Let’s talk tips for July 2019

Let’s Talk Tips for Monday, July 1st 2019 – Volume 10
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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:


1.) Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes
Seven years ago, telecommunications heavyweight Comcast recruited Tom
Wlodkowski to make the company’s services more accessible to people with
disabilities. Wlodkowski came with an impressive list of accomplishments:
He’d run AOL’s efforts to make the internet more functional for people with
visual and physical impairments, and launched a number of services like AIM
Relay, which let people who are deaf or speech-disabled place phone calls.
He’s also blind, which meant he knew firsthand some of the challenges that
people faced when trying to control a television with a standard remote

2.) Hearing Aids Get A Tech Minded Upgrade
Spurred by regulations that will allow over-the-counter sales, hearing-aid
companies are pushing the limits of what their products can be.

3.) Apple’s Global Accessibility Head on the Company’s New Features for iOS
13 and macOS Catalina
From dark mode in iOS 13 to a redesigned user interface in tvOS to the
dismantling of iTunes to the coming of iPadOS, Apple made a slew of
announcements at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote at the
beginning of June. And accessibility was there in full force.

4.) See How Futuristic Home of a Wounded Warrior Has Life-Changing Effects
Rob Jones’ legs were amputated after an attack in Afghanistan in 2010. Now,
his home is giving him an assist to live more independently.

5.) How One Man Made Google Home More Accessible For Anyone
Google engineer, Lorenzo Caggioni, was inspired by his brother with Down
syndrome to make Google Home better for people who don’t speak.


1.) Here’s How to Stay Motivated When You Hit The Gym
Many people hit the gym thinking their body will transform instantly, but as
one fitness trainer points out, it’s more of a long-term commitment. Body
transformation can take months depending on each person’s body type,
according to Jerome Harold, trainer at LA Fitness in Mississauga, Ontario.

2.) Fitness Tips from a Mother and Personal Trainer
In 2014, with a newborn baby in her arms, Brianna Bernard set out to lose
some weight and get her fitness back. Little did she know that just a year
later she’d have lost 107 pounds and changed her life forever. Her newfound
love of fitness and nutrition led the former stay-at-home mom to become a
personal trainer, eventually founding her own online diet and exercise

3.) Eid-ul-Fitr 2019: Tips to Have a Happy and Healthy Feasting
With the Holy month of Ramadan coming towards an end, Eid-ul-Fitr, the most
celebrated festival of Muslims is just around the corner. The festival is
celebrated to end the long fasting month of Ramadan and welcome the month of
Shawwal. With a huge variety of scrumptious varieties laid on the table to
feast, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

4.) Fitness Column: Summer Offers Ideal Time to Embrace Healthy Habits
Finally, summer. Enough said. There’s no better time of year to establish
inroads to better health. Fresh, local produce and warm evening walks are
exactly what the doctor ordered. After enjoying a few balmy evenings take
some time to set the stage for new healthy behaviors.

5.) 5 Women Who Dropped Over 100 Lbs. Share Their Top Tips for Losing Weight
Succinct tips from 5 women who each lost over 100 Lbs.


1.) 3 Social Media Trends That Just Aren’t True (And Why Believing Them Is
For marketers, it’s important to understand apparent shifts in social
behavior. After all, if you base your marketing strategy on incorrect
assumptions, you’ll have a hard time meeting your goals. Unfortunately, the
headlines don’t always get it right when it comes to analyzing social

2.) Facebook Will Remove Certain Business Page Info Sections as of August
1st 2019
The only constant in Facebook marketing is change, and The Social Network
has outlined a new business Page update which will see the removal of
certain Page information sections as of August 1st 2019, with prompts urging
Page admins to integrate those fields into other sections.

3.) How to Set Up and Use Twitter Lists: 9 Great Ideas
There’s a simple way to organize your Twitter feed into targeted topics, so
you can always keep up with the most important conversations in your
industry: Twitter lists. No matter how many people you’re following on
Twitter, lists offer sanity-saving organization and targeting. They also
allow you to engage more effectively and keep secret tabs on the
competition. Here’s a quick primer on how to set up Twitter lists.

