The Blind Post for November 2016

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November 12, 2016

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From the editor, Lori Motis: Greetings, updates, and I finally did it for the very first time.

This month’s columns:

New! Did you know? Audio Bibles for the Blind on NLS cartridges.
Global cane outreach update: Gratitude and looking ahead, by Beverly Crook
Tech news: Technology and Change by Char.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Marvelous Montreal by Donna J. Jodhan.
Blind man walking: The journey continues by Joshua Loya
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Thanksgiving turkey recipes-Gobble, gobble, gobble.
The View From Here: Universal Design for Dummies part one by Mark Carlson.
Living with low vision: Election Day thoughts by Donna Williams
Yarn, hook, and needle: Where do you buy yarn, and other supplies? By Phyllis Campbell.

From the editor, Lori Motis: Greetings, updates, and I finally did it for the very first time.

Happy November and upcoming Thanksgiving. This week has sure been an interesting one. I, like many others, have been following the election process for
almost two years. Tuesday night was an exciting one for my husband and I. We stayed up until the wee morning hours to hear who would be our next President,
and to hear the winner's victory speech. Wow, what a night.

Earlier that day, I walked to my polling place, about two blocks from my home. I had researched the ballot for my area of Idaho. I had heard about accessible
voting machines, but have never used one, nor have I ever even handled any to see how they worked. In past elections, I would use an absentee ballot and
a friend would assist me in voting. This year, I really wanted to be able to vote independently so that my ballot would actually be secret, like everyone
else’s. It is my right as a citizen of these United States.

Searching voting access in Idaho online, I found and read the instructions for the accessible voting machine for my polling place.
Upon arriving there, someone met me and guided me to the station where I showed my ID and signed my name to a list, which must have been for tracking how
many voters came there. Then I was shown to the voting machine for blind and print disabled. The printer had some issues, so it took them about 20 minutes
to get that set up right. They had to call the main office and were talked through how to get it ready for me to use. Once they put in my access code,
they gave me a very light weight device with two recessed buttons and a sort of wheel with a place for your thumb to rotate it. There was braille beneath
each button and the wheel. I was handed a headset and after putting it on, I heard an introduction to my machine and how the voting would work. I had a
total of 29 voting questions. I found it to be very simple, and I was able to review my ballot completely, before I submitted it to be printed.

When that was finished, I was assisted to the scanner with my ballot, consisting of two printed sheets, that were held facing down. Then I placed my papers,
one at a time, in the scanner. I was so elated to finally actually vote all by myself for the very first time in my life.
I did vote when I was 19, in the 1976 primary but Then I needed some assistance, to vote, even though I could see just a little, but not enough to read
the print.
On my way home, I felt energized in a sort of patriotic way, and I was extremely thankful to have the privalidge to be able to exercise my right to vote.
Old dogs can really learn new tricks after all.

Now for this month’s Blind Post.

First off, I want all of you to know that I have moved all subscriber's email addresses to the new listserve at

This list is an announce only list. There is no limit on subscribers or size of message. I do hope that this will prove to work much better for sending the Blind Post news, and any other reminders.
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This month there are some excellent articles. Some great notices and submissions. Be sure to read all the way through. I have put some silly funnies in
various places. I do hope you enjoy the news, and please let folks know you read their submission or article on the Blind Post.
Stay happy, grateful, and well.

Lori Motis
Publisher and editor

Funnies: What did the skunk say when he came in to testify?

Odor in the court.

Funnies: Did you hear the one about the giraffe?

Oh well, it’s way over your head.

Funnies: What did the spider bride wear when she got married?

A webbing dress.

Funnies: Why did the bird make fun of everyone?

Because it was a mocking bird.


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Hi. This is Joshua from Blind Man Walking.

I am currently training in judo for a shot at the 2020 Paralympic games. If you would like to support my
cause, and want a deduction on your taxes, please visit


i’m looking for passionate professional blind individuals to interview for the Your Own Pay podcast:

if your a passionate professional blind individual and have a story to tell reach out to

Eyes On Success radio shows & podcasts:

1644 Currency Identification (Oct. 26, 2016)
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Leonard Olijar, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing about current features to make US currency easier
for visually impaired people to identify it, as well as their plans to make it easier still. We’ll also discuss their smart phone app and free hardware
device that can identify US currency for you.

1641 Delivering Independence with White Canes (Oct. 5, 2016)
A simple white cane can be a remarkable gift in some parts of the world. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Beverly Crook about her travels around
the world delivering canes to blind people in underserved rural areas, often giving them their first taste of independence. Learn about how the Global
Cane Outreach program has grown and some of its successes.

As usual, these, and other episodes, can be found at our web site:

The search field on our web site can be used to search episodes by show number, keyword, or topic.

Blind ASL users group:

This group is for anyone who is learning or wants to learn about using asl as a blind person. It will hopefully be a safe place for discussions about the
complex and unique process of this task, as well as a supportive place to discuss issues around not only learning but interacting with others. Hoping for
a wide variety of deaf, deafblind, and hearing ASL users.

If you would like to visit a place with other blind or visually impaired people,

let me tell you about the Burkeville lodge for the blind in rural Virginia.
For a modest price, which includes room and meals, we can have a good time. We have a boating/fishing pond with handrails and a large in ground swimming
pool. We have screened gazebo and private and semi private rooms. We are wi/fi equipped with games, such as uno and bingo. We have good meals with second
helpings, too. for more info, go to

and click on the links. To make reservations, call the office at
434 767 4080 and leave a message. For more info, call me, Richard, at
757 468 0277 or email me at

Funnies: What do you call a bird that gets eaten by a cat?

A swallow.

Jobs and business:

Funnies: What do you call another bird that gets eaten by the same cat?

An after dinner tweet.

Did you know?

Audio Bibles for the Blind on NLS cartridges and more.

We continue to serve the Lord by making the Audio Bible accessible for those who are blind, visually impaired & print-handicapped.
Audio Bibles for the blind offers many different options, formats, versions, & titles to choose from. Some options are COMPLETELY FREE of any cost (proof
of print disability from “competent authority” required), while other items are at a subsidized cost and we ask for a donation to help us cover our costs.
The digital Talking Book Player is provided by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind. You can learn more about these players at

We provide a free cartridge with a Bible on it that plays in these players. These cartridges are provided free of any charge. You must
already have one of these players prior to requesting a free Audio Bible on Digital Cartridge.

Audio Bibles for Talking Book Player
Our Audio Bibles, also known as “Talking Bibles” are complete Bibles (most languages) and fit on a single NLS Cartridge and created specifically for the
NLS Digital Talking Book Player.
This Audio Bible Cartridge is for you to keep and you never need to return it to anyone!
We DO NOT provide the player. We only provide 1 free cartridge per person to those that ALREADY have this player. Additional cartridges can be obtained
for a donation of $10 each.
You may request cartridges by:
Going to our website:

by calling us at
By Mail write us at
Audio Bibles for the Blind
12108 10th Ave. East
Bradenton, FL 34212
please include full name, mailing address and desired version
or language.

Download from our Website. Contact us to request access to our Download Page with links to the NLS DTB Files you can download, unzip, and move to your
own cartridge or usb flashdrive. (individuals only, no professionals). If you’ve been approved for downloading and have a password.

Audio Bibles Available for Digital Talking Book (English):
KJV – King James Version, NKJV – New King James Version, NIV – New International Version, NASB – New American Standard Bible, AMP – The Amplified Bible,
WEB – World English Bible, ESV – English Standard Version (Dramatized), NRSV – New Revised Standard Version (Dramatized), ICB/NCV – International Children’s
Bible/New Century Version. Spanish Old & New Testament Reina Valera 1909 and Spanish Old & New Testament Reina Valera 2000

Advanced Audio Bibles Available [for DA1 model Advanced Digital Talking Book]:
Advanced titles require the Advanced Digital Talking Book Player (model DA1) and are able to navigate by Testament, Book, Chapter, & Verse with verse numbers
announced. Also works in most DAISY players including Victor Reader, and BookPort devices when requested on DAISY DVD or SD MEMORY. If you are not sure
if you have the DA1 Advanced player, please read the Navigation section below which covers the differences between the standard DS1 and DA1 Talking Book
KJV – King James Version, NKJV – New King James Version, NIV – New International Version.

Other Titles also available for Digital Talking Book:
These can be loaded on a separate NLS Cartridge or added to your Audio Bible cartridge using Bookshelf mode.
John MacArthur Bible Messages (vol. 1) – John MacArthur of Grace to You Radio – 18 Titles with over 110 hours of listening time on a single NLS Digital
Talking Book Cartridge.
Mini Bible College – A comprehensive study of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Written by Dick Woodward
Discovering the Old Testament – Bible Survey. Summary of each book in the Old Testament. By Rev. Lloyd Fesmire.
Basic Bible Truths – Dr. Mariano DiGangi study of the Colossians.
Charles H. Spurgeon Sermons – Narrated by Charles Koelsch
Believers Hymns: Glory to Thee (instrumental piano & violin)
Faith to Grow On – Children’s Devotional.
Anthony T. Rossi, Christian & Entrepreneur – The Story of the Founder of Tropicana & Bible Alliance (Aurora Ministries).
Spanish Bible Messages – Various Bible Messages in Spanish by Samuel Montoya.

Other Non-English Languages Available for Digital Talking Book:
Afrikaans NT, Arabic NT, Bulgarian NT, Czech NT, Farsi NT, Finnish NT, French OT & NT, German OT & NT, Greek NT, Haitian Creole NT, Hebrew OT & NT, Hindi
NT, Hungarian NT, Italian NT, Mandarin Chinese OT & NT, Navajo NT, Polish NT, Portuguese NT, Romanian NT, Russian OT & NT, Slovak NT, Ukrainian NT, Urdu

Instructions for Digital Talking Book Audio Bibles:
Bookshelf Mode
Bookshelf mode is used when loading multiple versions, languages or titles on a single cartridge. Accessing bookshelf mode allows you to select from the
list of recordings on your cartridge. When you insert your cartridge it will announce to you “two books found” for two titles, “three books found” for
three titles” and so on. Bookshelf mode is available on both the DS1 and DA1 players.
You can toggle between each of these titles and select which title you wish to hear by accessing your players “bookshelf mode.”
How to access Bookshelf mode: You simply hold the PLAY button for five (5) seconds. The player will say “Bookshelf.” Use the FAST-FORWARD/REWIND buttons
to move forward and back by title. The player will announce the book titles as you scroll through all of the recordings on your cartridge. Press the PLAY
button on the title you want to begin listening to.

What does DS1 and DA1 Model Players mean?
The DS1 model player is the “standard” Digital Talking Book player. This model is the most common player provided by the Library Service. Its simple to
use, but has fewer buttons and navigation control.
The DA1 is the “Advanced” Digital Talking Book player. This model of player looks almost identical to the DS1, except it has FIVE extra buttons not included
on the DS1 model player. While it is also simple to use, there is often a small learning curve to understand how to use these extra buttons in order to
unlock special navigation features that are programmed in most cartridges.
Which model do I have? Several ways to find out what type of player you have: First is by reading the sticker located on the back of the player, just above
the power cord holder. If the model says DS1, you have the “standard” model, which is the most common player sent by the LOC (Library of Congress). If
the model says DA1, you have the “advanced” model.
The second way to tell which model you have is if you have a row of buttons titled (from left to right) “Info”, “Prev”, “Menu”, “Next” & “Mark”. These
buttons run horizontally under the speaker of the player.
The third way is by taking out any cartridges in your player, turn it on, then press the “Sleep” button 10 times quickly and the player will announce to
you the serial number and model number of your player.

DTB300-150x150The DS1 only has navigation by using the FF (fast forward) button. This model can only skip by Books of the Bible.
The longer you hold this button down, the more time it will skip by. If you hold it down until the player says “skip by Book”, it will start beeping. Each
beep is a new book. Let go and it will tell you which book you have jumped to.
DTB-DA1 (1)The DA1 has additional buttons that allow the user to skip by Testament, Book, and Chapter. Press the “Menu” button to hear what level of navigation
your player is currently set to. Each time you press the menu button it will change to a different navigation level.
Once you set the menu button to the desired navigation, press the “previous” button” (shaped like a left arrow) to go backwards or the “next: button (shaped
like a right arrow) to go forwards.
Our advanced Audio Bibles with Verse navigation programming, pressing the “Menu” button to “phrase jump” to navigate by verse with the verse numbers narrated
for you.
If you have a DS1, but wish you had a DA1 to allow for easier navigation, you will need to contact your local library or with the facility/individual that
helped you get qualified for your Digital Talking Book player and ask them if they can help you swap your DS1 for a DA1.

Other audio Bibles are available in a pocket size, and also slightly larger. These are stand alone units with headphone jacks and speakers, with buttons
to navigate the testaments, books, and chapters. Visit the website, or call, to find out more.

Funnies: How do baby birds know how to fly?

They just wing it.

Global Cane Outreach update:

Greetings to all and Happy Thanksgiving.

My daughter brought home our traditional grateful pumpkin last night. Every day whoever comes to our home, writes on the pumpkin things that they are grateful
for. The pumpkin will be our center piece for our Thanksgiving table. Then on Thanksgiving Day, at our dinner table, each person, takes a turn to say one
of the grateful things. It is such a wonderful
reminder to just take the time to think about all there is to be grateful for.

One of the many things that I am thankful for is how God is using me with Global Cane Outreach to be able to go to places around the world and give talking
Bibles and canes, along with training, to many blind people in need.

We are starting to plan for our next trip, which will be to the Philippines. The trip will be in either July or August 2017. There will be two of us on
board that will be going and our Pastor and some fellow Christians from church. We are very excited to have a new person on our board, a wonderful new
addition, and she has a talent for fund raising.

We very much appreciate your prayers, support, and sharing the news about our ministry.
God bless all of you.
Beverly Crook

Email us at
or call us at
(831)216-8122. We look forward to talking with you!

Funnies: If a seagull flies over the sea, what flies over the bay?

A bagel.

Tech news from Char

Technology and Change
There are few words that strike terror into the average blind user more quickly than “Check out our new, improved web page!” this is for good reason. Often,
improvements to websites that look snazzy and new to sighted users cause problems for screen reader users. However, the fact of the matter is that technology
is moving very quickly, and as it does things will change. This is as true of hardware as it is for software, and as true for operating systems as it is
for websites. This makes many nervous, both sighted computer users and blind ones, I might add. This article will give you some tips on how to deal with
changing technology.

The first thing to do is understand yourself. Are you a person who wants to help the people who design software and hardware to make sure the changes they
make are accessible? If you are, there are often beta programs to which you can sign up that will let you use software at the bleeding edge of development.
This software is still buggy, but released to the public so that people can test it in the wild, so to speak, so developers can work on fixing whatever
issues come up before it’s officially released to the public.

Not all software goes through a public beta that you can join, and not all developers understand or appreciate feedback on accessibility. Plenty do, however,
and for those products, the beta cycle is an excellent time to get involved where the developers are looking for and may respond to accessibility feedback.

Windows and Apple, iOS and MacOS, both put their operating systems out for public beta cycles which you can join. Jaws and NVDA also have public betas
released. Many websites offer a trial or beta version before they change their sites over permanently. Even if the people who design the product are not
aware of accessibility issues, they might be willing to explore how to make their software more usable to screen readers. It is important to contact them
with an open mind and recognition that we are a tiny part of the market, however, and suggest things in a nice way instead of demanding that they do as
you tell them. you’re more likely to get results with honey than vinegar.

Keeping this in mind, if you enjoy the challenge of change and would like to test out software early to see if it will continue to work for you, or will
begin to work for you if it hasn’t already, joining a public beta is a great way to do it.

Even after a beta cycle, many software developers may respond to accessibility feedback, so sending a message to one explaining the problem and offering
to help with testing or feedback might get the problem fixed for you, if the developer is open to feedback of this kind. If the developer is open to this,
especially if the product is not one that is specifically designed with accessibility in mind, giving that developer a shout-out on Facebook or Twitter
and positively commenting on their willingness to help with accessibility is a nice gesture that might keep them interested in developing accessible software
or websites.

What if you don’t enjoy the challenge of change?
If you are a person who does not enjoy playing with new software or the frequent frustration that comes when you’re faced with something that you think
should be accessible but isn’t, getting involved with betas may not be the way you would wish to handle change. Many find it more helpful to wait until
software is not only released, but also to give time for any bugs in the system to be worked out before they upgrade to new versions or try new software.

This has the benefit of letting you experience known software with known bugs before you change. Especially if you are a part of social media and follow
those who do work with betas or software when it is first released to the public, you will often hear of problems early on, and hear when and if they are
fixed. This means that when you do upgrade or change the software you are using, you can get advice from others on what is or is not accessible. This can
be helpful if you do not enjoy change.

The problem with using a wait and see strategy for technological change is that, at some point, you will need to change regardless of how much you do not
want to. For software, this is true because the software cycle includes and end-of-life period for old software, after which it stops being supported.

Windows XP, for example, hit this end-of-life in 2015. That meant that Microsoft stopped releasing security updates for Windows XP, because they expected
everyone to be able to upgrade either to Windows 7, 8, or 10. After that point, being on the internet with Windows XP became dangerous because there were
no longer patches available for security wholes, meaning hackers could find ways to get at data or use resources on Windows XP computers. So, those who
were still using Windows XP because they did not want to change to a later version of Windows found themselves either having to deal with the danger of
insecure online usage or upgrade to a new version of Windows they were not ready to use.

The way to deal with change of software, then is to learn to use that software well before the end-of-life of that software. Usually, companies will give
plenty of warning before they stop supporting a piece of software.

The best way to deal with the coming change is to do it in small bits. If you have more than one computer and you are needing to upgrade operating systems,
try loading a newer version onto the second computer and using it a little at a time, so that you gradually become used to it. You can usually do this
with websites that are changing, too, if they have a new version, because there will often be a time where they allow you to use the old version, even
after they have switched. Try the new version before going to the one you are more comfortable with.

Change is not always fun, especially when it involves accessibility. It does happen, though, and sometimes people are forced to change what they are doing
before they are ready. At times, though, there is an adjustment period between the old and the new. Figure out if you’re a person who wants to be at the
leading edge of that change, or if you are a person that would rather want until the change is a known entity. Once you figure that out, you can act accordingly
to make the change disrupt your life as little as possible.
Good luck,
@charvor on Twitter, or

Funnies: How long did Benjamin Franklyn’s candles burn?

About a wick.

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

by Donna J. Jodhan

Marvelous Montreal

Ah yes, Marvelous Montreal! A breath of fresh air at any time of the year! This city is probably one of Canada's most cultured cities; a melting pot of
cultures that range from anything from European, to the native French Quebequois, to the English Canada, and then on to the sunny Caribbean, South America,
and even Asian and African. Montreal is indeed a city for the world's traveler.

Maybe I am a bit over biased having grown up in this city that is so close to my heart but I plead guilty. Montreal is the perfect city for the student
wishing to make their mark in life. For the one who simply enjoys great cuisine. For the one who wants to venture into the world of fashion and for the
one who wants to vacation somewhere different.

Montreal is a giant salad bowl of flavors, tastes, and ingredients and is a city for all seasons. Winter time, and there is skiing, ice skating, and wondrous
winter activities. Spring, and you can enjoy the ambiance along the main streets of the city. Summer, and you can enjoy all of the outdoor cafes, amusement
parks, and tours of old Montreal. Fall, and never a city such as Montreal to behold.

The subways are very accessible for travelers with disabilities. Montrealers are very aware of the needs and requirements of those with disabilities and
restaurants and other entertainment facilities are extremely welcoming to everyone.

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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Funnies: Why did the Minutemen stop on Main street?

To salute the General store.

Blind man walking

by Joshua Loya

The journey continues. Since last month’s article, I have competed in one judo tournament and received promotion to yellow belt in judo. I have also increased
my amount of training. I am training in judo and/or jiu jitsu 6 days a week, and sometimes as many as 3 classes in a single day. It’s really hard work,
but I’ve never been happier. The only thing that might eclipse this is the adrenaline rush I used to get when taking the stage with my brothers in Arimathea,
the rock band I was in from 2006 to 2010.

At the moment, I am not 100% sure if I will make it, but I am trying to raise funds to cover a plane ticket to Dallas for an important judo tournament
on November 19 and 20. I have a few things in the works. I’ll be able to let you know how I did in my next article.

One of the things I’m still learning through all of this is the following. Sometimes our previous experience is a blessing. Sometimes it is a curse. It
mostly depends on how we respond to both our past and our present. The following is an example how this has played out in my judo training.

In Guardian Kempo, the martial art with which I have the most experience, there is a shoulder throw we do in response to a choke. In judo, there are several
shoulder throw variations, which are not necessarily counters to chokes. When I was first learning shoulder throws in judo, I was setting up throws in
such a way that made me vulnerable to chokes. Once I understood what I was doing, I began to recognize the value of the Guardian Kempo way without it negatively
impacting the way I do shoulder throws in judo. I could get mad at the Guardian way because it has made the learning curve for judo that much steeper,
or I could recognize that it has given me an additional tool for self-defense. I could dismiss the judo way as being stupid because it doesn’t allow me
to defenda choke as effectively. There may be some judo throws that are defenses against chokes. I just haven’t learned them. I have only been training
in judo since May. Regardless, the primary purposes of the throws I have learned in judo are as attacks.

Both the Guardian way and the judo way are helpful, depending on what it is I want to accomplish. I can either be angry or appreciative. Neither attitude
changes the objective reality of what I was taught. The difference is one is helpful; the other adds unnecessary stress to my life that will make it harder
for me to learn more in the future. I choose, as much as possible,to keep stress to a minimum. I most effectively do this by changing the way I think.

