THE CONSUMER VISION
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
In this magazine's Table of Contents, each article's title will be followed by three number signs, ###. Those number signs will then be followed by the article's author.
If your preference is that I use asterisks *** moving forward, please don't hesitate to let me know by contacting me: email@example.com, 412-263-2022, or 412-595-6187. I will also put three number signs ### between each article to make searching for them easier. Again, though, and with Publisher Bob Branco's permission, I am willing to replace the number signs between articles with asterisks.
1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR ### by Terri Winaught
2. HEALTH MATTERS: A Very Special Anniversary ### by Leonore Dvorkin
3. THE IMAGE OF YOURSELF ### by Dennis R. Sumlin
4. A NATIONAL DISGRACE ### by James R. Campbell
5. SOCIETY'S TRENDS ### by Bob Branco
6. WEATHER OR NOT ### by Steve Roberts
7. SPECIAL NOTICES: Books and More ### by Leonore Dvorkin
8. THE HANDLER'S CORNER ### by Ann Chiappetta, M.S.
9. TIPS FOR VIPS ### by Penny Fleckenstein
10. RECIPE COLUMN ### by Karen Crowder
11. MARCY'S SCHMOOZE TINNIH ### by Marcy J. Segelman
1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Dear Consumer Vision readers,
As I write this on a beautiful Sunday morning here in Pittsburgh, my heart is heavy for persons affected by the raging wildfires in 11 western states, especially the ever expanding one in Redding, California. The most recent heartbreaking story about the so called Carr Fire is the account of the deaths of two children and their great grandmother as they struggled to escape walls of flames.
If my memory serves me correctly, that California fire was deliberately set. My hope for the arsonist is that he will initially receive treatment if deemed mentally ill and therefore not competent to stand trial. After he receives psychiatric care, my hope is that the perpetrator is given appropriate punishment for arson and murder. I make this latter statement not because I thrive on being punitive; rather, it is because of how firmly I feel that, with or without a mental illness, we are all to be held accountable for our behaviors and their consequences. If any of our faithful readers have been affected by the Northern California fire, my compassion and prayers are with you.
Yet another recent tragedy occurred in the tourist town of Branson, Missouri. On Thursday, July 19, a duck boat tour set out on a nearby lake. While 31 people were on that boat, thunderstorms became severe, with winds that reached near hurricane speed. As a result, the duck boat capsized, killing 17, nine of whom were from the same family. I can only try to imagine the grief and devastation that will forever hurt hearts and scar souls. The more news coverage I heard of that tragedy, the more I wondered why the captain didn't turn around at the first clap of thunder. I say that not as a judgment; I'm merely wondering what the reason might have been.
On a happier note, I congratulate Lynda McKinney Lambert, who has written for Consumer Vision, and Marilyn Smith for their winning entries in an NFB (National Federation of the Blind) writing contest. Each year, this advocacy organization of and for the blind sponsors an international writing contest. Here's hoping that next year, even more of our capable writers will contribute and possibly win prizes for their creativity.
Finally, you are always welcome to share your ideas and suggestions with me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are just as welcome to phone me at 412-263-2022.
Terri Winaught, Consumer Vision Editor
2. HEALTH MATTERS: A Very Special Anniversary
by Leonore Dvorkin
Hello, everyone! This month, I have a very special and emotional anniversary to announce. That is, August 11 will mark 20 years since my left side mastectomy, which was performed not long after I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 52. So, for this edition of Consumer Vision, instead of writing a Health News You Can Use column, I am re running a detailed ad for my book about my breast cancer experience, plus adding a few facts, figures, and comments.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, some 253,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Some 40,000 of those die. Currently, there are about 3.3 million survivors of breast cancer alive in the U.S. I count myself as very fortunate to be among them, given that I knew others who did not have such good fortune.
I know that I was lucky to discover the lump in my breast so early. I know that I was also very lucky to have good health insurance through my husband's employment at the time. That allowed me to get the timely and excellent health care that I needed. Many others are not so lucky on either count.
But I did discover the lump when it was still small. I did get prompt medical attention, and I did survive, obviously. Now I am here to tell you how happy I am to still be alive at 72, plus gainfully self employed as a book editor, language tutor, and exercise class instructor.
My overall health is not perfect. I have arthritis, glaucoma, cataracts, inherited high cholesterol, and osteopenia, plus bad varicose veins (an almost life long problem) and painful foot problems. I take four medications. I'm not nearly as fit, strong, or slim as I was many years ago, and I often really feel my age. But I'm still here, doing my best to stay active and to work to help others however I can.
Before I add the information about my breast cancer book, here is another note which I hope will benefit at least a few readers.
For all the reasons that I detail in my book, I did not choose to have breast reconstruction. Instead, I wear a very comfortable and natural feeling Amoena brand silicone breast prosthesis inside my Amoena mastectomy bras. The prosthesis slips into a pocket on the inside of the left cup of the bra, and it can easily be removed for gentle hand washing.
While some women may need to buy a new prosthesis every two or three years, the one that I recently had to discard, as it had started leaking slightly, was at least five or six years old. So it served me long and well.
