Reader’s Forum – Week of December 23, 2013

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Karen Crowder wrote:

I liked Jane Kronheim’s article on the validity of audio literacy. I also appreciated Roger Cicchese’s article about how Christmas gifts can change our lives.

I frowned on using Talking Book machines until I was seventeen. Depending on Talking books was an inferior substitute to turning pages of novels or textbooks in Braille. However, at seventeen, when registering for services at the Commission for the Blind in Boston, I was pleased when I was offered a Talking book machine. I listened to all its simple instructions read by the wonderful Talking book narrator Robert Donley. I immediately ordered the literary classic Wuthering Heights hoping it would capture my imagination, as Jane Eyre had. It did not, it was disappointingly different, and lacked the engaging plot Jane Eyre had.

Throughout the summers of my sophomore and junior years I read literary classics, such as Gone with the Wind, Up the Down Staircase, Blackboard Jungle and Ray Bradbury’s short story collections Machineries of Joy, The Illustrated Man and the October Country. The terrific narrators for these texts engaged my attention. I also used Talking books for term papers or schoolbook reports.

When cassette books began appearing in Talking book topics in the early seventies, I began reading them. Unfortunately, a few early cassette books were of varying quality. My copy of Brave New World was of poor audio quality. The recordings kept on fading in and out. However, this was the exception. I enjoyed reading The Patch of Blue and Door into Summer, both on one and seven eighths cassettes. When15/16 speed two and four track books appeared in the mid and late seventies they were popular with many blind children and adults. I did the majority of my reading for college and pleasure with audio books.

A wider variety of material was available on cassette and talking books, and cassette players and recorders were portable. I did not abandon Braille, but discovered that I could be literate with audio books

Roger’s article about receiving his reel-to-reel recorder brought back memories of Christmas gifts which changed my life forever.

At eleven, I was elated to receive a Perkins Brailler as my big gift Christmas morning gift in 1960. It was one of the last gifts I would open, and I have the wooden case it came in. Throughout these past fifty-three years it has enriched my life and has been of invaluable importance throughout my academic and personal life. I wrote my first lines of poetry, drafts for term papers and stories on it. I still have this sturdy machine; I am grateful my parents made sacrifices to buy it.

His article made me reflect on how gifts change our lives. Until the next Reader’s Forum, may all Ziegler readers have blessed holidays.


Lucia wrote:

I wish to comment on a particular incident that transpired on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. A gentleman, Cecil Williams, of the Bensonhearst section of Brooklyn, NewYork, actually fell from the subway platform onto the tracks, along with his guide dog.

Mr. Williams is recovering at St. Luke’s Hospital, Manhattan, New York. He sounds weak and in pain, but thankfully, he is able to speak, understand speech, and function. I am happy that Mr. Williams will be well.

But there is a problem. It was reported over the radio, and in our local paper, that Mr. Williams “fainted” and that he is diabetic. This may be true, but, the way I see it, there is more to the story.

I have vestibular paroxysmal positional vertigo. Often, I have stumbled on the subway platform, but I have never fallen from the platform onto the tracks. (Forget about Access-a-ride, the Para-transit service, they never showed up and then called me a “no-show”). I have one question! Why ever was Mr. Williams that close to the edge of the platform? Why was his dog so close to the edge of the platform?

Newspapers and radio reports focus on the donations the school that “trained” this dog will receive, and on how Mr. Williams will get a new dog, and will retain his present dog, who was with him at the time of this tragic accident.

Nobody focuses on the quality of the training of the dogs at the schools that train dogs to work as guides. Evidently, the dog had never received subway training. The question is, when was the dog first exposed to the subway platform? And not just the subway platform either: the double-edged subway platform!

You can bet that the school I will be attending trains the dogs on double-edged subway platforms even before the dogs are assigned to us at the school!

I have a problem! Vision-impaired and blind people better start complaining about the “services” they receive from organizations that claim to “serve the blind,” or nothing will get better in the way of quality of life of blind and vision-impaired people.


David wrote:

As regards Tim Bowers, I am glad he could make his own decision, but I was saddened that there is little hope or seemingly little hope for such a spinal injury. Christopher Reeves chose life, but even he did not walk and I so thought he would walk again one day. Maybe stem cells can help. Ann Chiapetta summed it up well, as did Stanley. The item certainly was very thought provoking as seen by the number of responses.

