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From the editor, Blind post history and new stuff by Lori Motis.
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Business and employment opportunities.
*** This month’s columns:
What I wrote seven years ago: Food Lady for September 2010.
Global cane outreach update News from the Philippines Part two. from
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Winter travel by Donna J. Jodhan.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: How do you move when you can’t
see? Part two.
Blind man walking: J. R. R. Talking book by Joshua Loya
Blind People talking: LET’S GO! – AUGUST RUN. By True E. Ready writer.
Living with low vision: Trending By Donna Williams.
Yarn, hook, and needle: Placemat Patterns for the Holidays By Phyllis
Posting to the Blind Post News.
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We will keep you well informed about our current and up coming events!
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The Blind Café is a completely free totally screen reader friendly
voice chat site for the blind, their friends, and family. Some of our
rooms are: **
A Donut and Coffee Shop, which opens at 7 A M, Come join our
breakfast club and discuss world events or just what the weather is
like in each others part
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chat and morning laughs. **Lunch Buffet, join us at noon and enjoy
your lunch while
chatting to your friends. ** Cafe Fitness Zone Look and feel better
** Recording Studio – Record yourself, singing or playing a musical
a MP3 file! Then play it on Broadway Saturday night in our talent
show. ** The Movie Room, We have over 600 described movies for your
in to Willie’s cinema and watch the movie of your choice 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
** On Broadway Come share your talent or just be a part of the
audience and listen **Can’t sleep? Café after Dark opens late at
night anyone for a late
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Café Comedy Lounge. Listen to your favorite comedians like Jeff
Dunham, Roy D Mercer,
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and roll! We also have Big Band, Bluegrass, Easy Listening and Country
for your enjoyment. ** Faith Chapel: Join Pastor Jonathan Brayfield
as he brings us aninspirational message each Sunday, along with some
music. ** Mystery Theatre. Listen to one of our very own produced mini
who dun it plays, starring our very own Blind Café Members. You can
also get a part
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*** From the editor, Lori Motis:
## Blind post history and new stuff:
Seven years ago, after we moved from Nevada to Idaho, I had only been
the editor for Connections for the Blind for about five months. I
initially had about 500 subscribers. After the move, I discovered that
the internet service in Idaho would not allow me to email that many
bulk emails at one time. I knew I wanted to expand the news, and
decided to build a website and change the name to The Blind Post.
Over the years, new columns with awesome writers came aboard,
subscriptions more than doubled, and the website is growing and
experiencing many new visitors each month.
I am looking forward to even more expansions, and redoing the website
to make the archives easier to navigate so folks can get to the past
articles they want faster.
I am so thankful to all of my readers, and have really appreciated all
of your messages. They help boost me forward.
What is new:
I want to email the news earlier each month. Currently it is emailed,
and posted to the site, around the ninth to the eleventh of each
month. With the holidays coming, and with many time sensitive
classified ads, it would be better to go out on or before the seventh.
I would need articles and notices by the fifth of each month or
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*** New and used:
## ARTFUL ALCHEMY Physically Challenged Fiber Artists Creating
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This book contains a collection of beautiful art, plus the personal
stories of the 23 multi-talented contributors. The common thread
through their lives is that each woman has overcome physical and other
challenges to become a successful artist in the textile medium.
Many of these women have websites and sell their work through the
Internet sites, while others sell in galleries, exhibits, or through
their teaching. Some create to speak to political and other social
issues, while others use their quilts to educate the public about
their physical challenges.
If you have dreamed of expressing your own creativity, this book will
provide the inspiration you need.
Website with full details: http://www.dldbooks.com/artfulalchemy
## Jerry Rosenberg ,legally blind and profoundly deaf, published
author of “The Speechwriter.” A compelling romantic novel involving a
blind novelist , a senator , a rich influential father in-law, a love
triangle and a run for the presidency. Available on Amazon, kindle and
## Rich DeSteno has released his first album worldwide, entitled
“Cracking the Shell”. It is an exciting blend of electric and
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for $9.99. Press Enter on “Preview all songs” to hear clips of the
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## The Fall/Winter 2017 Scentsy Catalog is here!
