The blind Post classified news October 2018

The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
October 9, 2018

Current subscribers to date: 1136

Contents for this month’s issue:

This month’s sponsor.
From the editor.
A fun Poem
New and used:
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.

This months columns:

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, Chicken and dumplins, bread, and some pumpkin cookies.
Blind man walking, 2018 US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships by Joshua Loya.
Blind people talking, poems and stories from readers.
Did you know?About the new Dwell app.
The pet place, stories from readers about their guide dogs and pets.
From the pages of Donna's travel diary, Tips on identifying your suitcase by Donna J. Jodhan.
Living with low vision, A Story for Halloween by Donna Williams
Yarn, hook, and needle, Pushing Christmas from 2013 Blind Post news 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.

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From the editor:

Happy October, Autumn, Harvest, and Halloween!
What a colorful time of year. At least that is what I remember seeing. I am thankful I was able to witness the changing colors of the leaves and the fun I had with my sisters helping my Dad rake up leaves all over the yard. My Dad always let us jump and play in the pile before we had to finish raking them all up again. Such fond memories growing up. Of course Mom always had hot apple cider or hot chocolate with marshmallows waiting for us in the house after we were all done.

This month we have a bountiful cornucopia of diverse ads and announcements. There are many that would make wonderful gifts for the upcoming Christmas season. Please let them know you read their notice in the Blind Post.
We also have some awesome articles so you won’t want to miss a single one. Phyllis our crafts writer is out ill this month, so I posted an earlier article from December 2013 I think you will enjoy. Thank you everyone for your subscriptions, and sharing the news. I sincerely appreciate it.
Remember you can post one add fifty words or less for free each month. Further pricing and word counts are listed towards the end of the news. Also, please send me your stories, poems, and experiences living as a blind or visually challenged person. I will let you know if it is suitable or fits the theme of the Blind Post. I really want this to be a place for folks to share and also to sell their products and more.

I hope and pray that you all are doing well and keeping warm and safe. God bless you all,
Lori AKA Food Lady

P.S. I will be working on archives of earlier issues of the Blind Post on the website. I have been rearranging things to see which format would work best for accessing past articles. I am a bit slow with so much happening in my life these days, but am working on it little by little. Thanks.

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor
The Blind Post classified news.

A fun poem

I got this from a friend, but do not know the actual author.

Remember when........

A computer was something on TV from a science fiction show of note
a window was something you hated to clean and ram was the cousin of a goat
Meg was the name of my girlfriend and gig was a job for the nights
now they all mean different things and that really mega bytes
An application was for employment a program was a TV show a cursor used profanity
a keyboard was a piano
Memory was something that you lost with age a CD was a bank account and if you had a 3 1/2" floppy you hoped nobody found out
Compress was something you did to the garbage not something you did to a file
and if you unzipped anything in public you'd be in jail for a while
Log on was adding wood to the fire hard drive was a long trip on the road
a mouse pad was where a mouse lived and a backup happened to your commode
Cut you did with a pocket knife paste you did with glue
a web was a spider's home and a virus was the flu
I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper and the memory in my head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash but when it happens they wish they were dead.

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Wanted, to trade, or to give away:

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Help wanted

Hello everyone. This is Joshua Loya from Blind Man Walking. I have had
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WHEN? October 13-14, 2018 12 Noon to 12 Noon
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1839 Accessibility of US National Parks (Sep. 26, 2018)
The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has over 400 sites that are visited by over 300 million people each year. They strive to make these sites as accessible
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1838 Ironman Triathlete (Sep. 19, 2018)
Last week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talked with Michael Somsan, a military veteran who was blinded by a gunshot to the head at the age of 23. Now a
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

The month of October brings in my most favorite time of year. As I write this article I am listening to the rain falling, splashing gently in puddles that have formed throughout this morning. My sliding door is open a few inches to let in the cool fresh air along with the scent of the rain. I just love the rain! Lately, leaves have been falling and scattering being tossed and blown by gusts of wind. Time for some warming up foods like soup, bread, and some pumpkin cookies.

First up I have a very easy chicken and dumplings soup recipe.

