The blind Post classified news October edition 2017

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October 2017

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This month’s columns:

New! Home management tips: Credit card debt from Lori AKA Food Lady.
Blind man walking: by Joshua Loya
New! Cooking smart, recipes, and kitchen help from Lori AKA Food Lady.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Spring travel by Donna J. Jodhan.
Blind People talking: Outlasting the enemy by True E. Ready writer – Pen name – Ruth E. Coleman.
Living with low vision: Revenge of the butterfly gland By Donna Williams.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Spooky spirits? By Phyllis Campbell.
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From the editor, Lori Motis:

October already? Wow, where does the time go? Holidays will be upon us before you can say, All Hallows' Eve.

My parents really went all out for all of the holidays for us five girls. It was always something to look forward to in our home. Decorating pumpkins and dressing up was exciting and somewhat competitive. Lots of costume and pumpkin carving contests. Such fond memories. My Mom even decorated the front windows, and I remember one Halloween party we had when us older three were in grammar school. So fun and spooky!
I hope all of you enjoyed some fun times surrounding Halloween and harvest festivals when you were growing up too.

You will notice that there are two new columns. The tips and tidbits from the Food lady section has been expanded to two separate columns, cooking smart, recipes, and kitchen help and home management tips. This way I can get more of the food related tips and recipes each month and also get to all things relating to home management. Please feel free to email me suggestions for topics you would like to see covered.

Also, we have a new section Links of interest. This will be growing as time goes on. Read the section about what you can post to the Blind Post for details.

There are some excellent articles from all our writers this month. Lots of interesting ads and announcements too. Our very own crafts writer has a new book recently released. Check out her notice on this.

I am still interested in starting up a new women’s Bible study support group on Wednesday mornings around 9:00 Pacific Time. Please email me if you are interested.
I am using the book Me, Myself, and Lies: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself
Written by Jennifer Rothschild with my Thursday morning group and want to begin a Wednesday morning study using the same book. It is available on Audible, Kindle, Christian Audio, and iBook’s. Amazon also has it as an audio CD.
It is an amazing book by a Christian author who is also blind.

The news is now being emailed, and posted to the website, on the seventh of each month, usually by the evening. I have started redoing the archives. I know it has taken me a while to get to this, but I have started and will be spending time each day to get it all set up so it is easier for folks to find the past articles they are looking for. Little by little it will be completed.

I hope you will enjoy this month’s news, and please share it with all you think might be interested.
Blessings to all,
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher and editor

New and used:

My new book, "Where sheep may safely Graze," by Phyllis Staton Campbell, was released last week.

It is available in both paperback and hardcover with digital to come later.
The paperback is $17.95
, and hardcover is $33.00

If anyone is interested in doing a review for Amazon and/or other places, please contact me

The description that appears on the book is below:

About the Book
Pastor Jim and his minister of music wife, Amy, serve in a prestigious city church, confident that they are where God wants them to be. That confidence
is shattered, when Jim is blinded in Iraq, and many people in the congregation, express the feeling that a blind minister is incapable of holding the job.
Fearing a controversy that might split the church, they resign, and Jim takes a temporary pulpit in a mountain village, where they struggle not only to
adjust to Jim's blindness, but to a different way of life. Instead of the three-manual pipe organ and the soaring music of Bach, Amy plays an upright piano,
and the music of the mountains. Jim must gear his sermons to the simpler needs of the farming community, where animals mean as much as people. Readers
will cry as Jim and Amy hold each other for the first time after his blindness, and laugh as Amy helps Jim prepare for his first baptism after losing his
sight. It is a book where simple things become important, and greatly important things are brought down to size.

Rich DeSteno has released his first album worldwide, entitled "Cracking the Shell".

It is an exciting blend of electric and acoustic rock. It is available
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PORTABLE DEVICE STAND, $39.99, free shipping, ADJUSTABLE for most smart phones with a camera.

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Or visit:

The Scentsy Holiday Collection is now available! Get your home ready for the holidays!

