The Blind Post classified news January 10, 2022



The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
January 10, 2022


Current subscribers to date: 1,055




Contents for this month’s issue:




From the editor Lori Motis.

New and used

Wanted, to trade, or to give away

Announcements

Services and training

Business and employment opportunities



This month’s articles:



Blind people talking: A Winter Walk to the Y by Edward Cohen.

Driving Miss Donna: “What Is It About New Year’s Resolutions” by Lynn Anderson.

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Recipes.

Living with low vision Sharing the joy by Donna Williams.

Uplift, inspirational: The skillet and the whistling teapot By Ruth Coleman.




From the editor:



Happy New Year readers!

I sure hope 2022 will be a much better year for all of us and the entire world. Wouldn’t it be nice if this virus would just mutate itself out of existence? One can hope.


I am sorry that this issue is a day or so late. I strained my back a week ago. I was feeling good and enjoying some music while preparing dinner and started dancing and jumped up and down a bit and well I am not supposed to jump up and down due to my back problems and having osteoporosis. I forgot and was in the moment of feeling good. The next day my back gave out and was in a lot of pain and it was hard for me to sit at my computer. It is still not pain free, but much better than it was. Thank you for the wonderful emails and for your prayers. They sure did cheer me up.


This month I just gathered some recipes from my files for Food Lady’s tips section. I hope to next month share with all of you about my sour dough journey and my new way of eating to lose some extra weight.


My wonderful husband surprised me with a Mock Mill 100 stone mill for Christmas. I am so excited to share with you all what I am doing with it. I am reading a lot about fermenting foods and baking my own sour dough breads and many more traditional foods.


For this new year I would like to start two new conference calls. One will be for women that are interested in traditional foods and eating better. I am using the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating as of the first of this year. I have not had any sugar or coffee. The coffee is my choice, not the diet. I got the audio book from Audible but am sure it is on Apple books and on Book Share. I am not a member of that yet. I also bought their main cookbook from Kindle. I also bought the Kindle book, “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods: Make Your Own Delicious, Cultured Foods-Safely and Easily” written by Wardee Harmon.
So much to learn. So, if you are interested in sharing food ideas like this and milling your own grains, email me and we can start a call monthly to share our experiences and more on food, diet, and health.


The second conference call I would like to start is a monthly call as a sort of pier support group for sharing experiences and ideas for blind and low vision tech, cooking, navigating, or just getting used to our sight loss challenges and how we conquer them. If you are interested in that one email me too.

Remember that I email the reminder email for the next month’s news about a week or so prior to the next month’s news being emailed and posted to the website. It explains all the information for what and how to submit all notices, articles, and announcements. Your notice of 75 words or less is free each month.

Thank you everyone for sharing the news with your friends and families.
Please be safe and well!

Lori AKA Food Lady


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

foodlady@theblindpost.com




New and used:




Happy New Year! January is the last month to stock up on your favorite Scentsy products

from the current catalog.
Most products from the current catalog are 10% off during the month and many products will be discontinued at the end of the month including: Christmas Cottage, Sugar Cookie, Perfectly Pomegranate, Clove & Cinnamon to name a few. 25 “Bring Back My Bar” fragrances are also only available in January and 10 select fragrances are only available in a scentsy Club Subscription. Some BBMB fragrances include: Thunderstorm, Shimmer, Bananaberry, Spiced Orange Harvest and Salted Caramel Cupcake.
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Viva la romance! Elegant Insights has such a pretty collection of heart jewelry for your Valentine.


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Wanted, to trade or give away:




This is a great place to post items you want to give away, or maybe you are looking for a particular item.
Email your 75 words or less notice to me, Lori AKA Food Lady, at foodlady@theblindpost.com and I will include them in the next issue at no cost.



Announcements:




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Eyes on success shows and podcasts:



2153 Behind the Scenes at Eyes On Success (Dec. 29, 2021)
There are many steps that go into hosting and producing a successful podcast. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey walk listeners through the process that they follow in putting each episode of Eyes On Success together. From deciding on topics and people to interview through the distribution of episodes to listeners around the world, you’ll hear it all.