I made mine in my Smart Instant pot, but you could use any kind of pressure cooker or even make it in a pot on the stove.
It can easily be adapted to your tastes and diet requirements.
I search for lots of recipes for my Instant Pot on YouTube. I found this one from the Spicy Apron, and then compared it to some others I found too. I adapted it to mine and Hungry’s tastes.
Who is Hungry you ask? Well, he started out being in a lot of my articles from the beginning. He has faded in and out of issues, but he wants to be back every now and then. You just never know where he will pop up.

Easy chicken and dumpling soup Ingredients:
Two tablespoons olive oil, I use extra virgin olive oil.
One medium onion chopped.
Two stocks celery diced.
Three or four carrots sliced.
Two skinless and boneless chicken breasts about a pound cut up into bite size pieces. You could use chicken tenders instead.
Salt, pepper, and thyme and poultry seasoning to your taste.
A quarter cup of flour, or you could use corn starch instead or a flour of your choice.
One quart of chicken broth, I use low sodium.
About a cup and one half of peas. I use frozen and I microwaved prior to adding to my soup.
One half cup or more of cream or half & half. Or milk substitute of your choice.
One can Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits in the dairy case, or you can use or make up a glue tin free version. The one I use has ten small biscuits

Using my Instant pot, I set it to sauté mode.
When it is hot, I pour in the olive oil in the stainless-steel inner pot. I add the onion, celery, and carrots and sauté, stirring, for about three or four minutes. When they are soft, I add the cut-up chicken and brown for about another three or four minutes.
Add your spices and stir.
Sprinkle the flour over the browned chicken and stir.
Add one half cup of the chicken stock and using a spatula deglaze the bottom of the pot. This is to make sure there is nothing sticking to the bottom and those scrumptious bits bring out the flavors in the soup. I gently scrape the bottom and sides of my pot with a metal spatula, or a spoon can work, making sure it feels like all is smooth and nothing is stuck.
Then add the rest of your chicken broth.
As your soup is heating up still on sauté, add the biscuits, that you have cut into fourths, to the pot one at a time. Try to layer them around the soup.
I prepare mine buy taking each of the biscuits and cutting them in fourths on a plate. Then I drop them one at a time, around the soup, trying to keep them as separate from each other as possible.
Then cancel sauté on your Instant pot Smart cooker app, or on the pot’s display.
Cover your pot with the lid and using manual set to high pressure for eight minutes, making sure your sealing knob is set to sealing. .
After it beeps when the eight minutes is up, let it natural release for ten or more minutes.
After the ten or more minutes turn your knob to venting to release any left-over pressure.
Add your cooked peas between the dumplings and fold in the cream gently.
It is now ready to serve.
Makes about four to six servings depending on the size of your bowls.
Tip: I use a measuring cup instead of a ladle to scoop out my soup into bowls. It is much easier for me as a blind person.
Hungry just loves this soup!

Zucchini bread

3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
One fourth teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
One half cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F ( 165 degrees C).
Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Mix in oil and sugar. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt and nuts; stir into the egg mixture. Divide batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until done.

Pumpkin cookies simply

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
One and one third cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
One half teaspoon salt
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried currants
1 Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2 Beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3 Add the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin puree and beat for another 3 minutes.
4 In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cardamom and cinnamon and whisk together. Slowly add it to the butter mixture until just combined, being sure to scrape down the sides and bottom once or twice to ensure even mixing.
5-Fold in the pumpkin seeds and currants. Drop spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for a minute or two to set, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

I have started an email list for blind and visually impaired Instant Pot cooks to share their experiences and recipes.

If any of you are interested, you can subscribe by emailing a blank message with subscribe in the subject field at

Food Lady

Blind Man Walking

By Joshua Loya

Last month, I talked a little bit about my experience in Hawaii. I also mentioned I’d share a little bit about my experience at Kelly Slater’s wave pool at the Surf Ranch in my October article. First, at my mother’s request, let me tell you what happened last weekend.