As to comparing blindness with this severe injury, most sighted fear blindness above everything, even AIDS and cancer, or so a counselor once told me. I think quality of life regarding blindness depends on several factors; geography, health, ability to work in a supportive or challenging job, and family life. Not all have these things and not all consumer organizations are supportive. There should be more to life than learning a mobility route. Resources vary and Rehab services vary greatly among the states. I really do not feel Louisiana, at or near the bottom of every list you can imagine, is a good place for blind people.

I found the article about the tape player interesting but wondered if the author knew how his parents managed to get him a tape player after they had said they could not. I have an acquaintance who records everything. He really annoyed me once. He apparently recorded me saying something, not quite flattering, about a past teacher, and reminded me of it years later. I wonder how liability works in this instance. I think this fetish of his to record anything and everything in a sort of reality-show mentality is creepy, a bit vampiric, an audio thief.


Lucia wrote:

I agree wholeheartedly with Danni, and all of us should agree with Danni! Blindness or visual impairment, while a disability, are not tragedies, and do not justify a decision to end one’s life. Rehabilitation is great! I loved it! Yes, Tim Bowers’ sister was a nurse, and, too often, nurses and other medical “professionals” make the wrong assumption about visual impairment and blindness. Danni is right: blindness or visual impairment, while a disability, cannot compare with the disability of being on life support, nor can it compare with some of the other disabilities. We are disabled, but less so than some of the people with other disabilities.

Ziegler readers! If you don’t have your healthcare proxy, your living will, or as it is called “advanced directives” get it quick! Designate two people as your healthcare proxies, so if you are ever unconscious, in trouble or seriously injured, unable to render a decision about your life and its quality, the healthcare proxies you designate will respect your wishes, and tell the Medical “professionals” that they are legally obligated to implement your wishes as to your quality of life. This is critical! There is a form to fill out to create a living will, but really, get legal assistance if possible, since this is more valid and more binding than a simple form. Whatever your wishes are concerning quality of life, make your wishes known! Living wills go like this: some of the questions are; Do you want, in the event you are unconscious; nutrition, hydration, ventilation, resuscitation? Do you want abortion? Do you want psychosurgery, sterilization, or ECT? (Electro Convulsive “Therapy” or “shock treatments”)?

I say this since many medical “professionals” assume that blind people should receive either no treatment, or less treatment, and professors of bioethics want to kill disabled persons. One is Peter Singer, of Princeton University.

I know this sounds a little paranoid, but this does not mean that what I am saying is untrue. So get your healthcare proxies and your living will, or “advanced directives” in order and on your person. Sign it and date it with witnesses present. It will do you no good in your drawer.


Regina wrote:

In response to Bob’s Op Ed: How the Blind and Sighted are Perceived: this issue is similar with most visually impaired persons in the world at large. I have always differed with a lot of people here at home, the sighted, who have perceived me in the same manner just because I can’t see. You can imagine, even your children or sisters or brothers take it just the same; they don’t believe you even if you feel that you have done the right thing, they will always remain on the contrary side. Each time you make a mistake, they will take it this has happened because you are blind; but when a sighted person acts the same, it will be an accident like you mentioned in that topic. If a blind person looks untidy, sighted persons will always take it because he or she is blind. This has made me to look tidier than a sighted person should. Each time I’m called upon to read in Church on Sunday, people will always remain astonished as if they have seen something very strange. Let’s continue educating the sighted world that despite our disability, we are all human beings carrying about everything in a very human form.

I would like to comment on the Gift of Literacy by Jane Kronheim. Literacy really counts in someone’s life. Like here at home in Zambia, Africa, only a person who is able to read and write is considered to be literate. Now, coming to myself as a blind person, who is able to read and write by the use of Braille skill, surely, I’m literate so to say; because with my Braille skill, I can read just as many books as possible, making me proud of my Braille which has allowed me to match with the sighted so-called literate world. Yes, with the advanced technology giving audio access to the visually impaired people for instance, enabling them reading many books as well is applauded. However, I still feel that both audio and printed Braille material should be utilized; otherwise, literacy for us blind persons will remain half-baked. Thanks to Louis Braille for making me, a blind person, be counted in Society.


Robert wrote:
I was very moved by James R. Campbell’s article about his friend who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. There is a great deal of mental illness in my family. I have three cousins who are mentally ill, and two of them took their own lives.

I work with a helper via phone on the Internet. He is Schizophrenic. But his medication keeps him doing fairly well. He is extremely bright, and excellent at helping me. If he has an off day (which doesn’t happen often) I call him when he is feeling better.

I pay him for his help, and he appreciates the stipend, and I appreciate his help.

Thank you, James, for a moving, kind, thoughtful piece.

