The blind Post classified news February 11, 2019

The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
February 11, 2019

Current subscribers to date: 1177

Contents for this month’s issue:

From the editor, by Lori Motis.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.

This months columns:

Uplift, A VALENTINE’S THOUGHT by True E. Ready writer (A Christian Writer)
Living with low vision, By Donna Williams
Blind Man Walking, Extremes by Joshua Loya.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, Tools I use to assist me.
Dear Food Lady, questions and answers.
The bookshelf, Book review from David f on Outside myself by Kristen Witucki.
Yarn, hook, and needle, Mittens and/or fingerless gloves 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.

From the editor:

Hello readers,
I hope all of you are staying warm this February with all the strange weather, at least across the United States. After a wonderful mild winter, this week in Idaho we have snow and chilly temperatures with wind that brings it down to freezing. Not the best weather for stepping out for a nice walk, unless you bundle up and put your yacktracks on your boots. I rather stay in where it’s nice and warm and cozy reading a good book and sipping something yummy and hot.
I personally do not like walking in that cold wind. For one thing, it is very difficult to hear, and well frankly, I just don’t like my face getting frozen.

This month we did not get a sponsor, but we have lots of notices, news, articles and I have an announcement. I will be a guest on The No Name Show with Him & Her presented by Dave G and Becky on MCBVI radio on Tuesday February 19 at 6:00 PM Eastern. You can participate in the show by calling (616) 818-0312.
The No Name Show with Him & Her airs live on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 PM Eastern, and replays on Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM Eastern.
To listen to the most listened to show on MCBVI Radio, The No Name Show with Him & Her, go to:

There is a list of listening options, including how to listen via the phone.
You can also listen on your Echo device. In your Alexa app under skills, search for MCBVI, under music, and then when you find it you enable the skill. Then you just have to ask her to play MCBVI radio. You must clearly enunciate the initials for her to get it. She can be a little slow at times.
I believe you can also hear it live on The Listen Factor.
There are many more wonderful shows on MCBVI radio. I am looking forward to the interview.

Enjoy this month’s news and don’t forget to share it with all you know that would be interested.
We are growing every month and many, many more are visiting the website.
Thank you,
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
A great place to share and sell!

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Would you like to be put on the mailing list?
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Wanted, to trade, or to give away:


Update to Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.

More encouraging sermons to keep our hearts and minds steadfast.

Option 1: Wonderful Discussion on Marriage from God's Viewpoint, preacher unknown.
Option 2: The Silence Is Broken, by Jeff Purswell.
Option 3: Joy in Tribulation, by Ron Crisp.
Option 4: Why Christians Lack Assurance, by Joel Beeke.
Option 5: Man and the Spirit World, Part 2 of a series, by C. Fred Dickason.
Option 6: Abraham's Intercession, by Joel Beeke.
Option 7: Melaleuca News, by Linda Stewart, talking mostly about essential oils and blends, and some low carb, low sugar, delicious protein drinks.
Option 8: Serving God with Your Life, by Dr. Jim Jorgensen.
Option 9: The Spider of Gluttony, by Scotty Gibbons.

Thank you for forwarding this to your friends. If you have received this email as a forward, I hope you will check out Sermons on the Phone and email me directly so you can receive biweekly updates. Just write me at
and I will gladly add you to the list with joy!
The sermons will be changed again on February 23 after 7 p.m. Eastern. If you are interrupted while listening to a sermon, you can hang up and call back later and hit your option number and be right where you left off. Listen to the main menu where I tell about using all the good features to help you make the most of this system.
Call: 773-572-6206.

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Check out Eyes On Success radio and podcast:

1904 Sight Impaired Surfing Champion (Jan. 23, 2019)
Despite being totally blind, Joshua Loya engages in many extreme sports. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Joshua, who is a US Sight Impaired Surfing Champion, about how he got into surfing, the mechanics of surfing as a blind individual, how he works with his sighted coach, and his passion for succeeding in such sports.

1905 When Your Career Relies On Computers (Jan. 30, 2019)
Modern access technologies make careers that rely on the use of computers particularly amenable to people with vision impairments. Still, there are challenges that one must overcome. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Florian Beijers, a blind software developer, about his training, his work, and how he dealt with various challenges as they arose.

As usual the audio and show notes can be found at:
and you can now listen to Eyes On Success on your smart home device by simply saying (play Eyes On Success podcast”!

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Uplift, inspirational stories.


