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October 2018
Volume 4 ; Issue 10

Table of Contents

Greetings from the Editor
Sponsors of the Month
Movers & Shakers
International Perspective
Exercise, does a body good
Have I Got A Story For You
The Braille Highway
Kaleidoscope of Krafts
Spencer’s Spotlight
Computer Tech 101
A Time to Plant
Alternating Duo: Seeing the World Differently
the Rotating Trio: EyeShare
Cooking Concoctions
Riddle & Brain Buster
For Your Information
Classifieds

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Greetings from the Editor

By Karen Santiago

Welcome Readers,
Can you believe it, we are in the final quarter of 2018! Where has the time gone! Well, as I have said many times before, I know the writers for the Blind Perspective Newsletter spend time every month to bring us all quality, informative, and entertaining articles. I would also like to thank Teddy for putting the audio version of the newsletter together every month. And, last but certainly not least, I would like to thank Nat for all of his hard work every month. Not only does Nat write the Braille Highway each month, but he makes sure that the newsletter is distributed via email and on News line. And, he is also the webmaster, keeping things current and archiving past newsletters and articles. Thank you all for keeping this newsletter filled with such great articles every month!

Reminders
*Send your questions, comments, and/ or suggestions to us; we read and act upon them.
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*Send us your ideas for a possible Mover and Shaker
*Interested in writing or being interviewed for the International Perspective segment, send me an email.
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At A Glance: Sponsors, Cooking in the Dark, Guyana, Kettlebells, Novel, Memoir, & Suggestion, Author's Interview, Freshener & Deodorizer, Sunu Band, Digital Player, Dirt, Starting Point, I Don't Know, Cauliflower, Zucchini and Squash, Riddle and Brain Buster, FYI, & Classifieds!

Sponsors of the Month

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IT'S A PARTY AND YOU'RE ALL INVITED.

Come and join the Out-Of-Sight DJ's for a music marathon on Wednesday October 31, 2018 from 12 AM on Wednesday to 11:59 PM Wednesday night. This is the first annual Birthday of The OOS Radio. We want you all to join us for 24 hours of action packed music.

There will be prizes to celebrate this special day. How can you win you say? Well simply listen to the radio station at www.Out-Of-Sight.net/Radio
And, call (860) 881-2221 at the appropriate times in order to win. There will be something for everyone.
Hope to see you there.

Rules and Guidelines:
1. Anyone 18 years and older is eligible to participate.
2. Only one prize per person
3. The radio staff is not eligible for said prizes

On The Go!

On The Go is dedicated to providing quality, affordable, handmade, custom and manufactured guide and service dog products. These products will assist you in being the best service dog handler you can be!

Hi, I am Julie, the founder and owner of On The Go and I have been a guide dog user for many years. I located many products that made working my dog a lot easier and What I could not find, I created! I started On the Go so I could share these great products with everyone!

I focus on comfort, function and color, while keeping the price very affordable. All the nylon webbing products are created and produced by me and used with my own guide dogs.
Manufactured products are tested before being offered. Only the best past my inspection and make it into On The Go.

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Shipping to Canada also available!

Custom orders are welcome!
I do custom orders on the nylon webbing product line. If you find something close to what you want and need to make modifications, I am willing to do that for any of the webbing equipment that I personally sew. There is no extra charge for custom orders, but they do take extra time.

Products:
We have a variety of products including such items as bags & pouches, bandanas, bells, beds, and collars. Some gift suggestions include grooming items, jewelry, leashes, key rings, and picture frames.

Please, come in and browse the unique selection of products offered at On The Go!
www.BlindMiceMegamall.com/BMM/Shop
(Please copy & Paste Link In Browser If It Does Not Open)

Free Gift for October Orders.
All Orders over 25 dollars placed in October 2018 (Merchandise Only) get a Free Gift!

Movers & Shakers

By Karen Santiago
Karen@TheBlindPerspective.com

I recently had an enjoyable time speaking with Dale Campbell and Cheryl Cumings, hosts of the long time running radio show, Cooking in the Dark.

How did it get started?
One weekend while Dale was spending time at Phil Parr’s house, host of Blind Handyman Show, the subject of cooking came up. Dale volunteered to host a cooking show to encourage blind individuals to get in the kitchen and make something happen. Dale is the one who titled the show Cooking in the Dark. He also coined the tag line; You Don’t Need Sight To Cook Dinner Tonight!

They began airing one show a month on Phil Parr's Blind Handyman Show in the Fall of 2003. During this time, Dale had to memorize the recipes, and the shows were recorded live. There was no room for error.

How did the show expand?
The show really took off, and people started requesting that it be on weekly. Phil was unable to do it weekly but he had a solution. He got Dale in touch with a friend of his who was really involved with audio production, Tim Cumings from Boston. Tim’s wife, Cheryl, who enjoyed cooking wanted to contribute to the show as well. So, in the spring of 2005 the trio of Dale, Cheryl, and Tim began the weekly airing of Cooking in the Dark show.

Houston meets Boston:
Dale, Cheryl, and Tim all link together via skype. Dale prepares the recipes right from his kitchen, “the studio”. Cheryl helps out by reading the recipes and some comments from listeners, as well as keeping conversation going with Dale. Tim records the show as it happens, then he edits it before uploading it to the podcast feed and archive list. Dale says he really likes this format, as he no longer has to memorize all the recipes, and that takes off some of the pressure.

The Show:
The shows are recorded on Sunday afternoons. Each show takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half to record. Typically, they like to run through two shows at a time.
All of the shows are archived. At the time of this interview, they were very close to approaching their 400th episode. Dale says that the Cooking in the Dark show usually gets between 5,000 to 6,000 downloads weekly. Wow! Proceeds from purchases at Blind Mice Mega Mall supports the Cooking in the Dark Show.

