The blind Post classified news November 12, 2019

The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
November 12, 2019.
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Contents for this month’s issue:
This month’s sponsor.
From the editor, by Lori Motis.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.

This month’s articles:
Global cane outreach update: Bevie’s going to Uganda! from Donna Kimball.
Tech corner: The iPhone as a phone By John Harden.
Blind man walking: stand-up comedy by Joshua Loya.
Living with low vision: Silver linings by Donna Williams.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Holiday recipes.
Blind people talking: Points of view and comments.
Uplift,inspirational: Remembering—Thank you, from Ruth.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: A checklist for travelers by Donna J. Jodhan.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell.

Other important info:
How to post and pay for an ad or announcement.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.

This month’s sponsor. Thank you!:

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Gifts under $25.00

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Gifts over $50.00

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From the editor:

Happy Thanksgiving, happy Autumn and may joy ring in your hearts this holiday season. I want to thank Elegant Insights Braille Creations for sponsoring another Blind Post. You will have to check out all her beautiful gift ideas at her online store or give her a call. I have my own falling leaf collection all over my yard. Wow, the leaves are abundant here in Idaho and still falling.

This month we have an overflowing basket of notices and stellar articles. You will be informed and entertained for sure. We have an update from Global Cane outreach, spectacular articles from are usual band of writers and a new voice chiming in in Blind people talking. So much to read and the ads are full of great gift ideas and you can even learn to play a lap harp, which is under the section Services and training.

Thank you everyone for sharing the news. I really appreciate it. I pray for each of you to have a safe, peaceful, and blessed holiday season.
God Bless!
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
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Now you can. If you have ads or announcements that are time sensitive, or just have several items, then you can include them in a special Blind Post Extra Extra edition. The word count costs are the same as the monthly news, but not free notices. This works best when you might have more than one item for sale, notice for an event, or a special class or training that is of interest to the blind and low vision community.
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New and used:

Traditional Hymns That Speak to the Heart is now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and YouTube.
Go to:
to listen and see which are your favorites.

This album is also available in CD form, as well as a new one where my husband and I sing together. The new disk is called Hallelujah What a Savior. I am asking $10 to send a disk, or $25 for three.
Call: 859-587-2060
or email

New Braillenote Apex 32 BT only $699
It is very simple for taking nonvisual notes with computer voice or/and in Braille.
It has a Victor Reader for Daisy Books and all kinds of abilities to
connect to your phone and computer.
Retails around $6,000.

The Scentsy Holiday Gift Guide is filled with great ideas for everyone on your shopping list including some perfect stocking stuffers.
Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 775-463-9886 (h), 916-206-1151 (c),
or Facebook: NV Wickless Scents & More

SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items including candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be customized with braille.
Candy bar greetings include Happy Birthday, Love You, Thank You, Have a Nice Day, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
A variety of other chocolate items are available.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853

Two items:
One OR CAM reading device. It is camera mounted on eyeglasses with small computer on belt. It scans document and reads printed material through speaker on eye glass temple. Asking $1000 . It cost me $2500.
One Ruby electronic handheld magnifier with button to change colors and size of text. Asking $250...
For more information, Call Richard at 757 468 0277 or email me at

Box of 100 brand new, good quality c-94 cassette tapes $45. Cassettes came from National Audio Supply. I have 4 boxes. Use paypal or check to
George Gray, 5028 S. Duck Creek Rd., Cleveland, TX 77328.

Wanted, to trade, or to give away:


Hi. It's Joshua Loya from Blind Man Walking. I'm an Aira Explorer. Are you? Would you like to be?
If you don't have an account just yet, and you'd like to try the app on your iPhone or Android device, you can help support my adventuring efforts by downloading the app at the following link. You don't need to pay any money. You just need to install the app by activating the following link on your iOS or
Android device. I really appreciate the support. The link is:
Thank you. Remember. Adventure is a state of mind. How you live it is up to you!

The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!
We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server. We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish. We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms. You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun! We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups. There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience. To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to
We sum it up by saying: "Catch the vision--it’s Out of Sight!"

From Donna W. Hill
Thanks to all who supported me during the marathon that was my October, as I competed in the AllAuthor book cover contest. Your Likes, Shares and Votes kept me going! I’m grateful! The Heart of Applebutter Hill finished in the top five! Visit me at:

Wayne Scott "Everything happens in God's chime."
Hello, my name is Wayne Scott and I have a YouTube channel where I do interactive roleplays to help people calm down. Just look for Chime Bear on YouTube.

Sermons on the Phone.
Call Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206 and hear sermons that will change your life.

