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HiCAMPBELLSWORLD VISITORS!!! Here’s another most awesome magazine! Thanks Lori for allowing your wonderful work to appear on campbellsworld. We’re proud to have you along.

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April 2017

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*** Contents:

This month’s sponsor

From the editor, Lori Motis:

New and used: From greeting cards, and books to electronic equipment

and more.

Wanted, for trade, and/or to Give away.

Services and training


Business and employment opportunities.

*** This month’s columns:

What is Easter Sunday?

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Choosing the hotel that best

suits my needs by Donna J. Jodhan.

Blind man walking: Why I use the name Servant Warrior by Joshua Loya

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Several egg recipe options for brunch.

Living with low vision: Reflections on Easter By Donna Williams

Yarn, hook, and needle: By Phyllis Campbell

Posting to the Blind Post News.

Funnies this month are from Bible Jokes & Riddles | Funny Christian

Jokes, Humor, & Biblical Riddles September 21, 2009 by Ben.

*** A big round of applause for this month’s sponsor:

## The April Blind Post is being sponsored by the Amazing Grace of God!

The Good News that Jesus Christ rose from the grave after suffering on

the cross for the sins of the world, is celebrated this coming

Resurrection Sunday. All Christian Believers will be heard shouting

“He has risen. He has risen indeed. Death where is your victory. Death

where is your sting. Jesus our Lord has risen indeed.”

My hope for each of you this season is that you would come to know

Jesus. Yes, I am so very thankful to have the freedom to share the

Good News in this great United States of America. Many Christians are

being persecuted around the world. While we do have this freedom, we

need to encourage one another and share the Gospel. Jesus is coming

back one day and let’s be ready.

## John 3:16New King James Version (NKJV)

16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that

whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

## The G.O.S.P.E.L Message Explained

## George Bennard was an American hymn composer and preacher. He is

best known for composing the famous hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross”.

Born: February 4, 1873, Youngstown, OH Died: October 10, 1958, Reed City, MI

The old rugged cross


 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

  The emblem of suff’ring and shame,

And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best

  For a world of lost sinners was slain.

  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

  And exchange it some day for a crown.


 Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

  Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,

  To bear it to dark Calvary.

  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

  And exchange it some day for a crown.


 In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

  A wondrous beauty I see;

For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

  To pardon and sanctify me.

  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

  And exchange it some day for a crown.

## The Gospel Association for the Blind, a Christian non-profit

organization whose main purpose is “to win the blind for Christ, and

train and equip them to win their fellow blind.” This mission is a

quote from our charter more than fifty years ago. Since our humble

beginnings, God’s precious word has been spread to the blind

throughout the United States and most countries of the world. We truly

minister to “the darkest of all dark missionary fields.”

The Gospel Association for the Blind offers a wide range of topics

such as Bible studies, biographies, fiction and current issues,

science, music and many other subjects for your enjoyment. Services

are free and offered in print, cassette or Braille. Downloadable audio

format is coming soon!

The Gospel Association for the Blind provides a free monthly tape

magazine “The Gospel Messenger”. We also have a lending library filled

with braille and recorded materials. Each year we sponsor a Bible

centered camp.

The Gospel Association for the Blind

                P.O. Box 1162

Bunnell, FL 32110

(386)586-5885 – Fax: (386)586-5886

May each of you be filled with Almighty God’s Awesome Love and Grace.

Lori AKA Food Lady

*** Funnies: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:

but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

*** From the editor, Lori Motis:

Hello everyone!

April showers bring May flowers, and lots of swollen rivers and lakes,

not to mention creeks, and even small streams that were not there

before. Yes, here in Idaho we are experiencing record flood stage

levels at the Boise River and many other waterways throughout our Gem

State. Hmmm maybe those precious gems will float to the surface.

The ducks, around my home, are all twitterpated; Quacking from dawn to

dusk. Temps have been in the upper 60s, which is grand walking

weather. That began in March, and as usual, everyone was fooled into

an early spring and began preparing their gardens, planting

vegetables, only to be bitten by frost this past weekend with the

temps going below freezing. Funny how folks are so quick to forget

this fact each year.

Well now, onto the April news. Lots of great articles and notices this

month. You won’t want to miss a word. Please let folks know you read

their submission on the Blind Post. It helps the news, and also, my

writers love hearing from you. Thanks for sharing theBlind Post. I

have new subscribers and new visitors to the website. I also love

hearing from you.