Warmers like Falling Snowflakes, Down the Chimney and Build a Snowman. New holiday fragrances, as well as, seasonal favorites Clove and Cinnamon, Christmas
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electric drum set,

its extremely compact rubber pad that’s around 14
inches wide, 10 inches long with built in speaker attached, two foot
peddles for base drum and symbols and sticks. I am asking 200 dollars
for everything.
Casey Bahn phone 7245240549

Jerry Rosenberg's romantic novel, "The Speechwriter" still available

on Amazon or downloaded from Kindle pr amazon app. Enjoy this compelling novel
about ablind beautiful speechwriter and a candidate for President

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Wanted, for trade, or to give away:

Wanted: small cassette player/recorder

(such as the ones Sony made) in very good condition. It should be about the size of a 3 by 5 card and 1 inch
thick. Should have variable speed, but not necessarily 4 track. Will pay by check. Contact Louise Chuha,

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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,
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We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish.
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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
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"All hands on deck" is a nautically themed TeamTalk channel where you can play games, chat with friends, engage
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Plan ahead! Camp Siloam 2018 for blind adults will take place Sat., May 19 - Sat., May 26, 2018.

Sound Bible Teaching/fun activities/great food and fellowship For full details go to

The Interactive Christian community

is a site that allows blind
Christians to host and participate through events on teamtalk and get
access to more features on the net. Events range from bible studies,
prayer, music and other events. If you wish to register, the link is:

Joshua Loya of Blind Man Walking here. In August of 2016, I quit my
job to be a professional adventurer.

I have had amazing experiences,
and I have had some success with regard to finances. That being said,
I am still sorting out some of the logistics, and I have set up a Go
Fund Me campaign to help fund my efforts. Please only donate if you
can do so with a clear conscience, in light of the horrible tragedies
in the last couple of months. That being said, if you want to know
more, the link for the campaign is:

Eyes On Success radio shows & podcasts:

1740 Together Again - Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 1 of 2) (Sep. 27, 2017)
This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey bring together three leaders in the field of assistive technology: Deane Blazie, Jim Fruchterman, and Ted Henter.
They made pioneering contributions to the development of refreshable Braille displays, OCR, and screen readers, respectively. Learn what each of them is
up to today in this informative round table discussion.

1741 Together Again - Leaders Who Made a Difference (part 2 of 2) (Oct. 4, 2017)
Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey continue the conversation with three leaders in the field of assistive technology: Deane Blazie, Jim Fruchterman, and Ted
Henter. They made pioneering contributions to the development of refreshable Braille displays, OCR, and screen readers, respectively. Learn about their
visions for the future in this informative round table discussion.

As usual, the audio can be downloaded from:
and the podcast is available on iTunes.

If you are blind or visually impaired, let me tell you about our Burkeville lodge for the blind.

It is located near the intersection of Virginia highways
360 and 460 near the town of Crewe, Virginia. For a low cost, you can get a private or semi private room with meals, too. We are a 501 C 3 company that
receives no government funds. We solely depend on dues, stock market investments, bequeaths and donations and sales from our SILENT AUCTION and Yardsale.
We are WI/FI equipped and have plenty of books and games. We have a fishing and boating pond with walking trail. We also have an inground swimming pool
and gazebo with swings.We have buffet style meals with sighted help. For more information or reservations, call
434 767 4080
and leave a message. We will get back in touch with you or you can call me, Richard, at
757 468 0277
or EMAIL me at
You can check out or website, too. Go to

There are a few places of historical interest in the area, too. Sayler’s creek battlefield and Appomatox, Virginia, the Civil War surrender place.

Business and employment opportunities:

Do you have a business? Or maybe you have an employment opportunity you would like to share?

The Blind Post is a great place to share your job offers.
to get your notice in the next issue.

New! Links of interest:

Fresh Outlook Coach empowering the disabled to dream and become more confident. Let me help you become the person you knew you could be!

New! Home management tips from Lori AKA Food Lady.

