The Consumer Vision

            July/August, 2012

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Table of Contents:

A Letter from the Publisher

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Guide Dogs in Cabs, Vans or Other Vehicles

Living with Blindness in a Sighted World (Revisited)

The Perils of Politics

The Neglected Rape

Coastline Elderly Nutrition News

Community Notices

Those Special Words

Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

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A Letter from the Publisher

Dear Consumer Vision Readers,

In the May/June Consumer Vision, there was an extensive amount of material, resulting in the elimination of certain articles from the CD edition. While I explore other options that will satisfy the CD subscribers without introducing the MP3 feature to those who are unfamiliar with that process, I respectfully ask our writers to limit the length of their articles as much as possible. It is important that our subscribers read the entire magazine, no matter which format they are reading, as I’m sure that our writers do not want any of their material to be eliminated from the magazine at all. I would like to thank our writers for their understanding and cooperation.

            Warmest regards,

Bob Branco, Publisher

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            Charles Bonnet Syndrome

by Ernest Jones

I was sitting in my favorite recliner chair watching what I could still see on the television screen. Other than the TV, the room was quiet and I was alone. For some reason I turned my face and nearly jumped for the room I was seeing was not our front room but a strange looking room. In shock, I blinked my eyes a couple times and shook my head and once again I was in my own house. I was fortunate to only have this happen to me that one time but other folks may have these scenes repeated. For years I never told anyone for fear they would think I was going crazy. I was relieved when a few years later I learned of Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

The first person to describe Charles Bonnet Syndrome, CBS, was Swiss naturalist Charles Bonnet, who described the condition in 1769. He first documented it in his 89-year-old grandfather who was nearly blind from cataracts in both eyes but perceived men, women, birds, carriages, buildings, tapestries, physically impossible circumstances and scaffolding patterns.

Why don't we hear more about CBS? Being blind poses enough problems without someone thinking we are mentally ill. Only later after sharing with a close friend did I learn of his vision hallucinations.  When riding in the car he would see what appeared to be scaffolding along the side of the road. Another man, when riding in the car, would suddenly scream out to his wife, "Stop! There is a train right in front of us." One woman looked up from her easy chair to see several children sitting quietly playing behind her. Only after standing up and stretching did these children disappear. These hallucinations are more common than most believe for only a few with CBS will speak of it for fear of being thought to be having a mental meltdown. CBS usually shows up when a person is losing eyesight rapidly. These scenes may vary greatly; they may be beautiful country scenes, really scary-looking people, people in miniature form or natural size.

There is no medical connection between CBS and mental conditions.  Those with CBS know these hallucinations are just mirages of sorts; that is, the images are illusions, not delusions. The difference is that a person with delusions is convinced that what he/she sees is real. Patients with Charles Bonnet syndrome may initially second-guess themselves but they ultimately accept that their perceptions have no substance.

The cause of this disorder is thought to be a misfiring in the brain similar to the neurological mix-up that occurs in patients with phantom limb syndrome. As eyesight wanes, the brain continues to interpret visual imagery in the absence of corresponding visual input, just as it sometimes continues to process pain signals from a limb that's no longer there.

Charles Bonnet syndrome's principal symptom is the occurrence of phantom hallucinatory visions which may be very animated and full of rich details.

He will most likely hesitate to tell his doctors or loved ones about the problem for fear they'll think he has a mental problem. In reality, those with CBS have no greater chance for having mental degeneration than anyone else.

Roughly one third of patients with low vision develop Charles Bonnet syndrome, including those with macular, cataracts, and other eye disorders. The hallucinations are more likely to occur when the person is alone, in dim light, or when he or she is physically inactive or lacks distractions, such as television. Turning on an extra lamp or two, staying physically and mentally occupied, spending time with family or friends, and participating in social activities may reduce the frequency and vividness of the hallucinations. Often just a quick turn of the head, standing up or even just blinking will stop these visions. Each person must learn what works for him or her; a positive attitude is the key.

