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

Secret Ingredient

Does anyone know the secret ingredient that goes into making the perfect Smoothie? I can’t figure it out. My blender and I have been bonding lately as I try out different recipes. In addition to ice and some frozen strawberries and blueberries, I try:

Smoothies with frozen banana.

Smoothies with frozen banana and whey protein powder.

Smoothies without either.

Smoothies with honey. Smoothies with Stevia. Smoothies with an egg. Smoothies with soy milk.

No matter what I do, they simply don’t taste as good as the kind I buy. It’s not that they taste bad, but after a few sips I kinda forget about them. When I find the abandoned half-empty glass later on, I feel like I’ve wasted food. One does not forget about a really good Smoothie.

At first I thought maybe it was because when I buy Smoothies they’re probably full of sugar and ice cream or something. But no, I thoroughly enjoyed the Smoothies I drank every afternoon at a yoga retreat in Mexico last February – everything that kitchen prepared was of the healthy, no-sugar variety. I fondly recall sitting under a shade tree at the beach in the afternoons (after a morning of working out) and looking forward to seeing the resort’s chef saunter over with his latest concoction. Wait a sec…the secret ingredient I’m missing? I think it might be the beach. That is, after all, the only place I really ever drink Smoothies. There’s something about the white sand and the turquoise waters and reading a good book that makes a Smoothie taste so perfectly good.

I live far, far away from the beach.

Well, shoot.Š

Yoga Facial

I slouch too much.

At times – pecking away on my laptop, eating a meal, relaxing on the couch – I’ll catch myself and try to fix it.

Lately, I’ve noticed another habit I’ve developed over the years: frowning. Well, maybe not frowning exactly, but holding a tense face.

Opening the yoga practice, I am sitting with my legs crossed mid-shin. The teacher tells the class to close our eyes and place the back of our hands on our knees with our palms facing the ceiling. Then she tells us to relax our face.

“Relax your jaw,” she says.

“Relax the muscles around your eyes,” she continues.

“Relax the space between your brows . . . your eyelids . . . and even the skin underneath the eyelids.”

She tells the class that relaxing the face is one way to help quiet the brain.

As we continue the practice – sun salutations, standing poses, and core exercises – she gently reminds us about the muscles in our face. And every time it feels amazingly nice to relax them.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.

Do I Knead a Bread Machine?

Bread.

The staple of life.

Now that I’ve gotten used to making my own fresh vegetable juice, I’m thinking of bread. I recall reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a few months ago and coming across a passage by the author’s husband (Steven Hopp) who makes a fresh loaf practically everyday.

He says, “I know you’ve got one around somewhere: maybe in the closet. Or on the kitchen counter, so dusty nobody remembers it’s there. A bread machine.”

A bread machine? Nope, don’t have one in the closet or on the counter or anywhere. I’m lucky if I can find a spatula in our kitchen. During a party this spring, I was talking with the host’s mother. She’s in her late 80s and makes her own bread. I told her I wanted to learn so I could make homemade pizza dough, whole wheat, pumpernickel, etc.

“But I don’t have a bread machine,” I said.

She practically fell out of her chair laughing. I guess if you really know how to make bread the old fashioned way, you knead the dough. By hand. For a long time.

“You have to feel the dough to make sure it’s right,” she said.

Call me crazy, but kneading dough by hand actually sounds fun. I think I’ll try it (although I have no idea what it’s supposed to “feel” like, so I’ll have to wing that part). In the meantime, I’ll keep my eye out at garage sales for someone else’s barely-used, dusty bread machine.

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