The blind Post classified news November 2018

The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
November 9, 2018
Current subscribers to date: 1151

Contents for this month’s issue:

This month’s sponsors.
From the editor.
Thanksgiving Poems from the past
New and used: n
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.

This months columns:

Global cane outreach update, MANY HANDS FOR KENYA by Donna Kimball
Living with low vision, The Benefits of Blindness by Donna Williams
Blind people talking, Two stories:
“Well? I’m Glad For All Yall” by Patty L Fletcher
Skydive Solo Safely While Blind? By Darian Slayton Fleming
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, recipes.
Yarn, hook, and needle, Gifts and novelty yarns by Phyllis Campbell.
From the pages of Donna's travel diary, Traveling down town on the subway by Donna J. Jodhan.

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.

This month’s sponsors: We have two!

Bartenbach Unlimited and DottedDecks. - Buy and Sell online…It’s accessible & as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Are you looking to sell your items or services online via a platform that is accessible to the blind and visually impaired? is a new multi-vendor marketplace that is accessible for the blind and visually impaired. is easy to navigate through its labeled menus and labeled pictures.
There is also an accessible widget for low vision including enlarged print and curser, legible fonts, and contrast options. Once you set it up it will remember your preferences. is a non-commissioned online marketplace. Vendors choose a package that fits their needs and pay a flat rate. allows the vendor to write their own policies making it easier to sell their items or services their way.

Don't waste time trying to figure out those complicated auction sites with all their rates and rules, let alone navigate them. List your items or services on and have a hassle free selling experience. came about as we started helping non-profits, seniors, and other individuals who wanted to sell un-needed items, but found all the options time consuming, confusing, and restrictive.

We decided to create an online sales site that makes it easy for everyone to buy and sell.

Because of firsthand experience with the needs of those with low vision we strive to make this site as accessible as possible.

We want your online selling and buying to feel effortless! Check us out at

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Braille Cards and Accessible Games from DottedDecks

This holiday season, take a break from the constant drone of text-to-speech and phone screens and spend quality time over an old-fashioned game of cards! Braille cards and tactile games make great gifts during the time when family and friends reunite for the holidays. At, we adapt and Braille games like UNO, Rubik’s Cubes, standard playing cards, and more. Games suit a variety of ages and include both standard and jumbo Braille, perfect for those just learning their alphabet or those with neuropathy. Visit
to shop!

Available games include Standard Playing Cards, UNO, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, UNO Dare, DOS, Connect 4, Rubik’s Cubes, Rook, Old Maid, Go Fish, and more. Something out of stock, or have a new game you’d like to see in Braille? Send a message to
and it will be in stock within the week! Visit
to see available listings.

From the editor:

Happy Thanksgiving to my United States readers! Happy November to all and Happy Falling Leaves month and may you have crisp, chilly weather fun too.
At least that is what I am experiencing up here in Southwest Idaho and I love it! My guide dog Stan loves this time of year and he shows it by his quick pace as we walk. He is not quite Shure about the almost foot high piles of leaves on the sidewalks, but it makes for some fun crunching under my feet. It reminds me of my childhood, when I lived in Sacramento. I guess I’m just a kid at heart. I love this time of year and all the holidays. I hope you are enjoying this season too!

Wow! Do we have a huge issue for you this month? I guess the harvest is in on notices. The hay wagon pulled up with so many, you won’t want to mis one. There is a load of great articles too. Have fun and please let everyone know you read their notice or article on the Blind Post.
Thank you for sharing the news with folks. We sure have been growing.

Hey, do you love Dice World? So, do I and you can play a game with food Lady if you’d like. I am known as food lady on the iPhone app Dice World. I don’t play the whole game at once, but I like taking my turn throughout the day, when I have time.
I want to thank both of my sponsors this month. Please check out their notices above.
I truly appreciate all of you very much.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and season!
Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor
The Blind Post classified news.

Two Thanksgiving poems from the November Blind Post 2010 issue:

My Very Own Thanksgiving Poem

By Nancy Lynn
To all of my friends both near and far,
To all of my loved ones. You know who you are,
Be grateful for all of that stuffing and turkey,
For some people, we know, will just have beef jerky.
So eat all of those cranberries, potatoes and pies,
From your mouth to your stomach, to your waist and your thighs.
And then when you're finished, go watch some football.
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all.
To living room, parlor, playroom or den
Then back to the kitchen for leftovers again.
When you've eaten it all and there's just nothing left,
Stand up and salute, and give thanks to the chef.

My New Thanksgiving Poem

by Nancy Lynn

I'm grateful for sky, for grass and for trees.
It's good that, at my age, I still have my own knees.
My bones, they do ache, and my body is flabby,
But my life is still better than the ones in Dear Abby.

I'm grateful for friends, and the ones that I love
For I know with no doubt they were sent from above.

Whenever you finish your Thanksgiving plate,
Give lots of praise. Tell the chef it was great.

