The Blind Post classified news November 9, 2021
The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
November 9, 2021
Current subscribers to date: 1,057
Contents for this month’s issue:
Sponsor of the month. Thank you.
From the editor: by Lori Motis.
New and used.: Several.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away: Three.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities: Intern opportunity.
This month’s articles:
Poems from subscribers: Two.
Yarn, hook and needle crafts: Three contest winners! By Greg Capps.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Tip, manual pressure cookers, and four recipes submitted from subscribers.
Living with low vision: Giving thanks by Donna Williams.
Driving Miss Donna: “Reasons Why I Am Thankful” by Lynn Anderson.
Blind people talking: Two articles this month from subscribers.
Uplift, inspirational: WAITING AND WAITING By Ruth Coleman.
This month’s sponsor:
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The 2022 edition of the popular EZ2See® Products, large-print, large-space weekly planner/calendar is now in stock and available.
Many of you already get one each year. It is so popular because the highly accessible design was specifically chosen to address the needs of those with low vision or other types of challenges.
Why the design meets the needs of many with low vision is no surprise. It was designed by a creative, low vision senior dealing with RP and a long-time FFB supporter. Back in 2015, after people saw the calendar he made for himself, they urged him to start a business to make them available to help others. He has been doing that ever since.
“As someone dealing with declining eyesight, I bought weekly calendars claiming to be large-print. Yet I still had to write over the numbers with a bold marker to make them easier to see. Also, their writing space wasn’t large enough for me to write big. That frustration gave birth to this calendar.”
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Black spiral bound so it folds in half and lays flat
Runs from December 2021 through to January 2023
Four wide bold-lined pages at the end to use any way you want
About as thick as a wooden pencil
Includes twelve monthly pages with holidays and extra spaces for you to use
Covers are laminated for durability and moisture resistance
The price is, $23.99 plus shipping.
There are three ways to order and two ways to see what the calendar looks like. Visit the EZ2See website or Amazon.com.
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From the editor:
Happy Thanksgiving United States celebrated this year on November 25. Also, Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends, which begins Sunday, November 28 at sunset (in 19 days) and ends Monday, December 6 at nightfall.
Thanksgiving to all for sending so many wonderful contributions for this month’s news. Such a variety of submissions. I love it when subscribers get involved with the content.
I am enjoying listening to much needed rain here in southwest Idaho, while I am writing this. I know many states in the west and parts of Canada are appreciating some rain this fall. I hope we can get some extra to fill our reservoirs this year.
Well, I guess breaking one’s nose runs in the family. My son, Joshua, received a broken nose via his surfboard a couple of weeks ago. His sounds a bit worse than mine. At least I only hit the tree branch once, his surfboard hit his nose three times. Ouch! He will be getting his nose surgery some time next year. He will still be participating in the surfing competition in December representing the US for the totally blind division. Adventures can give you some surprises!
I have been working on the website. I created a page for this year’s current and past sponsors. I am in the middle of archiving past issues. It is a slow process and I hope to get a bit done each month.
If anyone knows how to find the admins page to their groups.io accounts, could you email me please. Thanks.
Well, enough talk and on to the news. Please let folks know you read their notice or article on the Blind Post news. Please share the news too.
Remember I email the reminder message for submissions a week and a half before the news deadline. It contains all the information you need for submitting all notices and submissions to be included in the next month’s issue. You can always read about it on the website:
For December, please consider sending me more of your seasonal poems, stories, and even funnies. Firsthand experiences as a blind or visually impaired person are always fun to read. I would love to see more guide dog stories or stories about traveling with your white cane. We have many subscribers with low vision, and family members and friends.
I am extremely thankful for all of you and the gift to be able to share this publication with you each month going on eleven years now.
Thank you and God bless you all!
Lori AKA Food Lady
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
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Wanted, to trade or give away:
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your feedback for an Accessibility research project is needed.
My name is Dr. Ron Milliman. I am a retired university professor. However, I remain very active conducting research and writing publishable articles. Currently I am researching the many online meal kit or meal plan services such as HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Freshly, Green Chef, among many, many more. My focus is on which ones are the most accessible to blind and low-vision people. Toward that objective, I would like to know if any of our Blind Post readers currently use, or have you ever used, any such services. If so, please write back Sharing with me your experiences including how accessible each service you used is. Note: I am not researching such services as Grubhub or Instacart. Those services were nicely covered in a book titled Dinner Delivered published by the NBP. I check my email throughout the day; thus, to respond, my email address is
Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
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
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Eyes on success shows and podcasts:
2145 Accessibility of Android Devices Past and Present (Nov. 3, 2021)
The accessibility of Android devices has continued to improve over the years and is now a viable option for those who are visually impaired. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Austin Pinto, Warren Carr and Mariam Mohsen from the Blind Android Users team about how Android has evolved over time as well as about recently introduced accessibility features.
2144 Accessibility Features Introduced in iOS 15 (Oct. 27, 2021)
Every year Apple releases a new and improved operating system for iOS devices. Each release also often comes with new accessibility features, and this year is no exception. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dean Hudson, Apple’s Accessibility Evangelist, about some of the new features that are expected to benefit visually impaired users in iOS 15.
