Speaking Louder Than Words is the creative self-care side of my court reporting practice, a wired wilderness where I seek balance between work and play.  As one seeking wholeness, this blending of passion and purpose is an inextricable part of my life's work. I appreciate that you're here! Feel free to pour a cup of tea or brew a fresh latte and take a look around.

Wordless Wednesday -- A Photo an Hour










Questions & answers written in black & white
are edited on screen and proofread from paper.
A red pen marks punctuation and spellings to right.
Corrections in yellow highlighter while updating later.

Words have weight, 
some light, some heavy.
This is not my personal fate.
Can't carry them indefinitely.

So fire up the shredder.
As it hungrily devours, 
I feel a bit better.

 A fabric pouf arrives from Jodhpur, India,
known as the Blue City in the desert,
lovingly selected and brought stateside
by kindred spirit Kim of Sutra Global Imports.

Handcrafted from fabric scraps by women half the world away,
stuffed to the top with tiny fragments of transcripts,
together we turn trash into treasure.  

Transformation can be messy work,
though the beauty that can come of it
is well worth the effort.
Just ask the butterfly.

This message (and ottoman) are office dog approved.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog


"The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog."

"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country."

I start just about every realtime translation by writing those phrases on my steno machine. The first is a pangram, which, I've written about before here, is a sentence using every letter in a given alphabet. They're often used for keyboarding practice and displaying typefaces, etc.


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The song Hallelujah in the video below has a special place in my heart. It has such a beautiful and captivating melody! This is subtitled with Amara, a free Web based program for captioning videos, and the captions can be toggled on and off with the CC button located near the slider. I tried subtitling with Amara, and it was easy to work with and goes quicker the more familiar with the keyboard shortcuts I get and with the use of a foot pedal recently acquired at a second-hand store.

What a good song to practice steno to!