The weekend of October 5, 6, and 7, was the 2018 US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships in Oceanside, California. A year earlier, I competed in my very first surf contest at the 2017 US Open. In 2017, I took 3rd. This year, I am pleased to say, despite some very challenging conditions, I took home gold. These were some of the largest waves I have ever surfed in my life. If I understand correctly, one of my scoring waves was close to eight feet tall. I am blessed to have some solid training and a solid coach. Thank you, Coach Pat Weber of the San Diego Surfing Academy, for the hard work we put in to make this win happen. Thanks, of course, to God for creating something as majestic and terrifying as the ocean. What a wonderful playground!

Upon further reflection, I think the experience at the Surf Ranch deserves a full article, all to its own. As frustrating as it might be for you to wait one more month, I’m going to ask you to do exactly this. It was a unique experience, and I want to capture it more fully. Admittedly, with the preparation for this last surf contest, I have not taken the time to write the article you deserve. Because you, the readers, are important to me, I’m going to wait to complete the article about my experience on the most perfect wave not in the natural ocean. I’ll leave you with this parting thought, however.

We never know which turn our individual journey will take. Two years ago, I thought I was preparing for high level judo competition. Even a little over a year ago, surfing was nothing more than this thing I tried and enjoyed. Now, I am a USA Surfing national champion and a US Open ASC champion. If you want amazing experiences, there are two very important things you must do. One, you must keep awareness of the opportunities available to you. Instead of concentrating on what you can’t do, concentrate on what you can do. What you can do may surprise you. Second, add to your attributes and skill. Do things that sharpen your mind and body. Exercise, train, and improve the effectiveness of your movements and problem solving. Success is opportunity plus preparation. You may think you’re preparing for one thing, and you’re actually preparing for something else. The key is to stack the deck in your favor, so you have more skills, abilities, and more favorable attributes than you previously possessed. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to keep striving for perfection. There’s a difference.

Thank you for indulging me this month. I know it was short. It was not the article I would have, ideally, wanted to provide to you. Still, I’d rather share with you what I did than give you nothing at all. I write these articles for two reasons. I love my mother, and I’ll gladly do what I can to support her just because she’s my mom. I also love providing hope and tools for each of you to have a more meaningful and abundant life, rich with vivid experiences.

Adventure is a state of mind. God bless you, and I love you all.

Next time, I’ll tell you more about my visit to the Surf Ranch, and what it was like to be the very first blind surfer to ride that wave. Here’s a preview. It was awesome!

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and professional adventurer living
near San Diego, California. He recently launched a podcast. You can
find it by searching for Adventuremind in Apple Podcasts and various
other podcast directories.
Learn more about him by visiting his website:

Email him at

Blind people talking

Poems and stories from Blind Post subscribers on blindness and low vision.


