June / July 2017

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6 - Kathy Graham (O Brien) from El Dorado Audiology will talk about "Commun-icating with the Hearing Impaired, All about Dealing with hearing loss."
9 - Board of Directors, Biscuits Country Café, 7026 E Broadway, 10-1:00 p.m.
***  Church closed for two weeks (June 13 & 20) due to Vacation Bible School.
13 - Game Day & lunch at Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot, 11:45-3:00 p.m. Meet at 11:45 a.m. at Dao's Tai Pan's Restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot, 3-3:30 p.m. out on Sun Van. See details below. Don't miss the fun!
20 - Eating out at Las Margaritas Restaurant – 3602 E Grant Rd., 11-1:00 p.m.
27 - Lindsey McHugh, "Becoming a Blind Music Teacher & Teaching Music to Blind Students" - Lindsey will play the piano and sing.


4 - TSB closed
11 - "Cecil the reptile guy" will bring Rosie the Gila monster, Desert tortoises, & three snakes. There will be much to touch but you do not have to touch the snakes. We will learn all about reptiles. Sign up with Barb for potluck.
14 - Board of Directors, Biscuits Country Café, 7026 E Broadway, 10-1:00 p.m.
18 - Janne Irvine will perform on the piano and talk about classical composers. Potluck today. Leave at 12:00 p.m.
25 - We will play "Are you smarter than a fifth grader," plus enjoy some icecream and Roxanna Baker will play the accordion.

August 1 Annie Schlesinger, "Sharing Insights about Vision Loss"

June 13 Lunch & Game day - Start out at 11:45 with a delicious lunch at Dao's Tai Pan's Restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot. Pan's Restaurant has extensive Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, cost between $8 - $11.00. After lunch, we will walk to the Wilmot library, which is on the left, for a game day in the large meeting room. We will be playing a modified Uno with low vision and Braille cards. Another group will be playing Bingo with cash prizes. Get a 3-3:30 p.m. out on Sun Van. Don't miss the fun and time to socialize.

Erma’s Eye Opener

Greetings to all: I’m back doing pretty well! I want to thank you’all for your wonderful good thoughts and prayers. Summer is pretty much upon us. I hope everyone will have a safe and delightful summer.

Six Steps to a Healthy Refrigerator - Refresh your refrigerator this summer by cleaning out unhealthy or outdated foods. Restock it with healthy foods that can help reduce your cancer risk and set you up for easy meal planning in six simple steps:
1. Throw out those old left-overs and forgotten veggies along with sugary foods and sodas. Old food may look or smell fine, yet still not be safe to eat. If in doubt, throw it out.
2. Put the rest of your refrigerator and freezer contents on the kitchen counter and clean the shelves and drawers with a solution of white vinegar mixed with water. You can also place an open box of baking soda on a rear shelf to absorb odors; replace every 6 months.
3. Use a refrigerator thermometer to be sure your fridge temperature is no higher than 40 degrees F.
4. Close or tightly wrap any loose packages of remaining foods you have purchased. Keep raw meats away from other foods by wrapping them in plastic zip-lock bags and placing on a separate shelf. Write the dates and contents on the wrapped items you place in the freezer. Refrigerate perishable foods and leftovers within two hours of purchase or use. Leftovers should be eaten within three to four days or frozen. Place dairy products on refrigerator shelves for best chilling; reserve door shelves for condiments and water or non-sugary beverages.
5. Refill your refrigerator with green vegetables like salad greens, baby spinach, asparagus, fresh peas, green bell peppers, cucumbers, avocados, and zucchini; colorful vegetables like carrots, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, and radishes; fruits including strawberries, blueberries, oranges, apples, grapes, and melons; low-fat dairy, milk (or non-dairy soy, almond, or rice milk), yogurt, cottage cheese, and other cheese; other protein foods, eggs, hummus, fresh fish, poultry, and fresh lean red meat. (for lower cancer risk avoid processed meats like hot dogs, bologna, salami, bacon, sausage, and deli meats.) Some vegetables and fruits should be stored in a cool place, but not the refrig-erator including onions, potatoes, large tomatoes, bananas, and pears.
6. Stock your freezer with: bags of plain fruit like berries and peaches; boxes or bags of plain vegetables like broccoli, spinach, peas, and green beans; whole grains like whole-grain tortillas, and whole-wheat bread and rolls, brown rice or barley that you’ve cooked in a large batch, frozen in single portion size zip-lock bags. Store fish, poultry and meats safely; fresh fish, meat, or poultry that will not be cooked and eaten within 2 days should be frozen and labeled with date and contents. When ready to use them, don’t defrost them at room temperature, because this may cause food poisoning. Instead, place them in the refrigerator the night before you plan to cook them, or the same day in a cold water bath in which the water is changed every 30 minutes. Lovingly, Erma Seal, President