Credit card debt

Ouch! Please don’t mention that. No one wants to hear they have debt of any kind, or they just don’t want to acknowledge that they do. It is so easy to
just buy the latest smart phone or computer device. Maybe clothing and jewelry is your thing. Home shopping networks can really rack up the dollars. Whatever
it is that causes you to overspend, there comes a time where you have to face the piper so to speak. And who is that piper? Well, it is really you. It
is your debt, your money, and your overspending that is causing the mountain of owed money. That interest can grow higher and higher, if you don’t pay
off your credit card each month. Oh, then those doctor bills that you have to pay or they will send it to collections, and then your great credit is threatened.

I know this very well, and decided to take a look at my finances. Now that is really spooky! Opening the creaky door and actually adding up the debt and
the interest and all that stuff that I thought I needed to by. Ouch!

This is what I am doing about it, and thought it might help some of you brave souls that dare to get on top of your debt. That is if you have it. I know
some of you are just so wonderfully on top of things and budget and balance your income perfectly. That is not me, but I want to be.

I found this while researching solutions online taken from 1.National Foundation for Credit Counselors, 2015:

“If you’re wondering how to pay off debt fast, you’re not alone. One in three Americans carries a balance on their credit cards month to month. If you’re
one of them, and you want to reduce your balance, the strategies below can help you figure out how to quickly pay off any credit card debt you have.
1 Target one debt at a time
Do you carry a balance on more than one card? If so, make sure you always pay at least the minimum on each card. Then focus on paying down the total balance
on one card at a time. You can choose which card you target in one of two ways:
•Check the interest rate section of your statements to see which credit card charges the highest interest rate, and concentrate on paying that debt off
•Pay off the card with the smallest balance first, then take the money you were paying for that debt and use it to pay down the next smallest balance.

2 Pay more than the minimum
Look at your credit card statement. If you pay the minimum balance on your credit card, it takes you much longer to pay off your bill. If you pay more
than the minimum, you’ll pay less in interest overall. Your card company is required to chart this out for you on your statement, so you can see how it
applies to your bill.
Simple solution: Pay a bit extra each month. Every dollar over the minimum payment goes toward your balance—and the smaller your balance, the less you
have to pay in interest.

3 Combine and conquer
Consolidating your debt can let you combine several higher-interest balances into one with a lower rate, so you can pay down your debt faster without increasing
payment amounts. Here are two common ways to consolidate debt:
•Take advantage of a low balance transfer rate to move debt off high-interest cards. Be aware that balance transfer fees are often 3–5 percent, but the
savings from the lower interest rate may often be greater than the transfer fee. Always factor that in when considering this option.
•If you have equity in your home, you may be able to use it to pay down card debt. A home equity line of credit may offer a lower rate than what your cards
charge. Be aware that closing costs often apply, but an extra benefit is that home equity interest payments are often tax-deductible.
If you do consolidate, keep in mind that it’s very important to control your spending to avoid racking up new debt on top of the debt you’ve just consolidated.

4 Reprioritize your budget
•Start by categorizing your monthly spending, for example: groceries, transportation, housing and entertainment. Your credit card statement can be a helpful
tool; many issuers categorize your spending.
•Next, look for areas where you can cut back. Then take the money you’ve freed up and apply it to paying down your debt.

I hope that you found this helpful. Feel free to email me with any home management ideas for future articles:

Blind man walking by Joshua Loya:

Last month, I talked about the deeply powerful meaning The Lord of the Rings and related works have for me. I mentioned how I designated September 22 as Adventure Day. It was on September 22, according to J. r. r. Tolkien’s writing, that Frodo Baggins left The Shire on his perilous quest to Mordor. I chose to do something I had never done as part of my exploration of what it means to be a professional adventurer, in part, as tribute to the books that have brought me so much strength over the years.

I went skateboarding! The last time I went skating, it was 1994, maybe. I was willing to do other adventure things after losing my eyesight, but skating seemed elusive, and I was convinced I was far too likely to get hurt to make it worth it.

Thankfully, I had the help of my friend Chad Rivera. I realize there are several blind skaters, some of which have gotten a significant amount of media attention. I am glad they are continuing to skate and push the envelope of what people assume is possible for those who are blind and visually impaired. That being said, my friend Chad, to my knowledge, is the original blind skater. Full disclosure, Chad can see a little, but only nominally so. He’s now 50, and he continues to skate 9 foot and deeper pools and vert ramps.