I'm pretty sure that I paid about $300 for that old prosthesis. I purchased it from an online site, and I was happy with the price and the service. However, a few weeks ago, by doing a Google search on the exact Amoena model that I wanted, I found Save Rite Medical. Their price for the prosthesis was just over $200, with free shipping. It arrived just a few days after I put in my order.
If you need a breast prosthesis and have never worn one before, then by all means, go for a fitting from a supplier of mastectomy products. But if you know exactly what you need, I hope you will give Save Rite Medical a try. Their website is https://www.saveritemedical.com/ They carry a wide range of medical products, not just mastectomy products.
The ad for my book is below. The 2012 edition is the most recent. It's in e book, print, and audio formats. It's also in Spanish, translated by a Peruvian woman whose husband is a physician. Full details are below. If you read the book and wish to write me, I will be very happy to receive comments from you. Over the years, I have had some very moving letters from other women who have battled this disease.
In conclusion, I thank you for your attention, and I wish you health and happiness!
Another Chance at Life: A Breast Cancer Survivor's Journey
C 2012 by Leonore H. Dvorkin (This is the third and most recent edition.)
In e book ($3.99) and paperback ($9.95) from Amazon and multiple other online sellers.
Also on Audible.
Full details and links to text excerpts: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com/brcan/
Link to the Spanish edition of the book: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com/brcan/index-sp.php
Overview of the book:
In 1998, at the age of 52, I had breast cancer and a left side mastectomy. That was my eighth major operation, but my first for the treatment of a life threatening disease. Almost immediately after the operation, I became aware that there were unexpected benefits to be reaped from this experience, benefits which ended up changing my life and many of my attitudes.
Eventually I decided to write a book detailing those many benefits and my thoughts on a variety of topics related to health, health care, self image, and the value of courage and optimism in the face of adversity.
Surviving breast cancer left me a happier, calmer, more focused, and more appreciative person. Now my principal message to other women is that breast cancer does not have to be an entirely negative, terror inducing experience. On the contrary, it can leave them better off than they were before, both physically and emotionally. I know, because it happened to me. My book is primarily the story of that physical and emotional journey.
Review quotes (with more quotes, plus their attributions, on my website):
A terrific read: well-written, frank, and honest. Beautiful, moving, informative, uplifting. An unusual and important perspective on the experience of having breast cancer. An uplifting and powerful story with a very attractive message. A reflective and ultimately optimistic memoir. Leonore Dvorkin writes with refreshing simplicity and lack of woe. The book reads like a novel, so engaging is her style. ... This book is the epitome of healing after trauma.
3. THE IMAGE OF YOURSELF: The Difference Between Pleasure and Happiness
by Dennis R. Sumlin
Okay, question: How many of you want to experience pleasure? How many of you want to experience happiness? Often, the words pleasure and happiness are used interchangeably, but what is the difference?
According to the dictionary, pleasure is a feeling of enjoyment derived from an object of one's liking. So we see that pleasure is often outside us, and it's often temporary.
Happiness is defined as a feeling of wellbeing, joy, and contentment about one's life. So we see that happiness comes from the inside and has the potential to be more enduring.
Looking at these two words, we can see that if you focus on only pleasure, you will not find happiness, but if you focus on happiness, you will find pleasure.
A Pleasure Seeking Life
There are plenty of pleasures in life. There are simple pleasures like the sun on your skin, a cool breeze, and so on. There are also the more engaging pleasures, like parties, intimate encounters, vice, and so on. We as humans were made to give and receive pleasure, but the exclusive focus on these things will not bring happiness. How can we point ourselves towards the more enduring lifestyle of happiness?
Happiness is an inside job.
Realign yourself to your values and principles. What do you believe? Are you living your values right now? Do the pleasures you are seeking align with your values? Look inside, and give yourself a once over.
2. Put it behind.
Put all that negativity behind. All the things people did to you in the past put it behind. All the people who insulted you, disrespected you, rejected you it's all behind. While we are at it, put that negative talk behind. The voice that says you're not good enough, the judging voice, the voice that says you don't measure up.
3. Expand your mind.
Many of us get locked in our head with all kinds of nonproductive, circular thinking. Come out of your head. Start doing things in the community. Commit to a cause that is bigger than you. Work for a cause you care deeply about. The idea is to get you to become more of an active director of your life.
Realign, leave behind, and expand your mind. These are just a few tips to move toward the arc of happiness that we already have inside us.
If you want to develop the core self confidence to take charge of your life and improve relationships and work, I can work with you!
Dennis R. Sumlin CPC, DTM
Coach, Educator, Podcaster
The Core Confidence Life
195 The Globe Internet Radio
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4. A NATIONAL DISGRACE: Separation and Its Long Term Consequence
by James R. Campbell
As I write, we are two days from July 4th. As we approach the celebration of our independence from Great Britain, how many of us stop to ponder the words of Thomas Jefferson? We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. How many Americans, living in our society of 2018, believe in those words?
This last weekend, dozens of protests broke out in major cities across this country; the focus of the outrage is the separation of migrant children from their parents. The news has been flooded with stories of suffering and heartbreak. When illegal immigrants are stopped at the border, the adults are arrested and detained. The children face a similar fate, often winding up in tent city facilities. The largest of these is in McAllen, Texas. Roughly 1,000 children are housed at the makeshift center. They range in age from infants to 17 years old.