Your eye doctor is the best healthcare professional to diagnose this condition. In addition, he/she will already be aware of any underlying vision disorders you have that may be associated with the syndrome. A thorough eye examination to rule out additional problems and a few targeted questions about your symptoms are usually all that's needed for diagnosis.

Sometimes consultation with a neurologist or other specialist will help in ruling out any serious disorders that may mimic Charles Bonnet Syndrome, such as stroke and Parkinson's disease.

If you or a love one has such "visions," help him/her to understand that these pose no mental harm. Have a great day.

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            Guide Dogs in Cabs, Vans or Other Vehicles

by John Justice  

It's pouring rain and you're approaching a cab with your soaking wet guide dog, who has just marched through a muddy puddle with a grin on his face. Now, what do you do? The dog seems to suddenly become the size of an elephant and there's so little room between the back seat and the front. Your driver appears to be at least 8 feet tall and has the seat pushed back to its fully extended position. (Actually the driver is only 4 feet tall but he weighs about 400 pounds and his belly sticks over his belt about a foot or so.)

Now, how do you get that dog and yourself into the waiting car?

If you follow one of the standard recommended entry procedures taught by guide dog schools, you place the dog at sit, extend your working leash, and slide onto the seat. You move over behind the driver and discover that there's about a foot of useable space back there. With your luck today, the dog is probably sitting in three inches of water and wagging his tail. Theoretically, you are supposed to call the dog in and use your arm to keep him on the floor.

Oh sure! If you're a relatively small woman, they want you to man-handle a dog into that tiny space. The dog is probably almost twice as strong as you are, wet as heck and as slippery as an eel. You call the dog and suddenly, THUMP! CRUNCH! Rover is on the seat, muddy paws, soaking coat and all. The driver is calling you names you can't repeat and you are really getting frustrated. With all of your strength, you shove Rover onto the floor and threaten him with immediate termination if he moves a whisker. You get out your trusty roll of paper towels and wipe off the seat. That is, if you have a trusty roll of paper towels with you. To quote the old American Express advertisement, "don't leave home without it!"  But in this case I mean a roll of paper towels, which is very helpful in a rain storm. Have you forgotten something? Where is Rover's tail? It would be the last thing to enter the vehicle. Is it actually in the car with you? Before you allow the driver to close the door on Rover's most prized possession, make sure that his tail is firmly tucked around his rump. There. By this time, with all of the stretching and muscular contortions, you are probably exhausted.

But it isn't all bad news. The driver returns to using English and your trip goes on without a hitch until, OH NO! GROAN! It's time to get out of the cab and back into the pouring rain. If you follow standard guide dog school procedure, you’re supposed to command Rover to stay while you slide across the seat to exit through the same door you came in. Sure you will! Rover is tightly jammed between the back of the front seat and the cushion where you are seated. Where are you supposed to put your feet while you slide out of the car? More gymnastics are in order here as you extricate yourself from that blasted rear seat. You extend the working leash and step out of the car. Then you're supposed to call your dog to your side. Well! Rover has almost no room at all to work.  Naturally, he does what any sensible dog would do. He finds the line of least resistance.

THUMP! CRUNCH! He bounces up onto the seat. Fortunately, his paws have now dried somewhat and there's less mess to clean up. Your driver is now apoplectic because the dog has just gone up onto the seat AGAIN. Out comes the paper towels and you wipe off the seat. You thank the driver, pay him his fare plus a reasonably good tip, and go on about your business, knowing that the same darned thing will happen again on your return journey. 

If you are lucky enough to have a cab service that uses vans, there should be a bit more room. But you just might find old Mrs. Silly Putty sitting just inside the rear door. She usually has a fit when you try to bring the dog on board. "Oh! Oh! Oh! Deary me! I'm afraid, allergic, terrified; I don't like dogs! Get that mangy mutt away from me!" You and the driver try to convince that old biddy that the dog has already eaten the mail man and isn't hungry just now. You try to encourage her to move over behind the driver and give you room. "I'm not moving! It's too far to the door and I have my things here. You'll have to take the next van," she says. Before you risk imprisonment for reducing the senior citizen population, the driver points out that there's a second seat behind the first. Oh brother! Here we go again.  You work your way into the rear-most seat while holding on to your dog's leash. You call Rover and he tries to enter the van in the same seat with Mrs. Silly Putty. That sets her off again. Finally, you get the dog into the same seat with you and the side door whispers shut. Then the old bat tries to make conversation with you. "Oh my, that's a lovely pet! By the way, Why are you allowed to bring your dog on the van?  They won't let me bring my cat or my parakeet." 