Just a quick note: I am trying to work on updating the website with

the past month’s news articles. I apologize for being slow on this. I

have had a lot of extra stuff that I am walking through, but want to

get back to that task soon. I will try to email an update, when I have

the past issues uploaded.

Peace be with all of you,

Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis

Publisher and editor

*** Funnies: Q.   How do you make Holy Water?

  1. Get regular water and boil the devil out of it.

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*** Funnies: Q.   Who was the greatest female businessperson in the Bible?

  1. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and

drew out a little prophet. (profit)

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appreciate it. I dont have a lot of money but would really like to

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*** Funnies: Q.   When was meat first mentioned in the Bible?

  1. When Noah took Ham into the ark.

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*** Funnies: Q. Why did God create man before woman?

  1. Because He didn’t want any advice on how to do it.

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We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people

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We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you

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## therapy bits is a blog written by an irish woman who is totally

blind and who lives with the mental illnesses, dissociative identity

disorder and complex ptsd.  The blog chronicles my life, the ups and

downs of having these illnesses, as well as my journey through

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feedback or follow my journey.

## Eyes On Success radio shows & podcasts:

1713 Ultra Sports Challenges (Mar. 22, 2017)

Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mount Everest, has

released a new book called “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to

Kayak the Grand Canyon”. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with him

about his adventures and about “No Barriers”, an organization he

co-founded whose mission is to help people with challenges face

barriers head on.

1714 Blind Software Engineer (Mar. 29, 2017)

Computers are very accessible to the visually impaired these days.

There are also many attractive employment opportunities for those with

computer-related skills, particularly if they know how to program.

Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Tom Shults, a blind engineer,

about his career and how he uses these skills in developing new

hardware devices.

As usual, the audio and show notes can be found at: and the podcast is also available on iTunes.

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for blind and visually impaired persons. If you like

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Or you can call our office 434 767 4080. and leave a message. Someone

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We are wi/fi equipped and have a selection of games and books. All

rooms have small refrigerators, too. Come and join the fun. Call early

to make your reservations. We have a group of sighted people, too. We

also rent the facility for reunions and organization meetings and

luncheons. So,

come on and give me or the lodge a call.

*** Funnies: Q. Where is the first math homework problem mentioned in

the Bible?

  1. When God told Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply.

*** Business and employment opportunities:

## Are you looking for something that will give you flexible time with

family, supplement your income, or allow you to be financially free?

          Let me and those on my team show you how!

Please contact me at or 323-335-8181

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*** Funnies: Q. Why did Noah have to punish and discipline the

chickens on the Ark?

  1. Because they were using “fowl” language.

*** What is Easter Sunday?

## Answer:  There is a lot of confusion regarding what Easter Sunday

is all about. For some, Easter Sunday is about the Easter Bunny,

colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. Most people

understand that Easter Sunday has something to do with the

resurrection of Jesus, but are confused as to how the resurrection is

related to the Easter eggs and the Easter bunny.

 Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between the

resurrection of Jesus Christ and the common modern traditions related

to Easter Sunday. As a background, please read our article on the

origins of Easter. Essentially, what occurred is that in order to make

Christianity more attractive to non-Christians, the ancient Roman

Catholic Church mixed the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection with

celebrations that involved spring fertility rituals. These spring

fertility rituals are the source of the egg and bunny traditions.

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus was resurrected on the first day

of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John

20:1,19). Jesus’ resurrection is most worthy of being celebrated (see

1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Jesus’ resurrection to

be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which Jesus’ resurrection is

celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to

do with Jesus’ resurrection on a Sunday.

 As a result, many Christians feel strongly that the day on which we

celebrate Jesus’ resurrection should not be referred to as “Easter

Sunday.” Rather, something like “Resurrection Sunday” would be far

more appropriate and biblical. For the Christian, it is unthinkable

that we would allow the silliness of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny

to be the focus of the day instead of Jesus’ resurrection.

 By all means, celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Christ’s resurrection is something that should be celebrated every

day, not just once a year. At the same time, if we choose to celebrate

Easter Sunday, we should not allow the fun and games to distract our

attention from what the day should truly be all about—the fact that

Jesus was resurrected from the dead, and that His resurrection

demonstrates that we can indeed be promised an eternal home in Heaven

by receiving Jesus as our Savior.

