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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 [...]

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

Poetry

It’s not often I’m in a yoga class where the teacher gives a reading during closing. But those rare times when that has been the case — well, I’ve adored it. I love words. Language. Poetry. Here’s the quote my yoga teacher read the other day:

Even after all this time
the sun never says to the earth
you owe me.
Look what happens to a love
like that – it lights the whole sky.
– Hafiz

Silent Mind

My life is full of words. If I’m not writing an article, I’m writing in my journal. If I’m not blogging here, I’m blogging here. If I’m in the shower or walking the dog or cooking a meal, I’m “writing” in my head. Other times I’m reading books (more words) and magazines and newspapers.

Mostly, this is good. I love words. But I realize it’s also important to empty my mind of the 26 letters of the alphabet that are constantly buzzing around in various arrangements in my head.

We live in a world with constant noise: TV, construction, motors, whirring coffee machines – even tranquil spas and yoga classes play music. What’s that about?

Anyway, as part of my home yoga practice, I’m trying to incorporate a time to be silent. I’m not chanting a mantra (more words) or telling myself, “When this is over I need to write that thought down!”

Of course it seems our brains are always full of thought (at least my female brain is…my husband swears he’s thinking of “nothing” if I ask him. Actually, since I’m on the topic, what do babies think about? Can you have thoughts without language?)

Anyway, sitting in silence is an attempt to empty my mind…and to simply experience the quiet. A need that my bloggy friend Kathryn describes as a part of our days that is sorely missing in these times. It’s nice to invite it back into my life.Š

Man in the Mud

Panic.

It’s a “sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior” according dictionary.com.

I’ve certainly been guilty of it. But it usually doesn’t serve me well. Like the time I convinced myself I had appendicitis and went into such hysterics that I passed out.

I came across this story last week – a construction worker in China was buried alive in the mud with nothing but a gap of air in front of his face (his helmet slid down). He didn’t panic. He practiced meditation and survived two hours on an amount of air that should have lasted five minutes.

I wonder sometimes how I would react in certain situations. What if I was eating in Windows restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11? What if I was in one of the hijacked planes? I don’t think a person truly knows how he or she will respond unless in the situation. God willing, that will never be the case, but if it is, I hope I am like the man in the mud.

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