The blind Post classified news June 2018 edition
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June 9, 2018
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Contents for this month’s issue:
This month’s sponsors.
From the editor.
Items for sale, both new and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This months columns:
Uplift, inspirational stories, Daddy by Ruth E. Coleman – A Christian Writer.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, What is an Instant Pot, why I like it, and some ways to use it.
Blind man walking, Blind surfing? by Joshua Loya.
Blind people talking, ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES; A VIEW TO VOLUNTEERING By Sandra Streeter.
The book shelf, A book series review from Lori Motis.
The pet place, Definitely the Cat's Meow by Lauren Merryfield.
From the pages of Donna's travel diary, A memorable road trip by Donna J. Jodhan.
Yarn, hook, and needle, Basic abbreviations by Phyllis Campbell.
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From the editor:
This month it is Father’s Day and I hope all the Father’s enjoy their special day with their families. I sure loved my wonderful Dad. He has been gone for over 12 years and I sure do miss him.
I must apologize to all of you for getting this month’s news out a day late. I have had a lot going on this past month. I am extremely sad, because one of my sisters has passed away, May 17, due to a long two-year battle with cancer. She was too young, 58, and it has been difficult for all of us. I will be going to her memorial June 16 in Southern California, and my son, Joshua, and his wife will also be there. Grieving is very difficult, and I have been finding it hard to focus and stay on task.
I really enjoy preparing this publication for you. It gives me a purpose and I love sharing and offering a platform for folks to share and sell.
This month we have some new writers with some wonderful articles. Joshua has a great new adventure he is enjoying, Food Lady shares info on her Instant Pot, there is a story celebrating a father, and so much more
I want to remind everyone that in July there will not be a Blind Post news issue. Our next one will be in August. I will email everyone towards the end of July as to when that issue will come out and when to send in your submissions.
I will keep it short but want you to please share the news with your friends and families. Even if you think they might already be subscribed. Due to some recent changes in consumer privacy legislation, some folks may not be getting their copy, especially if their email provider thinks it might be spam.
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Hi. This is Joshua from Blind Man Walking. In my article this month, I talk a bit about my experiences a heavy competition schedule this year. Please consider supporting me in my efforts. In particular, my trip to Hawaii is likely to take some extra support. The link to
as a blind surfer. I also mention that I have
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This is Linda Stewart. How many of you will be going to the National ACB Convention in St. Louis?
I would ask those of you who pray to pray that my husband and I will be able to be there too. We are unable to get a hotel room at the convention site at this time as they are all full.
If we do go, I am going to have a table at the Marketplace on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There I will have a new CD of solos which I have sung throughout the years. They are all traditional hymns. The CD will be called Thanks to God for My Redeemer. Some of the songs on it will be: Jesus Never Fails, I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say Come Unto Me and Rest, Happiness Is the Lord, Thanks to God for My Redeemer, Jesus Paid It All, The Light of the World Is Jesus, Only Trust Him, Jesus Loves Me, Until Then My Heart Will Go on Singing, and several others. I will also be giving people a chance to test some wonderful Scentsy soufflé lotions. They have a wonderful, absolutely fantastic texture, and you will love getting some of your own. Please find my table and greet my husband and me.
It will be so wonderful to meet you. And again, I am continuing to pray that a hotel room will become available. I am the person who puts together Sermons on the Phone, and if you want to know more about Scentsy before you get to the Marketplace table, call 773-572-6206 and listen to Option 7
The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!
We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server. We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish. We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms. You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun! We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups. There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience. To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to
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Call Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.
Sermons on the Phone has been a tremendous blessing for me to put together. I love all the good Bible teachers, and am so enriched to listen to their sermons. We also have our Scentsy edition on Option 7, where Rod and I talk about the different products that Scentsy has.
Here are the eight sermons for you to enjoy for the next two weeks. I will be changing the options again on June 23rd.
Option 1. God's Relationship to You and Your Salvation by Erwin Lutzer.
Option 2: Trouble with Despair by Erwin Lutzer.
Option 3: If Jesus Had Not Come by Dr. John Landon.
Option 4: For They Considered Not the Miracle of the Loaves, for Their Hearts Were Hardened by Pastor Jeffery Fugate.
Option 5: Three Tenses of Salvation by Ferrell Griswold.