Congress and the media are livid. The First Lady visited one of the centers. She described conditions in the tent cities as deplorable and unacceptable.
They are! I can't help but question whether the government has taken into account the long term health problems these children will most likely deal with as a result of the zero tolerance policy of the present administration. I have no doubt that there are many who have the mindset of
Who cares? That's what these people get for coming here. They are taking advantage of us; they brought all of this on themselves.
The innocent victims of the administration's present stance will face a panoply of health maladies. These include but may not be limited to: anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, lower immune system function, sleep disorders, and gastric upset. The list is almost endless. These children face a lifetime of psychiatric issues because of this reprehensible policy.
I can understand the concerns of those who take the opposing view, which I outlined earlier. Their frustration is at the boiling point. They think that our national identity as an Anglo Saxon nation is under threat from a different race of people whom they distrust. Somehow, to them, Latinos, Asians, and others are less than equals. Their sentiment is in direct opposition to the spirit and letter of the Declaration of Independence.
As I stated in the June column, there is a process that immigrants must go through to earn citizenship. If they follow that process, they will be accepted officially.
We can't afford to give illegal immigrants a free ride, but we can't afford to pay for a catastrophic policy that separates families, either. President Trump has signed an executive order that bans the separation of children from their loved ones. That is one more thing among others that he has done. He did the right thing. My fear is that these innocent children will be used as a political football in the 2018 elections. The last thing in the world any of us need is for this election to be centered around this unfortunate set of circumstances. For anyone to even attempt to garner votes based on a humanitarian crisis like this one is totally unacceptable!
Yet I can see the viewpoint of those who feel threatened and taken advantage of. Many women and children in Central America are fleeing domestic violence or gang retribution in their homelands. As I see it, the governments in these countries have the direct and inescapable responsibility to combat the conditions that are driving the illegal crossings into the United States. If they don't, our government should reserve the right to withhold all aid, except for humanitarian assistance, until such time as the governments of the nations involved can prove that they are able and willing to do so. These regimes owe no less to the innocent women and children at the center of our present controversy.
As always, thanks for your time.
With loving kindness,
James R. Campbell
5. SOCIETY'S TRENDS: Saluting the Flag
by Bob Branco
Several days ago, there was a meeting of our local amateur radio club. According to what I heard, the president of the club administered the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag prior to the meeting business. When one of the members refused to salute the flag, the president told him to salute it or he would be thrown out of the meeting. Now, we all know where this stems from. This is just part of an ongoing trend where Americans are protesting our flag. Anyway, the friend who told me this story believes that the president of the amateur radio club was violating the man's right not to salute the flag, and that there should not be politics mixed in with meeting business.
I realize that the man who refused to salute the flag at that meeting has the right to do so and that the president of the club may have been a bit overzealous. With that in mind, I gently reminded my friend that for the past 60 years, I've had to salute the flag in school, at meetings, and anywhere else where either I or others led the Pledge. When we said the Pledge of Allegiance, there was no problem. No one questioned why we did it. No one wondered how somebody would be punished if he refused to say it. No one ever thought that politics was mixed in with meeting or school business. The Pledge was simply a part of the routine and was never questioned or commented on. It was simply done. Today, we have to wonder who's right and who's wrong, how a protester should be punished, how a protester's rights are violated, and how it's not appropriate to mix politics with business.
First of all, I never regarded the Pledge of Allegiance as an act of politics; but again, I know why it's believed to be politics today. As for violating the rights of someone who protests, the protester should thank America for allowing him the freedom to protest. With that said, I believe that there is a certain degree of respect required toward this country. It was never a problem when I was growing up. No one ever said to my teachers, Darn it. Do I have to salute that bloody flag over there? Even the school bullies didn't complain.
I believe that a lot of this is directly related to the fact that Donald Trump is our president. Whether we like our president or not, this should have nothing to do with our flag and what it represents. Our country was never perfect, and it never will be. Our founding fathers had a mission for our country, and despite the fact that some people believe that their mission is compromised, it doesn't take away from the root or meaning of our freedoms and everything else that America stands for.
One of my friends wrote a book about America. In the book, the author doesn't understand why President Trump wants to make America great again when it's already great. Well, if it's already great, then why this sudden disregard for our flag?
Someone else commented that we shouldn't be made to salute anything. Although nobody can make us do something that we don't want to do, saluting the flag, saying thank you, opening a door, or offering a helping hand are forms of respect that should always be taught to little children so that they can apply it and pass it onto the next generation. When I was in school, no one believed that this country was a dictatorship just because we were asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Yet today, this implication has been mentioned. When we teach our children to say please and thank you, are we being dictatorial? Of course not. We are simply teaching the act of respect.
As long as I live in this country, despite its problems, I will continue to honor tradition wherever and whenever it's required, including the saluting of our honorable flag. In many other countries in the world, there is no such freedom to do that.
Bob blogs at www.brancoevents.com/category/recent-news
6. WEATHER OR NOT: Hurricanes and Climate Change
by Steve Roberts
Hurricanes derive much of their power from the warmth of tropical seas. The warmer the sea water a hurricane is forming over, the greater the potential intensity of that hurricane. As the earth has warmed, so too have our oceans.
