen Keller


"Yours Is a Different Understanding of Architecture": Helen Keller’s House in Easton, Connecticut

Posted on 7/18/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Image: Left to right, Helen Keller standing with Polly Thomson at the door to their home in Easton, Connecticut, circa 1955. AFB is thrilled to publish the third in our series of posts focusing on newly digitized items in the Helen Keller Archival Collection. This week’s post is from historian David Serlin, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California-San Diego. Enormous thanks to David for contributing such a fascinating, thoughtful, and thought-provoking blog post.


Transcribing Digitized Letters from the Helen Keller Archive: A Transcriber's Account

Posted on 7/11/2016
by Helen Selsdon

We are delighted that our next post in this series of posts devoted to the Helen Keller Digitization project is contributed by Susan Pearce, a volunteer transcriber, and a very valued member of our "Captains of Transcription" team. From Susan Pearce, transcriber: This is an unbelievably interesting project. I have been getting to know Helen Keller better. Miss Keller travelled the world and affected so many people's lives. What has been wonderful to transcribe are the handwritten letters from young students in school who thought of her as a heroic person and also had read her books; notwithstanding the many


Bringing Helen Keller’s History to Life

Posted on 6/27/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Today, Monday June 27th, 2016is Helen Keller’s 136th birthday. What better way to celebrate her legacy than by focusing our attention on the Helen Keller Digitization Project? As the result of a grant awarded in May 2015 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) began the task of capturing 80,000 items in the Helen Keller Archival Collection. Using digital photography, correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings, oversize print materials, artifacts, and film clips are being made fully accessible via the Internet to both sighted and non-sighted audiences around the world. We are thrilled with the progress we have made! Over 164 manuscript boxes filled with documents have been photographed and over 24,000 digital


Helen Keller in Hiroshima, Japan

Posted on 5/25/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Friday May 27th 2016, President Barack Obama will be the first sitting President of the United States to set foot in Hiroshima since the atomic bomb devastated that city 71 years ago Wednesday October 13th 1948, Helen Keller was America’s First Goodwill Ambassador to Japan after the Second World War Helen wrote the following letter to her good friend Nella Braddy Henney on a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka on October 14th, 1948, the day after her visit to the devastated city. The letter powerfully reminds us of the horrors of war and the suffering that war creates. "…Now I simply


A Breath of Fresh Air: Helen Keller and the Importance of Playgrounds for Children

Posted on 5/11/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller was always a vocal supporter for the rights of children. In 1923, she wrote a fundraising letter on behalf of the National Playground and Recreation Association of America. In it she passionately advocated for the need for outdoor spaces where children could run around safely and enjoy themselves. Keller instinctively understood that play is as important to the healthy development of a child as is study indoors. Read her words below they are as applicable today as when she wrote them over ninety years ago. I have been asked to write a letter on behalf of the "National Playground and Recreation Association of


Happy 150th Anniversary Anne Sullivan Macy!

Posted on 4/13/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Dear Annie, Happy birthday! Today, we celebrate your legacy and excellence as an educator. You insisted that your student, Helen Keller, could learn and accomplish just as much as any seeing and hearing child could and you were right. You were a tough teacher when Helen misspelled a word in an essay or letter, you made her rewrite the entire text but you also had a finely tuned insight into a child’s psychology. You instantly recognized that Helen was a very bright child who just needed the tools to communicate with the world around her. You were critical of the conventional teaching methods of your day.


Helen Keller: Transformation and Renewal

Posted on 3/24/2016
by Helen Selsdon

As holidays and spring time approach it is a good time to reflect on Helen Keller’s love of nature and its possibilities for transformation and renewal. In September 1940 a year after she and her companion Polly Thomson moved into their new home in Westport, CT Keller wrote to her close friend "Uncle Walter." Here is an excerpt from that letter: This place is already amazingly transformed. Between jobs at the desk Polly and I have worked with our faithful Herbert to make our four acres shady in


Movie Magic: Helen Keller in Paris to Honor Louis Braille, 1952

Posted on 1/3/2016
by Helen Selsdon

Two hundred and seven years ago, on January 4th, 1809, Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, France. His invention of a system of raised dots representing letters, numbers and punctuation revolutionized the way blind people read and write and opened a wealth of knowledge to visually impaired audiences. In 1952, one hundred years after his death, Braille's body with the exception of his hands was removed from his home town to the Pantheon in Paris. Helen Keller was asked to give the speech on that occasion. AFB is thrilled to bring you this marvelous movie clip of that event. The clip includes her giving an address in French and accepting the French Legion of Honor for her work on behalf of those with vision


A Magical Movie Clip for the Holidays: Anne Sullivan Macy and Helen Keller

Posted on 12/23/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Enjoy the only known recording of Anne Sullivan Macy’s voice. Here Annie explains how she taught Helen to speak. This is one of a handful of clips recently re-mastered and digitized, and is part of the American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB) big push to digitize Helen Keller’s entire archival collection and make it fully accessible to both blind and hearing impaired audiences: Happy Holidays from AFB! <script type="text/javascript"