New and used:

I am Christy, a MaryKay Independent Beauty Consultant.
Since becoming a consultant, I have been finding more and more ladies that feel the way I have felt with similar stories as mine. Growing up as a visually impaired person, what am I missing in the world of cosmetics or just skin care products?

No one ever thought to mention to me or show me how to use skin products or make up. Growing up all my friends dressed up put on makeup and (mostly from fear to ask them to help me learn) so I just chalked it up to a stupid sighted thing that didn’t matter. Mainly because I did not understand how it worked or how it could make me feel.

As I have gotten older, I have tried many things like many of you may have done or are doing. I like to say I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, I have been a part of a nonprofit for blind sports, participated in many sports from goalball to full marathon, play with assistive technology, and little of this and a little of that.

I am a mother and wife and a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant! With this I have been practicing how to put on makeup and show others how to apply makeup. I love to work with the skin care, and help with ideas on labeling items to make sure you keep them straight. If color is not your thing that is fine, but I am confident that everyone likes smooth and soft skin.

The holidays are also coming up and I can assist with gifts too! If you are interested in any of the MaryKay things I have mentioned or have any questions, please email me at:
or visit my website at

Audio Scrapbooks, A memory maker - unique for the blind.

Do you feel left out when family brings out the photo albums each
holiday season? Do you have your memories recorded on cassette or
digital audio?
Why not create your own Audio Scrapbook! I'm Ted Galanos and I've
been building custom audio for and for over 3 years using Audacity and Goldwave. I
assisted Tammy Lynn with the construction of the audio scrapbook for
her daughter. I can do the same for you.
For a consultation, email me at:

I have 2 Tupperware shapo balls for $15 each plus shipping.

a rolling rattle, it has lots of open spaces for infants to grab. Toddlers can use the 10 pieces to match the shapes on the toy, allowing them to identify shapes and develop coordination and dexterity. Each piece also has a number on one side with the corresponding number of dots on the other to teach preschoolers number recognition and counting.
Send email to

I have a board slate for $12. I also have a 38 cell slate for $10.

These items will be shipped free matter for the blind unless the buyer wants to pay for shipping.
Send email to


$34.99, free shipping
Ideal for holding IPhone or Android above item or document with apps for the blind, such as Seeing AI, KNFB reader, or Magnifier.

Rich DeSteno has released his third album, entitled Crunch Time.

Rich has continued to deliver his special blend of electric and acoustic rock. The album is now available on all major digital music download and streaming web sites. Visit his web site at:

If you like Tupperware and want to receive a monthly listing of our specials

please email
and let me know if you prefer the list pasted into the body of the message or as a text attachment.

Christmas cd's of Ray Starr

It's Christmas time Again $10.00
Til The season Comes round again $10.00
Make checks payable to Ray Rokita
3816 schlee street, Lansing, Michigan 48910

Fill your home with wonderful fragrances from Scentsy this holiday season.

Fragrance products also make the perfect gift. Check out all of the amazing products currently available from Scentsy.
Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 916-206-1151 775-463-9886

Shop with Elegant Insights Braille Creations this holiday season for gifts of braille jewelry

and accessories for everyone on your list.
Have a custom design in mind? We can bring your ideas to life for gifts that are perfectly personalized. Call 509-264-2588 or

A 2018 hover board.

If anyone is interested contact me at

Welcome to a new update of Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.
Please share with those you care about.
When you call, I will share the nine options of Sermons followed by how to work the many features.
Here are the nine options.
Option 1: I shared how I came to know the Lord. It is called Linda's Testimony.
Option 2: Helps and Hindrances to Joy, by Ron Crisp.
Option 3: What Can Believers Do In the Days of Apostasy, by J. Vernon McGee.
Option 4: Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do Right, by Ralph Barnard. The first ten seconds or so are hard to understand, but then it gets very clear. Thank God that people have preserved these wonderful preachers' messages!
Option 5: God and the Environment, by Lawrence Justice.
Option 6: Strong Faith, by L. R. Shelton.
Option 7: Melaleuca Christmas.
Option 8: Who Is the Only Mediator, by Joel Beeke. Pastor Fugate will be back next time.
Option 9: A sample of the CD I recorded. The disk is called Traditional Hymns That Speak to the Heart, sung by Linda Stewart. There are 18 songs on the disk. Am asking ten dollars for one, and if you want to give some for Christmas, twenty-five dollars for three. Enjoy them the best you can over the phone. To reach me directly right now email
and I will take your order for the disks, and I can begin sending you biweekly updates of Sermons on the Phone as well.

Wanted, to trade, or to give away:

Looking for:

My name is Steve Brown, looking for information on old coins, which I collect for my grandson; old trains , ; a Cream picture about 4 inches 5“ tall and maybe 8 inches long made out of metal. Looking for a picture of Jesus the last supper. Also a pic of three or four Bulldogs, I think they’re Senators congressmen or whatever or they might even be playing cards .


