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September tenth anniversary edition 2020
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September 10th anniversary edition 2020
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Contents for this month’s issue:
September’s sponsor, Thank You!
From the editor, by Lori Motis.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This month’s articles:
Tech fun- Creating a peaceful, personalized, 3D soundscape for your home.
Blind man walking- My home workout challenge by Joshua Loya.
Living with low vision- Wouldn’t It Be Nice by Donna Williams.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady- April 2018 repeat article.
Uplift, inspirational— !- “Why?” by Ruth.
Driving Miss Donna- “A Day at the Opera” By Lynn Anderson.
Blind people talking- A Fire station, Really? By Donna Kimball.
Yarn, hook and needle - Get Ready for Fall By Greg Capps.
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From the editor:
Wow, ten years is a long time! I want to thank you for all the encouraging notes. I have enjoyed all the correspondence immensely. The Blind Post news has evolved over the years and some columns have come and gone and writers have changed. I hope that the coming year will bring some interesting, fun, and informative content that you will all enjoy.
This month I want to thank RGA Tech Solutions for sponsoring this month’s news. There are several notices you will not want to miss and great articles too.
This year, 2020, has been extremely challenging for all of us. I hope and pray that we can all stay safe and have faith that we will get through it.
One thing I know, the world changes, landscapes change, towers tumble, famines may come and plagues of various kinds may be with us, but the Lord our God never changes and is always there to keep us Safe in His Almighty arms and give us His Peace that surpasses all understanding.
God Bless you all,
Lori AKA Food Lady
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2034 Positive Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic (Aug. 19, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders have turned life upside down for many people. For some, this has been a time of anxiety, frustration, and even depression. On the other hand, there have also been some positive outcomes experienced by people during this unusual period. This week we highlight some positive experiences shared by our listeners.
2036 Guiding Emily (Sep. 2, 2020)
Barbara Hinske is a best-selling author whose tour of the Foundation for Blind Children inspired her latest novel, “Guiding Emily”, about a woman who suddenly goes blind and learns to adapt. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Barbara about the book, the extensive research she did for the book, and her plans for developing the concept into a series.
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Hi Blind Post. Joshua Loya of Blind Man Walking here.
I have a podcast called Adventure Mind.
Each episode I have an unfiltered conversation with a fellow adventurer from the worlds of martial arts, surfing, comedy, and beyond. Please feel free to send me questions via my email address,
As I accumulate enough good questions, I'll do a Q&A episode. All questions are welcome. To check out the podcast, go to www.adventuremind.net.
Adventure is a state of mind. How you live it is up to you!
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Creating a peaceful, personalized, 3D soundscape for your home
Do you have an Amazon Echo device? Maybe a Google home assistant or an Apple HomePod? Do you have older iPhones and/or iPads that you no longer use because they cannot update to the latest software? You can use these devices to create a unique 3D sound environment in your home.
Here is what we have done:
We are using four different Amazon Echo devices, Tap, Dot, Echo, and Echo plus. Also, we have older iPhones, we do not use as phones, and an older iPad mini that does not update past IOS 9.
Our Echo Dot plays the ticking sound of a mantel clock. We ask her to play Mantel clock and she says here is ticking mantel clock by the Suntrees sky on Amazon music. For her to continuously play this sound, we ask her to set this for continuous loop and she responds with loop mode on.
We have an Echo plus beside the Echo dot where we have enabled the skill Talking Audible Clocks. We have chosen the traditional Mantel clock. We can choose the clock to chime on the hour, half hour or quarter hour. We enjoy listening to all the authentic chime sounds, so we chose it to chime on the quarter hour. It is amazing how when you turn the volume up, all the intricate parts of the clock can be heard on each chime just as if we had a real mantel clock in our home. It also works well as a great navigation tool for each of us when we walk through the room.
The first time you choose a clock you will have to enable the skill by saying Alexa enable audible Clocks. After enabled, you can say open audible clocks. She will walk you through all of the many clocks that are available. Note: Sometimes we have found that she will confuse the word audible and open Audible Books instead. We use the word audio and that works better.
The Echo devices will still work for asking questions without interrupting the clock. If you choose to play a song or another sound, you will have to reset the clock back after you play any other audio.
We have our Amazon Echo Tap play beautiful wind chimes throughout the day, and our older IOS devices play various sounds like birds chirping, crickets, babbling creeks or the ocean depending on what we want that day. We can place them at various levels, high or low, depending on the sound. This really turns our home into a beautiful soundscape.
I especially like the Wind chime selection Woodstock magical mystery playlist. It plays all day with a tour of all their chimes.
This is the exact command I use:
Alexa, Play Woodstock Chimes ambient magical mystery
I experience my mood lifting and I feel more relaxed and calmer. It is almost like drawing a picture with sounds.
With our iPhones connected to portable Bluetooth speakers, we can used YouTube to play continuous sounds of birds or other nature sounds. I enjoy the Bird songs for cats that will play for seven hours or more. We have YouTube premium so there are not any commercials.
