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TRS Ex Parte –GC Docket No. 10-51 12/1/10—Sorenson and Madison Dearborn Partners met with Paul de Sa of the OSP to discuss VRS issues.  Sorenson and Madison Dearborn discussed the role of customer relationship between the default user and VRS provider in ensuring that deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans have functionally equivalent VRS services.  Sorenson and […]

TRS CG Docket No. 10-210 11/29/10—Late-filed replies on the implementation of the requirement for a National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, per Section 105 of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Public Notice Inclusive Technologies

TRS Ex Parte—CG Docket No. 10-51 10/19/10—Hamilton Relay met with Karen Peltz Strauss of the CGB to discuss its request for clarification of a February 2010 Declaratory Ruling. Hamilton Relay reiterated its support of numerous providers who believe that various calls involving more than one Communications Assistant (CA) are compensable relay calls, and the effect […]

The Deal Magazine By Richard Morgan Published October 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM Public trust and private equity are at odds almost by definition. But when it comes to serving American citizens with hearing or speech disabilities, they’re at loggerheads. Witness the schism between the Federal Communications Commission and the market leader in video relay […]

TRS NPRM—CG Docket No. 03-123 9/17/10—The FCC released an NPRM seeking comment on the steps the FCC should take to improve assignment of telephone numbers associated with Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service, specifically Video Relay Service and IP Relay. Comments due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 45 days after publication.

TRS CG Docket No. 10-51 Replies filed on the 2010 VRS Reform NPRM on issues regarding location of VRS Call Centers, VRS Communications Assistants (CAs) working from home, and compensation, and whistleblower protections for VRS CAs and other provider employees. Comments due Sept. 16. Sorenson PAH ! VRS

TRS CG Docket No. 10-51 9/14/10—Additional comments were filed on the 2010 VRS Reform NPRM. Further comments can be reviewed in the September 14, 2010 edition of Washington Watch. Replies due Sept. 27. Sorenson Purple Communications Hamilton Relay

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TRS Reply Comments – CG Docket No. 10-51 Early reply comments filed on the NOI seeking comment VRS rules. Snap Telecommunications

TRS 8/27/10—Chairman Genachowski responded to a number of letters from members of Congress regarding VRS issues.  Chairman Genachowski said the rates adopted in the June 28th Order ensure VRS providers recover from the VRS Fund only the reasonable costs caused by provision of VRS service.  Chairman Genachowski also said the VRS NOI poses questions that […]

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TRS GC Docket No. 10-51 8/24/10—Late-filed comments on the NOI seeking comment on VRS rules. Replies due Sept. 2. PAH! VRS

The Practice of Pause

In the most recent issue of Newsweek magazine, Robert J. Samuelson wrote a column titled The Sad Fate of the Comma.

He says:

I have always liked commas, but I seem to be in a shrinking minority. The comma is in retreat, though it is not yet extinct. In text messages and e-mails, commas appear infrequently, and then often by accident (someone hits the wrong key). Even on the printed page, commas are dwindling. Many standard uses from my childhood (after, for example, an introductory prepositional phrase) have become optional or, worse, have been ditched. If all this involved only grammar, I might let it lie. But the comma’s sad fate is, I think, a metaphor for something larger: how we deal with the frantic, can’t-wait-a-minute nature of modern life. The comma is, after all, a small sign that flashes PAUSE. It tells the reader to slow down, think a bit, and then move on. We don’t have time for that. No pauses allowed.

My husband came home from work a few hours after I read the article and mentioned that a yoga instructor had visited his office as part of their Wellness Program.

“Did you learn anything?” I asked.

He said he learned that if people took ten minutes out of their day to sit quietly and relax, scientific studies show stress levels reduce drastically. In other words, he learned it’s important to pause.

He had a worksheet from the Mind/Body Medical Institute. Click here for the full set of instructions, but in a nutshell it simply says to sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe (the easy part), as you clear your mind of active thoughts (the hard part).

Summers seems like an especially good time to incorporate the practice of pause because schedules can get so busy. You might be thinking: “That’s precisely the problem. I’m so busy I don’t have time to relax for 10 minutes.” But as the yoga instructor who visited my husband’s office mentions on her website, pausing will calm you down and clear your mind for better decision-making, ultimately giving you much more time.     Š

Confused about Coffee

The first time I tried to stop drinking coffee I was working as a lawyer. It was a busy time at the firm, so I honestly don’t know what possessed me to quit cold turkey. I began having headaches on top of the long hours. Six months went by. The headaches stopped (the long hours didn’t). Eventually, I caved. I wanted that energy jolt again. Plus, the taste. Mmmm…the taste.

The second time I tried to stop drinking coffee I was trying to get pregnant. This time I weaned myself slowly. I ordered a small instead of a medium. Then a half regular, half decaf. Finally I made the switch to non-caffeine tea.

After I lost the baby (miscarriage), I was drinking coffee within days.

When I made a commitment to Clean Eating, I thought, Third time’s a charm. But now that I’m well on my way down the path of eating wholesome foods, I’ll say this: drastically reducing my intake of sugar and white flour while drastically increasing my fruit and veggies has been pretty smooth sailing. But the coffee…oh, how I miss it when I don’t drink it.

I just can’t seem to kick it (well, it’s more like I’m unwilling to give it an honest try). I keep reading articles about the benefits of coffee (antioxidants, etc), but really, part of me think that’s like those articles that claim dark chocolate is good for you for the same reasons (antioxidants).

Really, shouldn’t we just eat blueberries?

To make a long story longer, I’m still on the fence about coffee (thus have not given it up). I enjoy the aroma and flavor so much. Plus, unlike sugar which makes me feel bleh inside, coffee makes me feel good (but I know, I know…it increases my blood pressure and doesn’t help with my anxiety issues). So I sit in confusion. I tell myself that out of all the vices in the world caffeine isn’t so bad. (Can you tell I’m piling on the excuses here or what?)

I’d love to hear from others who are dedicated to eating clean, healthy foods. What’s your take on your morning cuppa joe (or lack thereof)? Š

Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive on Wasa Crispbread

Ingredients

2 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced thin
4 teaspoons sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, chopped
½ tablespoon pine nuts
2 teaspoons Kalamata olives, pitted, sliced lengthwise into quarters
1 tablespoon fresh basil, thinly sliced
2 pieces WASA Multigrain Crispbread (may substitute any WASA variety)

Directions

Toast pine nuts in small skillet until lightly browned, set aside.
Place 1 ounce mozzarella on each crispbread.
Sprinkle with ½ tablespoon of basil, 2 teaspoons sun dried tomatoes, 1 teaspoon Kalamata olives, ¼ teaspoon pine nuts. Serve immediately.

TIP: Substitute any nuts for pine nuts. Substitute feta cheese for mozzarella if desired.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 279
Total Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 36 mg
Sodium 584 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 17 g
Calcium 456 mg

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

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