Option 6: Jesus Known by Personal Revelation by Ferrell Griswold.
Option 7: An introduction to Scentsy by Myself and My Husband.
Option 8: The Working of Faith by Pastor Jeffery Fugate.
Option 9: The New Birth Found in Genesis by Warren W. Wiersbe.
SERMONS on the Phone will be changed in two weeks. I plan on sharing my personal testimony after I explain the options on the main menu and how to work the features. Then, right after I explain these things I am going to share with you how I came to have a personal relationship with the Lord.
Please forward this email to others who are wanting to know God better and to those you know are longing for something they do not have in their lives at this time. Those who may have a spirit of emptiness.
Be a part of giving them a joy they will not be able to fully comprehend.
If you receive this email as a forward, contact me personally, and I will add you to the regular update list which comes out every two weeks. My email address is
The number to call for Sermons on the Phone is: 773-572-6206
You may leave me a personal message after you hear a sermon and talk as long as you like. I am the only one who will hear it.
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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces U.S. currency notes. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Leonard Olijar, Director, and Lydia Washington, Lead Public Affairs Specialist about what goes into the printing process, various ways in which bills are made accessible, new ways being considered, and how you can obtain a free money reader.
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Uplift, inspirational stories.
By Ruth E. Coleman – A Christian Writer
5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
We, my younger brother and I, waited patiently until we heard our parents softly talking in
the kitchen, and then the smell. Oh the wonderful smell of fresh brewed coffee. We knew that he always had coffee, eggs, toast, and some bacon for his breakfast. We could hardly wait until we heard his fork hitting against the glass plate, and listened for him to ask. “Are they awake?” That was our cue. Playing it off as if we had just awakened, we sleepily walked to the door of the kitchen and hooray we had timed it just right.
Our Dad was finishing his meal, and he was about to pour his coffee. He beckoned us. “How about some good, hot eye opening coffee?”
As if we didn’t know that he was going to offer us this wonderful delightful morning indulgence, we yawned, rubbed our eyes, sneaked a preview of our Mother’s far from assenting look, and quickly took our places, one at the right hand and the other at the left to get that taste, just a taste of ‘Adult Coffee’.
It was a ritual, and here is how it ensued. Mom announced the coffee was ready, and then she prepared a glass cup and a matching saucer. I remember that the saucer always had the capability of holding liquid, not like some of the flat saucers that may be familiar. She would then pour the steaming hot coffee into the cup, (She had already placed the cream and sugar in the bottom of the cup.) and then she would slowly pour the very dark black liquid into the cup, my Daddy stirring it all the while. We liked watching the dark liquid become a beautiful caramel color as the coffee and cream mixed together in the cup. When the coffee reached the point before the brim, my Daddy would laughingly say. : Run it over! Run my cup over!” We were watching, and wanted that cup to run over a lot; because we were the recipients of the run off in the saucer. First Daddy would sip the coffee in the cup, and then he tilted and poured the contents of the cup into the saucer, and determines that it was flavored just right, and then he would blow it to prevent any burning of the lips of his offspring. You would think that was all of the ritual…but no! Now the determination who was first to sip it the last time, and who would be first this time. There was an adult way to sip the coffee, and our Daddy showed us how. You sniff it, while it still has steam, blow it slightly and then you sip it ever so gingerly. (This first sipping would determine the excellence of the taste of the coffee, and it also insured that the second person would get a taste of the coffee.) Daddy would always let us know that the sipping was enough and since it was Daddy, you didn’t argue with his judgment. If he felt that the first person had sipped too much, he poured a little more into the saucer, and so it was.
This whole menagerie didn’t even take three minutes; but it served to write and indelible memory that lives on today, many years later every time a hot cup of coffee is sensed or alluded to in this Writer’s mind.
There’s no beginning and no end;
Just a memory blowing in the wind.
A Father’s Day Greeting to all and a Prayer for Good, in the Name Above Every Name.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
This month I want to talk about the Instant Pot. What is it, why I like it, and some ways to use it.
I bought my Instant Pot last September. I purchased the Smart Instant Pot because it is Bluetooth enabled and can be operated from an app on a smart phone. This makes it totally accessible for me and anyone else that is blind and owns a smart phone.
What is it?