Have fun exploring all of the beautiful nature sounds these devices have to offer with whatever streaming programs you may be subscribed to.
Blind Man walking
My home workout challenge
By Joshua Loya
Hello Blind Post. I recently competed in a home workout challenge sponsored by the fitness company Onnit. I submitted the following essay at the conclusion of my challenge. Some details in the essay are unique to the workouts I was doing. Some of the details will be known to long-time readers of Blind Man Walking. Despite the fact that the essay is crafted in such a way as to make an impression with the contest judges, I still believe that the life principle I discovered, or more accurately rediscovered, is applicable to everyone who reads it. I’d love to hear your thoughts via email at Joshua@adventuremind.net.
Onnit essay begins:
I am totally blind, and I have been so for more than 24 years. I have been significantly visually impaired my entire life. I was at severe risk of losing my sight for the entire time I could see. I was an adult before I really began to dig deep into exploring athletics and unlocking my personal potential.
I started with traditional martial arts in my mid-20s. At 33, I found BJJ. At 36, I started judo. A few months later, I quit my job, and began pursuing martial arts and adventure living full-time. I eventually found my niche in surfing. I did extremely well in competition, despite being new to the sport. There was a problem.
I was red lining. I was an arrow that was finally let loose, but I wasn’t strategic in my approach. I over trained. I had a poor diet. I aligned myself with a toxic surf coach, and I began drinking heavily to compensate for pain, but it only made my depression worse and my body hurt more.
I decided enough was enough. I got a new surf coach. I cut down on drinking to almost none at all. I made better nutrition choices. I took a crack at the Onnit workout programs in an effort to drop my booze fat. It is not hyperbole to say I was astonished at my results.
I started with the Bodyweight program. I had a funky shoulder, some stiff knees, and a sore lower back, as well as a hip that complained nigh constantly.
The first thing I noticed is that I got winded really fast. Even the jumping in the warm-ups was a challenge. Some of the stretches and mobility drills actually hurt. I kept going, and I noticed a difference by the end of the first week. Within 2 weeks, I could touch my toes.
2 weeks in, I moved. There were tons of problems with the new place, and I was super stressed. One night, I actually broke down and cried in the middle of the workout. I had a flashback to abuse I received from my step-mother when I was a child. I kept going. Sadness and depression turned to rage and eventually to zeal for my value as a human. As I hit the peak of my workout, I began to have words with my step-mother in the private of my heart.
I was reminded of a truth I had long forgotten. Misery is a choice. The only reason we do not have joy is because we allow people and circumstances to steal it from us. My step-mother’s abuse stopped decades ago. The one causing my continued anguish was me. Fault equals power. I am not responsible for the abuse I suffered, my blindness, or my chronic nerve pain. I have the power to choose my response. Strength and courage are choices, not static attributes. Adventure is a state of mind. How I live it is up to me. Thank you, Onnit.
Living with low vision
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
By Donna Williams
When I was very young and attended classes for blind children I used to go around touching things instead of looking at them. My parents saw this as a
bad habit since I wasn’t using the little bit of vision I had been given. They eventually got through to me the importance of utilizing my eyesight as
well as my other senses. As I grew older I began to realize that if I could use my eyes it wouldn’t be as obvious to others that I had a vision problem.
My drooping eyelids always gave me away though so I don’t know what I was hoping to accomplish. I can see colors, body shapes, and sizes, and my vision
is great if I am in close proximity to something or someone. However it is still easy to be tricked. If I’m at a party and two people who look similar
in body build are wearing the same shirt it can make for interesting mistakes. This has happened to me. I’ve also been known to walk with confidence while
inside of a building only to find out too late what I assumed was a ramp was really a full flight of steps. Yes, I had a nice trip and saw everyone looking
down on me after the fall. Lol.
Navigating the new normal has been interesting too. A week ago I finally had the opportunity to go for my mammogram. Since my Mom was due for one too
we went together. When we arrived we found out we couldn’t park where we wanted. Nor could we go in the entrance we were planning to. Everyone had to
go in the front door and be screened prior to proceeding to their destination within the hospital. This meant we had to walk across the street and around
the building then retrace our steps once we were inside. As we were waiting our turn in the screening line my Mom pointed out the little blue circles
on the floor. Technically both of us should have been standing on separate ones but since we came together and she was helping me navigate we decided it
really didn’t matter. We had our masks on and our temperatures were taken. Green tags were issued and directions were given. As we boarded the elevator
my Mom pointed out the little blue circles that were marking where people needed to stand. Once again I ignored them since we were the only two in the
car. Once we were in the breast center I noticed chairs with little blue signs on them. To me they looked the same as the other blue circles I’d already
seen. A woman called us over to her station and since my appointment was first I checked in. When I was done my Mom started to give her information.
