Monthly Archives: August, 2011

PLEASE NOTE:  Opportunities may be subject to the current promotional and hiring restrictions. STATE-WIDE (SEARCH EXTENDED)   August 22, 2011 JOB OPPORTUNITY #162-11 NOTE: If you are a candidate for a position that involves direct client care in one of the Department of Human Services’ hospitals or developmental centers, you may be subject to pre […]

Purple Communications Please note that fluency in America Sign Language (ASL) and extensive knowledge and experience with the deaf culture and community are critical for the ideal candidate for this role. **To apply, please send your resume through our Careers site at the following link: http://www.purple.us/jobs/search.php?jobid=214594 Purple Communications is one of the nation’s largest providers […]

Purple Communications Large Accounts Director, VRS   The right candidate must meet or exceed the requirements listed below with a very strong emphasis on marketing services and products to the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Must be fluent in ASL. *To apply for this position, please send your resume to our Purple Careers site […]

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Subtitle glasses let deaf theater customers enjoy the movies

DVICE Going to the movies can be pretty frustrating if you’re hard of hearing. At home you can turn on the closed captioning, but in a public theater you’re left trying to read lips. These subtitle glasses solve that problem, by

Book chronicles history of Kansas School for the Deaf, Olathe

The Kansas City Star LEONARD HALL GUEST COLUMNIST ORG XMIT: 971ING9L ORG XMIT: L51KTRT4 One of the most impressive historical pictorial books about Kansas School for the Deaf and Olathe is being published by the Deaf Cultural Center next month. “Kansas School for the Deaf: A Pictorial History, 1861-2011” is a…

Superintendent: Veto of Senate Bill 170 a good thing

My Journal Courier August 28, 2011 7:00 AM JAKE RUSSELL Journal-Courier An amendatory veto to a bill offering more latitude in the way of hiring new teachers and having two qualified superintendents at Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is a step in the right direction as far as […]

Y’ALL ARE INVITED TO THIS EXCITING EVENT DURING DEAF AWARENESS WEEK 2011 WITH A.S.L. HAPPY HOUR & OPEN-CAPTIONED FILM: CLAUSTROPHOBIA, starring Russell Harvard   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER THE 15TH 5:30PM – 10:00PM HELD AT THE PALACE THEATER 2384 JAMES STREET SYRACUSE, NEW YORK $ 10.00 per ticket with CASH BAR during Happy Hour prior to the […]

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DEAF AWARENESS FAIR is cancelled (held at Great Northern Mall in Syracuse, NY) on Sunday, 9/11/2011! ALTERNATIVE EVENT:  CAROUSEL MALL GATHERING with oc movie at Carousel Cinema 17 (tba for specific movie) & food court 10am – closing Bentley Bryant Coordinator for Deaf Awareness Week 2011 (Sept 10, 12-18) CANCELLED!  >> Deaf Awareness Fair (Sept […]

That Was Easy

I wanted to pop two pills.

After taking the summer off, I played tennis for nearly two hours yesterday and my legs ached from my hips down to my ankles. Also, I had a headache.

Oh, how I wanted ibuprofen to be the answer! Pop the meds, mask the pain, and let me go to sleep. But I decided to hold off. A few little thoughts floated around in my head: What is my body trying to tell me? Could yoga help?

The headache was probably because I was dehydrated. It was hot on the courts. I drank some water and then set the glass down on a table. Sitting on the floor, I raised my arms over my head, clasped my hands together, and turned my palms towards the ceiling. I lowered onto my back and squeezed one knee into my chest while keeping the other leg straight. Switched sides. I did a few spinal twists to remove the stiffness in my hips. Gentle, easy stretches. And I felt so much better afterwards.

That was easy. And it took less than twenty minutes – the time it would’ve taken the ibuprofen to reach my system.

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.

A Time to Cleanse

Don’t eat anything after 7pm.

I heard that tip on Oprah. The rationale had something to do with losing weight and the fact that it’s easier to burn calories during the day rather than at night when we’re watching TV, reading, or sitting around talking. Part of it sounded reasonable (I guess), but another part of it sounded like a silly rule or restriction that may or may not be good for a person’s particular body. After the show, I forget the tip completely and ate past 7pm a lot.

When I began Clean Eating, I started thinking about that suggestion again. Gradually, I made dinner my final meal of the day and stopped mindless snacking afterwards. My husband and I usually don’t eat until 8pm anyway, but there was another reason why I stuck to the plan: I finally understood the rationale behind Oprah’s tip. Marilyn Polk sums it up nicely in one of the cookbooks I’m reading:

“Our bodies need a chance to cleanse, heal, and rest. Most Americans are so busy poking food into their mouths throughout the day and night that their bodies do not have a chance to cleanse, heal, or rest.”

It’s like the Eagles song based on the bible verse: There is a time for everything. A time to live and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot. The idea of giving my body a time eat – and then later a time to cleanse – made so much sense. Simple. Good. Common sense. And of course, it’s only a guideline. If I’m ravenous after 8pm by all means I will eat something! That makes sense too. Š

Germaphobe

The waiter walks over and sets a glass of ice-water on the table.

“Ew,” my mom says when he walks away. “I don’t like it when restaurants put lemons in your drink.”

For years she’s claimed that lemon wedges have tons of bacteria – picked up because of how much they are handled by bare human hands – and this YouTube video seems to prove she’s right, reporting that over 77% of lemon wedges in drinks tested positive for disease causing bacteria.

My husband has an issue with restaurants that place the silverware directly on the table instead of on a napkin or tablecloth. When I tell him the tables are washed, he says, “Yeah, but have you seen those ratty rags they use?”

What a bunch of germaphobes!

Except I have my issues too. I don’t like touching menus. I especially can’t stand it when a waiter places a menu down on top of my plate. I mean really, when are menus cleaned?

I’m totally of the belief that exposure to bad bacteria can build my immune system. And, logically, I know that menus are only one of many places I’m coming across a boatload of germs. But still, menus freak me out.

Do you have any quirky things you’re a germ-freak about?

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