Does any of this sound familiar to you? In one form or another, things like this have happened to me more than once. I would never give up my dog but there are times when I wish I could make him a lot smaller.  But then, using a miniature Poodle with a five-foot-long harness handle isn't very practical.

There is one solution though that seems to work if you can get cooperation from the cab driver. (If a lady is wearing dresses, it might not work as well, as I’ll describe below.) Ask if you can ride in front. Assure the driver that you will not allow the dog onto the seat. Usually, city cab drivers have a ton of junk spread all over the seat and they aren't too willing to move their half-eaten sandwich, Playboy magazine, the daily racing form, and so on, out of your way. It's then that you pull out the big gun. "My dog's paws are wet and probably muddy and I don't have any paper towels. You are so big that the seat is pushed way back and I'll bet there's no room for Rover on the floor anyway. Now, if you let me sit in front, I'll put him between my feet on the floor and no one gets wet but me. What do you think of that idea sir?" Usually, unless he's a real class A jerk, the driver will see reason. The driver agrees, opens the passenger door and moves enough stuff to give you some room.  Put your dog at sit and stay just as it says in the Guide Dog Manual.  Slide onto the seat and move your left leg straight out in front of you and as far over toward the driver's side as you can. Extend your right leg out toward the open door. As you can see, you're performing a kind of split. You call the dog in and Rover comes into the space you've provided. But now, you are in a much better position to control his movements. As he enters the car, pull his head forward and his rump will follow. A little nudging with your right foot and leg and Rover's hind-most section slides neatly under the dashboard. His tail is under there too and there's no risk of catching it in the door. His head and maybe a paw or two might be in your lap, but so what. The driver closes the door and everyone is happy.

When it's time to exit the vehicle, put your right foot outside the car and encourage Rover to get out. Hold onto his leash and follow yourself. This maneuver takes practice but it will work.

Now girls, listen to me. Don't try this in a dress. If you do, you're going to give that pervert of a driver the best show in town.  There you are, sitting on the seat with your dress hiked up by the activity I've described and your dog's head in your lap. I sincerely hope you get the picture. I admire ladies and would cheerfully deck any man who tried to look up my wife's dress. Don't give the driver a free show. If you are going out with a gentleman friend or your husband, you could ask him to sit in the front seat with the dog while you enter and exit the car in lady-like fashion. I guess by now you've figured out that I'm a bit old fashioned. To me, my wife is precious and rare, an intelligent, funny and loving companion. Woe betide any man who treats her with less than respect. Handling a guide dog in a dinner-length dress is a real challenge but somehow, she accomplishes it and not once has anyone ever challenged her right to do so. When it comes to using a guide dog in any weather, she is a real professional. Some of these tips came from her.

I hope you enjoyed this little adventure in guide dog handling.      

John and Linda Justice

with Guide Dogs Jake and Zachary

personal e-mail: john_justice@verizon.net

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            Living with Blindness in a Sighted World (Revisited)

by Ann Harrison

To my dear readers:

It has been two years since I originally wrote my story about living with blindness in a sighted world. I would like to give you an update about the changes in technology, and some other happenings in my life since 2010. First of all, I would like to say that my daughter Sharen is now three years old, and will turn four in October. At this point in her life, I no longer have to feed her or give her a bottle, but there are still areas where I need assistance with her care, such as keeping her out of danger. I have explained in a way she can understand that I can’t see, by telling her that my eyes are broken. Most of the time she understands, but there are times that she wants to “show” me something, but forgets that I can’t see. She also tries to use my blindness to her advantage, but with my mother and other family members around to watch what she’s doing, she has quickly learned what she can and can’t get away with.