Eyes on success shows and podcasts:

1940 Forage Candle – Winner of Hadley New Venture Competition (Oct. 2, 2019)
The Hadley New Venture competition is a forum for aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business plans and compete for cash prizes to help jump start promising ventures. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Colleen Wunderlich, who runs the program, along with last year’s winner, Lisa Smith, about the program and how it impacted Lisa’s company Forage Candle.

1943 NFB-NEWSLINE Expands to Smart Home Devices (Oct. 23, 2019)
NFB-NEWSLINE is a free service from the National Federation of the Blind that gives subscribers access to hundreds of national and local magazines and newspapers through a variety of delivery options. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Scott White, director of NFB-NEWSLINE, about how this service can now also be accessed using your smart home device.

The audio, show notes, and much more can be found at:
and the podcast can be found on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
Also, you can now listen on your Amazon or Google smart home device by simply saying “play eyes On Success podcast”!

Services and training.

Learn lap harp for Christmas!
The harp is a portable stringed instrument that's easy to hold and play. Receive everything you need,
and learn from a blind musician. Includes: lap harp, tuning, 5 folk songs, 5
Christmas songs, scales, chords, and familiar melodies. $85 via
PayPal. Email for sound sample:

John Harden’s Quality Brailler Repair Service is now offering the following:
refurbished Standard Perkins Braille writers for sale. They usually sell for $350 and come with a new dust cover. I can be reached for pricing information and availability at the phone number or email address below.
John Harden
Voice or Text: 386-846-1325

Business and employment opportunities:

Are you interested in joining a company that will be more than fair with you?
People will like the products so much they will continue to use them on their own. You can only get so much jewelry, perfume, and other fun things, but you always need snacks, healthy bars, cleaning products, (which have no harsh unnatural chemicals), etc. It is only $1 to join right now. Also, you will get good training from your upline, and you can do a free trial of eight weeks of training from the company. If you want to continue that training it would be $10 a month. You have that choice. It is great to receive residual income that comes from people who will always be needing these products.
Contact me at
or call 859-587-2060.

Global cane outreach update:

Bevie’s Going To Uganda!
By: Donna Kimball, GCO Board Member

Bevie and the Global Cane Outreach Team (GCO) will be travelling to Uganda at the end of April, 2020!

A successful mission trip to Kenya in 2018 prompted the decision to once again head out to provide much needed help to the blind community, this time in Uganda. A God given opportunity has been presented to GCO to work alongside a local ministry that already serves the blind community. Working with a local team in Uganda will greatly increase the effectiveness of the mission.

GCO has lifted many thankful prayers after a very successful trip to Kenya last year, where a small team of missionaries handed out 100 canes and also 100 solar Bibles. There were many stories shared detailing the blessings of the trip to Kenya and the local people whose lives were enriched.

Bevie and the GCO team now forming are looking forward with anticipation to the mission trip to Uganda in 2020, and once again partnering with the faithful readers of The Blind Post. Your prayers and support have made all the difference!

Stay tuned for more information in the months ahead!

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.

Tech corner

The iPhone as a phone
By John Harden

The iPhone is such a powerful tool that sometimes we forget that we can even use it as a telephone. Today I would like to talk a little bit about using your iPhone as a telephone and some of the powerful features that it gives you.

The easiest way to make a phone call with your iPhone is of coarse to ask Siri to call and then give her a number or a name from your contacts. I will talk more about contacts at a later date. If you want to do a completely hands-free call you can say something like, "hey Siri, call 555-1234 on speaker.” However, this method is quite limiting to what you can do while on that phone call without looking at the screen. When I say looking at the screen I mean flicking around and observing what is there.

Rather than using Siri to make phone calls for you let's take a look at the phone app. By default the phone app is located in the bottom left corner of your screen on the dock. Double tap on it and you will find that there are five tabs or buttons along the bottom of the screen. As you go across the bottom of the screen these tabs are Favorites, Recent Calls, Contacts, Keypad and Voicemail. Today I would like to discuss the keypad.

After you locate that tab double tap it or use the split finger tap that we talked about a few months ago. Now you will find that you are on a screen with the numbers looking very much the same as they did on the old-fashioned touchtone phone. At the top of the screen will be the status bar and just below the status bar will be a place where the phone number you are dialing will be displayed. After starting to dial a number a delete button will show up in the bottom right corner of the screen so if you make a mistake you can remove the error. You will remember with the old landline phones if you made a mistake you had to hang up and start over.

