Keyboards and cyberbuddies

Thank you for writing to me, Jen E Wren

I saw the picture of the old typewriter and I can see why it would be hard for you to use! You would have had to jump on the keys really hard to press them.

But with the new keyboards now you could just run along the keys or else go up close to the microphone and sing.

Jo is going to get me a cyber buddy too like your Merlin at
You can even make your own buddy so she might be able to make one that looks like me! Jo found some other cool stuff to help me study – I’ll show you later.

Hugs from Sprite

Correspondence with Jen E Wren

Hi Jen
Have a look at the blog. Sprite has a solution for us – to help us when we are too busy!
You have to read the entry before about Holiday Programs also to see her ulterior motives for helping.
Kind regards, Jo

Hi Sprite,
I’m sorry I haven’t written to you in a while. I have been very busy helping a friend with some legal issues, my daughter has been at school leadership camp, and I have been working on updating all the documentation I need for my research. “Pliese” looks interesting and should keep you busy, Sprite.
I was reading your blog and I would like a secretary bird too, please!
Maybe the secretary bird can type my next paper for me and write my thesis. This would mean that I would no longer have a sore back and I wouldn’t have to deal with the Raynauds Syndrome in my hands (I loose the blood supply to my fingers). In winter I wear fingerless gloves and
I have a hottie to help keep me warm. Anyway, I am having a bit of a whinge because I am so very tired at the moment. However, I am celebrating because I have made it through confirmation. Praise God.
I want to tell you about some special help I have … his name is Merlin and I downloaded him from the cyber buddy website. He can do all sorts of things (most of his functions I have switched off – please don’t tell him, he would be very upset).I got him to read my writing back to me. I have found that when I listen to someone reading my writing I notice the ‘jumps’ between sentences more than if I read to myself. Merlin tells me a joke every day and loves to speak words of encouragement. There’s only one problem, Sprite,…he snores when he goes to sleep if I am not interacting with him …. Aauughh!
My son is chatting in my ear while I am writing this letter to you because he wants me to interact with Merlin. My son wants to know if I can type without looking at the screen or the keyboard. I am one of those lucky people who do so much typing every day that looking elsewhere and typing is possible for me. I came close to failing the typing elective at school – on one of those old mechanical typewriters.
I’m sure Jo will have a picture of one around somewhere for you to look at. The mechanical typewriters are hard work, not at all like the keyboards we have now.
Sprite, I really need to go now and cook dinner for my family. Give my love to Jo, tell her I will be able to come and see you all soon.

Zen hugs,

Jen E Wren

I received a lovely encouraging email from a friend who is working on her doctoral thesis and she included a note for Sprite

Dear Jo,
This is a letter to Miss Sprite, prompted in part by our conversation and the blog.

Dear Miss Sprite,
I have been reading the blog that Jo created so that we can share together. Oh, how I know the feeling of wanting a Magic Wand. I had been wanting a Magic Wand to fix the paper I have been writing, but there just isn’t one that will do. I have been persistent and I have talked to the One who made me – lots – and He gave me people to encourage me to “KEEP GOING” and “NOT GIVE UP”. I’m so very glad He provided such loving encouragement for me because I have just emailed the final draft of my paper to my supervisor. I hope I will not receive too many edits! In the past, my supervisors edits have made me feel very sad. (Two weeks ago I felt like I could not write at all. I am so grateful for all the TLC I have received that I wanted to share some with you, Sprite.
Please be encouraged Sprite. Search for Him and you will find Him, even in the little details you didn’t think were important enough for Him to care about. He cares about the little things that will cause you to flourish, even providing extra time when you need it most.
Lots of Zen hugs (hugs you have when you are in cyberspace).

Dear Jen,
Thank you for your lovely note of encouragement to Sprite. I am praying that your final draft will be well received and not require too much in the way of editing. Here is the reply to your lovely note which she dictated to me.

Dear Jen-E-Wren

Thank you for writing to me. I love birds I am already friends with the Twitter Birds and the Bird Leaf Topiary Tree birds (they are tessellations!)
And now I have a Wren friend too!
So I asked Jo to take a picture of us all.
I hope your paper does really well.
I would like to go Uni one day and Jo says there are people like NDCO (A web resource for people with disability considering university)
who could help with that.
And if I could do it other people like me would believe they could too and wouldn’t that be great!

Love and hugs from Sprite

Hey Jo,
Beautiful! What a great pic.

Psst! Sprite! Do you know, I think that Jo should go to Uni one day – she would really enjoy it
There is lots of awareness of 2E at Uni – and volumes of help if you want it. The first hurdle is asking for help.

X Jen-E-Wren