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NECA Washington Watch

TRS
Ex Parte—GC Docket No. 10-51
5/3/10—Sorenson spoke with Eddie Lazarus, Chief of Staff to Chairman Genachowski to express concern with NECA’s recent rate proposals for VRS service.  Sorenson argued that a decision to base the VRS rate on providers’ “historical costs” would have a devastating impact on [...]

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Contacts:
Rosaline Crawford (NAD) (Voice and TTY)
Eric Bridges (ACB)
Adrianna Montague-Gray (AFB)
Jenifer Simpson (AAPD)

Senators Mark Pryor and John Kerry Introduce the Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act (S. 3304)
May 5, 2010, Washington, DC:–The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) thanks Senators Mark Pryor [...]

Class Claims Pennsylvania Isolates the Deaf
Courthouse News Service
By ERIN MCAULEY
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare discriminates against the mentally retarded and deaf, a class action claims in Federal Court. Lead plaintiff Harry M., 67, deaf and mentally retarded, was placed in a home with a staff that does not know sign [...]

Catholic Diocese of Green Bay delays naming Rev. Guy Blair’s successor
Officials continue to meet with St. John’s parishioners
GREENBAY PRESS GAZETTE
BY CHARLES DAVIS • • MAY 5, 2010
The Rev. Guy Blair’s transfer to Combined Locks is final, but the announcement of his successor at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Green Bay has been [...]

St. John’s Deaf Parishioners Want Their Message Seen
Updated: May 3, 2010 11:42 PM
WBAY
By Matt Smith
Wisconsin
A Green Bay priest instrumental in working with the deaf community is being transferred, and Monday night parishioners wanted to send a message to the bishop.
Last week the diocese announced the transfer of Father Guy Blair from St. John the Evangelist [...]

Priest to Deaf Community Says “Their Heart is Broken” by His Transfer
WBAY
By Sarah Thomsen
Wisconsin
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay won’t name a new pastor for St. John the Evangelist Parish in downtown Green Bay for a few more days.
The diocese delayed an announcement about a successor for Father Guy Blair, who the diocese announced is [...]

- St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 26, 2010
Late last September, police took a 36-year-old St. Louis woman to a psychiatric hospital emergency room. She was depressed and suicidal.
It took a while for doctors at the hospital to interview the woman. No one could speak her language. Several hours passed before an interpreter arrived.
That delay might be [...]

NECA Washington Watch

TRS
Ex Parte—CG Docket No. 10-51
4/28/10—CSDVRS met with CGB and DRO staff to discuss a new rate structure for VRS.  CSDVRS said the FCC’s decision to move to a tiered multi-year rate was the right decision, but also said the methodology could be improved.  CSDCRS proposed adding [...]

Interpreted show at Nazareth

Please share if appropriate with other deaf people:
I saw the play today with an interpreter. It was deeply moving. They informed me afterwards that they have an interpreter (same one) assigned for this Sunday as well. Just show up half hour early to buy tickets. Nazareth Box office asked me to [...]

Harrisburg offers to take deaf students

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Associated Press – April 30, 2010 8:55 AM ET
HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) – The Harrisburg School District is offering to take the five remaining students at the South Dakota School for the Deaf.
The Board of Regents, which oversees the Siou
To see the rest of article  click on http://www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12403594

Wilted Spinach Salad with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Walnuts

Ingredients

1 tablespoon raisins
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon pine nuts
½ bag (4.5 ounces) fresh baby spinach
1 clove garlic, crushed
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 pieces WASA Fiber Rye Crispbread (may substitute any WASA Variety)

Directions

Soak raisins in a small bowl with boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a 12 inch skillet. Add pine nuts, garlic and sauté until garlic turns yellow.
Add spinach and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until spinach is slightly wilted. Add raisins and toss.
Serve on platter with WASA on side or crumble WASA crispbread into salad.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 250
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 253 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23 g
Dietary Fiber 16 g
Protein 7 g
Calcium 109

Child’s Pose

Alone in a cabin in the mountains, I put the kettle on the stove. My husband left yesterday to return to the city, and I have a few days to myself before more relatives arrive. I want to take this time to better develop my “home” yoga practice.

After hot oatmeal, tea, and a refreshing shower, I’m ready. In the past, I would quickly find myself intimidated or overwhelmed at the thought of practicing yoga without a teacher and other students, but I recently read an article that put me at ease. It suggested starting with one pose – just one – and building from there.

One pose?

Well. In that case, Child’s Pose.

So that is what’s on my agenda as I walk over to the blue mat rolled out on the floor. It seems appropriate to “open” my practice, so I sit with my legs crossed and chant three Oms (can you believe it – no other voices to drown out mine).

Then I got on my hands and knees and folded back into Child’s Pose. I stayed in the active position instead of the passive position.

I’ve always loved this pose. A wonderful stretch. Also – and I’m not sure if the yoga experts would agree here – but to me it feels like a gratitude pose, bowing down and saying Thanks. Finally, it’s a relaxation pose – not just for the body, but for the mind.

I try to let go of my worries. I can hear the fire crackle in the woodstove behind me. I feel it’s warmth on my back. I sink into the Earth as the tops of my feet and the palms of my hands press into the ground. After a few minutes I lift my head. For awhile I turn around and gaze at the yellow flames through the woodstove’s glass door.

Not bad for my first day, I think. Tomorrow I’ll really shake things up with Child’s Pose and Tadasana. Š

Yoga Facial

I slouch too much.

At times – pecking away on my laptop, eating a meal, relaxing on the couch – I’ll catch myself and try to fix it.

Lately, I’ve noticed another habit I’ve developed over the years: frowning. Well, maybe not frowning exactly, but holding a tense face.

Opening the yoga practice, I am sitting with my legs crossed mid-shin. The teacher tells the class to close our eyes and place the back of our hands on our knees with our palms facing the ceiling. Then she tells us to relax our face.

“Relax your jaw,” she says.

“Relax the muscles around your eyes,” she continues.

“Relax the space between your brows . . . your eyelids . . . and even the skin underneath the eyelids.”

She tells the class that relaxing the face is one way to help quiet the brain.

As we continue the practice – sun salutations, standing poses, and core exercises – she gently reminds us about the muscles in our face. And every time it feels amazingly nice to relax them.Š

Germaphobe

The waiter walks over and sets a glass of ice-water on the table.

“Ew,” my mom says when he walks away. “I don’t like it when restaurants put lemons in your drink.”

For years she’s claimed that lemon wedges have tons of bacteria – picked up because of how much they are handled by bare human hands – and this YouTube video seems to prove she’s right, reporting that over 77% of lemon wedges in drinks tested positive for disease causing bacteria.

My husband has an issue with restaurants that place the silverware directly on the table instead of on a napkin or tablecloth. When I tell him the tables are washed, he says, “Yeah, but have you seen those ratty rags they use?”

What a bunch of germaphobes!

Except I have my issues too. I don’t like touching menus. I especially can’t stand it when a waiter places a menu down on top of my plate. I mean really, when are menus cleaned?

I’m totally of the belief that exposure to bad bacteria can build my immune system. And, logically, I know that menus are only one of many places I’m coming across a boatload of germs. But still, menus freak me out.

Do you have any quirky things you’re a germ-freak about?

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