Out-Of-Sight News and Views

Issue #11

November 1, 2013


In This Issue

Greetings from Our president


Word on the Street

Guess Who Just Took another Trip around the Sun

Our Out-Of-Sight Superstar

Using the Victor Reader as an Audible Teleprompter

The Book Shelf – 2 selections

The True North - Interesting Facts about Canada

From Our Kitchen to Yours – Our Very Own Cookbook

Geek Gossip – iDevice Firmware Update Findings

By Tricking the Brain, Disney is Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

Healthy Choice, Healthy Living – How to Sleep Better

Access to Prescriptions – The Digital Audio Label

Rethinking Equality on Disabilities and Employment

The Latest Research – Implanting a Tooth into the Eye

A Puzzling Puzzle – Hi Q

And Survey Says

Dear Betty Blunt

The Recipe Box – Pork Chops and Citrus Rice

Think Tank

Did You Know? – Random Facts

Words to Live By

A Round of Applause

Oosabelle’s List

What is happening on Out-Of-Sight?


Greetings from Our President


Hi Everyone,

Summer is gone and fall is quickly passing. I can hardly believe that it is already November.

Thanksgiving and even Christmas are right around the corner. Again our news letter editor, using the contributions of Our Out-Of-Sight family, has put together another excellent edition of News and Views that will, as usual, have something for everyone.

Take the time to read this informative and entertaining issue and feel free to pass it along to all of your friends. Be sure to invite them to come and join our Out-Of-Sight Community family and be a part of all the games and activities that all of us enjoy.  As always, if you know of anything else you would like to see included in this type of format, send your suggestions or contributions to:




Best regards,

Lee Richards




To navigate quickly to the different articles in this newsletter using JAWS, System Access, or Window Eyes, press the letter H to move through the headings.  For MAC users, press Control Option Command plus the letter H. 


Word on the Street


Get well soon!  Franklin Johnson has been in the hospital recovering from knee surgery.  He is now in a nice rehab unit.  We wish you a speedy recovery!


Vacation plans!  Kaye Zimpher will be travelling to Seattle, Salt Lake, and Denver on November 16th.  Have a great time!


Brenda S. created a You Tube video asking viewers the question if iOS7 is Making You Sick?  This video was featured on NBC.  Way to go Brenda!


Roger landed a role in a play called, You Cannot Take it with You.  The play begins in late January, and Roger plays a Government Man!  Break a leg Roger!

Got any news for us?  We would love to hear what is going on in your world, so please keep us up to date and write to:


We look forward to sharing your news with our extended family, here on Out-Of-Sight!


Guess Who Just Took Another Trip Around the Sun?


Help us celebrate our November birthdays:

  • November 2, Marie Koons – Marie1974, from ?
  • November 3, Phillip Morris – Phillip, from Florida.
  • November 3, Lawrence MacLellan – Macboy, from Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • November 7, Lera Scott – Lera, from Florida.
  • November 11, Jono Heaps – Jono, from New Zealand.
  • November 13, Connie Grant – Connie, from Minnesota.
  • November 13, Monika Buitron – Franchesca, from Texas.
  • November 15, Anders Gotenstedt – Anders, from Sweden.
  • November 21, KathyAnne – Nicole White, from ?
  • November 23, Jennifer Newman – Jennifer, from California.
  • November 23, Ronny Kimberly – Cobra, from South Carolina.

Please help us build our birthday list, by sending your Username, first and last name, date of birth, (year optional), and where you live, to:



Our Out-Of-Sight Superstar

By Karen Santiago


Editors Note:

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with your suggestions about who should be our Member of the Month for November! There were several names put forth, and it was a difficult decision as all of the candidates are members who deserve this recognition! Unfortunately, only one member each month can be the recipient of this honor.  Keep those submissions coming, because we recognize a member for each month.  So, without further ado:

Congratulations to Roger Khouri for becoming our November Member of the Month!  Now, here is a bit more about our friend, Roger.


Yes, Roger, also known as Rodent is Our Shining Superstar this month. When asked how he got the name Rodent he said that there was no particular reason. He just said he liked it, and that is what it is. However, after interviewing and learning so much more about him, I think there are many more words I could use to describe Roger, but Rodent, it will remain!


Roger grew up in London Ontario and is still there. He was diagnosed with Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) during infancy. During his childhood he had low vision, but that did not stop him from doing the things he enjoyed. The two things he loved doing the most were playing video games and riding his bike. In his early twenties his vision decreased and he was no longer able to do those things. Roger knew that it would be tough, but he also realized that he needed to move on, which he did. Roger graduated from University with a degree in Communications.


In 2003, Roger became a member of the City of Londons Accessibility Advisory Committee. He acted as a liaison between people with disabilities and the city council.  He was also an active lobbyist and a policy maker. He would go before city council and bring up barriers that people were faced with, in order to have the necessary changes made. After being on this committee for just one year, Roger was nominated as Vice Chair and held this position for a few years. Subsequently, he served as Chairperson for four years. Roger served on this committee until 2011. Roger was passionate about his work for the people. In 2006 he decided to run for city council. Unfortunately, he did not win, but he placed a respectable third. While campaigning, he sought out a company that would make follow up calls to his Quote, door knocking, End Quote, appearances, and his hand outs of written material. This company charged too much for Rogers pocket but it would prove to be a good resource. Indeed, this company offered Roger a job making calls for car dealerships. He would call customers in order to inform them of promotions, incentives, and lease options. The owner decided he was done, so Roger was able to start his own business with all of the clientele. His company took off and Roger had several employees working for him. He had expanded out into the Toronto area. He did this for some time, and then decided it was time to downsize and stay local. Roger is still running his business but on a smaller scale.


In 2010 Roger had decided to run for city council again. However, he heard of a medical research program that was being held in Montreal on his eye condition. The two, campaigning and the research were conflicting with each other. Roger was called to Montreal to see if he would be a good candidate. Therefore, he withdrew his run for city council so he could participate in the clinical trial. Unfortunately, because of too much movement in Rogers eyes, he was unable to participate in the research.


It was in 2011 that his love for drama was rekindled. Throughout high school, Roger had enjoyed performing in the school plays. He had been seeing many of his friends on stage, acting in different roles, and he wanted a piece of the action. So being the go getter, he started researching where the plays were, and setting up auditions. In 2012 he landed a role in A Christmas for Carole. It was a suspense comedy, in which he played a banker. Recently he auditioned for a part in a movie. Well he got a small part as a defense attorney. This movie, Daughter of the King will be released on DVD in January. Also in January, Roger is acting as a government man (G-man), in the comedy play You Cannot Take it with You. Roger also has experience behind the scenes, as an assistant sound technician in the play Belles. When asked if he prefers behind the scenes or on stage, he said that he enjoys both.  