New products and fragrances including the latest Fragrance Delivery
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using pods to share wonderful scents throughout your home.
Checkout the new catalog at my website.
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## SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items including
candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be
customized with braille.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853 or email@example.com
Or visit: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~laurabai/SweetTooth/Welcome.html
## Selling three blindness related products:
Galaxy barcode reader new condition under warranty $990 obo
Quantum barcode reader excellent condition $70 obo
Romeo Attaché Pro ( with single-sheet feed option and speech excellent
condition $990 obo
Contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-253-3873
## Braille sense u2 mini. 18-cell Braille note taker. Owned for two
years, no problems. Excellent working condition. Comes with extra
battery, executive products case, cable to connect to computer, cable
to connect thumb drive. Asking $1500 with shipping and handling
included for the contiguous United States. If interested, email
## Original Ruby Hand Held Video Magnifier. Brand new, still in box.
All accessories and documentation are still in tact included.
Shipping: Free Matter. PayPal payments only. details discussed prior
to sale. original price $545. Asking $300 or best offer. Inquiries
Michael Boyd at email@example.com.
## Humanware Brailliant 32 (original non bi version), 32 cell
Bluetooth, USB and cereal braille display for sale clean in excellent
condition- a couple of pins don’t settle until touched. Battery works.
Ships in original packaging. $600 or I might accept best offer.
If interested, email me, I’m Aaron, at firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Wanted, for trade, or to give away:
## For giveaway
I have a couple boxes of Lutheran braille materials including
devotions, hymnals, and other assorted volumes. Will ship free matter
to the first person who claims them.
Please email email@example.com
## Looking for part-time work at home or at job site.
I have Retinitis Pigmentosa and love people. Worked Civil Service 36
years with Base Police Department. Good with computer and various
programs. Have good phone skills, can do transcription work and Word
Contact Karen Brown, 757-567-8224, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have
leads or have a job available. Resume as requested.
*** Services and training:
## Fed up with mysterious computer errors, or wish your audio
recordings could sound more professional? The Cisco Academy for the
Vision Impaired can help you conquer your computer chaos with
fully accessible classes in several areas. Enrollments are officially
open for fall 2017.
For more information, Visit: http://wiki.cucat.org.
## 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
theblindpost.com, on the order form, and I will get a free month of
service. I independently created, and maintain, the Blind Post
website using Site Right Now.
## 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
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, and it is all free!
It is like a burst of fresh air and sunshine coming into your life.
To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a
preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number
We sum it up by saying: “Catch the vision–it’s Out of Sight!”
## Ahoy, mates! Drop anchor and come aboard! “All hands on deck” is a
nautically themed site where you can play games, chat with a friend,
engage in serious discussions or just hang out. It is fully
accessible to people who are blind or low vision. For more information
## Hello Everyone, 11 years ago, I started a Country Club newsletter.
This newsletter contains traditional country music old and new.
We feature recipes, trivia contests, and Ray Starr mini concerts each month.
We produce email and audio editions of the newsletter. Any questions
feel free to write.
## Are you looking for a place just for women? Are you looking for a
place where you can share praises and prayer requests?
I have just the place for you—the chat site, ICC.
The women meet on Monday through Thursday at 10:00 aM EST.
## Plan ahead! Camp Siloam 2018 for blind adults will take place Sat.,
May 19 – Sat., May 26, 2018.
Sound Bible Teaching/fun activities/great food and fellowship For full
details go to www.circleministries.com
## Eyes On Success radio shows & podcasts:
1736 Tips for Technology and Daily Living (Aug. 30, 2017)
Back by popular demand, this episode is another in the series of
useful tips and tricks that you might or might not have known about.
Hosts Nancy and Peter
Torpey share ideas and demos from listeners (as well as from
themselves) on topics from using smart phones and computers to dealing
with everyday life.
There’s sure to be a gem in here for everyone.
