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 […]

Egg Rough-Muffin

When one of my writing colleagues asked me if I had any tips for driving across the country (my husband and I made the trek 18 months ago), I told her to Google all the Whole Foods across the nation and make a point to stop at a few for decent food. Also, I suggested she keep a cooler of healthy, cleansing snacks in the car.

My husband and I didn’t do either of those things, and I was blown away by our limited meal options during our trip. Fast food, fast food, or fast food anyone?

I admit I do have a taste for a sausage mc-muffin with egg from time to time, and the car ride gave me ample opportunity to indulge. But I knew it wasn’t good for my health. The other day I had a craving, and I decided to make a wholesome, at-home version of my favorite fast food breakfast.

I toasted an organic wheat English muffin (search the health food stores for brands that don’t include sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or “enriched” flour). Then I poached an egg (break and egg into a measuring cup and slide it into simmering water to cook for 7 minutes). I placed the egg on the toasted muffin, piled on a thick slice of tomato (instead of a sausage patty), and topped it off with a tad bit of grated cheese. Finally, I broiled the “sandwich” for a few more minutes. It was quick, easy, and so good that I decided to serve it for dinner the next night. Yum.

Now I’ve just gotta figure out how to make a healthy version of a big mac. Š

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.

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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