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*** Funnies: Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?

  1. He was Ruthless.

*** From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan

## Choosing the hotel that best suits my needs

As a blind traveler, one of the most important things for me to do

before I leave home is to ensure that the hotel I stay at will be able

to meet my needs.

So here is how I go about doing this.

Before I even make my reservation, I ask the hotel if they cater to

the needs of a blind person.  I never assume that they do it; for if I

were to do this

I would be very disappointed.  So as they say, I take the initiative.

My checklist includes:

Making sure that a staff member can give me an orientation to my room.

That is, to show me how to operate the TV, and where the outlets are


Next to orientate me to the tubes in the bathroom for it is often

difficult for me to decipher shampoo from conditioner and body wash

from body lotion.

Then I ask for an orientation to the in hotel restaurant and then to the pool.

Finally I ask for a very brief description of restaurants around the hotel.

Nine out of ten times hotel staff are very helpful and considerate and

help is often at my fingertips.  This is the formula that works for me

and I hope

that it can help you too.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit

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*** Funnies: Q. What do they call pastors in Germany ?

  1. German Shepherds.

*** Blind man walking by Joshua Loya:

## I have been asked on several occasions why I use Servant Warrior as

a screen name, and if there is any significance or story behind it.

Here is an explanation excerpted from some recent journaling. I hope

you find it of interest. Please feel free to email me with any

questions about this article or anything else that comes to mind. I

may not be quick at responding, but I should respond eventually.

It was 2009. I was putting my life back together. Andrea and I had

been separated for close to a year, if not more. I had finally

accepted that I had to get better for me. I couldn’t get better in

order to win her back. I had to be willing to walk through the fire,

even if she never wanted me. I knew I had a hard road ahead of me. I

still do. Despite the fact Andrea and I have reunited, I still need to

walk forward for my own sake. Personal development through martial

arts or fitness or meditation or surrender to a religious ideal must

be something personal, or it will serve to be a source of frustration

and grief, worse than the thing you are trying to fix. All the

training is worthless, if you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

There will be gains, to be sure, but you will never calm the storm in

your own heart. Surrender. This is the first step. Walking it through

is next. Both will be ongoing and last your entire life.

It was at the time I realized this that I had an obligation. Some

might even describe it as a calling. I needed to live my life fully,

and I needed to share my story as I went. One of the first stepson

this path of sharing my story was creating a Twitter account. What

would my username be? This was a much more difficult decision than

some might imagine it to be. I had previously gone by the name of

Vapour Wiseblood, and while that name has some significance for me, it

had a lot of negativity attached to it. I needed something that would

inspire me, as well as anyone who might follow my exploits. I also

wanted to choose a name that wouldn’t suggest arrogance that I had

arrived and could never grow beyond my current level of maturity and

mastery of life. I also recognized that I would make mistakes along

the way, and I didn’t want to choose a name that would turn me into a

hypocrite when I inevitably dropped the ball.

I thought of what things inspired me. I had always been intrigued by

martial arts and stories of warriors, even before I began my own

martial arts journey. I also knew that service was an important ideal

of mine. An important image for me is Jesus washing the feet of his

disciples at the Last Supper. The Son of God was washing the feet of

mere mortals, one of whom would shortly betray him. Jesus was doing

the work of a slave, despite his position. Upon further research, I

discovered that one of the translations of the word samurai is “one

who serves”.

I chose Servant Warrior. This ideal of power and selflessness reminds

me what direction I should go. It doesn’t mean I always hit the mark.

In fact, sometimes I really blow it. The point is that I have a

compass heading for my ongoing journey. As I work with the master to

temper me and make me battle ready, it helps me understand where I

must apply pressure, and where I must allow my metal to cool. My goal

is to be a sword cutting through mediocrity, depression, and

powerlessness. I do not want to break under the strain of moving

forward, and I want to help others strive for a similar ideal.

Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.

You can learn more about him on his web site:

and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior

You are also welcome to email him at

*** Funnies:     Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

  1. Samson. He brought the house down.

*** Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

Around this time of year there are many churches that serve a potluck

breakfast or brunch. Also many folks have family and friends over for

brunch after the services. Here are a few egg options that you might

want to consider.