1735 Digitizing AFB’s Audio Files (Aug. 23, 2017)
Jane Kronheim and Roger Cicchese are audio engineers who specialize in
restoring old audio recordings. Recently, they digitized recordings of
for the archives of the American Foundation for the Blind. Listen to
this and other recordings as hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with
them about their
work and share some fun stories.
As usual, the audio and show notes are available at: www.EyesOnSuccess.net
and the podcast is available on iTunes.
Listeners can use the Search feature on our site to search for shows
by show number, topic, or keyword.
## If you are blind or visually impaired, let me tell you about our
Burkeville lodge for the blind. It is located near the intersection of
360 and 460 near the town of Crewe, Virginia. For a low cost, you can
get a private or semi private room with meals, too. We are a 501 C 3
receives no government funds. We solely depend on dues, stock market
investments, bequeaths and donations and sales from our SILENT AUCTION
We are WI/FI equipped and have plenty of books and games. We have a
fishing and boating pond with walking trail. We also have an inground
and gazebo with swings.We have buffet style meals with sighted help.
For more information or reservations, call
434 767 4080
and leave a message. We will get back in touch with you or you can
call me, Richard, at
757 468 0277
or EMAIL me at
You can check out or website, too. Go to
There are a few places of historical interest in the area, too.
Sayler’s creek battlefield and Appomatox, Virginia, the Civil War
*** Business and employment opportunities:
## Do you have a business? Or maybe you have an employment opportunity
you would like to share? The Blind Post is a great place to share your
job offers. Email email@example.com to get your notice in the
*** What I wrote seven years ago:
## Tips & Tidbits from the Food Lady from September 2010 the first
Blind Post issue.
Food Lady is finally feeling a bit settled in her new home. Moving
long distances can be very challenging for us that are without sight
and older. I am completely blind and have been that way for over 33
years, and my husband, Hungry, is very low vision due to RP. We moved
from a larger home to a smaller home and from 5500 feet in the high
desert of northeastern Nevada down to around 2500 feet in the greater
Boise, Idaho area. Also from a very dry climate to a more humid
climate. This area is considered the banana belt of Idaho. We also
have trees here where in Nevada we just had rabbit brush and sage
My guide dog, a black lab named Berkeley, is enjoying the sidewalks and so am I!
I forgot how there are interesting things on the sidewalks. We have
all the mailboxes for each house on the sidewalk near the curb. This
presents some interesting mobility challenges for us, especially when
there are bushes close by and overhead tree branches.
Food Lady is happiest when she can get her kitchen organized and start
cooking and baking. That also makes Hungry very happy.
I discovered that I can have fresh produce delivered to my doorstep
once a week. I am so excited to be able to finally get really good
produce grown locally. Also I found out I can also get milk delivered
once a week too. I can order what I want on the internet from them and
this makes me feel happy too!
I have learned how to get to a few places, but have not done any major
shopping alone yet.
Some of you have shared with me the ways you shop and you may continue
to do so if you like.
Also if any of you have some interesting stories about moving to new
homes and how you handle that, please share.
The first two weeks, we had some issues with getting to know our new
home and how everything works.
Moving out of state also presents some new adventures too like
applying for new medical insurance and learning the various services
available to blind and low vision persons.
I wanted to mention that a reader wrote me about using reusable bags
for your grocery shopping. She suggested that they be washed between
shopping’s, especially if meat has been in the bags.
Baking something in a new home is a great comfort.
## Here is a great cookie recipe I tried last week that you might
like. I found it at:
I used less butter and more pumpkin and less sugar in my version. I
also used raisins instead of currents and I did not have any pumpkin
seeds or cardamom. I also just greased my cookie sheets with some
butter. I don’t have parchment paper. They still turned out great.
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried currants
1 Preheat the oven to 350° F.
2 Beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3 Add the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin puree and beat for another 3 minutes.
4 In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt,
cardamom and cinnamon and whisk together. Slowly add it to the butter
mixture until just combined, being sure to scrape down the sides and
bottom once or twice to ensure even mixing.
5 Fold in the pumpkin seeds and currants. Drop spoonfuls of dough on
cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
Allow to cool on the tray for a minute or two to set, and then move to
a wire rack to finish cooling.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
I hope you enjoy your cookies and I will tell you more tips and
tidbits next month.
