Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Irondequoit Post The only other award presented during the ceremony went to Bakar Ali, a third-year RIT and NTID student who has a double major in urban and community … See more…

Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online It was the fourth straight victory for the school, which also won a title in 2005. The MSD team had four students: senior Salomon Lundquist, junior Jehanne McCullough, sophomore Tayla Newman and senior Ethan Sonnenstrahl, who also won the most … Click here to see…

Good morning everyone !!! Reminder !!! Please go to rochesterdeaffestival.org to register for admission. Please spread to your family or friends to register on line.

                             WITH SYRACUSE DEAF CLUB   SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD                                       11:00AM – 5:00PM AND overnight via free camp-out with breakfast… location:  JAMESVILLE SPORTSMEN’S CLUB                                   Route 91                     […]

 

        Rustic Lantern Films “Lake Windfall” in ASL and Closed-Captioned tickets are on SALE now! Surrounding cities/counties like Lancaster, Pataskala, London, Heath, Washington C.H., Newark, Granville, Mount Sterling, Marysville, Delaware, Akron, Mansfield, Marion, Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Grove City, & etc are welcome to come. We can meet half way to buy tickets in […]

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Ohlone College COUNSELOR FOR DEAF/HARD OF HEARING Full-Time Tenure-Track Counseling Faculty Position – Start Fall 2013 APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM Starting Salary Range: $61,274 to $93,225 IDEAL CANDIDATE Ohlone College seeks to employ counseling faculty who have a passion for counseling and a strong commitment to the missions and ideals of […]

New Jersey Association of the Deaf, Inc is proudly presents ASL Fun Activity: Kite Flying      in English and Spanish flyer! Free Admission Kite materials will be provided. Saturday, April 27, 2013    1 pm to 5 pm at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park 221 Ocean Avenue North Long Branch NJ 07740 Deaf and disabled children are […]

Dry Ground

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good. –Genesis 1:9

That verse has been stuck in my head since November.

Outside, I’ll point to our little community yard in front of our townhouse and say, “This hasn’t been dry since we moved in.”

It’s true.

When it’s not covered in snow or ice, it’s a wet, muddy patch of grass. I’m ready for sunshine. For warm air. For dry ground.

Last Saturday, I got my wish. The sun blazed in the sky without a cloud in sight. I was so happy and giddy and overwhelmed with possibilities I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I bike? Rollerblade? Find an outdoor court and play tennis? In the end, I opted for a long walk. I simply wanted to let the fresh air clear my mind.

Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk.

I could’ve stayed on the trail forever.

The day came to a close, and by Sunday morning it was raining again. Our patch of grass was wet and muddy. But there are more warm, dry days ahead. I can feel them. And I’m ready to welcome them with open arms.

Addicting Appetizer

Here is one of my favorite appetizers involving Wasa crispbread.

I searched Wasa’s recipe page and it’s on not on there, so I’m feeling rather innovative (except that I didn’t create it – the recipe was passed along by a friend of mine, but anyway . . .)

Spread a layer of organic cream cheese on Wasa crispbread.
Add two slices of cucumber.
Season with garlic power and sea salt.
Enjoy.

Scrub-A-Dub-Dub

Here’s a little secret: I practiced yoga for 12 months before I finally washed my mat . . . okay, 18 months . . . um, maybe more like 24. Yep, I’m pretty sure it was over two years before I grabbed a washcloth and filled a bucket with warm soapy water. For the record, my mat wasn’t too dirty. I tend to prefer the Iyengar approach to yoga over styles that involve a heated rooms or a lot of fast movement, so I’m usually not dripping sweat during classes. But despite that, and regardless of how often I’d wash my feet before sessions, I began to notice soiled circles where my heels pressed into the mat. I should wash this, I would think to myself during Downward Facing Dog. Yep that’s definitely dirt, I’d say to myself as I gazed at grime during Plank. After class I would roll up my mat, take it home, and promptly forget my pledge. Finally one day I plunged my hand into a bucket and went to work. It’s very easy. Following these directions, I unrolled my mat on a clean tile surface, washed it with a cloth (two cups of water to four drops of dish soap), and then rinsed it by wiping it down with a damp cloth followed by a dry one. Much better. Next class, I practically felt like I was using a brand new mat. It’s funny – sometimes when I take the time to care for something external, it feels like an internal cleansing.Š

Halloween

I’m debating what to do about Halloween.

I loved dressing up and collecting candy as a kid. But as an adult – and someone with a growing awareness of our country’s health crisis – I don’t want to encourage the consumption of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings…you get the idea.

I could hand out boxes of raisins, but I hated that as a child.

I could hand out toothbrushes, but again, that’s no fun.

I could bake something – treats using crispy brown rice cereal and natural peanut butter – but I know homemade goods would get thrown out by vigilant parents.

I have a friend who has her kids put their loot in a pile before bed. During the night the Great Pumpkin comes and Poof! their candy is turned into little games and trinkets from the dollar store. I also know a dentist who gives money in exchange for the kids who turn in their candy.

Hmm.

I was reading a recent issue of Body & Soul magazine and saw a small article on fair trade. Most chocolate, the article said, is exported from the Ivory Coast where kids aren’t going to school because they’re working on cocoa farms to help with family income. Buying fair trade products ensures that the money goes directly to the farmers and their communities instead of all the middlemen. And it just so happens that you can buy individually wrapped pieces of fair trade dark chocolate (according to some studies, dark chocolate does have a few health benefits).

Click here for a link to the article and a list of the companies.

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