June / July 2019

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TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND (TSB) P.O. Box 57655. Tucson, AZ 85732

TSB meets every Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway
Come when you can and leave when you must. Bring a sack lunch.
For more information call Barbara, 298-2427 or Tom, 721-1029

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4 - Janet Dylla - Desert Low Vision, Demo of Assistive Technology
11 - Jan V "Clara Schell, first woman optometrist and suffragist in the state of Arizona"
14 - No TSB Board Meeting
18 - Annie Schlesinger, "TASK, Grocery Shopping & Using Uber & Lyft" -- TASK stands for Tenacity, Adaptability, Support, & Knowledge
25 - No TSB Meeting Vacation bible school at church



2 - Myra "Learn how to use Iris Vision"
9 - Dr. Brian Mc Kay "Research and Possible Treatment for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration", Murrey Shorts will prepare a BBQ pork sandwich lunch stay until 12:15 PM
12 - TSB Board Meeting 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Biscuit Country Cafe 7026 E. Broadway
16 - 16 Lupita Hernandez - "Blind Runner, Braille, and Direct Services for the Visually Impaired"
23 - Roger Early, "Exercise & Self Defense"
26 - Field trip to the White Elephant Thrift Store and Maggie Hegan’s home in Green Valley. See details below
30 TBA

August 6 Bill Martin, guitarist and soloist, playing Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and other favorites


Field trip to Green Valley, Friday, July 26

Meet at the White Elephant Thrift Store, 601 N La Canada Dr, Green Valley at 10 a.m.
Leave the Thrift Store at 11:45 a.m. to go to Maggie’s Place - 661 W Calle Torres Blancos, Green Valley, 85614.
TSB members will have a delicious lunch including dessert, (all you can eat) for $10.
Then we will see Maggie’s Casita. Let Barb know by July 16th and pay $10 for lunch ahead of time.
The White Elephant Thrift store is known for its bargains and sells out quickly.


President’s Message by Barbara Macpherson

Happy summer! TSB has many interesting programs to look forward to. I want to talk about how to get from coping with vision loss to thriving with vision loss. Here are a few tips below. Make it a goal to work toward adopting these tips.

Build self-confidence; focus on accomplishments; be open to new ideas. Try something new. Work on building supportive relationships. Get organized and put things back in the same place. Make a plan with specific steps to reach your goals. Listen to inspiring stories. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need to. Doing as much as you can for yourself produces a feeling of pride. Develop a sense of humor to laugh at yourself. Be persistent and patient, when learning new skills. Change your attitude to a positive one on most days. Realize there are different ways of doing the same task. Work on changing old habits to new ones. Understand that dealing with vision loss is a continuous journey. Sometimes you go forward and sometimes backwards, but take baby steps toward your goals.

As I write this, I’m trying to learn two new computer programs. It is not easy, and at times very frustrating, but I keep trying. I want to learn keyboard commands instead of using the mouse. The best tip of all is to have fun. Take time to see and talk with friends, sing along to songs on the radio and laugh at silly jokes. See you soon at a TSB program.


Eye Talk by Annie Schlesinger

Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) - EFTPS is a system for paying federal taxes electronically by using the internet or by phone voice response system. It is offered free by US Department of Treasury. This system can be used for paying taxes or making estimated tax payments.

To use the EFTPS you must enroll, associate it to a bank account and receive a pin. After your account is set up, tax payments can be done on the Internet or by calling an 800 number on your phone. For more information visit EFTPS online or call Customer Service, 1-800-555-4477.

Arizona Department of Revenue doesn’t have phone payments.

Tip: Stop socks from getting lost in the wash. Use a lingerie bag to contain them. I use a bag for whites and another bag for black or colored.


News You Can Use by Barbara Macpherson

TSB now has a new updated Helpful Resource List. If you haven’t received one yet, ask Vicki for a copy. Computers for the Blind, a non-profit will help the visually impaired individual to get a refurnished Window 10 computer with JAWS or Zoom Text for a reasonable cost. See information below. Dr. Monica Diamos of Diamond Eye Care is a low vision optometrist. See information below. GoGo Grandparents allows any person on a cell phone, not on I phone, to request an Uber or Lyft ride. See details below.

Sun van has a new rule. It is recommended to cancel your ride 30 minutes in advance. If the Van is between two miles away and you cancel, you will be charged for the ride. Also clarify with the reservationist whether you want a ride in the AM or PM. The van came at 6:30 AM in the morning, so we missed our ride to the theater at 6:30 PM that night.


Important Phone Numbers:

AZ State Vocational Rehabilitation - Independent
Blind Skills Program 888-282-9857

Computers for the Blind
214-340-6328, http://computersfortheblind.org
Refurnished computers Windows 10 with JAWS or Zoom text for the visually impaired. Desk tops $130, Laptop $185, Warranty for one year. Tech support to help set up. Can customize. Two week turn around.

Diamond Eye Care
520-327-2400, 3801 N. Campbell, Low vision optometrist,
$150 for 1 hour evaluation with low vision aids, not covered by insurance, Dr. Monica Diamos

GoGo Grandparents
A 24-hour personal operator provides access to Uber and Lyft rides on a regular cell phone. The cost is $0.20 a minute and you sign up with credit card. The ride comes in 15 minutes, 855-464-6872.


