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    Kelly’s Typing and Computer Software

    So I’m writing this to you guys on another rainy day.  My aide Kelly is typing for me, and let me tell you this: she is absolutely thrilled that she doesn’t type for a living.  I keep having to slow down my dictation but this process should be ending soon as I am to receive a voice activated software system called Dragon Dictate.  If you’re curious about this software go to www.dragondictate.com.

    I’m getting the version called Dragon Dictate 9 preferred as I have seen it demonstrated with weak voices as mine tends to get during the course of the day. 

    This software package is about $200.00 though there are cheaper versions available if you are able to control your voice more than I can.  I obviously can’t afford this program myself, so I went through a company named RCIL (resource center for independent living).  It’s a great organization that is designed specifically for the disabled, and what’s really great about it is the fact that everyone who works there really seems to advocate for the client. 

    I had not ever heard of this agency until about two years ago when I ran into an aide named Jane who I use to work with several years ago.  She told me about this agency and suggested that I contact them soon.  I remarked at the time how unusual it was that I had never heard of this agency.  Jane pretty much laid it on the line that our county doesn’t advertise this program, probably because it’s not padding their pockets. 

    This is where I am very interested in seeing Michael Moore’s movie called “Sicko” about the corrupt health insurance situation in this country.  According to the L.A. Times website:

    “In "Sicko," he isn't chasing down insurance and pharmaceutical executives for confrontational interviews. The famously outsized filmmaker, having spent several years studying healthcare, even has lost 25 pounds-"One way to fight the system," he says, "is to take better care of yourself." But what's most striking about "Sicko" is that Moore's current target is much harder to pinpoint.”

    I am really looking forward to seeing this film though I’m afraid it won’t be coming to our neck of the woods for a very long time, if ever.  I think our county is a bit conservative for this kind of film to be shown here upon its release.  I will more than likely ask Herman to rent it for me at a local video store. 

    The same situation occurred when the movie “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keilor was released but not in this area, so we ended up renting it. 

    As I’m finishing up dictating  this to Kelly she kind of looked at me and laughed and said “do you remember what you dictated in the beginning about me not liking to type?  Well I’m just about ready to pack it in.”  Luckily for me I’m at the end of this column!  Talk to you next week, you guys. 


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com