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Sat, June 4th, 2011 – NWJAD-O game and Dr. Geralyn Ponzio – “Taking Care of your Health” Door opens at 1:00 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Check out at www.nwjad.org for information

The 27th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

The 27th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day will be held at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey on Saturday, June 11, 2011. ASL interpreters will be located throughout the park on that day. Please note that the purchased tickets can be used any day of the 2011 season, not only [...]

The Times Leader SCRANTON – Donald E. Rhoten, CEO of The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children and the Western PA School for the Deaf, has announced that Rebecca M. Gaw has been selected as the new director of The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children. Gaw is presently [...]

New director named for Scranton deaf school Scranton Times-Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER) A principal from Iowa will be the new director of the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children. Rebecca Gaw, principal of the high school at the Iowa School for the Deaf, will start the position in July …

Click here to see 2011 NWJAD upcoming events

The Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub is a multi-faceted establishment offering the finest in food, entertainment, and atmosphere.  The menu offers traditional Irish fare as well as eclectic international dishes highlighted by Chef prepared specials that include hand cut steaks, chops and an incredible seafood variety all designed in a unique and creative manner. When: [...]

TRI-STATE DEAF LATINO ASSOCIATION, PA/NJ/DEL RAIN OR SHINE SOCCER TEAM (WINNER-1ST AND 2ND PLACE) WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 WHERE: THOMPSON PARK, PICNIC GROVE 3A FORSGATE DRIVE, JAMESBURG, NJ (SEE THE BALLOON AT GROVE 3A AND SEE THE SIGNS THROUGH THE ENTRANCE) TIME: 11:00am – 8:00PM DOOR PRIZES (SURPRISE!!) ADULTS/CHILDREN GAMES – PRIZE!! 50/50 chances [...]

NJAD 2011 Conference Flier http://www.njadeaf.org/conferenceflierforUCC.html Registration http://www.njadeaf.org/2011NJADRegistrationForm.htm  Thank you, Vicki Joy NJAD President  

March 2011 Dear Potential DEAF FEST Exhibitor: New Jersey Deaf Awareness Week, Inc. invites you to be part of the DEAF FEST 2011 – A Cultural Celebration on Sunday, September 18, 2011.  It will be our seventh biennial event.  It will be at Middlesex Country Fairground in East Brunswick, New Jersey from 10 AM to [...]

Thursday, April 07, 2011 By Tim Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh today released the findings of a testing project it conducted from 2009 to 2010 related to discrimination against deaf people for rental housing. The testing audit, which was funded by FISA Foundation, consisted of 200 paired tests designed to [...]

Walking Barefoot

I’m at the BlogHer conference in downtown Chicago mingling with 800 other women (promise I’ll link to some great food and yoga blogs once I process all the info that’s pouring into my brain).

The first day, I decided to get some exercise by walking from the train station to the conference center. I was wearing sandals and carrying a heavy laptop bag. I got lost. One hour and five blisters later, I finally arrived. I was smart enough to take a cab back to the train station that night, but once I made it to the suburbs (where I’m staying with a friend) I had to walk another mile to their house. My friend’s husband, Brad, was with me, and he watched as I limped and cringed.

“Ow, ow, ow,” I said as my sandals rubbed against my blisters.

I slipped off my shoes.

“Ow, ow, ow,” I said again as the sharp little pebbles on the roads and sidewalks cut my feet.

“You’re a yoga blogger!” Brad said.

“What does that have to do with anything?” I asked.

“Some yogis walk over hot coals and stuff,” he pointed out.

Now that he mentioned it, I did recall reading a passage in a book about firewalking at a yoga retreat. Although none of the yoga classes I’ve attended have involved hot coals, we do practice in bare feet. Still, smooth wood floors and soft sticky mats may help strengthen my soul, but they don’t sturdy up the skin on my soles.

Walking home that night, I stepped off the sidewalk and onto the grass. It was long and cool and damp. It cushioned my bare feet and brushed in between my toes. I completely forgot about my blisters as I focused on how nice it felt to observe the world through from the bottom up. It had been a long time since I’ve walked barefoot in the grass.

To some, barefoot hiking is a hobby. Richard Frazine wrote a book about it called The Barefoot Hiker, and Common Ground, a sustainable living magazine, wrote an article about it here.

How often do we take time to feel the crunch of leaves or the slick slime of moss or the powder puffs of dirt through our feet and toes? Not to mention walking barefoot is gentle on the planet. I think I will start taking off my shoes more often, especially outside.