Letter from the Editor – Week of November 11, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend. Happy Veterans Day, I hope you’re having a relaxing and safe holiday.

I made a mistake last week with the link in Alena’s article about the dancing wheelchair, if you were interested in reading more about it the correct link is: http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/from-the-mind-of-a-dancer-a-new-kind-of-wheelchair/2143164

The October Audio edition did go out, if you would like to listen to it you can find it online here: http://www.matildaziegler.com/2013/11/05/october-2013-audio-version/ or you can download it with this direct link: http://matildaziegler.com/audio/MZMB_October_2013/MZMB_October_2013.zip

There did seem to be many problems with the Special Notices section of the magazine last week, hopefully things will be a little smoother this time around, but please let me know if you do not get the magazine and I will do my best to get it to you as quickly as possible.

I did also decide to leave off the Recipe of the Week this week because we had so many responses in the Reader’s Forum.

Thanks for reading and to those who wrote in to the Reader’s Forum.

Have a great week.


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Giants vs. Buccaneers Live Blog


This will conclude our live blog of the Giants vs. Buccaneers game. I hope you enjoyed following along. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Ross and Romeo, out.


Freeman throws high over the middle and it’s intercepted. The offense will come out one last time to take a knee and we’re all done here. Guess Romeo and I are not bad luck after all.


The pass is ruled incomplete. Bucs will go back to the 45 yard line with 12 seconds remaining and one timeout. This place is so loud my chair is shaking


The previous play is under review to see if the pass to Williams is incomplete. Based on the replays here in the Press Box, the pass was actually incomplete.


Freeman connects with Williams for a gain of 29 yards. 1st down at the 16 with 12 seconds left


Freeman’s pass to Jackson is complete and he scurries out of bounds to stop the clock. First down at the Giants 45.


Bucs are starting from the 36 yards line


Correction: Eli Manning is now second in passing yards in a single game with 513. Not first.


Extra point is good. The Bucs have their work cut out for them now. With only one timeout left and 31 seconds on the clock, they’re going to have to work some magic.


Brown walks in untouched for another touchdown. That looked too easy. Extra point coming up.


Giants run the ball for a gain of 9. Ball on the 2 yard line


Manning connects with Nicks again for a huge gain of 50 yards. First down at the 11 yard line. Timeout New York.


Flag on the play. False start, 5 yard penalty. They’ll back up to the 39 yard line.


That is, until a pass is completed, like the one Manning just threw to Bardin for a gain of 24. 1st down on the 44.


As loud as this place is when the Giants are on defense, you could hear a pin drop when they’re on offense


Bucs kick goes out of the endzone for a touch-back. Giants will begin the drive at their own 20 yard line


The Giants are in a good position here. They’re getting the ball back with three timeouts and 1:58 on the clock. They just need to stay focused.


Extra point is good. Two minute warning. We’re all tied up again at 34 points each. This has become a great game.


Freeman throws a bomb into the endzone and Williams grabs it for a 41 yard touchdown. Extra point coming. What a pass.


Freeman sends a heater over the middle to Clark for a gain of 20 and another first down.


Freeman passes the Clark for a gain of 6 yards.


Freeman throws for a gain of 10. There was a flag on the play for offsides by the defense but it’s declined. First down from the 33


The stadium is louder than its ever been


Bucs run on first down for a gain of 3 yards. 2nd and 7 to go from the 23 coming up


Giants kickoff results in a touch-back. Bucs will try to turn this back around in their favor from the 20 yard line


I bet the Bucs are kicking themselves for burning two timeouts before


Sore is now Giants 34, Bucs 27. What a turn-around.


Manning and Bennett are finally on the same page as he connects for a 33 yard touchdown pass. The Giants marched down the field so well. Manning just set a single game passing yards record for the New York Giants with 436 passing yards, previously held by Phil Simms.


Manning passes to Nicks for another first down, gain of 20 yards. Ball on the 33 yard line


Manning’s pass to Bennett is complete for a first down. Ball is at the 47 yard line. Nicks is back in


He’s back up after getting his foot stomped on. He’ll be alright


Manning’s pass to Nicks is incomplete. Nicks is shaken up on the play, limping pretty badly.


Ball goes out of bounds at the 33 yard line. Manning and crew take the field.


Freeman throws another pass incomplete. Punt crew comes out again. Randall is back to receive


There’s a miscommunication between Freeman and his receiver and the pass is incomplete. Big 3rd down coming up. This place is LOUD


Bucs run it on first down for a gain of 4 yards. 2nd and 6 coming up


This place is going crazy right now


Bucs receive the kick at the 2 yard line and run it back to the 24. The Giants defense has the crowd with them now, so let’s see if they can use this momentum and stop the Bucs


Giants run it in for the 2 point conversion, and just like that, it’s a brand new ball game folks. We are tied at 27 points a piece.


