The blind Post classified news March 11, 2019

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March 11, 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 months columns:
Living with low vision, My Latest Technology Challenge By Donna Williams
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, All about cooking meat answered in Dear food Lady. .
Dear Food Lady, questions and answers.
Product review: Thermoworks Talking Digital Thermometer
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary, All about Trudeau Airport by Donna J. Jodhan
Uplift, HIS MERCY… by True E. Ready writer (A Christian Writer)

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This month’s Sponsor:
I want to thank Ruth Coleman and Bill, the Judge, for helping sponsor this month’s Blind Post. I really appreciate it very much!!!
From the editor:
Hello Blind Post readers,
Can you believe it? It’s almost Spring! Wow 2019 is just zooming by. I am sure looking forward to warmer weather for long walks and soaking up the sunshine. I do hope you are having much better weather in your neck of the woods.

I have had a slow start with this issue of the Blind Post. My son, Joshua, and his wonderful wife, Andrea, came for a visit and just left this past week. I spent lots of fun times with them. It has taken me a bit longer to get back into my normal routine, and now I feel like I might be fighting off the cold that seems to be going around here.

This month we have some great articles, but some of our writers are out with illness and other events. I am so thankful to my two friends for helping with this month’s costs.
I will post the news online, but I will first email it to all my current subscribers, since there are some time sensitive notices. I will then go to the site and finish up the headings and html for the links.
Thank you all for your continued support and please keep sharing the news. We are growing each month.
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
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Lori AKA food Lady is looking for articles from blind and visually impaired individuals that take Lift and/or Uber.
Many readers would like to know more about how these travel methods work and what it is like. Whether you have a guide dog or travel with a cane, either will be great.

Lori AKA food Lady is looking for anyone interested in writing articles concerning technology or smart phone apps for the blind and low vision users.
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Living with low vision

My Latest Technology Challenge
By Donna Williams

In this ever-changing world of accelerated technological advances it is easy for an individual with low vision to be left behind. This happens to me more often then I like to admit. Most of the time it is because I am using outdated technology and can not afford to upgrade. Other times it is because of sighted people who forget to consider the needs of us who are blind or visually impaired. My most recent experience in apartment living is such a great example.

Last week I kept putting off the task of doing laundry. I always had a great excuse, a conference call I couldn’t miss, high winds and wet snow that could cause a power outage in the middle of the washing cycle, errands I had to run, and the list goes on and on. Sunday when I got home from visiting with a friend I decided I was way too tired to tackle anything and went to bed early.

On Monday morning I knew I could no longer put off what needed to be done. I was down to my last outfit and my bed sheets really needed to be changed. So off to the laundry room I went. When I turned on the light it became apparent that something was different. It took me a minute to realize what it was. A few months back when one of our old machines conked out it was replaced with one containing a touch screen. This machine was taller then the rest and I suddenly noticed that all the machines were of matching height. I reached out and touched the front of one of the washers. It was completely flat. I turned around to walk out of the room and I noticed a top loader was placed right inside the door. That one looked like the old machines we had when I first moved here 20 years ago. The lid was open so I quickly pulled it down to look on the other side. To my dismay I found that this washer was also flat. I stood there stunned for a few seconds then I grabbed my laundry cart and rushed back to my apartment before someone saw the panic attack I was about to have.

Once inside my door I let my body do what it needed to in order to release my anxiety. When I was able to calm down I made a call to the rental office and asked about the laundry room. At first I didn’t receive much help. I was told management was aware that all the machines were being replaced but that no one was aware the washers and dryers were all going to be touch screen. I reminded them that I am not the only blind person who lives in this building and that we would need some accommodation in order to access the laundry facilities. Within a few hours I was told that Braille overlays would be coming but that we’d have to wait for about 2 weeks. I asked the person I was speaking to what I was supposed to do about getting my laundry done in the meantime. I was hoping someone from the office would offer to come over and attempt to show me the buttons. Since no one did I asked my Mom if she could look things over briefly and make suggestions as to how I should proceed. It was an awful lot of reading but she skimmed the myriad amount of info provided and attempted showing me the buttons. ON further inspection I was able to distinguish their placement while using a magnifier. I also noticed that each button was ever so slightly indented so if you took your time you could possibly count and know where you are. The problem for me though is that I tend to use my vision and this would make it harder to count. I had to make the decision to feel and count or attempt looking closely with my hand-held magnifier. The issue with the second method is trying to push the buttons with my non-dominant hand.