While sliding your finger around the screen to dial your number this is a perfect place to use the split finger tap. After you have the number dialed directly below the zero you will find the call button. Again the split finger tap or a double tap with one finger will place your call.

After the call has been placed the keypad will go away and there are many choices here where you can mute the call, put the person on hold, make a three-way call , ETC. Among other options. One button you will find on that screen is called Keypad. This will take you back to the screen where you can enter numbers for making selections from the menu you might be listening to. This all will work better if you have the phone away from your ear. Remember that the person you are talking to Ken not here voice over. You have many functions available so you may want to take a look. The one item in this list that I use the most is mute. This will mute the sound that you might be making in the room but you can still hear what is going on with the call. I use this when on a conference call so I don't have to be completely quiet to keep from disturbing the other people.

Next month I will talk about Recent calls and Contacts. These two functions will work together for some functions. Until then have fun with your iPhone and don't be afraid to try something. You aren't going to hurt the phone by trying new things.

Blind man walking

stand-up comedy
By Joshua Loya

My favorite things to do are difficult and scary. Surfing, martial arts, and, more recently, stand-up comedy. The nice thing about stand-up comedy is that, even if I have a rough set; I don’t have to worry about drowning or anybody punching me in the face. I get to share myself, and I can feel good if people laugh at me. They’re supposed to. I’m more concerned if they don’t.

I have always loved storytellers. The simplicity of a single individual, armed with nothing but their voice and a microphone to transform the hearts and minds of an audience is a miraculous thing. I can remember watching Bill Cosby tell stories about Rudy and Fat Albert on television, sharing genuinely fun moments with my mother when I was only five-years-old. (I may be disappointed with recent revelations about Mr. Cosby’s behavior, but I can still appreciate the joy he brought me when I was a child.) When I was six, I got on stage, and I told jokes in front of strangers for the first time. I enjoyed it. I think I tried it once or twice at summer camp talent shows when I was in my teens, but then I stopped for no reason that I can truly remember. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I tried it again. Now, I’m addicted.

I tried comedy for the first time in my adult life in early 2017. I had recently torn my hamstring, and I had to severely scale back my martial arts training. I was restless, and I figured, “Why not?” I went to an open mic event at a local coffee house. I got some laughs, even if my guide dog wandered off the stage halfway through my performance. Later that week, I went to another open mic at a local comedy club. At that performance, a fight broke out, and we were all kicked out of the club. At least everyone involved in the brawl was thoughtful enough to wait until well after I had gone up.

In 2018, I went to another open mic event at the American Comedy Co. in downtown San Diego. I was getting over a cold, and I had almost completely lost my voice, but I still went. I enjoyed myself, but it was well over a year before I tried it again. On Tuesday, October 2, 2019, I went back to the American Comedy Co. I brought 11 people with me, and this time I enjoyed it so much I knew I had to do it again sooner. The next week, I did 4 different sets at open mics. One was at a variety show style open mic and the other 3 were at another local comedy club in San Diego. My second set that week was pretty rough, and I knew that I wanted to keep pursuing comedy for one single reason. I enjoyed the thrill of having to stick out my time, even though I had less than a stellar performance. To enjoy something, even when you struggle, is to find a treasure indeed. Thankfully my other two performances that week were much better.

I’m headed back to the American Comedy Co. on November 12, and I can’t wait. I’ve done public speaking events before. I’ve been paid to address hundreds of people at a time, and yet comedy is something particularly unique. In most of my public speaking events, I have done so with the intent of inspiring or educating, and have only moderately concentrated on pure entertainment. I’ve also had to be far more filtered. With stand-up, I can indulge in my irreverent sense of humor. Doing so is incredibly therapeutic, and it feels good helping others to enjoy laughter.

There is one more reason that I will continue to sharpen my stand-up comedy skills. I can have an impact with people in a way that other forms of address just can’t make. When people laugh, they let their guards down. I can challenge stereotypes and preconceptions about blindness, mental illness, and those of us who pursue extreme sports like surfing and martial arts. I can introduce new ideas to people without them as likely to immediately be on the defensive because they’re laughing before they realize I’m challenging their preconceptions. I think we’re healthier when we can look at what we believe and why we believe it. Comedy is a far more enjoyable way to start the process of self-examination. The deductible is certainly a lot less expensive.

Joshua “The Jedi” Loya - Professional Adventurer
Available now for public speaking and personal coaching.

Living with low vision

Silver linings
By Donna Williams

As Thanksgiving approaches I am mindful of my many blessings. Even when it seems as though things aren’t going exactly as I’ve planned. In recent months I’ve been bombarded with circumstances that have made me want to ask “Why me?”