Instant Pot Smart is a revolutionary Smart cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It is Bluetooth® enabled allowing programming and monitoring from smartphones or tablets. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.
The Instant Pot is mainly an electric pressure cooker and much more. The model I bought, Smart BT 6qt, has seven different functions: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté pan, Yogurt Maker, Food Warmer and more.
(a newer Bluetooth model is in the making and may already be out now).
It is built with a patent-pending technology which lets you program complex cooking steps in recipe scripts on your smartphone/tablet and execute on the cooker wirelessly. A free iOS and android app can be downloaded from iTunes App Store and google play.
Search for either Instant Pot or Smart Cooker.
I find the Smart Cooker app for iOS to be very easy to use, once I figured out the steps. You don’t have to use any of the preprogrammed scripts. I mostly use the function button called manual, where I can set my own time from recipes I have gathered from YouTube and other places.
Instant Pot generates almost no noise, leaks no steam, traps food aromas, and cooks without heating up the surroundings. The durable 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot eliminates the health concerns of non-stick coating.
Why I like it.
I love, love, love it! It has made cooking fun again. I used to cook with stovetop pressure cookers and mostly just for dry beans. I did well, but that was on a propane gas stove. When I used them on an electric stovetop, it was harder for me to gage the time after they came to pressure.
The Instant Pot is very easy for me to use and very safe. It has many safety features, so you cannot blow it up or burn yourself. The pressure knob on top has two positions, venting and sealing. You just turn the knob towards the rear of the appliance and this closes the vent so what is inside can come to pressure. When it does a little pin pops up and the lid is locked and cannot be removed while under pressure of any kind. The lid has only one way to go on and it makes a musical sound when you close it and a slightly different one when you open it. The only thing you would have to be aware of is when you do a quick release, instead of a natural one on its own, the steam coming out of the top vent will be hot steam, so you don’t want your hand in the way of that steam stream.
I have used mine for many things: hard boiling eggs in 7 minutes, and they are easy to peel even after being refrigerated, made soups, pasta with the sauce and noodles together, steam the best vegetables, made the best pulled pork, chicken and so much more.
Below are a few easy foods I have made in my Instant Pot.
Very important: You always need at least one half to a cup of liquid in your inner pot for it to come to pressure. If you forget, it will let you know on the app and it will start beeping until you take care of it.
Hard Boiled eggs
The stainless steel inner pot, also called an insert or liner, can be removed for easy cleaning. Never put any liquid or food in the pot when you take the insert out. I keep mine in unless I am washing it or cooling off eggs. Sometimes I have taken the insert closer to my filtered water when adding water to it and then putting it back in the main unit.
The Instant Pot comes with a trivet rack which you place in the bottom of the insert. I use this for my eggs when I am cooking them.
Step one, place your trivet in the bottom of the insert pot. Place how many eggs you would like to hard boil. I usually use six, but I have heard of some folks putting many more.
Step two, add one cup of water.
Step three, place the lid on and make sure the pressure knob is set to sealing.
Step four, using your Smart Cooker app you go to the dashboard, then select manual, and then flicking to the duration time double tap and then you will have a picker to select 7 minutes, then flick to done. Then you can review it and it will already be set to high pressure, and then double tap on start.
The count down, which will be towards the top of your screen, won’t begin until the pot has come to pressure.
When it is done, it will beep, and the pot will automatically switch to warm mode, but with eggs you will do a quick release. This is where you carefully turn the pressure knob to venting. You can either do this with a spoon, or a towel over your hand, or just use your index finger on the back-left side of the knob, as you face the front of the appliance. I move my unit out from underneath my wooden cabinets so the steam that comes out, won’t get them wet.
Once the steam is all released, you can take off the lid. I usually have some ice in a bowl or pitcher, and I use the little silicone mits that come with the Instant Pot and take the inner pot out and set it in my sink. I run very cold water in the pot and add the ice. Once the eggs are cold, I take them out and they are perfect. They are easy to peel, even if they are farm fresh. Tip tap the rounded end of the egg first, on a paper towel on the counter, and then gently press and roll, before peeling. This helps the eggs to peel even easier.
I put them in my fridge and they can keep up to about six days.
Here is another wonderful meal I made just the other night.