2151 The Intracortical Visual Prosthesis Project (Dec. 15, 2021)
The goal of the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP) project is to develop a device and system that will compensate for blindness by directly stimulating the visual centers within the brain. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with principal investigators Philip Troyk and Frank Lane about how the system works and their search for research volunteers.

You can also now subscribe to Eyes On Success on our new YouTube channel at:

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To listen to other episodes from our searchable archive of over 500 go to:
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You can subscribe to the podcast or listen on your smart home device by saying “play the eyes On success podcast”.



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Lori Motis Blind Post classified news editor.



Business and employment opportunities:



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Do you have a business or a job opportunity that the Blind Post readers would like to know about?
Email

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Blind people talking:.



A Winter Walk to the Y



By Edward Cohen


Living where such things happen, yesterday, November 11, 2021, we received 10 inches of snow. Now today, it is sunny with a clear blue sky.


If you live with low vision as I do, you have a love/hate relationship with bright sunny days. Maybe you are even more ambivalent if you have to deal with what we up here in Minnesota call, “shovelable” levels of snow. But that is a rant for another day.


Anyway, my typical routine is to visit my local YMCA for a Sunday workout. Usually I travel the approximately 1 mile, winding bike path through the park on the 3-wheeled bike I got several years ago. While the city does a good job clearing these paths, so soon after the snow stopped falling, I chose to walk this time.

One reason to walk and not ride is because the wide 3-wheeler would take up much of the cleared path. If I were to confront a walker, in order for us to pass each other, they would have to step off the path and into deep snow. Not a Minnesota Nice thing to make someone do.


The city’s cute little snow plow left the trail slightly snow covered but pushed up almost knee-high walls of snow on both sides of the trail. It was like walking in a shallow ditch. The shadow cast by the snow wall would clearly reveal one side or the other as the trail curved along its route. In this instance, the sun shine was helpful.


Yet for us with low vision, sunny days and the resulting shadows have a dark side. Sorry, no pun intended; well maybe just a little intended. Sunny days, especially when snow abounds, require sun glasses. The normally sighted just pop them on and think nothing of it. But those with low vision need sun glasses as well. For some, a bright sunny day causes eye pain.


While we should protect our retinas from bright sun, wearing them comes at a price. We see little to nothing when something is in a shadow. Adding sun glasses guarantees we won’t see what is in that shadow. It doesn’t matter what creates that shadow. Even if it is just a large tree, we still might wonder, is that merely a shadow or a physical obstacle in our path? That is why using a white cane is so important.


On this walk while my white cane kept track of the “snow bumpers” and by seeing their cast shadow, the walk went fine. Fine, as long as you ignore that in the open parkland the windblown, sub-freezing air kept me from stopping to admire the scene.


Arriving at the Y by foot rather than by bike presented the first real challenge. Normally arriving by bike, I’d curve up the sidewalk ramp at the far end of the building and loop back to lock up close to the entrance. From there, I knew the short distance to the front doors. While there are two separate sets of stairs leading up to the front of the building, neither of them leads directly to the front doors. For some reason, the black door mat wasn’t there. Oh, did I mention, the sun was on the other side of the building putting the door side in full shade?


Once I mounted the first set of 13 steps, I was not sure exactly where the door was other than between where I stood and the other set of stairs. In such situations I have a work around. I pause while I fuss with something. In this case, it was to slowly pull off sunglasses and start to loosen my coat. While doing this, I watch closely for someone to enter or leave. The family that conveniently exited right on cue, got me smoothly to and past the outer doors. Darn those metal-finish doors with metal-finished door handles with their lack of contrast.


The next step was navigating through the inner set of doors. Again, there is little contrast, often various signs and now, snow shovels and sand buckets sitting in the space. Again, just as I stood finishing stashing mittens and hat, two laughing guys pushed open the inner doors and I slid on in.


Mark and I exchanged greetings as he logged me in. From there, I stayed on the black mat, through another door and turned to mount the stairs to the upper floor. That floor is my next, but less challenging task. Having traveled this floor for some years, I still pay attention to make the correct set of hall turns at the correct spot to get to the men’s locker room. And no, I have never messed up and accidently gone into the women’s locker room. Thank you very much!


While I am a trusting person, I do put a lock on the locker I use. I used to use one of those push-button combination locks. No key and nothing to carry around. Somehow it disappeared and I now use a lock with a key that I clip to the inside loop of my gym shorts. Since I wear that shirt and shorts under my outer clothes, they were nice and warm.