Recipes:
Dale is the person who picks out the recipes to prepare. Since, as he said, he is the one who is making them. However, the recipes come from a variety of sources; online, cookbooks, listeners, and from those on the list serve.
The recipes are selected to either coincide with the time of year, or to teach a particular cooking technique.
Dale has no formal culinary training, but he has a genuine passion and love for cooking. He prepares a wide range of recipes, and on different cooking levels. He has prepared something as simple as scrambled eggs, to the more complex recipe of salmon croquettes, and many in between. Believe it or not, he has even cooked things in the dishwasher! Oh, and don’t miss the recipe; omelet in a bag! Dale does not confine his cooking preparations to just the kitchen, but he also does a lot of outdoor grilling.
Dale does a brilliant job in describing what he does with each recipe. He also gives tips and techniques when preparing and cooking recipes. He keeps it real by telling of some disasters that have happened in the kitchen. He and Cheryl hope that blind individuals will realize that sometimes mishaps happen, but don’t let it discourage you from trying again. In addition, remember that mistakes are made by sighted people as well.

Live Presentations:
Dale has taken the show on the road on a few occasions. He really enjoys this format as he can speak and interact directly to his audience. He loves to have the opportunity to showcase Cooking in the Dark to live audiences!

Cookbook:
Members from the Cooking in the Dark listserve submitted their favorite recipes, which were used to create the Cooking in the Dark Cookbook. The grade 2 conventional braille format is broken down in four volumes: Entrees & Soups; Vegetables, Sides, Salads, & Breads; Desserts, Cakes & Pies; and Snacks & Cookies.
The cookbooks are also available in electronic notepad text format. There are nearly 180 recipes, many of which Dale has presented on the show. They are currently in the process of creating a restaurant recipe cookbook.

How to get your Cooking in the Dark Cookbook:
Order your Cooking In The Dark Members Cookbook by phone or online. Call 713 893-7277 9AM to 4:30 PM CST, M-F. Or use this link to see the contents and place your order: www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop

Philosophy:
Both Dale and Cheryl hope that with their straight forward approach to cooking, they will encourage other blind individuals to try it themselves. They strive to keep the shows fun and informative. They want listeners to try new things, be adventurous, and step out of their comfort zone.

Where to Listen to the Cooking in the Dark Show:
Cooking In The Dark podcast archive page:
CookingInTheDark.Libsyn.com

Cooking In The Dark podcast link:
CookingInTheDark.Libsyn.com/RSS

Join the Cooking In The Dark list serve:
Send an email with "Subscribe" in the subject line to: CookingInTheDark.org

You can get some of the kitchen gadgets Dale uses on Cooking In The Dark at BlindMiceMart.com

Check out this fantastic offer for readers!
All 4 volumes in Braille
Regular Price: 102 dollars
Blind Perspective Reader Special 61 dollars and 20cents

This offer will be valid for the entire month of October.
Readers can order on line with the link provided in the article above or call the order center at 713. 893. 7277. Just say you want the Blind Perspective Readers Cookbook Special!

International Perspective

Guyana
By Ganesh Singh
Karen@TheBlindPerspective.com

Background of Guyana:
Guyana is situated on the South America coast and is the only English-speaking country in South America. Guyana is considered part of the Caribbean due to British colonization. Guyana gained independence from Britain on the 26th of May 1966. Culturally Guyana is closer to the Caribbean than South America.

Guyana has very large land mass spanning 83,000 square miles. 70% of the country has dense virgin rainforest. Presently Guyana has a population of approximately 750,000 persons. The population is made up of 6 ethnic groups with Indian, African, European, Portuguese, Chinese and Indigenous ancestry.

The main exports and income generators are rice and sugar cane cultivation, gold mining, logging and of recent fossil fuel extraction.

Education and Schools for the Blind:
There are no schools for the blind in Guyana. A system of integrated education in the mainstream schools have been promoted. Sadly, this integration has only occurred in a few populated areas in Guyana, namely Georgetown the capital and Linden another town. The students who are blind or visually impaired are supported in the mainstream schools by teachers from two Resource Units for the blind operated by the Ministry of Education. The approximately 50 students that are supported by these Units commute daily.

Children who are blind or visually impaired living in the rural parts of Guyana have limited or no opportunity for a meaningful education.

Braille and Mobility:
Braille is taught to a limited extent at the Resource Units for the Blind. The students are mainly taught Grade 1 (uncontracted) Braille. There is no other program whether government or community base to teach the use of Braille amongst adults or children. Most persons who are blind in Guyana have no knowledge in the use of Braille. There is approximately 10 people who are blind that are proficient in reading and writing Braille.
The use of Braille in Guyana is not widely promoted and there is limited information available in Braille.

There is no program for mobility and orientation in the school system. A few of the students learn on their own with some assistance from adults who are blind. Most of the students who are blind are not independent and do not possess adequate mobility skills.
At the community level there is no system for mobility and orientation. Persons who acquire their blindness later in life are taught to a limited extent by friends who are blind and a few persons who are blind that are independent. White canes are not easily acquired and is very costly. Most of the white canes are distributed through the Guyana Society for the Blind and is donated by charitable organizations.

Sports and Recreation:
There are very limited opportunities to be involved in sports for persons who are blind and visually impaired in Guyana. The students that attend the Resource Units for the Blind and the mainstream schools have no opportunity to participate in sports. This is a result of the absence of trained personnel and equipment to engage persons who are blind in sports.

The only game allowed for persons who are blind and visually impaired to play is blind cricket. The Guyana Blind Cricket Association is the governing body for blind cricket in Guyana and is a nongovernmental organization. The association promotes the sport nationally as a vehicle for the empowerment of persons who are blind and visually impaired. Over 100 persons who are blind and visually impaired play the sport across the country. Blind cricket is an international sport and a few Guyanese blind cricketers have represented the Caribbean on the international circuit.