***Global cane outreach: By Beverly Crook
Philippines trip part two
Congratulations to Lori and the Blind Post! Thanks Lori for all the
time and effort that you put into this magazine for our enjoyment and
Last month I told you about the first Island that we stayed at in the
Philippines. I would like to tell you about the second part of that
We were in Manila, for 5 days, staying at a Christian place that
houses missionaries. One whole day we were at a Christian organization
that helps blind folks that live in the city and also in the country
side. They have 6 pastors that are blind and they visit the schools
and teach blind children about the Bible. They also show the teachers
how to teach cane training and sighted guide. They go to other
churches, government buildings and other public places and share how
to make a blind person feel comfortable and accepted into their
There office is in the down town area and is very productive. They
print out the Bible in braille and also make different audio formats
of listening to the Bible. Parents of blind children come there for
support groups; there is counseling for the blind also.
At the end of the day, we gave out some canes and talking Bibles in
their language, we were told they already knew how to use there canes.
We left 40 canes
with them to give out as needed.
Because Global Cane Outreach was with a church mission trip there were
also other activities that we did. One of these was a visit to a
women’s prison, and I was blessed to give my testimony. As mission
trips go, we were blessed as much as they were.
Thanks for listening to my stories and may God be with each and every
one of you.
For more information on our mission trips and how you can get
involved, visit our website: www.globalcaneoutreach.org
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (831)216-8122.
We look forward to talking with you!
If you shop on Amazon, please consider signing up for Amazon smile and
pick the charity Global Cane Outreach. Global cane outreach will then
get a percentage of your Amazon orders.
Go to https://smile.amazon.com
And sign into your account. Your shopping experience will be the same
with your account, even with subscribe and save orders. The only thing
different is that you will be helping Global Cane outreach further its
*** From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan
## Winter travel
Believe it or not, winter travel can be quite enjoyable for someone
with vision loss, but the one thing that I would suggest is that you
fully research where you want to travel to in the winter before you
make the decision. Keep in mind that winter holidays can be extremely
costly and there is the additional hassles of everyone else seemingly
wanting to go where you want to go.
Some sun spots are naturally more accessible than others and this is
what you would need to research before choosing your destination. If
you are traveling with a guide dog then it is best to ensure that your
destination accepts guide dogs. Never assume that all holiday
destinations would accept guide dogs. Make sure too that the hotel in
question is suitable for your needs. Take the time to ensure that
your needs as a blind holiday maker can indeed be met.
A good suggestion would be for you to check to make sure that the
country that you are traveling to does indeed accept guide dogs as
guide dogs. That there are no quarantine laws for you to deal with.
I have been on several winter trips; visits to sun spots, skiing
trips, and a winter holiday at Christmas in a wintry location and I
have enjoyed each and everyone of them. So happy winter travels.
I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
To learn more about me, visit http://www.donnajodhan.com
On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my
audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go! In the car, on
the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either
purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.
If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another
5! From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for
entrepreneur and scam alerts! Available for download at
Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at
*** Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: How do you move when you
can’t see? Part two.
## Moving is a difficult job for anyone. I personally find that the
packing and cleaning up is easier then unpacking and getting used to
the new dwelling. Fortunately my husband seems to be better at going
through and unpacking boxes and putting things where they maybe should
go. I can unpack the kitchen items and organize the kitchen cupboards
and drawers. Anything else is almost too much for me to handle. At
first, I was excited about the new place. I seemed to be running on
adrenalin from the move, and was able to get some stuff unpacked and
put away. Then, within about a week or so, my energy was all gone. My
muscles were extremely weak. I could hardly move through the house. I
thought that this was due to not knowing the house or that I just
wasn’t in a normal routine. Our last home, I could practically run
through the house and do cleaning and cooking without even thinking
about where I was going.
After about a month of this, I went to my doctor. I requested some
bloodwork, especially my vitamin D levels. The tests showed that all
was within normal range except for my vitamin D. I was extremely low
and would need to go on prescription Vitamin D.