Now that I have given you a little update on my daughter, let me explain a bit more about technology that I now use. I still use JAWS for Windows to read web sites, emails, MS word files, and even now PDF files using Adobe Reader. I have had some college in the field of communications and PDF was the format that the majority of my textbooks were written in. To read printed material, I use an Intel reader purchased by my vocational rehabilitation counselor. An Intel reader is a small device that can either be used alone or connected to a capture station, which takes a picture of the printed text and processes it into speech. This device is not perfect in that it doesn’t recognize all printed material and sometimes makes mistakes, but it serves its purpose as a stand-alone reader.

For identifying food items and other products, I use a talking bar-code scanner which tells me what most products are, with the exception of generic items. The bar-code scanner will give a description of the product, read the manufacturer’s information, read package instructions for food items, warnings, ingredients and nutritional information, among other things. If the item is not found, the bar-code reader’s synthesized voice will say “item not found,” in which case I can record the label in my own voice. This adaptive technology also has a few other features not related to reading barcodes, along with a help feature.

Here’s an update on talking books: although talking books are still available for people with disabilities on cassette through my library and the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS), now the books are being produced on flash cartridges, which are played on a digital talking book player that I got from the library. Most talking books are on one cartridge and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is now adapting certain unabridged commercial audio books into talking-book format. The digital talking books can also be downloaded from the internet.

Some of the things I wrote about in 2010 still hold true. I am still crocheting a few items here and there, but now I am also teaching myself how to play the piano through the use of resources from NLS’s music section and websites such as YouTube. I have discovered that I can not only hear music, but I can also feel it. Music has been a great source of healing for me throughout a tough situation in my life. I am teaching myself how to play the piano so I can play and sing for others to show them how to feel the music, and how to use it as a source of healing. I also sing in my church choir almost every Sunday and have played the piano occasionally at church as well.

Thank you for allowing me to take this opportunity to give you an update since I first told my story. If you would like to contact me, please email me at annwrites75@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If anyone has any tips and techniques about playing the piano they would like to share, you may also contact me at the address listed above.

Respectfully yours,

Ann Harrison 

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            The Perils of Politics

by John Justice 

As the race for president heats up, more and more pressure is being placed on each of the candidates to make sure that he or she is the one who wins the final contest. For the most part, the average man or woman is honest in their day-to-day dealings with the world around them. This is most emphatically not the case with those running for political office, their supporting staff and organizations. The term “dirty politics” is well-deserved. If the going gets tough enough, they will literally do anything to make sure that their man or woman wins the race. In the case of political issues involving a presidential election, millions of dollars are spent in the development of advertisements, strategically placed interviews and newspaper articles, all chosen to support and promote their candidate’s point of view while distorting any position held by an opponent.

The most perilous decision any voter can make is accepting, without question, any information or so-called fact provided during this  time. The voter may not understand that each of those pieces of information has been tailored by a PROCEDURE called “OPINION ENGINEERING.” This is a scientific process which “draws” the voter toward a pre-determined political position.  If a radical statement is made, any good political scientist can tell you that a certain percentage of those exposed to the information will be influenced by that statement.  Approximately 11 percent of the listeners or readers will agree completely with the apparent political position without reservation. Another 11 percent will be completely opposed to that very same position. An additional 18 percent will not care one way or the other. That leaves about 60 percent of the populous which might or might not be drawn, at least partially, toward that point of view.

No election can be won by the radical elements demonstrated by that 11 percent who accept the view unquestioningly. On the other hand, no election will be lost by the 11 percent who disagree with that same position. The 18 percent who don’t care MIGHT be discarded, although every effort will be made to have them commit themselves to the political stand. It’s that massive 60 percent that every radical statement is aimed at. If the politician can bring 50 percent or more of that core group half way toward his or her position, he or she might have a chance to win.    