While my Mom was here I tried memorizing the buttons as she read them to me. However, later that night when I went to do laundry I couldn’t remember the order correctly.

When my friend got home from work I figured I’d better let her know about the laundry room since I was aware she was planning to do her wash that very night. When she answered I asked her if she had visited the Mecca of the touch pad Gods yet. Then I told her about our upgraded laundry facilities. We talked for a while and the next day she called management to see if she could get help with the machines. No one was available to help her that evening however, someone did come the next day and showed us the buttons and explained how the washers and dryers worked. Although her explanation wasn’t as thorough as I’d have liked it to be she gets an A for effort.

In the meantime I found out that there is an App that people can get on their Smartphone which allows them to control the washers and dryers. They can also pay for laundry charges through this App. That’s ok if one has a Smart Phone. I don’t because I can’t afford it. And even if I did there is no guarantee that this laundry App would be accessible.

Technology is moving forward and it makes me long for a shiny new iPhone at times. However like everything else I believe there is a reason why I don’t have one that is greater then lack of financial resources. Perhaps it is so I can advocate for backward technology to remain accessible and available for those of us who need it.

I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. Feel free to contact me at: .
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
Well, since a reader asked a very important question on cooking meat and knowing when it is done, I decided to expand on the answer with lots of great info and tips in the section”Dear Food Lady” which is below.
I have started an email list for blind and visually impaired Instant Pot cooks to share their experiences and recipes. It is not a busy list at all. The discussion starts when folks ask a question or share a recipe.
If any of you are interested, you can subscribe by emailing a blank message with subscribe in the subject field at

Dear Food Lady
Hi Food Lady,
Are there any gagets or tips on how a blind person can tell when food is cooked and safe to serve? I am a blind gentleman and cannot see when a piece of meat etc is cooked or not.
Thank you,
Hi Chris,
Well, your question sparked an idea for sharing various ways to tell if meat is done, and I also thought a temperature guide would be helpful too.
Below this article is a review of a great talking thermometer that I have also purchased and use regularly to check if certain foods are at their correct temperature.

How to Tell If Your Meat Is Cooked Without Using a Thermometer
I found the following tip and thought it might come in handy for us that cannot see, to tell when meat is done.
Cooking 101: How to Check the Doneness of Meat
March 12, 2011 by Lacey Baier

Using the Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat

All of the following tests will be compared to how parts of your hand feel in different positions. It is important that your hand be relaxed so you get a good idea of what the meat will feel like. Each example involves you using the index finger of your “poking” or “feeling” hand to press on the fleshy area between your thumb and base of your palm on the other hand You will be comparing the feeling in this area of your palm with that of the center of the meat you’re cooking.

compared to how parts of your hand feel in different positions. It is important that your hand be relaxed so you get a good idea of what the meat will feel like. Each example involves you using the index finger of your “poking” or “feeling” hand to press on the fleshy area between your thumb and base of your palm on the other hand (Look at the photos below if this sounds confusing). You will be comparing the feeling in this area of your palm with that of the center of the meat you’re cooking.


To get a good indicator of what raw meat feels like, open the palm of your hand and relax it. Take the index finger of your other hand and push on the fleshy area between your thumb and base of your palm.

Press the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb. The fleshy area below your thumb should not be tough at all and should give when touched. Now, open up your palm again to compare how this compares to the Raw feeling.

Gently press the tip of your middle finger to the tip of your thumb. The fleshy area below your thumb will be what it feels like when meat is Medium-Rare, which is more firm and less giving, but still spongy.

Gently press the tip of your ring finger and the tip of your thumb together. The fleshy area beneath your thumb should still give a little but be getting more firm.

