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 www.azadinc.org/donate 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: http://www.localendar.com/public/BentleyBryant –http://www.etsy.com/shop/HomemadebyBentleyB –http://HomemadebyBentleyB.etsy.com (homemade shortbread cookies, […]

Drishti

“Find a point on the ground about a foot in front of your mat and softly fix your gaze on it.”

I’ve heard that instruction tons of times in various yoga classes (depending on the pose, the point of focus changes). It helps me with balance poses, like Tree pose. The other day in class, the teacher was giving that same instruction. Softly is the key word. It’s not an intense stare. “It’s almost like you’re looking behind your eyes,” she said. “It’s called Drishti.”

I never knew it had a name before.

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.

A Time to Cleanse

Don’t eat anything after 7pm.

I heard that tip on Oprah. The rationale had something to do with losing weight and the fact that it’s easier to burn calories during the day rather than at night when we’re watching TV, reading, or sitting around talking. Part of it sounded reasonable (I guess), but another part of it sounded like a silly rule or restriction that may or may not be good for a person’s particular body. After the show, I forget the tip completely and ate past 7pm a lot.

When I began Clean Eating, I started thinking about that suggestion again. Gradually, I made dinner my final meal of the day and stopped mindless snacking afterwards. My husband and I usually don’t eat until 8pm anyway, but there was another reason why I stuck to the plan: I finally understood the rationale behind Oprah’s tip. Marilyn Polk sums it up nicely in one of the cookbooks I’m reading:

“Our bodies need a chance to cleanse, heal, and rest. Most Americans are so busy poking food into their mouths throughout the day and night that their bodies do not have a chance to cleanse, heal, or rest.”

It’s like the Eagles song based on the bible verse: There is a time for everything. A time to live and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot. The idea of giving my body a time eat – and then later a time to cleanse – made so much sense. Simple. Good. Common sense. And of course, it’s only a guideline. If I’m ravenous after 8pm by all means I will eat something! That makes sense too. Š

Wasa with Ricotta Cheese, Pistachio and Raisin Spread

Ingredients

½ cup skim ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoon raisins
4 teaspoons pistachios, shelled and chopped
½ ounce dark chocolate, grated
3 pieces WASA Light Rye

Directions

Soak raisins in a bowl of boiling water until soft (approximately 10 minutes). Drain and return to bowl.
Add ricotta cheese, honey and pistachio nuts to bowl. Mix well.
Spoon equal amounts of spread on crispbreads and top with grated chocolate.

TIP: Substitute cottage cheese for ricotta cheese if desired.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 149
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 113 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 7 g
Calcium 13% of required daily value

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