Reality is what reality is. When we fail to accept reality, we make it impossible to make it better or appreciate how awesome it might be. We can focus
on what is good, while still maintaining awareness of those things which may cause us discomfort. What we focus on is the direction we are most likely
to move. When we focus on the negative, we are much more likely to experience more negativity. When we focus on what makes us feel good about who we are
or how we can feel good about who we are, we experience a profoundly more fulfilling life. Please, try to change how you think about things, and tell me
your results. If I get some good stories, I’ll share them with you in a future article. You can email me at
with any questions or comments about this or any other article. God bless you all

Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.
You can learn more about him on his web site:

You can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior
You are also welcome to email him at

Funnies: What’s a fancy dog called in Boston?

A Yankee poodle dandy.

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

Turkey time, gobble, gobble, gobble.
Yes, it is that time of year here in the US. The Election is over, so there should be peace at the Thanksgiving dinner table. We truly do have so much
to be thankful for in our United States. The pilgrims and the American Indians came together in peace at the very first Thanksgiving, and I sincerely hope
and pray all of us can do the same.

I have four different recipes for cooking turkey, and a stovetop stuffing recipe.
From the most difficult to the extremely easy.

A very important tip.

When cooking poultry, it is extremely important to wash your counters, sinks, faucets, cutting boards, and any utensils that were touched by the raw meat
with hot soapy water ora bleach solution, and follow-up with plain water and then dry with paper towels. You do not want your guests, or yourself, getting

Basic Turkey Roasting Recipe

Courtesy of H-E-B Culinary Department

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Remove neck and giblets from the neck and body cavity. Rinse whole bird with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub inside cavity and outside
of turkey lightly with salt.
3. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush skin with cooking oil and season. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest
part of the thigh, not touching bone, or use a quick-read meat thermometer toward the end of the cooking time to check doneness. Cover top of turkey with
foil, leaving an air space between turkey and foil.
4. Roast about 20 minutes per pound if 8 to 10 pounds or 14 to 16 minutes per pound for larger turkeys (see the chart). Remove foil from turkey during
1 hour of roasting time.
5. Remove from oven when meat thermometer reads 170 degrees F in the thigh, or when turkey drumsticks move easily in their sockets and juices from the
run clear. (If turkey is stuffed, make sure stuffing reaches 165 degrees F.)
6. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.

Timetable for Roasting Unstuffed Turkey at 325 Degrees F

Uncooked Weight Roasting Time*
8 to 12 pounds cook for two and three fourths hours to three hours.
12 to 14 pounds cook for three to three and three fourths hours.
14 to 18 poundscook for three and three fourths hours to four and one fourth hours.
18 to 20 pounds cook for four and one fourth hours to four and one half hours.
20 to 24 pounds cook for four and one half hours to five hours
* Add 15 to 30 minutes to these times when roasting a stuffed turkey.

Turkey Stuffing Recipe

Although turkeys used to be roasted with the stuffin inside, it is actually safer to cook it on the stovetop. To infuse the stuffing with turkey flavor
simmer the giblets (heart,
liver, gizzards) for an hour, and use that stock in the stuffing.
If you are only cooking a turkey breast, you can use chicken stock or broth instead.

1 loaf of day old French bread
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 cups each, chopped onion and celery
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup or 1/8 lb)
1 chopped green apple
1 cup of currants or raisins
Several chopped green olives (5 to 10)
Stock from the turkey giblets (1/2 cup to 1 cup) (can substitute chicken stock)
Sage (to taste)
Poultry seasoning (to taste)
Salt and pepper (to taste)

1 If you haven't already made the stock, take the turkey giblets (heart, gizzard, liver) and neck if you want, and put them in a small saucepan, cover
water and add a little salt. Bring to a simmer; simmer for about an hour, uncovered. Strain the stock into a container for use with the stuffing.

2 Slice bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Heat a large sauté pan on medium heat. Melt 2 Tbsp butter in the pan, add the bread cubes and toast. Only turn them
they have become brown on a side.

3 In a separate pan, sauté chopped onions and celery with the remaining 2 Tbsp butter. Add to the bread. Add cooked chopped walnuts. Add chopped green
currants, raisins, olives. Add some water or the stock from cooking the turkey giblets (enough to keep the stuffing moist while you are cooking it). Add
sage, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper.

4 Cover. Turn heat on low. Cook for an hour. Add water or stock as needed while cooking to keep the stuffing moist.

Serves 8-10.

Turkey breast boneless and skinless

In this easy recipe, a coating of tangy, crispy bread crumbs keeps the turkey breast plump and tender.

One half cup cup Bread Crumbs
One fourth cup cup chopped fresh parsley
One teaspoon dried crumbled sage leaves
One half teaspoon dried thyme
One fourth cup butter
One teaspoon salt, divided
One boneless, skinless turkey breast (about 2 pounds)
One fourth teaspoon pepper
One and one half tablespoons country-style mustard

Heat oven to 425 F. In a small bowl combine breadcrumbs, parsley, sage, thyme, butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Season turkey with remaining salt and pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush mustard over top and sides of turkey. Pat breadcrumb mixture
over mustard.
Roast turkey 20 minutes; reduce heat to 350 F and cook 25 minutes more or until an instant read thermometer, inserted in center, registers 160 F. Let turkey
stand 10 minutes before carving into slices.

Crock Pot Turkey

Easy, tasty turkey!

Three to five lb boneless turkey breasts
One medium onion, chopped.
One clove garlic, minced.
One fourth cup melted butter
One teaspoon lemon juice
One and three fourth cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
Cooking Directions:
Place cleaned turkey in a greased crock pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add onion and garlic. Pour butter over turkey. Pour chicken broth around turkey.
Add lemon juice. Cover and cook on high for six to six and a half hours. Serve with stuffing and pour remaining juice over all.
This turkey is very tender and just falls apart.
Turkey is done when a cooking thermometer, inserted in center, registers 160 F.

Extremely easy Crockpot turkey breast

turkey breast, unfrozen.
One packet of onion soup mix
One can of cranberry sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash your turkey breast well with cold water, and place into the crockpot.
Sprinkle salt and pepper (to taste) and the packet of
Onion soup mix on the top and bottom of the turkey breast.
Add cranberry sauce to top of turkey breast and cook in crockpot on low overnight (8 hours) or for three to four hours on high.
Turkey is done when a cooking thermometer, inserted in center, registers 160 F.

Food Lady

Funnies: Why is a healthy horse like the United States?

They both have a good constitution.

The View From Here

by Mark Carlson

Universal Design for Dummies part one

We in the disability community have heard the term “Universal Design,” to denote a living or workplace that is universally accessible. The United States
has made some admirable strides forward in making public places more accessible. Independence Hall in Philadelphia, for example,, where the Declaration
of Independence was signed in 1776 has a wheelchair ramp outside. Independence indeed.

While noble in concept, I find total accessibility to be virtually unworkable, especially in the home. Sure, the scale is smaller and certainly cheaper.
A person with a disability would know how to make their own home accessible for their needs and even have a fair understanding of what would help other
disable friends or family feel comfortable. Grab bars in the bathroom, ramps for low steps, easy-to-reach appliances and fixtures are all within reason.

But in the case of someone who either maries or lives with a so-called “normal” person, i.e. someone who has no disability and has never given the matter
of accessibility a moment’s thought, that’s a whole different matter. I’m here to tell you in the blind community that making a home with a non-disabled
person accessible is about as easy as swimming with a man-eating shark. Well, that’s not totally accurate. You can reason with a shark

My wife Jane is a lovely and intelligent woman. We have been married for 21 years. It has been a learning experience for both of us. In my case I had to
learn how to make her happy and she had to learn how to find ways to keep me guessing.

On the matter of accessibility, she had a very steep learning curve as my sight failed in the 1990s. To her credit, she handled it pretty well, but not
without some hiccups. She never seemed to grasp the concept that my deteriorating visual field was less than the width of my shoulders and hips, so I frequently
bumped into walls and doorways. “That wall has not moved, Honey” she always said with a sigh. Yet I did manage to teach her some things, like to put tactile
sticky dots on the smooth faces of appliances so I could use them. Not that I was allowed to. See my story Husband Training 101 for details. She also learned
to describe the layout of a room when we entered it and told me where the obstacles were. Not bad for a beginner.

But in three major areas she has not managed to achieve the Holy Grail of accessibility. These are not unique. Many women have these same traits. Now,
before you lady readers begin foaming at the mouth, read on. I’m willing to bet that you may stop and say, “Hey, he’s right. I do that too!”

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1. Moving Furniture
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Let’s take the big one first. We live in a large two-story condo. Every so often — about every six months or so — Jane decides she wants to move the furniture
in the living room. She has done this so many times the carpet looks like it has railroad tracks on it. Kind of like playing three-dimensional Tetris.

“I think we’ll have more room if we move the couch to the right and put the two chairs over by the window, then put the big dresser from the guest room
in the corner.”

“Sure,” I say with concealed trepidation. I’ve been through this before. So we start moving. I say “we,” meaning that I do all the moving and heavy lifting
while she points and says “A little more to the right, two more inches, almost, okay right there.”

Then, while I’m wheezing and trying to get the cramp out of my back she says “Oh darn, that’s not going to work. Take the big dresser back upstairs and
bring down the other one.”

Have you ever tried to repress a whine?

But finally the job is done. Now it’s up to me to get used to it. My shins and toes take a beating for a few weeks. On an intellectual level I know where
everything is but it’s not automatic, such as at three in the morning when I have to go down and close the window. BONK! “Ouch.”

Then she calls down from the bedroom, “Honey it’s been three months, haven’t you learned where the coffee table is yet?”

Then the day comes when I can do it blindfolded, so to speak. That’s when, at dinnertime she says, “You know, Honey, I was thinking... If we move the sofa
over by the side of the fireplace, then the big dresser will fit perfectly.”

Thump. Thump. Thump.

What’s that noise?”

“Nothing, Just me beating my head on the wall.”

Actually this is okay, At least I am aware of where the furniture is. But what about the other head of the Feng Swey Hydra? When she, on her own and without
telling me, decides to “just move a few things around a bit?”

Answer: Pain and injury.

I’m out all day and she’s home alone and unsupervised. I’d rather leave a five year old with the car keys. Walking down the upstairs hall she says, “Hmmm,
that bookcase would look much better over here. And this lamp can go right by the table.”

Not wanting to bother me with the silly details she does it herself. And then I come home, blissfully unaware of what I am heading into.

“Hi Honey, I’m home!”

“Hi! Dinner will be in fifteen minutes.”

“Great. I’m going to change. Be down to help in a few minutes.” Nope. Not even close.

Then I turn into the hall. CRASH! Please be aware that I don’t go charging through the house like the T-Rex chasing Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in “Jurassic
Park,” I move at a sedate pace. But I don’t expect to find a big piece of furniture that wasn’t there that morning. “What in hell?”

She runs out of the kitchen and yells up, “What did you break?”

“Just my neck, nothing important. What is this bookcase doing here?”

“Oh, I forgot to tell you. I move a few little things today.”

“No kidding. Where is the lamp?” CRASH! “Never mind, I found it.”

No amount of reason will make her understand that this is dangerous. I’ll give you an idea of how her mind works. The other day I was coming down the hall
and was almost to the back bedroom when she came out of the room. “Can you back up?” She asked.

“Why don’t you let me by? I’ll have to walk all the way back to the front hall”

“Because you’re the guy.”

See what I mean? Let’s move on.

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2. Objects on Walls and Counters
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This one is not specifically aimed at my wife. In the home and workplace, it’s common to find framed paintings, prints or photos on the wall, but these
are usually at shoulder or head height. Below that is usually clear. Most blind persons develop navigation skills very quickly. One of them is to let a
hand trail along a wall or counter when moving in a hall or room. This helps keep us oriented and clear of obstacles. This strip runs, depending on your
height, from about two to four feet from the floor. I have a name for this region, based on what is known in in international relations as the DMZ for
Demilitarized Zone. I call it the D.B.M.I.I.G.B.Z, for “Don’t Blame Me If It Gets Broken Zone.” From the stories of other blind men, some wives or girlfriends
have taken to hanging things like deep shadow boxes with their prized collection of vintage McDonald’s Beanie Babies, or a framed porcelain Elvis or a
genuine faux-wood reproduction von Trapp Family Cuckoo Clock that chimes “These are a few of my favorite things” on the hour. They are supposed to lend
a “Victorian” look, but to us blind guys, they’re like land mines. I call them Booby Traps. It doesn’t’ take much of a bump to knock one off the hook and
send it crashing to the floor in pieces. Even the most cautious blind person would have to creep along at the pace of a geriatric snail to negotiate the
bric-a-brac obstacle course. Then with a crash it becomes bric-a-broke. “Sorry.”

In the kitchen I tend to let my fingers trail along the edge of the counter to keep my bearings. And I don’t expect to find live land mines in there. Jane
is a fantastic cook and baker. She has big binders stuffed full of recipes, organized for each season. When she plans a dinner party she pulls out the
binder and decides what to make. After writing down her shopping list, leaves for the store.

Then I walk into the kitchen, again blissfully unaware that doom awaits.

Letting my hand trail along the counter edge towards the refrigerator, I bump into the binder, which, you probably guessed has a few inches hanging off
the edge. In less time than it takes to say “Oh–” the binder has been bumped, knocks aside an open bag of flour, which falls to the floor, tipping over
the nut grinder on the way. “–crap!”

What in the world happened, and can Mark get it put back together before his wife comes back from the store. Find out in the December issue of the Blind

Mark Carlson is a San Diego historian and author of two books. His first book. Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind has won three
book awards. It is available through the NLS Bard.
Mark Can be contacted at

Funnies: Who was given thread to sew a flag, but cleaned her teeth instead?

Betsy Floss.

Living with low vision

Election Day thoughts
By Donna Williams

I know by now you’ve probably had your fill of political ads and all the mud slinging associated with this year’s presidential election and other races.
So have I! You needn’t worry I’m not going to bombard you with politics. However I thought since this is such a historical election I’d like to share my
voting experiences with you.

This is only the 3rd time I’ve voted. Now before you question my patriotism let me share the reasons for my decision not to do so until the 2008 election.

I remember one specific time while I was growing up when my father went to vote. Upon his return I asked him which candidate he chose. He told me I should
never ask someone that question, not even family members. I then asked him if he’d share with my mom who he voted for and when he said no I was outraged
and exclaimed “but she’s your wife.” My dad then explained that the election process was private and he didn’t expect my mom to tell him who she chose

When I turned 18 and could register to vote I decided not to. I’d heard of absentee ballots but I’d still need someone to help me fill it out. Plus I wasn’t
sure which party I wanted to be affiliated with. My best friend registered though when we were still in high school and since I could have done it 7 months
before her but was still undecided as to what I was going to do I asked her about her party affiliation. She told me she just registered the same as her
parents so they were all affiliated with the same party. I didn’t ask her which one because I didn’t find her answer to be helpful in resolving my dilemma.

In 2008 voting became mandatory for me. Yes, even in the good ole USA this can happen. How you ask? Simple I was working for a consumer based advocacy
organization and my boss made it very clear that for staff to continue working there we had to register and vote. She also said if we didn’t she’d know
and could fire us because we wouldn’t be setting a good example for the disability community which we served. Obviously I wanted to keep my job so I did
what I had to. It wasn’t too complicated to become a voter however I still wasn’t sure which party to support so I asked friends who they were affiliated
with and why they made that choice. Once I explained my situation and asked for help I found most people willing to share their thoughts and observations.

I don’t remember too much about the registration process but it was easy and painless. It also made my boss happy. I just had to decide if I’d actually
vote. I’d heard about the audible machines that finally allowed a blind person to cast their ballot independently and I was anxious to try one out. I was
still undecided when the decision was taken out of my hands. My boss called me into her office and mentioned that she knew about the audible machines.
She said since you will be voting I’d love it if you’d use one and write a piece about your experience. I was really hoping to advance at the center so
I decided to take on the challenge. What first started out as a mandate from work was now a new exciting adventure I was looking forward to. What surprised
me even further was when I put in my time card for the week the election was held my boss told me she had to fix it. All the research regarding the availability
of the audible machine in my borough as well as the time I spent voting and writing my piece were all included as work related. What a pleasant surprise
that was.

On Election Day it poured rain and luckily for my friend and I we had transportation to the polls. Even though we live right across the street from one
another we had to go to different locations. I went first and I remember the person driving us was worried because it took me so long to come out. But
when you use the audio it takes time to learn how the machine works and to listen to every prompt carefully so no mistakes are made. Then of course there
is reviewing your ballot choices as well. When I came out my friend promptly said that he had no intention of using the audible machine.

In 2012 for some reason the audible machine didn’t want to work. I told poll workers that I wasn’t leaving until I voted. This caused them to scramble
in order to come up with a solution as I stood patiently waiting. Eventually they did get it working though and I was able to cast my ballot independently
instead of getting help as I thought I’d have to.

This year’s election is so important and I was hoping and praying everything would be flawless. I was worried we’d get torrential rain which would mean
I’d have to seek help getting to the polling place. Luckily Mother Nature cooperated. Today is gorgeous. It is sunny and warm outside so I was able to
walk to the polls. When I got there I found chaos. Instead of one room as was the custom in the past there were two and it was unclear as to who was supposed
to be in which place. I ended up walking into the wrong room and had to go to the other. When I signed in I made sure poll workers were aware that I needed
the audio turned on so I could cast my ballot independently. Usually this takes some time but today the machine was ready as soon as the person ahead of
me was done. The poll worker escorting me to the booth walked up behind me, put her hands on my shoulders and began pushing me like I was a cart. I politely
but firmly informed her I could follow her and she promptly changed her position. When I entered the voting booth I asked for assistance with the buttons
on the keypad. I was given a brief description which did not include specific layout and no one seemed to know how to start the ballot. I began looking
at the different colored buttons and asking what each was for but the woman providing assistance kept saying” You have to feel it. You have to feel it.”
I calmly attempted explaining that I had some usable vision and she stopped trying to get me to “feel” the keypad. After consulting with her colleague
she returned and asked if I was ready. I told her yes and she pushed a button outside of the voting booth. Before the ballot started I was given instructions
and they were straightforward and easy to understand. I started navigating through the ballot but had a moment of terror when the machine told me to push
the select button in order to move on. I did this and to my dismay I heard that the candidate I selected as president had been de-selected and the other
one selected. I thought I was going to be stuck so I asked the poll worker for help. She told me to push the vote button after each selection. I stood
there uncertainly trying to remember how the machine worked in 2012. Finally I pushed the help button and after listening to everything decided that it
wouldn’t hurt me to go back to the beginning and start over. I did this and once I selected my choice for president the machine finally prompted me to
hit select to move through categories. This prompt was not there the first time. I’m not sure why but it made me think for a split second “What if I didn’t
know what to do and panicked then was too embarrassed to ask for help would I have voted for a candidate I believe has no business being in the White House?”

When I got home I talked to my friend who went to a different polling place. He said he had help in the booth instead of using the machine because he didn’t
want to take extra time while the line backed up waiting for him to finish. Regardless of how we exercise our right to vote individuals have to be comfortable
with their venue for casting their ballot. However I did tell my friend that if he had an opportunity to see how the audible machine worked prior to an election he might actually like using it. From this an idea was born. Poll workers obviously need more training and I’m sure blind people in this area who have either not seen or used the machine before would benefit greatly by having an opportunity to see it work in a more laid back environment conducive to learning about it. I guess this will become my post election mission.

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

Funnies: What did Betsy Ross say when her flag ripped?

Darn it.

Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts

by Phyllis Campbell

We’ve been talking about patterns, and various yarns for months now, but recently people have been asking, “Where do you buy yarn, and other supplies?”
Where indeed? Of course if you have access there are always your local stores such as Michaels and Wal-Mart, although I’ve found Wal-Mart less than satisfactory.
Some years ago, they reduced their crafts department drastically This may not be true in your area, so it might be wise to check. Michaels, at least in
our area, does have a nice selection, but one must get there, and as in my case, the nearest Michaels is almost thirty minutes away.
Of course there are the small locally owned yarn shops, but so many of them have been forced to close their doors because of the stores such as Michaels.
These small shops are a delight. They feature only what might be called luxury yarns, but what yarns! There is also the benefit of personal assistance.
And then there’s the third choice, online
This is a wonderful choice, especially if you have an idea what you want. Prices are generall lower, and because you’re buying from the comfort of your
own home as the ads say, you can take your time thinking about your choice. Do you want the blue or the green, or maybe the purple?
There are pitfalls, however. Watch out for the cost of shipping. All sites tell you how much, or at least approximately what their shipping rates are.
Compare. Some companies ship free if your order is a certain amount. Watch out for dye lots. Don’t let anybody tell you that it doesn’t matter. True sometimes
it doesn’t. If you’re making something large such as an afghan it probably won’t make a big difference. Some sites warn that they can’t guarantee dye lots,
so make your decision carefully. Some yarns are no dye lot, and you will be told this.
Here are a few sites that I depend on. If you’ve tried others. Let me know.

This site has yarn, both knitting and crochet; knitting needles and crochet hooks; all kinds of notions such as markers stitch holders; magnifiers; bags
and other storage solutions; almost anything you can think of.

This site, in addition to the items above has all kinds of crafts, and even party supplies.

A wonderful site, but a word of warning. This site has recently updated, and so far I haven’t been able to get back on. Let me know about your experience.
There are many more out there, but these are the ones I use most often. Share your favorites.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Last one: How did Dolly Madison make a jelly roll?

She pushed the jar off the table.