Job Training:
There is no assistance in getting employment as a person who is blind and visually impaired, whether in the private or public sector. There are approximately 15 persons who are blind and visually impaired that are meaningfully employed full time. The remaining members of the blind community are unemployed with a small minority in schools or other educational institutions.

The government from time to time implement training programs to equip members of the blind community with skills to be employed. Sadly, this is not done on a regular basis and there is no assistance in getting jobs upon completion of the training programs.

University and College Education:
Persons who are blind and visually impaired are facilitated at the University of Guyana and a few other tertiary institutions. Most of these students receive full government scholarships to cover tuition and transportation expenses.

No support is given to ensure information is accessible at their tertiary education level. The students have to find their own means to have information in accessible formats. There is no support mechanism in place for students with disabilities at any of the tertiary institutions.

Transportation:
There is no separate or specialized transportation service for persons who are blind or visually impaired. At the same time there is no publically operated transportation service in Guyana. All the transportation providers such as taxis and busses are private and is disorganized. There are limited regulations for the transportation service providers. As a result of the transportation service being privately operated persons who are blind and visually impaired receives no reduction in fares. There are many instances of persons who are blind and visually impaired being discriminated when trying to use or are using the privately operated taxis and buses.

Only the ferry service is operated by government and persons with disabilities are allowed to travel free of cost, once they are in possession of a ferry pass.

Getting Around:
There are no curb cuts on the sidewalks or tactile strips on the streets to facilitate mobility. In addition, there are no audible signals or Braille to assist in crossing the intersections and roads. Most of the sidewalks are unlevel and some have open manholes that are dangerous to persons who are blind and visually impaired. There are no trains in Guyana and no public operated bus service.

Braille:
Braille is not used at all in the public in Guyana. It is almost impossible to get materials in Braille. No elevators, restaurants menus, public markings and signs, etc that are written in Braille. No document can be requested in Braille, whether from the bank or any other institution.

Guide Dogs:
There is no guide dog school in Guyana. Presently there is no person who is blind in Guyana that uses a guide dog.

Benefits:
Some persons who are blind and visually impaired receives a monthly sum of $8,000 (39USD) from the Government through its Public Assistance program. This sum is their only source of reliable income.
No assistance is provided for the purchase of assistive devices and aids to persons who are blind.

Reading Service:
There is no reading service available to provide accessible books and information to persons who are blind and visually impaired. The few Braille books that are in the country are housed mainly at the Guyana Society for the Blind and are donations from North American charities. Audio books are shared amongst the blind community, mainly in digital formats. These audio books are acquired from sources out of Guyana.

Blind Organizations:
There is one national blind organization in Guyana with a few community base blind and cross disability organizations. The national organization is called Guyana Society for the Blind and has a membership of approximately 150 persons who are blind and visually impaired. The Guyana Society for the Blind offers high school classes to out of school teenagers and adults who are blind. They also offer information technology training, mobility and independent skills training and white canes. Most of their programs are dependent on the availability of funding and is not sustained throughout the year.

The community base organizations offer limited services and mainly liaise with the Guyana Society for the Blind to access their limited services for members.

Both the Guyana Society for the Blind and the community base organizations receives limited or no funding from government and is dependent on donor agencies and corporate Guyana for financial support.

Final Thoughts:
Persons who are blind and visually impaired are viewed through a charity lens and are seen as objects of charity. Most persons in Guyana are of the opinion that persons who are blind and visually impaired are unable to be productive and independent and should depend on others for assistance and sustaince. Many families isolate their relatives who are blind and visually impaired not allowing them to be independent and live a productive life. Persons who are blind and visually impaired have limited opportunities to be productive and faces discrimination on a daily basis.

I would like to see persons who are blind and visually impaired be given more opportunities to be productive and independent citizens on an equal basis. In addition I would like for the contents of the Guyana Disability Act 2010 be implemented.

Exercise, does a body good

By Dan Kiely
Dan@TheBlindPerspective.com

Dan had this month “off” as he was in the process of moving to a new home last month. However, he shares the below email from reader Paul, who knows a great deal about Kettlebells. Read on, and learn more!

Hello Dan,
I read your September article this morning, on kettlebells. I am currently training for my 3rd kettlebell competition; scheduled for November. I started learning the basics of kettlebells about 8 years ago.

I wanted to pass along a small, but important, pointer concerning the over-head press. Don't grasp the kettlebell with the handle running horizontally across the palm; like a dumbbell. Pressing a kettlebell like it was a dumbbell rests the weight on the back of your forearm; which impedes circulation, and will make your hand numb. Instead, the handle should run diagonally across the palm.

The spherical portion of the kettlebell is called the bell. The sections that run vertically out of the bell are called the "horns." And where the horizontal handle meets the vertical horns, is called the "ears."

The optimum position is to have the ear resting where your thumb and index fingers come together; the opposite horn rests against the bone of the forearm, on the side by your pinky finger; and the weight of the bell, rests against the bone of the forearm on the side of your thumb. It feels uncomfortable at first; but once you are condition to it, loading the weight skeletally, allows you to press for longer, without fatiguing as early. Various wrist protectors are available to cushion the weight as it rests against the forearm, if desired.

The major benefit of kettlebells derived from ballistic movements; all building from the basic swing. The Tsarist and Soviet Navy’s found kettlebell ballistics, like the swing, an effective substitute for running that didn't require a lot of space. Not being able to see where I am going, running isn't always the safest option. And a lot of the cardio equipment in the gym have touch-screens, that hinder my ability to use them independently. The endurance aspect of kettlebell sport was a major attraction for me.

