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Where to learn American Sign Language

Learning a new language is a feat. Deciding where or how to learn a language is a challenge. As a stay at home mother of two young children I have found many options for learning American Sign Language (ASL), but quite a few were too expensive, or too time consuming to work with my family's schedule. However, we are lucky there are many options that are becoming more available today.

Traditional route
Jr College/ College courses- these classes are taught in person typically by a person well connected in the local Deaf community. ASL is traditionally split into 4 classes with a few extra options depending on where you live. In Bakersfield our local JC also offers a Deaf Storytelling, and Deaf Culture class. Colleges often offer an AA or BA with ASL and is a good starting point for a career within the Deaf Community. This is the most costly route and will take 2 years at least to do all 4 classes.

Local route
Community classes- These are often offered by your local Deaf agency, or Schoo…

Virabhadrasana II

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Virabhadrasana II

Warrior 2 Pose
Standing Asana

Key Benefits

correct deformity in legs and tone musclesrelieve backaches, neck strainsreduce fat around waist, hips, thighsreduce acidity, release gas, remove heaviness and bloating sensations in stomachvital organs are stimulated and activatedimprove function of reproduction system How to get into Virabhadrasana II

Stand in Tadasana, jump feet 4 1/2 feet apart, into Utthita Hasta PadasanaTurn right foot 90 degrees to the right and turn the left foot slightly in, Parsva Hasta Padasana. BreathKeeping the center of the trunk vertical exhale and bend the right leg until the thigh and the calf form a right angle. The shin is perpendicular and the thigh is parallel to the floor. The bent knee does not extend past the ankle, but is in line with the heel.Maintain the back leg straight, the foot anchored on the floor with the hips in line with the back of the legs.Extend the arms out sideways from the center of the chest. Expand the chest. Align t…

Laughter at the Allergist

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I recently took my kids to have allergy tests. How those went is a rant I'm not willing to post today. We went back this last week for our results. I just knew there would be understanding and relief with the results.

Emma first. She is allergic to cats -she loves cats, dogs -we have 2 large dogs, horses -Daniel rides horses weekly, and dust -we live in Bakersfield. I laughed out loud and rather loudly as the results were read back to me. Her allergies cause congestion in the sinus cavities. Being around all her allergies constantly can and does explain her constant sinus infections. Having her adenoids removed has helped, but she still gets infections. Now I get to come up with a feasible action plan for her, so she is not miserable.

Now Daniel. Cats- again loves cats, environmental mold- explains why he was sick all winter, and weeds- again Bakersfield is in a drought most people have weeds for lawn, including a large portion of ours.

I am opting to try an essential oil blend ins…