To listen to other episodes from our searchable archive of over 500 episodes go to:
You can also subscribe to the podcast or listen on your smart home device by saying “play the eyes On success podcast”.
Services and training.
Do you have a service pertaining to the blind community, or do you offer training such as computer training or guitar lessons?
Now 75 words or less post at no cost. Longer notices can
also be placed with costs dependent on the word count. Email me for prices and guidelines.
Lori Motis Blind Post classified news editor.
Business and employment opportunities:
An exciting opportunity exists for one or more interns to work alongside the founders and creators of a vibrant community of published and emergent writers.
You would be working with two prolific author/educators who have developed a dynamic online community that includes zoom webinars, podcasts, website, social media, newsletters, and other special writing events.
Writing Works Wonders is an author community that serves authors who may be sighted or visually impaired. Interns who participate in this project would communicate and work with the team on a virtual basis. In person, meetings may be possible, but not required.
There are many among which you as a prospective intern could choose to learn or further develop your skills in a variety of areas in a real-life context. These opportunities include project management, public relations, social media, marketing, audio editing, WordPress development, writing, editing, publishing, and more.
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To apply, please send a cover letter expressing your interest and which relevant skills you have and are interested in along with your résumé to
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Two poems from subscribers:
When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop,
Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something that I had to know.
His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he told me the horrors of each Black November:
"Come about August, now listen to me,
Each day you'll get six meals instead of just three,
"And soon you'll be thick, where once you were thin,
And you'll grow a big rubbery thingjust under your chin.
"And then one morning, when you're warm in your bed,
In'll burst the farmer's wife, and hack off your head.
"Then she'll pluck out all your feathers so you're bald 'n
And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin' in the
"And then comes the worst part," he said, not bluffing,
"She'll spread your cheeks and pack your rear with
Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat,
And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
I'd have to lay low and remain overlooked.
I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice, and diet cola;
And as they ate pastries, chocolates, and crepes,
I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes.
I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;
But 'twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death.
And sure enough, when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound.
So now I'm a pet in the farmer's wife's lap;
I haven't a worry, so I eat and I nap.
She held me today, while sewing and humming,
And smiled at me and said, "Do you know Christmas is coming..."
In my dream of dreams
I saw myself asleep
Happy in peaceful repose.
I started to cry
Fear not a voice told me.
There’s still time to do those things.
You know about them?
I knew them before you
I just wanted to remind
I vowed to start anew
Restored my eyes twitched
This soul had much to do
Use that precious gift
One for each customer
My actions would trump my words
Paint the canvas well
Make the messiah proud
To do my part to help him.
Yarn Hook and Needle
Crafts by Greg Capps
For our craft idea contest we had 3 entries. All 3 will receive a prize. Here they are in no particular order. What would you like to see in this space in the future? E-mail me!
Tiny Christmas Basket
by Bernice Bird
31, 6 mm faceted beads
40, 8 mm faceted beads
10, 18 mm star beads
10, tri beads
10, number 2 safety pins, (any craft store should be able to help you find the correct size safety pins.)
24 inches, 26 gage craft wire
1. Open each safety pin, and place 3 8 mm beads on each safety pin. Then close the pin.
2. Cut your wire into 3 pieces. Eight inches is more than generous for each piece.
3. Fold the end of 1 piece of wire to make a loop. This is to keep your beads and pins from coming off of the other end. String one wire alternating a safety pin, closed end, and a 8 mm bead, ending with a bead, and using 10 safety pins. The closed end of the safety pin is called the tale.
Caution; You must make sure all of the safety pins have the empty bar side up when done. If you lay your work down on your lap or a table, it should look like the spokes of a wheel. When you string your second wire, the empty bars of the safety pin will be on the inside of the basket.
4. Join the 2 ends of wire together and twist tightly. Trim both ends of wire.
5. With the second piece of wire, fold the end over and make a loop. Then thread the other end of the wire through the other end of one of the safety pins. Next place a 6 mm bead, then a star bead, then a 6 mm bead. Repeat this 9 more times. This will make a circle for the top of the basket.
6. Cross the 2 ends of the wire together and twist tightly and trim both ends of the wire.
7. Make a loop at one end of the third wire. On the third piece of wire place a 6 mm bead and then a tri-bead. Repeat this until you have 11 6 mm beads and 10 tri-beads.
8. Attach the third wire at both ends to the opposite sides of the basket forming the handle. Trim the wires. If you twist the wires tightly for a couple of turns, you can trim the wires pretty closely. Tuck the twisted part inside the basket.
Candy Cane Wreath
by Christie Ray
usually the items can be found at a Dollar Tree or Dollar General Store.
You need a wire frame candy cane
Your favorite colors of garland For traditional candy cane colors you can get a red strand and a white one. They have some really neat garland with Santa clause, snowmen, snowflakes, or many other options.
A small roll of shiny wrapping paper .
A battery powered set of Christmas lights.
Your favorite decorations, like bells, stars, a big bow, or whatever you like to add.
A couple rolls of ribbon.
A roll of tape.
Take a strand of the garland weave it in and out of the first section of the candy cane until it is completely filled up tape it off.
The next section change your color of garland. And continue weaving it in this new section.
Switch colors back and forth until you have covered all the sections.