For me, kettlebell swings are an easy and effective way to get more aerobic activity into my workouts. Unfortunately, it is more difficult to accurately describe these lifts in a newsletter: in-person training is the safest method to begin. But once you master a couple of fundamental movements, you can get an effective, well-rounded workout in 20-30 minutes; and have enough variety to stave off boredom.

I have pairs of 16 kg (35 lb), 20 kg (44 lb), and 24 kg (about 53 lb) kettlebells. I compete with the 20 kg weights. These are steel, competition style kettlebells.

If you are just looking to exercise for fitness, without competing in girevoy sport, the standard cast-iron models are less expensive, and more widely available.

A good resource to learn more about kettlebell exercise is the book, "Kettlebell Training" by Steve Cotter, ISBN 978-1-4504-3011-1. He has very thorough and well-written explanations of the exercises. I was able to follow most of it without being able to see the pictures. I especially like his diagnostic of common errors for each exercise.
Respectively, Paul

Dan will be back next month with more described exercises for all!

Have I Got A Story For You

By Carla Jo Bratton
CarlaJo@TheBlindPerspective.com

Hello again book lovers,
This month I have 1 novel and 1 memoir that all of us can relate to and a book suggestion from a pair of readers. Here we go!

Cockeyed, a memoir
written by Ryan Knighton
reading time: 8 hours and 19 minutes
BARD number: DB62851
RNIB number; TB15812
CELA number; DA28519

On his eighteenth birthday, Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a congenital, progressive disease marked by night-blindness, tunnel vision and, eventually, total blindness. Blending mordant wit with intense personal reflection, "Cockeyed" is the story of Ryan's loss of sight. We follow his journey from absolute denial - which lost Ryan his trousers, his girlfriend and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his driving license - to acceptance of life. This one has strong language.

My comments; I read this one several years ago. I bought the paperback for my husband and he just read it this past summer. He was heard laughing, he also asked me several questions about my own eye mishaps. I decided to give this book a mention as it is enjoyable for everyone. If you want someone to more understand where you have been, where you are right now or where any of us might be in the future, this is a great story.

Rick and Pauline write to recommend the following book;
The inner life of animals: love, grief, and compassion: surprising observations of a hidden world.
DB89929
I have it in my to be read pile, thanks Rick and Pauline.

The Great Believers
written by Rebecca Makkai
reading time: 18 hours and 19 minutes
CELA and RNIB didn’t have this one yet.
BARD number; DB91533

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the '80s and the chaos of the modern world as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

My comments; I know it sounds like there is a lot going on in this one, and there is. Makkai writes it so you never feel lost or overwhelmed. I loved this one so much I wrote to the narrator, Michael Crouch and to Rebecca Makkai both to tell them how moving this book experience was for me. They both wrote me back. This is a deep story, but told with sincerity and hope. I would encourage anyone to write to a writer or a reader to show your appreciation for their abilities and for sharing their gifts with us.

Until next time, Happy reading!
Carla jo

The Braille Highway

By Nat Armeni
Nat@TheBlindPerspective.com

We have now officially entered the last quarter of 2018. It is both scary and exciting for me. In this month’s article you will read about Sue, the author of A Time to Plant. She gives her thoughts and ideas regarding braille. As always, I look forward to emails expressing your suggestions, ideas, or constructive comments. My email address is located at the beginning of this article. Continue on and read what Sue has to say.

I had been born visually impaired, but it became worse six years ago! I can still see, but not well. The doctors told me that my next surgery would be the answer, but I have opted to not have more. Why hadn’t the other surgeries worked?

Now in my 60’s, I read and write braille, using a slate and stylus when writing. I started learning braille before the switch to UEB, so continued learning UEB right after finishing the EBAE course. All of my braille courses have been from Hadley Institute for the Blind.

I live in Prattville, Alabama. Statistically speaking, about one tenth of the population is or will become visually impaired in their lifetime. In my tri-county area, I know far fewer visually impaired people than what the statistic suggests. I wonder how many people pretend they can see well enough to perform daily tasks. How many people think there is a stigma to being blind, so they don’t find ways to deal with low vision?

Once, I was behind a customer in a store who passed her wallet to the cashier. She said, “I can’t see the money, would you please take out the correct amount?” I asked her how she had gotten to the store. She said she drove; she knew her way to and from the store! I hope she is never in a situation where an innocent person is hurt because of her actions!

Reading my braille books first thing in the morning, with my coffee sitting off to the side, is a practice I’m glad to have. One of my ancestors, David Stone, died in 1750, with the inscription on his tombstone reading, “blind for 56 years”. His options were limited; he had no electronic devices and no braille. I’m so thankful my options are so much more flexible than his!

I have not gotten into too much technology. I use only a slate and stylus to write braille, and read only hard copy books. Demonstrating braille and the use of a slate and stylus is sometimes part of what I do.

Occasionally, I pass the time with a deck of braille playing cards. With my creativity, I keep trying to figure ways to make other braille games.

I wish all people, both sighted and sightless, would learn braille. I think that the more ways we use all of our abilities, the more we understand the need some people have for different methods of reading and writing. Low vision and blind people should find a mentor who will help them figure out braille. Even though braille isn’t a language, I think it takes as much practice to learn and use braille as it does to learn a different language.

I want to thank Sue for writing about her thoughts and ideas regarding braille. Braille user’s do it with feelings! Why complicate life with gadgets when we can complement it with braille. Remember to stay on the dotted line of life! Talk with you again in November and stay safe in October!

Kaleidoscope of Krafts

By Lindy van der Merwe
Lindy@TheBlindPerspective.com

It is once again time for Kaleidoscope of Krafts and a pleasure to welcome you all as we are slowly approaching warmer weather here in South Africa.

