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Learning from Failure and the Lighthouse for the Blind

Megan Sukys
02/26/2008

In boxing, winning and losing are not always that clear cut. Today, Carla Wilcox of Wilcox Boxing Studio on Capitol Hill in Seattle shares the failures that taught her the most. We also meet the first blind president of the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind.


At 2:05 p.m. – Carla Wilcox
In battling illness, professional, or personal challenges, we sometimes find surprising new tools, talents, and inspiring people who help us in our struggles. Carla Wilcox runs the Wilcox Boxing Studio on Capitol Hill in Seattle. In her 12 years as a professional fighter and coach Carla has risen to the heights of the boxing world, and suffered crushing defeats. It's in those failures, she says, that she's learned lessons that have changed her life, and those of her students.

At 2:20 p.m. – A Brighter Future for the Blind
Seattle Lighthouse was founded in 1918 to offer employment to people who were blind, deaf–blind and blind with other disabilities. Ninety years later, unemployment for the blind is still 70%. The new president at Lighthouse believes the best way to get more opportunities to people is to provide them more resources and innovative, but expensive, assistance devices. Kirk Adams would know. He's blind. He lost his sight at the age of five but still played high school sports, became a stockbroker and last year became the first blind president of Seattle Lighthouse.

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At 2:40 p.m. – The Soundscapes of Cowbells
"More cowbell!" has been a rallying cry in pop music, thanks to the famous Will Ferell and Christopher Walken sketch on Saturday Night Live. Cowbells and all sorts of other intriguing sounds created by composer Eric Richards have caught the ear of Seattle writer and musician Paul Schiavo. He has performed and recorded some of the bell–inspired compositions of Eric Richards. Paul is here to tell us how the sound of cowbells rubbed with a superball figures into Eric Richards musical soundscapes.

At 2:50 p.m. – Read A Poem, Wash Your Hands
Pete Miller wants you to wash your hands. He'd also like you to read a poem now and then. So it's appropriate that Pete co-founded Seattle's League of Citizens Concerned About Literature, or LOCCAL. Today, Pete tells us why the LOCCAL is posting poems about hand–washing in pubic bathrooms all over Seattle.

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