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Sunday, April 6 2002


When I opened Jon's post this past Wednesday and began reading, I soon burst out laughing so hard that Pat came to check out what was so funny. Actually, I wasn't laughing at anything funny but rather, my outburst was a sense of relief or better yet, identifying with the frustration Jon and his sons must have felt in dealing with the DSL connection.

For more than two weeks, I have been struggling with one computer problem after another. Each time I tried a new solution to my crashes, something else would go wrong. Finally, even my voice program failed and my computer wouldn't boot up. Without the voice, the frustrations multiplied. Pat and my sister had to read everything on the screen while I tried to solve what was ailing my computer. Pat was so frustrated and upset with me and the computer that she ordered me to go out and purchase a new one.

Well, for me, that isn't so easy. My speech program won't work with the newer operating systems and to upgrade would cost $500, in addition to the cost of the new computer. So, I continued to reinstall Windows, checked and unchecked entries in the control panel, and copied and deleted system files. Finally, on Thursday of this week, my computer booted up and JAWS (my voice program) returned. My sense of relief was tremendous, as was that of Pat. She no longer had to help me so much and she could resume using my scanner as a copier and my computer to do her bookwork.

Since my first computer in 1990, I have learned and accomplished much and have been able to keep in contact with friends and relatives around the world. For us who are blind, and for many with other handicaps, computers have opened the gates to many opportunities. The greatest obstacle they pose is the high cost of adaptive equipment. The second greatest obstacle is the frustration of dealing with contemptible electronic equipment, something we who are handicapped share with the rest of the population.

State mottos

Alabama: Yes, We Have Electricity
Alaska: 11,623 Eskimos Can't Be Wrong!
Arizona: But It's A Dry Heat
Arkansas: Literacy Ain't Everything
California: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda
Colorado: If You Don't Ski, Don't Bother
Connecticut: Like Massachusetts, Only The Kennedy's Don't Own It-Yet
Delaware: We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water
Florida: Ask Us About Our Grandkids

Sent by Mike Harrison

Spiritual failures

Today's headlines reporting spiritual failure happen to be about Roman Catholic priests. Only a few years ago, the headlines were about evangelical televangelists. And far too many of us know in our own personal world some "spiritual leader" who has fallen. For believers, it is like a kick in the stomach. For those who are already skeptical about Christianity, it is just another reason not to believe.

It may be that somewhere along the way you've been burned by religion ... hurt or disillusioned by religion or religious people. Or maybe, as a spiritual seeker, you've watched the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of those who claim the label "Christian," and you've pretty much decided to keep your distance from what they believe....

In a world where trust has been broken so many times, Jesus is the one safe place for your searching heart. He died for you. He will never do you wrong.

Ron Hutchcraft
Sent by Jim Martin

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