Monthly Archives: April, 2010

NECA Washington Watch

TRS Ex Parte—CG Docket No. 10-51 4/28/10—CSDVRS met with CGB and DRO staff to discuss a new rate structure for VRS.  CSDVRS said the FCC’s decision to move to a tiered multi-year rate was the right decision, but also said the methodology could be improved.  CSDCRS proposed adding a fourth and fifth tier to the […]

Interpreted show at Nazareth

Please share if appropriate with other deaf people: I saw the play today with an interpreter. It was deeply moving. They informed me afterwards that they have an interpreter (same one) assigned for this Sunday as well. Just show up half hour early to buy tickets. Nazareth Box office asked me to encourage more deaf […]

Harrisburg offers to take deaf students

Associated Press – April 30, 2010 8:55 AM ET HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) – The Harrisburg School District is offering to take the five remaining students at the South Dakota School for the Deaf. The Board of Regents, which oversees the Siou To see the rest of article  click on http://www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12403594

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Gloucester candidates take questions from deaf voters

Sign language interpreters were used to help with communication BBC News United Kingdom General election candidates for Gloucester have been taking questions from deaf people in the city with the help of interpreters. The panel included Conservative Richard Graham, the Liberal Democrat’s Jeremy Hilton and Parmjit Dhanda, who is defending the seat for Labour. Organisers […]

UM student wins $10,000 prize for video

WITHOUT A SOUND Bangor Daily News (Maine) 4/30/10 | By Jessica Bloch BDN Staff BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JESSICA BLOCH Samantha Danis ORONO, Maine — It seems fitting that on the night Samantha Danis found out she’d won a national award for her video documentary work, she was out to dinner with a group […]

Two Rochester School for the Deaf students won first-place

Democrat and Chronicle Rochester, NY Two Rochester School for the Deaf students won first-place in their team division of the 2010 Rochester Institute of Technology National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle and High School Students, held March 26-27on the RIT campus. Eighth-grader Allison Higgins of Leicester and seventh-grader Madilyn Smith of […]

Baseball team featured in ‘USA Today’; attends White House ceremony with New York Yankees

President Barack Obama greets Baseball Head Coach Curtis Pride at the White House. Photo by Sam Atkinson. Members of the baseball team and Athletics staff stand outside the White House’s East Room during their visit. Photo by Sam Atkinson. In less than 24 hours, the Gallaudet baseball team met President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe […]

Gallaudet University baseball team invited to the White House, witness New York Yankees ceremony with President Obama

Apr 26, 2010 Gallaudet University baseball team invited to the White House, witness New York Yankees ceremony with President Obama WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University baseball team had a front row seat to history on Monday afternoon as the Bison were special guest of U.S. President Barack Obama to attend a ceremony to recognize […]

Rockville, MD – Managing the Stress Related to Hearing Loss

Managing the Stress Related to Hearing Loss Speaker: Dr. Samuel Trychin psychologist, educator, author Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rockville Memorial Library 21 Maryland Avenue Rockville, MD 20850 Registration required. Online registration available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library For more information about this program, contact: Joan Kleinrock at <mailto:> Presented by Hearing Loss […]

One-Way Street

For years I pounded the pavement. As a runner, my feet hit the cement over and over as I competed in cross-country, track, and, as an adult, even a couple marathons.

My coaches always encouraged stretching, both before and after the runs, but for the most part, I was on a one-way street toward shortening and tighenting my muscles. Until I tried yoga, I had no idea what it really meant to enlongate them. Running made me so inflexible that because of my inability to touch my toes or do the splits, I thought I “couldn’t do yoga.” Yoga was for bendy people, like gymnasts.

Thank goodness I figured out my thinking was flawed at age 30 and not a minute later. The benefits of yoga for inflexible people are amazing. Yes, it’s true that having shorter muscles means I often need to use a lot of props and adjust my poses in way others don’t, but almost every single time I practice yoga, I find myself thinking, “This feels so good.” After years of heading “one way” I’m finally teaching my body to move in the opposite direction. Ahh.

Happy

The other day, I was in a “blah” mood due to my seasonal affective disorder (self-diagnosed). To snap out of it, I came up with a list of ten activities that are fun. Not just enjoyable, but playful and lively. The kind of activities that make me happy, happy, happy.

10 Fun Activities
1. Rollerblading (I can’t help but grin like a fool whem I blade – I absolutely love it more than just about anything)
2. Dinner out with my husband
3. Waterskiing
4. Downhill Skiing
5. Watching a good romantic comedy
6. Tennis
7. Jumping on a trampoline
8. Throwing a Frisbee with my dog (she can leap in the air and catch it)
9. Riding rapids in a river
10. Snorkeling around coral reefs

Reviewing my list, it dawned on my how many were linked to physical activity – things that get my blood flowing. (Yoga isn’t on there because while I do enjoy it – love it, actually – I think of it as more of a calming practice.) I don’t know where the trampoline came from – that one just popped into my head. Well, I’m so getting a mini tramp for my bedroom. When it’s cold and windy and rainy I’ll get some physical exercise and make myself laugh while I’m at it.

Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Š

Germaphobe

The waiter walks over and sets a glass of ice-water on the table.

“Ew,” my mom says when he walks away. “I don’t like it when restaurants put lemons in your drink.”

For years she’s claimed that lemon wedges have tons of bacteria – picked up because of how much they are handled by bare human hands – and this YouTube video seems to prove she’s right, reporting that over 77% of lemon wedges in drinks tested positive for disease causing bacteria.

My husband has an issue with restaurants that place the silverware directly on the table instead of on a napkin or tablecloth. When I tell him the tables are washed, he says, “Yeah, but have you seen those ratty rags they use?”

What a bunch of germaphobes!

Except I have my issues too. I don’t like touching menus. I especially can’t stand it when a waiter places a menu down on top of my plate. I mean really, when are menus cleaned?

I’m totally of the belief that exposure to bad bacteria can build my immune system. And, logically, I know that menus are only one of many places I’m coming across a boatload of germs. But still, menus freak me out.

Do you have any quirky things you’re a germ-freak about?

Toes

Lately, I’ve been giving them a lot of thought.

First, my yoga teacher is always including toes in her instructions. Lift them off the ground (one at a time). Spread them. Plant them back on your mat (one at a time). It takes awhile to learn to control them – they’re so often ignored. Second, I was reading a book about a woman who had a stroke and was paralyzed on her left side, including all her toes. She was explaining the rehabilitation process and talking about the fact that she realized – once she could no longer use them – how important toes are for balance and for pushing off of when walking. Third, I just so happened to be reading the book passage while I was getting a pedicure (a gift from my husband).

So toes were on my mind.

For most of my life I didn’t pay attention to them. And when I got older I would shove them into cold, hard pointy shoes. In turn, that led to foot cramps. The cramps would attack in the middle of the night and hurt so bad I’d cry. But when I started practicing yoga, I noticed my foot cramps disappeared. I decided to give my feet the love they deserved. In addition to yoga, I began wearing comfortable shoes. And from time to time, I’d get a pedicure. I stopped painting my nails awhile ago (to avoid the harsh chemicals), but today I made a special exception.

I picked a color – Dutch Tulips – in honor of spring.

When they were red and shiny, I wiggled them and smiled. Thankful for my toes.

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