A HUGE pass from Manning to Cruz for an 80 yard play ends with a touchdown. Giants are going for the 2 point conversion


3rd down and 2 to go for the Giants


Tampa Bay calls a timeout for some reason. Neither of us are sure why they would’ve done that.


A quick slant pass to Nicks is called incomplete. Possible challenge coming


Shotgun pass from Manning is caught over the middle by Brown for a gain of 8 yards. 2nd down on the 20


High punt is fair caught at the 12 yard line. The Giants have a lot of field to cover.


Freeman completes a pass to Williams, but it’s short of a 1st down. Punt coming


Bucs run the ball again for a short gain. Another big 3rd down coming up. 3rd and 8 to go from the 45 yard line


Tampa Bay calls a timeout right before getting a flag for delay of game.


Bucs run for a gain of 3. 2nd down and 7 coming up from their 46 yard line


Freeman stands back in the pocket for what seems like forever before completing a pass to Stroughter for a first down


Bucs attempt another run up the middle, but it gets stuffed by the defense. Gain of only 1. Big 3rd down coming up.


Bucs start off with a run to the right for a gain of 2 yards. 2nd and 8 to go coming up from their own 28 yard line


Romeo says they need some strong pass rushing to cause the quarterback to scramble and hopefully set up another turnover


Giants kick is short and caught at around the 10 yard line–run back to the 26. Bucs offense is back on. Let’s see if the Giants can stall them again.


Romeo wants a surprise onside kick to catch them unaware


Field goal is good. Score is now Giants 19, Bucs 27. They need more than 3 points on the board for each drive. Their redzone offense isn’t coming together and they’re 4 for 12 on 3rd down conversions.


Manning’s pass intended for Bennett is incomplete in the endzone. Field goal coming up from 24 yards out


Hand-off to Brown loses them a yard. 3rd and goal at the 6


Manning’s pass intended for Cruz is incomplete in the endzone. 2nd and goal


Manning passes to Nicks for a gain of 14. First and goal on the 5 yard line.


Manning passes to Bennett over the middle and it’s dropped in the endzone. 3rd down and 11 coming up


Loss of a yard on a first down by Brown. 2nd and 11 to go from the 19. Bucs player is down–Mason Foster


Brown runs on 2nd down for a gain of 10 yards. First down on the 18


Romeo says that the Giants are a fourth quarter come-back team. Let’s see if they can live up to that name.


It’s amazing to watch the seats empty out at the end of each quarter as people go to the concession stands. The place goes from looking completely full to empty in seconds. It’s equally amazing that they all can move around this building with relative ease. This stadium is huge.


Manning passes on first down to Bennett for a gain of 8 yards. 2nd and 2 to go ob the Bucs 28 yard line. End of third quarter.


The turnover the Giants needed has just been realized as Webster picks Freeman’s pass out of the air as the pocket collapsed. Giants have the ball on the Bucs 36 yard line


Freeman’s pass to Jackson is incomplete after Jackson takes a huge hit from the defense and is unable to hold the ball.


Bucs run the kick out of the endzone to their 24 yard line. Here comes the Bucs offense.


Romeo just said they really need a turnover here. I agree.


Field goal is good. Score is now Giants 16, Bucs 27. The Giants are getting points on the board, but it should’ve been a touchdown there.


Manning takes the snap and scrambles, passes incomplete to Wilson. Field goal coming from 36 yards out


Manning’s pass to Bennett in the endzone is incomplete. 3rd down and 8 from the 18 yard line


Manning fumbled the snap but quickly recovered for the handoff to Brown. Gain of 2 yards


Manning passes to Nicks for a gain of 10 and another first down. They’re marching now.


Brown runs the ball on first down for a gain of 8 yards–right up the middle.


Manning throws on 2nd down. The pass is incomplete but there was a pass interference call. Giants get the ball on the Bucs 38 with a first down


Fun fact: today’s attendance is 76,964. Lots of fans. Where Romeo was born, the island of St. Thomas, their population is only 60,000.


New York runs on the short 3rd down and converts. First down on their 46 yard line.


Manning passes over the middle to Cruz who is just shy of a first down. 3rd and 1 coming up.


Giants run on first down for a gain of 4 yards. 2nd down coming up.


Bucs injury update: Eric Wright has a back injury. His return is questionable.


