Monthly Archives: November, 2010

New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates

Thanksgiving – Kwanzaa Dinner!!
Saturday, December 11, 2010

Limited Time Offer! Sprint Relay Store is offering a FREE* Dell Mini 1012 Netbook with a purchase of any of the three items: Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, Sprint 3G/4G Dual Mode Sierra 250U wireless modem by Sierra Wireless, or the Sprint 3G/4G USB U600 broadband card. [...]

Hello everyone!
Please join us at the Coventry Village Library in Cleveland Heights for our ongoing Deaf Film Series.

Thursday, December 2nd at 6:45pm.
We will be pleased to be showing the film: “Universal Signs.”

Universal Signs has the unique distinction of being the first major motion picture that embraces sign language in the storytelling of a film, rendering it [...]

It’s time to unleash the power of communication with Z4! The Z™’s fourth generation software turns your PC or Mac into a state-of-the-art videophone packed full of exciting features you can’t get anywhere else. Perfect for work or home … or on the go. There’s no better way to enjoy The Z™ [...]

The Daily Home
Nov 23, 2010
Talladega firefighters and Stemley Volunteer firefighters responded to a call Monday night on Stemley Bridge Road to a home occupied by a deaf couple. Everyone made it out of the house safely, and the fire was out after about 20 minutes, according to Captain Ron Goodenough. Unfortunately, the house caught fire [...]

DeafVision Filmworks and Deaf Women of Color
present

If You Could Hear My Own Tune

…If you get music, you get love

2-day special screening engagement
Friday, December 3, 7-9 p.m
Tickets: $15 (movie only) or VIP $25 (includes movie and reception)

Saturday, December 4,
2-4 p.m., Andrew Foster Auditorium
7-9 p.m., Andrew Foster Auditorium.
Tickets: $15

Gallaudet University
Andrew Foster Auditorium
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, [...]

The Republican (Massachusetts)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
By ELIZABETH ROMÁN

LONGMEADOW – Students at The Willie Ross School for the Deaf
are now able to play basketball and participate in other
outdoor fitness activities on the school’s renovated
acre of land.
“The students and the staff are …

Inspiring students to learn ASL at old high school

Daily Sundial
CSUN
November 22, 2010
By Liana Hofer
Photo credit: Liana Hofer/ Staff Reporter

In every person’s life, there are distinct moments that define and shape the person they become.  These moments can be big or small, comical or heart-breaking, and are often overlooked until years down the road, when in retrospect, they stand out among the rest as events [...]

Posted: Nov 22, 2010 10:38 AM EST Updated: Nov 22, 2010 3:21 PM EST

The accident scene. (Source: The Georgetown Times)

The motor home involved in the accident. (Source: The Georgetown Times)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC/WMBF) – A woman has died after the motor home she was traveling in ran through the [...]

THE EAR FOUNDATION CELEBRATES THE IMPACT OF COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

The Ear Foundation has celebrated the development and significant impact of cochlear implantation on adults, adolescents and children by holding two major events in its annual calendar.
A lecture was held in memory of Marjorie Sherman, OBE, who funded The Ear Foundation from its beginning, and whose family continues to support its work.
The lecture, ‘from Language [...]

Do I Knead a Bread Machine?

Bread.

The staple of life.

Now that I’ve gotten used to making my own fresh vegetable juice, I’m thinking of bread. I recall reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a few months ago and coming across a passage by the author’s husband (Steven Hopp) who makes a fresh loaf practically everyday.

He says, “I know you’ve got one around somewhere: maybe in the closet. Or on the kitchen counter, so dusty nobody remembers it’s there. A bread machine.”

A bread machine? Nope, don’t have one in the closet or on the counter or anywhere. I’m lucky if I can find a spatula in our kitchen. During a party this spring, I was talking with the host’s mother. She’s in her late 80s and makes her own bread. I told her I wanted to learn so I could make homemade pizza dough, whole wheat, pumpernickel, etc.

“But I don’t have a bread machine,” I said.

She practically fell out of her chair laughing. I guess if you really know how to make bread the old fashioned way, you knead the dough. By hand. For a long time.

“You have to feel the dough to make sure it’s right,” she said.

Call me crazy, but kneading dough by hand actually sounds fun. I think I’ll try it (although I have no idea what it’s supposed to “feel” like, so I’ll have to wing that part). In the meantime, I’ll keep my eye out at garage sales for someone else’s barely-used, dusty bread machine.

Dry Ground

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good. –Genesis 1:9

That verse has been stuck in my head since November.

Outside, I’ll point to our little community yard in front of our townhouse and say, “This hasn’t been dry since we moved in.”

It’s true.

When it’s not covered in snow or ice, it’s a wet, muddy patch of grass. I’m ready for sunshine. For warm air. For dry ground.

Last Saturday, I got my wish. The sun blazed in the sky without a cloud in sight. I was so happy and giddy and overwhelmed with possibilities I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I bike? Rollerblade? Find an outdoor court and play tennis? In the end, I opted for a long walk. I simply wanted to let the fresh air clear my mind.

Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk.

I could’ve stayed on the trail forever.

The day came to a close, and by Sunday morning it was raining again. Our patch of grass was wet and muddy. But there are more warm, dry days ahead. I can feel them. And I’m ready to welcome them with open arms.

Mix it Up

Staying at our retreat home in the mountains of Colorado has me thinking about water. I constantly see large vehicles with oversized plastic containers strapped into their truck beds, full of water. Water is hauled all over the place. It’s dry out here.

I’ve actually become a bit paranoid about water. What is the healthiest way to drink it? Should I gulp tap water and risk consuming substances like chlorine and fluoride, not to mention whatever else the water might be picking up as it flows through the pipes? Or should I buy water in a bottle and risk consuming leeched chemicals from the plastic, not to mention hurting the environment (plastic water bottles take 1000 years to biodegrade)? And if I do opt for store bought water, what should I purchase? Spring? Distilled? Glacial?

The more I read about water, the more confusing the facts. I find this to be the case with fish too (Eat it – it’s good for you! Don’t eat it – tuna contains mercury, fish handlers get infections when capturing rockfish, etc.!)

Here’s my current theory: instead of devoting myself to one type of water (tap, spring, well) I mix it up. That way, I figure I’ll get a variety of chemicals but (hopefully) in miniscule amounts. I take the same approach with fish. I’ll eat tuna on occasion, but not too often. Same with salmon and shrimp and sole. So that’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it.  Š

Poetry

It’s not often I’m in a yoga class where the teacher gives a reading during closing. But those rare times when that has been the case — well, I’ve adored it. I love words. Language. Poetry. Here’s the quote my yoga teacher read the other day:

Even after all this time
the sun never says to the earth
you owe me.
Look what happens to a love
like that – it lights the whole sky.
– Hafiz

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