1Touch Project is the first comprehensive self-defense program designed specifically for people who are blind/visually impaired and those people legally viewed as vulnerable members of society.
The program teaches hands-on self-defense techniques for dealing with assaults, aggressive behavior, and bullying. 1Touch focuses on real life situations with practical applications. 1Touch explores participants’ hidden assumptions regarding their own disability by investigating their personal perceptions of their blindness, as well as the insecurities built upon that perception.

The self-defense systems are fully accessible to all and are designed for practicality. There are no age restrictions or physical strength requirements, and no prior experience in martial arts is necessary to participate. The class curriculum is adapted to the appropriate audiences. Everyone is welcome to participate, including:
•People with Mobility Impairments
•People with Multiple Disabilities
•People who are Deaf/Blind
•People who are Blind/VI
•Children / Seniors

Participants will gain the below benefits from 1Touch:
•Greater Health Physically and Psychologically
•Willingness to Travel Independently
•Increased Independence
•Adjustment to Vision Loss
•Communication Skills
•Enthusiasm / Self-Worth
•Spatial Orientation

You can learn more about ongoing classes, workshops, and coaches certification classes that allow you to become 1Touch instructors, at:
or call: 877-218-6824.

Robert Kingett, the blind journalist behind the Netflix advocacy

achievement years ago, hosts a mailing list for writers looking to get
paid for their writing. Writer opportunities posts paying calls for
submissions, including poetry, free grant and retreats, and paying
writing contests with no entry fee. This is a sub-group of his
journalism updates. To subscribe, email

Blind Writer Seeking Comments for Article

Donna W. Hill, author of the educator-recommended novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill, is working on an article about unwanted faith-healing experiences. Your stories and advice are welcomed. Comment anonymously, if you prefer.
Email Donna at:
Or, use the contact form at:

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
We sum it up by saying: "Catch the vision--it’s Out of Sight!"

Check out Eyes On Success (formerly ViewPoints)

1842 Preparing for Your First Guide Dog (Oct. 17, 2018)
In past episodes of Eyes On Success we talked about how guide dogs are raised and trained to work with their owners. But how do you know if a guide dog is right for you and, if you decide that you want a guide dog, how do you prepare? This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Marc Gillard of Guide Dogs for the Blind who addresses these questions.

1844 Sounds of the Stars (Oct. 31, 2018)
Last week we talked about creating tactile representations of the universe. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Greg Salvesen, a post-doctoral fellow at UCSB, and Matt Russo, a professor of astronomy at Seneca College about using sonification to transform astronomical data into audio for use by both sighted and vision impaired people.

As usual the audio and show notes can be found at:
and listeners can now hear Eyes On Success on their smart home devices by simply saying “play Eyes On Success podcast”.

The Burkeville Lodge for the Blind invites all blind,visually impaired,and their friends and families to visit us for awhile.

We are located in Burkeville,Virginia and have rooms with meals included for a very low cost. We have boating and fishing pond.We have swimming pool,gazebo,walking trail,games and music.We have very good food with seconds included with lots of coffee.For more details,check out our web site
or call me,Richard at 757 468 0277.We hope to see you there

Services and training:

Seeking more exposure?
You should be appearing on podcasts and radio shows.
They are the fun energizing way to promote yourself and your work.

I offer a service where I do all the work of getting you booked. You only have to show up and have a great conversation.

Value you will receive.

1: custom profile to appear on my website.
2: 30 minute style consult.
3: interview on my show What’s Your Excuse.
4: 90 days worth of pitching podcasts, radio shows, and virtual summits on your behalf.
You will receive at least three bookings each month on shows with audiences over 1,000 viewers or listeners.
5: social media promotion of all of your appearances.
6: show announcements in my email list.
7: blog post introducing you on my website.
8: full page article or ad in Global Voice Magazine.

How Much?
$1,000 or three payments of $375 per month.
After the 90 days you can continue with me for $250 per month.
Success Stories
You can reach out to my current and past clients on my success stories page at
If you have any questions at all email me at

Business and employment opportunities:

Do you have a business opportunity or an employment job offer or are you looking for assistance, help wanted? This is a great place to post your notices. A fifty words or less notice is free each month. Read towards the end of the news for word counts and cost for longer notices.

Create your own E-commerce website easily. Site Right Now is an accessible website builder and server.

