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‘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 […]

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…” […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III

Titanium Technology and Glaucoma Effects, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. July 28, 2013 Part I began: The nurse, RN, was speaking to me about my mother’s recent ICU discharge when overhead speakers broadcast a doctor’s page. He cupped one hand over the back of each ear. I watched, sans comment. […]

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. June 2013 Part I began: Another errand. Another task to be completed. My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – […]

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part I of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. June 2013 Another errand. Another task to be completed. My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – again). Yesterday Mom’s […]

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III

Exactly Why Am I Doing This Now? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 1, 2013 The requested tutor and empowerment coaching appointment began with a simple question. My question to the court reporter was simply, “How are you?” There was a loud sigh. The answer began, “I am so tired […]

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III

How’d That Happen? And Real-Time Captioners, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. April 2013 Part I began: As we listen, as we scan and troll, now and then a moment may stop us in our tracks. Each track depends on where we are at that moment. Each track when viewed over […]

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2013 Part I began: During an errand to a home improvement center, I witnessed a “game-changing moment,” in my opinion. It unfolded before my ears – and my eyes. Then I was gifted with an opportunity. I needed […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part III of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 28, 2013 Part III of III: When the work ended I was surprised how many people stayed to elaborate on the discussion. Again, what I thought to be a “normal day at the office” became a targeted focus – […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part II of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 14, 2013 Part I of III began: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within […]

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III

An Alpha State of Mind, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. January 3, 2013 Part I of III: Did you know that while your brain is in the alpha state that your muscles, nervous system, and cells have a different pulse per second? Scientists have discovered that brain waves within the […]

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III

Wheels Slowing Spinning? What’s Your Motivation? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. October 2012 Part I began: If you could do anything with your life what would it be? What would you ‘really’ do with your time, your heart, your ears, and your hands? Would you share your court reporting skills […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I began: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While […]

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III

You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city. While chewing […]

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: Why thrive in five? Why thrive with less? I believe the majority of individuals in the court reporting profession think of the number ‘five’ as a take, a 5-minute take. Thriving in five? Yes. Thriving in less […]

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part III of III

Weeding, Inner Landscapes, Nuclear Implants, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: The sun is shining; it is almost 80 degrees in Texas as I write this column in March. Winter was mild here and after months and months with severe drought and watering restrictions, we have rain. We have […]

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III

How To Write Ineffectively, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus”, March 2012, included one sentence that has resulted in (many, many) private emails from students, court reporters, CART providers, and broadcast captioners. I have been asked to elaborate. … Part II: Is the […]

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III

There’s A Lot Going On In The Circus, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved Part I: Privately working with students and experienced court reporters a theme appears with each person. A desire is born. A wanting is experienced. Boundaries are removed. Fences (insecurities) are lowered. … Part II: Students and court […]

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part I of III

“I Love You,” He Squealed, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. He squealed, “I love you!” at the top of his lungs, multiple times, before he was physically removed, gently and lovingly. How did that happen? The morning began quietly. While running errands I had a store coupon for 20 percent […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part III of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part II of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

My Village Chief is HOH, Part I of III

My Village Chief is HOH, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I: My village chief sprinted into a parent’s hospital room wearing shorts, sandals (no socks), and a NCAA basketball T-shirt, Saturday morning. He was all business, dressed casually. When he spoke his first two sentences, I knew. I listened […]

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III

“I Don’t Listen Well,” He Said, Part II of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part I began: When the medical specialist stood over my mother’s ICU bed and said, “I don’t listen well,” I was sure he was joking. My mother was admitted into the hospital via ER. We thought it was a […]

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English?

She Never Speaks; She Spoke To You; Why Can’t She Just Learn English? By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. One morning in June, I got an early start. The store was near empty. I had me a 2007 Christmas gift certificate. My mission: new dish towels. I went to the kitchen […]

Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy, History, Alamo, Captioning, CART, and Laney Fox

Deaf Smith, The Texas Spy, History, Alamo, Captioning, CART, and Laney FoxBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2007 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. I first learned about Deaf Smith in 1993 when I entered Deaf culture as a realtime court reporter, CARTing, captioning to large screens for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. I was stunned I […]

Laney’s Universe; Always An Adventure, CART, Captioning

Laney’s Universe; Always An Adventure, CART, Captioning – 2003By Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Each year, for three years, I’ve written about Laney Fox. I am a court reporter, CART provider, instructor, private tutor, coach, who has had the honor of working and laughing with Laney Fox. We met “in the […]

Hear’s Laney: 2007 CART and Captioning Update

Hear’s Laney: 2007 CART and Captioning UpdateBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. May 2000, my NCRA JCR, Journal of Court Reporting, column ran Mark Cuss Said to the Nymphs, “The phone rang Friday, 2:30. ‘Would you realtime a class? We need you Monday. It started two months ago. Oh, it’s Latin.’ […]

Mark Cuss Said To The Nymphs – CARTing Latin Classes

Mark Cuss Said To The Nymphs – CARTing Latin ClassesBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.The phone rang Friday at 2:30. “Would you realtime, CART, a class? We need you Monday morning. It started two months ago. Oh, it’s Latin.” As an experienced court reporter, instructor, tutor, I’m not lucky enough to […]

Laney’s Latin; Hearing Not Required, CART, Captioning

Laney’s Latin; Hearing Not Required, CART, CaptioningBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Laney Fox and I became a team, in the trenches, during her first semester in Latin. Previously, I wrote how I’m CARTing (communication access real-time translation), realtiming, her classes. I am a court reporter, instructor and tutor translating verbatim […]

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part II of VII

CART FAQ: Falling On Deaf Ears, Part II of VIIBy Monette Benoit Copyright by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. Part II, Falling On Deaf Ears, continues sharing CART FAQs, comments and facts that consistently cross my path. Part I may be accessed http://www.catapultdix.com/ and Monette’s Musings, http://www.monettebenoit.com/ To further assist you, many articles that I’ve […]

"Heart And Soul" and Dr. Bruno Cortis

Heart And SoulBy Monette Benoit Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. The alarm rang at 4:30 a.m.; too soon I stood within the San Antonio airport. I traveled all day, changing planes after a lengthy layover. Walking to the luggage carousel, I first spotted the well-dressed man, wearing a light cream-colored suit. He […]

"Still Processing And Snowglobes"

“Still Processing And Snowglobes”By Monette Benoit Copyright 2006 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. “You’re processing; you’re not stuck,” began my correspondence with Janet Tilly, a student who contacted me. She had written, “I am currently stuck trying to attain 170 words per minute.” My April 2005 ‘Beyond The Comfort Zone’ article and Monette’s Musings […]