This recipe makes 24 deviled egg halves.  This is an old favorite.

Hard cook the eggs 1 day in advance, then stuff them the morning you

plan on serving them.

12 large eggs, hard cooked, peeled, and halved lengthwise

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

¼ teaspoon hot sauce

Salt and pepper

3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Paprika for garnish

Step 1.  Remove yolks from hard cooked eggs and reserve whites.

Step 2.  In bowl, mash yolks with fork, or sieve yolks into bowl.

Step 3.  Add remaining ingredients, except milk and paprika.

Step 4.  Stir well to combine, adding just enough milk to reach

desired consistency.

Step 5.  Mound filling in whites and sprinkle with paprika.

Step 6.  Arrange eggs on serving platter.


Fresh eggs

Step 1.  Place eggs in saucepan.

Step 2.  Add enough cold water to come 1 inch above eggs.

Step 3.  Heat the water rapidly to boiling.

Step 4.  Remove from heat.  Cover and let stand 20 to 24 minutes.

Step 5.  Immediately cool eggs in cold water to prevent additional cooking.

Step 6.  Tap egg to crackle shell.

Step 7.  Roll egg between hands to loosen shell.  Hold the egg under

running cold water to help ease off shell.


This recipe serves 8 to 10.

2 cups frozen hash browns

10 hard cooked eggs, sliced

8 link sausages, cooked and cut in thirds

8 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained

2 small cans cheddar cheese soup

1soup can milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2.  Coat a 9 by 13 inch pan with nonstick spray.

Step 3.  Layer the potatoes, sausages, eggs, and mushrooms.

Step 4.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.

Step 5.  Combine the soup and milk and pour over the casserole.

Step 6.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.


This recipe serves 8

1 pound bulk pork sausage

6 eggs

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

6 slices white bread, cut into ½  inch cubes

1 cup, 4 ounces, shredded cheddar cheese

Step 1.  Crumble sausage and brown in a skillet.

Step 2.  Drain, blot with a paper towel and set aside.

Step 3.  In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt and mustard.

Step 4.  Stir in bread cubes, cheese and sausage.

Step 5.  Pour into a 9 inch square baking dish that has been lightly

coated with nonstick spray.

Step 6.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Step 7.  Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Step 8.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 9.  Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted

near the center comes out clean.


Scrambled eggs meet a creamy blend of crabmeat, cream cheese and dill

weed in this brunch favorite.

This recipe makes 8 servings.

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

½ cup milk

12 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

1 & ½ teaspoons chopped fresh dill weed or ½ teaspoon dried dill weed

1 cup chopped cooked crabmeat or imitation crabmeat

1 package, 8 ounces, cream cheese, cut into ½ -inch cubes

2 medium green onions, sliced (¼ cup)


Step 1.  Pour butter into 8 inch square baking dish.  Tilt dish to coat bottom.

Step 2.  Beat eggs, milk, salt, white pepper and dill weed in large

bowl, using fork or wire whisk.

Step 3.  Stir in crabmeat, cream cheese and onions.

Step 4.  Pour into baking dish. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Step 5.  About 1 hour before serving, heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 6.  Sprinkle egg mixture with paprika.

Step 7.  Bake uncovered 45 to 50 minutes or until center is set.

Note: Perfect for entertaining, you can prepare this elegant egg dish

up to 24 hours before baking. Simply cover and place in a preheated

oven when ready to bake.


This recipe serves 10.

1 bag, 32 ounces, frozen hash brown potatoes

1 pound bacon cut into pieces, fried crispy and drained

½ cup diced onions

1 green pepper diced

1 pound cheddar cheese diced

1 dozen eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon dry mustard

Salt and pepper

Step 1.  Layer the frozen potatoes, bacon, onions, green pepper and

cheese in the crockpot in two or three layers.

Step 2.  Finish up with cheese.

Step 3.  Beat the eggs, milk, and mustard, salt and pepper together.

Step 4.  Pour over the whole mixture.

Step 5.  Cook on low for ten to twelve hours.

Step 6.  Serve with fresh fruit and toast.

Note: you may substitute ham, cooked sausage, grilled chicken or

grilled turkey for the bacon.


