Safely View the Eclipse

Totality Tips

Here are some useful thoughts and practices to assist you in the upcoming historical celestial event.

First, be sure to put on your calendar that CompuScripts’ offices are closed all day Monday so that our reporters, videographers, and staff can enjoy totality with their friends and family.  We look forward to working with you on Tuesday.  Of course, you can always get in touch with us for an urgent matter.

Eclipse Viewers

Eclipse viewing glasses distributed by CompuScripts were manufactured by American Paper Optics, L.L.C. They are included on American Astronomical Society’s Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers.

Read User Instructions & Warnings printed on the inside of eclipse glasses & viewers. Discard the glasses or viewer if damaged, torn, punctured or separated from frame.

Alternative Viewer

Avoid the temptation to look at the sun without proper eye protection.  If you don’t have or don’t trust your eclipse glasses, you can use the classic projection method to view the eclipse with no direct eye contact.  Have your children join in the fun of constructing this pinhole camera, a safe way of viewing the eclipse.

NASA Advice

NASA covers a wide breadth of issues related to the eclipse.  Here are two samples of the valuable information you can find there.  Eclipse 101 Safety for Viewing lists essentials that individuals and parents will want to review.  NASA provides this explanation for how to use your glasses during the solar eclipse.

Science and Safety

Astrophotographer Hap Griffin makes a guest appearance on “Making It Grow.”  He shares insights into the Total Solar Eclipse, including tips  on how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

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South Carolina Lawyers and Paralegals Give Back

At CompuScripts Court Reporters, we enjoy the spirit of Christmas giving, but many of our clients in the legal community find time between depositions and hearings to give to others all year long. This week, CompuScripts would like to introduce you to the attorney and paralegal associations who treat every day like Christmas day through their community service. (more…)

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BED BUGS AND LITIGATION

In past posts, CompuScripts Court Reporters has brought you information on everything from mobile apps to occupational injuries. We’ve told you what to wear to a videoconference and what the essentials are when taking a deposition. This week, however, we’d like to discuss a more unpleasant topic: bed bugs. (more…)

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Court Reporting Firm Loves Courtroom Films

Despite protests to the contrary, Americans love lawyers.  Why else would movies such as “A Time to Kill,” “A Few Good Men,” and “The Verdict” be so popular?   CompuScripts Court Reporters also loves lawyers, so for our monthly Change of Venue feature, we polled our staff about their favorite movies with legal themes.  Of course, “To Kill a Mockingbird” tops everyone’s list.   Attorney Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has stated, “Its influence on my decision to take up civil rights law was profound.”  With the stipulation that “To Kill a Mockingbird” will always be number one, here are the rest of our favorites. (more…)

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Court Reporters Share Quick Dinner Recipe

south carolina court reporteYour court reporter arrived on time for the deposition, but the deponent did not, so the rest of the day’s schedule falls like a house of cards.  You leave your law firm with just enough time to pick up the kids from day care (or practice or rehearsal).  Everybody’s hungry, but there’s no time to stop at the supermarket.   What do you do if your refrigerator is bare and you want to avoid fast food? (more…)

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CompuScripts After Work

What a week it’s been. Here in South Carolina, our weather has been record-setting. High winds have caused power outages in Columbia and the Midlands, and ice and snow have caused school closings in Greenville, Anderson, and throughout the Upstate. Even in the Lowcountry, Charleston is expecting temperatures as low as 18 degrees.

Severe winter weather raises all kinds of issues, not the least of which is what to make for dinner. Bad roads may require that we cook out of our pantries, and low temperatures fuel our desire for something warm and comforting. Luckily, CompuScripts Court Reporters has a recipe that meets both of those requirements. It’s a dish that our president, Debbie Dusseljee, has been preparing for years and serves with baby peas that are quickly cooked directly from the freezer. After demanding days of writing realtime and delivering expedited transcripts, it’s a favorite because this meal can be on the table in less than ten minutes. It can also be doubled or tripled, depending on your number of guests — or level of hunger!

Favorite Ingredients in Debbie's Kitchen

Favorite Ingredients in Debbie’s Kitchen

Olive Oil and Hot Pepper Pasta

  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1/8 t. crushed red pepper (or more, to taste)
  • 1 T. chopped sundried tomatoes packed in oil (or tomato paste)
  • ½ T. dried basil
  • ½ T. dried parsley
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta as directed. Meanwhile, in a skillet, warm olive oil over low heat and sauté garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add crushed red pepper and sauté for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in sundried tomatoes, basil, and parsley and cook for 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat.
Drain the cooked pasta and toss with the olive oil and hot pepper mixture until the pasta is thoroughly coated. Top with grated cheese. Serves four as a starter or two as an entrée.

Recipe: Courtesy of Jean Henderson. Jean recommends experimenting with a small amount of crushed red pepper at first. The longer it cooks, the hotter the sauce!

