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By Raymond M. Vetter, CER

At times we become so accustomed to our transcription routine that we forget our own creativity. Many of us remember using transcriber machines to prepare transcripts from cassette tapes before digital became the preferred tool of our trade. These machines varied distinctly in quality and had a reputation for frequent breakdowns. The breakdowns were, perhaps, due to the constant play/rewind needs of court and legal transcription and the continuous stress to the mechanics of the unit.  A tape played on any unit, be it Panasonic, Sony, Lanier, Olympus, etc., varied greatly in sound from machine to machine, and once they broke and were sent for repair they were never the same. We continue to hope that reporters cease and desist from analog cassette recordings and move competently to digital recording, but old habits die hard, especially among my older generation.

I recently was assigned a 3-day administrative hearing docket on cassette tapes.  My client kindly provided a transcriber unit and foot pedal. I have known their reporter for over 25 years and know him to be expert at this type of hearing, able to provide fine quality recordings and overly detailed notes. I have always happily transcribed his work. One large problem: the recordings sounded terrible and were nearly untranscribable.  Indeed, I was near despair after too many attempts at completing the job. Before giving in, however, I fired up the little grey cells and considered my options.

Lo and behold, creativity kicked in. I played the tape on an old, high quality deck I still had and never used, and discovered that they were definitely very fine recordings. The problem was the rejected, refurbished and renovated transcriber unit.  I put out word via Facebook to my chorus membership of over 70 contacts, and was able to borrow an old (covered in dust) boombox with cassette player. Once I had downloaded free Audacity software to my laptop, I patched the boombox to the laptop and digitally recorded all the tapes. It did take actual play time but it enabled me to use the noise reduction feature to make the new files of even higher quality, and convert them to WMA files to use on my digital player. The result, with minimal creativity, was a collection of fine digital audio files which let me produce complete and accurate transcripts at my highest personal production rate.

Moral of this little story: we all have tremendous experience upon which to draw. Our work keeps us alert and engaged and can help us find solutions with a bit of effort and a lot of friends and associates. Feel free to use the AAERT site or the Facebook group more often to exchange ideas and experience.

Raymond M. Vetter, CER, is a native of New Jersey who now resides in Tucson, Arizona. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC and received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Arabic and a minor in Spanish. He also attended two separate scholarship terms at the American University in Cairo, Egypt for furtherance of Arabic studies. Raymond, a former AAERT board member, reported for 28 years and currently works part-time as a transcriptionist and interacts with the AAERT Certification Committee and as a member of the Education Committee.





More Mysterious Words by Laurel Stoddard




____1. panjandrum





a.  relating to dreams


____2.  cognoscenti




b.  courage and fortitude


____3.  ouroboros




c.  dark and gloomy


____4.  phthisis




d.  those with superior knowledge


____5.  epistolary




e.  closely massed body of persons


____6.  oneiric




f.  pretentious official


____7.  palimpsest




g.  symbol of infinity


____8.  phalanx




h.  pulmonary tuberculosis


____9.  mettle




i.  contained in letters


____10.  tenebrous




j.  blank slate


Don’t peek until you are done!

Answers: 1.f., 2.d., 3.g.,4.h., 5.i., 6.a., 7.j., 8.e., 9.b., 10.c.

stoddard   By Laurel Stoddard, CET





As the newly elected president of AAERT, it is an honor for me to assume this office, and I pledge to do my best to further the mission of AAERT. My intent is to share my personal message with each of you as members over my term as president.

If you were unable to attend our AAERT 2016 conference in Phoenix, I look forward to meeting and chatting with you in person in 2017. Months before our Phoenix conference and while the snow was still flying, Executive Director Mike Tannen and T-TEAM together with our conference committee put together an outstanding program. The speakers and their presentations were informative and professional. I gathered new ideas and new insight into areas that are relevant to our work as reporters and transcribers. Vendors demonstrated their technical products. Speakers engaged our imaginations by projecting the future of court reporting, I met members and attendees from all over the world. Why not start planning now to attend AAERT Conference 2017? Where will we convene? AAERT 2017 will meet at the Marriott Northwest at Galleria, Atlanta, Georgia, a 10-minute stroll from the glorious new complex, The Battery. The location hits the bull’s eye for conference, dining, sightseeing, and family activities. For a preview, go to

I want to take a moment to acknowledge our immediate past president, Buck Ewing. During Buck’s two years as president, he took on and directed some mammoth tasks. He responded to our members’ needs with the creation of educational school standards, the first AAERT-approved curriculum and school, and the rebranding of our association. He tirelessly fought for the one-director amendment to the bylaws and established CEUs available online at an affordable cost to our members. These are just a few of his many accomplishments. I want to truly thank Buck for his time, his outstanding service and his dedication to our association.

