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Friday, August 31, 2012

Eye Wear Protection for Your Puppy

Eye Wear Protection for Your Puppy 

As many of you know, I am currently providing eye and vision care services at Lyons Family Eye Care on Lincoln at Belmont/Ashland in Chicago. My areas of expertise include pediatric vision care, problems associated with binocular vision (amblyopia/strabismus/convergence insufficiency/etc) and learning related vision problems (vision information processing anomalies). I also have a keen interest in working with those who have experienced a brain injury (traumatic brain injury/CVA/etc) and who have developmental disabilities.

Lyons Family Eye Care (LFEC) is an awesome place to provide eye care for all my patients....we also provide safety eye wear for your puppies! The Chicago neighborhood that LFEC is located in is very dog friendly...and you can often see Dr. Stephanie Lyon's puppies (Chance and Lucky) entertaining all the patients both the young and the more chronologically enhanced equally.

Recently we had Dinosaur and his human drop by for some Doggles. Dinosaur rides along on a scooter and needed safety eye wear. He looked awesome! If your puppy hangs their head out the car window while you drive...or if like Dinosaur...rides your bike, motorcycle or need a pair of these! ( not only makes your puppy adorable, but also protects their eyes!)

Please note the safety belt around Dinosaur!

One of my Facebook Friends just said that "Doggles are great! I had a dog that kept running into stuff with his eye and having ulcers. Doggles stopped that from happening. They're great for dogs that like to ride in the car with their heads out the window, and for dogs at the beach or in the desert. I understand that the dogs helping our troops in Iraq all had Doggles."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Casa Italia Artists at Addison City Hall Rotunda

Annual Art Exhibit. The Village of Addison is hosting a reception for the Artists of Casa Italia at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 24, in the Village Hall. You are cordially invited to attend this exhibition in support of this effort at outreach by our artists. The 2012 art exhibit at Casa Italia was a tremendous success. Casa Italia thanks all artists and volunteers who participated.  

Photos from previous art exhibitions. DM

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whiskey: It's Done!

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged, Micro-barrel, Very, Very Small Batch Whiskey: It is finally Done! Batch 1 Complete. Mission Accomplished!!

Here's my review:


As you know, I have been learning as much as I can about whiskey and how it is made. My interest started with single malt Scotch, then American whiskey and Bourbon, whiskeys made in other countries and finally....making my own with a whisky aging kit. 

The Woodinville kit is composed of 2 bottles of Bourbon mash, a 2 liter charred Oak barrel, a funnel and two Glencairn Glasses. I was so fascinated by this process, that I decided I would start a second barrel aging as well, but use a spirit called Spirytus, a Polish rye based grain alcohol (151 proof). This I thought, should  yield a Rye whiskey result. About 2 weeks ago, I tried the aged Bourbon mash, but it wasn't quite ready so I let it age just a bit more. Well, I'm happy to report that both whiskies are now ready.....I actually have 3 different whiskies to tell you about.

 As you know, the initial Bourbon Mash and Rye spirits start out clear. There is no color and little flavor except for that brought forth by the alcohol content. The first glass has the clear grain alcohol. The second is the aged Bourbon Mash. The next is the Rye based aged whiskey and the last one is a blended whiskey at least 51% Rye based. Note the difference in color even though the Bourbon Mash was aged the longest and the Rye the least.
 This is the aged Bourbon Mash, It is about 40% ABV (alcohol by volume) or 80 Proof). The nose resembles that of a young Tennessee whiskey with plenty of oak, almost sweet with slight smoke and even though it is only 80 need to watch for a bit of nose burn. It has a somewhat warming intensity with a palate that definitely points to its corn based beginning. This is not a whiskey to be sipped neat. I would highly recommend that you add a bit of ice and a dash of water to bring out the flavor. As my first try at aging my own whisky, it it's not bad at all!
 My Rye based whiskey has a richer, darker amber color. It aged nicely in about 3 months in the 2 liter barrel. Since I used 75.1 ABV Spirytus and did not dilute this with water, the end result is about 151 proof. Be careful with this one! The nose has some alcohol burn, a Rye sweetness, a bit of cinnamon and, of course, Oak. This has a definite warming intensity with an earthy, dried hops, Oaky, mild cinnamon flavor. The finish is lasting and clean..

When I told my son that I was aging my own whiskey, he bought me a beautiful crystal decanter with 2 heavy glasses. He had the following inscribed "Pop's Scotch: Cheers to you, today, tomorrow & always". (I can't call my creation Scotch, however, since it wasn't made in Scotland!) I saved this decanter for the best of my experiment.

My best idea with this project was to blend the Bourbon Mash with the Rye based whiskey for an end result that combined the best of both. The Bourbon Mash altered the sweetness of the two distillates, intensified the flavors, added to its warmth and made this almost of the sipping neat quality I've come to enjoy with my single malt Scotch. I, however, still prefer this on the rocks with a dash of water. Adding ice and water brings out the highlights of this particular self-aged whiskey.