I had made some shake ’n bake chicken breast nuggets in my oven the night before. I had some left over, so I made some chicken noodle soup. I love the function sauté. I can set the Instant Pot to sauté, through the app, and add my olive oil to the inner pot after it is hot. I had chopped up three garlic cloves, a medium size shallot, two stocks celery, about five carrots and sautéed them for about three or so minutes stirring them every few seconds or so. I chopped up the left-over chicken and added it to the pot and continued to sauté. I added about two quarts of boxed low sodium chicken broth to the pot. Then I added a bag of egg noodles dry. Yes, you can add the pasta noodles uncooked. I made sure the liquid was over the noodles. I cancelled the sauté mode, put on the lid, and set the pressure knob to sealing. I set the cooking time for six minutes using the manual button and picking the time, and it was already set to high pressure. I selected start and once the soup came to pressure it counted down from six minutes. I let it stay on warm for just a few minutes and then turned the knob to venting. After the steam and pressure were released, I opened it and oh my, it smelled so good. I gave it a bit of a stir with a spoon. I served it up into bowls and we individually added our salt and pepper. My husband also added a little butter to his. With the little bit of shake ‘n bake spices and the noodles, chicken and vegetables, it was delicious. The next day I added about a cup of water to the left overs and used the Instant Pot to reheat it for about three minutes at high pressure, and it was great. The noodles did not get mushy either.
I will share some more great easy recipes with you in August plus some cleaning tips and even some do’s and don’ts.
I am hoping to start a conference call for blind and visually impaired Instant Pot cooks to share their experiences and maybe a separate email list. If any of you are interested, please email me.
Please email any questions, ideas, or recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
And I will put them in a future tips and tidbits article.
Blind Man Walking
Blind man surfing?
My name is Joshua Loya and I am a blind surfer. It has been a while since I wrote an article for you lovely people. I’m glad to do so once again. At the moment, I have less than a week until the US National Team Trials in surfing. All adaptive divisions are on Thursday, June 14. Here are a few highlights from my surf training and preparation for this contest.
Until 2016, I had only ever been surfing once or twice, and I only ever stood up one time. Neither of the two times I tried were with people who had any experience surfing with someone who is blind. Then, I went to a Swami’s Blind Surf.
Swami’s Surfing Association is a local San Diego area surf club that gives back to the community every year by coordinating an event for blind and visually impaired people who want to try surfing. They have wetsuits, boards, and plenty of experienced surf instructors on hand. When I went, I was helped by several very kind people. Of course, it helped that my jiu jitsu coach, Joel Tudor, is a multiple world champion long boarder. Many of the people at the event had surfed with and even competed against Joel. This gave me an instant connection with many of the people there. It was a fantastic experience, and I am incredibly grateful I went.
For me, surfing was a nice diversion, nothing I ever expected to get into with any level of dedication. Fast forward to June of 2017. Andrea, my wife, and I were at a local bar to watch a friend of ours perform with his band. Andrea slipped off to the restroom, and I checked my phone. Joel had, only moments before, tagged me in a comment about the next Swami’s event, which was the next day. “Joshua Loya, check this out.” Thankfully, I was only on my first beer of the evening. Andrea and I called it a night, so I could be rested enough to surf in the morning.
That morning, I met Coach Pat Weber of the San Diego Surfing Academy. Coach Pat was then working with Scott Leason, the current US Sight Impaired champ. I slowly recalled meeting Coach Pat at the previous year’s event. This time we talked a bit more, and Coach Pat and Scott both encouraged me to get more into surfing. I told them that I’d consider it if I changed my competition priorities. I was then training full-time in judo and jiu jitsu.
In August, Coach Pat got in touch with me. “The US Open is in less than two months. Register and I’ll get you ready.” True to his word, after I registered, Coach got me ready. I took third, beating Scott Leason, who had since decided to work with a different coach.
I spent most of the late fall and winter improving my fitness, largely through my martial arts training, picking up some Muay Thai kickboxing classes along the way. I got more consistent with yoga, and I worked on high intensity interval training to keep my conditioning up. In the spring, I again began working with Coach Pat, preparing for a full schedule of competition for 2018, starting with the US Nationals in less than a week.
In addition, I am also scheduled to compete in Hawaii in August, at the US Open in Oceanside in early October, in Malibu in late October at an Adaptive Surf League contest, and, assuming I win the US Nationals, I will represent the US in the ISA World Adaptives in La Jolla in December.