Gently press the tip of your pinky finger to the tip of your thumb. The fleshy area beneath your thumb should feel pretty firm, yet springy.
Okay, now that you’re an expert for how to use these tests to check for doneness, keep in mind one thing: meat continues to cook even after it’s removed from the heat. So, if you’re wanting a steak cooked at medium-well, for example, you should remove the steak from the heat when it is about medium and let it rest for approximately 5-10 minutes. As the steak rests, it will continue to cook to medium-well.

I also discovered this method: Using a cake tester
Go in at an angle in the middle of the cut, wait for a second, and then touch the tester to your wrist. If it's cold, the meat is raw. If it's warm—close to your body temperature—then the meat is medium rare. If it’s hot, it's well done.
The cake tester method can also be use to determine if fish is fully cooked. but using it for meat is another great idea.

Meat and Poultry Roasting Chart
If you prefer, you may choose to cook these meats and poultry to higher temperatures.

Red Meat, Type
Oven °F
Minimum Internal Temperature & Rest Time


Beef, rib roast, bone-in; 4 to 8 pounds 325 23 to 30 min/lb 145 °F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes
Beef, rib roast, boneless; 4 pounds 325 39 to 43 min/lb
Beef, eye round roast; 2 to 3 pounds 325 20 to 22 min/lb
Beef, tenderloin roast, whole; 4 to 6 lbs 425 45 to 60 minutes total
Beef, tenderloin roast, half; 2 to 3 lbs 425 35 to 45 minutes total

POULTRY: Times are for unstuffed poultry. Add 15 to 30 minutes for stuffed birds. The internal temperature should reach 165 °F in the center of the stuffing.

Turkey, whole; 325 30 min/lb 165 °F and check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh, innermost part of the wing and the thickest part of the breast.
Chicken, whole; 4 to 8 pounds 375 20 to 30 min/lb
CAPON, whole; 4 to 8 pounds 375 20 to 30 min/lb
CORNISH HENS, whole; 18 to 24 oz. 350 50 to 60 minutes total
DUCK, domestic, whole 375 20 min/lb
DUCK, wild, whole 350 18 to 20 min/lb
GOOSE, domestic or wild, whole 325 20 to 25 min/lb
PHEASANT, young, whole, 2 pounds 350 30 min/lb
QUAIL, whole 425 20 minutes total


Lamb, leg, bone-in; 5 to 9 pounds
Lamb, leg, boneless; 4 to 7 pounds 325 20-26 min/lb 145 °F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes
Lamb, crown roast; 3 to 4 pounds 375 20-30 min/lb


Pork, loin roast, bone-in; 3 to 5 pounds 325 20-25 min/lb 145 °F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes
Pork, loin roast boneless; 2 to 4 pounds 325 23-33 min/lb
Pork, crown roast; 6 to 10 lbs 325 20-25 min/lb
Pork, tenderloin; ½ to 1½ lbs 425 20-30 minutes total


Ham, cook-before-eating, bone-in; Whole, 14 to 16 pounds 325 18-20 min/lb 145 °F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes
Ham, cook-before-eating, bone-in; Half, 7 to 8 pounds 325 22-25 min/lb
Ham, fully cooked, bone-in; Whole, 14 to 16 pound 325 15-18 min/lb 140 °F
Ham, fully cooked, bone-in; Half, 7 to 8 pounds 325 18-25 min/lb 140 °F
Ham, fully cooked, boneless; 3 to 4 lbs 325 27-33 min/lb 140 °F
Ham, country, dried (see label directions)


Veal, boneless roast, rump or shoulder; 2 to 3 pounds 325 25-30 min/lb 145 °F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes
Veal, bone-in roast, loin; 3 to 4 pounds 325 30-34 min/lb

Easy Ways to Cook Fish
7 easy ways to cook fish

Resist the temptation to overcook fish until it flakes, which indicates the fish is becoming dry. Fish is done when the color turns from translucent to opaque (white) or has reached 140 to 145°F internal temperature. If you buy fresh seafood, use it the same day or freeze within two days. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Rinse in cold water, drain, and pat dry. See the label on your H‑E‑B seafood package for more detailed cooking instructions.