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This month’s columns:

New! Did you know? This month, reading and listening.
Global cane outreach update: A simple white cane can be a remarkable gift in some parts of the world.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: The challenges of accessing wireless at hotels by Donna J. Jodhan.
Blind man walking by Joshua Loya
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
The View From Here: Excerpts from “My Guide Dog Doesn’t Know I’m Blind” by Mark Carlson.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Some spooky, crafty tricks or treats by Phyllis Campbell.
Blind People Talking: Of Rainy Days, Library School, Guide Dogs, & Police Cars, from David F.

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Happy Autumn, harvest, and Halloween! Where is the big pumpkin? Carving pumpkins and costumes were big in my family. My Dad loved helping us girls create unique pumpkins for the school contests. One year we had a bat pumpkin, a yellow big bird, and many, many more. Blue ribbons were always won at my younger sisters’ elementary school.
I also remember riding in a hay wagon, when I was either a Brownie or Girl Scout. I did get to ride in a hay wagon in Spring Creek Nevada with one of my guide dogs. The horses were very large, but I have forgotten the name of the breed. They were some sort of giant.
My son had a few unique costumes, and I do remember that he had a cool teenage mutant ninja turtle costume one year, and an Ernie costume, the Ernie of Sesame street fame when he was in preschool.
I remember when I was five, my mother made me a purple cow costume. I had an actual cow mask, and she sewed a costume that was white with the purple spots that were like a Jersey cow. My family did love to celebrate the holidays and birthdays. Special times all five of us girls share through pictures and stories now.
I hope your October is filled with fun times and a cornucopia of plentiful harvests and blessings.

This month’s news is full of excellent notices and submissions. Please be sure to read our sponsor’s notices above this section. Our very own crafts writer, Phyllis Campbell has a new book with a special offer, above, and a new sponsor, Kustom Cane.
I have a new section, “Did you know?” that features interesting and newsworthy information. Blind man walking, from Joshua, is back, another page from Donna’s travel diary, Mark has some funny guide dog excerpts, Phyllis has some spooky treats in her craft section, and an update from Global cane outreach. Food lady has some great tips, a cookbook suggestion, along with a recipe from the author of Little Women. Under Blind people talking, is another story from David.
Our tech writer, Liz, is under the weather, and Donna Williams is also not feeling well. Donna should be back next month, and Liz will be back in December. I have also inserted some funnies in between some of the articles, that were submitted by our friend the Judge.

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New Learning Ally Link Mobile App

We're excited to announce that Learning Ally Link for iOS is now available! Learning Ally Link is an educational reading app, designed for students who
learn through listening.
(Link for Android coming soon.)
1. Download the new Link for iOS app to listen to your audiobooks. Learning Ally is retiring the previous Audio app. The Learning Ally Audio app that’s
currently on your phone will work but will no longer be supported after December 2016. You should download Learning Ally Link to continue listening to
2. Redownload your audiobooks. Your bookshelf will be available after logging in, but you will need to redownload your audiobooks to Link.
3. Start reading with Link! Link has a ton of new, highly requested features and we will continue to release more features throughout the year.
Add notes to bookmarks
Add books to bookshelf right from your mobile device's browser
Displayed book covers and audio format labels
Searchable bookshelf
Table of contents and page numbers match that of the same print edition
Adjustable speed, text size, text and highlighting color
Listen to books online or offline even while device is locked
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30 second rewind capability
Compatible with VoiceOver (iOS)

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The Listen Factor?

Here at The Listen Factor, we stream a variety of great media sound tracks specifically designed for folks who are blind and/or visually impaired making
it difficult to see the TV screen.
Some of our offerings include:
• Old Time Radio, including crime/detective, mystery, suspense, westerns, family, comedy, adventure and SciFi.
• TV and movie sound tracks (sound only, no video) both described and nondescribed, all genres
• Music and other special events in conjunction with a partner radio station.
We welcome our friends and guests alike. Come on in and join us in one of our home listening theaters.
You can find all 8 channels on the ooTunes Radio IOS app, under the category “Blind” or visit their website:

channel1 Situation Comedies
channel2 Variety Programming
channel3 Educational, Games and Reality Programming
channel4 Variety Programming
channel5 Variety Programming
channel6 Old Time Radio, OTR
channel7 Movies Just for You
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There are Seven channels with a variety of programming for you to choose from. With that much diversity, we're sure you'll find something you enjoy

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Global Cane Outreach update:

A simple white cane can be a remarkable gift in some parts of the world. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey speak with Beverly Crook about her travels around
the world delivering canes to blind people in underserved rural areas, often giving them their first taste of independence. Learn about how the Global
Cane Outreach program has grown and some of its successes.
1641 Delivering Independence with White Canes (Oct. 5, 2016)

In 2010 Beverly Crook, a blind lady with a vision, had the idea to establish Global Cane Outreach for the Blind as a way to provide white canes and mobility
training while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the blind in developing countries. She financed the idea out of her own pocket with help from friends.
Canes and training resources though widely available for free to the blind in the United States are not available in most developing countries. Later she
added the giving of audio bibles as a way for the blind and those that cannot read to hear God's word. In 2014 she enlisted the help of several people
to serve as a board of directors and the name was changed to Global Cane Outreach.
To date canes and training have been provided to the blind in Bolivia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Haiti, Guatemala, Peru and Mexico but with your help we
hope to reach many more countries.

A primary focus of Global Cane Outreach is to train missionaries and provide them with canes and audio bibles in an effort to give the gift of independence
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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan

The challenges of accessing wireless at hotels

As a regular traveler I can honestly tell you that in the general scheme of things, when it comes to how staff at the reception desk deals with me as a
blind person whenever I ask for access to their network; it is indeed a mixed bag.

It is generally assumed that whenever one stays as a guest at most hotels these days here in North America, wireless access is a given. All well and good
but when you throw in the variable of a blind person who needs access, for some odd reason everything seems to become that wee bit confusing. Then you
add the variable of staff not quite knowing how to give you that access because their first language is not English and bingo! Time to unpack your patience.

This is what happened to me a few months ago when I stayed at a hotel here in Toronto. First there was the language barrier then came the staff at the
reception desk who got all turned around because my iPhone was speaking! After much explanation she finally got it. It was amazing to see how confused
she became when she heard the voice and then I had to really egg her on to help me.

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I wonder if anyone knows what the digital clock said to the grandfather clock?

"Hey grandpa, Look no hands!

Blind man walking by Joshua Loya

It has been several months since I have last written an article for The Blind Post. I’m glad to share with you what my life currently looks like, and what
I am currently doing. I do this, in part, at my mother’s request, but I also do it because I care about all of you. I hope my experiences can inspire you
to seek more adventure in your own life, whatever form that might take.

On August 19, I left the employ of Braille Institute in the capacity of access technology specialist for the San Diego Center. I was getting quite restless,
and I knew that I could not continue in that position forever. Fortunately for me, I was given an opportunity to pursue martial arts training in preparation
for competition by some elite level teachers. In particular, I am now pursuing judo training with Justin and Jacob Flores, as they are the primary judo
instructors at Studio 540, where I have been learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last three years. I continue to train in BJJ, as there is a close relationship
between judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Many of the skills learned in BJJ training have considerable overlap with judo. The inverse is also true. For the
time being, I also train at Guardian Quest Martial Arts once a week; though, my teaching role at the school has diminished somewhat. I am also active with
the adaptive martial arts program taught at the San Diego Blind Community Center. In short, most of my waking time is martial arts related in one way or
another. My long-term goal, if I can make it, is judo at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I don’t know if I’ll make it, but I’m going to give it everything
I can.

I know other Paralympians have worked while preparing for competition, but it isn’t in me to work a traditional job while I train. I have a long way to
go to be ready, and I don’t believe I’ll have as significant a chance of making it, unless I devote most of my time to improving my fitness and my skill
with judo, despite my more than eleven years of martial arts experience. My hope is to share my experiences and adventures to inspire others as I pursue
this ambitious goal. I am a teacher at heart, and it wouldn’t be worth it to me to pursue competition if it was just for me. I have to find a way of using
the lessons I learn through this process to help others. If I don’t, it will be a hollow and selfish pursuit.

I want to stop short of writing a novel for you this month, so I’ll leave you with two thoughts. The first is this. I would probably not attempt this if
I didn’t have a basic support system and some safety nets regarding a baseline income. I’m not rich, but my wife and I won’t starve, and we’ll still have
a place to live. I also don’t have children or other obligations that would make working toward such a goal irresponsible. If my resources were more limited,
or I had more significant obligations, I doubt I would make the same decision I did.

The other important thing to remember is the following. I have an opportunity to craft a compelling story for myself and for those who matter to me. Even
if I don’t make it all the way to Tokyo, I can still build memories and store up treasures of wisdom to share with future martial arts students and family
members. I’m thinking, in particular, of my niece and two nephews, who are all quite young at present. I could realize that it isn’t worth pursuing when
I pause to reflect and reassess at the end of this year. I could make it as far as an alternate member of the Paralympic team, or I could make it all the
way to Tokyo and take gold. Any other manner of possibilities exists. I might suffer a significant injury, or I might just realize that judo is too hard
on my thirty-six-year-old body. Regardless, it is the crafting of the story that makes this adventure worth it, not winning the gold in four years.

I am pursuing this with as much focus, grit, and fighting spirit as I possibly can. I am training six days a week. Most days I spend four or more hours
training or working on my conditioning. I pay close attention to my nutrition, and I make sure I get plenty of rest. The rest of the time, I spend writing
down a record of my adventures, preparing for public speaking engagements, and keeping my head in the right place. The mental game is just as important
as the physical one.

It is my intention to share more about my adventures in future articles for The Blind Post. I hope to have all of your support. I strive for excellence.
I am not the only person, blind or sighted, to step on to a mat or into a ring. I am eternally grateful to everyone who has gone before me. I also want
you to know that I will equally cheer you on, even if I face some of you in competition who are reading this now. If we all strive for excellence, and
some of us perform better than others, we still make the world a better place for our striving. Mediocrity is one of the biggest barriers toward a complete
and fulfilling life. Please don’t settle. For your sake and for the sake of every person whose life you touch, whether or not they have a disability of
any kind. Humanity can be amazing. We just need to realize that success is not determined by what we do. It is determined by what we do with what we have.

Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.
You can learn more about him on his web site:

You can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior
You are also welcome to email him at

Does anybody know why ghosts love elevators?

Because the elevator lifts their spirit!

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

First, I have an interesting tip, or two, for you.

First tip: As a blind cook, it can be very easy to measure out ingredients in individual measuring cups from one eighth to two cups. It is also no problem
to measure dry ingredients with measuring spoons. Measuring liquid, such as vanilla extract in a teaspoon, or smaller, can be more difficult. If you have
any old baby food jars, or similar wide mouth jar, you can transfer your extract to that container. Be sure to label it in braille, or another way. You
will need metal measuring spoons that can bend. If you bend your teaspoon just before the spoon end, you can then dip the spoon into the jar of liquid
and lift it up, very carefully. It will be filled with the correct amount of liquid, for you to add to your mixture.
You can have two sets of measuring spoons, and then you can bend one set, to use for liquids, and one set for the dry ingredients.
If you know a new mother that uses baby food from glass jars, you can ask her if you could have a few to use for your liquid ingredients.

Second tip: Baking soda and baking powder are two key ingredients that are essential to baking, but unless you're a frequent baker, a container will last
a long time. While they have long shelf lives, they do eventually expire and won't give your baked goods the lift that they deserve.
Even though the expiration date may have passed, there is a simple test that you can do to test whether your baking soda or baking powder is still good
to use.
Fill about one half of a small coffee cup with hot tap water. Measure about a pinch or so of the baking powder and put it into the cup of hot water. If
you hear bubbling or fizzing, then your baking powder is active.
For testing baking soda, fill another small cup about half way with hot tap water. Add a splash of apple cider or white vinegar to the hot water. Measure
a small amount of the baking soda, no more than a half teaspoon. Put in the hot water with the vinegar. You might want to do this over the sink. If you
hear fizzing and your cup overflows, your baking soda is definitely active.

I mentioned last month that I was downloading cookbooks from the BARD website.

There is one I have really enjoyed reading. It is:
Great old-fashioned American desserts DB26870
Ojakangas, Beatrice A. Reading time: 7 hours, 8 minutes.
Read by Catherine Byers.
Old-time desserts with colorful names: cobbler, fool, pandowdy, slump, rolypoly, and berry tumble. Pies, cakes, and cookies round out this eclectic collection
of historic favorites updated for modern kitchens.

Along with the recipes there are historical facts and interesting stories. Here is one that I found to be very interesting, or quite capital, as Louisa
May Alcott might say.

Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump
Makes six servings
“The author of Little Women was so fond of this apple dessert that she named her Concord, , Massachusetts house Apple Slump.”

Six cups pared, cored, and sliced apples
One cup sugar
One teaspoon cinnamon
One half cup water
One and one half cups sifted all purpose flour
One fourth teaspoon salt
One and one half teaspoons baking powder
One half cup milk
New England nutmeg sauce, see recipe that follows, or heavy cream.

Combine apple slices, sugar, cinnamon, and water in a sauce pan with a tight fitting lid.
Heat to boiling.
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
Stir in enough milk to make a soft dough.
Drop dough, from a tablespoon, onto the apple mixture.
Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
Serve warm with New England nutmeg sauce or heavy cream.

New England nutmeg sauce
Makes about one and one half cups.
One cup sugar
One tablespoon flour
One cup boiling water
One tablespoon butter
One teaspoon nutmeg

Mix sugar and flour. Add the boiling water stirring until sauce bubbles and thickens.
Add butter and simmer five minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in nutmeg.
Serve hot.

Food Lady

There is a clerk in the butcher shop who is 5 feet and 10 inches tall and he also wears size 13 Snickers. What does he way?

Answer: Steaks, Chicken, Hamburger, Baloney.

The View From Here by Mark Carlson

Excerpts from “My Guide Dog Doesn’t Know I’m Blind”

My Guide Dog is Saffron, a five year old yellow Labrador. She and I have been together for four years and already I have plenty to write about. Here are
a few bits from my next book, which is a sequel to “Confessions of a Guide Dog, The Blonde Leading the Blind.”

One day I was outside in the yard throwing the rope for her, and just for variety (BAD idea) I threw it straight up. Saffron ran a little ways to catch
it when it came down and...and...and...well, it never came down. Now I’m kind of a strong guy, but I think achieving orbital velocity of 17,500 mph is
a bit much. “Where’s your toy, Saffy?” I asked. She scampered back and forth but what I didn’t know is that she was looking up.
After searching around for about ten minutes I reached the inescapable and obvious conclusion that the rope toy had fallen into the gravitational influence
of a freak wormhole in the fabric of space-time and ended up in a parallel universe where all the missing things that Humanity has lost since prehistory
i.e, ballpoint pens, keys, cellphones, TV remotes, the physics term paper I swear I wrote in 1977 and so on.

Well. Later that day when Jane was home I told her what had happened.
For some reason she didn’t buy the wormhole idea. But she did find it in the branches of the tree hanging over the yard. Oops.
No sign of my term paper, though. That’s proof of the wormhole as far as I’m concerned.
Okay maybe the wormhole was kind of off the beaten track. But hey, I’m a writer. We used a long pole and knocked it out of the tree into Saffron’s eager

But here’s what blows my mind about it. If I had tried to get that rope to catch in the tree, I could have thrown it fifty times with no luck. But without
even trying...see what I mean by how the most bizarre things just seem to happen to me? I mean, I really did write that paper. It was over thirty typed
pages ( and mind you, before computers and printers) and carefully researched, annotated and cited. My physics teacher wasn’t the most open-minded sort.
I’m sure he thinks I never actually wrote it. What could you expect from an ignorant goon who never liked ‘Star Trek?’

Only a week later I somehow got disoriented and tossed the rope up over my shoulder and I heard a ‘Thump!’ I thought I knew what had happened to it. Saffron
was running back and forth, and I asked her, “Hey Saffy where did it go?”
“Roof! Roof!” she barked.
“That’s what I thought. I called up to Jane who was in her office at the front of the house. ‘Honey do you see Saffrron’s rope toy?”
She looked out the window and said, “Roof! Roof!” I know that was bad, but I couldn’t resist!
“Yeah, I know that, but where?”
“Right on the edge about three feet from the corner.”
“Thanks!” I got the ladder and retrieved the toy.

That wasn’t the only time I lost something in the space-time continuum. Saffron had a soft red rubber ball I could throw around the house without fear
of damaging anything. On weekends when I was lying on the sofa listening to a book I threw it for her, then she brought it back and dropped it in my lap.
But one time I tossed it and (insert Final ‘Jeopardy!’ theme here) and it never came down. This time I knew it had to have gone into the parallel universe.
I was ready to e-mail Stephen Hawking, but Jane talked me out of it. But even she didn’t find it and my theory was gaining in validity. Then, about four
months later I was cleaning the living room and found one of Saffron’s small Nyla® Bones under the couch. Then I started thinking about that ball. No,
I knew it didn’t really go into another dimension. I’m not crazy, just open-minded. I crawled around and felt into every single crook and nanny from the
kitchen to the dining room to the living room and up the stairs. I felt on top of the china cabinet and under the pillows on the settee. Nope. ‘Dr. Hawking,
have you got a minute. I have a theory I’d like to bounce off you.”
Then an impossible revelation hit me like a bolt of lightning. Just above the fireplace there was an alcove where we had the stereo. And above that was...a
parallel universe. No, just joking. Another alcove. It was at least ten feet up so I got the ladder and climbed up. And there, hiding behind the silk plant
was... My physics term paper!
No, the rubber ball. I called Saffron. “Hey look what the blind guy found!’ I tossed it down to her and descended to the floor. No sign of Saffron. She
wasn’t interested in the ball. She was chewing away at the Nyla® Bone. Sigh. Well I guess even Einstein had those kind of days.

Mark Carlson is a San Diego historian and author of two books. His first book. Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind has won three
book awards. It is available through the NLS Bard.
Mark Can be contacted at

Another funny:
Actual happening: I refused to go shopping with my wife, one day, when the National League playoff game was on.

She took the remote!

Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

I hear it everywhere I go, "Where has the year gone!" and I join my voice to the exclamation, where indeed. It seems no time since I was writing the column
for the new year, and it's Halloween, and next month I'll be giving you ideas for Christmas projects, knowing that we'll only have a little over a month
to complete those gifts.

Where on earth did it come from, this night of spooky costumes, and things that go bump in the night?

All Hallo's Eve, the night before All Saint's Day, still observed by many denominations today, was believed to be a time when evil spirits were allowed
to walk the world, thus giving us the scary costumes of our little walkers going from door to door seeking treats.