4.) How the Instagram Algorithm Works in 2019 (And How to Work With It)
Here’s the thing to remember: Instagram’s primary goal is to maximize the
time users spend on the platform. Because the longer users linger, the more
ads they see. So directly or indirectly, accounts that help Instagram
achieve that goal are rewarded. But that’s a pretty broad statement. And
it’s easy to misinterpret. To help clear up misconceptions, in June 2018
Instagram invited journalists to a press briefing in San Francisco, where
their product team explained how the algorithm works.

5.) LinkedIn Officially Launches Photo Tagging, Adds Video Within Messaging
LinkedIn has been adding a heap of new features of late, including
Reactions, live-streaming, even its own, initial iteration of Stories (for
higher education users only). And now, finally, we have the official launch
of photo tagging.


1.) Tigers versus Dragons – Asia’s Booming E-Commerce Market and the
Challenge to China’s Regional Dominance
Driven by an emerging middle class, movements toward deregulation of
cross-border trade and improvements in technology such as more affordable
mobile internet access, the Asia market represents a huge opportunity for
businesses who want to be a part of the e-commerce success story. But before
choosing which country within Asia to target first, there are a few aspects
to consider as part of an e-commerce route to market.

2.) ‘They Have You in a Cultish Grip’: The Women Losing Thousands to Online
Beauty Schemes
“The main distinction between MLMs and pyramid schemes is MLMs actually have
a product,” says Daryl Koehn, a professor of business ethics at DePaul
University in Chicago. “In pyramid schemes, you’re just selling the
opportunity to make money.” Yet Koehn argues that even when MLMs have
products, they become pyramid schemes if there is a high cost of entry or if
presenters build up inventory they can’t sell.

3.) More Than Half Of Baby-Boomer Job Seekers Say They’ve Faced Age
Discrimination, And It’s Costing Them Work
Baby boomers say age discrimination is holding them back from getting a job.
Around 53% of surveyed, self-described baby boomers say they have felt
discriminated against by an employer due to their age, according to the
job-listing site iHire. The survey is part of a larger report on the state
of hiring for baby boomers.

4.) Asia’s AI Talent Pool Broadens, Except In Japan
Asia is evolving into a popular home of artificial intelligence experts with
China leading the way, but Japan has proved to be an outlier as its talent
pool falls behind the world’s smaller economies in both size and quality.

5.) Kentucky Lags In Quality Of Life For Seniors
Kentucky as a whole doesn’t look so great for seniors in the newest
America’s Health Rankings Report for seniors. The Bluegrass State is ranked
second-last in the nation for senior health, ahead of only Mississippi.


1.) How A Little Wooden Ramp Reshaped An Ontario City
The small city of Kenora has a picturesque harbourfront and a shopping
district lined with turn-of-the-last-century frontier buildings. It’s pretty
as a postcard – but it had a problem. As is the case in many of Ontario’s
smaller communities, the downtown was not accessible for people with
physical disabilities.

2.) ‘I’m The Happiest Person On Earth’: Blind Japanese Sailor Completes
Nonstop Pacific Crossing
A blind Japanese sailor has successfully completed a near two-month, nonstop
voyage from San Diego to Fukushima Prefecture, making him the first person
to make a blind sailing across the Pacific Ocean.

3.) Airlines Vow To Improve Bag Tracking And Ease Travel For People With
At the International Air Transport Association’s recent annual meeting, the
industry trade group passed a handful of resolutions aimed at making the
passenger experience better for everyone. Two of the resolutions that might
make a noticeable difference on your next flight, and on flights into the
future, address bag tracking and accessibility for people with disabilities.

4.) The Blind Lead The Blind At The Pacific Training Centre
Centre specializes in teaching visually impaired people everyday skills to
live an independent life.

5.) New Strategy For A More Accessible And Inclusive Public Service
Canadians expect innovative, efficient and productive programs and services
from an inclusive federal public service that reflects the true diversity of
Canada. On the occasion of National AccessAbility Week, the Government of
Canada today launched its first ever accessibility strategy for the public
service of Canada, setting the conditions to identify, prevent, and remove
barriers in the workplace to persons with disabilities.


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Meet Blindfold Crossword

Are you looking for a product or service that can help to make life easier
for you or a family
member or friend? Or maybe you are looking for a story to help motivate a
family member or friend who is struggling to deal with their loss of vision?
Not sure where to look?
Well, we have a nifty piece of info to share with you this week.
The Sterling Creations team

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If you enjoy working with crossword puzzles then here is yet another way for
you to enjoy!
Please read on.