Greetings Blind Post Readers,
First, I’d like to apologize for not meeting you on January 2019, the first encounter of this wonderful year, and then, I’d like to say there is no excuse. None! Yes, December was busy and hurried; but the Joy of the Season was well worth it, wasn’t it? So, that is not my excuse.

A little look at my past ambitions: I always wanted a big, family; but practicality raised its head, and it reconstructed or rearranged my thoughts of grandeur and the hope of having “eight is enough” or “Little House on the Prairie”. I reposed in having two children, a boy and a girl, and that was enough for my house in the city. This story isn’t over. These two children, bless their hearts, grew up and began to multiply. (The quiver (Psalm 127:3-6; KJV) was filling up without me ever having a labor pain, and it was a great joy. Yes. I am a Grand Mother, and I do delight in the roll. My husband and I have enjoyed the pleasure and love of going to plays, concerts, awards programs, graduations, Christmas plays and concerts, football games, and all of that because of the Love of Our Creator GOD.

At Christmas time we can’t wait to give them a bag of great things. It is always a Blessing to hear the gratitude of our second generation children, and we love it.

This is the foundation of this article remembering LOVE, this Valentine’s Day. In 2010, our son died, very suddenly, leaving his parents with a hole in our souls large enough for a 747 plane to pass without touching, and even more tragic left us with a bunch of incredibly young children, looking for anyone to comfort their young yearning, hurting, and wondering hearts from a terrible tragedy. I decided to grab the reins, and, in case there is another person in this reading audience who, like me is blind and older than many, I petitioned the LORD about my hurting Grand Children. Should I send them to a Psychologist, a Pastor, a Doctor for depression, what should I do? First things first…I Prayed, and Prayed, and Prayed and the answer came through the quiet settlings of my heart. “You love and cherish every one of these children, they need the comfort of someone whom they know knew their father, and someone they can confide their hearts’ pain and sorrow. I was chosen. I was nervous; but I know that GOD doesn’t make mistakes.

The first time that all of them were together; they looked at some videos that my son had made. He was a real comedian, and the videos brought him to their hearts – alive. They, as a group, laughed, they cried and they talked about this funny Uncle and Father, whom they would never again see him walking and throwing them up in the air and catching them. No more. They needed to talk. We, the Mothers and my husband and I decided to have a time every week when they could talk with Grandma. We called it “Grandma Phone”. Readers, this worked out so well; because every child could talk, as long as they desired and in private with Grandma on a certain day. Their grades began to come back up; I intended to mention that every one of these children presented us with an”F” on their report cards. As a group, we talked about the grades openly and looked to one another for encouragement and even help. Readers, it worked. By the end of that school year, every “F” was dissolved and Grandma Phone was established. Grandma Phone continued for approximately 5 or 6 years, and then the children were older and there were things that Grandma Phone probably should not be privy to, and that is about right.

Here is the synopsis:
One Grand boy has been married for two years. (Attended College one year)
One Grand Boy – engaged and in the military for one year. (One year of college)
One Grand boy working for Burger King. Maybe engaged this year.
One Grand boy working for Pizza Hut. (Graduates this year from high school.)
One Granddaughter manages a game room, and has attended college for one year.
One Granddaughter Dances Interpretive Gospel and works for McDonalds and will graduate from high school next year.
One Granddaughter dances Gospel Hip Hop – goes to middle school this year.
One Granddaughter is on the Step Team in middle school.

If we don’t take time with them, who will? Who cares enough for your Grand child to bring him from grief and bewilderment to regain his GOD given place in life? You. You have thoughts of Love for your children and you can do it. We must lay love life lines while we are still alive. Take your thoughts of Love for your children, your spouse, and your friends and be very open about your love for them.

Happy Valentine’s Day.
In Christ I remain…
True E. Ready writer (A Christian Writer)

Living with low vision

Some Funnies

By Donna Williams
Before I get to the humor I thought I’d give a quick update regarding my goal plan for 2019.

I have been doing better posting to email lists and last month as promised I did a book review for the DBReview list. I also have one planned for this month.

I did some research into the choir that sings for Hospice patients and I learned that the chapter closest to where I live concentrates their efforts in ritzy areas. That’s not my idea of providing a service. Sure those people may be dying but I think the people most in need are those who might not be able to afford the entertainment. They say each session is free to patients however if that is the case why not go into other areas too? I’m sure by now you realize my decision is to not sing with them.