The combination of ham, cheese and eggs reminds us of quiche, but

because strata doesn’t have a crust it is very easy to make.   Strata

is great for breakfast or brunch, because you can make it ahead.  If

you put this together the night before, all you will have to do in the

morning is put it in the oven and prepare some fruit or fruit juice

and make your hot beverage.  This recipe serves 6.

6 slices bread, white, whole wheat, mixed grain or sourdough

8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

¾ pound baked ham, diced

6 eggs

2 & ½ cups milk

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1.  Grease a 9 inch square glass baking dish.

Step 2.  Arrange 3 slices of the bread in the bottom of the baking

dish.  You will have to cut one of the slices into pieces so all of

the bread will fit in a single layer.

Step 3.  Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bread.

Step 4.  Sprinkle the ham on top of the cheese.

Step 5.  Place the remaining 3 slices of bread on top of everything.

You will have to cut one of the slices into pieces so all of the bread

will fit in a single layer.

Step 6.  Break the eggs into a mixing bowl and add the milk, mustard,

salt and pepper.

Step 7.  Use a whisk to beat the eggs until they are completely

blended but not foamy.

Step 8.  Slowly pour the eggs over the bread.  If the mixture backs up

and looks like it will run over, wait until some of the egg is

absorbed before pouring in the rest.

Step 9.  Cover the strata with aluminum foil and refrigerate until the

next morning.

Step 10.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 11.  Take the cover off the strata and bake 1 hour.  It will

puff, turn golden brown and set like custard in the center.

Step 12.  Cool the strata on a wire rack at least 5 minutes before

attempting to cut it.

Note: You can serve strata at the table and cut portions directly from

the baking dish.  A small spatula will help in removing the first



Strata is great for brunch, because you can make it ahead.  If you put

this together the night before, all you will have to do is put it in

the oven and prepare some fruit or fruit juice and make your hot


This recipe serves 4 to 6.

¼ cup butter

16 ounce container of large Kurd cottage cheese, not fat free or low fat

2 green onions

1 to 2 teaspoons prepared mustard

6 slices bread, white, whole wheat, mixed grain or sourdough

6 eggs

1 & ½ cups milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1.  Grease an 8 or 9 inch square glass baking dish with 1 to 2

tablespoons butter.

Step 2.  Empty the cottage cheese into a medium mixing bowl.

Step 3.  Slice the onions very thin using a little of the green tops

and add to the cottage cheese.

Step 4.  Put the remaining butter and mustard into a small microwave safe bowl.

Step 5.  Microwave the butter on medium about 30 seconds to soften.

Step 6.  Blend the butter and mustard until they are smooth.

Step 7.  Spread half of the butter mixture on 3 slices of bread.

Step 8.  Arrange the bread, buttered side up, in the bottom of the

baking dish.  You will have to cut one of the slices into pieces so

all of the bread will fit in a single layer.

Step 9.  Spread half of the cottage cheese over the bread.

Step 10.  Spread the rest of the butter mixture on the remaining 3

slices of bread.

Step 11.  Arrange these slices on top of the cottage cheese, buttered

side down.   Cut one of the slices again so all of the bread fits


Step 12.  Spoon the rest of the cottage cheese over the bread

spreading it evenly.

Step 13.  Break the eggs into a medium bowl.

Step 14.  Add the milk, salt and pepper.

Step 15.  Use a whisk to beat the eggs until they are completely

blended but not foamy.

Step 16.  Slowly pour the eggs over the bread.  If the mixture backs

up and looks like it will run over, wait until some of the egg is

absorbed before pouring in the rest.

Step 17.  Cover the strata with aluminum foil and refrigerate until

the next morning.

Step 18.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 19.  Take the cover off the strata and bake 1 hour.  It will

puff, turn golden brown and settle in the center.

Step 20.  Cool the strata on a wire rack at least 5 minutes before

attempting to cut it.

Note: You can serve strata at the table and cut portions directly from

the baking dish.  A small spatula will help in removing the first


Happy eating!

Food Lady

*** Funnies: Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he

no longer lived in Eden?

  1. Your mother ate us out of house and home. (literally).

*** Living with low vision by Donna Williams

## Reflections on Easter

Something happened to me earlier this week that reminded me of a pre

Easter experience I had growing up.  First let me explain the recent

situation I found myself in.  I hate sleeping in a totally dark room.

