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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Spirits of Chicago:International Whisky Competition

During this past year's International Whisky Competition, two Chicago-land distilleries were awarded several honors including:

Best American Whisky:

Best Bourbon Whiskey

Best White Whiskey:

I recently had an opportunity to visit the FEW distillery in Evanston a couple of weeks ago and had a chance to talk to distiller and owner Paul Hletko. (Watch for my review of their award winning Rye and Bourbon). FEW (the distillery) is hard to find tucked away in an Evanston alley...but FEW the spirits are much easier to locate. I bought mine at Warehouse Liquors where owner and "The Spirits Connoisseur" AKA Gene, introduced me to FEW products and to Paul. Gene is incredibly knowledgeable about all distillates (especially whiskey) and Warehouse Liquors has a great selection. I haven't had a chance to visit the KOVAL distillery yet, but hope to do so in the near future. DM

Friday, January 18, 2013

Neat: The Art of the Whiskey Vessel Opening & Tasting by Koval

Curated by Doug Jeppesen
February 1 – March 1, 2013
Opening Reception and Whiskey Tasting: Friday, February 1, 6-9pm
“Neat” celebrates the  tradition of ceramic artists who make liquor flasks, cups, bottles and jugs. More than 14 artists present new work for this special exhibition, including: Ben Bates, Charity Davis-Woodard, Josh DeWeese, Kenyon Hansen, Jason Hess, Matthew Hyleck, Jayson Lawfer, Matt Long, Dan Murphy, Lorna Meaden, Jeremy Randall, Brad Schwieger, Josh Stover, Jack Troy, and Erik Zohn. “Neat” is supported in part by Koval Distillery ChicagoGoose Island Beer Company, and Fountainhead. On opening night, Koval will host a free whiskey tasting at the gallery and Fountainhead, just down the street, is offering a discounted whiskey flight.
Comments: I'm RSVPing right now! It looks like an interesting evening. DM

Friday, January 11, 2013

Annual American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment

The 2nd Annual American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2013.  As a past conference past conference participant and presenter for this year's conference I wanted to share some details regarding the upcoming course. 
We have an outstanding conference planned for 2013.  A new feature to this year’s conference is a research forum on Saturday morning, April 13. 
Please see the link below for additional information on the course agenda, speakers, CEUs, and registration fee.  This course was COPE Approved last year and expect it to be so again this year.To register, visit

Expert Panel Includes:

Linda Baker Nobles, MS, OTR, Occupational Therapy, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alan Lantzy, MD, Vice Chairperson, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatologist, Western Pennsylvania Hospital and Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh

Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago

Christine Roman Lantzy, Ph.D., Director, Pediatric View Program, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, CVI Consultant, The American Printing House for the Blind, Educational Consultant, Pittsburgh
I hope you’ll be able to join us in Omaha this April.
You should contact Ms. Sara Olsen directly with any questions.
Sara M. Olsen, M.Ed.,Continuing Medical Education Coordinator,Medical Staff Services
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
8200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68114-4113
 402.955.6070   402.955.4162  FAX

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Recess Crucial For Schoolchildren

Recess Crucial For Schoolchildren

....The AAP issued its new policy statement, "The Crucial Role of Recess in Schools", in the January 2013 issue of its academic journal Pediatrics.....

Comments: Finally they got something right! DM

Sunday, January 6, 2013

5 Reasons to Play with Your Child More

5 Reasons to Play with Your Child More

At the end of a long day many parents don’t have the energy to pull out a board game, put together a construction set or sit on the ground and play with dolls.  With having to cook dinner, clean the dishes, fold the laundry, answer the phone and take out the garbage, spending time with your kids can end up on the bottom of the evening’s list.  After all, the rewards for finishing the household chores are obvious and immediate. However, the effects of spending time playing with your children are just as real and will certainly last longer.......
Comments: Read more by clicking the title above.DM

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Vision Therapy Private Practice Residency

Vision Therapy Private Practice Residency in Bethesda and Annapolis, Maryland:

Description of Program: The program emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of
binocular vision and visual perceptual disorders. The resident will gain extensive
experience in Vision Therapy for Adults and Children, Vision Improvement Programs,
Pediatrics, Primary Care, Special Testing, Infants Vision, Head Trauma/Rehabilitation,
Children with Special Needs, Therapeutic Lenses, Contact Lenses and Low Vision. As
an employee of Appelbaum Eye Care Associates, PC, the resident will gain experience
working with visual perceptual deficits, developmental vision anomalies, general
binocular and eye movement skill deficiencies, complex Strabismus and Amblyopia as
well as patients with visual/vestibular disorders including sensory integration
dysfunction, sensory processing disorder, tactile defensiveness, apraxia, vertigo,
dizziness, balance, movement, attention, and coordination disorders.
Cases are provided and discussed to sharpen diagnostic and
treatment skills.

Educational Opportunities: Many clinical opportunities will be presented to the
resident by both the Behavioral Optometrists and Occupational Therapists at
Appelbaum Eye Care Assoc. on topics such as: Amblyopia and Strabismus,
Rehabilitative Optometry, Optometric Intervention in the Learning Disabled Population,
ADHD, Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum, Behavioral Optometry, and combining Optometric
Vision Therapy with Occupational Therapy in the same office..

Comments from Past Residents:

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Appelbaum at and Cheryl E. Ervin, O.D., Director of Residencies at The Southern College of Optometry:

Friday, January 4, 2013


A good friend of mine often refers to me as "Yoda". I'm not sure that is because I am so wise, or because I'm short and round with hairy ears! (At least I am not green!!). In any case here are some of Yoda's very best sayings.

Read, you should! DM

1. Hard to see, the dark side is

2. Truly wonderful the mind of a child is

3. Great warrior, hmm? Wars not make one great

4. Already know you that which you need

5. Size matters not

6. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering

7. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can

8. Do or do not. There is no try

9. Always in motion the future is

10. Named must your fear be before banish it you can

11. You will know the good from the bad when you are calm

12. Much to learn you still have, my old Padawan. This is just the beginning!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

National Academies of Practice, Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare: Call for Articles

The National Academies of Practice wishes to announce the launching of its electronic journal, Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare (JIH).  In the making for several years, the Editor and Associate Editors along with its Managing Editor have worked together with its stellar Editorial Board and Berkeley Press, the premier scholarly electronic journal system, to develop the journal.  The journal will be free access (free of charge) and will become indexed in the near future with the major index systems.  We are looking forward to making JIH the premier journal in interprofessional healthcare, as well as a major source of pride, public relations and information for NAP.
Start the New Year by supporting the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in the launch of this important resource for the promotion of the values and efficacy of the practice of interprofessional healthcare.
The Journal website is launched and ready to receive the significant work of the members of the NAP. At the website you will find:
About this Journal – the parameters, format, organization and other details about the requirements for your submission.
Policies – the submission guidelines and philosophy of the Journal.
Editorial Board – your peers and members of NAP who will be responsible for the content of the Journal.
Submit Article – create and account and become a submitting author of NAP’s Journal.
The editors are ready to review the articles that will become part of this historic first issue.  Don’t delay, the NAP leadership is eager to bring this effort to fruition.
If you have any questions about the website submission process or any of the guidelines found on the website, don’t hesitate to contact John Henry Dreyfuss, Managing Editor, cell phone: 917-520-4192.  He will be pleased to assist you.
Office: 801 N Fairfax Street, Suite 211, Alexandria, VA 22314-1776

Tel: 703 299 0105  Email:  Website:
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