As the familiar years of elementary school came to a close, I had to make the big leap out of my comfort zone from the tiny five room neighborhood elementary school to a middle school with over one thousand students!
My thoughts were consumed with numerous questions, doubts and trepidations, not to mention my anxiety level was off the charts! I was trying to decipher how to adjust as an adolescent teen, but now as an adolescent teen with a disability.
This unforeseen change in my vision was finally diagnosed and given a name, Juvenile Macular Degeneration, and now I needed to figure out how I was going to live with it.
As I embarked upon my middle and high school years, I didn’t consider myself much different than the vast majority of my other preadolescent peers. I assumed we were all trying to wear the right clothes, sit at the “cool” table at lunch or not so subtly trying to attract the attention of the boy sitting across from us in homeroom.
While I was busy playing the part of a typical teenager by emulating these teenage behaviors, I was also feverishly trying to be sure my clothes actually matched, where the “cool” table even was in the lunchroom, if I could find it, and if the boy I thought I was looking at from across the room was going to remotely resemble the same boy I anxiously awaited seeing up close!
It was during these formative years I developed quite a repertoire of coping skills, most of which I was oblivious to at the time, yet very quickly I turned “coping” into a science.
I still continued to play the violin, and tried my best to memorize every note. Once again, I was trying to play the part by carrying my sheet music out on the concert stage to put on my stand, just like everyone else did. Little did most of the audience know, I could not see one single black note scrolled across the page. I was usually able to memorize each song by intently listening to the violin player next to me, but there were a few rare occasions I didn’t quite get the notes down pat. I would know the rhythm of the song, so I would string my bow across the four strings as if I were playing in unison with the rest of the orchestra. While I was making as little noise as possible, in hopes of not altering the tune, I was also attempting to keep my secret from my peers and their proudly listening parents.
As a freshman in high school, I decided to try out for the pom-pom squad. I remember there were thirty six girls trying out, but there were only spots for ten. This meant I had to learn each routine and perform it flawlessly! I would strategically line up in formation behind the coach as she was demonstrating each routine. Some of my contenders misconstrued my practice regimen as overly confident, brassy or perhaps a bit brazen but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. I figured if I was going to learn each step correctly I better take full advantage of the remaining vision I had left! On the day of try-outs, I was a nervous wreck! I practiced until my arms and legs felt like Jell-O! I was vigorously straining my eyes trying to follow the team captain dancing right in front of me and shadow her every move. Most importantly, I was attempting to stay in somewhat of a cadence so the judges didn’t think I was performing a routine to a completely different song. At the end of our daily practices it seemed like all I had to show for my hard work was a splitting head ache from eye strain and subsequently a very nauseous stomach!
In addition to the words and chants streaming through my head, I was also trying my best not to fall off the stage, trip over another hopeful contender, praying that the back of my pompon skirt was not tucked into my bloomers, or most likely a combination of all three!
Apparently, I flipped, twirled, tumbled and yelled well enough to dance my way on to the team.
I enthusiastically played the part of an adolescent teenager trying to fit in, discovering her role in life, despite the multitude of challenges, road blocks and misconceptions society too frequently places upon those of us with disabilities.
I decided early in this journey I was not going to succumb to the proverbial pity party due to my disability. Instead I would play the part of the starring role in this fascinating yet frustrating, hilarious yet humbling, far from perfect yet very passionate movie I call “my life”. I truly appreciate every scene God blesses me with. I would be lying if I said there are not moments of frustration, fear, jealousy and even some degree of anger. However, I firmly believe that God gives us bumps in the road so we can learn to appreciate the times when there are none!


Did you know?

Do you know about the app Dwell?
A friend told me about it a month or so ago, and I immediately went to the app store and downloaded it on my iphone. I liked it so much I purchased an anual subscription to onlock all the features and voices, along with removing the ads.
It is a wonderful way to hear the Bible, when ever I want, and I can select various options and listening plans. The app is accessible with Voice Over. I initially had a little trouble when I created my account, but that was mostly due to my bluetooth keyboard not working properly.
The voices are amazing, and with the music, listening is very meditative. This is a very well thought out app with talented readers. I use this app daily.
I highly recommend this app to anyone that wants to read the Bible through listening.
Lori Motis

Here is some frequently asked questions from their website:
How do I download Dwell?
You can download Dwell in the Apple App Store.(I downloaded mine on the app store on my phone)
Will there be an Android version?
Yes! We are working on an Android app now, and our target launch date for Android is sometime in the Fall of 2018.
Does Dwell have any in-app purchases?
You can purchase a subscription to Dwell Premium from within the app to unlock all Dwell voices and remove the ads. There are no other in app purchases.
If you are on the free plan, you can easily upgrade to Dwell Premium by clicking on the “Go Premium” button in the top right of the screen when you are in the app. You can also sign up for Dwell Premium through our website to get a 15% discount. On Dwell Premium you will not hear any of the ads, and you will have access to all of our voices.
Why aren't all of the books of the Bible available?
We are working hard to get the rest of the Old Testament books recorded, edited, and mastered. Right now the app contains the entire New Testament and 7 Old Testament books. We will be adding the rest of the books as we finish them, but you can expect to see at least a few new completed books for all 4 voices each month in the app until it is all complete.
How much does the app cost now that you’ve launched?
The app itself is free to download, and can be used to listen to one of our voices and will have some ad interruptions. If purchased in-app, a subscription is $2.99/month or $28.99/year. Dwell Premium lifetime is available for a one-time purchase of $149.99. You can also purchase on our website at a 15% discount.
Can I share my account with someone else?
There is nothing preventing you from sharing your login with someone else, though we don't recommend sharing. Listening progress is stored and synced per account, which means if you share your account your listening history will show updates from all devices using that account. We plan to add family plans in the future with discounts for families.
What version of the Bible is being read in the app?
We are starting with the English Standard Version and will expand to more translations in the future. Our goal is to have many translations, languages, and voices to choose from in the app.
What is the difference between this app and other Bible reading apps that have a listening component?
Many Bible apps have done a great job with the reading experience, but we believe the listening experience hasn't been nailed quite yet. Listening has been our focus from the beginning. Our app offers 4 brand new recordings of the Bible, each showcasing a unique and inspiring voice. We’ve also made the Bible easily explorable. Quickly access Scripture through popular Passages, Stories, Themed Playlists, even Listening Plans. Or listen the more traditional way, book by book.

