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D R Software Letter Chase Typing Tutor is a typing program that can improve
anyone`s typing ability. Choose from a variety of exercises and skill levels. Beginning
and intermediate typists are assisted by an illustrated keyboard and set of hands.
Advanced typists can improve speed by customizing the Letter Chase drill with a
specific words-per-minute goal. This program includes a completely new lessons section,
and a log of stats can be saved to a file.
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a typing program that can improve anyone`s typing ability. Choose from a variety
of exercises and skill levels. Beginning and intermediate typists are assisted by
an illustrated keyboard and set of hands. Advanced typists can improve speed by
customizing the Letter Chase drill with a specific words-per-minute goal. The latest
version adds timed tests that can be adjust ed from 1 minute to unlimited.
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The Importance of Balance - By Staci Stallings
As a stay-at-home mom, I have had the distinct privilege of being involved
in several "mom-lifestyle" discussions. Most focus on the roll of mothers in society
today. Generally there are two camps. One says that a mother should stay at home,
be there for her family exclusively, and be willing to sacrifice her very life and
happiness for the happiness of the family. The second group says no, a mother should
be able to pursue her own career, and although the family may suffer some, her dreams
and goals should be paramount.
In discussing this paradox with several people (including my own mother), I have
come to this conclusion-neither one works long term.
For a moment, I`d like to back track and see how we got here. Years ago-40 to
50 now, a woman`s sole job was to stay at home, cook, clean, and basically take
care of her family. If a woman married, she was expected to be the caretaker of
the children (and if she didn`t marry, then something must be wrong with her). This
was a woman`s role. Period.
Then came the women`s movement, and leaders said, "Family isn`t important, you
are. Go out, pursue your goals, we will set up daycares and push the concept of
year round school so that you can."
The problem with these two approaches is that following either one to its extreme
throws life out of balance. After lengthy discussions, I have come to the following
conclusion: once you get married and have kids, there are three relationships that
must be maintained. The first is with yourself. You cannot be all things to everyone
else if you are not something to yourself.
This is the trap that many teenagers fall into-if I can just get married and
have kids, then I`ll be happy. They believe (as society taught for many years) that
having a family will automatically fill the void they feel
in their lives. It will not. What too often happens to these women is they get
the family, the two kids, the husband, and the dog. Then they look up, bleary-eyed
from too many nights of missed sleep, and they say, "I don`t understand. This was
supposed to make me happy."
Boredom, loneliness, and frustration set in, and pretty soon, the woman begins
to believe that if she was just not married, if she just didn`t have kids, then
her life would really be wonderful. Some go so far as to actually detach from the
family unit-emotionally or physically. But that isn`t the answer either. The answer
lies within. The woman must find ways and schedule time to pursue those activities
that are important to her family or no family. In this way she can nurture the relationship
she has with herself.
The second relationship a woman must foster is the relationship with her husband.
Some women when they have kids, seem to forget about their husband. They become
wrapped up in the day-to-day chores (which admittedly can be overwhelming), and
they detach from their partner in life. Again, scheduling time to spend together
is vital. Make time for each other, like you did when you were first together. Is
it easy? No. Is it worth it? Only you can answer that.
Lastly a woman must maintain her relationship with her children, and this must
be done on a daily basis. Waiting until Saturday morning to have a five minute conversation
is not the recipe for happiness. Work and activities must be balanced with down
time, and always parents have to remember that children don`t want stuff-they want
you. They want your time, and I don`t mean just quality time. Quantity time is every
bit as important. The likelihood that your daughter will come to you with a question
about the guy she`s dating is slim enough without the added pressure of getting
the question in only between 9:30 and 9:45. It just doesn`t work that way.
Then, of course, there are those who think that just because they have little
children, that means they can be absent most of the time, and the kids won`t notice.
It is often these same parents who when their child is 15 can`t figure out why the
child won`t come talk to them. Maybe it`s because the child has learned over the
past 15 years that even their smallest problems are not listened to, so why should
it be obvious now that mom and dad care about the big things? The behavior of talking
and discussing life with your child is a learned behavior-don`t expect to neglect
it for 13 years and then have it suddenly kick in. It won`t.
So, now we have these three relationships-each competing and vying for your time.
The key is balance. There must be time set aside each day, or at most, each week
for time to nurture and foster each of these relationships. A mother can be all
to everyone, and then get burned out because she has no time for herself. Or she
can focus on herself and her career, and one day turn around and find her family
has fallen apart.
Neither of these approaches work long-term. The answer is balance. Take a few
minutes and think about the life you are living right now. A good exercise I have
seen is to place the important aspects of your life on a wheel, and then give a
point total to each-one to ten, one being total neglect, ten being optimal performance.
Once you have done this, take a look at your wheel. What area needs more "air",
more time, more energy, more of you?
If all of the areas are somewhat deflated, then start with the most deflated
one. Make a plan to spend time on that area. As it begins to improve, start on the
next area. Check in with your wheel at least once a week and see how you are airing
up your tire-or how you are living your life.
Is it worth all this effort? If you want to have control over life instead of
life having control over you, it`s critical. Take some time for your life-find some
balance. It will be the best investment of time you`ve ever made.
Life continues on to the next level
for Staci Stallings who now has two titles in print: "The Long Way Home" and "Eternity."
Staci`s entry level in life began in a small West Texas town known for its religion
and German food. Back in Nazareth, three things were paramount: God, family, and
education, and Staci got a strong dose of all three. In the almost-all-Catholic
town, Staci was a member of three choirs, a church reader, an usher, and an active
participant in the Catholic Youth Organization.
On the homefront, Staci?s values were grounded in hardwork and love of family.
Her parents owned a family-run dairy farm, and Staci helped with everything from
feeding baby calves to daily milkings. The meaning of family was never lost on the
farm?it was too likely that you?d need that person?s help in the near future. In
fact, stories right off the family tree were often passed down right in the middle
of the dairy barn.
Finally, before she left Nazareth, Staci learned a solid appreciation for the
gift of a good education. Graduating Valedictorian from her senior class, she learned
that although success is worth striving for, it ultimately means nothing if you
are alone when you get there.
Back in high school, Staci often accused her parents of owning the dairy just
so she would work harder in college?if for no other reason than to make sure she
never had to dairy again. True to her word, she attended Texas Tech University where
she worked on The University Daily as the campus activities reporter. She graduated
Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Journalism along with minors in Secretarial Business
After graduation and newlywed, Staci went to work at Alamo Catholic High School
in Amarillo, Texas, where she taught English, literature, journalism, and typing.
She filled her few free moments serving as advisor not only for the newspaper and
the yearbook but also for the Student Council. She also served as publications director,
counselor, and English Department Chairperson during her tenure there.
Then came another turning point in Staci?s life?the arrival of her first child.
Staci traded in Shakespeare and Dickens for Winnie the Pooh and Dr. Seuss. As a
stay-at-home mom of first one then two daughters, Staci?s path led her back to one
of her first loves?writing. She began one book and then another and another until
just six short years later she has finished eleven and has two in print.
With dreams coming true all around her, Staci invites you to share in her journey
with ?The Long Way Home" and "Eternity."
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