If work and acting roles is not enough, Roger also volunteers. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and he volunteers at a local hospital. Since 2001, Roger has donated blood just about every two months for the Canadian Blood Services (CBS). He has also been serving as the President of the Canadian Council of the Blind for the past 2 ½ years.


Believe it or not, Roger still has time for fun. Some of the things he likes to do are to hang out with his friends, engage in good discussions, go for walks, and work on his yard. Roger is also into woodworking, and he built his own shed! He just started the sport of curling, and will be taking up swimming lessons again.


It was through word of mouth that Roger heard of, Out-Of-Sight three years ago. Roger is the one who is credited with bringing Zilch to Out-Of-Sight. If you remember, Roger was a highly motivated and engaging host with his disco music playing in the background! Although Roger told me that he never thought of himself as a game host. It moved, excited, and motivated him to be the best host he could be. It was Roger who taught me the game, and eventually interested me in becoming a Zilch host as well. He never expected the game to be as popular as it is now. So, Zilch warriors be sure to thank Roger for the game of Zilch on OOS!


Roger does a lot for Out-Of-Sight, but you may not know that because it is behind the scenes stuff. He helps other hosts with research and questions for their games. If a fill in host is needed, Roger will help if available. Roger also writes articles for the monthly newsletter, and for the OOS announcements. For the past two years, Roger co-hosted the Out of Sight auction, and did a fine job.


Roger sees himself as a server of the blind community, both near and far. It is evident that Roger is very compassionate about helping all people. He says that there are both pros and cons to this. He has great leadership skills and knowledge, and people recognize this which is quite humbling. However, people want him to serve on their committee or board. If he served on all the committees and boards he would be spread too thin. When asked what he likes on OOS, Roger first said picking on his fellow London Ontarian, Ron. But seriously, Roger likes word games, and engaging in good conversation with the fined group of people that can be found on the site.


Note --Stay tuned for a Veterans Day - Remembrance Day program that Roger is planning for Monday, November 11th at 8:00 PM eastern in the Out-Of-Sight Presents room. 

If you would like to send Roger a message of congratulations, or recommend someone for our December Member of the Month, please write to:


We look forward to your suggestions in selecting our next Out-Of-Sight Superstar! 


Using the Victor Reader as an Audible Teleprompter

By Bruce Gardner

Reprinted from www.BlindHow.com


This audio file below is a 40 minute presentation by Bruce Gardner titled Public Speaking and Reading Aloud Using an Audible Teleprompter:  An Alternative, Alternative Technique. The presentation contains an enhanced explanation and tips for success on how to use the Victor Reader Stream as an audible teleprompter for 1) public speaking, 2) reading fluently aloud, and 3) reading to oneself for personal comprehension. In fact, this entire presentation is a demonstration of the process, since I am reading the entire speech.

As a brief background, in several division meetings at the 2013 NFB National Convention, I demonstrated using the Victor Reader Stream as an audible teleprompter for public speaking and reading fluently aloud. Later in the week, I conducted a workshop containing a complete explanation, and tips for success, on how to use the Victor Reader Stream as an audible teleprompter.

That workshop was recorded, and the recording was posted here on blindhow.

As a result of positive feedback and questions received, I have prepared an enhanced presentation. The enhanced presentation explains just how easy it is to use the Victor Reader Stream as an audible teleprompter for 1) public speaking, 2) reading fluently aloud to others, and 3) reading to oneself for personal comprehension. The enhanced presentation has now been posted here in place of the original workshop.

I strongly encourage everyone to listen to the enhanced presentation, and learn just how easy it is for anyone (including those who did not learn Braille as a child, and therefore cannot read Braille fluently aloud) to develop the ability to give public speeches, read fluently aloud, and read to oneself for personal comprehension, using the Victor Reader Stream as an audible teleprompter.

I believe that countless blind and visually impaired individuals could greatly benefit from this alternative technique for reading aloud. Please share information regarding this presentation to anyone you think might benefit.

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at:


Click below to listen to the 40 minute presentation and demonstration.



The Book Shelf – 2 Selections


Do you love to curl up with a good book?  Been meaning to read that best seller?  Here are two of our book club selections.  They are to be read for our next book club meeting, which will be held, Friday, November 15, at 8:00 PM eastern, in the Library.  See you there!


Book #1: 

Dead Run: The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West

DB 76326

Author: Dan Schultz

Reading Time:  10 hours, 38 minutes 

Read by Arthur Morey

True Crime

Chronicles the 9 year hunt for 3 cop killers, after Colorado policeman, Dale Claxton, was murdered on May 29, 1998.  Details the search for Bobby Mason, Alan Pilon, and Jason McVean, who disappeared into the desert after wounding several other officers.  Violence and strong language.  Commercial audio book. 2013.    

Download Dead Run: the murder of a lawman and the greatest manhunt of the modern American West


Book #2:


DB 55273

Author:  Michael Crichton

Reading Time: 11 hours, 31 minutes

Read by Roy Avers Suspense Fiction

Science Fiction

Supernatural and horror fiction


Unemployed computer programmer, Jack Forman, stays home with the children while wife Julia works at a firm developing “molecular manufacturing” or nanotechnology.  Hired as a consultant, Jack discovers that an experiment has gone horribly astray and that escaped swarms of tiny robots are feeding off flesh.  Strong language and some violence.  Bestseller 2002.             

Download Prey


The True North - Interesting Facts about Canada

By Roger Khouri


The two official languages of Canada are English and French, which is a reflection of Canadas history of being settled by the British and French.

Canada has the worlds longest coastline measuring in at 151,600 miles (243,977 kilometers).

Nearly one-fourth of the worlds fresh water is in Canada.

There are approximately 2 million lakes in Canada as the land was shaped by glaciers, which created these lakes.

The longest river in Canada is the Mackenzie River, which is located in the Northwest Territories.

Canada is covered by one-tenth of the worlds forests.

Almost half of Canada is covered in forest.

Ships sail inland on the St. Lawrence River from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.

Canadas tallest peak is Mount Logan at 19,950 feet (5,959 meters) and is located in the Yukon Territory.

Canada is composed of six main geographical regions: Appalachian Highland, Arctic, Canadian Shield, Cordillera, Interior Plains and Lowlands.

Canada produces over 60 minerals and metals.

Canada sells hydroelectric power to the United States of America.

Canada is the third largest producer of diamonds in the world.

Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest natural park in Canada. It is home to the largest herd of bison and has the only nesting site for the endangered whooping crane. This park is located in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Banff National Park, located in Alberta, is the oldest national park in Canada.

