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Austin Chapman, a Deaf film producer from Orange County, got very powerful hearing aids.  As a result, this Deaf film producer enjoys hearing music for the first time.  Soundtracks were added to his short films even though he did not hear them before.  He received awards for his short films, so he thought people liked his films and the […]

David Smith of Santa Clarita, CA, is deaf, and he went with Team USA to the Olympics.  He said his family has been his biggest support system.  He is married, and he recently had his first baby, a boy.  His volleyball skills improved when he started going to University of California at Irvine.  He got […]

Medical Insurance for Hearing Loss

Health insurance is likely to provide the cost of a prosthesis if you lose a leg or an arm.  However, if you lose your hearing, insurance will usually not help with the cost of hearing aids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 37 million people suffer from hearing loss, and the […]

The Los Angeles Times printed an article about hard-of-hearing people. This article helps people understand what it is like to be a hard-of-hearing person who does not read lips or wear hearing aids.

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.”

Like the Lotus

During closing, my hands are at my heart in prayer. The yoga teacher says to move my fingers so that only my thumbs and pinky are touching – the center is to remain open, like a flower. She says the lotus grows in the mud and opens up when the sun shines on it, and closes when it doesn’t. She says, “Remember that when life is murkey, and I’m struggling through the mud, to open up, like the lotus.”

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.

Avanafil Approval Rocks the ED Market

A lot of ED pills have been taking over the ED market these days, and despite being classified as the same PDE5 inhibitor drugs, each pill do have some distinct capabilities and effects. Take avanafil, the latest drug ever released today. Despite being new, it has become a tough competitor among pioneering drugs because of its wonderful benefits and effects that has been testified by users. Since it is still new, not all countries were given avanafil approval to sell the drug. So aside from possibly the higher cost, avanafil may be harder to find in some countries. Good thing there are online pharmacies that can help you solve your dilemma with the less hassle.

 

Once avanafil approval has been given, this ED drug by Vivus Inc. has been released in the business. Notwithstanding the way that avanafil approval has been given by the FDA, it didn’t click and likewise it ought to the same number of ED prescription customers and what’s more specialists were genuinely pessimist about the new solution, how fruitful it is, that it is so protected to use, how without question was it to pass on its surety, and if there really was a necessity for another ED treatment drug in the business. Read more…

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