Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Governor Brewer Appoints Board Members for the Arizona State Schools for the …

Yumanewsnow Phoenix, Arizona – Governor Jan Brewer today named five new members to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) Board of Directors. “The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind fulfills a critical mission by educating students with … Click here…

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day Saturday, June 8, 2013 Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey When you enter the park, go to the left side to see our ticket booth. Our booth is open from10:00am to 3:00pm Theme/Safari: $40.00 Hurricane Harbor: $25.00 Premium Season Pass: $80.00 To purchase tickets online: www.sixflags.com/greatadventure  […]

Jade Films

Cherie Johnson Release We are back on Kickstarter to raise a couple more funds for our film, THE SHATTERED MIND. We’re filming on June 24 – July 7 in four locations, New York, White Plains, New Rochelle and Danbury, Conn. Visit our Kickstarter site to learn more or donate to support. Please click on our […]

ASL-only Tours at the Jewish Museum (Jun3,17)

ASL-only Tours at the Jewish Museum (Jun3,17) In a special addition, NYC’s Jewish Museum will be offering ASL-only tours in June led by some of New York’s finest Deaf docents, and you can be there, too! * Emmanuel von Schack will lead a tour of “Jack Goldstein x 10,000″ on Monday, June 3rd, from 2:00-4:00pm […]

NJRID BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

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NECA Washington Watch

Relay Service FCC Seeks Comment on Annual TRS Fund Payment Formula and Fund Size The FCC released a Public Notice on May 17, 2013, seeking comment on the proposed compensation rates, demand projections, projected fund size and the proposed carrier contribution factor for the federal TRS Fund for the period July 2013 through June 2014, […]

New ISD superintendent on the job

Jacksonville Journal-Courier Illinois School for the Deaf Superintendent Janice Smith-Warshaw converses with Becky Cline, who is retiring after nine years at ISD, during the school’s retirement tea on Thursday. Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 6:00 am. New ISD superintendent on the … Click here to see…

Next Coventry Deaf Gathering will be Monday, May 20 — 6:30-7:30pm

Hello! Please join us for Coventry Library’s next Deaf Gathering! Monday, May 20, 6:30-7:30pm   Are you Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing? Are you hearing and interested in learning more about Deaf Culture? Come gather at the Coventry Village Library! 1925 Coventry Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 An Interpreter will be provided.

USDGA Hall of Fame Chair

Press  Release: From: Bernie Brown, USDGA Hall of Fame Chair Re:  Hall of Fame Inductees, May 15, 2013 I am most pleased to report the USDGA Hall of Fame’s selection for the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.  There will be a Hall of Fame ceremony during the USDGA Golf Championship Tournament in Tucson, Arizona on […]

One-Way Street

For years I pounded the pavement. As a runner, my feet hit the cement over and over as I competed in cross-country, track, and, as an adult, even a couple marathons.

My coaches always encouraged stretching, both before and after the runs, but for the most part, I was on a one-way street toward shortening and tighenting my muscles. Until I tried yoga, I had no idea what it really meant to enlongate them. Running made me so inflexible that because of my inability to touch my toes or do the splits, I thought I “couldn’t do yoga.” Yoga was for bendy people, like gymnasts.

Thank goodness I figured out my thinking was flawed at age 30 and not a minute later. The benefits of yoga for inflexible people are amazing. Yes, it’s true that having shorter muscles means I often need to use a lot of props and adjust my poses in way others don’t, but almost every single time I practice yoga, I find myself thinking, “This feels so good.” After years of heading “one way” I’m finally teaching my body to move in the opposite direction. Ahh.

Yoga Wagon

Kerplunk!

I fell off the yoga wagon.

Haven’t been to a class in over two weeks. My life is shifting right now, causing my schedule to bumble around. First, my spouse and I are preparing to move to Virginia. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from where we are now, but we still need to pack up and load every dish, book, and piece of furniture. I’ve been donating stuff and shredding files like crazy. I started playing tennis again, and I’m adding a writing class as well as a writing workshop to my week. Not to mention my freelancing is picking up, I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen due to Clean Eating, and my husband and I are dealing with the emotional turmoil of fertility issues as we try to start a family. The yoga studio is a good 30-minute drive from my house. No wonder I haven’t been making it over there lately.

I remember when I was a law student I was particularly stressed out one semester. At the time I was debating adopting a puppy. “Try to minimize the stress in your life,” my parents cautioned. I adopted the puppy anyway, but I thought it was good advice. Even though I’m excited about the events in my life (moving, taking a class, more work assignments), change takes its toll. What can I do to minimize the stress?

I let go of a column that I enjoyed writing but that didn’t pay. I asked my husband to take over some of the dinner duties (grilled salmon, yum!). My parents are going to help with the move. Also, there is a yoga studio that is closer to my current place. I’ll try it out next time. I feel calmer already.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.

Open My Heart

How many times have I been in Dandasana (Staff Pose) during a yoga class and listened to the teacher say, Open your chest? Same with Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) and many, many other poses.

My friend and fellow blogger Michelle of Full Soul Ahead was in a guided meditation when she heard the teacher say, “We often hunch our shoulders as a way to protect our hearts.” Michelle blogged about the symbolic meaning of that tendency over here: Open Heart. A beautiful post and well worth checking out.

Not that long ago I was reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and came across the passage where a recovering addict had prayed continuously that God would open his heart. When the man was rushed to the hospital for surgery, he remembered thinking, God, I didn’t mean literally! (The story goes something like that – I don’t have the book with me to look it up).

Anyway. Open my heart, God. What a great prayer. I realized today that it’s so much easier to “open my heart” when things are going well. When life is good, my work is being published, my husband and I are laughing together, and the sun is shining, it’s so easy to take a big breath and stand up tall and let my chest expand and be graceful and appreciative and joyful towards others and towards the world.

But when dark times come…oh, those are the moments where I tend to get frustrated or angry and want to quit. But I think maybe it’s during those times when the heart needs to open up and grow most of all.

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