As the oceans warm, they lend more evaporative energy to the hurricanes that form over those waters. This additional heat and moisture cause the air within the developing hurricane to rise even faster. The increase in atmospheric buoyancy causes the air pressure to fall to a greater extent at the surface.
As the pressure decreases, the wind speeds increase. A hurricane with 930 millibars of barometric pressure may have winds of 150 miles per hour. A hurricane with a minimum central pressure of 960 millibars will have winds of 100 miles per hour. As the world warms, the strongest hurricanes will have lower pressure and higher winds.
Rewriting the Record Books
As the earth warms, the oceans will also heat up. Year by year, the odds of a blockbuster hurricane will rise along with the ocean's temperature. However, we will not go from having hurricanes like Gilbert and Wilma to supercanes with 225 mile per hour winds in a year, a decade, or even a quarter century. This process will unfold very gradually and over a long period of time.
Over the next century, we will see hurricanes that are of record breaking strength, record tying intensity, and of near record severity. Let's take a look at how this will all unfold.
When Hurricane Gilbert formed in September 1988, forecasters knew that he would be a powerful hurricane. Gilbert became the strongest hurricane ever observed in the Atlantic Basin, with the lowest central pressure recorded in the Western Hemisphere at 888 millibars.
Hurricane Gilbert established a new benchmark for hurricane intensity in the Atlantic Basin. Gilbert's great intensity established a brand new hurricane magnitude ceiling for the tropical Atlantic.
The magnitude ceiling is the uppermost level of hurricane intensity that subsequent hurricanes can touch but not surpass. It took 17 years of climate change and the right meteorological circumstances, but Hurricane Wilma bested Gilbert's intensity and raised the hurricane magnitude ceiling for the Atlantic Basin.
Here is how the process works. A hurricane becomes the strongest to ever develop in the Atlantic Basin. This storm establishes the new magnitude ceiling. This is a hurricane of record breaking intensity.
A few years later, another hurricane will develop out in the Atlantic. This storm will be the second strongest hurricane ever observed. This hurricane will be of near record intensity. This storm will approach but not touch the magnitude ceiling.
Five or six years later, yet another hurricane will come along to challenge the precedent set by the strongest hurricane on record. That hurricane will be of record tying intensity, as it reaches but does not raise the magnitude ceiling.
With the right meteorological conditions and a kick from climate change, another hurricane will come along to raise the hurricane magnitude ceiling yet again.
Over the next century, the greenhouse effect will be sufficient to fuel a string of hurricanes that are worthy of placement in the record books. It is conceivable that Granddaddy Gilbert will one day be kicked out of the top 10 strongest hurricanes ever observed in the Atlantic Basin, but that will take many record worthy hurricanes to accomplish.
Stronger Hurricanes and Sea Level Rise
As hurricanes become stronger, the storm surges that they propel onto the coast will become larger, but that is only half the story. Those higher surges will be superimposed upon higher sea levels. Let's say that the strongest hurricanes of the next 100 years will produce storm surges that are two feet higher than the strongest hurricanes ever observed. If those storm surges are superimposed upon a four foot increase in sea level, it will be as if the storm surge is six feet higher.
Sea level rise gives the storm surges that are produced by stronger hurricanes a higher base on which to build. When one combines the impacts of sea level rise and greater storm surges, the potential exists for truly significant coastline inundation from future furies. When one stops to consider the fact that coastal populations are constantly increasing, the potential exists for millions of additional people to suffer the most deadly impact of increasingly dangerous hurricanes.
The Collision of Hurricanes and Humanity
According to the United States Census Bureau, roughly 1,500 people move to the coastal United States every day. That equates to a yearly population increase of 547,500 people. That is, we add a population that is comparable in size to that of Boston, Massachusetts to the coastal United States every calendar year. Thus every hurricane season starts with our country being a little bit more vulnerable to hurricanes than the season before.
As coastal population grows, development increases as people move to the coast to build homes and businesses on the shore. With more people, property, and businesses on the coast comes a growing level of vulnerability to hurricanes.
As we grow and develop our coastal communities, we become structurally more vulnerable to the impact of hurricanes. With increases in home and business construction comes a rise in our economic vulnerability to land falling hurricanes.
Even if hurricane intensity does not increase due to climate change, the hurricanes of the future will be far more impactful due to increases in coastal population and development. Then when stronger hurricanes impact our increasingly developed and populous coastlines, they will become far more impactful.
The stage is set for a string of devastating hurricane strikes over the next 100 or more years. In the remaining years of the 21st century, we will see a series of hurricane disasters that are unprecedented in magnitude.
7. SPECIAL NOTICES: Books and More
by Leonore Dvorkin
Murder in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Prevention
C 2018 by Robert D. Sollars / CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform / 209 pages in print.
In e-book ($2.99) and print ($9.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
Cover, buying links, free text sample, and more: http://www.dldbooks.com/robertdsollars/
Author's professional website: https://robertdsollars.com/
About the Book
School violence can happen anywhere and at any time, in big schools and small ones, in big cities and small towns. The perpetrators can range from social misfits to seemingly nice, well"adjusted kids. But that doesn't mean that we're helpless to prevent, or at least minimize, school violence.
In this book, Robert D. Sollars, a security professional, describes the early signs of violence that teachers and school administrators must look for. He discusses the need for changes to school buildings from building layout to the type of door each classroom should have. He doesn't limit himself to what schools should do; he also talks about what parents must do at home.
