The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind August 2015

** Tech Corner: News and information.
## Low or No Cost Ways to Study University Level Courses Online
By Char

So, it’s back to school time. This time of year always leaves me vaguely nostalgic. I love school. I always have. I’ve said that if I could afford it,
I’d be a professional student. Unfortunately, 16 years after my university days, I don’t have the time or money to enroll in university. Luckily, however,
I live in the Internet era when you can find anything online. Anything does include free or low cost courses, ranging in level from elementary to post-secondary.

Read on to find out how you can study courses online on just about any subject you can think of.

The first resource is, of course, Google. You can find out an amazing amount of information on any given topic by performing a thorough Google search.
From subject specific blogs to forums to wikis to even Facebook pages, there is a plethora of material waiting for you.

Free Course Material

If you don’t feel like sorting through the chaff to find the grain, though, and would like material condensed into lectures taught by experts, here are
some handy resources.

ITunes U

If you have an Apple account, you have access to iTunes U. You guessed it, the U stands for university. This is an offering of podcastable material on
virtually any subject that is collected in one place. Courses are offered by both individuals and institutions, including major universities. You don’t
actually get credit for these courses, but if you want to brush up on, say, introductory biology, you can do so. Courses can be offered in video or audio,
some with supporting text documentation. The iTunes U app is downloadable from the iOS App store, or you can find content through the iTunes app on Mac
or PC.

Courses Offered by Individual Institutions

Many major universities worldwide offer some of their courses via YouTube, iTunes U or other services on their websites. These may be past runs of courses
or courses currently in progress. Rather than checking each university for available courses, you can find lists of them, such as the 1100 strong one at


So these free courses are great, but you don’t get any feedback from them. You can’t actually take assignments or interact with the instructor. If you
would like to do that, you’ll be happy to hear about MOOCs, or massive open online courses. These are offered at sites such as
. These courses are offered by top colleges and universities at levels ranging from high school to graduate school. The courses at
allow you to take quizzes, interact with instructors and other students on forums and complete assignments for free. At the end of the course you receive
a certificate via Email. If you would like a verified credential you could use on a resume, ETC, you can pay a fee for each course and go through an identification
process. The fees range from around $50 to $150 per course. I have used both Coursera and EdX and they are both reasonably accessible to screen readers.
They both have iOS apps as well. There is a list of MOOCs at

Courses for the Blind

All of the online courses listed above are for the general population. If you are looking for something specifically aimed at those with visual impairments,
you can find low or no cost options here, too.
Is one such solution. Hadley offers both elementary and high school level courses and courses for adults for free. They are offered online, or in large
print, braille or cassette.

The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, where I teach, is an online school based in Perth, Australia, offering classes to a worldwide student body.
The courses are not free, but they are priced affordably. Courses include the Cisco Intro to Networking and IT Essentials classes which are mainstream,
but modified for a blind or vision impaired student, as well as various other courses ranging from HTML to Linux. Most of the courses have something
to do with computing, but there are courses for all experience levels. You can see more information at


So, thanks to the internet I have plenty to satisfy my need for continual learning, at a budget I can definitely afford. If you’d like to take a course
but can’t enroll in it the traditional way, check online. Odds are you can find a free or extremely affordable way to study whatever it is you’d like to

You can find me via mail at, or on Twitter as charvor.

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady

## This month is full of breakfast recipes

## Spinach and Bacon Quiche

9 inch pie crust
3 eggs beaten
1 cup half & half
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
10 ounce package of frozen spinach thawed and drained
8 slices of bacon crisply cooked and crumbled.
½ cup green onions chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Fit pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate
Wisk together eggs, half& half, flour and salt.
Stir in spinach, bacon, onions, and cheeses.
Pour mixture into pie crust.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 325 and bake for 30 additional minutes.
Cool five minutes before serving.
Serves eight.

## Rise and Shine Breakfast

2 lb package of frozen shredded hash browns.
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
7 eggs
½ cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
10 to 12 sausage patties cooked.

Prepare hash browns according to package directions.
Spread on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza pan.
Top with ½ cup of the cheddar cheese and set aside.
Whip eggs and milk together in a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave on high for 3 minutes and then wisk well.
Return to microwave and cook 3 additional minutes.
Layer eggs on top of cheese.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Top with remaining cheese.
Arrange sausage patties on top.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or when cheese is melted.
Cut into wedges to serve.
Serves 8 to 10.

## Raisin pecan egg casserole

8 ounce package of sausage
16 ounce of cinnamon raisin bread cubed
6 eggs
1 ½ cups of milk
1 ½ cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar packed
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup butter softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Brown sausage patties on both sides over medium high heat in a skillet.
Drain off fat and cut into bite size pieces.
Place bread cubes in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan coated with nonstick vegetable spray.
Top with sausage pieces.
In a large mixing bowl mix together eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pour over bread and sausage pressing sausage and bread into egg mixture.
Cover and refridgerate 8 hours or overnight.
In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, butter, pecans, and syrup.
Drop by teaspoonfuls over casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until center tests done.
Serves 8 to 10.

## Pumpkin Waffles
Top with butter, maple syrup, and a sprinkling of toasted pecans

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup brown sugar packed
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground ginger
4 eggs separated
2 cups milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup butter melted

Combine first seven ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl combine egg yolks, milk, and pumpkin.
Add to flour mixture stirring until just moistened.
Stir in butter and set aside.
Beat egg whites at high speed until soft peaks form.
Fold into waffle batter.
Heat waffle maker.
Pour ½ cup waffle mix onto hot iron.
Bake to 4 to 5 minutes or until steaming stops.
Repeat with remaining batter.
Makes 12 to 16 waffles.

## Overnight egg and sausage bake

1 pound ground sausage browned
9 eggs beaten
3 cups milk
¼ cup onion chopped
¼ cup green pepper chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
3 slices of bread cubed
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded swiss cheese

Mix together all ingredients. Pour into a well greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
Cover and refridgerate overnight.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Serves 8.

## Mini Breakfast Cups

Two 12 ounce tubes of refridgerated biscuits
4 to 5 eggs beaten
1 lb ground sausage browned
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

Separate each biscuit in half and press into mini muffin tins.
Lightly sprayed with vegetable spray.
Scramble eggs in a skillet.
Combine eggs, sausage and cheeses.
Spoon into muffin tins.
Bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes until biscuits are golden around edges.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

## Homemade Granola

2 cups of quick cooking oats uncooked
2 cups of whole grain wheat flake cereal
¼ cup wheat germ
1 cup walnuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
1 cup flaked coconut
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup honey

Combine first seven ingredients.
Pour in an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
Melt together remaining ingredients in saucepan.
Pour over granola mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes stirring after ten minutes.
Makes about 8 and ½ cups.

Grandpa’s Fried Potatoes

3 to 4 lb of potatoes
1 lb bacon
1 onion chopped
Seasoned salt to taste
Salad seasoning to taste

Boil potatoes until tender.
Allow to cool and then peel and cube.
Fry bacon and onion together in a large skillet.
Add potatoes and seasonings.
Cook until golden.
Serves 6 to 8.

## Blueberry Breakfast Cake

2 cups blueberries
1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish sugar

Toss blueberries in 2 tablespoons of flour set aside.
Sift together remaining flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
Add eggs one at a time beating well.
Add flour mixture to cream mixture alternately with milk.
Mix for 5 minutes.
Stir in vanilla and floured blueberries.
Pour into a well greased 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
Sprinkle top with sugar
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8.

## Old Fashioned Oatmeal

½ cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 cups quick cooking oats uncooked
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk.

Combine oil eggs and sugar.
Add oats, baking powder, salt, and milk.
Pour into a lightly greased 1 ½ quart baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Makes four servings.

Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking by Joshua Loya

## This month’s article is going to be brief. I have something very important to say, and it is unlikely to be pleasant. That being said, it is one of
most important things I can ever teach, and it is one of the most important lessons we, as people living with a disability, can ever learn.

The world is prejudiced. The world will judge us. Pity only goes so far. Often times, charity and government programs are a trap. I’ll be the first to
put my hand up to say how much I’ve benefitted from SSI, Medicaid, and housing assistance. That being said, it has been a struggle to live a full life
while using those services. It can be done. I’m just saying it is difficult.

The personal asset restrictions are unreasonable. (A single person can have a maximum of $2000 in personal assets, less a few exemptions. That is only
increased to $3000 for married couples.) The point at which your government benefits are reduced as you begin to work is similarly unreasonable. (It was
$65-$85 the last time I checked) This is to say nothing of those who have a spouse who is on unemployment or workman’s comp. It’s slightly more reasonable
if your spouse is working, but only just.

The current system, at least in the United States, is broken. The longer we wait for the government to fix things for us, the longer we will continue to
barely survive on the meager crumbs Uncle Sam gives us. If we want something, we have to work for it. If we want to take a class, we have to pay for it.
If we want to get stronger, we have to exercise. If we want a job, we have to constantly improve ourselves, and not just in the use of screen readers and
magnification programs; though, that is vital if we want to get ahead. We also have to learn leadership skills. We need to get better at relating to others.
We need to know how to set goals, and we need to learn how to exercise will power.

“I don’t want to go to class. I’d rather sleep in today.” I don’t feel like learning how to use NVDA. I’d rather play this new audio game instead.” “People
don’t understand how much harder it is while being blind.” “I can’t.” “I don’t feel like working out. “I don’t feel like buying that iPhone book, even
though I really need to know what’s in it.” These are all things I have said. None of these statements have helped me do what I need to do.

I am not telling you you need to be perfect. I am telling you that striving for perfection, even if you fall a lot along the way is the only way we as
a community will ever improve our collective standard of living. You don’t need to work in the access technology field. You don’t need to hold multiple
black belts. You don’t need to be a total nerd. (I do, have, or am all of these things.) What you do need is to find a sense of purpose. You need to find
that thing that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. You do need to do hard stuff on purpose. You need to do scary stuff on purpose.

God told my namesake to be strong and courageous. You only get that way by doing hard and scary things. If you want more out of life, you have to live
it. If you want to have friends, you need to make some. If you want somebody to love you, you have to be both loving and loveable.

One final thing. It doesn’t matter if you do it perfectly. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done a horrible job today, or you do a horrible job tomorrow. The
important thing is to keep going. The place is here. The time is now. This will never change. There is always a way to make a situation better, even if
it’s merely
how you think about it. Carpe diem.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and personal coach living near San Diego, California. He also loves technology and works as an assistive technology specialist
for Braille Institute in their San Diego Center. You can find him on Twitter as @ServantWarrior.

** Yarn, hook, and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell.


How good it is to be back with you! I was sick since the latter part of February, but I'm home, and hope to be here for a long time. I hope you enjoy this
month's book review, something I haven't tried for this column. Please give me your comments. This is really your column, not mine.

One of the popular trends today in the craft world seems to be literary books. No, I don't mean such classics as A Tale Of Two Cities, but crafts books
based on literary figures such as Jane Austin, and of course, that famous wizard Harry Potter.

I can just hear some of you saying, "But how many of them are available in alternate format?"

Granted some are available in braille, but in braille only, and for those of you who for whatever reason don't read braille, well, as a friend of mine
says, "What can I say?" Then, some might be available in recorded format, and trust me, trying to knit or crochet a complicated pattern from a recording,
"ain't fun."

But here is something for all of you, those of you who read braille, and those of you who use a computer. It is The World Of Harry Potter available from

Marjorie Arnott

4233 East La Costa Drive

Chandler, AZ 85249


It is compiled by (applause please, please, a bit louder, you there on the right) by your own crafts contributor, Phyllis Campbell!

I had heard all the fuss about Harry, who hadn't, but I didn't know a thing about him until one gloomy wet day in May It was the kind of day that made
one want to seek the nearest bed, climb under the covers, and stay there until the sun came out, or somebody brought you a cup of hot chocolate. Said bed,
and said chocolate being absent I sought something to lift our spirits, mine and the students.

"Miss Phyllis will you read to us?" Could this be the answer? All of us, I right along with the kids loved that escape into another world where anything
could, and often did happen. How I worked it into the study of music, and never got caught by the powers that be, I'll never know, but, I like to think
that all of us are richer for those days spent with those friends who live on the pages of a book.

"I've got a book," she said, and I knew I'd been had again. She-they'd been planning this all along. Oh, what the heck. As I've said, I enjoyed it as much
as they did.

"All right," I said. "What's the book?"

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, and the braille book landed on my lap.

There are many reasons why these books have captured the hearts of the young and young at heart around the world. It may be the lure back into child hood
for many of us, where anything is possible, and each day can be a magical experience. And when I stop to think about it don't the same things appeal to
the kids, too.

Knitting is mentioned in the book. Hagrid, is knitting a huge expanse of something, who knows what, and Mrs. Weasley knits Christmas sweaters each year,
sweaters that often embarrass her children, and which delight Harry because he has never received a Christmas present.

Much more could be said, but let's let the book speak for itself. Grab your needles, and let's take a look. On my whistle" ... The book contains patterns
mentioned in the book such as Dobby's tube socks, Wizard Socks, Head Master's Socks

Mrs. Weasley's Sweater

Hermione's Cable and Bobble Mittens

Magical Scarf with Directions For Each Of The House Colors

Hermione's Hat

In addition to the patterns this book also contains recipes mentioned in the book, recipes provided by Marjorie Arnott. These are such things as Steak
and kidney pie, Shepherd's Pie, English Yorkshire Muffins, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Treacle Tart, Old Fashioned Treacle Tart, Rock Cakes (large
batch), Rock Cakes, Glaze, In addition, Marjorie gives us differences in food terminology from as she says on "both sides of the pond."

I hope that the review of this book has been helpful or at least interesting. for more information or to purchase a copy in either braille or ebook format
contact Marjorie at the above address or contact me with questions.

Until next month, God bless,


** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:

## The Bronte sailing club

It is always so very nice when I get to talk about a club that has gone out of its way to ensure that blind persons are able to experience something out
of the ordinary and in this case, the joys of sailing. A few months ago, I did just that and boy did I ever have a wonderful time. The joys of sailing
were so real and exciting to me and now that I have precious little vision, I have to depend almost totally on the guidance of my instructors.

It was five days of heavenly bliss. I along with 30 or so blind friends was treated to the rudiments of sailing. There were about 10 boats give or take
a few and about three times the number of crew members and volunteers. We had morning and evening sessions and we sailed in calm as well as in semi choppy

I learned how to steer a boat. I learned how to tack, winch, and turn the boat and I learned how to determine the direction of the winds. I sailed in
excellent boats and on the last day we participated in three races. Believe it or not, I and my team won the overall competition in our boat called Pagan!

I learned so much and I felt and experienced even more. I was shown so much kindness by total strangers and I saw where club members were so willing to
teach and share. I would personally like to thank Irene Bantin, all of the volunteers, all of the crews that I sailed with, but most of all my winning
crew! Colin, Mark, Brian, Joan, and Peter. It was an experience that I would never forget.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!

Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

** Living with low vision by Donna Williams

## Sweet Solitude

By Donna Williams

Summer is a wonderful time of year. Despite the heat and humidity it’s still great being outside and enjoying the long days, hearing the birds sing and
watching those puffy white clouds up above. I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I have a major fascination with the sky. Every time I’m outside
it seems as though all I want to do is look up and see what’s going on there.

I wish I could see birds and planes as they fly through the air but I hear them and I think about how the people feel as they gaze at the sky while soaring
through it.

When I was very young instead of participating in games that others in my age group wanted to play I’d go off on my own, climb up on our picnic table,
and lay flat on my back. I’d look up at the sky and see clouds. Sometimes they would even be different colors depending on the time of day and what the
sun was doing. After studying the sky thoughtfully for several minutes I’d start making up stories about what those clouds were doing. I’d then tell
these stories to my family and sometimes to friends. The problem with telling my friends what I was thinking is that they would not only think I was weird,
but they’d express it verbally to me. However their attitude didn’t discourage me. Instead I held these stories close to my heart and cherished this
special time of solitude. I spent so many happy hours this way and if only I’d realized at that young age how important writing everything down is I’d
have probably been able to publish a book for children.

Today my perspective is different. I’ve lost so many people in my life including my soul mate that when I see fair weather clouds in different shapes,
sizes and moving at different speeds I will sometimes imagine my loved ones are right there looking down on me or doing something very special and important
in heaven.

The sky draws me to it like metal catches a magnet and holds on and I’m thankful I feel this close connection to Christ and loved ones who have gone on
before me.

Warmer weather and longer days have a downside though too . Major construction projects are more likely to be undertaken and this year I’m right in the
middle of one. The end of my street is blocked and in order for me to walk anywhere on my own without encountering unexpected surprise barricades I need
to travel the back streets. Of course just like any town in suburbia USA the sidewalks are typically uneven and not knowing where the cracks are make
taking that route treacherous. And so it has been two weeks since I’ve been able to attend that wonderful new church I’ve been feeling such a huge part

With all the events that have been going on around here: loud noise during the day, drivers moving barricades to get where they want to go, cops catching
them while using their lights and sirens on my street day and night, combined with what I mentioned above it’s no wonder I’ve been feeling stressed out.

After meeting with a representative from our local transportation company and learning that the neighborhood I live in will be inconvenienced until the
beginning of September I decided it was time to do something about my stress level. As I settled into bed on Friday night I began to meditate on the sky.

I pictured it a very deep blue with puffy white clouds and I imagined them to be in the shape of some of my favorite things like circles and hearts. Then
it occurred to me that because the street had no traffic on it and the road coming into it was also blocked I could go outside during sunrise and be enveloped
in birdsong with no interruption from trolleys, trains, cars, or construction workers who work during the week.

What a wonderful way to spend Sunday morning communing with God! The sunrise was gorgeous! And the birdsong was divine! I’m now feeling rejuvenated and
this article has finally been written which is something I was actually having trouble doing before I spent time praying and meditating at sunrise.

What helps you rejuvenate when you are feeling overwhelmed?

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. If you wish you may contact me at:

** The View From Here by Mark Carlson

## On the Road With Rover

By Mark Carlson

It’s Summertime! Time to pack up the SUV, hitch up the JetSki trailer, lock the front door, take the kids to the kennel and put the dogs in the car and
head off to Vacationland, USA!

Uh, wait. I got that backwards. Put the dog in the kennel and get the kids in the car. Yes. But I’m sure some of you would like the first version. After
all, the dogs won’t fight over what DVD to watch. They won’t whine, “Are we there yet?” or complain “I got no bars! How can I text my friends now? And
I’ll miss all my TV shows!”

Think about it. Most of us either arrange for a friend to watch the dogs or put them in a kennel. They’re well cared for, but it can get expensive.

The alternative? True, bringing dogs on a vacation does have some factors which can limit your mobility. But with a little planning and Internet searching,
you can find some wonderful places to take Rover.