What does the future look like for AAERT? From its inception in 1992, AAERT has cultivated its membership, its objectives, and the valuable content offered to members. We have attained a respected and professional standing across the United States. Our certification and testing procedures are now utilized by reporters and transcribers in other countries. In the early days, people such as Bill Wagner, CET; Karl Fuss, CET; Connie Rill; Steve Townsend; Jan Harris, CER, CET; Jim Bowen, CER; and others led the pack and blazed the trails. The activity was intense and time consuming.

Now that we have arrived at 2016/2017, AAERT will begin the implementation of the 4DX or 4 Disciplines of Execution. Our main focus is to provide heightened efforts to test and certify more members. All committees are developing goals and objectives designed to take AAERT’s mission to the next level.

The Education Committee, chaired by Betsy Ertel, already has an industrious plan in the works. In addition to her 4DX or Four Disciplines of the Excellence management system goals, her hand-picked committee members will be reviewing schools and programs for approval. To provide easy and affordable access to CEUs, her committee will be actively building our CEU material in an online library through our newly acquired Learning Management System or LMS.

The Certification Committee, chaired by K.C. Corbin, CER, CET, will be working to increase the number of her committee members. This will help to minimize the time it takes to obtain results from the transcriber practical exams. AAERT’s Best Practices Guide will be reviewed and examined in depth by K.C. and her committee for updates and suggested changes. My goal is to add tothe guide by incorporating and addressing court reporting in the freelance market. More details will be forthcoming.

Our Membership Committee is chaired by Lisa Dees. Lisa brings vast experience to the table. She has worked in the courtroom as an official reporter, outside the courtroom as a freelance court reporter, and as a firm owner. In addition, she has experience as a vendor for digital recording solutions. Her committee will work closely with the other committees to increase and enhance membership through the 4DX process.

Rick Russell is the chair of the Government Relations Committee. Last spring, Rick and Mary Ann Lutz, CER, CET led the fight for electronic court reporting in the California Family Courts. California Assembly Bill 1834 was tabled to hold the bill in committee without a vote. The war still rages on in many states that oppose alternative methods of court reporting. There are still states that have stenotype-only rules that prohibit alternative methods of court reporting. Rick and his committee members are charged with making progress in those states and with government agencies and to work aggressively for adoption of our certifications.

Heading up our Communications Committee is a long-time volunteer, the Editor-in-Chief of The Court Reporter and former office holder, Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET. Gail has done a fantastic job chairing the Social Media and Newsletter committees in the past. She brings great experience and knowledge about our profession that she shares with us daily. She truly is a bibliophile and professional. I look forward to working with her this coming year in spreading the word about our profession.

The ad hoc committee on Bylaws, chaired by Attorney Linda Rohman, will review our official Bylaws. She, along with Buck Ewing, will recommend changes that need to be made to our bylaws to bring them current with today’s standards. Buck will also be working with Linda to create our Policies and Procedures Manual. These efforts will assure compliance and keep the legal requirements for our association up to date and relevant.

I am happy to announce that AAERT has renewed its relationship with T-TEAM Management. Mike Tannen, CSEP and his team including Sherry Simmons, CER and Maria Tannen, provide the critical support our association requires to run successfully throughout the year. Mike will be taking a larger role in our Atlanta 2017 conference program. I am excited about this opportunity. We hope to assemble a group of presenters and vendors that will amaze yet educate you. Plan now to attend AAERT 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Finally, I plan to bring new opportunities to our members. This will include AAERT’s continued advancement into the freelance court reporting market. A recent study conducted by Ducker Worldwide entitled Court Reporting Industry Outlook Report, states that there will be a shortfall of 5,500 court reporters nationally by 2018. The largest segment in our industry is the freelance reporter, approximately 72%. This huge, billion-dollar market is virtually untapped by electronic court reporters. AAERT will augment our certification programs by helping to educate our members on the skills needed to fill the projected shortage of court reporters. Digital recording has become the record of choice now in many courtrooms and venues. The benefits for our members include a multitude of job opportunities and the income to match those opportunities whether it is in the official or the freelance market.

