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How to Find Lost Objects

We've all done it, laid something down and couldn't find it a few minutes later. Where do those things go? I've laid things down and have never found them. There's an online book written by Professor Solomon that outlines twelve Principles that will help you find these items, and it gives tips on how to keep from losing them again. The book is online so you won't be able to lose it! Here's just a sample of what you'll find:

Principle Ten: The Eureka Zone The majority of lost objects are right where you figure-once you take a moment to stop and figure. Others, however, are in the immediate vicinity of that place. They have undergone a displacement-a shift in location that, although minor, has served to render them invisible. Some examples:

A pencil has rolled beneath a typewriter.
A tool has been shoved to the rear of a drawer.
A book on a shelf has gotten lodged behind other books.
A folder has been misfiled, several folders away from where it belon…

Keep The Family Driver Safe With The Charge-n-Start

You may not be able to drive the family car, but you want to insure that your spouse is safe while traveling. There will come a time when your car's battery will need to be charged. Where will it be? Maybe on a dark street, in a parking lot, on the side of the road? Do you or your spouse know how to connect jumper cables? Could you properly identify the negative and positive terminals? There's an easier way and it's safer for everyone involved. Recharge that battery quickly and easily through your vehicle's AC power port/lighter socket! Just plug one end into the car with the dead battery, the other end into a different car, and let the healthy battery give you some juice! Works just as well as jumper cables, but is easier and safer to operate. The cord is 8 feet long and UL listed. The product features innovative technology: battery level digital indicator, LCD voltage display, and battery tester light.

Click this link to purchase the Charge-n-Start from the Saha…

Automatic Soap/Lotion Dispenser

My wife and I went to the mall last weekend and noticed that they had remodeled the bathrooms. I love it. Even a bathroom has to go high-tech! Automatic soap and paper towel dispensers, hot water with the wave of a hand and even automatic flushers. Wouldn't it be cool if you could have some of this technology at home? Now you can! Take personal hygiene to the next level with the Automatic Soap/Lotion Dispenser, the cleanest method of dispensing soap or lotion. Just fill it with any liquid soap or lotion, and every time you wave your hand underneath the spout, it will dispense a small amount of lotion or soap. There's no mess, no clean-up and no germs. It's perfect for homes, offices, clinics, restaurants, health clubs and countless other places. The Automatic Soap/Lotion Dispenser uses 4 AA batteries (sold separately). A low-battery indicator lets you know when it's time to replace the batteries.

Click this link to purchase the Automatic Soap/Lotion Dispenser from …

How to Get a Job When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Landing a job when you have difficulties seeing is a unique challenge, but not an impossible one. Follow these steps and you just might find yourself employed.

Focus on your strengths. By turning the attention away from the fact that you are visually impaired, you will gain (or re-gain) the confidence you need for a successful job search.

Determine what types of jobs you are able to do. Would you be willing to work in customer service answering questions over the phone or in person? Or perhaps you're an excellent chef in a well-organized kitchen?

Network with people who are in the type of business that you are interested in. Let them know you are looking for a job and what you can do. Do this by:

Speaking with your friends, family, and acquaintances. They may not be working in the type of job you're looking for but they could possibly know someone who does.

Phoning local businesses (of the type you're interested in) and asking to meet with someone in charge. Note: at this stage…

How to Take Care of Your Eyes

Diet and upkeep are two important factors in taking care of your eyes.

Eat lots of fruits & veggies! Carrots, loaded with beta carotene are especially helpful in maintaining healthy eyes.

Avoid wearing contact lenses for more than 12 hours. This can cause permanent sight damage as well as extreme discomfort.

Using an allergen-reducing eye drop during allegery season to "get the red out" and sooth itchiness may help on a limited basis, but chronic daily use can actually make the problem worse.

Read the labels of eye drops carefully; many drops cannot be used while wearing contacts.

Wear UV protective sunglasses. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can harm your eyesight, protection in youth can help prevent loss of eyesight in later years.

Try not to spend so much time looking at your computer screen, now would be a good time to give your eyes a break since you're not doing anything too important.

