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The man reportedly climbed into the sewer around 8:20 p.m. Monday. Darien Patch By Lauren Williamson | Email the author | July 4, 2011 Updated 11:29 p.m. A 20-year-old man deaf man was rescued uninjured Monday night from a sewer near the intersection of Plainfield Road and Fairmount Avenue in unincorporated Downers Grove. Crews from [...]

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Police say DNA helped solve 30-year-old murder Chicago Tribune Niles and Albert belonged to the high school’s drama club for the deaf and the local chapter of the Junior Illinois Association for the Deaf. Prosecutors plan to present statements Niles allegedly made to friends that Albert not only knew about her …

Chicago Sun-TimesBy Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media May 4, 2011 2:05PM Hinsdale South High School yearbook photos show Dawn Niles and Gary Albert sitting next to one another in group shots for the school’s deaf drama club and its chapter of the Junior Illinois Assocation for the Deaf. Behind the glass doors of one of [...]

Chicago Tribune By Cynthia Dizikes Tribune reporter9:24 a.m. CDT, May 4, 2011 A group of hearing-impaired prisoners are suing the Illinois Department of Corrections, claiming the agency has discriminated against them by refusing to provide interpreters, technological assistance and other alternate forms of communication. The prisoners cannot hear fire alarms and…

CHICAGO, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  A class action lawsuit was filed today in federal district court in Chicago in response to the systemic discrimination by the Illinois Department of Corrections (“IDOC”) and its failure to provide accommodations to deaf and hard of hearing prisoners.  Denials of accommodations include the IDOC’s refusal to provide American [...]

Mark Feder Named 2011 Distinguished Alumnus for NTID

NTID News April 15, 2011 Mark Feder, an entrepreneur from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., has been named NTID Distinguished Alumnus for 2011. Feder owns B.E. Atlas Co., a family-operated wholesale hardware distributor. He also created the National Catalog House of the Deaf (NCHD) which sold assistive devices such as strobe alarms, close-captioned decoders and TTYs. A [...]

By John Silver Apr 11, 2011 01:49PM Light-heavyweight contender Matt Hamill hasn’t allowed his deafness to stand in the way of his UFC dreams. | Mike Groll~AP Matt Hamill is one of the more inspiring athletes you could meet. Born deaf, he overcame countless obstacles to become a three-time NCAA Division III wrestling champion [...]

Gifted RIT/NTID Student Gives Hope, Life, to Others

NTID News – December 14, 2010 Lauren Aggen, an Applied Liberal Arts major at RIT/NTID, wrote a book to express her gratitude to an unknown family who donated their child’s heart to save her life. Photo by Mark Benjamin, NTID. It’s not every college student who can say they’ve had a lifelong wish come true. [...]

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter Dec 8, 2010 05:52AM Jake Schutter lost hearing in one ear after he was hit by a ball. It was just another Little League game. The pitcher had just thrown two strikes. But when the next pitch was hurled, the batter smashed it and sent a line drive straight [...]

The Tea Girl

I feel like a dog person who became a cat person . . . a skier who became a snowboarder . . . an evening person who became a morning person . . . because I drink tea now. Me. The coffee girl. Drinks tea. And I like it.

So many colors. Tons of flavors. I can drink it at night and it won’t keep me up until 3am.

I have an “emergency kit” in my purse. It contains essentials like a hair band, dental floss, an extra pair of contact lenses, and quarters. Now it also holds a tea bag. I added it after going to a restaurant the other day where they had three tea choices: icky, yucky, or gross. It reminded me of the days when I used to be a caffeine addict yet was stuck in a meeting where the only coffee option was a stale, burnt cup of sludge.

Anyway, so I now keep a tea bag tucked away for such predicaments. That’s me. The tea girl. Š

Chilling Out with Forward Bends

I glanced at a weather map of the United States today and it’s orange, darker orange, and red all over. In other words, it’s hot.

I tend to have a high tolerance for 90 degree weather, so I revel in it, but my yoga teacher says the heat makes a lot of people irritable.

She thought we should focus on cooling poses in class today.

We worked on variations of Downward Facing Dog – using a chair, then a wall, then the regular way – and then spent some time in Child’s Pose, Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), and Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend*).

“Forward bend poses are great for settling you down when you’re feeling agitated,” the teacher said. “You may sweat while you’re in the pose, but they’re calming on the nervous system.”

I must say, it is amazing how as the class continued I felt myself grow into silence as I streeeeeetched out, my heart resting peacefully inside.

So if you find yourself snapping at people (including yourself) or not tolerating the traffic or noticing that things that you usually don’t mind are bugging you, take heart. It might simply be the heat. Try breathing a few times . . . and don’t forget to bend.

*In Seated Forward Bend, I have to sit on two blankets and lasso a strap around the balls of my feet to hang onto and pull myself forward because I can’t reach my arms to my toes. The teacher looks just like the lady in this picture when she’s in the pose, but she mentioned that 18 years ago she had to use blankets and straps too. So. By my calculations I should be able to do Seated Forward Bend without props in 15 years. I wasn’t discouraged by this. I was excited. The human body is amazing. Anyway, I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to think about those things in yoga class, but sometimes I can’t help it!   

Open My Heart

How many times have I been in Dandasana (Staff Pose) during a yoga class and listened to the teacher say, Open your chest? Same with Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) and many, many other poses.

My friend and fellow blogger Michelle of Full Soul Ahead was in a guided meditation when she heard the teacher say, “We often hunch our shoulders as a way to protect our hearts.” Michelle blogged about the symbolic meaning of that tendency over here: Open Heart. A beautiful post and well worth checking out.

Not that long ago I was reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and came across the passage where a recovering addict had prayed continuously that God would open his heart. When the man was rushed to the hospital for surgery, he remembered thinking, God, I didn’t mean literally! (The story goes something like that – I don’t have the book with me to look it up).

Anyway. Open my heart, God. What a great prayer. I realized today that it’s so much easier to “open my heart” when things are going well. When life is good, my work is being published, my husband and I are laughing together, and the sun is shining, it’s so easy to take a big breath and stand up tall and let my chest expand and be graceful and appreciative and joyful towards others and towards the world.

But when dark times come…oh, those are the moments where I tend to get frustrated or angry and want to quit. But I think maybe it’s during those times when the heart needs to open up and grow most of all.

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