It would be easy to assume, from my upcoming competition schedule that surfing is all about competition for me. It isn’t. It’s about conquering my fear and challenging myself to do things I didn’t think were possible. It is also about doing something that has brought me peace in a way that I never have experienced before. There is absolutely nothing like the feeling I get when riding a wave to shore. There is nothing but the moment you are on that wave because it requires all of your attention and focus.
Even with all of that, surfing, martial arts, and everything I do is more than just about me. It is about experiencing life with fullness. It is about demonstrating that there is so much life that we can live. A lot of people experience periods of darkness. I myself have dealt with depression for decades, but there is hope. Reaching out to people when we need help is important. What is also important is finding those things that help us feel the most alive. We are designed to experience happiness and joy. Let God speak to you through creation as well as Scripture. I meet God in the ocean. Perhaps you will also, or perhaps God will come to you somewhere else. Please remember this. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
I say it many times in videos and other online posts, but I will say it here also because I believe it. Adventure is a state of mind. God bless you, and I love you all.
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: www.joshuathejedi.com
You can also email him at email@example.com
Blind people talking
ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES; A VIEW TO VOLUNTEERING.
By Sandra Streeter
It’s Spring! Finally, some weather that awakens our energy for all kinds of new adventures. Maybe you’re retired, with lots of unclaimed hours; a student looking for ways to gain experience, for bulking up your resumé or just doing something different than academics; a busy parent who wants some “adult time” outside your parental spheres, or is thinking about joint efforts for you and your kids to do something good in your community. Blindness doesn’t have to be an obstacle to volunteering. I’ll start with a few personal stories to spark some ideas for what you might find fun and fulfilling, if you decide to offer your skills somewhere.
My foray into unpaid work began when I was a teenager. I helped set up snack trays for a nursery school my mom ran, and assisted in the preparation of a church breakfast, as the toaster loader. As a junior in college, I tagged along with a friend who had a nursing home ministry, often singing hymns with the residents, praying with them and reading to them in the room where we met.. I also assisted with a dorm Bible study, at the time. When my first paid job petered out due to transportation issues, I knew I needed to do something while I awaited my next gig, so I trained to be a “telephone worker” for Contact, a mental-health hotline for which I completed a one-year contract; this was the beginning of my ongoing learning process about active listening skills; I’ve since taken on several additional opportunities which required this skill, including chaplain internship for a local hospital, and visitation to individual residents in the retirement wing of a local nursing facility.
I did my share of drying and stacking dishes at a weekly soup kitchen, too. Scraping paint off newly-installed church windows, service on boards of directors for several nonprofits and giving presentations about blindness, eating disorders, and poetry have also kept my hands and heart busy.
What about logistics related to blindness? I found Braille extremely useful in most of these endeavors, for note-taking and studying for classes, record keeping, staying on track during talks, and oral reading to patients. A computer with speech enabled me to look over materials to prepare for in board meetings. The transportation piece was always challenging; when money permitted, I’d pay for Paratransit vans which cater to those with disabilities; more convenient and less stressful options included recruiting friends who could drive, or fellow volunteers in the same class or volunteer site. If the site was spread out, I would obtain the services of a mobility instructor from my state agency, for navigating it; once I had the lay of the land, I felt comfortable going from room to room using my cane.
Not every opportunity worked out, of course. Ironically, transportation made it impossible to be a visitor/peer at a program for people with disabilities. For a very short time, the staff could swing by for me and drop me off after, since I was only about 5 minutes away—but soon, lack of available staff, and nonexistent budget for Paratransit, cut that experience short.
With much prayer, I have begun to submit writings to publications like this, as well as to my church newsletter and Lenten devotional booklet. While I don’t have enough of a fire in my belly to pursue writing as a professional, I can say that it has kept my head above water during a time when paid employment is becoming more and more scarce, a time in which I definitely need a sense of purpose and direction.