Well, this experiment turned out so well, I just started on my second batch. I'm aging 2 barrels of Rye+Bourbon Mash already mixed in the barrel with just a bit more rye in each. This batch should be ready by Christmas!! DM

Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease: Wela's Walkers

Alzheimer's disease is the single largest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation today. As many as 5.4.million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as caregivers. We have to unite now to help end Alzheimer's.

My family is participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, an event that raises awareness and funds to advance care, support and research. Please donate to support my family's efforts.

Our family's fight with this disease began a few years ago when my mother-in-law (Also known as Wela ... Grandmother to my children) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and for the last three years we have participated as a family to support her and all of her memories by assisting the Alzheimers Foundation in supporting research and finding a cure. Hope for...Believe in...Dream of...A Cure! The end of Alzheimer's starts here, with a gift from you.

Please consider supporting our efforts with a donation. You can give online @ you can also see if your company will match your donation.

Thanks in advance for all of your generosity! (and remember it is a tax write off so all you have to do is print out and keep your donation confirmation once you are done)

Click here to visit my daughter's personal page. If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

Click here to view the team page for Wela's Walkers If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

Thank you! DM 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

ICO Faculty Retreat Features Presentations by National Health Care Experts

During the annual Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) faculty retreat a panel discussion on healthcare reform featuring government individuals active in health care reform was presented.

Optometry, and particularly optometry in Illinois, has had a strong presence in the health care arena. ICO is an active participant in this process as well.

Patient access to optometric vision care is essential for the health of our country and ICO is doing all it can to make sure we serve all of our patients at the highest possible level. DM

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


 Over the years, the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) Faculty have donated thousands of dollars for an ICO Faculty Scholarship fund for ICO students. This year the 3rd year student recipient is:

Maria Cucuras, third year 

Our students also recognize the very best teachers at ICO 

Teacher of the Year recipients 
First Year: Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow 
Second Year: Dr. Gary Lesher
Third Year: Dr. Leonard Messner
Third Year Clinical Educator of the Year: Dr. Jordan Keith
Fourth Year: Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow
Golden Apple Award: Dr. Jordan Keith

Congratulations to all!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dominick M. Maino, Photography: Scotland

This video shows many of the photographs I took while vising Scotland. I exhibited them at the Artists of Casa Italia art show August 10th, 2012. Enjoy! DM

Friday, August 3, 2012

Mainos in the AOANews

The July issue of the AOANews featured Dr. Joseph Maino, a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in a two page story, "KanLovKids" state program gives new hope to children with low vision and their families". Dr. Maino is the immediate past Chief of Optometry at the Kansas City VA Hospital and Medical Center who now serves as a consultant not only to the VA, but also to the Kansas State School for the Visually Impaired. He was instrumental in putting this program together for the children of Kansas.
ICO faculty member, Dr. Dominick Maino (and an IEI patient, Shannon Wyatt), were also featured in the story, "3D symposium offers real-world applications for ODs". Dr. Dominick Maino is a national AOA spokesperson about the eye and vision problems associated with simulated 3D viewing and coined the phrase "3D Vision Syndrome" now used to describe the many signs and symptoms noted by patients. Dr. Dominick Maino is a professor of pediatrics and binocular vision at college...and yes, the Maino noted in the other story is his twin brother.
Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow and Dr. Dominick Maino also wrote the Eye on Technology column in this issue of the AOANews as well. This is entitled, "Health care portals: A patient's connection to your EHR"
Dr. Dominick Maino can not only be contacted at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute but also at Lyons Family Eye Care, his private practice in Chicago, if you have any questions about 3D Vision Syndrome, Pediatric eye care, vision therapy or technology in health care.

His latest book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs is available from Lippincott or on Amazon as well. DM

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Comment on "ASCRS Small Mindedness, Pettiness Bad for Quality Patient Care"

I received this comment on my recent blog about the ASCRS:  

I believe the proper acronym is ASCRS for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery--not to be confused with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (also ASCRS:) It is encouraging to see that optometrists have been named to the Task Force but they would appear to be mostly employed by ophthalmology. It would be interesting to see an optometrist named to the Task Force who employs an ophthalmologist. While this is not the usual arrangement,this model does exist and including this type of colleague in discussions might open some eyes to the valuable role of optometry in primary eye care. on ASCRS Small Mindedness, Pettiness Bad for Quality Patient Care

I want to thank the anonymous commentator for letting me know that the proper acronym is ASCRS. I fixed the typo in my heading immediately. Unfortunately s/he seemed to miss the bigger issue. This bigger issue is the fact that the leadership of the ASCRS has made the whole organization look small minded, petty and only interested in an agenda that belittles their profession.  I would also like to see an optometrist who employees an ophthalmologist (OMD) as a part of the task force...but wait!!!...that cannot happen because the ASCRS only lets those optometrists employed by an OMD participate.

If the ASCRS really wanted to make sure our patients received the best possible care they would want optometry to participate as equals in their continuing education programs and any activity involving patient care. But wait!!! ASCRS has banned optometry from participating (unless they are employed by an OMD).

ASCRS should know that surgeons are seldom, if ever, considered as primary care doctors (unlike optometrists who provide the majority of primary eye care to this country's citizens) and put a plan into action that would recognize that the optometrist should lead any integrative team as the primary eye care doctor. As always I welcome all feed back. DM