Contents for this month’s issue:
This month’s sponsor.
From the editor.
New and used: From greeting cards, and books to electronic equipment and more.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This months columns:
Uplift, inspirational stories, IN A BLINK… by Ruth E. Coleman
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady, , butter substitutes and two recipes.
Blind man walking, An eventful couple of months by Joshua Loya.
Blind people talking, ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES; A VIEW TO VOLUNTEERING part II By Sandra Streeter.
The book shelf, My Life with Bob by David F.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary, The Atlantica Hotel by Donna J. Jodhan.
Yarn, hook, and needle, Lynn’s baskets by Phyllis Campbell.
Other important info:
How to post and pay for an ad or announcement.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.
This month’s sponsor:
Traditional Hymns that Speak to the Heart sung by Linda Stewart
I am so blessed to have been able to complete a solo CD including songs I have sung throughout the years. The traditional Christian hymns are my favorites, and I am hoping you will enjoy them too. The disk is called Traditional Hymns that Speak to the Heart. There are 18 songs, many accompanied by the organ, and some I sang as I played the guitar. On the front of the CD is a picture of me, and below it is the list of songs. I think if you read the titles, they present a message of their own. On the inside of the CD there is a presentation of the gospel, and a little bit about myself. When you give a disk to someone, encourage them to look on the inside, as that alone will be a witness to them.
Here is the list of songs and also the words which appear on the back of the insert. A person can see the back of the insert easily when the case is open.
- The Light of the World is Jesus.
- There Is a Fountain.
- Whiter Than Snow.
- I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, “Come Unto Me and Rest.”
- Jesus Paid it All.
- Now I Belong to Jesus.
- Jesus Loves Me.
- My Faith Has Found a Resting Place.
- I’m on the Winning Side.
- ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.
- Jesus Never Fails.
- More About Jesus Would I Know.
- The Sun’s Coming Up in the Morning.
- Until Then.
- Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown.
- Thanks to God for My Redeemer.
- Happiness Is to Know the Savior.
- Only Trust Him.
Inside it says:
I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior from sin when I was 16 years old. It was then that I learned that Jesus died in my place and took the punishment I deserved for my sins. Now I have total assurance of a place in heaven because of His sacrifice alone for me. Nothing in my hands I bring. Simply to His cross I cling. It gives me much joy to sing about my Savior, Lord, and Friend. I hope you will be blessed too, and that you will be led to think about the significance of the words to these songs. I was born without physical sight. The Lord led me to a wonderful husband and gave us two precious daughters who are both teachers now. My husband sings as well, and we have enjoyed singing together for a long time. We would love to come to your church to sing and share also if you’d like. Am willing to speak and sing at other events as well. My life has been interesting as a blind person. I thank the many people in my life who made this disk possible: Dr. John W. Landon, Mr. Charles Swank, my youth pastor who taught me guitar; and affectionately, Jaggy, who put this disk together for me.
The cost of these disks is $10 each, or three for $25.
Contact me at:
From the editor:
Happy hot, hot August everyone. At least it’s very hot here in Southwest Idaho. There have been some fires, but not much smoke near our home in Eagle. I can’t wait for September. I am not fond of temps over the 90s and we have been having some over 100 degrees. I hope all of you are staying cool and safe.
This month we have some awesome articles and several interesting notices. Donna Williams will be back next month with Living with low vision, and we hope to have a couple of new contributors then as well.
Remember the holiday season is fast approaching, so be sure to get your notices in the next two or three month’s issues. You can read what and how to post towards the end of the news.
Also, those of you that have any personal poems or stories to share, about your vision loss or tips, fun and challenging experiences, or anything that you think other readers would enjoy or benefit from, please email them to me to include in a future Blind Post. Many subscribers have requested more stories on pets and guide dogs. I have not done much with the joke department, but you can always email me any that are clean and fun. I really want this news to be for all of you.
Thank you all for continuing to share the news. I really appreciate it. Whether you forward the actual email news or tell others about the website, it helps for the notices and articles to get read by more people.
On a personal note, my health seems to be getting much better and am looking forward to working on the website and I have some ideas for the future of the Blind Post news. Please feel free to share any ideas or wants with me through email. I always love hearing from you.
