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 […]

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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

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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

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.

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A Time to Feast

I’m hanging out with my parents when my dad sees me frantically rubbing my thumbs against the palms of my hands.

“Are you nervous?” he asks.

“Yeah,” I say.

He wants to know why. How to explain?

My parents have been visiting the past few days. I haven’t seen them in over six months. It’s the longest period of time we’ve ever been apart (even when I lived in Europe after college I saw them at least every four months). The past few days have been one big party. We’ve eaten red meat and fried foods. We’ve had Grasshoppers (ice cream and alcohol) and cookies. I think I munched on a vegetable in there somewhere – yes, I steamed spinach one night – but other than that, I can’t say I’ve been practicing “mindful eating” since Saturday. And my home yoga regime? Completely cut off once my parents arrived (although my mom saw my mat, which was rolled out on the floor, and she practiced sun salutations).

“I’m not sure what to blog about for Wasa this week,” I finally say to my dad.

“Well, let’s think,” he says.

“I’m supposed to blog about yoga and mindful eating, but I’m not inspired given my eating habits and lack of yoga practice,” I explain.

My dad is silent for awhile. “You could talk about how yoga is important for old people like me,” he finally says. “As people age, they are at an increased risk of falling. So write in your blog that yoga is important for balance and to do yoga with a Wasa cracker.”

“Uh, okay. Thanks,” I say.

“Just trying to help,” he says.

My mom chimes in too. “Oh, I know,” she says. “Blog about the fact that we bought a juicer.”

It’s true. My parents read the Wasa blog and were inspired to buy a juicer.

“Last week we made peach juice with vodka,” my mom says. “It was delicious!” She pauses. “Am I missing the point?”

Well, I do wish they would make vegetable juice instead, but maybe I’m the one who is missing the point. As I drop them off at the airport, I know what I’m going to blog about: A Time to Feast. This week we’ve hit up good restaurants and had fun cooking in too. We played cards and watched baseball and talked, all over scones for breakfast and steaks for dinner. It was a reunion. A celebration.  A time to enjoy life. Not that we couldn’t have done that over Brussels sprouts and brown rice, but eating well most of the time makes it easier to allow the exceptions. Not to mention, those “exceptions” are much appreciated.

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