Canada has the longest national highway in the world. It spans from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia for a total of 4,724 miles (7,604 kilometers). It is called the Trans-Canada Highway.

The most northern highway is located in the Yukon Territory and is called the Dempster Highway.

The worlds longest border between two nations is the one between Canada and the United States. Officially known as the International Boundary, it totals 5,525 miles (8,891 kilometers), including 1,538 miles (2,475 kilometers) between Canada and Alaska.

The most northern permanent settlement in the world is Alert, Nunavut Territory.

Canadas national sport is ice hockey. The modern game was developed from a similar game in the tenth century and the first regulation rules were printed in the Montreal Gazette in 1877. In 1994, Bill C-212 which is also known as Canadas National Sports Act, was passed resulting in two officially nationally recognized sports: ice hockey as the winter sport and lacrosse as the summer sport.


From Our Kitchen to Yours – Our Very Own Cookbook

By Karen Santiago


I am pleased to be putting together an Out-Of-Sight cookbook. In order to make this cookbook a success I need your recipes. I am looking for all sorts of recipes such as, appetizers, soups, main/side dishes, and desserts. It would be great if you could include a short story about the origin of the recipe, or what makes this recipe special to you. If you could follow the below format, that would be much appreciated:

Recipe name:

Submitted by:

Origin, why is it special to you:




Please email your favorite recipes by November 30th to:



Geek Gossip – iDevice Firmware Update Findings

By Charles Rivard


The following article deals with the recent update to the firmware of iDevices.  For information on what you must do before getting this firmware update, see the article in the October News and Views newsletter.


An update to iTunes must be done before downloading and installing the firmware upgrade.  Beware that if you do not like the firmware upgrade, once you get it, there is no reverting back to iOS6.


A PIN must be created during initial setup.  PIN is used when turning the phone on and when unlocking it.  A security feature, through the use of iCloud, has been added.  A password must be entered or the phone is useless, even if all data has been erased by a would-be thief.  Also, after the firmware has been updated, when you connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB port, and you boot the PC, you will get a message on the iPhone that asks you whether you want to trust this computer.  If you select the trust button, the data can be accessed using the PC.  If you select not to trust this computer, the data will not be shared.  Although the use of a PIN is a good feature, you can avoid it by skipping this step during the setup process.


One major drawback to this firmware is that the touch screen is too touchy.  You can repeat the last gesture by approaching to within a few millimeters of the touch screen.  For a blind person, although frustrating, it can be handled, and will hopefully be addressed in future tweaks to the firmware.  As of version 7.0.3, released on October 22, this has been completely fixed.


App switcher is better.  Now, to close, running apps, all you have to do is to do a 3 finger swipe up.  The running apps disappear from a vertical listing as you do this, so you can quickly repeat the gesture until all apps are closed.  Then hit home to close the app switcher.


Things have been moved around and relabeled, mostly for the better.


SIRI has been expanded and tones improved.  There is now a female and a male voice for SIRI, selected from within the settings.


Premium voices can now be downloaded and chosen.


Control Center is a new feature that can be accessed from within home pages, apps, or from a locked screen with a 3-finger swipe up.

The most frequently changed settings can quickly and easily be changed such as airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, do not disturb, lock orientation, brightness.

Media controls: track control when playing music.

Applications can be manipulated in the lower section of the control center.


iTunes Radio:  A new free feature of iOS7.  Located in the music app as a tab.  Featured Stations (selected by Apple).  In the settings for this feature, you can globally select whether to filter explicit tracks.  You can buy the currently playing tune from the iStore.  You can add the song to your wish list.  You can rate the song and select whether to never play the song or play similar songs.  You can search for and add stations to your list of favorites based on genre or artist.  When choosing a new station, it gives an audio sample by playing short clips of what is played on that station.


Block feature is also new.  You can block or unblock people from calling, messaging or face time.  From the recent area, in the more section, in any of the 3 apps, or from within the settings for either, this can be done.


When working with folders, you can only have 9 apps per page; however, you can have 14 pages within 1 folder.  So, you can have up to 126 apps, arranged on pages of 9 apps each, arranged in a 3 by 3 grid.


When using the phone, note that the delete button is now near the top rather than down in the bottom right corner.  Also, as you delete digits, when all have been deleted, the delete button disappears.  This is a nice feature.


Overall, I think this is a great update, and suggest that you go ahead and get it.


By Tricking the Brain, Disney is Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

Submitted by Dean Pedersen

By Jennifer Booton

The iconic media company that brought you Fantasia and the aspiring magician Mickey Mouse now has a nifty trick of its own: bringing digital sight to the blind.  

New technologies being developed and studied by Walt Disney Company are expected to add new dimensions, literally, to touchscreens. Think screens that not only look, but actually feel 3D.


Disney researchers in Pittsburgh are hoping their advancement in this technology known as haptics, shakes up everything from the way people shop to how the blind interact with new media.


Quote, The brain will be fooled into thinking an actual physical bump is on a touch screen even though the touch surface is completely smooth, end quote, said Ivan Pouprev, director of Disney Research, Pittsburgh Interaction group.


The digital gears turning on a digital clock might feel rigid to a user, a piece of digital paper might not only feel but write like normal on a glass screen, while the dips and valleys of a topographical map would come to life.


For the visually impaired, new developments in haptics could improve the way they interact with the digital world, enabling them, for example, to feel, not just listen to navigation on a map.


Think what this could offer to a blind child watching a cartoon movie in the theater for the first time. They would be able to connect new characters to their silly voices instantaneously, an ability people with sight might take for granted.


Seeing by Feeling

Teasing the brain into feeling the edges and textures of flat digital objects could open the door to a range of new apps that enhance e-commerce, video and education.


This would also add to the slew of technologies already available, like VoiceOver for Apples iOS, that help the blind better navigate todays complex digital world. Technological advancements from Apple and Android have allowed blind people to partake in new developments in ways originally not thought possible.


Quote, iOS and Android really did change tech in a fundamental way so we were able to use these technologies at the same time as the new versions were being developed and coming out, end quote, says Paul Schroeder, vice president of programs and policy at the American Foundation for the Blind. 

Now, he says, many blind people can use touchscreen devices just as well as people with sight. 

Adding new tactile features such as those being explored by Disney and other companies, including startup Tactus, would only add to that, allowing them to use touchscreens even more efficiently and enhancing everything from the way they learn and consume media to how they navigate in real time.  

How it Works 

Using an electrovibration to change friction, Disney can artificially stretch the users skin as their finger glides laterally across the touchscreen surface, giving the sensation of “rich, immediate and dynamic” touch on complex digital items in real time. The technology would attract and release the finger from the touch surface, producing friction-like rubbery sensations that allow the user to physically interact with virtual objects, Disney explains. 