Be assured that AAERT’s leadership has perseverance, the drive to work, and the focused attentiveness to accomplish these loftygoals. Future opportunities are an open door for those who educate, train, and certify. If you have not volunteered to work with one of our committees, please reach out to any AAERT board member or any committee chairperson. Whatever you can offer, whether it be a few hours, suggestions, or ideas constitute a valuable contribution to our committee work. The rewards are knowledge, networking, camaraderie, and the satisfaction that you have contributed to your profession.

A skilled hunter is passionate, motivated, patient, focused, endorses strong ethics, and enjoys the journey as much as the catch. As AAERT’s newly elected President, join me, the Hunt, in the hunt.

Geoffrey L. Hunt, AAERT President


There’s No Place Like Home

by Gina Gattone, CET
They say that living abroad makes you appreciate what you have back home. Eleven years ago, I took my second trip from my home in Chicago to Argentina. I fell in love with my husband, a Spanish-Italian native of the port city, and moved to Buenos Aires a year later. It took some getting used to living in a metropolitan area of 13 million people, but we live simply, we love our neighborhood, and we have a happy little family.

Through our frequent visits and technology, I get to see my family often. But I don’t think I’ll ever get over missing the snow, especially during the winter holidays. And even though I can hop on a two-hour flight and be in Patagonia walking across a glacier surrounded by spectacular views with lots of ice and snow year-round, it’s not the same as making snow angels in front of your own home. During the rest of the year, I miss getting in a car to go to the grocery store and being able to pick out fruits and vegetables that aren’t in season. I miss waffles and doughnuts and all kinds of foods that are hard to find here. I’ve adapted though. I walk everywhere and eat healthier than I have in my entire life.

When my kids were old enough to start going to pre-school, I was a stay-at-home mom and wanted to find a job that was going to allow me to work at home for the short period of time that I had available; something that might allow me to use my specific skills acquired in my studies and that would keep me connected to my home in the U.S.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in anthropological linguistics. At university I was taught to perform detailed linguistic transcription looking at structures and codes of the language as well as seeking out the broader meaning of the cultural significance of what is being said. With some guidance from my sister, I discovered AAERT and the field of legal transcription. It seemed like it might be a profession that would allow me to use that skill I had honed in college. Happily, legal transcription has proven to be the perfect fit for me. I became certified, and I found a job that I love. I’m constantly challenged, and I love the people with whom I work.

I notice that a lot of people see me light up when I talk about my work. So I get asked the question, “What do you do?” a lot. When I tell people that I’m a transcriptionist, I usually need to follow that up with a little explanation of the difference between transcription and translation. Sometimes I just have to say, “I type out legal hearings in the U.S. from English to English.” For the most part, this subject piques a lot of people’s interest. I seem to be surrounded by family and friends who are lawyers and judges, and they have lots of questions about my work because the U.S. court system is different, fascinating, and most importantly, as they say, it’s honorable.

I get asked what I like about my work, and I like to tell them that it’s the criminal trials. Jokingly, I tell them that nobody has ever written a “Law and Order” civil trial series for a reason. That’s not to say that there are civil trials that aren’t interesting. On the contrary: there are some that are downright intriguing.

There are a few odd differences that I’ve noticed living here in Argentina as far as lawyers, the law, and the courts are concerned. For example, here in Argentina, when one becomes a lawyer, they get the title, “doctor” because they are “juris doctors.” This title stays with them whether or not they practice law. If they do go on to practice law and eventually get appointed as a judge to a certain court or “tribunal,” as they call them here, they are privileged to no longer have to pay income taxes — something that runs at about forty percent of the income here.

One really important difference is that jury trials are not available here in the same way as they are in the U.S., and just knowing that fact is quite emotional for me, especially when I have the opportunity to transcribe a jury trial.