Next string the lights through your candy cane, you want to get a light in each section if possible.
Now place your bow or a large decoration in the semi circle of the candy cane. It can dangle down some.
Next take 3pieces of the shiny wrapping paper, wrap them to look like shiny candies.
Using the ribbon tie them on different parts of the candy cane. For a gift idea I used this and wrapped items I was gifting as the small little pretend candies.
With the remaining decorations and ribbon add them in whatever order you would like.
Colorful Yarn Lamp Shade
By Debbie Granger
6 yarn skeins in various colors
Wrap First Color
Pull the yarn from the center of the skein. Using the first selected color of yarn, tie a double-knot on the top ring of the wire frame next to one of the vertical posts. Wrap the yarn down around the bottom ring and up to the top ring. Continue wrapping the yarn from left to right over the top ring and around the bottom ring, making sure not to overlap each individual string.
Wrap the first color of yarn all the way to the next vertical post. Cut the yarn, leaving 3 to 4 inches of extra length. Tie a double knot on the top ring of the wire frame and cut the excess yarn from each knot.
Wrap first yarn color around lampshade until you reach the first vertical post.
Tie knot when you are finished wrapping first yarn color and before starting the next color.
Wrap Second Color
Tie a double-knot with the second color right next to the vertical post where you finished the first color. Wrap the second color as you did with the first color, but only to two inches wide. Tie and cut end before starting the next color.
Wrap Third Color
Attach the third color, and wrap to the next vertical post. Tie and cut excess string, Wrap Lampshade Halfway Using the fourth color, repeat wrapping steps, stopping at 1”. Repeat steps for fifth color stopping at 3”. Stop at the next vertical post using the sixth color, which is halfway around the lampshade.
Wrap one inch of the fourth yarn color around the lampshade.
Wrap the fifth yarn color to 3".
Repeat same pattern on other half of the lampshade to finish.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady
Thank you for the recipes!
We have four this month from subscribers.
Last month I had information on how to store produce. I wanted to add a tip on keeping fresh mushrooms. When you buy fresh mushrooms at the grocery, either whole or sliced, before you store them in your fridge, remove the plastic wrap and wrap paper towels around the container. This will let air in and keep the mushrooms dry. Place them in your crisper drawer. I usually try to use them within four days of purchase.
For the adventurous cooks.
I recently mentioned that I was going to get a stovetop pressure cooker. I did a lot of research and found one. I got it from Amazon. One suggestion I have about shopping for appliances on Amazon is read through the reviews. Not just the top few that are on the same page as the product info. Read the next few pages of reviews. You will be surprised how much information you can get on the item. There are many reviews from folks that had no idea of how to use a pressure cooker and gave poor ratings, but this was due to their ignorance on pressure cookers.
Learning about pressure cookers.
I highly recommend reading the following book, which is available on BARD and the Talking Book library:
Pressure perfect: two hour taste in twenty minutes using your pressure cooker DB62809
Sass, Lorna J Reading time: 11 hours, 37 minutes.
Instructional guide and cookbook for using safe, modern pressure cookers. Highlights techniques for tenderizing meat and cooking different foods simultaneously. Offers more than two hundred recipes for soups, meat, poultry, fish, rice, risotto, pasta, beans, vegetables, desserts, and more. Includes timing charts, mail order sources, and a troubleshooting section. 2004.
This book helped me to choose a modern pressure cooker as opposed to the old jiggle top style, which I first learned to pressure cook with, when I was a new blind cook, on a propane gas stove, when I lived in the Santa Cruz mountains in California.
Then I taught myself by reading the following book that is still available on Bard and through the Talking Book library:
Recipes for a small planet: the art and science of high protein vegetarian cookery DB08034
Ewald, Ellen Buchman Reading time: 8 hours, 56 minutes.
Offers recipes for healthy, high-protein, meatless cooking as a solution to the high prices of meat.
The following is the one I purchased and have successfully used on my flat glass top electric stove
Cuisinart Professional Collection Stainless 6 Qt Pressure Cooker, Medium, Silver
4.7 out of 5 stars 257 ratings
Price: $109.95 & FREE Returns
Material Stainless steel
Capacity 6 Quarts
Item Dimensions LxWxH 10.75 x 15.25 x 11.65 inches
Item Weight 3.25 Pounds
Operation Mode Manual
Is Dishwasher Safe Yes
About this item
Cooks up to 70% faster than traditional methods
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One-handle convenience. Securely open and lock lid with one-handle design
Safe and easy pressure regulation. The pressure release valve releases steam away when optimal pressure is reached. High, low and quick release pressure settings available
Ergonomic handles provide a secure and balanced grip
The 6 Quart Pressure Cooker cooks up to 70% faster than traditional methods. Simply toss ingredients into the pot, seal the lid, and let the pressure cooker do the work! Pressure cooking lets food retain more vitamins and minerals than traditional cooking methods, while using less energy. Our Pressure Cooker also works on any cook top - gas, electric, glass ceramic, halogen, and induction!
There is a User Guide (PDF) on the Amazon page, which I downloaded and was able to read using my screen reader on my PC and on my iPhone.