•Heat oven to 450°F.
•Spray a baking sheet or shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
•Place fish on baking sheet in a single layer, season as desired.
•Bake uncovered, 10 minutes per inch of thickness or until fish is done.

Sauté or pan fry

This technique results in food that's crisply tender. Seafood best suited to this technique includes fish fillets, shrimp, bay scallops, and slipper tails. Firm fish, such as cod or halibut, may also be cut into strips and stir fried.
•Heat 1/4-inch oil or butter in a nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
•Fish may be dipped in milk or beaten egg and then breaded.
•Cook fish 4 to 5 minutes per side (per inch of thickness) or until done.

Pan broil

Thicker cuts, at least 1-inch thick, are best so fish doesn’t become too dry during broiling.
•Baste fish before and frequently during cooking.
•Broil 3/4 to 1-inch thick fish 4 inches from heat source on an oiled broiler pan.
•Broil fish about 8 minutes per inch of thickness with the oven door slightly ajar.
•Do not turn fish less than 1-inch thick. The bottom and interior will cook as the top browns.
•Broil thicker fish 5 to 6 inches from heat source and thinner fillets 2 inches from heat source.


Almost any boneless fish fillet/steak is suitable for microwaving.
Spray a microwave-safe dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut fish in half and arrange in dish so thick center portions are to outside of dish. Place in a single layer with a small amount of liquid.
Cover with plastic wrap. Cut a few vent holes in the wrap.
Cook fish 3 minutes per pound on high power, turning fish once during cooking.
Salt after cooking.


Thicker cuts of fish steak (tuna, salmon, halibut or swordfish) grill more successfully than leaner fish. Use a clean, oiled, closely spaced grill grate. For smaller fish, a fish grill basket will provide the best results.
•Heat charcoal 30 minutes or gas grill 10 minutes on high with lid closed. For indirect heat method, build fire or heat grill on one side only.
•Brush grill grate generously with oil to prevent fish from sticking; grate should be 4 to 6 inches from heat source.
•Place fish on grill rack in a single layer.
•For direct heat method, cook fish 4 to 6 minutes per side (per inch of thickness) over medium to medium-high heat or until done.
•For indirect heat method, place fish on grate over cool side of grill and cook 15 minutes with lid closed. Or sear fish on grate over heat, then move to cool side of grill to finish cooking.
•For grill temperature, place a grill surface thermometer on grate or use the hand-count method to determine temperature: Hold the palm of your hand just above grate at cooking height. If heat causes you to pull away in 3 seconds, heat is medium-high (425°F grill surface temperature); if heat causes you to pull away at 4 seconds, heat is medium (375°F).


Almost any fish may be gently cooked in heated liquid, such as wine, water, fish stock, or milk.
•Pour just enough liquid to cover the fish.
•Cover the pan tightly and cook fillets just below the boiling point.
•Cook fillets 8 to 10 minutes and whole fish 15 to 20 minutes.
•The poaching liquid may be used as the base for a sauce.

Deep fry

Fish 1/2-inch thick is ideal for this method. Monitor oil temperature with a candy thermometer to ensure proper cooking: If oil is too cool during cooking, food will become soggy and greasy; if oil is too hot, food will become too dark or burned on the outside before the inside reaches the proper temperature.
•Heat enough vegetable or canola oil to 350 to 375°F to allow the fish to float once it's done.
•Cut thicker fish into smaller chunks so fish will cook in the time it takes to brown.
•Sprinkle fillets lightly with flour. Dip in beaten egg. Coat with your favorite breading.
•Cook 3 to 5 minutes until lightly browned.
•Make sure pieces do not touch while frying. This could create steam, which causes a "soggy" coating.
•Drain on paper towel before serving.