"Democracy is a searching test of character" Helen Keller

Posted on 12/10/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller’s book "Let Us Have Faith" was published in 1940. Her words are a timely reminder of the importance of vigilance in the face of prejudice and bigotry. Helen was acutely aware of the dangers of political and social discrimination. Seven years earlier, in 1933, her book entitled "How I became a socialist" was burned by Nazi youth during the book burning frenzy that took place in Germany. The following excerpt from "Let Us Have Faith" counsels us to be active participants in maintaining our democratic freedoms. "...Democracy is a compound of faith embodied in fellowship, knowledge and action. These cannot be sundered


"Live each day with gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation" Helen Keller

Posted on 12/3/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Below is an excerpt from Helen Keller’s essay Three Days to See. Enjoy her beautiful and wise words. ...Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die to-morrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life. We should live each day with gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when times stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come… …Now and then I have tested my seeing friends to discover what they see. Recently I was visited by a very good friend who had just returned from a long walk in the


On Thanksgiving, Enjoy This Newly Digitized Movie Clip of Helen Keller

Posted on 11/23/2015
by Helen Selsdon

The American Foundation for the Blind is delighted to share this movie clip of Helen Keller in her home in Westport, Connecticut. Filmed in the 1950s, it beautifully captures Helen’s instinctive appreciation of the world around her and her wholehearted joy of living. This is one of 10 clips that will be uploaded to the newly digitized Helen Keller Archival Collection. These clips, newly cleaned, are now also described and captioned for blind and hearing impaired viewers. <script


"An incalculable debt we owe you": Helen Keller on Veterans Day

Posted on 11/10/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller and Polly Thomson with amputees in wheelchairs at McCloskey General Hospital, Temple, Texas, 1944 On Veterans Day, the American Foundation for the Blind honors all those who have fought in America's wars. Helen Keller was, and remains, a source of inspiration and solace for so many. During her lifetime thousands of veterans were inspired by her courage. We are particularly proud of the role Helen Keller played as a leading advocate for the men injured and maimed during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Between 1944 and 1946 alone, Keller visited over 90 military


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 7

Posted on 9/29/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Welcome to this, the seventh day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. We have now raised $22,819, which is fantastic! But we have only one day left to reach our goal of $25,000. Please donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. A "Who’s Who" of the 19th and 20th Centuries "Some people are foolish enough to imagine that wealth and power and fame satisfy our hearts: but they never do, unless they are used to create and distribute happiness in the


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 6

Posted on 9/28/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Welcome to this, the sixth day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. The total has risen to a fabulous $22,656! However, we still need to raise $2,344 to reach our goal of $25,000, and we only have two days left of the fundraiser. Remember, every dollar we raise will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities, so please donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. See beyond a person’s disability… "When we do the best that


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 5

Posted on 9/27/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Welcome to this, our fifth day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. Every dollar we raise will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For a short time only, your gift of $10 will be worth $20, $25 will bring in $50 – you get the idea! We need to raise the money by this coming Wednesday, September 30th. Donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. In the Realm of the Senses "I can tell music from other


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 4

Posted on 9/26/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Welcome to the fourth day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. Every dollar we raise will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For a short time only, your gift of $10 will be worth $20, $25 will bring in $50 – you get the idea! But we need to raise this money by next Wednesday, September 30th. Donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. A Super Star! "Smile! Laughter makes even subdued personalities sparkle. No one has a


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 3

Posted on 9/25/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Welcome to the third day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. Yesterday we raised $6,124 which is absolutely wonderful! We are $5,919 away from our goal of $25,000 goal. With your help we can do this! We need to raise this money by next Wednesday, September 30th. Donate now be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. A Global Warrior "I believe that the welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all" Keller traveled to 39 countries


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 2

Posted on 9/24/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Welcome to the second day of our 8-day #BeAMiracleworker campaign. We are thrilled to report that our total has risen by $2,212 and we have reached $12,957. Please help us reach our $25,000 goal by September 30th. Every dollar we raise will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Donate now and be a miracle worker. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. A Supreme Communicator "I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to


Save the Helen Keller Archives: Day 1

Posted on 9/22/2015
by Helen Selsdon

AFB’s 8-day fundraiser begins today. Every dollar we raise will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For a short time only, your gift of $10 will be worth $20, $25 will bring in $50 you get the idea! But we need to raise this money by next Wednesday, September 30th. Donate now and donate generously. And don’t forget to follow the campaign’s progress on Facebook. In the Beginning... " "What induces a child to learn but his delight in knowing?" The words


Meeting Helen Keller

Posted on 9/3/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller fought for the rights of war veterans for over 40 years. The Helen Keller Archival Collection contains photographs and documents testifying to the extraordinary impact she had on the personal and working lives of the men and women who served and fought in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. One such document is posted and transcribed here. Written 94 years ago today, the letter is signed by 30 ex-servicemen who were tuberculosis patients. It is a thank you letter to Helen Keller for visiting them and for inspiring them to rise above their misfortunes. Transcription of


