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Book recommendation — Because that’s why you visit this site, right?

I just finished the book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being Now, before you close the page because you don’t want to read about my crunchy-granola-hippie way of life, let me just tell you a bit more about myself: I am a medical MESS. This is probably the understatement of the year, actually. Since roughly 2009, I have amassed so many diagnoses that I have to keep a list of them in my phone to remember them all. And now you’re thinking I’m a massive hypochondriac, yes? Maybe. It’s hard Read More

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“It takes a special brain to be a court reporter.”

I have not written a blog entry in a while due to being completely and totally SWAMPED with work. Not a bad problem. Thank you to all of you who have trusted your record to my special brain and to me!! Below is the testimony of a neuropsychologist regarding the human brain — and specifically a court reporter’s brain — and how it processes information. This is not testimony that I took down; rather, it is something that has been circulated amongst the legal community for a few years. Enjoy! Ian Banyard’s insight: A federal court reporter was taking the Read More

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A “Big-Box” CR Firm and Your Client Walk Into a Bar…..Your Favorite Reporter Ducks….

….guess which of the three doesn’t wake up with a headache in the morning? I recently had what I call a “big-box” CR firm from out-of-state (meaning, not Iowa or Illinois) contact me to cover what is probably an incredibly lucrative reporting job in my area.  I immediately had a bad feeling, but I agreed to cover it thinking perhaps it was just that these were likely attorneys I don’t know, so it’s outside my comfort zone.  After several e-mails with the scheduler, asking her to give me a date and time — because at first she just said, “Possible job Read More

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How To Keep Your Marriage Strong: Tips from a Court Reporter

**Edited to reflect how long we’ve ACTUALLY been married (13 yrs., et cetera, not 12 yrs.)  Pro-married-person-tip:  KNOW HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN MARRIED.  I’M AWESOME. I have been married for — hold on, I have to poorly do math — 13 years, 8 months, and  8 days.  My husband Brian and I were 22 years old when we walked down the aisle.  Babies.  Infants.  I didn’t even have all of my grownup teeth, you guys.  That is not a joke!  My wisdom teeth decided to make an appearance on our “honeymoon,” which we spent at an incredibly exotic hotel near Six Flags Read More

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My Origin Story (How & Why I Became a Court Reporter)

February 14-20, 2016, is Court Reporting & Captioning Week.  It’s a chance for all of us to promote our profession and educate those who may not know much about our industry.  Throughout this week, I will be blogging about different aspects of this interesting career, so keep checking back for updates!   I was an introverted child who read everything I could get my hands on: cereal boxes, brochures in doctors’ offices, novels way above what my grade-level reading aptitude was expected to be, street signs…you get the picture.  I have always inhaled the written word like a suffocating man Read More

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Crooked Fingers

Duane’s older sister, Marian, raised him.  Their mother, Elsie, loved them, as all mothers do, but having given birth to her first child at 15, she was not emotionally equipped to be as maternal a woman as they needed.  She divorced Duane’s father, remarrying several times — at least once to a cruel man who would beat Duane mercilessly — each as financially impotent as the last.   Elsie’s final marriage to a gentle giant named Forrest would have been welcome years earlier. Duane’s father, Maurice — or “Red,” as most called him, owing to his ginger locks — was Read More

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“Monkey Selfie Case: Judge Rules Animal Cannot Own His Photo Copyright.”

So if your pets are attending any kind of art school or are writing any novels (like Brian on Family Guy) hoping for a financial windfall for their artistic brilliance, they’re wasting their time.

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“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”

   I bought the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud for my two children yesterday, after a friend recommended it on Facebook.  My 2-year-old son is obviously too young to grasp the metaphors contained within the pages, but my 6-year-old daughter is quite bright for her age, and I thought she could benefit from the message after attending her first semester of kindergarten surrounded by all manner of children with varying personalities, and subsequently displaying a less-than-charming attitude most of Winter Break. I read the book tonight to myself before my husband read it to Ellie.  The Read More