Nearing conclusion of my college experience, when I mentioned considering a short-term mission trip, my dad barked out something like, “That won’t put food on the table!” I then had to take some courage and initiative and seek out unpaid opportunities, because what would put food on the table was not easily found. I am so glad I took that necessary young-adult risk; I have found my unpaid work extremely rewarding, in terms of the toolkit of skills for when professional gigs did pop up, in a major boost to the morale of someone who has always had a high work ethic yet few opportunities to exercise it in a paying job,, and in the chance to give back to a world that has often envisioned blind people as recipients, rather than providers, of care. I’m hopeful that, whether people saw me crocheting during a visit, walking the halls unaided, or mastering the conversational skills needed to draw out patients needing pastoral care, they came away with the idea that blindness, far from obstructing my ability to give back, could actually facilitate my participation in life-giving pursuits.
So, time to close for now. I’ll continue elaborating on the theme of volunteering in Part II, which will contain a surprising twist, and that’s all I’ll say—no spoilers!
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
The book shelf:
Book reviews and recommendations.
Waves of freedom series
I absolutely loved these books. I read the first two over a month ago and they caught my attention right away. I had a hard time putting them down, especially when I really needed to get some sleep. Each mystery is well done in the way that the reader is clued in to all the details both significant and what seems to be less significant.
Kristin Allison Does a great job reading the first two. The last book is a commercial audio with a different reader. Some time had passed before it was available on BARD, so the reader was easy for me to adjust to. Quite often this is difficult for me, when I am used to a particular reader, and the way she voices the various characters, but it did not bother me with this series.
There is quite a bit of World War II history related in these books. She explains more about her research, after the end of each book. The characters were wonderful, developed well, and you get to know the Avery family members throughout the three books. Their faith in God shines through, especially with some of their major decisions. Many other interesting people are in the books along with local Boston landmarks and monuments.
I highly recommend these three books read in order. I definitely give them a 5* rating! I plan on researching other books by this author.
Through waters deep; Anchor in the storm DB89106
Sundin, Sarah. Reading time: 20 hours, 29 minutes.
Read by Kristin Allison.
Romantic suspense fiction
Two romantic mysteries set during World War II, written between 2015 and 2016. In Through Waters Deep, a secretary at the Boston Navy Yard falls for an ensign while they search for a saboteur. Anchor in the Storm has a pharmacist and a sailor investigating drug abuses in the fleet. 2016.
When tides turn DB90480
Sundin, Sarah. Reading time: 10 hours, 25 minutes.
Read by Tanya Eby.
During WWII, fun-loving Tess Beaumont decides to do her part for the war effort and join the Navy as a part of the WAVES. She meets Lieutenant Dan Avery, an ambitious officer in the unit hunting German submarines, and an attraction sparks. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Waves of Freedom Series (3 books)
There are 3 primary works and 3 total works in the Waves of Freedom Series
The author’s announcement just before their release:
“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just signed a third contract with Revell for a series set in World War II! The three-book series is tentatively titled Waves of Freedom, and it follows the fictional Avery family. During the early years of World War II, three naval officers based in Boston find adventure in the Battle of the Atlantic and are captivated by three lovely women—a shipyard worker, a pharmacist, and a WAVE. Battles erupt on the high seas. Mysteries arise on the Home Front. Family ties and friendships are tested. And love is found where least expected.
Book 1 (summer 2015)
In 1941, as America teeters on the brink of World War II, Mary Stirling works at the Boston Navy Yard and renews an old friendship with naval officer Lt. Jim Avery. Jim’s destroyer escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic as part of the Neutrality Patrol, but problems on his new ship point to a saboteur at the shipyard. As Jim and Mary work together to find the culprit, their relationship promises to blossom into something more. Jim battles U-boats on the high seas, and Mary’s investigation brings danger to herself and those she cares about. While friendship draws them together, a deeper friendship could rip them apart.
Book 2 (summer 2016)
For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. She loves the wartime challenges of her new job but does not enjoy the attention of society boy Lt. Archer Vandenberg, even if Arch is her brother Jim’s best friend. As Arch’s destroyer battles U-boats along the East Coast in the darkest days of the war, Lillian uncovers a black market drug ring. Arch’s efforts to aid Lillian’s investigation and to win her trust fling them both into danger—from torpedoes, drug lords, and broken hearts.
Book 3 (summer 2017)
When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and truly contribute. Lt. Cdr. Dan Avery employs his skills as a radar specialist to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is Tess. As Dan and Tess work together at the Boston Navy Yard, Tess proves her worth and finds her affections drawn by the no-nonsense officer, realizing he sees her as the greatest nonsense of all. While the German Navy challenges Dan’s radar skills, the changes in Tess challenge his notions—and his heart.