Barbara Macpherson receives the honor of Ben's Bells
for community service and kindness, presented at the May 9th TSB meeting

The following is what Annie Schlesinger wrote to nominate Barbara for Ben’s Bells for kindness and community service. It will be in the AZ Daily Star June 19 or 20 and on Friday June 16 at 9:00 a.m. on 94.9 mix FM and 11:00 a.m. on KGUN 9 Television. Pictures with Tucson Society of the Blind Banner in the background were taken at TSB when the Ben’s Bell was presented to her:

Blind and visually impaired folks can become socially isolated. Barbara Macpherson combated this by helping to found Tucson Society of the Blind, a weekly group which provides education, entertainment and socialization. She currently serves as Vice President and Program Chair. I am a member. She recruits and works with volunteers who assist at meetings and field trips. Barbara recently ran a successful Rodeo Concert as a fund raiser. She is active in Tucson chapter of National Federation of the Blind. She has served on their Board and currently does notifications. Barbara is an example of the philosophy of living life as we want and not let blindness hold her back.

She periodically provides training for Sun Van drivers on how to assist and interact with blind and visually impaired riders. Barbara uses her personal experiences with vision loss and training to reach out and assist others in working toward independent living which is meaningful and satisfying. Barbara mentors individuals by providing useful information and emotional support and stays in touch with many individuals to encourage them. She is an example of what a visually impaired person can do including line dancing. She is making a difference in people's lives

News You Can Use by Barbara Macpherson

Walgreens: First Tuesday Senior Day - You can save 20% off everything at Wal-greens on the first Tuesday which is senior day. The only exception is prescript-tions, alcohol, and tobacco. Senior shoppers can save a good amount on all the items in Walgreens. Be sure to ask for an assistant to help you shop and find items quickly. And don't forget to get a treat in the candy aisle.

From Suzi Gunn, Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Has your group seen this travel app called “Over There”? It's free, only works on iPhones right now. It will identify signs in audio format. Let me know how it goes if you try it with this link. https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/overthere

Free Hearing Aids For Those Who Qualify

Tucson nonprofit provides hearing aids in exchange for sweat equity. There is a new nonprofit clinic in town that provides hearing health services in exchange for volunteer work. Grace Hearing Center helps underserved members of the Tucson community buy hearing aids at a reduced cost in exchange for volunteering at an organization of their choice. "I want anybody who can't afford hearing aids, or even a hearing test, to have a hearing test because it's such a sneaky disability," said Judy Huch, president of the Grace Hearing Center. "You don't realize what you're missing until it's too late.” In partnership with Hear in Tucson, Oro Valley and Tanque Verde Audiology, the volunteer team at the clinic helps fit hearing aids and facilitates testing and rehabilitation. Grants, donations, corporate sponsorship and volunteers sustain the program, and recipients sign a contract pledging to volunteer as a way to say "thank you" to the donors. Huch opened the clinic in August after learning about HearCare Connection out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She modeled their concept of providing hearing care for the underserved community at a discounted price in exchange for sweat equity. Grace Hearing Center is open one Saturday a month as well as every Monday at Tanque Verde Audiology, 5625 E. Grant Road, 751-3901, www.gracehearing.org. The clinic operates on a sliding fee scale that goes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty line, Huch said. The more money a person pays, the less community service they need to complete. "I would really love to focus on the working poor because it affects how much income we bring home," Huch said. "The greater the hearing loss, the less income that they get, the less chance for going up into higher aspects of their jobs, their career.” The average price for a hearing aid in the United States is $2,000 an aid, according to Huch. But with the help of Grace Hearing Center, people can pay as little as $75. Grace Hearing Center can offer discounted pricing by refurbishing old hearing aids, and by donations of hearing aid manufacturers and audiologists in the community who donate their time. Providing support, raising awareness, patients at Grace Hearing Center say they have benefited from the program because they might not have been able to afford hearing aids otherwise. "We hear about heart disease, but nobody is talking about hearing loss," Huch said. "They talk about the expense of it, but they don't about the benefit if they take care of it, or even preventing hearing loss. Quit thinking it's an old people's thing; quit thinking it's insignificant because it just comes with age. Those are all untrue facts. We can help; we can do awesome things; we can change lives if we can even get people to take that first step of getting hearing checked.”

Those Who Overcome Odds Inspire Others - June 25, 1997 By Abigail Van Buren.

"Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.--
Raise him in abject poverty, and you have an Abraham Lincoln.-- Subject him to bitter religious prejudice, and you have a Disraeli.-- Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president of the United States to be elected to four terms.-- When he is a lad of 3, burn him so severely in a schoolhouse fire that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham, who set the world's record in 1934 for running a mile in 4 minutes, 6.8 seconds.-- Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver or Martin Luther King Jr.-- Have him born of parents who survived a Nazi concentration camp, paralyze him from the waist down when he is 4, and you have the incomparable concert violinist Itzhak Perlman.-- Call a slow learner "retarded" and write him off as “ineducable,” and you have an Albert Einstein -- Have a thalidomide child born with a dwarfed, twisted body without arms, and you have a Terry Wiles, who, with the aid of mechanical devices, learned to play the electric organ, steer a motorboat and paint.-- Amputate the cancer-ridden leg of a handsome young Canadian, and you have a Terry Fox, who vowed to run on one leg across the whole of Canada to raise $1 million for cancer research. (Terry was forced to quit halfway when cancer invaded his lungs but managed to raise about $20 million.)-- Let a British fighter pilot who lost both legs in an air crash fly again with the RAF, and you have a Douglas Bader, who, with two artificial limbs, was captured by the Germans three times during World War II - and escaped three times.-- Blind him, and you have a Ray Charles, George Shearing, Stevie Wonder, Tom Sullivan, Alec Templeton or Hal Krents.-- Label him "too stupid to learn," and you have a Thomas Edison.-- Make him a "hopeless" alcoholic, and you have Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.-- Tell her she's too old to start painting at 80, and you have a Grandma Moses.-- Afflict him with periods of depression so severe that he cut off his own ear, and you have a Vincent Van Gogh.-- Your list would not be complete without a smiling Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam and formerly headed the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. He is now serving as a Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia.-- Don't forget Patricia Neal, the fine actress who suffered a severe stroke but rehabilitated herself against overwhelming odds.-- Blind him at age 44, and you have John Milton, who, 16 years later, wrote "Paradise Lost."-- Call him dull and hopeless and flunk him in the sixth grade, and you have a Winston Churchill.-- Punish her with poverty and prejudice, and she may survive to become another Golda Meir.-- Pit her against sexual discrimination, and you have a Madame Curie.-- Tell a young boy who loved to sketch and draw that he has no talent, and you have a Walt Disney.-- Take a crippled child whose only home he ever knew was an orphanage, and you have a James E. West, who became the first chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America.-- Rate him as "mediocre" in chemistry, and you have a Louis Pasteur.-- Deny a child the ability to see, hear and speak, and you have a Helen Keller.-- Make him a second fiddle in an obscure South American orchestra, and you have a Toscanini.

Not all disabilities are visible. And not all who have won against the odds are well-known celebrities. Every family has its own heroes and heroines for whom there is no medal distinguished enough to reward them for their accomplishments.
It is to you, whose names do not appear here but deserve to, that I dedicate this column. Abigail Van Buren

Tech Bytes
by Wesley Derbyshire

To date, autonomous Vehicles have been adopted by five states leading the way for blind persons to independently travel. The future has been embraced by California, Nevada, Tennessee, Florida, and Michigan along with the District of Columbia, where laws have been passed to deal with driverless vehicles. While private ownership initially is likely to be out of the reach of many Americans, ride sharing services and public transit are currently being tested in cities around the world.

Uber, the most well-known ride sharing service has already started testing autonomous taxies in Pittsburg, PA. They have a straightforward goal of simply becoming increasingly more efficient and profitable by jettisoning the human drivers who take home the majority of the fare, along with driving down costs to the consumer. Working in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon, Uber has created a test lab in Pittsburg where road conditions vary widely depending on the weather. This makes a most excellent test environment for the pilot project which allows passengers to see the activity of the tracking systems, vehicle speed, and other metrics on a tablet mounted between the back side of the two front seats as they take rides around Pittsburg.

Meanwhile in Boston, the city considered to have the worst drivers in the USA, nuTonomy has begun testing an autonomous electric limousine service. The Singapore based company points out that each city and geographic region will require a different set of parameters to account for weather, road conditions, and local laws. But it is exactly this kind of careful analysis that will put a huge dent in the annual global rate of 1.2 million road deaths every year, along with providing a means for everyone, regardless of ability or sobriety, the means to travel.

Taking it big, up in Reno, NV the University of Nevada recently announced the start of a three-phase project to get an actual autonomous bus on the road by 2019. Proterra, a company based in California, has built the sensor-laden passenger electric bus which will run a 3-mile route during the pilot period. buses are already chock full of automated features found in most luxury cars, such as lane assist and warnings that beep when people or vehicles enter a drivers’ blind spots. This technology works, and a recent study of buses using these automated features proved it when none of them hit pedestrian or cyclists. This is excellent news for blind pedestrians as automation looks likely to keep everyone safer. So get ready, your days of asking for a ride are coming to an end!

Angels Explained By Children

I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Herold. Gregory, aged 5

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore.
I forget why, but scientists are working on it. – Olive, age 9

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter. – Sara aged 6

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!! – Jack, aged 6

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who is a very good carpenter. – Jared, age 8

Erma Seal, President


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   Ermas Eye Opener
   News You Can Use
   Thoughts from our Sunshine Lady
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