Monthly Archives: January, 2011

As the deafblind struggle to function in a world of sights and sounds, intervenors and advocates help bridge the communication gap
By Sandra Thomas, Vancouver Courier January 28, 2011

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Eddy Morten communicates with an intervenor.
Photograph by: Dan Toulgoet, Vancouver Courier

Grocery shopping can be a chore–no matter who you are. For Eddy [...]

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the BCD & DAD’s Jan 29th Euchre Tournament has been postponed to a later date. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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Ex Parte–CG Docket No. 10-51
1/12/11—Convo Communications met with Paul de Sa of the OSP and Nicholas Alexander of the WCB  to discuss VRS.  Convo provided information pertaining to Convo’s costs of operation as well as some projections detailing how cost of scale manifests itself up [...]

By Sandra Thomas, Vancouver Courier

Deafblind Services Society directors Ellen Faustman (left) and Debbi Salmonsen, at Eddy Morton’s desk.
Photograph by: Dan Toulgoet, Vancouver Courier

The executive director of Deafblind Services of B.C. says being both deaf and blind in the province of B.C. isn’t enough to receive assistance from the provincial government.
“If [...]

Jerid Ross was arrested for robbery.

Updated: Thursday, 27 Jan 2011, 9:35 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 27 Jan 2011, 8:59 PM EST

By: Sara Sidery (WISH)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police have arrested one man involved in robbing three deaf victims in the 5000 block of Edinborough Lane early Thursday morning.
Jerid Ross, 20, of Indianapolis, was [...]

GVRRID is proud to sponsor Betty Colonomos to return and present, along with JanDeLap, CDI:  Foundations of Interpreting Processes Part 1: For Deaf Interpreters Only, April 8-10, 2011.
Please check out the attached flyer and share this announcement with current and future Deaf Interpreters who you know. We look forward to seeing you there! [...]

By Kate O’Hare, Zap2It | January 27, 2011

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As hard-core fans of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” know, former CSI boss Gil Grissom (William Petersen) had deaf parents and therefore is adept at American Sign Language. They also [...]

Federal Register
1/27/11—The FCC published proposed rules in the Federal Register for a pilot program to distribute funds for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) established by Congress in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The law directs the Commission to establish [...]

NTID News
January 26, 2011

NTID President Gerry Buckley has appointed new members to the NTID Administrative Council which works closely with Buckley to implement the strategic goals of the college.
Bernard Hurwitz, of Pittsford, joins NTID as Executive Assistant to the President. He has oversight responsibility for the college’s government relations, human resources [...]

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Finding Flexibility in Inflexibility

Week 2 of my six-week stint at a newspaper is coming to a close. Four more weeks to go. It’s a blessing, as a freelancer, to have the opportunity to be a part of these projects (steady work! money! live interaction with creatures other than my dog!). But man, the corporate life wipes me out.

I get home from work about 7:30 p.m., make dinner, eat, and plop into bed by 9:00 p.m., exhausted, where I drag my laptop on my lap and spend another couple of hours swaying between vegging out and trying to keep up with my other assignments. The evening yoga class I’d planned to attend? Skipped again.

The other night during one of my zombie-like states, I was flipping through Yoga Journal magazine. The question of the month just so happened to be from a reader who wants to dedicate more time to a yoga practice but finds that work leaves little time or energy to do so.

The yogi who answered the reader question suggested three options (1) back off of a less fulfilling activity and replace it with yoga; (2) spend less time working and more time practicing (which probably means adjusting your standard of living since you’ll presumably make less money if you cut back on work); or (3) make yoga a priority in your free time.

For now I’m choosing option three — switching to a weekend yoga class instead of trying to cram a class in after work when I’m tired and hungry.

Do you have an inflexible schedule that makes practicing yoga more challenging? How do you adjust?

Yoga Class in the Car

On my way to yoga class, I’m not sure which way to go. The road splits, and my instinct says left but Mapquest says right. I ignore my gut and follow the computer’s instructions.

Oops.

Turing around in the greater Washington DC area is nearly impossible. One road leads to a twisted mass of other roads and within 10 minutes I’ve crossed three borders, hitting Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. There are cars everywhere. Jammed along the freeway. Weaving in front of me as they merge. And my mind races with them.

In my head I’m caught up in the emotional turmoil of living in a new city. I want to move back to our original home in California where I know the streets like the back of my hand and can walk to yoga class. The clock is inching forward. By the time I figure out where I am it’s too late. I’ve missed the class.

I’m waiting at a stop sign when a woman in a minivan bumps the rear of my car.

Argh!” I yell (okay technically I yell a cuss word, but this is a G-rated blog).

As I pull over into a parking lot my instinct says stop and breathe. This time I listen. Just because I’m not in yoga class doesn’t mean I can’t practice yoga. I have my body, mind, and soul right here in the car with me — I don’t need a mat, a blanket, or the wood floor of a studio.

In inhale deeply and lengthen my spine. I meditate on my breath and seek inner stillness. By the time I step out of the car I feel a hundred times better. The woman in the minivan is apologetic and wants to make sure I’m okay and my car’s okay.

There is only a small scrape on the back bumper.

“Don’t worry about it,” I say. “This car is 10 years old.”

We wave goodbye to each other and drive our separate ways. On the way home I continue to practice my breathing. My blue mat is still rolled up on the passenger’s seat. And the roads are still packed with cars and noisy construction and confusing twisting turns. But inside, I’m slowly finding silence.

Good Vibrations

I’ve been in Downward-Facing Dog for awhile. My legs and arms are starting to shake. I’m always a little embarrassed when this happens.

The teacher walks by my mat and slows down.

“Feel that shaking?” she asks.

“Uh, yeah,” I say.

“That’s good,” she says.

“Good?”

“It’s your body’s energy.”

I stay in position and think, My body’s energy? Nope, I’m pretty sure it’s just my muscles on the verge of collapse!

“You may have the urge to try to control the shaking,” she says.

Yes, I think.

“Or you may feel the urge to let go and shake uncontrollably,” she says.

I nod upside down. Giving in and letting the shaking take over sounds even better.

“Find the balance between the two. You don’t want to block it, but you don’t want to over-indulge it.”

She talks more about the body’s energy, and I’m not sure I completely understand all she’s saying. But as my body stretches, strengthens, balances, and shakes, I stay with it. I stay true to the moment, sensing the balance between control and lack of it. Suddenly the shaking doesn’t feel so embarrassing; it actually feels kind of good.

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