Dogs need vacations too. It’s been a long year, sleeping, eating, pooping and barking at the neighbor’s cat.

So consider taking them along on a driving trip. They love the new smells, meeting new people and leaving their scent all over the country. It’s like ‘Kilroy
was here.’

Lodging is an issue. Many, if not most, motels and even hotels are ‘dog friendly.’ What that means is they welcome some dogs, usually under 60 pounds.
They have designated relieving areas, poop bag dispensers and even treats on the pillows. But it’s a two-way street. We have to respect the motel’s other
guests and keep our pooches from making a mess or being a nuisance. Pinking up after them is an important courtesy.

Jane and I traveled with Musket, my now-retired Guide Dog, and now Saffron. Of course they are welcomed everywhere, but I try to set a good example so
the hotel will be encouraged to welcome other non-working canines. Saffron, and Musket before her have very charismatic personalities, and being Yellow
Labs, are popular wherever we go.

One place we have traveled is Cambria, south of Hearst Castle on the California coast. A lovely little craft and farming community, it’s very dog friendly.
The Cambria Shores Inn, right on the beach takes good care of its furry guests. (And I don’t mean bikers). They even have a St. Francis of Assisi, patron
saint of animals, statue outside the office door. He’s holding a tray with doggie treats. Musket spent a lot of time ‘praying’ to him.

Dogs can make a family trip across the country even more memorable.

Just think of the possibilities. A trip to the big trees in the Sierras comes to mind. Just think of your Pekingese gazing in wonder up at a Giant Sequoia
Redwood and then glancing at you with a look of ‘You’ve got to be kidding! So much tree, so little pee!’

Or, if you’re like me (crazy), you might try the Fire Hydrant Museum in Sacramento. Or the World’s Biggest Fire Hydant in Beaumont, Texas.

Outdoor attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, or the Boardwalk at Santa Cruz are great places to take your dog.

There are dog beaches all along the coast, and dog parks in most large cities. They’re easy to find on the Internet, usually in the ‘Parks and Recreation’

True, some state and national parks prohibit dogs, but not all. Keeping Fido on a leash is a requirement. State and county fairs and big outdoor events
like chili cook offs are a wonderful dog haven. Just watch out for the dropped Jalapenos!

We humans need clean bathrooms to do our business, but dogs only need a roadside clearing. They’re not picky. Most rest areas have a dog relieving area
complete with trash cans. When I took Musket to a rest area to let him go, he spent most of the time sniffing. After ten minutes I invariably said ‘Hey,
Musket, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t meet any of those dogs. Just leave your contribution and let’s go.”

He never listened. Sometimes dogs and kids aren’t too different.

It’s a good idea to have your vet give the dog some shots to protect them from ticks or fleas, and make sure their heartworm meds are up to date. Since
my readers are intelligent and responsible, I’m sure that I don’t have to remind anyone to never leave a dog unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows
cracked. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature to reach 120 degrees. From that it’s a short time between panting, confusion, unconsciousness
and death. And you know, in California, it’s illegal.

Sorry, I had to say that. It’s still a problem.

Back to fun and frolics in the summer sun! One thing that can’t be denied, dogs are great ice-breakers. People who love dogs will be attracted to your
Beagle or Setter or Dachshund. They’ll want to come over to your campsite and meet the dog. After a few moments, a new friendship is formed. It’s really
amazing to watch and even better to be a part of. So consider taking the family hound along on the next trip. And yes, you can take the kids along. Kennels
don’t have WiFi.

Mark Carlson is a freelance writer, public speaker and author of several
books. His first book is 'Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading
the Blind,' which is available as an audio book through the NLS/BARD, DB
75126. It is also in print for sighted readers. You can contact Mark at:
You can learn more about Mark at his website at:
He lives in San Diego with his wife Jane and his Guide Dog, Saffron.

** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.

## Here is a story about my 3-year-old Tobias (Toby) Reebok Merryfield. He is aware I am blind so he knows that looking at me will not work. He has adapted
well, as all of my previous and
other current cats have.

Toby, Be Quiet!

By Lauren Merryfield

I had suddenly lost my part-Maine coon kitty, Meriwether Lewis (Lewie)
Merryfield, due to renal failure. Because his death came with no
warning, I felt devastated. However, it was way too quiet in our home
for me and my elder cat, Maryah (Mariah with a Y). I had heard that
Cat Tales Rescue held cat adoptions every Saturday and Sunday
afternoon at Petco, so I rather automatically took myself there.

I heard mews and meows and could not decide if I wanted a kitten or a
grown cat. I was leaning toward a grown cat when a volunteer placed an
almost-tuxedo kitten in my lap. I say "almost" because he does have a
white bib and feet, with a black suit, as a tuxedo cat would have, but
with some black spots on his mostly-white paws and a white "smile" on
one cheek, according to a friend of mine. He was tiny and wiry. He was
mewing loudly, climbing up to my shoulder. When he mewed in my ear, I knew that he was mine.

His foster family had named him Reebok but the name Toby jumped out
from him. Tobias Reebok (Toby) Merryfield was adopted on Earth Day
three years ago.

This cat has huge eyes, always on the alert. He is what I would
consider overly anxious, however, I think he believes he needs to be the cat police around here. He is the spokes-kitty for himself and Maryah, and, a
year later, Lelaynya (Laynie), a tortoise shell kitty.

Toby generally has one prominent meow. It goes "wah-hew!" I've been
owned by cats who have more of a vocabulary than Toby has, however,
his inflection of that one main word is amazing. He can sound
friendly, concerned, frantic and downright whiny. I've never had a
whiny cat before, but now I have one. I love the sound of meow except
when he whines. At those times I am likely to say "Toby, be quiet!"

Does he obey me? Do cats obey us?

On several occasions I realized that Toby knew I could not see. When I
dropped a small object onto the floor, Toby would walk over to it,
placing his front feet on either side of the object. When he did this
the first time, I considered it a fluke. But now I know it is his
deliberate means of helping me.

Toby also anxiously sits in the wooden tray where his cans of food are
stacked, meowing in a concerned tone because he knows there are only
several cans left. I mean, it is almost like that cat can count! I've
also caught him looking down into the open container of dry food, with
his paws placed on the top edge, as he meows with concern.

Toby has a favorite toy-a laser toy. He jumps all over the place
trying to catch that ever-elusive darting light. I hear him clamoring
against the wall, up against a bookshelf and jumping back down onto the floor.

One day Toby was in frantic alert mode. I could not figure out why he
was meowing so insistently. The next day, a friend of mine visited us,
informing me that there were ants in the kitties' food bowl. Evidently
they were stinging Toby's face as he tried to eat. Such is the life of
a cat living on the ground level. He gives me similar alert tones when
fleas are present in our apartment.

Though they always have dry food, so they are not going to starve,
Toby goes into instant alert/starvation mode for canned food. All
three of them eat it, but he is always the one who begs for it.

When I am tired, and Toby's high-pitched "wah-hew!" grates on my
nerves and ears, I rather sternly tell him:"Toby! Be quiet!" However,
it occurred to me the other day that I will not always have my beloved
Toby. There will come a day, I am sure, when I will long for each one
of those rather strident meows. When he breathes his last, he will, indeed, be quiet.

So, okay. Go ahead, Toby. Let your opinions and concerns be known.
Toby, be quiet!-only in your sleep.

Blessings in Jesus’ name

Lauren Merryfield is the author of “there’s more than one way to love a cat:my kitty journal in haiku” and “there’s more than one way to be okay:a blind
woman’s PURRspective on life.” She lives in California with her three cats:Maryah, Toby and Laynie.

The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind July 2015

** Tech Corner: News and information.

## Run Your Business Accessibly from Your iPhone

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for the wonderful responses and questions I got from my last article. This time I wanted to talk about running
a business accessibly with an Iphone.

This list is certainly not exhaustive, and I do use most of these apps.


If you run a blog or your website is hosted by wordpress, get the wordpress ap. You can add all of your site so you can manage them in one place. You can
create, edit, and even delete posts and pages. It’s easy to read other blogs too.

There is WP widget but it doesn’t provide enough information, in my opinion. It only shows new followers.

Slides, Sheets, and Docs by Google

This is Google’s productivity suite. All of these are free and accessible. These are great when you are collaborating with someone on a project.

You can leave comments, edit the file, or see the changes your collaborator has made.


Set up a page for your business and manage it from the LinkedIn app. It’s far easier to see who has commented on your page or even who’s viewed it on
the app.


This is my Go-to file storage app. It’s free and you can manage files from your computer as well as your phone. I often make quick edits or updates to
files while on the go. The dropbox widget allows you to see your most recent files and get to them with a tap.

Dropbox Voice Memos

This app costs $1.99 and allows you to speak and save memos straight to dropbox. It doesn’t ask you to name them upon creation, which I don’t like, but
that can be done later. i

Fantastical2 for Iphone

This is my calendar and reminders app. I love the natural language feature. I think I bought it on sale and can’t see the price since I already own it,
but the convenience makes it worth having. The only limitation is accepting invitations to events. I really hope this feature comes soon. It works with
Syry and I can see my projects, appointments, and classes from the notification center.

Amazon Seller

If you sell things on Amazon, you can download the Amazon seller app.

You can upload new listings, and see who’s viewed and purchased your items for sale.


Square allows you to accept credit card payments. They will send you a free card reader when you set up an account. This turns your iPhone into an NFC
field and the customer swipes their card and you receive the payment.,Alternatively, clients can pay you with their email address. The first time you
receive a payment, it asks you for debit card information so your funds can be deposited on your card.

I used to use it to receive payments from a Japanese company whose U.S. representative disliked PayPal due to their fees.


The most well-known way to receive payments is Paypal. You can send and request money. you could also transsfer money to your bank account if one is linked
to your PayPal account. Their alternative to square is the Paypal Here app, which I haven’t tested as I didn’t see a need for it in my work.

I hope some of these apps will help you run your business more successfully. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady

## Reader’s responses to last month’s questions on lighting candles, household and money management:

## When I did light my candles, I sometimes turned the candle upside down so that the burning match would not burn up toward my fingers. I could feel the
wick with the end of the lighted match. Sometimes when I blew the match out, there would be a flame that I could either smell or feel by moving my hand
back and forth above the candle, much like I move my hand above a burner on the stove to make sure I’ve turned the right one on.

However—I have cats! I have a more faulty memory than I used to. Therefore, I now use flameless candles. They look nice; as if they are burning; and they
are much safer. I also use Scentsy tart warmers! They smell really good!

For years, I folded varying denominations of currency differently so that I knew them apart. Now I not only have a billfold with enough pockets that I
can put separate denominations in each one, but I also have a talking currency identifier, which is really quite helpful. When I get cash, I always have
the person hand me the bills separately, denomination-wise.

I separate my yarn colors by putting each color in a separate grocery bag and labeling one of the papers that comes wrapped around the yarn. When I purchase
the yarn, I have the store clerk separate the colors if I am buying more than one at a time. Normally I just buy one color at a time so I only have one
color to label. The color might be variegated (multicolored) so I will label that one var. or the dominant color or what they call the color combination
“forest hills” or “tranquil sky” or something like that (I just made those up).

I label beads by putting them in separate small ziplock bags and putting a braille label on the outside of the bag. If I put the beads into a bead box/container,
I label the lid with abbreviations for each color and stick the label so that it corresponds with the beads in a given compartment. If the compartments
are larger, I put a braille label in each compartment.

Funny I would have these ideas—I am quite organized at work, but at home, terrible!!! Ask the cats!
Lauren Merryfield

## Hello,
The lighters used for lighting grills are great for lighting candles because they mean you are farther away from the flame.

As far as how I pay bills and the like, one can have things automatically debited from the account, but I rather pay my bills as they come due each month.
I can walk to pay some of them, but also, I can pay some of them using the automated phone associated with the particular bill. I know somepeople also
do this online. I do sometimes have a trusted family member or friend help with paying bills or filling out paperwork. Back when I was in college and had
a lot more of print at home, I hired a reader to assist me with these tasks. I have the KNFB reader app to read some print information for me, and I also
have the money identifier app, which is very good. Anita

## How do you light candles?

I bought and use a grill lighter to light candles. It has a very long part where the flame comes from. Furthermore, you pull a trigger to activate the
flame. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the flame burning your fingers. I put the end of the lighter near the wick, and then pull the trigger to
light it.

When I want to light a candle, I put it in the same spot everytime. Be sure to put it in an open area; nothing above it or near it to avoid accidental

## Candles and money management
From M and L Dorn
I don't like to have open flames around the house. I use candle warmers to put scented jar candles on. even with that, setting an alarm for later to
be sure you turn them off is a good idea.

I use my computer, WindowEyes, and APH's MoneyTalks software to keep track of bank accounts. I have an account in MoneyTalks for the checking and another
for my credit card. Balancing is easy. I also use the bank's telephone service to find what transactions have posted as well as having the bank and credit
card company send email alerts for large transactions.

I also use an MS Office Excel spreadsheet to keep a list of bills and the budget for the month. Later in the month I check the amount of bills left to
pay against the balance in the checking account to see how much there is left to spend on groceries or fun things.

When I need to write checks to mail in with those bills that can't be done with auto payments, I have raised line checks, called Sight Checks, that I get
from the bank instead of standard checks. I do not print checks with my computer anymore. Once I made out all my checks to pay bills on the first of
the month. Then I signed them and had them with envelopes ready to mail. A little voice in my head said I should have someone proofread them first.
Boy, am I glad I did! Turned out that the printer was on it's last few drops of ink and didn't print anything on the checks except a few specs of nothing
readable. So, I was about to mail out several signed blank checks. Now that would have been a disaster.

## Well, as far as the candles go, I only use those candles that come in
glass jars so you can heat them with an electric dish. Don't know
exactly why anyone would bother lighting real ones now since you can
buy these or you can buy perfectly nice led candles where the led
flames flicker like real flames....and are run by battery.
I have a couple pairs of these that I light when sighted folks are
around. One red pair I keep out all the time sitting on my electric the way, that fireplace has some of the same
technology, and I even found a small box that has the sounds of
flames burning that I use when turning on that fireplace.
The fireplace emits heat because it's really a nice electric
heater....encased in a fireplace front. One of mine is completely
wood, while the other has a nice stone front on it therefore looks
more real and rustic.
I use a long lighter not small ones a barbecue lighter when lighting
grills. For the grills though, I have used charcoal grills it's easier
for a blind person to light gas grills using one of these lighters.
There are candle lighters that are long and use liquid to light
candles but why go through that when all this other technology is
Your house isn't going to go up in flames if you forget that you have
lit electric battery candles after all.
Next, I experimented with solar cooking while in California since
Sacramento where we lived, is so incredibly hot being a desert region
in summer. I bought a cardboard solar cooker for the experiment.
First how did this thing work? That was the first question. The lid
has a glass front, and over this is a reflector which you turn
towards the sun.
Inside the box is all painted black. The next thing was what kind of
pans should I use? I bought a dark colored roaster, and then put in
my recipe found in a book on solar cooking into the pan. This was
lasagna. The lasagna the book said should be put in layers with some
of the sauce alternated with three types of cheese. The bottom layer
was the sauce to prevent sticking. So after I managed to layer
everything as neatly as I could put the lid on the roaster, and then
placed into the box for three hours time. In the directions it said to
be very careful since the temperature would go up in the pan to over
three hundred fifty degrees just like a real oven.
so I waited anxiously and it said not to open the box until it was time.
When I brought in the pan then retrieved the box it was true. The pan
was piping hot. I have to say this was one of the best lasagnas I ever
tasted...everything was so well blended together. It was a real treat!
That will be all for now. I hope these comments have been useful.
Karen B. and crew

## If you have anything to add to these responses, or have a recipe to share, please email them to me at:
Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking by Joshua Loya

I write this from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am in town for the Martial Arts Industry Association annual conference. I have been blessed to be able to attend
every year since 2015. It is a wealth of information and rich experiences. I have gotten to train with and learn from some of my martial arts heroes. ANshu
Stephen K. Hayes, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Master Dana Abbot are some of the most memorable. It inspires me to apply myself, so I can be better for
my students and those with whom I have influence.

This is also the first extended break from my job working for Braille Institute since my first day of May 5 of this year. I thought I would never return
to teaching assistive technology, and I certainly didn’t expect to return to a job that I had previously left. I return to both with gladness and a considerable
amount of excitement.

I am not particularly good at marketing. I have helped quite a few coaching clients with phobias and other personal challenges. Unfortunately, a very sizable
portion of the people I have helped have not been in a position to pay my full rate. Consequently, my income has fluctuated considerably in the two years
I have been an independent contractor. Working for somebody else means that I don’t have to hunt down the clients. I can concentrate on doing good work.

I have said for a long time that the application of knowledge is power. If I know something, and can do it well enough to teach others, I really know it.
I don’t know everything there is to know, but I have the means to learn a lot of what I don’t. This means I have power to rise above my station and circumstances.
Everyone reading this has the means to learn more. This means you can do more. This building of knowledge and the application of knowledge is what allows
us to be great. It is what allows our species to thrive in the face of adversity. Blind people do not have to settle for second best. There is more
available to us than pizza delivery, computer games, and talking books. There is more available than SSI checks, rehab centers, and exploitive employment
labor workshops.

I got mad. I got really angry. I thought of all that is possible for those with a visually related disability. I thought of how few of us strive for much
more than survival. Many of us don’t even do that. We let family members or friends do everything for us, and we let them make the decisions that affect
our well-being. We believe them when they tell us we can’t do something. We believe the lie that we have to settle for government benefits and handouts.
We are taught to accept everything that comes our way, and that striving for excellence is wrong or immoral.

There is a lot of bad teaching by well-meaning clergy. Waiting on the Lord does not mean sitting on our butts until we are given crumbs from the table
of the able-bodied. For those of you who are my Christian brothers and sisters who perpetuate this teaching… Stop it! Jesus did not live a perfect life,
die, and rise from the dead in order for you to make a light and easy burden become slavery to the prejudices of others. And for those of you who are offended
at my anger… The Bible does not say not to be angry. The Bible says to be angry and not to sin. Put another way. It is what you do with an emotion that
matters, not whether you feel that emotion.

What did I do with my anger? I thought about how I could make a change in our community, so there are more of us living our lives. I thought about the
skills and abilities I have and how I got them. It all comes back to knowledge and the application of it.

So much information is right at our finger tips. We merely require the skills and tools necessary to access it. Literacy is requisite. So is technological
literacy. Solid competence with a computer and screen reading or magnification software is not optional, neither is solid competence with a reliable mobile
device. I took the position with Braille Institute as the access technology specialist at the San Diego center because I can provide for my family with
reliable income, and more importantly, I can help others to have the power to choose the lives they want by providing the knowledge and skills they require.