For this month, I am sharing a simple way to freshen up our homes: a do-it-yourself room and carpet deodorizer. A natural alternative to commercial air fresheners, made from ingredients you probably already have and hopefully a craft project that will tick the boxes of easy, quick, inexpensive and useful.

One advantage to making one's own deodorizers include that you can customize the type of scent or scents you want to use. You can make your freshener as strong as you prefer. If you would like to avoid or cut down on store-bought products for some reason, this is the way to go.

It is also great as a gift and it can be customized to form part of your decor. Your air freshener can be topped up or changed on a regular basis as well.

You will need:
Mason jar, glass pot or vase
baking soda
Essential oils of your preference

Instructions:
Mason jars work great because their lids can be removed and the jars can be covered with circles or squares of thin fabric like lace, gauze or even knitted or crocheted doilies. Or, simply poke a few holes into the metal lid of the mason jar.
You can also go with something like a parmesan cheese shaker or spice shaker as well.

After removing the lid, fill your jar about one-third to one-half full with some baking soda. Instead of masking odors, baking soda neutralizes them.
Baking soda has so many uses and is known for its great deodorizing and neutralizing properties, which makes it the perfect ingredient in an air freshener.

Next, add about 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or combination of oils, stir it up with the baking soda, then cover your jar, using the method of your choice.
You can certainly leave out the essential oils, but your freshener may not work as well in areas with stronger odors like the bathroom.

To use as a Room Deodorizer:
Place the jars or containers in various areas around the house that need a little extra freshening: the bathroom, kitchen, linen closets, and even cupboards and drawers in the bedroom and living areas.

When the scents start to fade, just give the jars a good shake or stir to reactivate the oils and baking soda again.
Using the same container, just replace the baking soda and essential oils from time to time as preferred.

To use as a Carpet Deodorizer:
Just sprinkle the baking soda and essential oil mixture evenly on your carpets, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, then vacuum it up and enjoy the wonderful, natural scent of your DIY deodorizer freshening up your room!

Turn your air freshener into a decorative feature by using a larger vase or jar filled with stones or marbles or by covering it partially or in full with paper or fabric.
You can also use cinnamon sticks, seashells, dried citrus slices, wood chips or even flowers for the purpose.
Lastly, add a tea light to turn it into a decorative candle holder.
Happy crafting until next time!

Sources:
https://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/easy-baking-soda-air-freshener-tutorial/
http://naturesnurtureblog.com/homemade-air-fresheners-room-deodorizers/

Spencer's Spotlight

By Cheryl Spencer
Cheryl@TheBlindPerspective.com

In a previous article I wrote about the Sunu Band. It is a sonar unit that resembles a knob situated on the corner of a watch band. When you are wearing the band, the sonar module is lined up with your thumb. Therefore, when your hand is resting by your side the sonar is pointed to what is in front of you. It only has two buttons on it, one is a home button and the other one takes you to the sonar mode and other options.

In the first version, I found it very difficult to charge. It came with a separate component that connected to the band then the micro USB fit into the module. Even in its original configuration, the Sunu band was more than just a sonar device. It also had a built in vibrating watch. Now, if you had never been exposed to how a vibrating watch works, there is a little bit of a learning curb to figuring out the time. Through a series of vibrations, you could actually tell what time it was right down to the minute. Well, I really never quite caught on to that part of it until the newer version of the Sunu Band was introduced.

The newer version looked the same except that the way you charge it is quite a bit easier. The module was done away with and replaced with just a simple Micro USB charging port. Also, the updated version has a companion app for the IPhone. Once downloaded and sync to the Sunu Band there were multiple options available for the user. For example, on the app there is a dashboard that can tell you how much charge your Sunu Band has left. There are settings available in the app such as setting the intensity of the sonar detection vibration and turning voice feedback on or off. I have it on, mainly, because it allows me to learn the different features and know verbally which mode the band is in, In addition, it allows me to learn the band features more easily. The voice will work even when you are not in the app. You can be doing anything else on the iPhone and if you press the home button your Sunu Band will say home.

Another feature included in the new Sunu Band is a compass, which can come in handy especially in an indoor setting. If you are in a large room and you know which direction the door is located, you do not have to worry about getting turned around. The compass feature will allow you to be able to orient yourself in the direction of the door.

The Sunu Band also has the ability to find your IPhone. I dropped my iPhone one day and could not find it. I got the Sunu Band and pressed the home button, then double tapped on the face of the band and my iPhone began whistling at me. I found the phone easily.

There is also a place finder feature which I have not really explored at this time. But basically, you can find what is around you using the app. Also included in the app is a pedometer. This allows you to set your target steps per day and track your movements. I need to do this to see how many steps I take when I go around the block, and it is a very large block where I live.

Getting back to the watch feature, you can also set alarms which is pretty cool. It reminds me of the James Bond era. The app also has interactive guide which assist you in learning the band. All in all the updated version of the Sunu Band is worth taking a second look.

From their web site which is; www.sunu.io

> Using radar and augmented reality, Sunu Band enables people who are low vision and blind to travel with confidence. Advanced haptic feedback guides your way around any obstacle, and navigation sensors connect you to the world that’s around you.
Ombines sonar-echolocation technology with precision haptic vibration feedback to enable the users to sense objects and obstacles within their environment. Sunu band combines powerful built-in sensors with our smart mobile app that adds continuous functionalities - providing full customizability and control for the user.

The Sunu Band is currently 299 dollars. Yes, pretty pricy, but it is so much more than just a pretty face!

Computer Tech 101

By Jim Morgan
Jim@TheBlindPerspective.com

Okay folks, due to some issues I’ve had over the last few months, I’m going to ask Sherman to set the Way back Machine to a previous topic for some additions and clarifications. Specifically, I’m talking about the Digital Talking Book Player most of us have received, and use, from the Library of Congress.