As he says in the introduction: These ideas will work for any size school or district. You have to tweak them for your own use, but they will work. I certainly believe that the lives of our children, the future of this country, are much more important than any ideological political arguments, left or right.
About Robert D. Sollars
Robert D. Sollars has more than three decades of experience in the security field. He has held various management positions at both national and regional security companies. He is also a prolific writer, having published more than 75 articles, and has appeared on radio and television. He has appeared in the media as an expert more than 150 times, including stints on two radio shows.
He has been involved with school violence since learning of an incident south of his hometown in 1987, in Mid Buchanan School District in Faucett, Missouri. He began studying, researching, and writing about workplace violence in 1991, and is considered an expert in both areas.
Editing, print layout, e-book conversion, and cover design for this book were provided by DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services: http://www.dldbooks.com/
Poo in the Face: A Murray B. Dolphin Adventure
A charming and imaginative new short story by Thea Ramsay
Just 99 cents in electronic format on Amazon
The story was edited by David and Leonore Dvorkin of DLD Books: http://www.dldbooks.com/
Cover design by David Dvorkin
Cover, details, free text sample, and handy buying link: http://www.dldbooks.com/thearamsay/
Instinct and Mom tell Murray, a young bottlenose dolphin, that it's time for him to leave the natal pod and make his own way in the sea.
Come frolic in the waves with Murray, his new friend, Harry, and a gang of young males who sometimes find it easier to get into trouble than to get out of it.
About the author (in her own words)
Thea Ramsay lives in the greatest city in the world, Toronto, Ontario, with her black cat, Kathy. She can be reached at email@example.com. Look for more stories from this author later on.
GOOD NEWS from and about clients of DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services as of August 2018
by Leonore H. Dvorkin, Editor, DLD Books: http://www.dldbooks.com/
Wow. This month, the good news from and about our clients has been pouring in! Here are some highlights:
1. Impressive total sales:
Very good total sales numbers, even over 550 copies of one book, have been reported for the following three books. All of them are for sale in e book and print. Details, including handy buying links to the books on multiple selling sites, are on the authors'websites.
a. Alice Jane Marie Massa is the author of The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season (C 2016). The book is available in print, e book, braille, and audio formats. The braille and audio version are available from Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement at the same price as the print book, $7.50. See http://www.ablenow.org
Also, the holiday book can be downloaded from BARD (DBC 08305) or from Bookshare.
To read much more about Alice's book, visit her author's page at: http://www.dldbooks.com/alicemassa/
b. Jalil Mortazavi is the author of The Mystery of America: What I Learned and Love About This Country (C 2018). For details, see http://www.dldbooks.com/jalilmortazavi/
c. From GDUI, Guide Dog Users, Inc.: Their new 90 page book, A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler, 4th Edition (C 2018), is available for just $2.50 in e-book format and $6.00 in print. For details, see http://www.dldbooks.com/GDUIHandook/
2. Getting books recorded:
a. Elizabeth L. Sammons is the author of a superbly researched Biblical historical novel, The Lyra and the Cross (C 2018). She recently sent me some very good and diverse tips on getting one's book recorded. I will forward those to anyone who requests them. Her website is http://www.dldbooks.com/elizabethsammons/
b. We have found two professional book narrators, a man and a woman, who are willing to charge our blind clients only $100 per finished hour; that means after any required editing of the recording is done. The woman says that each finished hour represents roughly 10,000 words of text. Their usual charge is $150 per finished hour, so this is a significant discount. The woman is a top Amazon narrator. The recorded books are sold on Audible, which is part of Amazon. I can send you these people's names and email addresses upon request.
3. Success with getting books into bookstores:
J. D. Hart is the pen name of a promising young Colorado author. (For our blind readers: That's spelled H a r t.) Her new romance novel is Drawn to You (C 2018). She's doing lots of innovative marketing and now has her book in two bookstores: one on Cape Cod and one in her western Colorado town. She will be doing a book signing at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in her town later this month. Her website is http://www.dldbooks.com/jdhart/
J. D. has more books planned for the future. Look for the next one in 2019.
4. Two Christmas themed books:
a. Reissued with very slight changes is the charming 107 page book by Susan Bourrie, The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse (C 2016). Older children will delight in reading this imaginative tale to younger ones. Her website is http://www.dldbooks.com/susanbourrie/
b. See above, under Number 1, for Alice Jane-Marie Massa's book, The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season.
5. Coming soon from DLD Books:
a. By the end of August, we should have the sequel to The MetSche Message published; that was a 2016 science fiction novel by Stephen A. Theberge. This new book is The MetSche Maelstrom. Steve has approved the synopsis and the cover, so we are on our way! His website is http://www.dldbooks.com/stephentheberge/
b. Many people, including several well known authors, loved the long first book by David L. Faucheux. That was Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile (C 2017). Coming soon is his masterfully done abridgement of it, cutting the length by about half. The new title will be Selections from Across Two Novembers: A Bibliographic Year. David, who reads over 200 books a year, is one of the finest book reviewers I have ever encountered. His website is http://www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/
c. In September and then in October, I'll be letting you know more about a novella and a much longer novel, both by new clients of ours. Those authors, respectively, are Thea Ramsay and Butterfly Thomas. (The latter is the author's pen name.) For now, here is Thea's website: http://www.dldbooks.com/thearamsay/ There you will find information about her delightful dolphin themed short story, Poo in the Face, and her novel Lucy. We edited the story but not the novel. However, we will be working with Thea from now on.