Please, for your own sake, don’t give up. Listen to a podcast. Read a blog article. Listen to a talking book. Ask a friend or someone who knows what you
need to know. Even if you don’t know how to find out what you need to know, you can find out how to get to that point. If you know someone who needs help,
help by teaching them. The key to affecting positive change and dramatically upgrading the quality of life for those with a visual disability is for us
to start working together. Life isn’t easy. The more we step up our game and help others to do the same, we can make it more worth living.

One last addition before I sign off this month. Hopefully you will indulge me. Two years ago, I got burned out on technology. I used it, but I stopped
loving it. I knew it was necessary, but I didn’t have fun with it anymore. 6 to 8 months ago, about the time Derek Lane asked me to be a co-host on Triple
Click Home, I started taking time to play with technology, and not worry about whether what I was using was useful. My goal was to have fun because I knew
I was going to have to be entertaining on the show, and if I still hated technology, it would have come through in every episode. Thankfully, something
shifted for me, and I fell in love with technology in a way that I hadn’t before. I have fun every day getting to play with gadgets and new software. I
find that I have a really solid sense of accomplishment when I understand how something works. In short, I don’t just use technology because I’m required
if I want to be independent. I also use it because I want to.

Thanks for letting me right this longer than usual post. I love being able to share my life with you in this small way. Also, if you have contacted me
in the last couple of months, and I haven’t gotten back to you, I am sorry. I’ll try to remedy that as I am able. Until next time, live with purpose.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and personal coach living near San Diego, California. He also loves technology and works as an assistive technology specialist
for Braille Institute in their San Diego Center. You can find him on Twitter as @ServantWarrior.

** Books, books, and more books from Lori Motis.

## This month I decided to list some of the books I have read about blind people. There are many, many more, and if you go to the BARD website and search
for the word blind, you will find hundreds.

Two of the authors listed are Mark Carlson, our new writer for the Blind Post, and Phyllis Campbell, our wonderful crafts writer, that has not been able
to write her column due to illness.

## And there was light: the autobiography of a blind hero of the French Resistance DB46611
Lusseyran, Jacques. Reading time: 9 hours, 39 minutes.
Read by Ted Stoddard.
War and the Military
Lusseyran describes his life up to the age of twenty. Blinded at seven, he was a teenager when the Nazis invaded France. After he joined the Resistance,
his group was turned in by informers and imprisoned. He tells of surviving in a German concentration camp until the war's end. Includes an introduction
by the editors.

## Confessions of a guide dog: the blonde leading the blind DB75126
Carlson, Mark. Reading time: 10 hours, 34 minutes.
Read by Erik Sandvold.
Animals and Wildlife
Author recounts how, like his father and brother, he gradually became legally blind because of retinitis pigmentosa. Describes the relationship that developed
between him and his guide dog Musket and the work and home life they have shared since meeting in 2002. 2011.

## Friendships in the dark: a blind woman's story of the people and pets who light up her world DB47056
Campbell, Phyllis. Reading time: 5 hours, 32 minutes.
Read by Mimi Bederman.
Totally blind since birth, the author tells of growing up on a small Virginia farm and going away to a residential school with her older sister (who is
also blind) and becoming a church organist. She describes in loving detail the animals and other friends she meets along the way.

## My path leads to Tibet: the inspiring story of how one young blind woman brought hope to the blind children of Tibet DB55975
Tenberken, Sabriye. Reading time: 7 hours, 53 minutes.
Read by Corrie James.
The author recounts her journey to Tibet, where she opened a school for blind children to teach them the Tibetan braille system she devised while a University
of Bonn student. Tenberken describes losing her sight at age twelve, her education, establishing her school, and founding the organization Braille without
Borders. 2000.

## For the benefit of those who see: dispatches from the world of the blind DB77851
Mahoney, Rosemary. Reading time: 9 hours, 29 minutes.
Read by Rosemary Mahoney.
Educator and author of Down the Nile (DB 67048) describes her experiences teaching at a school for the blind in India. Details her fears and the challenges
of translating the sighted world for her students. Also profiles the founder of the school, Sabriye Tenberken. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

## Blind justice: Jacobus tenBroek and the vision of equality DB59656
Matson, Floyd W; Library of Congress. Reading time: 6 hours, 55 minutes.
Read by Bill Wallace.
Social Sciences
Biography of the founder of the National Federation of the Blind, written by friend and collaborator Matson. Tells how tenBroek (1911-1968), blinded at
age seven, obtained a law degree and became an advocate not only for blind people but for people with disabilities, poor people, and other minority groups.

## People of vision: a history of the American Council of the Blind DB56115
Megivern, James J; Megivern, Marjorie. Reading time: 28 hours, 0 minutes.
Read by Mark Ashby.
Social Sciences
Chronicle of the forty-year-old advocacy organization, American Council of the Blind (ACB), including its split with the National Federation of the Blind
in 1961. The work, based on the private papers of founding member Durward McDaniel and conversations with other ACB members, also explores earlier activism
on behalf of blind people. 2003.

** Global Cane Outreach Updates

## I have some wonderful news to share with all of you, and thought the best way to do that is to just send you the letter that was written to me.
A little information, Deli is a wonderful Zulu woman who has adapted Siyamthanda and when he is home from the blind school he lives with her and her other
children, one who is her natural born and 3 more who she has so lovingly taken into her home. Deli is also our interpreter when we are in South Africa.

“My Dear Beverly! Siyamthanda mom Ooooh our God is greater and He is the God of miracles! I am so excited about everything that He has done in Syamthanda
they said they are not going to do any operation anymore because all the Tumors are gone! Isn't that great! They even said that his eyes have stopped leaking!
God is wonderful He sent His word to heal our sicknesses Psalm 107:20 and there is nothing impossible with Him Luke 1 : 37! Ooooh yes our God is so great
and amazing! Well We didn’t even book for SIYAMTHANDA'S op that is what happen when GOD intervene! We did thought go and did further test and they all
confirmed that there is no more tumor and the pass (yellow like watery staff that was leaking inside his eyes) has stopped leaking inside his head! Their
for we praise God Almighty! I can't express how exciting this is to me it is been such a hard decision for me to make for his eyes to be removed! But God
of miracles has done it again! Well after that Siyamthanda developed a very unpleasant body odor he started smelling so bad! That was really bad for such
a Small boy who is been in such a lot! But this last week all that has stopped they doctor said that was caused by the certain gland in his body! But he
is fine now! Even that smell is gone! He Is okay enjoying the holidays with mummy! And His other siblings! He was saying this morning He is going to be
a doctor and when I am old and sick he will take good care of me he will give me the best care ever! I was bitten by the dog in Malawi and he wanted to
touch the wound and to my surprise he was praying that the wound won't get ugly and septic!! Yes that’s our boy Siyamthanda! That is the miracle with our
boy! It is always a blessing to hear from you”

I am very happy to say also, that Lori’s church in Eagle Idaho is going to sponsor Global Cane Outreach, this summer, in the children’s s Vacation Bible

Thank you for continuing to pray for us and if you want to help in anyway, please contact us. Maybe your church would like to sponcer us also?

Blessings, Beverly

You can contact Beverly at:
To make a tax deductible donation please send a check or money order to:
Global Cane Outreach, P.O. Box 66872, Scotts Valley CA 95067, or
visit the website to donate electronically.

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts
Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and
illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ's
love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility,
independence and sharing God's word.
The average cost of a folding white cane= $20
The average cost of a solar powered audio bible= $35
Monthly cost to send Siyamthanda to blind school= $100
Total cost to give mobility, freedom and God's love= Priceless!

** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:

## Difficulties when staying at hotels

Staying at a hotel can more often than not be a treat but for a blind person there are some challenges to overcome if they are on their own.

Here is a list to start with if I am on my own.

I need to be able to find my way to and from my room. Very important for me if I hope to survive. So, if I am on my own, I ask the front desk to help
me with this. I ask them to show me the way at least once.

The key card; I need to know how to use it to open the door of my room. I often take along a small roll of tape with me and use it to mark the side that
does not have to be used to open the door. Usually, there is no problem to determine if the door has been opened with the key card because I can hear
the click.

Navigating my way around the breakfast area. This is probably one of the easier of the challenges to overcome. I normally ask the front desk staff for
help and they are always very quick to oblige and the staff at the breakfast dining area are very quick to assist.

Dealing with the various bottles in the bathroom. Here is where I really need sighted help. The bottles are almost always the same size and it is often
difficult for me to know what each bottle contains. So, again, I need to call on the front desk staff for help and they would normally send someone up
to help me out.

The layout of the room is not much of a challenge for me as once you get the hang of it, most hotel rooms are laid out in a similar fashion. Each person
has their own techniques to deal with the challenges of traveling on their own but these are mine. If you would like to learn more, then you can visit

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
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** Living with low vision by Donna Williams

## Leaving Pride Behind

By Donna Williams

Once again my stubbornness has become my greatest fault. The day it bit me in the butt I was working on last month’s article for the blind Post. I’d
just finished writing it and was attempting to go back through and make corrections as well as run spell check in case I missed something when according
to Jaws nothing was on the page. I could see the text since I had a dark blue background with white letters but Jaws kept saying “blank”. Mystified I
began to use my reading keys to navigate thinking maybe something was wrong with say all but Jaws continued to exhibit the same behavior.

Then suddenly out of nowhere a dialogue box popped up indicating that the computer wanted to shut down. Thinking it was an update and once the machine
restarted I’d be able to work with my problem resolved I quickly saved my article and exited. I then gave the computer the ok it was seeking.

Everything seemed to be going well until the reboot began. Then I watched in horror as my faithful little laptop stopped after only a few seconds. I
was stunned but not ready to give up. I kept trying again and again to no avail. I even called the Microsoft answer desk hoping someone there could suggest
something I hadn’t thought of yet.

Realizing that it was hopeless after speaking with them I decided it was time to set up my new computer. I had offers of help from family, but I knew
that it would be hard for them because they are always asking me what something or other means when they are using their own computer and get a message
they aren’t familiar with. So I declined that help and went about setting it up on my own. I figured how hard could it be right?

I have an old XP net book so I decided I could get all the programs I needed using it, save them to a thumb drive then transfer them to the new laptop.

I did that part of it successfully. Or at least getting the programs anyway. Putting them on the computer was another matter.

Just prior to turning on the power for the first time I called my Mom who had the papers that came in the box. I wanted to see if there was anything crucial
I needed to know. I learned to my dismay that once I booted it up I’d be asked to follow the onscreen instructions. I wasn’t worried though because in
my experience whenever the computer asks for input most instruction screens contain larger print. I felt very confident when I once again turned down
offers of help.

By this time my excitement had built to the point that I could stand it no longer. I was ready to get started. I opened the laptop and searched endlessly
for the power button. To my surprise I found none. I called my Mom and asked her to look on her papers to see if their was a diagram and she told me
exactly where I could find the button. I still didn’t feel it. I started wondering what was wrong with me. I began feeling around the laptop looking
for other things that were important like an SD card slot and CD drive. I couldn’t seem to find these either. Then an idea for finding the power button
came to me. All I had to do is push gently around the area my Mom indicated the power button would be and surely when I hit it the computer would turn

Again I was successful and the computer began to boot up. Unfortunately for me however the screen with it’s magic large print prompts did not appear.
Instead I saw a screen with a lot of very small writing. Oops! Now what? I didn’t want to shut down for fear of ruining the set up, but I knew it would
be at least a few days before I could get someone in to help me with my endeavors and I didn’t want the computer to run that long.

Eventually I decided to hold the power button in and hope for the best. A few days later when I had sighted assistance I held my breath as the computer
began to boot. I didn’t tell my helper what I had done previously in case something went wrong and I had to take it back to the manufacturer. I figured
if he or anyone else were questioned about what happened the less they knew the better. Amazingly though set up ran flawlessly and I was soon able to
use my new computer. My assistant then asked if I needed help reading anything else and I said no so he left. Just for good measure I restarted my machine.

And guess what happened? Another screen of instructions and prompts came up so I did the only thing I could I called the Microsoft answer desk and was
able to have a guy continue the set up, install NVDA, and help me find my CD drive and SD card slot.

Now I just have to tackle the learning curve. This computer had Windows 7 on it and I’m used to working with XP and Vista so I’m finding the set up quite
challenging. I’ve also learned a stiff lesson about denial. I think in the future I’ll be less likely to use a magnifier instead of asking for sighted
help. And I’ve also had to come to the realization that I really do have neuropathy in my hands. Now that I know where things are on this computer I
can find them, but if someone hadn’t pointed them out to me I’d have never been able to locate them by touch. I also had to admit that I have trouble
using the full sized keyboard that is built into the unit since the keys don’t have breaks between them like a desktop computer’s keyboard does. I solved
that problem by hooking up an external keyboard so now I’m set. Once I conquer the learning curve I’ll be able to enjoy using my computer again. Actually
I think I’ll enjoy the challenge of learning as well now that I’ve left pride behind and won’t be afraid to ask for help from those who know more then
I do. Windows 7 here I come!

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. If you wish you may contact me at:

** The View From Here by Mark Carlson

## My Golden Snitch
By Mark Carlson

All you Harry Potter fans out there know what a Golden Snitch is. Well I have one. Her name is Saffron. She’s a 2-year old Yellow Labrador. And like the
seeker’s target in a game of Quidditch, she’s just as fast, just as elusive and when I catch her, the game is over.

But it’s not that easy. For one thing, I don’t have a Firebolt. And my eyesight is lousy. But I still have to catch my little Golden Snitch.

Saffron is a playful and energetic dog. When my older Guide Dog Musket retired, I went back to Guide Dogs for a new one. And I was given Saffron. Here’s
the deal. I’ve been working with Musket for so long, I was used to his easygoing, slow pace. It was like driving a 40-year old VW Microbus and then getting
a Formula One Ferrari. What a change. She’s a great Guide Dog, but that’s not the topic of this story.

Saffy loves to run, and play and fetch.

When I played fetch with Musket I’d throw the (ball, Frisbee, Kong, etc) down the lawn and he’d run for it. After about three throws it dawned on him that
he was doing all the work. On the fourth throw, he’d say “Ah, you go and get it this time. I’m tired.”

So the blind guy had to go and find the (ball, Frisbee, Kong, etc). And often I never found it. They love me at Petco. “Ah, Mark. Another Frisbee, right?”

But Saffy is very different in temperament from Musket. She LOVES to run! I can’t keep up with her. She’s like a superball in a paint mixer. Jane calls
her a ‘Gazelle on crack.’

Her favorite toy to fetch is a thick short rope knotted at both ends. I just throw it once and then I can sit down and have a beer. She’s off and running.
And running back. And running off again. Back and forth. I’m no longer involved. She has more energy than a nuclear chain reaction. No, that’s not right.
A runaway reactor eventually dies down. Saffron could provide power to the entire U.S. if I could just connect her to a grid. But I’d have to catch her

There must be some hunting instinct in her because she doesn’t just get the rope and run. She has to ‘kill’ it. With one end in her mouth she snaps her
head from side to side as if trying to break her prey’s neck. I don’t know how she keeps from beating herself unconscious. That heavy knot bashes her on
both ears like a nunchuck.

Finally I am tired from drinking a beer and say “Okay, Saffy, that’s enough. Let’s go inside.” Then I snap my fingers and she obediently comes to me.

If she’s ready. If not, I have to go get her. “Sigh, where’s my Firebolt?”
There’s another reason she is a Golden Snitch. I’m not only blind I’m a guy. So sometimes I break things. It happens. In the morning after I feed the dogs
I make tea for Jane and bring it up to her. Saffy always watches me until I bring the tea upstairs and then sits on Jane’s lap.

One morning I was at the counter and opened the upper cupboard and heard a ‘clink!’ noise on the granite counter. I was sure something was broken. But
I couldn’t find it on the counter or floor. I began to panic. I knew there had to be something broken (and probably valuable) on the floor. I had to find
and dispose of it before Jane came down. I was on my hands and knees, feeling my way around the floor. Cold sweat broke out on the back of my neck as time
ran out.

Then I heard Jane call from upstairs, “Honey did you break something?”

Damn her Vulcan hearing. “Uh, I don’t think so. Why?”

“Because Saffy just brought me a piece of broken tea bag plate.”


So my loyal little Guide Dog Saffron saw the broken plate and grabbed it, took it up to Mommy and dropped it in front of her. “Daddy broke something! What
are you going to do to him?”

That’s why Saffron is my little Golden Snitch.

Mark Carlson is a freelance writer, public speaker and author of several
books. His first book is 'Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading
the Blind,' which is available as an audio book through the NLS/BARD, DB
75126. It is also in print for sighted readers. You can contact Mark at:
You can learn more about Mark at his website at:
He lives in San Diego with his wife Jane and his Guide Dog, Saffron.

** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.

## Reading the story about Dinner with the Boys reminded me of one of my first cooking or rather labelling lessons I learned when I had my first apartment.

I had not quite learned the importance of labelling cans of food in Braille, and thought I could remember the order in which I had placed them in my cabinet.

I had invited friends for dinner and was preparing to make a peach shortcake using canned peaches. I picked up a can, and at the last minute took it across
the hall to have one of my neighbors check it. When I went into his apartment I said something like: these are peaches, aren’t they? He said, no, they
are tomatoes. I responded, oh no, I almost made a tomato shortcake. He said suppose I come and help you find your peaches. He did, and my shortcake
was successful. And I learned to be more careful about labelling cans.
Joyce Driben

## At the age of ten I was sent from my home in Newfoundland to a school for the blind in Halifax.

This school tought me manners, good eating skills how to cook, proper posture and laundry skills.

The house parents also tought us how to prepare a meal which inclued planning for the meal and purchasing the things needed for that meal.

At the age of sixteen, ,my boyfriend at the time, David Groom, wanted to take me to dinner so iff we went to the restaurant.

Now to me french fries are finger food but the house parents did not agree.

I thought I would impress David with my table skills.

I speared a fry and got it into my mouth just fine, however there were two on the fork. The second fry went right up my nose. Yep you can imagine it
I am sure. To make it even worse, it lodged there and I had to pull it out.

Also David was parcially sighted and God bless him, he said nothing at all about the innsodent.

Now fries are definitely finger food.
From Betty

## A lady friend and I went on vacation in march to the island of st. Thomas in the u s virgin islands. On one of our travels around the island we stopped
at a little place overlooking one of the beautiful bays. I have some sight in one eye. Whil using my cane to walk around, I noticed a man with a cane approaching
me. as we became closer, I said “I guess I’m not the only blind guy with this van.” He didn’t say a word. As I spoke again, a man to my right said “man,
you are blind.” I politely said “I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to this guy.” He surprised me with this statement “you are talking to a mirror.” Man,
talk about embarrassing..but I did get a laugh out of it. it’s not the first silly thing I have done since my blindness.