Free catalogs for low vision aids:

Independent Living Aids 800-537-2118,
LS&S 800-468-4789, Maxi Aids 800-622-5294.


Six Successful Individuals who overcame daunting odds

You've heard it before: "If at first you don't succeed, try again." Sometimes you may feel like that's just a saying, but it is absolutely not. The 6 incredible stories below show how even horrible tragedies and setbacks can help fuel a drive for success.

From Oprah Winfrey's scarred childhood to Bill Gates' failed business ventures, these people have been through the grinder, and came out even better than before. Their stories stress one of the most important lessons of all: Never ever give up.

Bill Gates' first business failed. Yes, the richest person in the whole world couldn't make any money at first. Gates' first company, Traf-O-Data (a device which could read traffic tapes and process the data), failed miserably. When Gates and his partner, Paul Allen, tried to sell it, the product wouldn't even work. Gates and Allen didn't let that stop them from trying again though. Here's how Allen explained how the failure helped them: "Even though Traf-O-Data wasn’t a roaring success, it was seminal in preparing us to make Microsoft’s first product a couple of years later."

Albert Einstein didn't speak until he was four years old. Einstein didn't have the best childhood. In fact, many people thought he was just a dud. He never spoke for the first three years of his life, and throughout elementary school many of his teachers thought he was lazy and would never make anything of himself. He always received good marks, but his head was in the clouds, conjuring up abstract questions people couldn't understand. But he kept thinking and, well, he eventually developed the theory of relativity, which many of us still can't wrap our heads around.

Jim Carrey use to be homeless. Carrey revealed to James Lipton on "Inside the Actor's Studio" that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family. His father was an unemployed musician and as the family went from "lower middle class to poor;" they eventually had to start living in a van. Carrey didn't let this stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a comedian. He went from having his dad drive him to comedy clubs in Toronto to starring in mega-blockbusters and being known as one of the best comedic actors of an era.

Bethany Hamilton had her arm bitten off by a shark. Hamilton started surfing when she was just a child. At age 13, an almost-deadly shark attack resulted in her losing her left arm. She was back on her surfboard one month later, and two years after that, she won first place in the Explorer Women’s Division of the NSSA National Championships. Talk about determination.

Benjamin Franklin dropped out of school at age ten. Franklin's parents could only afford to keep him in school until his tenth birthday. That didn't stop the great man from pursuing his education. He taught himself through voracious reading, and eventually went on to invent the lightning rod and bifocals. Oh, and he became one of America's Founding Fathers.

Oprah Winfrey gave birth at age 14 and lost her child. She is one of the most successful and richest people in the world today, but Winfrey didn't always have it so easy. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wis. and was repeatedly molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend. She eventually ran away from home, and at age 14 gave birth to a baby boy who died shortly after. But Winfrey's tragic past didn't stop her from becoming the force she is today. She excelled as an honors student in high school, and won an oratory contest which secured her a full scholarship to college. Now the entrepreneur and personality has the admiration of millions and a net worth of $2.9 billion.


Tips from Kara Curtis, Tucson Police Community Resource Officer

• Lock your doors and windows even when you are home. About 50% of burglaries happen through unlocked doors and windows.

• Keep front path clear, trim bushes, have porch light on, so neighbors can see.

• Beware of scam phone calls, such as social security checks being suspended due to criminal activity.

• Other scam phone calls include grandson or granddaughter needing money, Microsoft to fix your computer, and you have won etc. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

• Practice yelling Back Off in a mean voice at the top of your lungs. If you need help, here is Kara Curtis and Teresa Hayworth’s contact information. Call Kara at 520-837-7428, kara.curtis @tucsonaz.gov. Terry Hayward 520-837-7160, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Birthdays and Anniversaries in June and July


3  Jean Faulkner
12  Cheryl Fitzwater      
20 Ralph Lueders
23 Tom Young
24 Macpherson Anniversary


11 Jim Underwood
13 Linda Lueders
14 Maggie Hagen
22 Betty Legg
27 Bobbie Young


On the Lighter side

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good

No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time heals almost everything; Give time time.

No matter how good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Believe in miracles.

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


In our issues you'll find:

   Upcoming Events
   Special Stories
   Ermas Eye Opener
   News You Can Use
   Thoughts from our Sunshine Lady
   ... and more

Timothy: Cactus walking with a white cane, dark sun glasses, and white cowboy hat.

Volunteers Needed


TSB needs sighted volunteers to:

  • drive
  • assist with activities
  • help with luncheons, field trips, and fund raising events

IRS #  84-1636485
TSB is a 501c3 Organization

Green Check Mark in square box with Black border.

Or mail your donations, which is 100% tax-deductible to:

Tucson Society of the Blind
P.O. Box 57655
Tucson, AZ  85732

Thank you for your support

For membership and general information contact:

Barbara Macpherson, President
  (520) 298-2427

Tom Young, Director
  (520) 721-1029

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