Be sure to wear goggles or other eye protective wear when working with chemicals or …

Large Print Check Ledger

A large print check ledger has been created in a Microsoft Excel Workbook. The default font is 36 point Arial, but you can make it any size you want by changing the % of view in the standard toolbar at the top of the screen. If you don't see that then you will need to go to the View/toolbars menu and check standard. The first thing you want to do when you open the spreadsheet, is save it as a new name, so you will have the original blank form for next year. I suggest you name it something like, "checkRec2006". You will notice that your cursor is sitting in the beginning balance field. Just type in the beginning balance and then hit the tab key. This will put you in the first row of your check record in the column headed "Date". The column headings are: Date, Check #, Description, Debit, Credit and Balance. When entering your first check, type in the date, hit tab (for example, you can type in 4/6, hit tab and 4/6/06 will be automatically …

TextPal Editor for the Blind

Jamal Mzarui has developed TextPal, a full featured text editor that is friendly, powerful, and open source. It uses a standard Windows interface for an application that supports multiple document windows. It seeks to optimize efficiency for users of the JAWS or Window Eyes screen readers by automatically verbalizing relevant information. >TextPal works like NotePad so you can begin using it with the same commands. Many more commands are also defined, generally involving a >modifier key like Shift,Control, or Alt in combination with a letter that begins the name of the command. Most commands provide enhanced verbalizations compared to default screen reader speech, e.g., automatically reading the current line after a command completes.

Click this link to download TextPal: http://www.empowermentzone.com/palsetup.exe.

Using Capital Letters and Spaces in Internet Addresses

If you ever spell a word wrong when typing in a URL, you're going to get a "Page cannot be found" error message. If you mess up capitalization and spacing, the same thing might happen. You cannot use any spaces in an Internet address. It's just not the way URLs function. If you somehow hit the space bar while typing, you're not going to get to the Web site you're looking for. So, make sure you never use any spacing in a Web site's address. Capitalization is a little different. Some Web sites may require capitalization. On the other hand, even though a URL has capital letters in it, you may still be directed to the site even if you use all lowercase letters. It all just depends on how the address is set up. An Internet address only relies on case sensitive letters after the domain name. In other words, if you are ever trying to reach a page with some sort of a directory, you have to use all lowercase letters. For example, let's say you're wantin…

What Is A URL?

Almost every Fred's Head article has one of these, but we've never really explained what it is exactly, so here you go. URL is short for Uniform Resource Locator and it is basically just a Web address. In more technical terms, a URL is the global address of documents and other resources used on the World Wide Web. The first part of a URL is for protocol use and the second part is for the IP address or domain name. These two parts work together to bring you your favorite Web sites. Let's say you visit the American Printing House for the Blind's website quite often and the URL is of course, http://www.aph.org. The first part is http:// and the second is www.aph.org. Without both of those parts together, you wouldn't be able to visit the site. So, the next time you type in a Web address, think about how the term URL brings us all together!

Baking Chicken Evenly

When baking chicken pieces, remember that dark meat takes longer to cook than white meat. When you are ready to start baking, place your dark meat in the oven first. After about 5 or 6 minutes, go ahead and put your white meat pieces in and continue to cook as normal.

Cataracts: What Are They? How Do You Deal With Them?

By Frank Hague As the population ages, cataracts are becoming a growing health concern. A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens to such an extent that it affects vision. The majority of cataracts develop due to the aging process, and by age 80, more than half of all Americans have them. However, there are other types of cataracts: secondary cataracts, which form after surgery for other ophthalmic diseases such as glaucoma; traumatic cataracts, which can develop after an eye injury; congenital cataracts; and radiation-inducted cataracts. Cataracts can occur in just one eye, or bilaterally. Age-related cataracts can develop in two ways. Protein clumping in the capsule of lens causes poor transmission of light, leading to blurred and cloudy vision. Also, the normally clear lens can develop a yellow or brown tint, making it difficult to differentiate between dark colors such as dark blue and black . Risk factors for the development of cataracts include aging, certain diseases such as…

Solar Shed Light

Eliminate the need to run expensive underground power lines to a storage shed, pool cabana, or car port. The Solar Shed Light gets its power from the sun to light up a dark area whenever you need it, and this solar light installs easily, mounting with the included adhesive tape or screws. Mount the solar power panel outside and run the 5-foot connecting wire into the light inside. The fluorescent light continually stores the sun's energy in the three included rechargeable batteries located inside the lamp cover. A simple pull on the drawstring will supply light any time you need it, and this solar light won't have any effect on your energy bill.

Item Includes: Solar panel
Light
3 AA rechargeable batteries
Mounting tape
Mounting screws
Instructions

Click this link to purchase the Solar Shed Light from the Smarthome website.