What makes Dwell so unique is that you can switch voices and background music on the fly without losing your place in the audio. Plus, every book, story, playlist, and plan is accompanied by beautiful artwork.
With regard to background music, how many options are available to choose from?
We actually have 48 different songs that are categorized into 4 “albums” or genres. Right now you can switch between these 4 genres in the player or set one as your default to play all the time.
•Cello & Piano
Also, we'll be releasing a brand new Dwell music album every quarter. That means you’ll always have fresh background music to enjoy. You’ll also be able to stream Dwell music through Spotify and Apple Music if you want to listen to it outside of the app!

Can the background music be turned off?
Yes. We're excited that so many supporters are excited about the background music that’s being created exclusively for Dwell, but we're often asked if the music can be turned off. The answer is absolutely. The background music has always been meant to draw you into the text. If it does that for you, great. If it doesn’t, turn it off. Another fun fact: You’ll also be able to adjust the volume of the music and the voices separately to get the right mix that works for you.
Can I create my own Playlist in the app?
Not quite yet. We will be adding the ability for you to add custom playlists in the near future. For now, if you have any ideas for playlists that you think we should add to the app, please send us your ideas at

For suggestions about plans we should add, please email

Is there a way to "bookmark" where you stop listening to pick up there the next time?
Yes, the app keeps up with where you left off. There is a “Recently Listened To” section on the home screen that lets you pick up where you left off.
Can I rewind or fast-forward when listening?
Yes. Our rewind and fast-forward buttons on the player will move you back or forward one verse at a time. So, if you want to re-listen to a particular verse you just heard just tap the rewind button once and, voila, it's back.
Can you listen to the audio at faster or slower speeds?
Yes, listening speed can be adjusted on the fly in the player. There are currently 8 speeds that you can pick to listen at.
Variable speeds are great, and interestingly, they can do more than simply speed up or slow down the text. For example, speeding up Rosie’s voice to 1.25x has the effect of making her sound more casual and less meditative.
Is there a memorization or Scripture ‘repeat’ feature?
Not yet, but we are really passionate about building a robust and comprehensive Scripture memorization feature for Dwell soon. Right now, we’re laser-focused on getting Dwell’s core product — Scripture listening — built in the most thoughtful and engaging way possible. Memorization will be a strong focus for us going forward though.
Why not make the entire app free?
Dwell began in earnest 21 months ago. Currently, our company employs 14 people in either a full or part-time capacity. These people are not only incredibly skilled, but they have a heart to see Bible engagement increase in the hearts and minds of Christians, as well as throughout the world. Thus they’ve committed their Monday through Friday day job to that end.
So when you pay for Dwell, you’re actually helping provide for the basic needs of our team and their families. Put simply, you’re helping put food on their table, clothes on their back, and a roof over their head. You’re also allowing them to continually come to work, day after day, and make the app more formational for people. That’s the goal!
We echo what Paul said in his letter to Timothy, that workers are worthy of their wages (1 Timothy 5:18).
Keep in mind we do have a free version of the app! Although you are not able to use every feature, you can listen to the entire Bible and take advantage of the core functionality that makes Dwell so special.
What about accessibility for the blind and visually impaired?
As we build out Dwell, we’re committed to ensuring that everyone who can use a smartphone can listen to God’s word from day one. Apple provides two main technologies to help the visually impaired: Dynamic Type and Voiceover. We will be leveraging both throughout the app. Doing so will help the millions who struggle with visual impairment engage with Scripture more easily. This is important to us, and something we’re excited about offering at launch.
I have a suggestion to make Dwell better, where can I send it?
We love to hear your feedback, please send any feedback to

Preview the voices
of Dwell Premium on their website:

Casual & Conversational

Energetic & Warm

Soft & Relaxed

Dramatic & Storyteller

The pet place, stories from readers about their guide dogs and pets.