Where would any haunted castle be without bats? Below is a pattern for your very own bat, a dishcloth, of course, and that's not all. Who knows what lurks
after the bat!
Read on, and see.

batty dishcloth

Sugar 'n Cream, Grape
size 6 straight needles

CO 40 stitches (I use the long-tail cast on)
Knit 4 rows
1 - K3, P34, K3
2 - K all
Repeat rows 1 & 2 five more times (rows 3 through12)
13 - K3, P17, K1, P16, K3
14 - K19, P1, K20
15 - K3, P16, K2, P16, K3
16 - K18, P3, K19
17 - K3, P15, K4, P15, K3
18 - K18, P4, K18
19 - K3, P14, K6, P14, K3
20 - K12, P1, K4, P7, K3, P1, K12
21 - K3, P9, K2, P1, K9, P3, K1, P9, K3
22 - K12, P2, K2, P13, K6, P1, K4
23 - K3, P1, K2, P5, K18, P6, K1, P1, K3
24 - K4, P2, K5, P19, K3, P2, K5
25 - K3, P2, K25, P3, K3, P1, K3
26 - K5, P3, K2, P24, K6
27 - K3, P3, K28, P3, K3
28 - K6, P27, K7
29 - K3, P4, K26, P4, K3
30 - K7, P16, K1, P8, K8
31 - K3, P5, K7, P2, K4, P1, K10, P5, K3
32 - K8, P9, K2, P5, K2, P5, K9
33 - K3, P6, K4, P3, K6, P2, K7, P6, K3
34 - K9, P6, K3, P6, K4, P2, K10
35 - K3, P7, K1, P5, K6, P4, K4, P7, K3
36 - K10, P3, K5, P6, K16
37 - K3, P14, K1, P2, K1, P7, K1, P8, K3
38 - K19, P1, K2, P1, K17
39 - K3, P34, K3
40 - K all
Repeat rows 39 & 40 five more times (rows 41 through 50)
Knit 4 rows
Bind off

Jack-o-Lantern Cloth

Size 7 needles, Worsted Weight Cotton
Cast on 38 sts
1-4: knit
5: knit
6: k3, p32, k3
7: knit
8: k3, p32, k3
9: k14, p10, k14
10: k3, p8, k16, p8, k3
11: k10, p18, k10
12: k3, p6, k20, p6, k3
13: k8, p22, k8
14: k3, p4, k24, p4, k3
15: k6, p6, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, p6, k6
16: k3, p3, k4, p4, k2, p6, k2, p4, k4, p3, k3
17: k6, p4, k18, p4, k6
18: k3, p3, k4, p7, k4, p7, k4, p3, k3
19: k6, p4, k7, p4, k7, p4, k6
20: k3, p3, k4, p3, k12, p3, k4, p3, k3
21: k6, p4, k1, p16, k1, p4, k6
22: k3, p3, k26, p3, k3
23: k6, p26, k6
24: k3, p3, k26, p3, k3
25: k6, p9, k8, p9, k6
26: k3, p3, k10, p6, k10, p3, k3
27: k6, p10, k6, p10, k6
28: k3, p3, k11, p4, k11, p3, k3
29: k6, p11, k4, p11, k6
30: k3, p3, k12, p2, k12, p3, k3
31: k6, p12, k2, p12, k6
32: k3, p3, k26, p3, k3
33: k6, p26, k6
34: k3, p3, k6, p4, k6, p4, k6, p3, k3
35: k6, p6, k4, p6, k4, p6, k6
36: k3, p3, k7, p2, k8, p2, k7, p3, k3
37: k6, p7, k2, p8, k2, p7, k6
38: k3, p4, k6, p1, k10, p1, k6, p4, k3
39: k7, p24, k7
40: k3, p6, k20, p6, k3
41: k10, p18, k10
42: k3, p9, k4, p6, k4, p9, k3
43: k16, p6, k16
44: k3, p13, k6, p13, k3
45: k16, p6, k16
46: k3, p32, k3
47: knit
48: k3, p32, k3
49-53: knit
bind off, weave in ends

Furry Red Monster

US Size 6 needle
100% Cotton Yarn
Cast on 46 stitches
Rows 1-6: Knit
Row 7: K2, P42, K2
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: K2, P42, K2
Row 10: K4, P1, K6, P1, K2, P1, K18, P1, K2, P1, K9
Row 11: K2, P8, K1, P1, K1, P18, K1, P1, K1, P6, K1, P3, K2
Row 12: K6, P1, K6, P2, K18, P2, K6, P1, K4
Row 13: K2, P3, K1, P7, K1, P16, K1, P7, K1, P5, K2
Row 14: K8, P1, K6, P1, K16, P1, K6, P1, K6
Row 15: K2, P5, K1, P5, K1, P16, K1, P5, K1, P7, K2
Row 16: K10, P1, K26, P1, K8
Row 17: K2, P7, K1, P10, K6, P8, K1, P9, K2
Row 18: K12, P1, K4, P4, K4, P3, K7, P1, K10
Row 19: K2, P9, K1, P1, K5, P11, K4, P11, K2
Row 20: K14, P1, K17, P2, K12
Row 21: K2, P9, K1, P20, K1, P11, K2
Row 22: K11, P2, K5, P7, K10, P2, K9
Row 23: K2, P6, K1, P11, K1, P6, K1, P7, K1, P8, K2
Row 24: K9, P1, K7, P1, K7, P3, K10, P1, K7
Row 25: K2, P4, K1, P11, K1, P10, K1, P6, K1, P7, K2
Row 26: K8, P1, K6, P1, K12, P3, K8, P1, K6
Row 27: K2, P3, K1, P8, K1, P16, K1, P5, K1, P6, K2
Row 28: K7, P1, K6, P1, K17, P1, K7, P1, K5
Row 29: K2, P3, K1, P6, K1, P19, K1, P6, K1, P4, K2
Row 30: K6, P1, K6, P1, K20, P1, K6, P1, K4
Row 31: K2, P2, K1, P3, K6, P18, K1, P6, K1, P4, K2
Row 32: K5, P1, K6, P1, K15, P4, K5, P1, K3, P1, K4
Row 33: K2, P2, K1, P13, K3, P13, K1, P5, K1, P3, K2
Row 34: K4, P1, K6, P1, K8, P5, K16, P1, K4
Row 35: K2, P2, K1, P21, K5, P4, K1, P5, K1, P2, K2
Row 36: K4, P1, K5, P1, K1, P3, K26, P1, K4
Row 37: K2, P2, K1, P13, K5, P11, K2, P5, K1, P2, K2
Row 38: K4, P1, K5, P1, K11, P1, K5, P1, K12, P1, K4
Row 39: K2, P3, K1, P10, K1, P7, K1, P11, K1, P3, K1, P3, K2
Row 40: K5, P1, K3, P1, K10, P1, K8, P1, K10, P1, K5
Row 41: K2, P4, K1, P8, K1, P10, K1, P12, K1, P4, K2
Row 42: K6, P1, K12, P1, K10, P1, K7, P1, K7
Row 43: K2, P6, K1, P4, K3, P10, K1, P11, K1, P5, K2
Row 44: K7, P1, K11, P1, K10, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K9
Row 45: K2, P8, K2, P4, K1, P9, K1, P9, K2, P6, K2
Row 46: K10, P1, K8, P2, K7, P1, K6, P1, K10
Row 47: K2, P7, K1, P8, K1 P4, K2, P2, K1, P4, K3, P9, K2
Row 48: K14, P4, K5, P4, K3, P3, K3, P1, K9
Row 49: K2, P7, K1, P3, K3, P13, K1, P14, K2
Row 50: K16, P1, K4, P3, K6, P3, K2, P1, K10
Row 51: K2, P8, K1, P7, K1, P3, K3, P4, K1, P14, K2
Row 52: K17, P1, K3, P3, K3, P2, K5, P1, K11
Row 53: K2, P10, K5, P2, K1, P7, K1, P16, K2
Row 54: K19, P1, K5, P1, K20
Row 55: K2, P19, K5, P18, K2
Row 56: Knit
Row 57: K2, P42, K2
Row 58: Knit
Row 59: K2, P42, K2
Rows 60-64: Knit
Bind off and weave in the ends.

Until next time,

Last one:
Did you know that you can't take a picture of a man in Idaho with a wooden leg.

You must use a camera!

Blind People Talking

Of Rainy Days, Library School, Guide Dogs, & Police Cars

“We understand you were taken to class in a police car?” the Jeopardy auditioner inquired. I hoped that this bit of contestant trivia would put me over
the top and land me a spot as one of the few blind contestants to have ever appeared on Jeopardy. So I took a deep breath and began the tale:

“The sky had been hemorrhaging rain all morning, and it was rapidly approaching 12:30. If I were not to be late, I’d have to start out for my afternoon
LIS7002 reference class soon. It was my first semester of graduate school, and I really did not want to start by skipping a 90 minute lecture class because
of monsoon-like conditions. I had worked so hard on cultivating a good impression even recently wearing a linen blazer and raw silk tie to the orientation
for newly matriculated library and information science students despite the heat and suffocating humidity of a Louisiana summer.

“I explained to Nader that though he came equipped with webbed paws and a double coat that made him able to swim and quasi-waterproof, I thought it best
he remain inside and consider taking a siesta near the apartment couch. He never liked wearing a raincoat and hated getting his tires wet. He yawned and
decided that I had an excellent idea. He was never up for being damp in air conditioning under a desk.

“Clad in a cheap green plastic rain poncho, I started out clumsily maneuvering my white cane like a nervous mine sweeper. The Amazonian rainfall made it
hard to hear ambient sounds that could cue me to my environment. I walked; suddenly, I slipped on a chunk of sidewalk. I knew I was broken! I landed. I
seemed to be in one piece and got up. I walked some more but realized I had walked too long and missed a turning. I heard the enclosed echoes of an entrance.
I gladly betook my sodden self inside.

“A female voice wondered if she might help me. I inquired as to my coordinates. GPS had not been imagined yet. I learned, topographically speaking, that
I had discovered the LSU Campus Security post by the campanile. I was offered a ride to class. I took it.

“I was startled while riding in the back to realize the door handles were missing. I pointed this out to the driver and she laughed. ‘Baby, don’t you know
this is a police car?’ she wondered. I then scrunched down in my seat to avoid being recognized!

“I made it to class only seven minutes late, but I was a soggy, squishy mess.”

(Mild applause was heard and I wondered if I had been chosen for the actual game in Los Angeles?)


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** This month’s columns:
Tech News:
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: by Donna J. Jodhan.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
The View From Here: by Mark Carlson.
Living with low vision: by Donna Williams.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell.
Blind People Talking: Roux and Remembrance By David F.

Tech news:

Cutting the Cable Cord
Okay, let’s face it. Most of us are on a budget, and for many of us that budget is tight. Paying $150 for a cable subscription with enough channels to
be able to watch Game of Thrones isn’t always feasible. And yet, sometimes you just need that TV fix. It’s not surprising that in this day and age of online
media creation and consumption, there is an alternative to the astronomical cable bill. Some choices have no charge. And others are low cost. What I can
guarantee you is that you’ll be able to watch your media content, in general, for a fraction of the price your cable provider may want to charge.
Network Websites
In the case of the major networks, you can usually find content available for streaming shortly after the program appears on-air. Usually within 24 hours.
At times, this content may be available only for a limited time, however, unless you are paying for cable.
There are more and more places where you can buy either individual episodes of a show, or full seasons. I am most familiar with iTunes. You can either
buy each episode as it comes out, or pay for the entire season, which gives you access to new content as it becomes available.
Paid or Freemium Streaming Services
What services you have available to you will depend upon the country you live. In North America, Netflix was the original paid video streaming service,
but it focuses mostly on movies, with a few exceptions. Netflix is around $10 a month for the streaming service. In the United States, Hulu offers television
content at no cost, though not all seasons or shows are available unless you pay a monthly fee, and there are ads in the free content. Sling TV is also
an alternative for US residents. This gives you a lot of content from major networks, including sports, for around $20 a month. Streaming services are
new to Canada, at least services not tied to a cable subscription or communication company. Crave TV has recently become available to anyone, whether or
not they have a cable subscription. It, too, has content available from many of the Canadian networks, though not streaming of live content. [In Canada,
at least, that is only available to someone who has an existing cable subscription. If you don’t mind waiting a little for your show, though, Crave is
a valid option]. If you don’t live in North America, you will have to check around to see what is available to you. Sorry.
Other services are available for those who may not have a cable package, but may have a different service from a major telecommunications provider. In
Canada, Rogers is a good example, offering some limited access to even live TV through its on-demand service. If you have a cell contract from a major
telco, you may want to check if they have something similar.
Why shouldn’t you use one of the other “free” options?
Everyone knows there are other ways to get TV content. Game of Thrones, at least last I heard, was the single most pirated TV program around. This is not
surprising when you consider the price of the average HBO subscription when added to the regular cable packages. However, acquiring content in these ways
is not only illegal, and yes, you can get caught, but also risky. Pirating anything, be it software or content, is a great way to catch viruses or get
hit by attacks aimed at stealing your data. Why take the chance if you don’t have to?
My family decided to cut the cord two years ago, and I really haven’t missed it, except once when I wanted to watch something live. I watched the program
the next day instead, without any long-term damage to my health. When you consider that we were paying over $100 a month for cable, the $20 we pay now
for our streaming service seems minor in comparison. We found that much of the time, we just had the TV on as background noise. That, I don’t miss at all.
If you’re on a budget, why not try cutting the cord? New streaming services and alternatives to traditional cable packages are coming out all the time.
Even if there isn’t something that meets your needs now, wait a little and I’m sure you’ll find what you need.

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan

Behind the pages of Donna's diary

Hi everyone: For the past few years I have been producing a feature called "from the pages of Donna's travel diary" and now I believe that it is time for
me to tell you a bit about myself so you can learn more about me.

I live and work in Toronto Canada and for most of my life I have spent countless hours on planes, trains, and in cars on the road. I was born with very
limited vision, received a cornea transplant when I was a teenager, and lost almost all of my vision in 2004.

I have experienced many challenges through out my traveling life but on the other hand I have also been extremely privileged to have spent so many pleasurable
hours on sandy beaches, cross country skiing, and on crowded streets in busy cities.

As far back as I could remember, traveling for me was a part of my world. Treasured memories of so many trips with my family when I was growing up. Traveling
with friends on business and for pleasure and traveling alone to conferences all make up a plethora of experiences for me.

My very first trip with my family was when we traveled to England on a cruise line and I was just a very wee one then. I can still remember some of this
trip despite my age of four years. We stayed with my aunt and uncle for six months in England before returning home.

Then the many road trips with the family spending so many hours on sandy beaches and that never forget trip to South America when I was a teen.

My trip with my parents after I graduated from university to New York, London, Liverpool, and across to Europe where customs agents were more interested
in asking me about then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his wife Margaret.

Then my travel adventures when I was all grown up; to conferences on my own and with friends. A trip with my friend Jackie to participate in a chess tournament
for blind players in Windermere in 2014 and my annual vacation to sweet St Lucia with my mom.

I have traveled to several islands in the Caribbean. To South and Central America. Across Canada, to California, New York, Boston, and Florida, and to

I learned so much when I studied in Liverpool for one year and nothing could ever replace the knowledge that I have gained by being a somewhat world traveler
promising myself to travel once more to Europe next year to visit certain World War sites in Poland, France, Belgium, Germany, and England.

I have seen and heard so many things. I have experienced airport and airline staff go out of their way to assist me as a blind passenger but at the same
time I have seen absolute sadness with untrained agents not knowing how to relate to and communicate with passengers with disabilities choosing instead
to show me disrespect and treatment bordering on recklessness and willfulness.

I continue to experience those ill trained agents who honestly believe that a blind passenger's desire to be given escort assistance rather than be forced
to sit in a wheelchair should be ignored and disrespected. I continue to fight against those airports whose managers believe that it is more beneficial
to take me to court over complaints that I have raised over their ineptness rather than working with me to fix systemic weaknesses.

I continue to enjoy those hotel staff who go out of their way to ensure that my vacations are filled with fun, pleasure, boundless laughter, and so much
more and I continue to meet service desk personnel who go out of their way to ensure that my stays and conferences at their facilities will ensure that
I return again.

The experiences for me continue to be filled with new adventures each time I travel. There are absolute differences for me between when I had limited vision,
when I received a whack of new vision, and now that I have precious little vision.

This is me and this is who I am and this is who I will continue to be as I continue to bring you my experiences from the pages of Donna's diary.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

Isn’t it so wonderful to have some cooler weather? I just love this time of year. I find that the September crisp mornings inspire me to look forward to
cooking and baking again, after dealing with the summer heat.
I have been downloading cookbooks of all kinds from the BARD site. Making sure I have all the ingredients I need for a spir of the moment scrumptious muffin
or cake. Reading cookbooks also sparks ideas for spicing up my soups or even a different way of making an old fave casserole.
I have included some recipes that might inspire you as well. If you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share, send them to me, and I will include
them in the next Blind Post.

Chocolate Caramel Banana upsidedown cake

Round cake, Serves 8
One half cup, one stick, unsalted butter
Three fourths cup packed light brown sugar
Three ripe bananas peeled and cut into one fourth inch thick slices
For the cake:
Three fourths cup plus two tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
Six tablespoons unsweetened Dutch processed coco powder sifted.
Three fourths teaspoon baking soda
One fourth teaspoon salt
Six tablespoons, three fourths stick, unsalted butter softened.
One cup granulated sugar
Two large eggs
Two teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Two thirds cup buttermilk
Make the topping:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees pherinheight.
Grease a nine inch round nonstick cake pan. Dust with flour.
Heat the butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat until foaming.
Wisk in the brown sugar. Turn the heat to low and cook wisking for two minutes.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.
Arrange the banana slices, in concentric circles, on top of the sugar mixture.
Set aside.
Make the cake:
Combine the flour, coco powder, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Combine the butter and the granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl, and cream with an electric mixer on medium high speed until fluffy. About three minutes.
With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs one one at a time, scraping down the sides after each.
Turn the mixer to high speed and until the mixture is light and increased in volume. About two minutes.
Stir in the vanilla.
With the mixer on low, stir in one third of the flour mixture. Stir in one half of the buttermilk.
Repeat with the same flour and buttermilk ending with the flour.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat the batter on high speed for 30 seconds.
Pour the batter over the bananas, gently spreading it into an even layer.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 40 to 45 minutes.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let stand for five minutes.
Holding the pan and a plate together with oven mits, immediately invert the hot cake onto the plate. If necessary replace any fruit stuck to the pan to
the cake.
Let the cake cool for twenty minutes and serve warm or serve at room temperature.
Save any uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrapped in plastic, and store for up to two days at room temperature.

Hearty Mushroom Barley Soup

One and one half cups barley
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups chicken stock
2 cups tomato juice
4 fresh sweet basil leaves, chopped
One half teaspoon oregano
10 to 15 mushrooms, thinly sliced
pepper to taste
lowfat yogurt
In a soup pot combine barley, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, chicken stock, tomato juice and herbs. Stir. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, and cover, but
not completely -- leave lid slightly askew. Stir occasionally. Let soup simmer 1 hour, then stir in the mushrooms. Add pepper and let simmer 1 more hour.
Ladle into hot soup bowls and top each with a spoonful of yogurt.
Serves 8 to 10.


This recipe makes 4 servings.
6 ounces fettuccine
1 package, 10 ounces, frozen broccoli
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
One half teaspoon dried basil, crushed
One fourth teaspoon salt
One eighth teaspoon pepper
Two and one half cups milk
Two and one half cups chopped cooked chicken (make ahead or use canned or frozen)
Three fourths cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions on package.
While pasta is cooking, run water over broccoli to thaw.
Melt butter in large saucepan for sauce.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add flour, basil, salt and pepper to melted butter over medium heat.
Add milk and whisk, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and bubbly.
Cook and stir one minute more.
Remove from heat and stir in chicken, ½ cup of Parmesan cheese and broccoli.
Add pasta and toss to coat with sauce and chicken mixture.
Pour mixture into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.
Cover with foil and bake in oven for 15 minutes.
Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Return to oven, uncovered for 5 to 10 more minutes.

Food Lady

The View From Here by Mark Carlson
The French Fry Protection Racket

My dog is running a protection racket. For those of you who don’t remember the old gangster films of the 1930s, a protection racket is where a couple of
thugs go to some small business and tell the owner that if he don’t pay them some money on a regular basis, ‘Somethin’ bad might happen to his business.’

Well, my Labrador has apparently been watching late-night Turner Classic Movies.

But he don’t want no money. He’s after French fries.

Musket is a retired Guide Dog, but when he was working, I took him everywhere, including restaurants. As an Assistance Animal he had access to all public
places. He always behaved as a well-trained dog. He never caused any trouble. He was welcomed in restaurants from coast to coast. Patrons were impressed
by how quiet and sweet he was and often commented on this. Sometimes they didn’t even know he was there until it was time to leave and he poked his big
head out from under the table. “Hey, I didn’t even know he was down there!” Well, that’s what an Assistance Dog is supposed to be. Unseen.

Okay, fine. But there’s a minor hitch, in my case. First of all, Musket, like most Labradors, loves food. Right? Nope, not even close. I think, given a
choice between breathing and food, he’d give up breathing. When I took Musket into a restaurant, his nose immediately began to twitch. It buzzed so fast
is sounded like a hive of angry bees.

He knew this was a magic place where nice people brought you food for nothing. Of course, like any other kid today, he knew nothing of paying for food.
I never let him have the credit card. Food just appeared.

After being led to my table, I told Musket to go underneath and lie down. He did this right away. then I sat down and discussed my order with the waitress.
“By the way,” I usually said, “my Guide Dog is under the table, so if you feel something licking your ankle, don’t freak out.”

Most often the waitress was enchanted by Musket and asked if he would like some water. Once that was settled, I ordered my food. I’m a typical American
guy. I like hamburgers. Since I like to keep things simple I ask for French fries rather than a baked potato or rice.

Soon the order arrived and was placed before me.

And that’s when the thug under the table made his move. “Hey pal. Nice place you got here. I wouldn’t want nothin’ bad to happen to it.”

“What do you mean, Musket?” I was trying to be calm, but I felt a tiny chill. The pressure was being applied.

“Well, things happen, y’know? I mean, suppose somehow something bumped your elbow just as you were picking up your cup of coffee. That would make a mess,
wouldn’t it?”

“Yeah, I guess it would. I’ll have to be careful, huh? Heh, heh.”

For a long moment, no sound came from under the table but the buzzing of a cold nose. “Yeah, but no matter how careful you try to be, you can’t anticipate
everything. I might, ah, ‘accidentally’ grab the tablecloth with my teeth and pull it down. Just think of the mess that would make.”

Now I was really sweating. I tried to eat, but the food had lost all its flavor. “I think I understand what you’re saying. So what do I do?”

“It ain’t much. Really, you’ll never notice it. Just ‘accidentally drop a few fries on the floor. You’re a blind guy, so no one will pay any mind.”

“Um…okay. But you remember, the Guide Dog school says you’re never supposed to have people food. It’s not good for you.” It was weak, but it was all I

“Oh,” came the silent but determined voice from under the table. “I see. Well, if you want to take the chance…”

“No!” I almost blurted out. “I didn’t mean that. I’m responsible for your health. And fries aren’t healthy for you.”

I swear I heard a snort. “And that double bacon chili cheeseburger with extra mayo is health food? What would Mommy say?”

He had me there. “You win,” I said, finally wilting. I had no choice. As bad as his ‘accidents’ might have been, I couldn’t have him telling Jane about
my little culinary indulgence. “Okay, but just a few.”

“That’s fine, pal. Nothin’ bad will happen.”

After I’d paid up, the meal went fine. But you know the lesson. ‘Once you’ve given in to them, you’re theirs for life.’ At least I got to eat my burger
in peace.
Until the next time.

Note: this is humorous satire. I don’t encourage anyone to give dogs food at the table, and certainly not people food. So stop dialing the ASPCA and PETA.
And for dog’s sake, don’t call my wife!

Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson is a San Diego historian and author of two books. His first book. Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind has won three
book awards. It is available through the NLS Bard.
Mark Can be contacted at

Living with low vision by Donna Williams .

Following My Gut

We all have intuition and when I was growing up my parents used to tell us that if something seemed to good to be true it probably was or if it didn’t
feel right we should avoid the situation. This advice has helped me make good common sense decisions over the years as well as alerting me to little red
flags when they are put in my pathway.

In April what should have been a straightforward process became a nightmare for me. It started when I received a letter indicating that it was time to
re-certify for ParaTransit. I immediately sent back the form requesting a renewal application. A few days later it arrived but to my dismay it was in small
print. This was unacceptable to me since for a few years I had been getting my materials in large print. When I called to request the format change I was
told that the transit agency did not do that. When I informed them that I had asked for large print over two years ago I was put on hold. After several
minutes of wait time I was finally informed that they would send me the application and accompanying materials in my format choice and I was given a generic
apology for my inconvenience.