As she did I turned to find a seat. I walked over to where I saw a blue sign and was about to pick it up when my Mom realizing what I was about to do
came over and told me that the sign said not to sit there. I know I had a confused expression on my face because all the other blue circles indicated where
people were supposed to stand. Now I was being told something different. Wouldn’t it be nice if all signs of the same color in the same institution were
I think it’s interesting the creativity that medical facilities utilize in order to keep everyone safe. In my eye doctor’s socially distant waiting room
chairs are spaced 6 feet apart. When someone is done sitting in a seat it is sprayed with a disinfecting solution and wiped down. I hope it does its job
better then it smelled. The stench was awful even with a mask on. I already told you about the breast center. They had those little blue circle signs
on every other chair. And on Friday when I went to my GP they had every other chair available. In between were two chairs stacked. One chair was facing
the wall instead of outward and the other one was stacked on top with its legs pointing up toward the ceiling.
In a little over a week I will be going to another medical appointment. It will be interesting to see how they have the waiting room set up. On the other
hand I may not have an in-person visit since as far as I understand it the place where her office is located is temporarily closed. This could possibly
mean a virtual visit which will also be interesting. Some doctors are using Zoom to connect with patients when they need to see what’s going on. I have
been using Zoom for over a year now but only via phone. If I need to connect with my doctor in this way I expect it will be quite an adventurous learning
In the meantime I’m happy to report that my mammogram went well and so did the visit with my GP.
I need to end with a story about divine intervention. When I scheduled my appointment for blood work to be done I was told that the GP I usually see would
not be available till the end of September. I had no choice but to schedule a visit with his partner. I know him but don’t usually see him for my medical
needs so I was a little nervous about how the appointment would go. Over the years it has been such a problem for medical personnel to get blood from
me without having to dig or chase after a rolling vein. For some glorious reason my regular doctor can do what he needs to on the first try. Don’t get
me wrong, it still hurts but at least it isn’t excruciating torture. I wasn’t sure his partner could do as well taking my blood. On the morning of my
visit I could not relax. I knew that would cause my blood pressure to rise and it would make the blood test more painful. I had been drinking a lot of
water in order to help my veins show up better. I kept praying as I sat in the waiting room. I asked God to help this other doctor to find my vein with
minimal discomfort. Soon it was time for me to go back. When the woman who does the preliminaries was leaving the room she casually mentioned that the
doctor I usually see would be right in. He was back early. Now that’s what I call divine intervention.
I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. Feel free to write me at:
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady
April 2018 repeat article.
I have been writing this column for over seven years now. Each time I sit down at my computer to compose another article, I try to think of topics that I have not already written about. Reading over the responses to the recent Blind Post questionnaire, I found that most of you would like more recipes, tips on home management, and many wanted more information on adjusting to vision loss.
I have been reflecting on my own sight loss. Total blindness was at age 20, legally blind from 15 to 19, and near-sighted wearing glasses throughout most of my grammar school years. I had several detached retinas in my right eye ages 9, 10, and 11. Missed a lot of school, but had wonderful home tutors. I got glaucoma in my right eye at age 11 and on Christmas break that year I had my right eye removed and had a prosthetic eye made. Quite an adjustment for a little girl. My left eye was fine until around age 15 when a lot of my vision seemed to be changing. About a month or so into my sophomore year at high school, I transferred to another high school where they had a resource room for visually impaired students, attending regular classes, with assistance with whatever adaptations I needed for reading and tests. That is where I was really first introduced to other blind and partially sighted people.
In my junior year, I started having retina problems with my remaining eye. I missed a lot of school due to eye surgeries, but was able to have a home tutor. Again in my senior year I missed another big chunk of school, and was able to graduate with my class due to more home tutoring.
Then college and then more sight loss and the realization that I needed to go to a place to learn how to be blind.
It was at age 20 that my left eye had developed glaucoma and I made the decision to have that one removed and get a prosthetic eye. I just couldn’t deal with the pain. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision, but with so much scar tissue from all the surgeries, I don’t think any new procedure would have helped.
I have much to write about. Some of it was exciting and fun, but much was difficult. I can honestly say that if I didn’t have a sense of humor, I don’t think I could have dealt with losing my vision very well.
Most of you know that Joshua, that writes Blind man walking, is my son. When he was around two and a half years old, he started having some vision problems. His father and I had separated and I was a single Mom from then on. Joshua went through a lot of eye sight changes and by the time he was in high school he lost most of his eyesight. I have experienced being a blind mother while married for a couple years, and then a single mother after that. Joshua was already 19 when I married my current husband, tom, who has RP and has very recently lost most of his vision.
I think going forward, with this column, I will try to give a bit of my story with adjusting and learning new things, along with some tips and recipes. I encourage you to please send me specific questions and what you would like to know, so I can provide material that you can use in your own situations.
A tip concerning automatic dishwashers.
I had experience with loading dishwashers , with sight, from age seven on. After completely losing my vision I did not live in a home that had a dishwasher until much later. I think after about age 30 in one place, and then consistently over the last 12 years.