Sully part two

As Sully and I started our travels together, it was both invigorating and terrifying, but we pressed on and learned each other’s little quirks. One of my biggest frustrations was Sully and his obsessive sniffing everything. Being a Labrador, how in the world was I going to get this under control? Living where we do on the lake in northern Wisconsin, there are endless temptations, squirrels, rabbits, bear, fox, ducks, geese and of course, the overly abundant fields of cows. Another behavior I had to correct was Sully’s innate ability to find the person in the store who happened to be sporting their trousers extremely low on their behind. He would wait for the precise moment they were bending over to grab something from the bottom shelf, and then he’d go greet them with his cold wet nose on their exposed backside. As I look back on that story I can’t help but chuckle now, but it sure was an embarrassing moment for a new guide dog owner!! I kept envisioning Ellie telling me to always go back and correct your dog, make him do it again, do it correctly, but in that situation, I didn’t think the unsuspecting gentleman would appease me with a repeat performance!
Sully was, and still is somewhat of a puller. That first winter Sully and I would go for walks down our street. Quite frequently the roads would be snow covered and slippery. I knew I had to get his pulling in check or my brisk walk was subsequently going to resemble more of a bob sled team with me having road rash on my derriere! That is when the gentle leader and the perfect pace collar came to the rescue. They both helped keep his sniffing in check and his pulling like a sled dog under control.
With a lot of trial and error, lots of help, suggestions and support from both OCCUPAWS and Ellie we slowly but surely developed into a successful working team. I am certain that Sully could feel my anxiety on the opposite end of the harness. I had to remind myself to stop, take a breath, collect my thoughts, give Sully a pat on the head and then proceed forward. With tons of persistence, a few tears and a lot of stubbornness we practiced, practiced some more until we were both satisfied. I figured out if I put the gentle leader on before walking into a store or restaurant, in hopes of eliminating some of the temptations for sniffing and getting off task. Set him up for success Ellie said, so that is what I did.

It is difficult to convey to the sighted world how invigorating it is to walk through a store, completely on your own and not be afraid of crashing, not being able to find the door, tipping over the display of paper towel with my cane or stumbling up or down a curb. For me personally, using a white cane was more of a symbol for the sighted world to identify me as a blind person. As I said previously, I was not a very confident cane user so getting a guide dog opened a whole new world for me. Having Sully has alleviated my anxiety, lessoned my stress, provided me with comfort and presented me with so many social opportunities.
Living in a small community was proving to have both positives as well as negatives. I am not privy to many others in my area with a visual disability, and I only know of 1other guide dog user. I make a concerted effort to educate the public regardless how rude or insensitive their questions may be. Personally, I have found that having a guide dog makes me more approachable, more apt to have someone inquire about blindness, what service Sully performs for me and the most frequent question I get is “why can’t we pet him?” It only takes a minute to stop and answer a few questions from a stranger to make a positive impression, be willing to share your story and hopefully dissuade them from any stereotypes they may have about people with disabilities.

In the previous 3 years, I have experienced a myriad of emotions: anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, excitement, independence and most of all, gratitude. My four-legged friend has taken me in so many new and unchartered territories that I may not be able to see, but I am still blessed to be experiencing every one of them!! I pride myself by thinking that I have taught Sully a thing or two along the way, but in all reality, he is the one doing all the educating!! Sully has faithfully stayed by my side through sickness, death, a tornado, graduations, and so many wonderful moments too numerous to list.
So, to answer my first question, how different can a guide dog be than using a white cane, it has opened so many doors for me (literally) and I am forever humble to be afforded this opportunity to work with such an incredible dog, the better half of this team, my social outlet and I am, and will forever be eternally grateful for the memories made, and can’t wait to see what is in store for us further down the road!!

Janell Groskreutz

From the pages of Donna's travel diary:

Tips on identifying your suitcase

For a blind person, it is vitally important to be able to describe your suitcase to the one rendering assistance to you at an airport, train station, or hotel lobby. Just remember now that some of the most common colors for suitcases are almost always black, brown, or navy blue. So the trick would be for you to be able to place a defining mark on your suitcase.

