The "Public Eye"

Noun. public eyepublic eye - a focus of public attention; "he enjoyed being in the limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency".

Say what you will, the news is what counts when it is information you need.

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Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Issue 30

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication

Hi! My name is Donna Jodhan; Author of audio mysteries, writer, blogger, and a life style specialist. I produce monthly newsletters for a wide audience and I'd like to welcome you to my newsletter for this month.

In my newsletter you will find the following:

  • Practical tips to enhance your daily life,
  • Mystery of the month,
  • From the desk of author Donna Jodhan,
  • A news flash from author Donna Jodhan,
  • Author Donna Jodhan's picks of the month.

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Section: Practical tips to enhance your daily life:

Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life.


Tips reproduced from the Flying Blind, LLC Publication
and from "The AppleVis Editorial Team" <>

Taken from the Flying Blind weekly newsletter:

  1. This author suggests 75 Twitter feeds to follow, in the areas of career, job search, productivity and self-betterment, personal finance, business and news:
  2. Here is a handy listing of the Top 100 Picture Books with Image Descriptions in Bookshare:
  3. Here is an updated listing of the "Basic Screen Reader Commands for Accessibility Testing:"
  4. Check out these "Tips for Using the TurboTax Website and iOS App as a Blind User:"

Taken from the Apple monthly newsletter;