They are all different. I look at it like a puzzle I have to figure out. You want to have your top part of your dishwasher for glasses, cups and small bowls and place them all upside down. In the bottom part, the utensil compartment is different in each model. Some are in the middle, some on the sides, and then some in the front. These utensil baskets usually can be removed to make it easier to put them away after they are clean.
The important thing to remember is that you need room for the water to get between your plates, other dishes and the upper part. I have actually had sighted people put their dishes too close and sort of stack them in the dishwasher and they just don’t come out clean.
I always rinse off my dishes and utensils before putting them in the dishwasher. I try to figure out which way the plates can be placed, to get as many in there as possible, allowing for about a half inch of space between each. This is where each model is different. Sometimes it is easier from back to front. My current one works best from side to side. That is why I look at it like a puzzle. I want to get the most dishes in and still get clean dishes.
Large bowls and pots and pans can sometimes fit around the plates on the bottom. Wherever there is room as long as the water, which usually comes from the center and bottom, can get to the inside. These also need to be placed either sideways or upside down.
Note on utensils like spatulas and long knives, I will lay these in the top either on the side or in the middle between other items. Sometimes they can fit in the utensil basket underneath, if not too long.
Also, I will put my plastic cutting board on one side of the bottom, as long as the top can easily roll in and out.
I use individually wrapped tabs of compressed dishwasher powder. (Finish Powerball Tablet Dishwasher Detergent ) This makes it much easier to put into the compartment on the inside of the door, where it has a little door that you close after you’ve placed the soap.
There are liquid filled packs you can buy too. I have found that the loose powder or liquid is just too messy to deal with, and I could not get a very accurate measurement.
Now most appliances these days come with flat panels, or screens with undetectable buttons. I have had a sighted friend assist me with reading me what they are, in the correct order from left to right, while I record it. I then will use bump dots to place on the ones I want to use or know about, with sighted assistance. I will then practice turning it on and off, while my friend is there, to double check that I am actually doing it correctly. You can also use braille markings with dymo tape. On my dishwasher I have a dot on the normal wash, one on the start, and one on cancel. I always use the normal wash, and I like to know where the cancel is because I might hit the wrong thing some time and need to know how to stop it and put it back to off and then I hit the normal and then start. I do the same thing for my oven.
A recipe from a subscriber:
Lemon Icebox Pie
1 already made pie shell, graham cracker crust
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 can condensed milk
1 tub Cool Whip or La Creme or other whipped topping.
Note from Food Lady, ( I am assuming that all ingredients are mixed.)
1. Pour all into pie shell.
2. Chill until ready to serve.
3. Can be varied to use, lime or orange, strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, etc.
Uplift, inspirational articles from Ruth
The first part of this poem was written in 2011 after the loss of my only Son. I had many questions; but dare not question GOD; because I was always taught
not to question GOD. I kept that question in my painful hurting heart, and decided to Praise Him every time that I wanted to ask ‘Why?’. Needless to say,
answers we think should be evident are not revealed until your heart is better prepared for Reality. So, I heard these words in my heart, and began to
write. During this time of Covid-19 more has been added to it, and my decision was to share it with your faithful Readers.
By True E. Readywriter
ROMANS 8:28 (KJV)
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
“GOD always brings Good out of evil” Unknown
When I get to Heaven,
I’m going to bow really low before HIM,
Why Lord? Why Lord?
Why Lord, why?
Why all the suffering?
Why all the pain?
Why all the heart ache,
And the shame?
And I’ll ask Why Lord? Why Lord?
Why, Lord, why?
And when I get to Heaven,
I’ll see it in His eyes;
Written in the skies.
And I’ll know,
Why, Lord, why, Lord,
Yes, I’ll know why., Lord, why.
No more night around me,
Waiting for the Light,
No more wrong surround me,
Masquerading as the right.
No more angry faces,
Pretending to be kind,
No unfamiliar places
Challenging the Blind.
No more being pushed around in a crowd,
No blaspheming, voices,
Rash and loud.
No questions without answers,
No Goodness for sale,
No rain, no wind, no fire, no earthquakes,
No snow, no floods, no drought, no hale,
No bombs, no guns, no knives to kill,
No secret plots,
Only His Will!
No more hungry children,
No more Homeless Folks,
No more being the brunt of,
The Rich Man’s jokes.
A simple drink of water,
Would quench the thirst,
But not if you are trampled,
By those who must be first.
No more weeping,
No more dying,
No more longing for The Good.
No false hope in a cruel world
When I look into your Glorious Face,
Your Wonderful Everlasting Amazing, Grace,
Unites with my spirit,
My soul soars high,
And now, I know why.
Yes, I know why, Lord, Yes, I know why.
Prone on Heavenly Streets, I prostrate.
Tears of Joy,
For Your Humble Submission
Giving me permission,
To ever be in Your Presence,
And now, I know why.
Thank You Dear LORD JESUS,
Now, I know why.