Seven years ago, the same thing happened to me when we moved from
Nevada to Idaho. Granted I am seven years older, but I had been doing
so well with the packing and the cleaning prior to the actual move.
Needless to say, I was getting quite depressed. Listening to music for
energy, and reading books carried me through. I have enjoyed some good
days where I went for walks with my guide dog. Getting out and walking
without fear of running into something, was a big help.
Moving as a blind couple is very doable, but getting older and not
feeling well sucks. I also have experienced some issues with my
husband, with both of us getting a little less patient with each
other’s moods. Thankfully we have worked all that out. Communication
is a must in difficult situations, especially when neither of you can
see each other’s body language or facial expressions.
The logistics of the move were very easy for me, but this settling in
is taking some time. Little by little, I am getting my new home
comfortable, and have been able to actually make some good dinners,
and even bake something yummy. I encourage all of you to get your
vitamin D levels checked. Low vitamin D levels can cause depression,
muscle weakness, difficulty sleeping, and many more important bodily
functions can be upset. It is a fat soluble vitamin and is crucial for
getting calcium to your bones, and actually acts like a hormone in
your body. You can research it online. There are many websites devoted
to the deficiency of vitamin D, which is prevalent in our population
today. The only good way of getting it naturally is spending time in
the sunshine without sunscreen each day. If we are in our homes, and
work place all day, this can contribute to so many folks having very
low vitamin D levels.
As far as moving as blind people, it can be done, but if you have
friends and family that have the time, and are willing to help, it
does make it easier. In the past, I have experienced wonderful help
and have appreciated it immensely. These days, it seems that so many
people are extremely busy, and a house full of stuff takes a lot of
muscle. Hiring movers was the best option for us this time. I hope not
to have to move again for a very long time, and definitely want to
downsize even more than I have already.
All the best with your next move!
*** Blind man walking by Joshua Loya:
## J. R. R. Talking book
I remember when I was first severely visually impaired enough that I
could no longer read print. This would have been 1995 or so. I could
enlist the help of a reader, volunteered or paid. I could contact, at
the time, Recordings for the Blind (They later added the “& Dyslexic”
to be more inclusive.), to see if the book I wanted had been produced.
If I was fortunate enough to own a scanner, I could maybe get the
rough idea of what a book was supposed to say, after spending five
times as much effort scanning and proof reading a print book, as I did
reading it. My saving grace was the National Library Service (NLS).
Halfway through my freshman year of high school, I began having
surgery after surgery, and the scar tissue, even after the surgeries
were over, made reading print tedious at best. The 4-track cassettes
were what kept me sane. The shipping containers and, in retrospect,
the clunky an bulky player, were easily kept in reach of my bed, which
is where I spent much of my time from March of 1995 to February of
1996. To this day, I can remember the smell of the containers, the
sound of the player when I ejected a tape, or sped up the player to
the point that Alvin and the Chipmunks were narrating my book, just
because I wanted to finish it quickly.
Most of my initial tapes were science fiction and fantasy. A lot of
Star Trek novels were sent my way. Later, I began to request books and
to develop a connection with my reader, as the Northern California
Library called them. It was Diane’s job to help me find books I might
like, and I can tell you she was brilliant. I don’t remember disliking
a single book she sent me.
In the summer of 1995, I requested the Lord of the Rings novels by J.
R. R. Tolkien. Norman Barrs was the narrator, whose accent lent itself
perfectly to the epic fantasy story heavily influenced by English and
Norse mythology. At the time, I was living with my mother, your fine
editor. At first, we started listening to the books together, but one
of us wanted to listen further ahead. I don’t know who that was. The
point is that the Lord of the Rings was something I shared with my
mother, and it seems poetic, upon more recent reflection.
The house my mother and I shared, after she and my father parted ways,
was on a semi-communal piece of land in Felton, California. It was
affectionately referred to by the residents of “The Land” as The
Hobbit House. It was built just a little bit lower than ground level
and resembled something one would expect Bilbo or Frodo Baggins to
inhabit. Later, when I lived in Ohio with my dad and step-mother, I
longed for California. My visits in the summer and during the holidays
with my mom had a certain magical property to them, not unlike the
feeling you might get upon your first visit to Rivendell. When I
finally moved to California permanently, I found a peace I hadn’t
expect I would ever find again after my time in Ohio. There were some
great times while I was there, but the period I spent in the Buckeye
State was very difficult for me.