6. Last but not least:
a. I announce with great pleasure that we are now getting contracts to work with authors who only need things like quick proofreading for typos, a cover, formatting, and the uploading of their books to Amazon and Smashwords, versus full editing. We are very happy to do short jobs of many kinds for authors: the kind of work described just above, plus the editing and formatting of stories, articles, résumés, business letters, and even blog posts.
b. My apologies if I have neglected to mention any recent good news from any of our much appreciated authors. Just send me a summary of what you have to announce, and I will be sure to pass it on as soon as possible. Thanks so very much to all of you who are (or were) our clients, and know that we are always willing and able to take on new ones. Read all about how we and self publishing work, plus our very affordable rates, at http://www.dldbooks.com/
Leonore H. Dvorkin
Personal website: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com/
8. THE HANDLER'S CORNER: Living and Working with Guide Dogs
by Ann Chiappetta, M.S.
Hello, readers. Summer greetings from our animal infused family. I have given much thought about what to write about for this article. I decided to discuss some of the dog themed literature, films, and stories I found appealing and entertaining. A few are classics, a few are contemporary, and some are available in book and movie adaptations. This is my favorite kind of story. The book can be read, and then you can watch the movie and make comparisons.
Let's start with the books adapted into Walt Disney films.
The first is The Incredible Journey, a children's book written by Scottish author Sheila Burnford (1961), starring Tao, Luath, and Bodger. It is an epic adventure of three pets traveling 300 miles in the Canadian wilderness, searching for their masters. It was adapted into a feature film by Walt Disney in 1963. The updated film, what we now call a reboot, is titled Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), starring animal actors Shadow, Chance, and Sassy. The sequel, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996), and the script for the 1993 release were both co written by Mrs. Burnford.
These are timeless and engaging. Both adults and kids will love them.
Who can forget Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog? The book (2005) by John Grogan, made into a film in 2008, is a popular depiction of one man's love for his chaotic and loyal Labrador Retriever. He expertly brings home the feelings and emotions of saying the final goodbye.
Where the Red Fern Grows (1961) is by Wilson Rawls. This book is a wonderful classic of times past and timeless coming of age themes, about a boy overcoming the hurdles of life, encouraged by the loyalty and unconditional regard of his two Redbone Coonhounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. The film is also a timeless classic in terms of historical underpinnings of overcoming poverty and life in the South.
One of the most influential books I've read, which pushed me into writing more about the human canine bond, was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (2008), by David Wroblewski. It is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The book's description of the boundless and selfless regard dogs give to us gets me all verklempt, even after all these years. I also identified with the boy, Edgar, who is a mute. I am blind, and his desperate and frustrating attempts to communicate his needs were not lost on me.
Finally, the most recent is W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose (2010). The book is unique and an example of an unusual writing style paying off by becoming a full length feature film. I think this book may be the best example of how a dog might think, should a dog ever learn to communicate in human terms. I have yet to read the sequel, A Dog's Journey, but I'm looking forward to it.
Happy summer reading and wags to all from Bailey, Verona, and Nikka.
Ann Chiappetta is an author and poet. Her two books thus far are Upwelling: Poems and Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust.
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9. TIPS FOR VIPS (Because Visually Impaired People Are Important, Too)
by Penny Fleckenstein
She blogs at: http://notyouraveragesinglemom.com
My 12 year old grandson, Alex, and my 9 year old son, Zachary, and I joined my friend Jean on an amazing vacation at the beginning of July in Erie, Pennsylvania. Despite all the glitches, we had four great nights at the KOA Campgrounds in McKean, Pennsylvania and one night at the Holiday Inn on Peach Street in Erie.
Our deluxe cabin at the KOA was awesome. It was a log cabin with a porch swing, a locking door, electricity, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, television, air conditioning, a double bed, and a bunk bed with thick, comfortable mattresses. We had to bring our own towels and bedding. Our cabin had a bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower with a shower seat and a hand held sprayer. The hot water was incredible.
We arrived at the campgrounds at night, after office hours. They had a box with our form in it, which my friend Jean filled out, and a phone, which she used to call a person to show us the location of our cabin. It was very clean when we walked in. We were impressed. Later, Jean would tell her family and friends that it was as if we had walked into a picture on a magazine cover. Jean picked up the key at the office the next morning.
On the campgrounds, there is a well stocked store, an outdoor pool, a game room (which I never got to visit), and a lake. They rented out paddle boats. Zachary and I rented a four seater bike with the seats side by side, two in front and two in back. It was $6 for half an hour. It was exhausting going up the hill, but it was worth it to have a fun activity for Zachary and me to do together.
The pool was wonderfully warm. We met a couple of families who make this their regular vacation spot. Both families came in their RVs. There is an ice cream social every Wednesday, which we missed because we went out to eat and were finished too late. There's also an inexpensive cookout every Friday night, and there's a reasonably priced pancake breakfast on Saturday morning. The only amenity I was hoping for and didn't find on the campground was a laundromat.
