Monthly Archives: October, 2012
The Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA) has an obituary of Jack (Jax) Levesque on their home page (the first page of their website). He died on October 12, 2012. He was an advocate for the Deaf community. He worked as a VR counselor at the Department of Rehabilitation and directed other Deaf-related organizations […]
Gallaudet University President Dr. Alan Hurwitz, put Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Dr. Angela McCaskill on administrative leave on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 because she signed a petition regarding same-sex marriage in Maryland. Yesterday, Dr. McCaskill said she wanted her old job back. In the news yesterday, Dr. Hurwitz said he wanted Dr. McCaskill to come back to […]
Science Daily published that article on September 28, 2012. This article summarized research regarding children and how they process language. The first part of the article was not about Deaf children. Some Spanish researchers in Spain researched the relationship between language and different types of perception. The second part of the article from Science Daily […]
Calling all education professionals and parents of Deaf and hard of hearing children: The Coalition of Organizations (COAT) provided some information regarding a grant from the U.S. Department of Education regarding accessible technology. The $647 million grant was given to researchers at the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) in […]
A new device called a SoundBite has been developed for people who hear normally in one ear and are deaf in the other ear. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the SoundBite for people ages 18 and older. This device is available through more than 10 clinics in the United States. Sonitus Medical shows […]
CapitalGazette.com He is now a graduate student at Gallaudet University. Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:08 pm, Sat Oct 6, 2012. See more…
FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2012 TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF’S 5TH ANNUAL RANGER TRIATHLON A FUN, FAMILY FITNESS EVENT – OCTOBER 14 Austin, Texas – October 14, 2012 A great event for kids and beginners, Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) hosts its 5th Annual Ranger Triathlon, Sunday October 14 at the school’s […]
Hi Everyone! I just got word from Daniel Hahn at Great Lakes Theater that there are still several free tickets available for the upcoming season. See below. First come, first served. Just contact Daniel at his email address and tell him what you need. These tickets are for deaf people and their guests (hearing or […]
The Business Boot Camp and Expo of the Deaf was held in Orlando, Florida in June this year, and now it will be in San Diego on October 25-27. The theme of the event in San Diego is “Boost Your Profit.” The training is set up for all kinds of businesses.
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The truth is male impotence is not a rare condition as nearly one in five men will have or experience it with some varying points of severity. The problem with this condition though is that, like it or not, if you are a man who is very sexually active, it is an embarrassing condition. In fact, most men with ED prefer not to discuss it with other men, even friends for that matter. They usually keep the condition either to just themselves, or with their partners and personal doctor. There have even been cases where the breakup of couples is due to the male not being able to provide the sexual needs of the female. Such is the dilemma of men with ED. Read more…
During yoga class the teacher, Tina, tells me to lift up a bit. I’m squatting in a pose (it’s sort of this made up pose that I’ve dubbed the Tinasana) and Tina says my middle is sagging.
“The muscles in your body will automatically revert to being lazy if given the chance,” she says.
Lazy? But I’m working so hard, I think.
Later, in Warrior II I’m concentrating on my arms when Tina reminds me to firm my thighs. If I don’t pay attention, they become lazy.
Yet another pose and my feet are splaying instead of pointing in the right direction. Guess why?
Really. Out of all the things in the world, I don’t consider myself lazy. But apparently even when I’m truly working on my alignment there are parts of my body that are secretly trying to get away with as little as possible.
After class I start thinking . . . does that apply to other areas of my life?
No way. I’m motivated! Diligent!Relentless in my pursuits!
Except in the mornings. I like to linger in bed. It’s warm and cozy. Plus I’m still sleepy. By the time I do get up, shower, and eat breakfast, I’m always surprised at how much of the day has gotten away from me before I make it to my home office.
And walking. I love my afternoon walks. Love them. Then why do I skip them from time to time, opting instead to sit and work a little longer?
Speaking of work, I realized something as I began investigating this whole laziness issue. If I have ten things on my “To Do” list, I tend to opt for the easiest projects first. When I do start working on a hard topic (say an article that requires a lot of research or possibly a personal essay that forces me to do some inner work), I will drop it as soon as I feel stuck. I tell myself I’ll get back to it and turn my attention to the easier assignments again.
Isn’t it funny the insights yoga gives us into our lives? So if you’ll excuse me, I have an article I’ve put off. I’d better get working on it.
The carrots I hold in my hand are fresh from a local garden. They’re dirty and have wild bushy green tops. I wash and peel the carrots then pick up the knife. I have a long way to go until I can maneuver this utensil like those chefs on the Food Network, but I’m getting better. Faster.
I cut the carrots, chop the onion, dice the celery, slice the mushrooms and throw everything into a skillet with water. While the veggies are steam sautéing I boil tri-colored pasta in a medium pot and steam spinach in a small one. I add tomatoes and tomato sauce to the skillet. When the pasta and spinach are ready I add those too, along with garlic and oregano.
My husband, Ron, wanders in the kitchen.
“What’s for dinner?” he asks.
“Italian Skillet Casserole,” I say.
He leans over my shoulder and investigates the simmering dish on the stovetop.
“Almost all veggies,” I point out.
Cooking healthier foods has been challenging in certain ways, but one thing I completely forgot about when I started this new path is that my husband can’t stand vegetables. He’ll eat certain items (broccoli or beans or salad) because he knows they’re good for him, but he would prefer them as a side dish, not the main dish.
But it just so happens that his company is having a Vegetable Challenge this summer.
So perfect timing.
I scoop out the meal into two bowls, light some candles, and sit down.
It’s delicious, and I look at Ron to see what he thinks. He’s pushing a piece of onion, a hunk of tomato, and a mushroom slice to the side. “I can eat them when they’re small, but these big pieces…” he shakes his head.
“You need to retrain your taste buds,” I suggest softly.
He’s a good sport so he takes a huge spoonful, onion chunks and all, and gives it a go. He likes it. This truly is one of the tastier dishes I’ve made, and when I’m done I push my bowl aside and lean back in the chair.
“Hey, what’s that?” Ron says, peering into my bowl.
“Nothing,” I say.
“Uh-huh,” Ron nods, smirking.
Okay, okay. So I really do consider myself a vegetable lover, but I’ve always struggled with cooked carrots. There is small pile of them left. I guess we both have some retraining to work through.
The street is cleared of traffic, the tents are up, and the vendors are selling summer squash, cherries, and herbs. It’s the second week this season the farmers’ market has been open in town, and my husband escapes from the office so we can enjoy lunch together and wander by the open-air booths. We buy bread (baked from scratch) from one of our favorite vendors and discuss what we can grill, cook, and drink over the next few days.
As we walk, I start thinking about how I’ll be spending a lot more time at farmers’ markets this summer than I have in the past – it’s easier to find local, sustainably-grown food here than at the grocery stores. I’ve always enjoyed farmers’ markets, but I’ve tended to reserve them for “special occasions.” When I lived in Los Angeles my friends and I would load up with market goodies before going to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, or for a picnic at the beach, or if we had guests coming to town.
With over 3500 farmers’ markets in the United States (visit LocalHarvest.org to find one near you) there are plenty here on the east coast where I currently live. I’ll be visiting more of them over the next few days to get a feel for the ones I prefer, talk to vendors, and gather local meat, eggs, and more fruit and veggies. I know I have my work cut out for me this summer as I learn how to prepare meals, can tomatoes, and make my own salad dressing. But taking the first step and creating the intent to eat clean is one of the biggest hurdles. Besides, it feels good to realize that what used to be a “special occasion” will now be a part of daily life.
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