Shrimp Cooking Tips
how to cook shrimp
Boil or Steam

For boiling or steaming, refer to the package's scale label for times that vary according to the size of shrimp.

how to fry shrimp
Deep Fry
Deep fry shrimp by preheating (canola, vegetable, or peanut) oil to 375 degrees F. Carefully place a small amount of breaded or battered shrimp in cooker. Fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes, depending on size of shrimp, until golden brown outside and opaque in the center.

how to stir fry shrimp
Stir-fry or Sauté
Stir-fry or sauté shrimp by preheating a pan over medium-high heat. Add butter, margarine, olive oil, or flavored cooking oil. Carefully place shrimp in pan. Stir-fry large shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes; medium 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes, and small/bay 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.

how to grill shrimp
Grill or Broil

Marinate, if desired. Grill or broil shrimp by skewering peeled shrimp in a "horseshoe" fashion. That is, thread the shrimp onto the skewer at its head and at its tail so it curves around in a U-shape. Place 4 inches above a preheated gas grill or charcoal grill at 375 degrees F. To broil, place shrimp 4 inches under a heat source. (Leave oven slightly open when using an electric range.)

Grill or broil extra jumbo shrimp for 6 minutes, jumbo for 5 minutes, extra large for 4 minutes, and large for 3 minutes. Baste with oil or marinade. Turn once halfway during cooking process.

Additional Shrimp Cooking Tips:
1. Two Letters to Remember
"C" stands for "cooked"
When boiled, sauted or steamed, shrimp are cooked when they curl to form the letter C.

"O" stands for "overcooked"
Shrimp are overcooked when they curl to form the letter O. Don't overcook shrimp.

Shrimp will be firm, turn pink, and slightly opaque when cooked correctly.

2. Try the Spring Test
Hold the shrimp upside down by the head and pull the tail down. If cooked properly, the tail will spring back.

3. Versatile Flavor of Shrimp
Not sure which shrimp to buy? Here are a few flavor profiles to guide you:

•White shrimp: Mild flavor with a slightly salty, shrimpy taste and firm texture. Great for salads and stir-fry.
•Pink shrimp: Mild to medium flavor with a medium texture. Perfect for shrimp cocktail.
•Brown shrimp: Full, robust flavor with medium texture. Best when used for full-flavor dishes like gumbo or for frying.

The websites all have great recipes and tips.
Food Lady

Do you have a how to question on cooking methods or home management
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Product review
Note: Food Lady likes this thermometer and many friends also use it as a very accurate candy thermometer too.

Review of Thermoworks Talking Digital Thermometer RT 8400
By Harry Spencer

In December of last year, my 20-year-old big and clunky talking thermometer died. After talking with blind friends and reading reviews, I bought a talking thermometer from out of Utah. I was very pleased with the customer service from the smallish company and the friendly woman I spoke with. The thermometer cost $25 on sale ($38 regular) plus $3.99 for shipping.

After unpacking the thermometer, I was confused in that it didn’t work immediately since it comes with batteries installed. I fumbled about a bit and felt a small strip of plastic extending from the battery compartment on the back. It is placed there so the batteries won’t connect and thus can’t go dead. I pulled out the strip of plastic and the thermometer was good to go.

The thermometer is about nine inches long overall with a flat egg-shaped housing at one end and a narrow metal probe about six inches long extending from it. The probe has a sharp, but safe, tip that pierces a chicken breast or pork roast quite easily. The thermometer has a loop at the top so it can be hung up and comes with a plastic sheath for the probe. The temperature range is from -58 degrees F to 572 degrees F and can be switched from Fahrenheit to Celsius.

A press of the one and only button checks the temperature, and the response comes within seconds unless the temperature is changing. For example, if you have the thermometer at room temperature and check something in the oven, it may take several seconds for the probe to reach the correct temperature.

As something of a geek, I checked the thermometer’s accuracy. Checking the temperature in an ice bath, it read 32.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Water boils at lower temperatures as the elevation increases, and where I live in the Sierra Nevada, water boils at about 204 degrees F. The thermometer read 203.8.

I highly recommend this thermometer for ease of use and accuracy. Thermoworks: or 800-393-6434.