Regarding posting weekly to my blog. I’m afraid I’ve been lax on that but not for the reason you might think. Shortly after my last article was published in this magazine I received a notice from Google and from its content I have the impression that my blog will be shut down shortly. That coupled with a few other things that have been going on in my life have made inspiration and focus for writing almost impossible. In fact even as recent as an hour ago I was beginning to think that I might not have a submission for this month. However all is not lost! An email saved the day.

I was reviewing minutes from an organization I belong to when inspiration struck. I was reminded of the minutes I have to write up for our low vision group. As I thought of our last meeting I smiled remembering all the funny stories we shared. Obviously I have some of my own and what better time to share them. The weather is cold, the skies are gray, and some of us are suffering from the post-holiday doldrums. I hope you enjoy reading about these experiences as much as I am enjoying writing about them.

Since it is winter I will start with the one about snow. A friend was visiting me and we decided to go to the mall. It was raining when we left but we weren’t worried since the temperature was supposed to rise. Apparently the weathermen got it wrong because while my friend and I were eating we heard 2 ladies chatting at the next table. They kept talking about a world of white outside. I figured we’d better go and check it out. I was dismayed to realize I could not distinguish where the bus stop was. I asked someone to help us get to it and the whole time we were riding home I began to worry about how I was going to get us from that bus stop to where I lived. When the bus arrived at our destination we began walking. The snow was still falling and at first it was very quiet. Then suddenly a horn honked. Thinking it was my neighbor I waved. Then another car came along and the driver did the same thing. Again I waved. After a few more cars came by doing the same thing my friend finally asked why no one was stopping to offer us a ride. We were walking past the house next door to where I lived when my neighbor called out “hey, do you realize you are walking down the middle of the street?” I think what happened is we had started out walking on the sidewalk and somehow while crossing a driveway we ended up out in the street. It was such a world of white that there was no way to distinguish between street and sidewalk. It didn’t help that I didn’t have my cane with me. I figured that since my friend had hers I didn’t need one.

The next one I will share happened to me when I attended my first ACB convention. Because I made my reservations so late I had to stay in the overflow hotel.

On the night of the showcase of Performing Arts I met some people from the state of Delaware. One of the guys was interested in sitting with me during the show and afterward we went and got something to drink. We spent so long talking that we realized we’d miss the last shuttle back to the overflow hotel. He asked me if I knew where to find the exit and I said very confidently that I did. We walked briskly through the lobby toward the front door. I reached up to open it and thought I saw someone standing there. I moved aside and so did they. I put my hand out and realized I was standing in front of a mirror and that mirror was facing toward the door. I turned us around thinking I could go straight and the exit would be there but no such luck. In order to get where we needed to be I had to navigate around some little tables and chairs. I did this with ease and reached for a door handle. There was none but I could see outside. I began feeling all along the glass looking for a way to exit. By this time I was totally confused. I was positive this was where we needed to be. In the meantime I heard someone say the last shuttle had just left. I started to panic and my new friend said all calm and cool, “wow, guess we’ll be spending the night in this posh lobby! I’ve always wanted to do that!” I didn’t want to so I began to come up with a plan. We walked in a circle around the lobby. Every time we came to what I thought looked like a door I began searching for a handle. Oddly no one was paying any attention to us as we continued to walk in circles. That is until I decided to try opening what I thought was a door by pulling it from the top. As I pulled it came off in my hand. It was then that a member of the hotel staff came running over and informed me that I’d taken a mirror off the wall. I laughed nervously and apologized. I explained our situation to her and she showed us where the door was. As we stood there the shuttle driver returned and the woman who finally helped us rushed over to let him know we needed a ride to our hotel. I’m sure they were glad to see us leave.

That’s not the end of the story though. The next day when my new friend joined my roommate and I for breakfast we all had a good laugh when she proceeded to tell a weird story about a couple walking around in circles in the main convention hotel lobby. She had no idea it was us because I was too frustrated and embarrassed when I came in the night before to tell her what had happened.

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

Blind man walking


By Joshua Loya

There are moments when I feel on top of things, and there are moments where I struggle greatly. Sometimes it is all I can do to get out of bed and feed my dog, but I do because he is depending on me. It’s what needs to be done. Hobbs can’t feed himself.

