Typing with One Hand - theHumm October 2021
Typing with One Hand - theHumm October 2021
By Glenda Jones
My Dad was an old-school two-finger typist of the Hunt & Peck method. But when he got going, it was pure music. Clack, clack, clack, ding, zzziipp!, and he’d throw the carriage back across to start the next line. He was as fast as any ten fingers touch typist, with very few mistakes. He used an antique upright Underwood with a crescent of keys that slapped against the paten with rapid fire speed. Ding, zzziipp! At the end of a page, he’d whip the paper out with a flourish. The keys might get stuck, the inky black and red ribbon might twist, but he could fix it in an instant.
In high school, all girls were encouraged to take touch typing as an escape route if our career choices fell through. I hated it, trying to type blind to the key letters, and I never achieved a high enough speed to get the darned diploma even. However, I can whack away at this silent keyboard now, blessing the marvel of auto correct, all ten fingers laying out my text as fast as I can think it up.
Well, that was until last week. Just when least expected, fate intervened and I broke my right hand. No tears here, just a fluke thing, but a nuisance. The upside is, being left-handed means I can still half-navigate. Here’s the thing, though. I’ve always used the mouse with my right hand. At first I couldn’t even find the magic arrow, and it definitely didn’t respond like it should.
So your mind/hand coordination challenge this week is to trade hands on the mouse, and see how that works for you. It’s really, really hard!
[Up to this point, over ¾of an hour, many skipped letters, thirty errors needing the mouse to correct, 20 more when I did it wrong.]
I can’t find the right-hand keys quickly, and stumble with letter order. I can’t reach the shift keys well, so punctuation is a hoot! Upper case is dependent on the autocorrect thing. I keep hitting the shift key when it should be the return key. Further, a large block of my scintillating text disappeared when I got the wrong delete key. You can make up something yourself to fill that space because the thought of doing it all over again is a non-starter. Bullets are appearing as gremlins everywhere, so I’m hitting something else I don’t usually touch.
Doing things with one hand was a game we played as kids, but it’s no game now. There goes my gardening, there goes trying to cut tomatoes, there goes tying my runners even. And don’t watch as I struggle to do up the zipper on my jacket. (An aside: thank goodness for pull-on jeans. Ahem.)
I am cutting myself some slack, and being patient, but nonetheless am using this inconvenience as a learning experience. I managed to tie my runners today, and folded the laundry even. So I’m not saying “I can’t…”. I’m saying “I can, but it’ll take me longer”, so long in fact that I can’t do dishes or clean the house. I figure if I can get from morning to evening in one piece, hurrah, and shouldn’t that be celebrated with a glass of wine. That I can still do easily!!
[And this has been another ¾ hour that I won’t get back. However, I think I’ve nearly mastered the mouse reversal with fewer errors than before. Give that a try, and then take an aspirin; it nearly makes your head crazy.]
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
He’s not a secret agent, but Keith Busher knows how to use his unconventional art to elicit an emotional response. Ideally, he hopes to cause you to explore your reactions to some of his more disturbing pieces. As an artist, he explores his other side as well, producing beautiful abstracts in completely unorthodox ways, and writing oddly original poetry to encourage youth through the perils of surviving their teens.
Busher has burst onto the largely traditional arts scene ......
This Thanksgiving weekend, take a romp through the colourful and historic backroads of Mississippi Mills to enjoy three — yes, three — art tours in one special event! On October 9 and 10, the Mississippi Mills Art Romp will combine the artistic expressions of the Maple Run Tour, the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour, and Art in the Attic. Over 40 artists and artisans will welcome you to heritage buildings, unique shops, a craft brewery, and even a Christmas tree farm, as well as&......
There will be a One Day Only Open Studio on Saturday, October 9 from 10am to 5pm at Catherine Orfald’s painting studio, located at 1848 Old Brooke Road in Maberly. Rita Redner will be a guest with her pottery. Covid protocols will be in place: please wear a mask and respect distancing.
Catherine will be exhibiting pieces from this year’s DRAW retreat dumoine.org/draw . This Dumoine River Art for Wilderness retreat had 15 ar......
More Music at MERA! - theHumm October 2021
That’s the enthusiastic start to the missive theHumm received recently from our friends up at MERA (McDonalds Corners & Elphin Recreation & Arts). We are delighted that they have started their Music at MERA concert series again, and we’d like to encourage our readers to support them by attending. All concerts take place on Sundays at 2pm, and you’ll find the details below.
Paul Marleyn & Frédéric Lacroix
On October 3, the very popul......