Meet Blindfold Crossword
(iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Blindfold Crossword is a fully accessible crossword game, for both sighted
and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play. It is based on
the standard crossword puzzle that is a
grid 15 rows by 15 columns.
In Blindfold Crossword, you are given a set of hints and its location in the
grid, and you have to come up with the answer – a word or words – that fits
into the gird, either horizontally or vertically.
When entering a word, it might share letters with other words, so you must
pick answer carefully.
To make the puzzles easier, you can set the difficulty level of the puzzles,
and ask for hints. You can also have the puzzle partially completed, which
helps you learn how to solve a crossword
Blindfold Crossword Puzzle comes with a practice puzzle, and there are
upgrade packs of 100 puzzles each.

Read Blindfold Crossword’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
Visit Blindfold Crossword’s App Store page

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How to make spas more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make spas more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

With more and more retirees, seniors, and persons with special needs making
use of the services of spas, it may be a great time for us to give you some
of our tips so here goes.

1. Make sure that your facilities are easy to navigate. That is, not too
many steps if you can accomplish this.

2. More ramps.

3. Signs on doors that easy to read and identify.

4. Wider doorways to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.

5. Counters and surface areas that are easier to reach.

6. Dining rooms with wider aisles between tables.

7. Well trained staff that can confidently and easily communicate with
persons with special needs.

This should be a good start but this list is by no means complete.

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Meet accessible flash cards

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If you would like to improve your knowledge the flash cards way then this
app is definitely for you.
Please read on.

Accessible flash cards
(iOS, US$1.99)

Study and improve your knowledge using Accessible Flash Cards.
A flash card is a card containing information usually on both sides,
following the question-and-answer format or term-and-definition. They serve
as a learning tool when we want to learn
something or go over any topics or subjects of our interest. They may
include texts, images or a combination of both on either side and their main
purpose is knowledge acquisition memorizing
their content by training sessions.
Write the term on the front of the card and write the definition on the
Create your own collections of flash cards covering topics in language,
chemistry, spelling, geography or anything that you want to study or go
Create your daily or weekly training session choosing how many cards you
want to use in the session and the method to move between cards:
Fast: Read the term, then read the definition and finally go to the next
Normal: Read the term, read and spell the definition and go to the next
Slow: Read the term, read and spell the definition, read the term and the
definition again and finally go to the next card.
Manual: Manage the session using the toolbar to turn, spell, speak and go to
next card.
Export your collections via e-Mail to share them among your devices or your

Current Version: 1.1 (February 15, 2018)
Read Accessible flash cards’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
Visit Accessible flash cards’ App Store page

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A review of The Rosemary and time Restaurant

If you are seeking a real solid family eating place then this is for you.
A review of The Rosemary and time Restaurant

If you are seeking that good old fashioned family restaurant then this one
is definitely for you.
With an ambiance that is truly suited to the family and friends.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

My meals:
Delicious, tasty, and very yummy.
Prices were very economic.

Any suggestions?
We need more restaurants like this one to grace our neighbourhoods.

Contact info:
Located at Vanhorn and Victoria Park

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How to Use the Blind-Friendly Sewing Kit

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How to Use the Blind-Friendly Sewing Kit
January 17, 2019 |
Jessica Hipp
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If you like to sew, the blind-friendly sewing kit has everything you need to
sew independently. It
comes as part of our
Laundry Starter Pack
, one of our most popular products, which also
includes 25 two-hole buttons to tag your clothing with WayAround.
The blind-friendly sewing kit includes a pack of self-threading needles, a
cork, and invisible
thread. Keep reading for a description of each item. We’ll also give you
step-by-step instructions
for how to use it.
Package of five self-threading needles
Self-threading needles: These easy-to-thread needles have a notch at
the top of the needle that allows you to pull the thread down through the
top into the eye. The pack of six includes short, medium, and long
needles. Size 4/8.
Wide, tapered cork
Cork: The tapered cork is wide and stable, not tall and
skinny like a wine bottle cork. The top diameter is 2.25
inches and the bottom diameter is 2 inches. The cork is
1.5 inches tall. Made from 100% natural cork.
Spool of invisible thread.
Invisible Thread: This polyester invisible thread from Sulky works for hems,