There are also moments in which I am on top of the world. In 2018, I won 2 surf contests, and came in at a very close 2nd place in another. I was also a member of the USA Surfing Adaptive Surf Team, which took team gold at this year’s Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships. I have 5 black belts, and I am the co-head instructor of a martial arts school. I have had several other high points, just in the last 12 months. What is the important thing that I do right, even when I fail? I keep going.

There are going to be moments that you find profoundly challenging. The question isn’t if you will fall, but what you will do when you fall.

About a week ago, I went slack lining. Slack lining is balance training along a length of line, no wider than 1 foot, sometimes less. As you walk toward the center of the line, there is more give in the line, and it becomes increasingly more unstable. As you move beyond this point, the tension increases, and it becomes easier to walk along the line. I didn’t even get beyond taking more than 4 or 5 steps. What was required was so beyond my prior experience, that it was all I could do to stay balanced on the line without any support. I got there, but I fell off the line countless times. Thankfully, when I was first learning, the line was fairly close to the ground. I also had good air sense and knew how to fall because of my martial arts and surfing experience. The point is, I struggled, and I got steadily better, as I began to understand what was required for this new skill.

Regardless of how much more slack lining I do, it taught me an important lesson. John White, the man who taught me the basics of slack line training, put it this way. “Embrace the suck.” The more you try to fight what is, the harder it will be for you to move beyond it. The key is to keep moving. If you give up, then you can’t get better. If you keep at it, even if it takes you a while, then you have ever increasing opportunities to improve.

Life has its challenges, but if you stay where you are because you can’t be perfect, you’ll miss out on so much of the treasure that you would otherwise find. The treasure of deeply meaningful experiences that stay with you, to give you strength, even in the dark times. Keep going, even at a snail’s pace. Moving slowly is still moving. Better, even a little bit better, is still better. Better is good. Better is winning.

Joshua Loya is a martial artist and professional adventurer living
near San Diego, California.
Learn more about him by visiting his website: http://
Email him at Joshua@

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

Tools I use to assist me

with my decluttering and organization of my home; as well as, recipes, cooking, packages, and more.

I am so thankful for technology. It is a wonderful blessing in my life today as a blind person. When I think about when I first lost my sight completely, and how I had to organize my home and try to label things, so I knew what they were, well it doesn’t compare to the ease of today. Then I used various creative methods of labeling in braille, tape, rubberbands, and my memory, which was so much keener back then. I still needed a lot of sighted assistance to accomplish those tasks. Today I can use my iPhone with apps specifically for vision impaired people to do the same thing. The really great thing for me at least, since I am so impatient, is that I don’t have to wait for a sighted friend or relative to come over and bombard them with the stack of items that I want to know what they are. It is such a stress release for me to read what my mail is the day I get it.

I still will use my old Open Book program to scan certain printed material, but I now use the Seeing AI app for almost everything. Also, the Be my eyes app is a great app to use when the Seeing AI app doesn’t help me see what I need, or want, to see.

I use the Seeing AI app to read my mail, food packages, bottles including prescriptions and vitamins, money, and I have had great success even reading handwriting on cards. I have even used it to read my computer screen when my screen reader refuses to talk and that is a great help.

It has taken me a lot of tries to figure out the best distance to hold the phone and point the camera at what I want to read. I have found that about 8 to 10 inches seems to work for most items. Of course, I need to turn on the lights usually, although there does seem to be a light that comes on when it is dark, on the phone itself.

The Be my eyes app is wonderful for those items that I cannot figure out what in the heck they are, whether it is a package that was delivered or a food that the Seeing AI app cannot recognize, or my memory cannot remember.
You use the app to call a live volunteer, of which there are many, and you are connected in a matter of seconds. I have not ever had to wait long. Through the app, using your back facing camera on the smart phone, they can talk to you and look through the camera to assist you with what you want to know. They can let you know if you need to rotate the item or turn it over or move it to the right or left. The people I have connected with have been very nice and really want to help with whatever it is you need. I have heard of some vision impaired people getting assistance in putting something together with reading the directions and visually assisting via the camera. I have not personally done that, but it is nice to know that I can get a sighted person any time of the day to help with a need I might have.
I have heard rumors that there might be a way to someday do this with a computer, but do not know how that would be done.
If you use either of these apps to help you, or have others that you like and would recommend, email me and we can share them in future issues of the Blind Post.