On September 23 (I know I was a day late.), Chad taught me how to skate without being able to see. A lot of it is in maintaining good balance and body awareness. Chad and I both have a common reference point for this. He is also a martial artist. Chad is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and a brown belt in judo. He has been training in the martial arts for over 20 years, and it is through BJJ that I first met him.

Several months ago, Chad let me borrow a skate deck with soft trucks. Essentially, it is a skate board with stationary wheels, to help someone get used to the balance necessary, without needing to worry about moving. We hung out a little after our morning jiu jitsu class, and he showed me the basics. That was in June.

Just a little less than two weeks ago, we stepped things up by adding movement. We went to a park that Chad knows well. He knows the ramps and pools like the back of his hand. We found a couple of different areas which weren’t too crowded, and Chad taught me to feel the ground change through my feet and the movement of the board. The moments where I really got it, I was relaxed and focused at the same time. It was almost as if I was both an observer and a participant in the experience of skating. My best experiences surfing and training in martial arts have been similar. My best rounds have been when I didn’t hold on to a particular outcome, yet I found myself effortlessly flowing between positions and into submissions. My best waves have been when I just relaxed and concentrated on having the best ride I could, without over stressing if I did everything exactly perfect.

Just because September 22 has come and gone doesn’t mean we can no longer experience adventure. If we choose to, we can experience adventure every day. The key is to be strong and courageous, and not to be overly fixated on comfort and security. I’ll expand from this in the next article, and perhaps share a bit about my adventure training in jeet kune do, the martial art Bruce Lee developed. Until then, happy adventuring!

Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.
You can learn more about him on his web site:
and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior
You are also welcome to email him at

New! Cooking smart, recipes, and kitchen help from Lori AKA Food Lady.

I did it! I bought a Smart blue tooth Instant pot cooker.

I absolutely love it! I have been cooking various kinds of foods. I am learning a lot and experimenting too. I have found You tube to be a big help in
how to use it for many types of meals. I have cooked pasta sauce with meat and even the pasta all in one pot and it came out great. I have steam kale,
spinach, and Brussels sprouts. I have made pulled pork twice. This is very tasty and just falls apart making amazing BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Also great
over brown basmati rice.
Chicken comes out great too. I am going to cook a turkey breast soon.
I will be sharing my adventures with my Instant pot in future articles. I also will share other ways of cooking things for those that do not have an Instant

The following has become a morning regular at our home:

Instant Pot Buckwheat porridge

One cup organic raw hulled buckwheat groats
Two cups liquid, I use one cup milk and one cup water.
One banana sliced.
One tablespoon coconut oil.
One fourth cup pure maple syrup.

First rinse your one cup of buckwheat groats in a mesh strainer. Add to your instant pot liner. Also called an insert.
Add one cup of the milk and one cup water. You can use other types of liquid, such as rice milk, coconut milk, or just water.
Add your sliced banana, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Stir.
You can experiment and add spices, raisins, or other dried fruit. I have added golden raisins and I plan on adding figs and maybe apricots.

Place your Instant pot lid on. You will know it is on correctly by the musical sound. Make sure the valve is turned to sealing, which is towards the back.
If it is left to vent, your pot will not get to pressure and will sound like it is just releasing steam.
On your Smart Cooker app, go to Dashboard, then select manual, and then set it for six or eight minutes on high pressure, and then start.
You can monitor the progress on your phone. When it is done, let it naturally release for about ten minutes or longer.
You will want to turn your valve to vent. I use a towel over the valve and use it to help me move the valve towards me. If you come from the left side
of your pot, as your facing it, your fingers will not get in the way of the steam. I put the towel over it mostly to protect my kitchen cabinets from the
Use a long handle spoon to stir the porridge and serve into bowls. You can add other toppings like nuts, other fruit and more sweetener if desired.