Thank you to so many of you that have prayed for me and this magazine. I am immensely grateful.
Lori AKA Food Lady
New and used: From greeting cards, and books to electronic equipment and more.
If you prefer a print calendar, but are still looking for one that better meets your needs, you must check out this one. You’ve never seen one like it. That’s because a low-vision person designed it.
It costs $21.95 and is shipped via Free Matter.
Learn all about the totally unique, 8.5” x 11” EZ2See® Weekly Planner/Calendar at, https://ez2seeproducts.com/
Don’t shop online? That is no problem. Send an email to Orders@EZ2SeeProducts.com to get all your questions answered and learn how to purchase it with a check.
Elegant Insights Braille Creations is proud to exhibit our beautiful braille jewelry and accessories at the Blinded Veterans Association convention August 14-15.
We offer traditional jewelry and fun accessories such as purse charms or mobility cane charms, bookmarks and barware. Stop by booth 404 or call 509-264-2588 or click http://www.elegantinsightsjewelry.com/shop
August is the time to stock up and save on your favorite Scentsy products. 10% off of almost everything.
Host a qualifying party in August and you can earn a Disney Princess Wax Collection Host Exclusive Promotion!
Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 775-463-9886 (home), 916-206-1151 (cell), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Apple MacBook Air with 1tb ssd, 8gb ram, I5 processor, Apple iMac with
I7 quad core processor, 256gb ssd, 16gb ram, Lauten Audio condenser
microphone, art stereo tube microphone/instrument preamp, Tascam pro
headphones with case. E-mail:
“Jesus makes the difference:a collection of stories for young people” is available in large print and Kindle at amazon.com
Author, Lauren Merryfield, expects the audiobook version to be out shortly. Any age will enjoy the fictional school for the blind and its characters.
Pacmate Omni QX440 $700 OBO. comes with carrying case and charger.
This note taker is in excellent condition. The 40 cell Braille display can also be detached for use with a computer running JAWS. Email me if interested.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away:
Joshua Loya of Blind Man Walking here. I am now the USA Visually Impaired Surfing Champion. I have several competitions and surfing events scheduled for the remainder of this year. If you’d like to help defray some of my costs, please consider donating to my Go Fund Me:
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 email@example.com
We sum it up by saying: “Catch the vision–it’s Out of Sight!”
Update for Sermons on the Phone: 773-572-6206.
Note: These will be changed on August 11th.
Option 1: The Righteousness of God, by Ron Crisp.
Option 2: How to Be Your Mate’s Best Friend, by Steven Bly.
Option 3: Where Does Your Assurance Rest, by Joel Beeke.
Option 4: Assurance of Faith by the Spirit’s Witness, by Joel Beeke.
Option 5: Born to Have Fellowship with God, by Warren Wiersbe.
Option 6: The God of the Impossible-Preacher Unknown.
Option 7: The Meaning of Holiness, by Renald Showers.
Option 8: What to Expect with a Double Portion, by Pastor Jeffery Fugate.
Option 9: The Return of Israel to Her Land, by Lawrence Justus.
Lord willing, these options will be changed on August 11th. I start changing them after 7 p.m., in case you want to finish up an option before the bookmarks you may have set disappear.
You can leave me a personal voice message by hitting the pound key after you hear me say, “Welcome to Sermons on the Phone,” in case you have something you’d like to share, or have a question.
I would love to hear from you that way so that I can learn how I could forward these updates to you directly. And then, perhaps you would be willing to share them with your friends too. Also, feel free to tell me what you thought of a sermon, or anything you’d like to share. You may talk as long as you like.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as soon as possible.
The Lord blesses my life as I hear these sermons and draws me closer to God, and I pray He will do the same for you.
May the Lord bless each and every one of us.
If you are blind or visually impaired, let me tell you a little about the BURKEVILLE LODGE FOR THE BLIND.
It is located in the rural town of Burkeville, Virginia. We are a low cost vacation place especially equipped for the blind or visually impaired. We have private and semi private rooms with meals, gazebo, swimming pool, fishing pond, walking trail, etc. for more details, call me , Richard stone, at 757 468 0277 or go to our website www.vawb.org or call 434 767 4080 for reservations.
