Monthly Archives: April, 2013

NWJAD (Northwest Jersey Assn of the Deaf, Inc) WHERE: VFW Post 6 Winslow Place Paramus , NJ 07653 WHEN:  Saturday, April 27, 2013 TIME: 7:00 pm After thw show, come on up and tell us a joke or a funny story!   Admission: $10 Pay at door only (not suitable for Under 18 years old […]

San Francisco Chronicle HONOLULU (AP) — A $5.75 million settlement has been approved in a class-action lawsuit alleging bullying, assault and rape at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind. A federal judge in Honolulu approved the settlement Monday. The suit filed in … Click to see more…

CTV News Many in Alberta’s deaf community believe a move by one of Alberta’s colleges could end up with their basic human rights being violated – after news that Lakeland College is cutting a number of programs, including sign language studies, was released. Click here to see more…

Hollywood Reporter The new effort in upstate New York, which is part of Camp Mark Seven, will bring in three deaf filmmakers to guide campers through the world of film. A camp for deaf kids in upstate New York is adding a film program, and leaning on Hollywood to launch it. Click here to see…

NJ Association of the Deaf, Inc.           presents ASL Fun Activity: Kite Flying 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 welcome to socialize in kite making and flying […]

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Last Saturday, Arizona Association of the Deaf went to show our support to ASDB Student’s right to speak up and believe what they stand for. AzAD set up a donation via PAYPAL – check then Type ASDB. The money is to help with the food, drinks, poster, anything they needed. Last Saturday, I have […]

Hi, again, Everyone, The team behind New York’s ASL Slams wants you to know about our plans for May 2013… In addition to the 2nd Friday of the month when we’re at Comedy Bar NYC, we’re also VERY excited to announce that we’re adding a second date each month, which also happens to send us […]

Rochester YNN The organization announced that it has received an EMPOWER grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The grant will fund an exchange program with deaf leaders from the U.S. and the Philippines. “Over 90% of … Click here to see…

PLUS hold the date for August 3rd Pig Roast with Syracuse Deaf Club – flyer will be sent to you… Bentley Bryant Events Public Relations for Syracuse Deaf Community/ESAD VP & Relay Facebooks: Bentley Bryant & DeafCoffee CNY & HomemadebyBentleyB another email addy >> IPHONE text: – – (homemade shortbread cookies, […]

Holidays are Changing

I’m trying to talk my parents and in-laws into coming to our place for Thanksgiving.

Ever since leaving for college at age 18, I’ve traveled over the holidays.

My hubby and I are moving in early November, and we’ll hopefully be settled into our new place by Turkey Day. I’d hate to move in and then turn around and leave right away. Plus, it sounds fun to host the holidays. Of course, I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before, but a minor detail, right? I can figure it out.

One year I asked my mom if she’d teach me to cook the turkey. I arrived at her house ready to tackle the bird and learn how to make stuffing. My grandmother was visiting too. The two of them have been taking on Thanksgiving together forever, and despite my good intentions, everyone fell into their normal roles that year. My brother helped mash the potatoes, my dad prepared to carve, I found myself setting the table, pouring the wine, and arranging the relish tray. My mom and grandmother had their own rhythm and didn’t need anyone – including me – butting in. Or maybe I simply got distracted watching whatever movies my brother had rented from the video store. Either way, I never learned how to bake a turkey. (Actually, bake or roast?)

This year will be different. My grandmother no longer travels. One of my brothers is married and will be away. I’ve pegged the local, sustainable farm where I plan to purchase Mr. Tom. (For any vegetarians, here are some recipes I stumbled across on

My parents jumped on the chance to come to my place for a change. I hope my in-laws do too.

Times are changing. Times are changing.

Part of me is nervous about altering the rhythm of our holiday, but I’m excited too.

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Big on Arms

We are in Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) and the teacher is walking us through the pose nice and slow. She has us begin in Tadasana (Mountain pose) and then tells us to touch our fingertips together in front of our chest. As we jump our legs apart, our arms open up too (so they are parallel to the ground).

Next, the real instruction begins. She focuses on our feet, making sure they are spaced far enough apart and turned in the proper direction. She reminds us that our back heel should be aligned with our front heel.

She pauses as we breathe.

Inhale, exhale.
Inhale, exhale.

She moves onto our legs. She makes sure that our right knee is bent so that it’s directly over the right ankle. We need to press our thigh back so we can see our second toe. She keeps us focused on our lower body, giving us directions on our tailbone, butt, and – again – our thighs. She mentions that second toe again.

Inhale, exhale.
Inhale, exhale.

You can practically hear the thoughts of every student in the studio: My arms are tired. My arms are so tired! When will this pose be over so we can put our arms down? Are anyone else’s arms tired? Or am I just a wimp? How much longer do we have to hold our arms up?

Finally, the teacher says, “I know your arms are tired.”

Her acknowledgement is a relief even though she encourages us to keep those arms lifted. “Stretch them out even further, reeeaaaaching for the walls,” she says.

She moves onto our shoulder blades – are they scrunched up by our neck? Release them.

Lengthen our torsos.

Broaden our chests.

She knows exactly what we’re doing – allowing our minds to be consumed with thoughts about our arms.

“Your brain starts to panic first,” she says. “Your body is strong and your arms can handle this.”

That’s the extra motivation we need for the last few breaths until she finally has us step our feet back together and place our hands on our hips.

I’m working out in LA for a couple weeks – my old hometown – and it’s great to be back in my favorite teacher’s class. Now that I’m here, I remember she was always big on arms.

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