So far I have just used the pressure cooker on the Instant pot. It does so many other kinds of cooking like slow cooking, grains, steam, yogurt, and much

The app is called Smart cooker and it is free. I use the iPhone app and it is very easy to use with VoiceOver.
It has opened up a new and exciting world of cooking for me, and I will share more in the months to come. Email me with questions and recipe requests:

Enjoy cooking!
Food Lady

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

Spring travel

Springtime can certainly be a great time for a blind person to travel. There is so much that mother nature offers in the way of things to do and it sure
is easier if you are either a cane or guide dog user. Sidewalks are supposedly clear of ice, snow, and salt. There are the fragrant scents of flowers for
you to enjoy. The air is fresh and clean and you can certainly hear what is going on around you.

If you can afford it, springtime in Europe is one of the best travel times. Ah yes! Paris and Rome for example. I would certainly choose these destinations
over those in the Caribbean and don't forget London England as well. Nowadays, these cities are definitely more accessible for blind persons than they
were say about five years ago.

It is all about accessibility. To ensure that you can find something to tickle your fancy as well when you go on your spring travels. It can be anything
from simple to sophisticated. It's your choice and do not ever think that as a blind person you cannot enjoy both sides of the fence so to speak. From
a train trip to a boat cruise from jetting around to maybe a bus tour?

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
To learn more about me, visit

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
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Blind people talking: by True E. Ready writer – Pen name – Ruth E. Coleman

Outlasting the enemy

It is not a report that I desire to give you, the Reader, it is a testimony. A testimony to the power of the strength of the human spirit.

Many of you have already read about the teenager who was abducted by three abductors. The teenager was immorally treated, humiliated, and used for the
pleasure of the abductors. Here is where you can take out a handkerchief, and attempt to feel the horror of this advent; but… as you fall down into the
pity, this young warrior was still thinking of home, mother, and most likely plotting, in a weary mind how to ‘get away’. (I have no real insight, only
that which a story like this jogs in my understanding.)
There is a point in this story where I feel like I would have given up; but maybe not you, and I know, not this teenager.

What is it that causes a person to overcome dangerous trials, like this? What is it that gives hope in the darkest night? Is it just courage or is it something
more crucial? Can you withstand the hits and kicks of the enemy as you continue to step and hope for your goal? Do you feel that your goal is too high
and you need to lower your expectation? A lot of questions and only you can attempt to answer them.

I place myself on the stand to attempt to answer these questions and here is what I found about myself:
Right now, I am attempting to push a book to publication. It has been a long, hard journey. Tonight, I found that all of my doing was in vain, the publisher
sent my whole book back, with an apology for the forms were not properly filled out. (That is not a problem for the sighted; but all of you know that it
can be an elephant of a problem for Screen Readers, old Micro-soft Windows platforms, and old Users. Well, I thought nothing of my dilemma, I just jumped
right in, lost the sent information in old AOL e-mail, the computer stopped working, and JAWS kept saying the same thing. “Lost focus.” That’s a fine line,
now, how do you get it back? JAWS does not answer ignorant questions. OK, so then I turned to Seri, the I-phone, and she kindly told me that an update
was due, and she would wait, until I truly needed to use the apparatus, and maybe she would come back. I’ve equipment that has collaborated not to give
me information, and I am determined not to ask for help. I cried. I felt sorry for me. I begin to remember the teenager and my tears for me dried up and
I Thanked GOD for the courage, the stamina, the life of this beautiful, strong person. I began to pray that no pilgrim of mockery, or ridicule would raise
its evil head against this powerful, person of purpose and I am ever so glad that this teenager does not have the weakness that I have exposed to you.
Thank You Dear Heavenly Father, for saving the life of this young person, and I pray that there a many many Joy Filled Years ahead.

True E. Ready writer – Pen name – Ruth E. Coleman

Living with low vision by Donna Williams

Revenge of the butterfly gland

Every year around Halloween it seems my brain produces a dream/nightmare which makes great material for an article. This year’s menagerie came to me courtesy
of doing research about thyroid disease then finishing reading a john Grisham book just prior to going to bed. In honor of Halloween I hope you will enjoy
the scrambled mess.