Check out Eyes On Success (formerly ViewPoints) A weekly, half hour audio program for people living with vision loss.
People can now listen to Eyes On Success on their Amazon or google smart home devices by saying “play Eyes On Success podcast”.
Show number 1829 WayAround Tag-and-Scan System (Jul. 18, 2018)
WayAround is a smart phone app that provides on-demand details about everyday things. This tag-and-scan system enables the user to easily identify objects and also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Darwin Belt and Jessica Hipp about the WayAround system and how it works.
Show number 1828 Every Day Tips and Tricks (Jul. 11, 2018)
Our listeners like our “tips and tricks” episodes so join hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey in another. Hear a variety of tips and suggestions that we’ve been collecting from using your smart home device to working with Windows and iOS more efficiently to finding interesting reading material and more. You’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you!
As usual, the audio and show notes can be found at: www.EyesOnSuccess.net and the podcast can be found in Apple itunes or TuneIn.
Services and training – Business and employment opportunities:
Create your own E-commerce website easily. Site Right Now is an accessible website builder and server.
On SiteRightNow.com, 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 (yourcompany.com) 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:
Uplift, inspirational stories.
IN A BLINK…
In a blink,
Great mountains began to shake,
It was difficult to make ,
When houses and homes began to slide,
Like an amusement park ride,
Or the horror of ‘The Night Terror”.
There’s no waking in this onslaught of mangling destruction.
Someone lived and loved in that tumbling home.
Someone drove their children and maybe even the family dogs
In the flaming automobile which is no more.
These Earth Shattering Events belong to all of us, America. I pray that these unpredictable tragedies will drive all of us to our knees;
Not to thank GOD for being spared; but to petition Mercy and Grace to those of us who were not.
Earth Quakes. Thunderstorms. Hail Storms. Volcanoes. Mud Slides. Fires in Swamps; Allegators in private swimming pools. Fires burning out of control… every where. Floods. Misplaced adults and children. Prevailing Hunger. Food Recalls. Disease. Famin.. Bad Air Quality. Dangerous Drinking Water. Wild dogs, Wild Animals. Shootings. Killings.
We are reminded to Pray. Please do! I’ll meet you there.
IN CHRIST I REMAIN…Ruth Coleman
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
This month I have a tip for replacing butter, an Instant pot recipe, and an easy peach cobbler recipe.
You can use any of the following in place of butter:
(I don’t remember where I got this from, but great information.)
Vegetable Shortening – Earth Balance and Spectrum Organics (also soy-free) have come out with mainstream shortenings, which are free of trans fats, and well suited to baking. The rule of thumb is to reduce the amount of vegetable shortening by up to one fourth cup for every one cup of butter that a recipe calls for. However, I have had great success with many recipes when I actually cut the amount in half. Like the Buttery Sticks, these two products are still relatively high in saturated and overall fat. Although, less is required in most recipes, and both are vegan and cholesterol free. Crisco also has a zero trans fat shortening that may be an option. As Crisco is still made with fully hydrogenated oils, I opt to avoid it.
Cooking Oils – This often takes a little experimentation, but oil can successfully be utilized in place of butter, even in baking. Of significant importance, replacing butter with an equal amount of oil will typically yield a very “greasy” product. As a fat equivalent in baking, they say that three fourths to seven eighths cup of vegetable oil equals one cup of solid butter. However, I bake chocolate chip cookies using just one half cup of oil rather than the one cup of butter the traditional toll house recipe calls for (I also up the flour by one fourth cup). The results are not a bit greasy, and my cookies are constantly on request. For my all-purpose oil, I like extra-light olive oil (not extra-virgin). Its very light flavor is undetectable in baked desserts, and it has a smoke point that is suitable for relatively high-heat baking or sautéing. Vegetable, canola, or rice bran oils will also work well. The saturated fat in oils (except for coconut) tends to be quite low, and though the overall fat is higher per serving than butter, much less is required for your recipes.
