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, April 5, 2016 - Issue 31

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.

To learn more about author Donna Jodhan and how you can access her audio mysteries visit and become a supporter of her anti-bullying campaign.

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 AppleVis Editorial Team" <> and from Flying Blind, LLC Publication

From the Apple Newsletter February 2016

  1. Alter Ego (iOS, US$4.99)
    What if you could live your life over again?
    In this text-based interactive fiction, you choose what happens next. It's in the style of pick-a-path gamebooks, but with over a thousand multiple-choice questions, it's much longer and deeper than traditional gamebooks. Alter Ego starts at birth and ends at death, including two substantially different versions, depending on whether you choose to be male or female.
    Will you grow up to be confident and happy? Will you fight with bullies, or befriend them? Will you find a date to the senior prom? Will you marry and have kids, or start your own business and become a millionaire? The choice is yours.
    This game will change your life.
    Current Version: 1.3.0 (July 9, 2015)
    Read Alter Ego's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Alter Ego's App Store Page
  2. Blindfold Games (iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)
    Kid Friendly Software, developers of the Blindfold series of accessible audio games, have released new titles during this month. Below are links to each app in the App Store:
    • Blindfold Barnyard
    • Blindfold Bingo
    • Blindfold Crazy Eights with Friends
    • Blindfold Roadtrip
  3. Day One 2 Journal + Notes (iOS, US$4.99)
    Capture life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One's elegant interface makes journaling about your life a simple pleasure.
    We are pleased to introduce the next generation of the Day One journaling app. Version 2 is a new app built from the ground up for an excellent writing and life-capturing experience.
    What's New:
    • Multiple Photos per entry (up to ten inline photos)
    • Multiple Journals (up to ten journals with unique colors and names)
    • Day One Sync 2.0 (See for more details.)
    • Map View * Custom Reminders * Entry Management (select, move, tag, and delete multiple entries at a time)
    • Timeline Filters (star, tags, location, year, activity, and music)
    • Timezone Support
    • 3D Touch
    • Local, Exportable Backups
  4. Other Features:
    • Passcode Lock with Touch ID
    • Automatic metadata (location, weather, motion activity, step count, and music)
    • Apple Watch App
    • Search
    • Tags and Stars
    • Export to PDF with smart filters
    • Today Extension
    • Share Extension
    • Export to PDF and plain text
    Current Version: 2.0.2 (February 17, 2016)
    Read Day One's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Day One's App Store Page
  5. Go for Facebook (Mac OS X, Free)
    Go for Facebook is the best and most powerful Mac app for Facebook. It is fully feature packed and built for addicts who want to easily use Facebook without having to ever open a web browser.
    Key Features:
    • Instant access to Facebook via your Mac's menu bar
    • Awesome color-coded notifications with audio alerts
    • Choose between desktop (full sized browser view) & mobile (condensed view) modes
    • Popup notifications support
    • Facebook Chat support with notifications
    • Ability to turn off Facebook distractions/ads
    • Window opacity control
    • Resizable window
    • Ability to run app via both the menu bar and the Dock
    • Fullscreen support
    • Slick touch gestures support
    • Accessibility options with font size modification, hotkeys and VoiceOver support
    Current Version: 1.7 (December 6, 2015)
    Read Go for Facebook's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Go for Facebook's App Store page
  6. TeamTalk 5 (iOS. Free)
    TeamTalk is a conferencing system which allows users to participate in conferences on the Internet. Users can chat using voice over IP and listen to streaming media files.
    TeamTalk for iOS has been designed with particular emphasis on accessibility features for visually impaired.
    Here is a list of the main features:
    • Real time voice over IP conversations
    • Public and private instant text messaging
    • Private rooms/channels for every group
    • High quality audio codecs with both mono and stereo
    • Push-to-talk and voice activation
    • Standalone server available for both LAN and Internet environments
    • User authentication with accounts
    • Accessibility for visually impaired using VoiceOver
    Current Version: 5.1 (February 18, 2016)
    Read TeamTalk's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit TeamTalk's App Store page
  7. Vorail (iOS, Free)
    Vorail, discover and be discovered.
    • Speak to ask.
    • Listen to learn.
    No abuse
    • Zero tolerance towards abuse. Once any user reports an abuse, the offender is out forever.
    Relax and enjoy
    • An old Chinese saying "Apart from birth and death, nothing is a big deal in life." Relax, really. There is nothing to lose. To use the service, no photo/profile/phone number is required. Let the true you emerge.
    Don't give up
    • Some people may feel a little disoriented in the first couple of sessions, because, hey, it's like being in the dark room. Don't give up, you will get through it.
    VoiceOver implementation:
    • magic tap on home feed moves focus to next person
    • magic tap on IM screen to start record, the magic tap again to stop / save recording
    • magic tap on record screen to start recording, then magic tap again to stop / recording
    • four finger tap to access tabs
    • rotor action to select actions for each voice on home feed
    Current Version: 1.53 (February 25, 2016)
    Read Vorail's AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
    Visit Vorail's App Store page
  8. Text-Based Games from Various Developers
    A number of text-based games for iOS were added to the site this past month, which you may also be interested in:

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

  • iOS
  • Mac
  • Apple Watch

From the Flying Blind newsletter

  1. Turning to a few items to improve functionality on the Mac, you can study "All the Special Key Combinations that Change Your Mac's Startup:"
  2. While we're mentioning Google, you can see if you learn anything new about "Best Google Apps And Services: 10 Google Products You Might Not Know:"
  3. The Amazon Echo is becoming quite a useful device. This link leads to a (already slightly out of date) "Complete List of Echo/ Alexa Skills:"
  4. It seems that if you have a question about the accessibility of a Google product, you can email:
  5. This is a thorough summary of the numerous accessibility features built into Facebook for users of different screen readers:
  6. The Raspberry VI site provides lots of information, some quite technical, for using the tiny Raspberry Pie Linux computer with adaptive technology:
  7. offers customisable start pages you can use in any browser, on any computer:
  8. In case you weren't already familiar with them, this Fred's Head post tells us about "Blindfold Games: iOS Games for the Visually Impaired:"
  9. This page contains 627 alphabetized blindness-related links. The majority are still relevant:

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 "Six Candles for Summer" and here is a brief description.

Little Summer Kirsten Stinsen has been kidnapped on her birthday. No one saw when the child was snatched but everyone is blaming each other. Her nanny is also missing but everyone refuses to believe that the nanny could have done the crime. Neighbors are stunned! Why would anyone want to kidnap Little Summer? For ransom?

Who could have done it?

Was it Brandon Stinsen? He wanted custody of Summer despite knowing that she was not biologically his.

Was it Kirsten Stinsen? She too wanted custody of her only child.

Was it Justin Langden? He wanted custody of his biological child.

This mystery is filled with intrigue, suspense, and every day drama. The plot keeps you hanging and at the end you would be surprised to learn who has been behind this sinister plot from the start.

This is a must listen.

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 presented her very first murder mystery evening in Toronto and boy was it ever a terrific success!

Tickets for the dinner and show were sold out and the audience was treated to a suspenseful yet very entertaining evening where the real murderer was not unveiled until the very last moment.

Audience participation included helping to try and discover the murderer but no one could guess who did it until the murderer themself confessed at the end.

Plans are in the works for author Donna Jodhan's next murder mystery evening to be held in the fall! Stay tuned for more details!

Author Donna Jodhan thanks her sponsors; The CNIB, CCB, and the Glenvale players! She is especially grateful to her cast! Murray Powell, Kamini Rodhan, Orly Shamir, Thea Ramsay, and Simon Qiggaittuq.

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

Okay, here's one for the books so to speak! We are now being told that the more you stand the more callories you can burn? They suggest that if you have a job where you need to sit a lot that you take breaks every half hour. Stand, walk around, and then return to your chair.

Before you go to sleep: Do not eat anything heavy or this would hinder a good night's sleep. Nor should you eat anything spicy.

About coconut oil! You can use this oil to flush out wax from your ears. Insert a drop or 2 into your ear. Wait for a few minutes and then flush out with warm water. Presto! The wax and other stuff will simply come tumbling out of your ear!

Some very important tips on how to handle meat: When you are finished testing your meat in the oven with your thermometer, wash the point thoroughly before using the next time. Not a good idea to thaw meat at room temperature. Thaw in fridge or in microwave. Finally, do not placed cooked meat on the same area where you originally had uncooked meat. That is, on the same plate or in the same dish.

Right then, which vegetable is used to make pickles? Why then, it is the good old cucumber!

Some interesting tips about coughs. If you find yourself with a deep cough that often afflicts you at night time, it could be due to a nasal drip. Yes, this nasal drip would filter down into your throat and cause you to cough like this at night. Now, if you have a dry hacking cough, it could be due to acid reflux; indigestion is with you.

Okay, here it is; all about how you measure your portions of food. For carbs; no more than two fistfulls. For vegetables; no more than two hands full. For protein; no bigger than the palm of your hand and no thicker than a deck of cards.

Now, here is some very interesting trivia for you! How many gallons of saliva do you produce on average per year? Yes, about 99 gallons. And how much urine do you pass on average per year? About 135 gallons.

Some very interesting tips on uses for soda: First, you can use soda to clean your pots and pans. Fill your pot or pan with a cup of soda. Next bring to a boil. Wait for the soda to cool and then take a sponge and rub very lightly. Presto! All of those burned spots are now gone! Second, you can use soda to keep your flowers fresh. Fill your vase with three parts of water and one part of soda. Place flowers in your vase and presto! Your flowers can now remain fresh for days longer and their fragrant scent will also linger longer. Third, you can use soda to remove stains from your clothes; mud stains, blood stains, coffee stains. Pour a few drops of soda onto the offending stain. Next take a toothbrush and rub the soda gently into the stain. Leave for a few minutes and then wash garment in your washer. You would be amazed to see the results!

Some useful links for you to check out:

  • Eating tree nuts may slightly decrease fats and sugars circulating in the blood.
  • Chewing and spitting sugar-free gum can trap and remove bacteria from the mouth.

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With very best wishes for an astounding month of April,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