Monthly Archives: October, 2011

The Center on Access Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has been awarded a $1.6 million five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Research in Disability Education program to establish a virtual academic community for college students who are deaf or hard of hearing and majoring in the STEM […]

Henrietta Post Sean Forbes (in black) next to Matt Hamill with students at RIT/NTID for a video … “RIT/NTID is a beautiful campus and it was my home for many years. …

Discover Poetry You Can’t Hear: Deaf Jam Premieres on PBS, November 3 Technorati Viewers meet deaf teen Aneta Brodski, an Israeli immigrant high school student who lives in New York and attends the Lexington School for the Deaf, in Deaf Jam, an exploration of the slam poetry scene as translated and transfigured by people who […]

Mazel Tov: JDRC Congratulates President Alexis Kashar, One of JWI’s “2011 Women to Watch” With great pride and humility, the Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC, www.JDRC.org) is honored to announce that its President, Alexis Kashar, has been selected as one of Jewish Women International’s “2011 Women to Watch”. In addition to her work as JDRC […]

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialist Moorhead, MN   Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing?   This is a great opportunity to apply your skills, talents, and expertise in sign language, deaf culture, and human services to meet the unique needs of […]

Hi, again, If someone approached you and asked you to be part of an ASL interpreting team at a Jewish Service or other life-cycle event, what would you say? Would you know enough about the subject matter to do justice to such an assignment? Would you know where to turn for resources to assist you […]

Hi Everyone, Sorry in advance, but I have to do some shameless self promotion of my film, “The Hammer” (formerly titled, “Hamill”).  This film has been a labor of love for almost six years and it recently opened in limited theaters this past Thursday (Oct 27th)!  If you have the time, please go to the […]

WLS “Nesbitt advised his passenger was ‘deaf and dumb.’” But when New Lenox police officers arrived as backup, the deputy told the passenger to step out of the vehicle — which he reportedly did. “I (then) asked him to step to the front of the Pontiac and …

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Brighton-Pittsford Post By Keith Loria Pittsford residents Lowell Patric and Dr. Thomas Pearson received achievement honors from the Rochester School for the Deaf at a special awards presentation on Oct. 12. Patric won the 2011 Perkins Founders Award for individuals who have …

The Practice of Pause

In the most recent issue of Newsweek magazine, Robert J. Samuelson wrote a column titled The Sad Fate of the Comma.

He says:

I have always liked commas, but I seem to be in a shrinking minority. The comma is in retreat, though it is not yet extinct. In text messages and e-mails, commas appear infrequently, and then often by accident (someone hits the wrong key). Even on the printed page, commas are dwindling. Many standard uses from my childhood (after, for example, an introductory prepositional phrase) have become optional or, worse, have been ditched. If all this involved only grammar, I might let it lie. But the comma’s sad fate is, I think, a metaphor for something larger: how we deal with the frantic, can’t-wait-a-minute nature of modern life. The comma is, after all, a small sign that flashes PAUSE. It tells the reader to slow down, think a bit, and then move on. We don’t have time for that. No pauses allowed.

My husband came home from work a few hours after I read the article and mentioned that a yoga instructor had visited his office as part of their Wellness Program.

“Did you learn anything?” I asked.

He said he learned that if people took ten minutes out of their day to sit quietly and relax, scientific studies show stress levels reduce drastically. In other words, he learned it’s important to pause.

He had a worksheet from the Mind/Body Medical Institute. Click here for the full set of instructions, but in a nutshell it simply says to sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe (the easy part), as you clear your mind of active thoughts (the hard part).

Summers seems like an especially good time to incorporate the practice of pause because schedules can get so busy. You might be thinking: “That’s precisely the problem. I’m so busy I don’t have time to relax for 10 minutes.” But as the yoga instructor who visited my husband’s office mentions on her website, pausing will calm you down and clear your mind for better decision-making, ultimately giving you much more time.     Š

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.

Mr. Forgetful

Remember Mr. Men and Little Miss?

I was a child of the 70s and loved those characters. I think Mr. Funny was my favorite, but last Sunday I was reminded of Mr. Forgetful.

It was mid-morning, and my husband and I were exiting a crowded parking lot. The pavement was packed, and cars were bumper to bumper as everyone tried to work their way out onto the main road. A couple policemen were directing traffic and one waved us on. Two seconds later a second policeman held up his hand indicating we should stop. Confusion ensued as my husband rolled forward then hit his breaks as he tried to follow the directions. Cars honked. A red truck squealed his tires and raced around us, cutting us off and running over a couple of orange cones.

Guess where we were leaving?

Church.

We had just finished listening to a sermon about treating others kindly.

How quickly we forget (and I’m not just talking about the guy in the red truck…I found myself feeling annoyed with the traffic too!).

At times I’ve noticed Mr. Forgetful making an appearance in yoga class. Here’s what happens: we spend 90 minutes stretching and meditating and bowing and OMing, but as soon as class ends we’re all shoving our blankets into the shelf (each one folded in different ways), tossing our blocks in a disorganized fashioned into a bin, and then racing out the door as we reach in front of others to grab our flip-flops.

I hate to admit that I’ve been guilty of this before. But I guess I’ll be Little Miss Confession today. After one of my yoga teachers suggested people should put their props away more mindfully, I really began to pay attention. Blankets should be folded and stacked the same way to prevent the pile from tumbling. Blocks should be stacked to maximize space. Straps should be hung without tangles.

And it’s really that simple.Š

WASA Turkey Jack Sandwich

Ingredients

1 slice Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread
1 slice of turkey breast
1 slice pepper jack cheese
1 fresh basil leaf

Directions

Layer each ingredient on the Wasa to create an open-faced sandwich. Break/cut into thirds.

Enjoy!

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