When the application arrived it was in large print but the other materials sent were not. In the meantime I had an eye doctor appointment coming up and
since for some reason they sent me a form that she had to complete I decided to take that with me on the day I was to see her and get her to fill it out
then. However something about that form bothered me. When I renewed before I never had to have a doctor provide additional information. I just filled out
the application and sent it back.

On the day of my eye doctor appointment not only did I see the red flag but it was blocking my path. The form my Opthalmologist had to fill out was so
extensive that I began to question what the transit agency was trying to do.

When I got home I took the time to look at the application I had to complete and discovered to my dismay that it was just as unbelievably extensive. I
promptly called and asked about it and was told that this was indeed the correct form. As I looked through the materials though I became more puzzled to
see a photo form. I couldn’t read the fine print on it but the big letters at the top told me exactly what it was. This prompted yet another call to my
local ParaTransit provider who said that I had to fillout the form even though I already had a photo on file with them.

By this time I was so angry and decided that I certainly was not filling out any extra and unnecessary paperwork. I completed the application and enclosed
the form my eye doctor completed. I sent it off and waited. Several days went by and then the much awaited envelope arrived. I tore it open and found to
my dismay that my application had been sent back with the notation that I had copied the original so the one I submitted would not be accepted.

After calming down I called my provider and attempted to resolve the situation. Their response was less then favorable. I was told I’d have to fillout
the small print form. When I pointed out the reason I needed the large print one the representative kept insisting that I could ask someone with vision
to help me. Now it wasn’t just a matter of my gut feeling uneasy. It became about principles. I finally got results by informeing them that I would take
my situation to the media if necessary and when I dropped a few names of people I would communicate with they finally assigned my case to a gentleman named
George who called me immediately. He told me to send my application back and he would take care of it personally. I sent it out the very next day and was
relieved to know this stressful situation had been resolved, but alas it was not to be.

A week later when I received my recertification letter in the mail it stated that I was only eligible for Paratransit services when traveling to unfamiliar
destinations. I had conditional status for many years up to this point but nothing so restrictive. I looked at my ID card and realized there was no photo
and my number was different. It was almost as though they thought I was a totally new rider.

There was absolutely no doubt in my mind. I was going to appeal. I called to let them know of my intention since the form they sent was in small print.
I was told once again that someone sighted would have to help me fill out the paprework. So I did the only thihng I could think of to in my stressed out
state. I reached out to the gentleman who helped blind residents of the borough I live in during the massive trolley project. I wasn’t sure if he’d do
anything or not but I figured I had nothing to lose by writing and letting him know what I was experiencing. True to his usual character he wrote back
right away and informed me that he’d look into things and get back to me. A few days later a woman called and we had a conversation during which I found
out my gut had been correct. Apparently when I was given unconditional status to use ParaTransit during the trolley project a notation was placed on my
account that in order to maintain that in the future I’d have to reapply not renew. However since I didn’t reapply right after the conclusion of the construction
project that notation should have been removed from my account and I should have been able to renew without complications. Once we both figured out what
had happened the transit agency’s mistake was corrected and I’m happy to report that I now have my new I”d card with the proper number and photo on it.
Thankfully I listened to my gut or I’d have still been in a tangled web of misery and stress.

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

The Joy and Tears Of Cotton

Cotton has long been a mainstay for clothing and household items. Years ago, its use for clothing was limited to those of the so-called poorer classes
or to garments to be worn strictly for work. Then cotton was elevated, and it began to be used by all for garments worn for what might be called everyday

It has been used for all kinds of items in the home, towels, sheets, pillow cases, curtains, you name it, although, here again, years ago, the more affluent
used other more expensive fabrics such as linen or even silk for sheets. The use of linen was so common that today sheets and pillow cases are collectively
referred to as linen, although their content is varied.

But back to cotton. Now, cotton has become desirable, and tags proudly read "Pure cotton."

Naturally, this has "spilled" over into the crafting world, and we're seeing cotton yarn in all weights, and patterns for all kinds of things. Let me say
here, that this is nothing new, but certainly is more prevalent for knitters. Fine cotton thread has been used in the crochet world for years. Today, however,
cotton can be found in almost all weights, although I don't think I've found it in super-bulky.

So, you may be asking, provided I find joy in working or wearing cotton where are the tears?

If you're buying a garment made from that admittedly soft pure cotton beware, it wrinkles! It wrinkles, and it must be ironed! I'm giving away my age,
and my economic status here, we didn't boast a maid, I can remember my mother heating a flatiron on the wood burning stove, and ironing my little ruffled
dresses. A lot of mothers today would doubtless throw the whole mess, including me, in the landfill, a stream that isn't polluted being absent. Seriously,
that's a lot of work.

For crafters, of course, the knitted or crocheted item doesn't face this same dilemma, but there's another one. Your items will shrink, unless laundered
carefully! It's best to wash, gentle cycle in cold water, and dry flat.

I know, the label says washable, and yes, you can wash it, and yes, if it's something like a dish cloth it makes little difference, since exact size makes
little difference, and when it gets wet, it comes back to its original size. Such things can be done in the washer and the dryer, but be aware that they
will shrink, so you might make a bit larger. Also be careful if you're making something like place mats that need to be the exact size in a set. I know
someone who made a set of place mats for sale. She'd carefully measured, and they were exactly the same. I can't remember why she needed to wash one of
them. Soon after she delivered the order, she received a complaint that they weren't all the same size in the set. Lesson learned. If you're washing just
one, better think before you do it.

To me a good solution to the problem of shrinkage in garments is to buy cotton with another fabric such as acrylic added. It changes the feel of the yarn
very little, and the garment holds its shape.

I highly recommend doing a swatch before starting to knit or crochet if exact size is important. Make a square about three or four inches using the yarn
needles and pattern that your project calls for, and measure. Then launder, using whatever method you intend to use when laundering the finished project,
then measure again. This way you can determine just how much your project will shrink if any. Then you can add stitches or rows, or a larger size needle,
or choose another yarn. Some all cotton yarns, on the other hand may stretch out of shape, so again if exact size is important use a blend.

Blends may include: cotton and wool; cotton and acrylic; cotton and bamboo; cotton and linen; cotton and flax, and I recently saw cotton and cashmere,
if you can believe it. I recently made a pair of socks made with cotton, and a small amount of elastic. Pure cotton hand made socks will not stay up, at
least this has been my experience, so here again, beware!

Even with all the drawbacks, cotton is a versatile and fun yarn, especially for household and baby items, just remember to choose carefully with your project
in mind. It comes in a variety of solids and blended colors, and is relatively economical, especially in the 1-pound cones for solids and 12-ounce cones
for blended colors, although these amounts vary from company to company.

If properly chosen and used, cotton is a joy to use, and produces a lovely and useful item. Try it, and let me know how you like it.

Until next time,

Blind People Talking
Roux and Remembrance
By David F.

“Brush your hair; they are messy.”* My maternal grandmother did not want any grandson of hers appearing in public looking unkempt. She had standards. Hair
was always brushed before running errands in town or going to mail. She called going to the local post office for the daily mail -- going to mail. When
I asked her if there was anything in the mail, she knew what I meant. I wanted to know if I had any pale green plastic boxes from the library in Baton
Rouge; I used a library that mailed out uniquely formatted 4-track, slow speed cassette books to blind patrons. It made the summers pass for a bored teenager
in the country.

My grandmother could have made her living by her skill in ironing, producing the crispest Madras shirts and best knife-edged blue jeans I ever wore. One
person asked where I had my clothes professionally pressed. . She had grown up using heavy irons that had to be heated on the stove. She said that the
men of that era wore white suits. Washing them on a washboard was arduous enough, but then they had to be ironed. It was easy to get soot on a suit being
ironed. If it happened, the suit would be washed and ironed again!

Food was a big part of my memories. I loved her creamy white beans. She was very particular about freshness. She knew the new crop of beans came out in
September. “Old beans from last year cooked up yellow,” she often said and waited for the new crop. She boiled them twice and tossed out the water. Then
she used a pressure cooker to produce this creamy effect. Late summer was corn soup time. She’d buy a bushel of corn from a local farmer. I can still recall
her sitting and energetically brushing off the corn silk, then using a knife to cut the kernels off the corn cobs. That always intrigued me, but she never
let me try! Likewise for the okra. She held each okra spear and sliced it into thin coins. I used to like looking at the openwork pattern inside each slice.
The okra was then smothered for us to enjoy. Additional okra was cooked and frozen to be used in shrimp okra gumbo (think a thick roux-based soup) during
Lent as she never ate meat on any Wednesday or Friday at this season. Even now, I’d never eat meat on Good Friday lest her ghost come back to chastise

I remember her weekly pokeno games.* When we appeared briefly at the start of ceremonies to say hello, the ladies loved to switch to Cajun French. We knew
they were talking about us or gossiping about matters that little ears were not supposed to understand. I regret never learning the patois or dialect native
to my culture, but all my grandparents told of being punished for speaking it at schools during the 1920s and 1930s. It was not a time of multiculturalism
or inclusion. in some ways, my grandparents sound like recent immigrants to the United States though many of our ancestors had arrived here in the mid-18th

My grandmother lived until 2006 and was the last of my grandparents to pass. As long as she lived, I felt safe, protected from my mortality by a buttress
of two generations. I knew she’d make ninety; she did not. When I smell lemon spray starch or the rich brown aroma of roux, I think of her.*

* In French the word hair or les cheveux is plural. Sometimes, traces of French lingered in my grandmother’s English.

* In Cajun cooking, roux is a dark brown concoction made of flour and oil that provides a rich flavor base for stews and gumbos but made blond for crawfish

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August 11, 2016
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This month’s columns:

Tech News: Liz finishes her three part series.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Making the friendly islands friendlier.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:a Dear Food Lady response plus allergy-free baking.
The View From Here: His Furry Majesty by Mark Carlson.
Living with low vision: It’s My Choice by Donna Williams.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Magical knits by Phyllis Campbell.

From the editor:

Hello readers! Wow, what a time I’ve had with computers. The day that Windows 7 users stopped getting those windows 10 upgrade interrupting messages, my
desktop started acting crazy. Not sure if it was a coincidence or not. After figuring out Microsoft One drive, moving files, and working on my Windows
ten laptop, I thought I would actually get the news online and emailed on time. Well…My laptop decided to overheat several times right in the middle of
either editing or saving, and Word and Internet explorer stopped working.
You would not have wanted to be anywhere near me these last few days. I am sure I have quite a few new gray hairs.

On with the August news. There are many excellent submissions this month. I want to thank my sponsors, please read their notices above. In Tech News, Liz
finishes her informative series. Donna’s travel diary shares tips on how to make those friendly islands even better. Food Lady answers a Dear Food Lady
question from Clumpy or was that Stucky, hmmm. Mark shares something about majestic fur. Living with Low Vision writer, Donna Williams, brings us another
choice article, and you won’t want to miss what crafty, charming surprises Phyllis has to share.

I am still in the process of getting the Blind Post website updated with past articles. It will take some time, but I hope to have it completed before
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Tech news:Part 3 from Liz

How to Enable Two-FA on Your Google Account

We use Google to manage everything from email to appointments. I’ll show you how to enable two-factor authentication on yours. Before we get started, I
read that many companies are going to phase out the use of text messages as a form of verification because it’s less secure than a one-time code from a
specific app.
PleaSe note that you may have to generate app-specific passwords for third-party apps after enabling this feature.

Set up recovery Options

If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend that you add your phone number and a back-up email address to your Google account.
doing this ensures you won’t be locked out if something in this process goes wrong.
If you already have a phone number linked to your Google account, you’ll be asked to confirm it later in this process.

Sign In to Your Gmail Account

From your browser, sign in to Gmail. Click on your name. Next, click on the link labeled “account.”
Click on “two-step” verification, and re-enter your password.

Set up your Phone

As mentioned above, you’ll be asked to confirm your phone number. Select the method you’d prefer to use to verify your account. You can get the code via
text message or voice call. I chose text message.
Enter the five-digit code and press enter.

Turn on Two-step Verification

On the next screen, confirm that you’d like to turn it on.
After hitting the “turn on” button, confirm how you want to receive all verification codes in the future. For now you can still get them via text or phone
call. You will then be asked if you want to use back-up codes.
These will help you if you don’t have your phone and have to sign in to an unauthorized device.
I downloaded and copied them into a secure note in One Password.

Authorize trusted Devices

To ensure two-factor authentication doesn’t become a nuisance rather than a convenient way to protect yourself, authorize the devices you regularly use.
I’ve authorized my laptop and Iphone. To do this, I signed in from each device. aFter entering the verification code, you’ll be asked if you want to trust
this device. Click “yes.”
you can remove devices at any time from your account page.

This is the third part in a 3-part series about two-step verification. If you have any questions or want me to write about a specific topic, please email
mea at

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary:

by Donna J. Jodhan.

Making the friendly islands friendlier

The Caribbean islands have and continue to be known for their friendliness. No, not just for their year round warm weather but also for their friendly
people and friendly ambiance.

This will probably never change but there is something that could be done in order to make these gems of the sea even friendlier and it all has to do with
encouraging and convincing Governments of these Island nations to make it easier for guide dogs and their owners to be more welcomed to their domains.
How can this be done and how can one get started?

I believe that one of the first things to be done would be to start by creating and building awareness of guide dogs. The importance of these friendly
four legged companions to their owners and how easy it is for them to be accepted by others.

If we can break down these barriers then the rest should come more easily. We need to help to convince and motivate Caribbean island Governments to draft
the appropriate legislation that would enable guide dogs to accompany their owners on vacations and visits to their lands. Then we need to help to develop
programs that would train and acclimatize peoples of the Caribbean to become more comfortable around dogs and to be able to understand how to act around

Is this too much to ask? Not if it is all done in the right way and in the spirit that is needed if it is to be a success.
My two cents worth for today.

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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

This is a great time of year to get ripe fruits and vegetables. Many gardens are bursting with several varieties. Tomatoes are getting heavy on the vine
and they smell so wonderful, and taste oh so good too! I wished I had grown a few vegetables this year. Maybe I will next year. If you have a garden, enjoy
the fruits of your loving labor.

This month, I have a Dear Food Lady question to answer, and a few muffin recipes for some of that ripened fruit, along with a basic gluten free flour mix
recipe. All of the muffin recipes are allergy-free. I got them from a book I downloaded from Learning Alley, a few years ago.

** Dear Food Lady, I loved your recipes and the tip about cooking the pasta was fabulous. However, I have trouble with cooking rice. I love whole grain
and brown rice but somehow it comes out clumpy and sticky. Any tips?
Signed Stuck in the Clump.

Dear Stuck in the Clump,
It would depend on the type of brown rice you are cooking, and how much water you are using. I get great results using a rice steamer. You can get a small
electric rice steamer for around $15 at most stores. The more expensive models usually have fancier, and more complicated, touch menu displays. The simplest
work the best with rice and even with other grains.
Two cups of liquid to one cup brown rice is the ratio for most brown rice, and you can reduce or increase the liquid, according to how you like your rice
and what you will be using it for.
Also, it is very important to let the rice stand after the steamer lever pops up, and do not remove the lid until after that ten minutes. This helps the
rice to keep steaming. Then you can remove the lid and fluff with a fork. The same is true for stove top cooking.When cooking rice on the stove, I use
the same measurements of liquid and grain as above. After the rice and liquid has been added to the pot, you can add some seasoning, if desired, and put
the lid on the pot. Bring to a boil. Let it boil for about five minutes, and then turn the burner down to simmer. More like a medium low depending on your
stove. You don’t want it to boil over. It usually takes about 40 minutes, and then let it stand for the additional ten minutes.
Hope this helps,
Food Lady

** Basic gluten free flour mix:

4 cups super fine brown rice flour
1 1/3 cups potato starch
2/3 cup tapioca flour, same as tapioca starch.
Use a large spoon to fill measure cup.
Level off with back of knife.
Combine all ingredients in a gallon size zipper top bag. Shake well to mix all ingredients. Store in the refridgerator.

** Plum Coffee Cake Muffins
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup basic gluten free flour mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup dairy free soy free vegetable shortening at room temperature.

½ cup canola oil
¾ cup light agave nectar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
3 cups basic gluten free flour mix
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup diced plums
They should be ripe, but still firm enough too cut into chunks.

Preheat the oven to 350
Line muffin pan
To make the topping combine the brown sugar, flour mix, cinnamon, and salt using a fork.
Add the shortening and use a fork to work it in until it forms a crumbly texture.
Set aside.
To make the muffins, in a bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attached, combine oil and agave nectar, mixing on medium for 20 seconds.
Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice. Mix in the applesauce.
In a separate bowl combine the flour mix, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry to the wet and mix until just combined.
Fold in the diced plums.
Divide the mix evenly among the liners. These muffins will be heaping.
Sprinkle the topping on top of muffins pressing it lightly with your fingers.
Bake in center of oven for 35 minutes or until crumb topping is golden brown, rotating half way through.
Remove from oven and let stand for about five minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack.
These muffins are also great made with apriums or pluots.

** Apricot Cornmeal muffins

1 cup vanilla vegan yogurt
2/3 cups rice milk
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar plus two teaspoons for sprinkling
½ cup dairy free, soy free, vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon Ener-G egg replacer mixed with ¼ cup rice milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 ¼ basic gluten free flour mix
¾ cup fine corn meal
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 ½ teaspoons double acting baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup diced apricots ripe but still firm enough to cube.

Preheat oven to 350.
Line muffin tin.
In a bowl combine the yogurt, lemon juice, and rice milk and set aside.
In stand mixer bowl with paddle attached combine one cup of the sugar, the shortening, the egg replacer mixing on medium for 20 seconds.
Add the rice milk mixture and the vanilla mixing for 20 seconds.
In a separate bowl combine the flour mix, corn meal, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry to the wet and mix on medium speed for about 20 seconds until just combined.
Turn off the mixer and fold in the apricots.
Fill the muffin cups full. They will be heaping. Smooth the tops with a knife. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the two remaining teaspoons of sugar.
Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes or when they are a lovely golden brown on top. Rotate once about half way through.

Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack.

** Blueberry Millet Muffins
1 cup rice milk
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling
1 tablespoon Ener-G egg replacer mixed with ¼ cup rice milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups basic gluten free flour mix
1 cup millet flour
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
4 teaspoons double acting baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup blueberry jam, preferably fruit only.

Preheat the oven to 350
Line muffin tins.
In a small bowl combine the rice milk and lemon juice and set aside.
In the mixer stand bowl with paddle attached, combine one cup of the sugar and the egg replacer mixing on medium speed for about 20 seconds.
Add the rice milk mixture, canola oil, vanilla, and lemon zest. Mix for 30 seconds.
In a separate bowl combine the flour mix, millet flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.
Add the dry to the wet and mix until just combined.
About 20 seconds.
Turn off the mixer and fold in the blueberries.
Fill liners to the rim with batter. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the blueberry jam on top of each muffin pushing into the center lightly.
Use a chopstick or scuer to swirl the jam into the muffin.
Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the remaining two teaspoons of sugar.
Bake in the center of oven for 30-35 minutes or until a lovely golden brawn on top.
Rotate the pan half way through.
Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack.

Note: Ener-G egg replacer is a product for those that are allergic to eggs, the yolk and white, andis also gluten-free. You can find it on Amazon and other
health food stores.

Food Lady

The View From Here by Mark Carlson

His Furry Majesty
By Mark Carlson

Note: Mark originally wrote this article for San Diego Pets Magazine March 2014.

Retirement isn’t for everybody. Some people just don’t want to slow down and give up their work. I, for example, have lots more writing to do. I won’t
stop writing until I die or people stop reading my work. Don’t get any ideas, now.

But there are others who can’t wait to hang it up, put on the baggy shorts, sunglasses and go right out and buy an RV at Qualcomm Stadium.

After a lifetime of working, everybody deserves to enjoy the fruits of their labors. And the same is true of working dogs, too. But Musket, my retired
Guide Dog, after more than ten years dragging my butt all over the country, has decided that retirement suits him just fine. It did take some getting used
to. When I took the harness off the newel post to put on Saffron, my new Guide Dog, Musket sauntered over and tried to get his head into it. I’m sure it
was partially habit, and just a bit of ‘I’ll show you how it’s done, kid.’

Eventually he got used to seeing this young whippersnapper (a term only old folks use) doing ‘his’ job.

Now all that’s past. Musket has embraced a sedentary lifestyle like our former Mayor embraced women. Sorry, couldn’t help it.

Musket likes being retired. In fact he loves it! “Why didn’t I do this years ago?” he asks me. “You kept me working and missing out on all this sleeping
and eating!”

So now, Lord Musket Carlson, PhDog has received the ultimate peerage. He is now Musket I, His Furry Majesty.

His Furry Majesty has taken to thinking that I am his personal servant. Sure I still feed, groom bathe and walk him. But it used to be one half of the
‘give and take’ coin. He provided me with his services, and I took care of him. Fair enough.

As it stands now, His Furry Majesty has taken to lying pretty much anywhere he likes. In doorways, in front of the kitchen sink, at the foot of the stairs,
in short, he’s like the Visa card. ‘He’s EVERYWHERE I want to be!’

And as the lowly serf I can’t very well tell His Furry Majesty to move his butt out of the way so I can open the door. He’d probably have me beheaded.

I now spend a lot of my time stepping over a very big furry body just moving around the house. And when I do manage to convince him to get up, it’s accompanied
by long, languid stretches, grunts, groans and grumbles. “Okay,” he says, “but I’ll just go somewhere else you need to be.” And sure enough, he somehow
knew I was going to wash the dishes. And there he was, right in front of the sink.

