Monthly Archives: January, 2011

Lawyer for Wis. accuser: Vatican rejected lawsuit

Jan 30, 2011 2:48pm MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf says the Vatican has refused to be served with a lawsuit over the matter. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who frequently clashes with the […]

TTC eases up on cuts to bus routes

The Toronto Star Tess Kalinowski Transportation Reporter The TTC is expected to announce Monday it has slashed the list of 48 routes that were to have their weekend and evening hours cut due to low ridership. Seven routes have been thrown a lifeline, including the 98 Willowdale bus that serves the Rotary Cheshire Home for […]

Vatican rejects suit over Milwaukee priest’s abuse

The Daily Cardinal By Ariel Shapiro Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011 02:01 Kathryn Weenig The Vatican rejected a suit alleging the Pope and two Cardinals covered up abuses by Father Lawrence Murphy. The Vatican rejected a lawsuit brought by a man who was allegedly sexually abused by a priest at […]

Fiorito: Cuts threaten bus service to Toronto’s deaf-blind community

Published On Mon Jan 31 2011 Nazar Strejko, who is deaf-blind, relies on the bus the passes by the Rotary Cheshire Home on Willowdale Ave. The route is in danger of being cut because of a lack of night riders. ANDREW WALLACE/TORONTO STAR By Joe Fiorito City Columnist Nazar Strejko held out his left hand […]

SAVE THE DATE!!

– ASL-Interpreted Shabbat Morning Services (February 12th) From Martin Luther King’s birthday (January 15th, our most-recent one) to Abraham Lincoln’s (February 12th, our next one)…that’s pretty distinguished company! New York’s Tifereth Israel-Town & Village (T&V) Synagogue (www.tandv.org) will be hosting another sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Service on Saturday morning, February 12th, and we hope you can join […]

Fairfax, VA – NVAD Lecture Series: “Death Valley & Yosemite”

NVAD Lecture Series: “Death Valley & Yosemite” Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 Dinner 5-6:30 pm Lecture 7-8:30 pm NVRC Meeting Room Homemade Soup & Sandwiches will be sold to raise funds for the 2013 VAD Conference.

Sign-Interpreted and Captioned Events at the Kennedy Center

Concerts for Young People by Young People, Classical Series with Niv Ashkenazi, Emerald Quartet, and Kristina Winiarski Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater Sign-Interpreted & Captioned: Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 PM Classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, had his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill […]

Washington, DC – Career Opportunities in the Arts

Career Opportunities in the Arts Interested in careers in the arts? The Kennedy Center’s Opening Stages Facebook Fan page is loaded with career opportunity announcements such as: Internships Fellowships Competitions Auditions Grants/Funding Scholarships Opening Stages was developed to provide students and individuals with disabilities with information and resources on career development opportunities. The Fan page […]

Texas School for the Deaf Participates in Educational Technology Classrooms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texas Capitol Schoolhouse Returns for 2011 Texas Legislative Session Texas School for the Deaf Participates in Educational Technology Classrooms Austin, Texas – January 28, 2011 – On Monday, January 31, 2011 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, High School Video Technology students from the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) show off […]

CHARITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Austin, Texas)

CHARITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Feb 5 WHAT:         Austin SERTOMA Club’s 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast Proceeds benefit the Austin SERTOMA Club’s sponsorship programs for Texas’ deaf and        hard of hearing community. WHEN:         Saturday, February 5, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM WHERE:         Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) cafeteria 1102 South Congress Avenue, Austin Texas […]

Like the Lotus

During closing, my hands are at my heart in prayer. The yoga teacher says to move my fingers so that only my thumbs and pinky are touching – the center is to remain open, like a flower. She says the lotus grows in the mud and opens up when the sun shines on it, and closes when it doesn’t. She says, “Remember that when life is murkey, and I’m struggling through the mud, to open up, like the lotus.”

A Meditation Walk

“Let’s take a meditation walk,” my mom suggested when she was visiting earlier this week.

That sounded neat.

“What is it?” I asked.

My mom said it’s when you take a walk in nature while meditating on a word or phrase. As you walk you don’t necessarily seek out specific things, but you do open yourself up to whatever gifts or lessons nature has to teach.

My mom, dad, and I all piled on our coats and boots and headed out into the woods. When we passed the woodshed, we discussed logs. When we passed the garden, we discussed vegetables. We talked about family and food and the gorgeous day. Before long we had finished the loop. Not exactly meditative. Oh, well. We still enjoyed each other’s company and the crisp air of nightfall. That’s priceless in itself.

Meditation walks are probably best when each individual wanders off on his or her own path. This morning I threw on sweatpants and headed outside. I was still wearing my pajama top. I had yet to comb my hair or eat. But I wanted to be outdoors first thing.

I choose to meditate on the words: “I will rejoice and be glad in this day.” The wind brushed against me with affection. The pines played a rustling tune. The sky offered colors of deep blue. The sun poured forth armfuls of warmth. I don’t know what this day will bring, but good or bad, happy or sad, easy or tough, I rejoice in its beauty.Š

Arugula Avocado, Mozzarella and Tomatoes on Wasa

Ingredients

1 tablespoon avocado, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mozzarella, chopped
1 tablespoon plum tomatoes, chopped
½ tablespoon chives, chopped into ½ inch long pieces
½ teaspoon olive oil
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
½ cup arugula, chopped
2 pieces WASA Sourdough Crispbread (may substitute WASA Hearty Rye, Sourdough Rye or Multigrain Crispbread)

Directions

Mix together avocado, mozzarella and tomatoes in a small bowl.
Add chives, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Place chopped arugula on WASA Crispbread and top with salsa mixture.

TIP: Substitute mixed baby greens or baby spinach for arugula

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 80
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 3 g
Calcium 8% of daily value

Mr. Forgetful

Remember Mr. Men and Little Miss?

I was a child of the 70s and loved those characters. I think Mr. Funny was my favorite, but last Sunday I was reminded of Mr. Forgetful.

It was mid-morning, and my husband and I were exiting a crowded parking lot. The pavement was packed, and cars were bumper to bumper as everyone tried to work their way out onto the main road. A couple policemen were directing traffic and one waved us on. Two seconds later a second policeman held up his hand indicating we should stop. Confusion ensued as my husband rolled forward then hit his breaks as he tried to follow the directions. Cars honked. A red truck squealed his tires and raced around us, cutting us off and running over a couple of orange cones.

Guess where we were leaving?

Church.

We had just finished listening to a sermon about treating others kindly.

How quickly we forget (and I’m not just talking about the guy in the red truck…I found myself feeling annoyed with the traffic too!).

At times I’ve noticed Mr. Forgetful making an appearance in yoga class. Here’s what happens: we spend 90 minutes stretching and meditating and bowing and OMing, but as soon as class ends we’re all shoving our blankets into the shelf (each one folded in different ways), tossing our blocks in a disorganized fashioned into a bin, and then racing out the door as we reach in front of others to grab our flip-flops.

I hate to admit that I’ve been guilty of this before. But I guess I’ll be Little Miss Confession today. After one of my yoga teachers suggested people should put their props away more mindfully, I really began to pay attention. Blankets should be folded and stacked the same way to prevent the pile from tumbling. Blocks should be stacked to maximize space. Straps should be hung without tangles.

And it’s really that simple.Š

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