In the Constitution of Argentina, there is a provision allowing for jury trials in certain penal cases. However, the courts are in a losing battle between their wanting to provide a jury trial according to the Constitution and limited resources and funds; judges who feel that an adequate jury would be impossible due to lack of education of the eligible participants; as well as the fear of an absolute impossibility of an impartial jury due to media (TV and newspaper) intervention. In the last two years, there have been a handful of jury trials in Argentina in the more rural provinces of Cordoba and Neuquen. The first jury trial to happen in the province of Buenos Aires took place in July of 2015. Just to be clear: literally one handful, five jury trials, have occurred in the last two years in Argentina. The Argentine Constitution does not allow for jury trials on civil cases.

Another problem that Argentina’s court system must face is transparency and its history of corruption. When the most recent jury was interviewed by the newspaper “La Nacion” last year, some said that they were literally trembling with fear that they would be picked for this job. They don’t know if someone is going to try to sway their judgment by threats, if they would have fear for their welfare afterwards, or even if they could handle the intense stress that comes with deciding a verdict. In Argentina, if the jury decides a guilty verdict, the defendant loses his right to an appeal.

As I look out the window of my office, I see people walking down the street and I wonder if they know their rights. They probably have thought about their rights of self-expression or their right to assemble as they love to protest anything and everything here, but they probably have given little thought to their rights of due process of law. If ever they were accused of a crime, even though the Argentine Constitution allows for a jury trial, it more than likely would not happen.

When I’m transcribing a change of plea and I hear the judge say, “You have the right to a jury trial,” it makes me pause to think about the due process that I rarely gave thought to years ago. When I have the opportunity to transcribe a jury trial, I work through the frustrations of trying to understand mumbling prospective jurors, the lawyers who like to walk around the courtroom away from the microphones, and that one juror with the cough who manages to sit in front of the microphone on every jury.

All kidding aside, it reminds me of how fortunate we are in the United States to have a complicated system that protects our citizens, in comparison to other court systems throughout the world. Knowing that I am part of this honorable process not only connects me to my home, but is a fulfilling and yet humbling experience.

Gina Gattone is an AAERT Certified Electronic Transcriber.

Men of Honor

by Valori Weber, CET


I love my job. In the ten years since becoming a Digital Reporter, I have been lucky to have traveled to many different states and reported in numerous courtrooms. I have come across some unique courtrooms in my travels, but one of the most beautiful and interesting courtrooms I have reported in is in my own backyard here in Portland, Oregon, Courtroom 71 at the Gus J. Solomon United States Courthouse. This is where the courtroom scene in “Men of Honor” was filmed, starring Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The picture shown is of me on the judge’s bench in that courtroom. I was photographed by the security officer after everyone left at the end of the day. This courtroom represents a fantastic piece of architecture, and I could not help but feel a bit important just by being in that room.

I also researched other courthouses in Oregon and found some rich history. The Benton County Courthouse located in Corvallis is considered to be the oldest active courthouse still used for its original purpose in the State of Oregon. This courthouse was designed by Delos D. Neer, a prominent Portland Architect, and is located at 120 NW Fourth Street in Corvallis, Oregon 97330. Neer described the style used as resembling “an Italian villa with a military influence.” Local stone and brick went into the structure, which cost less than $70,000 to build and furnish in 1889. The Courthouse opened for business on November 4, 1889, when the Honorable Judge R. S. Bean presided over the first circuit court session at this location.

Pioneer Courthouse, located in Portland, Oregon, is the second oldest federal courthouse west of the Mississippi River. It has been home since 1875 to the United States Courts in the State of Oregon and is currently the Oregon home for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Matthew Paul Deady, the Oregon Territory’s pre-eminent jurist and subsequently Oregon’s first federal judge, requested in the early 1860s that the federal district court be moved from Salem to Portland, thereby initiating the effort to make Portland its home. Completed in 1875, Pioneer Courthouse has remained at the city’s geographic and commercial center. Construction on the Pioneer Courthouse began in 1869. The courthouse was formally opened and dedicated when it was completed six years later. The photo of this lovely building is the view of the restored courthouse at night from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Anyone interested in sharing history of courthouses in your backyards? I would love to hear about them. Email me at:

Valori Weber operates Weber Reporting Corporation, a reporting/transcription firm based in Portland, Oregon. She previously operated a successful court reporting/transcription company, Western Deposition & Transcription, LLC, in Denver, Colorado before relocating to the Northwest in 2011. Valori recently bought a house that’s over 100 years old in Salem, Oregon that she is renovating and plans to flip the house.

