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Episode Title: “The Two Mrs. Grissoms”

CRAVE ONLINE CSI 11.13 ‘The Two Mrs. Grissoms’ Sara clashes with her mother-in-law and Gil’s Ex while investigating a bombing at a school for the deaf. by Hilary Rothing Episode Title: “The Two Mrs. Grissoms” Writers: Treena Hancock and Melissa R. Byer Director: Steven Felder Story: While attending a scholarship benefit party for the hearing [...]

Feb 5 COME IN FROM THE COLD HOT PANCAKES – HOT COFFEE – FULL BREAKFAST – LIVE MUSIC WHAT:       Austin SERTOMA Club’s 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast Proceeds benefit the Austin SERTOMA Club’s sponsorship programs for Texas’ deaf and hard of hearing community. WHEN:      Saturday, February 5, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM WHERE:   Texas [...]

Vanderbilt University Research by Craig Boerner | Posted on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 — 11:51 AM volunteer reading to child Volunteer Becky Clark reads to a student at the Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt) OPTION Schools Inc., in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, is conducting [...]

Crain’s Cleveland Business An image from “Hamill,” which will open the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival By SCOTT SUTTELL 12:55 pm, February 4, 2011 Dramas about compelling real-life stories will open and close the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival. The festival announced today that its opener on Thursday, March 24, will be “Hamill,” a film [...]

Dallas News By ERIC AASEN Staff Writer Published 04 February 2011 10:35 AM During Sunday’s Super Bowl, while the stars are singing, Candice Villesca will be signing. The Lewisville woman, who was born deaf, will sign the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” at Cowboys Stadium. Villesca, 22, says it is an honor. “I believe [...]

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) Gary McLendon • Staff writer • February 2, 2011 Two Rochester Institute of Technology-National Technical Institute for the Deaf students will appear on national television Friday night to expose the problem of discrimination against the deaf. The students, including Brighton High School graduate Hannah Worek, will appear as actors on [...]

USA Today 06:12 PM By Michael McCarthy, USA TODAY The NFL, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Fox are announcing that the Super Bowl will be completely captioned for the first time in history, including all nationally-televised TV commercials and promotions. The NAD estimates 36 million Americans are either deaf or hard-of-hearing. Many [...]

Sports Illustrated Now all those Super Bowl commercials will be captioned for everyone to enjoy. Sunday will mark the first fully captioned national broadcast of the Super Bowl, including all national commercials and promotions, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The National Association of the Deaf applauded the NFL and Fox for [...]

NTID News February 2, 2011 What happened when deaf students recently applying for a job at a coffee shop were met with these comments: “We don’t hire deaf people here.” “I’m sure you can do lots of things. But this is not the job for you.” “The next time you come in here, bring an [...]

Star Tribune Posted by Rose French Last update: January 31, 2011 – 1:28 PM St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents hundreds of clergy child sex abuse victims across the U.S., says the Vatican has refused to be served with the lawsuit of an Illinois man who claims he was sexually abused by a now-deceased [...]

That Was Easy

I wanted to pop two pills.

After taking the summer off, I played tennis for nearly two hours yesterday and my legs ached from my hips down to my ankles. Also, I had a headache.

Oh, how I wanted ibuprofen to be the answer! Pop the meds, mask the pain, and let me go to sleep. But I decided to hold off. A few little thoughts floated around in my head: What is my body trying to tell me? Could yoga help?

The headache was probably because I was dehydrated. It was hot on the courts. I drank some water and then set the glass down on a table. Sitting on the floor, I raised my arms over my head, clasped my hands together, and turned my palms towards the ceiling. I lowered onto my back and squeezed one knee into my chest while keeping the other leg straight. Switched sides. I did a few spinal twists to remove the stiffness in my hips. Gentle, easy stretches. And I felt so much better afterwards.

That was easy. And it took less than twenty minutes – the time it would’ve taken the ibuprofen to reach my system.

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

Broccoli

Broccoli. Used to like it as a kid. Then one day I ate it and threw-up later that night. Haven’t touched it since. We’re talking 19 years of no broccoli. That’ too bad considering it’s one of the best vegetables out there – packed with nutrients, fiber, and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

As I continue to adjust my eating habits, I am always looking for new ways to add vegetables into my diet. Broccoli is one vegetable my husband loves, so I usually steam a little bit for him and make something different for myself – spinach, green beans, whatever. But the other night I was boiling some Barilla whole grain pasta. I drained the noodles and poured some organic pasta sauce over the top.

As I was scooping out the broccoli for my husband’s plate, I decided to mix some of the florets in with the pasta and red sauce. Yum. I love broccoli again. But only this way. I’m the same way with asparagus. Can’t really stand the stuff plain (unless of course it’s picked fresh from my own garden), but I will eat it in an omelet. Go figure. Š

Do I Knead a Bread Machine?

Bread.

The staple of life.

Now that I’ve gotten used to making my own fresh vegetable juice, I’m thinking of bread. I recall reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a few months ago and coming across a passage by the author’s husband (Steven Hopp) who makes a fresh loaf practically everyday.

He says, “I know you’ve got one around somewhere: maybe in the closet. Or on the kitchen counter, so dusty nobody remembers it’s there. A bread machine.”

A bread machine? Nope, don’t have one in the closet or on the counter or anywhere. I’m lucky if I can find a spatula in our kitchen. During a party this spring, I was talking with the host’s mother. She’s in her late 80s and makes her own bread. I told her I wanted to learn so I could make homemade pizza dough, whole wheat, pumpernickel, etc.

“But I don’t have a bread machine,” I said.

She practically fell out of her chair laughing. I guess if you really know how to make bread the old fashioned way, you knead the dough. By hand. For a long time.

“You have to feel the dough to make sure it’s right,” she said.

Call me crazy, but kneading dough by hand actually sounds fun. I think I’ll try it (although I have no idea what it’s supposed to “feel” like, so I’ll have to wing that part). In the meantime, I’ll keep my eye out at garage sales for someone else’s barely-used, dusty bread machine.

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