Monthly Archives: June, 2013

From: Williams, Christopher M. [mailto:] Good afternoon everyone, We are announcing our next round of CERT Basic Training. When: Thursday night July 11th from 6pm-9pm Location: Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Address: 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43230 The CERT Basic Training continues for 9 Thursdays and will end Thursday September 5th. […]

Diverse Deaf Club of NJ www.ddcnj.org  click for events    DINGO Night ** Location Change & Time ** North Brunswick Senior Citizens Center 15 Linwood Place North Brunswick NJ http://goo.gl/maps/gVISv for Saturday, July 6 and August 3 only Door open: 6 pm     Dingo game at 7:30 pm Admission: $10 member   $12 non-member We will serve desserts […]

Yosemite National Park Publishes Five General Info Videos in ASL Yosemite has had a full-time sign language interpreter in the park every summer for 34 years, but you can get information in sign language before you come to the park too.  Yosemite Deaf Services just published five videos in ASL.  Each video addresses a commonly […]

SAVE THE DATES!! — T&V’s Summer of Signed Services starts June 29th & July 13th We’re thrilled to announce a pair of sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Services, and hope that you can join us! WHAT: A Service with full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets) WHEN: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM on Saturday, June 29th WHERE: […]

NJRID BIENNIAL CONFERENCE June 28, 29 and 30, 2013 Held at:  The Sheraton Hotel 6 Industrial Way East Eatontown, New Jersey  07724     * * Registration deadline is THURSDAY, JUNE 20th! * * (There will be no onsite registration!)   Do not miss your opportunity to attend NJRID’s 2013 Biennial Conference and 40th Anniversary […]

Pennington Players Announce Unique Production Based on 2003 Deaf West Staging of Huck Finn Musical Adaptation   The Pennington Players are excited to announce upcoming auditions for the musical BIG RIVER, Roger Miller and William Hauptman’s Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This production will be based on the 2003 […]

Join the Actors and Production Team of Jade Films and Entertainment at a FUNdraising Event!   Come & do impromptu ASL Acting Monologues & win a prize for the best impromptu monologue!   Fundraiser in support of our film about a Deaf family and their daughter awaken from coma after learning she’s deaf.   SATURDAY, […]

“Deaf Health Talks” DHCC is a community partner of the NCDHR, working with RRCD’s R.E.A.P   Health Topic:     Preventive Health Presenter:          Mike McKee, MD, MPH Date:                   Thurs., June 27, 2013 Times:                7:00 – 8:30 pm Location:           Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf 1564 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606   Come and […]

Hi everyone, Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW) 2014, Committee is starting now.  Yup, we have more than a year to plan our events.  Rochester will continue it’s mission to educate the hearing community about our deaf and hard of hearing community. RDAW needs volunteers for the committee to success.  If you are interested, please join […]

CTV News An Ottawa-area woman who is both blind and deaf has launched a formal complaint against Air Canada after a difficult trip to Alberta last week that she says left her frightened and humiliated. Christine ‘Coco’ Roschaert is a 33-year-old motivational … See more…

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.”

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Halloween

I’m debating what to do about Halloween.

I loved dressing up and collecting candy as a kid. But as an adult – and someone with a growing awareness of our country’s health crisis – I don’t want to encourage the consumption of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings…you get the idea.

I could hand out boxes of raisins, but I hated that as a child.

I could hand out toothbrushes, but again, that’s no fun.

I could bake something – treats using crispy brown rice cereal and natural peanut butter – but I know homemade goods would get thrown out by vigilant parents.

I have a friend who has her kids put their loot in a pile before bed. During the night the Great Pumpkin comes and Poof! their candy is turned into little games and trinkets from the dollar store. I also know a dentist who gives money in exchange for the kids who turn in their candy.

Hmm.

I was reading a recent issue of Body & Soul magazine and saw a small article on fair trade. Most chocolate, the article said, is exported from the Ivory Coast where kids aren’t going to school because they’re working on cocoa farms to help with family income. Buying fair trade products ensures that the money goes directly to the farmers and their communities instead of all the middlemen. And it just so happens that you can buy individually wrapped pieces of fair trade dark chocolate (according to some studies, dark chocolate does have a few health benefits).

Click here for a link to the article and a list of the companies.

Big on Arms

We are in Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) and the teacher is walking us through the pose nice and slow. She has us begin in Tadasana (Mountain pose) and then tells us to touch our fingertips together in front of our chest. As we jump our legs apart, our arms open up too (so they are parallel to the ground).

Next, the real instruction begins. She focuses on our feet, making sure they are spaced far enough apart and turned in the proper direction. She reminds us that our back heel should be aligned with our front heel.

She pauses as we breathe.

Inhale, exhale.
Inhale, exhale.

She moves onto our legs. She makes sure that our right knee is bent so that it’s directly over the right ankle. We need to press our thigh back so we can see our second toe. She keeps us focused on our lower body, giving us directions on our tailbone, butt, and – again – our thighs. She mentions that second toe again.

Inhale, exhale.
Inhale, exhale.

You can practically hear the thoughts of every student in the studio: My arms are tired. My arms are so tired! When will this pose be over so we can put our arms down? Are anyone else’s arms tired? Or am I just a wimp? How much longer do we have to hold our arms up?

Finally, the teacher says, “I know your arms are tired.”

Her acknowledgement is a relief even though she encourages us to keep those arms lifted. “Stretch them out even further, reeeaaaaching for the walls,” she says.

She moves onto our shoulder blades – are they scrunched up by our neck? Release them.

Lengthen our torsos.

Broaden our chests.

She knows exactly what we’re doing – allowing our minds to be consumed with thoughts about our arms.

“Your brain starts to panic first,” she says. “Your body is strong and your arms can handle this.”

That’s the extra motivation we need for the last few breaths until she finally has us step our feet back together and place our hands on our hips.

I’m working out in LA for a couple weeks – my old hometown – and it’s great to be back in my favorite teacher’s class. Now that I’m here, I remember she was always big on arms.

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