Fruit Puree – Now onto the top heart-healthy and weight conscious option…fruit! Blend up that apple pulp or a handful of prunes and you have an excellent, low fat butter substitute for baking sweets and quick breads. In fact, pureed bananas, pineapple, pumpkin, and pears also give an excellent “fat” consistency to recipes with an added jolt of nutrients and flavor. Here are a few tips to help maximize your results:
Because the fruit will add more sweetness than butter, reduce the sugar in your recipes a touch. Think of the flavor of your recipe when judging which fruit will work best. For example, prune puree works best in rich desserts such as chocolate, gingerbread, or carrot cake. On the contrary, pineapple will add a light tropical flair to most quick breads.
Use one half cup of pureed fruit in place of one cup of butter. You may need to add one to four Tablespoons of vegetable shortening or oil back into the recipe to achieve the best results.
If you don’t have fresh fruit on hand, drained unsweetened applesauce, strained baby food fruit, or a puree of water with any dried fruit (apples, apricots, peaches, etc.) will work in a pinch. For dried fruit help, try the following recipe:
Prune (Dried Fruit) Puree for Baking
Equivalent: One cup of Butter in Strong Flavored Desserts
One half cup pitted prunes
One fourth cup hot water
Directions: Puree the prunes and water in a blender until smooth. Substitute other dried fruit such as apples, peaches, and apricots for half of the prunes for a flavor and nutrient variation.
Pressure Cooker Turkey Verde & Rice is an easy 40 minute recipe made in your Instant Pot with only five ingredients!
This healthy dinner idea is packed with bold flavor from salsa verde and full of wholesome brown rice and tender turkey tenderloins for a quick and delicious meal you will love.
Author: Danielle Green
Recipe type: Entree
Two thirds cup chicken broth
One and one fourth cup long grain brown rice
One small yellow onion, sliced
One and one half lb. Jennie-O turkey tenderloins
One half cup salsa Verde
One half tsp. salt
Add the chicken broth and rice to your 5 or 6 quart Instant Pot. Top with the sliced onions, turkey and salsa verde. Sprinkle with salt and close the lid.
Close the vent to “pressure cooker” mode and set on high for 18 minutes.
Note: On older Instant Pot’ models, and the Smart pot, it is the manual setting. Also the sealing knob on top needs to be set on sealing in these older models as well.
When the timer beeps, and the cooking is complete, do NOT open the lid. Let the pot sit for 8 additional minutes, a natural release. After 8 minutes turn off the Instant Pot, open the lid and the turkey and rice is ready to serve.
You can keep it on warm for longer than the eight minutes if you need to.
Note: Remember to turn the sealing knob to venting on the older models to get out all of the pressure before opening. The Instant Pot does not let you take off the lid if there is still pressure in the pot.
Optional – garnish with fresh cilantro.
Easy four ingredient peach cobbler
(I got this off YouTube from Six sisters stuff.)
Note: You could probably make this with ingredients that are healthier like no syrup peaches, gluten free cake mix, and some sort of butter substitute, if you wish.
Two 16 ounce cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup, I used 15 and something ounce cans.
One package yellow cake mix
One stick cold butter
One half teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a 9 X 13 pan pour the contents of the two cans of sliced peaches along with the heavy syrup. You do not need to spray the pan with any nonstick spray. (I used a glass baking dish.)
Pour the contents of the yellow cake mix on top of the peaches and syrup.
Spread the mix evenly over the peaches and syrup.
Press down gently with your hands pushing the cake mix into the peaches and syrup.
Slice the cold butter and lay over the top of the mix.
Sprinkle the cinnamon over the butter slices.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.
When it is golden brown on top and bubbling, remove from the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes and then serve and top with vanilla ice cream or Cool Whip.
It also tastes good cold. It is very sweet!
I will be starting an email list for blind and visually impaired Instant Pot cooks to share their experiences and recipes.
If any of you are interested, please email me.
So far I have five people interested.
Blind Man Walking
By Joshua Loya
An eventful couple of months
It has been an eventful couple of months since my last article. On June 14, I became the 2018 USA Visually Impaired Surfing Champion, earning a spot on the USA Adaptive Surf Team. In the early part of July, I visited Las Vegas for the Martial Arts Industry Association and had the honor of training with several masters and gifted martial artists. On July 20, I shared the stage with audio book narrators and voice actors Scott Brick, Chuck Constant, and Nicol Zanzarella at San Diego Comic-Con. Sounds pretty good right? In that time, I also hyper extended my right elbow, broke my iPhone, got an eye infection, injured my neck and back, and experienced migraines, only rivaled by a health issue I had in November of last year and when I received a spinal tap in 2006.