The first thing is that you always want to ensure that your Firmware, which is the software that runs the Player itself, is up to date; or at least reasonably up to date. As of now, the latest release is 2.1.14. In case you’re wondering how to check this important piece of information, what you do is to, first, remove all cartridges and flash drives from the Player and then hit the Sleep button, it’s shaped like a crescent moon, 10 times and the Player will read off your Model, Serial Number, and, of course, the Firmware version. Why is this relevant you might ask. Well, I had an issue with a book not playing correctly and found that my Firmware was a tad old. Updating the Firmware to the latest version solved the playback problem for that book.

This brings me to my next point of what to do should your Player stop reading a Flash Drive following a Firmware Update. What you need to do is reset your Profile on the Player. The way you do this is to turn the Player off, as with checking the Firmware Version, remove all Cartridges and Flash Drives, hold down all 3 “Up Arrows”, I’m referring to Volume, Tone, and Speed, and, while holding these three keys down, turn on the Player. It will tell you that a New Profile has been Created. You can then put the Flash Drive back in after turning the Player off and on and it should then read the Drive with no problem. What this actually does is to “delete” the book history in the Player so that when the drive is inserted, it reads it like its seeing the drive for the first time. Of course, this does absolutely nothing to the contents of the flash drive and can be done as many times as you want, although once should take care of it.

So, a good troubleshooting procedure is to first check your Firmware and update if necessary. Secondly, reset your Profile. If a problem still persists, contact your local Library or, via E-mail, Talking Books Technical Support. There’s a link on the BARD site for these folks. I’ve “spoken” with them on a number of occasions and they’re nice folks who’ll help in any way they can to resolve your problem. I recently thought there might be a problem with the audio of a book I have. The title is unimportant, but I’ll tell you if you really want to know. Anyway, there was a funny repeat of phrases out of context about 5 hours into the book. I E-mailed Tech Support and they checked it for me. They found that it was an issue with the master recording so they sent it to Quality Assurance. Since the problem is only about 4 minutes, total, in length, QA said they wouldn’t pull the book nor re-record it since the problem really wasn’t worth correcting in their estimation. While I would have preferred the problem get corrected, I can understand their point of view. The point of the story is that the Tech Support folks checked it themselves and, finding a problem, bumped it up the chain to the appropriate parties and then sent me a message letting me know of QA’s decision.

Incidentally, I want to dispel a rumor that some of you might have heard. That is that the Advanced Digital Player is “going away” and there will only be Basic Players available. According to Don Olmstead (apologies if I misspelled his name), you know, the guy who puts out the alerts if BARD is going to go down, advised me when I put the question to the Tech Support folks that the Advanced Player is not “going away” and will be with us for the foreseeable future. He did say, however, that they’re working on the next generation of Players NOW. He said that they are in Design and Testing and it would probably be years before we see one. My understanding is that they’re going to be to the Players we have now what the Players we have now are to the Cassette Players; in other words, a quantum leap in the technology. So, we have something exciting to look forward to but, due to the process that needs to be used for something like this, it’ll be a while before we see anything.

Speaking of technical innovations, I recently ran into an interesting problem. I accidentally got 2 128 GB flash drives to use with my player; I was only intending to get 1, but, oh well, they were on sale. The reason I was getting 128 GB drives was that the 32 GB I was using for a particular genre of books was getting full and the price differential between a 64 GB drive and a 128 GB drive was negligible. Anyway, what I found out was that the player likes “older” flash drives. What I’m talking about is the USB version of the drive; the Player seems to like version 2.0. When you purchase the drive, it should say somewhere what the USB version is. Also, I found that if I simply removed the files I didn’t want from the drive without reformatting it, since they usually come pre-formatted, it worked. The drive that I did reformat, however, would no longer work on the Player. It would work everywhere else, including my old PC, which is Windows XP; it just wouldn’t work on the player. The machine I formatted it with is a 2 year old Windows 7 64-Bit PC and I used a formatting utility to make sure the File System was the same as the other drives I use on my Player, but, as I said, my old machine could still access the drive just fine and the Player could not. I suspect that in the future, this issue will either be bypassed by other technology or corrected so that any flash drive can be used. Although, even now, drives as big as 128 GB can be used and, I suspect, that, if it were available, a 256 GB drive would work; assuming the Player could read it like the 3 128 GB drives I use now.

Lastly, if you have gone onto the NLS website and discovered that a certain book has been produced but doesn’t appear on BARD, I can tell you what, in most cases, has happened. This mostly affects books from other Libraries, as in having a DBC number. What I found is that there is a “Certification” process that has to happen before a book is put on BARD for us to download. There is a book that is part of a series that I’ve been waiting for some time to get. The NLS website does not show the book in process and it does have a DBC number. The book in question is being produced by Iowa. Anyway, I asked Tech Support about it and was advised that they had no issues with downloading and uncompacting the book. What we, meaning them and me, realized later is that the Tech Support folks have a higher permission level than we do; of course this makes sense for many reasons. Anyway, I was advised by them of the Certification Process and, if I start getting antsy, I could contact the Library, Iowa, as I said, in this case, directly by using the Find Your Library link on the NLS Website. What this means is that if there is a book that looks like it should be available and isn’t, it is probably still being certified and should be available soon.

Hopefully, you found this look-back at our friend, the Digital Talking Book Player, helpful. Should you have any other questions about it or PC topics in general please send me a message and I’ll try to answer it, one way or the other, as soon as possible. I can be reached through the Blind Perspective website. In the meantime, Happy Computing!

