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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 […]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 II of III

Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part II 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 […]

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 II of III

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part II 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 […]

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

Game-Changer … Will He Make It?, Part I of III By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved. March 2013 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 a tool. I […]

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 […]