## Do you have a personal story about yourself, an article that you wrote, or a poem, limerick, or a funny situation that you had, with your cane, blindness,
or your guide dog?
Send them to me, and I will include them in the next edition of the Blind Post, if they are approved.

** Funnyside: “It is to laugh”jokes, riddles, historical quotes, all in good taste.

From Richard:
jaws and dogs

If my dog doesn’t like you, he may grgrgrgrgrgrgrgrgrgrowl at you

jaws and sounds

For jaws users..this is the sound of a rattle snsnsnsnsnsnsnsnsnsnsnsnsnake

ironic, ain't it?
If I had only known the difference between an antidote and anecdote, my friend , bob, would still be alive. I read jokes to him from reader’s digest after
he was bitten by a rattlesnake…who knew?

A blonde lady was speeding down the road in a red sportscar. A female blonde cop pulled her over. The cop asked to see her driver’s permit. “what does
it look like?” the driver said. The blonde cop replied “it has a picture of you on it.” after going through her pocketbook, she found a mirror and as she
looked at it, she saw her reflection. She handed it to the cop and said “here it is.” The blonde cop looked at it and said “you can go now… I didn’t realize
you were a cop.”

Someone asked me if I had seen the movie “apollo 13. I replied that i had never seen the first 12 movies.

There were 3 rednecks discussing how tall the flag pole was. One said “why don’t you take the pin out of the base and let it down and measure it?” “no,
stupid, I know how long it is, I want to know how tall it is.”


A couple got married and went on a very nice honeymoon. When they returned, the new wife called her mom. Mom asked how the honeymoon went. The daughter
replied that everything was great, but “mom, when we got home, he started using 4 letter words that I’ve never heard before.” her mom said “honey, what
words did you husband say?” he said things like “dust…cook…iron...”

The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind June 2015

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady

## The following questions and information is from a Blind Post reader. If you have any answers or comments that would be appropriate for her and others,
please send them to me:
I have added my own comments below hers.

How can blind people light candles without getting burned—safe manner other than matches?

What household products that people wouldn’t ordinarily think of that absorb odors? Something spilled in my kitchen cabinet and the smell is still there;
my mother often said that carrying coffee in your car absorbs odors, but wonder what coffee type—decaff versus caff or if flavored coffee works better.
Right now, I have an open bag of dishwasher lemon Cascade pods in the cabinet, hoping that will work until I go to the store.

What chain stores do you find the most helpful in terms of assisting blind people? For example, I find Wal-Mart, Publix, Rite-Ade and, my all-time favorite,
Walgreens most helpful. I find CVS to be the least.

Cindy Calhoun

Comments from Food Lady:
Personally, as far as getting rid of unpleasant odors, leaving a bit of baking soda in the cabinet, in a bowl, or even leaving an open box in the cupboard
will work. Also, an open box in the refrigerator and freezer is great at absorbing and eliminating bad odors.

Did you know that a little pure vanilla extract poured onto a cotton ball or paper towel will get rid of that fishy smell after cooking any fish? I have
also used it after making hamburgers too.

I have also used white vinegar for cleaning as well as for getting rid of unwanted smells.

In dealing with candles, I know that there are many blind and low vision folks that enjoy lit candles. I personally find that lit candles can be a bit
scary for me, because then I have to remember that they are lit and where I put them. I enjoy scented products, and even scented candles, but without using
a flame.

I lived for many years of my life dependent on wood burning stoves for my heat. When I was new to being blind, around age 21, when I lived in the Santa
Cruz Mountains in California, and then more recently when Hungry and I lived in Spring Creek, Nevada.

I was fortunate to have been in the California Conservation Corps, and learned how to build a fire properly. I even learned how to cut my own kindling.
I was glad for that wonderful experience learning many great outdoorsy things like sharpening those axes, McLeod, Pulaski’s, shovels, and even chainsaws.

Now, living in Idaho, we are enjoying forced air heating and air conditioning when we need it. Much easier, but we still have wonderful memories of sitting
by the fire on those frozen winter days.

When it comes to any sort of flame, fire, cooking, or almost any task or project, it will depend on each individual’s blindness skills, and their confidence
level. We all have our own favorite ways of doing things, and some of us did not lose our vision until later in life.

Any suggestions are always welcome here. They will more than likely assist someone or give an idea for another to play with.

How do you manage your money, pay your bills, read your mail, and any other home management tasks? Please share your own tried and true ways that work
for you, and I will share them in the July Blind Post.


Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking by Joshua Loya
Joshua is on vacation this month, but will be back next month. You can read some of his previous articles on the Blind Post website.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and personal coach living near San Diego, California. He is also a public speaker and a regular contributor to the Serotalk
Podcast Network. You can learn more about him by visiting his web site:

You can also follow him on Twitter:

** Books, books, and more books from Lori Motis.

Because I want to get this month’s news sent out today, I will skip this section, although I have been reading some excellent books. I will have the list
ready for you in July.

Do you have a favorite book that you think other readers might enjoy, please send their titles and info to me. If it fits the target audience of the Blind
Post subscribers, I may include it in the next issue.

** Global Cane Outreach Updates
## A short news update from Beverly Crook, founder of Global Cane Outreach.

I hope that this update finds all of you well and enjoying our last little bit of spring.

Thanks to the Blind Post, Global Cane has heard from the Blind schools in Pakistan and Guyana, asking for talking Bibles and canes. We also have been contacted
by someone in Uganda. The board has voted to send Bibles to Pakistan but have not purchased them yet, because we are hoping to purchase 20 so we can get
a break on the unit price. I am so happy that the word about Global Cane Outreach is getting out, and that God seems to be growing our ministry.

The board of Global Cane Outreach is working on a fund raiser dinner, to be held on October 10th. We would appreciate prayers that it goes well and we
can raise enough funds to continue to reach out to the blind people in need for canes, audio Bible, and other items, around the globe.

Siyamthanda, the young blind boy that we are helping in South Africa, is continuing to have headaches and fevers due to his tumors in behind his eyes,
needing to go in and out of the hospital. The doctors and his care giver are hoping to get him through this school year before his much needed eye surgery.
School is out on June 29th, so should be able to report the outcome next month.

Soon there will be shopping back pack bags and coffee mugs, with our name and logo, on our web site for purchase.

If any of you attend a church, maybe you could share Global Cane Outreach’s mission, along with our website. Many churches like to help support various

We appreciate all of your prayers and support. Please continue to spread the word about what we are doing to bring independence to the blind people around
the world.

In Him, Beverly

You can contact Beverly at:
To make a tax deductible donation please send a check or money order to:
Global Cane Outreach, P.O. Box 66872, Scotts Valley CA 95067, or
visit the website to donate electronically.

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts
Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and
illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ's
love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility,
independence and sharing God's word.
The average cost of a folding white cane= $20
The average cost of a solar powered audio bible= $35
Monthly cost to send Siyamthanda to blind school= $100
Total cost to give mobility, freedom and God's love= Priceless!

** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:

## A memorable train ride

I still remember that very memorable train ride from Toronto to Montreal. Boy was I so excited and at that time I had enough vision to see outside as
the train rocked gently on its way to La Belle Province.

I was simply awe struck to see so many things. The blooming trees and the melting snow banks. The green grass peeking out, and houses, people, and roads.

It was all like a moving screen to me and I could not take my eyes off of it all.

I first paid attention to a train ride when I took the time to watch as Pierre Elliot Trudeau's train traveled from Ottawa to Montreal during his funeral
procession. I was simply mesmerized and I told myself that I would some day travel that same route and I did it soon after this. I was not disappointed.

I can still remember the collage of colors as the train went by. Various shades of green to represent the blooming trees in the background with splashes
of sunshine shining through. Blobs of white to represent the snow banks. Varying shades of brown to represent the roads and dirt tracks and on it went.

Any keen observer looking at me would probably have wondered why I was so taken in by what lay outside of the train's window but I did not really care
what anyone thought on that memorable day. Just a lady with some vision appreciating all that went by on that day.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!

In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!

Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at

and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

** Living with low vision by Donna Williams
Donna’s computer has crashed, so there will not be an article this month. She will be back in July with an article to share on living with low vision.

** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.

## Sunday Dinner for the Boys

By Keith Bundy

Though my parents did many things that helped me in my quest to become a successful adult who is blind, they never emphasized the need for me to learn
home management skills. Consequently, the duty of teaching me most of what I have learned about cooking and other household duties has fallen to my wonderful
wife, Peggy, and to that greatest teacher of all – trial and error.

A few years ago Peggy worked as a registered nurse in a local nursing home. This meant that she had to leave for work around noon every other Sunday, leaving
me the responsibility of preparing Sunday dinner for my four boys and myself. One Sunday as she was leaving church, she told me that there was ravioli
in a bowl on the kitchen table. “Just microwave it for five minutes, Honey,” she said, “and dinner will be ready for you and the boys.”

Not long after we got home, the boys (ages 2, 4, 8, and 9) all made it clear that they were ready for dinner. So, with great confidence, I said, “Wash
your hands, guys, and dinner will be ready in five minutes.”

Going to the kitchen table, I found a bowl covered by cellophane. Lifting the cellophane, I felt something sort of flabby inside and, not caring to investigate
further, I reestablished the cellophane over the bowl and put it in the microwave for five minutes.

Five minutes later, the four hungry wolves were at the table, ready to pounce on the great meal I was about to serve. Paper plates were all in place, and
they eagerly eyed the microwave as I opened the door and removed our dinner.

The first thing that caught my attention was the smell. It certainly didn’t resemble anything Italian! Instead, the odor that eminated from the bowl could
best be described as fruity. Carefully, I lifted the cellophane and stuck my index finger ever so gently into the mixture. I noticed that, instead of being
solid, it was now a rather hot liquid. As I lifted the finger to my mouth and did the “taste test,” I learned a valuable lesson – you can microwave Jell-o!
I also learned that sticking the microwaved Jell-O in the refrigerator for a few hours can harden it again!

I eventually found, and successfully microwaved, the ravioli. But I learned a valuable lesson that Sunday – sometimes we have no choice but to laugh about
the lessons we learn. We have had many laughs about the “Microwaved Jell-O” incident over the years. And I still let Trial and Error give me home management
lessons now and then. Maybe some day I’ll tell you about “Chocolate Macaroni and Cheese.”

## Do you have a personal story about yourself, an article that you wrote, or a poem, limerick, or a funny situation that you had, with your cane, blindness,
or your guide dog?
Send them to me, and I will include them in the next edition of the Blind Post, if they are approved.

** Funnyside: “It is to laugh”jokes, riddles, historical quotes, all in good taste.

## Joke from Richard:

A large tractor trailer attempted to travel under a low bridge when he got stuck. A state trooper was called to the scene.
The trooper asked smartly “get stuck?”
the driver answered just as smartly “no, I was delivering this overpass when I ran out of gas.”

## another joke from Richard:
My secretary came into my office very upset. I asked her to tell me what the problem was. She said she was almost out of typing paper and had lots of reports
to type. I told her that there was lots more over at the copier. She had this puzzeled look on her face, so, I watched her for a minute. She proceded to
the copier with her last sheet of blank paper and made 100 copies of the blank sheet. Oh, by the way, she’s a blonde!

The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind May 2015

** Tech Corner: News and information.

## My Journey Toward Becoming a Global Worker
From Liz

I currently work as a full-time online ESL teacher. Much of my work involves teaching business English to corporate professionals.
Prior to discovering online teaching, I found freelance writing, proofreading, and even tried taking online surveys. The surveys were, at best, extra money.
The content mills could be an article of their own, but that’s for another time and place.
I’m writing this to share some of the skills I’ve picked up along the way.

Know Your Assistive Technology and its Limitations

One of my first challenges was finding an online classroom that did not consist of unlabelled flash player buttons. I solved this by focusing on schools
that taught telephone classes. Another possibility was to label buttons that were unlabeled. I made it a habit to test a prospective company’s software
to see if jaws worked well with it. If I found it didn’t, I tested it with NVDA.
I learned which Voip programs worked well and which didn’t. Later I tested the same programs on my iPhone.
I discovered that Skype worked well and X-lite did not.I recommend that anyone considering finding online work do the same.

Know Productivity Software

Sometimes I must correct a student’s professional email or report. I could make corrections and suggestions, but didn’t know how to format documents as
well as I should. We all know how important it is to appear just as competent as our sighted counterparts. To remedy this situation, I took Hadley’s formatting
word documents and Using XL courses. whether you just need to brush up on these skills or need to learn them for the first time, I highly recommend both
of them.
I learned how to use Google docs, Sheets, and Slides. A copy of important documents is kept in Dropbox or on iCloud, ensuring I have instant access to

Back Up Important Information

The majority of the online positions that I have held have been as an independent contractor. This means that I am responsible for my own taxes. I keep
hard copies of important records in a folder, along with a second copy on my computer’s hard drive. I include important contacts and the current project
or lesson in a folder on the hard drive. This applied to proofreading/writing projects as well.

Set Up and Use A LinkedIn Profile

Once I had held a few positions, I realised that most professionals have a LinkedIn profile. It serves as my digital resume and provides excellent networking
Hadley recently did a wonderful seminar on how to take advantage of it. If you want to listen to it, subscribe to the latest seminars at Hadley podcast.
Alternatively, you can find it on IBlink radio.

It is my hope that my experiences have opened the door to new possibilities for you. If anyone has any questions, please send an email.

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady

## Spring is a great time of year to get fresh produce. Whether you grow your own or get it delivered from a local farm, fresh is always best. Below are
some facts about salads taken from a Creative Classic text document that was sent to me years ago. I think you will find it to be a good resource for creating
delicious and nutritious salads.


Salads come in many shapes and forms. They play a large part in our diet. A salad can be a starter before the meal, an accompaniment to the main course,
a whole meal or even a dessert. Salads add color and texture and more importantly, they are an easy way to include the 4 servings of vegetables which are
rich in Vitamins A and C which are needed for a day’s good nutrition. Salad greens have some Vitamin A, the darker the green the higher the content of
the vitamin. With the abundance of fresh produce the year around it is possible to have crispness, color and balance of flavors. The salad does not need
to be monotonous. There is such a variety of greens and other vegetables as well as fruits to choose from in our grocery stores. There are many ways to
vary your salads with herbs, garlic or cheese. Be subtle with sharp raw onion and garlic... Red and/or sweet white onions are milder and usually better
to use in salads that require an accent. When you want a really garlicky salad, be sure the garlic is fresh. Mince the clove very fine, then mash into
the dressing. Always make it fresh as garlic does not keep well once it is crushed. Vegetables used in salads can be raw or cooked. If raw, they should
be young and tender. It is nice to use some of the skin for flavor and color, but avoid tough skins or ones that have been waxed. Cooked vegetables should
still have a crisp texture and bright color. Left over potatoes, rice and pasta can be used for salads, but if they have been tossed with butter, be sure
to scald with boiling water to remove any congealed fat.


Ripe, fresh and lushes fruit that is sweet and firm is what makes a good fruit salad. Use fruits with their own distinguishing flavors that mingle well.
The pieces of fruit should be uniform in size and easy to eat. The characteristic flavor of each fruit should be retained. You should strive for good contrast
in color and texture. Do not prepare fruit salads very far ahead of meal time or they become limp and drained of their vitality.


There are four main groups of the many varieties of lettuce that are commonly available. A crisp head, commonly called iceberg is so popular that other
varieties are sometimes overlooked. Butter head, including bib with its tender leaves, Romaine lettuce has crisp elongated dark leaves, and leaf lettuce,
red and green, have tender leaves that don’t form heads. The Endive family includes: curly endive, sometimes miscalled chicory is a frilly narrow leafed
bushy plant, escarole is a broader leafed variety, and Belgium or French endive has narrow leaves in tight upright clusters. Look for their cousins, Spinach,
mustard tops watercress and Chinese cabbage.

The most successful salads are composed of fresh salad greens. They are often a combination of several kinds: dark and pale green, crisp and tender, bland
and tangy. Some shredded red cabbage and available fresh herbs add interest to the salad.

There is a trick for coring iceberg lettuce. Remove outer leaves. Rinse head well under cold water, but don't soak. Smack the head stem end down on counter
top. You can twist the core right out.

To make lettuce cups, run water through core; drain. Gently peel off leaves. To add a party touch, use two or three lettuce cups and arrange to make one
big perfect holder for mound of chicken or sea-food salad. Several hours before serving, wash the greens thoroughly under running cold water. Shake off
moisture, then dry in a salad spinner or blot with paper towels. Return the greens to a plastic bag in the refrigerator allowing them to regain their crispness.
With the exception of iceberg lettuce, which can be shredded or served as lettuce cups or wedges, salad greens should be torn rather than cut into bite
sized pieces. At serving time, pour on only enough dressing to coat all ingredients lightly, and then toss.

Salad dressings should accent but not over power the other flavors of the salad. Dressings also act as flavor counter points for the other dishes you are
serving. Add salad dressings with discretion, too much will make even the crispest greens limp.

Enjoy eating fresh! To your good health,
Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking by Joshua Loya

## I love Daredevil. Even before I lost my eyesight in 1996, Daredevil was one of my favorite comic heroes. I thought it was so cool that a guy who was
blind was a martial arts expert and a crime fighter. I was interested in martial arts, and I could still see out of one eye, if not very well. Maybe I
could do martial arts after all.

Now that I have made martial arts a key component to my way of life, I feel a deeper kinship with the character. Though, it is rather odd to have random
people, who do not know I am a martial artist, ask me if I know who Daredevil is. I expect it in the locker room of gyms and martial arts schools. I don’t
expect it in the men’s room of the local food court. Yes. This happened… Today, in fact.

I have a lot of opportunities to talk about my blindness. Most often people are curious because of my dog. More occasionally somebody might have read an
article about me or seen me on TV. Regardless of the reason, I try to have a positive attitude and answer occasional questions, assuming I have the time.
That last one is the trick, and it is close to what I want to mention briefly in this month’s article.

We may be the only blind person anyone ever meets. This doesn’t mean we have to be perfect. It doesn’t mean we have to be ambassadors all the time. It
does mean that how we conduct ourselves may affect someone’s perception of people with visual disabilities in a very profound way. As one blind person
to another, I’m going to ask you to do one thing. Be kind.

Kindness costs nothing, and it makes life much better. Many people don’t get what’s involved in being blind or visually impaired. If they did, it wouldn’t
be so difficult to adjust to living life with said disability. People may offer help when you don’t need it. If you don’t need the help, and you really
don’t want it, there is a kind way to politely refuse. By the same token, if you really need the help, and someone is offering, you aren’t kicked out of
the cool blind person’s club if you accept assistance.

