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

The Tea Girl

I feel like a dog person who became a cat person . . . a skier who became a snowboarder . . . an evening person who became a morning person . . . because I drink tea now. Me. The coffee girl. Drinks tea. And I like it.

So many colors. Tons of flavors. I can drink it at night and it won’t keep me up until 3am.

I have an “emergency kit” in my purse. It contains essentials like a hair band, dental floss, an extra pair of contact lenses, and quarters. Now it also holds a tea bag. I added it after going to a restaurant the other day where they had three tea choices: icky, yucky, or gross. It reminded me of the days when I used to be a caffeine addict yet was stuck in a meeting where the only coffee option was a stale, burnt cup of sludge.

Anyway, so I now keep a tea bag tucked away for such predicaments. That’s me. The tea girl. Š

Downhill

I carefully set out my outfit.

Organized my purse.

Planned breakfast.

Gathered the leash to walk the dog.

And then, finally, set my alarm clock.

As a writer, I’ve been working out of the home for a couple years, but Monday morning I was due in a company’s corporate offices for a six-week, on-site editorial gig. I’m not a morning person at all, so the night before, I needed to prepare.

Food-wise, the first day went okay. I ate fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, had a tuna sandwich in the office’s cafeteria for lunch, and, back home, had enough energy left over to cook a healthy vegetable-based dinner. That was Day 1. The rest of week I watched myself slide downhill. (I’d forgotten how corporate jobs suck every second of your time away – making it hard to prepare fresh meals. Oh, and the sugar. Being Valentine’s week, the chocolate overload running through that office – Oy! I ate too much of it.) By Friday, my fridge was bare (no breakfast fruit), I was still eating tuna for lunch (hello – mercury overload?), and dinner was refined pasta at a restaurant.

My throat felt a little . . . sore. OMG, was I getting a cold? Dang it. I didn’t have a single cold in 2007, and I suspect it was because my immune system was stronger due to better eating habits.

“I haven’t eaten one vegetable today,” I said to Ron Friday night. (I’m not counting a wilted piece of lettuce and green tomato slice on my tuna sandwich as real vegetables).

Saturday morning, as my sinuses clogged and my throat felt worse, I rushed my husband out the door with a grocery list. I juiced vegetables and drank the concoction down in a few gulps. I ate an orange. For lunch, I made a homemade bean soup. I ate another orange. For dinner I made a veggie omelet.

Too late. I officially had a cold. I knew the best thing I could do for myself was rest. I cancelled all weekend plans, and I slept and drank hot tea. In bed Sunday night, I figured I’d be calling in sick the next day. But miraculously, I woke up cured. Again, I blame the vegetables for the quick recovery.

This week I’m doing better (not great, but better) managing the “office” life. Our home fridge is stocked with healthy foods to choose from in the morning, I’m packing my lunch (dark leafy green salad with cranberries, walnuts, and a little goat cheese), and dinner is mapped out (today we’re having a brown rice risotto with asparagus and a mixed greens salad).

I’ll be sure to toast to good health.

One-Way Street

For years I pounded the pavement. As a runner, my feet hit the cement over and over as I competed in cross-country, track, and, as an adult, even a couple marathons.

My coaches always encouraged stretching, both before and after the runs, but for the most part, I was on a one-way street toward shortening and tighenting my muscles. Until I tried yoga, I had no idea what it really meant to enlongate them. Running made me so inflexible that because of my inability to touch my toes or do the splits, I thought I “couldn’t do yoga.” Yoga was for bendy people, like gymnasts.

Thank goodness I figured out my thinking was flawed at age 30 and not a minute later. The benefits of yoga for inflexible people are amazing. Yes, it’s true that having shorter muscles means I often need to use a lot of props and adjust my poses in way others don’t, but almost every single time I practice yoga, I find myself thinking, “This feels so good.” After years of heading “one way” I’m finally teaching my body to move in the opposite direction. Ahh.

Dance of the Warrior

As few weeks ago, we had a substitute teacher in yoga class. He had us do a series of poses where we moved from one warrior position to another to another then back to the first one. And so on.

The Dance of the Warrior, he called it.

The dictionary defines warrior as “one who is engaged in or experienced in battle.”

The battle in yoga, I suppose, is with the anxious, unstable, and not-so-Zen side of myself.

Can I learn to stay centered in the face of fear?
Can I find my balance when life seems to be throwing me in loops?
Can I take action with insight and compassion?

In other words, can I find the way of the peaceful warrior?

As I moved through the series, my muscles trembled, my body wobbled, and my breath labored. At least, part of the time it was like that. At other times, I was calm(er) and stead(ier) and moving in rhythm. Slowly, I’m learning the dance.

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