The scene starts with me sitting at my computer. Not sure what I was doing specifically but I know I was furiously typing away on the keyboard. Suddenly
the door bell rang. I answered it and my mom was standing there. She said she was coming to say Good-bye for a while since she had been picked as a juror
for a murder trial and she’d be sequestered. The defendant was expected to get the death penalty. My mom really didn’t want to be on the jury and I was
hoping she wouldn’t be picked since I rely on her to help me with shopping and errands. After talking things over I gave my mom a final hug and she was
out the door.

I went back to my computer and a short time later my doorbell rang again. This time I yelled “who is it?” The voice on the other side spoke in a deep rough
way. It sounded very scary so I ran back to my computer work station and grabbed the jar from its place of honor on top. Running back to the door I asked
the man who identified himself as MR. Fitch if he was still there. He assured me that he was and said we should talk. I stood there feeling very uncertain
as he continued to coax me with his slimy sandpaper voice. He kept trying to tell me that he had something I wanted all I had to do is give him what he
wanted in return.

I knew who he was without having to ask. My mom had mentioned being interviewed by that sewer rat prior to the start of jury selection. I decided I had
nothing to lose by opening the door so I did so while holding my precious jar in front of me. When he saw it he backed up a few steps and looked as though
he wanted to run. However he stood his ground and soon the negotiating began. Fitch told me that if my mom voted to find his client not guilty then I would
want for nothing financially for the rest of my life. Suddenly I got very angry and began to taunt this MR. Fitch. I told him that his client was a scumbag
and that the death penalty was too good for him. Then I began to shake the jar I was holding thoroughly. Then ever so slowly I began to turn the lid. As
I did my diseased thyroid began to move as though it was still alive. Fitch asked “what is that thing?” I asked him what he thought it was and he said
it looked like a very ugly butterfly. That was my cue as Fitch geared up for more negotiations I said “we’re done here.” Then I screamed at the top of
my lungs “get out of here!” As he turned to walk away he made an attempt at one last threat. This made me even angrier so I pulled my diseased thyroid
out of the jar and ran down the hall after him. He kept screaming “get that thing away from me!” I chased him upstairs and out the door. I almost threw
my discarded thyroid at him too until it occurred to me that if I did that then I wouldn’t have it to scare off others who have evil intent.

So now let’s unscramble the file. What’s real and what isn’t?
I have thyroid disease and am at the point where I will probably need surgery.
The thyroid gland is butterfly shaped.
No, my mom never had jury duty.
The reference to Mr. Fitch and jury selection came from a book called the Runaway Jury by John Grisham.
The type of trial my brain chose is one that would be so horrific that my mom or I could never be on it. Lawyers on neither side of the aisle would want
us and being selected for a trial of this type would be our worse nightmare.

I can’t say anymore then that or I will spoil the book for those who may have not read it yet and now wish to since I referenced it here. But I think you
get the idea. My body served up its favorite dish just in time for Halloween.

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Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

This time of year, our thoughts often turn to that spooky day called Halloween.

For us today if indeed we do think about it, Halloween is primarily
for kids, but not so. Several centuries ago All Hallo's Eve, was to our distant ancestors, a time for fear. It was believed that on that night all manner
of spirits were able to cross the line between the spirit world and earth. Days were growing shorter, and for many areas daylight only lasted for a few

Today, we're certainly not expecting to meet something indescribable along that dark walk home, but still, maybe? Who can resist that sense of irrational
fear! We're drawn to such authors as Poe and Collins, and although he tried to be fierce, Baum's famous Oz. Now, enter (drum roll) our very own wizard,
Harry Potter.

Poor old Harry! He's been called, silly, evil, and a host of other things. The reality is that he's just a kid with many of the problems all kids have--insecurity,
self-consciousness, and a desire to win. Well, okay, no kids I know, plays his/her favorite sport on a broomstick, or sees his heart's desire in a mirror,
but you get the idea.

Below are some patterns to help you celebrate Harry and his special day.