Holding on the defense, 5 yards from the spot of the foul. First down Giants on their 35 yard line.


Manning passes again on 2nd down. Incomplete. Flag on the play


Manning tries to pass on first down but it is batted away and he takes a hard hit. 2nd down coming up


Manning passes to Brown over the middle for a gain of 11 yards and a first down on their 30 yard line


New York runs it on first down and Wilson gains only two yards on the play. A Bucs player is down–Eric Wright. 2nd down and 8 to go coming up


Romeo’s play call here: deep ball. It’s gotta work one of these times, right?


Bucs punt it away and the Giants call fair catch. They’ll have a first and 10 on their own 18 yard line


Giants defense smothers the running on third down. Bucs are going to punt it away


Bucs are keeping the ball on the ground for a gain of 5 yards on the run. Big 3rd and 1 here


Bucs run the ball again on first down for a gain of 4 yards. 2nd down. They’re burning a lot of time on this drive, too


Bucs run again, this time to the right for a gain of 7 yards. First down on the 41. They are marching


Bucs run the ball for a short gain. 2nd down and 7 to go from the 34 yard line


Freeman passes to Jackson for a gain of 22 yards. The Giants secondary just can’t get their act together. 1st down on the 31


Bucs false start on the first play. 5 yard penalty, still 1st down


Bucs receive the punt around the 10 yard line and run it back to the 14. Freeman and his crew come back on the field. Let’s see if they can put up more points or if the New York defense can shut them down.


Manning’s pass is batted down a the line of scrimmage. Punt coming


Manning passes to Bennett for a gain of 6. 3rd down


Brown carries on 1st down for a loss of one. Giants 2nd down at the 49 yard line


Manning passes on first down to Nicks for a gain of 11


Giants receive the kick in the endzone but run it out to their 41 yard line after causing a bunch of missed tackles


Bucs are set to kick off. Brown and Wilson are back to receive


The kick is good. The score is now Giants 13, Bucs 27


Freeman’s pass into the end zone is incomplete. They’re bringing out the kicker for a 52 yard field goal attempt


They stall after that run, though, and find themselves at 3rd down on the Ginats 33


Start of second half. Bucs receive the kick and return it for 50 yards


Romeo’s take on the first half: The theme of this game is unforced errors. Too many errors and turnovers. They can still beat the Bucs, but first they have to beat themselves. They’re better than this, and the Bucs are doing a great job of taking advantage of situations where they’re falling short.


Giants received the kick and Manning took a knee to end what was a very rough first half for them. In a sea of booing, the Giants walked off the field after giving up 21 points on turnovers.


Bucs extra point after the touchdown is good. Score is now Giants 13, Bucs 24


Manning throws yet another interception. Right returns the interception 60 yards, dancing around the defense so many times it wasn’t even funny.


Another high pass from Manning is incomplete. 3rd down coming up


Manning passes to Cruz and it’s caught for a gain of 13. New York takes their final timeout. 29 seconds to go. Romeo is calling a run play, since they probably won’t expect it


False start on New York, 5 yard penalty. First down and 15 to go on their own 48


Manning passes again on first down, this time to Cruz for another first down and a gain of 11 yards. Another New York timeout. It’ll be first down on the Bucs 47 with 39 seconds left in the half


Great pass by Manning on first down is caught by Nicks for a gain of 17 yards. Timeout New York. They’ll continue from their 42 yard line


Illegal block in the back against the Giants. 10 yard penalty, It’ll be first down for New York at their own 23 yard line


Giants receive the punt and make a goof effort to get down field, but there are flags everywhere.


Giants defense swarms Freeman and he throws it away. 4th down. They’ll punt it away with 1:08 left in the first half


Freeman misreads his receiver and throws it into the grass. 3rd down. Big 3rd down for New York


Bucs start their drive with a short run gain of 1 yard. 2nd down.


Bucs run it out of the endzone to their 22 yard line.


Giants are set to kick. Let’s see if they can hold the Bucs off here


Extra point is good. Score is now Giants 13, Bucs 17.


Manning passes on first down to Nicks for a touchdown. There’s a flag for offsides by the defense, but it’s declined. They’ve just injected some hope in this place.


Coming off the two minute warning, do the Giants pass and score quickly, or try running the ball and eating some time?