Haptics is nothing new, but the media conglomerate says its algorithm-based discovery, unveiled through a white paper this week, offers an innovative, inexpensive and lightweight technology that could be quote, easily integrated, end quote into popular touchscreens. 

How these haptics are developed into real world applications will depend on the creativity of app developers and programmers, notes Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies. However, Schroeder says groups all around the world are already trying to figure out ways to use haptics to benefit the blind. Being blind himself, he has some great ideas of his own, including the cartoon movie and navigation examples above. Of course, Disney is confident the rich palette of tactile sensations brought to life by this, will inspire enhancements to existing apps while triggering entirely new ones. 

For the media giant, haptics could be intertwined with its treasure trove of content, adding new layers to its 3D experiences and augmenting its educational games and theme parks.

Healthy Choice, Healthy Living – How to Sleep Better

By Lawrence MacLellan

Secrets to Getting Good Sleep Every Night

Well planned strategies are essential to deep, restorative sleep you can count on, night after night. By learning to avoid common enemies of sleep and trying out a variety of healthy sleep promoting techniques, you can discover your personal prescription to a good nights rest.

The key, or secret, is to experiment. What works for some might not work as well for others. It is important to find the sleep strategies that work best for you.

The first step to improving the quality of your rest is finding out how much sleep you need. How much sleep is enough? While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need at least eight hours of sleep each night to function at their best.

How to Sleep Better: Tip #1: Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule

Getting in sync with your bodys natural sleep-wake cycle, your circadian rhythm, is one of the most important strategies for achieving good sleep. If you keep a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, you will feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times. This holds true even if you alter your sleep schedule by only an hour or two. Consistency is vitally important.

  • Set a regular bedtime. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you do not toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.
  • Wake up at the same time every day. If you are getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime. As with your bedtime, try to maintain your regular wake-time even on weekends.
  • Nap to make up for lost sleep. If you need to make up for a few lost hours, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping late. This strategy allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm, which often backfires in insomnia and throws you off for days.
  • Be smart about napping. While taking a nap can be a great way to recharge, especially for older adults, it can make insomnia worse. If insomnia is a problem for you, consider eliminating napping. If you must nap, do it in the early afternoon, and limit it to thirty minutes.
  • Fight after dinner drowsiness. If you find yourself getting sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating to avoid falling asleep, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

Discovering Your Optimal Sleep Schedule

How to Sleep Better: Tip #2: Naturally Regulate Your Sleep-Wake Cycle

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin production is controlled by light exposure. Your brain should secrete more in the evening, when it is dark, to make you sleepy, and less during the day when it is light and you want to stay awake and alert. However, many aspects of modern life can disrupt your bodys natural production of melatonin and with it, your sleep-wake cycle.

Spending long days in an office away from natural light, for example, can impact your daytime wakefulness and make your brain sleepy. Then bright lights at night, especially from hours spent in front of the TV or computer screen can suppress your bodys production of melatonin and make it harder to sleep. However, there are ways for you to naturally regulate your sleep-wake cycle, boost your bodys production of melatonin, and keep your brain on a healthy schedule.

Increase Light Exposure during the Day 

  • Remove your sunglasses in the morning and let light onto your face.
  • Spend more time outside during daylight. Try to take your work breaks outside in sunlight, exercise outside, or walk your dog during the day instead of at night.
  • Let as much light into your home/workspace as possible. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, and try to move your desk closer to the window.
  • If necessary, use a light therapy box. A light therapy box can simulate sunshine and can be especially useful during short winter days when there is limited daylight.

Boost Melatonin Production at Night

  • Turn off your television and computer. Many people use the television to fall asleep or relax at the end of the day, and this is a mistake. Not only does the light suppress melatonin production, but television can actually stimulate the mind, rather than relaxing it. Try listening to music or audio books instead, or practicing relaxation exercises. If your favorite TV show is on late at night, record it for viewing earlier in the day.
  • Do not read from a backlit device at night (such as an iPad). If you use a portable electronic device to read, use an eReader that is not backlit, i.e. one that requires an additional light source such as a bedside lamp.
  • Change your bright light bulbs. Avoid bright lights before bed, use low-wattage bulbs instead.
  • When it is time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. The darker it is, the better you will sleep. Cover electrical displays, use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows, or try a sleep mask to cover your eyes.
  • Use a flashlight to go to the bathroom at night. If you wake up during the night to use the bathroom, as long as it is safe to do so, keep the light to a minimum so it will be easier to go back to sleep.


How to Go Back to Sleep

How to Sleep Better:  Tip #3:  Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine

If you make a consistent effort to relax and unwind before bed, you will sleep easier and more deeply. A peaceful bedtime routine sends a powerful signal to your brain that it is time to wind down and let go of the days stresses.

Make Your Bedroom More Sleep Friendly

  • Keep noise down. If you cannot avoid or eliminate noise from barking dogs, loud neighbors, city traffic, or other people in your household, try masking it with a fan, recordings of soothing sounds, or white noise. You can buy a special sound machine or generate your own white noise by setting your radio between stations. Earplugs may also help.
  • Keep your room cool. The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (around 65° F or 18° C) with adequate ventilation. A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with quality sleep.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable. You should have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably. If you often wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, you may need to invest in a new mattress or try a different pillow. Experiment with different levels of mattress firmness, foam or egg crate toppers, and pillows that provide more or less support.

Reserve Your Bed for Sleeping and Sex

If you associate your bed with events like work or errands, it will be harder to wind down at night. Use your bed only for sleep and sex. That way, when you go to bed, your body gets a powerful cue: it is time to either nod off or be romantic.

Relaxing Bedtime Rituals to Try

  • Read a book or magazine by a soft light
  • Take a warm bath
  • Listen to soft music
  • Do some easy stretches
  • Wind down with a favorite hobby
  • Listen to books on tape
  • Make simple preparations for the next day

How to Sleep Better:  Tip #4: Eat Right and Get Regular Exercise

Your daytime eating and exercise habits play a role in how well you sleep. It is particularly important to watch what you put in your body in the hours leading up to your bedtime.

  • Stay away from big meals at night. Try to make dinnertime earlier in the evening, and avoid heavy, rich foods within two hours of bed. Fatty foods take a lot of work for your stomach to digest and may keep you up. Also be cautious when it comes to spicy or acidic foods in the evening, as they can cause stomach trouble and heartburn.
  • Avoid alcohol before bed. Many people think that a nightcap before bed will help them sleep, but it is counterintuitive. While it may make you fall asleep faster, alcohol reduces your sleep quality, waking you up later in the night. To avoid this effect, stay away from alcohol in the hours before bed.
  • Cut down on caffeine. You might be surprised to know that caffeine can cause sleep problems up to ten to twelve hours after drinking it! Consider eliminating caffeine after lunch or cutting back your overall intake.
  • Avoid drinking too many liquids in the evening. Drinking lots of water, juice, tea, or other fluids may result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night. Caffeinated drinks, which act as diuretics, only make things worse.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking causes sleep troubles in numerous ways. Nicotine is a stimulant, which disrupts sleep, plus smokers experience nicotine withdrawal as the night progresses, making it hard to sleep.