Shine a Little Light On the Backyard Grill

Battery Powered LED Grill LightIt can get dark on the patio when you're barbecuing your dinner, but you don't need to waste electricity in order to see how well done your steak is. The battery-powered LED Grill Light can light up your barbecue whenever you need it, and it clamps onto the side of your grill or any nearby spot to illuminate the area you need. The LED Grill Light is powered by the three included AA batteries. You'll never need to replace these bulbs. Four LEDs can provide bright, white illumination for 50,000 hours. The flexible 18-inch neck bends to any angle. The LED Grill Light is outdoor- and salt-spray-tested for rugged durability.

Item Includes

Light
3 AA batteries
Instructions

Click this link to purchase the LED Grill Light from the Smarthome website

Solar Powered Grill LightThe Solar Grill Light's solar panel absorbs energy from the sun to charge the batteries. A full day's light will illuminate the LEDs for 1 3/4 hours, ample time to grill your…

Safety Tips for Common Power Tools

By Debbie Johnston When using power tools, safety is the most important thing to consider. Using power tools correctly and safely will ensure the safety of you and anyone else around you. Different power tools gave different procedures to make sure that they are operating safely. The router is a great tool for shaping wood quickly and cleanly. However, there are several things to keep in mind when using a router. Test out the router on a piece of scrap metal to make sure that it is of the proper depth. If the router is too deep or not deep enough, you will ruin the wood, and could potentially harm yourself. Be sure to keep the bit away from the wood when you first start the router. When the router comes up to speed, firmly grip the handle and move the bit slowly and carefully into the object you are working on. Reciprocating saws are used for cutting all kinds of materials, renovating and dismantling structures, and opening up walls. Naturally, this heavy-duty tool should be used w…

Airport Follies

By kl1964Last night I was flying home after visiting a friend for a few days. I needed to change planes in Los Angeles on the way. I requested assistance to get to my next gate, since it was in a different concourse. Those of you who regularly fly can probably guess what happened next. I hadn't gotten three steps down the jetway before I was met with an airport attendant in possession of...all together now...a wheelchair! I protested, saying I could walk just fine, I had been walking just fine, I just needed assistance to the gate. I may as well have been talking to a brick wall. "No no. Wheelchair easier." Ack! It didn't take me long to realize that arguing wasn't going to get me anywhere so into the chair I climbed, my anger quotient rising every second. I kept insisting that I didn't need this, I could walk, I wanted to walk, no effect. I'm sorry to say my tone of voice probably got somewhat, um, shrill. One thing I can't stand is the feeling that …

Special Education Teacher's Loan Forgiveness Incentive

On February 8, 2006, a new law made permanent a loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 for new special education teachers. If you are interested in becoming a special education teacher, this loan forgiveness could be available to you. There is a vast shortage of special education teachers in schools throughout the nation. Job opportunities for special education teachers are plentiful in virtually every state, and in elementary, middle, and high schools. Special educators work with students who experience a range of learning challenges, including intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, and emotional disabilities. Special education is a profession where you can truly make a difference in peoples' lives. For more information, see the letter from the Secretary of Education at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/highered/guid/secletter/060301a.html.

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Play for Children with Autism

By Lesley Burton Some of the toys that Lesley has will benefit children who are blind, visually impaired or who have multiple disabilities. Most of us have limited time to spend looking for the kinds of toys and activities that will help to develop the children in our care. When my second son was diagnosed with autism, I spent a lot of time looking for suitable toys for children with autism. I was looking for activities to entertain him and stimulate his development in particular his play and interactive skills but it was really hard to find them. I worked hard and built up my collection of toys for autistic children and activities and my knowledge of how to employ them. I soon realised that I was not alone in finding it difficult and that other parents of autistic children would also benefit from a one-stop parent friendly shop or catalogue to get both advice and resources to help their children develop their language and play skills. This led to the launch of sensetoys.com a webs…

How to Fold a Shirt

Fold a shirt like they do at professional laundry or clothing stores.

Button the top button and the third button.

Lay the shirt face-down on the folding surface. You should be looking at the back of your shirt.

Smooth out any puckers or wrinkles, so the shirt is flat front and back.

The first fold is the right side. Fold about one-third of the body toward the center of the shirt. The fold line starts at the center of the shoulder and ends at the tail. You should see the back of your shirt with about one-third of the front folded to the back.

Neatly fold the sleeve forward, creating an angled fold at the shoulder. The sleeve should line up with the edge of the first body fold.