Injury update: Giants running back Bradshaw will not return today


Brown runs on first down, blasting through the defense up the middle for a gain of 12 yards. Giants will continue from the 23 yard line


For the third time in a row, Manning throws to Cruz on a play action pass, good for a first down


Manning passes to Cruz again for a gain of 5. 3rd down with 2 to go. They have to convert here to keep this drive alive


Manning’s pass is complete to Cruz for a gain of 3. 2nd down from the Bucs 43


Manning pass over the middle to Bennett is caught for a first down. Ginats continue their march from the 46 yard line


A run on first down by Brown gains them 5 yards


Holding on the defense this time. 5 yard penalty gives the Giants a first down with 10 to go on their 38 yard line


Manning’s pass is incomplete, but there’s a flag on the play


From Romeo: One step forward, two steps back. Gotta throw


Short run on first down nets them no gain. Holding on the play, though. Giants are moved back 10 yards to their 33 yard line. 1st down and 20 to go


Big run on first down for a gain a 23 yards. First down on their 43 yard line


Romeo wants to see a deep ball here, despite passing issues so far


The kick is down in the end zone for a touch back. Giants start on the 20


Injury update. Giants wide-receiver Hixon has a concussion and will not return


Brown and Wilson back to receive the kick


Bucs extra point is good. Score is now Giants 6, Bucs 17. The Bucs have scored 14 points off of turnovers


Bucs running back Doug Martin spins off of the defense and runs into the end zone untouched as he scores his first career touch down.


Bucs elect to run the ball to start for a gain of 5. 2nd down on the 8 yard line. Giants need to hold them to a field goal here


During the run back, there was a personal foul during the tackle–horse collar tackle. Bucs have the ball on the 13 yard line


Manning’s high pass on 3rd down is intercepted. Bucs run the ball back to the Giants’ 42 yard line. With a weak run game and inconsistent passing, they’re not looking good.


Giants run on 2nd down for a loss of 1. 3rd and 6 to go. They have to convert here


Hynoski is running off the field to get looked at, but he seems ok, just a little shook up


Manning’s pass to Hynoski is incomplete, and Hynoski is down after falling badly after a low tackle.


Manning’s pass over the middle is caught for a first down. Gain of 11. First down on the Bucs 46


Romeo’s still thinking that they need to create a stronger run game, but he’s still expecting a pass to start with Bradshaw in the locker room


Giants receive the punt and run it back to their 43 yard line. They need some big offense right now


Freeman passes on 3rd down but the Giants defense was right there, leaving them well short with a loss of 3 on the play. Punt coming


Giants defense comes up big. Pierre-Paul sacks Freeman for a loss of 8. 3rd down


The bucs start with a short run up the middle for a gain of 2. 2nd down. Giants injury update: Bradshaw is having a neck x-ray


The defense needs a big play to get the fans in the game and rattle the bucs


Romeo says that they need to work on their coverage in the secondary. Their line-up has been affected, but they’ve got to work it out


A high punt is caught around the 10 yard line and run back to the 26. Bucs offense is back up. Let’s see if the Giants can hold them back this time.


A high Manning pass is caught short of the 1st down. Giants bring out the punting crew


Manning hands the ball off to Hynoski for a gain of 3 yards. 3rd down


A quick first down pass is incomplete to Nicks. 2nd and 10 to go


Manning’s pass to Cruz is complete for a first down and a gain of 12 yards. First down at the 32 yard line


First play is a run for no gain. They’re running game just hasn’t materialized yet. 2nd and 10 to go


Bucs kick off to the Giants results in a touch-back. Giants will start the ball at the 20 yard line


Extra point is good. Bucs strike fast after that interception. They take the lead with a score of 10 to 6


An amazing pass by Freeman to JAckson is caught and run into the end zone. Great pass, perfectly placed.


Bucs short run leaves them with another 3rd down


Bucs first pass attempt is incomplete. 2nd down and 10 from the 28 yard line


Manning does, indeed, pass on first down. But he throws it short and it’s picked off. Bucs get great field position, they have a first down at the Giants 28 yard line


Romeo wants to see a deep ball here


Bucs punt the ball, Giants fair catch at their own 11 yard line.


Romeo’s First Quarter Impressions: Giants are shooting themselves in the foot. Too many errors with dropped balls in the end zone and some poor passing decisions. They just need to work on their execution. As for the Bucs, they should feel pretty good. They’re on the road in a tough stadium and they’ve proven that they can march down the field. They’re certainly making it interesting.


A run up the middle only gets them 6 yards. 4th down coming up. End of the first quarter.