As quoted on this website, Sitting Bull said:  “Healthy feet can hear the very heart of Mother Earth.”

Generic Medications like Finasteride are Equally Effective as their Branded Cousins

When it comes to generic medications, most people usually view them as low grade alternatives that are intended only for the impoverished.  Sadly, this is somewhat true for a lot of generic medications as some manufacturers try to cut cost on certain aspects of their generic products so as to increase or better their profits.  However, this is not always the case with generic medications.  Personally, when it comes to generic medicines, I try to see if the effect of the drug is visible or not, even if the result is only noticeable after a few months.  Take for instance finasteride generic, the generic form of the hair loss treatment drug Propecia.

Finasteride generic is actually the best alternative to the drug Propecia for those who are looking to save money.  Let’s make it clear, finasteride generic is not for the impoverished, but for those that want to save money.  Since this form of hair loss treatment needs to be taken on a daily basis and continuously throughout, it can really cost the user a lot of money if he continuously take the branded medication.  Fortunately, generic treatment drugs like finasteride generic exists that have virtually the same effect as its branded cousin.  Basically, finasteride generic are equally as effective as Propecia.

Propecia is a hair loss treatment drug that was developed and released by Merck.  However, when their royalty over the drug has expired, it allowed generic drug manufacturers to reproduce the drug.  For this reason, finasteride generic is made using the exact same ingredients that Merck uses to produce their male pattern baldness treatment drug, Propecia.  Perhaps the only differences that finasteride generic has over its branded cousin are the manufacturing process and quality assurance.  Nevertheless, finasteride generic is simply as effective as Propecia. Read more…

Mix it Up

Staying at our retreat home in the mountains of Colorado has me thinking about water. I constantly see large vehicles with oversized plastic containers strapped into their truck beds, full of water. Water is hauled all over the place. It’s dry out here.

I’ve actually become a bit paranoid about water. What is the healthiest way to drink it? Should I gulp tap water and risk consuming substances like chlorine and fluoride, not to mention whatever else the water might be picking up as it flows through the pipes? Or should I buy water in a bottle and risk consuming leeched chemicals from the plastic, not to mention hurting the environment (plastic water bottles take 1000 years to biodegrade)? And if I do opt for store bought water, what should I purchase? Spring? Distilled? Glacial?

The more I read about water, the more confusing the facts. I find this to be the case with fish too (Eat it – it’s good for you! Don’t eat it – tuna contains mercury, fish handlers get infections when capturing rockfish, etc.!)

Here’s my current theory: instead of devoting myself to one type of water (tap, spring, well) I mix it up. That way, I figure I’ll get a variety of chemicals but (hopefully) in miniscule amounts. I take the same approach with fish. I’ll eat tuna on occasion, but not too often. Same with salmon and shrimp and sole. So that’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it.  Š

On the Road

Had my first cup of coffee in a long time the other day (well, a month, which is long for me!). I was on an airplane heading to Los Angeles and there is nothing I like about planes. Can’t stand the smell, the sounds, the uncomfortable seats, the bathrooms. Can’t stand how my head feels when I read (dizzy) and how my body feels no matter how still I sit (woozy).

I wanted something pleasant. The coffee smelled good, and I figured a cup or two wouldn’t hurt (I mean, heck, those cups on the plane are so little). Well, the next day I had a massive headache. So much for my theory that it wouldn’t hurt – it hurt a lot. I think on the flight home I’ll opt for decaf.

Since arriving, I’ve been sipping non-caffeinated herbal teas like crazy – it’s cold and rainy. Anyway, one of the many things I love about California is the fresh produce. With year-round farmer’s markets and a city full of restaurants that serve up lots of organic fare, it’s great to be here again.

I visited my old book club group the other night where there was a delicious raw veggie salad from Wolfgang Puck’s. Been eating fruit medleys (yum – it’s been awhile since I’ve had fresh, flavorful fruit – wish I could share it with all of you braving the winter snow back east). Today I enjoyed an organic greens salad at my favorite lunch spot, Coral Tree Café (I also had a big, ol’ brownie there – not so healthy, but very tasty).

I do miss cooking though. I’ve really come to enjoy making homemade meals. My husband was shocked when he looked at our budget the other night and realized how much we’ve cut back on eating out at restaurants. Ends up I have a mini-fridge in the hotel out here. In the morning I’ll be off to the local grocer to cobble together some wholesome goodies I can make right in my room. Š

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