I’m so excited to be able to share these stories with you, and I’m thankful to my agent, Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency and everyone at Revell Books for giving me the opportunity to do so. And I thank the Lord for all my readers and friends, who have encouraged me and supported me through this
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The Pet Place:
Definitely the Cat's Meow
by Lauren Merryfield
I received my first kitten, a yellow-and-white kitty I named Fuzzy, when I was around seven years of age. Back then, our cats were mostly outdoor, so they came and went through the years, some of them not lasting all that long. Eventually, a select few would find their way into our home and be allowed there.
After my first husband and I moved to our home, we received a kitty as a housewarming gift. We had her for fourteen years. She eventually went blind and needed insulin due to diabetes. No one commented all that much back then about how I managed with cats, because there was almost always someone around. But now that I am widowed and living alone, the questions come:
"How do you know where your cats are?" Most of the time, if they're quiet and/or sleeping, I might not know where they are, but this does not bother me. Cats do not always want their humans to know where they are. When they want attention or food, they'll show up.
"How do you get them in their carriers when you take them to the vet?" I know my cats so I can often guess where they are. I pick them up, and as they squiggle, I put them into the carrier. No, you do not have to see to get your cat into its carrier. They may protest, but how does a sighted person put their cat into the carrier when it is protesting?
"How do you know when your cat is sick?" If the urine has a pungent odor, I know one has a urinary tract infection. If they leave evidence of an upset tummy, I know. If they are too warm, I know. When my Maryah was panting due to difficulty breathing with fluid in her lungs, I knew. If Toby isn't pestering me and is not sleeping, but hiding, then I know. Cats hide when they are ill so that is the number one means I have of knowing when they are ill and need help.
I discover when they do not need help also. When I took Laynie in to be spayed, resulting in an overnight stay, I put a soft kitty bed on the floor where she could get to it easily. I even put a few treats there so she could find them easily. After showing obvious happiness in being back home after her overnight stay, I suddenly observed her climbing the patio screen. As she was hanging there playfully, I realized that she would be dictating how much pampering she would or would not receive from me.
"What do you do if your cat has a fur ball?" Almost always, my cats through the years have made it a practice to let their fur balls fly in my pathway so that I will find them. I just clean them up. I usually go barefoot at home so that I have a better chance of finding something on the floor that needs attention.
"How do you keep from tripping and falling on your cats' toys?" I walk gingerly. I probably shuffle some of the time. Going barefoot once again comes to my benefit in locating cat toys on the floor. When they are playing with them, I can hear where the cat and the toy are.
"What if another cat comes in from the outside?" Yes, that has happened. One day my kitty at the time started growling and hissing. I couldn't figure out what was going on at first until I heard similar sounds coming from under the dining room table. A neighbor's cat had climbed up to our balcony and when I opened the door, he/she sneaked in. Sneaking did not last long.
"How do you clean the cat box?" This may seem gross, but not only do I use a pooper scooper, but also, I often use my hands covered with a glove or a sandwich-sized bag to make sure the cat box is clean. This is not any worse than changing a baby's diaper.
The question I am asked most often is: "How can you tell your cats apart?" This is an easy one for me. I am sometimes surprised that someone would even ask. I know them by their tails, by their body shape, by their meows, by the bell on their collar if they are wearing one, which toy(s) they are playing with, because they have favorites, and by what they are doing. If I hear one slamming the kitchen cupboard doors under the sink, I know it's Toby. When something was knocked down, it was Maryah. When a cat sneaked out and was gone for two or three days, it was Maryah.
I remember the times when I would leave a Braille note on the table and later find it on the floor, with "kitty Braille" added to it, and I knew it was Kitten Kabootle, our Himalayan.
When one meowed in such a way that it went up at the end like a question, I knew it was Laynie. When I could hear a cat meowing frantically from the window when I'd come home, I knew it was Jaspur. I similarly knew it was him when he got out one Halloween night and he was a totally black cat—not a good combination, Halloween and black cats. One meowing in a high-pitched tone, getting louder if I do not respond immediately is Toby. He is so gifted with his meows that I sometimes find myself responding to scolding or whining. He is the only cat I've ever had who does this. If I hear unwanted chewing, it is Toby. If I hear excessive scratching in the wrong place, it is Laynie. One who often spoke in two meows, "meow meow," was Melissa. When I hear a crash from the trash can being tipped over it is Toby.