Coming down the stairs has a whole new dimension when the last step is replaced by a 90lb. Labrador Retriever. Don’t forget, I’m blind. I never know where
he’ll turn up!

I call it ‘Running the Doggauntlet.’

Jane told me a story last week. She had washed all the linen and bedding. This included the cover of Musket’s bed. While it was all in the dryer, she saw
Musket come upstairs. He went over to his bed and stopped cold. It was gone! He looked right at her and let out a distinct ‘Snort!’ “So first you take
my job away from me and now you’ve given away my bed?”

Jane hustled to the dryer and pulled out the cover. She zipped it around the foam pillow and placed it on the floor. Musket stood there, watching her every

“There you go, Musket,” Jane said, poofing the bed for him.

His Furry Majesty walked over, planted all four Royal Paws on the bed, laid down and gave her a loud, Regal ‘Harumph!”

When I first applied to Guide Dogs for the Blind back in 2001 I had no idea I was getting more than an Assistance Dog. I was sheltering a future monarch,
just like Tom Canty did in ‘The Prince and the Pauper.’

Well, I’d really like to continue on this subject, but I just heard His Furry Majesty ringing the bell cord.
“Coming, your Furriness!”

Mark Carlson is a San Diego historian and author of two books. His first book. Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind has won three
book awards. It is available through the NLS Bard.
Mark Can be contacted at

Living with low vision: by Donna Williams

It’s My Choice

Most of us who have some degree of usable vision do not like hearing the word blind. Even if we meet the legal definition we still hate being known as
that blind lady. I may have been legally blind all my life but I still fall into that category. When I interact with people I always say things like I’m
visually impaired or I’m partially sighted. To tell people exactly what I can see is difficult though since there are so many variables that factor in.
What really confuses people are the choices I make. For example I will walk around my immediate neighborhood without using my cane. I can do this because
the area I live in does not have busy streets to cross. Doing this however is probably not a good idea for a few reasons. For one thing if I have the right
of way and cross a street but get hit in the process I believe I’m actually in violation of the white cane law or at least that’s what I’ve been told.
This could possibly mean a driver could sue me instead of the other way around. Also it is likely that if a Para transit vehicle has any type of recording
device such as a camera and it passes me our local transit agency may determine that I no longer qualify for their services since to them it would appear
I can get around unassisted and have no difficulty in doing so. Recently however I acquired something that might help me do better while walking around
and it even has the potential to save my life as well as making sure the I spy team is aware that I do in fact need to utilize a mobility device while
traveling. This tool is specifically designed for low vision users. Now I know what you are thinking I’m not using a regular white cane, and you’d be right.
This cane is definitely different. For one thing it folds up into a cylinder and it is really short and easy to store. It is light weight which means you
can’t really swing it back and forth in order to detect obstacles. It is used primarily for identification. I’ve decided I’d rather carry this instead
of wearing one of those buttons that have circulated from time to time that read something to the effect that the wearer has low vision. I have made the
choice to carry this cane as I walk around in the hope that motorists will see that I have some vision difficulty and be more careful.

Another choice I end up being faced with is how to handle technology. I can read large print but the problems I encounter using this method while accessing
information through devices that have a lit screen are many. For one thing when it comes to the computer I can’t use a mouse because I have absolutely
no eye/hand coordination. Also if I’m being completely honest I’d have to magnify the print so large that I’d be lucky if I got one word on my screen at
a time, and depending on the size of print I chose if I wanted to read a sentence at a glance I’d have to look so closely at the screen that it would take
a while for me to see it. The other problem I’d have while looking at my screen is that the light would be so bright that I’d start to get floaters and
I really hate those annoying black spots. So how do I resolve my dilemma? I simply join the ranks of those who use screen readers. This works for me. I
can still use my monitor to make sure programs open properly or that print is actually appearing when I’m typing into a document such as this one but in
terms of reading through information I can move quickly if I let the screen reader do its work.

At one point I got an iPhone because I wanted full accessibility. However I soon found out that maintaining my financial stability would not be possible
if I had to continue paying all the fees associated with having the service. After much soul searching and the realization that I really had no other choice
I went back to my old phone which had limited accessibility. Then in December of 2015 I learned of another option that was affordable and had a few more
accessibility features. After making some enquiries I decided to try this new phone and I will continue to use it until it doesn’t work on my current carrier’s
network or I hear of another option

Another technological resource I have is the x1 box from Comcast. One of my friends recently got one when she moved. I saw it and decided to finally make
the leap and get one of my own. I had been holding back for months because I kept telling myself that I was perfectly capable of typing into the remote
what channels I wanted to watch and I could therefore just go on as I had been. Then one day my remote stopped working. I thought changing the batteries
would solve the problem but it didn’t so I finally determined that it must be my box. So when I saw my friend’s unit I decided I wanted one. However I
had concerns. When the Comcast technician came to install her box he told her the remote that came with it would not perform too many of the functions
it was supposed to since she had an older TV and the boxes were made to work with the newer flat screen models. Despite this I decided to see what happened
when I called Comcast myself. I spoke with a gentleman who informed me that sure the x1 box would work with my TV and we set up a time for a tech to come
out and install it. On the day he arrived I got a surprise. The box I was given was different then the one my friend had. It had no clock on the front
and did not contain a DVR. Upon talking with a Comcast representative I learned that the reason for this is because my box was an older model meant to
work with older equipment which I have. And the reason there was no DVR is because a customer has to subscribe to HD service in order to get that. My TV
is not a flat screen one so it is not compatible with HD service. As I talked with this rep I realized that my friend had been given the wrong box and
was possibly paying $40 more on her bill each month even though she couldn’t access those services anyway. Thankfully I called or we’d have never known.
As for the box itself I like it. The accessibility feature is turned on so I get audio feedback when something is on the screen but I don’t have to activate
some features if I don’t want to. The biggest surprise I had with this box was one night while I was watching TV late an audio message came up and informed
me that it was time to update my box and it asked me to restart. However it also told me that if I were watching TV and didn’t want to be interrupted I
could select the restart later button which I did. It was nice to know I could control when updates take place.

I know a lot of partially sighted folks out here who will not use a cane or take advantage of products that provide audio feedback and it’s too bad because
I think sometimes when we don’t utilize these tools and resources we do a great disservice to ourselves.

I hope if you are a person with low vision who struggles to decide what resources you want to utilize and how much you want others to realize you are blind
that you are able to feel comfortable and confident that the choices you make are the right ones for you. It took me a long time to decide not to focus
on what other people may think, but to focus on what’s best for my own independence. Life’s picture looks different for each of us no matter how much or
little vision we have and we should not be afraid to show the world its unique design.

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

A comparative new trend in craft books, especially knitting books, although I think it has extended to crochet books, is what I call story books. There
are a number of them, devoted to book characters such as characters in Jane Austin's books.

This trend isn't limited to the Victorian era, a notable series being the Hary Potter books. There is one available from BARD in braille format, called
Charmed knits. There are all kinds of Potter knits out there separately such as scarves, hats, mittens, and dishcloths.

I compiled a book called THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER available in braille and as an ebook. Before I tell you about the book, let me say, that although I
did the introduction, and compiled the material, I am not receiving any money, thus am not promoting myself.

In addition to patterns inspired by various characters and incidents from the books and the movies, Marjorie Arnott has compiled a number of recipes for
foods served to the residents of Hog Wartz, the school of wizardry.

Much has been said pro and con about the Potter series ranging from "how evil" to "How delightful. I see no evil there except that which Hary and his friends
are called on to vanquish. It is the old drama of good against evil, love against hate, with the good guys ultimately the winners.

You may not be a Potter fan, but I'd be willing to bet that somewhere in your life there's a young, maybe not-so-young would-be wizard who would love a
Potter knit.
Below is a sampling of patterns from the book.

Wizard Scarf
Knit a scarf in the colors of the House of Gryffindor, just like
the one Harry Potter wears.
Or, make a scarf in your child's school colors. These scarves provide almost
instant satisfaction for your efforts. They're quick and easy to make, and in less than a week you'll have created a stylish accessory.
Choose a soft acrylic yarn for comfort and easy care. many
manufacturers now
sell yarn in oversized skeins; two one-pound skeins may be all you need to make scarves
for the whole family.
What You Need:
Size 8 knitting needles
1 skein deep red yarn
1 skein bright gold yarn
Knitting Instructions:
Cast on 30 stitches in gold.
Knit 1 row.
Turn and purl 1 row.
repeat alternating knit & purl rows for 4 inches.
Change to red yarn, and continue knitting and purling.
alternating every 4 inches until scarf measures about 60 inches; end with red.
Cast off.
Add matching tassels to each end.
If the edges curl, block the scarf to flatten.
Although it might be slightly different from the original I think I would do a couple of plain knit stitches along each edge. Personally I’ve never been
able to block stockinette so that it won’t curl.

Dobby, the house elf first appears in the second book, Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets. His admiration for “Harry Potter Sir” was great, but in
his misguided efforts to protect his idol he almost got him expeled.
A house elf could only be set free from the family he has served for generations if he was given an item of clothing by a member of that family. Harry
managed to trick Dobby’s master into doing just that, and Dobby was set free to serve at the school of witch craft and magic.
Since it was a pair of socks which gave him his freedom, he naturally became very fond of socks. There was one problem, however. To dobby socks weren’t
supposed to match.
“They has made a mistake at the store, Harry Potter, sir.”
So here is a pair of socks to warm Dobby’s heart, and hopefully his feet.

Dobby’s Tube Socks

Materials: Any light weight worsted yarn 3.5 ounces(100grams) One 50Gram skein gold, one 50 gram skein burgundy) You may choose your own colors.
One pair of Double point or one circular Needle, size 5.

Cast on 40 stitches for small, 44 stitches for medium, and 48 stitches for large sizes.
Work approximately 2 inches of ribbing of your choice. Then work in stockinette stitch as described below
until desired length minus approximately 1.5 inch for toe shaping.
(Note) Before beginning toe shaping decrease 44 stitches to 40 stitches.
Toe shaping: Knit 6, Knit 2 together across round.
Next round Knit plain.
Next round: Knit 5, knit 2 together across row.
Next Round: Knit Plain
Next Round knit 4 knit 2 together across round.
Continue in this manner until half the stitches remain on the needle. Then decrease each round until 12 stitches remain. At this point either divide evenly,
six on each of two needles, and weave together, or knit 2 together around, and draw yarn through stitches fastening securely on wrong side.

Here is the color sequence.

It is your choice which color you designate as the main color to be used first, so decide and call it your main color, and cast on in that color, and work
the rib in it.
Then work four rows of contrast color, four rows of main color until you reach the toe shaping, and work the toe decreases in the main color same as the
Reverse colors for the second sock.

Another variation: Work toe and ribbing in the same color, and the rest of the sock in the second color, reversing for the second sock.
The length of these socks can vary greatly according to size of wearer and preference. For a child’s sock it can be as short as
12 inches. For a woman, a good average to toe shaping is sixteen inches, and about eightteen for a man, but as I said it can vary.
Size can also be greatly varied by increasing or decreasing the needle size.

You will find a simple sweater pattern as well as a challenging mittens and hat pattern, along with two more scarf patterns.

THE WORLD OF HARY POTTER can be ordered in either ebook or braille from
Marjorie Arnott

Until next time, happy crafting.

This is the end of the August edition of the Blind Post News.

Thanks for reading!

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This month’s columns:

Tech News: Affordable [and Legal] ways to get music Online from Char.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: A touch of Paradise? by Donna J. Jodhan.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Recipes and a tip from readers.
The View From Here: Treats and Thermometers – Visiting the Vet by Mark Carlson.
Living with low vision: It’s Cool! by Donna Williams.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell.

Tech news by Char

Affordable [and Legal] ways to get music Online

I remember with something like fondness standing at a counter wearing headphones while I sampled a CD I thought I might want before buying. My feet hurt
by the time I decided I did not in fact want the CD I was listening to, and I tried another. BY the time I left the store my wallet was noticeably lighter,
and the person who was helping me was on the verge of impatience. Life is so much easier now! Now, I can go to any number of websites or open a program
or two and not only indulge my current musical craving, but also discover new music or grab the latest album, the one I’ve been awaiting for months. I
can listen to a specific song, or just stream music based on a song that I might like. And I can usually listen to an unlimited amount of music for prices
ranging from $8 to $10 a month, or half the price of one of the CDs I was trying at the store.

The music industry has had a tough time of it since the days when I bought CDs at my local store. The world changed when Napster came into being and people
realized how much easier it was to steal music from each other than it was to buy a CD. The industry had to change fast to keep people buying music instead
of downloading, or later torrenting it. It’s a battle they are still fighting. There are several services available these days that are making the idea
of paying a fee for music more attractive to some, including me, than stealing it from someone else.

Three services that have roughly similar capabilities, if slightly different music selections, are Apple Music, Amazon’s Prime Music and Spotify. All of
these services, for $10 a month or under, [unless you have a family membership, which may cost more], allow a person either to play an individual song,
an entire album, a playlist developed either by the people behind the streaming service or by other listeners, radio stations based on a song or an artist,
and the opportunity to connect in various ways with artists. I should note that Spotify does have a free version that places limitations on streaming and
has ads.

All three services have apps so you can listen to music on the go, wherever you are. I can vouch for the accessibility of the Spotify app and the Apple
Music app on iOS, though I have not personally used them on Android, or the Amazon Prime music app on anything, because it is not available to me in Canada.

When picking one of the services you’d like to use, you may want to take into account the fact that some of these services work with devices you may have
round the house. Alexa with Amazon, for example, and Siri with Apple Music. There is nothing quite as fun as asking Siri to stream that song you haven’t
heard in 20 years and getting instant gratification, whether or not the song is in my music library. We have a family membership to Apple Music, and regularly
play pick-a-song when we feel like music, so everyone gets something they like.

Another option that you may want for streaming music is one which specializes specifically in online radio. There are a lot of these. Generally, they have
a free version and a premium service with higher quality music and no ads. Two services that I have used personally are Radiotunes, previously Sky FM,
and Accuradio. I like Accuradio because of the multitudes of different channel options and genre choices and the ability to customize your own channel.
Sirius XM also has an internet-only plan, for something like $9 a month, if you want the specialty channels you can only get on Sirius.

If you are looking to buy your music rather than streaming, you can do that either through Amazon, iTunes, or a number of lesser known Services. Songs
generally cost from $.99, $1.29 in Canada and albums cost somewhere between $10 and $15. Once you’ve bought it, the music can be downloaded to your computer
or other device. Not as affordable as the streaming services mentioned above, though I know some people would rather have the music offline than streaming.

Whichever method you choose to get your music fix, there is a way to do it online for a reasonably affordable price, or even free. Choosing to listen to
your music this way instead of illegally downloading it is a lot less risky and can be a lot less hassle, especially if you are using one of the services
that interfaces with the personal assistant of your smart phone/mobile device. Why not check out one or a few of these services? Even the ones that require
payment offer free trials so that you can find out if it is what you are looking for. Happy listening!

You can get in touch with me on twitter as @charvor, or by email at I appreciate any feedback you Have, and you can also send me ideas
for future tech articles.

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan

A touch of Paradise?

I used to think that it was not possible to find Paradise on this crazy busy earth but trust me when I tell you that for the past six years I have found
such a place on my annual vacation.

For me, a touch of Paradise definitely exists on the tiny Caribbean island of ST. Lucia and since 2010 I have made it my business to vacation annually
there with my family.

Ah yes, sweet ST. Lucia! One of the Windward Islands in the blue Caribbean sea. Where vacationers from Europe and North America frequently go to get away
from the emails, ringing phones, and clutter and confusion of our spinning world.

I call this sweet island Paradise because it not only enables me to get away from the above but it also allows me to experience things that I have not
found anywhere else on my wide travels.

ST. Lucia is sweet not just for its sand, sea, sun, surf, and singing birds! It is Paradise because of its people. Special people because of their respect
for each other and for those visiting them.

ST. Lucians are super special because of their politeness, their generosity, their honesty, and above all! Their willingness to enjoy life to its fullest,
appreciate what they have, and be grateful for whatever comes their way.

The cuisine of ST. Lucia is a combination of French and Caribbean dishes. You can still keep in touch with the rest of the world at your own pace; top
notch cable and Internet services abound. Access to this sweet island is easy; through airlines and via sea travel.

Beaches are some of the best and sea bathing is second to none. So you see! Paradise definitely does exist on this earth! My biased plug for sweet ST.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

This month I bring you tips and recipes submitted by readers. I hope you will enjoy them, and please email me with any questions you have on cooking or
home management. Also, I love getting new recipes!
Send them to:

Cooking pasta or noodles

I read this trick in a book and tried it tonight. It worked.

Instead of boiling the pasta or noodles until they're done and having the burner on the whole time, bring the water to a boil, pour in the pasta or noodles,
bring it to a boil again (which only took me about a minute), then cover and turn the heat off. Then let it sit for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice
while it sits.

I boiled some macaroni in the broth from a crockpotted roast, plus some water to make enough liquid. I used a box of mac and cheese. When the mac was cooked,
I added some of the leftover roast and the powdered cheese packet. It was pretty good.

This means the burner is on much less time, saving on electric or gas and the heating up of the house. It's also easier, because you don't have to watch
it so you don't overcook it. You can spend the 20 minutes of sitting time doing something else.

Go make something tasty!
Marilyn H

Crock-Pot - Slow Cooker: Beefy Tortellini

One half pound ground beef or turkey
One jar (24 to 26 ounces) roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce.
One half cup water
Eight ounces sliced button or exotic mushrooms, such as oyster, shiitake and cremini.
One half teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional.
One package (12 ounces) uncooked three-cheese tortellini.
Three fourths cup grated Asiago or Romano cheese.
Chopped fresh parsley, optional.

Brown beef 6 to 8 minutes in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat. Drain fat. Coat inside of Crock-Pot with nonstick cooking
spray. Stir pasta sauce and water into Crock-Pot. Add mushrooms; stir to combine. Stir in meat, red pepper flakes, if desired, and tortellini. Cover; cook
on low 2 hours, or on high 1 hour. Stir. Cover; cook on low 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or on high 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until pasta is tender. Serve in shallow
bowls topped with cheese and parsley.Makes 6 servings.
From Wayne S.


Four cups cooked potatoes
One half cup chopped celery
Two hard cooked eggs, chopped
One fourth cup green onions, sliced
One teaspoon salt
One eighth teaspoon pepper
One cup Miracle Whip
One teaspoon prepared mustard
One fourth teaspoon celery seed
One teaspoon horseradish
dash of green Tabasco or red pepper (optional)
One tablespoon cider vinegar

Simmer potatoes until fork tender. Remove skins, and cut into cubes.

In a bowl, combine celery, eggs, potatoes, onions, vinegar and seasonings. Toss lightly to combine.

In a separate small bowl, mix mustard, and salad dressing. Stir into potatoes.

Refrigerate before serving.
From annonymous

Food Lady

The View From Here by Mark Carlson

Treats and Thermometers – Visiting the Vet

My two yellow Labradors love going to the vet. They actually pull me in that direction when we are near the office. Yes, it sounds unusual, but there are
a few minor caveats to that. First of all, both are Guide Dogs. Musket, who is 12 and retired, and Saffron, 2, are a little food-driven, in the same way
that the Pacific Ocean has a little water in it.

When we go to the vet, or even just pass by, they turn to the door and want to go in. Usually I’ll agree and we’ll step in to say hello. Well, that’s what
I do. The dogs take me right to the counter and assume ‘the Pose.’ Sitting there with big soft brown eyes, they wait until they are recognized. Of course
this only takes a millisecond. Musket and Saffron are famous at Carmel Mountain Ranch Veterinary Hospital. The instant we walk in we are greeted. Well
the dog is. I’m just the driver, so to speak. “Hi Musket!” Or “Hello, Princess Saffron!” as the case may be.

The reason the dogs like going to the vet is on the counter. A bowl of healthy treats. “Do you want a treat?”

Well, Duh.

Okay, so that’s the routine on any given day. But occasionally, Musket or Saffron will need to visit the vet for a checkup. Sure I know it’s silly, but
for some strange reason they can’t figure, I like them to be fit and healthy. That’s when the equation changes.

Our vet is Dr. Elizabeth Gray, a wonderful and gifted doctor. She loves all animals, but it’s not hard to tell she has a special love for my two Guide
Dogs. She thinks they’re wonderful, cute, intelligent and very funny.

When Musket and I first started working together in the spring of 2002 I brought him to Dr. Gray for an initial check up. He liked her just fine. He cooperated,
letting her poke and prod, listen and look. No problem. That is, right up to the moment she reached for his tail and slipped the thermometer inside. In
that instant Musket gained a whole new perspective on Dr. Gray.

I mean, he knew she liked him but not in that way. He just wanted to be friends. From that point on, he never took his eyes off her hands.

Musket, like most intelligent dogs, has a very good memory. A year later I took him for another checkup. All went well until she reached for the thermometer.
Then all bets were off.

Musket backed up. Not just away, but into a corner. He literally jammed his butt, tail and all, into a corner of the floor like he was trying to plug a
hole in the dike. It was the funniest thing we’d ever seen. I could just hear him thinking “Okay lady, just keep your hands where I can see them. My teeth
are registered with the FBI as deadly weapons, don’t make me use them.”

It was to no avail. Even his loving, devoted Daddy turned traitor by moving him away from the wall and holding him.

