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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

NECA Washington Watch

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 […]

Open My Heart

How many times have I been in Dandasana (Staff Pose) during a yoga class and listened to the teacher say, Open your chest? Same with Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) and many, many other poses.

My friend and fellow blogger Michelle of Full Soul Ahead was in a guided meditation when she heard the teacher say, “We often hunch our shoulders as a way to protect our hearts.” Michelle blogged about the symbolic meaning of that tendency over here: Open Heart. A beautiful post and well worth checking out.

Not that long ago I was reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and came across the passage where a recovering addict had prayed continuously that God would open his heart. When the man was rushed to the hospital for surgery, he remembered thinking, God, I didn’t mean literally! (The story goes something like that – I don’t have the book with me to look it up).

Anyway. Open my heart, God. What a great prayer. I realized today that it’s so much easier to “open my heart” when things are going well. When life is good, my work is being published, my husband and I are laughing together, and the sun is shining, it’s so easy to take a big breath and stand up tall and let my chest expand and be graceful and appreciative and joyful towards others and towards the world.

But when dark times come…oh, those are the moments where I tend to get frustrated or angry and want to quit. But I think maybe it’s during those times when the heart needs to open up and grow most of all.

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.

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.”

Tadalafil – Branded or Generic?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is easily the worst woe that a man will ever encounter as he no longer has the capacity to please both himself and his partner.  Fortunately, ED medications are aplenty with tadalafil being the most popular amongst couples.  However, when it comes to buying ED medications, is it better to go for branded or generic?

If you are not familiar with generic drugs, the name that identifies a generic drug is usually the active ingredient that the treatment has.  For generic tadalafil, it means that tadalafil is the active ingredient of the drug.  Usually, generic drugs are derived from branded drugs, the likes that had spent a lot of money in the research and development of the medication.  Normally, they are given several years of rights as sole maker and distributor of the drug to make up for the cost of the drug’s R&D.  In the case of generic tadalafil, it is Eli Lilly that did research as well as manufacturing of the drug Cialis – the branded version of generic tadalafil.  Like all drugs though, no manufacturer has sole rights to the making and distribution of the medication for a very long time which is why the ingredients used in the making of the drug are released and generic drug manufacturers are able to copy them and resell the drug for their own, provided of course they pay royalty as well as sell the drug only as generic in name. Read more…

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