If You Are Hungry at Bedtime

For some people, a light snack before bed can help promote sleep. When you pair tryptophan-containing foods with carbohydrates, it may help calm the brain and allow you to sleep better. For others, eating before bed can lead to indigestion and make sleeping more difficult. Experiment with your food habits to determine your optimum evening meals and snacks.

If you need a bedtime snack, try:

  • Half a turkey sandwich
  • A small bowl of whole-grain, low-sugar cereal
  • Granola with low-fat milk or yogurt
  • A banana

You will also sleep more deeply if you exercise regularly. You do not have to be a star athlete to reap the benefits, as little as 20 to 30 minutes of daily activity helps. And you do not need to do all 30 minutes in one session. You can break it up into five minutes here, 10 minutes there, and still get the benefits. Try a brisk walk, a bicycle ride, or even gardening or housework.

Some people prefer to schedule exercise in the morning or early afternoon as exercising too late in the day can stimulate the body, raising its temperature. Even if you prefer not to exercise vigorously at night, do not feel glued to the couch, though. Relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.

How to Sleep Better: Tip #5: Get Anxiety and Stress in Check

Do you find yourself unable to sleep or waking up night after night? Residual stress, worry, and anger from your day can make it very difficult to sleep well. When you wake up or cannot get to sleep, take note of what seems to be the recurring theme. That will help you figure out what you need to do to get your stress and anger under control during the day.

If you cannot stop yourself from worrying, especially about things outside your control, you need to learn how to manage your thoughts. For example, you can learn to evaluate your worries to see if they are truly realistic and replace irrational fears with more productive thoughts. Even counting sheep is more productive than worrying at bedtime.

If the stress of managing work, family, or school is keeping you awake, you may need help with stress management. By learning how to manage your time effectively, handle stress in a productive way, and maintain a calm, positive outlook, you will be able to sleep better at night.

Relaxation Techniques for Better Sleep

Relaxation is beneficial for everyone, but especially for those struggling with sleep. Practicing relaxation techniques before bed is a great way to wind down, calm the mind, and prepare for sleep. Some simple relaxation techniques include:

  • Deep breathing. Close your eyes, and try taking deep, slow breaths, making each breath even deeper than the last.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation. Starting with your toes, tense all the muscles as tightly as you can, then completely relax. Work your way up from your feet to the top of your head.
  • Visualizing a peaceful, restful place. Close your eyes and imagine a place or activity that is calming and peaceful for you. Concentrate on how relaxed this place or activity makes you feel.

How to Sleep Better: Tip #6: Ways to Get Back to Sleep

It is normal to wake briefly during the night. In fact, a good sleeper will not even remember it. But if you are waking up during the night and having trouble falling back asleep, the following tips may help.

  • Stay out of your head. The key to getting back to sleep is continuing to cue your body for sleep, so remain in bed in a relaxed position. Hard as it may be, try not to stress over the fact that you are awake or your inability to fall asleep again, because that very stress and anxiety encourages your body to stay awake. A good way to stay out of your head is to focus on the feelings and sensations in your body.
  • Make relaxation your goal, not sleep. If you find it hard to fall back asleep, try a relaxation technique such as visualization, deep breathing, or meditation, which can be done without even getting out of bed. Remind yourself that although they are not a replacement for sleep, rest and relaxation still help rejuvenate your body.
  • Do a quiet, non-stimulating activity. If you have been awake for more than 15 minutes, try getting out of bed and doing a quiet, non-stimulating activity, such as reading a book. Keep the lights dim so as not to cue your body clock that its time to wake up. Also avoid screens of any kind such as, computers, TV, cell phones, and iPads, as the type of light they emit is stimulating to the brain. A light snack or herbal tea might help relax you, but be careful not to eat so much that your body begins to expect a meal at that time of the day.
  • Postpone worrying and brainstorming. If you wake during the night feeling anxious about something, make a brief note of it on paper and postpone worrying about it until the next day when you are fresh and it will be easier to resolve. Similarly, if a brainstorm or great idea is keeping you awake, make a note of it on paper and fall back to sleep knowing you will be much more productive and creative after a good nights rest.

How to Sleep Better: Tip #7: Cope with Shift Work Sleep Disorder 

A disrupted sleep schedule caused by working nights or irregular shifts can lead to sleepiness in the work place, affect your mood, energy, and concentration, and increase your risk of accidents, injuries, and work-related mistakes. Shift workers tend to suffer from two problems: sleeping at home during the day and staying awake at work during the night. To avoid or limit these problems:

  • Limit the number of night or irregular shifts you work in a row to prevent sleep deprivation from mounting up. If that is not possible, avoid rotating shifts frequently so you can maintain the same sleep schedule.
  • Avoid a long commute that reduces sleep time. Also, the more time you spend traveling home in daylight, the more awake you will become and the harder you will find it to get to sleep.
  • Drink caffeinated drinks early in your shift, but avoid them close to bedtime.
  • Take frequent breaks and use them to move around as much as possible—take a walk, stretch, or even exercise if possible.
  • Adjust your sleep-wake schedule and your bodys natural production of melatonin. Expose yourself to bright light when you wake up at night, use bright lamps or daylight-simulation bulbs in your workplace, and then wear dark glasses on your journey home to block out sunlight and encourage sleepiness.
  • Eliminate noise and light from your bedroom during the day. Use blackout curtains or a sleep mask; turn off the phone, and use ear plugs or a soothing sound machine to block out daytime noise.
  • Make sleep a priority at the weekends or on your nonworking days so you can pay     off your sleep debt.


How to Sleep Better: Tip #8: Know When to See a Sleep Doctor

If you have tried the tips above and are still struggling with sleep problems, you may have a sleep disorder that requires professional treatment. Consider scheduling a visit with a sleep doctor if, despite your best efforts at self–help, you are still troubled by any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Loud snoring accompanied by pauses in breathing
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Crawling sensations in your legs or arms at night
  • Inability to move while falling asleep or waking up
  • Physically acting out dreams during sleep

·                     Falling asleep at inappropriate times

As always, please remember to make one healthy choice at a time.

Sweet dreams!