Related to this idea is the idea of letting someone help you, so you can keep things peaceful. I don’t recommend accepting help you don’t need very often,
but there are some times when this approach may be a better choice. It’s a personal call. Here’s how I used it.

It was many years ago, before I was a dog handler. I had excellent cane skills, and I had finally gotten used to moving independently in San Diego. I was
waiting at the corner of Balboa and Genesee to cross Genesee on the north side of Balboa. This very sweet elderly Vietnamese woman… I don’t know if she
was Vietnamese, but her accent was similar to some of the people I had met from the local Vietnamese church. In any case, she was very insistent that she
help me cross the street, and she grabbed my arm and helped me cross Balboa. I wasn’t in any hurry, so I waited until she had left, then crossed Balboa,
next crossing Genesee, which is what I wanted to do in the first place.

I could have refused this woman’s help. I could have stood my ground and ripped my arm out of her hands. I could have been mean to her, so she would leave
me alone. The point is, I let it go, and I was appreciative of her desire to help, even if she created more work for me than help. I was kind to her, and
it cost me very little. Admittedly, I don’t know if I would have been as kind if I was in a hurry, but perhaps my anecdote will give you pause.

With Marvel’s Daredevil becoming more and more popular… I just heard on a podcast that it was renewed for a second season…. More of us are likely to get
rather strange questions about our blindness. I encourage you to use it as an opportunity to educate the curious and the clueless. Please resist the impulse
to give sarcastic responses to people who do not intend to offend, even if they ultimately have that effect on you, but you don’t have to fight crime.
You can fight prejudice with your kindness.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and personal coach living near San Diego, California. He is also a public speaker and a regular contributor to the Serotalk
Podcast Network. You can learn more about him by visiting his web site:

You can also follow him on Twitter:

** Books, books, and more books from Lori Motis.

Well, it is spring, and I am in the mood for some deep cleaning and organizing. I have found a few books on BARD that have been very good, giving me some
excellent ideas on getting rid of my clutter and keeping my home easy to maintain. Of course, it always helps me, when I know that I will be having house
guests. It gives me that extra push and gets me motivated. Plus the weather is perfect to have all of my windows open to circulate that glorious fresh
spring air.

The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing DB80607

Kondō, Marie; Hirano, Cathy. Reading time: 5 hours, 35 minutes.
Read by Gabriella Cavallero.

Home Management

A guide to decluttering the home from a cleaning and organization consultant, using the author's KonMari Method, which focuses on categories of items rather
than rooms. First published in Japanese in 2011. 2014

Home comforts: the art and science of keeping house DB49911

Mendelson, Cheryl. Reading time: 57 hours, 13 minutes.
Read by Kerry Cundiff.

Home Management

Helpful hints on a range of domestic topics--planning and preparing meals, doing laundry, cleaning each room in a home, preserving books and furniture,
caring for pets, fire safety, and many others. Includes guidelines for both the novice and longtime housekeeper and bits of wisdom gained from older relatives.
Bestseller. 1999.

This next one was an interesting read, with a lot of good ideas on downsizing. I hope that I won’t have to do this anytime soon, but one never knows. I
need more space than what the author was able to shrink to.
You can buy happiness (and it's cheap): how one woman radically simplified her life and how you can too DB75531

Strobel, Tammy. Reading time: 6 hours, 1 minute.
Read by Gabriella Cavallero.

Psychology and Self-Help
Home Management

Simple-living blogger shares recommendations for reducing reliance on material possessions, using time effectively, and recognizing the power of simple
pleasures. Covers managing debt, downsizing a household, and creating a meaningful work life. Includes a list of action items after each chapter. 2012.

And here is a good book that was recommended to me by a reader:
World of pies: a novel DB50867

Stolz, Karen. Reading time: 5 hours, 28 minutes.
Read by Peg Gilleland.


Vignettes of growing up in small-town Texas, with regional recipes included. In 1962 Roxanne, a baseball-playing tomboy, learns how to bake for the pie
contest and encounters racial prejudice for the first time. In high school she is embarrassed by her mother's pregnancy. And tragedy strikes the family.

Do you have a favorite book that you think other readers might enjoy, please send their titles and info to me. If it fits the target audience of the Blind
Post subscribers, I may include it in the next issue.

** Global Cane Outreach Updates
## A short news update from Beverly Crook, founder of Global Cane Outreach.
Hello again,
Wow! Another month has gone by already. It seems, to me,like it passed in just a blink of an eye.

Good News! We raised over $900 for our little Siyamthanda; now he will be able to have his eye surgery and not be sick. Thanks to all of
you who sent prayers and money his way.

The Global Cane Outreach board has recently started working on an idea for a fund raiser, that we would like to have in October. We are planning a dinner,
and if successful, that it could continue every year.

We look forward to where God will have us go next.

Blessings, Beverly
You can contact Beverly at:
To make a tax deductible donation please send a check or money order to:
Global Cane Outreach, P.O. Box 66872, Scotts Valley CA 95067, or
visit the website to donate electronically.
Be sure to put in the memo that it is for Siyamthanda's eyes.

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts
Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and
illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ's
love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility,
independence and sharing God's word.
The average cost of a folding white cane= $20
The average cost of a solar powered audio bible= $35
Monthly cost to send Siyamthanda to blind school= $100
Total cost to give mobility, freedom and God's love= Priceless!

** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:

## Packing for a trip

I love to travel but when it comes to packing! That's a different story. Now that my vision is down to a bare minimum, I need to be super careful when
I pack my stuff and why? Because I need to ensure that the clothes I take with me all match. That is, what I think I am packing is indeed what it is.

So out comes my color detector and I use it a lot to help me. I am very careful when I pack so as to ensure that I arrange my clothes in such a way that
I know what goes with what. I try to take things that are easy to match. For example, black pants with any color top. I am very careful to ensure that
things do indeed match. My closet and drawers are all very meticulously arranged so that I know where to find what I seek.

My mom has helped me to do this and I just need to make sure that I keep things in order. It is easy once I have a system down pat.

One big challenge for me is to ensure that I know which color shoes I am packing so that I can match them appropriately to my clothes. Fun, fun!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at

and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

** Living with low vision by Donna Williams

## Current Events

For those of you who always look forward to my stories about living with low vision I promise you there will b more in the future. This month however I
have 3 pieces of news I’d like to share and they all relate to living my life as a low vision individual.

In last month’s article I mentioned finding a church that I could attend right in my neighborhood, well, now I’m praising God endlessly because I am a
member of a congregation that not only welcomes me but whose pastor has taken the time and small amount of effort needed to meet my needs so I can participate
fully in worship despite my low vision. Last Sunday when I arrived I was given a large print program that was done in Ariel font and with the size print
I had requested during an earlier conversation with the minister and his wife. I took the program when it was offered to me and went in search of a pew.
Once I was settled the Pastor’s wife came over and told me her husband would be up shortly with the hymns on separate pages and enlarged in a darker and
bigger font then one used in the large print hymnal. This was a huge help to me since from what I could determine the hymnal had what I would refer to
as larger print but that print wasn’t nearly the size I needed. When I was asked how things were working out for me I decided to be honest and told those
who were concerned that the hymnal was doable, but the print is a little smaller then I’m used to reading and I am so happy and surprised at the result.
Now I can sing along to every word and note to every hymn something I could never quite do growing up. I love music so I’m sure you know what an uplifting
experience worship has now become for me. Praise God!

The second piece of news involves an appointment I have for a low vision evaluation. This appointment is scheduled for May 5th. I am really looking forward
to it since apparently I may need new reading glasses. I’ve begun reading more audio books now, but I still enjoy picking up a print book and reading it
and just like with audio books the longer the better is my motto. I have all the hope in the world that this low vision evaluation will go better then
the last one I had. At that one despite my preferences the doctor ended up deciding he knew better and order me glasses that have dark frames. When I asked
him why he went against what was decided while I was at the office he informed me that he was of the opinion that the black frames surrounding the magnification
part of the glass would prevent glare. Unfortunately he didn’t take into consideration the fact that my eyes move constantly and I have a cataract to look
around so instead of helping the total blackness actually blocked me from seeing what I was reading whenever my eye focused on the frame. Obviously I’m
not going back to that particular office again and this time since I’m going someplace new I’m hoping they will listen better. Please pray that all goes

The last piece of news regards a report I have to give next Saturday May 9th. I am Secretary for a special interest affiliate of Pennsylvania Council of
the blind and the area I live in is having their regional meeting next weekend. Each chapter or special interest affiliate will be giving a report about
what projects they are working on and what they have accomplished over the past year. I am looking forward to representing DVCCLV and I am very thankful
that I know Braille since it is my understanding that last year the lighting wasn’t the best for low vision participants to read their notes. There is
another benefit to me using Braille cue cards. If I were to write notes in print I’d have to hold the paper close to my face in order to read. With Braille
I will be able to look out at the crowd and talk into the mic with no obstructions that could muffle my voice. I am really excited about doing this for
the affiliate, but I have to admit I’m a little nervous. I tend to become shy in front of large groups of people and if something goes wrong with the sound
system and I have no mic to help amplify my voice then when I try to project I will sound as though I’m speaking harshly. I will pray to God that neither
of these things happen and that my cue cards wil keep me focused and I won’t forget to report on anything.

This week promises to be a fun one and I will share updates about the outcome in future articles.

In the meantime we can’t forget about Mom or those who gave their lives while serving our country. If your Mom is still living make sure you remember to
wish her a Happy Mother’s Day on May 10th and if you know someone who has died while serving our country I hope you will have the opportunity to pause
and remember them on Memorial Day. It’s not only those who died in battle but those who came home and passed away as a result of sustained injuries or
being exposed to chemicals used during war. I know that in the midst of celebrating and enjoying good food with family and friends I will be taking the
time to pause and remember the sacrifice many have made so we can continue to enjoy our freedom, especially since someone so dear to me is one of these

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. If you wish you may contact me at:

** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.

## Do you have a personal story about yourself, an article that you wrote, or a poem, limerick, or a funny situation that you had, with your cane, blindness,
or your guide dog?
Send them to me, and I will include them in the next edition of the Blind Post, if they are approved.
** Funnyside: “It is to laugh”jokes, riddles, historical quotes, all in good taste.

These were submitted from Cindy Calhoun:

If you’re an American when you’re outside the bathroom and an American when you enter/exit the bathroom, what are you in the bathroom?

A Chinese man was on his way to the dentist. What time was it?
Tooth hurtee! (2:30).

What is Noah’s favorite record?
I Love a Rainy night.

Why is a good President like a good carpenter?
They’re both cabinetmakers.

Why were hurricanes once named after girls?
They weren’t himmicanes.

Define a volcano.
A mountain with hiccups.

Define a tornado.
Mother Nature doing the twist.

What did one tonsil say to the other?
“Get dressed. The doctor’s gonna take us out tonight.”

What kinds of keys won’t open anything?
Turkeys, monkeys, donkeys and piano keys.

Why are dentists such sad physicians?
They are always looking down in the mouth.
What bus crossed the ocean?

Where are large diamonds kept?
In baseball stadiums.

Why did the silly person call the elevator operator, “daddy?”
He had brought him up.

Why are knots used on the ocean instead of miles?
Because of the tide (tied).

Where did the silly person try to find the English Channel?
On the TV, radio and Internet.

Why was the flea crying?
It couldn’t stand to see a moth ball (bawl).

If you were in a room with 2 things, a bed and a calendar, how could you eat and drink?
Drink from springs in the bed and eat the dates from the calendar.

## From our friend Richard:
humor, i hope.
If a man says something in the forest and there is no woman there to correct him, is he still wrong?

Uncle si Robertson from duck dynasty quotes… raising teenagers is harder than nailing jello to a tree… and how many arms does an alligator have? answer…
it depends on what he’s eaten lately…

## Do you know a funny riddle or joke, or an amusing short story? Send them to me, and if approved for
publication, they will be posted in the next Blind Post news.
Send your submissions to

The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind April 2015

** Tech Corner: News and information.
## This month’s article is by Lori Motis.

## I have recently discovered all of the great listening content that is on iBlink Radio. I have had the iBlink Radio app on my iPhone for over three years,
and now on my iPad mini, but I did not listen to anything much until the last two months. When my son, Joshua Loya, told me he was now one of the three
new hosts on Triple-click Home, I began listening to that show, and found so much more to enjoy.

Some of the newer shows are: Real World Fitness, The Rundown Sportscast, Triple-click Home, SeroTalk, and What’s Up.

I started exploring all that iBlink Radio has to offer and found much more there than I thought there was. There is a vast amount of podcasts, and resources,
from other individuals, companies, and organizations.
Here are a few examples:
Access Talk Podcast, AppleVis Podcast, Blind Alive Podcast, Audio content, Cool Blind Tech Podcast, Disability Now, Eyes On Success, Fashionability,
Mac for the Blind, Movies for the Blind, Seminars at Hadley, and of course SPN radio.
There are some great audio content for those that are losing their eyesight or newly blind.
A variety of tutorials too.

“iBlink Radio is a free app on platforms including Mac, Android, Kindle Fire and iOS providing access to global radio stations, podcasts and local and
national reading services of special interest to the blind and vision-impaired.
iBlink Radio was inducted into the highly acclaimed AppleVis App Hall of Fame in December 2011.
SAMNet subscribers will also enjoy the convenience of logging into their accounts directly from the iBlink Radio app using the SAMNet Connect feature,
found under "SAMNet Sampler" from the app home page. Best of all, information syncs across multiple devices, so you can easily enjoy content from one device
and pick up right where you left off when logging in from another platform.”

This is now my go to app for all of my favorite podcasts and shows.
Oh, and I have heard that there is a lot more to come. Also, each individual show has a website address where you could listen on the internet from your
computer or other web access device.

To find out more visit:

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady
This month is recipe month:

## Introduce your family to Thai food with this nutty noodle salad. The carrots provide an excellent source of vitamin A and the red peppers are rich in

Nutty Noodle Salad
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup PLANTERS Unsalted COCKTAIL Peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided
8 oz. fusilli pasta, uncooked
2 carrots, cut into matchstick strips (about 1 cup)
1 cup pea pods, cut into matchstick strips
1 small red pepper, cut into matchstick strips (about 1 cup)

PLACE lime juice, soy sauce, honey and 1/4 cup peanuts in electric blender or food processor container; cover. Blend until smooth; set aside.
COOK pasta as directed on package, adding carrots, pea pods and pepper strips to boiling water during last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain pasta and vegetables.
RESERVE 1/4 cup peanut sauce. Toss pasta with remaining peanut sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Let pasta stand at room temperature 30 minutes
serving. To serve, toss pasta with reserved peanut sauce and remaining peanuts.
Special Extra: Garnish with chopped cilantro.

## This recipe comes from Mr. Food. Creator of quick and simple recipes, and
submitted by Linda Ward

Easiest lasagna ever
The name says it all! Whether it's a holiday or any ordinary night of the
week, you don't need to spend hours
making a delicious lasagna when we've got the formula for making The Easiest
Lasagna Ever!
1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 egg
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 pound uncooked lasagna noodles (1/2 of a 16-ounce box)
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup water
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with
cooking spray.

2.In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage 8 to 10 minutes, or until
browned; drain and set aside.

3.In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, 1 cup of the shredded
mozzarella cheese, and the basil; set aside.

4.Pour half the spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dish. Cover sauce with
half the uncooked noodles; spread cheese mixture over noodles, then layer
over that the sausage, mushrooms, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese,
remaining noodles, and remaining sauce. Pour 1/4 cup of water into each
corner of baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

5.Bake 1-1/4 hours. Do not unseal the top until cooking time is complete.

6.Remove from oven, uncover, and top with remaining mozzarella cheese and
the Parmesan cheese; bake 8 to 10 additional minutes, or until cheese is

Note: Read all the way through this recipe before you begin. Dr. Pepper is also used in the glaze.
3/4 cup oil
10 oz. Dr. Pepper at room temperature
4 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large box instant vanilla pudding mix

1. Combine all ingredients and pour into greased Bundt pan.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
3. Cool slightly and invert pan to remove cake onto a plate.
4. Pour glaze over the cake.


3 tablespoons Dr. Pepper
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
The glaze will soak into the cake.

Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking
When people find out I’m a martial artist, especially when they find out I hold several black belts, it is not uncommon for jokes to be made about how
people shouldn’t make me angry. “Don’t’ mess with him. You wouldn’t want to piss him off. He’s a black belt.” Honestly, I am probably a lot safer to make
angry than most of the people you meet.

I have spent the better part of a decade learning techniques enabling me to restrain, back off, hurt, and even kill those who are intent on doing harm
to others. Fortunately, I have also been taught a guiding moral philosophy which dictates the following. “Use as much force as the bad guy makes necessary.”
It’s very possible that no physical force is necessary, and that all that is required is to use some basic listening communication skills to calm a potential
attacker down. Of course, if and when someone attacks, fighting techniques may be required. There are still varying levels of physical force which may
be used, depending on the specifics of the situation. If I had a drunken uncle, and he got out of hand at a wedding reception, I would use a very different
set of techniques than I would if somebody was trying to kill me or a member of my family. Differing levels of violence are required for different situations.

Most people are used to the idea of physical violence; even if they disagree when and if physical violence is appropriate. What may be a bit more nuanced
is the idea of verbal violence. If I punch you in the mouth, it will probably hurt. It might even hurt a lot, and you may need some medical attention,
depending on how hard I hit you. It will still heal over time, and you may even forget I did it at all. If I say something very nasty to you, drawing upon
all the subtleties of every piece of information I know about you, it may take years for it to never hurt you again. You might never recover from what
I said to you, depending on what I said, and the nature of our particular relationship. In short, we can do a lot of damage with our words.

Connected to this is the idea of the lawful target principle. When the lawful target principle is applied in a more constructive way, it becomes the upgrade
principle. This is how it works. As a relationship grows in intimacy, from acquaintances to friends to close friends and so on, the quality of interaction
ought to get better. The closer we are to someone, and the more we know about them, the more opportunity we have to cause them pain, either physical or
emotional. Because the possibility of hurting someone increases as the intimacy grows, we should take more care to build the relationship up, rather than
tear it down. Put another way, I should be a better friend than I am an acquaintance. I should be a better husband than I am a boyfriend. Too often, instead
of doing it this way, we begin to take the ones closest to us for granted. We hurt the ones we love, as the saying goes. If I am living by the lawful target
principle, I am more likely to let the closeness of our relationship give me license to hurt you. In other words, you become the most lawful target.