In the summer I found myself plagued with a little 4-legged creature. I was annoyed and had to keep adjusting my routine until that little mouse was caught. In attempting to patch up holes in closets and cabinets I had to remove my stuff from those areas. It is amazing how much one can accumulate living in a place for over 20 years. The task was daunting and at times caused inconvenience but the up side is that I found things I didn’t even realize I had. It was like digging up buried treasure. I also realized there were things that just had to go. I have now decided to expand my cleaning out to desk and dresser drawers and items hanging in closets. Hopefully someone will be able to benefit from clothing I get rid of.

Also this past summer ownership of the building I reside in changed. We are now overseen by a company that manages us remotely. As a result they are mostly unaware of how things are actually going on the premises. A friend of mine who has not had a good experience with this company in the past no longer wishes to lives here. She has decided to move out and buy her own home. At one point in my life I had that opportunity too but didn’t take it. The main reason is because I don’t want to be responsible for finding someone to cut my grass or fix things around the house, not to mention the money I’d need to spend in order to retain their services. When I think of all the maintenance requests I’ve put in over the years I’m thankful that my landlord is responsible for those repairs. I’ve had to have my floor replaced twice due to moisture causing tiles to pop up and not stay down. My air conditioner spewed heat from it right in the middle of a heat wave. Two refrigerators died. One leaked water all over my kitchen floor and the other one acted like it thought it was a heater and that spoiled all my food. Of course as luck would have it I had just gotten a big order at the grocery store. Then there is always my heat unit. Every once in a while it needs to be bled. Whenever I feel cold air coming out of it I know it’s time once again for this job to be done. Those are just the big ticket items. Obviously every home needs routine maintenance from time to time and I’m happy I don’t have to pay extra for mine. I also think about utilities. Luckily for me my heat is included with my rent, and although I pay my own electric my bills aren’t that high.

When my friend first told me of her plans to buy her home I began to think about how thankful I am for my living situation. Although I wish management were a little more aware of what’s happening at this particular property and there are times I wish I could live in a 2nd floor apartment again, I’ve decided to be happy with what I have. The trees are still in the way and the apartment isn’t as bright as it was when I first moved in but sometimes a small sacrifice needs to be made to avoid something else. Because I was getting so disgusted with how the mouse situation was being handled and the lack of care shown to the common areas of the building I considered moving. I checked into another place I liked the layout of and found to my dismay that although I could get a second floor unit when one became available the rent would be significantly higher then I pay now and that at the time the lease was signed I’d be socked for additional fees. To me this was a sign that despite what I was seeing as a negative living situation God wanted me to remain where I am.

It’s not just where I live but the fact that I can walk to places of importance that are close by. Church is only a few blocks away and although I’d like to see more being done with music and I’d really love to be in a church that has a choir I am grateful for the small group of worshipers who meet with one another each week. There is something about knowing everyone and their joys and concerns which is really special.

I can also walk to my voting place and vote on an accessible voting machine when it actually works. I say that because the last 2 times I’ve been there the machine wasn’t functioning properly. The first time it happened I finally let my Mom help me fill out my ballot since it was getting late and there was a long line of people wanting to vote before the polls closed. However this past Tuesday I decided not to let the poll workers off so easily. I insisted they had to fix the problem. An hour later I was finally able to vote on my own. Some people may have gotten angry or become impatient about this situation but when I was told that the machine wasn’t working properly and that the Judge of Elections would help me complete my ballot I remained patient and calm but let them know that I would not leave until I voted independently even if it took all day. Then I sat in a chair and waited. Once I was done voting I had a conversation with the Judge of Elections. I knew we were going to be getting new voting machines in our county but wasn’t sure when. Because the machine’s malfunction made it possible for me to have this post voting conversation with someone in the know I was able to take away a lot of information about the type of machine and the number to call in order to request a demo.

When I think about these situations and many others like it I’ve experienced in my life I realize that sometimes when we are going through things we may be too emotionally involved to see the blessing that could be awaiting us on the other side. So as we count our blessings on Thanksgiving I hope that if there is something troubling our hearts or minds that instead of asking ourselves what we are going to do or worrying about situations we may not be able to control we search for that silver lining among the clouds of life. I know I need to do that more myself. Happy thanksgiving to all!

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. Feel free to Email me at: .

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady

This month we have several recipes from various readers and subscribers. Enjoy!


2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbs butter or margarine
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped dry roasted peanuts

Combine first 6 ingredients, mixing well. Shape mixture into one-inch balls; roll each in peanuts. Chill 4 to 5 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.
Yields 2 and a half dozen.