IN CHRIST I REMAIN…Ruth
Driving Miss Donna
“A Day at the Opera”
by: Lynn Anderson
Donna had received a wonderful opportunity to attend the opera at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). This program was offered to all Vista
Center staff and clients on a space available basis, or in other words, first come first served. Each client was allowed to bring along an attendant, friend
or a family member if so desired. Both Bevie and Donna were very anxious to attend this event, as a dear friend of theirs had worked as a Professor of
Music for UCSC in the Opera Department for over 35 years. This friend, also completely blind, was now a Vista Center volunteer and it was through her wonderful
influence at UCSC that Vista Center received this great offer. The opera was being put on by the graduate students in the Opera Department and looked to
be quite a professional production.
The plan, you know how much I love a good plan, was to pick Donna up at her apartment, then we would proceed to Bevie’s home, pick her up and drive over
to UCSC which is part way up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Then we would join the Vista Center group for lunch on the campus and attend the opera as a group.
It was a good plan, and all seemed to be going according to plan. Once Donna and her walker were secured in my car, we drove over to Bevie’s house to pick
her up, and also her guide dog, Riley, was along for the fun. When we arrived at UCSC, the parking lot was well, full. Since this was a performance during
the middle of the day, I didn’t think that parking would be a problem. Granted, UCSC is a large campus with a lot of staff and students, but I was beginning
to wonder why these cars were all here, getting in the way of my happy parking experience! I circled the lot for a while until finally a car backed out
of the handicapped parking spot and I quickly pulled in before any other members of the Vista group could beat me to the punch. Luckily, the parking spot
was located adjacent to the theatre where we would enjoy the performance. Even better! This would mean that Donna wouldn’t have to worry about a long walk
with her walker, which would add to her enjoyment of the day.
Just as I was about ready to exit the car, I noticed a sign that everyone had to pay for parking, even the handicapped spaces. In looking around the parking
lot, I noticed that there was only one parking kiosk area, and it was a long, long, long way from where I had parked. I wondered how they could expect
that a handicapped person would be able to walk that far in order to pay their parking fee! I guess I was grumbling a bit about this new development, because
Donna and Bevie were distracted enough from their gabbing to ask me what was wrong. “Oh, nothing,” I said, still kind of grumbly. “I have to pay for parking,
and the kiosk is at the other end of the parking lot.” I guess that Donna and Bevie weren’t feeling that sorry for my plight, as Bevie asked me if I minded
taking Riley along with me for a walk so that he would be ready for the day. “OK,” I answered, still feeling kind of grumbly. Bevie removed Riley’s harness
and clipped a leash on his collar. “Come on, Riley, let’s go!” I said as Riley and I jumped out of the car. Bevie called to me and warned me that Riley
was actually pretty strong, so to be careful walking with him. “No worries,” I said, a smile on my face. I love dogs and didn’t anticipate any problems.
I did wonder why Bevie warned me about Riley being strong, but didn’t give it another thought.
Riley is a handsome yellow Labrador, and I get the feeling that he is a lot smarter than me. He looked at me as though he was questioning what we were
doing and why I was dragging him along with me. When we started the long trek to the parking kiosk area, he wasn’t feeling it. He kept turning back toward
the car to where his mommy was, and kept trying to ditch me. I talked with him, tugged on the leash a bit and tried to get him interested in the walk.
It was a beautiful day, and the UCSC campus is very beautiful as well. I was hoping that Riley would enjoy his time out in nature, but he only wanted to
be with Bevie. I pondered what he was worried about; that he would never see Bevie again, that I might get lost heading back to the car or that he was
being dognapped? I’ll never know, but he resisted me all the way to the kiosk. By the time we got to the kiosk, there was a line and Riley was not happy.
He kept trying to pull me back to the car. I resisted, and finally it was our time at the parking machine. I read the instructions, put in my credit card,
punched in my space number, waited, and then, nothing! “What?” I said out loud, not meaning to speak out. “Is there a problem?” a young man behind me in
line asked. “It kicked my card out,” I kind of complained as Riley put steady pressure on the leash in the direction of the car. “Here, let me help, I
go to school here.” The young man keyed in the information for me, I inserted my card again, and it all magically worked! I had a parking ticket! I thanked
the young man, who I suspect was in a huge hurry to get to his classes! “OK, Riley,” I said brightly, “now we can go back to the car!” Do guide dogs understand
English? They must. Because after I said that, Riley set off at a run back to the car and I learned what Bevie meant by saying to be careful, because Riley
is very strong. I am not exaggerating. Riley headed out with me trying to keep up with him, and we made it back to the car in record time! Riley made a
straight path towards Bevie, who was now out of the car and reattaching Riley’s harness. I extracted Donna’s walker from the trunk while I was trying to
catch my breath, and all was now well with Riley’s world. My face was flaming hot from the untimely run, so I sat on Donna’s walker while she was exiting
the car. “Are you OK?” she asked as she reached for her walker. “Oh, great, just great,” I answered while glaring in Riley’s direction, “couldn’t be better.”