Jack-o-Lantern Cloth

Size 7 needles
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

Baying Coyotes Dishcloth

worsted weight yarn (100 % cotton)
Suggested color: Solid dark color
6 US size needles (I think next time I would use a 5 US)
Cast on 43 stitches
Row 1-5: Knit across
Row 6: K3, P37, K3
Row 7: Knit across
Row 8: K3, P37, K3
Row 9: K38, P1, K4
Row 10: K3, P1, K1, P35, K3
Row 11: K37, P1, K5
Row 12: K3, P2, K1, P34, K3
Row 13: K37, P1, K5
Row 14: K3, P3, K1, P25, K6, P2, K3
Row 15: K7, P10, K14, P6, K6
Row 16: K3, P4, K4, P1, K6, P4, K13, P5, K3
Row 17: K8, P6, K3, P12, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1, K3, K5
Row 18: K3, P3, K3, P1, K1, P12, K2, P4, K6, P5, K3
Row 19: K8, P6, K5, P1, K11, P6, K6
Row 20: K3, P3, K6, P1o, K2, P6, K5, P5, K3
Row 21: K8, P5, K6, P2, K9, P7, K6
Row 22: K3, P4, K7, P8, K2, P6, K4, P6, K3
Row 23: K9, P4, K6, P2, K7, P8, K7
Row 24: K3, P4, K9, P6, K2, P6, K4, P6, K3
Row 25: K10, P3, K6, P16, K8
Row 26: K3, P5, K17, P4, K5, P6, K3
Row 27: K10, P5, K3, P16, K9
Row 28: K3, P7, K15, P4, K3, P2, K1, P5,K3
Row 29: K8, P1, K2, P3, K3, P15, K11
Row 30: K3, P7, K1, P1, K14, P3, K2, P3, K1, P5, K3
Row 31: K8, P1, K4, P1, K3, P13, K2, P1, K10
Row 32: K3, P7, K1, P7, K8, P8, K1, P5, K3
Row 33: K8, P1, K8, P5, K10, P1, K10
Row 34: K3, P7, K1, P10, K5, P8, K1, P5, K3
Row 35: K8, P1, K8, P3, K12, P1, K10
Row 36: K3, P7, K1, P12, K3, P7, K1, P6, K3
Row 37: K9, P1, K7, P3, K11, P1, K11
Row 38: K3, P8, K1, P11, K4, P6, K1, P6, K3
Row 39: K10, P1, K4, P4, K12, P1, K11
Row 40: K3, P9,K1, P11, K3, P5, K1, P7, K3
Row 41: K11, P1, K4, P2, K12, P1, K12
Row 42: K3, P10, K1, P12, K1, P3, K1, P9, K3
Row 43: K13, P1, K2, P1, K11, P1, K14
Row 44: K3, P12, K1, P12, K1, P11, K3
Row 45: K15, P1, K10, P1, K16
Row 46: K3, P14, K2, P7, K1, P13, K3
Row 47: K17, P7, K19
Row 48: K3, P37, K3
Row 49: Knit across
Row 50: K3, P37, K3
Rows 51-54: Knit across
Bind off.

Furry Red Monster Dishcloth

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, K9Rrow 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!

My new book, "Where sheep may safely Graze," by Phyllis Staton Campbell, was released last week.

It is available in both paperback and hardcover with digital to come later.
The paperback is $17.95
, and hardcover is $33.00

If anyone is interested in doing a review for Amazon and/or other places, please contact me

The description that appears on the book is below:

About the Book
Pastor Jim and his minister of music wife, Amy, serve in a prestigious city church, confident that they are where God wants them to be. That confidence
is shattered, when Jim is blinded in Iraq, and many people in the congregation, express the feeling that a blind minister is incapable of holding the job.
Fearing a controversy that might split the church, they resign, and Jim takes a temporary pulpit in a mountain village, where they struggle not only to
adjust to Jim's blindness, but to a different way of life. Instead of the three-manual pipe organ and the soaring music of Bach, Amy plays an upright piano,
and the music of the mountains. Jim must gear his sermons to the simpler needs of the farming community, where animals mean as much as people. Readers
will cry as Jim and Amy hold each other for the first time after his blindness, and laugh as Amy helps Jim prepare for his first baptism after losing his
sight. It is a book where simple things become important, and greatly important things are brought down to size.

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