Peppermint Bon Bons Recipe

1 lb. Confectioner’s Coating (for dipping)
1/2 C. Whipping Cream
1 1/4 t. Peppermint Extract
Crushed Peppermint Candy
Melt the confectioner’s coating over low heat in a heavy 2 qt. saucepan, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Stir in whipping cream and extract. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Chill in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes or until candy is stiff enough to be shaped.
Form candy into balls using 2 teaspoons of the candy per ball. Roll balls in crushed peppermint candies. Place on a cookie sheet and store in the refrigerator.

Plantation Pecan Ball Candy

1 box (12 oz.) vanilla wafers, finely crushed
3 3/4 cups finely chopped pecans
1 can (12 oz.) sweetened, condensed milk
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Chill.
Using a melon baller or spoon, form mixture into 1-inch balls.
They can be eaten immediately, kept in the refrigerator, or frozen in a rigid container in the freezer.
Makes about 4 dozen candies.

Milky Way Fudge
Super delicious and super easy microwave fudge recipe!
1 teaspoon salted butter (optional for rub)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12-ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
6.15 ounces of Milky Way candy bars, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Line a 8 or 9-inch square pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray (or rub with butter).
2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, chocolate chips and candy bars. Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Microwave for additional bursts of 20 seconds (stirring after each burst) until the mixture is smooth.. Stir in the vanilla. Spread the very chocolatey fudge batter into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (but better if longer) until the fudge is firm.
3. Take the fudge out of the pan by lifting up the foil and transferring it to a cutting board. Cut into small pieces. Keep in a covered container.

Do you have a how to question on cooking methods or home management?
as a visually challenged person?
Email and I will answer your question and post it in a future article.

Blind people talking: Point of view and a comment.

On Human Existence.

Isn’t it amazing how everyone, everywhere, yesterday and tomorrow seek communion with the Lord? I am sure when we confirm sentient life on a distant planet the same will ring true. They will have their holy places and holy practices. It will just be a matter of name changing.

Speaking of which, names light fuses of imaginary bombs for which we didn’t even know we had. A spiritual person is granted respect until the name of his Lord appears to be superseding yours. This in itself has removed populations better than the practice of Manifest Destiny.

I am sorry to say that jungle beasts have shown more common sense than my own species. I wouldn’t put it past interplanetary aliens to touch down here and declare elephants or whales as the most worthy creatures on the blue planet.

I do hope we get our act together before we find ourselves gone. The question is how to do this. I am not posing a new question. Leaders of our religions worldwide have been tearing into us about this for millennia.

For what it is worth, I think the answer lies in the interpretation of the same red flags waved at us all along. I am not so sure we have adequately put ourselves in the lives of our forbearers when looking at those red flags.

We can look at any of the lessons gleaned from our aggregate upbringings. In fact our readership of our family of friends might write in with their own examples in subsequent months.

One holiday that just whizzed by was Rosh Ha Shanah. It gave voice to the commemoration of the human race. Perhaps the most poignant story we remember about Adam and Eve is the eating of the fruit. Although this was a sin it also was a story representing our tendency to gratification. It is human nature. The good thing is that we have the power to refrain from any gratification until proper time.

Would I have been better? Am I holier than thou? Sadly, I am not.

When the Jewish people fled Egypt they partied and Moses dealt punishment when he returned to their camp at the base of Mount Sinai. If I was there would I have been any less joyous after hundreds of years of slavery under the rule of the Pharaoh? As a slave one’s wife could be confiscated by the Egyptians like common property.

Would I have been involved in unbecoming practices if I was just released from tyranny? Sadly, I suspect I am no better than my ancestors.

It is this human nature prism we all must have in mind when we off handedly attribute wrong doing to the enemy. I say this regardless of one’s individual religion.

Unfortunately if we think our own religion is automatically saving us, the enemy becomes ourselves. Therefor the next time we condemn “them”, let’s look at ourselves better.


A comment on PTSD

I wonder if what I have to say would ring true for others. I think PTSD is
best understood as an acquired allergy. It is all about a reaction caused
by a specific stimulus.

We all have our unique experiences causing both good and bad memories. It
is those bad memories that become fodder for PTSD. At a certain threshold
our experiences are beyond tolerance. When recalled it is like a trigger
being pulled causing us to feel as though we are back in time when we lost

I think we might gravitate towards adventures in which we can have better
outcomes than we did in the past. It is a form of therapy even if the new
adventure is not directly related to the original recollection.


Uplift, inspirational stories.