Helen Keller: An Artificial Eye

Posted on 7/29/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Hello to all those Helen Keller aficionados out there! For this week’s look Inside the Helen Keller Digitization project, I am posting a newly photographed item (left hand image above) it’s the receipt for an artificial eye for Helen Keller. On the right hand side is a photograph of Helen taken at the Perkins School for the Blind, circa 1888. The receipt


Helen Keller: An Important Voice

Posted on 7/17/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Image: Inside pages from Helen Keller's passport issued December 1950, including headshot of Keller wearing a hat. This week on Inside the Helen Keller Digitization Project, University of California, Berkeley, English professor and author of Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller Georgina Kleege, describes her excitement at the prospect of gaining access to previously unavailable materials including transcripts


Helen Keller and Talking Books: A 'Priceless Boon'

Posted on 7/8/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Image: Helen Keller with Robert Irwin, feeling the vibrations from the speaker of a Talking Book playback machine in the library of the American Foundation for the Blind, no date. Welcome back to Inside the Helen Keller Digitization Project. Did you know that the American Foundation for the Blind was instrumental in creating the first Talking Book audio recordings? Mara


Helen Keller in Paris: Tourism, Nostalgia and Memory

Posted on 7/7/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Image: Helen Keller holds baguettes and stands next to Polly Thomson, 1952 This week’s blog for Inside the Helen Keller Digitization Project is a wonderful piece by David Serlin, associate professor of communication and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. Enjoy! One of my favorite objects in the


Inside the Helen Keller Digitization Project - "I Never Knew That!"

Posted on 6/30/2015
by Helen Selsdon

We are delighted to present the first of the many blog posts that will appear over the next two years as part of the Helen Keller Digitization Project. We are kicking off with a post by Kim E. Nielsen, professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo, and Helen Keller expert. Enjoy! Every year my spring is marked by phone calls, emails, letters and Skype conversations about Helen Keller initiated by nervous middle- and high-school students. These participants in National History Day, an annual program


Happy Birthday, Helen Keller! And Welcome to the Helen Keller Archival Collection Digitization Project

Posted on 6/26/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller was born on June 27th 1880 and we've made a cake to celebrate her birthday! It's inscribed with the Helen's words "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much" This is very appropriate as we are also celebrating the beginning of our digitization project! We are thrilled that as a result of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, AFB has begun the task of digitizing the over 80,000 items contained in the Helen Keller Archives. Correspondence, press clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, audio recordings, artifacts, and film clips will be made fully accessible


Attending and Presenting at the Helen Keller Achievement Awards in New York City

Posted on 6/24/2015
by Joe Strechay

I’ve made it back to West Virginia after all of the excitement and fun at the American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Achievement Awards. I had the honor to attend last year, when Christine Ha won a Helen Keller Achievement Award; she’s a connection of mine and an inspiration, so that was a real blessing. This year took it to a whole different level, though, as I was able to assist our AFB Board Trustee, Cathy Burns, in presenting Charlie Cox with his Helen Keller Achievement Award. Actor Charlie Cox won the award for his work in accurately portraying the blind character Matt Murdock in the Netflix series Marvel's


Helen Keller Sees Flowers and Hears Music

Posted on 5/21/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller was interviewed in her home in Forest Hills, Queens by Hazel Gertrude Kinscella in 1930 for Better Homes and Gardens. The article, entitled "Helen Keller Sees Flowers and Hears Music" is excerpted here; it appeared in their May issue. Read on and enjoy! "...You wish to know what home and garden mean to me,” she said, at once. " "My garden is my greatest joy. I feel that I am in the seventh heaven when among my plants. I feel the little heads pop up to look at me my poppies, pansies, and pinks. We had a fine time in


Helen Keller: A Childhood Memory

Posted on 5/8/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Before there was Anne Sullivan Macy, there was Helen Keller’s mother: Kate Adams Keller. This sensitive and intelligent woman fought to find help for her young deaf and blind daughter when her child was an infant. Helen always spoke fondly of her mother’s intelligence and determination and corresponded with her mother continuously once she left Alabama and lived in Massachusetts. On Mother’s Day we honor Kate Keller for her tenacity and love. In Helen Keller’s autobiography, Helen relates an early childhood memory of being with her mother.


Celebrating Annie Sullivan's Birthday

Posted on 4/14/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Anne Sullivan Macy (1866-1936) was a woman whose brilliance, passion, and tenacity enabled her to overcome a traumatic past. She became a model for others disadvantaged by their physical bodies, as well as by gender or class. Anne was born on this day, April 14, in 1866the eldest daughter of poor, illiterate, and unskilled Irish immigrants. She grew up to become a pioneer in the field of education. Her work with Helen Keller became the blueprint for education of children who were blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired that still continues today. Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) dubbed her a "miracle worker." However, Anne's personal


"Nature has the power to renew and refresh.." Helen Keller

Posted on 4/3/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller reveled in nature. Her enjoyment of physical exercise and her love of the outdoors is beautifully captured in an article written 80 years ago this month and published in "The Guardian," a magazine "For Leaders of Camp Fire Girls." Read the transcription below and become inspired to stretch those limbs and enjoy the spring! Introduction: Among our hundreds of thousands of joyous Camp Fire Girls there are some who are blind, some who are deaf and some who are otherwise handicapped. We thought of them especially when we read Helen Keller’s article in Good Housekeeping which she called "Nature’s