A Time to Plant

By Sue Brazel
Sue@TheBlindPerspective.com

If your garden plants grow in the ground, ideally, you should have the soil contents checked. At a cost, this service is available from many universities that have an emphasis on agriculture. There are other places that analyze soil as well.

Instructions include how to take soil samples and tell you where to send your sample. The results indicate which nutrients should be added to your soil to improve chances of growing healthy plants. The potting soil for container plants is difficult to analyze; it is easier to replace with fresh potting soil.

As you water your plants, nutrients leach out from the soil. Plants take in and use some nutrients for growth, leaving it less fertile. These are reasons soil must be replenished with nutrients such as fertilizers. Organic fertilizers don’t have chemicals that may contribute to environmental issues, while chemical fertilizers are easy to find. Schedules on fertilizers indicate the frequency of application for different types of plants. They also list ratios for mixing powder products with water. Liquid fertilizers are also available.

Most fertilizers are known by three major elements: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). Nitrogen aids in the foliage or leaf development of plants. Phosphorus stimulates root growth. Potassium helps keep plants vigorous and growing. Products containing the major elements list percentage amounts on the container. Other elements may be beneficial, but not all fertilizers contain micronutrients.

Generally speaking, organic fertilizers release nutrients over a period of time, improving the odds of creating healthy soil. Chemical fertilizers can be absorbed by plants soon after application, giving plants a quick boost, but do little to aid soil structure. Absorption of nutrients is most efficient through plant leaves, not the roots, so you may notice that by spraying the correct amount of fertilizer, you appear to have robust plants. By fertilizing plants at the most critical times for development, apply when transplanted, when they bloom and when fruit comes on.

Most outdoor plants become dormant in the cold weather months, so won’t need to be fertilized as often as they do during their growing season. A good idea for square foot gardens is to put organic mulch on the soil, protecting the plants and adding nutrients which can be absorbed by the soil. Indoor plants can be helped with a layer of mulch, helping them retain moisture in the atmosphere of a dry house.

If, after the current growing season, you decide to toss the plants out, preferably to a compost pile, the planting pot(s) can be saved for new plants at a later time. Some people reuse the old potting soil, but experts recommend starting with new soil. To keep bacteria and fungus from harming your next plants, clean pots at the end of the growing season. First, empty out plant material and soil. Pots (not plastic ones!) could be baked in a low temperature oven for about an hour, then cooled and stored. Pots could be dunked in a mild bleach or vinegar solution, then dried for several days, then stored. If you have a large pot, just wipe it with one of the solutions. Note that it says either bleach or vinegar, not both!

Now it is “thyme” for me to get ready for the next plant season. I have to figure out which plants to bring inside during the cold months, which ones to give away, and which plants will be staying outside in the cold.

Alternating Duo: Seeing the World Differently

By Lois Strachan
Lois@TheBlindPerspective.com

“Where am I going on my next vacation? And what am I going to do when I’m there?”
These are the questions that form the starting point of most of my adventures, where and what? And, if you’ve read my last article about lists, you probably won’t be surprised to hear they’re going to make another appearance today. But not quite yet.

It’s not like I have a list of countries and simply check each one off as I go there. Well, I guess I kind of do. After all, when I was very young I told my parents that I wanted to go everywhere and meet everyone in the entire world. So, I suppose I kind of do have that list, only it’s not written down and checked off, I promise you.

So, if I’m not checking off a list, how do I choose where to go next?
Basically, I look at other important events and where they’re happening. important family events like birthdays, weddings, or christenings. I see if either my husband or I have upcoming business events happening in interesting places. And sometimes we choose a destination simply because it sounds interesting or fun.

I went to Poland and Germany in June because my brother was celebrating a significant birthday. I planned my various trips to the USA and Canada several years ago so I could attend the Toastmasters International Convention that’s held in August each year. And my trips to Greece and Italy… Well, those were countries I’d just always wanted to visit.

Selecting the country, or countries, is just the first step. Then the research begins. We study the map and see what cities might form part of our journey. Then we research what there is to see and do in those destinations during the time we’re thinking of travelling. And slowly our itinerary starts to take shape.

Like many others I know, Google is my friend and consequently do much of my research online. I usually spent time googling things like “what to do in (insert country name)”, or “what to see in (insert town or city name), or even “Top 10 things to do in (insert city or town name).”. And yes, you guessed it, this is where those lists make an appearance again. I draw up lists of what to do, what to see, and where to go in each place we’re thinking of visiting. That information determines where we’re going to be based and how long we’ll stay there. With that we start looking at the details; where to stay, how to get from one place to another, and anything else we think might be necessary. Of course, sometimes we need to accept we won’t be able to do everything we want to within the time we have available, but at least we can reassure ourselves with the knowledge that we can always go back to a place if we need to.

I also like to find and read novels that are set in the places we plan to go to. I’ve always been an avid reader so this is no hardship for me, believe me! Between the novels and my google research I’m able to get a feeling for what the destination will be like. That forms the basis for my multi-sensory experience of any new place I visit.

So, at this stage we have our vacation planned and researched, our lists of what we need to take with us drawn up, and we’ve checked the weather so we know we’re packing the right clothing. Now it’s almost time to start the journey, which we’ll do next time.

In a future article I’d like to look at some of the apps you use when you travel as a blind or visually impaired traveler, whether they’re navigation apps, GPS apps, or other apps. I’d love to hear what works for you, even if it’s to travel around your home town, city, state or country. You can e-mail me on the address at the top of this article.
And, till then, travel well!