I always have.  From the time I could talk I would always scream “turn

it on!” every time my parents attempted turning off the hall light

before they went to bed at night.  Never mind the fact that I should

have been asleep a long time ago.  My Mom tells me that when I was a

baby I used to cry.  She’d check my diaper, offer me a bottle and when

she realized I didn’t want either one she’d lay me back in the crib

after rocking me to sleep.  Once again she’d attempt turning off the

light only to have the same response from me.

As I got older I never fully outgrew my need to sleep with a light on.

This is especially true of stormy nights. If I can avoid seeing

lightning in a dark room I am very thankful.  I’ve had too many close

calls in my lifetime and am aware of how lethal a potential strike can

  1. Last Tuesday was one of those stormy nights. I had my little

night light in a position that it would shine and minimize the

lightning view but allow me to sleep without interruption.  I turned

it on and left the room to do a few last minute things before settling

down.  When I returned my light was out.  At first I thought it was

the bulb so I reached for the switch to turn it off.  Suddenly the

light began to blink on and off rapidly.  I said aloud to the room,

“Wow my own lightning show.  How cool!”  I quickly unplugged that

night light and began to think about where the other one was. It took

me two hours to find it but I didn’t give up. It was raining outside

and I was not going to wake up in a totally dark room in the middle of

a raging storm and be scared until it was over.  When that happens I

usually can’t go back to sleep.  Once I found my night light I

realized that since it was a different type it had to be plugged into

a different outlet.  I quickly looked around my room and realized to

my dismay that I didn’t have one that was usable.  It took me another

half hour to move some furniture and shift some other electronics

around in order to plug in that night light.  However all’s well that

ends well.  After settling down and saying my prayers I was able to

sleep peacefully.  Thankfully no thunderstorms came through that night

but if they had I probably would have slept through them.

You may be wondering what all this has to do with Easter.  Well you

see when I was 12 I thought I was going to have the opportunity to go

to 4 different camps. One was with the Girl Scouts, one was through

our local public school, another was a Christian camp and last but not

least I had an opportunity to attend a program for blind children

which was held near the New Jersey shore in Avalon.  I wanted to

attend all of these so badly and my parents said I could but they told

me first I’d need to learn to sleep in a room without a light on.  I

thought this was going to be impossible and believe me I tried

everything I could think of. One day during Lent a friend of mine came

over after school.  My Mom put snacks out for us which included candy

bars chips and soda.  I was shocked when my friend politely thanked my

Mom then informed her that she wasn’t “allowed” to eat or drink any of

  1. It turned out that during Lent she gave up junk food. My Mom

offered her some juice and Peanut butter crackers which she

gratefully accepted.  As for me I sat down and ate my snack.  No way

was I giving up my candy chips and soda.  However while we were both

eating our respective choices I kept feeling prickles of guilt.  When

my friend and I went to my room to hang out I told her what was on my

mind. She assured me that everything was fine and that once Lent was

over she’d be making up for lost time with many junk food options

available to her once again.

That night I asked my Mom why we don’t give up something for Lent.

She explained it to me but despite that an idea began to take shape in

my mind. What if I attempted sleeping in a totally dark room for the

remainder of the days left in Lent?  To me this was no different than

my friend giving up junk food since I hated sleeping in a dark room.

I decided to act upon this by telling my family of my plan and

enlisting their help. Believe it or not I did actually accomplish my

goal. It was rough. Along the way I needed several reminders, pep

talks, and a few times family members had to turn the light off when I

got up and put it on in my attempt to give up on myself.

Today I can still sleep in a totally dark room but still don’t like

  1. I think I’ve finally figured out why. The other night I was

sleeping without a night light when I awakened to weird noises. I

couldn’t tell if something was going on inside of my apartment or if

it was out in the hall.  I heard voices softly arguing and wasn’t sure

if people were actually in the hallway leading to my front door. I was

too scared to sit up especially when I realized that I was having an

awful time adjusting with the limited vision I have.  I wanted so

badly to turn on a light but also knew if someone were in my apartment

it would be best for me to play possum.  It must have taken about ten

minutes for my vision to adjust enough for me to feel comfortable

navigating in the dark without falling all over everything. When I got

up I was thankful to realize that the people were in the hallway

outside my door.  I then scolded myself” now see you wouldn’t have

been so scared if you had put on a night light. So once again I’ve

amade the decision to sleep with a night light on. Hopefully I won’t

ever need it because an intruder is present but I have the security

that whatever wakes me up and whenever it is I will be able to see

what’s happening very quickly.