Food Lady

Dear Food Lady:

Question 1:

I am interested in hearing different ways that blind folks have come up with for keeping jewelry organized, especially how to deal with keeping different colors sorted.
Thanks so much.
Naomi in Michigan

Hi Naomi,
Thank you for your question. I have put earrings on index cards with braille notes on the cards to indicate their color and any other info that would help with what to wear them with or other jewelry matches. Someone with low vision can write notes using a black marker. Another option is small envelopes or small baggies and attaching notes to them too.
I know of some people that use a material board ,or long muffler, or scarf to put their earrings on. Ice cube trays can be used to organize earrings.
I personally use small cardboard jewelry boxes to keep matching sets together.
I also use the small index cards, and punch holes in them for my earrings, then brailled on the card what they are, like I mentioned above. I have one drawer devoted to all of my jewelry accessories. I have heard of hanging necklaces to the hangers of outfits that match. You could also hang the matching earrings in a bag with a string, or ribbon, to the hanger. This is a great idea for belts, ties, and other accessories that you want to keep together. Some of these larger items could be scanned with a color detector or other device to match.
If any reader knows of some other ideas, please email me.
Lori AKA Food Lady

Question 2:

Hello Lori. How do you measure small amounts of liquids? A teaspoon of vvanilla or a tablespoon of Worcestershire for example?
And here is a tip that you probably know. My Google assistant is quite good at answering simple equivalence questions. Something like: What is the equivalence between dry rosemary and fresh rosemary? How many cups of dry beans in a pound of beans? How many cups of cooked beans in a cup of dried beans?

Hi Harry,
Thank you for your question, and also for your tip. If you can find some long handle aluminum measuring spoons that can bend at the handle just above the spoon end, then you can use it like a ladle. If you use small jars like the size of a baby food jar, then you can put your vanilla in the jar and use the half teaspoon or teaspoon to gently dip into the liquid and lift it up and add to your mixture. This is how I first learned to measure liquids at the center for the blind I went to many many years ago. You can do the same for other kinds of liquid storing them in glass jars clearly labeled with the contents to use with measuring spoons that you can bend. I went to Walmart to check if I could find these kind of measuring spoons and they did not have any. I am not sure where to find them. I know back in the 70’s they were standard, but now days I am not sure.
I found another option on MaxiAids that I have not used, but sounds very interesting and I may purchase one in the near future:
Speaks Volumz- Talking 3-Cup Measuring Cup
Easy Cooking & Baking - Hear Measurements Spoken
List Price: $65.00 Our Price: $49.95
• Speaks measurements in English
• Measures weight & volume (cups/oz./ml./grams)
• Programmed conversion for water, oil, milk, flour & sugar
• Clear cup is dishwasher & microwave safe
• Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included)
Makes measuring cooking and baking ingredients easy! The Speaks Volumz Talking 3-Cup Measuring Cup lets you measure in cups, ounces, milliliters or grams and hear the measurements spoken in English. It's great for everyone, and especially helpful for the blind and those with low vision.
FEATURES: - Audible voice speaks measurements in English - Push button operation - Removable lid - Easy pour spout - Measures both weight and volume - Measures cups, ounces, milliliters and grams (up to 3 cups, 24oz, 690mm, 720g) - Programmed conversion for water, oil, milk, flour and sugar - Tare function "T" allows adding ingredients without emptying the cup - Switch between: Water, Oil, Milk, Flour and Sugar - Switch between: Cups, Ounces, Milliliters and Grams - Cup and lid can be placed in the refrigerator - Auto shut off - Cup is dishwasher and microwave safe (clear cup only) - Includes talking base, measuring cup and removable lid - Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included) - One year manufacturer's limited warranty Easy Push Button Controls: "V": Volume - Measures in cups or milliliters "W": Weight - Measures in ounces or grams "D": Density - Switch between water, oil, milk, flour and sugar "T": Tare-On/Off – Tare function and turn on/off Product Dimensions (approx.): 6.5" x 4.75" x 6" High Product Weight (w/batteries installed): 12.6 oz.

If anyone owns this product, or has other suggestions for measuring liquids, please email me and let me know.
Lori AKA Food Lady

Question 3:

What recommendations do you have for removing the skin and grating ginger root?