We are going to make mistakes and hurt people, just because we are human. Miscommunication happens all the time. We don’t need to do it on purpose. Also,
if we want people to treat us well, we ought to do the same. We should be such good friends, husbands, mothers, sons, brothers, sisters, employers, and
employees so that there is more keeping everyone in the relationship beyond the relationship itself. Instead of granting ourselves the license to act any
way we choose because someone is not allowed to leave, perhaps it might be better to conduct ourselves in such a way that everyone involved wants to stay.

Just as physical violence is not ever something we should enjoy doing, we also ought never to enjoy using our words to cause pain. Violence is violence.
It doesn’t matter if it is physical or verbal. I know what a palm to the face will do to someone. I know what will happen if I kick someone in the groin.
It might be necessary, but it is not something I would ever enjoy doing. My goal is to create or restore peace. To that end, I should be mindful of the
powerful effect my words can have, and use them to help create more joy. I should use them to strengthen connections and friendships because life will
be tough enough on its own. I don’t want to make things worse. I want to make them better.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and personal coach living near San Diego, California. He is also a public speaker and a regular contributor to the Serotalk
Podcast Network. You can learn more about him by visiting his web site:

You can also follow him on Twitter:

** Books, books, and more books from Lori Motis.

## I know that my choice of reading material does not interest all of you, but below are a few that I have recently enjoyed, and wanted to share:

I love a good mystery. I have recently discovered a new mystery series on the BARD website. It is a commercial audio book and the reader is quite good.
So far there are eight in the series, and I have now read four of them. If you love knitting and mysteries, you will enjoy listening to the Seaside Knitters

All of the book’s titles relate to the fiber arts. They are well written with fun characters, and will catch your interest within the first chapter or
so. You won’t want to put the book down until you are finished reading.

Death by cashmere: a Seaside Knitters mystery DB80491
Goldenbaum, Sally. Reading time: 9 hours, 57 minutes.
Read by Julie McKay.
Mystery and Detective Stories

Not long after Isabel "Izzy" Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of women begins
congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters. When Izzy's renter drowns mysteriously, the women decide to investigate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

I have also read the latest Hannah Swensen mystery:
Blackberry pie murder DB78348
Fluke, Joanne. Reading time: 9 hours, 37 minutes.
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee.
Mystery and Detective Stories

Driving down a back road in the rain, baker and amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen hits a man standing on the edge of the pavement and is arrested by her brother-in-law
for vehicular manslaughter. Hannah starts investigating the victim from her jail cell. Includes recipes. 2014.

This next book I have read and reread many times. If you deal with chronic pain this might be a good book for you:
Being well when we're ill: wholeness and hope in spite of infirmity DB66901
Dawn, Marva J. Reading time: 8 hours, 38 minutes.
Read by Annie Wauters.
Theologian with multiple disabilities offers advice on attaining emotional, intellectual, and spiritual wholeness despite physical infirmities. Suggests
scripture to deal with the sorrows of loneliness, pain, worry, boredom, depression, and dying and provides practical ideas for persevering in the face
of severe or chronic illness. 2008.

And this next one is a fun read:
Jolly jokes for older folks DB65362
Phillips, Bob. Reading time: 3 hours, 39 minutes.
Read by Erik Sandvold.
Alphabetized compendium of hundreds of wholesome jokes and one-liners for the young at heart, from the author of The Best Ever Book of Good Clean Jokes
(RC 63784). Includes quips on doctors, memory loss, the IRS, computers, and other situations. 2007.

Enjoy reading!
Do you have a favorite book that you think other readers might enjoy, please send their titles and info to me. If it fits the target audience of the Blind
Post subscribers, I may include it in the next issue.

** Global Cane Outreach Updates
## A short news update from Beverly Crook, founder of Global Cane Outreach.
I received an Email from our friend in South Africa, about our
Little Siyamthanda. The Doctor wants to do surgery, to remove his
eyes, as soon as possible. The tumors that are behind his eyes, are
continuing to grow
causing him a lot of illness and pain.
We need to collect at least $600 to cover the cost for
artificial eyes. I have great faith that this will happen
real soon.
If you have it on your heart that you would like to contribute to
this cause, see below for my name, where and how. Any amount is
appreciated. If we receive more than what we need we will put
the rest into our ministry to buy more folding canes, audio Bibles,
and any other much needed equipment. If making a contribution is not
possible, he sure can use your prayers. God is good and loves
to bless us.
I hope you are having a wonderful spring and are enjoying all of the
beautiful smells and warm sunshine.
Blessings, Beverly
You can contact Beverly at:
To make a tax deductible donation please send a check or money order to:
Global Cane Outreach, P.O. Box 66872, Scotts Valley CA 95067, or
visit the website to donate electronically.
Be sure to put in the memo that it is for Siyamthanda's eyes.

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts
Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and
illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ's
love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility,
independence and sharing God's word.
The average cost of a folding white cane= $20
The average cost of a solar powered audio bible= $35
Monthly cost to send Siyamthanda to blind school= $100
Total cost to give mobility, freedom and God's love= Priceless!

** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:
## Menus at restaurants

No, I would never expect any restaurant to always have a Braille menu on hand for a Blind person. However, with more apps becoming available for persons
in general to read with their i devices, my life has just become that bit more interesting and exciting.

Asking any restaurant to provide Braille menus to their Blind patriots could be considered to be a bit much given 2 reasons: The production of Braille
menus may be a bit costly and the number of Blind customers requiring them may not justify producing them. However, there are alternatives out there to
be considered. The online way is one way and if a Blind person has a device with a scanning app then this can surely be used when they visit a restaurant.
Things are definitely looking up for us.

Gone are the days of the unreadable restaurant menu and now say hello to being able to read it ourselves.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at

and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

** Living with low vision by Donna Williams
## Another Renewal Day Is Here!
By Donna Williams

A few years ago a friend of mine told me she didn’t want to turn 50 and I couldn’t understand why she felt that way. Age is just a state of mind. Good
thing I feel that way because it is now time for me to celebrate this same milestone.

I’ve been told my once brown hair now has tiny strands of gray and I just know some of my friends would tell me to color them quickly so my age doesn’t
show. Those who know me well are aware that I am not nor have I ever been concerned very much with looks. I keep myself presentable and I figure if people
can’t accept me for who I am then I don’t need to be bothered with their opinion.

I wonder will I mourn the loss of brown color in my hair? Perhaps, but I’m sort of hoping it turns a snowy white when the time comes. I know we aren’t
in control of this, but rather than feeling depressed or disappointed that my body is finally deciding to take on its new look I figure I can think about
my preferences and there is hope that they will happen.

As to how I feel inside, I think I was born an old soul because I did things as a kid that didn’t always make sense at the age I did them. Sometimes I
acted like a little adult and I am amazed that I knew what to do in certain situations or at certain times without having to be told or knowing what was
right or wrong. Because I am writing my life story I have been looking back, remembering what I can and asking questions of family members to fill in the
rest. The more my past unfolds in front of me the more I see the hand of God in my life and I’m certain we are born with knowledge imprinted on our souls.
It makes me feel elated about the life cycle because in order for our souls to have an imprint of knowledge before we are born it means we existed and
will continue to exist long after we are physically gone. I’ve known this truth all my life, but to watch it unfold for me through events in my life is

I find it amusing that everyone celebrates New Year’s Day by the calendar. I once told a friend that we all actually have our own New Year’s Day which
happens on the date we were born. On this day every year I always think about renewal and how the year ahead will work out for me. This year is no different
except I’ve reached a milestone. AARP finally wants me and I keep getting mail about the perks of being 50 and over and how I can take advantage of all
these great opportunities.

I don’t feel any different inside, but as I approach what I like to think of as Renewal Day I have made a few changes in my life. The most important of
these is finding a church in my area. I have been away from organized worship for a while for various reasons but I’ve never strayed from my faith in God
and recently I’ve been hearing that soft gentle voice of the Holy Spirit in my ear saying you need to try again at the church up the street. I listened
but didn’t act upon it’s beckonings until last Sunday. One of the reasons for this is the inclement weather we had here all winter. Every time I’d decide
to get up and go we’d have more snow or it would be icy outside as a result of a storm earlier in the week.

Palm Sunday was cold, but sunny and the ground was completely clear so off I went. According to the web the service started at the traditional time of
11 Am so I left my house at around 10:30. I figured it might take me ten to fifteen minutes to walk up there and I didn’t want to be late.

When I arrived I was surprised to find no one in the vestibule. I looked at my watch and saw it was ten of eleven. I listened and heard voices down the
hall so I decided to investigate. On the web it said members could come for coffee before the service so I figured that was where they all were. The voices
were coming from the end of the hall and when I arrived at the room where they were coming from I was surprised to see there were only three people present.
No one seemed to notice I had come in so I called out” hello!” One of the women turned around and asked if she could help me and I told her I was there
for the service. She told me it was over and went on to explain that they changed the time to accommodate their organist who played for another church
with a later service. At first I felt disheartened but when I explained that I’d gotten my information from the net she took me to the church office where
I was introduced to the pastor and his wife. They promptly stopped what they were doing and met with me for about a half hour. I was given the grand tour
and learned where some of the most important places were like the bathroom for those times when you just can’t wait, but don’t want to bother people by
asking them where to find it. This is even funnier because as the Pastor’s wife showed me where the bathroom was she explained that I might not have been
able to find it on my own even if I had enough vision to read the sign since the door read “Eve”. Apparently even if I hadn’t had the tour I might not
have been the only one who would have been confused. I heard a funny story about a sighted person who walked around lost thinking the door led to a person’s
office or something. Lol.

At the conclusion of the tour and meeting I had all the information I needed in order to start attending services. As I was leaving the minister’s wife
handed me a palm. That palm and the words she said will always be a treasure to me. It is now my intention to become an active member of that church and
I know god will use my talents for His service in reaching out to others.

I love my little palm. I may be turning 50 this month, but last Sunday I felt like a child again and as I walked home the wind really picked up. I jumped
in the air held out my palm branch and let it wave high over my head. I even took a few skipping steps down the sidewalk. Someone passing me in a car honked
their horn and I waved in greeting with my free hand. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and I felt loved and embraced. I believe this is going to
be a great Renewal Year and I’m really looking forward to it.

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! And if you find yourself celebrating what I call Renewal Day this month Happy Renewal Day Too!

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** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.
## A gardening story from Karen Bailey:
When I was a teenager somewhere back in the sixties, we lived on a
tiny piece of farmland in Massachusetts. It was given to my parents
when they got married by my Dad's father who was a farmer and
precision machinist. He had cows, and chickens and dogs. This was
all before my time, before I was born.
So, when my father came back from the Navy he was given this one acre
my mother named "Thimble Farm" and painted the plaque that was posted
on a maple tree on the street side of our house in front of it.
In the mid-sixties they planted a large set of gardens . My mother
loved flowers of all kinds and we were told ours was the most
beautiful house with tons of flower gardens she had planted. We were
told by folks they looked forward to traveling by our house because
it looked like a magazine cover with all those lovely blooms.
But when I moved away and so did my brother they didn't do this much any more.
They eventually moved to Cape cod. By the shore the soil isn't good
for growing vegetables because of all the salt in it. a The best one
can do is grow lots of roses and native plants mostly.
One thing was that I couldn't ever grow a thing myself. I killed every
plant in college folks gave me... After two weeks the plants died in
spite of the fact I watered them.
Finally in the year 2000 I decided I wanted to try again so Mom said
put the garden in our yard. I tried but nothing came up.
That didn't discourage me...however... I was studying in earnest, all
the plant and seed catalogs I could get my hands on.
After a winter's study of all the catalogs I was ready and had
studied about organic gardening. I bought two self-watering containers
and some seeds.
The containers had a four-gallon reservoir in the bottom of each
container. This meant I wouldn't have to water the plants so often.
The first year I went out on the warmest day slightly after May 30th,
as prescribed in our area. I was hopeful, and had read all the printed
instructions on the packets of seeds that told how deep and how far
apart each seed needed to be planted.
I patiently planted each seed, and checked about every other day to
see if they came up. When they did after a little while I used
seaweed and fish fertilizer on all the plants.
By July and August I had nice blue lake beans, and some good tomatoes.
this was the first year. Encouraged by this for four years after that
I put in blueberry dwarf bushes, dwarf apple trees,and dwarf
everything else. Even the corn was a four-foot dwarf variety. I had
smashing success. Every day I went out to spray plants with water
getting any bugs off them and checking to see if all was well. I
even grew tiny mini pumpkins for Halloween. All the plants were in
self-watering containers. There were about eight of them on the last
year along with some huge 20-inch pots. Now I would do this
differently. I saw thirty-inch pots that would give the plants more
space to grow.
These are also self-watering. There are many sizes of these type of
planters with many sizes of reservoirs I have learned.
A quick perusal of the web will show where to find these.
Even Amazon has some.
I also ran across a theory which helped me a lot. It is called
square-foot gardening and the man has his books on Bard so you can see
how this works. The planter is divided into squares according to
plant needs. Looking on the packets of seeds again will help with
this. I will not go into those instructions here but you may look on
that site to read his books.
Using some of his spacing helped me plant my own container gardens.
I also planted some flowers that were good for keeping bugs off the
other vegetable plants. I have learned that there is also another
option for gardens now, that wasn't available much in the past. You
may now buy stands that are self-watering that you can set up on a
patio. This means no more stooping or bending for those of us who just
can't be on our knees gardening any more due to either disability or
I hope this has been helpful , and encouraging for those who might
like to try. Start with something small and work your way up. It's
very rewarding to go out on a summer's night and pick out what you
want to eat for dinner.

## Do you have a personal story about an interesting experience you have had, or a poem, limerick, or something funny that you shared with another friend
or your guide dog?
Send them to me, and I will include them in the next edition of the Blind Post.

** Funnyside: “It is to laugh”jokes, riddles, historical quotes, all in good taste.
## Do you know a funny riddle or joke, or an amusing short story? Send them to me, and if approved for publication, they will be posted in the next Blind
Post news.
Send your submissions to

## Jokes submitted from Richard Stone:
I was watching a lady friend of mine searching through a large bag of m and m’s. she looked at each one and tossed into the trash can. after she discarded
the entire bag, I asked her “what are you doing?” she replied “ I was looking for the m and all I got were ones that said w.” yes…she’s a blonde!

The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind March 2015

** Tech Corner: News and information.
## Review: Chicken Nugget
By Joe Orozco

I put off using when it first came out because the interface was hardly navigable from a blind user perspective. Of course this was long before
the company made an enormous effort at making their site accessible, and while the interface is so much more maneuverable today, I still find myself gravitating
to the convenience of a dedicated app. In this case, my top choice is Chicken Nugget.

Why a Standalone Client?

Before getting into why a standalone client is preferable to the website, it's worth summarizing what Twitter is. In a nut shell, Twitter lets you interact
with followers through a series of messages no more than 140 characters long. You can retweet messages from the people you follow to people who follow
you. You can share links, audio and images. It all makes for a very interactive means of communication, but as you can imagine, it can quickly get cluttered.
Hence, this is why I use a Twitter client.

First, accessibility is a natural concern. This might seem counterintuitive. Doesn't it make more sense to visit a site, engage the service you need and
move on? Yes, the Twitter site is a lot better off today than it was a few years ago, but a web page is still a web page. It's my personal opinion that
for the moment, most companies are approaching website accessibility as a secondary feature as opposed to a seamless part of the experience. A blind person's
mileage using web apps will depend on the person's choice of browser, their choice of device, their choice of screen reader, and their proficiency with
said screen reader.

Second, there's something to be said for productivity. By the time you launch your browser, navigate to the page, log in, skip past the irrelevant headers,
sidebars and ads to get to what you want, you've already wasted precious time you could have used to actually execute the task on a dedicated client. It
sounds silly to think we can measure productivity in cumulative seconds, but since Twitter does not exactly rank high on most people's actual productivity
scales, there's no harm in finding useful shortcuts to be distracted a little more efficiently, right?

Why Chicken Nugget?

If you agree accessibility and productivity are fundamental ingredients to a pleasant user experience, then you will find both elements are key to working
with Chicken Nugget.

If you've never used The Qube, Twit Monger or similar Twitter clients, Chicken Nugget gives you the flexibility to interact with your followers anywhere
in your PC. That is to say, you could be working on a Word document or hammering out an e-mail in Outlook, but if you hear Twitter in the background, you
can immediately check the new tweet without ever Alt Tabbing away from the current screen.

Chicken Nugget makes use of global hot keys to interact with a virtual environment. You map out your choice of appropriate hot keys using a combination
of Shift, Control, Windows, and Alt keys plus any alphanumeric and function key on your keyboard.

So, for example, I've configured Control + Windows + N to send a new tweet. If I want to retweet a particularly news worthy message, I use Control + Shift
+ V, and if I want to publically reply to someone else's tweet, I use Control + Shift + R, etc.

5 reasons why Chicken Nugget is great:

1. You can use global keys or a visual interface to interact with the application. There are functions you'll need to use the visual interface to perform,
but these functions are very few. Most things you'll be able to execute using the global keystrokes.

2. Adjusting sound schemes, announcement verbosity and other miscellaneous settings on Chicken Nugget are very intuitive. I could just be a moron, but
I never found The Qube's interface all that easy to control. I could perform interaction functions just fine--sending tweets, adding people to lists, favoriting
exceptionally good tweets, and so on--but adjusting the settings didn't come that easily to me. I think this may've been owed to the need to memorize a
lot of different keystrokes. On Chicken Nugget, the dedicated interface makes use of a convenient menu bar that lets you fully adjust whatever you require
and memorize the keys along the way thanks to a helpful keyboard manager.

3. It's very stable. I've been using it for a few months and can't think of a single instance it's malfunctioned on me. I suppose we'll have to see if
Chicken Nugget will keep up with Twitter's changing API, but so far, everything is well.

4. You can easily revolve between multiple accounts, key for people managing both a business and personal presence.

5. The trial version is fully featured. The only difference is that when you launch the software, you'll be reminded to register. The evaluation period
lasts 30 days.

What! You have to pay?

Yes, the application costs $15, and in my opinion it's worth every cent.

If you expected me to say it's a good thing to make contributions to developers who take time to make products like this work, then you would be correct.
Your one-time fee helps the developers maintain the software and stay interested enough to want to keep it up-to-date.

But why not just pay for something free like The Qube? I used The Qube for a long time, and as grateful as I am for the team that resurrected the project,
it has since crashed on me, yet again. One day I went to go add a Twitter account. The application could not retrieve a Twitter token, and it refused to
launch from that point moving forward, even with my old account. Now, I know there are plenty of people whose Qube program is still working just fine.
In that case I say keep on using what works for you, but I eventually got tired of the occasional glitches. It really is okay to charge for something if
you know it's going to require time to keep functioning.