By the time we reached the Opera house, other members from Vista Center had arrived, and Donna, Bevie and Riley were whisked away with their friends. There
was a happy, chattering group of about 25 people and we made our way over to a set of tables where we were going to enjoy lunch together, and also a lecture
from the current head of the Opera Department of UCSC. Donna and Bevie’s friend had a chance to speak to the group since she had set everything in place,
and then we enjoyed the lecture about the opera program. I didn’t see Donna, Bevie or Riley until it was time to head into the theatre for the performance.
When the Vista group staff and clients assembled, the rest of us were kind of in the way! Since Donna moves slowly, we were at the back of the group walking
into the theatre, which actually worked out pretty well, since we weren’t rushed along. Once inside, Donna and I asked the attendant where the handicapped
seating was located, so that Donna could use her walker as a wheelchair. That way she wouldn’t have to walk down any stairs. Bevie had also called the
theatre ahead of the event and asked if she could bring in her guide dog, and she was assured that there wasn’t any problem with Riley.
The first problem was that the attendant explained to Donna that all of the handicapped seating was filled, and that she couldn’t take her walker to any
of the lower seating, because it would block the aisle. Donna was beginning to panic a bit, because the theatre wasn’t handicapped accessible in any way.
Although the building was lovely, it was probably built in the 50’s or 60’s, and aisles were narrow and there was no way to reach our assigned seats without
walking down the stairs. There weren’t any railings to hold onto while going down the stairs, and the stair steps themselves were not uniform. There were
short half steps and deeper stair steps where the chairs were located on the rows. When you first walk into the theatre, you are at the top of the seating
area, and you have to walk down the very uneven steps to get to the bottom of the theatre, where the stage area is located. “I can’t do this,” Donna said,
a worried tone in her voice. “It’ll be OK,” I reassured her, “I’ll help you down the steps and make sure that you are seated, so it should work out just
fine.” It would’ve worked out just fine, but at that moment, Bevie, who had taken the seat next to my chair in the row, had Riley lying down beside her
in the aisle. Donna had just descended one of the shorter stair steps and was about ready to walk down the larger stair step, when the attendant told Bevie
in no uncertain terms that Riley could not lie in the aisle and block the aisle due to fire department regulations.
The second problem was that I had to turn and help Bevie find another place to sit, since all of the handicapped seating was taken. Bevie was upset and
wanting to leave the theatre if she couldn’t have Riley sit near her. Actually, I doubt that Riley would have left Bevie’s side for any reason! Finally,
a couple sitting in the handicapped seating offered to give Bevie one of their seats so that she could have Riley near to her. As I was helping Bevie and
Riley to relocate seats, I heard Donna’s voice saying, “Ms. A!!” I didn’t turn toward Donna right away, as I wanted to make sure that Bevie was settled
in the handicapped seat and Riley was safely next to her.
The third problem, was that I didn’t turn to Donna right away. When I finally turned towards her, she was waiving her hands in the air, trying to keep
her balance on that narrow step, and just about ready to plunge down the steps toward the stage area. People were passing her on the steps trying to reach
their seats and she had been jostled quite a bit. Without a railing to hold onto, she was just about ready to go! She said “Ms. A!!” in a very loud voice
and I finally came to enough to realize that there was a huge problem! I grabbed Donna by the arm, helped her down the final steps to her chair and made
sure that she was securely in place! My heart was pounding in my chest and Donna was breathing deeply with her hands covering her face as she kept asking
me, “didn’t you hear me? Didn’t you hear me calling for your help?” I felt terrible, to put it mildly. Donna was shaking she was so upset and I was trying
to offer what comfort I could. Finally, the opera started and Donna was able to relax, and said she was feeling calmer. The opera was done so beautifully
by the graduate students and we were all so glad to be in attendance!
I think that the opera was sung in Italian, (I could be wrong about that), but since I don’t speak Italian, I didn’t understand a word. The music was beautiful,
but I think that I spent most of the time during the presentation just breathing calmly and wondering how we were going to get out of here once the opera
was completed. The attendant had taken Donna’s walker away from the seating area to who knows where, and I was wondering if we would ever see it again.
I think Donna was worried about that too, as she would look around the theatre from time to time. Bevie seemed to be having a wonderful time talking to
the person seated next to her in the handicapped area and Mr. Riley was fast asleep and snoring slightly. At least we were all safely in the theatre and
for now, all was well. But I knew that after the performance, the group would break up quickly and head out the door, so I needed to have my plan in place
before that time came.
I decided to take Donna up to the handicapped area after the performance and have her sit next to Bevie and Riley while I went in search of an attendant
who could bring me the walker. Then once that was located, have Bevie and Riley walk alongside Donna while we headed to the car. I would walk in front
of our group looking out for obstacles and tripping hazards. Of course, Riley was probably going to do that too, come to think of it! When the last bow
was made and the students received a standing ovation, I turned to look for Bevie up at the top of the theatre, and she was gone! Gone? How could she be
gone? Was Riley never going to trust me again, and so he just disappeared with his mother?? I didn’t want to leave Donna alone in the theatre while I ran
after Bevie, so I just decided to quietly panic and pretend to look like everything was in control! When that plan was slowly dissolving, an attendant
came over to Donna, with the walker, so Donna and I headed out of the theatre. But, still no Bevie and Riley! As we exited, I saw Bevie heading out with
a friend and her friend’s husband from Vista Center who yelled back to me that they were taking Bevie and Riley home. Then they were gone! Oh great, I
thought, lost her again!!
