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Monday, April 30, 2012

Shed light on the dark areas of power and influence

I just emailed this to John Kass. John is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. He is the ultimate teller of stories. Some stories will make you times they will make you sad, or just nod your head in agreement.

Often when he talks about the abuse of power...usually by will quickly place a look of outrage upon your face.... He never writes boring.

John often writes about his day to day life, his family, trips to Greece and Turkey....and even events that occur while he is having a haircut. Read John Kass. He brings life to the printed page, stimulation for the brain, and reality to the story of the day. My email to John is below. Your comments are appreciated. DM

Dear John...

I've been reading your columns for a while now...and just finished this Sunday's offering. Awesome!

You are someone who knows his roots and appreciates what your readers should know as well. You are also great at hitting hard all those who take advantage of their position of power or wealth when it adversely affects your readers.

As an editor of a professional journal I have some small idea of what it takes to write an article people actually want to read.

Sometimes I poke fun at an industry (Maino D.
The airlines manual of practice management for optometry. Optom Vis Dev 2008;39(3):111-112.) or compare two disparate concepts (Maino D. Single Malt Scotch and Developmetal Optometry. Optom Vis Dev 2012;43(1):6-9) .....

.....other times I'm very serious about problems within the healthcare arena or point out problems most ignore (Maino D.
The number of placebo controlled, double blind, prospective, and randomized strabismus surgery outcome clinical trials: none!. Optom Vis Dev 2011;42(3):134-136.)...

....and I often use satire (Maino D.
DMM scope of practice data series: ophthalmology. Optom Vis Dev 2010;41(2):66-69.) to emphasize the absurdity of power.....

Keep up the good work. Keep me informed. Shed light on the dark areas of power and influence.

My son thanks you (Dominic III); my grandsons thank you (Dominic IV and Vincenzo), [if my dad (Dominic I) was still with us he would definitely thank you as well], my daughter thanks you (Christina....tried to name her wife didn't like that idea very much) wife thanks you (Sylvia)...and of course...I thank you ... for all you do.

Thanks again.....for all you do.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Looking Forward to the Future

I see a future where refraction will be a true specialty...and binocular vision/optometric vision therapy still a most unique service offered by optometrists.

When you can get a refraction at the mall....only those who need a refractive specialist will be left....

When those who receive a great refraction...but can't wear the glasses because of a binocular vision problem...only we will be able to solve those problems.....with Optometric Vision Therapy...

Yep, with change comes opportunity.  I look forward to the future. DM

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 7: Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey

Doc Maino's 
Time Warped Aged,  Micro-barrel, Very Small Batch 


My Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very Small Barch whiskey has now aged 7 days. The color has started to turn significantly whiskey like...going towards pale gold. The aroma is hi-octane alcohol with lots of corn, grain, cereal. Very sweet, not real whiskey-like just yet. Let's see what happens on day 14.

 Day 1

As many of you know, I have been studying whiskey. In particular single malt Scotch whisky. As a connoisseur in training, I have used many resources including books, videos and even going to Scotland! It is now  time for me to take my apprenticeship one step further....and take on the task of creating aqua vitae for myself.

The end result (I hope) will be
 "Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey"

To assist me in this task, I have enlisted the Woodinville Whiskey Company of Woodinville, WA. They have a unique aging whisky kit that should result in a Bourbon-like elixir after a certain period of time.

 The kit, as noted to the left, comes in a nice box that protects all the needed ingredients.
The ingredients include an Oak barrel, two liters of mash, two glasses, and a funnel.

You start by putting hot water into the barrel so the wood swells. After 3-4 days it should be ready for the Bourbon mash.

Stay tuned for more.

Maino's Whisky Tasting Notes: Glenglassaugh 26 y/o

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dr. Maino Now at Lyons Family Eye Care

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A will now be seeing patients at Lyons Family Eye Care on Chicago's north side in May 2012.