Final Thoughts

Christopher Toth and Tyler Spivy are the developers behind Chicken Nugget. If you visit you'll find they have also produced
apps to listen to Pandora, follow podcasts, and read eBooks.
They are also behind the development of NVDA Remote Access, a demonstration of which you can hear on the SeroTalk Podcast

In short, they are a small team with powerhouse potential. They are one of our own, and they have exhibited their aptitude to making things work through
one clean Twitter client. After downloading and putting Chicken Nugget through its paces, I'm one satisfied user.

About Joe Orozco
Joe Orozco is Managing Director for AlphaComm Strategies. When he isn't writing web pages, proposals, and online marketing materials for social and commercial
entrepreneurs, he enjoys reading and writing about technology, financial management, and strategic planning. Follow Joe on Twitter @ScribblingJoe.

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady
## Safe economical house cleaning tips
Vinegar Uses:
Vinegar naturally cleans like an all-purpose cleaner. Mix a solution of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar in a new store bought spray bottle and you have
a solution that will clean most areas of your home. Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Always test on
an inconspicuous area.
It is safe to use on most surfaces and has the added bonus of being incredibly cheap. Improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can eat away at tile grout.
Never use vinegar on marble surfaces. Don't worry about your home smelling like vinegar. The smell disappears when it dries. Here are some uses for vinegar
in the rooms of your house. Use it in the…
1. Bathroom - Clean the bathtub, toilet, sink, and countertops. Use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl to get rid of rings. Flush the toilet to allow the
water level to go down. Pour the undiluted vinegar around the inside of the rim. Scrub down the bowl. Mop the floor in the bathroom with a vinegar/water
solution. The substance will also eat away the soap scum and hard water stains on your fixtures and tile. Make sure it is safe to use with your tile.
2. Kitchen- Clean the stovetop, appliances, countertops, and floor.
3. Laundry Room- Use vinegar as a natural fabric softener. This can be especially helpful for families who have sensitive skin. Add ½ cup of vinegar to
the rinse cycle in place of store bought fabric softener. Vinegar has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent more effectively. (A plus when
you have a family member whose skin detects every trace of detergent.
4. Floor cleaner
For hard surface floors, vinegar at the rate of 1/4 to 1/2 cup to a gallon of warm water will clean as well as many commercial cleaners. For the toughest
dirt, drip or spray vinegar full strength, then mop it up.
Another way to attack dirt is to use a quick squirt of dish detergent or a teaspoon of laundry detergent in a half gallon of water.
Sink, tub, and hard surface cleanser
Put baking soda into a container with a shaker lid, like an empty spice bottle or a thrift store salt shaker. Wet the surface and sprinkle baking soda
on like you would more expensive cleaners. Scrub and rinse well. The gentle abrasion of baking soda will make porcelain and stainless steel shine! It's
much easier on the environment and your plumbing. A spray of one part bleach mixed with two parts water will remove stains if you let it set a moment.
Or clean with unwanted shampoo.
Bathroom wall and shower tile
Dish detergent, mixed at a 1:1 ratio with warm water, will clean soap scum and light mold from shower tile. It will only take a couple of tablespoons of
cheap detergent- that's all you need to cover the walls. Use a scrub brush for the quickest job, and rinse by pouring water over the tile. Wall tile can
be cleaned the same way. Use a cloth to rinse.
Furniture cleaner/polish
Mix two parts of olive oil and one part white vinegar in a blender to emulsify. Put a little on wood furniture then rub it in. Wipe off the excess. You
can substitute lemon juice for vinegar. It smells better, but it's not as frugal.
Hard water deposit remover
You can buy special potions to remove hard water deposits from your iron or sink, but why would you when vinegar works just as well? For porcelain, chrome,
or other hard surface, soak a rag in vinegar and put it over the area. Leave it overnight and in the morning the deposits will wipe off. In your steam
iron? Run vinegar through it instead of water. Hold it a few inches from the surface of your ironing board and let it steam away. You'll see chunks of
deposit being spit out.

Have fun spring cleaning!
Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking
## The Problem

There is a 70% unemployment rate among blind and visually impaired people living in the United States, or at least that is the figure often cited when
discussing disability related discrimination or other barriers to gainful employment for members of our community. Many of us are on SSI or some other
form of disability pension and that can sometimes be shame inducing because we think we ought to be working. Many of us have attempted to break free of
the bonds of the red tape that is involved in maintaining some level of disability related benefits, only to be further discouraged that SSI is the best
for which we can hope.

The one resource that is far more plentiful for those on government benefits than for those who are working is time. Perhaps the path out of the cycle
of shame and complacency that plagues many of us isn’t immediately searching for any job that we can get. What benefit is there in working to only earn
the same amount we get from our SSI benefits? Not much, in my opinion.

Perhaps you will quote to me various proverbs or sayings about idle hands. Working is good. Making effective use of our time is better. Work has virtue,
but not when we are worse off for it. The key for a blind person, or anyone on government assistance for that matter, is to leverage the time as a resource,
so that when we enter the work force, we can jump in at a point that dramatically increases our prospects at an elevated quality of life.

There are three key areas in which blind people must attain an elevated level of competency in order to set themselves apart from their sighted counterparts.
They are technological competence, written and oral communication, and social skills.

Technological Competence

We need the power and independence that comes from knowledge. Not everybody is going to be an access technology trainer, nor do they need to be. Nonetheless,
it is important that a blind or visually impaired person be able to independently operate a computer. Basic computer skills are the gateway to further
knowledge on whatever subject interests you. Previously, expensive software was required to be able to independently use any computer. Now, this is less
the case. The latest operating system software for PCs and Macs come with enough accessibility features that you can begin using your computers to handle
basic tasks like email, web browsing, and playing video and audio files with relative ease. If you need more in depth access, there are low cost and free
options available. NVDA, for example, is a free open source screen reader that is beginning to rival programs like Jaws and Window Eyes in functionality.
Most modern smart phones also have extensive accessibility features for both blind and low vision users. Many web sites and smart phone apps can provide
you with information and tools to help you do more independently than was possible even five years ago.

Written and Oral Communication

If you can’t read, it is going to be a lot harder for you to learn. It will be impossible for you to expect any meaningful employment. With rare exceptions,
manual labor jobs are not going to be an option for most of us. Even for those who have very physical jobs, the ability to absorb written information quickly
and respond appropriately is an assumed skill set for anyone who takes the first step of applying for a position. This includes spelling and basic grammar.
Even if you need to use spell check, it is still vital that you have a general awareness of sentence structure and spelling. Always proofread your emails
to potential employers and co-workers. If you have the ability to read braille, learn it. Even if you aren’t able to read it quickly, it is still helpful
to know it. Also, generally speaking, it is much easier to speak well, the more well-read you are. Of course, be mindful that pronunciations are not always
the same as screen readers say them. Listening to audio books and podcasts can help you with pronunciation.

Social Skills

How to Win Friends and Influence People isn’t just a book that everyone looking to succeed in any kind of business should read. Knowing how to build and
maintain rapport is the single most valuable skill you can have in influencing an outcome you desire to have that involves any interaction with another
person. Different situations call for different vocabulary and tones of voice. Nonverbal communication is another important one to understand. While you
might not be able to see someone, being aware of body language is still important, so that you can communicate more effectively. The way you dress matters,
so learning what style of dress is appropriate for the job you want is something that should not be overlooked. Even if you don’t’ think how you look should
matter, we live in a visual world. People, rightly or wrongly, will make snap judgments based on your appearance. You cannot change your disability. You
can control how you present yourself.

Where do I go from here?

The bottom line is this. If you have time because you are on government assistance, use it. There’s nothing wrong with playing an audio game now and again.
That being said, entertainment should not be the goal. If you desire to have a better life, you have to get it yourself. It will not be handed to you.
Use your time wisely, so you can build the skill set you need for the job you want. If that means going to college, do that. If that means getting a Bookshare
membership, get one. If that means taking a class from Hadley or your local blind center, take that class. This is your life. Nobody can live it for you.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist, personal coach, public speaker, and a regular contributor to the Serotalk Podcast Network. You can learn more about him
by visiting his web site:
Or following him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior

** Global Cane Outreach Updates
## Hello Fellow Readers,
I just returned from South Africa last week, and while it is fresh in my mind, I thought I would share a little of my trip with all of you.
I got to spend some time with our little Syamthanta, I am so happy to report that he has grown and filled out, he even has a little tummy on him compared
To last year that is so great. We gave him a soccer ball with the bells in them and boy is he ever sharp knowing right where that ball is.

He still has some illness due to the tumors behind his eyes. He needs to have his eyes removed. When I find out how much that will cost to put in artificial
Eyes we will do a fund raiser so that he can get this operation done. After all he wants to be a Doctor when he grows up, I sure want to do all that I
Can to help him with his goal.

We also got to go to his school in Pietermaritzburg . We only had two hours there but sure had a lot of fun.
We gathered the children in to large circles and played kick ball with the soccer balls, that have the bells inside, with them. They have not ever had
such a thing, It
was fun.
Then we told a Bible story and gave out Wicky sticks for them to use as an art project. That pretty much used up our time. I really look forward to going
back again next year.

We also got to visit our first blind person that we gave a cane and talking Bible to, my friend Thokozani. I am happy to say that he also looks great and
happy. He is traveling all over the place with his cane and could use a new cane.
Last year I did not know if he would be with us much longer, but he is doing wonderful, full of smiles.

There were lots of other things we did, praying for people, taking food and love to people and giving love and support to the local missionaries that
live there. We also went by the blind center in Durban and took them some canes and other items.
If you have any questions or would like to donate any blind friendly equipment or funds, please just let me know.
Blessings to All,
Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other
countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.

** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:
## Down the islands

So what am I talking about today? This is a sort of seaside resort that my brother Jeffrey and sister-in-law Gayle took me to some years ago. I had never
been before but now as I remember it, it was simply a very good experience for me.

I had enough vision then to see all around me. The huge colorful boats crowded with sea goers. The calm and peaceful sea just beckoning me to jump in and
swim around. The sun beating down on us in all its glory. The blue skies above me with puffy white clouds drifting lazily by.

We had such a great time. The kids loved it all; swimming around and around our boat. Gayle and I jumped in and we swam around as well. I thoroughly enjoyed
my swim in the calm warm water and I was able to see enough to navigate my way. We spent a few hours at this resort and then made our way slowly back to
shore. I simply loved to see the white spray as our boat traveled across the peaceful ocean.

Ah yes! Another memory that I just happened to pull out of my memory bank. One that I have carefully preserved for all time.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
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** Living with low vision by Donna Williams
## Thrill Seeking

I love to try new things and add new experiences to my memory bank, but I’ve never considered myself a thrill seeker. I watch shows like Survivor and wonder
“how can people want to do that for a million dollars?” Every year I end up getting disgusted by season’s end and promise myself this is the last time
I will watch. Then I hear the ads for the next season and decide to watch the opening episode.

Books are the same for me. I love a good thriller filled with suspense and told in the first person. If it’s an audio book and the right narrator is chosen
I can feel as though that person is actually in my living room visiting with me and telling their story.

When I think about my own life I can’t say I did that many incredible things that I’d consider thrilling. I am a kind, calm, person who values privacy
a great deal. As I stroll down memory lane though I am confronted with the realization of how wrong I am about my lack of thrill seeking.

With all the ice and snow we have been experiencing here in Pennsylvania I can’t help thinking about the huge frozen mud puddle in the school yard that
provided me with loads of fun when I was a child. It was easy to get to since the school was right across the street from our house and I loved going over
there and sliding on it. I’d put my boots on and tell my Mom I was going outside. Then I’d make sure neither of my sisters knew what I was doing before
going to check out that beautiful mud puddle. They really didn’t care. To them that brown puddle was ugly and disgusting. They’d much rather go ice skating
on a real pond and they begged my parents to take us. Oddly I was afraid of the pond. I knew that people sometimes fell through the ice and I was terrified
that it would happen to me so I settled on that little brown mud puddle knowing that if the ice gave way the only thing that would happen is I’d find myself
slogging around in mud. I also knew I would not get caught since any mud that ended up on my boots would be washed away once I walked through the snowy
field. All was well in my little world. I was having fun and there was something thrilling about keeping my activities a secret.

One day I decided it was time to share this new experience with friends of mine. I invited two girls over for a visit. One girl was totally blind and the
other had about the same amount of vision as I do. When we arrived at the mud puddle I showed my totally blind friend the exact layout in detail so she
could fully participate independently. I wanted to make sure everything was safe so I volunteered to go first. As I stepped onto the sheet of ice I began
to slide uncontrollably. There was something different about it this time. Too late I realized what it was. The ice had not frozen solid so there were
all these little hills and holes. At that very instant I heard a crunch instead of a sliding sound. My foot splashed and I fell forward. I had such momentum
that I flew across the rest of the mud puddle breaking the ice apart as I went. I landed in the snow on the other side bootless and muddy. Both of my friends
stood across from me with the puddle between us and stared in terrified silence as they watched my boots floating in the middle of what once was the most
beautiful piece of ice. None of us made a move to retrieve the boots however I knew I had to cover my feet immediately in order to prevent frostbite. I
tried to explain to my friends why it was important for one of them to help me get my boots but neither of them were willing to attempt it so I finally
had to walk through the snow in my socks and retrieve them. This was not a simple feat because my arms were too short. I stared at the mud puddle in dismay
realizing of course that I was left with no alternative. I’d have to walkthrough the mud in order to reach them. I knew this would ruin my brand new pair
of socks but no one else was making an effort to help me. I told my friends exactly what I was planning to do and they began to laugh. At first I was angry,
but once I took that first gooshy step I began to laugh as well. I laughed so hard I was doubled over in the middle of the mud puddle. In the meantime
my friend who had some vision continued providing audio description to our totally blind friend as she had been doing from the start of this whole fiasco.
I finally had to ask them to stop laughing long enough for me to pick up my boots and return to the snow. Once I was back on solid ground I removed my
socks and put my boots on. We walked back home laughing and making up funny stories about what could have happened if all three of us had been on the ice
together. My Mom heard us coming when we were still across the street. When she opened the door I held out my dripping wet muddy brown socks. I was right
I’d ruined them. My secret was out but surprisingly my parents just asked me “Why didn’t you just tell us that’s what you were doing?” My two friends stood
there in stunned silence until my dad turned to them and asked “Why didn’t either of you come back and get one of us to help?”
In the end I was not punished nor was I restricted from sliding on that mud puddle. Instead after lunch my father took us all back over the school and
explained how we could test the ice before sliding on it. He also went over some important safety rules that need to be adhered to when sliding in boots
rather then ice skates. As a result I spent many more happy hours sliding across that mud puddle with my boots on. It was a relief that my parents knew
where I was and what I was doing in case something happened especially since most of the time I was out there sliding alone.

I don’t think I could still do that today. My legs aren’t what they used to be. However there is a part of me that would love to try it just one more time.
Guess my thrill seeking days aren’t quite over yet. Grin.

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. If you wish you may contact me at:

** Books, books, and more books.
Did you know that you can download music scores and lessons on BARD?
Yes, if you are a member of the National Library Services talking book program, and already are downloading your audio and braille books from the BARD
website, you can also down load sheet music and audio music training books as well.

When you log in to the BARD website, go down to the heading that says Music Collection. Press your space bar or your enter key on that link. This page
has the same set up as for audio and braille books.
Taken from the BARD site:
“Musical Scores and Books

Braille scores available on BARD have mostly been scanned from the NLS hard copy collection, although a substantial and growing number are born digital,
either as new transcriptions or purchases from producers in the United States and abroad. Most of these titles are scores (sheet music) for various instruments,
including voice. There are also several standard music texts and many method books. Braille music materials all have the prefix BRM.

Audio materials are instructional guides or music appreciation presentations. The great majority of them were produced by and acquired from commercial
sources in the United States and England. A small number of titles were produced by NLS and represent a variety of instructional material, both instrumental
and vocal. Audio materials have the prefix DBM.”

So if you have an instrument that you want to learn how to play, or just want to brush up on some old favorites, you can find a vast variety of music choices
on BARD.

Enjoy reading, playing, and learning!

** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.

** Funnyside: “It is to laugh”jokes, riddles, historical quotes, and stories in good taste.
## Do you know a funny riddle or joke, or an amusing story? Send them to me, and if approved for publication, they will be posted in the next Blind Post
Send your submissions to

## Jokes submitted from Richard Stone:
If you have a matching set of salad bowls and they all say “cool whip” on them, you might be a redneck.

The young woman had answered all the questions correctly on the show “who wants to be a millionaire” except for the last one. she had exhausted all her
help options, but, she decided to go all the way. The question was “what is the capitol of Georgia?” without hesitation, she answered “G”
yes, she was a blonde…

And did you hear the one about the blonde? She had purchased a box of cheerios at the supermarket. The next morning, she opened them up and poured some
into a bowl. She declared “oh no, I have bought some doughnut seeds by mistake.”

I was talking to a lady friend of mine yesterday and she said she couldn’t join me for lunch. She then told me that she had to wait for the plumber. I
asked her. I asked “what sort of problem do you have?” she said that the water keeps draining out of the tub. I suggested to her in a polite way that she
might want to put the plug in. she replied “I didn’t know that it was an electric model.? Yes, she’s blonde…

The Blind Post Classified News from and for the Blind February 2015

** Tech Corner: News and information.
## Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.

Taken from :

A blind person requests assistance in the Be My Eyes app. The challenge that he/she needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the
milk to navigating new surroundings.

The volunteer helper receives a notification for help and a live video connection is established. From the live video the volunteer can help the blind
person by answering the question they need answered.

“It's my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the
world” – Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder of Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a non-profit, put in this world to make
the biggest difference possible for blind people.

Be My Eyes is open source.

Be My Eyes makes life easier for the blind, by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app. This allows the blind to handle big and small
tasks, while sighted get the joy of helping someone else in a easy and informal way.
It only takes a minute to choose the right tin can from the shelf, look at the expiration date on the milk or find the right thing to eat in the fridge
- if you have full vision that is. For visual impaired individuals smaller tasks in their home can often become bigger challenges. Be My Eyes hopes to
change that!
Through a direct video call the app gives blind people the opportunity to ask a sighted volunteer for help, for tasks that requires normal vision. The
blind person “lends” the helper’s eyes all through his or her smartphone. The sighted helper is able to see and describe what the blind person is showing
the sighted helper by filming with the video camera in the smartphone. That way, by working together they are able to solve the problem that the blind
person is facing.

You can listen to a promo video here:

Here is a podcast with the creator of the Be My Eyes App:

** Tips and Tidbits from the Food Lady
## Do you ever get the cooking blahs and just don’t feel like cooking. I sure have lately. Especially when you deal with chronic pain or arthritis, and
you just want to have something good to eat, and you don’t want to go out.