The richness of Tolkien’s world and stories were just as powerful of
an oasis for me as California had been from Ohio. To this day, even
reading a short passage from The Lord of the Rings will fill me with a
sense of wonderment and adventure. Instead of worry and anxiety, I
feel curiosity and excitement. For this reason, I choose to designate
September 22; the day Frodo left The Shire, as Adventure Day. I am
going to do one thing I have never done, yet to be determined, and
share that experience with you in a future Blind Man Walking article.
If you are a Tolkien fan, or even if you aren’t, I hope you’ll join me
in celebrating adventure by doing something new on September 22. Life
is full of adventure. We just have to pay attention. It isn’t a matter
of who you are, or where you go. Adventure is a state of mind!
Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.
You can learn more about him on his web site: www.servantwarrior.me
and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior
You are also welcome to email him at email@example.com
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## LET’S GO! – AUGUST RUN.
Well, it is August, actually the end of August, and I pray that many
of you have had glorious vacations virtually or actually. If you don’t
mind, I would like to tell you about an actual, awesome, adventure,
unexpected, and well enjoyed. It was not understood until I returned
from my navigations. May I relate this to you? Thanks.
This journey started with a very unlikely situation. We, my husband
and I are Ministers of the Gospel, and our Ministry takes us to a
beautiful Nursing Home and a Senior Citizen’s apartment building every
Sunday of the year. Well, the Nursing Home acquired a bad Chicken-Pox
contagion, and the visitors, us, were asked not to visit for at least
three Sundays. In other words it was closed to outside traffic, so, we
were left on the days that we would have visited without a place to
go. Readers, if you have ever had an opportunity to serve the Lord,
and it was inadvertently removed from you without notice, then you
know the difficulty that we experienced with this dilemma.
Now we come to the Good News:
We made a decision, not to sit at home on the days we were not
serving, and on one of these days we traveled approximately 2.0 hours
to the south of our home to go to the Church of one of our Members,
who was on the program to read a beautiful reading written by my
husband. We were excited, to say the least; but that was not the whole
We took the journey, it was beautiful. It was not too hot because we
left quite early, and the roads were clear all the way down to the
little city. When we came within proximity of the little town we
noticed how quiet it was, and how the traffic had dwindled, and how
not a motorcycle, nor loud music, nor loud talking could be discerned.
(I figured that everyone was asleep, on a Sunday.) We got lost for a
moment because the streets were marked scantily; but we were still on
the right path. Readers? This was a wonderful, relaxing trip, to a
place where I had never been. (Some trips should be to places you’ve
never been.) I desire that you smell the fresh air, feel the road
being swept behind you, as you move through the highways, and streets,
listening to Billy Graham’s Book, “The Holy Spirit”. I desire that you
hear the engrained Southern accent of a man, who sits outside of his
gas station attempting to give us directions but apologizing for his
unkempt appearance, as he hadn’t gone to the barber shop as yet.
Readers, I long for you to feel the temperature rising, as the sun
slowly comes up in the south, as we travel away. Away, it seemed from
the hustle and bustle of the very busy big city, its noise, its
dangers, and its fears. Readers, can you feel the quiet, the non
anticipatory peace the cleanliness of a new seemingly untouched
atmosphere brimming with unfamiliarity, the wholesome refreshing? I pray.
I am not finished with the man in front of the Gas Station; my husband
was so taken with his simple and kind attitude that he gave him a
packet of tracks which contained several tracks, the small book of
John, a couple of business cards with Bible scriptures on them, and a
great sense of Christian Gratitude for his attempt to help us on our
journey. When he was offered the package of tracts, he gladly accepted
them without questioning its contents. He thanked us as if we had
given him a pouch of dollar bills; but in reality we had given him
something better than dollar bills, we gave him the road map to Our
Father’s House, and with this road map he was bound NOT to get lost.