  1. Aipoly Vision (iOS, Free)
    Aipoly is an object and color recogniser that helps the blind, visually impaired, and color blind understand their surroundings. Simply point your phone at the object of interest and press the large toggle button at the bottom of the screen to turn on the artificial intelligence.
    Aipoly will keep running and recognising objects until you switch to a different tab, or toggle the Aipoly button. Aipoly is suited for both the visually impaired and the sighted.
    • Recognise Objects: Aipoly can recognise a wide variety of objects at a rate of three times a second. Simply switch on the Aipoly button and it will start identifying what it sees through the camera. Recognising objects does not require an internet connection.
    • Recognise Colors: Aipoly can tell up to 954 colors apart. The list can also be simplified to a few through the settings if you are unfamiliar with most color names.
    • Teach Aipoly: Aipoly will learn more object if its users help it by writing descriptions of what it sees. This is a good way for sighted users to help the visually impaired. Press the pencil button once object recognition is toggled on to write a description of the object or scene in focus. Detailed descriptions work best. Over time, Aipoly will begin learning about more items thanks to its users.
    • VoiceOver: For those with VoiceOver switched on, simply access the text above the toggle button. For those who are sighted and do not require VoiceOver, you can access the Speaking Voice setting to listen to what the app can see.
    • Voice Modes: You can switch between different voice modes in the settings page. Ranging from standard, which says one word at a time, to advanced for multiple words, to likelihood and fun, which express the likelihood of the item viewed and add additional captions respectively.
    • Intelligent Torch: When Aipoly detects darkness through the camera, it will automatically turn on the torch so you don't have to worry about lighting. When the light is switched on, it will turn the torch off.
    Current Version: 1.1 (January 26, 2016)
    Read Aipoly Vision's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Aipoly Vision's page on the App Store
  2. Blindfold Horserace (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
    Blindfold Horse Race is a fully accessible audio game where you race your horse against other horses.
    In Blindfold Horse Race, you walk or run your fingers on the screen, as if the horse is running. You are in post 2, and the other horses are in post 1 and 3. Once you hear the starting bells, race as fast as you can, and you may win.
    Races are from 1 furlong to 1 mile, and there are several types of racetracks. There's even a steeplechase race where you must jump over fences and steer your horse left and right.
    Current Version: 1.1.3 (January 29, 2016)
    Read Blindfold Horserace's AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Blindfold Horserace's page on the App Store
  3. Blindfold Word Games (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
    Blindfold Word Games is a fully accessible word game for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play.
    Word Games includes the games Word Ladder, Word Flick, Hangman and Unscramble.
    The objective of Blindfold Word Ladder is to convert one word into another word by changing only one letter a a time. For example, to change the word 'COLD' to 'WARM', you can first change the third letter of COLD from 'L' to 'R', making the word CORD. Then change the second letter of 'CORD', so the new word is 'CARD', then the fourth letter of 'CARD', so the new word is 'WARD'. Finally change the last letter of 'WARD', so the new word is 'WARM'.
    In Word Flick, you have a 16 randomly chosen letters arranged in a 4 by 4 grid. You build as many words as possible using adjacent letters. The longer the word, the higher you score. For example, if the top line has the letters C, A, T, S, and the second line has the letters O, L, D, X, you could form CATS from the first line and COLD using the C from the first line, and the O, L, D from the second line.
    In Unscramble, you must unscramble the word. The letters L, E, H, O, L unscramble to become the word HELLO.
    In Hangman, you must discover the word before using up your moves.
    Current Version: 1.3.7 (January 29, 2016)
    Read Blindfold Word Games' AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Blindfold Word Games' page on the App Store
  4. Delight Games Premium (iOS, Free)
    With Delight Games Premium, you have access to the entire library of Delight Games interactive novels. The first volume is always free for series books, so you can find the stories that are right for you. Then choose from either a subscription package which opens up the entire library, or simply pay as you go for the books you're really interested in.
    Highlights include:
    • 1,000,000+ words of story, with more on the way! Countless choices and hours of fun await!
    • Game progress stays in sync across all of your iOS devices.
    • Currently 27 interactive novels in a single library with a consolidated scoreboard.
    • Unlock achievements by finishing books, getting the highest score, or by making interesting choices.
    • Extra checkpoints on longer novels.
    • Whenever a new sequel comes out, you get it as an update to your premium game before anywhere else on the store.
    • The satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the production of future interactive novels.
    Current novels included:
    • 6 Volumes of Wizard's Choice (entire series)
    • 10 Volumes of Zombie High
    • 3 Volumes of Detective's Choice
    • 2 Volumes of Bionic Bikini
    • 3 Volume of Witch's Choice
    • The Deep Space Huntress stand-alone novel
    • Pirates Never Die stand-alone novel
    • Super Hero's Choice stand-alone novel
    • … and more to come!
    Current Version: 2.03 (January 21, 2016)
    Read Delight Games Premium's AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Delight Games Premium's page on the App Store
  5. Football Chairman Pro (iOS, US$3.99)
    Build your own football empire! Create a football club from scratch, starting as a tiny non-league team, and see if you can make it through seven divisions to the very top.. See your players win play-offs, cup competitions and eventually conquer Europe!
    Hire and fire managers, develop your stadium, negotiate transfers, contracts and sponsorship deals... while keeping the fans and the bank manager happy. Football Chairman Pro is the latest and most in-depth version of the chart-topping Football Chairman series.
    Current Version: 1.1.3 (January 20, 2016)
    Read Football Chairman Pro's AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Football Chairman Pro's page on the App Store
  6. Interact - Do more with your Contacts! (iOS, US$4.99)
    Interact empowers you and your contacts to get more done in less time, with features like group management, one-tap contact creation, and more you won't find in the built-in iOS Contacts app.
    • Harness Your Contacts and Groups
    • Create Contacts Easier with the Scratchpad
    • Communicate Faster
    • And More
    Current Version: 1.0.1 (January 21, 2016)
    Read Interact's AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Interact's page on the App Store
  7. Lifeline: Silent Night (iOS, US$0.99)
    The hearts and imaginations of countless players worldwide were captured when the original Lifeline took the App Store by storm and became the #1 Top Paid Game, and now Taylor needs your help again in Lifeline: Silent Night! Acclaimed author Dave Justus returns with a suspenseful new story that plays out in real time, delivering notifications throughout your day. Keep up as they come in, or catch up later when you're free. You can even respond to Taylor directly from your Apple Watch or iPhone lock screen without launching into the app. Your choices shape the story as you play.
    Simple actions can have a profound effect. Complete any single path in the game and then go back and see what happens when you make a different choice.
    Lifeline: Silent Night is a deep, immersive story of survival and perseverance, and it's up to you to save the White Star before it's too late for its intrepid crew. The fate of Taylor, and the world, is in your hands!
    Current Version: 1.2 (December 18, 2015)
    Read Lifeline: Silent Night's AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Lifeline: Silent Night's page on the App Store
  8. Lifeline 2 (iOS, US$0.99)
    The original Lifeline took the App Store by storm, reaching #1 Top Paid Game on iPhone and Apple Watch in 29 countries. Its compelling mix of real-time storytelling and Dave Justus's suspenseful writing continues to capture the imaginations of countless players worldwide.
    Lifeline 2 raises the bar with a new story almost twice as long as the original, with many more choices and paths to explore. Lifeline 2 features a 28-minute original soundtrack and is fully optimized for watchOS 2, delivering the best Lifeline experience on Apple Watch yet.
    The second story in the Lifeline series connects you with Arika, a young woman on a deadly quest to avenge her parents and rescue her long-lost brother. Your choices will keep her alive and help her succeed as she faces mortal danger on her way to a final, fateful showdown against the forces that threaten all of humanity.
    Lifeline stories play out in real time. As Arika travels to complete her quest, notifications deliver new messages throughout your day. Keep up as they come in, or catch up later when you're free. You can even respond to Arika directly from your Apple Watch or your iPhone lock screen, without launching into the app on your phone.
    After completing any story branch, you can rewind to earlier parts of the story, or speed through parts you've already read. See what happens when you make a different choice: will you guide Arika virtuously, or cut corners to gain an edge? Seemingly simple actions can deeply affect the outcome. Arika's story, and the fate of the world, depend on your judgment. You will face the consequences together, because Arika is relying on YOU.
    Current Version: 1.4 (December 2, 2015)
    Read Lifeline 2's AppleVis iOS App Directory for more information
    Visit Lifeline 2's page on the App Store

Section: Mystery of the month:

This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my episodes of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you.