3 Titans: Alexander G. Bell, Anne Sullivan Macy and Helen Keller

Posted on 3/3/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Today, March 3rd, we salute 3 titans of American history: Alexander Graham Bell, Anne Sullivan Macy and Helen Keller. Alexander Graham Bell was born on this day in 1847. Famous for his pioneering work with the telephone, Bell was also very influential in the field of education for the deaf. In 1886 Helen Keller’s parents Captain Arthur Keller and Kate Adams Keller contacted Bell seeking assistance for their deaf and blind daughter. Bell put them in touch with the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts, and Perkins subsequently recommended Anne Mansfield Sullivan as a governess for their child. Anne


"Helen Keller In Her Story" Oscar Winner 1955

Posted on 2/20/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Sixty years ago, Helen Keller was given an honorary Oscar as inspiration for the movie Helen Keller in Her Story a documentary by Nancy Hamilton about her life; she turned 75 that year and had spent 6 decades fighting for those with vision loss. Decades earlier, in 1916 she delivered an address on the Midland Chautauqua Circuit in which she said: I, for one, love strength, daring, fortitude. I do not want people to kill the fight in them; I want them to fight for right things. And that she most certainly did! In addition to her work for those with visual impairments, Helen


Helen Keller: A Champion Among Presidents

Posted on 2/12/2015
by Helen Selsdon

"Only people count. Only people who think and feel and work together make civilization. Only governments that keep every door of opportunity wide open are civilized governments...Civilization means a fair chance to live. It means an equitable share of the resources of the earth for every one. It means health and freedom and education for all men." <div


Helen Keller: On the Subject of Love

Posted on 2/12/2015
by Helen Selsdon

On the eve of her 80th birthday in June 1960, Helen Keller gave an interview looking back on her life. She spoke with Ann Carnahan, a journalist, about her "secrets of joyous living." Question: What is the greatest virtue a person may have or cultivate? Answer: Love. Cultivate love for love is the light that gives the eye to see great and noble things. Love is true


Jewelry, Braille-Labeled Gifts, and Accessible Cards for Valentine's Day!

Posted on 2/2/2015
by AFB Staff

"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller With Valentine's Day right around the corner, there's still time to share the love with beautiful Helen Keller-themed jewelry that helps


Wise words from Helen Keller

Posted on 1/26/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Wherever you may be and whatever you are doing If you are bathed in sunshine or wrapped in snow take a few moments to enjoy and reflect on Helen Keller's wise words: "It is beyond a doubt that everyone should have time for some special delight, if only five minutes each day to seek out a lovely flower or cloud or a star, or learn a verse or brighten another’s dull task. What is the use of such terrible diligence as many tire themselves out with, if they always postpone their exchange of smiles with Beauty and Joy to cling to irksome duties and relations? Unless they admit these fair, fresh, and eternal presences into


Helen Keller: What Would She Say if She Attended Davos Today?

Posted on 1/21/2015
by Helen Selsdon

Yesterday was the first day of the Annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At a time of global concern over economic disparity and cultural polarization it is interesting to read a letter that Helen Keller wrote in 1922.


Equality and Justice for All

Posted on 1/14/2015
by Helen Selsdon

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Helen Keller: A Christmas Tale

Posted on 12/22/2014
by Helen Selsdon

In The Approach of Christmas Helen Keller vividly describes an early childhood memory of Christmas. It was December 1887, a momentous year for Helen Keller. In March of that year Anne Sullivan came to Tuscumbia, Alabama to teach Helen. Just a few weeks later, Anne successfully taught her young pupil to communicate using the manual sign language. Helen was just six years old. Many years later, Helen described the joy of her "first" Christmas in December of that year, as well as her subsequent bewilderment and outrage as she discovered inequality in the world. "Tell us about your happiest Christmas." Do


Helen Keller: A Consummate Fundraiser

Posted on 12/15/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Sixty-seven years ago, on December 16th 1947, Helen Keller gave this speech to the New York Commission for the Blind. Its power resonates today... Dear Friends, It is an honor to salute you on International Day. The New York Commission for the Blind is glad to have you see that the sightless can do work worthy of their dignity as human beings – they can earn their daily bread and produce goods both excellent and useful. Through the work of their hands they are able to give assistance to other blind people who are in want. Last winter I visited the blind of Europe, and it stabbed me to the


Helen Keller and the American Foundation for the Blind's Commitment to Veterans Who Have Lost Their Sight

Posted on 11/10/2014
by Helen Selsdon

In honor of Veterans Day, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is proud to reflect on the work of its most famous employee Helen Keller. She joined the Foundation in 1924 and remained with us until she died in 1968. Keller was a vocal advocate for returning servicemen. On behalf of AFB, between 1942 and 1944, she supported Senator Robert Wagner’s efforts to secure funding for the rehabilitation, special vocational training, placement, and supervision of blind persons, including those blinded in World War II. And between November 1944 and May 1946 she and her traveling companion Polly Thomson visited over 70 Army hospitals around the United