Huaka’i Lo’ihi or Long Journey


Huaka’i Lo’ihi or Long Journey
by Susan Leong, CET

Training for a marathon is in many ways like training to become a Certified Electronic Transcriber. It takes hard work and perseverance. I have had the memorable experience of running in five marathons; participating in a mini-triathlon; doing a 100 mile bike ride all in the beautiful State of Hawaii. After 35 years of living in Hawaii, I ventured to the mainland where I began my training in the world of court and freelance reporting. This is the story of my journey to the land of electronic transcription.


I was born in Dayton, Ohio but raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where I lived for 35 years. Being a female born into the Chinese culture presents interesting challenges, but there is an upside to being a middle child. An article written by Lynne Griffin, R.N., M.Ed. and published in Psychology Today states: “Although middles are neglected by both parents and teachers, they actually benefit from this in the long run. They become more independent, think outside the box, feel less pressure to conform, and are more empathetic.”1 I believe it was my fortune of being a middle child that helped me achieve some great accomplishments in my life.

I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Home Economics with an emphasis in Human Development in 1974 from the University of Hawaii. After graduation, I was able to secure a position at the beautiful Hilton Hawaiian Village where I spent 12 years, starting out as a clerk and leaving as the Director of Personnel which is referred to as Human Resources in present day nomenclature.

I have always had an interest in law, but law school was financially out of reach. So I did the next best thing. Around 1985, I applied for and was accepted into the paralegal program at Kapiolani Community College. Being a single parent of three young children and holding down a full-time job was daunting at times. When the opportunity to start anew presented itself, I lunged at it. Although that decision forced me to leave my paralegal studies (I was one course shy of earning my Associates Degree), the benefit of leaving Hawaii and the paralegal program outweighed any loss that resulted in the decision to start a new life.


With three young children in tow and with as many belongings that could be packed in two weeks, the kids and I headed for Big Rapids, Michigan where I attended Ferris State University. What a culture shock! The ground never froze in Hawaii. Three years later, I earned an Associate’s Degree in court and freelance reporting. At the recommendation of a classmate, I did my court reporting internship at the Maricopa County Superior Court in the State of Arizona. Having been exposed somewhat to the lifestyle and cost of living in Arizona through my internship and after graduation from Ferris, the children and I moved to Arizona in 1991.

I applied for a position at the Maricopa County Superior Court, but I was not hired. Five and a half years later, I applied again at Maricopa County Superior Court and secured a position as a courtroom clerk. During my four years as a clerk, my learning continued, and I became very familiar with courtroom procedures.

Arizona is a beautiful state, but it does have its idiosyncrasies. Some of the unusual features include Valley fever, which I contracted along with pneumonia and asthma, which kept me down for some time and drained my savings. When I was strong enough, I took jobs through temp agencies and eventually landed a full-time position at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. I earned certification as a nursing assistant and was exposed to the medical field for five years.


Four years later, an opportunity arose which was irresistible and that was a chance to become a judicial assistant. Fifteen years later, I am still a judicial assistant and have worked for the same judge since that time. However, my interest in court reporting never waned, and the world of electronic transcription opened its door for me. I stepped in and absolutely love electronic transcription. I am now a CET and transcribe on a part-time basis. After retirement from the court system, my goal is to do transcription on a full-time or almost a full-time basis.

My years at the hospital and in the court system are a tremendous benefit to my life as a transcriptionist, especially when the transcriptionist is not a witness to what is going on in the courtroom. I hope that my story will serve as an inspiration to anyone who is struggling to keep the faith and endure in order to achieve a professional goal or any other goal in life.

Susan M. Leong, CET is a Judicial Assistant at the Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Hawaii and an Associate’s Degree from Ferris State University in court and freelance reporting. She also holds certifications as a nursing assistant and a legal document preparer in the state of Arizona. Ms. Leong is an AAERT Certified Electronic Transcriptionist, current member of AAERT. and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.




We hear so often how much the world has shrunk. Now technology can put us anywhere at any time courtesy of VoIP lines, unlimited cell phone use, conference calls, screen-sharing, and virtual meeting rooms.