But what does this all mean to the average man who takes an interest in political issues? For many voters, a position of any kind will become a topic for consideration only when it affects them directly. They might be influenced by something they have heard or read which seems to support their own conclusions. When all is said and done, what else do they have to use when trying to reach a final decision? There, my friends and readers, is where the perils of politics lurk in their ugly and voracious hordes. Have you ever heard the old saying, “You can’t believe everything you read”? Regrettably, this is especially true where politically related information is concerned. What one politician might call truth is, in actual fact, nothing but propaganda designed to promote his or her particular political agenda.

How can an interested observer learn the real answers? Some might say that the proof is in the pudding. All we have to go on in the long run is how any politician performs in office. In a simpler world, that might be a good measurement. However, our world, as it is now, is anything but simple. We have a democratic president, a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a Democratically held Senate. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt:place>, “This means war!” A Political Science professor might tell you that this situation is a classic example of the “Balance of Power” between the various parts of the government. Actually, what it means is grid lock.  It’s easy enough to place the blame on the current president because he is a recognizable target. But the president alone can’t pass laws or make any changes without the full support of both houses of Congress. At this moment, Congress is filled with men and women who can’t seem to agree on anything. As a result, legislation which should have been passed months ago has been delayed, ignored or discarded completely. At one point, our government almost defaulted on its debt because of in-fighting, party politics and personal interests. Instead of a group of professional people trying to run one of the world’s largest countries, they are behaving like a gang of spoiled little children, fighting over toys at Recess. We are suffering the perils of politics for at least one valid reason. When few people vote locally, a person who might not be the best-qualified candidate for an office will often get elected. If that situation happens again and again, we could conceivably end up with a Congress made up of people who are not the best or the brightest. Any candidate for office might begin with the best ideas and a devotion to serving his constituents, but if his or her goal is serving in Washington:place>:State>, the local atmosphere will certainly impact those ideas and dilute the best intentions. In this writer’s opinion, anyone who doesn’t believe that their vote counts might be condemning themselves to a poor government brought on by their own lack of attention to duty. Consequently, any man who complains about the current political environment, yet does not place his vote to correct it, has no right to condemn that same government.

The days of a president’s word being considered the law of the land are gone, yet not forgotten. When President Franklin Roosevelt:place> made a declaration, he had the support of Congress behind him, a Congress which was united by the threat of war. Today’s Congress is the same political body in name only. With very few exceptions, voting falls along party lines. If the House of Representatives passes a bill, The Senate may well knock it down because it was created by the opposite and, in these days, opposing party. Any man or woman with a high school education should know how this procedure works. Yet time and time again, a president who is fighting many people with their own bought-and-paid-for agendas gets blamed for the failures when they happen. “Uneasy lies the head of the man who is king.”

In one way or another, the same thing has happened to almost every president in the last 20 years. For the sake of discussion, look at Barack Obama. He was voted into office in 2008 and inaugurated  in 2009. At that time, the unemployment rate was over 11 percent. Several major banks and two out of three automobile companies were on the verge of complete failure. The political pundits of that time compared President Obama to a sacrificial lamb being led to the slaughter. Neither the past president nor President Obama had any influence whatsoever on the financial disaster created by short-sighted bankers and questionable management. A ripple effect was created and thousands of smaller businesses were forced to close or, at the least, lay off employees. How could this disaster possibly be the fault of our newly inaugurated president? Barack Obama was well aware of the perils involved with taking on that position.  Working with CAREFULLY SELECTED TEAMS, President Obama came up with a procedure which ended up lending billions of dollars to the banks and automobile manufacturers which allowed them to reorganize and now, after almost four years, all three major automobile manufacturers are showing a profit, the banks are back on solid ground and the unemployment rate is at 8 percent. The damage to our economy caused by the careless handling of bank management will be felt for years to come. Many people have been forced into foreclosure because they were granted mortgages on homes which were far beyond their ability to pay. At the time of Mr. Obama’s election, the cost of homes had been pushed so high that the market value far exceeded the actual street value. When the real estate bubble burst, many people ended up with homes with a posted value which they could never realize in a resale.