Then off we went, not knowing where we were; but feeling extremely
good about the fact that wherever we were, we had planted another seed
in good ground for the inevitable future.
We, then, found a very small store front-home, where we dared to ask
to use the facilities. We did not feel as if the owner would agree;
but it was worth the attempt. She gladly opened up her very small
area, and invited us into her home-store to comfort ourselves. The
proprietor, not only welcomed us she warmly spoke about the beauty of
the day. We, once again, gave a packet of tracts, which was gladly
accepted, and not just accepted; but with a promise that she would
read all of it…BINGO. Oh, oh, we are now on a roll. Not knowing where
we were; but enjoying the joy of these receptive people who joyfully
greeted strangers. We must be in Heaven; but no, I know that we are
still in the South. The South that is talked about so badly. The South
that lost the War. The South that has nothing but a bunch of
ignoramuses. Is this the same South? Is this the place that
Northerners would like to cut off the American landscape? Was this the
same South where so many Slaves were badly entreated? This place where
grass is so plush that it feels as if you are walking on foam, is this
the same place? Oh it could not be. It could not be the same place,
where people are friendly, and the grass smells like grass of the
great long time pass… this is the South!
Where are the sufferings? Buried beneath layers of plush green grass,
never to reveal the sin of the past. Where are the cruel looks, the
pointing, and the jeering? Someone mailed them away, and took in its
place a large bushel of Love, or Grace and Mercy. It may not be
Heaven; but we rushed to get back to the upper parts of the State,
before we spoiled our atmosphere with even one sneer or even one angry
look of disapproval. We visited and took back with us all of the hugs,
kisses, tears of joy, well wishes, chicken potato salad, corn bread,
a slice of cake and a warm fuzzy feeling that I hope I have given you,
even if only for a moment or two.
Where are we going next? I don’t know but… Let’s GO!
By True E. Ready writer (Pen name)
Author of “Fervent Prayer”, “Living Prayers, Poems and Poetry”, “Fear
Not, Not, Not”
*** Living with low vision by Donna Williams
Last month most of the country was talking about the eclipse so in
honor of that I thought before delving into this month’s article I’d
share some eclipse humor. I’ve been told by friends and family to
never quit my day job but here goes anyway!
What is the best name for a puppy born during an eclipse?
What did the moon say to the sun on the day of the eclipse?
I’ve got you covered.
And finally what is the best request you can make to someone during an eclipse?
Sorry, I need to take a sun check.
Ok, enough of that nonsense. Time for me to stick to what I’m good
at. However I’m not done talking about the eclipse because it is what
was trending in the not too distant past and what an experience I had.
I remember during the time I was growing up when a solar eclipse would
occur my mom would quickly usher us into the house, tilt the blinds,
pull the shades, and curtains, and firmly tell us we weren’t to look
out of the windows. My sister would always talk about taking a peek
but I was too scared since I was already legally blind and according
to the adults in my life at the time if you were caught looking at the
sun during an eclipse you could lose your eye sight completely. I
remember two specific eclipses when I was very young and both times I
didn’t want to go anywhere near windows.
When I was a teenager I was a little braver. We had an eclipse during
a school day and I thought I was going to be outside during it but
school officials had other ideas. They wouldn’t let us change classes
as scheduled because too many of us took the short cut between
buildings which involved going outside. I remember on that day we had
an extended period of English and we were supposed to be reading a
book of our choice instead of the teacher attempting to have a
structured lesson. Many of my peers decided that instead of reading
they wanted to be at the windows. They were lifting up the blinds and
trying to see what was going on outside. For some reason I decided to
turn around and look toward the windows. I saw that it was as dark as
night and I was amazed.
This year with so much hype about the number of states the eclipse was
going to pass through and the amount of media coverage the event was
getting I decided I wanted to find a way to see what everyone was
talking about. I still fear being outside during a solar eclipse so I
knew I wasn’t going to buy the viewing glasses everyone was talking
about but I really wanted to see what was going on.