baby blankets, and garments. It is soft, and because it is 100% polyester,
it will
not melt with normal ironing on the cotton setting.
Black button with two holes in the center.
25 WayTag Two-hole Buttons: The WayTag 2-hole buttons can be sewn
directly into your garments. They are about the size of a quarter. Like all
our WayTag buttons, they are heat-rated and waterproof, so they can
withstand going through the washer and dryer.
Now that you know what’s included in the Laundry Starter Pack, here’s how
we recommend using it:
Place the wider base of the cork on a table or flat surface.
Choose the appropriate size and weight of needle for your garment. Stick the
sharp end into
the cork, so it stands straight up. The needle has a small opening at the
top, where the thre
ad can slide in.
Person threading a self-threading needle inserted into a cork.
Cut a length of invisible thread. Pull the thread taught, and slide it down
at the top of the need
le. Once it is in the needle’s eye, it should stay in place.
Double the thread and knot the ends.
You’re ready to get stitching!
The WayTag two-hole button and thread can both safely go through the washer
and dryer
without melting or damaging the technology. By the way, if sewing isn’t your
thing, our
oval hole buttons
can be attached to garments with a safety pin.

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How to make trainers more aware – time to tap into an untapped market

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make trainers more aware

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

For this particular topic, I am going to suggest that we look at teamwork.
That is, a combination of student and trainer and it should all start with
the student ensuring that they identify their special need to the trainer
before they decide to take a course.

Here are some points to get you started.
1. The student should be strongly encouraged to communicate before hand with
the perspective trainer or the person in charge of managing a course.

2. It does not really matter what type of course it is; anything from yoga
to math! This is the process that is highly reccommended.

3. the Trainer and student should be given every opportunity to hold
opendiscussions with the student clearly identifying their needs and the
trainer describing the content of said course.

4. The trainer should not be embarrassed to ask any type of question and
should be encouraged to ask, probe, and suggest along the way.

5. The student should not be embarrassed to tell the trainer what they would
need in order to complete the course. IE, text formats, best position in
the class to be seated, assistance with exams, help with online facilities,
and so on.

6. Open discussion between trainer and student is always reccommended
because it fosters good and cordial communication and it helps to iron out
any kinks and uncertainties!

Of course, there is always more but this should be a good start.

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Top app of the week – Meet QuickBooks Self Employed

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same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
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Meet QuickBooks Self Employed
(iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Are you self-employed, a freelancer or an independent contractor? Organize
your finances with QuickBooks Self-Employed and let us help you find your
tax deductions! Put more money in your
pocket with this convenient mile tracker, expense tracker, invoice generator
and tax deductions estimator.
QuickBooks Self-Employed users have found billions in potential tax
deductions by using this automatic mileage tracker, attaching receipts to
business expenses, creating invoices and
categorizing business expenses while separating from your personal finances
and get all the tax refunds a self-employed business owner is entitled to!

Current Version: 4.27.0 (January 26, 2018)
Read QuickBooks Self Employed’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
Visit QuickBooks Self Employed’s App Store page

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Helpful tips for June 2019

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
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Helpful tips for June 2019

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
If you receive a phone call from someone saying that they are offering to
fix your Microsoft computer; please hang up!
It is a scam true and true!
Just some hackers from India trying to invade your privacy and get you to
provide them with your personal details that they can use against you!

An email telling you that you need to collect lots of money from an account
that has been dormant for a few years?
Another scam and if you respond providing details that are being required
then you have just given the keys of your system to a hacker!
Simply delete this email!

A phone call with an automated voice at the other end telling you that your
credit card has been locked because of a $580 unknown or eronious
The automated voice goes on to tell you to press 1 to hear more.
No! Just hang up; this is a complete hoax!

An email from Paypal telling you about a new account that has been added to
your account:
Not true; it is a fake.
If you did not add this account yourself then it is a fake.
Do not make the error to reply!

An automated phone call telling you that there have been changes to your
Visa and Mastercard accounts!You should know by now that any automated phone
call is nothing but a fake!

Well, what is one of the coldest and darkest countries of the world?
It is Norway where its people are also some of the happiest!

Here is a great tip for removing sand from the bottom of your feet after a
day at the beach:
Use baby powder to do the job.
You can also use baby powder anywhere else.

About a cat’s vision:
Cats have excellent distance vision but very poor near vision.

One for the diabetic:
Sugar levels are usually lowest at the start of the day!