Fold the left side in the same manner.

Make a fold of several inches of the shirt tail.

Fold up the bottom half of the partially folded shirt. The tail should be just behind the collar of the shirt now.

Turn the entire shirt over. You should have a neatly folded shirt as you typically see at a professional laundry or clot…

How to Make a Hospital Corner

Make neat corners for your bedsheets with four simple steps.

Tuck the bottom end of the bedsheet under the mattress and smooth it out.

Take the side edge of the sheet about a foot from the foot of the mattress and bring it up on top of the mattress, forming a triangle with the outside edge of the sheet.

Tuck what is left of the bottom edge of the sheet under the side of the mattress, just where it falls.

Bring the point of the triangle from the top of the mattress to hang down, then tuck the sides of the sheet under the mattress.

Basic Steps To Make Great Tasting Tea

By James McDonald Not everyone knows how to make tea the correct way. Some people learn by trial and error and others have the information passed down from their parents or other relatives. Tea can be made many different ways but there are some guidelines you can follow to insure you get a great tasting cup. Before beginning make sure you have a high quality tea from a reputable source. Try to get it as fresh as possible for the richest flavor. You also want to use fresh, high quality water. Believe it or not this can greatly affect the flavor and overall enjoyment of the tea. Some people even add a little sugar or other sweetener but this is all up to preference. Steeping is an important process that allows the tea to flow into the water. This occurs when the tea is placed in the water for a period of time, but this will vary greatly with the type of tea you are making. Black tea usually requires boiling water of around 212 degrees for a period of 4 to 6 minutes. Oolong tea is rec…

How to Grow a Tomato Plant

Are you yearning to grow your own sweet, juicy tomatoes? Luckily for you, tomato plants can grow almost anywhere. But as with most vegetation that produce a fruit, a little "tender, loving care" or TLC goes a long way. With adequate sunlight, water, and patience, you'll be greatly rewarded.

Buy the necessary products: several small four inch pots, potting soil, a trowel, a small stick, some string, and tomato seeds.

It's easiest to buy a tomato plant from a nursery and transplant it to your garden. Or you can plant from seed, which can be obtained from almost any nursery or the garden section of a department store. Good first time growers varities include Better Boy, Early Girl, Brandywine, Celebrity, or just about any cherry or grape tomato variety. If you choose to buy transplants, plant several varities rather than all of one type.

For each member of your family who will eat tomatoes, plan on two plants per person as a rule of thumb. If you plan on cannning or making…

Storing Dry Rubs And Spice Blends

By Joe Johnson Unlike most foods, spices are blessed with the cell structures necessary to maintain their flavor and aroma for long periods after they have been harvested and packaged, without fear of spoilage. High quality whole spices, dried and stored, have been known to keep for many years and then deliver potent flavor when ground. Here are some basic rules on storing and handling spices that will help protect the flavor of your purchase: Keep them away from the stove or oven, and don't let them get wet. At the very least, they need to be kept cool and dry. Never store spices or dry rubs near the kitchen range or other source of high heat. Never store the dry rubs in a place where the containers are apt to get wet or leave the package open if the humidity gets high. Caroline's Rub spice creations are packaged in a foil, light impermeable pouch which helps to maintain the freshness of your dry rub purchase. However, you can ensure the fresh quality lasts by keeping your…

USB Data Link Transfer Cable

Picture this. You and a friend want to share some files. I'm not talking about a few document files, I mean lots of files! You have two options immediately available on most Windows based computers. You can either connect the two computers with network cables, which requires you to setup a small network in Windows or you can burn those files to CDs or DVDs, which will take up a lot of your time. The fastest way to transfer the files would be through a network or by using an external hard drive. Do you have the right cable for this? Do you know how to configure Windows to connect the computers? Do you want to spend over $100 to transfer the files? Why go through all this difficulty when the answer is as simple as USB? With the USB Data Link Transfer Cable you can easily copy or move files from one computer to another. It's as easy to use as plugging each end of the cable into the PCs you wish to move files between. It will automatically display the drive contents of ea…

Unstick That Sticky Pie Dough

You are making some pie crust and it keeps sticking to the rolling pin. You hate to add more flour or work it too much more as it will get tough. If your dough has the right consistancy, but it is still sticking, your dough probably got too warm. Wrap the pie dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes and try again.