For me, each time I travel I am very sure to memorize the description of my suitcase. Color, size, type, and yes! I almost always place some sort of defining identification on it. For example, my initials in large gold letters. There is nothing worse than not being able to fully describe one's suitcase to the one helping you.

I have found myself stuck in such a situation from time to time but I am happy to report that on the whole I manage to stay away from this pitfall. I also tell my sighted assistant that the lock to my suitcase can be seen sitting atop the suitcase close to the handle.

The more that I can do to help out when it comes to making things easier for sighted help the better and more pleasant my trip will be.

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A Story for Halloween

By Donna Williams

Since we celebrate Halloween this month I thought it would be appropriate for me to share an excerpt from my dream journal. This dreamland adventure occurred on April 11, 2015. Hope you enjoy it!

I opened the door and entered the church. Walking into the sanctuary I noticed it was filled to overflowing with people. I realized there was nowhere for me to sit and was about to turn around and leave when I saw some people I knew and went over to talk to them. Apparently I was invisible though because despite my best efforts to make conversation my presence was not acknowledged. Frustrated I walked toward the front door. Suddenly our pastor appeared and handed me a huge heavy and bulky object. I told him I was there for the service and that there would be no way I could hold onto what he had given me until it was over. He suggested I take it home and assured me that I’d have time before worship. I was doubtful but set off for home anyway. Upon arrival I put the object down then left quickly walking back to the church.

I entered the building again and this time I decided to test my belief that I was invisible by deliberately slamming the door. No one came running or scolded me. The minister was standing right inside the door and even he didn’t say a word about what I’d just done. We walked back into the sanctuary together and he began the service. I don’t remember too much about that worship experience however when I left the building to walk home I had a great sense that I needed to bring something to a friend. I thought of one person in particular and contemplated what I might bring them in order to spread good cheer. At that moment it occurred to me. My friend wanted two different kinds of soda mixed together.

I went in search of a vending machine and found what I was looking for inside of what appeared to be the lobby of where I used to attend high school. To the left of the gym stood ahuge soda fountain with many knobs. Above it there were instructions for mixing sodas. I read them carefully and was amazed I could actually see the print from a distance. Following the directions to the letter as I did and having soda spill out everywhere made me super exasperated. I’m embarrassed to say I threw the half full cup at the machine kicked it and let out my favorite exasperation noise that always makes my friends laugh heartily.

As I was about to give up and leave a woman came over and offered help. She explained what I was doing wrong and I tried again. This time I was successful however I noticed there were no utensils available for stirring the drink. I mentioned this to the woman and she told me to just shake the cup. “I need a lid first” I said. “No you don’t” she replied “The soda won’t spill.” For the next few minutes I kept looking around for a lid but finally gave up. I shook the cup lightly but nothing seemed to happen. The woman told me it had to be harder. I shook with all my might and I could see the liquid changing color slightly and the soda was really fizzing.

As the woman started to leave she called over her shoulder: “enjoy your soda.” “Oh it’s not for me” I said. “I’m bringing it to a friend.” The frown she had been wearing since the beginning of our exchange disappeared and it was replaced by a warm smile. She told me to wait a minute and went into the gym. A few seconds later she was back with two of the most beautiful mugs I’ve ever seen. She offered them to me explaining that one went on top of the other in order to act as a lid. I was so tempted to take those mugs and use them but I realized that they were too expensive and if anything happened and they were damaged or stolen I’d owe way too much money then I could afford to pay. So I politely declined her generous offer and began to walk toward the door with my cup. Suddenly a group of little kids descended upon me. They showered me with candy. They were putting it into my pockets and cup full of soda. As they did so they told me how generous I am as a person. I humbly thanked them and began looking at the variety coming my way. I realize to my dismay that most were flavors I did not like. I continued thanking them and told them to please enjoy the candy themselves. I was almost out the door when the woman came running. She handed me a huge mason jar full to the brim. I was afraid to open it because I dreaded finding more coconut and orange flavors inside. The woman kept saying: “These are yummy! You’ll love them!” When I finally looked inside I saw little chocolate treats. They felt soft to the touch and the smell of peanut butter was pleasantly appealing. Suddenly I knew I wouldn’t be visiting my friend that day. I ran over to the sink dumped out the mixed soda, refilled my huge cup with Pepsi, and found a quiet place to sit and enjoy my snack. What a trick or treat experience. I was tricked into squandering an opportunity to visit my friend by the treat of my favorite soda and a yummy peanut butter and chocolate snack.