Helen Keller: Nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on 10/15/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Last week, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Almost fifty years ago, there was a movement afoot to secure nominations for Helen Keller. Keller did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, but the letters that were received from around the world are a wonderful reminder of this extraordinary humanitarian. Two are excerpted here below: Letter from S. T. Dajani, Chairman, Arab Blind Organization, Jerusalem, to the Secretary-General World Council for the Welfare


Helen Keller at the United Nations

Posted on 9/26/2014
by Helen Selsdon

As world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly, it is interesting to read the speech that Keller wrote for the United Nations in 1950. "Dear Friends: Truly it is an exalted privilege for me to address such a splendid gathering representing the humanitarian public spirit of world citizenship. As United Nations Week brings home to us the far-speeding activities of our global Prometheus, it is fitting that we hail an organization whose final triumph is bound up with the salvation and


Helen Keller: Our Planet Earth

Posted on 9/19/2014
by Helen Selsdon

As society's focus on the environment has increased it is interesting to note that Helen Keller had a deep respect for the natural world and an innate understanding of the need for a healthy planet. She wrote the following (excerpted here) to Karl Menninger in 1959. Menninger was a leading American psychiatrist and founder of The Menninger Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. "Dear Dr. Menninger, It was indeed a delight for me to receive the article, "Conserving and Using Our Open Spaces", for which I thank you warmly. It is thought-provoking and most stimulating. Not only do I love the open spaces for


Going Back to School with Helen Keller

Posted on 9/8/2014
by Helen Selsdon

The True Meaning of the Value of Education by Helen Keller,The Home Magazine September 1934 It is September. Vacation time is over, and the children of the nation are going back to school. We spend more money on education than any other nation on earth. In the last thirty years the high school enrolment increased fifteen times as fast as the population, and our college students about seven times as rapidly. Yet thoughtful observers of our national life are appalled by the lack of culture in the people. If this is true, what is wrong with our educational system? My answer is that parents and teachers have


Helen Keller's Love of Reading

Posted on 8/27/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller was a voracious reader. She describes her love of reading in her second autobiography entitled Midstream, published in 1929. "More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free. Books are my compensation for the harms of fate. They give me a world for a lost world, and for mortals who have disappointed me they give me gods. I cannot take space to name here all the books that have enriched my life, but there are a few that I cannot pass over. The one I have read most is


Helen Keller's First Experience of the Ocean

Posted on 7/31/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Helen Keller loved the ocean, but her first swimming trip as a young girl took her by surprise... "My most vivid recollection of that summer is the ocean. I had always lived far inland and had never had so much as a whiff of salt air; but I had read in a big book called Our World a description of the ocean which filled me with wonder and an intense longing to touch the mighty sea and feel it roar. So my little heart leaped high with eager excitement when I knew that my


Thoughts on Independence Day by Helen Keller

Posted on 7/3/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Happy Fourth of July! Helen Keller fought her entire life for social and economic equality for all. During the 1930s she used the platform of the popular Home Magazine to express her ideas and encourage self-reliance, education, and hope, particularly among women. On the occasion of the Fourth of July, 1934, she encouraged readers to reflect on democracy and the work of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt who sought to lift the country out of its economic woes. "Independence Day" by Helen Keller Home Magazine, July 1934 Image and text courtesy of the Helen Keller Archives, American Foundation of the


Helen Keller and Tilly Aston: Beauty in Nature

Posted on 6/26/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Koala in a eucalyptus tree, courtesy of Harry Williamson By Maribel Steel and Helen Selsdon Helen Keller had an acute sense of smell. She loved being in nature and the fragrance of flowers. One scent she was particularly fond of was the fresh scent of eucalyptus leaves. "When I was in California, where the eucalyptus grows in magnificent groves, I used to stand among them with my fingers reveling, in the music of their leaves, inhaling their perfume with intense delight." Keller wrote this in 1934 to Tilly Aston, an Australian


Dressed Up, Inspired, Impressed: My Thoughts on AFB’s Helen Keller Achievement Awards

Posted on 6/18/2014
by Joe Strechay

Last night, I had the great opportunity to attend the American Foundation for the Blinds Helen Keller Achievement Awards fundraising gala at the Marriott Downtown in New York City. This was my first opportunity to attend the event, as I was in the area for work. I thought I would share with you my impression of this outstanding occasion. The Achievement Awards were initiated in 1994 to honor our long-time employee and internationally recognized icon, Helen Keller. I cannot begin to explain how


Helen Keller's Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted on 6/12/2014
by Helen Selsdon

"Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." - Helen Keller In 1964 Helen Keller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Next weekon Tuesday June 17ththe American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will hold its annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards honoring those who continue Keller's extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of those with vision loss. Please


Making the Helen Keller Archival Collection Accessible to Everyone

Posted on 6/6/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Image: Helen Keller with children in Adelaide, Australia, 1948 The American Foundation for the Blind is committed to promoting the life and legacy of Helen Keller. We are the proud caretakers of her archival collection of over 80,000 items including documents, photographs, photograph albums, press clippings, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, artifacts and audio-video materials. The archives were first made available to researchers during the 1970s. Since then, historians, writers, film makers, school children and the general public have had access to these extraordinary materials. However this amazing resource remains