After two days at Beach 11, one day spent on the campground, and a fantastic 90 minutes spent on the Canadian Sailor on Lake Erie, I had tired, aching muscles. Jean had told me that the Holiday Inn on Peach Street didn't have a pool. However, their guests have access to the pool at the nearby Residence Inn or Comfort Inn. Jean and I were so tired, I did not take the children to swim at either of the hotels. I did use the Jacuzzi tub in our room twice. That was heavenly!
On our last morning, we thoroughly enjoyed the hotel breakfast, complete with pancakes, eggs, and sausage. I was thrilled to experience the automatic pancake maker, which produced two pancakes in one minute with the push of a button. When I came home, my friend Beth looked it up for me. It costs $300. It's a good item for my wish list, to go along with the Jacuzzi tub in my dream house!
Everyone had a good time. My friend Jean said she'd like to do it again. She proclaimed me the Saint of the Year. Next time, I hope things go more smoothly, with a fully working air conditioner in the car, a working GPS (my iPhone was being wacky, giving us directions to places a thousand miles away), and two or three portable chargers. I'd also have my friend pack her car the day before, so we could enjoy an afternoon at the campground when we first arrive. The three weeks with my grandson went well, with my daughter, Katrina, and her husband, Victor, taking Zachary and Alex for half the time.
Alex had no allergic reactions, and we were able to stay nut free. His allergy is so severe that everyone who eats at the table with him has to remain nut free. I was able to reserve a nut free table at the Southern Fest at the Pittsburgh Friendship Group monthly meeting. We went to a WPABOLD (Western Pennsylvania Blind Outdoor Leisure Development) swim party and picnic and, in the whole three weeks, we did not have to be the first to use an EpiPen on Alex. We hope to have Alex visit us again. He really liked the idea and experience of a vacation inside a vacation.
This vacation helped Jean and me bond. She went kayaking with me; it was her first time. She was worried about it, but she overcame her fear and did it.
Now, with our summer wrapping up about a month before school starts for Zachary, I feel well satisfied and refreshed.
Here at home, my landlord had our front steps fixed. He hired a contractor who used Rapid Set. In just one afternoon, we were able to walk on our front steps. In seven days, it was strong enough for us to move furniture. Life is good!
10. RECIPE COLUMN
by Karen Crowder
August is the height of summer, with hot, humid days. New Englanders enjoy camping, swimming, or vacationing in Maine, Vermont, or Cape Cod. Roadside stands are busy selling onion rings, fried clams, lobster rolls, burgers, and delicious ice cream. Sweet corn, tomatoes, summer squash, nectarines, blueberries, and peaches are available at farm stands and supermarkets across New England. However, days gradually become shorter, with hints of autumn on infrequent cool evenings. Everyone plans easy meals on warm August days.
With the exception of corn fritters, these three recipes involve minimal cooking.
A. Veggie Sandwiches
B. Delicious Egg Salad Sandwiches
C. Easy Corn Fritters
A. Veggie Sandwiches
I often order vegetarian subs from local pizza or sub shops. On an August evening, a church volunteer called to take me grocery shopping. Within little time, this idea was born. The sandwich was delicious and easy to prepare.
Slices of red pepper
Spears of asparagus
One slice American cheese
A hamburger or bulky roll.
1. Rinse and break up vegetables, placing them in a Pyrex dish, adding butter and olive oil.
2. Microwave vegetables, covered with a paper towel, for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
3. Assemble sandwich, placing one spoonful of mayonnaise on bottom of roll. Place one half slice of cheese over mayonnaise, on inside of roll, adding vegetables. Put top half of roll over the vegetables and microwave the sandwich for 10 seconds, melting the cheese
This is an easy supper on a hot night. Pair it with fresh peaches.
B. Delicious Egg Salad
This egg salad recipe differs from one given in a previous issue of Consumer Vision. The relish has been replaced with chives.
Six large eggs
A handful of dried chives
Dashes of curry powder, garlic powder, and salt
Mayonnaise of choice
Either three tiny sweet onions or one fourth Vidalia sweet onion
Hamburger or hot dog rolls
Butter for toasted rolls.
1. Fill a lock lid pan half full of water. Add some salt. Place pan on a large burner and heat water on medium heat for 10 minutes.
2. Bring eggs to room temperature in a bowl of warm water. Drop eggs one at a time into almost boiling water. Cook eggs for 15 minutes.
3. Turn off burner. Carry pan to sink and drain the water. Refill pan with cool water. Allow eggs to cool for 15 20 minutes.
4. Bring medium mixing bowl and another container to the sink. Gently empty pan of eggs. Tap one egg at a time on pan or mixing bowl. Gently shell each egg, placing shells in another container. When shells are removed, put bowl on kitchen counter.
5. Add spices and chopped onion to eggs, mashing egg mixture with a fork for two minutes. Eggs should be in small pieces. Add mayonnaise and stir with a spoon to incorporate it into egg salad. Refrigerate egg salad until it's nearly serving time.
If you are toasting the rolls, put them in a toaster oven, dotting the outsides and insides with butter. Toast rolls for two minutes. Put two heaping spoonfuls of egg salad in each roll.
6. Serve egg salad snadwiches with fresh peaches as a side dish.
This is a great meal on a hot night. Refrigerate any leftover egg salad in an airtight container.