About those horrible rats?
They usually make their way into homes during the months of September to


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A Dan Thompson contribution

Gil’s Guide to Home Repairs

ome-repairs/123 Gil Johnson

It never fails. Just when you think everything in your home is running
smoothly, a light bulb goes dim. Or maybe the troublesome bathroom faucet
has started dripping again. And that railing on the basement staircase? It’s
been shaky for a while now. Better see about getting it fixed.

Not too long ago, you may not have thought twice about performing these home
repairs yourself in your spare time. But with the onset of vision loss, such
tasks may seem harder and less safe. It’s natural to feel unsure about
acting as your own handyman, or woman.

It may surprise you to learn that a great many people who are blind or
visually impaired regularly complete such tasks safely and successfully,
often without any assistance or special training. What’s required are some
basic skills and the right tools, backed up by good measures of
self-confidence and persistence.

This section was designed with these needs in mind. Take things a step at a
time and before long you’ll be ready to tackle many of the most common
household repair jobs. Remember, even if you ultimately turn a repair job
over to someone else, it’s always better to know about what should be done
and how to go about it. That knowledge puts you in charge.

In this section, first you’ll find an article on Your Tool Box
and a listing of sources of home repair
and wood working organizations, adapted tools, and accessible books
. Then you’ll find tips on
doing a variety of home repairs-be sure to check back regularly, as this
list will be updated.

If you find yourself in a fix, or have any home repair questions you need
answered, visit our Home Repairs Message Board
to find your

Top Five Reasons Why You Should “Do it Yourself”

1. Because you can.

2. Because it’s another opportunity to demonstrate to yourself and others
that you can live an independent life with vision loss.

3. Because of the rewarding and empowering feeling of accomplishment it
will give you.

4. Because it’s fun.

5. Because it saves money.

*Your Toolbox:

With the exception of projects that call for precise measurements, most
everyday household repair jobs won’t require any special tools adapted for
persons with vision loss. You can find just about everything you need at
your local hardware store or home center. If you find that you do need some
special tools, start your search at the Helpful Products


Basic Tools

Screwdrivers, both straight slot and Phillips

If you’ve done any home repairs at all, you’re familiar with both types of

. Straight slot drivers have flattened tips that fit into screws and
bolts with a dash-shaped slot that runs along the head.

. Phillips drivers have four-pointed tips that fit into screws and
bolts with a plus sign-shaped slot at the head.

. The tips of screwdrivers are numbered from 1 to 4, depending on
the width and thickness of the tip. For most home repair purposes, a 2 or a
3 tip is adequate.

. Screwdriver handles come in differing shapes and sizes. Select the
handle that best fits your hand.

Tip: Try using a screwdriver with four or more exchangeable tips. The
advantage is that you’ll have one tool to keep track of, instead of several.


. There are many varieties of hammers on the market, from small
lightweight “tack” hammers to heavy framing hammers.

. Most have claws (straight or curved) opposite the hammer head,
which are useful for pulling out nails and prying up boards.

. For most home repair projects, a tack hammer and a standard
16-ounce hammer are most useful.

Tip: Steel handles are preferable to wooden ones. Wooden handles can break
if stressed. Also wooden handles can dry out, which can cause the hammer
head to fly off during use.

Pliers and Wrenches

. A standard pair of pliers, or channellock pliers, and a set of
adjustable crescent wrenches (that includes 8-, 10-, and 12-inch sizes)
should be sufficient for your tool box.

Tip: Vice grip pliers, which lock onto the object you’re working on and
thereby serve as a third hand, are a nice addition to your tool box.

Other Things to Keep Around

. A wide assortment of screws, bolts, and nails, so you can be
prepared for the unexpected.

. Duct tape, which is good for holding objects in place so you can
work with accuracy.

. A can of spray-on lubricant (like WD-40) for loosening stuck
hinges, dials, and gears.

Safety First

. When working on anything electrical-even something as simple as
replacing a light bulb-be sure that the electricity is turned off and the
bulb has cooled before you begin.

. Explore the area around the project before you begin. Check over
the work area visually and with your hands, giving objects a light touch.
You will learn much and are not likely to injure yourself.

. Select the tools and parts you think you will need in advance.
Place items in a small open carrying box secured in a convenient location.
Always put tools back in the box once you’ve finished using to them to avoid
accidents and misplaced items.

