Speak While She Writes

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Speak Write

 

I enjoy the writing process, however, my wrists feel differently. Sitting at the keyboard for lengthy periods of time can be brutal on the hands and wrists. The tension can be painful.

I decided that my approach to writing my third book would be different. I spent a little time testing out the ‘Speech  Recognition’ program on my old Dell computer and found that it would not accurately dictate my speech. It does take some time for that program to recognize your voice. It was taking too long.

I discovered that my ‘Mac’ computer had a ‘Dictation’ program. I spent some time with it as well to see how accurate it was. To my surprise it was very accurate! There might be a word or two that I needed to manually change, but for the most part, it dictated very well. As a result, I used Mac’s dictation to write my third book.

There are other programs out there, but I found them to be costly. I will be using my dictation program for e-mails as well.

I thought about how far we’ve come. I had a typewriter, back in the day, that I loved and used. When computers hit the scene, I graduated to the ‘Word Processor’. I loved that too! By the time more and more people were purchasing computers, the cheaper they became, over time.

Olympia Typewriter

Olympia

 

 

Brother Word Processor

Brother Word processor

 

 

I purchased a Dell computer in the 90’s and a Mac later on. Since writing is a permanent craft in my life, I will definitely take the load off of my hands and sit back and ‘speak while she writes’!

Dell Computer

Dell Computer

 

 

 

Mac Computer

Mac Computer

 

 

Technology is a beautiful thing and I intend on using it to my advantage!

Stay Tuned….

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A Gospel Legend Has Been Promoted

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Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch Gospel Singer/Producer/Pastor

I can remember being a 14 year old when I first heard Andrae Crouch and The Disciples hit the scene with their unique sound of contemporary Gospel. I took to them right away! After all, the only sounds of Gospel music that I heard at the time was that of the ‘Traditional’ Gospel sounds of the old time hymns. Don’t misunderstand…I love the hymns to this day! They are songs with substance and you can find a Bible verse to support its content!

Being as young as I was, at the time, I gravitated to the new sounds in Gospel music. Andrae Crouch was a trail blazer to say the least! He broke through barriers filled with negativity. Some may have even questioned his ‘Christianity’. He also had to deal with racism as he and his band members traveled to certain places. Never the less, he continued to develop his unique sound and eventually everyone caught the feel for the sound and it caused a movement all of its own!

What impressed me with Andrae Crouch is this; he stayed true to his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! Were there challenges? Yes! What made his Christianity believable was seen in how he endured hardship that came his way. He experienced sickness unto death, repeatedly I might add and trials of various sorts over the years. Despite it all, he kept pressing on and drawing closer to God.

I have watched several interviews where he always acknowledged and lifted up his Lord. He attributed his phenomenal talent and gift to the power of God. Being Dyslexic never stopped him! Stuttering as a child never stopped him! Pain and suffering never stopped him!

He was a humble individual who appreciated and respected the musical skills of others. He always invited skilled musicians and singers to be a part of his projects.

As I became an adult, I continued to listen to his music. There was never a time that I didn’t feel inspired and encouraged by his songs. I learned that many of those songs that became hits were testimonies of real life experiences. Take for instance the song, ‘Through It All’. He wrote that song after he was delivered from a sickness.  The doctors said that they had done all that they could for him. He was at death’s door and he cried unto God and he was delivered! It was behind that experience that the Lord inspired him to write that song.

He said that he had 18 hundred songs on file; many of which were never recorded or shared with the public. When asked about the songs that were never recorded, he said that he would sit at the piano serenading and worshipping God with them.

I will miss him because of the impact he has had on my life. His music will continue to inspire and encourage all who listen. As a preacher he was practical, down to earth and profound because he kept it real. He would always give you something to ponder and something to consider.

Andrae Crouch, a Gospel legend has been promoted to glory!

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