Laura Bridgman, and What Might Have Been

Posted on 5/7/2014
by Helen Selsdon

Laura Bridgman, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Ever heard of Laura Bridgman? Bridgman is generally acknowledged as the first deaf-blind child to be successfully educated. Here's an interesting article from Slate about her life titled "The Education of Laura Bridgman. She was Helen Keller before Helen Keller. Then her mentor abandoned their studies." As I read the piece, excerpted from the book For the Benefit of Those


Helen Keller Describes Her Love of New York City

Posted on 5/4/2014
by Helen Selsdon

This day in history (May 4th, 1897) New York City's five boroughs were consolidated. Helen Keller beautifully describes her love of the Big Apple in her 1929 biography "Midstream." Enjoy! I Go Adventuring Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream. In order to get to New York from


Helen Keller Letter on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Goes Viral

Posted on 4/2/2014
by Helen Selsdon

On Saturday March 29, NPRs Scott Simon read an excerpt from a letter that Helen Keller wrote describing her joy at listening to Beethovens Ninth Symphony over the radio. The source of this feature is AFBs Facebook post on Helen Keller: The Official Fan Page. We are thrilled that this post has been viewed by almost 2 million people so far. This letter is just one of the over 80,000 items in Helen Kellers archival collection that AFB seeks


Be Like Helen on Her Birthday; Be an Advocate!

Posted on 6/26/2013
by AFB Staff

[Editor's note: The following post is authored by Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen Keller's great-grandniece.] My Great Grand Aunt, Helen Keller, was a unique woman. Not only did she overcome the double dungeon of darkness and silence in her own life, but she fought to help others overcome the obstacles that stood in the paths of their lives as well. From women's suffrage, to civil rights, to labor laws, my aunt wanted a world in which every individual would have equal rights under the law. I know without a


Helen Keller's Words: 80 Years Later… Still as Powerful

Posted on 5/9/2013
by Helen Selsdon

May 9, 1933 To the Student Body of Germany History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that often before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them. You can burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe but the ideas in them have seeped through a million channels, and will continue to quicken other minds. I gave all the royalties of my books to the soldiers blinded in the World War with no thought in my heart but love and compassion for the German people. Do not imagine your barbarities to the Jews are unknown here. God


A Q&A with Helen Selsdon, Helen Keller Archivist

Posted on 3/29/2013
by AFB Staff

Celebrating Helen During Women's History Month [Editor's note: In light of Women's History Month, this post concludes our series of interviews with Helen Keller experts on the AFB Blog. The following Q&A comes courtesy of Helen Selsdon, Archivist at the American Foundation for the Blind, including the Helen Keller Archives.] How has your close contact with so much of Helen's writings and, well, life, affected you?


A Q&A with Doreen Rappaport, Author of “Helen’s Big World”

Posted on 3/15/2013
by AFB Staff

Celebrating Helen During Women's History Month [Editor's note: In light of Women's History Month, we'll be running a series of interviews with Helen Keller experts on the AFB Blog. The following Q&A comes courtesy of Doreen Rappaport, author of the award-winning biography Helen's Big World.] Many books have been written about Helen Keller, including many children’s books. What motivated you to write one as well? What sets yours apart? I visit many schools each year talking to children


A Q&A with Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen Keller's great-grandniece

Posted on 3/4/2013
by AFB Staff

Celebrating Helen During Women's History Month [Editor's note: In light of Women's History Month, we will be running a series of interviews with Helen Keller experts on the AFB Blog. First up: Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen's great-grandniece.] Helen Keller was an ambassador for those with vision loss. Working for the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, you are an ambassador for Helen. What difficulties do you come across, if any, in promoting the life of a


Helen Keller Continues to Inspire

Posted on 1/31/2013
by AFB Staff

Over the past couple of months, we at AFB have received a number of correspondences regarding the announcement and promotion of various Helen Keller-related projects. While we can't always honor every request, we have been impressed with what has crossed our desks. Crazy as it sounds, there are many out there who don't know who Helen Keller was. So to see so many creative projects taking place with Helen as inspiration makes us proudand, we think, would have made Helen herself smile. Here's a brief look at some of our recent favorites. Three Days to See An


Helen Tours the Middle East: Lebanon

Posted on 3/15/2012
by Helen Selsdon

This is part 2 of a 5-part series. Read the first entry, Egypt, here. Helen and Polly's next port of call was Lebanon. Here is how she described their visit in late April and early May 1952 to Georges Raverat, the director of the AFOB in Paris: "At Beirut I did my best to arouse the Lebanese people and their Government to a sense of responsibility in rehabilitating the blind. The School for the Armenian Blind under the management of Swiss Friends, ably directed by Mr. Karl Meyer, is excellent, but it