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Quick and Easy Recipes

During the workday, those of us in the legal industry have very different jobs.  Paralegals draft documents and organize research.  Attorneys depose witnesses and present opening arguments.  Court reporters prepare transcripts of court proceedings, depositions, and administrative hearings.  At CompuScripts, staff schedules court reporters and legal videographers for service in South Carolina and beyond.   But after work, we all confront the same job:  preparing dinner.

This can be a challenging task if you’re arriving home late and want more from a meal than a paper sack and a Styrofoam box.  So starting this week, CompuScripts Court Reporters would like to welcome you to Kitchen Counterclaim, an ongoing series featuring quick and easy meals.   We’ll scour cookbooks, culinary websites, and our own collections for recipes that will have you at the table in no time.  Today, we feature recipes to feed a family, a couple, and a party of one.

Tortellini in Casseruola

You’ll barely have time to change clothes before this “tortellini casserole,” adapted from a recipe by Giada de Laurentiis, is ready.   The addition of the smoked mozzarella separates the dish from most baked pastas.   And since it contains so few ingredients, choose the best your supermarket has to offer.

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1 pound refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups jarred marinara sauce
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese (If unavailable, substitute 2 oz. softened cream cheese and 1 ½ tablespoons cream.)
  • ¼ c. chopped Italian parsley
  • ½ t. dried thyme
  • 1 pound refrigerated cheese tortellini
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¼ lb. smoked mozzarella, grated (If smoked cheese is not to your liking, substitute with traditional mozzarella or another Italian cheese, such as provolone or fontina.)
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.   Spray an 8- to 9-inch square baking dish with a quick-release spray, such as PAM.

Cook the tortellini according to package directions; drain.  Meanwhile, combine the marinara sauce, mascarpone, parsley, and thyme in a large bowl.  Add the drained tortellini to the sauce and stir to coat.

Spoon the tortellini mixture into the prepared dish and cover with foil.   Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and top with the grated smoked mozzarella and Parmesan.  Bake uncovered for 10 more minutes, until the sauce begins to bubble and the cheese has melted.   Round out the meal with a green salad and your favorite soft breadsticks.  Serves 4.

Mustard-Roasted Salmon with Lingonberry Sauce

This dish, with its decidedly restaurant-sounding name, has only six ingredients, and they are all readily available at your local supermarket.   This recipe originally appeared in Bon Appétit magazine.

  • 2 6-oz salmon fillets
  • 2 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 T. butter, melted and divided
  • 2 T. chopped shallots (you may substitute yellow onion or scallion)
  • 2 T. lingonberry preserves
  • 2 T. raspberry vinegar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on a small rimmed baking dish that has been sprayed with a quick-release spray, such as PAM.  Salt and pepper the salmon to your liking.  Combine the mustard and 1 T. melted butter and spread on top of the salmon.  Bake until the salmon has cooked through and the topping has browned, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 T. melted butter in a small skillet.  Add shallots and sauté until soft, around 2 minutes.  Add the lingonberry preserves and the raspberry vinegar and stir until the mixture is melted and smooth.   Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, pour over fish, and serve with boiled new potatoes and a green salad.  Serves 2.

Chicken with Lemon and Capers
When cooking for one, chicken cutlets are a great ingredient.  Swirling the pan is the key to preparing the sauce.

  • 1 4-oz chicken cutlet
  • ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. white wine
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 T. cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 T. capers, drained

Salt and pepper the chicken cutlet to your liking.  Coat chicken in the all-purpose flour and shake off any excess.  Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Sauté the chicken in the hot oil, turning once, until both sides are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove chicken to a dinner plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

Reduce the heat to medium, and pour the white wine into the skillet, scraping the cooked bits with a spatula as the wine comes to a simmer.  Add the lemon juice and cook for a minute or two until the mixture is reduced to around two tablespoons.

Scatter the butter pieces into the wine and lemon juice reduction and swirl until the butter is dissolved.  Once the butter is incorporated, stop swirling, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the capers.  Pour the lemon-caper sauce over the chicken cutlet, and serve over cooked linguine.  Serves 1.

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Holiday Treats by CompuScripts Court Reporters

At CompuScripts, we stand behind our slogan, “Client Focused, Deadline Driven,” and we don’t just mean during work hours.  After a busy day in the office performing paralegal or legal assistant duties, it’s wonderful to attend a Christmas potluck.  If you’ve been dueling in a conference room all day, a holiday party after work can be just the right type of celebration to leave your cares in the briefcase.  You don’t always have time to prepare an elaborate nibble.  A caterer is useful, but wouldn’t you rather spend that money on a little something extra under the tree?  So this week, we’d like to focus on you, legal professionals, and offer a few easy appetizer suggestions that will help you meet your party deadline and still leave you enough time to brush your hair and slip on that Ugly Christmas (more…)

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