Happy Easter to all!  And if you gave up something for Lent may you

have a happy overindulgence when you celebrate our Lord and Savior’s


I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision.  If

you wish you may contact me at:

*** Funnies:     Q. Which Bible character had no earthly parents

besides Adam and Eve?

  1. Joshua, son of Nun. (None)

*** Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell

## Here we are with Easter waiting to come in, and it seems that we’ve

just said good-bye to Christmas.

I’m always at something of a loss to know just what to write about in

April. It isn’t winter, well isn’t supposed to be, and spring isn’t

quite here, so what’s a columnist to do?

Elizabeth Zimmerman must have been thinking along the same lines when

she wrote her book, The Knitter’s Almanac. This delightful book, which

is considered a classic in the world of knitting, is available through

NLS, and can be borrowed from your regional library, or as a free

download from BARD.

There is a pattern for each month of the year. With each pattern Ms.

Zimmerman gives explicit instructions, and tips.  In addition to the

patterns and tips for that month she gives little personal writings,

such as the description of quietly fishing, while, she knits,


I was especially impressed with a section in which she insists in no

certain terms that one can knit in the dark or while looking at

something else.  She talks about how important it is to introduce

children to books at an early age, and explains that she developed the

ability to knit while reading to her children at the same time.  Of

course we grin, thinking, “We knew that all along!”

There is also a short appendix giving knitting terms, some familiar, some not.

Below is the Table Of Contents

January. An Aran Sweater, February. Some Babies’ Things, March.

Difficulty Sweater (not really), April.  Mystery Blanket; Weaving,

May.  Mittens For Next Winter, June. Borders.  Small Stuff For Summer

knitting; Three Hats. July.  A Shawl: Good travel-knitting.  One-row

buttonhole, August.  Christmas Fiddle-Faddle In The Wilds, September.

Nether Garments, October.  Open-Collared Pullover, November.  Moccasin

Socks, December. Hurry-Up Last Minute Sweater.

The Appendix includes such things as instructions for Invisible

cast-on, several methods of cast-off, and more commonly seen things

such as make one, and slip, slip knit.

I am not including any of the patterns here because they do take up a

lot of space.  This might be called an asset for the book or a

draw-back, depending on how you look at it.  She is rather too

descriptive in some cases, making the directions seem a bit cumbersome

to me, but of course may be just someone else might want.

Her style of writing is delightful, but personally I find her a bit

opinionated, especially in the matter of fiber.  She is what one might

call a fiber snob, insisting that one use only wool.

As many of you know, I love working with wool, but in my opinion there

are instances where a machine washable fiber is the only thing.

Leaving out cost, a big consideration for many of us these days, I

have never given a baby or child’s gift made out of wool, nor have I

ever given an all-wool gift to a resident in a nursing home or

hospital.  This, like many things in life, however is a matter of

personal preference and circumstances.

It should be remembered, too, that the book was published originally

in 1974, a time when the wool blends weren’t as prevalent as now, and

if memory serves me, the synthetics weren’t as nice.  Also in

considering the wool question, more mothers today lead a double life

of mother and career woman.

Although as is obvious from its title this book is primarily for the

knitter, those doing other crafts may find some of the information

about fiber, color, and even some of the design information useful.

If not, I think they will simply enjoy reading the book for the sake

of reading.  Some of the descriptions are quite good.

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac

Published by Dover Publications, Inc., New York.

Original Copyright, 1974, Reprint, 1981.

In 2 Braille Volumes, Published in Braille 2010

To finish here are two patterns, not from this book, but with the feel

of spring. Enjoy!

## Swan Dishcloth

Measurements:  9 inches x 9 inches


100% Cotton Yarn, Worsted Weight, 2.5 oz

Size US 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles

(Note)  Four stitches at beginning and end of row are border stitches.

If you wish you may substitute border of your choice.)


Cast on 37 stitches.

different border.