If you sign up, please include your friend, Lori Motis from, on the order form.
On, everything you need to make a web site is included:
• Great for beginners! Anyone can do it. Just fill out simple forms with our classic control panel, and it makes your website.
• Choose and register your own domain name ( or use one you already own.
• Make your own website, including an unlimited number of pages!
• No Programming Required! Just fill in simple on-line forms with your information.
• Build your own family website
• Make your own personal website
• Create your own e-commerce business website
• Upload your own graphics or choose from our on-line library.
• Make changes and updates to your web pages with ease.
• Announce your website on the major search engines
• Get marketing help and advice
• Get as much free support as you need. Don't worry if you are a beginner.
Even sell your products on-line with instant e-commerce.
Our control panel works well for visually impaired and blind users, since it is more text based than other web builders. Blind and visually impaired users often use screen readers that read the text out loud. Here is a link to one of our customers who provides classified news for the blind and visually impaired:

Braille Cards and Accessible Games from DottedDecks

This holiday season, take a break from the constant drone of text-to-speech and phone screens and spend quality time over an old-fashioned game of cards! Braille cards and tactile games make great gifts during the time when family and friends reunite for the holidays. At, we adapt and Braille games like UNO, Rubik’s Cubes, standard playing cards, and more. Games suit a variety of ages and include both standard and jumbo Braille, perfect for those just learning their alphabet or those with neuropathy. Visit
to shop!
Available games include Standard Playing Cards, UNO, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, UNO Dare, DOS, Connect 4, Rubik’s Cubes, Rook, Old Maid, Go Fish, and more. Something out of stock, or have a new game you’d like to see in Braille? Send a message to
and it will be in stock within the week! Visit
to see available listings.

Global cane outreach update


When this article is published, the November 10th fundraiser “A Night of Music and Fun” will have been accomplished. Thanks to all for the prayers for a successful and very fun-filled event. Bevie, Beverly Crook GCO’s founder, will open the evening explaining the purpose of the Kenya trip. She will then join a few members, from her drumming class, to begin the musical festivities with their drumming. We have been so blessed with so many who have jumped on board for the evening with songs, desserts and just all-around help to bring about this fundraising effort. Along with Bevie, there are several other artists that are visually impaired that are sharing their talents this evening too. All of us that are blind, or vision impaired, in some way understand very well the needs for assistive aids to make our lives more livable and enjoyable. With all the wonderful people who have volunteered to share their talents, we may just be there till midnight!!
In addition to this event, through recruitment outreaches by GCO and YouCaneGive, many canes, both used and new are being donated to go with the group in March to Kenya.
It is so encouraging to see people from our own country adding to the already 100 canes going with our team.
Our team of six includes Bevie, Jimmy, Jacob, Meghan, Joanne and Karen. In future articles there will be more about each of their stories.
We are also excited and blessed to share that we now have an active “Go Fund Me” sight to aid in the expenses of this Kenya outreach.
Plans are being made to provide canes and training to as many as two groups of 20 people per day while the team is there.
The “Go Fund Me” sight is below for anyone who would like to contribute.

Thank you so much for all prayers for plans to work well and things still in process for the trip.
Donna Kimball

Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.
You Cane Give is a not for profit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee that refurbishes donated canes for reuse. James Boehm, one of the members of our board, created and runs this organization.

Living with low vision

The Benefits of Blindness

By Donna Williams

A few days ago a friend of mine who is somewhat of a curmudgeon ended up on a rant about how people who have low vision try to pretend they are sighted but expect to get privileges of those who are blind. He was angry with me for using my vision instead of being quicker and more efficient by using touch instead while completing a particular task. I patiently attempted to explain why I do this and how individuals who have had full vision most of their lives go through an adjustment period. As I continued the great debate that my friend initiated it suddenly occurred to me that too many times when I’ve been talking with someone who is adjusting to vision loss all I do is listen and offer words of sympathy and give them some relevant resources when what may be helpful is to highlight some positive aspects of being legally blind. So this year I want to reach out to those who might be struggling and find it difficult navigating through this new path their life has taken. What is so great about being blind? You ask. I’m here to share what I love about it and it couldn’t be more appropriate then now when we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here’s what I’m most thankful for as it relates to having low vision.

Free books:
From the time I was little I was pulling books off shelves at my Grandparent’s house and at home and either demanding that someone read to me or I’d open the book and begin making up a story of my own in order to entertain myself. My parent’s recognized my love of reading and I’m sure they were very thankful for the National Library Service since it meant I could listen to hours of recorded books and not put demands on their time to read when they had other things to do but didn’t want to disappoint me. Oh how my reading experience has evolved through the years. First came the books on records and that huge record player. That evolved into cassettes and a smaller player. Now not only do we have the cartridge but there is also the BARD site. For those who may not know BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download. I am so thankful for this resource because it allows me to choose what books I read and when. There was a time when I had to look in catalogs, compile a reading list and hope the librarians sent me what I requested. If the books I wanted weren’t available I was sometimes sent some pretty weird stuff. This might have had to do with the fact that I selected some very broad categories. For those who prefer to read print books there are options for you too. When I started school my parent didn’t want me to learn Braille right away so I was taught to read with large print. When I was 10 I received my first pair of reading glasses and discovered that I could use them for more then just attempting to magnify the print in my textbooks for school. I learned that our local library had some large print books and at first I thought I might be able to read them without the aid of my glasses but it was slow so I put them on and wow! What a difference that made. I could read for hours and the longer the book the better. I also began receiving large print books from NLS and I explored other sources for obtaining large print reading material. This leads me to the second privilege I’m thankful for.

