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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

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.”

Wasa with Warm Feta, Tomatoes, and Herbs

Ingredients

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon chopped oregano
½ teaspoon chopped marjoram
½ teaspoon chopped thyme
½ teaspoon chopped sage
1 ounce reduced-fat feta cheese
2 pieces WASA Light Rye Crispbread

Directions

Place tomatoes on a flat plate and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.
Sprinkle tomatoes with herbs and feta. Return to microwave for 1 additional minute.
Spread onto crispbreads.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 87
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 251 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 5 g
Calcium 7% of daily value

Healthy Snacks

My family members like to tease me about the fact that I don’t have a very high tolerance for discomfort. I claim to be “dying of heat” or “freezing cold” (rather than a little warm or a little cool). I’m either “bouncing off the walls” or “exhausted” (instead of simply awake or sleepy). And of course I’m never hungry. I’m starving (that is, when I’m not totally stuffed).

When I am starving it’s never a good situation. My hands start shaking. My mood turns sour really fast. I need food. ASAP!

When you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s important to prepare for emergencies. Otherwise, it’s too easy to grab the sugary, chemically-laden junk food that abounds in stores and fast-food restaurants and vending machines. So here’s what I do to prepare for the week: I usually bake some sort of muffins on Sundays (blueberry, apple oat bran, or other kinds where the recipe doesn’t call for sugar and refined flour). I also hard boil 6 eggs for easy snacking. I make a bag of trail mix: raw almonds, raw walnuts, dried cranberries and/or organic raisins. I keep baked tortilla chips in the cupboards and homemade salsa in the fridge. I love raw green beans (there I go being dramatic and extreme again), and I have been known to steal a handful of those as I head out the door. And now that fall is here, I’ve been stocking up on apples – such an easy, delicious fruit to grab on the go.

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

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.

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