Changing foot gear is a different story. it involved pulling cold cotton socks and gym shoes from my icy gym bag. I sit on those socks as I get ready to warm them up before swapping them for my nice warm wool socks.


Once all that is done, I made my way to the rear stairs and down to the floor with the work-out room. That large space is filled with quite an array of equipment. At this hour on Sunday, there might be six or fewer present, which I like. The space is roughly divided into thirds with aerobic machines, Cybex weight machines and a free weight area or what some call as barbells. I’m a Cybex guy, so that’s where I head.


While I have a good mental map of the machines I use, I make use of another trick to get from the room’s low-contrast entrance to my area. Over the years, I’ve learned to notice the position of ceiling lights. Noticing them when entering a room can be useful as a guide. Fluorescent ceiling fixtures are usually in parallel rows. By using them and my long white cane, I can move directly to my first machine without incident.


The machines are painted white and the floor is dark, so that helps. Being familiar with how to use each of them took several visits, but by now I actually look like I know what I’m doing. There have even been times when I encountered a less-experienced Cybex user having difficulty with an adjustment whom I was able to help. I’ll bet they will have a story to tell about how this blind guy helped them.


After an hour or so, I’m ready to give the 15 machines I just used a well-earned rest. Using the ceiling light guides, I head straight to and through the room entrance. From there it is back up the stairs, down the hall and into the locker room.


Back before the Great Disruption as I now call it, I would shower there. Now I don’t. I toss my workout duds into my gym bag, pull on a different t-shirt and all my winter gear. Then I head out and back home. By now, random glimpses of the dark pavement below begin peaking out. They provide additional helpful color contrast for my walk back home.


I know that this is not a particularly exciting story, but during the walk home I thought some might like to hear some of the tips and tricks I use in various situations. Maybe I could have left out the part about warming my socks.


Edward Cohen is a low-vision senior living in southeast Minnesota. He is the founder and owner of
EZ2See® Products LLC. The source for the EZ2See Weekly Planner style Calendar.
https://ez2seeproducts.com/products/ez2see-large-print-weekly-calendar/



Driving Miss Donna



“What Is It About New Year’s Resolutions”


(Episode 23)

by: Lynn Anderson


Another New Year is upon us, another chance to make exciting changes to our lives, seek higher goals, set new, positive, creative and innovative plans for our lives, lose excess weight, join the gym, eat clean foods, eat Keto, eat Vegan, only eat baked potatoes without butter or salt (yuck), only eat meat, and the list of improvements goes on and on. OK, enough of that already! If all of that worked, then why am I not younger, thinner, have thicker hair, have my Master’s Degree in anything, speak several foreign languages, write best-selling screen plays, sing opera like a professional, sing anything like a professional, learned how to play piano or guitar, climbed to the top of Mount Everest, did anything really new and exciting? Good questions all!


Like most people, I started writing my New Year’s resolutions when I was very young. In my earlier years, I was going to live my life much like today’s Hallmark Movies (don’t you just love Hallmark movies?). When that didn’t quite work out, and my prince from some small country in Europe that no one knows exists didn’t show up, I decided that I was going to marry a rancher, much like my favorite TV program at that time, “The Big Valley.” Does anyone remember that program? I was pretty crazy about Heath! You’ll have to look that one up for yourself! Logic never entered my thoughts during this period of my life. It had never occurred to me that the cattle in all of these western shows that I so loved were actually being turned into dinner! YIKES! I would’ve been married to a bankrupt rancher, because I would never have sold Bessie or Lulu or Maisy! So, after the failure of my childhood dreams, I turned instead to improving myself; the typical lose weight, run 10 miles or more each day, exercise at the gym, that type of thing. That would work out for a while, well at least until it didn’t work out any longer, like say around January 10th, when my carefully crafted schedule fell into disarray.


Over time, my New Year’s resolutions turned into weight loss plans. I gave up on the running, going to the gym type of plans and instead scoured the bookstores for the latest guaranteed to lose weight quickly weight loss book. Remember, this is before Google when you had to actually read books. I purchased every diet book that was out there. I would always read each book entirely prior to starting the actual diet to make sure that I was following the program correctly. Of course, I had to eat potato chips and sour cream dip while I was reading the book, which made the diet seem even more wonderful! Sometimes I felt so good after reading the book, that I never did the actual diet. Why bother with the diet, I knew how to do this! I could lose weight just by holding the weighty book in my hands!


