NoisetteandtheDude’s Blog

October 25, 2008

From Our Shameless Commerce Division…

(with abject apologies to Klick and Klack, the Tappet Brothers, of NPR’s “Car Talk”)

Everyone’s gotta make a buck.  That’s true of us, too – well, Noisette anyway; the Dude lives high-on-the-hog on Social Security and a piddly pension from an extraordinarily well-to-do and stingy aerospace company ­– and a fervent prayer that the good folks at the TV series “Monk” will buy the script Noisette and I just sent them.

Anyway, listen up; the Dude’s about to make a couple of recommendations on how to better your life while spending only a few of your hard-earned dollars.


First up is:

The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is all about “vision,” as in perceiving and understanding what you see.  Not quite the same thing as eyesight, which is the ability to see clearly.

There’s much good information about vision therapy on OEPF’s site, including in-depth discussion of the various kinds of vision disorders and no-cost referrals to folks who can treat those disorders.

You’ll also find a link at the top of the page to their Store, where you can find a particularly good paperback co-written by my partner, Noisette (AKA Hazel Dawkins), with Drs. E. Edelman and C. Forkiotis: The Suddenly Successful Student. 

The book documents the remarkable success of a new approach to vision therapy for students who:


  • Find reading slow and tiring, even with glasses or contacts.
  • Have difficulty studying and learning.
  • Have chronic headaches, muscle spasms, or carsickness.

The Suddenly Successful Student is a parents’ & teachers’ guide to learning and behavior problems.  Roughly 10 percent of students in any school or college classroom have difficulties with learning that have nothing to do with their intelligence or their eyesight.  Their problem is with their vision: the ability to understand what they see.

Behavioral optometry, a specialty in the field of optometry, has helped countless individuals whose eyesight was excellent but whose vision was not among them, a roll call of professional and amateur sports teams that includes the New York Yankees, Chicago Black Hawks, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys & U.S. Olympic medalists. 

From chapters on “How You May Spot a Vision Imbalance” to “A Home Guide for Infant Vision Development,” this handbook covers it all.

Here are two reviews of the book by experts in the field:


  • Allan Cott, M.D., psychiatrist, New York City: “An examination of a learning disabled child without a consultation and treatment by a developmental optometrist is an incomplete examination and treatment.  …an authoritative publication for parents. pediatricians… and psychologists.”
  • Morris A. Wessel, M.D., pediatrician, CT: “… a welcome publication.  Pediatricians often see children whose visual acuity is normal but who suffer significant deficits in the ability to… focus and hold a fixed position of the eyes on the task at hand.  The field of behavioral optometry has much to offer….” 

You’ll find The Suddenly Successful Student under the Consumer Publications tab on OEPF’s Store page ($10.00, plus s/h).


Secondly, here’s another highly worthwhile book about an entirely different kind of vision: Sacred Journey, Healing Ourselves & Our Planet, by Eleanore Milardo.  Sacred Journey would be a phenomenal gift to give yourself or someone special. 

You can order copies on ($20.00 each, s/h $6). 

The book is also available from Amazon:

Eleanor’s book tells the story of her own life’s quest to help others and find the truth of the Divine within us all.  It’s an intensely personal and completely inspiring tale.

Starting in the 1990s, the author created the Spiral of Life Gardens (documented by the Smithsonian).  Filled almost exclusively with native New England trees, shrubs and plants, the gardens are sustainable (balancing resources), educational, and inspirational.  Visitors can walk through 14 gardens, including the Peace Garden, the 60-foot spiral of the Sacred Universe Garden, the Rain Garden, the Robins’ Corner, and the Memorial Garden.  In the Sacred Universe Garden, explanatory signs (also included in the book) tell of the creation of the universe and ways we can heal the damage and restore ourselves and our planet to health.

Here are a couple reviews of Sacred Journey, Healing Ourselves & Our Planet by professionals (I omitted my own laudatory review, which you can read on Amazon, because while everyone asks for my advice, almost no one follows it – but that’s probably a better subject to hold for another post):


  • Alice O. Howell, author, The Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace, wrote:  “This book is the moving account of a 20th-century spiritual ‘Heroine’s Journey,’ the life-long struggle of a woman to validate her inner mystical  experience…instinctively certain that only through the feminine can Spirit manifest in form, Eleanore Milardo has proven this in the mute testimony of Nature’s beauty in the gift of her glorious gardens.” 
  • Michael Morwood, author, Is Jesus God? Finding Our Faith: “If you are experiencing the transition from formalized religion to immersion into a story about the Divine Presence permeating all that is, you will resonate with Eleanore Milardo’s story.  You will rejoice in her poetic gifts and delight in the way she has given expression to this ‘New Story’ in her Spiral of Life Gardens.  Read and enjoy.”


Okay, that’s today’s message from our Shameless Commerce Division.  Thanks for listening – and now, back to your regular programming. . .

–The Dude

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