For all of us, the quality of our lives is, in large part, due to how we think about it. Our happiness is largely up to us. We can choose to make the center of our focus all the tragedy, pain, and distress that we experience. We can also choose to count our blessings, express gratitude, and savor the boundless treasure available to us each and every day. It truly is a matter of perspective and choice.
This isn’t to discount depression and other mental health challenges, but those are not insurmountable. I have depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I had been hesitant to be as public about my mental health struggles for years, but I found that sharing my vulnerabilities helped others to have strength. I took what other people thought as a negative, and I leveraged it to create something good. I’m still learning how to do this effectively, and that is an ongoing discovery process.
I’ll share a story that will, hopefully, illustrate my point. I first read it in Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, but I have read and heard versions of it in several places since.
There was once a farmer who had a son. The son was strong and worked tirelessly. All the farmers and the residents of the nearby village told the farmer, “What good luck! You have been blessed with a hard working son to help you in your old age.”
The farmer said, “Good luck? Bad luck? What’s the difference?”
One day, a large group of wild horses came through and destroyed a large portion of the farmer’s crops. “What bad luck!” cried the farmer’s neighbors.
The farmer’s response was the same. “Good luck? Bad luck? What’s the difference?”
The farmer’s son tamed one of the horses to help plow the fields. “What good luck!” cried the farmer’s neighbors.
“Good luck? Bad luck? What’s the difference.”
While plowing the fields, the horse, still possessing some of its wild nature, kicked the son who broke his leg. “What terrible luck!” cried the farmer’s neighbors.
“Good luck? Bad luck? What’s the difference?”
While the son was still injured, a war broke out in a distant land. All the able young men from every farm and village were drafted into military service. The son was exempted from service because of his injury. “What good luck!” cried the farmer’s neighbors.
The farmer replied, “Good luck? Bad luck? What’s the difference?”
While some people would say that trash becomes treasure when you look at it the right way, I disagree. Trash is still trash, no matter what good comes from it. That being said, there is almost always treasure in even the most challenging of situations, if you seek it out. None of the objectively bad things that happened to the farmer or his son stopped being bad. Good things came from them. The point of the story isn’t to be thankful for the bad things. The point is to not let circumstances determine your happiness.
Enjoy the blessings and awesomeness of life. Pay attention to the challenges and struggles, but do not become bound and imprisoned by them. What you concentrate on will become the centerpiece of your existence. Matthew 6:21 is largely referenced when talking about monetary wealth, but I think it can be applied here as well. The NIV (New International Version) words the verse this way. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I hope you gain strength from my articles. If you want to send me an email, I’d be glad to correspond with you. I have a new email service, and I expect to be more able to consistently respond to you. My email address is Joshua@joshuathejedi.com. Please remember, 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
Blind people talking
ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES:A VIEW TO VOLUNTEERING
By Sandra Streeter
Last time we talked, I listed some possible activities for unpaid work. I said there would be a surprise in my next installment, and it is already time for that “next installment”: Where did Spring go!
So, although watching Hitchcock can be fun when you’re in the mood for a suspenseful movie, reading an article which promised something good, and being made to read ad infinitem before getting to that surprise, is not! So, without further preamble: what is the twist I alluded to before? It is that, sometimes, when we think we’re the only one being served while someone reads, accompanies us for shopping trips, or drives us to the doctor, the other person benefits, as well. Here are some examples.
I have been working with a live reader for 25 years. The frequency of our meetings has lessened as technology has enabled me to peruse much of the “snail mail” I get, but there’s always that odd form that needs filling in, or restaurant menu whose text gets all mixed up when scanned., Along with birthday and Hanukkah gifts, David’s perks for taking on my sight-dependent reading tasks are the coupons I don’t need but that he can use, and a deeper grasp of my faith– gleaned from the greeting cards he dictates for transcription for my duties as Sunshine Chair for the Mystic River Chorale–which he might then find useful in other encounters.