Donna and I have both struggled through the years with similar resolutions to lose weight and of course, to have better health. For years we tried to help each other to stick with diet plans, follow long exchange lists, give up eating entire food groups, and drink only fresh squeezed juice for 30 days. Did anyone else follow that diet? Donna and I got very interested in juicing after watching a movie, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It is a very inspiring story of a man named Phil who loses well over 100 pounds by sticking with an all-juice diet. It completely changed his life. So, I purchased a juicing machine and Donna and I made a deal. She would create the juices following various recipes, and I was responsible for cleaning the juicing machine. At the time I thought that I had the better part of that deal, because I am not much of a cook, but for anyone who has ever cleaned a juicing machine, you know that I got hosed! You have to practically tear the juicing machine apart to make sure it is clean! Plus, all of the plant fiber turns into cement! Due to Donna’s vision loss, she wouldn’t have been able to see all of the individual parts that needed cleaning, so I can’t really blame her for not wanting to clean the machine! Well, I can blame her, but it wouldn’t really be fair. After 30 days on the all-juice diet, I couldn’t drink another juice if you paid me. I was ready to throw the juicing machine into the Pacific Ocean! Actually, I took the juicing machine to Goodwill and was happily smiling as I left it off at the donation station. Both Donna and I lost weight, but after returning to eating solid food again, the weight loss disappeared along with my desire to ever follow a juice diet again. As a side note, even Phil regained his lost weight after returning to eating solid food.


Last year, we both became interested in following the carnivore diet. How hard could it be, all you eat is meat. I watched many You Tube videos about how so many people have changed their lives and lost many pounds eating nothing but meat. It cures every disease known to man and probably makes you younger and turns gray hair brown. (I made most of that up!). Well, it seemed like a good idea, but in truth, I am not that fond of eating meat. In fact, I would rather eat a loaded baked potato than a steak any day, but I wanted to lose weight, and I was willing to try the all-meat thing and see how it worked out. As a side note, Donna and I had taken a trip to Branson, Missouri many years ago and were having lunch at a restaurant “Western Sizzling”. That restaurant no longer exists, but they had the absolute best potato bar I have ever seen! I know, funny thing for a steak restaurant. Donna and I both ordered the lunch special that day, which was supposed to be a small three-ounce steak, baked potato and green salad for very little money. We were both excited to save some money on a steak lunch, and I was very excited about the vast potato bar. Our meals arrived, and it was hard to find the steak on the plate, as it was very small, only about 1 ½ to 2 ounces. Donna said that the parsley decoration was bigger than her steak. She called the waitress over to complain about the dinky steak, but it did no good. When the waitress pointed out the advertisement for the lunch special, it did say that the steak was three ounces prior to cooking. To save the peace of our lunch experience, I gave Donna my mostly two-ounce steak, and got up to take my gigantic potato over to the potato bar to be dressed. Did I say that I was very excited with the gigantic Idaho potato that was cooked to perfection, as I dressed it with butter, real bacon, chives, sour cream, chili, and grated cheddar cheese? (They don’t have real bacon on potato bars in California!). I kept thinking, what a fabulous restaurant! Donna kept glaring at our waitress who finally quit coming over to our table to see if we needed anything. That meal kind of ended our time eating at Western Sizzling, although I was a very satisfied customer! But, back to the carnivore diet. Donna decided to make us some carnivore meals as a precursor to starting our carnivore diet, before we both went out and purchased a boat load of expensive meat. Even though I was very ready to get the carnivore diet on the road, I agreed that we should try a few meals before going in all the way. Donna had me over to her house for dinner, where she had fried each of us a gigantic steak for dinner. No baked potatoes, no garlic bread, no steamed vegetables, and certainly no dessert. But I was ready! I started in on my gigantic steak, chewing, chewing, chewing and was about ¼ of the way through my steak when I realized that I didn’t really want another bite. I looked at the remaining steak on my plate and realized that I couldn’t make such a puny effort and decided to keep on keeping on. So, I ate more steak, and was chewing, chewing, and chewing some more before I was worried that I was going to throw up. I like a little bit of steak, with the emphasis on the word little. I much prefer baked potatoes. I finally had to throw in the towel and look at Donna sadly. She smiled. “So, how did the carnivore diet go?” she asked. “Oh, great, just great,” I answered sadly. “You going to finish your steak?” she asked. “Maybe later, I’m kind of full.” I had to admit. Doesn’t it just drive you crazy when someone has your number and you have to actually admit that they were right? Well, that ended my try at the carnivore diet!


