Monthly Archives: April, 2013

NWJAD (Northwest Jersey Assn of the Deaf, Inc) WHERE: VFW Post 6 Winslow Place Paramus , NJ 07653 WHEN:  Saturday, April 27, 2013 TIME: 7:00 pm After thw show, come on up and tell us a joke or a funny story!   Admission: $10 Pay at door only (not suitable for Under 18 years old […]

San Francisco Chronicle HONOLULU (AP) — A $5.75 million settlement has been approved in a class-action lawsuit alleging bullying, assault and rape at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind. A federal judge in Honolulu approved the settlement Monday. The suit filed in … Click to see more…

CTV News Many in Alberta’s deaf community believe a move by one of Alberta’s colleges could end up with their basic human rights being violated – after news that Lakeland College is cutting a number of programs, including sign language studies, was released. Click here to see more…

Hollywood Reporter The new effort in upstate New York, which is part of Camp Mark Seven, will bring in three deaf filmmakers to guide campers through the world of film. A camp for deaf kids in upstate New York is adding a film program, and leaning on Hollywood to launch it. Click here to see…

NJ Association of the Deaf, Inc.           presents ASL Fun Activity: Kite Flying Free Admission Kite materials will be provided. Saturday, April 27, 2013    1 pm to 5 pm at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park 221 Ocean Avenue North Long Branch NJ 07740 Deaf and disabled children are welcome to socialize in kite making and flying […]

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Last Saturday, Arizona Association of the Deaf went to show our support to ASDB Student’s right to speak up and believe what they stand for. AzAD set up a donation via PAYPAL – check www.azadinc.org/donate then Type ASDB. The money is to help with the food, drinks, poster, anything they needed. Last Saturday, I have […]

Hi, again, Everyone, The team behind New York’s ASL Slams wants you to know about our plans for May 2013… In addition to the 2nd Friday of the month when we’re at Comedy Bar NYC, we’re also VERY excited to announce that we’re adding a second date each month, which also happens to send us […]

Rochester YNN The organization announced that it has received an EMPOWER grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The grant will fund an exchange program with deaf leaders from the U.S. and the Philippines. “Over 90% of … Click here to see…

PLUS hold the date for August 3rd Pig Roast with Syracuse Deaf Club – flyer will be sent to you… Bentley Bryant Events Public Relations for Syracuse Deaf Community/ESAD VP & Relay Facebooks: Bentley Bryant & DeafCoffee CNY & HomemadebyBentleyB another email addy >> IPHONE text: http://www.localendar.com/public/BentleyBryant –http://www.etsy.com/shop/HomemadebyBentleyB –http://HomemadebyBentleyB.etsy.com (homemade shortbread cookies, […]

Skinny Female Dog

Have you read the book Skinny Female Dog yet? (That’s not the real title, but I don’t like to cuss on blogs.) I laughed my way through it with advice like “All carbs are not created equal. There are two types: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates suck and are as nutritionally beneficial as toilet paper.” The authors’ big tip throughout the book was to “use your head” when you make choices about eating. They are proponents of no meat and no dairy. I’m of the mindset that I need a little of those food groups for a well-balanced diet (my head says there’s something not quite right about a replacing meat and dairy with soymilk, soy “cheese,” soy “meat,” etc. – BUT that’s just me. The book has some great info in there and is worth the read.)

Moving on, the point I’m trying to make is that I visited the authors’ website the other day. Watch their Video Interview. I loved it. It took one of the author’s seven years to transform her eating habits. The other one – ten years. Their message is so clear and true: the goal is to eat well and do the best you can, but no one is perfect. It’s takes time to change your diet. Taste buds need to be retrained. Moving towards healthier foods is a progression. You give up what you can and don’t beat yourself up when you eat something less than ideal.  Š

Confused about Coffee

The first time I tried to stop drinking coffee I was working as a lawyer. It was a busy time at the firm, so I honestly don’t know what possessed me to quit cold turkey. I began having headaches on top of the long hours. Six months went by. The headaches stopped (the long hours didn’t). Eventually, I caved. I wanted that energy jolt again. Plus, the taste. Mmmm…the taste.

The second time I tried to stop drinking coffee I was trying to get pregnant. This time I weaned myself slowly. I ordered a small instead of a medium. Then a half regular, half decaf. Finally I made the switch to non-caffeine tea.

After I lost the baby (miscarriage), I was drinking coffee within days.

When I made a commitment to Clean Eating, I thought, Third time’s a charm. But now that I’m well on my way down the path of eating wholesome foods, I’ll say this: drastically reducing my intake of sugar and white flour while drastically increasing my fruit and veggies has been pretty smooth sailing. But the coffee…oh, how I miss it when I don’t drink it.

I just can’t seem to kick it (well, it’s more like I’m unwilling to give it an honest try). I keep reading articles about the benefits of coffee (antioxidants, etc), but really, part of me think that’s like those articles that claim dark chocolate is good for you for the same reasons (antioxidants).

Really, shouldn’t we just eat blueberries?

To make a long story longer, I’m still on the fence about coffee (thus have not given it up). I enjoy the aroma and flavor so much. Plus, unlike sugar which makes me feel bleh inside, coffee makes me feel good (but I know, I know…it increases my blood pressure and doesn’t help with my anxiety issues). So I sit in confusion. I tell myself that out of all the vices in the world caffeine isn’t so bad. (Can you tell I’m piling on the excuses here or what?)

I’d love to hear from others who are dedicated to eating clean, healthy foods. What’s your take on your morning cuppa joe (or lack thereof)? Š

Good Vibrations

I’ve been in Downward-Facing Dog for awhile. My legs and arms are starting to shake. I’m always a little embarrassed when this happens.

The teacher walks by my mat and slows down.

“Feel that shaking?” she asks.

“Uh, yeah,” I say.

“That’s good,” she says.

“Good?”

“It’s your body’s energy.”

I stay in position and think, My body’s energy? Nope, I’m pretty sure it’s just my muscles on the verge of collapse!

“You may have the urge to try to control the shaking,” she says.

Yes, I think.

“Or you may feel the urge to let go and shake uncontrollably,” she says.

I nod upside down. Giving in and letting the shaking take over sounds even better.

“Find the balance between the two. You don’t want to block it, but you don’t want to over-indulge it.”

She talks more about the body’s energy, and I’m not sure I completely understand all she’s saying. But as my body stretches, strengthens, balances, and shakes, I stay with it. I stay true to the moment, sensing the balance between control and lack of it. Suddenly the shaking doesn’t feel so embarrassing; it actually feels kind of good.

Internet Yoga

Yoga has gone high tech.

In the last few weeks I’ve come across three different websites offering “online” yoga classes.

Core Power Yoga (click “yoga on demand”)

Yoga Today (offering “outdoor” yoga classes)

&

Jiva Diva (scroll down to “live classes”)

All three sites give free classes or trial runs. I’m seriously considering trying one out because I’m about to head to Colorado for a mountain retreat for two weeks. The last time I was on retreat I found a gem of a yoga teacher who gave 90 minute private lessons out of her home for $25 (talk about a deal!). But she’s now home-schooling her kids and doesn’t have time for another student (me).

So…I’m thinking of logging on to my computer for Downward-Facing Dog time. But after debating which site to try, I actually decided that instead of Internet classes, I am going to take this time to better develop my own home practice. Tune-in next week to see if I can recall the sequence for Sun Salutations and figure out how to move into Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) without my yoga teacher prodding me to firm my thighs. I’m looking forward to rolling out my mat by my bedside and trusting myself and my practice (okay, I might bring a book of poses for a little cheat sheet, but mostly I’ll be on my own).Š

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