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

All about Trudeau Airport

There are airports and then there are airports. When it comes to understanding the true meaning of enabling passengers with special needs to have equal access to their airport facilities, there are airports that know how to do it just right and then there are airports that simply miss the entire meaning.

The Pierre Eliott Trudeau Airport, located in Montreal Canada, is one of those airports that simply knows how to do it just right. In early February 2016 I had the pleasure of spending some time at this marvelous airport; the last time that I had passed through Trudeau Airport was back in 2013 and my how they have changed.

This is a truly bilingual airport operating equally in English and French. The first indication that you are going to receive excellent treatment comes as soon as the cab driver brings you to the doors of the airport. They help to find you an airline agent and then from there the agents take over.

They are well trained as to how to provide assistance to a blind person. Their guiding techniques are above first class. Their communication skills are second to none and then when you get to security the excellent service continues.

At security, they ask you whether you speak French or English and your response determines which language you are going to be communicated in for the rest of your time at security. Next the security agents escort you through the area and if your bag needs to be checked by them they tell you exactly what they are doing. I find this to be very crucial especially so for someone who is unable to see what is going on.

Then it is off to the gate to await your flight and the agents again escort you to the doors of the aircraft when it is time for you to board.

I will hasten to add here that the agents in question who escorted me through Trudeau Airport were Air Canada agents so I am not really sure what type of services are provided by other agents. Hopefully you'll have time to check this out some time soon.

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Psalm 136:7-9; (KJV)
7”To him that made great
lights: for his mercy endureth forever:
8The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
9The moon and stars to rule by night: for his
Mercy endureth forever.”

This Psalm is music to the ears of the Believer, because it reminds him of the absolute Authority and Mindfulness of Our LORD. He had you and me in mind when...
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3; (KJV) Let us skip down a ‘What if Road’.

What if GOD had said, ‘Well, I know that they will use My Light to commit all kinds of abominations, so, I’ll not give them but so much Light. This will, maybe cut down on their unholy activity.
What if, it was night and night instead of night and day? What if the night had no lesser Light, the moon, and we really couldn’t know where we were going? What if the sun decided not to shine on the crops and there would be no more food? This same Psalm tells us that His Mercy feeds everything. You, me, the birds in the air and the inhabitants of the sea and the beasts of the field. GOD made us, and He cares for every one of us. Many times we take His Mercy for granted, we set the alarm clock; but we don’t bother to thank Him when it goes off, and we are able to start our day. Many of us are visually impaired; but that is no reason not to recognize His Great Gift of Life, every day.

Have you ever wondered how the early Pilgrims sailed? They had no GPS Systems, only a compass; but that compass was focused or trained on a set point. What could that be in the middle of the sea? GOD’S map. The stars, the moon, and the sun. To me, that is so extravagant, so absolute, so GOD. His Mercy placed these luminaries in the sky, and no one can remove them. The same moon; the same sun; and the same stars have been in place from the very beginning. His Mercy endures forever! Aren’t you glad that there are some things that man CANNOT catch, hold, manipulate, kick or roll; aren’t you glad about that? His Mercy kept us safe from ourselves. His Mercy!
Now, some may think, “We are always in the dark, being visually impaired.” Is that true? We have been taught to move in a sighted world, a world with sun light, that if we observe, we will feel it on our faces so that we know which direction we are headed. In this world of light and sight, we have been taught to listen to traffic signals and count across the street, where sighted drivers watch us cross in front of them. If there were no light this would not be possible; but for the Mercy of GOD, looking out for all of us.

Maybe, this month, I am a bit soft; but am I? Am I soft because the reality of Who has been keeping us and why has touched me? When I think about the people who fled the flames in California, and the floods in North Carolina, and the floods in Texas, and the storms in Washington, and the disasters that have been experienced in this country, I thank GOD for His Enduring Mercy.

Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I pray. I pray that we will never take Your Mercy for granted, teach us LORD, to not only, appreciate it; but to be a light to others and tell them of Your Goodness. AMEN.

In Christ I remain. True E. Ready writer (Christian Writer)

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