Monthly Archives: June, 2013

From: Williams, Christopher M. [mailto:] Good afternoon everyone, We are announcing our next round of CERT Basic Training. When: Thursday night July 11th from 6pm-9pm Location: Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Address: 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43230 The CERT Basic Training continues for 9 Thursdays and will end Thursday September 5th. […]

Diverse Deaf Club of NJ www.ddcnj.org  click for events    DINGO Night ** Location Change & Time ** North Brunswick Senior Citizens Center 15 Linwood Place North Brunswick NJ http://goo.gl/maps/gVISv for Saturday, July 6 and August 3 only Door open: 6 pm     Dingo game at 7:30 pm Admission: $10 member   $12 non-member We will serve desserts […]

Yosemite National Park Publishes Five General Info Videos in ASL Yosemite has had a full-time sign language interpreter in the park every summer for 34 years, but you can get information in sign language before you come to the park too.  Yosemite Deaf Services just published five videos in ASL.  Each video addresses a commonly […]

SAVE THE DATES!! — T&V’s Summer of Signed Services starts June 29th & July 13th We’re thrilled to announce a pair of sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Services, and hope that you can join us! WHAT: A Service with full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets) WHEN: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM on Saturday, June 29th WHERE: […]

NJRID BIENNIAL CONFERENCE June 28, 29 and 30, 2013 Held at:  The Sheraton Hotel 6 Industrial Way East Eatontown, New Jersey  07724     * * Registration deadline is THURSDAY, JUNE 20th! * * (There will be no onsite registration!)   Do not miss your opportunity to attend NJRID’s 2013 Biennial Conference and 40th Anniversary […]

Pennington Players Announce Unique Production Based on 2003 Deaf West Staging of Huck Finn Musical Adaptation   The Pennington Players are excited to announce upcoming auditions for the musical BIG RIVER, Roger Miller and William Hauptman’s Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This production will be based on the 2003 […]

Join the Actors and Production Team of Jade Films and Entertainment at a FUNdraising Event!   Come & do impromptu ASL Acting Monologues & win a prize for the best impromptu monologue!   Fundraiser in support of our film about a Deaf family and their daughter awaken from coma after learning she’s deaf.   SATURDAY, […]

“Deaf Health Talks” DHCC is a community partner of the NCDHR, working with RRCD’s R.E.A.P   Health Topic:     Preventive Health Presenter:          Mike McKee, MD, MPH Date:                   Thurs., June 27, 2013 Times:                7:00 – 8:30 pm Location:           Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf 1564 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606   Come and […]

Hi everyone, Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW) 2014, Committee is starting now.  Yup, we have more than a year to plan our events.  Rochester will continue it’s mission to educate the hearing community about our deaf and hard of hearing community. RDAW needs volunteers for the committee to success.  If you are interested, please join […]

CTV News An Ottawa-area woman who is both blind and deaf has launched a formal complaint against Air Canada after a difficult trip to Alberta last week that she says left her frightened and humiliated. Christine ‘Coco’ Roschaert is a 33-year-old motivational … See more…

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.

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.

Germaphobe

The waiter walks over and sets a glass of ice-water on the table.

“Ew,” my mom says when he walks away. “I don’t like it when restaurants put lemons in your drink.”

For years she’s claimed that lemon wedges have tons of bacteria – picked up because of how much they are handled by bare human hands – and this YouTube video seems to prove she’s right, reporting that over 77% of lemon wedges in drinks tested positive for disease causing bacteria.

My husband has an issue with restaurants that place the silverware directly on the table instead of on a napkin or tablecloth. When I tell him the tables are washed, he says, “Yeah, but have you seen those ratty rags they use?”

What a bunch of germaphobes!

Except I have my issues too. I don’t like touching menus. I especially can’t stand it when a waiter places a menu down on top of my plate. I mean really, when are menus cleaned?

I’m totally of the belief that exposure to bad bacteria can build my immune system. And, logically, I know that menus are only one of many places I’m coming across a boatload of germs. But still, menus freak me out.

Do you have any quirky things you’re a germ-freak about?

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

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