Helen Tours the Middle East: Egypt

Posted on 2/9/2012
by Helen Selsdon

2012 marks 60 years since Helen Keller toured the Middle East; namely, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel. Helen was entranced by the Middle East and wrote about it to her friend and colleague Georges Raverat, the Director of the American Foundation for Overseas Blind (now Helen Keller International) in Paris. During her visit, Helen met leading cultural and political figures of the region, including the Egyptian writer and intellectual Taha Hussein, Queen Noor of Jordan and Golda Meir, Israel's Foreign Minister. Her letter to Raverat makes fascinating reading, so I thought I


Helen on Helen: Helen Keller's Travels Through Japan, Part 2

Posted on 12/14/2011
by Helen Selsdon

Helen's travels through Japan, Part 2 [Read Part 1 of Helen Keller's Travels Through Japan] Helen's fame among the Japanese people was sealed as a result of her second trip to the country in 1948. She was sent as the United States' first Goodwill Ambassador by General Douglas MacArthur as well as the Mainichi Press, an English-language newspaper that sponsored her trip. Wonderful news footage taken during her visit shows streets lined with spectators and open-air theaters teeming with waving children and adults. An estimated 2 million people saw her


A Pilgrimage to Helen Keller's Birthplace, Part 1

Posted on 6/17/2010
by AFB Staff

Guest Blogger Helen Selsdon, AFB Archivist I am an English woman who has lived for over twenty years in New York City. Eight of these years have been spent working as the Archivist at the American Foundation for the Blind, where I have organized the over 80,000 items contained in the Helen Keller Archives. I have come to live and breathe Helen and her teacher Annie Sullivan. A few weeks ago I visited Helen Keller's birth place in Tuscumbia, Alabama. It was easily one of the most memorable trips I have ever taken. Period. This trip was a


The summer vacation for school students is a long break from school during the hot months of May and June, that may last anything between a month and a half and two. The temperatures touch forty degrees Celsius and more in almost the whole of India, and schools give their students a long summer vacation. Students thus save themselves from venturing out in and exposing themselves to the summer sun.

Students, along with their family and friends, spend their time usefully doing what they enjoy the most. They go out in the cool hours of the day, in the mornings and evenings. Students enjoy their holidays learning new things, developing hobbies, travelling to interesting places, and meeting their friends and relatives. After their summer vacations students get back to school refreshed and rejuvenated, and ready for the next semester or term at school.

You will find here below a number of short paragraphs on the topic Summer Vacation of varying word lengths. We hope these paragraphs on Summer Vacation will help students in completing their school assignments. These will also help children write and read out paragraphs in simple words and with small sentences. Students can select any paragraph on Summer Vacation according to their particular requirement.

Paragraph on Summer Vacation

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 1 (100 WORDS)

I have an annual two month-long summer vacation. It is usually from mid-May to mid-July. This is the time when the temperature in Delhi, the city where I live, goes past forty degrees Celsius. It is welcome to stay indoors during holidays in daytime when it is very hot. I spend the mornings and evenings doing interesting activities that I otherwise cannot engage in when I have to go to school. I go for a jog and also do yoga in the mornings, and play cricket in the evenings. I also love to read, and enjoy thriller and detective stories.


 

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 2 (150 WORDS)

In summers the weather in Nagpur is very hot. My school closes down for two months. While it is fun to go to school, I enjoy my long summer vacation too.

During my vacation, as the temperature reaches a high of 46 degrees Celsius, I like making delicious and cool dishes. I enjoy having cool drinks. So my brother and I join my mother in making sherbet with berries and fruits. It is fun to make. We love to drink sweet sherbet with chilled water. We also make lemonade with fresh lime. These drinks help us feel cool and refreshed.

I also like to make salads with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions during meals in summer time. I like to chop the salad vegetables in creative ways and in different shapes. It is equally creative to arrange the salads on serving plates.

I also love reading Hindi literature during the holidays.


 

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 3 (200 WORDS)

While I enjoy going to school, I love the two month-long summer vacation as much. I get to do many interesting activities. I get enough free time during the vacation to pursue my hobbies of reading and playing the guitar.

During my summer holidays my parents also plan a nice holiday for the family. We go to interesting places and learn many new things. During our summer vacations we have visited the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, the desert areas in Rajasthan and the seaside in Tamil Nadu. When we go to different places in the country we eat the local food, and buy the local spices and other food items for use at home.

I like to take photographs of the beautiful landscape and the local people in the different places we visit. I have an interesting collection of photographs that I have taken in the many visits we have made during my vacations.

We also visit our grandparents who live in Nainital, in the hills of Uttarakhand. Visiting our grandparents is special because they dote on my brother and me, and pamper us a great deal.

I always look forward to my summer vacation as it is very enjoyable.

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 4 (250 Words)

It is during my annual summer vacation that I get the opportunity to do and learn a number of interesting things. As there is no rush to go to school, I find sufficient free time. I also work leisurely on the holiday homework and projects that our teachers tell us to complete during the vacation.

I love to read. So during my vacations I read interesting fiction that I cannot otherwise engage in during school days. I find detective and thriller stories and science fiction very fascinating. I either issue the story books from the public library in Hyderabad, the city where I live, of which I am a member, or then I buy the books. I read the books leisurely at my pace.