If you have any questions for Lawrence, or would like a certain topic covered, please write to:



Access to Prescriptions – The Digital Audio Label

Submitted by Debi Chatfield


Have you ever needed someone to tell you what your prescription is? Have you ever been confused about what medication it is that you need to take? Have you ever improperly taken the wrong medication? Have you ever needed to know the prescription number? Have you ever forgotten a refill date? Have you ever wanted to know what warnings are on your prescription? If you answered yes to any one of the previous questions, and if you want to have complete independence with taking your medications, and want to be completely safe with taking your medication, then the Digital Audio Label by AccessaMed inc. is the solution.

 With one of the founders of AccessaMed inc. being totally blind, the need to be able to safely and independently take prescribed medications has been the driving force behind the invention of the Digital Audio Label. This one inch wide by two inch tall device permanently attaches to any prescription container and at the push of a button, a blind/low vision person can now hear all the information that is contained on a print label. Yes, all the information that is contained on a print label is now fully accessible. The name of the patient, the name of the medication, the dosing instructions, pharmacists phone number, rx number, name of the dr., color, shape size (if required), and all warnings, if any, are now at the push of a button.

 The Digital Audio Label is in full compliance with the U.S. Access-Boards recommendations for best practices for accessible prescription labeling, along with being in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012, the FDA Cosmetic Act, HIPAA, and most importantly, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 The Digital Audio Label by AccessaMed does not require any additional equipment in order to read a bar code, QR code, or RFID tag, does not require the launching of an app to access the information, but is a solution that gives the blind or low vision person immediate access to knowing exactly what medication it is that is being taken. When a prescription is refilled, a new Digital Audio Label will be permanently attached to the prescription container or packaging in order to easily accommodate any possible changes from month to month, or any other doctor ordered changes.

 Finally, the Digital Audio Label will now give complete independence with regard to taking prescribed medication. As we like to say at AccessaMed, quote, be safe, be independent. End quote.

For more information you can go to our website at:


Or call: 360-696-5955.

 Start asking your pharmacist to carry the Digital Audio Label by AccessaMed for your accessible prescription labeling. Again, the Safety and Innovation Act now requires that pharmacies provide an accessible prescription drug label for those who are blind, low vision, and elderly.


Rethinking Equality on Disabilities and Employment

By Allison Hilliker,

Benetech/Bookshare Operations Associate - Global Literacy


The summer when I was 14, I got fired from my first volunteer job. I worked at a local vet/pet groomer, helping bathe and care for the animals. I worked hard, got along well with my coworkers and conducted myself as professionally as any middle schooler could. Why, then, did I get fired? It was because over time, the company managers learned that I was blind. Without knowing me or seeing how I performed, they decided that it was not safe for a blind person to work at their company and asked me not to come back.


Of course, I was devastated. Nevertheless, there was not much that a 14-year-old volunteer could do in that situation. The only thing I could do was to be more determined than ever to compete in the world of future employment alongside workers without disabilities.


Today that is exactly what I am doing. I am proud to say that I have worked for Benetech Global Literacy Program for 6 years and that other Benetech staff member have full confidence in my abilities. I wear many hats in my job. I primarily focus my time on Bookshare customer support, which means that I am on the phone much of the day, answering peoples questions about how to sign up for Bookshare or download their books. When I am not on the phone, I beta test new Benetech software and web features to ensure they are accessible to everyone. I also proofread new books before they are added to the Bookshare collection and made available to our members. Lastly, I do Bookshare member outreach by representing Benetech at various state and national conferences.


While I love my job, I know that nothing about how I work is particularly amazing. We have other individuals on our team who do Bookshare support, proofreading, or conference travel. What people find fascinating about my work is that I do it effectively, even though I have been legally blind since birth due to several eye conditions, including congenital glaucoma.


Since October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), I was asked to write a blog post about my experiences working for Benetech. Before I began writing, I considered the official theme for this years NDEAM, quote, Because We Are Equal to the Task. End quote. To me, this statement implies that we are not expected to be equal to the task and, therefore, that if we are doing equal work, then we are special and must share our inspiring stories with the world. But, frankly, while I like to think I am phenomenal for many reasons, I am sure that accomplishing the same tasks that sighted people accomplish is not one of those reasons.


I do not wish to be anyones inspiring story just because I happen to be blind and successfully perform regular life tasks. If I do so, I would feel I negate the message of equality that I try to send out to the world. If I am equal--which I know I am--then why do I need to highlight my everyday work as a shining example of just how equal I am? And if I highlight my work as remarkably equal, will not I perpetuate misconceptions about how hard it is to do equal work as a disabled person? Moreover, will I be promoting the type of mind set that caused an uninformed manager in Michigan to fire a 14-year-old girl just because she could not use her eyes to do her work?


It is true that the techniques I use to perform tasks as a blind worker are different from those that my sighted colleagues use, but they are not better or worse techniques. I have software on my computer called JAWS for Windows that reads the computer screen to me. I have a regular iPhone 4S that has a built in screen reader called Voiceover that enables me to do my email and web browsing when I am on the go. I also use an electronic Braille display called a Refreshabraille to take notes on my iPhone during meetings or to review notes when I am giving presentations. I travel around offices, hotels and airports independently, using a long white cane.


Although my techniques are different, they alone do not make my work miraculous. To me, what makes my work at Benetech great is that I genuinely care about Bookshare, our members and the Benetech commitment to global literacy and to using technology for social good. Yet, this level of passion and commitment is not unique to me, for many of my nondisabled coworkers share it as well.


I believe I am good at my job and I would imagine that my sighted coworkers would agree with my self-assessment. But, as I have already said, that fact alone is not what makes my job amazing. The thing that makes my employment experience at Benetech so fulfilling is that I am part of a vibrant, dedicated, and brilliant team consisting of both disabled and nondisabled folks who truly believe in the work we do and who strive each day to make the world a little better than it was the day before. And, in the end, I think that is what all of us--disabled or not--want from our jobs


The Latest Research – Implanting a Tooth into the Eye

Submitted by Roger Khouri

Reprinted from News Limited, October 4, 2013

A BLIND British man has had his sight restored after pioneering surgery that involved implanting one of his teeth into his eye. Ian Tibbetts, 43, who first damaged his eye in an industrial accident when scrap metal ripped his cornea in six places, had his sight restored by the radical operation, chronicled in the new BBC documentary entitled, The Day I Got My Sight Back.

The surgery allowed Mr. Tibbetts to see his four-year-old twin sons, Callum and Ryan, for the first time, a moment he describes as Quote, ecstasy. End Quote. The procedure, called osteo-odonto-keratoprothesis, or OOKP, was conducted by ophthalmic surgeon Christopher Liu at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton, Sussex. Mr. Tibbetts and his wife Alex agreed to the revolutionary surgery after all other options had failed, leaving Mr. Tibbetts depressed and out of work.