Hi Verlyn,
Thank you for your question. I have used a knife to cut off the skin of the ginger and then used a cheese grater to grate it. I also have diced it on a cutting board. On a four sided tall grater there are several options for grating and sometimes the zester side works well
Below is some information from the website:

An easy way to grate ginger:Keep a knob of ginger wrapped in plastic in the freezer. When you need grated ginger, take it out of the freezer, scrape away the peel of the area you want to grate, and grate the ginger with a microplane grater. Grate across the grain of the fibers of the ginger. Note it's not always necessary to peel ginger.
Peeling Ginger with a Spoon: Hold a piece of ginger root firmly in your hand and the bowl of a metal spoon firmly in your other hand. Scrape the edge of the spoon against the ginger to peel off the skin. Work around the ginger root, peeling only as much as you will use. (The ginger will last longer if it is stored with the peel on.)
I hope this helps.
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The bookshelf: Book reviews.

Outside myself by Kristen Witucki reviewed by David F.


When I read the annotation that appeared on BARD, I knew I’d be reviewing this book. I once hoped to be a reader advisor and went to graduate school to obtain the MLIS. But fate intervened.

Outside myself DB91111
Witucki, Kristen. Reading time: 7 hours, 43 minutes.
Read by Jennifer Hubbard.
Human Relations
Young Adult
When Tallie, a girl struggling to adjust to her blindness, calls Adult Reader Services at a library for the blind, she connects with Benjamin, an older man working in customer service. The two bond over the phone and create a special relationship. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

I understand that Audible has a version read by Stephanie Keefer and Royal Jaye. It may be that using two distinct voices for this novel, told in first-person past tense, might be the best way to go. I forget y NLS rarely will divide a book in such a manner. Jennifer Hubbard, one of my absolute favorite narrators, has a delicate diction, even sweetness, that might not be best utilized here.

Kristin Witucki, (The Transcriber 2014), blind from birth herself, explores blindness in Outside Myself (2018) through the intersecting lives of two characters. Tallie, a middle grade student, has not yet come to terms with her blindness. Her divorced parents send conflicting signals: the father hopes medicine will cure her while Tallie’s mother wants her to learn to navigate her world. It is while trying to learn about her eye condition, Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA), that Tallie telephones a library for the blind and speaks to a reader advisor. The reader advisor, Ben, is middle-aged, African-American, and has gradually lost his vision. A mentoring relationship develops. Through alternating chapters, we learn more about these protagonists.

The book unflinchingly explores aspects of blind life that the sighted reader may not be familiar with: the overprotective parent, the mother of a friend who pushes Tallie ahead of her while trying to guide her, the teacher who told Tallie she’d have given her an A whether she had done well on the assignment or not, and the struggles experienced by Ben while working and raising a family. On a positive note, Tallie attends a skiing event with her mother and meets a blind journalist.

On a personal note, I related to the description of Tallie’s interactions with the books at the school library. “I would run my hands along rows of books that I couldn’t read and choose one based on the texture of its cover or the weight of it.” I have done that very thing while visiting the parish library here in Lafayette with friends, wondering what tales were being whispered by the pages of books, especially very large books. I could relate to Tallie’s descriptions of the chaos, noise, and crowds in public school -- Been there, done that; though in my case, it was only part-time and was called mainstreaming. Tallie describes her experience as follows: “I thought about the way people jumped aside if my cane touched them as if they were exposed to a plague.” I’d say it’s better than having your cane stepped on or ridden over by a college bicyclist as happened to me back when. I had a friend who knew how to work the bar angle similar to the way Benjamin described. “I never paid. I would just show up at the bar, and people would buy a round for the blind guy. Pity booze.”

Music plays an important part in this book with Tallie being told by her clarinet instructor that “perfect pitch … doesn't make a great musician. Only practice can do that.” Tallie, as I am, was offended by the line in “Amazing Grace” that goes “was blind but now I see.” “I didn't like the way people think not seeing is not understanding, not believing. But when I heard the Pete Fountain version, it felt like a new song to me; it felt like a religious experience.” Ben’s love of music is also apparent. He describes his time on flute “I played the flute while I was in school. That was unusual for a boy and still is, but the flute fit me somehow. It helped me play in the band but still hide behind the booming brass, the soloing saxophones, the jamming percussion, and even the clarinets, who could get ornery when they wanted to. I never wanted people to hear me.”
His fascination with Gustav Holst’s The Planets further enriches the music thread. Even Tallie’s father is drawn to folk music which may serve as a bridge for them to relate as she matures and navigates her world.