Free Mailing:
I know a lot of people don’t use snail mail anymore however there was a time when the only way we could communicate was by sending letters or reading material from one place to another. Because Braille and large print take up more room then standard print it was nice knowing that if I wanted to write a letter to a friend I didn’t have to pay any money to send it. I’m sure my parents were eternally grateful too since I started writing my first letters when I was 10 years old. My best friend moved from Pennsylvania to Delaware and we both thought our world was going to end. That problem was quickly solved when we began writing a myriad of long letters to one another. I can’t imagine how much it would have cost if we’d have had to put stamps on them. When I started attending camps for the blind I met even more people I wanted to correspond with. I didn’t know Braille yet so I had to communicate with my totally blind friends via voice. This was fun because playing back the tapes I received from them was like having my friend right there in the room with me as though we were visiting. This quickly became my favorite way of corresponding and eventually I was able to convince some of my partially sighted friends to join in. Believe it or not I still have a few friends who don’t have computers and we continue to communicate via cassette. Speaking of listening to voices I am thankful for

Free Directory Assistance.
Before you think I’ve lost my mind let me explain. Once upon a time there were actual phone books filled with microscopic print that I obviously could not read. During that time I learned I was eligible for free directory assistance. I did the proper paperwork and was then able to call and ask for a phone number whenever it was needed. Free directory assistance is still available today however the landscape has changed drastically. There are more options but in some cases less coverage. For instance I have my phone service packaged with my internet and TV. The company I subscribe to does allow me to access free directory assistance however the numbers provided are only available if the person I’m attempting to contact is subscribed to the same company I use. Interestingly I have found a work around which happens to be much better. Since I originally had Verizon land line service and had free directory assistance through them I was able to get it on the wireless side as well. What’s awesome about that is I can request a number and if it is listed it comes up and I’m given the option of having a text sent. Most of the time I do this so I can have quick access to that number again.

There is so much more I could share however when I was thinking about what to write I felt it was very important to stress the positive side of being blind because even if we have some vision but meet the definition of legal blindness we are still blind and we can celebrate the privileges that status affords us. I know it may seem as though I’m preaching to the choir however if you are totally blind and reading what I’ve written perhaps you know someone who has low vision that can benefit or feel encouraged by what I’ve shared. Please pass this article on to them. If you are partially sighted and feel you are well adjusted to your vision loss perhaps your own experience regarding what you are thankful for as a partially sighted individual will help someone else feel more encouraged. If so please don’t be shy about sharing it. You may impact someone’s life in unexpected ways.

In closing I’d like to say how thankful I am for the opportunity to write for the Blind Post. This opportunity came my way because I am blind. If I weren’t I would never have had this publication sent to me via email and would have been unaware that Lori was looking for writers. So this is to all you great readers out there who I always enjoy hearing from. When you are down or feeling frustrated by any circumstance in your life look for opportunity it’s always knocking and wanting you to open the door so very badly. Happy thanksgiving to all.

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

Blind people talking

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

“Well? I’m Glad For All Yall”

Patty L Fletcher
November 9, 2015
Flash back to Thanksgiving 2014.
Thanksgiving that year dawned with all the excitement of cooking, cleaning and getting ready for the big day ahead. I was to celebrate with two families that year.
I would have lunch with my now EX fiancé Donnie, and his son, as well as a few friends, and then go to my father’s house for a celebration with my daughter, her new family, father, and my sister Mary.
There was a new addition to the family this particular year, my very first Seeing Eye Dog, Campbell, AKA King Campbell as I’d taken to calling him shortly after his arrival in my life.
As I’d gone through the morning’s work of making what had always been my mother’s famous chicken and dressing recipe, and running up and down stairs, helping with various tasks, Campbell wagged happily by my side.
He watched with great interest the shredding of the boiled chicken which was to go in to the dressing and thumped his tail very loudly and licked his lips in appreciation when a piece “Accidentally” fell to the Floor.

Once I’d finished with Donnie, his son, our friends, and our mid-day celebration which Campbell had participated in with much interest and enthusiasm, I was on my way to my dad’s house for the second meal of the day, and what I hoped would be an awesome visit. I’d chosen to leave Campbell at home in his crate, as he’d already had quite a bit of excitement, and what with my dad’s house being small, and so many people, I simply felt it would be too crowded for my big galoot of a dog to be added to the mix.
As I came through the door of my father’s house I called out, “Happy Thanksgiving! Where are my girls?” My two granddaughters came flying up but stopped short just a few steps away. The younger of the two, grabbed my sleeve, tugging ever so slightly saying, “You didn’t bring any Campbell” My heart filled with love, at that sweet child’s words, and as I gathered her in to my arms and took the older one’s hand, and continued in to the house, I explained why I’d chosen to leave Campbell at home.
Later as we gathered round the table for our meal, I listened as my daughter explained to her oldest what it meant to be grateful. “It means being glad for something.” She said, as we all fell silent and clasped hands. My oldest granddaughter only hesitated a moment in the silence and then as the room fell completely still she said in a clear sure voice, “Well, I’m glad for all y’all.” There was simply nothing else to say. As I reached for my napkin pretending to have something in my eye, I heard my dad whisper, “I didn’t hear her.” My sister who was sitting closest to him, repeated what the youngster had said, and as we began to pass the food, I felt that my heart would burst with love.

