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May 2002- About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter

 

In This Issue:

* Put the Less Able Hand to Work! (Tremors)

* SUPERKIDS Newsletter (children with limb differences - ends)

* Those Touched By The Master's Hand

 

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* Put the Less Able Hand to Work! (Tremors)

 

If you have tremor in the less able hand

If you have not been using the less able hand, due to shaking and tremors, see if you can find a way to stabilize that hand and arm, and put them to work! Try bringing a small table next to you, put it on the side of the less able arm. It should be the same height as were your elbow naturally would rest. Put a nice big comfy pillow on the table. Now, get a second smaller pillow, and lay it next to the keyboard. Put your less able hand on that. Also try a chair with big arm rests. A pillow can be placed on the arm rest, overlapping onto the desk. Now you should be able to operate a few of the keys on that side of the keyboard. On the left, you might be able to do the TAB and SHIFT.

 

If your right hand is the less able, you are going to need to put something over the numeric keypad that is built into just about all keyboards. What works nicely is one of the plastic stackable paper folders. You find them in stationary sections of stores. They are meant to stack one on top of another, and have a hole in the front for you to put papers into to allow the paper to lie flat. Take just one of those, and flip it upside down. Put it over the keyboard, like a garage. Now, put some foam, a soft folded up towel, or even a thin pillow on that. Try resting your hand on that, and reaching down to operate the RETURN and SHIFT keys.

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One Handed In the Office?

Rather than purchasing our One Hand Typing and Keyboarding CD, get our Office Professional CD. The same as the Typing CD, but ALSO includes the e-book The One Handed Office Professional.

For more tips for the office worker, http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/office.html

 

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* SUPERKIDS Newsletter - for Families and Friends of children with limb differences - ends it's traditional publications.

 

Peggy & Peter McLoughlin have published this great newsletter. They mailed it from their hearts, to many around the world in need of support when they found they have a child with a limb difference. Now their efforts will be based entirely on-line at http://www.super-kids.org

 

There is a message board there too where families can chat, and ask each other questions.

 

 

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Would you like to join in a disussion group? We have three e-mail discussion groups, I hope you will join one.

 

ONE: is for those professionals who deal with helping their clients with limb differences use a computer.

If you are a professional OT, Rehab professional, or teacher, and you would like to participate in the first group. e-mail: computer_solutions-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

TWO: Parents - a place for parents of kids with limb differences. Discussion is open. We just want to share ideas for solutions to challenges we face.

If you are a parent of child with a limb difference:

e-mail: kids_can-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

THREE: Disabled arms/hands: If you have a limb difference:

email onehanded-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

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Those Touched By The Master's Hand

 

by Lilly Walters

 

When I was in the sixth grade I had a fantastic teacher - Mr. Gomm. I learned and remember more insights on life from him, than any other teacher. Things that stayed with me through the years like, "Better an hour too early, than a minute too late!"

 

One day he read us a poem, "The Touch of the Master's Hand." Things about hands caught my attention in those days, as I had been in an accident a few months before and lost most of my left hand. The message stayed in my heart.

 

Thirty years later, I was working on a typing manual for kids with one hand, and by accident, I came across that poem again. I wondered who the author was. When I found her seldom told story, it occurred to me there are few 'accidents.' Not to my hand, nor in this poem coming into my life again just at this time.

I used it, and the story in my typing manual.

 

Enjoy :)

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"Touch of the Master's Hand," by Myra Welsh

 

T'was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer

Thought it scarcely worth his while

To waste much time on the old violin,

But held it up with a smile.

 

"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,

"Who'll start the bidding for me?"

"A dollar, a dollar," then, two! Only two?

"Two dollars, and who'll make it three?

 

"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;

Going for three . . . "But no,

From the room, far back, a grey haired man

Came forward and picked up the bow;

 

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,

And tightening the loose strings,

He played a melody pure and sweet

As a caroling angel sings.

 

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,

With a voice that was quiet and low,

Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"

And he held it up with the bow.

 

"A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?

Two thousand! And who'll make it three?

Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;

And going and gone," said he.

 

The people cheered, but some of them cried,

"We do not quite understand

What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:

"The touch of a master's hand."

 

And many a man with life out of tune,

And battered and scarred with sin,

Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,

Much like the old violin.

 

A "mess of potage," a glass of wine;

A game , and he travels on.

He is "going" once, and "going" twice,

He's "going" and almost "gone."

 

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd

Never can quite understand

The worth of a soul and the change that's wrought

By the touch of the Master's hand.

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Meet Myra Brooks Welch

Myra Brooks Welch was called "The poet with the singing soul." Hers was a very musical family. As a young woman, Myra's special love was playing the organ.

 

In 1921, she heard a speaker address a group of students. She said she became filled with light, and "Touch of the Master's Hand wrote itself in 30 minutes!" She sent it anonymously to her church news bulletin. She felt it was a gift from God, and didn't need her name on it. It's popularity spread like magic. Finally, several years later, the poem was read at a religious international convention - "author unknown." A young man stood up and said, "I know the author, and it's time the world did too. It was written by my mother, Myra Welch."    

 

Then her name, as well her other beautiful works of poetry became known worldwide. All of her poetry told of the rejoicing she had in God's love.

 

What the world did not see, was the woman who created these masterpieces: Myra in her wheelchair, battered and scarred from severe arthritis, which had taken away her ability to make music. Instead, her musical soul spoke through her poetry. 

 

She took one pencil in each of her badly disabled hands. Using the eraser end, she would slowly type the words, the joy of them outweighing the pain of her efforts. Her words, a joyous expression of the wonders of life, as seen by a singing soul, touched by the Master's Hand.

 

(c) 2000, Lilly Walters, from the "One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual:

With Personal Motivational Messages From Others Who Have Overcome!"

for more on one hand typing http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com

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