A beautiful woman, whose skin was without blemish, breakdown, redness, or observable trauma, was brought to the unit accompanied by her son. He was attentive and caring. He helped move her frail little body from cart to the bed, gently, ever so gently and it was evident that he had been caring for his mother for a long time. She was approximately seventy years old, and he was about twenty or twenty five years younger. Her diagnosis was End stage Cancer. It was evident that this young man concerned himself with all aspects of her care. He brought her skin care treatments, her oral hygiene, her warm gowns, little booties, even a neck pillow. He was courteous to all of the Staff; though the staff was not always polite to him. (Nurses feel that the hospital is their domain, and for all that you do at home… good; but, now, they have to take the rain and the rules and orders must be observed in accordance to the program.)

It was about two or three days into her hospitalization, when we began to notice that he was growing stubble of a beard, he wasn’t eating, only drinking coffee and would occasionally go out for a short visit to the vending machine, coming back with various poor nutritional snacks. The patient? She was well taken care of. No break down, he informed us of every time that she needed pain relief. She never said much; but he talked with her quietly, sometimes holding her hand and turning her every 3 to 4 hours or even more frequently. He held her hand as she drifted off to sleep; he kissed her on the hand and on the cheek while he brushed her long silky mixed gray and white hair. Her eyes were beautiful, following every movement in the room, with a quiet knowing and understanding.

She was close to going home, I wondered if she and he knew that. I wondered if she knew the LORD. I wondered if I would get an opportunity to ask her, he was always there. I wondered; but allowed time to come and go.
Scanning the chart, I noticed that every shift recorded the information that the son was in attendance in the room, and that he was there when she had her early morning bath and all of her other care. I noticed that every shift reported that she had no breakdown, and that she had been turned even more often than every four hours, because of the son. We had to physically observe her total body skin nutrition on every shift and record it. According to the nurse’s report, it was flawless and according to what I personally observed, it was flawless.

Her care was achieving its goal; but there was one aspect… The son! He was becoming more and more worn out, and he had been in the same clothes since her admission approximately three days ago. We decided to have a quiet conference with her son.
We asked him out of the room, which he accommodated.
We told him that we appreciated all that he had done in the care of his Mother…
The hall way exploded. This nice accommodating man that we called our patient’s son spoke with great volume. “She is not my Mother. She is my wife!”
All eyes at attention staring, all ears catching whispers, all nurses, backing up, except for the Head Nurse, who seems always to come out of nowhere, and me, who was in charge of this fiasco.

Things began to move, a large recliner was brought into the room, the Head Nurse signed for him to have free guest trays at every meal, an assistant brought a water picture with ice and a cup for the husband, another person brought a blanket, a pillow, and towels and with every article that was given to the Husband, a quiet ‘Thank you’ and an apology was submitted.

The Husband told me his story. He said that when they were younger, his family told him that she was too old for him, and that when she got older, he would have a hard time letting her go; but he said. “I love her. I loved her then and, I love her now. She has been a wonderful wife to me, and when she began to get sick, I tried not to remember the things that people had told me about her getting old. She gave me the option several times to leave her; but I could not. Nurse, you don’t leave when it gets hard. That’s the time when you really get close. I know our time here is coming to an end; but there is no place I want to be rather than with my wife. I know that she would never leave me, and I will not leave until I must. I love her. I will always love her. Nurse, Love has no age. We were married when I turned twenty six and she was fifty one years old. I am so grateful to GOD for bringing her into my life. She was right there when I lost my Mother, Father, my Brother, and several friends. She helped to bring Christ into focus in my life. Nurse, I love her so much.” He wiped tears from his eyes, and turned to go into the room.

She watched him as he took his place beside her; but before he sat down he kissed her, and whispered words only meant for her ears, and she closed her beautiful eyes.

Upon arriving on the unit on Monday morning, I noticed that the recliner was missing from the room, and the name tag was different. They were gone. My heart ached; I would probably never see or hear from him again. It brought all of the memories of that beautiful couple back. I never saw or heard from them; but I have never forgotten the LOVE exhibited and felt and the expressed gratefulness of this Husband toward his wife.
(This happened approximately 35 years ago.)
Happy Thanksgiving!

IN CHRIST I REMAIN…True A Christian Writer.

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

A checklist for travelers

This is a list that I have compiled over the years as someone who travels regularly by air and I am very strict on myself when it comes to leaving some info behind in case of an emergency. I firmly believe that it is always a good thing to leave important travel info behind so that anyone wishing to contact me in case of an emergency will be able to trace my journey from start to finish.

So here is my list.
Include info that contains your flight numbers, airline, and times of departures and arrivals. If you are travelling by train or by bus, do the same with regard to train and bus numbers, and travel and departure times.