I did the water test that the book mentions to do when you first use your new pressure cooker. I then made jasmine rice and it came out perfect. I followed the recipe from the book Pressure perfect. I do have a blue tooth Instant Pot which is working great, and am so glad Apple updated the Smart Cooker app so I can still use it with my iPhone.
I just wanted to have the option of cooking on my stovetop, in case I needed to or if I want to make one food item in my Instant pot and another one in my stovetop pressure cooker.
Two recipes submitted by Maria Kovacs.
This is called pudding cake:
2 cups of milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 4 eggs, Vanilla extract (to taste).
Cake: 6 eggs, 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, Zest from 1 lemon, Liquid caramel (to taste).
Preheat the oven to 180ºC or 350ºF.
For the pudding:
Beat the eggs with the sugar and add the vanilla. the milk, beat some more and set aside
For the cake
Separate the yolks from the egg whites.
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar, add the lemon zest and beat some more.
Beat the egg whites and add to the previous yolks preparation alternating with the flour and baking powder.
Spread the liquid caramel all over a cake form.
Pour the pudding preparation into the bottom of the form and top it off with the cake batter.
Bake for about 30 minutes in a water bath.
Recipe number two:
Lemon ricotta donuts
is a contemporary twist on the old fashioned fried donut.
Ours are baked and dressed with a delicious lemon drizzle.
Serving: Makes 12 donuts
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (icing sugar)
2 tbsp milk or cream
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
additional lemon zest or sprinkles for garnish if desired
Donuts: Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
Lightly spray or grease a 6-cavity donut pan.
In a medium bowl whisk together Ricotta Cheese, eggs, olive oil, milk, lemon juice and zest; set aside.
In a large bowl sift together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.
gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients mixing well by hand until combined.
Place the batter into a large zip freezer bag; cut off the bottom tip of the bag.
Carefully fill each cavity of the donut pan three-quarters full with batter.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the donuts to a cooling rack.
Use the remaining dough to make 6 more donuts.
Cool donuts completely before glazing.
Glaze: In a small bowl combine glaze ingredients and beat until smooth.
Dip each donut in the glaze and return to cooling rack.
Garnish with additional lemon zest or sprinkles if desired.
This way of making donuts is the Italian way of making donuts in the south.
Ron’s Spicy Crackers
Submitted by Dr. Ron Milliman
2 sleeves of saltine crackers
1 cup of oil (half canola/half olive)
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
Combine ingredients and store in sealed container (zip-loc bag or other)
for 24 hours.
Note: possible variation… sprinkle with parmesan cheese and/or reduce the red pepper flakes.
Warning: These are absolutely addicting, and I take no responsibility if you become addicted and cannot stop eating these spicy, snacks!
Ruth’s Cranberry Cake with Butter Sauce
Submitted by Jan Bailey
2 C flour
1 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 C milk
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
Beat 2 minutes. Fold in 2 C cranberries. Bake in a 8 or 9 inch square pan at 350 for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
1 stick butter
1 C sugar
3/4 C cream
Bring to a boil, stir. Can make ahead of time. When ready to serve, boil again. Pour over pieces of cake in a dessert bowl.
Living with low vision
By Donna Williams
I can’t believe it’s already November. This year has sure flown by. The holidays are almost upon us and they are destined to be much better then 2020. I have much to be thankful for as I feast on turkey and all the trimmings at the Thanksgiving table.
In late March I received my first dose of the Covid vaccine and by the beginning of May I was fully vaccinated.
During the ACB convention which was held in late July I had the opportunity to vote remotely. It was wonderful and knowing ACB is intending to move forward with hybrid conventions as well as continuing to accommodate those who are unable to attend and include us in remote voting makes me extremely happy.
I am happy to have my iPad. It is making my life easier as I attend various Zoom calls. I am finally getting better with Windows 10 however I love using the zoom App and ACB Link instead of logging in on my computer.
Speaking of Zoom calls some that I enjoy include The Friendship circle and the CCLVI Game nights. There are more however these two are ones I really don’t like missing.
The longest lasting close friendship I have reached the 40 year mark in September of this year. It is still going strong.
Last but certainly not least is that things are returning to what is passing as a semblance of normal. Choir has started again and although we are not performing for anyone during the holidays it is fun to get together and sing for ourselves. It is definitely different seeing everyone in person even though we are all still wearing masks. Until this past week the weather has been cooperative too. It’s been warm enough that we could rehearse with the doors open. This week however it suddenly got cold. Singing behind masks is definitely challenging at times. I always feel as though I’m getting a mouthful of cloth every time I attempt to take a huge breath. And sopranos always need to take big breaths. This issue has been somewhat resolved by a plastic insert that a friend provided me with. This little piece of plastic keeps the cloth away from my nose and mouth so I can breathe better. The down side of using it is that you breathe your recycled hot air and that makes your face hot. Hey, maybe I should start using that with my mask when the winter winds start to howl and it’s so cold any exposed skin has the potential to freeze. Lol.
Oh, I said that was the last however I just remembered two more things. I recently had to have my kitchen light replaced. It had a short in it and whenever I turned it on it would promptly turn off or keep flickering. Once the new light was installed I asked the maintenance man what size bulb it took. I was pleased to learn that it is an L E D panel and requires no bulb. If or when it stops working all I need to do is call them and they will come replace it. Thank God because standing up on that chair and stretching to reach that light socket was becoming more difficult. Since I’m aging and can’t stop it I don’t expect the situation to get any better. Knowing that I no longer need to deal with it any more is quite a relief.