The Rotating Trio: EyeShare

By Russ Davis
Russ@TheBlindPerspective.com
The Things I Don’t Know I was recently engaged in a debate with some close friends about what the topic for this month’s Eyeshare contribution to The Blind Perspective should be, and as time went on, I was surprised with the resistance to my idea. Not to the topic of the article necessarily, but rather to the title. One friend stated, “The Things I Don’t Know seems so negative, can’t you write about the things you do know how to do”? “Of course,”, I replied, “but where’s the fun in that? That would be focusing on the past and not the future”. As a show of respect to my friends, I will start off with some thoughts about things I have learned in my years here on planet Earth.

I asked myself, if the things I know how to do, as well as the things I don’t, really have a blindness related connection, and I suppose the reality of having a visual impairment since birth leads me to a belief that, in so far as completing certain physical activities, they quite often do. Learning how to complete tasks by using my hands, getting instructions through auditory means and using my other remaining uncompromised senses has just been the way I have lived my life. If, as a small child, I couldn’t see well enough to watch how shoelaces were to be tied, then I had to learn by using my fingers. If I couldn’t see into the pot of water on the stove, to know if the water was boiling, then my hearing was the ticket to knowing that it was time to add the macaroni, or the tea bags, (although not at the same time, because, macaroni tea with cheese just doesn’t taste right, trust me on this one).

As I grew older, I found that my sense of independence and curiosity lured me into attempting tasks that some of my sighted friends and family thought I could not accomplish. Such as, teaching myself how to kayak, fixing a broken air conditioner or water heater, patching a hole in a roof, changing a flat tire, building a computer from all its individual parts, and even cutting my own hair. Even though I still know how to tackle these things, as I said earlier, the “learning how to do them” part is behind me now and so, there’s room to add new items to the list of skills.

One of the reasons I enjoyed writing this article was that, it prompted me to think about some things I’ve yet to learn, but would really love to learn. I can’t believe that, when I stop and think about it, I still don’t know how to operate a gas grill, cook a good steak on a barbeque, set up a tent in the woods, do simple house painting or run a wet/dry vacuum, (and I used to own one of those darn things). I have been around all of those occurrences, but others with better eyesight than me always seemed to be the ones having those experiences. Maybe it’s time for me to stop surrendering life’s experiences to others, and start seizing them for myself.

I’m not saying, that reaching out of your comfort zone and trying new things will always come without some degree of uncertainty, apprehension, self-doubt and fear. there are certainly lots of examples I can provide about myself, such as my prior long-standing reluctance to travel, shop or cross a busy street alone. Those fears are, for the most part, now in my rear-view mirror. It’s impossible for me to get this deep into this article and not wonder what experiences you have always wanted to have, but haven't had yet. Feel free to let me know about your bucket list items and triumphs. I would be so honored to know what they are.

Psychologist and author Susan Jeffers probably gave some of the best motivational advice I know when she said, “feel the fear and do it anyway”. I hear you Susan, now…where’s that chain saw I never learned how to use…I’m sure it’s around here somewhere?

Cooking Concoctions

By Maxine
Maxine@TheBlindPerspective.com

Whether it's a chilly start to your spring or fall here are two yummy side dishes to accompany your dinner table.

Cheesy Cauliflower

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower, washed and in flowerets
1 cup sour cream, divided
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed

Directions:
Cook cauliflower in a 2 quart covered saucepan in 1 inch boiling, salted water, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain well.
Place half cauliflower in a greased casserole dish.
Spread 1/2 cup sour cream over cauliflower.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat layers.
Sprinkle crushed crackers on top.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, or until hot and cheese has melted.

Spice it up: Mix a few drops of your favorite hot sauce or add ¼ tsp of red pepper into the sour cream before adding to the dish.

For the below vegetable dish, if you have fresh herbs, use them! I have also included the microwave directions for this dish.

Herbed Squash
Makes four servings

Ingredients:
2 medium zucchini squash
2 medium yellow squash
1/4 cup olive oil
4 green onions, white part, sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
Rinse and scrub squash. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Place in a large saucepan with 3/4 cup water. Cover. Cook over high heat for about 6 minutes.
Stir once or twice. When just tender crisp, drain. Remove squash and set aside.
In same pan or skillet, heat olive oil.
Stir in green onions. Cook for 1 minute.
Add herbs and vinegar and stir.
Add the squash and toss thoroughly.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Microwave Directions:
Rinse and scrub squash. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Place in a 3 quart microsafe casserole. Add 2 tablespoons water.
Microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes until just tender crisp.
Stir twice. Drain. Place in bowl.
In same casserole, combine olive oil and green onions. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir once.
Add herbs and vinegar, stir well.
Pour over the squash and toss thoroughly.
Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Tips:
There are advantages of microwaving over steaming or boiling vegetables. When you microwave green vegetables, they remain bright green, retain more vitamins and are tender crisp.

Good served with:
Grilled steak or chicken and sourdough rolls.

Riddle & Brain Buster

By Alex Smart
Alex@TheBlindPerspective.com

Riddle

What do you get if you divide 50 by half, and add 20?

Answer to September’s riddle:
Mom and Dad have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the family?
Seven. The four daughters have only one brother, making five children, plus mom and dad.

Brain Buster

A Day at the Beach
Every answer is a word or name that will contain the syllable tan. Example: a peelable fruit; tangerine.

Ill fated ship of 1912.
Bicycle built for two.
Its nickname is big sky country.
Popular song about a Christmas tree.
Tease by over promising.

> Answers to Septembers’ Brain Buster:
Rhyming Trios
Chap, tackle, and drop: snap, crackle, and pop.
Brook, sign, and thinker: hook, line, and sinker.
Bread, height, and drew: red, white, and blue.
Done, June, and jars: sun, moon, and stars.
Freddy, chilling, and stable: ready, willing and able.
Claim, bet, and scratch: game, set, and match.
peg, sorrow, and wheel: beg, borrow, and steal.
Flop, lip, and bump: hop, skip, and jump.

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