Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Indianapolis Star The National Association of the Deaf has taken up the cause, and deaf advocates far and wide are watching. That is unfortunate, says Naomi Horton, … Click Here…

KCRG By Dave DeWitte, Reporter By Jay Knoll CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A Cedar Rapids company that provides relay services for the deaf and hearing-impaired closed … Click here…

Let’s Talk Business – The Sprint Relay Store Business Solutions   Click SprintRelayStore.com The Sprint Relay Store sells iconic and award winning devices and relay services providing a great wireless value in the industry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. You must be deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability to […]

(Deaftimes: several of you could not read attached flyer) Greetings! Attached, please find news about opportunities this summer for deaf and hard-of-hearing students around the country to come to RIT/NTID to explore career opportunities and make new friends. See flyer outreach 2012

Dear Community,   The March 2012 issue of the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Monthly Communicator Newsletter is now available online at our website:     http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddhh/newsletters/communicator/current/mc_march12.pdf     Please feel free to distribute to other interested readers.   Enjoy!   New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing […]

  Please join Creative Foundations for our First Annual Chili Cook-off to kick off Disabilities Awareness Month, Friday, March 2nd from 6p-9p at both our Mount Vernon and Delaware locations. We also encourage you to participate! Create your favorite Chili dish and you can win some fun prizes and ART! We will provide the bowls, […]

It is important to prepare for wills and estate planning but it can be a confusing process. Come to this FREE presentation by attorney and professor Jennifer Gravitz who can explain clearly in sign language what you should prepare for and help answer some of your questions. WHERE: Barnes and Noble @ RIT, 2nd floor […]

See Attachment: Winter Silent Get-A-Way flier Deadline for Registration is February 28, 2012. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lori Woods by e-mailing at

Attention: Spread the News! Come to play or hang out with friends!! Columbus Association of the Deaf 323 Woodrow Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43207 VP Saturday, February 25th, 2012 CAD hosting Cornhole blind draw tournament starts @ 7pm. Admission $5.00 Play Cornhole $10.00 100% Payout 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Hello, We will have the Winter Pancake Day fundraiser on March 3rd from 8 to 12pm at Alpha Lutheran Church. I hope you can attend and support us. Thanks, John Haynes PancakeDay2012REVISED

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.

Mix it Up

Staying at our retreat home in the mountains of Colorado has me thinking about water. I constantly see large vehicles with oversized plastic containers strapped into their truck beds, full of water. Water is hauled all over the place. It’s dry out here.

I’ve actually become a bit paranoid about water. What is the healthiest way to drink it? Should I gulp tap water and risk consuming substances like chlorine and fluoride, not to mention whatever else the water might be picking up as it flows through the pipes? Or should I buy water in a bottle and risk consuming leeched chemicals from the plastic, not to mention hurting the environment (plastic water bottles take 1000 years to biodegrade)? And if I do opt for store bought water, what should I purchase? Spring? Distilled? Glacial?

The more I read about water, the more confusing the facts. I find this to be the case with fish too (Eat it – it’s good for you! Don’t eat it – tuna contains mercury, fish handlers get infections when capturing rockfish, etc.!)

Here’s my current theory: instead of devoting myself to one type of water (tap, spring, well) I mix it up. That way, I figure I’ll get a variety of chemicals but (hopefully) in miniscule amounts. I take the same approach with fish. I’ll eat tuna on occasion, but not too often. Same with salmon and shrimp and sole. So that’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it.  Š

Deceptively Delicious

Jessica Seinfeld is out with a new cookbook: Deceptively Delicious. Her kids wouldn’t eat veggies and she was trying to figure out how to incorporate the healthful plants into their diets. One day while pureeing butternut squash for her baby she realized it was the same color as the mac & cheese she was making for her older kids. Bingo.

She was on Oprah recently. I missed the show but I laughed when I heard about her clever concept. I sneak veggies into meals all the time…for my husband Ron.

The man hates peppers. Can’t stand beets, doesn’t care for mushrooms, won’t touch tomatoes.

Do you know how many recipes call for tomatoes?

My friend Michelle gave me a recipe for turkey burgers. Ron loves them except for one ingredient – onion – which he picks out with his fork. But one night I chippy-chopped the onion into extra small pieces. He didn’t even notice. Afterwards, he kept saying, “There was onion in the burgers? Really?”

Really.

Works great for sauces, meats, pizza, whatever.

Here is the recipe for turkey burgers: Sautee 1/4 cup finely chopped onion in olive oil. In a bowl, combine onion with 1 small apple (grated), 1 T chopped fresh chives, 1 t celery salt, 1/2 t ground sage, 1/8 t pepper. Add 1 pound uncooked turkey and mix well. Form into patties. Sautee in oil (we grill ‘em).

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.

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