Shortly after this it was time for our heat to come on. Unfortunately our building had a problem and maintenance had to keep working on it. The issue wasn’t resolved for several days and during that time we had some very cold days and nights. Now my apartment is finally warm and I’m so happy to have my heat back.
I hope that as you celebrate thanks giving and the other upcoming holidays you are enveloped in the love of family and friends and your life is rich with many blessings.
Please feel free to write me any time with comments questions or just to say hello. I can be reached at:
Driving Miss Donna
“Reasons Why I Am Thankful”
by: Lynn Anderson
I just love Thanksgiving! I am thankful for the beautiful Fall colors. We even have a few of those in Capitola, although not as spectacular perhaps as the East Coast. I am thankful for Thanksgiving Dinner, although I think I enjoyed it the most when I was a kid and the adults did all of the hard work, and I just got to play outside. Mom and Dad also paid for everything! Those days are long gone! I am also thankful for the smell of spicy pumpkins and apples and cinnamon, and all of the wonderful bakery items that contain each of those treats! What could be better?
But I am also thankful when things go my way, if even for just a moment, and I get to enjoy a tiny, tiny victory! As an example, just when I think that there isn’t any possible way that Donna and Bevie will believe that the things I share about their exploits are true, but rather both ladies feel that everything I report is highly exaggerated, or simply made up, I am proven right! Well on rare occasion, that is! (Very rare occasions!) But this one time was a doozy, and a lot of fun!
Where are the disappearing Donna and Bevie? As I have shared many times before, Donna and Bevie have the uncanny ability to disappear when we are out together. It’s true, but I know that they don’t believe me when I tell them they continually wander off. After all, Bevie is completely blind, and Donna has very little remaining vision. So, you’re wondering, how could they possibly just be gone? I ask myself that same question all the time! They both have what I like to refer to as accomplices, kind of like Santa’s helpers. Bevie, in particular, will pretty much leave with anyone, if they are willing to lead the way. I think that she would even leave with Count Dracula as long as he provided her with an outstretched arm and had the ability to walk fast, since Bevie hates to walk slowly! I always imagine her out there somewhere, wandering around with a complete stranger, having no idea where she is and walking off happily to her doom, while I am trying desperately to find her! I also imagine her daughter trying to track me down and demanding to know why I lost her mother? Yikes, I don’t even want to think about that!! Donna has slightly more discernment. (I say that only so she won’t cut me out of her Christmas baking goodie list!) I sincerely hope she has more discernment, but she has a strong tendency to disappear with her walker and search for a quiet place to light. Donna tells me that she tends to get overwhelmed by crowds and feels that hiding out is completely acceptable! Are these things bad in and of themselves? Of course, they are!! If they would tell me where they were going that would be great, but apparently that is against spontaneity, the right to have a free spirit, the excitement of exploration or some such thing, and something I just need to live with! Not so much! We have rules here! Well, I kind of hope that we have rules in one way or another. There really isn’t anything wrong with rules or planning after all!
So, you’re wondering, how was I right? This one time in the grand scheme of all things, how was I proven right? I just love to say that, proven right! But I digress. It was, however, great! Donna, Bevie and I were at church waiting for the service to get started, and Donna asked me to get her a glass of water. I said OK, and since Bevie wanted to walk with me and stretch her legs, we both headed to the back of the church. Along the way, we came upon our Pastor, and Bevie wanted to talk with him. Since he was already talking to someone else, we were waiting together. Then Bevie, not wanting to keep me waiting, told me to go ahead and get Donna’s water, that she was fine to wait for the Pastor by herself. “You’ll wait right here?” I asked her, and she promised me that she wouldn’t move! OK, I left her there and continued on to the back of the church to get Donna’s water. I was gone maybe 30 seconds tops. I got the water, turned around and headed back to where Bevie had been standing, and she was gone! No one there! I looked around, thinking, she can’t have gone that far in 30 seconds, but she was totally gone! I wasn’t that worried, but mostly puzzled about how she once again managed to disappear! I finally gave up looking and headed back to our seats at the front of the church, and there was Bevie, sitting next to Donna looking a bit panicked.
Here's the good part! I hear Bevie telling Donna, “Oh no, I can’t believe I just did what Lynn always says I’m doing! I can’t believe I actually disappeared on her!” Ha ha! I win! Woo hoo! And, she even admitted it! Donna was calmly telling Bevie that it was OK, that I would know that Bevie was back at our seats and was safe, but it was too late, I WAS RIGHT! Oh, the sweet victory! You may be wondering how Bevie got back to our seats? I was curious myself! The second I turned my back on Bevie, our Pastor finished his talk and asked Bevie if she would like him to escort her back to her chair, and she said “yes”, completely forgetting her agreement to stay put! Then off they went! Of course, I can’t take too much credit, or tease Bevie too much for my fun victory, or Donna will totally cut me out of her Christmas baking goodie list, which would be a very bad thing, because I am also very thankful for Christmas cookies, banana bars, mincemeat treats and other spectacular yummies that Donna bakes every year! OK, I may be right, but at least I have the good sense to know when enough is enough! Hee, hee!