* Resources for Home Repair and Woodworking

The following books on home repair are available through the National
Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
at the Library of Congress,


This is a program that provides books on cassettes and digital cartridges
for free for eligible persons. To make it easy to find and request the
books, you’ll find author, title, and call number below.

. Lipinski, Edward R. A Season-By-Season Guide for Maintaining Your
Home. RC 54745

. Jones, Peter. Indoor Home Repairs Made Easy. RC14420

. Kennedy, Terry. Fix It Before It Breaks Seasonal Checklist Guide
to Home Maintenance. RC 59610

. Vandervort, Donald W. The Home Problem Solver: The Essential
Homeowner’s Repair and Maintenance Manual. RC 52518

. Jackson, Albert. Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-To. RC 59731

Reader’s Digest has published a number of general home repair reference
guides, as well as publications on specific topics. One that might prove
helpful is The Reader’s Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual, published by
the Reader’s Digest Association and recorded by Learning Ally
(formerly Recording for the Blind &



Community-based, Home Improvement, and Woodworking Groups

. Many mid-sized and large communities have home improvement and
woodworkers’ clubs comprised of individuals who have an interest in home
repairs and woodworking projects. Some are focused on sharing information
and techniques, while others are more social. These can be informative and
enjoyable, depending on the willingness of members to describe their
projects and techniques. They can be located by consulting Directory
Assistance or inquiring at building supply outlets.

. Tip: Most of the members of these organizations have little
experience with persons who have limited or no vision. Individuals in these
groups can, however, often be very helpful once they understand what a
person with a visual impairment may need and what skills you possess. Being
clear about what you may be able to see (if you have some residual vision)
and the techniques you have already figured out for yourself is critical to
getting the help and coaching you may need.

Sources of Training

. Some state and private rehabilitation centers, state schools for
the blind, and Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Centers



. offer training for blind and visually impaired persons using a
woodworking shop as the teaching laboratory. For resources in your immediate
area, you can check the AFB Directory of Services


. In many parts of the country, you can hear a nationally syndicated
call-in radio program called On the House

* http://www.onthehouse.com/sections/radioshow/

. Hosts James and Morris Carey and their guest experts have
extensive experience with home repair and construction projects. Callers
inquire about a wide range of topics and the Carey brothers answer questions
respectfully and with humor. The website contains a wide range of helpful
tips for accomplishing simple to complex home repair and construction tasks


. Tip: Although this program is not specifically directed to persons
with vision loss, the Carey Brothers try to understand the experience and
skills callers have. Being clear with them about what you may be able to see
(if you have vision) or the skills you have acquired if you have no vision
will enable them to respond thoughtfully to your inquiry.

. The American Council of the Blind hosts a web-based radio show
called The Blind Handyman .

* http://www.blindhandyman.com/


. The hosts, who are blind, discuss a variety of home repair topics
and sponsor the Blind Handyman Listserv


. Woodworking for the Blind members have access
to over 500 hours of recordings of fine woodworking magazines on a
members-only website.

* http://ww4b.org/

. Individual membership is open to all persons who are blind,
visually impaired or physically handicapped. There is also an active
listserv in which members exchange questions and suggestions regarding
woodworking projects, techniques, and tools.