All Odd Rows 7-49: (K1, P1, K1, P1), P to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Rows 1-5:  K1, P1 across, ending with K1

Even Rows 6-12: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 14:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K9, P10, K10, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 16:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K6, P16, K7, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 18:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P19, K5, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 20:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P20, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 22:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P21, K3, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 24:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K6, P21, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 26:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K7, P5, K3, P12, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 28:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K8, P4, K5, P10, K2, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 30:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K9, P4, K11, P2, K3, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 32:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K10, P3, K11, P1, K4, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 34:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K10, P3, K16, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 36:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K3, P2, K5, P3, K16, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 38:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P3, K2, P3, K17, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 40:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K4, P7, K18, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Row 42:  (K1, P1, K1, P1), K5, P4, K20, (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Even Rows 44-50: (K1, P1, K1, P1), K to last 4 sts., (P1, K1, P1, K1)

Rows 51-55: K1, P1 across, ending with K1

Bind off all stitches in pattern.

## butterfly dishcloth



2oz ball Peaches and Crème Cotton Yarn – variegated

2oz ball Peaches and Crème Cotton Yarn – solid color


With Solid color:

***Chain 22 – hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each – 5hdc in last ch then working on

the opposite side of chain hdc in each – 4hdc in same st as the first hdc – slip

stitch to first hdc.

***Chain 7, turn work, slip stitch in  3rd chain from hook; hdc in

next 4 chains;

slip stitch in same spot as beginning of ch 7 and the next 2hdc.

*** Chain 7, do not turn work, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook; hdc in next 4

chains; slip stitch in same spot as beginning of ch 7 and next hdc.

End off – this

is the right side.


With variegated color – attach in 3rd hdc from the last antennae made

Row 1:  Ch1; sc in same st as joining; sc in next 18hdc.

Row 2:  Ch2; turn; dc, ch2, dc in same st as ch2. *Skip 2 sc, 2dc,

ch2, 2dc* in next

sc; repeat * * to end of row.

Row 3: Ch2; turn; dc, ch2,  dc in ch2 space between dc’s, ch2, 2dc in

same space.

Dc, ch 2, dc, in next 6 spaces; dc in last dc.

Row 4: Ch2; turn; dc, ch2, 2dc in same st as ch2.  2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in

next 7 spaces;

dc in last dc.

Row 5:  Ch2; turn; dc, ch2, dc in 7 spaces between the dc; dc in last.

Row 6:  Ch2; turn; dc, ch2, 2dc in same st as ch2.  2dc, ch2, 2dc in

next 8 spaces;

dc in last dc.

Row 7:  Ch2; turn, dc, ch2, dc in ch2 spaces between dc 8 times; dc in last.

End off.

Turn work – join solid color at last dc made.

Row 8: Ch5; sc in space between dc’s; ch5, sc in next space – 8 times;

ch3, sc in

last dc.

Row9:  Ch7, turn, skip first ch3, sc in middle of next ch5 space; ch5,

sc in next

space across; ch5 and sc in same st as joining of Row 8.  End off.

2nd Wing

With variegated color attach (right side)  at 3rd hdc of bottom body (

counting and

including center hdc of 5hdc at tip (bottom).

Row 1:  Ch1, sc in same st as joining and next 18 hdc.

Row 2:  Ch2; turn, dc, ch2 , 2dc in same st as ch2.  *Skip 2 sc, 2dc, ch2, 2dc*

6 times; dc in last sc.

Row 3:  Ch2; turn, dc, ch2, dc in ch2 space between dc’s and next 6

spaces; dc in

last dc.

Row 4:  Ch2; turn; dc, ch2, 2dc in same st as ch2.  2dc, ch2, 2dc in

each space across

row; dc in last dc.

Row 5:  Ch2, turn, dc, ch2, dc in each space across row; dc in last dc.

Row 6:  Ch2; turn, 2dc, ch2, 2dc in same st as ch2.  2dc, ch2, 2dc in each space

across row; dc in last dc.

Row 7:  Ch2; turn, dc, ch2, dc in each space across row; dc in last dc.

End off.

Turn work – join solid color at last dc made.

Row 8:  Ch5, sc in  space between dc’s; *ch 5 sc in each space*  – across row.

Row 9:  Ch5; turn, sc in ch5 space; *ch5, sc in next ch5 space* –

across row.  Ch3,

slipstitch in same stitch as joining of Row 8.  End off.



*** Funnies: Q. Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark?

  1. Because Noah was standing on the deck.

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