Author Bio
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
My name is, Patty L. Fletcher.
I'm a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
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Skydive Solo Safely While Blind?

By Darian Slayton Fleming

Whoever said the words “skydiving” and “blind” couldn’t be uttered in the same sentence? The late John Fleming, blind skydiver and advocate for the rights of people who are blind skydived solo safely over 1200 times after losing his sight. He is fast becoming a legend in the American Council of the Blind and in the skydiving communities.
How did he earn this status? John jumped out of perfectly good airplanes just for fun. While in the Air Force, Fleming made his first jump at Delta Sport Jumpers in Higginsville, Missouri on a dare. The static line jump from 3,000' out of a Cessna 172 cost him a whopping $15 (less than the cost of a regular ride to altitude at most drop zones today). One of the first things I learned about John was that you didn’t dare him to do something unless you wanted him to do it. John often said his feet were barely on the ground after that first jump before he knew he was going to do that again. And he did, over 1938 times.
When he joined ACB, John turned his passion for skydiving into two fund-raising efforts, known as “Blue Skies for Future Eyes, for the ACB. The two events raised nearly $9000 each. About this, in the skydiving magazine “The Parachutist”, Mike Muscat, one of the guys who talked John down by radio, said "Blind John" was grinning from ear to ear pretty much the entire day. He had a right to be happy. He made this whole thing happen. He dreamed it and was living the dream. You see, what John Fleming lacks in sight he makes up for in vision.”
John was an active force in ACB. He served several terms as president of ACB’s special interest affiliate Visually Impaired Veterans of America. He served on ACB’s Constitution and Bylaws and Credentials Committees. One year while president of the Visually Impaired Veterans of America, while Chris Gray was president, John informed Mr. Gray that there was not a flag in the assembly hall. Since then, this oversight has not been repeated.
John passed away in June 2016 after a second battle with lung cancer. I was privileged to be John’s wife. We met in the Oregon delegation at the ACB conference and convention. We dared to become friends and in 2006 we became husband and wife. I’m not sayin’ which one of us was the most daring on that account. I do know that I dared him to announce our betrothal when he spoke before the ACB general assembly in Las Vegas, in 2005, the year and place when we became engaged. He took me up on that dare saying that my answer was “Well, I won’t marry you in free-fall, but I will take the plunge with you.”
John spoke to groups about how life isn’t over after sight loss. He said that you can do just about anything, with some creative brain storming determination and a little help from your friends. Now I am working with a production team, Flying Blind Productions, LLC to make a full-length documentary about John’s life. ACB has agreed to serve as the fiscal sponsor for our project, and we need your help to make this dream a reality.
Do you want to see John’s story on the big screen? Here are some ways you can get involved:
o Did you know John Fleming? Please contact me and we will arrange to interview you.
• Become a sponsor. Email: or call
(503)522-3272 to learn about the many sponsorship benefits.
• Like us on Facebook@blindjohnmovie.
o Donate at Choose Honorary Donation, be sure to specify “John Fleming movie” and include your contact information. We’ll be in touch about your donation “producer perks.”
• Invite us to speak to your organizations to share John’s inspiring story and show clips from the project.
Dare to take a chance on our project. Help us bring John’s story to the big screen for all to enjoy.

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

This month we have several recipes, from myself, and a few from subscribers. Happy baking and cooking!

Recipe: Easy Sweet potato oven casserole

Using my Instant pot. And oven.
Note: you could also steam them in a pot on the stove too.
What I did:
I scrubbed several sweet potatoes well, under water, and pierced them with a knife.
I place them on my steaming rack inside my Instant Pot insert and poured in one cup of water.
I cooked them on high pressure, setting the manual button for eight minutes. I then let it release naturally. Test them with a fork to see if they are tender and if not put them under pressure again for about three or five minutes more and let them natural release.
After they were cool enough to touch, I was able to remove the skins easily and set aside and save them for later in my refrigerator or prepare them for a greased casserole dish. The size depends on what you have and how much you want to make. I was able to make two batches with about ten small sweet potatoes using two round corning ware casseroles. You can add some pumpkin pie seasonings, some brown sugar or maple syrup, plus some butter optional, and mix wel. Then put into your prepared casseroles. Bake for as long as it takes to heat them through. This will depend on if you put them in your fridge over night or not. Bake them at 375 for about 20 minutes if you are preparing them right away and about 45 minutes when they’ve been refridgerated.
After they are heated through add a generous layer of miniature marshmallows on top and put back in the oven for five minutes. Then remove from the oven and serve.
No need for a pie crust. This is very delicious on its own.
You could make this the day before
thanksgiving and then put in the oven along with your turkey the last hour of its cooking time.
Food Lady

Recipe: Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Green

Bean Casserole
Servings: 6

1 cup chicken broth
*1 cup heavy cream, or half & half
12 oz sliced mushroom
1 small onion
2 tbs butter
16 oz green beans, You can used fresh or Frozen
French's Onions for garnish on top 1/2 cup

Place your instant pot on saute
Melt butter and add chopped onion and mushroom cook for about 2-3 minutes until onions are soft.
Add chicken broth and green beans
Place on manual high pressure for 15 minutes.
Do a quick release Stir in the heavy cream or half & half at this point for Instant Pot. Add in 1-2 tbs of cornstarch to thicken.
Top with French's Onions and serve. Warning this will go fast.

