BY Kathy McKinsey
DIALOGUE has been running for 57 years. On the front cover, it says, “A world of ideas for visually impaired people of all ages.”
It contains personal stories from blind and visually impaired people, special equipment which might interest them, career information, news tips, recipes, and more and more.
In the 70s, they published fiction short stories, and that’s where I first was published.
Forty years later, I still remember one lesson I learned about writing from DIALOGUE.
When they returned one of my short stories, they told me that other people solved the main character’s problems, instead of her figuring out any of it on her own. That is a story technique I have always remembered and tried to use.
As I’ve said before, for 30 years, I almost never wrote, because of work, school and family. I also stopped reading braille magazines.
Seven years ago, since I stopped working for health reasons, I started reading and writing again, thank God.
I read Dialogue again, and they published eleven articles from me, about being a blind Mom and wife and employee; about being a more mature blind person than I used to be; about braille; about writing; about dealing with new disabilities after brain injury.
As of June of this year, DIALOGUE Magazine is suspending publication due to financial reasons. I will miss them. I thank God for them.
– Kathy McKinsey