This one is called "Mistaken Identity" and here is a brief description.

Someone had wanted popular fashion model Jill Hagman dead and they had planned each step of the crime down to the nth detail. The murder had been committed in Jill's posh condo but alas! Something had gone terribly wrong for the murderer! Now it was too late to turn back the clock!

Who could have done it?
Was it Mickey Banaman? An ex-husband who swore revenge!
Was it Brett Kidman? A manager who swore payback!
Or was it Zack Neaman? He swore revenge because of jealousy!

Talk about twists and turns and mysteries behind mysteries and this one has all the ingredients to keep you at the edge of your seat until the very end.
It is a must listen and guaranteed to keep you guessing until the last moment.

You can purchase this audio mystery for the very affordable price of $2.49 U.S. Each of my audio mysteries costs $2.49 U.S and you can purchase an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of $24.99 U.S.

Visit to purchase your very own copies.

Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:

If you would like to gain perspective on how a blind person goes about their daily activities, and how they interact with others then please go to

If you are looking for ways to make your products, services, and physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and partially sighted, please go to:

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit

To read more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday:
Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible
And editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.

Section: A news flash from Author Donna Jodhan:

On March 04 author Donna Jodhan will be presenting a murder mystery evening in conjunction with the Glenvale players, CNIB, and CCB.

The demise of Greedy Gumbo is author Donna's original creation and takes place at a Canadian court of Appeal. Three suspects have been identified and it is up to the jury to decide who is guilty.

Madam Maxine Davinier; greedy gumbo's book keeper?
Ms Lucy Rebering; greedy gumbo's lady of the evening friend?
Mr Byron Steel; greedy gumbo's chef?

This is a dinner and show affair and tickets have already been sold out!

Come and see how the Canadian Justice System works!

Section: Author Donna Jodhan's Picks of the Month:

Okay, a very important tip about eggs! You can tell whether or not your egg is fresh and still good as follows: Place your egg in a pot of tepid water. Then if it sinks to the bottom of the pot it is good for cooking but if it floats then it is not.

Which of the following is better for you? Chocolate milk versus orange juice? Well, the winner is chocolate milk!

Some very useful tips for those of you who have difficulty sleeping at night! If you find that you are still tired after a good night's sleep then try this: Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to some boiling water then for the next five minutes inhale the steamy vapors. Do this about an hour before bedtime.

If you wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty going back to sleep then try this: Put athletic socks on your feet before going to bed. If you find that you have difficulty falling asleep then try drinking a glass of non alcoholic beer just before bedtime.

How about the myth that corsets can help you to lose weight? According to the experts, there is no clinical proof. Corsets only serve to squeeze your organs; liver, lungs. Corsets can damage these organs because of the squeezing action.

And now to a bit about polar bears. Believe it or not, these animals do not seem to feel the cold until the temps have reached minus 37 celsius.

Right then, here is a very useful tip to help you when you need to remove that piece of jewelry from your hand that is either too tight to remove easily or is just clinging to your hand. In this case; a ring or bracelet. First, dampen your hand. Next lather it generously with soap; hand soap or bar soap would do the trick. Then do the same to the piece of jewelry that you wish to remove. Finally, see how easily it will slide off your hand when you go to remove it.

A great mixture for cleaning your China cabinets? Add equal parts of dish soap and white vinegar to your spray bottle. Shake well before using.

About yogurt? It is a good source of pro biotics; especially the coconut flavor!

About ginger? It is a great source of relief for your digestion problems!

Some good sources for pre biotics! Ginger, garlic, onions, and yes! Corn syrup.

Speaking of corn syrup: It is a great alternative for sweetening your tea or coffee plus other things.

Finally: An important fact about standing! The more you stand the more calories you can burn! It is always a good idea for those of you who sit a lot to take breaks from your chair and walk around and stand up every half hour or so. Especially so if you are on a plane, or you have a job that has you sitting for hours at an end.

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With very best wishes for a magnificent month of March,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