Eat leftover egg salad within two days. Note: You can serve the egg salad on white, whole wheat, or Italian bread.
C. Easy Corn Fritters
I learned how to make corn fritters while married to Marshall. They were always delicious. I never deep fried them; they were more like pancakes. I decided to make them again on a warm night, using ideas from clam fritters in Our New England Cookery and A Leaf from Our Table. Using ears of corn, they were good.
One cup flour
Two tablespoons sugar
One and one half teaspoons baking powder
One fourth teaspoon salt
One cup milk
Two tablespoons canola or avocado oil
Two ears of corn
Two teaspoons butter
Olive oil and butter for the pan.
1. Remove husks and silk from ears of corn. Rinse ears thoroughly, breaking off the ends. Wrap ears in paper towels and dampen them. Place them on a dinner plate, pricking them with a fork. Microwave corn for eight minutes and thirty seconds. Unwrap ears of corn on plate, letting them cool for 15 minutes.
2. Place a medium plastic container behind the plate. With a paring or steak knife, gently move down each ear, held over the plastic container. Rotate them, being sure all kernels are in the container. Wrap and discard ears.
3. In a large mixing bowl, measure all dry ingredients. Whisk ingredients with a fork for 30 seconds. In a small mixing bowl, put egg, milk, and canola or avocado oil. Combine ingredients, whisking for one minute.
4. Add liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir batter with a wooden spoon for one minute. Add corn kernels. Stir fritter batter for one minute. Melt butter in a small custard cup for 25 seconds. Let cool and incorporate it into batter.
5. Put two tablespoons butter in a 10 12 inch cast iron or stainless steel pan and then cover bottom inside surface of pan with olive oil. Preheat pan on medium heat for five minutes. Measure five one half cup scoops of fritter batter, placing them in the pan. You will be able to make five fritters in one batch.
6. Cook fritters for 5 6 minutes on each side. The outside should feel crispy when turning or removing them with metal spatula.
Serve fritters hot, with real maple syrup. Fresh fruit is a nice accompaniment. Note: Refrigerate any fritter batter in an airtight container, eating within three days.
Note: You can substitute one cup frozen corn instead of fresh for the fritter batter.
I hope Consumer Vision readers are enjoying summer, making good memories. Summers are too short in New England. However, we enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables until October. Let us all pray and hope for a more peaceful, patient America.
11. MARCY'S SCHMOOZE TINNIH
by Marcy J. Segelman
Shalom! I have had a very long journey of a month with what I have been going through with this cancer battle. I did meet a lot of people, as well as my own medical team that worked with me daily. So I would like to say thank you to the team and everyone else who has been so kind.
This is the last part of the big steps of this journey. The first thing you go through with radiation treatments is that you and your team do your markings by doing tattoos. This gives the team and the doctor the area that is to be taken care of during the treatment. This changes as the treatment progresses.
You go to the CAT scan room and you are passed back and forth through a donut hole. The machine takes pictures that will help with the radiation part of the process. The setting up and arranging is the longest and hardest aspect of this stage.
When you have the radiation, you are moved about and rolled over. This can be hard, because you need to lie perfectly still, and the team does the work. You are placed on a table with a white sheet on it. Under this is a board that is a frame that holds your upper body in place. There is a bar over your head where you place your hands. Above you is a large light that looks like the lights in an operating room. There are many lasers in the room. You can say it is lit up kind of like Christmas. As least, that was the joke I made. The room is very quiet, and you can fall asleep. There is a microphone if you need someone's help.
I had this type of treatment done for three and a half weeks, for a total of eighteen treatments. The radiation intensity got stronger as it went on. It does sometimes make you tired. It makes you dehydrated. Also, you need to stay out of the sun.
The next part is getting back to one's life and routine. This is a bit shaky at first. But that is what happens when you are turned around at a fast pace, and you know that your life goes back only slowly to what it was. It will fall back into place.
I know that it makes me a stronger person to realize that I have to take things as they come and be willing to ask for help. It can't be done quickly. I also feel that you must take each and every day and live it to the fullest. We never know what is in store for us.
One thing I want to say is that eating and drinking are very important when you are going through something like this. One thing I did before this was drink water. Now I drink a lot, because I get dehydrated; one of the signs of dehydration is headaches. So I would like people to drink more water and watch the sun, because that can dehydrate them as well.
Again, I want to thank you all for your support and interest in this adventure that is turning out to be a new chapter in my life.
12. CONSUMER VISION TRIVIA CONTEST
First, here is the answer to the question submitted in the July Consumer Vision. According to the nursery rhyme, it was Jack Sprat who could eat no fat. Congratulations to the following winners:
Roanna Bacchus of Oviedo, Florida
Marda Bartel of Austin, Texas
Jan Colby of Brockton, Massachusetts
Daryl Darnell of Urbana, Illinois
Nancy Hays of Oakville, Connecticut
Susan Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana
Jean Marcley of Brenda, Arizona
Jessie McCracken of Salem, South Carolina
Jo Smith of West Dennis, Massachusetts
Abbie Taylor of Sheridan, Wyoming
And now, here is your trivia question for September. Name the four main branches of science. If you know the answer, please email email@example.com or call 508-994-4972.