But if you’ll forgive the awful pun, all was well in the end.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Back to the story. As the years went on, Musket and the wonderful staff ad CMRVH grew to love one another. Musket tended to gain weight (reason omitted
to protect the guilty) so when we were passing by, I often stopped in to have him weighed. He learned really quickly that if he jumped on the scale he
got a treat. The only problem was, after he finished inhaling that one, he jumped back on the scale.

Musket has had a few health problems over the years, two of which were very worrisome. In 2009 he had a seizure during the night. My wife Jane and I didn’t
know what was happening. We took him to an all-night emergency vet clinic in Poway, and the doctors there explained that seizures sometimes happen to dogs.
If it didn’t happen more than once a year it was nothing to be concerned about. So far, that was the only time.

We once thought he might have cancer. It was pretty certain there was a growth in his rectum that should be examined. But in the end (there I go again)
they found nothing.

I consider myself lucky to have a good vet to take care of my dogs. It has been a comfort to know there are caring and qualified team will handle both
the routine and critical matters with equal skill.

Musket is now retired and doesn’t get the exercise he used to when working daily with me. But I still take him for walks using my cane.

Saffron, my new Guide Dog, is just as precocious and lovable as Musket and has already won the hearts of the kind folks at CMRVH. It sounds like an advertisement,
but it’s really just my way of saying thank you to Dr. Gray, Dr. Hornstein, Melissa, Menaya, Denise, Vanessa, Kim, Veronica and all the others for what
they do.

I know my dogs will love going there, just as long as the treats hold out.

Mark Carlson is a San Diego historian and author of two books. His first book. Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind has won three
book awards. It is available through the NLS Bard.
Mark Can be contacted at

Living with low vision by Donna Williams

It’s Cool!

Recently a friend of mine moved into the same apartment building where I live. As we were carrying her stuff in and walking up the three flights of stairs
it began to get very hot very quickly. She had her air conditioner running but as we entered her apartment it felt as though it wasn’t doing a great job
of cooling down her place. This reminded me of what it was like for me growing up with my own air conditioner woes and since we are just beginning what
is possibly destined to become a heat wave I thought it was appropriate to share my experiences in this month’s article.

First about growing up, my bedroom was on the second floor and my windows faced the back of the house. This meant I’d get the afternoon sun. We had no
air-conditioning so I guess that’s what helped me to remain skinny until I was a preteen since I spent a lot of time sweating it out in that room. Sure
there was the local swim club that I could go to since we were members or I could have hung out downstairs and played a game or watched TV but sometimes
I just wanted to be in my room with my stuff and do something like read. I wasn’t going to lug my huge talking book record player downstairs, set it up
and then have my sisters complaining that I was bothering them because my audio book was playing too loud. It was bad enough that I had to deal with complaints
when I wanted to listen in the comfort of the room I shared with my sister. So up the steps I went and even though it was extremely hot I spent many happy
hours reading or doing other things while I sweated.

When I finally moved into my first apartment I was overjoyed to discover that I had my very own air conditioner and no one would be telling me when and
for how long I could run it. Growing up we used fans but my Mom always told us not to run them all night or when we left a room and if we didn’t want to
get yelled at we’d always comply. So when I saw that air conditioner mounted on the wall I felt like celebrating.

My advancement into the cool trend wasn’t seamless though. I am a person who loves opening the windows and will do that before I turn on the air-conditioning.
It doesn’t really have anything to do with the way I was raised, I’ve just always loved hearing the birds singing and all the outside sounds that come
with spring and summer. So it should come as no surprise that I didn’t put on my air conditioner until we had our first big heat wave of the summer. Now
I should tell you that in my first apartment I had the sun beating down on my windows from around mid morning until sunset. Mistake number one in my foibles
was not checking ahead of time to see if my unit actually worked before I needed it. When it was time to turn the thing on it made this loud humming noise
then stopped. Before I could go over and turn it off it did it again. I waited and listened as it did this around ten more times. Then I decided I’d better
shut it down before I blew a breaker. I quickly dialed the emergency maintenance number and was assured that someone would be out the next day with a brand
new unit. Sure enough bright and early they were there. They quickly installed a new air conditioner and guess what? It did the same thing my old one did.
The men left and later that day I got a call from management and I was informed that I’d be getting a brand new unit not one they took out of an empty
apartment but the down side to that was I’d have to wait a few days. I called my Mom and asked her to bring me my old fan which she did. Now keep in mind
that right before this heat wave started a friend who lives out of town came to visit and she was still there on the day I found out my air conditioner
was broken. The plan was for her to stay the rest of the week which was about the length of time it was going to take management to get me my new unit.
To make matters worse I was expecting another friend of ours to drop by for a visit. So I asked my Mom if she could run the fan up immediately and when
I got it I plugged it in and the place cooled down a tiny bit. All went well until my friend arrived. She made the suggestion that I should put the fan
closer to the window so I could at least get fresh air inside instead of circulating the already humid air which was in the apartment. That was mistake
number two. I plugged the fan into the outlet that my air conditioner had previously occupied since it was the only one near the window. When I turned
that fan on it made a noise like a motorcycle and my lights blinked on and off in my apartment as though someone was flipping a switch. Orange sparks began
to fly out from the fan blades. I quickly turned it off but was afraid to unplug it. My friend who is sighted ran over and pulled the cord out of the wall.
She dropped it quickly and began to rub her hand. I asked her what was wrong and she told me the cord was so hot that she thought it had burned her. Needless
to say I completely destroyed that fan. I did eventually get my new unit but not before maintenance blew the braker 4 times and then finally realized they
had to replace the outlet. Before the job was completed 4 brand new air conditioners were ruined.

When I came to look at the place I am living in now the first thing I did was check the air conditioner. I think my family thought I was nuts since it
was still only February but I was not about to be caught off guard again. I’m happy to report that the unit worked just fine and lasted for 16 years. However
the first time it was used wasn’t without incident. The same friend who was visiting me in my former apartment had come to se me again in my new location
and once more we found ourselves experiencing a hot humid day. We were using the air conditioner and watching TV. My friend asked me if I could make her
a cup of coffee which I attempted to do. Since I don’t like coffee myself I always have packets of instant available for those who do. I pulled one of
those out and put it in the microwave in order to heat it up. I pushed the start button and suddenly there was a loud click followed by darkness and silence.
My friend got scared but I realized what had happened. I blew a breaker. You see when I first moved in here I had the brilliant idea that I could make
more room in my kitchen if I put the microwave right outside of it and of course the outlet I chose to plug it into was on the same breaker as the air
conditioner. Lesson learned, and I shared that very important information with my friend who has moved here so she won’t make the same mistake I made when
she finally brings over her big stuff.

Last month in the middle of a heat wave I was faced with a broken unit once again but this time I had a brand new one within 4 hours of calling management.
Getting this one wasn’t without its challenges though. Once it was installed the maintenance guy handed me the small print user manual and was preparing
to leave. As he was about to exit he handed me my remote. This made me ask if the air conditioner had a flat control panel on the unit itself and I was
informed that indeed it did. I wasn’t too worried about it since I had the remote but when I asked the maintenance guy to tell me what the buttons were
he put my finger on the top button and told me that it was the power and that’s all I needed to know. If I had any problems I could call the office and
someone would come out and help me. Of course this was not acceptable to me and I told him so. He then showed me a few more buttons and said he had to
go. Still not satisfied I went in search of my handy dandy magnifier in order to check out what each of those buttons actually are. Now I’m familiar with
my remote and can use it to do everything with this spiffy new unit and for someone who is short like me it is nice to know my days of having to stand
on my couch in order to reach up and push a button are finally over. Hopefully for good. I just wonder why air conditioners decide summer is a great time
to break down?

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

Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

All about crafts

Where has it gone? It seems no time since we were discussing the coming of spring flowers, and now the stores are starting to talk about end of season
bargains. What a world? Christmas next? Seriously, we had almost no spring here in Virginia. We have seemed to rush straight from late winter into summer
with nothing between.
With these hot sticky days in mind, I'm sending patterns for small, easy to handle projects, and what could be easier than cloths.
Years ago a dishcloth was just a dishcloth, and a washcloth, just a washcloth, at least for the knitter. They were done in plain all cotton in plain colors,
and either in stockinette stitch or garter stitch. Not so today. There's a craze for hand-knit cloths, ranging from the practical to the fanciful. Want
to be creative? Go to a book such as Barbara Walker's A golden Treasure available from NLS, and find a stitch you like, get your gauge and away you go.
That boring color has given way to mixed colors in all kinds of pastels, suitable for both the kitchen and the bath. Don't want all cotton? Check out the
cotton blends such as Lion Brand's Cotton Tots.
Need a shower gift in a hurry? Nothing easier than one or both of the baby washcloths below along with baby shampoo, soap etc.

2 baby washcloths

Supplies needed: about ½ ounce of 100% cotton worsted weight yarn for
each washcloth, size 8 (5 mm) needles, and a tapestry needle to weave
in ends.

Key: CO = cast on, P = purl, K = knit, BO = bind off, STS = stitches,
* * RPT = repeat every thing between *'s, YO = yarn over needle, K2TG
= knit 2 stitches together

Pattern #1:
Row 1: K all STS
Row 2: K all STS
Row 3: K 2, P 1, * K 1, P 1, * RPT to last 2 STS, K 2
Row 4: K 3, P 1, * K 1, P 1, * RPT to last 3 STS, K 3
Repeat these 4 rows until washcloth is about 6" from CO edge.
End pattern on row 2, then BO all STS. Weave in ends.

Pattern #2:
Row 1: K1, YO, K to last ST, YO, K1
Row 2: K all STS, including the YO 's
Repeat row 1 & 2 until there are 34 STS
Row 3: K2TG, YO, K2TG, K to the last 4 STS, K2TG, YO, K2TG
Row 4: K all STS, including the YO `s
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until there are only 6 STS, ending on row 4*K2TG *
repeat to end, BO all STS
Weave in ends.

Butterfly Cloth Pattern
Size 7 needles, about 1 oz worsted cotton yarn
Cast on 38 sts
1-4: k across
5: k3, p32, k3
6: knit
7: k3, p32, k3
8: knit
9: k3, p32, k3
10: knit
11: k3, p32, k3
12: knit
13: k3, p32, k3
14: k10, p3, k12, p3, k10
15: k3, p5, k6, p10, k6, p5, k3
16: k8, p7, k8, p7, k8
17: k3, p4, k9, p2, k2, p2, k9, p4, k3
18: k7, p9, k2, p2, k2, p9, k7
19: k3, p4, k10, p1, k2, p1, k10, p4, k3
20: k7, p10, k1, p2, k1, p10, k7
21: k3, p4, k10, p1, k2, p1, k10, p4, k3
22: k8, p22, k8
23: k3, p5, k22, p5, k3
24: k9, p20, k9
25: k3, p7, k18, p7, k3
26: k11, p16, k11
27: k3, p7, k18, p7, k3
28: k9, p20, k9
29: k3, p5, k9, p1, k2, p1, k9, p5, k3
30: k7, p10, k1, p2, k1, p10, k7
31: k3, p4, k10, p1, k2, p1, k10, p4, k3
32: k6, p10, k2, p2, k2, p10, k6
33: k3, p3, k10, p2, k2, p2, k10, p3, k3
34: k6, p9, k8, p9, k6
35: k3, p2, k9, p10, k9, p2, k3
36: k4, p10, k10, p10, k4
37: k3, p1, k9, p12, k9, p1, k3
38: k4, p8, k14, p8, k4
39: k3, p1, k7, p16, k7, p1, k3
40: k4, p6, k18, p6, k4

41: k3, p1, k5, p20, k5, p1, k3
42: knit
43: k3, p32, k3
44: knit
45: k3, p32, k3
46: knit
47: k3, p32, k3
48-52: knit bind off, weave in ends

Knitted Three Crosses Cloth
Size 7 needles and 100% cotton yarn
(finished size approx 9 x 9 inches)
Cast on 37 stitches.
1-4) Knit across
5) k3, p31, k3
6) (and all remaining even numbered rows) knit across
7-12) repeat rows 5 and 6
13) k3, p6, k3, p13, k3, p6, k3
15, 17, 19, 21, and 23) k3, p6, k3, p5, k3, p5, k3, p6, k3
25 & 27) k3, p3, k9, p2, k3, p2, k9, p3, k3
29 & 31) k3, p6, k3, p5, k3, p5, k3, p6, k3
33 & 35) k3, p14, k3, p14, k3
37, 39, & 41) k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
43, 45, 47, & 49) k3, p14, k3, p14, k3
51) k3, p31, k3
52) Knit across
53-56) rep rows 51 and 52
57-59) knit across
Bind off, weave in ends

Tulip Trio Dishcloth
Measurements: 9 inches x 9 inches

100% Cotton Yarn, Worsted Weight, 2.5 oz
Size US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles

Cast on 37 stitches.

Note: Border stitches are in parentheses () at beginning and end of each row should you prefer to substitute a different border.

Row 1: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 2: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 3: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 4: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 5: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 6: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 7: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 8: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 9: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 10: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K13, P2, K1, P1, K12, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 11: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 12: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K13, P2, K2, P1, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 13: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 14: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K13, P2, K2, P1, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 15: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 16: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K12, P3, K3, P1, K10, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 17: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 18: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K12, P1, K1, P1, K3, P1, K10, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 19: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 20: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K11, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K10, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 21: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 22: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K11, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K10, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 23: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 24: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K10, P1, K3, P1, K3, P1, K1, P4, K5, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 25: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 26: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P4, K5, P1, K4, P6, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 27: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 28: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P6, K4, P1, K3, P8, K3, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 29: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 30: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K3, P8, K3, P1, K3, P9, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 31: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 32: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K2, P9, K3, P1, K3, P4, K2, P1, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 33: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 34: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P1, K2, P4, K2, P3, K4, P2, K1, P2, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 35: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 36: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P2, K1, P2, K3, P5, K4, P1, K7, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 37: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 38: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K7, P1, K3, P7, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 39: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 40: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K11, P7, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 41: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 42: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K11, P7, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 43: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 44: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K11, P2, K1, P1, K1, P2, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 45: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 46: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K11, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K11, (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 47: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 48: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 49: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 50: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)
Row 51: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 52: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 53: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 54: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Row 55: K1, P1 across, ending with K1
Bind off all stitches in pattern.

Until next month, happy crafting. Don't forget to tell us about your favorite projects.

This is the end of the July edition of the Blind Post News.

Thanks for reading!

Lori Motis
Publisher and editor
Copyright © 2016, The Blind Post Classified News. All rights reserved.

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June 9, 2016

This month’s columns:

Global Cane Outreach update: From Guy Crook’s Mexico trip.
Tech News: Enable Two-step Authentication on Your FaceBook Account From Liz.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: So long to the Southway hotel by Donna J. Jodhan
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
The View From Here: Conclusion to Blind Taste Testing, the hard way, by Mark Carlson
Living with low vision: A Funk Is No Fun by Donna Williams
Yarn, hook, and needle: by Phyllis Campbell
Funnyside,It is to laugh: Jokes, riddles, and quotes from readers.

Global Cane Outreach update.

From Guy Crook

In 2014, Faith Harvest Helpers teamed with Global Cane Outreach to initiate a cane
ministry at two locations in Mexico. It was my pleasure to do a two week follow up mission to
one of those locations (Colonia Vicente Guererro, Baja, Mexico, and surrounding area) In May
of this year. I left home for Mexico knowing of four new blind people to whom I could minister. I
took thirty brand new blind canes and twenty-five solar charging Spanish talking Bibles with
me...just in case. Two weeks later all were gone except a handful of the Bibles!

The Lord does have a way. It was wonderful to see that 'way' unfold. News of more and
more blind people came to us as we needed it. One of my translators and friend put out a plea
on Facebook for information about additional blind. More info came to us from some of the blind
we visited. Still more came by inquiring at little local markets. The mission field was ripe! Blind
folks and members of their households were liberated and blessed by witnessing God's love
through cane training.

The Bibles, too, were a blessing to many. Two in particular come to mind. One was a
twenty-three-year-old man who had spent his entire life in bed in the back of a tiny Mexican
home. He was blind and unresponsive to our talking and hugs until we brought out a talking
Bible. I saw a smile come to his face as he listened to the word of God. The other was an
eleven-year-old blind Down's syndrome girl. She was a little terror! While hugging each other,
she pinched and twisted the soft tissue under my neck until I yelped. And when translator,
Charlie, gave her a blind cane and started instruction, she started whipping him with the cane
(Charlie is now known as Piñata Charlie). It was evident that cane training was out of the
question.... But the talking Bible was another story. She took the Bible to a bed where
she lay peacefully listening to it. The power of the word of God, WOW.

This mission would not have been possible without volunteer donations for the canes
and bibles. I would like to thank Mary and Carey who hosted me and my Hispanic brothers in
the Lord, Pancho and Piñata Charlie.

You can visit GCO's website to learn more:

Tech news: From Liz

Part two: Enable Two-step Authentication on Your FaceBook Account

In my last article, we talked about how to add an extra layer of security to your iCloud account through two-factor authentication. Now it’s time to learn
how to do the same thing on your faceBook account.

You can do this from the iPhone app or a web browser.
FaceBook calls its two-factor authentication “log-in approvals.”

Access Your Account Settings
From your new feed in the fB app, tap on the “more” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Then tap on your name. At the bottom right-hand
corner, you will see a link called “more settings.” Double tap on it. Now you can see security, privacy, location, and many other options. Tap on “security.”

Under the “security’ heading, you will find a checkbox labeled “log-in approvals on not checked.”

Check the box and wait for the next screen to appear.

Finish the Set-up
Next, type your password to make changes. Once you’ve done that, FaceBook will text you a code to confirm that you are the one turning it on.
Enter the code into the text box. It consists of six numbers.

on the next screen, you can decide whether you want these changes to take effect now or in one week. I chose one week.

A Brief Note About Authorized devices
You can also learn which copies of the Facebook app are recognized by your account. For example, mine has my iPhone app and Mac browser. This means that
you will only have to authenticate yourself when logging in from a new app or browser.

There are many other privacy and security settings within Facebook that I highly recommend you explore to find out which ones work best for you.

In the final installment of this series, which will be in August, we’ll look at how this process works for your Google account.

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary:

By Donna J. Jodhan

So long to the Southway hotel

This is probably one of the finest hotels that I have ever had the privilege of staying at. Since 2014 I have stayed at this Ottawa Canada Hotel but sadly
enough in October 2015 it finally closed its doors to be converted into a retirement home.

This hotel really stood out in my mind as one of the most accessible hotels. For not only was its rooms fully accessible, the staff was top notch. Staff
at the service desk as well as staff at its restaurant were second to none.

They knew how to cater to the needs of a blind guest. They went way above the call of duty, often offering to do much more than what they were supposed
to do.

They were always so willing to help, assist, and guide me. Their restaurant staff were always so friendly and willing. They were always there to help and
it seemed to me that they were always watching over us.

Whenever my friend Diane and I had dinner there, they were even more than accommodating to her guide dog.

Thank you Southway Hotel for having made a difference in my traveling life and a huge thank you to all of your staff.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

This month's column I begin with cooking times for rice. Also, a reader emailed me a yummy smoothie drink recipe.
Please email me with anything you might like to share, or have any questions about food, house cleaning, and money management, in regards to living with
a visual challenge.
Send them to me at and I will put them in the next Blind Post news, or the one after.

Timetable for Cooking Rice

Note: When the rice is done, remove the pan from the heat and let stand, keeping the lid on, for ten minutes or longer. The rice will continue to steam
and will be more fluffy. Then remove the lid and fluff with a spoon or fork.

Type of rice.
One cup uncooked rice.
Cooking Liquid (cups)
Directions Approx.
Simmer Time (minutes) Approx.
Yield (cups)

White Rice

One cup of Regular long grain.
Two cups liquid.
Heat rice and liquid to boiling. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
Yields 3 cups.

One cup Parbroiled (converted)
Two and one half cups liquid.
Heat liquid to boiling.
Stir in rice. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat.
Let stand covered 5 minutes.
Yields 3-4 cups.

One cup Precooked (instant)
One cup liquid.
Heat liquid to boiling. Stir in rice.
Cover and remove from heat.
Let stand covered 5 minutes.
Yields two cups.

One cup Brown Rice
Regular long grain
Two and three fourths cups liquid.
Heat rice and liquid to boiling. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes.
Yields 4 cups.

One cup Precooked (instant)
One and one half cups liquid.
Heat liquid to boiling. Stir in rice.
Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Yields 2 cups.

Aromatic Rice

One cup Basmati
One and one half cups liquid.
Heat rice and liquid to boiling. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Yields 3 cups.

Note: cook the brown version the same as brown rice above.

One cup Jasmine
One an three fourths cups liquid.
Heat rice and liquid to boiling. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes
Yields 3 cups.

One cup Texmati
One and three fourth cups liquid.
Heat rice and liquid to boiling. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Yields 3 cups.

Wild Rice
One cup Wild Rice
Two and one half cups liquid.
Heat rice and liquid to boiling. Reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 40-50 minutes.
Yields 3 cups.

You can use the same amounts and times using an electric rice steamer. I use a small five cup rice steamer. I measure out the correct amount of rice and
water and put the lid on, and push the lever down. The lever will pop up when it is almost done. Let it stand for at least ten minutes before lifting the
lid. Then you can unplug it and fluff it up with a spoon or fork. Some rice steamers come with a little flat spatula for this purpose. I also cook other
grains this way too. Very easy.

For more stove-Top Cooking Times for Rice (Chart with 20 Different Types of Rice) visit:

Homerun Smoothie

Fresh pineapple can also be used instead of the kiwis to
provide a similar refreshing taste.

