Beating the Odds

It’s not every day that you meet a published author, and have the opportunity to build a special connection with them, but through one of my posts in the Twitterverse, I came to know Bernice L. Rocque, fellow blogger, family historian, Continue reading

WordPress 500th Post Trophy Awarded!

Pokemons Celebrate

Pokemons Celebrate (Photo credit: Giphy)

Hard to believe, but I just received my latest WordPress trophy: for writing and publishing my 500th post. It’s a nice and unexpected gesture, especially after going without a single trophy for either one of my two blogs since March 2014 … an interminably long dry spell of non-recognition.

Cue to some celebratory music while we recap some of my other “achievements” that don’t get recognized with trophies, Continue reading

A Voyage Through Venery

Horses at Mrzli studenec on Pokljuka plateau (...

a herd of horses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To people who ask, “What is a group of [insert animals/occupations here] called?”, terms of venery are the collective nouns used to describe a grouping of like items.

While I am familiar with a pride of lions, a murder of crows, a herd of horses, a host of angels, a nest of vipers, a quiver of arrows, and a gaggle of geese, there are more that I was not familiar with, and are apropos or simply curious (understanding the etymology would be very helpful!) Here are a few of my favourites.

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What WordPress Has Taught Me

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

What has WordPress taught me? It’s a question with so many answers. How to keep my HTML skills sharp is the most obvious answer. I use the Text Editor quite often to tinker with the HTML (e.g. the blockquotes used in this post) or add more functionality (within the prescribed limits of a free WordPress blog, of course).

Maintaining a WordPress blog has enabled me to make connections with fellow bloggers all over the world. Whether I travel the world or not, I can be taken on rich and colourful adventures through the blog sites that I follow, and the rich commentary and imagery contained within them.

Blogging has also sustained my love of writing through the creation of regular blog posts, and Continue reading

Zemanta Related Posts Plugin — It’s Alive!

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Image via CrunchBase

I felt bereft about the sudden removal of the Zemanta related content (images/text) plugin from WordPress on January 2, 2014. Hunting for (and crediting) images took 20 minutes (compared to a minute before with this handy little tool). Appending Related Articles to blogposts — now that was completely impossible.

I was quite inconsolable (almost as if I had lost a beloved pet). After extensive poking around in the WordPress forums, I discovered that Zemanta still does exist, albeit in Continue reading

Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

English: Thinking, bright idea.

Thinking, bright idea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When and where do I my best thinking? In the bathroom? Definitely not; being on the throne does not dispose me to be my most creative; and besides, I’d rather be #1 than #2 — sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙂 Scratch the bathtub/shower, too; Archimedes, I’m not; and I would never get so carried away with an idea, no matter how earthshaking, that I would involuntarily streak through the streets announcing to one and all the greatest thing since sliced bread or the wheel. Plus, if someone heard me and got the idea patented first, I’d never let myself hear the end of it.

While running? Nah. I would be thinking about the pounding my feet would be taking, the thinness of oxygen in my lungs, and how much time it would take for the stomach cramps to subside. (Funny how I can play a couple hours of tennis or badminton without complaint, but three minutes of jogging will have me gasping like a fish out of water).  Continue reading

Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five

Plains Zebras (Equus quagga), more specificall...

equus quagga antiquorum (photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 26 letters in the English language, but I think we can make do with just twenty-five of them. Canadians can get away without using the last letter of the alphabet, because we can opt to go with the British way of writing things: ‘recognise’, ‘nationalise’, ‘visualise’, ‘commercialise’, etc. … you get the idea. Sure, at first, it may look a bit odd Anglicising words that we previously Americanised, but we’ll get over it. It looks more academic, high falutin, and old school, too, to use verbiage from Across the Pond. Even if we win things in a contest, we can call these items ‘awards’ or ‘winnings.’ Thank goodness for the ability to fall back on synonyms.  Continue reading

Daily Prompt: Bloggers, Unplugged


photo credit: nige_mar via flickr CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0

Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do I know when it’s time to unplug? What do I do to make it happen? I know when it’s time to unplug from my computer when one or more of these practical situations arise (in no particular order of urgency):

I’m running low on ideas for blog posts.
The creative juices for stirring prose and poetry are just not flowing during my waking hours, and even the WordPress Daily Prompts Continue reading

Finding Sensibility in a Dr. Seuss Book

Green Eggs and Ham

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I don’t recall mom or dad ever reading me bedtime stories. But by the age of 6, I do remember reading, in a rather halting voice, classic children’s tales like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and How to Eat Fried Worms to my classmates. It did beat nap times and messy fingerpainting sessions, hands down.

While authors Roald Dahl and Thomas Rockwell are memorable for titles like these, Dr Seuss has a special place in my heart, because he made life comprehensible to little ones in rhyming prose. He laid them out in nonsensical limericks, which were food for thought–even if (or maybe especially because) it was (m)uttered by whimsical creatures. A collection of inspirational quotes and practical advice, without the overt morality plays or covert guilt trips. Continue reading