So, this year, I have resolved to not make another lose weight on some crazy diet that no one can stick with resolution. I have decided to avoid all such crazy diets and just eat food in normal amounts and not worry about it anymore! Wouldn’t that be nice?


So, what is the New Year really all about? I guess for me it is another chance, another year to make a difference and another year to try and get Donna and Bevie to be more responsible; listen to what I am trying to tell them; to actually pay attention to what they are doing and where they are going; to not disappear on me anymore; to actually be on time for once in their lives; to quit disappearing with people they know nothing about. Not likely to happen, but wouldn’t that be nice?


Happy New Year!!!



Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady




Recipes from my files I have collected over the years. I do not know where they came from, but all are delicious and easy to prepare. I hope you will enjoy them!


Chili con Carne



1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon red pepper sauce
1 can (16 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) red kidney beans, undrained

Directions:
1. Cook beef, onion and garlic in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients except beans, breaking up tomatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
3. Stir in beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired thickness.

Serve with cornbread and top with optional shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions and sour cream.



Easy Taco Soup




1 Tbsp. oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 can chopped tomatoes
4 cups water
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 can white kidney beans
1 can yellow corn, drained
1/3 cup uncooked rice
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
Cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips


In a large soup pot over medium heat, add oil to pot and cook onion and
garlic until soft but not brown (approx. 3 minutes).
Add pepper and carrots and cook for another three minutes.
Stir in chili powder and cumin, then add tomatoes, water and bouillon cubes. Simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Add beans, rice and corn to soup and cook for another 15 minutes.
Just before serving soup, add shredded chicken to the soup and cook until heated through.
Serve garnished with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

this soup is delicious with or without the chicken. If you so choose, you can leave the chicken out and simply make it as a vegetable soup


BEST EVER CORNBREAD



1 1/2 cups Hodgson Mill stone ground cornmeal (regular corn meal will not work in this recipe)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups low fat unflavored yogurt
1 egg. Beaten
2 tsp. canola oil

Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly in one bowl.
Beat the egg, then mix in the yogurt and oil in another bowl.
Into this stir the dry ingredients just until mixed.
Put mixture into a sprayed 9" heavy weight pie pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes until top is golden brown.
Let cool on rack 10 minutes and serve hot.
Servings: 8 polite, or four large.



Paleo Chocolate Muffins


{Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar}
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey, I used pure maple syrup
2 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce I buy the snack sizes they are 1/2 cup servings and keep them in my pantry for baking.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract


Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl add the wet ingredients first (eggs, applesauce, pure vanilla extract, pure almond extract and honey) and stir together until fully combined.
3. Then add the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda, gluten-free baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cocoa powder). Mix until fully combined.
4. Scoop batter into a lined muffin pan. The batter will be thick. (I like to use an ice cream scoop.)
5. Bake for 23-26 minutes. Please watch your oven because all ovens are different.
6. Remove and check centers with a toothpick to see if they are done.
7. Add chocolate chips to the top of hot muffins (optional).
8. Allow muffins to cool before serving.
9. Store in an airtight container.




Living with low vision


Sharing the Joy

By Donna Williams


Some of you may be wondering why there wasn’t an article from me, in the December Blind Post. I have to tell you I was extremely disappointed not to be able to write one. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year and I was so excited to share a little of mine with you. However, it was not meant to be.


When my old computer died at exactly the wrong time, I went through so many negative emotions. It did not help that other things were going on too, which made me feel worried and sad. Because of some of these circumstances I began to think that it would be a long winter and I could remain in a continual funk, or I could attempt to find joy in little things.


