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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 …

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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 [...]

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.

Turkey and Avocado Wasa Sandwich

Ingredients

3 slices Havarti cheese, sliced thin
½ avocado, sliced thin
3 slices turkey breast
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup tomatoes, finely minced
2 tablespoons purple onion, finely minced
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 pieces WASA Hearty Rye Crispbread (may substitute any WASA Crispbread flavor)

Directions

Combine olive oil, tomatoes, purple onion, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix and set aside.
Place 1 slice of Havarti cheese, 1 slice of turkey breast, 3 thin slices of avocado on each crispbread. Top with tomato and onion mixture.

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 180
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 34 mg
Sodium 150 mg
Total Carbohydrate 11 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 13 g
Calcium 10% of daily value

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?

A Time to Feast

I’m hanging out with my parents when my dad sees me frantically rubbing my thumbs against the palms of my hands.

“Are you nervous?” he asks.

“Yeah,” I say.

He wants to know why. How to explain?

My parents have been visiting the past few days. I haven’t seen them in over six months. It’s the longest period of time we’ve ever been apart (even when I lived in Europe after college I saw them at least every four months). The past few days have been one big party. We’ve eaten red meat and fried foods. We’ve had Grasshoppers (ice cream and alcohol) and cookies. I think I munched on a vegetable in there somewhere – yes, I steamed spinach one night – but other than that, I can’t say I’ve been practicing “mindful eating” since Saturday. And my home yoga regime? Completely cut off once my parents arrived (although my mom saw my mat, which was rolled out on the floor, and she practiced sun salutations).

“I’m not sure what to blog about for Wasa this week,” I finally say to my dad.

“Well, let’s think,” he says.

“I’m supposed to blog about yoga and mindful eating, but I’m not inspired given my eating habits and lack of yoga practice,” I explain.

My dad is silent for awhile. “You could talk about how yoga is important for old people like me,” he finally says. “As people age, they are at an increased risk of falling. So write in your blog that yoga is important for balance and to do yoga with a Wasa cracker.”

“Uh, okay. Thanks,” I say.

“Just trying to help,” he says.

My mom chimes in too. “Oh, I know,” she says. “Blog about the fact that we bought a juicer.”

It’s true. My parents read the Wasa blog and were inspired to buy a juicer.

“Last week we made peach juice with vodka,” my mom says. “It was delicious!” She pauses. “Am I missing the point?”

Well, I do wish they would make vegetable juice instead, but maybe I’m the one who is missing the point. As I drop them off at the airport, I know what I’m going to blog about: A Time to Feast. This week we’ve hit up good restaurants and had fun cooking in too. We played cards and watched baseball and talked, all over scones for breakfast and steaks for dinner. It was a reunion. A celebration.  A time to enjoy life. Not that we couldn’t have done that over Brussels sprouts and brown rice, but eating well most of the time makes it easier to allow the exceptions. Not to mention, those “exceptions” are much appreciated.

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