I am very keen to learn to play the piano, so I have enrolled for classes at the music school. My teacher is a professional pianist, and has offered me the chance to play the piano for an upcoming music extravaganza during the New Year celebrations at the largest auditorium in the city.

My friends and I love to have ice cream during the summer months. And so we learnt to make ice creams at home during our vacation. We were creative, and made ice lollies and ice creams in different flavours in our homes. We used juicy fruits like mangoes and litchis to make delicious frozen desserts. We enjoyed making these and sharing them with each other. We also learnt to make various chilled beverages.


 

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 5 (300 Words)

Summers are synonymous with holidays because we get a two month-long break from school during the hottest time of the year. It is good fun as I can do a number of interesting activities. I get sufficient time during my summer vacations to develop my hobbies, and do all the fun activities that I cannot do when I have to go to school.

I do not sleep till late as the mornings are the cool hours of the day in summertime and most productive time of the day. So I wake up early and go for a morning jog with my sister in the park nearby. Many other joggers come to the park too. It is refreshing and energizing to go for a jog. I also study in the mornings so that I can complete my holiday homework, and also do some extra practise in mathematics.

I also love to play badminton. So I play with my friends in the evenings, in the playground, in our colony, where many residents come and play games. I have participated in many badminton matches at school and also won prizes. I hope I can become a badminton champion someday.

I enjoy eating cool salads during summertime. I love to be creative and make salads with raw vegetables like onion, tomato and cucumber, and with leafy vegetables like lettuce.

Summertime is also when we can travel to interesting places. My parents take my sister and me for fun activities like river rafting. We also visit our grandparents who live in Goa and spend a week with them. My grandparents love us and treat us to a whole lot of goodies when we visit them. I love to read fiction in English and Hindi, and my grandparents present me a number of nice story books.

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 6 (350 Words)

I enjoy my summer vacation as I can devote time to the activities, besides studies, that I love to do. I love to sing Carnatic music and to play the violin. When the session is on at school I cannot go for daily violin and music practise sessions. But during the vacation I go every evening to the music school where I spend three hours singing and playing the violin. I had my first public performance during my summer vacation and the audience was very appreciative.

I love to read both Hindi and English literature. It is enjoyable going to Connaught Place, the shopping hub of Delhi, during the summer vacations, and having ice creams at an ice cream parlour, and getting books that I like to read from the library. I like reading the works of the authors of the past, both Indian and foreign. I enjoy reading poetry, and also penning verses. I have presented my poems at events at my school, and have also won prizes at competitions. I also have a collection of my poems in Hindi and hope to publish them as a book.

Summer vacations are also the time when my mother pampers me and my brother at home. As it gets very hot, with the temperatures touching forty-five degrees Celsius, we prefer staying indoors during the daytime, and our mother makes us lovely goodies to eat. She loves to bake cakes. And so she tries using many different healthy and nutritious ingredients to make delicious cakes and other confectionery. We love gorging on all these sweetmeats. My mother also whips up ice cream at home. She also makes interesting beverages with apricots, plums and cherries.

Summer is also the time when many varieties of juicy and sweet mangoes are available, and my mother makes many different dishes using mangoes. She also hosts mango parties for all our friends. During the summer vacations I complete my holiday homework that our teachers assign to us at school. When the vacation ends I feel refreshed and energized to get back to school for a new semester.


 

Paragraph on Summer Vacation 7 (400 Words)

Before school closes for the summer vacation in the end of April, our teachers give us a number of interesting projects and home work to do for two months. We complete these assignments before we get back to school in late June. The projects are in the sciences and the arts. These require creativity and study, and are fun to do as we learn a great deal of new things outside our school syllabus.

During my summer vacations, in the evenings, I love to go to either the Marina Beach or the Elliot’s Beach with my parents and brother. Chennai is a humid city, but at the beach the breeze is cool in the mornings and evenings. We have a good time there. We munch on steamed peanuts and have lovely ice creams. We dine out sometimes after the visit to the beach, and that is fun too.

My parents also take us to different interesting and beautiful places of the country during our summer vacations. We have visited hill stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal and Yercaud in Tamil Nadu. We have also visited Arunachal Pradesh in the North East. We have also gone to historical places like the caves of Ajanta and Ellora, in Maharashtra, and Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the country, in Tamil Nadu, during our summer vacations. We also visit spiritual centres as my parents like to spend time in meditation. I also enjoy the peace and quiet at such places, away from the din and tension of modern life.

I love to draw and paint with water colours. During my summer vacations I can spend my time to paint leisurely. When we travel to beautiful places in India I like to paint the scenery and the local people. It is a very rewarding experience as I get the exact feel of the place that I paint. I therefore carry my art material when I go on trips with my family.

I have participated in many art competitions and won prizes too. I have also had a solo exhibition in an art gallery in Chennai. The viewers greatly appreciated my work. Summers are also the time to enjoy ice creams. My mother pampers my brother and me with all kinds of goodies. I love to read English literature. It is good fun to read leisurely during the summer holidays munching on the goodies that my mother makes.

——– Written by N. KALYANI

 

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