By Maureen Nevins is the Artistic Director of Almonte in Concert
The Ron Caron Auditorium in Almonte Old Town Hall is set to come alive again with the sound of music! After cancelling its 2020-21 season because of the pandemic, Almonte in Concert returns for its 41st season.
The series opens on a light note on October 30, with clarinetist Christopher Hall and the nationally renowned string quartet Quatuor Andara. Hall is well known for delighting audiences both with beautiful music and injections of humour, and th......
By Scott Hortop
If you’re like me, you are hearing about climate change every day — and you’re seeing its effect in your own backyard.
Are fewer types of birds visiting your bird feeder? Current estimates indicate that North America is home to nearly three billion fewer birds today compared to 1970 — that’s more than 1 in 4 birds that have disappeared from the landscape in a mere half-century.
Remember when every summer car trip meant you had to scrub the windshield and the grill, because it w......
Rural Root Goes Fishing! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby - theHumm October 2021
What a better way to start off a renewed theatre season than with a comedy? Rural Root Theatre Company will be performing The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby by Norm Foster, directed by Helen and Martin Weeden, at the Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre in Constance Bay. Performances will take place on November 7 at 2pm, and from November 9–13 at 7:30pm.
This play is a “fish out of water” tale centering around James, a naive business techie who thinks he’s r......
One of the best places in Lanark County to witness a panoramic view of fall colours is from the top of Blueberry Mountain at cliffLAND. This singularly beautiful display of nature remains central to the upcoming Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) event on Sunday, October 3. This is a special fundraising day to learn more about and help support MMLT’s conservation work. Come and hike the gently rising trail at your own time and pace and enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark......
Red Trillium Fall Tour - theHumm October 2021
If the crisp autumn air and turning colours have you yearning to get out into the countryside, you’ll be delighted to hear that twenty talented artists are participating in the Fall 2021 Red Trillium Studio Tour over the weekend of October 23 and 24!
Red Trillium showcases the studios of some of West Carleton’s most talented artists and fine craftspeople. Just twenty minutes beyond Kanata, into the scenic countryside around Carp, Dunrobin and Kinburn, you will be welcomed at studios featuri......
From Pumpkins at the Palace, the Perth Ghost Walk, concerts, theatre productions and more, you’ll find so much to do in Perth for Halloween!
You won’t want to miss the famous Perth Ghost Walk starting from Perth Museum (11 Gore St. E.) on October 28, 29 and 30. The walks are led by historian Susan Code McDougall, who will tell you some of the eerie tales in Perth’s past and outline the buildings where ghost sightings have been reported. The tour is targeted toward adults but is suitable for ......
By Chandler Swain
You have a chance to contribute to plans to address the Climate Crisis in Lanark County and Smiths Falls. A team from Climate Network Lanark worked to create a comprehensive survey to find out what Lanark County residents are currently doing and what they plan to do to address climate change.
The following information was taken from climatenetworklanark.ca , where you can find a link to the survey right on the home page.
Back in 2014, a friendly competition between Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place/Beckwith resulted in 2,860 pounds of fresh produce being donated to the Lanark County Food Bank. Since then, the Great Veggie Grow-Off (GVGO) has expanded to include the communities of Perth, Drummond/North Elmsley, Tay Valley, Lanark Highlands and Smiths Falls, and in 2020 a staggering 16,541 pounds of food were grown and donated to area food banks. This year, organizers are hoping to break previous records, and every......
By Pam Harris
Established in January 2020, the Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library (FMMPL) is a volunteer fundraising group that works to support and promote the services of the Mississippi Mills Public Library. We are an independent, arms-length body collaborating with and supporting the library through all its initiatives, creating a strong library community in Mississippi Mills.
We were just getting underway when Covid hit, throwing a monkey wrench into o......
From October 2 to December 18, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is excited to welcome guest curator Miranda Bouchard and new tapestry work by renowned textile artists Penny Berens and Judy Martin.
The naturally dyed, slow-stitched textile works of these two artists inspire ways of seeing, sensing and reflection that are simultaneously outwards, at our surroundings; and inwards, at the landscapes within us.
Martin and Berens render time ......
Come and Hike for Home Hospice! - theHumm October 2021
This year is the ninth time that Home Hospice North Lanark (HHNL) is participating in the annual Hike for Hospice. This is part of a national initiative organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, with 100% of all funds raised staying in the community in which the Hike is hosted, thanks to the generous support of GSK and Amgen.