Tips for Cleaning a Mattress

A suitable mattress cleaner should be used for those unfortunate accidents that happen while in bed. You can't simply let the mattress dry and forget the accident ever happened. Your mattress may be dry, but the odour will linger and the stain will be set. Young children, pets and even adults have been having accidents in bed, and that's not about to stop any time soon. Whether it's urine, vomit or you just happen to spill something while having breakfast in bed, you should have a good quality mattress cleaner at hand. The question is what to use, and what actually works to remove those awful stains and odours. There are a variety of products that can be used as mattress cleaners. These include Natures Miracle, Bane-Clene which is great for allergies, and a well recommended mattress cleaner used by the hotel industry called ProKlean. If you don't have any of these, there is still hope. A good quality upholstery shampoo usually does the job, and can be purchased just…

Travel Tips for the Business Woman

Women today travel constantly and all over the world. Most manage to successfully juggle a professional life with a private one. Statistics reveal that almost 50% of business travelers are women and the number continues to grow each day. Travel at short notice means being organized and ready to go. Be smart and plan well ahead.

Keep on tab a list of baby sitters who would be willing to pitch in, even overnight if required. Keep a small book handy in which you jot down things like what the kids eat, their schedules, important phone numbers, likes and dislikes, as well as numbers of the doctors and list of medications including known allergies.

Keep a travel bag always packed and ready to go. Pack a combination of clothes so that they will tide you over irrespective of the weather at your destination. Wear easy to maintain and dark colored clothes on trips. They don't show stains, are wrinkle free and will drape well.

It is wise to snack before a flight and to sleep during the flight. …

Event Planning: A Strategic Overview

By Michael Russell Good planning and preparation is the key to any successful event. However, ensuring that you have attended to every detail can be exhausting and it is very easy to overlook something which may adversely affect your event outcome. Planning an event can be stressful at the best of times if you are not organised, but when we are talking about large scale events, like a wedding or business conference, it can become overwhelming. It is therefore essential that you, as the event organiser, have planned all the steps needed before embarking upon action. If unforeseen events occur, then the plan can be modified to take account of this. The point is, that you have thought about each step needed in the event planning process. It is possible to hire professional services to plan events such as weddings and parties. If you are an extremely busy person and can afford it, than employing a professional may be the way to go. However, if the budget won't stretch or you would j…

Teacher Appreciation: 10 Creative Teacher Gift Ideas

By Cari Young When you have an exceptional teacher, you want to honor him or her in an extraordinary way. Anyone who has been teaching for a few years already has an extensive collection of assorted items decorated with apples. If you really appreciate your child's teacher, you want to go above and beyond the ordinary gift. Here are a few creative ideas.

Words from the Heart: Many teachers say that the most precious gift they ever received was a heartfelt note from a parent about how the teacher impacted a child's life. This costs nothing but can be priceless to the teacher who receives it. Try to think of specific things the teacher said or did that helped your child to learn more or to become a better person. Put them in a handwritten letter and deliver it to your child's teacher.

Scrapbooks: I have seen tough teachers cry when presented with a well-made scrapbook. Assemble pictures of each child, class parties and field trips. Collect thank you notes from each student, a…

Solving The Utensil Puzzle

By Lydia Ramsey Many people know how to navigate place settings and know when to use each utensil. How to hold those knives, forks and spoons, where to put them when you are not using them and what to do with them at the end of the course or the meal may still be a challenge. Glancing around you while dining out and trying to get a clue from others may not solve the problem. A quick study of people eating out will reveal that there are almost as many ways to hold a knife or fork as there people using them. The fork is held between the first knuckle of the third finger and the tip of the index finger with the thumb to steady the handle. This is much the same way that you would hold a pencil although observation will tell you that there are variations on that as well. The knife is held between your thumb and third finger with the index finger resting on the top of the blade. If this seems awfully basic, look around. You'll find people gripping the knife like a dagger and holding …

Deterring Picnic Ants

When you are out on a picnic you can easily deter ants from your table by taking along a few larger cans. Find cans that will easily fit under the legs of your picnic table. Fill each can with about a half an inch or so of water. Now the ants won't be able to crawl up the leg of the table and into your food.

Cleaning the Window Blinds

You've just moved into the perfect apartment. Everything's just as it should be. As with most apartments, the owners didn't clean things up to your satisfaction, especially the window blinds. You've cleaned every surface, vacuumed the carpets, and now you get to the part you just hate, cleaning the blinds. You can clean them quickly and easily by placing socks or cotton gloves on your hands. Now just run your hands over the slats of the blinds to easily clean them off. Once you're done just drop your "gloves" in the wash. Won't that be easy?