I am also very thankful for good friends like Donna and Bevie, who keep me on my toes, keep me wondering what will happen next while we are out on the highways of life together, and seem to have the remarkable ability for getting themselves into a lot of trouble! Oh, by the way, I probably haven’t mentioned this at all, but did I happen to tell you that I was right?
Blind people talking: Two articles from subscribers.
Thanksgiving--A Tremendous Heritage!
From George Gray
Thanksgiving, what a tremendous heritage given to us by our forefathers. It is my favorite time of the year! The Pilgrims came to America for religious freedom. They had left England and came to Holland for religious freedom, but found that they still were not going to be able to worship freely and they believed that the people of Holland defiled the Lord's day, Sunday, by seeking entertainment on Sunday rather than setting it aside as a day for worship, reflection, and thankfulness.
The trip to America was a harsh trip. The Atlantic crossing in the fall of 1620 had been an extremely difficult journey for the Pilgrims. For two months, 102 people were wedged into what was called the “tween decks” of the Mayflower—the ship’s cargo space with only about five-and-a-half feet of headroom. No one was allowed above deck because of the terrible storms. This was no pleasure trip. The Pilgrims comforted themselves on their journey by singing from the Book of Psalms. This “noise” irritated one of the ship’s paid crew members. He told the Pilgrims he was looking forward to throwing their corpses overboard after they succumbed to the routine illnesses common on such voyages. As it turned out, this crew member himself was the only person to die on the voyage and be thrown overboard. God providentially protected His own people. A little-known fact about the Mayflower is that this ship normally carried
a cargo of wine; and the wine spillage from previous voyages had soaked the beams, acting as a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.
During one terrible storm, the main beam of the mast cracked. Death was certain if this beam could not be repaired. At that moment, the whole Pilgrim adventure could very easily have ended on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Providentially, the Pilgrims had with them a large iron printing press screw. That screw repaired the beam, saving the ship and all on board.
After sixty-six days at sea, land was sighted off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not the place these Pilgrims wanted to be. They intended to establish their new colony in the northern parts of Virginia (which then extended to the Hudson River in modern-day New York), but two factors interrupted their plans. The winds had blown them off course, yes; but they later learned that other Englishmen who wanted to settle in the same part of Virginia had actually bribed the ship’s crew to land them farther north.
Despite this chicanery, God was in charge and the Pilgrims landed exactly where God wanted them to be. Had they actually made landfall near the Hudson River, they most certainly would have been immediately attacked by hostile Indians. Instead, they arrived at the one spot along the coast where hostile Indians had been providentially removed from the land.
Many years before the Mayflower journey, local Indians had captured a Frenchman on a fishing expedition to that region. Just as they were about to kill him, the Frenchman warned them God would be angry, would destroy them all, and would replace them with
another nation. The Indians boastfully replied that his God could never kill them. Yet, a year or two before the Pilgrims arrived in this very same region, nearly all the native inhabitants had been wiped out by a plague.
Despite this miraculous provision of safety from hostile Indians, the Pilgrims barely survived their first winter on the Cape. Only four families remained intact; but God was still faithful. In the spring of 1621, He sent Squanto, an English-speaking Indian who offered to teach the Pilgrims how to survive in this strange new land.
Squanto was one of only a few local Indians who escaped the plague. He had been captured as a young man and taken to England as a slave. During that time he mastered the English language. When he was freed, he returned to his native territory on the Cape shortly before the Pilgrims arrived. Probably the most important thing Squanto taught
the Pilgrims was how to plant the native winter staple crop--corn.
The Pilgrims thanked God for this wonderful helper. They also repaid Squanto by sharing with him the most valuable treasure they had brought with them from England—the Gospel.
Squanto died a year or two after coming to the aid of the Pilgrims, but before his death he asked them to pray with him that he might go to be with their God in Heaven.
The first winter in New England after they arrived was extremely harsh. Many died in the brutal winter. As history records, William Bradford, Myles Standish, John Alden, Priscilla Mullins and the rest of the folks who founded Plymouth in 1620 and survived their first brutal winter had much to be thankful for in the fall of 1621.
Only 55 of the more than 100 original settlers had survived to see their first winter thaw. Their labors had paid off and they had a good first harvest.
William Bradford proclaimed a day of prayer and thanksgiving and extended an invitation to the local Indians, Wampanoags, who had helped with the cultivation of the colonists’ first crops. Around 90 of the Indians participated and brought along 5 deer to help out with the meal.
The Pilgrims were people who believed in God and stood for what they believed. The time that was set aside was to thank God for the blessings He had given to them.
So, 398 years ago our forefathers, because of their religious faith, began a tradition that has left us with a great heritage and an example concerning thankfulness. We have much to be thankful for in our country and the Pilgrims understood the teaching of the Bible on thankfulness, and surely quoted I Thessalonians 5:18 on the special time they had set aside.
Verse 18 says In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Each year at this time we should encourage our family to make sure we give thanks for the blessings we have received.