You can imagine how many sighted choir directors and instructors in other training areas I’ve had during my 54 years on this earth. I have benefited tremendously under their tutelage, and like to hope that having a blind student has broken them in for the next one that comes along. They might never again think that a blind person is unable to learn choreography for a song, or hesitate to show their blind instructee how to use the touch panel of a microwave, or balk at trying to construct a tactile model of a chromosome. They may even raise the bar for the next blind student, or influence a colleague to do so.
Finally, those who assist us may find the weight of their own life struggles less cumbersome, as they engage in unrelated activities with us and/or discover a willing listener as we chat during our time together. One of my shopping buddies would talk to me about her ailing mother or compare notes with me about ideas for her dinner menu, on the way to or from the store.
The fact that we do need some support with activities of daily living makes it easy to fall into the trap of thinking we’re useless and burdensome because of our blindness. Actively seeking ways in which we can give back—whether we’re the “helpee” or “helper”—can bring us miles toward overcoming that sense of separateness from the world at large, fill time that would otherwise be empty, teach us new skills, and enlighten others about our capabilities.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
The book shelf:
Book reviews and recommendations.
My Life with Bob
I never know what surprises BARD has in store during my daily visits; it’s a bit like Christmas morning for bibliophiles. When I came across Pamela Paul’s bibliomemoir, I knew I’d have to read it. BARD annotates it this way:
My life with Bob: flawed heroine keeps book of books, plot ensues DB88868
Paul, Pamela. Reading time: 8 hours, 15 minutes.
Read by Gabriella Cavallero.
Since high school, the editor of the New York Times Book Review has kept a journal of every book she reads. She calls the journal Bob, her “Book of Books.” The author muses on the books that she read at pivotal moments in her life. 2017.
From a young age, Pamela Paul found that books could be private spaces where she could explore and learn about anything that intrigued her. In high school, she began keeping a list of books that she had read. Bob, or her book of books, became a road map to her experiences. By visiting it, she could remember past events such as college and how much she did not know while there or her time roughing it in Thailand.
Between Bob’s covers can be found a unique topography of books from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia. Amazon, Kirkus, and Goodreads reviewers opine that this notebook/journal describes a journey in reading that reflects Paul’s inner life–her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment. It is this richness that takes Paul’s book far beyond being a simple listicle of favorite books.
Life with Bob resonated as I, too, have kept a booklist for many years though I did not start as early as Paul did, but rather midway through college. I find that keeping a list of books read interspersed with short jottings on recent deaths, personal happenings, and bits from the books, helps me codify and conquer time. I know what I have been doing at various periods in my life because of the memories I have of the particular books I was reading then, too. I know what I read in college, I needed the distraction of fiction to handle being blind at a huge university. I read during library school because I needed to de-stress; likewise during the years I worked teaching braille and doing medical transcription. I tried to fill long hours when I had no idea what came next with books but only very escapist science fiction and fantasy. I used selections from my booklist to add a bit of bibliographic interest to Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile, recently abridged prior to audio production.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary:
The Atlantica Hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan
If you ever decide to travel to Halifax on business, then may I take the opportunity to recommend to you the Atlantica Hotel of Halifax. Before you even book, take a minute to visit www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com.
I stayed at the Atlantica in early May 2015 and I can tell you that it was an experience to remember. From the staff to the rooms and the services that they offered. This marvelous hotel is close to almost any and everything. They are extremely helpful from start to finish. They provide you with suggestions for booking the best limousine service in Halifax when you arrive. A service that will offer some of the most comfortable limousines to be found in Nova Scotia; from Airport to hotel and back to airport.
The Atlantica Hotel is very accommodating towards their blind guests and it all begins when you arrive and continues through out your stay. From the restaurant to your room and from receiving assistance to navigating your way around the hotel. The Atlantica knows how to do it all.
Their booking information is really clear and detailed and as they say in their information; they are really close to everything important to be found in Halifax. So if you are ever think of planning a trip to Halifax, here is some contact info for you.