On the day of the eclipse I made sure my blinds were pulled tight in
case the sun’s position would be different and I’d still be seeing it
through my windows. Then I sat back and tuned into one of the local
network stations for the coverage. Because for the most part I get
the morning sun in my windows I could watch what was going on as well
as glance toward my windows and see how the afternoon turned from
light to dusky. It was neat seeing it on TV because they showed
pictures of the eclipse in different states of totality. For the
first time ever not only was I able to see what an eclipse looks like
but I saw the totality as well. And when it came through my area at
2:45 I was able to look toward my window and see how the sky changed
as well as the picture of how it looked to those viewing it outside.
This was truly an amazing experience and the best part is that I was
able to keep my eyes safe.
I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. Feel
free to contact me at:
*** Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
## Placemat Patterns for the Holidays.
It’s definitely time to be looking ahead to the holiday season. This
is a joyous time of family gatherings, and sharing with friends. This
month we’re thinking ahead, not only to the setting the table for
these special occasions, but to gift giving. What can include both of
them in one column? Place mats!
Of course, we can buy place mats made in every material from
disposable paper, to elaborate lace, but like so many things, nothing
is like that item made with love by the hands of someone special for
someone special. The average place mat is nothing more than a
rectangle with the longest part going from side to side when placed on
the table. Therefore, with some patterns the longest part is achieved
by the number of stitches rather than the number of rows. Of course,
as with most things there are certainly exceptions. As with the
commercial mats, the handmade ones can be simple or elaborate,
depending on the pattern stitch and yarn chosen. A simple pattern
stitch such as plain stockinette with a knit border all around, can be
turned into a masterpiece with brightly colored yarns, or a sparkly
yarn for Christmas. Below are several to get you started. Start now,
and you’ll be ahead of the rush when the time comes.
## Simple Placemat Pattern
Use worsted weight washable cotton yarn and size 8 needles.
Finished size: approx. 12 by 18 inches.
Cast on 73 stitches. Knit four rows for a border. Work three repeats of
the pattern, then work rows 1 through 9 again. Finish by knitting four
and then bind off.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9: k3, p1, (k5, p1) to last 3 stitches, k3
Row 2 and all even number rows: knit
Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: k6, p1, (k5, p1) to last 6 stitches, k6
## ROMAN STITCH TOWEL or PLACEMAT
Size 9 needles (or whatever you like to use best)
Cotton yarn – one skein
Cast on 50 stitches.
Knit four rows.
Keeping three stitches on either side in garter
stitch, begin pattern:
Rows 1 and 3 (right side) – Knit.
Rows 2 and 4 – Purl.
Row 5 – K1, P1 across all stitches.
Row 6 – P1, K1 across all stitches.
Repeat these 6 rows 15 times.
Then do Rows 1 and 2 once more.
Knit four more rows and bind off loosely.
Size should be about 12 x 17 inches on size 9 needles– you can adjust.
## This next pattern is for picnic place mats, but is so simple and
versatile that it can lend itself to any occasion. If you desire use
only one color, and knit two or three extra rows top and bottom, and
three extra stitches along beginning and ending of each row. Don’t
forget to add these stitches to the count when you’re casting on. If
you do choose to use two colors, the choice is certainly yours.
Picnic Placemat Set
Lion Brand® Lion Cotton
Pattern Number: 50398-2K
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
SIZE: One Size
Placemat 17½ inches x 12¾ inches [44.5 x 32.5 cm]
760-112 Lion Cotton: Poppy Red Bright and bold! Our red stands out.
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
760-153 Lion Cotton: Black Dark, stylish primary black goes with everything!
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Quantity needed: 1
With A, cast on 48 sts. Knit 69 rows. Bind off all sts as if to knit. Side
EdgingWith RS facing and B, pick up and knit 48 sts across cast on edge. Knit 8
rows. Bind off all sts as if to knit.Top and Bottom EdgingWith RS facing and B,
pick up and knit 74 sts evenly spaced across top edge of placemat. Knit 8 rows.
Bind off all sts as if to knit. Repeat along bottom edge.Weave in ends.
Until next month, when we’ll visit a wizard.
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