In the past, HHNL hosted a Hike to raise funds for HHNL at the beautiful Mill of Kintail in May. Last year that wasn’t possible, so or......
October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and their partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians’ lives. For 2021, Ontario Public Library Week will take place from October 17 to October 23, and the theme is “One Card, One Million Possibilities.”
Explore these possibilities through the Perth and District Library’s Scavenger Hunt. This all-ages event will take place on Saturday, October 30. To participate, stop ......
Sisters in Spirit Vigil in Perth - theHumm October 2021
By — Submitted the Lanark County Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation
On October 4, the Sisters in Spirit Vigil will be held in many places across Canada. In Perth, the Vigil will take place at the Healing Forest Memorial in Last Duel Park at 5.30pm. The event will include an Indigenous Ceremony, readings, and a display of Red Dresses. Anyone is welcome to attend the ceremony, which will be held in accordance with current Covid guidelines. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket if you wish.
The Sisters in Spirit Vigil honours Missing and Murdered Indig......
By Kris Riendeau
A few years back, I (along with my husband, our twenty-something kids and their twenty-something friends) were regularly rocking out to the high-energy music of the Ramblin’ Valley Band. They seemed to play any chance they got, and filled local venues with enthusiastic fans who knew the members by name and their lyrics by heart. Alas, the band is no longer together, but we were delighted to hear that the talented Trevor Lubin has been playing locally, often in the company of his ......
Although the official Harvest Festival took place at the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market on September 18, there will still be still lots of delicious produce available until their closing weekend. The current plan is for closing day to take place on October 9, but pending weather and produce availability they may extend the market until the 16th, so check their Facebook page for up-to-the-minute details. There will also be special artisan days on October 2 and 9, with some new ve......
Ecotay Re-Emerges! - theHumm October 2021
By John Pigeau
With their first season of business coming to a close in the fall, the new owners of Ecotay are still extremely excited — about all that’s happened, and also about what’s to come.
The new owners of the beautiful refurbished barns in Tay Valley are Natasha Lackey, her husband Justin, and Natasha’s cousin Susan Noonan. For Natasha and Justin, being able to buy the place back in June when it came up for sale felt a bit like a fairy tale.
“Not only did Sarah and I grow up just around the corner,......
Back to the Arts! Perth’s Omnes Arts Circle Offers Classes in Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts - theHumm October 2021
By Kris Riendeau
Back in 2016, Taisha Lesser moved back to her hometown of Perth with her newly-minted Master’s degree and opened The Music Circle — offering piano and voice lessons in her home studio. That studio grew rapidly, and in 2018 Taisha purchased Arts in Motion Perth School of Dance and changed her company name to Omnes Arts Circle (pronounced Omm-ness, meaning “all” in Latin). Omnes now offers classes in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, and has thankfully weathered the pandemic! theHu......
By Jeff Mills
Age-Friendly North Lanark wants to share the good news about the incredible seniors of our area. The 31,990 people aged 65-plus make up 22% of Lanark County’s total population but are often perceived as clients in need rather than the good citizens they are — sharing their gifts and making our communities the special places we cherish. Add in those aged 55+ and the percentage is just shy of 40%.
“Dispatches from an Age-Friendly Community” is an appreciative advocacy project shining a light on our elders, their contribution, and their value. In the words of Cormac Russell, we want to ......
Field Naturalists Talks - theHumm October 2021
The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will continue their series of Zoom nature talks on the theme of “Human Interactions with the Natural World”.
Humans interact with the environment through use of resources and production of wastes. As the global population continues to grow, so does our impact on the environment. Advances in science and technology have helped us to exploit the environment, but in the process we have destabilized long-standing ecological balances.
Our talk on October 21 will feature Dr. Cindy Chu, a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Dr. Chu......
Typing with One Hand - theHumm October 2021
By Glenda Jones
My Dad was an old-school two-finger typist of the Hunt & Peck method. But when he got going, it was pure music. Clack, clack, clack, ding, zzziipp!, and he’d throw the carriage back across to start the next line. He was as fast as any ten fingers touch typist, with very few mistakes. He used an antique upright Underwood with a crescent of keys that slapped against the paten with rapid fire speed. Ding, zzziipp! At the end of a page, he’d whip the paper out with a ......
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- Bane of All Things — a Début Novel
- Carleton Place Library Reopens to the Public
- Almonte Lectures
- A New Year: Determined Action! Lanark County Creates Its Climate Action Plan
- Birdhouse Bonanza 2022
- Not In My Back Yard? An Ode to Community Gardens