Notes: For the Slow cooker: Directions are the same but cook on low for 4 hours, and you can include the cream at the time of the chicken broth and green beans. .
* The reason I do not recommend adding the cream when you cook on high pressure is because I’ve learned that milk products cooked under pressure can curdle, so best to add after released from pressure.
This was emailed to me from a subscriber, but I have changed it just a little.
Fpood Lady

Recipe: Dump cake

1 yellow or white box cake mix
1-2 cans pie filling (any flavor, a new flavor heard of is "peaches'ncream)
Nuts (optional)

1. Pour pie filling in a large baking dish or 9x13 cake pan.
2. Sprinkle full cake mix over the filling.
3. (optional) several pieces of butter on the top. I didn't put butter on the top, as the cake mix already has butter in it, especially if using Duncan Hines butter recipe.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake is done.
5. Best served hot with whipped cream or ice cream or at room temperature or even cold.
6. The best thing about this cake is that there is no stirring.
7. It resembles a cobbler more than a cake, hence, the misnomer. It should be called "Dump Cobbler."
8. You can use other flavors for the filling-- cherry, peach, apple, strawberry, pineapple. Duncan Hines even has pie filling with the "country" before the fruit name/type.
9. This cobbler/cake is a sweet cobbler, but very easy to fix.
10. Be sure to use a deep-dish baking dish if desiring not to use the 9x13 baking pan.
11. For a total different dump cake, Black Forest, use a chocolate cake mix and 1-2 cans of cherry pie filling.
12. One of my late uncles used to fix this dessert at church functions, and, a few times, won prizes.
From Cindy Calhoun

Recipe: Diabetic Brownies

1 stick light margarine
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons Splenda
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In saucepan, combine margarine and chocolate. Melt over low heat. Remove from heat. Beat in sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla until well combined. Stir in flour, Splenda, baking soda and salt. Fold in nuts. Spread into an 8 inch square baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before cutting into squares.
From Debbie Killian

Recipe: Diabetic Crunchy Chocolate Raisin


1/2 stick diet margarine
1 1/3 cups non-fat dry milk powder
2/3 cup cocoa
1 cup Splenda
1/3 cup evaporated non-fat milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup raisins

In bowl, combine margarine and milk powder until crumbly. Add cocoa and Splenda; mix until blended. Add evaporated milk and vanilla; mix until almost smooth and sticky. Remove from bowl and mix in cereal with hands. Continue mixing with hands until smooth and shiny. Shape into two 10 inch long rolls. Wrap in clear plastic wrap. Chill until firm.
To serve, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. Store in refrigerator.
From Debbie Killian

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

If any of you are interested, you can subscribe by emailing a blank message with subscribe in the subject field at
Amazon now has the new Smart Wifi Instant Pot.
Food Lady

Yarn, hook, and needle

Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
It's time to start thinking seriously about our holiday giving, but first let's talk about yarn for our gift giving. In addition to the traditional textures and colors there seem to be loads of novelty yarns out there to please even those with really "funky" taste.

Lion Brand's Lion Homespun Holiday Yarn, is just like our old friend, HomeSpun, except in sparkley Holiday colors, perfect for decorations or even that festive shawl. Then there are the cottons in Holiday colors, or frost colors such as white, red or green. These make lovely place mats, towels or our old favorite the dish or wash cloth. In addition, some companies such as NY yarns have colorful yarns that knit up into soft scarves and the like. A tiny word of warning when choosing flashy yarns unless the recipient is really into the unusual. It might be better to have someone take a look at the colors for you, or what the heck, go ahead and gain a reputation for giving the unusual.

One of the fun, not so unusual yarns is Boa. It's somewhat like fur, and comes in some interesting colors such as Phoenix, and would make a nice scarf for the Potter fans among us. There is a line of Boa just for the Holidays.

In preparing material for this column I ran across a couple of, to me, at least, unusual yarns. Mind, I'm not recommending them, because I haven't tried them, and would love to hear from any of you if you do.

Here are the descriptions, pasted directly from the site.

"Red Heart Spark A Doodle accent yarn with an irresistibly soft pom on a dyed-to-match carrier cord. Poms are
about 3in apart; when knit or crocheted; the poms match up nicely to create a very
soft; textural fabric which is fabulous on both sides. The subtle metallic sparkle
adds just enough spark to create interest; ideal for accessories like scarves and
hats; but also as accent on mittens, garments, pet wear, home decor, and more."