If you are traveling with someone else then give info on their names as well.
Give info on phone numbers of hotels, those of friends that you may be seeing, and most importantly; your own cell phone number and email address if you are going to have email access.

If you are traveling with someone else then also give their phone numbers and email address if they are going to have access to email.

Give also details of any meetings that you may be attending. You don't need to give out a detailed description of your meetings. Just location and with whom could be enough.

That's it and hope this is helpful.

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Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell.

readers have asked for something of a challenge. The methods in the following pattern may not be familiar to all of you, some may not have done them for years, and for the rest of you, who do them frequently, it’s a nice pattern. The 3-needle bindoff isn’t described in the pattern, see it below.
How to Knit - Three Needle Bindoff
With right sides together, hold in one hand two needles with equal number of stitches on each.
With third needle, knit together one stitch from each needle, *knit together one stitch from each needle, pass first stitch worked over second to bind off, repeat from * across to last stitch.
Cut working yarn and pull through last stitch to secure.

Adeline Bolero
Adeline is a loose-fitting bolero designed to be worn over summer dresses and cap-sleeved T-shirts.
Size: XS[S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X] (shown in size M)
Finished Measurements: Chest: 32.5[36.5, 40, 43.75, 47.25, 51, 55] inches
Length: 18.5[19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 22] inches
Materials: Yarn, Rowan Calmer [75% cotton, 25% polyester; 175yd/160m per 50g skein]; color: Your Choice. 4[5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7] skeins
1 set US #7/4.5 mm straight needles
Stitch holders
1 button, approx. diameter 0.75 inch
Gauge: 21 sts/28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Back: CO 82[92, 102, 112, 122, 132, 142] sts.
K 3 rows.
Beginning with a RS row, work in stockinette st until work measures 9.5[9.5, 9.5, 10, 10, 11, 11] inches, ending with a WS row.
Shape Armholes: BO 7[7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 68[78, 86, 94, 102, 110, 118] sts.
Decrease Row [RS]: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 5[5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13] times more. 56[66, 70, 74, 80, 84, 90] sts.
Continue in pattern until work measures 17.5[18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 21] inches (8[8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 9, 10] inches from beginning of armhole shaping), ending with a WS row.
Shape shoulders using short rows, as follows:
Row 1 [RS]: K to last 5[5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] sts, W&T. (means wrap and turn)
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p to last 5[5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] sts, W&T.
Rows 3-4: Sl 1, work to last 10[10, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14] sts, W&T.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k to end, picking up wraps and working them together with wrapped sts.
Row 6 [WS]: P all sts, picking up wraps and working them together with wrapped sts.
Row 7 [RS]: K13[15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24], BO next 30[36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42] sts, k to end. Two sets of 13[15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24] sts remain – place all sts on st holders.
Left Front: CO 44[49, 54, 59, 64, 69, 74] sts.
K 3 rows.
Shape lower edge using short rows as follows:
Row 1 [RS]: K2, W&T.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p1.
Row 3 [RS]: K to wrapped st, pick up wrap and k it together with wrapped st, k2, W&T.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Repeat Rows 3-4 until 2[4, 3, 2, 4, 3, 2] sts remain unworked after last wrapped st. K 1 row, picking up remaining wrap and knitting it together with wrapped st.
Next Row [WS]: K3, p to end.
Next Row [RS]: K all sts.
These 2 rows set pattern: left front is worked in stockinette st, with 3 sts at front edge worked in garter st as set.
Continue in pattern until work measures same as back to underarm when measured along side edge (right edge when RS of piece is facing), ending with a WS row.
Shape Armhole: Next Row [RS]: BO 7[7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] sts, k to end. 37[42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62] sts.
Decrease Row [WS]: K3, p to last 4 sts, ssp, p2.
K 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 5[5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13] times more. 31[36, 38, 40, 43, 45, 48] sts.
Continue in pattern until work measures 6.5[7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7.5] inches from beginning of armhole shaping, ending with a WS row.
Shape neckline:
Row 1 [RS]: K15[18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 28], ssk, k1. Place last 13[15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17] sts of row on st holder; 17[20, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30] sts remain.
