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The Computer Spirit
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Joyce S. Kaye, MSW,
The Computer Spirit (known as The Computer Therapist in a prior lifetime), is a computer geek and people-person who understands business and computer applications and thrives on the challenge of communicating that understanding clearly. Specializing in Constant Contact e-newsletters and "living" WordPress websites, Joyce brings her creativity, love of people and Spirit*, and computer expertise together to empower individuals and assure them they are not alone. 
sidebargodword * Read a little bit more about Joyce's meaning around such words as Spirit, God, The Presence.
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"Give a person a fish
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and they eat for a lifetime."
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"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always."
- Mahatma Gandhi
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Joyce is co-author of Labyrinth Learning's book on Microsoft® Office Outlook 2003. A popular choice for schools and industry training programs, as well as for individual step-by-step learning, it's still available and still quite helpful in grasping Outlook no matter which version you're using.
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Vol. 1, Issue 4  |  April 2012
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I recently read the following phrase in Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart : "... service, to make our care and love visible" (page 269). It not only touched my heart, but gave me clarity about what I'd been experiencing.

For me, there are two types of volunteer work. First, there's the machine/mind-type stuff: ya know, like administration, operations, and, computer-related projects. Then, there's working with people heart-to-heart. I've often been quick to say "Yes!" when asked to use my strong operations and geek skills, but I find that they don't really nourish my soul. Sure, they help the person/organization, and I know my work is appreciated. But that's not the type of volunteer work that really connects me to people, to Source.

Since most of my service work the past several years had been of the mind variety, I had felt something increasingly missing in my soul. And, after reading the above quote, I realized why: I wasn't spreading my caring and love around enough.

So, over the past few months I have actively sought out being of service directly helping people with their life situations. For example, at Verde Valley Caregivers, heartI've been conducting "New Neighbor" interviews, visiting folks who are homebound, driving people to appointments, and disseminating information to those seeking assistance either for themselves or their loved ones. [Yes, I've been doing computer-related work too :).] Since any (and every) interaction with another is, as A Course in Miracles states, a Holy Encounter, I've found this service work most gratifying to the heart, to my soul. And, I know that I have indeed been of service to Neighbors.

It is in this service capacity that I am connecting spirit-to-spirit (-to-Spirit), and making my care and concern - my love - visible. How awesome is that?! It's win-win-win all the way around, and surely is contributing to a better world. I am grateful to be making my caring and love visible to an ever-widening number of people - including you!



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P.S. I'd love to hear what connects you heart-to-heart with people... What does service mean to you? Email me...

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Cultural diversityAnn-Marie Casoria, Director of The Omega Vector, a self-knowledge program for those who wish to lead more effective lives, recently wrote of an experience that left me - and I'm sure others on her mailing list - with a sweet feeling of joy and hope for a unified world. I thought I'd share it with you, and she has graciously given consent to me to reprint her story.

Upon pulling up to a red light, I glanced over to the pedestrians waiting to cross the street.

There were only 2 men. First was a business man, wearing a suit and tie, carrying a brief case. The second was a younger man, baggy pants, backwards baseball cap, carrying a skateboard.
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General Computer Tips


Oops! In last month's issue, in the article "The Fabulous, Fun, Format Painter," I neglected to say that the Format Painter is also available in Outlook in addition to Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.


Keyboard Shortcuts


control-command keysShortcut keys help provide an easier and quicker method of navigating and using computer software programs. Shortcut keys are commonly accessed by using the Alt (on IBM compatible computers), Command (on Apple computers), Ctrl, or Shift keys in conjunction with a single letter or some other key.

The standard for listing a shortcut is stating the modifier key, a plus symbol, and the single character or other key. For example, "Alt+S" means to press the Alt key and while continuing to hold it, press the S key to perform the action.

As you begin to memorize shortcut keys, you'll notice that many applications share the same shortcut keys. Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts to use in Microsoft and Apple products not only helps you get your work done faster, but is also more efficient.

Note that the modifier key will do nothing by itself, so don't worry about blowing up your computer!

So, here's some examples:













Select All



Undo an action



Redo an action



Switch between programs



Go to the Desktop


F11 (or Fn+F11)

There are many more shortcuts for use in Microsoft Office, operating systems, browsers, and other programs.

To learn more about keyboard shortcuts for a PC, visit the Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/organization/compshortcuts.aspx.

To learn more Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts, visit the Apple website:     http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343.

And, spend less than three minutes viewing the video "15 Best Keyboard Shortcuts Ever (Mac & PC)" to learn some other nifty shortcuts that will save you time - they're fun too!
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Emails and Philodendrons
(or, 3 Ways to Maintain Your Growing Email List)


philodendronAll lists need a little upkeep to stay healthy and keep communications relevant. How is a permission-based email list like a Philodendron plant (well, it is spring, ya know)?

Answer: You want both to grow in size and expand their reach. And, like a Philodendron, a growing email list needs some care and maintenance along the way to ensure healthy growth continues. Giving a little TLC to your list also helps reinforce that you're continuing to send relevant information to each of your subscribers.

Here are three ways for maintaining a healthy email list:

1. Segment your list
2. Prune the bounces
3. Trim those who don't engage

Segment your list
Pamela Adams says that when you have a larger list and send everything to everyone, you're basically doing what her friend calls "spraying and praying" - you're playing the numbers game and hoping that more people will open your messages. In reality creating smaller, targeted lists gets you better results. Letting subscribers choose which list they want to be on allows them to tell you what they want to hear, and it means you can send more relevant emails to those who want to receive them. A few examples of how business or organizations could segment their lists. Read more...

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Website Development/WordPress
What's RSS? 


Logo RSSRSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that is used to keep track of your favorite websites and their blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video. The main benefit of RSS is that it enables you to stay connected with your favorite websites without having to actually visit them!

In the 'old days' of the Web, to keep track of updates on a website you had to 'bookmark' or add a website as a 'favorite' in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you without cluttering your Inbox with e-mail messages.

An RSS document (which is called feed) contains either a summary or the full content from a website. Many people describe it as a 'news feed' that you subscribe to. Once you subscribe to a particular RSS feed, you will automatically receive updates from the website that publishes the feed, whenever they release new content.

The following video link illustrates the process in plain English:

Note that you can set up RSS feeds directly in Microsoft® Outlook. If you need help doing so, feel free to email me.
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Included in the Daily Word last month was: "The start of spring brings a sense of bounty as new life awakens from the drowsiness of winter. I cultivate a springtime consciousness of newness and abundance by calling forth the divine blessings available to me now."


I call forth divine blessings for you and me both, now!


Yours in Spirit,
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Joyce S. Kaye
The Computer Spirit 
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bottomgodwordJoyce "came to believe" in a Higher Power about 22 years ago.  Thanks to hearing the novel idea about choosing your own concept of God, Joyce immediately embarked on a new way of thinking, a new way of living, a new way of being in the world and with others.  Since that time of commencing her conscious spiritual journey, she has endeavored to remember The Presence in all that is, all whom she meets, and all that she does - including working with others and their computer projects!

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