The dangerous mistake many citizens make is in placing the blame on their current government instead of taking the time to fully understand what actually caused the problem. In 2009, the newly elected Democratic president had to deal with issues which had their origins long before his first day in office.

The best way for anyone to reach a conclusion is by obtaining and evaluating accurate information. The peril of politics in this situation is when a voter places his or her convenience above the necessity of getting things right. The president or some other government official is known so why not blame him or her for a lost job, foreclosure on a home or anything else which has gone wrong during that person’s tenure in office? A final decision based on invalid information is wrong, regardless of its outcome. Not all elected government representatives perform in a satisfactory manner. That simple fact has been over-used, misquoted and badly distorted since the time when George Washington was president. On the other hand, even the most corrupt politician will have to admit that an educated voter can do more damage or promote more good than one who is voting on the basis of commercials or hearsay. Look at the candidate’s performance as a start but remember that no president can do anything without the support of Congress. President Obama did manage to do something which has been attempted in one way or another since the nineteen thirties. He passed, with the help of a Democratically controlled Congress, the Affordable Health Care Law. In an effort to derail the passage of that legislation, the insurance companies and other medically related businesses spent more than one billion dollars. It is believed that at least a third of that money went directly into the pockets of various members of Congress in an effort to kill that bill before it became law. What we have now isn’t nearly as good as it could have been. But the president and his team members fought long and hard for fair treatment of all citizens. Those who worked on the law believed that the medical-services providers were abusing current legislation with things like provisions which allowed insurance companies to deny coverage to patients with a pre-existing condition. A normal caring human would probably applaud something which would benefit so many people and give them the medical coverage they need. But politicians are well paid by companies who have a vested interest in providing as little non-compensated service as they can. Medical-service providers are in business to make money. Providing insured service to a person who has a pre-existing condition is a costly process. With that in mind, the insurance companies have tried to buy the votes of some government representatives with fewer scruples. One of the perils of politics is that money has a loud voice. More than one law has been passed because enough money was thrown at it.

As a result of manipulation and interference, the law we now have is imperfect. It is the first legislation of its kind ever passed in The United States. Thousands of people who had no insurance protection at all are now covered, at least minimally, so that they can get treatment.  Why then would the opposing party try so strenuously to defeat the legislation? In fact, 26 states passed laws in an effort to defeat some of the terms in the new law. In a recent decision by the Supreme Court, the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act was upheld.  Is there any truth in the diatribe launched against the law itself, or is it simply a convenient vehicle which will be used to promote the candidacy of those running for office? If an observer were to analyze many of the announcements and sound bites recorded, an amazing parallel would be found between statements made today and those which were quoted almost 80 years ago when the Social Security system was being introduced. The same old tried-and-true rhetoric was used again when Medicare was being tested for implementation. If nothing else, career politicians are predictable. Here’s a quote from President Calvin Coolidge: “That’s the problem with the opposition. If they haven’t thought of it first, it’s wrong, no matter what it is.”

How then does John Q. Public find the real truth when he is trying to decide which politician would best serve his individual needs? Here are a couple of simple rules to follow. 

1. Never ever believe anything you read or hear without first checking the facts. 

2. Most politicians, no matter who they are, do not have your best interests at heart. 

3.  Honesty in politics is an extremely rare commodity. 

4.  When all is said and done, your point of view yields only one vote. But if you do not vote, the worst possible applicant might just get the job. 

5.  Vote from your head, never from your heart. 

Our only control over the future of this country is in making sure that the person we believe is best suited for office is elected. We can offer our support only by exercising our right and voting. The government, in spite of its flaws and shortcomings, is of the people, by the people and for the people. In a presidential election, we vote for delegates who, in turn, align themselves with a presidential candidate. Each state is assigned a certain number of delegates, based on the population. There is a direct correlation between the number of registered voters and the delegates which are assigned. A candidate can literally win an individual state and still lose the election. The peril of this arrangement is that voters who believe that their choice for candidate cannot possibly win, will avoid voting.