Big 3rd down here


The Giants defense finally gets their hands on Freeman with a big sack. Loss of 7 on the play


Freeman throws again to Jackson down at the 3 yard line, but it’s incomplete. 2nd and 10 to go


Freeman passes again for another first down, gain of 17 yards. They start at the 49 yard line


An end-around run is good for a first down and then some. Bucs continue to move down the field. First down at the 34


Freeman’s pass to Lorig is good for 8 yards. 2nd and 2 to go


Bucs bring it back to their 19 yard line and will bring out the offense to see what Freeman and his crew can do


Tines is set to kick off


Kick is good. Score is now Giants 6, Bucs 3. Let’s see if the Bucs are able to answer as quickly as they did last time.


Manning’s pass intended for Bennett is incomplete again in the endzone. Tines on to take the 24 yard kick


False start by the Giants, moving them back to the 6 yard line. Still 3rd down.


3rd and Goal at the 1


David Diehl is the player down, but is walking off the field under his own power


Giants run on 2nd down for a gain of 1, but there’s a Giants player down on the field.


Manning’s pass to Bennett is incomplete


Manning throws to Hixon who makes the catch at the 5 yard line. Flag down. Personal Foul, unnecessary roughness. First down at the 2


A Wilson run up the middle gains them 1 yard. 2nd and 9 on the 16 yard line


Bradshaw runs right up the gut for a first down. Giants have the ball on the Bucs 17 yard line


Cruz is working his magic, as he catches a pass from Manning over the middle and dances around the defense for a gain of 20. 1st and 10 on the Bucs 29


Manning’s pass on 2nd down to Nicks is incomplete. 3rd down and 6 to go


A short run by Wilson nets them 4 yards. 2nd and 6 on the 49


A Manning pass is complete to Cruz for a gain of 16. 1st and 10 on the Giants 47


Romeo called it–run play to the right. No gain, though.


Romeo is thinking that they really need to establish a strong run game early to keep the Bucs guessing. Everyone knows they can pass, they need to show their offense is a powerhouse on both fronts.


A short kick is returned to the Giants 31 yard line.


Bucs are set to kick off. Brown and Wilson are ready to receive


Field goal is good. Bucs quickly answer the Giants and we’re all tied up at 3 points a piece.


A short pass and scramble resulted in a 4th down for a gain of only 1. 4th down, field goal coming up from 45 yards out


A run on 2nd down nets them only 3 yards. 3rd and 7


Incomplete pass. 2nd and 10 at the Giants 31 yard line.


Freeman sends a bomb down field which is caught for a huge first down. Gain of 41 yards.


Decent pass to the outside for a first down and gain of 11 yards.


First play is a run, which nets them 4 yards. 2nd and 6 to go


Booming kick into the end zone is run back to about the 15. Bucs fumbled but recovered and will start from their own 15 yard line.


Giants set for the kick-off


Field Goal is good! Giants quickly put points on the board. Giants 3, Bucs 0


Manning’s pass to Nicks in the end zone is incomplete, bringing up 4th down. 37 yard field goal attempt


3rd and 7 at the Bucs 20


HUGE pass play! Manning’s pass to Nicks for a gain of 40. Giants are at the Bucs 22 yard line


Manning’s pass to Nicks is good for 8 yards


Wilson runs the ball back to the 30 yard line. Here comes the offense.


Bucs win the toss and choose to defer


Romeo is optimistic about this game. His prediction–31 to 10, Giants over the Buccaneers. While the Bucs have been a strong team in the past, he’s not confident about their ability to come in and win on the road. “The Giants defense is just too strong,” he says. Look out for Cruz to make up for some of the errors in Game 1. Romeo says he’s due for some redemption. David Wilson is also another player to watch out for after his sub-par performance in week one.


We’re settled in the Press Box. Weather is perfect–partly cloudy with a little breeze. Here comes the National Anthem.


Welcome to the Giants vs. Buccaneers Live Blog. Romeo and I will begin coverage at around 12:45pm Eastern Time once we’re settled in the press box.


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Live Blog Test 1

Upcoming Football Game Live Blog on Sunday September 16, 2012

Hello Everyone,

On Sunday, for the second year in a row, Romeo Edmead and I will be attending a New York Giants football game. We’ve been granted access into the Press Box and will watch as the Giants play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00pm, Eastern Time.

With the help of our web consultant, I’ve made some behind-the-scenes updates to the website that will allow us to offer a true live blog of the game. The live blog will have its own web address–which I will give you below–and will automatically update as we give a play-by-play account of the game. Romeo and I spent some time yesterday testing the site to make sure that everything works, and I’m happy to say that your experience should be greatly improved over last year. Just as a side note, Romeo tested the site using JAWS.

