Author Archives: monette

Press Release: Purple Books Revised, Updated, 7th Ed., Textbook, NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Available from Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, November 2017: new 7th edition textbook with the only updated NCRA, National Court Reporters Association, and State WKT, written knowledge test, information for students and court reporters. 350 pages, CRRbooks.com by Monette Benoit: Complete Written Knowledge Test Textbook, Seventh Edition, Revised and Updated for NCRA’s RPR, RDR, […]

Press Release: Purple Books Pass Rate 99% for NCRA’s RPR and State CSRs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Purple Books, CRRbooks.com, is proud to share: January’s 2017 RPR and multiple State CSR pass rates were over 99%. CA’s CSR tests in March; NY’s Civil Service Court Reporter test is May; NCRA’s RPR and RDR is April 8 – 20; IL, TX, and WA test April 2017. Additional states and […]

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part IV

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part IV By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Part III began: Then, while I visited each parent and sat in their hospital bed – each parent in two separate locations – I listened to their plans, their hopes, and their regrets. Dad, Emmett, had conversational Latin tutorials […]

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part III

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Part II began: While my father Emmett J. Donnelly was an IM-ICU patient, I watched him wince, groan in pain, and grit his teeth while receiving a “standard blood stick.” Then she, wearing a short, white lab coat, said, “I’ll get […]

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part II

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part II By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Today, June 19, 2016, is Father’s Day. Originally, I wrote a shorter version for my NCRA (National Court Reporters Association) JCR, Journal of Court Reporting, column, February 2012. They were married 58 years. She gave the […]

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part I

See One; Show One; Teach One; Good-Bye, Dad, Part I By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Today, June 19, 2016, is Father’s Day. Originally, I wrote a shorter version for my NCRA (National Court Reporters Association) JCR, Journal of Court Reporting, column, February 2012. Still feeling the loss of both parents – caregiver for both […]

‘Push-Ups’ = NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Core Strength-Building

‘Push-Ups Focus’ on the “Complete Set” and “Trio Set” for NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSRs. Why Push-Ups? Push-ups work the entire body and support core strength. The “Purple Books” strengthen and build core support with detailed structure that has been proven in the classroom and independent study for 25 years. 98% first-time pass rates […]

Press Release: Plan Now! Prepare Now! 98% Successful Pass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October’s NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and State CSR written exams are right around the corner. Currently, registration periods are open. Plan now! Prepare now to become one of the 98% successful pass rate by students, court reporters, and CART Captioners on the RPR, RDR, and State CSR exams. Pedagogically sound, covering a wealth […]

Press Release NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Exams

Press Release NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Exams FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 98% successful pass rate by students and court reporters on NCRA’s RPR, RDR, and on State CSR written exams. Court Reporter Reference Books has released the revised and updated Complete NCRA RPR, RDR, and State CSR Written Test Prep Textbook, Sixth Edition. This […]

Switched At Birth, Part III of III

Switched At Birth, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part III of III Part I began: Two teenagers discover that they were switched at birth while researching a school assignment. Genetic testing is completed when the students learn “blood types” and when the high school students learn that they do not […]

Switched At Birth, Part II of III

Switched At Birth, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part II of III Part I began: Two teenagers discover that they were switched at birth while researching a school assignment. Genetic testing is completed when the students learn “blood types” and when the high school students learn that they do not […]

Switched At Birth, Part I of III

Switched At Birth, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I of III Two teenagers discover that they were switched at birth while researching a school assignment. Genetic testing is completed when the students learn “blood types” and when the high school students learn that they do not match their family. […]

Resting on Laurels…, Part III of III

Resting on Laurels…, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part III: When you read this, you may be prepping for recess; your family may have busy summer schedules, camp; maybe you are attending a state or national NCRA, National Court Reporting Association, convention with your peers. Perhaps you will be vacationing, […]

Resting on Laurels…, Part II of III

Resting on Laurels…, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II: A reporter, who is a leader and has assisted officials to realtime in courtrooms, is reaching for advanced NCRA, National Court Reporter Association, certification. The professional contacted me. Thus, I replied as requested. The leader, court reporter’s, reply to my […]

Resting on Laurels…, Part I of III

Resting on Laurels…, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: Court reporters listen – a lot. Recently, with detailed sharing from court reporters, CART providers, broadcast captioners, students, teachers, professionals, clients, consumers, sign interpreters, and family, I am wondering, where does one – in realtime – collect strength and wisdom? […]

Harder Is Not Better, Part III of III

Harder is Not Better, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part III: As I continue to work captioning jobs, to tutor and coach court reporters, CART (Communication Assistance Realtime Translation) students, and captioners, I have shared this memory moment when appropriate. I have been (pleasantly) reassured that others also have felt […]

Harder is Not Better, Part II of III

Harder is Not Better, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II: Several days later, when I needed to quickly reply to a work e-mail, his computer was on a desk sitting unused while he was online with another job. Silently, he gestured to his chair. I slipped into the chair […]

