Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Governor Brewer Appoints Board Members for the Arizona State Schools for the …

Yumanewsnow Phoenix, Arizona – Governor Jan Brewer today named five new members to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) Board of Directors. “The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind fulfills a critical mission by educating students with … Click here…

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day Saturday, June 8, 2013 Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey When you enter the park, go to the left side to see our ticket booth. Our booth is open from10:00am to 3:00pm Theme/Safari: $40.00 Hurricane Harbor: $25.00 Premium Season Pass: $80.00 To purchase tickets online:  […]

Jade Films

Cherie Johnson Release We are back on Kickstarter to raise a couple more funds for our film, THE SHATTERED MIND. We’re filming on June 24 – July 7 in four locations, New York, White Plains, New Rochelle and Danbury, Conn. Visit our Kickstarter site to learn more or donate to support. Please click on our […]

ASL-only Tours at the Jewish Museum (Jun3,17)

ASL-only Tours at the Jewish Museum (Jun3,17) In a special addition, NYC’s Jewish Museum will be offering ASL-only tours in June led by some of New York’s finest Deaf docents, and you can be there, too! * Emmanuel von Schack will lead a tour of “Jack Goldstein x 10,000″ on Monday, June 3rd, from 2:00-4:00pm […]



Certified Personal Trainer offers Certified ASL Interpreter

NECA Washington Watch

Relay Service FCC Seeks Comment on Annual TRS Fund Payment Formula and Fund Size The FCC released a Public Notice on May 17, 2013, seeking comment on the proposed compensation rates, demand projections, projected fund size and the proposed carrier contribution factor for the federal TRS Fund for the period July 2013 through June 2014, […]

New ISD superintendent on the job

Jacksonville Journal-Courier Illinois School for the Deaf Superintendent Janice Smith-Warshaw converses with Becky Cline, who is retiring after nine years at ISD, during the school’s retirement tea on Thursday. Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 6:00 am. New ISD superintendent on the … Click here to see…

Next Coventry Deaf Gathering will be Monday, May 20 — 6:30-7:30pm

Hello! Please join us for Coventry Library’s next Deaf Gathering! Monday, May 20, 6:30-7:30pm   Are you Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing? Are you hearing and interested in learning more about Deaf Culture? Come gather at the Coventry Village Library! 1925 Coventry Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 An Interpreter will be provided.

USDGA Hall of Fame Chair

Press  Release: From: Bernie Brown, USDGA Hall of Fame Chair Re:  Hall of Fame Inductees, May 15, 2013 I am most pleased to report the USDGA Hall of Fame’s selection for the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.  There will be a Hall of Fame ceremony during the USDGA Golf Championship Tournament in Tucson, Arizona on […]

A Time to Feast

I’m hanging out with my parents when my dad sees me frantically rubbing my thumbs against the palms of my hands.

“Are you nervous?” he asks.

“Yeah,” I say.

He wants to know why. How to explain?

My parents have been visiting the past few days. I haven’t seen them in over six months. It’s the longest period of time we’ve ever been apart (even when I lived in Europe after college I saw them at least every four months). The past few days have been one big party. We’ve eaten red meat and fried foods. We’ve had Grasshoppers (ice cream and alcohol) and cookies. I think I munched on a vegetable in there somewhere – yes, I steamed spinach one night – but other than that, I can’t say I’ve been practicing “mindful eating” since Saturday. And my home yoga regime? Completely cut off once my parents arrived (although my mom saw my mat, which was rolled out on the floor, and she practiced sun salutations).

“I’m not sure what to blog about for Wasa this week,” I finally say to my dad.

“Well, let’s think,” he says.

“I’m supposed to blog about yoga and mindful eating, but I’m not inspired given my eating habits and lack of yoga practice,” I explain.

My dad is silent for awhile. “You could talk about how yoga is important for old people like me,” he finally says. “As people age, they are at an increased risk of falling. So write in your blog that yoga is important for balance and to do yoga with a Wasa cracker.”

“Uh, okay. Thanks,” I say.

“Just trying to help,” he says.

My mom chimes in too. “Oh, I know,” she says. “Blog about the fact that we bought a juicer.”

It’s true. My parents read the Wasa blog and were inspired to buy a juicer.

“Last week we made peach juice with vodka,” my mom says. “It was delicious!” She pauses. “Am I missing the point?”

Well, I do wish they would make vegetable juice instead, but maybe I’m the one who is missing the point. As I drop them off at the airport, I know what I’m going to blog about: A Time to Feast. This week we’ve hit up good restaurants and had fun cooking in too. We played cards and watched baseball and talked, all over scones for breakfast and steaks for dinner. It was a reunion. A celebration.  A time to enjoy life. Not that we couldn’t have done that over Brussels sprouts and brown rice, but eating well most of the time makes it easier to allow the exceptions. Not to mention, those “exceptions” are much appreciated.

Brown Rice Risotto

The other night I made brown rice risotto.

Well, kinda.

I ripped the recipe out of O magazine awhile ago and have been hanging onto it. The chef/writer, Colin Cowie, promised he was sharing a “labor-free” variation of the dish that usually requires a lot of stirring. Labor-free – now that’s my kind of meal.

Here’s what I did: I cooked 1 cup of brown rice in an organic free-range chicken broth. Meanwhile, I cooked mushrooms in a skillet for a few minutes (the recipe calls for an assortment of cremini, white jumbo, and shiitake, but we only had one type) and then I set the mushrooms aside. When the rice was ready, I mixed in the mushrooms. Then I mixed in 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese. I served it with a crisp greens salad. It was delicious. You can use other vegetables (asparagus) or ingredients (seafood) in place of mushrooms.

It’s one of those meals that will go into the “let’s make this again” category in my recipe box. Š

Wasa with Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese


2 tablespoons goat cheese
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon chopped chives
2 slices smoked salmon
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons mixed baby salad greens
2 pieces WASA Light Rye Crispbread (may substitute any WASA variety)


Sread 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on each crispbread. Sprinkle each crispbread with 1/2 tablespoon of capers and ½ tablespoon chopped chives. Cover each with thinly sliced salmon.
Mix olive oil and lemon juice together. Sprinkle ½ of the oil mixture on each crispbread. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.
Top with baby salad greens and sprinkle with remaining olive oil and lemon mixture.

TIP: Substitute cream cheese or low fat cream cheese or feta cheese for goat cheese.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serve 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 98
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 371 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 6 g
Calcium 3% of daily value

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

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