In studying the history of the Pilgrims, there is something else that is interesting. In 1623 there was no harvest because of drought so they turned that day into one of prayer, fasting, and also thanksgiving. They had been many days without water and God answered their prayers that while they were praying and fasting for rain, rain came. So, what we celebrate the fourth Thursday of November each year, that began on the cold shores of the Atlantic Ocean several hundred years ago and has become a lasting heritage for us concerning the matter of thankfulness.
President Abraham Lincoln officially set aside the last Thursday of November, in 1863, "as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father." In 1941, Congress ruled that after 1941, the fourth Thursday of November be observed as Thanksgiving Day and be a legal holiday.
Scripturally, you find things related to the issue of thanksgiving nearly from cover to cover. You find individuals offering up sacrifices out of gratitude in the book of Genesis. You find the Israelites singing a song of thanksgiving as they were delivered from Pharaoh's army after the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 15). Later, the Mosaic Law set aside three times each year when the Israelites were to gather together. All three of these times [Unleavened Bread (also called the Feast of the Passover) (Exodus 12:15-20), Harvest or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15-21), and the Feast of In gathering or Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-36)] These celebrations were remembering God's provision and grace. Harvest and Tabernacles took place specifically in relation to God's provision in the harvest of various fruit trees and crops.
The book of Psalms is packed full of songs of thanksgiving, both for God's grace to the Israelite people as a whole through His mighty deeds, as well as for His individual graces to each of us. In the New Testament, there are repeated admonitions to give thanks to God. Thanksgiving is to always be a part of our prayers.
It is also interesting to note that one of the charges brought against mankind universally is that, although we have an innate knowledge of God and of His provisions to us, we are unthankful (Romans 1:18-21).
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
too often, instead of noticing all that we have been given and being thankful for it and sharing it with others, we focus on what we don't have instead. Of all of God's gifts, the greatest one He has given is the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus paid our sin debt, so a holy and just Judge could forgive us our sins and give us eternal life as a free gift. This gift is available to those who will call on Christ to save them from
their sin in simple but sincere faith (John 3:16; Romans 3:19-26; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8-10). For this gift of His Son,
meeting our greatest need, the Apostle Paul says, " Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift! " (2 Corinthians 9:15). We, like the
Pilgrims, have a choice: in life there will always be those things that
we can complain about (the Pilgrims who had lost many loved ones), but
there will also be much to be thankful for. As our society becomes
increasingly secular, I am afraid that the actual "giving of thanks to
God" during our annual Thanksgiving Holiday is being overlooked,
leaving only the feasting. May God grant that He may find us grateful
every day for all of His gifts, spiritual and material. God is good,
and every good gift comes from Him (James 1:17).
Nothing Is Forever, Except Eternity
By Meagan Green
Our Father never changes, but He is always new. Nothing in life stays the same, but there is always a beginning and an end.
“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.
God’s power never diminishes. He never fades in his shining and brilliant glory. He is eternal. We are eternal, but our bodies are very temporary.
Where will you be when you are parted from your physical body? Have you accepted that you(and everyone else in the world) have failed God by the wrong we’ve done? It’s not hard to believe that we’re sinners, right?
Most people, even the ones who say they have been good people will have to admit that they’ve done some rotten things and feel guilty about them. Enter, Jesus! He is the “Christ,” the “Anointed One.” He was and is the only sinless human being ever. He was God in the flesh. Wow, amazing isn’t it. Wish I could have been around back then to spend time with Him before His resurrection and trip back up to heaven. But He’s definitely King of my life, so we’re great! I know I’m forgiven for my sins because of his perfection. It took Him resisting temptation, and not just half-heartedly either. He resisted temptation to the shedding of His own life’s blood.
He let people nail Him to a cross and hung there forgiving them for it.
He asked God the Father to remove this from him just before it happened, but He also said, “Your will be done.”
Meaning, I don’t want to go through this, but if it’s what you really want Father, I’ll do it.
Jesus loved us dearly and He knew His purpose for coming to earth, but in those last moments before He was seized by the soldiers He cried out for deliverance from having to go through it. Wouldn’t you? I sure would, any human being would cry out not to be nailed to a cross naked, not to be beaten, spit on and mocked. But there’s more to it. He knew He would be bearing the sins of every human being who will ever live on Himself.
When He was praying before the soldiers came to get Him, he began to sweat great drops of blood from His brow. A person has to be going through terrible agony inside for that to happen. You can find articles written by physicians about people sweating drops of blood from their foreheads.
So this resisting of temptation was something no one else had or would ever have the power to do. Because Jesus was both God and man, He was without sin. He resisted committing sin all the way to death, even the death of the cross.
There are bad ways to die, and then there are bad ways to die.
Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer penned the following.
“Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died,
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To thy precious bleeding side.
Oh what mercy our Father has upon us to keep reaching out to us through every generation to bring us eternal life. He sacrificed His only son Jesus the Christ to save us from an eternity separated from Him because of our sin.
We are loved so dearly. We are not sent to hell. We choose to go there by rejecting what Jesus has done for us.
He did not stay in the grave as expected by all the people back then.
God the Father raised Jesus from the dead!
Yes it sounds crazy, but is it so hard for the all-powerful god to do this. No way, piece of cake.
What a day of rejoicing that was, and always will be for those of us who love Him and walk with Him as His own. We are not our own, we are bought with a price.