Tips for Packing Dishes

You are having to pack up the house to get ready to move. You have all the big stuff taken care of, now you are down to the dishes. The easiest way to pack your plates is to pick up a package of paper plates. When you're ready, pack a regular plate, then a paper plate. Alternate between each one until all your dishes are packed. This will help to keep the dishes from rubbing together. Make sure that the box is clearly marked as dishes and pack the top and the bottom very well with newspaper. Now when you get to the new house you can unpack your dishes and still have some paper plates to use for the first few nights with out worrying about washing dishes.

Pepper Pro Automatic Peppermill with Light

People who are visually impaired often need a little extra light in the kitchen. I would have never thought of putting a light in this type of product, but I'm glad somebody did. Have your pepper like you've never had it before with this Pepper Pro Automatic Peppermill with Light. Simply put, you can now grind pepper electronically with a touch of a button, and watch as the quiet motor does its work. It is also fully adjustable from fine to coarse grind to get what you want. Also features a high intensity light. Includes spare light bulb and peppercorns. Uses 4 AA batteries (not included). Measures 8.5" x 2 and is made of chrome.

Click this link to purchase the Pepper Pro Automatic Peppermill with Light from the Wrapables website.

Easy Iced Tea

You just love making iced tea, but it can be really time consuming to make and a little messy. To make a quick and easy pot of iced tea use your coffee maker. Grab 2 or 3 tea bags and place in the basket of your automatic coffee maker. Add the water and prepare as you would coffee. When it is done brewing, grab a large plastic juice container and fill with ice. (don't use glass, it might break from the temperature change) Pour your hot tea over the ice and add sugar to taste.

Things to Consider When Searching for An Apartment

The search for the perfect apartment need not be an ordeal. If you go about the process systematically, you'll find the most convenient and best apartment for you and your family. The first step is to jot down answers to practical aspects like how big should the apartment be. What size of rooms do I need for my furniture? Do I need one bedroom or more? Do I need parking? Should there be a park/school nearby? Study a map of the city you are going to live in and locate your place of employment. Then study the residential possibilities in and around that area or choose a beautiful, healthy, and safe environment away from work. Work out your finances. Decide how much rent you can afford and whether you can give a substantial deposit. Keep a watch out for "apartments available" classifieds in the newspapers and magazines and, spread the word that you are looking for a place. Tell the people at work, the grocer, friends and family, as well as local agents (however you wi…

Online Resources for Locating Schools and Universities

You can find a cross-referenced listing of ALL public schools, private schools and colleges in the USA at the following sites: http://www.AllPublicSchools.org
http://www.AllPrivateSchools.org
http://www.allCollege.orgEach site allows you to browse by state & city, or search for a school by name and/or location. Each directory provides the name, address, phone number and other information about the schools in a city. For public schools, you can see the name of the school district, other schools in that county, grades covered, number of students, full-time teachers, and the student/teacher ratio. For private schools, you'll find the same stats for students and teachers, the type and affiliation, and whether it's co-ed, all boys or all girls. The college directory contains listings for all colleges, universities, junior colleges, community colleges and even trade schools. Each page is cross-referenced with links to public schools, private schools and colleges in a particula…

Preserving Oregano

You just went shopping and found a great bundle of fresh Oregano. You get it home, and you are wondering how you can store it? First grab a large bowl and fill it up with cool water. Break the bundle into the bowl and rinse well. Pick through the bunch and discard any pieces that are starting to die or look decayed. Remove and gently shake off any excess water. (Don't use a salad spinner as it will bruise the leaves) Grab a vase, jar or glass and fill with water. You will want a container that will hold the herb snugly with the leaves just above the rim. Place your herbs in the container making sure that all of the stems are in the water. Grab the produce bag that you brought your herbs home in and gently place over the top. Place the jar in your refrigerator and monitor it. Every couple of days you will want to check the water, if it starts to look murky, replace it and add fresh water. Trim off any stems that might look like they are going bad. Oregano should stay fresh fo…

Online Dating Services for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind estimates there are currently 10 million blind people living in the United States, and it's believed that half of them have computers with access to the Internet. Those in search of love can now log onto two websites to find their match. Dominic Carrejo was a basic trainee in his 20s planning a long future in the Army. He later developed an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and his vision deteriorated. Eventually, Carrejo found love and married, but he noticed some of his blind friends were struggling. As a way to help, he created the Website Love is Blind. Every month the site has a featured member and clients can determine whether someone has what they're looking for in terms of love or marriage. So far the site has attracted clients from Canada and Australia. Those who aren't visually impaired are welcome as well.