Some people, including some blind people, would say that a blind person cannot be owned by a cat, however, I totally disagree. Cats always figure out that I cannot see, however, they do not go into fear-mongering as some humans do; they just work around it. Two of my cats would stand with a small object I dropped, holding it between their front paws until I located the cat, and then the item. They know that I touch the seat of my chair before I sit down to prevent having a flat cat. They trust me to take care of them, and how much I can or cannot see is not part of the equation. They show the same unconditional love toward me whether I can see or not.
At times, when I am asked questions that are born of doubt, I feel like it is definitely not the cat's meow. However I also realize that these are opportunities to stop and educate someone. For them to go uneducated about what a blind person can do would definitely not be the cat's meow. But when they discover how I live the life I want with my cats, then it is—yes—the cat's meow!
If you would like to share a personal story about a beloved pet or guide dog, please email me and I will post them in a future Blind Post.
From the pages of Donna's travel diary:
By Donna J. Jodhan
A memorable road trip
In early May of 2015 I and my friend Sue went on the road to Ottawa. Sue had kindly agreed to drive me to Ottawa from Toronto to attend a function on Parliament Hill.
This was a great opportunity for me to have a relaxing trip as I had previously been traveling a lot for the previous two weeks criss-crossing Canada on business. It was also an opportunity for me to get to know Sue a bit better but it also gave Sue an opportunity to interact with a blind person more closely.
Things worked out really well for us both. I could not have asked for a better traveling companion. Sue explained things to me at every turn. She described my surroundings to me in great detail and took the additional time to tell me where things were.
Her guiding techniques were super and she had no difficulty navigating with me through crowds and around the buffet tables. She also fitted in effortlessly when it came to socializing with other blind persons.
I was truly grateful for her help and companionship and we both learned a lot from each other. The function on Parliament Hill went off without a hitch for me.
I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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Yarn, hook, and needle:
Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
Basic Craft Vocabulary
School is out, and many are simply relaxing, and perhaps wondering what project to tackle next. This is a good time to take a look at the vocabulary of our favorite craft. At the request of several readers I'm giving some of the basic abbreviations given frequently in patterns. This can be helpful to the beginner, and won't hurt the more accomplished among us to review some of the things that frequently rear their little heads in our patterns.
slip k and pass—slip 1, k1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch.
Ssk—slip slip and knit. Slip 2 stitches as if to knit, one at a time from left needle to right, and then with the left needle knit them together
Yf—yarn forward. Bring yarn forward between the points of the needles as if to purl.
An asterisk indicates that the instructions immediately following are to be repeated the given number of times in addition to the original.
When pattern requires the use of two colors of yarn in the same row, carry color not in use loosely on the wrong side of the work. If color is carried over more than three stitches, catch it on the wrong side. When changing colors, bring next color to be used under last color used to twist colors and prevent holes.
If items are written in more than one size, the smallest size is usually given first with other sizes written in parenthesis, separated by commas. Often bust or chest size will be given, and then the finished size. The first is the size you or the recipient wears with the last being the size of the finished garment.
Hdc—half double crochet
Please keep in mind that many abbreviations such as tog (together or slip (sl) may apply to both knitting and crochet.
A word here about that dread word gauge. Okay so you've been using the same pattern stitch, yarn and needles forever. Admittedly gauge isn't necessary here, but if it's a new stitch, and a yarn you've never used before it could save time and tears, especially for those new to the craft.
With the same needles or hook you plan to use for your project along with the same yarn cast on the number of knit stitches (or start with the same number of chain stitches) to equal about four inches according to the gauge given in the pattern. Work for approximately four inches, and finish off. Measure to get your exact gauge. If it is larger go down a needle or hook size. If smaller choose the next largest size needle or hook. Remember, though with many items a slight difference in gauge isn't critical.
If the yarn is one you've never used before you might want to wash your swatch using the washing instructions on the band around the skein of yarn. If the swatch shrinks take this into consideration when planning your project, especially for items that must fit.
These are but a few of the abbreviations you may encounter when reading a pattern, but I hope this has been a help. Don't forget to tell us about your projects, and request things you would like to see here.
Until next time, happy crafting.
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