Smoothie ingredients:
3 kiwis peeled
1 cup strawberries
1 large banana, chopped
1 cup orange juice
Freeze the fruits 20 minutes before starting. Add the banana
pieces, orange juice, 1/b cup of strawberries, and 1 kiwi to the
blender and mix on high till nearly smooth. Add the remaining
kiwis and strawberries and blend till fruit pieces are in smaller
chunks. Serve and enjoy.

Food Lady

The View From Here by Mark Carlson

Blind Taste Testing, the hard way
By Mark Carlson
Note from the editor: Last month we left off where Mark was ready to finish the taste test of the hot stuff. Will he survive?

“You’re ready for the next level. The Tiger’s Fang. This one,” he said, “has a bit of jalapeno in it. I’m sure a strong guy like you will like it.” He
probably said the same thing at Russian Roulette parties. “This rates about 500 S.H.U.”

“Okay. I’m game.” After putting the first stick in a metal container, which I’m sure held battery acid to clean and sterilize it, I dipped stick number
two into the Tiger’s Fang chili sauce. I thought I heard just a tiny whimper as the stick touched the surface, but it was probably my imagination.

Then I repeated the taste test. This was quite a bit hotter and the flavor was lost in the cloud of steam that rose from my boiled tongue. “Whooo!” I said
panting. “Whooo! That’s a lot hotter!” I stuck my tongue out and began fanning it. “Do you have any water?”

“Water?” Dave said. “No, you never use water. Here.” He went to get something and brought it over. ‘Here are some slices of white bread. This is the best
way to cut the burn. Water only spreads the fire.”

I took a slice and crammed it into my mouth. And in a few moments the pain subsided. And wonder of wonders, I tasted the jalapeno peppers. “Hey,” I said
in a slightly slurred voice, “I can taste it now. It’s kind of sweet.”

Dave clapped me on the back like I’d just won the Super Bowl. “Fantastic! You’ve got the right taste buds for this. Not many people can taste the delicate
sweetness of jalapeno.”

Delicate? That was not the word I had in mind, but I nodded. “The Navy should use that one for removing paint from battleship armor.”

Dave laughed. “They do.” He pulled me over to the next shelf. “Here are our two most popular sauces. Dragon Fire and Volcano. They range between 10,000
and 100,000 Scovilles.”

I suppressed a whimper. The stick went into the container. I was wondering how he cleaned them. With liquid nitrogen at minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit, probably.

We worked our way through the next three jars, each of which did more damage to my tongue than if I’d stuck it into a can of gasoline and sucked on a Zippo
lighter. Every new sauce created a different reaction. One made me almost scream, but Dave only sounded ecstatic. “This is great! You’re a genuine connoisseur.”

“I’m so proud,” I tried to say but it only came out as “Ub su prab.”

Atomic Meltdown made me wonder if this is what the Russians had to deal with at Chernobyl. I was sure there was a radioactive cloud rising from my mouth
poisoning all human life for decades to come. When I had finally stopped whimpering and gasping, Dave handed me another slice of bread. “I don’t think
there are ten men in a thousand that have come so far so quickly.”

I was about to comment but my mouth refused to work for me anymore. I couldn’t blame it.

My eyes were watering so much I had a stain on my shirt. I’d eaten half a loaf of Wonder Bread, my tongue was trying to run for it by diving down my throat,
and my sense of smell was absolutely dead from the acidic fumes, but amazingly I was still on my feet.

“You’re almost there, champ!” Dave said as if he was about to call the Guinness Book of World Records. I could just imagine that call. ‘Hey, Guinness?
I found the world’s biggest idiot. Send a photographer and a coroner.’

“Only two more to go. You’re now up to 300,000Scovilles.”

I’d gone this far. And the ICU was only about five blocks away. “I’m game,” I wheezed. “What’s next?” I think it sounded more like ‘Wuz nuke?”

“Solar Flare!” Dave opened the jar, which for some reason sounded as if it were made of steel. He let out a small ‘Whoof!’ when it was opened. ‘This one
has a kick to it, but I’m sure you can take it. It has a mild habernero in it. About 580,000 Scovilles.”

This was one evil man, I thought to myself. He probably spent his free-time beating up old women. I dipped and tasted. In an instant I saw light. For a
horrifying second I was sure it was that light you’re supposed to see when you die, but this one had too many colors. It seemed to rise behind my eyes
until it was like looking into the sun. Boy that one was aptly named, I thought. But it didn’t burn as much as some of the others. Maybe I was getting
used to it. Maybe I was toughening up. Maybe I was really a chili connoisseur.

Or maybe my tongue had died, shriveled up and blown away.

“This is the biggie,” Dave said in a voice like he was meeting Elvis. “The most powerful, awesome and hottest chili sauce on Earth.” Then he sighed. “I’ve
only met two men who ever managed to enjoy it.”

“Two?” I whispered. “That’s all?”

“Yes, God rest their souls.”

That was almost enough to make me run out the door. But Dave was quick. “Hey, you’ll do fine. And when you finish you’ll have done something really big.”

He sounded like a Marine Corps recruiter. “Just think. This is something you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren about.

Grandchildren? He had to be joking. Assuming I survived today there was no woman with an ounce of self-respect who would want to marry a moron like me.

“Here,” Dave said, putting another stick in my sweaty hand. “You’ll need this one.”


“It’s made of a nickel chrome alloy called X750. Same stuff they used on the X-15. It can withstand temperatures up to 2,000 degrees.”

Before I could muster up a coherent response I heard a few clinks of metal on metal. It sounded as if he were opening a big padlock. Then a long, drawn-out
‘Creak screeched across my eardrums. “I have to keep it in this vault,” Dave said. “County ordinance.”

“Why?” I asked in a shaking voice.

“The fire department requires that all inflammable materials be sealed. Just for safety This is the big one. The habernero is called ‘The Ghost Pepper.’
The Scoville rating is 1,000,000.”

For several seconds I listened as fear turned into terror. The sound of a pry bar being used to open a can echoed in the vault. ‘”Ah, there we go,” he
said triumphantly. “Hmm, it seems to have melted part of the can. Oh, well, I’m sure it tastes fine.”

“What about germs and bacteria?”

Dave laughed again. “Are you kidding? I’ve been telling the CDC in Atlanta for years about this stuff. It’ll kill any virus on Earth. Nothing can live
in it.”

And this was what I was about to put in my mouth. I should just go and buy a war surplus flame thrower and suck on it. Well once a guy, always a schmuck.

I dipped and raised it to my open mouth. To be honest, I was surprised my jaw muscles were still obeying me. But there would be some serious payback later.

As the metal instrument bearing the load of lethal chili sauce drew closer. I wondered about my so-called friends. Would they be impressed? After all none
of them, even with all their macho braggadocio had dared to go this far. I was the only one among them that had the guts. And if Dave was right, we were
going to see those guts any moment now, as my stomach exploded. The deadly drop of red poison touched my tongue. A tiny sizzle reached my ears.

And then it was over. “Kind of bland,” I said. “What’s the big deal? I’ve had ice cream with more snap.”

Dave was silent for several seconds. Then he found his voice. “My god. How did you do it?”

“No big deal,” I said, wiping the sweat from my upper lip. “I can’t believe this was the hottest stuff you had. This Scoville guy didn’t know what he was
talking about.”

I shook Dave’s hand. “Thanks for letting me try this stuff. Now I know what it’s all about.”

Walking out, I felt the bright afternoon sunlight on my burned skin. What I wanted next was to pamper my tongue. A candy store first, then an ice cream

I survived a tiger, a dragon, a volcanic eruption, a nuclear meltdown, a solar flare and a supernova. And my friends, those total wimps were going to hear
about it.

The only unforeseen side effect of my ill-advised foray into the dangerous world of serious chili sauce was that Budweiser suddenly tasted pretty good.

Mark Carlson is a San Diego historian and author of two books. His first book. Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind has won three
book awards. It is available through the NLS Bard.
Mark Can be contacted at

Living with low vision:

A Funk Is No Fun
By Donna Williams

Many of you may be wondering what happened to last month’s article. Well I was and still am truly living one of low vision’s trickier moments. For years
I have been taking medication for Glaucoma and I guess you could say I’ve had it all, drops, pills and I’ve even had various surgeries to lower the pressure.
One of my meds I’ve been taking since I was 16, and every time I attempt to go off it with my doctor’s blessing in order to try another type of therapy
I always get horrible withdrawal symptoms which include migraines that start in my eyeball and travel up my neck and into my head. I also feel fatigued
and nauseous.

For the past two years I have been able to still obtain this medication from a compounding pharmacy however at the beginning of 2016 when I went to refill
my prescription I was told that that pharmacy would no longer be making that eye drop anymore. Desperately I began searching for another source to obtain
what I needed. Amazingly I found out that most compounding pharmacies had made the same decision that the one I was currently using and the medication
would not be available there either. The one’s who agreed to try and make it for me wanted to charge me $1600 for a 30 day supply.

Here’s what’s wrong with that picture. First of all the pharmacy would have to ship it to me overnight since the drop had to be refrigerated and only taken
out when it was going to be used unlike when I was sent a regular drop bottle. Secondly each drop would come in its own little vial and once opened these
vials had to be disposed of immediately after using only one drop out of them. This made each refill truly a 30 day supply so if a month had 31 days you
found yourself ordering new meds before the end of the month.

I called my eye doctor and explained all this to her and she insisted I had to either be on this particular eye drop or another one we had tried earlier
in the year. This one wasn’t much better. When I was taking it I felt as though I were a chemist and no one should have to be their own chemist just to
do something as simple as keep their eye pressure down. What I had to do is take two different bottles and pour one into the other. Never mind that there
was only this tiny little hole for the solution to go into. I was so worried I’d spill and end up with a watered down version of the medication. I decided
the solution would be to ask the pharmacy to mix it for me but unfortunately by law they can’t. The patient has to do it themselves.

Because I had a problem going off my previous medication and adjusting to this one I had to remind my eye doctor of the migraines, floaters, and nausea
I had during the transition. She finally relented and decided to put me on another eye drop which she had to give me samples of because my insurance company
wouldn’t cover it. In the meantime her office worked with my pharmacist and insurance company to get this new drop approved.

Two days before my next eye doctor appointment the approval came through. Of course having gained coverage that easily made me nervous and my gut wasn’t
wrong. As I sat in the office and had my pressure checked I learned that this particular medication was not working for me. I was put on another drop and
given a sample of this one too. When I saw the bottle I was amazed that it could hold a 30 day supply of medication for 2 eyes. I refer to this new bottle
as my micro med. Loll.

I will find out on June 17th if this medication is helping to lower the pressure in my eye. In the meantime I had a conversation with my long time pharmacist
and he told me that if this doesn’t work I may be at the end of the road in terms of eye drops that can help lower the pressure. My eye doctor won’t tell
me that. She says there is always hope but I’m glad my pharmacist was honest with me so if something should go wrong I can face the challenge of losing
more if not all of my vision the same way I’ve faced others in my life.

I know there are probably surgical options out there but I hesitate utilizing them because I only have vision in one eye now and unless I had absolutely
no hope of lowering the intraocular pressure or maintaining the level of vision I have at this time I would be afraid of causing my eye to react in an
unexpected and negative way to treatment as my other eye did in the spring of 1991. The difference with that one was the surgery was a last resort so I
had nothing to lose.

For the first time in my life I actually experienced sadness at the possibility of losing my vision totally. I love to read and to look at the sky and
I think I’d miss doing those two things most of all. Sure there are audio books, but I love the feel of a book’s pages between my fingers and seeing the
print. It would be very hard for me to have to give that up. It is an overwhelming feeling and that is why I could not write last month. The pain of putting
my thoughts and worries into words was too great and my heart couldn’t focus on writing about another experience.

But just like every other challenge I’ve faced in my life I’ve figured out how to cope. I am now keeping a spiritual journal and it helps remind me that
I need to keep a positive attitude toward my visual situation. And I have a friend to thank for kicking my butt by saying the wrong thing to me. I was
sharing my predicament with her and after listening she made the mistake of saying” Well, you’re going to end up like me with no vision. Then you’ll finally
see what it’s really like.” Her bitterness made me extremely angry and at that moment I realized that come what may I had absolutely no intention of ending
up “like” her. Amazing the things friends can do to pull you out of a funk.

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


It's here, Vacation time, is lurking right around the corner, and time to be planning the small projects to work on as you travel, or just sit at home
listening to music or a good book. There's one favorite item that's always good for this time of the year. It's fun to knit, it's small, and oh, glory,
it's inexpensive. It's the ever present cloth, once a plain thing often hidden under the sink. No more, now it shines, even in the guest bath room. Presented
with a bottle of wine, sparkling cider or other beverage, or fancy cheese, it makes a nice and imaginative hostess gift. Let your imagination rule.

Cotton, too, has changed over the years. Now it literally blossoms in bright combinations of colors from bright yellows, greens a touch of blue and white
to more subtle earth tones that remind one of the mysterious forest haunts of fairies. Of course, don't forget the reds, greens and silver of Christmas,
and the colors of autumn. All cotton is still around, but one can also choose from cotton blends, that can take a bit more heat in the dryer. All cotton
may shrink a bit, but will return to its original size when wet. If you want a slightly smaller and tighter cloth, you might experiment a bit with making
it larger using larger needles and allowing it to shrink a bit.

Enough talk. Let's get to patterns. After all that's why we're here.


Materials: 100% cotton yarn and size 7 needles.
Cast on 37 sts.
rows 1-4: knit.
row 5: k3, p31, k3.
Row 6: and all remaining even numbered rows; knit.
Row 7: k3, p12, k3, p1, k3, p12, k3.
Row 9: k3, p10, k11, p10, k3.
Row 11: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3.
row 13: k3, p8, k15, p8, k3.
row 15: k3, p8, k15, p8, k3.
Row 17: k3, p7, k17, p7, k3.
Row 19: k3, p7, k17, p7, k3.
Row 21: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3.
Row 23: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3.
Row 25: k3, p5, k4, p2, k15, p5, k3.
Row 27: k3, p4, k4, p3, k16, p4, k3.
row 29: k3, p4, k3, p4, k16, p4, k3.
Row 31: k3, p4, k3, p4, k16, p4, k3.
Row 33: k3, p4, k4, p3, k16, p4, k3.
row 35: k3, p5, k4, p3, k14, p5, k3.
Row 37: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3.
Row 39: k3, p8, k6, p3, k6, p8, k3.
row 41: k3, p10, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, p10, k3.
row 43: k3, p3, k5, p7, k2, p7, k4, p3, k3.
row 45: k3, p5, k6, p4, k2, p4, k6, p4, k3.
Row 47: k3, p6, k7, p2, k2, p2, k7, p5, k3.
row 49: k3, p7, k6, p2, k2, p2, k6, p6, k3.
row 51: k3, p9, k3, p3, k3, p2, k3, p8, k3.
row 53: k3, p16, k2, p13, k3.
Rows 55-56: rep rows 5 & 6.

rows 57-59: knit. bind off.

Butterfly Cloth Pattern
Butterfly Cloth
Size 7 needles, about 1 oz worsted cotton yarn
Cast on 38 sts
1-4: k across
5: k3, p32, k3
6: knit
7: k3, p32, k3
8: knit
9: k3, p32, k3
10: knit
11: k3, p32, k3
12: knit
13: k3, p32, k3
14: k10, p3, k12, p3, k10
15: k3, p5, k6, p10, k6, p5, k3
16: k8, p7, k8, p7, k8
17: k3, p4, k9, p2, k2, p2, k9, p4, k3
18: k7, p9, k2, p2, k2, p9, k7
19: k3, p4, k10, p1, k2, p1, k10, p4, k3
20: k7, p10, k1, p2, k1, p10, k7
21: k3, p4, k10, p1, k2, p1, k10, p4, k3
22: k8, p22, k8
23: k3, p5, k22, p5, k3
24: k9, p20, k9
25: k3, p7, k18, p7, k3
26: k11, p16, k11
27: k3, p7, k18, p7, k3 28: k9, p20, k9
29: k3, p5, k9, p1, k2, p1, k9, p5, k3
30: k7, p10, k1, p2, k1, p10, k7
31: k3, p4, k10, p1, k2, p1, k10, p4, k3
32: k6, p10, k2, p2, k2, p10, k6
33: k3, p3, k10, p2, k2, p2, k10, p3, k3
34: k6, p9, k8, p9, k6
35: k3, p2, k9, p10, k9, p2, k3
36: k4, p10, k10, p10, k4
37: k3, p1, k9, p12, k9, p1, k3
38: k4, p8, k14, p8, k4
39: k3, p1, k7, p16, k7, p1, k3
40: k4, p6, k18, p6, k4
41: k3, p1, k5, p20, k5, p1, k3
42: knit
43: k3, p32, k3
44: knit
45: k3, p32, k3
46: knit
47: k3, p32, k3
48-52: knit bind off, weave in ends

Autumn Leaf Dishcloth

1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn
US #3/3.25mm needles (I would do a gauge. This needle seems a bit small).
Yarn needle
(Finished size approximately 9-1/2" x 8")

Cast on 49 sts
Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Where you see X2 it means to do 2 times.
Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P to last 4 sts, (K1, P1) x2
Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (K1, P1) x2
Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (K1, P1) x2
Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20 (K1, P1) x2
Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (K1, P1) x2
Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (K1, P1) x2
Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K14, P1, K5, P1, K5, P1, K14, (K1, P1) x2
Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K13, (K1, P1) x2
Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P17, K12, (K1, P1) x2
Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P19, K11, (K1, P1) x2
Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P19, K11, (K1, P1) x2
Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K13, P15, K13, (K1, P1) x2
Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (K1, P1) x2
Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K9, P23, K9, (K1, P1) x2
Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K8, P25, K8, (K1, P1) x2
Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (K1, P1) x2
Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P17, K12, (K1, P1) x2
Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (K1, P1) x2
Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P2, K1, P2, K2, P5, K2, P2, K1, P2, K11, (K1, P1) x2
Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P7, K17, (K1, P1) x2
Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P9, K16, (K1, P1) x2
Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K19, P3, K19, (K1, P1) x2
Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K20, P1, K20, (K1, P1) x2
Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (K1, P1) x2
Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (K1, P1) x2
Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P5, K3, P2, K3, P5, K1,
P2, K1, P2, K1, (K1, P1) x2
Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P5, K3, P2, K3, P5, K1,
P2, K1, P2, K1, (K1, P1) x2
Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P3, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3,
P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (K1, P1) x2
Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P6, K1, P7, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1,
P5, K1, (K1, P1) x2
Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K1, P3, K1, P7, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K1,
P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, (K1, P1) x2
Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P6, K1,
P2, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, (K1, P1) x2
Row 68: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P6, K1,
P2, K1, P2, K2, P3, K2, (K1, P1) x2
Row 70: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2
Rows 72-76: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern.

Scalloped Coaster

* Finished size, about 4 inches in diameter.

Materials and supplies: About 30 yards of thick worsted weight yarn. 1 pair of U.S. #6 and U.S. #8 needles.
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch

Beginning at outer edge, with #8 needles, cast on 51 sts. K 2 rows.

Start Pattern:
Row 1: Change to smaller #6 needles. *K 2 tog., 3 times over next 6 sts., then yo, K 1, yo, K 1, yo, K 1*, repeating across row, ending with K 2 tog. 3
times (48 sts.).
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl across.
Row 3: Work as row 1 to within last 3 sts., then K 2 tog., K 1 (47 sts.).
Row 5: Work as row 1 to within last 5 sts., then yo, K 1, yo, K1, yo, K 1, K 2 tog. (46 sts.).
Row 7: Work as row 5 to last 4 sts., yo, K 1, yo, K 1, K 2 tog. (44 sts.).
Row 9: *K 3 tog., yo*, repeating between *'s across row to last 2 sts., K 2 tog. (28 sts.).
Row 11: *K 3 tog., yo, to last 4 sts., K 2 tog. twice (18 sts.).
Row 13: *K 3 tog.* across row. (6 sts.).

Cut yarn, and draw through last 6 sts., pull to close center slightly, then sew side seam.
Dampen and shape, and allow to dry.
If you steam press with an iron, use low heat.
Place clean cloth over coaster first, then lightly steam, remove cloth and allow to dry.

Knitted Star Cloth

100% cotton yarn and size 7 knitting needles
Cast on 37 stitches
Knit 4 rows
1: k3, p31, k3
2: (and all remaining even rows) knit across
3: k3, p7, k2, p13, k2, p7, k3
5: k3, p7, k4, p9, k4, p7, k3
7: k3, p8, k4, p7, k4, p8, k3
9: k3, p8, k5, p5, k5, p8, k3
11: k3, p8, k7, p1, k7, p8, k3
13: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
15: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
17: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
19: k3, p10, k11, p10, k3
21: k3, p10, k11, p10, k3
23: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3
25: k3, p8, k15, p8, k3
27: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3
29: k3, p5, k21, p5, k3
31: k3, p4, k23, p4, k3
33: k3, p5, k21, p5, k3
35: k3, p12, k7, p12, k3
37: k3, p12, k7, p12, k3
39: k3, p13, k5, p13, k3
41: k3, p13, k5, p13, k3
43: k3, p14, k3, p14, k3
45: k3, p14, k3, p14, k3
47: k3, p15, k1, p15, k3
49: k3, p15, k1, p15, k3
51: k3, p31, k3
53-55: Knit across
Bind off

Until Next Month,

Funnyside,It is to laugh:

From Da Judge:

Don't know if you heard about the fire at the circus or not?
It was intense!
The bubblegum got across the road on the chickens foot after she stopped in the middle of the road to lay it on the line!
Did you know that a skunk with a rash was black and white
and red all over?

From Richard:


Famous saying

3 older men were walking down the street one day.
One said windy, ain’t it?
another said no, I t’s Thursday.
The third one said me, too,
let’s get a beer.

Blind people talking:

This is the end of the June edition of the Blind Post News.

Thanks for reading!

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Publisher and editor

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