Click this link to visit Love is Blind at http://www.luvisblind.net. Whether you're single or single agai…

Checklist for Setting Up a Home

By Mark Nash No matter how many times I've set up a new home, there have always been too many trips to a variety of stores for a couple more things to make my new house a home. This check list is the result of my involvement the last couple of years investing in Florida properties that I renovate and then stock with everything including the silverware. Seasonal real estate buyers in the market will pay a premium for turn-key homes, where all they have to do is wheel their luggage into the home. My latest and fourth book 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home started me on this enjoyable voyage of helping others through their home purchase and selling maze.

Kitchen

Cutting board
Microwave
Coffee maker
Electric mixer
Toaster
Blender
1-Quart covered saucepan
2-Quart covered saucepan
4-Quart pot
10 Inch skillet with cover
2-Quart rectangular baking dish
15" X 10" X 2" baking pan
2-Cookie sheets
Wire cooling racks
Mixing bowl set
Timer
Bottle opener
Wine opener/ corkscrew
Can opener
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Select It All In Windows

Have you ever wanted to highlight a complete document or page all at once instead of dragging your mouse all the way from the bottom to the top of the page just so you can copy and paste it somewhere else? Are you tired of holding down the shift key while arrowing down line by line? If it is two pages or more, it can get redundant to use your mouse or arrow keys for all of the text. Sometimes your finger slips off the mouse or shift key and you have to start all over again. You've had that one happen more than once I'll bet. If you're tired of all that nonsense, you can select all of the text on a page all at one time. All you have to do is select it all! There are two ways you can do this. One is going to the Edit menu in whatever program you're working in (a Web page, MS Word, etc) and choose Select All. That will highlight the complete page of text, pictures, etc. Then you can just copy and paste the material wherever you want it. The job will be done much faster …

Assistive Technology Help Desk at The Chicago Lighthouse

In an effort to accommodate people with visual impairments in need of technical support, The Chicago Lighthouse has established a telephone assistive technology support line. The toll free number for the new service is 888-TCL-0080 or 888-825-0080. Any blind or visually impaired person can call the support line regardless of what product they're using. It can be any hardware or software relating to assistive technology as long as the customer is visually impaired. They also encourage calls from teachers and other individuals who work with people who are visually impaired as well as other interested parties. The intent is to offer a one stop place where people who are blind or visually impaired can get the assistance they need. If the issue can't be resolved over the phone, they will schedule an on-site visit as long as the customer resides in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Chicago Lighthouse was founded in 1906 by a group of women volunteers who were both blind and sig…

The Windows Calculator

Ever have trouble finding your hand held talking calculator when you need it right away? Sometimes they seem to hide in secret places and it can be frustrating when you can't find them. How about using the calculator on your computer instead? I guarantee you won't ever lose this one. Just go to Start, All Programs, Accessories and choose Calculator. A little calc will pop up and you use your mouse to punch in the numbers that you need. You can also access the numbers and commands through the keyboard. The plus (+), minus (-), multiply (x), division (/) and percent (%) signs are off to the right and it even has a fraction (1/x) and squareroot (sqrt) button in case you need those. There's also a Backspace button for when you accidentally type in the wrong thing. All these functions have keyboard entry as well. You can go to the View menu and switch it over to a scientific calculator if you need a more advanced calc. That one comes with a bunch of other features as well, a…

Disability Podcast from the BBC

The BBC's disability website Ouch! has launched a trial podcast that confronts disability head-on in a correctly politically incorrect fashion. The Ouch website - bbc.co.uk/ouch - started in summer 2002. It provides a wider context when reporting on the lives and experiences of disabled people who have previously only been targeted with help and support content. The downloadable talk show seemingly breaks all the rules in a very listenable 40 minute programme that gives an insight into contemporary disability life. This podcast is a six month trial from bbc.co.uk/ouch to ascertain what kind of service a modern disabled audience may want and in what format.

Details on the podcast and how to listen are at www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/podcast/.

You can subscribe to The Ouch Podcast free by cutting and pasting the following line into iTunes or your chosen podcast software, so that you always get the latest show:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/podcast/rss.xml

The producer of the website and po…