As I was pondering my demise at the hands of Bevie’s daughter, because I had once again lost her Mother, Donna touched me on the arm. “It’s OK,” she said,
“they are neighbors. They’ll get Bevie and Riley safely home.” “Are you sure?” I asked, still not convinced. Once again Donna gave me the look! “Well,”
I said, “if you’re sure.”
Once we were back in the car and had joined the long line of cars exiting the parking lot, Donna turned and said, “how about Baskin Robbins?” “Great idea,”
I said, “great idea!”
Blind people talking
A Fire station, Really?
By: Donna Kimball
This summer of 2020 has brought devastating fires to the State of California. After over 1,000 dry lightning strikes caused multiple fires throughout
California, the Central Coast where I live was ablaze! Three of the largest fires merged together causing thousands of people to be evacuated. Along with
so many other people I began watching the Cal-Fire updates in order to keep up with what the fires were doing.
Watching the Cal-Fire operations brought my memory back to 1986 when I had accepted my first job for the State of California. At that time, Cal-Fire was
known as the California Department of Forestry (CDF). When I received the invitation to interview for a receptionist position in the mountain town of Felton,
I was delighted! Even though I had already lived in Santa Cruz for several years, I didn’t know where Felton was, and had never been there. After looking
at a map, I took a beautiful drive up the winding Graham Hill Road to the sleepy little mountain town of Felton.
When I arrived at the District Office it was a beautiful sight with redwood trees in the front yard and other native landscaping. I was greeted by a friendly
receptionist and invited to sit in the open lobby. While I was waiting to be called for my interview, I noticed several very handsome men in uniform walking
up and down the hallway. My thoughts went right away to how much fun it would be to work in an office full of handsome, uniformed foresters! I had this
vision that I would work alongside them as they planted trees, helped the native wildlife with their habitats and made educational presentations at the
local schools. I saw myself with my clipboard in hand, my hiking boots and my backpack as I accompanied the foresters. This was in the days before iPAD
and other tablets. In fact, it was in the days before desktop computers were even around! When I was called in for my interview, I was not disappointed
to be seated in front of three ruggedly handsome men dressed in uniform! As I sat there, however, I could barely speak! I had lost my voice during the
night as I fretted about my upcoming interview! I was worried that the interview panel would kick me out of the room, because I answered each question
in a high, squeaky voice that would have made Mini Mouse proud! Since I was interviewing for the receptionist position, and they had no idea what my voice
really sounded like, I was sure that I didn’t stand a chance! I was hopeful that my many years of working for an answering service would weigh their selection
in my favor! However, in spite of having no voice, I was offered the job and gladly accepted.
During my first day of work, I happily got used to my position as receptionist in the front office. I met the other office workers and some of the foresters,
and my voice had even started to return! As I was tidying up my new work area and learning how to transfer phone calls and greet the public, I noticed
on the wall across from my desk a red light above one of the office doors. When I asked my supervisor what the red light was for, I was told it was for
the emergency command center for our fire department out back. I replied with a shocked voice, “we have an emergency command center? We have a fire department?”
When I interviewed for Department of Forestry, I had visions of rangers planting trees and maintaining forests, maybe even singing with the animals like
in a Disney animated movie! What was a fire department doing in my perfectly happy, calm world? What I thought would be a relaxing job turned out to be
a wildland fire fighting agency where every single day was a new crisis! It was then that I discovered that the California Department of Forestry was not
the entire name of the agency. CDF it turns out stood for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Fire protection? I’m terrified of fires,
absolutely terrified! How was this ever going to work out? I wondered if I shouldn’t give my notice right now before they expected me to go out and fight
I stayed on, and in the nine years I worked there, I learned more about firefighters, the incredibly important work that they do and how much I grew to
respect them. There were men and women, seasonal firefighters and permanent full-time firefighters, heavy equipment operators who go right out into the
fire lines and scrape away the vegetation that is burning to cut out roads for the fire engines. I learned that they hire civilian contractors to help
with their massive operations when a fire is burning freely out of control. I learned how grateful I was for their help in seemingly helpless situations
and I learned that they really know what they are doing! I also learned that they were good cooks, as they would often invite the clerical staff to join
them at the station house for a special lunch they had made just for us! The absolute best spaghetti and garlic bread! I also learned how much they respected
and appreciated the clerical staff who worked so hard to make sure that they were supported in their work.
