Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Indianapolis Star The National Association of the Deaf has taken up the cause, and deaf advocates far and wide are watching. That is unfortunate, says Naomi Horton, … Click Here…

KCRG By Dave DeWitte, Reporter By Jay Knoll CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A Cedar Rapids company that provides relay services for the deaf and hearing-impaired closed … Click here…

Let’s Talk Business – The Sprint Relay Store Business Solutions   Click SprintRelayStore.com The Sprint Relay Store sells iconic and award winning devices and relay services providing a great wireless value in the industry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. You must be deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability to […]

(Deaftimes: several of you could not read attached flyer) Greetings! Attached, please find news about opportunities this summer for deaf and hard-of-hearing students around the country to come to RIT/NTID to explore career opportunities and make new friends. See flyer outreach 2012

Dear Community,   The March 2012 issue of the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Monthly Communicator Newsletter is now available online at our website:     http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddhh/newsletters/communicator/current/mc_march12.pdf     Please feel free to distribute to other interested readers.   Enjoy!   New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing […]

  Please join Creative Foundations for our First Annual Chili Cook-off to kick off Disabilities Awareness Month, Friday, March 2nd from 6p-9p at both our Mount Vernon and Delaware locations. We also encourage you to participate! Create your favorite Chili dish and you can win some fun prizes and ART! We will provide the bowls, […]

It is important to prepare for wills and estate planning but it can be a confusing process. Come to this FREE presentation by attorney and professor Jennifer Gravitz who can explain clearly in sign language what you should prepare for and help answer some of your questions. WHERE: Barnes and Noble @ RIT, 2nd floor […]

See Attachment: Winter Silent Get-A-Way flier Deadline for Registration is February 28, 2012. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lori Woods by e-mailing at

Attention: Spread the News! Come to play or hang out with friends!! Columbus Association of the Deaf 323 Woodrow Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43207 VP Saturday, February 25th, 2012 CAD hosting Cornhole blind draw tournament starts @ 7pm. Admission $5.00 Play Cornhole $10.00 100% Payout 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Hello, We will have the Winter Pancake Day fundraiser on March 3rd from 8 to 12pm at Alpha Lutheran Church. I hope you can attend and support us. Thanks, John Haynes PancakeDay2012REVISED

Chilling Out with Forward Bends

I glanced at a weather map of the United States today and it’s orange, darker orange, and red all over. In other words, it’s hot.

I tend to have a high tolerance for 90 degree weather, so I revel in it, but my yoga teacher says the heat makes a lot of people irritable.

She thought we should focus on cooling poses in class today.

We worked on variations of Downward Facing Dog – using a chair, then a wall, then the regular way – and then spent some time in Child’s Pose, Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), and Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend*).

“Forward bend poses are great for settling you down when you’re feeling agitated,” the teacher said. “You may sweat while you’re in the pose, but they’re calming on the nervous system.”

I must say, it is amazing how as the class continued I felt myself grow into silence as I streeeeeetched out, my heart resting peacefully inside.

So if you find yourself snapping at people (including yourself) or not tolerating the traffic or noticing that things that you usually don’t mind are bugging you, take heart. It might simply be the heat. Try breathing a few times . . . and don’t forget to bend.

*In Seated Forward Bend, I have to sit on two blankets and lasso a strap around the balls of my feet to hang onto and pull myself forward because I can’t reach my arms to my toes. The teacher looks just like the lady in this picture when she’s in the pose, but she mentioned that 18 years ago she had to use blankets and straps too. So. By my calculations I should be able to do Seated Forward Bend without props in 15 years. I wasn’t discouraged by this. I was excited. The human body is amazing. Anyway, I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to think about those things in yoga class, but sometimes I can’t help it!   

Acorn Squash Dip with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds on Wasa

Ingredients

2 cups acorn squash, cooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fat free half and half
½ cup diced onion
2 leaves fresh sage
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds
1 package WASA Hearty Rye Crispbread

Directions

Slice open acorn squash and remove seeds. Place sliced side down in an 8 X 8 inch glass dish, cover and microwave on high until tender (approx 10 minutes).
Scoop out meat with a spoon when cooled and set aside.
Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion and whole sage leaves. Sauté until onions are transparent. Remove sage.
Add squash, half and half, maple syrup, and parmesan cheese. Mix well.
Spoon into bowl, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and serve hot on a platter with crispbread.

TIP: May substitute WASA Oat, Sourdough Rye, Multigrain, or Rye Crispbread. Leftover dip may be stored in refrigerator for to 3 – 4 days.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves 6

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 254
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 257 mg
Total Carbohydrate 52 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Protein 6 g
Calcium 57 mg

Wasa with Baked Brie, Brown Sugar and Walnuts

Ingredients

1 wheel (8 ounces) brie cheese
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 package WASA Sourdough Rye Crispbread (may substitute any WASA variety)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º
Place brie on sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Top with brown sugar and walnuts.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brie is warm and melted inside.
Remove from oven, place on serving tray surrounded with crispbread and serve immediately.

TIP: Store leftover cheese in refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Prep time: 35 minutes

Serves 8

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 79
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 4 g
Calcium 4% of daily value

Blue Zones

Blue Zones are places in the world where people live “astoundingly long lives” – for example, reaching the age of 100 three times the rate of Americans. And suffering a fifth the rate of heart disease. Imagine being able to hold your great-great-grandchild one day . . .

I first learned of Blue Zones when one of the editors I work with went on a “Quest” to the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, one of the four Blue Zones (the others are Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, and Sardinia, Italy).

Dan Buettner, a journalist who worked extensively on researching these communities, has come out with a book titled The Blue Zone. I want to read the book in context, so I’m refraining from skipping ahead, but based on the Blue Zones website and other articles I’ve read, I know some of the lifestyle practices of centurions are (1) plant based diets (not necessarily vegetarian, but plant-based); (2) laughter; (3) spirituality; (4) family; and (5) physically active lives (like gardening and laboring).

Just because Washington DC isn’t a Blue Zone doesn’t mean my body and my house can’t be one.

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