The Atlantica Halifax Hotel, 1980 Robie St at Quinpool Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3G5
Toll Free: 1.888.810.7288 | Local: 902.423.1161 | Hotel Fax: 902.423.9069
I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
To learn more about me, visit
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Yarn, hook, and needle:
Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
Some of you may have already read this, and to you, I say, it’s worth a second read.
They’re decorative, they’re useful, and they’re a part of any culture you can think of. Remember that little Jewish baby left sleeping safely in the bullrushes? Bet he was snuggled in a basket, woven by his mother. Okay, my imagination has taken flight, but, hey, I’m a writer.
Seriously, beyond a doubt, early man, long before such Scripture accounts must have used some form of basket. Many, like those of the Native American tribes were decorative as well as useful. And here goes my imagination again, I wonder if those women may have practiced a bit of rivalry in the decoration department. As this issue’s column will demonstrate, baskets can be things of beauty, often reflecting the personality of the maker.
When I was a pupil at the Virginia School for the Blind, we actually had basketry classes. Do I hear “How terrible! What a dreadful image of the blind!” Not so. We learned to use our hands in a creative way while creating something attractive and useful, something in which we could take pride. Nobody suggested that we make basket making our career, but it was an important part of our lives.
And just to prove me right, enter Lynn Kelleher, OS reader from California.
She wrote to tell me about her hobby, and I was fascinated. Why? After all, I had my own experience with making baskets and the like, was I fascinated? True, but Lynn’s baskets are something different and wonderful. Her baskets aren’t woven, but coiled. This is an ancient form of basket making practiced by many cultures. Among them various Native American tribes used this method, and the resulting baskets were/are lovely.
For fear that I might get something wrong, I’m going to quote directly from Lynn’s letter.
“I am a basket maker. The baskets I make are not woven, but are coiled. They are made from long pine-needles. I enjoy this because I am able to recycle nature’s trash, to form a useful and decorative basket. I gather the pine-needles wherever I can find them. I wash them, and dry them .Lastly, I wrap the dried needles in heavy paper or in bundles, so they don’t get broken. When dried they are quite brittle. I put a few pine-needles through a piece of a drinking straw to form the coil. The straw acts as the gauge for the thickness of the coil. Whenever the straw becomes lose I add more pine-needles to it. Using an overhand stitch, I sew the coils together to form a container or basket.” (note This is done with waxed linen thread.)
Lynn goes on to say that she feels this is a perfect craft for those who are totally blind. It is relatively simple and very tactile.
She points out further, that for those of us who don’t drive, and thus can’t shop at will for gifts, it’s good to have these unique baskets on hand when the need arises.
She finds it especially gratifying to be able to gather pine-needles from the property of the person who is to receive the gift. This makes the gift particularly unique for the recipient.
I asked Lynn if she sells her baskets. She said that she has a few at a local consignment shop, but doesn’t take orders.
“The one problem with it,” she said, “is that it is slow to complete. By slow, I mean that you can’t complete the usual basket in two hours or so.”
She has a tray that holds the materials so that she can stop at will, and continue at another time.
This is a relatively inexpensive hobby, the most expensive part being the waxed linen thread. She separates her different colors of thread, so that she knows which she is going to use, just as the knitter or crocheter does when doing color work. She says that different colored thread, beads or natural products makes this hobby more interesting.
I was fascinated that all kinds of things can be used to form the coil, thus changing the size of the project. She says that because most workshops and items in catalogs rely on sight, this is a craft that requires one’s own sense of creativity. Although certainly this is true of many crafts, I can see where it is especially true here. She is required to decide on the project itself, what it will be, how large etc, as well as on the material and colors to be used. In a cookie-cutter world, I find this especially refreshing. I like to imagine Lynn sitting there in front of her tray, a sort of alchemist of beauty, choosing her materials, project and decoration.
She tells me that the basket maker using this unique method isn’t limited to small projects, but by using something as large as a hose, may carry their creativity to almost any height.
Lynn urges her fellow blind crafters and would-be crafters to seek projects that are attractive in a tactile way. She urges simplicity, at least at first. She stands ready to answer any questions that readers may have.
Contact her at Ki6qzv@aol.com
Until next month, Happy crafting.
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