To start that process, I pulled out my gratitude journal and began to read back entries. As I read, I began to ask myself about the lessons I am learning about my current experiences. Before long I was putting that journal aside and focusing on the things that are right in front of me.


After telling Lori I would not have a submission for last month, I realized that once Christmas was over, I would have a better opportunity to share everything about the Holidays. If I had sent in an article last month, I would have had to leave out some of the fun stuff since I had plenty of surprises for those on my receiving list this year. Overall, my holidays were wonderful. I spent time with family and friends. It was much better and different than it was at the end of2020.


One of my friends is experiencing some ongoing health issues and cannot travel as easily as he used to. this means that we've had to modify all of our traditions which are over 20 years old. He was excited about Christmas as usual but feeling a little depressed about the changes, so I decided to have a little fun with him. He loves abbreviations and will sometimes say something like"gtggsl." Then he'll ask me if I know what he means. sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. Lol. So, for Christmas I decided to turn the tables on him. He kept asking me to tell him what he was getting so one day I said: " Think PMF." I'm happy to report that he never figured out my riddle. As I handed him each gift, I would say something like here's your P or your f or your m. He loved it. Perhaps we have started a new tradition? His birthday is coming in a few months so I might try this riddle again.


My Mom is another one who is hard to surprise. When I ask her what she wants or needs she always simply tells me to surprise her. I have the disadvantage of not being able to look around her house and see if she needs something replaced. this year I got lucky though. Back in the summer she began to complain that her transistor radio did not work very well anymore. We were in various stores, and she was looking for one but not having any success. As Christmas approached, I was lucky enough to attend a presentation given by Denise from Speak To Me Catalog. When she said they had a pocket radio and described it I knew I had to buy a couple. I ended up getting a big box of stuff including a stuffed Christmas train that features a bad singing Santa.

The final thing I want to share about bringing joy to others at Christmas has to do with an old woman and a song. Last year during the holidays while ACB was having their gospel sing and karaoke sessions this woman asked if anyone knew a specific song. I did but was not ready to step up and attempt singing solo yet. After my thyroid surgery I had to retrain my voice to sing again, and I was not comfortable singing by myself in front of people yet. However, this woman's request pulled at my heartstrings, and I actually gave it a try. My song was not perfect, but I know with god's help I’m finally on my way back to sharing the talent he gave me to bring joy to others.


I hope there will be much joy in 2022 for all of you.

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THE SKILLET AND THE WHISTLING TEAPOT




1KINGS 19:12B; (KJV)
“…and after the fire a still small voice.”


The skillet listened to the beautiful music of the Whistling Teapot, and decided that he, too, would love to sound like that, in fact, just like that, instead of being burned and burned in the MULTIPLE attempts to bring him to a place called ‘Tempered’ which he really didn’t understand. He watched many days, and the owners of the little pot shop would always come to him, lift him off the shelf, and purposefully place him in the oven with grease all over him, making the resultant heat horribly increased. He and the Teapot had frequently conversed in the darkness of the night and they told one another what it was like being who they were and who and what they longed to be.

Now, the Tea Pot only wanted more notes to sing many more songs; because being a one note whistling pot, was not conducive to learning or even singing but one single sound. The Skillet, on the other hand, had totally lost his place and longed to just make the sound that the unhappy teapot was making. Every night they rehearsed their complaints, and became quite familiar with one another’s repetitions and their surmises that they had been dealt the loser’s lot.


Finally, one day, behind a night of self-pity, sympathy, grueling groans and tears of tireless, thankless, taxing hours of failed rehearsals; the other pots and pans in unison screamed: “Be Quiet! “A very deep voice from the corner, on the floor began to speak. “We have listened to the two of you for more than six weeks without uttering one word; but now it is time for you to understand that you are not the only utensils in this wonderful place. There have been many more ahead of you, some were, like you complainers; but you have taken the burner for inordinate, immoderate criticism to which not one of us can eradicate. If you would look around, you would find that there are all sorts of fine utensils used for various important skills in the most central room in the home; the Kitchen. In the Kitchen, we all play a vital role in nourishing the Occupants of the home and even helping in the making of bread. If you would listen you would hear that Our Creator has reminded us that He is the Bread of Life, The Fountain of Living Water, the Great Shepherd, The Light of the World, The Son of the Living GOD. If you would listen, if you would just listen, and give us all an opportunity to hear, also, you would find that your desires are not significant, that as you are, you are not imperative and your selfish desires are not worth rehearsing.”


