Posts By: Lonita Fraser

Lonita Fraser

Along with trying to learn how to play bass and making art (which involves a glorious amount of mess), I also study Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, which is a Japanese martial art involving drawing and cutting with the sword, and I sing, mostly jazz.

I was delighted the day I discovered transcription. It’s generalised work not involving specialised training as medical and legal do, that covers the gamut from short recordings of people’s dream diaries, to hours-long university lectures on sociology. If I hadn’t signed an NDA I could tell you the strangest thing I’ve ever had to deal with on that job. But it’ll just have to remain a mystery! It is the first time in my many decades on this earth that I have found work that suits my education, my life experience, my knowledge, and my temperment. Working from home on a contract basis also gives me a rare, and cherished, life flexibility that allows me to pursue other things–or simply to take a nap in the middle of the day if I want to.

I do have a severe vision impairment that has impacted my life from birth. But, while it has been a mighty struggle at times in more ways than I care to go into here, it hasn’t gotten in the way of everything. With my art, even, it’s actually been somewhat of a help. It helps that I like abstract art when sometimes I can’t see the details of what I’m doing!

You can find me online at the places below:

Conference Connections

Know of a conference that is not on this list? Contact with the details and we’ll list it in Conference Connections. CADE AND THIS IS IT 2004 CONFERENCE May 30-June 2 Conference Theme: Pioneers in a New Age York University, Toronto, Ontario, Contact: Division of Continuing Education; Ph: 416-736-5616; Fax: 416-650-8042; Email:… Read more »


Have you been looking for something to do with all those books you have laying around that you can’t keep for whatever reason? BookCrossing is one of the more unique ways to simply give your books away. The idea is to register your books with, then give them away to a friend, charity, or… Read more »

Sites of Interest

How Stuff Works – Widely recognized as the leading source for clear, reliable explanations of how everything around us actually works. Through their flagship site, a popular series of books, an acclaimed kids’ magazine, as well as many other ventures, the award-winning company has helped demystify the world for millions of curious people. NASA… Read more »

Review Clues

Sometimes as exam time approaches we are seized with a panicky idea that we aren’t prepared. To help ensure you’re prepared for any upcoming testing, don’t forget the following things (which may seem like common sense, but when we’re panicked, sometimes we forget important details): Make sure you’ve completed all reading and assignments, attended all… Read more »

Sites of Interest

World Lecture Hall World Lecture Hall publishes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language. Some courses are delivered entirely over the Internet. Others are designed for students in residence. Many fall somewhere in between. In all cases, they can be visited by… Read more »


One of the more difficult tasks facing any student is that of finding a job. Information on jobs is scattered all over the Internet and newspaper classified sections, in some not very consistent ways, which makes the task of finding available work that much more difficult. Even if you do find it, you might be… Read more »

Sites of Interest

Early Canadiana A project to provide access to Canada’s published heritage Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to over 1,522,000 pages of Canada’s printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century. Reviews, articles, and resources devoted… Read more »

Best Test

It’s exam day, or almost. To make sure you’re as prepared as possible, you’re thinking: “¢ Be ready: Self-test to ensure you know your material. “¢ Be rested: Lack of sleep doesn’t help your powers of recollection and concentration. All-nighters can actually cause more problems than they can solve. “¢ Be fed: Food is fuel… Read more »

Blank It

I’m a big fan of blank notebooks, of all shapes and sizes, and I’ve found a very nifty use for those smaller sized ones: Your Personal Course Encyclopedia, Desk Reference, or Dictionary. If you keep one of those small books handy while you’re studying, you can note down definitions of key terms, mathematical equations, etc…. Read more »

Body Break

You may think that studying for several hours straight without ceasing is a good use of your time. While studying a lot might do wonders, it’s actually helpful to take breaks now and then. Every half-hour or hour, take a little break – fiteen minutes is the usual. It’ll help keep you fresh and your… Read more »