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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “What are 5 must-have things you keep on your desk, and how do you use them?”
- My computer. This is an all-in-one unit with monitor and speakers. It’s equipped with text-to-speech software that reads everything on the screen to me and tells me what I’m typing. It also helps me navigate with the keyboard instead of the mouse.
- My Braille Display. Working in conjunction with the text-to-speech software on my computer, this device makes it a lot easier to proofread and edit my work,. With cursor routing keys, I can navigate directly to a misspelled word or a word or phrase I want to change. Not only does this device connect to my PC and iPhone, it also has a basic text editor, allowing me to make notes, and I can download books from several online services. With its own text-to-speech software, I can either listen to books being read to me or read them in Braille.
- My Printer/Scanner. This is pretty self-explanatory. I use it to scan and print documents when necessary.
- My Closed-Circuit Television Reading System. This is a bit more complex. It consists of a monitor with camera with a movable table underneath. When I place a document on the table, the camera enlarges the print, so I can read it. I use this to read mail and write checks. In my younger years, I read books with it. Now, my eyes get tired after reading for long periods of time.
- My iPhone. This also comes with text-to speech software that is available to anyone purchasing such a device. Simply go to your settings, to accessibility, then Voiceover, and turn it on. If your phone has a home button, which mine does, you can press it three times to toggle it on and off. You can also ask Siri to turn it on and off. While working at my desk, I only use the phone to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages.
How about you? What five must-have things are on your desk, and how do you use them? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.
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Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?