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 [...]

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.”

Natural Sugars

So, I’m off to see a naturopath. I’m still trying to figure out the fertility thing, and I’d like to learn more about this healing method of treatment. Diet is the first thing a naturopath evaluates (I think) – so it should be interesting to hear what she thinks of my eating habits. My no coffee, no alcohol, and increased intake of fruits and vegetables seems to be going okay (sure, there’s hiccups along the way, but not too many). But the no sugar plan? That’s tough. I’m off it, then back on it. Off. On. Off. On. OffOnOffOnOffOnOffOn. Lately, in order to satisfy my cravings, I’ve been snacking on a little sweet treat in the late afternoons (mostly chocolate). Sugar depresses the immune system drastically. And after reading up on the potential harm sugar can do to my body (feed cancer cells, contribute to autoimmune diseases, weaken eyesight, and so on) I actually felt fear rising inside me. But while fear can be a strong motivator, what really moves me into action is knowing how healthy and healed and clean I’ll be and feel when I eliminate sugar from my diet. I already know the next step. Instead of satisfying my craving with candy, I should switch to treats that have been sweetened with natural sugars, like maple syrup and raw honey. Okay . . . back to the kitchen to experiment with more recipes.

Drishti

“Find a point on the ground about a foot in front of your mat and softly fix your gaze on it.”

I’ve heard that instruction tons of times in various yoga classes (depending on the pose, the point of focus changes). It helps me with balance poses, like Tree pose. The other day in class, the teacher was giving that same instruction. Softly is the key word. It’s not an intense stare. “It’s almost like you’re looking behind your eyes,” she said. “It’s called Drishti.”

I never knew it had a name before.

On the Road

Had my first cup of coffee in a long time the other day (well, a month, which is long for me!). I was on an airplane heading to Los Angeles and there is nothing I like about planes. Can’t stand the smell, the sounds, the uncomfortable seats, the bathrooms. Can’t stand how my head feels when I read (dizzy) and how my body feels no matter how still I sit (woozy).

I wanted something pleasant. The coffee smelled good, and I figured a cup or two wouldn’t hurt (I mean, heck, those cups on the plane are so little). Well, the next day I had a massive headache. So much for my theory that it wouldn’t hurt – it hurt a lot. I think on the flight home I’ll opt for decaf.

Since arriving, I’ve been sipping non-caffeinated herbal teas like crazy – it’s cold and rainy. Anyway, one of the many things I love about California is the fresh produce. With year-round farmer’s markets and a city full of restaurants that serve up lots of organic fare, it’s great to be here again.

I visited my old book club group the other night where there was a delicious raw veggie salad from Wolfgang Puck’s. Been eating fruit medleys (yum – it’s been awhile since I’ve had fresh, flavorful fruit – wish I could share it with all of you braving the winter snow back east). Today I enjoyed an organic greens salad at my favorite lunch spot, Coral Tree Café (I also had a big, ol’ brownie there – not so healthy, but very tasty).

I do miss cooking though. I’ve really come to enjoy making homemade meals. My husband was shocked when he looked at our budget the other night and realized how much we’ve cut back on eating out at restaurants. Ends up I have a mini-fridge in the hotel out here. In the morning I’ll be off to the local grocer to cobble together some wholesome goodies I can make right in my room. Š

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