I also learned that the red light above the emergency command center went on frequently during the summer fire season. At that point in time the firefighters
would be hustling down the halls and heading out for the latest call for help. They went throughout the State of California, but also would be sent out-of-state
to help when there was a request for mutual assistance. Winters were usually quieter, but the firefighters would also be sent out to traffic accidents,
medical incidents, or any calls for assistance from the Sheriff Department. It was a very busy place to work!
Over the course of several years I had promoted and was moved into the financial part of the clerical workforce. I was invited to travel to Northern California
to work on a large fire as clerical support. My job at that incident was to pay the private heavy equipment operators and other contractors who were hired
to assist in fighting the fire. During really large fire events, it is very common to hire outside help to make sure that there are plenty of resources
on hand. It was a great opportunity to work alongside the firefighters and get a first hand experience in the hiring of private services. It was a great
job because I was in charge of keeping track of the hours worked and handwriting checks to pay each worker in person. They all came with a smile and a
thank you. During my time there, I was able to work as a clerical person on three large fire incidents, and each time I reported away from Felton for duty,
I felt very honored to be there.
The current fires in California have brought back so many memories of my time working for CDF so many years ago. It has been a blessing as I hear the reports
from Cal-Fire and learn so many new procedures they have implemented in fighting fires these days. At this point in time, the current fires have been going
almost two weeks and are just over 50% contained. The residents here are so very grateful for all the efforts of our local firefighters as well as many
firefighters who have come throughout our country to fight the devastating fires currently burning all throughout California. We’ve also had the California
Conservation Corp (CCC) and National Guard come to help aid putting the fires out. It has truly been a massive effort!
I feel very blessed for the years I was able to work for CDF and gain an insight and understanding of the wonderful people who run to the fires in order
to help those of us who run away from them.
Yarn, hook, and needle Crafts
Get Ready for Fall
By Greg Capps
The weather has started to change, the apples are being harvested, and it's time to think about shorter days and spooks and goblins. This month I have
for you an Apple Coaster for crochet and a Skull Dishcloth for knitting. The coaster could be turned into a hot pad by crocheting two and stitching them
together. Happy stitching everyone till next time.
Worsted weight cotton yarn, small amount red and green; tapestry needle.
Row 1: Ch13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; ch1, turn.
Rows 2 & 3: 2 Sc in first sc, sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last st; ch1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each sc across; ch1, turn.
Row 5: Rep Row 2.
Row 6: Rep Row 4.
Row 7: Rep Row 2.
Row 8: Rep Row 4.
Row 9: Sc first 2 sc together, sc in each st across to last 2 sc, sc last 2 sc together; ch1, turn.
Row 10: Sc in each st across; ch1, turn.
Row 11: Rep Row 9.
Row 12: Rep Row 10.
Row 13: Rep Row 9.
Row 14: Rep Row 10.
Rows 15-17: Rep Row 9.
Row 18: Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Fasten off.
Row 19: Sk2 sc in middle and join yarn with sl st in next st; 2 sc in same sc, sc in next 2 sc. Do not fasten off.
Edging: Sc evenly around entire apple, working sl st only in the 2 missed sts, sc around to first sc, join with sl st. Fasten off.
Leaves: Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 2 chs, tr in last ch; ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch. Fasten off
leave a tail to Sew the leaves to the top of the apple.
Skull Dishcloth or Washcloth
With Worsted Weight yarn and and 4.5 mm knitting needles (US size 7, UK size 7) finished square is approximately 26 cm x 26 cm (10 inches x 10 inches)
Cast on 45
Work 7 rows of (K1,P1) to last stitch, K1
Row 8: K1, P1, K1, P1, K37, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 9 and All Odd Numbered Rows: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P35, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 10: K1, P1, K1, P1, K14, P9, K14, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 12: K1, P1, K1, P1, K12, P13, K12, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 14: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P4, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P4, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 16: K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 18: K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P1, K2, P11, K2, P1, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 20: K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P1, K1, P13, K1, P1, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 22: K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P17, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 24: K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P6, K5, P6, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 26: K1, P1, K1, P1, K9, P7, K5, P7, K9, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 28: K1, P1, K1, P1, K8, P9, K3, P9, K8, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 30: K1, P1, K1, P1, K7, P4, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P4, K7, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 32: K1, P1, K1, P1, K6, P4, K6, P2, K1, P2, K6, P4, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 34: K1, P1, K1, P1, K6, P4, K6, P5, K6, P4, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 36: K1, P1, K1, P1, K6, P5, K5, P5, K5, P5, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 38: K1, P1, K1, P1, K6, P25, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 40: K1, P1, K1, P1, K6, P25, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 42: K1, P1, K1, P1, K6, P25, K6, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 44: K1, P1, K1, P1, K7, P23, K7, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 46: K1, P1, K1, P1, K7, P23, K7, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 48: K1, P1, K1, P1, K8, P21, K8, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 50: K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P17, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 52: K1, P1, K1, P1, K13, P11, K13, P1, K1, P1, K1
Even Rows 54-56: K1, P1, K1, P1, K37, P1, K1, P1, K1
Rows 57-63: Work 7 rows of (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Cast off, weave in ends and block.
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