Witucki said in an interview with Christina Consolino, “Literature inspires me; I learn from the authors I love and try to add to the dialogue of books in a very small way compared to many of them.” And she very much has. Her Outside Myself references books by Lois Lowry, Johanna Spyri, L.M. Montgomery, Jean Little, and Betty Smith. I am soon to participate in a book group that will discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which I read after Outside Myself.

David F

Yarn, hook, and needle

Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

I find that people tend to love mittens and/or fingerless gloves, or they may even laugh at them. Whether or not you’re a fan, many people love them, and they’re quick and mostly easy to make. Those worked in the round give the knitter an easy way to get started with knitting in the round, and the one with cables a great way to start with cables.

Amelia Fingerless Gloves

What you need:
100-150 yards of worsted weight yarn (Possibly more or less, designer used 1 skein of Hobby Lobby, 355 yards, and have quite a lot leftover)
US size 4 DPNs (I used a set of four)
CO: Cast on
K: Knit
K2tog: knit two together
P: Purl
Rnd: round
YO: Yarn Over
(Make two)
CO 36 stitches and divide over three needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 17 rnds in a 2x2 rib stitch
K 4 rnds (On this rnd, I knit 18 stitches onto one needle and 18 stitches onto the next so I was only using 2 needles)
Turn work (you are now working the thumb hole)
Work 15 rows of stockinette stitch
Join in the rnd again and knit 4 ends
P 1 rnd
*K2tog, YO, K1, repeat from * for the rest of the rnd
K 1 rnd
*K1, K2tog, YO, repeat from * for the rest of the rnd
P 1 rnd
Bind off and weave in ends. Block if you wish. I didn't block mine because I used 100% acrylic

Basic mitts

Yarn: Yarn Bee Soft Delights Extreme or 175 yards of any heavy worsted-weight yarn that gets 4.5 stitches to the inch.
Needles: U.S. #8 double points.
Cast on 45 stitches, distributing them evenly among three double-points. Place a marker and close the circle.
Work 4 rounds of k2, p1 rib.
Knit 6 rounds.
(K1, K2tog, K12) 3 times. (=42 stitches)
Knit 6 rounds.
(K1, k2tog, k11) 3 times. (=39 stitches)
Knit 6 rounds.
(K1, k2tog, k10) 3 times. (=36 stitches)
Knit 12 rounds.
(K1, k2tog, k9) 3 times. (= 33 stitches)
Knit 15 rounds.
K 1, bind off 4, k28.
K1, cast on 4, k28.
Knit 8 rounds.
Work 4 rounds k2, p1 rib.
Cast off and weave in ends.

Cable Fingerless Mittens

Size: One size fits most adults
18½ sts=4" in St st
Materials: Size 9 US needles (5.5 mm) or size to obtain gauge
Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool by Malabrigo Yarn
One ball Color #28 Blue Surf
216 yards/100 grams
100% merino wool
Blunt large eye tapestry needle
Cable needle
Pattern Stitches:
K1, P1 Ribbing
Row 1: *k1, p1; rep from *
Rep Row 1.
Criss Cross Cable With Twists
Rows 1 (RS), 5: p2, c4f, p4, c4f, p2
Rows 2, 4, 6, 11, 15, 19, 24: k2, p4, k4, p4, k2
Rows 3, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22: p2, k4, p4, k4, p2
Row 7: (t4b, t4f) twice
Rows 9, 13, 17, 21: k2, p4, c4f, p4, k2
Row 23: (t4f, t4b) twice
Rep Rows 1-24.
c4f=slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn
t4b=slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, p2 from cn
t4f=slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, p2 from left needle, k2 from cn
Left Mitten
CO 36 sts.
Work k1, p1 rib 5" or desired length. Inc 6 sts evenly spaced on last row - 42 sts
RS: BO 4 sts. P4, work Row 1 of Criss Cross Cable With Twists Pattern, p4, k rem 13 sts
Next Row: CO 6 sts, p19, k4, work Row 2 of Criss Cross Cable With Twists Pattern, k5 - 44 sts
Cont as est in Rev St st, Cable Pattern, and St st, completing Rows 1-24 of Criss Cross Cable With Twists, then Rows 1 and 2. BO.
Seam side, leaving thumb hole opening where you BO and CO sts.
Right Mitten
Same as Left Mitten, reversing pattern:
RS: CO 6 sts, k19, p4, work Row 1 of Cable Pattern, p9
Next Row: BO 4 sts. K5, work Row 2 of Cable Pattern, k4, p19

Until next time, happy knitting.

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