I have recently discovered that frozen dinners are not what they used to be. There are some really good tasty and even healthy ones now in the grocery

With cereal or instant oatmeal for breakfast, boxed soups and bagged salads for lunch, fruit and nuts for snacks, and then a portion controlled delicious
frozen dinner; you have a day of no fuss meals.

Boiled eggs are also an easy protein food to have on hand. It doesn’t take much time to prepare them.

My husband will make me scrambled eggs with Jimmy Dean’s fully cooked sausage patties, with prepared frozen potatoes, and then whole grain toast with jam.
That is always a treat.

Of course, I have my sweet tooth and have to have that bowl of ice cream and/or that cookie after dinner. I have discovered my local Winco’s grocery store’s
bakery has some great brownie bites and my faves- snickerdoodle cookies.

The frozen dinner brand we love the best is Marie Calendar’s. The beef and broccoli is awesome and I usually buy enough for two or three meals in the week.
I shop only once a week with my sister and so can stalk up on my whole weeks’ worth of meals and household goods, plus extra. You never know when you might
need those extra supplies for a snow day or week.

The Healthy Choice has some good choices too, but the portions are smaller and most men would desire more. If you add a salad and a roll, it would fill
out the meal nicely.

There are some great healthy pizzas as well. Newman’s makes a no nitrate pizza that is quite good.

With some of our new tech devices we can read the directions or you can go to
and search for your product.

My husband has been enjoying the Boost plus drinks in rich chocolate. It gives him more protein and they are lactose free and gluten free.

It is nice to know that there are some excellent fast foods out there that do not cost much and are good for you too.
We have actually been saving on our grocery bill, which is an added plus.

If you have any favorite frozen foods or quick meal ideas, send them to me to share.

Food Lady

** Blind Man Walking
## I was reflecting a bit on the conflict and drama that exists in the blind community. It’s easy to say that drama is a blind thing. I don’t think that
is actually true. It is possible that it is magnified in our community, but we don’t have a monopoly on it.

What is true is the destructive effect drama has on our community. How much energy is wasted on debates on superficial differences between the American
Council of the Blind (ACB) and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)? Certainly, there are noteworthy differences between the two organizations. There
are different areas of emphasis and strategy for each organization, and there are areas in which each group has made tremendous strides in equality for
people with visual impairments. I doubt very seriously whether the iOS Kindle app would have been made accessible when it was, were it not for the efforts
of the NFB. ACB must also be given credit for its efforts toward accessible US currency and expansion of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

We are a remarkably small percentage of the population. According to one statistic, less than 3% of all Americans, sixteen and older, are considered legally
blind. That’s still nearing 7 million people. It is still a sizeable group, but it is easy to be ignored, as long as we continue to fight amongst each

Are there going to be reasons to form different organizations? Absolutely. Might there be disagreements and issues that come up that can’t be solved by
hugging and singing folks songs around a campfire? This is also obviously true. The point is, we ought to find ways of agreement and solidarity where possible.
This includes celebrating the successes of everyone in our community. One person succeeding doesn’t mean that another person has to fail.

Recently, there were some profound changes in the landscape of blindness related podcasts. Several people who were closely associated with the Serotalk
Podcast Network left. Many of them went on to do other programs, most notably with Blind Bargains. I am not commenting on the reasons these people left,
nor am I commenting on the leadership of Serotek or Blind Bargains. (Full disclosure, I am now a regular host on Triple Click Home, an Apple related podcast
on SPN.)

Would I would like all of you to consider is the following. If Blind Bargains creates quality content that informs and entertains our community, then our
community wins. If SPN creates quality content, our community wins. If Blind Bargains and SPN both create quality content, our community wins even more.
What will be very sad for our community is if more lines in the sand are drawn between fans of SPN and fans of Blind Bargains, as if one cannot possibly
support or listen to shows on each network.

I host a podcast on SPN. I also listen to the shows produced by the Blind Bargains team and others. I want the community to win. The more options we have
for content that is relevant to us, the better off we all are. Whether you listen to Triple Click Home, the podcast I host with Hope Povenmire and John
Panarese, or you decide to listen to something else, please consider that it is easier to think through your words before you speak than it is to un-say

Difference of opinion and the exchange of ideas is what makes our community stronger. Sometimes we get very passionate about our perspective, and we might
cross a line. Sometimes we make decisions that hurt other people. Some of these are avoidable, and some of these aren’t. Again, I’m not commenting on what
caused the change in the podcast landscape, or whether everyone involved made the correct decisions. What I am asking is that we do our best to conduct
ourselves with class from this point forward. Even if we fall short, let’s strive to build connection in our community, not splinter it even further.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist, personal coach, public speaker, and a regular contributor to the Serotalk Podcast Network. You can learn more about him
by visiting his web site:
Or following him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior

** Global Cane Outreach Updates

## Dear Fellow subscribers,
My bags are packed for South Africa . The missionaries, that I will be traveling with, and I are all preparing to go serve and teach the word of God.
I recently visited with Lori and Tom Motis, your provider for this magazine. I also got to spend some time with one of our board members for Global Cane
Outreach , Michael Graham, at there house.
I mention this because we picked a story from the Bible and an art craft for the blind school that I will be visiting.
I am going to share the firey Furness story from the book of Daniel. We will be using Wikki Stix for the art project and making a picture of the furnace
and the people and angel inside.

We will be taking canes for the students and soccer balls with bells inside and talking calculators with clocks .
This will be the first time to visit a blind school in this way. I am really looking forward to it.
Those who would like to pray for us, we would sure appreciate it. We will be needing a lot of prayer especially with all the other things we will be doing
while we are there. Our dates are: we leave on the 5th of February and return on the 22nd.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you when I return.

Blessings, Beverly

** From the pages of Donna's travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan:

## A hotel that gets it

I am always happy to acknowledge the great work of any organization whenever it succeeds in making its services and products accessible to those who are
disabled or have special needs.

For this week, my huge congrats go out to the Southway Hotel of Ottawa. This hotel really gets it in every way and here's why.

At the end of February 2014 I booked a reservation to stay with this hotel and from start to finish the service was nothing less than excellent. As soon
as I had told them that I was blind because I always do so before confirming my booking, they sprang into action. They went out of their way to reassure
me that they provided services to accommodate my needs and as soon as I had set foot in the Southway, I was treated to some of the best services.

They told me that they would mark the door to my room with elastic bands on the door's handle. Their reception clerks went out of their way to explain
everything to me and marked my key card in a way that I would have no difficulty using it to open my door.

They went beyond the call of duty and even had great facilities for those wishing to take their dogs outside. I do not myself have a dog but I was extremely
happy to see that my friend could take her dog without having to worry. Their gym was extremely accessible and there was always someone there to help.

Congrats to You Southway and to your staff!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
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** Living with low vision by Donna Williams

## Beating The Winter Blahs

Now that the Holidays are over it’s time for the post celebration let down to begin. The long cold gray days and dark nights of winter always seem to be
endless to me. During this time I particularly struggle with the winter blahs. When the snow flies and ice is on the streets and sidewalks it is hazardous
to travel and Cabin fever really sucks.

Thankfully I have many hobbies and this is truly a blessing when I find myself in a position of spending time alone.

I always enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. When I was growing up we’d sit around the kitchen table while the wind was howling outside
and play Uno Parcheesi and other various games.

No matter what season it was there would always be some sort of card or board game happening within the walls of our house at least once a week.

When I moved out on my own this was one of the things I missed most of all. Suddenly my schedule and everyone else’s became busy and there seemed no time
when people could play together.

Then after I got used to using my iPhone I thought there might be some hope. My Mom and sisters were playing a myriad of games on their I devices and I
figured with voice over I would be able to join them. Sadly the games they’ve chosen to play are not accessible to me. This is disappointing especially
since one of the games they all play involves words and we all know how much I love words. Grin.

As the last part of 2014 approached I began to contemplate how I would spend my time once the snow began to fly and I was cooped up inside. I figured the
winter of 2015 would be filled with books, TV and listening to music as I’d done in past years. Then friends of mine introduced me to a website with free
accessible games. I soon had an account on that sight and began playing Yahtzee and Uno. At first I played with bots so I could learn all of the hotkeys
and functions I’d need to navigate with ease. Then I learned the site had a game called 1000 Miles which is exactly like Milbourne. I loved playing this
game with family and friends and have a deck of cards that I hand Brailled myself. That is how much I loved that game when I first learned it through a
friend. Yahtzee and Uno are also family favorites so as you can imagine I began to really love this sight.

However the site also became my nemesis. Friends of mine really wanted me to expand my game playing options and kept gently attempting to coax me into
learning to play Rummy. My goal was to avoid playing this game at all costs. Why you may ask since to most people it may appear I don’t let much hold me
back. Well, if you’re like me learning a complex game like Rummy from family when one is visually impaired can be challenging. First there is the issue
of not being able to read all the cards displayed unless you pick them up. Well meaning family members would loudly protest whenever I did this. Don’t
misunderstand we were using large print cards and my family had no problem doing that but it was hard for some who weren’t a part of my immediate family
to grasp that I needed to look very closely at the cards in order to see what they were. Every time I’d go and pick up a pile someone would protest and
others would join in. To them it took away the integrity of the game even though it was clear I was keeping my cards separate from those already played.
Then of course there were the complex rules. Everyone was telling me what I could and could not do. Advice flowed freely and people began to contradict
one another which led to arguments. I remember throwing my cards down and leaving the table in total frustration. Despite this my family attempted to salvage
the situation. Being stubborn as I am I determinedly insisted on having nothing further to do with learning the game. So when my friends began to encourage
me to let them help me learn how to play all I could think about was that bad experience and I continued to resist.

Then one day I shared my story with those who were interested in teaching me about the game and to my surprise I was met with understanding. Right before
Thanksgiving I finally decided to take the plunge. I was not going to let a silly card game and a bad experience learning it defeat me. The first thing
I did was read the instructions online but I was still confused. I called one of my friends and asked him to go to a table with me and talk me through
how to play. When we got to the table I was happy to learn that we could play without a score limit. He set up the game in such away that I was able to
concentrate on learning rather then compete. We stayed on the phone and played for a few hours the very first time I attempted to learn the game and I’m
happy to report that playing Rummy has become one of my favorite passtimes. Having one on one instruction really helped.

Technology is amazing. I never thought I’d see a day when I could hang out with my friends in any kind of weather and play games. I even got a friend of
mine who is a bit of a skeptic and curmudgeon when it comes to websites to sign up. Now he and I have Yahtzee tournaments every Sunday night. We play the
best of 3 games and sometimes we even play for small stakes such as a pack of peanut butter cups or 6 pack of soda. In fact right now he owes me a snowball.
Why you may wonder? Well we were supposed to have a major storm this past Sunday night and I was joking before we started playing and I said: “loser has
to make the biggest snowball they can and present it to the winner.“

While it is nice to see friends in person sometimes this is not possible. Having this site and being able to talk with multiple people on the phone at
the same time means many happy hours can be spent laughing talking and playing no matter what the weather is doing outside. It brightens my life all year
round. What interesting hobbies do you enjoy that help to combat cabin fever and chase away those winter blahs?

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. If you wish you may contact me at:

** Yarn, hook, and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

## All About Crafts

We made it! Were there times during December that you felt sure you'd be found some morning smothered in a brilliant mountain of gift wrap, or perhaps
hung by the chimney by a rope of tinsel? What can I say! We made it in tact even if our budgets didn't fair quite so well.

And speaking of budget ... We still can't do without our crafts, we simply can't, no matter how fractured our budget is. My husband always said, that when
I stopped knitting, it was time to call the coroner. You'll be pleased to know that this column isn't being written from another realm, so my knitting
life is alive and well!

Still, it doesn't hurt to explore a bit to see if we can at least start our crafts year, not only on a frugal note, but on a more organized plain.

Start by taking a good look at your stash. Simple? Why bother? People, we're rationalizing there. Why bother? You literally can't see my guestroom bed.
You've got it! It's piled with yarn. Mostly, however, it's skeins left over from various projects, well, to be accurate parts of skeins.

This part of our resolution, and for me that's exactly what it is, may require some sighted help to organize colors, but that's up to the individual. If
you find a number of very small amounts of different colors that you simply don't know what to do with, put them in a plastic bag, and take them to your
local senior center, women's shelter, or homeless shelter. Some folks like mixing colors at random.

I once patronized a yarn shop whose owner was an advocate of doing an afghan knit or crochet, by simply casting on, either for one in one piece or for
squares, adding a new color when the one you're working with comes to an end. I never tried it. It definitely has its hazards if you mix too many different
fibers, but as she pointed out, those of us who aren't hampered by sitting there considering the color scheme, are definitely ahead of the game. The idea
being to relax, and just let the colors speak.

Not that adventurous? Okay, how about considering such things as cloths in cotton, a two-strand scarf, children's mittens, baby mittens, premee hats or
mitts? Then, of course, there are those afghan squares.

If you have a plethora of partial skeins, consider an afghan, throw, or small baby blanket made in our faithful old pattern where you cast on something
like three stitches, K2 Yo, work across in knitting, and repeating until your piece is half the size you want, and decreasing by knitting 2 TOG on each
side of the over. Be sure to make each the same, easy to do by using exactly the same number of stitches for each. You want each to be the same size for
ease of joining.

Don't want to fool with those increases and decreases? Then just decide on the size you want, cast on, or chain, and go for it with plain garter stitch
or single-crochet, again remembering that if you're making an afghan square to be sure each is the same size.

Check with your regional library. There are loads of knit and crochet books out there on loan, or free download from BARD.

The main thing here is to be creative.

If you're feeling especially ambitious here at the beginning of a new year, plan your knitting. Check those whole skeins, and try to remember what you
bought them for in the first place. We've all done it, bought yarn for that baby blanket, sweater, socks etc, and somehow never did get around to it. Put
these skeins in a bag, and mark them however you usually mark things. Now, consider the months ahead, and either using braille, a recorder or whatever,
set goals for yourself, using the yarn as your guide. You well may not reach those goals, and if you don't, for goodness sake don't agonize over it. Crafts
are your relaxation, after all. If you do finish these projects make a note of it. At the end of the year, you may be surprised just how much you have
accomplished. Don't hesitate to scrap some of these brilliant ideas, and substitute others. The idea is to never run out of an idea for your craft cprojects.
There's nothing more frustrating than wanting to knit, crochet, weave, whatever, and no idea of what to do

Let us know what you are doing to get your crafting year off to a great start. Share your ideas!

Until nexttime, God bless, and happy stash exploring.


** Books, books, and more books.
## Winter is a wonderful time to curl up with a good book and your favorite hot beverage. Thanks to the National Library Service (NLS), we have a vast
amount of books and information, in a variety of subjects to choose from- fiction and nonfiction, in both braille and audio formats. The BARD website is
one of the best places I personally have found to get books quickly. Of course there are other places like Audible and others, but they cost.

I like going to the Bard website at least once a week, if not more often, and picking out several books and downloading them onto my two cartridges. This
gives me enough books to read for a while. I even download magazines and other books onto both my iPhone and IPad mini. It’s like going to the library
and looking through the books on the shelf, and checking them out and then begins reading them that very hour.

Sometimes I will begin reading a book, but the reader doesn’t appeal to my ears. That is always disappointing for me. I will try to stick it out to see
if the content will get me interested to where the reader won’t bother me. Most of the time I can get past it and enjoy the book.

I really appreciate a good reader. One that can read recognizing the punctuation properly, and can bring each character to life with a different voice
personality. It is especially great when they remember which voice they have used for each person in a long series of several books.

Below are a few titles I have recently read and have enjoyed:

Music as medicine: Deforia Lane's life of music, healing, and faith DB39947
Lane, Deforia; Wilkins, Rob. Reading time: 7 hours, 21 minutes.
Read by Mimi Bederman.
Health and Medicine

Music therapist Lane explains how her love of music, her religious faith, and her desire to heal led to her chosen career. She describes how she experiences
God working through her when she is singing and playing instruments with patients at a cancer center and a children's hospital. Lane found music therapeutic
in her own life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Finding gold in the golden years DBC03797
Reardon, Ruth. Reading time: 2 hours, 21 minutes.
Read by Caroline Evans. A production of Massachusetts Braille and Talking Book Library.

In these lyrical and witty reflections on the new beginnings that come with old age, a recent retiree shares brief nuggets of homespun wisdom with her
five year old great-grandson. Though the characters are fictional, their insights are universal.

Cape Light DB56704
Kinkade, Thomas; Spencer, Katherine. Reading time: 10 hours, 55 minutes.
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee.
Religious Fiction

First in a series of novels by the well-known landscape painter and his coauthor set in a Massachusetts community where everyone knows and cares deeply
for one another. Introduces Jessica, recently returned; her sister, Emily, the mayor; the owners of the local eatery; and Reverend Ben, who counsels and
consoles the residents. Followed by Home Song (DB 56726). 2002.

A shepherd looks at Psalm 23 DB42934
Keller, W. Phillip, (Weldon Phillip). Reading time: 3 hours, 23 minutes.
Read by Rick Rohan.

The author brings information and insights from his own experience in sheepherding to this meditation on the psalm. For example, he uses the predicament
of a "cast" sheep--one that has fallen over on its back and can't get up--to elucidate the phrase "he restoreth my soul."

The Danforths of Lancashire trilogy: Ashton Park; Beneath the Dover sky; London dawn DB78760
Pura, Murray. Reading time: 37 hours, 53 minutes.
Read by Abigail Maupin.
Religious Fiction
Historical Fiction

Trilogy on one cartridge. In Ashton Park, Victoria Danforth's beloved groomsman Ben Whitecross leaves the Ashton Park estate in England to serve in World
War I. Beneath the Dover Sky and London Dawn continue the Danforths' saga through the family's joys and sorrows in the early 1930s. 2013.

Enjoy reading!

** Blind People Talking: Stories , essays, and poems from Blind Post readers.

##Funny story:
I once had a big dumb golden retriever guide dog named Murphy.

One day, Murphy was sitting under my desk, and I got up and called him to come out. Problem was, when he came out, my office chair was tangled up with
his leash. He started to come to me but the chair went clankety-clank behind him. He was scared! He started walking faster, then almost running, around
the office to get away from that bad chair.

Eventually, a co-worker and I tackled him and made him stand still while we untangled him. Thankfully, the chair did not fly up in the air and damage something,
say, my computer screen!

---Cheryl Wade, Lansing, MI

** Funnyside: “It is to laugh”jokes, riddles, historical quotes, and stories in good taste.

Jokes submitted from Richard Stone:

A dad was drinking a cup of coffee and watching his little 8 year old daughter digging a hole in the ground. He asked “what a you doing?” she replied “I’m
burying my goldfish.”
“And why is the hole so big? ”He asked.
She replied “it’s in your cat.”


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