As he finished , the whimpering’s of the Tea Pot were audible and then a seemingly singing but strong, more like a train whistle, voice spoke up from beside the Large Kettle. It Was The largest Whistling Tea Pot ever. When he spoke, he shouted; because in his capacity, as an outdoor camping tea pot he had to be extra verbose or long winded so that if there was great distance between the cook and the tea pot, the cook would be sure to hear him. . He took a long deep breath and shouted. “You must look to Our Creator, instead of to your own insufficiencies. If your eyes were filled with Him, you would have no room to complain about what you perceive to be true because Truth emanates from Him, not you.” He pointedly spoke to the Tea Pot. “You are a tea pot. You have one sound or note. You haven’t used that note or sound to the absolute best of your ability. Why should you be given more? More to waste, more to throw off because you can’t appreciate it, more so that Our Creator is ridiculed for His Gracious Giving to you? Why? Your obedience is not fulfilled!” (And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:6; (KJV)


There was a screaming hush in the little store; and then as if a giant was wakening, a horrible scratching intimidating voice was heard. “Can you see me? I want you, both to look at me.” Every eye was brought to attention. The largest, blackest, shiniest, skillet was in their focus. Some may not have been able to see him; but his voice was tenable and demanded reverential adherence. The well-used large skillet began to speak. “The last two voices were those of my friends, Tea Pot, Kettle and now, me, Skillet. We have been here for many years. We are rented to campers, Church outings, HOMELESS SHELTERS, and things of that nature. The Owner of this shop lovingly gives all of us good maintenance and is attentive and appreciative for the faithful work that we give. You may never be used in this manner. You will, most likely be bought by one owner and live the rest of your lives in the comfort of knowing who your Owner is and the occupants of the home in which you dwell. We, on the other hand, are very old, very well used, and will most probably be eventually passed from hireling to hireling until we rust or crack. We will never have the comfort of any other home except this one here, in which you find yourselves, complaining. We, as a group would like to kindly ask you to keep your complaining and your self -exaltations within your own selfish-imposed mental and physical limitations; and as my friends have already so generously stated, , work with what Our Creator has Graciously Given you starting, today. There is no need for flagrant resolutions, just abide in who you have been made, in so doing you, too will bear much real fruit. Now, Good Night or rather, Good Morning!”


The skillet and the tea pot were temporarily silent, when the rough voice sounded once again. :Skillet? You are not as large as I am; but you can see the beautiful well-worn finish of my surface, right? This finish was earned with much burning, great amounts of heat, rough handling, even battles, where I was the chief means of protection. I have been used to slam bears, chase coyotes, and one time I was even used to utterly destroy a poisonous snake. I was not used because I could sing as well as a tea pot; but because I trusted what Our Creator had in mind when He created me. We have no inherent right to doubt Our Creator, nor to lift ourselves up to question His Purpose in so doing. Our chief objective is to Glorify Our Creator, and by so doing we will be also Glorified. Be quiet now, and listen to that Beautiful Still Voice and learn to obey and yearn to be instructed, as did Elijah, by Him, The Almighty, alone.”
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.
1Kings 19:12, 13; (KJV)


Everyone was quiet, the tears of the Tea Pot and the Skillet were inaudible; the sun broke the darkness of the little shop, the oven was fired, and this cool morning the Shop Keeper reached up, filled the tea pot with water, sat it on the back burner while he oiled the awaiting skillet, who couldn’t wait to feel the warmth of the old oven. If you would listen, you could have heard the loud hush and the sweet quiet Peace of the once clamorous shop.


If you would listen, you would be brought into the Secret Place where abiding is easily accomplished. If you would listen, your complaints would diminish and your contentment would be full; if you would listen, your position would change, your eyes would no longer be focused down and all around; but you would find that which your heart desires. Him.
Resolutions don’t work; but abiding in who you were created to be raises you from the ashes of depression, discouragement and despair
into the Light of Life; and the darkness comprehended it not. Happy New Year!

IN CHRIST I REMAIN…
True E. Readywriter.



This is the end of the January 2022 edition of the Blind Post classified news.


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