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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 […]

Toes

Lately, I’ve been giving them a lot of thought.

First, my yoga teacher is always including toes in her instructions. Lift them off the ground (one at a time). Spread them. Plant them back on your mat (one at a time). It takes awhile to learn to control them – they’re so often ignored. Second, I was reading a book about a woman who had a stroke and was paralyzed on her left side, including all her toes. She was explaining the rehabilitation process and talking about the fact that she realized – once she could no longer use them – how important toes are for balance and for pushing off of when walking. Third, I just so happened to be reading the book passage while I was getting a pedicure (a gift from my husband).

So toes were on my mind.

For most of my life I didn’t pay attention to them. And when I got older I would shove them into cold, hard pointy shoes. In turn, that led to foot cramps. The cramps would attack in the middle of the night and hurt so bad I’d cry. But when I started practicing yoga, I noticed my foot cramps disappeared. I decided to give my feet the love they deserved. In addition to yoga, I began wearing comfortable shoes. And from time to time, I’d get a pedicure. I stopped painting my nails awhile ago (to avoid the harsh chemicals), but today I made a special exception.

I picked a color – Dutch Tulips – in honor of spring.

When they were red and shiny, I wiggled them and smiled. Thankful for my toes.

One-Way Street

For years I pounded the pavement. As a runner, my feet hit the cement over and over as I competed in cross-country, track, and, as an adult, even a couple marathons.

My coaches always encouraged stretching, both before and after the runs, but for the most part, I was on a one-way street toward shortening and tighenting my muscles. Until I tried yoga, I had no idea what it really meant to enlongate them. Running made me so inflexible that because of my inability to touch my toes or do the splits, I thought I “couldn’t do yoga.” Yoga was for bendy people, like gymnasts.

Thank goodness I figured out my thinking was flawed at age 30 and not a minute later. The benefits of yoga for inflexible people are amazing. Yes, it’s true that having shorter muscles means I often need to use a lot of props and adjust my poses in way others don’t, but almost every single time I practice yoga, I find myself thinking, “This feels so good.” After years of heading “one way” I’m finally teaching my body to move in the opposite direction. Ahh.

Deceptively Delicious

Jessica Seinfeld is out with a new cookbook: Deceptively Delicious. Her kids wouldn’t eat veggies and she was trying to figure out how to incorporate the healthful plants into their diets. One day while pureeing butternut squash for her baby she realized it was the same color as the mac & cheese she was making for her older kids. Bingo.

She was on Oprah recently. I missed the show but I laughed when I heard about her clever concept. I sneak veggies into meals all the time…for my husband Ron.

The man hates peppers. Can’t stand beets, doesn’t care for mushrooms, won’t touch tomatoes.

Do you know how many recipes call for tomatoes?

My friend Michelle gave me a recipe for turkey burgers. Ron loves them except for one ingredient – onion – which he picks out with his fork. But one night I chippy-chopped the onion into extra small pieces. He didn’t even notice. Afterwards, he kept saying, “There was onion in the burgers? Really?”

Really.

Works great for sauces, meats, pizza, whatever.

Here is the recipe for turkey burgers: Sautee 1/4 cup finely chopped onion in olive oil. In a bowl, combine onion with 1 small apple (grated), 1 T chopped fresh chives, 1 t celery salt, 1/2 t ground sage, 1/8 t pepper. Add 1 pound uncooked turkey and mix well. Form into patties. Sautee in oil (we grill ‘em).

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.

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