There are few industries that demonstrate that like ours. As a transcriber, you can live anywhere, and as long as you have a good Internet connection, you can receive audio, transcribe it, and upload the completed product. You can talk to clients on your cell phone without having to worry about long distance charges. As a court reporter, you’re currently a bit more bound to one location, but that’s rapidly changing. More and more, people are setting up remote depositions, and within a few years, this will likely be commonplace.

What does it all mean? Well, I’ll tell you what it means to me. It means that it’s time for me to shrink my own world, too. I’m planning ahead. My daughter graduates in four years, and then I have an empty nest. I’m thinking about how I want to live my life when she’s gone. I love to travel. I have friends all over the country, thanks to working with a big team of awesome people all over the United States. And I discovered something in the past few years: I like cozy places.

I first discovered my love of cozy places when my stepson moved in with me and we didn’t have enough space. I moved my office out of the living room into a large-ish closet. It was big enough to hold my computer, my desk chair, and it had a light and strangely, a little window to let in natural light. I loved that space! I still miss it! Ever since that experience, I noticed that I’d see big houses and think, ‘Eh, it’s okay. It’d be nicer if it was smaller.’ So when my friend introduced me to the tiny house movement, I was immediately hooked.

If you haven’t heard of the tiny house movement, watch an episode or two of Tiny House Nation on HGTV or watch some videos from Careful, though. You may get as hooked as I did! In a nutshell, tiny houses are… well… tiny. They’re typically under 200 square feet, often 120 square feet or less. They are built on wheels. They’re not mobile homes, per se, though they are homes that are mobile. They’re more like an RV than a mobile home, but they have so much more class than an RV. They’re a home you can drive, rather than a vehicle you can live in. And they are as unique and individualized as you are.

If you explore the Internet, you’ll find simple, basic designs, you’ll find converted school buses and double-decker buses, you’ll find a castle truck with a rooftop tub, and you’ll find some of the most beautiful flowing designs ever. If you’ll forgive the oxymoron, I want a large tiny house, which is to say approximately 8-1/2 feet by 20 feet. I’m looking for a real home in which I can move freely, one where my daughter, and later my grandkids can visit — one at a time, anyway!

It’ll have solar panels to run the entire house so I don’t have to plug into the grid. It’ll have rain catchment so I don’t need a water hookup. My full-sized stove will run on propane so I can get my fuel at the store. I’m thinking ahead to when I’m old enough that steps are hard for me. I’m putting a guest room/den/office upstairs, but my bed will be hidden downstairs where I can easily pull it out into the living room.

So what will my future look like? I will be living in my own home with negligible monthly expenses: food, propane, cell phone, car insurance, and gas for the vehicle when I’m on the move. That’s about it.

I’ll get to travel whenever I want without having to take time off work or make arrangements for someone to watch my cat. I won’t ever have to waste a ton of time cleaning my home — half an hour will be enough to do it all. Instead of weekends off work spent chauffeuring my daughter, as I do now, I’ll chauffeur my house to somewhere interesting and new… maybe even somewhere I learned about in an audio file! And when I’m so old that I need someone to take care of me, I can park my beloved home behind my daughter’s house and have my own space to be me, yet only be a few feet away from my family.

So picture it: I might be in Florida, Arizona, Texas, or California for the winter. Perhaps I’ll be near DC for the spring so I can see the cherry blossoms. I’ll be in my sister’s or parents’ backyard for summers when my daughter’s home from college, but probably near a beach once she’s out of college. And I’m thinking that New England is a nice place to spend my autumns. Invitations to use your driveways are welcome!

I’ve got my work cut out for me in the upcoming years. Yes, I need to save to build my house, but that’s actually the easy part. You can build a tiny house for $10,000 – $25,000 depending on how fancy it is, though buying one already made could easily run $100K. The bigger work ahead includes designing the perfect house, paring down my current stash of stuff, which I’ve already started, and deciding who is going to build it. If it’s the local Amish carpenters, easy peasy! But if I want to do it myself… that’ll be a steep learning curve! Guess which direction I’m leaning toward?

I know I can’t really know what my life is going to look like four years from now, when I want to make this move. But I can plan anyway. And if it never happens, I’ll have had a great time designing the perfect home in my mind!

Dena Page has been an AAERT member since 2011 and currently sits on the Board of Directors. She started transcribing in 2008 and is currently working for a national reporting and transcription company. Dena has one incredible daughter, a couple cats, and a thirst for new information.

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