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Yarn, hook, and needle

Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

Note: This is a previous article that was in the December 2013 Blind Post. Phyllis will have a fresh new article for us next month.

Ready or not, it's almost here! The stores have been pushing Christmas since long before Halloween. Still many of us find ourselves in something of a state, wondering if we'll be ready in time.
Almost anything can be made festive by choosing a holiday yarn. The sparkle yarns are available in a wide range of festive colors with silver or gold thread running through, and can be found even in the moderately priced yarns. Stores both on line, and in the shopping malls are having sales along about now, so they need not cost a lot.

A word about felting. Some folks claim to have used cotton, but I've never tried it. One-hundred per cent wool works best.
Here are some patterns to help us along, and maybe put us back into that joyous mood we lost back there around trick or treat time.

Knit Christmas Star Ornament

This is a versatile pattern. Try it with a size 11 or 10.5 needle with bulky yarn, for a larger star,
Or a smaller needle with smaller yarn, for a smaller star. such as worsted weight.

CO 1 st, leaving a long tail that will be used to make the hanging loop.
Row 1: Knit into the front and back of the sts.
Row 2: K1, k into front and back of next st-3 sts.
Row 3: K3.
Row 4: K into the front and back of first st, k1, k into the front and back of last st-5 sts.
Row 5: K
Row 6: K into the front and back of first st, k across to last st, k into the front and back of last st.
Rep Rows 5 and 6 until you have 11 sts.
Cast on 5 sts.
K across all 16 sts.
Cast on 5 sts.
K across all 21 sts.
Row 1: SSK, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 2: K
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until you have 13 sts.
K into the front and back of first st, k across to last st, k into the front and back of last st.
K one row.
K6, k2tog. Place rem 7 sts on stitch holder.
Row 1: k
Row 2: k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until you have 2 sts, then k2tog.
Fasten off.
Place sts from stitch holder back on needle. Attach yarn and k one row.
Row 1: k
Row 2: SSK, k across
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until you have 2 sts, then k2tog.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends on WS. Make loop with tail.

Felted Potholder

9 x 9 in. [23 x 23 cm] after felting
820 149 Lion Wool: Pearl Gray A soft, warm toned medium gray
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Note: (A)
820 140 Lion Wool: Rose Soft, dusty rose
Note: (B)
820 132 Lion Wool: Lemongrass Medium yellowish green
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Note: (C)
Lion Brand Crochet Hook Size K 10.5
With A, ch 41.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across  40 sc. Turn.
Rows 2 14: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 15: With A, ch 1, sc in next 7 sts, change to B, sc in next 18 sts, change to
A, sc to
end, turn.
Row 16: With A, ch 1, sc in next 15 sts, change to B, sc in next 18 sts, change to
A, sc to
end, turn.
Row 17: Repeat Row 15.
Row 18: Repeat Row 16.
Row 19: With A, ch 1, sc in next 7 sts, change to B, sc in next 4 sts, change to
C, sc in
next 10 sts, change to B, sc in next 4 sts, change to A, sc to end, turn.
Row 20: With A, ch 1, sc in next 15 sts, change to B, sc in next 4 sts, change to
C, sc in
next 10 sts, change to B, sc in next 4 sts, change to A, sc to end, turn.
Rows 21 32: Repeat Rows 19 20.
Rows 33 36: Repeat Rows 15 18.
Rows 37 50: With A, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off.
From RS, join A with a slip stitch in one corner of Potholder. Ch 10, sc in same
st for hanging
loop, then sc evenly around Potholder, working 3 sc at each corner, and 20 sc in
ch 10 hanging loop.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces
of clothing to
agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry.

Remove from dryer and pull into shape.

May God bless your lives with the peace of His love during this special time.


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