Monthly Archives: March, 2011

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin Sertoma Presents National Heritage Awards to Texas School for the Deaf Middle Schoolers Austin, Texas – March 31, 2010 The Austin Chapter of Service to Mankind (SERTOMA) recognized middle school students today at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) as part  of Sertoma’s National Heritage Freedom & Democracy […]

UberGizmo By Edwin Kee 03/31/2011, 6:36 am PT Can the condition of being deaf be reversed? A group of boffings from the University of Utah that has Richard Rabbitt at the helm has come across a method that uses lasers to offer deaf people the ability to hear. This is made possible using a…

‘Exposure’ performance sheds light on Deaf culture

Campus Times (University of Rochester) By Siobhan McLaughlin · Published on March 31, 2011 12:36 AM · Uncategorized Junior Justin Gumina, president of the ASL club, performs along with some Vocal Point members. Hannah Bazarian- Photo Editor The “Exposure” show, put on by UR’s American Sign Language performance group, Sign Language Associated Performers (S.L.A.P), accomplished […]

Court Upholds Decision Requiring Redskins To Provide Close Captioning For Deaf Fans

SB Nation by Mike Prada • Mar 30, 2011 12:08 PM EDT The Washington Redskins will be required to provide close-captioning on the scoreboard and texts of announcements made by the public-address announcer from now on after a federal appeals judge ruled in favor of three deaf fans earlier this week. The fans sued the […]

“Black Sand”

We will host ASL Film titled, “Black Sand” held at Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Washington, DC on April 8/9, 2011. Click here for flyer

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) The Rochester area has the nation’s highest per capita concentration of deaf and hard-of-hearing residents – a remarkable demographic, approached only by Washington, D.C. So we’re a natural home for a festival that features films by and about deaf people. For the fourth time, the biennial Deaf Rochester Film Festival […]

SPrint – The Celebrity Apprentice –>

Watford Observer (United Kingdom) 4:57pm Wednesday 30th March 2011 By Adam Binnie » A regular event for deaf people, held in South Oxhey, is celebrating after a successful first year. The “Deaf Pub”, a night out for people with a hearing disability, takes place every two months in the Ox Pub. The event is organised […]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIuSN3pAcgU West Palm Beach resident Peter Rozynski, a deaf softball umpire, inspires members of the deaf community – especially children – every time he calls a game. Story by ESPN 760′s Herb Uzzi on FOX 29.

Ohio Deaf Cornhole Association News Please spread the News to everyone! Need counts of how many teams will play. Partners can wear their shirts as team. Give me your names and the name of your team. See Attached: DEAF SERVICE CENTER BENEFIT YOUTH PROGRAMS CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT Admission Fans $10.00 – Includes Admission, Prizes, Soda, Chips, […]

Big on Arms

We are in Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) and the teacher is walking us through the pose nice and slow. She has us begin in Tadasana (Mountain pose) and then tells us to touch our fingertips together in front of our chest. As we jump our legs apart, our arms open up too (so they are parallel to the ground).

Next, the real instruction begins. She focuses on our feet, making sure they are spaced far enough apart and turned in the proper direction. She reminds us that our back heel should be aligned with our front heel.

She pauses as we breathe.

Inhale, exhale.
Inhale, exhale.

She moves onto our legs. She makes sure that our right knee is bent so that it’s directly over the right ankle. We need to press our thigh back so we can see our second toe. She keeps us focused on our lower body, giving us directions on our tailbone, butt, and – again – our thighs. She mentions that second toe again.

Inhale, exhale.
Inhale, exhale.

You can practically hear the thoughts of every student in the studio: My arms are tired. My arms are so tired! When will this pose be over so we can put our arms down? Are anyone else’s arms tired? Or am I just a wimp? How much longer do we have to hold our arms up?

Finally, the teacher says, “I know your arms are tired.”

Her acknowledgement is a relief even though she encourages us to keep those arms lifted. “Stretch them out even further, reeeaaaaching for the walls,” she says.

She moves onto our shoulder blades – are they scrunched up by our neck? Release them.

Lengthen our torsos.

Broaden our chests.

She knows exactly what we’re doing – allowing our minds to be consumed with thoughts about our arms.

“Your brain starts to panic first,” she says. “Your body is strong and your arms can handle this.”

That’s the extra motivation we need for the last few breaths until she finally has us step our feet back together and place our hands on our hips.

I’m working out in LA for a couple weeks – my old hometown – and it’s great to be back in my favorite teacher’s class. Now that I’m here, I remember she was always big on arms.

Baby Green Salad with Dates, Walnuts and Wasa

Ingredients

1 package (4 ounces) mixed baby salad greens
1 cup fresh dates, chopped
1 tablespoon oats
1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 pieces Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread

Directions

Coat dates by rolling in oats to prevent sticking together. Set aside.
Place mixed greens in a salad bowl. Add walnuts, dates, canola oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
Toss greens and serve as salad with crumbled Wasa Crispbread pieces or spoon onto individual whole crispbreads.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 255
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 86 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 6 g
Calcium 3% of daily value

Wasa with Yogurt, Berries, and Pecans

Ingredients

¼ cup raspberries
¼ cup blueberries
¼ cup blackberries
1/3 cup pecans, slightly chopped
1/3 cup low fat vanilla or plain yogurt
3 pieces WASA Multigrain Crispbread (may substitute other WASA varieties)
Fresh mint leaves to garnish

Directions

Spread yogurt on WASA Crispbread. Top with equal amounts of berries and pecans.
Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

TIP: Store remaining ingredients in refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Substitute your favorite berries and nuts or your favorite yogurt.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 181
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 144 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 5 g
Calcium 8% of daily value

Open My Heart

How many times have I been in Dandasana (Staff Pose) during a yoga class and listened to the teacher say, Open your chest? Same with Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) and many, many other poses.

My friend and fellow blogger Michelle of Full Soul Ahead was in a guided meditation when she heard the teacher say, “We often hunch our shoulders as a way to protect our hearts.” Michelle blogged about the symbolic meaning of that tendency over here: Open Heart. A beautiful post and well worth checking out.

Not that long ago I was reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and came across the passage where a recovering addict had prayed continuously that God would open his heart. When the man was rushed to the hospital for surgery, he remembered thinking, God, I didn’t mean literally! (The story goes something like that – I don’t have the book with me to look it up).

Anyway. Open my heart, God. What a great prayer. I realized today that it’s so much easier to “open my heart” when things are going well. When life is good, my work is being published, my husband and I are laughing together, and the sun is shining, it’s so easy to take a big breath and stand up tall and let my chest expand and be graceful and appreciative and joyful towards others and towards the world.

But when dark times come…oh, those are the moments where I tend to get frustrated or angry and want to quit. But I think maybe it’s during those times when the heart needs to open up and grow most of all.

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