It is our responsibility to know and understand any candidate’s positions and why he or she holds them. Finding an unbiased source of accurate information is not an easy task. At times, the only way to get a fair reading is to read the best and the worst reports and then try to determine the middle ground, where the hype ends and reality begins.

“Voting is our right and our responsibility.” Voting intelligently is our only defense against the perils of politics.         

John and Linda Justice

with Guide Dogs Jake and Zachary

personal e-mail: john_justice@verizon.net

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            The Neglected Rape

by Steve Brown

Up until now, first Egypt, and now Syria , have drawn the oil-hungry West’s attention. Now let us draw our attention to Tibet with the recent death of 19 monks, all by their own hands, self-immolation.

This horrifying gesture of social protest spoke (and speaks!) to the world about awful forms of repressions: beatings, jailings, brainwashing, torture and murder. This cloud-high country, Tibet, was for many centuries the people’s country — and there the people lived in peace within themselves and toward their neighbors. Now after 60 years of alien rule, the Tibetans have rejected their subjugation by choosing to leave their country and live as refugees in India and Nepal (with now the U.S. and other countries absorbing this harassed populace). This turn of events can hardly be thought of as good public relations with China’s trading partners!

One is reminded that the Caucasian U.S. did much the same to its native American populace as the Han Chinese are trying to do to the Tibetans:  make them into a second THEM! It did not work in America and ultimately will not work in Tibet. To treat a people this way is patiently uncompassionate and inhumane. The People’s Republic of China should have rights for all its “People” or it is truly not a republic.

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            Coastline Elderly Nutrition News

From the desk of Kimberly Ferreira, MS, RD, LDN

July 2012

Grilling Basics

What would summer be without GRILLING! Not only is grilling a healthier way to cook, it also heightens flavors in some of your favorite summer meals. However, before you put that food on the grill, it’s important to follow these basic tips to keeping your food tasty and safe, while also minimizing your exposure to carcinogens.

Tip 1: Marinate Your Meat: Marinating meat helps reduce carcinogens by possibly creating a protective barrier between the meat's proteins and the heat of the grill. The antioxidants in the marinade may also combat the carcinogens head-on.

Tip 2: Clean Your Grill: Scrubbing the grill with a brush before and after grilling food helps keep the buildup of carcinogens on the grill grates to a minimum.

Tip 3: Ban Flare Ups: Grilling lean meats, poultry and fish, which contain less fat, create less smoke, and therefore less of the bad stuff.

Tip 4: Beware of Burnt: The blackened parts of meat may contain carcinogens, so remove all charred or burned portions of food before eating.

Tip 5: Size Matters: Cube or slice meat into smaller portions to speed up the cook time or choose a quick-cooking option like shrimp or fish.

Tip 6: The Shorter the Cook Time, The Better: The faster foods are cooked, the less likely they'll develop dangerous charring. Don't cook meat past its goal temperature: 165 degrees for ground poultry; 160 degrees for ground red meats or mixtures and fresh pork; or 145 degrees for red meat steaks or chops.

Tip 7: Beyond Meat: Go beyond meat and try grilling some unexpected foods like peaches, asparagus, or even bread. Throw fruits and veggies on the grill for a tasty, nutrient-rich side or dessert or give pizza a try for a quick dinner.

Source: Cookinglight.com

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In August, we honor Farmer’s Markets as part of National Farmers’ Market Week. Farmers’ Markets are one of the best ways to access local, fresh food. Check out why YOU should eat local, courtesy of Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (www.semap.org)!

You Care About Your Health

• Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries.

• Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers you trust.

• Buying local food gets us outside, keeping us in touch with our neighbors, the seasons, and the harvest calendar.

You’re Concerned about the Environment

• Local food travels less! The average supermarket vegetable travels 1300+ miles from farm to table.

• Local farmers offer crop varieties grown for taste and freshness rather than shipping and long shelf-life.

• Local farms help to establish and maintain healthy soils through sustainable farming practices such as crop rotation, diverse crop varieties, pasture raised livestock, and integrated pest management (IPM).

You Care about Supporting your Community and its Economy

• With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer and, in turn, the local economy.

• Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.

• By spending just $10 a week you will make a significant contribution to our local farming industry. Maine:place>:State> Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

(MOFGA) estimates that by encouraging Maine:place>:State> residents to spend just $10/week on local food, $100,000,000 will be invested back into farmers’ pockets and the Maine:State> economy each growing season. Think how many local communities would benefit if everyone in the U.S. spent just $10 a week on local food!

Call Coastline at (508) 999 -6400 to find out more about local Farmers’ Markets in your area!

Coastline Elderly Nutrition News.

Contact me with any questions at (508) 999-6400 x194 or email: ksferreira@coastlineelderly.org

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            Community Notices

I am a teacher of English from Macedonia, and my students would welcome blindness-related items and materials like magazines and books in all formats except on four-track tapes. We can also use games and other useful learning materials. We are also starting an early childhood program in our school, and items for this group of children would be welcomed.

My postal address is: Adrijana Prokopenko,

bul. Jane Sandanski, 43. 5 / 6, 1000 - Skopje, Macedonia:place>.

My email address is adrijana.prokopenko@gmail.com.

Please write to me in Braille, or on two-track tape, or by email before sending anything to me so that I can reply back.

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U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) & U.S. Braille Chess Association (USBCA)

present

2012 U.S. Blind Chess Championship, a USCF National Championship!

August 24-25, 2012 at

Holiday Inn Express

5311 Campbells Run Road (near airport)

Pittsburgh, PA:State> 15277:PostalCode>, (412) 788-8400

Free Shuttle to/from airport

EF: none

Registration: On-site Thursday, Aug. 23rd, 6-8PM and Friday, Aug. 24th, 9-9:30AM.

Format: 4SS or 4RR (depends on # of players)

Rounds: (tentative), Fri. 10-4, Sat. 9-3

Prize Fund: $1,400.00 GTD

1st: $400; 2nd: $300; 3rd: $200; 4th: $100. Additional prizes: $100 -

Best player U1400; $100 - Class E (1000-1199; $100 - Class F

(800-999); $100 – Best Unrated player.

NOTE: All players must be classified as Legally Blind and bring proof and be a current member of the USCF. You can join the USCF at the event!

Hotel rate: $99 night code: USB.

Contact: Rick Varchetto, USCF Organizer,

richard521@suddenlink.net <mailto:richard521@suddenlink.net>,

(304)-636-4034 (h) or (304)-636-4034.

Joan DuBois, tla@uschess.org <mailto:tla@uschess.org>, (931)-200-3412 (c).

This event qualifies to be a Chess Magnet School JGP event. Any youth players can gain "Junior Grand Prix" (JGP) points from their play in this USCF rated tournament.

Jim Homme

Usability Services

Phone: 412-544-1810.

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            Those Special Words

by Karen Crowder

 

Love is a fragile emotion

It can be slow to bloom

It can stand strong like a sweet rose,

Or be whisked away like the gentlest summer breeze, 

We sometimes say those three words in careless abandon,

We might say them with sincerity in our hearts

Waiting for an answer, we put everything aside,

Will the other person answer in kind, 

We smile when “I love you” ends with a wedding,

We have good wishes that the couple may never forget those words

Tears are shed when those words end in an abrupt rejection,

We ask “What did you mean when you said ‘I love you?’”  

We find love when we least expect it

Like a gift at Christmas it brightens our lives

We all thrive on those three little words

When it is said with sincerity our life changes forever.

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            Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

Here is the answer to the trivia question submitted in the May/June Consumer Vision: David Canary played Candy on the television series, Bonanza.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Jan Colby of Brockton, Massachusetts:State

Mark Blier of Sierra Vista, Arizona:State

Mark Benson of Wichita, Kansas:State

Mike Thomas of Clermont, Florida:State

Dennis O’Brien of New Bedford, Massachusetts:State

And now, here is your trivia question for the July/August Consumer Vision. Which former Los Angeles Laker now has a share of ownership in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

If you know the answer, please email bobbranco93@gmail.com or call 508-994-4972.