The complex surgery is a two-part procedure. First, the tooth and part of the jaw are removed, and a lens is inserted into the tooth using a drill. The tooth and lens are then implanted under the eye socket. After a few months, once the tooth has grown tissues and developed a blood supply, comes the second step: part of the cornea is sliced open and removed and the tooth is stitched into the eye socket. Since the tooth is the patients own tissue, the body does not reject it.

Quote, The tooth is like a picture frame which holds this tiny plastic lens, End Quote, documentary maker Sally George told the BBC. After the bandages came off, Mr. Tibbetts sight gradually returned, and he saw his sons faces for the first time.

Quote, I just cried, gave them a big hug and a kiss. They were totally different than what I had pictured in my mind, End Quote, he said. Quote, they were just shapes. I could not make them out. I had to actually learn to tell them apart by their voices, End Quote,  he told the Independent.

Quote, I could tell whichever one it was by the way they spoke and sometimes by how quickly they moved. I had a picture in my head of what they looked like but they were better. I am a bit biased there. End Quote.

Now, Mr. Tibbetts vision is now about 40 per cent, and although at first strangers stared at his new eye - which is pink, with a black pupil, he no longer is bothered by the attention.  Previously, he could only make out shapes and shadows. Tibbetts whose vision deteriorated after an industrial accident, cried tears of joy when he saw his boys for the first time.

A Puzzling Puzzle – Hi Q

By Charles Rivard


This game is totally playable by a blind puzzle solver who wants to test their ability to think logically.  It can be found in numerous puzzle stores, online, and can even be made you, as I will discuss later on.  It is a good game for when you are on a trip, waiting for a meeting or just killing time wherever you are.


You begin with a game piece on each square on the board except the centrally located square.  The object of the game is to jump over game pieces (as in checkers) and removing the jumped piece.  You win the game if you finish with only 1 piece remaining on the board.  If you really want to test your logic, one of the pieces is generally a different color than all of the others.  Try to place this odd colored piece so that, if you play right, this odd colored piece is the only one remaining, and it is in the center hole on the board.


The board arrangement.


The grid consists of 7 rows of pieces.  From top to bottom, they are arranged as follows:


First and second rows: 3 pieces.

Third, fourth and fifth rows: 7 pieces.

Sixth and seventh rows: 3 pieces.


All rows are centered across the board.  So, the leftmost piece of the first, second, sixth, and seventh rows are lined up with the third piece of the other rows.


In most of the games I have ever seen, the board has holes drilled through it.  Golf tees, or pegs, are the game pieces.  So, all a blind player has to do is to tactually mark the odd colored peg or golf tee, and then begin the play.  Place the 32 pieces into the holes, leaving the fourth hole of the fourth row empty.  Of course, your first move would be to jump a piece into this central blank square, removing the piece you jumped over, and play from there.  Remember to always leave yourself a move, because when no more jumps can be made, the game is over.


Getting the game.


You can do a search with your favorite search engine for hi q, or for a store that specializes in puzzles.  Some stores where you can buy souvenirs may also carry them.  If there is a Cracker Barrel restaurant in your area, they might sell them, as I have seen them on the tables where you dine, so you can mess with them while waiting for your food.  The boards can come in other shapes as well.  One of the other fun variations is one that has 15 holes, arranged like a rack of billiard balls or a rack of bowling pins with an extra row of 5 behind the other 10.  It is an equilateral triangle.  You begin this game with one of the points removed and try to finish with only one piece remaining, in the hole that was originally vacant.


What if you cannot find one to buy?  They are easy and inexpensive to make.  Just take a board and drill the holes into it in the right configuration.  I would think you would want it to be about half an inch thick, and about 8 inches square if you want the holes to be an inch apart.  Use a brailed ruler or some other means of measuring the distances to determine where you want the holes to be.  Remember to center them along the horizontal line. Place a piece of tape where you want each hole to be.  When they feel right, use a drill press, electric drill, or brace and bit to drill the holes.  Make them large enough to accept whatever you are going to use as game pieces.  I would make them too small on purpose on your first drilling.  Then, gradually increase the size of the bit until the pieces fit snugly, but are not too loose.  Golf tees are easily found at a sporting goods store where golf equipment is sold, and they make good pieces.


If this is too involved, here is another idea if you are not going to be moving around very much.  Use a piece of Braille paper and a Braille writer.  Make the borders of the 33 squares on the paper.  Use dots 1 and 4 of each cell for horizontal lines and dots 1, 2, and 3 for vertical lines.  Make them large enough to accommodate coins.  Use quarters for all but 1 piece, and a dime for the odd one.


Give this game a try, and see if you have a high IQ.  If you do not solve it right away, keep working at it.  It can be solved.  If you do not think so after a load of fun, read the next issue of Audyssey at, Audyssey.org.  Or maybe the one after that.  The determining factor of when the solution will be given depends on the orneriness of the editor of the magazine.  Before you bug him to death for the solution, though, consider this:  I have not sent it to him yet, so, maybe, he is still puzzling over the game, too.  I sure hope so.  I like to be ornery, too.  In any case, the answer will be published here, in the December issue of News and Views as well.


And Survey Says

By Roger Khouri


Let me begin by thanking all of you who sent in your vote. This section will offer a survey question and the results will be published in the December News and Views newsletter.  I will try to select interesting topics and issues for you to vote on. Who knows, we may end up having a pleasant discussion in one of the chat rooms with one another about the survey and learn how and why folks voted the way they voted. I always like hearing other points of view. Yet, do not forget that your responses to this section are kept confidential.

Last month, I offered you the following topic to vote on:
Iowa now issues gun permits to the blind. Do you agree with this decision?

Well, survey says ... 78 % of you agree and only 22 % of you disagree with this decision. Hmmm, I did not know that we have a lot of card carrying NRA members on our site, hmmm. LOL!  In all seriousness, thanks for all who sent in their vote.

Now, for the December survey question.  I have always wondered whether blind people would like their vision restored, or for some, be able to see for the very first time.  Over the years, many people have offered me a mixed bag of opinions on this topic, so, now it is your turn to let us know.  If you could have 20/20 vision, would you take it?  It would not cost you anything, it would be instant and permanent, and there would not be any health risks to you.

Please e-mail your vote to:


With either a Yes or No reply. There is no need to justify your answer, but, if you feel like sharing your thoughts feel free, but it is not necessary. You may feel that your answer is obvious, but, do not assume anything because we all come from a variety of backgrounds and opinions. Many thanks, and look for the results in the December newsletter.


