Letters from the Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of January 6, 2014

Hello Everyone,

The Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind was founded to help satisfy the need for reading material for the blind. Over the past 107 years, technology has changed so dramatically that the majority of periodicals are as accessible to the blind as our magazine.

In this information age, blind people have access to resources that would have astonished any of the magazine’s first readers, and this is recognized by the board of the Matilda Ziegler Publishing Company.

At this time the need for and the role of the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind is less clear, and the board has decided to review the current state of the magazine. Until such time as a decision on the desired direction of the magazine has been made, publication will be suspended.

We thank you for your readership and will keep you informed.

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of December 30, 2013

Hello Everyone,

If you celebrated Christmas last week I hope you had a very merry one. I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and I wish you a very happy and safe New Year’s.

This week we have an article from contributor James Campbell about the evolution of his views on some technologies.

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

Have a great week and an even better 2014!

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of December 23, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend, and have had or will have some time to relax away from the bustle of holiday shoppers.

I wish the very best for you and yours this holiday season.

The audio edition for November went out last week. If you would like to download it the direct link is here: http://matildaziegler.com/audio/MZMB_November_2013/MZMB_November_2013.zip

I have heard from several readers requesting that I bring back the recipes section so I will do that starting next week. For this week, Alena’s article contains a recipe for gingerbread that seems pretty tasty!

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

Have a great week and enjoy the holidays!

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of December 16, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I want to apologize to Sandra for printing the acerbic remarks directed at her in last week’s Reader’s Forum. Comments in the Reader’s Forum do not reflect my personal views but rather are a place for everyone to express their opinions freely. Inevitably there will be disparities in views from such varied perspectives that will lead to disagreements. Disagreements are fine, but I encourage readers to refrain from letting their clashing views devolve into anything that approaches resembling an ad hominem attack. I take full responsibility for the situation and for not exercising more politic oversight and exhort readers to remain civil in their communications.

This week we have contributor articles from James Campbell about a day that changed the course of his life and from Valerie Moreno about a friend that she lost.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and getting some time to relax with family and friends.

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

Have a great week.

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of December 9, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend.

It’s starting to get a little colder and we are actually seeing some wintry weather. This is of course a mixed blessing; while it does seem quiet and peaceful when there is snow on the ground it can also be treacherous dealing with snow and ice. Please be safe when you’re out and about and be mindful of cars that may lose control.

We have a contributor article this week by Judith E. Vido about a meal gone wrong.

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

Have a great week.

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of December 2, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday, managed to not get trampled by a mob on Black Friday, and are having a great Cyber Monday as well.

The story Ann Chiapetta’s article, Passengers Protest in Support of Guide Dog Team, covered has picked up some national news and has resulted in a petition from the ACLU. If you would like to sign the petition it can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/respect-for-the-blind-and-service-dogs. The petition is about 1,000 signatures away from reaching the ACLU’s goal of 30,000, so hopefully we can get it there.

We have a contributor article this week by James R. Campbell about chat lines and a poem by Nita Stewart titled A Holiday Prayer.

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

Have a great week.

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of November 18, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend. There will be no magazine next week because of the holiday.

LeDon Becker submitted a great article entitled “One Man’s Journey,” about losing his eyesight and becoming a part of a local support group in Texas. My description does not do it justice, and unfortunately it is a bit long for the magazine, but I have put it online so if you would like to read it you can find it here: http://www.matildaziegler.com/2013/11/18/magazine-contributor-ledon-becker-one-mans-journey/

We also have two contributor articles this week. The first, by James R. Campbell, is about the ways that our healthcare system has changed. The second, by Marilyn Brandt Smith, is about the unusual coincidence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping.

I left off the recipe section this week because I didn’t want you guys to get too hungry before Thanksgiving rolls around.

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

Have a great holiday.

Sincerely,
Editor

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.

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of November 4, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I’m happy to report that the magazine has signed on two new Feature Writers; Roger Cicchese and Jane Kronheim.

I’ve decided to use the recipe Karen Crowder’s article provides as this week’s Recipe of the Week, so there is no separate Recipe of the Week.

The Audio Edition for October is done and I will be sending out the email shortly, email me at editor@matildaziegler.com if you would like to be added to the Audio Edition email list.

Please let me know if you are not getting the magazine and I will do my best to get it to you as quickly as possible.

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

Have a great week.

Sincerely,
Editor

Letter from the Editor – Week of November 4, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I’m happy to report that the magazine has signed on two new Feature Writers; Roger Cicchese and Jane Kronheim.

I’ve decided to use the recipe Karen Crowder’s article provides as this week’s Recipe of the Week, so there is no separate Recipe of the Week.

The Audio Edition for October is done and I will be sending out the email shortly, email me at editor@matildaziegler.com if you would like to be added to the Audio Edition email list.

Please let me know if you are not getting the magazine and I will do my best to get it to you as quickly as possible.

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

Have a great week.

Sincerely,
Editor