This next one is definitely something I can hardly imagine, but here goes!

Bernat (R) Sequin Yarn
Bernat Sequin Yarn. "Sequin yarn is just what it says. It is yarn with sequins attached
to give this cable yarn sparkle. You get good stitch definition with this yarn and
it works well for both knit and crochet projects.
Weight Category: 4 - Medium, Worsted Weight."

Crochet Easy Wreath Ornament

2" Diameter
Red Heart 4 ply WW Yarn (Christmas multi-color)
Hook Size G
Stitches: ch, sl st, sc.

R1: Ch2, sc in 2nd ch from hook.
R2: Ch1, turn. Sc in the sc.
Rep R2 until piece measures 6". (HINT: The length of a regular crochet hook.)
Twist the piece 5 times and join with a sl st.
Fasten off and add a bow and a hanger.

Crochet Cinema Wrap

SIZE: One Size
About 14 x 60 in. (35.5 x 152.5)
Lion Brand® Vanna's Colors color of your choice.
Quantity needed: 5 Skeins
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size K-10.5
Large-Eye Blunt Needle
10 half double crochet + 8 rows = 4 in. (10 cm).
Chain 38.
Row 1: Half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across - 36 half
double crochet.
Row 2: Chain 2, turn, half double crochet in each stitch across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 60 in.
(152.5 cm) from beginning.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

Knit Pomp a Doodle Scarf

Measurements: Approximately 5" by 35"
Materials: 1 ball Pompa a Doodle; 1 pair needles U
S 9.

Gauge 10sts equals 4"
Cast on 14 STS, and knit every row until desired length is reached. Casting on with the knit method is recommended, being sure that you push the poms to the side, and work only with the cord throughout. DO NOT PULL THE POMS THROUGH THE STITCHES. Cast off when desired length has been reached. (Note) I strongly recommend that you take a gauge before using this yarn.)

Mimosa Slouchy Beanie

Naturally JOY!
(70% Acrylic/30% Bamboo; 2.5oz/70.8g, 138yds/127m):
2 skeins Blue Bird #0005
One circular needle size U.S. 8 (5mm), 24"/60cm long
, or size to obtain gauge
One circular needle size U.S. 6 (4mm), 24"/60cm long
One set of five size U.S. 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles (dpn)
Stitch marker
Cable needle
Yarn needle
Circumference: 18" Brim, stretched
In Cable and Lace Pattern, 22 sts and 28 rows = 4"/10cm, using larger needle
2x2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)
All Rnds: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Cable and Lace Pattern (multiple of 11 sts)
Rnd 1: *K6, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *C6B, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rep Rnds 1-4 for Cable and Lace Pattern.
C6B: Slip 3 sts to cn, hold to back, k3, k3 from cn.
M1: Lift strand between needles to LH needle and knit strand through back loop. (1
st increased)
Sk2p: Slip 1 knitwise, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over. (2 stitches
Slip next 2 stitches, 1 at a time, to RH needle as if to knit, return stitches to
LH needle in new orientation, knit 2 stitches together through back loop. (1 stitch
With smaller needle, CO 84 sts. Join to work in the rnd, taking care not to twist
sts; place marker at beginning of rnd.
Work in 2x2 Rib for until piece measures 3" from beg.
Inc Rnd: Change to larger needles. K5, *M1, k5; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4–99 sts.
Next Rnd: Work in Cable and Lace Pattern until piece measures 10" from beg, ending
with Rnd 4 of pattern.
Shape Crown
Note: Change to dpns when necessary for number of sts on needle.
Dec Rnd 1: K2, *ssk, k3, sk2p, k3; rep from * to last 9 sts, ssk, k3, sk2p, k1–72
Dec Rnd 2: *K1, sk2p; rep from * to end–36 sts.
Dec Rnd 3: *Ssk; rep from * to end–18 sts.
Rep Dec Rnd 3 once–9 sts.
Break yarn, weave through remaining sts, cinch shut on WS.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

May your Holidays be peaceful and joyful.

From the pages of Donna's travel diary:

Traveling down town on the subway

There was a time when I used to really enjoy traveling down town on the subway but with more and more folks using said means to get to where they need to go; it has become a real challenge for me. This is not to say that as a blind person one cannot find ways to keep enjoying traveling on the subway.

I'd like to offer some tips to help make things easier for those of us with vision loss.

First off; let's make sure that others around us are aware that we are blind. Accordingly, we need to ensure that we travel with our canes and that they are made visible to those around us.

Next, if we are traveling with guide dogs that our dogs are outfitted with the relevant tags that say that they are indeed guide dogs.

We should come prepared to ask questions if we feel the need to and we need to be able to negotiate our way through crowds and throngs.

There are of course other tips that we can benefit from but this is a good start.

So, enjoy your subway travel.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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