28 Ways to Chop Your Grocery Bill
Need a foolproof way to cut your food/grocery expenses by 25 percent this
month? Announce to your family that there will be a complete ban on the
consumption of food during the first week of every month. There. That should
it! 25 percent right off the top.
What?! Don’t think you can pull that off? Me either, but not to worry. Here
are some
less painful—and I hope a bit more realistic—ways to get a handle on your
1. Make out your shopping list at home when you are hungry. You will be more
creative and thorough.
2. Never shop when hungry. You will be compelled to buy everything in site
regardless of what’s on your list.
3. Leave the kids home. You will stick to your shopping list with much less
frustration and stress if you fly solo.
4. Don’t shop at convenience or specialty stores. You won’t find many
bargains there.
5. Enlist a kid. When you need to make milk and produce runs between your
regular major shopping trips, make a precise list and
engage the services of an errand runner (like a responsible child.)
6, Adding a pinch of salt to milk will make it last longer. Salt retards the
growth of bacteria that makes milk turn sour.
7. Avoid leftovers. Your good intentions to make enough for lunch tomorrow
too, will more than likely insure you growing biology
specimens in the back of the fridge.
8. prepare just what you will consume at one meal. (Exception: If you
prepare an entire extra casserole to freeze for some later
date, I don’t consider that leftovers; that’s a great idea.)
9. Stretch fruit juice. Mix 50/50 with generic brand club soda or seltzer.
10. Stretch concentrated fruit juice. Always add one can of water more than
instructions state. You will be pleasantly surprised
when you detect little difference if any.
11. Drink water. Your doctor will love you and so will your food bill. Keep
a pitcher of chilled water in the fridge. Rave about its
wonderful qualities to your young children. They’ll think it’s a treat if
you are convincing enough.
12. Eliminate choices at meals. Stick to your plan and let your family know
that from now on there will be only two choices: take it
or leave it.
13. Come up with creative menu titles for what otherwise might be considered
plain and boring: Baked Potato Bar; Chef Salad
Night; Bits and Pieces (my kids favorite meal when they were little, thanks
to Jean Frazier, the world’s most loving and creative
baby-sitter): any combination of things in the fridge cut up to bite-size,
cleverly arranged on a plate and ceremoniously sprinkled with seasoned salt.
14. Smorgasbord Night (a glorious array of this and that; you know …
leftovers that you couldn’t even think of throwing away);
Hors d’oeuvres and Mocktails. You get the idea.
15. Learn to make homemade snacks. Popcorn is easy to make and is usually
inexpensive if you buy the kernels and pop it
yourself from scratch.
16. Buy in bulk. This will cut down your trips to the grocery and will often
save as much as 50 percent of the unit cost.
17. Reorganize your kitchen and pantry. Find
places outside of kitchen to store dry and canned goods. Repackage large
amounts into small units.
18. Consider generic and store brands. Some generic items are awful and
others are exactly the same product as the name
brand. Do some experimenting, especially if your store offers “satisfaction
guaranteed!” If you don’t like it they may
let you exchange.
19. Shop the perimeter of supermarket. This is where you will typically find
the produce, meat and dairy. The center aisles are the
prepackaged and preprocessed high-priced items, a.k.a. the danger zone.
20. Keep a price book. Start keeping a notebook which lists the prices of
regularly purchased items at various stores. Keep it with
you so that as you see specials or ads you’ll be able to determine whether
it is really a bargain or not.
21. Avoid shopping on the first day or two of the month. Some stores have
been known to raise their prices during the time
Welfare and Social Security checks come out.
22. Shop midweek. According to studies, on Wednesdays, most supermarkets
reduce prices on food that is about to expire. This
is also the day that the majority of stores start their new sales.
23. Shop the sales. Check grocery ads for specials, then base your week’s
meals on what is on sale. The closer you can stick to
buying only what’s on sale, the more
you’ll cut your costs.
24. Odd hours are good. Shop late in the day, then ask the butcher, bakery
and produce person if there is anything they will be
marking down. You’ll be surprised how helpful they can be and you’ll get the
best of the sale items.
25. Don’t shop when you are exhausted. You will not be as disciplined or
26. Always use powdered milk in baking. If recipe calls for cream or
condensed milk, use only half the usual amount of water you
would use with the dry milk.
27. Purchase foods when they are in season, especially produce. But buy
off-season meats; typically, roasts are sale items during
summer months as steaks tend to be popular while roasts are not. Buy the
sale meats and freeze. If you buy a large piece of meat,
cut it into portions for quick thawing later.
28. Weigh all produce even if it is priced per item. You won’t believe the
difference in weight of the pre-bagged carrots, for
instance. Even with a weight printed on the bag, the real weight may be
quite different (and it can be provided it is not less
than printed). Heads of lettuce priced individually can differ in weight by
as much as half a pound.
(Everyday Cheapskate)


From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Metro stations in Montreal

Previously I told you about my travels on the Toronto subway and now it is
time for me to tell you about my travels on the Montreal metro. It is not
as noisy as the Toronto subway and it is faster.

Stops are announced in both languages; English and French as the metro
arrives at each metro station which helps greatly. However, I will say that
some of the metro stations are not as accessible for persons with
disabilities as others.

I remember that there are very steep stairs leading down to the platforms of
some of these stations which make it quite a challenge for persons with
disabilities. I always enjoy traveling on a Montreal metro when I have the

For the most part, metro stations are kept clean and the traffic inside the
stations are not as horrific as it is in Toronto. I consider this to be a
big plus for Montreal.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

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