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 […]


– 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 ( 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.

terpreted 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 – 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 […]

Dance of the Warrior

As few weeks ago, we had a substitute teacher in yoga class. He had us do a series of poses where we moved from one warrior position to another to another then back to the first one. And so on.

The Dance of the Warrior, he called it.

The dictionary defines warrior as “one who is engaged in or experienced in battle.”

The battle in yoga, I suppose, is with the anxious, unstable, and not-so-Zen side of myself.

Can I learn to stay centered in the face of fear?
Can I find my balance when life seems to be throwing me in loops?
Can I take action with insight and compassion?

In other words, can I find the way of the peaceful warrior?

As I moved through the series, my muscles trembled, my body wobbled, and my breath labored. At least, part of the time it was like that. At other times, I was calm(er) and stead(ier) and moving in rhythm. Slowly, I’m learning the dance.


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

Sunday Crowds

I don’t know what I was thinking. Hmm. I guess I was thinking that I had a few free hours, so why not sketch out a menu for the week and stock up with ingredients at the grocery store? Off I went – the Sunday afternoon of Labor Day weekend – and as soon as I walked in the door I realized my mistake.

What a zoo.

I tried to practice my yoga breaths as carts jammed the aisles and children blocked my path as they played handheld video games in front of the eggs while their parents taste-tested the artichoke dip. I tried to remember I had just come from church and I should be patient and kind and gentle and not cave into my mounting frustration. Breathe. Breathe. BREATHE!


I do not do well in crowds.

The trick to grocery shopping (at least the one I go to in my town) is to hit the store early Monday morning. It’s empty and open and I can take my time reviewing my list and making sure I have everything I need for the week. When I had an office job with less flexible hours, I’d go to the store late at night. I’d have to step around boxes of fresh shipments, but it was better than being piled in an enclosed space with too many people. My goal is to get away from stores almost entirely – next season I’m signing up for a CSA subscription. And I’m continuing to explore year-round farmers’ markets (for some reason crowds don’t bother me as much when I’m outside) and buying local food through other direct methods. But I’m in transition, so for awhile I’ll be heading to the store at least once a week. On Monday mornings. Š

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