Dr. Stephanie Lyons is the chief optometrist and owner of Lyons Family Eye Care.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a former student of Dr. Maino's at the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated Cum Laude with honor.  She is a leader within her profession who also writes a monthly article for the American Optometric Association’s nationally distributed newsletter for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Lyons also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, cheering for the Illini, and spending time with her family. 
Mr. John Lyons is the general manager, owner of Lyons Family Eye Care and the spouse of Dr. Lyons.  With a diverse background in business, his dream has always been to have a small business of his own.  That dream combined with his wife Stephanie’s desire to have an optometry practice led to the creation of Lyons Family Eye Care. He is passionate about customer service and creating a friendly atmosphere for patients and staff. In his free time, John enjoys sports, traveling, competing in triathlons, and taking care of his family including his two dogs Chance and Lucky.  John is also active in the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and on the board of West LakeView Neighbors.
Dr. Dominick Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry.  He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, received his MEd at the University of Illinois Chicago and Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. Dr. Maino is the past Director of the Institute for Advanced Competency Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program, an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Service at Neumann Family Services. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and holds membership in the American & Illinois Optometric Associations, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the Artists of Casa Italia. His recent activities includes presenting at the International Brain Injury Association meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; at the California Optometric Association’s OptoWest Conference and as a member of an expert panel at the American Conference of Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment which is sponsored by the Children’s Hospital, Omaha, NE.
            Dr. Maino currently serves as the editor of Optometry and Vision Development, and has authored approximately 200 books, chapters, and articles. He has given more than 100 presentations worldwide, is a co-author of the technology column for the AOANews and is currently the associate, consulting, and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins has recently agreed to publish Dr. Maino’s next book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs which will be available May 2012.
Dr. Maino has received recognition for his work from the Order Sons of Italy (Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Excellence in Medicine), National Academies of Practice (Distinguished Practitioner), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Editors Association, and the Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with a special interest in the patient with special needs. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is currently the spokesperson for the American Optometric Association on 3 D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed numerous times (television, print media, radio, Internet) on this topic. Dr. Maino’s avocations include blogging, music, photography and as a budding connoisseur of the finer points of appreciating a good Single Malt Scotch(especially after a trip to Scotland), is now attempting to age his own micro-barrel, very small batch whiskey.

Doc Maino's Very Small Batch Whiskey

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged
Very Small Batch
 (Part 1)
Woodinville Whiskey Company in Woodinville, WA makes White Dog Whiskey, Bourbon, and Peabody Jones Vodka. They also provide an age your own whiskey kit that I just had to try.

As you know I am in the process of becoming a whiskey/whisky connoisseur. I am attempting to master whiskey nosing/tasting at a much higher level.

A good place to start is by using the right whisky nosing glass. Some say that the perfect whiskey glasses can be found within the ones noted below from Malt Maniacs

Starting from the left: 1) the “Perfect Whisky Glass”, 2) the Glencairn and 3) the Tulip or Thistle with Stem. These glasses share a common theme in that they are based on the shape of the original whisky nosing glasses; The Tulip or Thistle with stem being the nearest in design to the older style of this glass. 

I started with the Thistle with Stem ( the one on the right) and am now usually using the Glencairn glass. The Thistle is often used by Whyte & Mackay Master Blender, Richard Paterson. He knows whisky. He's got talent. And he is entertaining. If you want to know the proper way to "taste" whiskey, please watch him in this video.

So with a little knowledge of whiskey and even a trip to Scotland, as well as a tour of the Glennfiddich  distillery in Dufftown, Scotland....I decided it was time to try my hand at producing

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey 

After doing a bit of research, I decided to use Woodinville's aging kit.

 The Woodinville Age Your Own Whiskey Kit starts out producing a product closer to Bourbon.

 HubPages notes that: In order to carry the name Bourbon, a set of rigid requirements come into play. These requirements include:

1.) The grain mixture of which Bourbon is made must contain AT LEAST 51% Corn.
2. Bourbon must be produced at no more than 160 proof (U.S) (80% alcohol by volume)
3. Bourbon must be stored at no more than 125 Proof (U.S) (62.5% alcohol by volume)
and 3. it MUST be stored in NEW Charred Oak Containers.

Straight Bourbon Whiskey refers to Bourbon meeting these requirements. Most if not all bourbon has been aged for 4 years or more.

Since the Woodinville whiskey aging kit includes new charred Oak barrel and Doc Maino's exclusive Time Warped Aging Process will produced a whiskey that is at least comparable to 4 years aging or more, the result will/should be Bourbon-like.

The Kit (see photo on the right)



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Looney named president of Appalachian College of Optometry

Looney named president of Appalachian College of Optometry 

This is a headline I would have NOT chosen to announce a new college of optometry!DM

....Dr. Brian D. Looney was announced Monday as the founding president of the Appalachian College of Optometry, which is in the development stages in Buchanan County and is projected to admit its first students in 2014......