He does not enslave us even though He bought us with a price.
Have you ever read stories about how someone would go to the slave auction and buy a slave, only to set him free? Wonderful! This person would have no idea that he would be set free. The new slave owner would take the piece of paper that proved his ownership and rip it to shreds in front of the slave, who would realize with great joy that he was made free! Jesus is that kind of slave buyer. He bought us out of the terrible bondage of sin and destroyed that bondage by shedding His pure blood for our pardon.
Think of a prisoner who never had to serve time because someone paid His debt in full. That’s my Jesus! I don’t have to serve eternal time in hell because a holy god can’t look at sin.
Jesus took all my sins away! Please listen to His voice calling you right now and ask Him into your heart and life.
Ask Him to forgive you and make you a brand new person.
Now when this temporary life draws to a close, you won’t wonder what will happen to you or where you will go. You have an eternal home with Jesus, the One who died for you, and rose again!
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WAITING AND WAITING
John 5: 2-9; (KJV)
Can you imagine the faith it must have taken for this man to have waited for 38 years for the moving of the water to be healed? Can you imagine the hurt when others, that he had probably chatted with, jumped up and into the water before him and never returned to this place of waiting and hoping? Reading this passage, I wonder if I would have had what it took to ask my Loved Ones to bring me to this pool of seeming hopelessness. Afterall he had been there a long time, 38 years, and no day before this day had rendered a plausible solution. Let’s look into the Mirror of the Word
Verse 6- “When Jesus saw him lay …
He saith unto him, wilt thou be made whole?”
What would your answer have been, or rather, what is your answer to the Sovereign of this Universe? As you remember the past, and looking or knowing that all around you is Verse 3- “In these lay a great multitude of impotent folks, of blind, halt, withered, waiting…”
Will you hear the Words Jesus is placing in you or will you, because of the time, in your life, that has possibly eroded your hope, give more credence to your past than to a future bursting with enormous possibilities? Will you, because of your familiar, faulty knowledge, lean on your own understanding, instead of trusting Him and His Words (“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Prov. 3:5; KJV)
Waiting and looking back can, at times, be more comfortable than waiting in expectation, being temporarily disappointed, and looking forward. Is this the position in which you find yourself? Remember this word, temporarily; because in Christ there is no disappointment, none, and waiting on Him will turn darkness into Light. So, our answer to Jesus’ question should be: “I will. I will be made whole.” This man went a bit further and spoke. Verse 7- “…
Sir I have no man when the water is troubled to put me into the pool but while I am coming another steppeth down before me.” Most likely, this impotent man was looking at this young strong Carpenter and may have decided that he could easily put me into the water, if he understands my dilemma, so he poured out his situation to Jesus. Church, who better to tell your problems to than to Jesus? Who has the answer to all of our conditions? (“Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you. 1Pet5:7; (KJV)).
At this point, I believe that we can kindly relate to this situation, the man, and the curious problematic result. Afterall, he had no man, which makes carnal sense; but he was not and you are not dealing with carnal reasoning; but Miracle Working Power. He had no flesh man; but he had Jesus. (I believe that as he looked into the eyes of Jesus Christ, his hope began to blossom, like the men on the road to Emmaus, after they had walked and listened and saw Him break bread, they rejoiced: “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Luke 24:32; (KJV)
An encounter with Jesus Christ can not be evaluated nor can it be anticipated. This man was now faced with a Revelation of Truth that he could hardly believe. Surely, he thought, why am I telling Him this? He cannot help me, or can He? There was something about Him that caused the impotent man to have hope; but his hope was in the run of the mill, this is how we do it department and Jesus had something very different for him, and for us, if we believe.
Now, the question is: You have no man, will you trust Me? His answer, and our answer is; I will. I will trust You more than and better than I have ever trusted another flesh man. I will, LORD.
This man has exhibited his desire, to be whole; he has explained why he had not been able to accomplish his desired goal, and now he will show his obedience to the LORD’S instructions. Verse -8 “Rise take up your bed and walk.
9. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.” John 5:8-9; (KJV)
We could begin to talk about the Law and the Sabbath; but obeying Jesus Christ, and receiving the miraculous as the result isn’t worth the lost words. His healing demonstrates the overwhelming importance of Hearing, trusting, and obeying, the Word of GOD. He could have turned a deaf ear and attitude toward Jesus Christ and we all know what that would have cost him. I have been listening to Joni Erickson Tada, recently, and I am constantly amazed at the things that GOD has allowed her to do and how she precariously and repetitively reaches out to help other impotent people and children, in other countries and here where children need wheel chairs and other equipment. Let’s go back to our story; Now that the impotent man is up, off the ground, no longer waiting and waiting for the moving of the water, will he learn a trade or a service to help his society? Will he go back to the Pool to see if he can help someone into the Pool? Will he forget the past 38 years? Will he turn his back on other impotent, wag his head and pretend not to feel what they are going through? Will he go round about Jerusalem and Israel telling the Good News, “There is a Man, Named Jesus Christ, and He can make you “whole.” Readers, are you willing to wait?
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31; (KJV)
IN CHRIST I REMAIN… Ruth. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, in Jesus’ Name.
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