Harder is Not Better, Part I of III

Harder Is Not Better, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: January brings new possibilities, new choices. Additional focus (my opinion) and words (discussions) are shared each January regarding new goals and new resolutions. New (revised, expanded, and perhaps reduced) choices may have our focus for a temporary or fixed […]

Our Words Are Our O.R., Part III of III

Our Words Are Our O.R., Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part III: In response to my words and to my father’s words about my “listening”, Ms. D.O.N. then said, “I still don’t like the look on her face,” and left the room. I thought about Frazier Crane’s, “I’m listening, Seattle…” […]

Our Words Are Our O.R., Part II of III

Our Words Are Our O.R., Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II: I was determined not to rise to what I saw as potential baiting – several nurses spoke about it, too. Many professionals (within multiple facilities) said, “I’ve never seen, heard, or read anything in our medical training books […]

Our Words Are Our O.R., Part I of III

Our Words Are Our O.R., Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Three times I saw complete changes when I was doing what it is ‘we’ do best – proofing verbatim work and listening. I was called out on it – twice by doctors, once by a D.O.N. She instructed me, “D.O.N. […]

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part III of III

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part III of III By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Did you know there is a Thumb Wrestling Federation, TWF, and the United Kingdom has World Thumb Wrestling Championships? This is serious business for a sport originally called “thumb-a-war.” How does this relate to court […]

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part II of III

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part II of III By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Did you know there is a Thumb Wrestling Federation, TWF, and the United Kingdom has World Thumb Wrestling Championships? This is serious business for a sport originally called “thumb-a-war.” Thumb Wrestling Championships begin, “One, two, […]

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part I of III

Thumb Wrestling and Smoken; Ask The Coach, Part I of III By Monette Benoit All Rights Reserved. Did you know there is a Thumb Wrestling Federation, TWF, and the United Kingdom has World Thumb Wrestling Championships? This is serious business for a sport originally called “thumb-a-war.” The TWF has “Thumbs News” for thumb rivalries. “Thumb […]

Spurt-Ability, Part III of III

Spurt-Ability, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: While coaching a novice court reporter, the professional said, “I don’t like to take tests. That’s why I went to court reporting school.” I said softly, “Now that’s a thing of beauty.” He sincerely replied, “It’s true.” I truly replied, “You […]

Spurt-Ability, Part II of III

Spurt-Ability, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: While coaching a novice court reporter, the professional said, “I don’t like to take tests. That’s why I went to court reporting school.” I said softly, “Now that’s a thing of beauty.” He sincerely replied, “It’s true.” I truly replied, “You […]

Spurt-Ability, Part I of III

Spurt-Ability, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. While coaching a novice court reporter, the professional said, “I don’t like to take tests. That’s why I went to court reporting school.” I said softly, “Now that’s a thing of beauty.” He sincerely replied, “It’s true.” I truly replied, “You will read about […]

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Years ago, I wrote “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck.” My Journal of Court Reporting April 2005 article is posted on my blog “Monette’s Musings” and www.CRRbooks.com. I detailed how one sentence I […]

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part II

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: I detailed how one sentence I shared shifted a student’s focus when she phoned my Court Reporters Reference Books & CDs office to order a product to assist her to advance in […]

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part I

The Lesson Behind “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck”, Coach’s Corner, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Years ago, I wrote “You’re Processing; You’re Not Stuck.” My Journal of Court Reporting April 2005 article is posted on my blog “Monette’s Musings” and www.CRRbooks.com. I detailed how one sentence I shared shifted a […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part III of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Part I began: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part II of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. Then people will […]

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part I of III

Fears, Toughest Part Is Words, Spot On, and Our Normal, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I of III: One student, in the 225 wpm (words per minute) exit room in a court reporting program, “is scared to death of passing the state certification test and national certification. Then people […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part III of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live coverage, […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part II of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live coverage, […]

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part I of III

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, Expert Witness, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I of III Dr. Vincent Di Maio recently testified as a forensic pathologist for the defense in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman. He is consistently described “as a legend.” Watching Dr. Di Maio on CNN’s live […]

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part III of III

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 27, 2013 Part I and II began: Court reporters are a disciplined breed. This is reinforced as I move through my professional and personal world. “The final frontier” is a metaphor. I was encouraged to write this as […]

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part II of III

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 16, 2013 Part I began: Court reporters are a disciplined breed. This is reinforced as I move through my professional and personal world. “The final frontier” is a metaphor. I was encouraged to write this as I trolled […]

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part I of III

The Final Frontier: Nolo Contendere, Guilty, Part I By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. September 5, 2013 Part I of III Court reporters are a disciplined breed. This is reinforced as I move through my professional and personal world. “The final frontier” is a metaphor. I was encouraged to write this as I trolled this […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part III of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. August 11, 2013 Part I and II began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU, intensive care unit, discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each […]