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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 [...]

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.

Wasa with Baked Brie, Brown Sugar and Walnuts

Ingredients

1 wheel (8 ounces) brie cheese
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 package WASA Sourdough Rye Crispbread (may substitute any WASA variety)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º
Place brie on sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Top with brown sugar and walnuts.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brie is warm and melted inside.
Remove from oven, place on serving tray surrounded with crispbread and serve immediately.

TIP: Store leftover cheese in refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Prep time: 35 minutes

Serves 8

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 79
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 4 g
Calcium 4% of daily value

Healing Waters

I sink into the water.

Outside, at the hot springs, the air is cool and river still. It smells like sulfur, but after a few minutes I don’t notice. I’m simply lost in the “healing waters.” That’s what they are called because supposedly the minerals in the hot springs help with a number of ailments. Personally, I enjoy the way the heat releases the tension in my body. I especially like soaking my feet – they cramp easily. I also like the heat around the middle of my body – a source of pain between a miscarriage, a surgery, and fertility frustrations over the past 12 months.

I lean back against the stone wall of the bath and watch.

There is a man standing under a waterfall. The water thuds against his back. What is he healing? Tight shoulders? Work stress? Or something deeper . . . the loss of a family member or friend?

In another pool there is a woman with her eyes closed. Maybe she is washing away the pain of divorce. Or abuse. Or a dog named Marley.

I don’t know. I’m just guessing. But when I start thinking about all the different types of “loss” people deal with, it’s clear we all need healing. One of the professors at the university I attended in Southern California just lost his house in the fires. One of my friends just gave birth, a joyful event . . . and a loss of personal time.

Loss of age . . . loss of a job . . . loss of a breast . . . loss of mental agility . . . loss of a city after a move . . . loss of a child who goes off to college . . . and on and on and on it goes.

I read a paragraph in a book the other day about the importance of taking time to heal. The author said that when we step back and heal ourselves we become aware of a world full of people in need. My time of retreat is coming to a close. I hope I don’t go back home and get too wrapped up in schedules and deadlines and the frustrations of city traffic. I hope I can heed the author’s advice and help heal the world in little personal ways. Š

Healthy Snacks

My family members like to tease me about the fact that I don’t have a very high tolerance for discomfort. I claim to be “dying of heat” or “freezing cold” (rather than a little warm or a little cool). I’m either “bouncing off the walls” or “exhausted” (instead of simply awake or sleepy). And of course I’m never hungry. I’m starving (that is, when I’m not totally stuffed).

When I am starving it’s never a good situation. My hands start shaking. My mood turns sour really fast. I need food. ASAP!

When you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s important to prepare for emergencies. Otherwise, it’s too easy to grab the sugary, chemically-laden junk food that abounds in stores and fast-food restaurants and vending machines. So here’s what I do to prepare for the week: I usually bake some sort of muffins on Sundays (blueberry, apple oat bran, or other kinds where the recipe doesn’t call for sugar and refined flour). I also hard boil 6 eggs for easy snacking. I make a bag of trail mix: raw almonds, raw walnuts, dried cranberries and/or organic raisins. I keep baked tortilla chips in the cupboards and homemade salsa in the fridge. I love raw green beans (there I go being dramatic and extreme again), and I have been known to steal a handful of those as I head out the door. And now that fall is here, I’ve been stocking up on apples – such an easy, delicious fruit to grab on the go.

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

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