Dear Betty Blunt


Please note:
This submission is not to be taken seriously. It is just for fun! If you would like to submit a question for Miss Betty Blunt to answer, please write to:

She may or may not answer your question seriously, and she may or may not give you the answer you were hoping for, but one thing is for sure, you will get a good laugh out of her witty, bold, and blunt advice. She will often make comments that we all wish we could say, but are just too afraid to make. So, send in your questions, and let us see if she can help you with your relationship issues. If you wish, your initials, city, and state will be altered to conceal your identity.


Dear Betty Blunt,

I have been with my husband for 20 years and there is one thing that is starting to eat at me.  He constantly goes back to the glory days of when he played high school football and was the star player.  He had more hair on his head, and he did not have a belly.  I know all his stories by heart, because I have heard them so many times.  If it was not for him, the team would not have won the city finals four years in a row, blah, blah, blah. I sort of cringe when he starts up again about them. It is not polite if I ignore him, and I do not want to tell him to grow up and move on, even though I feel like saying it to him. Can you help?


Roberta Slessinger
, Louisiana

Dear Grandma,
Okay, so your husband had more hair and no belly 20 years ago? I think we all could take a trip to the hair dressors a bit more frequently to get that gray out.  And, I think it would behoove all of us to try doing some Yoga to get rid of some of that junk in our trunks. We are all getting older, and there is no way to get around it, believe me, I have certainly racked my brain cells about this subject many times.  As a matter of fact, I was just remembering back to the day when I was the Disco Diva for my high school!  Oh, how the crowds cheered!  Ya see, it was this hot summer day, and the dance floor was full with. . . Oh, and there was that time when I was on the track team and came in 1st place at the state finals.  Did I ever tell you about the time when I baked the best Rice Krispy Treats and won the dessert competition?


Oh, ah hem.  Your husband is fine.  Let him relive the glory days.  Some people just need to do that ya know.  Ah hem.     





The Recipe Box – Pork Chops and Citrus Rice

By Suzy Barnes


Pork Chops and Citrus Rice



1 1/3 cup, Minute Rice

1 cup, orange juice

6 pork chops, browned and seasoned

1 can, chicken with rice soup.



In a hot skillet, or George Forman grill, brown pork chops seasoned with salt and pepper. Just cook till texture of chops changes, not cooked. In a greased, 7 by 11, or square baking dish, layer as listed:

Rice, orange juice, chops, and soup.  Cover tightly with aluminum foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.  The rice will cook as you bake.  Enjoy!


Think Tank

By Rich De Steno and Roger Khouri


Thank you to everyone who submitted answers to last months brain teasers.  Many of you were very close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!  Just kidding!  It is apparent that this month, many of you had your thinking caps on!  So, congratulations go out to Buddy Callum, Charlie Richardson, Karen Santiago, Lawrence MacLellan, Nancy Martin, Roann Clarke, Roger Khouri, suzy Barnes, and Thom Spittle for answering both brain teasers correctly!


Applause also goes out to Lee Smiley for figuring out one of the brain teasers! Way to go!  


Here are the October brain teasers and their answers:

1.  What is in seasons, seconds, centuries and minutes but not in decades, years or days?


Answer:  The letter N.

2.  A farmer has seventeen sheep. All but nine of them die. How many sheep does he have left?


Answer:  He has 9 left.


Now, for our super duper brain teasers for November! Can you solve these? Lets see who thinks they are smarter than a fifth grader!


1.  The person who makes it sells it. The person who buys it never uses it and the person who uses it does not know they are. What is it?


2.  If 3 peacocks lay 5 eggs in 8 days, how many peacocks will lay 29 eggs in 76 days?

Please submit the answers to these brain teasers to: 



We will let you know if you are correct, and if so, we will publish your name in the December newsletter. Have fun trying to solve these puzzles!

Did You Know? - Random Facts

By Katie Chandler

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


The worlds youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.


Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears  never stop growing.


You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.


A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation.
Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.


Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.


The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.


When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.


Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.


A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe leaving her mentally retarded.


Words to Live By

Submitted by Pam Scott and Karen Santiago


1.  The Reality of Fear:

We are not afraid of the dark.

We fear what is in it.

We are not afraid of heights.
We fear falling.


We are not afraid of the people around us.

We fear rejection.


We are not afraid to love.

We fear not being loved back.


We are not afraid to let go.

We fear accepting the reality that they are gone.


We are not afraid to try again.

We fear getting hurt for the same reason.


We are not afraid of the future.

We fear the past will repeat itself.

Author unknown


2.  I feel a very unusual sensation. If it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
Benjamin Disraeli

3.  Make it a habit to tell people thank you in order to express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you will soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you will find that you have more of it.
                                                            Ralph Marston


A Round of Applause

Thanks goes out to you, our extended family on Out-Of-Sight! You participate and spend your time getting to know one another on the site. Without you, there would be no need for programming, no need for special activities, and no need to even have a site. So, thank you very much! Thanks for making this community an Out of Sight place to be!

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No, this is not Craig’s List, but it is the next best thing! If you have something to sell, or announce, send us your ad, and we will post it, as long as there is space available in the newsletter. Send your ads to:  Newsletter@out-of-sight.net

  • A new, free, challenging and accessible word game for Windows called Tiny Zebras Rock is available from Rich DeSteno. Send your request to him at ironrock@verizon.net. He also has Destination Mars, Run for President, Dodge City Desperados, and Atlantic City Black Jack for the asking.
  • I have created a group for blind teachers and others who work in the field of education. If you would like to join, please send a message to:
  • Are you blind or visually impaired, looking for a singles group? If so, join the newly created blind singles group. To join, send an email message to:
  • Here is a useful link: www.theunitconverter.com - A unit converter for all measurements.
  • Dicey Rolls is a new computer game for Windows that works well with speech from Rich De Steno. It is a dice game in which you compete against the computer to reach a target number of points. You bet on rolls of the dice, and there are various occurrences and factors that affect your score. Download Dicey Rolls at:
  • Global Pen friends is a pen pal site that allows people from all over the world to submit their ad and connect with other pen friends. Profiles are manually approved and if you activate your premium membership, you could access all features of the site. I highly recommend it to others. If you would like to have a look, the link is:  
  • Are you looking for a great place to listen to music on the net?

Well, look no further, Panoramic Radio is here!

Check out Panoramic Radio at www.panoramicradio.com and enjoy all the great programming we have to offer.

We have everything from Oldies, to country, show tunes and even old time radio shows.

So what are you waiting for? Go to www.panoramicradio.com select listen and choose your favorite player. You can also listen using a mobile phone or I device with apps such as TuneIn Radio or ooTunes.

To listen LIVE over the Telephone, call our AudioNow Hotline: (712) 432-6870

Panoramic Radio, Sound without Limits!


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