Row 2 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 3 [RS]: K to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
Repeat Rows 2-3 3[4, 5, 4, 5, 5, 5] times more. 13[15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24] sts.
Continue in stockinette st until work measures 8[8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 9, 10] inches from beginning of armhole shaping, ending with a RS row.
Shape Shoulder:
Row 1 [WS]: P8[10, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16], W&T.
Row 2 [RS]: Sl 1 , k to end.
Row 3 [WS]: P3[5, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10], W&T.
Row 4 [RS]: Sl 1 , k to end.
Row 5 [WS]: P all sts, picking up wraps and working them together with wrapped sts.
K 1 row. Join to held sts of back left shoulder using three-needle bind off.
Right Front: CO 44[49, 54, 59, 64, 69, 74] sts. K 1 row.
Buttonhole Row [RS]: K2, yo, k2tog, k to end.
K 2 rows.
Shape lower edge using short rows as follows:
Row 1 [WS]: P2, W&T.
Row 2 [RS]: Sl 1, k1.
Row 3 [WS]: P to wrapped st, pick up wrap and p it together with wrapped st, p2, W&T.
Row 4 [RS]: Sl 1, k to end.
Repeat Rows 3-4 until 2[4, 3, 2, 4, 3, 2] sts remain unworked after last wrapped st. When working next row, pick up remaining wrap and work it together with wrapped st.
Next Row [WS]: P to last 3 sts, k3.
Next Row [RS]: K all sts.
These 2 rows set pattern: right front is worked in stockinette st, with 3 sts at front edge worked in garter st as set.
Continue in pattern until work measures same as back to underarm when measured along side edge (left edge when RS of piece is facing), ending with a RS row.
Shape Armhole:
Next Row [WS]: BO 7[7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] sts, work in pattern to end. 37[42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62] sts.
Decrease Row [RS]: K to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Work 1 row in pattern.
Repeat these 2 rows 5[5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13] times more. 31[36, 38, 40, 43, 45, 48] sts.
Continue in pattern until work measures 6.5[7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7.5] inches from beginning of armhole shaping, ending with a RS row.
Shape Neckline:
Row 1 [WS]: P18[21, 23, 24, 27, 29, 31]. Place last 13[15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17] sts of row on st holder.
Row 2 [RS]: K1, k2tog, k to end.
Row 3 [WS]: P all sts.
Repeat Rows 2-3 4[5, 6, 5, 6, 6, 6] times more. 13[15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24] sts.
Continue in stockinette st until work measures 8[8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 9, 10] inches from beginning of armhole shaping, ending with a WS row.
Shape Shoulder:
Row 1 [RS]: K8[10, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16], W&T.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1 , p to end.
Row 3 [RS]: K3[5, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10], W&T.
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1 , p to end.
Row 5 [RS]: K all sts, picking up wraps and working them together with wrapped sts.
P 1 row.
Join to held sts of back right shoulder using three-needle bind off.
Sleeves, Make 2:
CO 60[64, 70, 78, 84, 92, 98] sts.
K 3 rows.
Increase Row [RS]: K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows three times more. 68[72, 78, 86, 92, 100, 106] sts.
Shape Sleeve Cap: BO 7[7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 54[58, 62, 68, 72, 78, 82] sts.
Decrease Row [RS]: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 10[12, 9, 9, 7, 7, 13] times more. 32[32, 42, 48, 56, 62, 54] sts.
Work Decrease Row.
Next Row [WS]: P1, ssp, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.
Repeat these 2 rows 0[0, 2, 3, 5, 6, 2] times more. 28[28, 30, 32, 32, 34, 42] sts.
BO 3 sts at beginning of next 4 rows.
BO remaining 16[16, 18, 20, 20, 22, 24] sts.
Weave in ends. Sew side seams and sleeve seams. Sew sleeves into armholes.
Collar: Place held right and left front neckline sts on needle. With RS facing, join yarn at right front edge. K right front neckline sts, pick up and k 1 st in each row along shaped neckline edge to right shoulder seam, place marker, pick up and k 30[36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42] sts (1 st in each bound off st) across back neck, place marker, pick up and k 1 st in each row along shaped left front neckline edge, k held left front neckline sts.
Shape back of collar using short rows as follows:
Row 1 [WS]: K to first marker, k27[32, 33, 33, 34, 34, 35], W&T.
Row 2 [RS]: K24[28, 28, 28, 28, 28, 28], W&T.
Row 3 [WS]: K20[24, 24, 24, 24, 24, 24], W&T.
Row 4 [RS]: K16[20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20], W&T.
Row 5 [WS]: K12[16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16], W&T.
Row 6 [RS]: K8[12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12], W&T.
Rows 7-8: K to end, picking up wraps and knitting them together with wrapped sts.
Continue in garter st until collar measures 1.5 inches, measured along front edge.
Loosely BO all sts.
Weave in remaining ends. Sew button to left front edge opposite buttonhole.
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