To follow our live blog this Sunday, go to http://www.matildaziegler.com/2012/09/13/giants-vs-buccaneers-live-blog before the game. When you first visit the page, select the link “Skip to main content” at the very top. This will send you past all of the other headline links and right to the live blog. You will then hear the title of the live blog, which will be “Giants vs. Buccaneers Live Blog.” This will be followed by “September 16, 2012, filed under Uncategorized. Comments Off.” That last bit is simply information included about when the live blog began.

After you hear, “Comments Off,” arrow down and you will then be in the live blog where content will automatically update. Each new live blog entry will be added on top of the others and will have a time stamp in 24 hour format. So, 1:00pm will be read as “13.00.” Likewise, 1:15pm will be read as “13.15,” and so on. Use these time stamps to determine which of the entries is the most recent. While testing, Romeo said that it was very simple to navigate through the entries. Simply read the entry and arrow up every few seconds to see if a new one has arrived. If you hear new content, continue to arrow up until you hear the most recent time stamp and read from there. You will not need to manually refresh the webpage, as all of the entries will appear automatically as we add them to the site.

Romeo and I will be making some pregame comments, so start following along around 12:45pm, Eastern Time, if you’d like to get some information about the upcoming game.

We’re both really excited to offer this game in a much better format for you all and I hope that you enjoy following along. Again, the link to visit is: http://www.matildaziegler.com/2012/09/13/giants-vs-buccaneers-live-blog and we will begin coverage around 12:45pm, Eastern Time.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at editor@matildaziegler.com

Take care.
Ross Hammond, Editor

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Feature Writer Alena Roberts – The New iTunes U App: Learning for the Future

Online learning is still relatively new, and up until recently, online courses were limited to people enrolled in a college or university. This is no longer the case. Stanford recently offered a course on Artificial Intelligence, and because it was free, they had over 160,000 students. This is the power of free online learning. To help expand course offerings, Apple has just released a new app called iTunes U, where you can download whole college courses for free.

Since Apple has done a good job of making their native apps accessible, I wanted to check iTunes U out for myself to test its accessibility, but more importantly to learn new things. I’m happy to report that the app is very Voice Over friendly.

I decided to start with a course on Volcanoes offered by the Open University. The course consists of reading materials, videos, audio presentations, and an outline of learning objectives. So far, I’ve had no problem accessing these materials, and the learning process has been fun.

Since the app is so new, there aren’t many courses to choose from, but I foresee colleges offering more and more as the app gains popularity. Here are some of the courses available now: Future Energy, Core Concepts in Chemistry, Ecosystems, Autism and Related Disorders, and Introduction to Robotics. The app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.

This app has huge potential for changing the way people learn. Because the courses are available to anyone with an iOS device, learning can happen anywhere in the world. Higher education is still something that is primarily for the privileged, but this app and the idea of free learning will open the doors to those who didn’t have access before. It is also exciting for people with disabilities because the app is so accessible.

Recipe of the Week – Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Fancy up regular mashed potatoes with a layer of mushroom duxelle–a sauté of finely chopped mushrooms and shallots. We omitted the traditional butter in the duxelle and added chard for a nutritional boost. Serve this hearty side in place of mashed potatoes at any holiday feast or enjoy it as a vegetarian main dish.

12 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Active Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours


3 1/2 pounds potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds cremini or white mushrooms, halved
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white, beaten
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped shallots
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups trimmed and finely chopped chard or spinach
1 cup mushroom broth or reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided


Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a large pot. Place potatoes in a steamer basket, cover and steam over medium-low heat, replenishing the water as necessary, until the potatoes are fall-apart tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, working in two batches, place mushrooms in a food processor and pulse, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed, until the mushrooms are coarsely chopped.

Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Add butter and mash until chunky-smooth. Gradually stir in buttermilk, egg and egg white and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they release their liquid and the pan is almost dry, 10 to 12 minutes. Add chard (or spinach) and continue to cook, stirring, until wilted, about 4 minutes. Whisk broth and flour in a small bowl. Add to the pan along with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and rosemary. Cook, stirring, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

To assemble, spread half of the mashed potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar 3-quart) baking dish. Sprinkle half the Parmesan over the potatoes. Spread the mushroom mixture on top and spread the remaining potatoes over the mushroom layer. Top with the remaining Parmesan.

Bake until hot throughout and the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes.


196 Calories; 5 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 26 mg Cholesterol; 32 g Carbohydrates; 8 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 438 mg Sodium; 773 mg Potassium
2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat
Nutrition Note: Potassium (22% daily value), Vitamin A & Vitamin C (20% dv).

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mashed_potato_mushroom_casserole.html
From EatingWell: November/December 2009

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