Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time for a change....(Update)

For years I have posted to this site via uploads from Windows Live Writer. It is a program which I felt comfortable using and it was really easy to write, edit, and upload with. I have never liked Blogger's post editor. It just seems too clunky to me.
Recently a few things have converged that have made me want to move away from Blogger.
Sometime in 2014, I set up a page on Wordpress just so I could see how it worked. It is a pretty cool site but I'd heard some stories about their space limitations for images uploaded so I never posted directly to WP. Instead, I mirrored what was posted here on Blogger onto WP via an IFTTT (www.ifttt.com) recipe.
Then just recently I began having problems connecting with Blogger via Live Writer.
After some research, I discovered that Google had upgraded their authentication process and Microsoft was being really slow to adapt, of course.
Microsoft then announced that they were scrapping Live Writer and would not longer support it or update it. A group of volunteers have acquired the program from MS, stripped it of its proprietery coding and rebuilt it as openware (http://openlivewriter.org) but as of right now it does not connect with Blogger and does not have the plug-ins that were available in the MS version.
MS Live Writer will still access WP so I have reversed the flow of things. I will now be posting directly to WP and using Ifttt to mirror those posts onto Blogger. When developers start writing plug-ins for Open Live Writer, I will probably switch to it so that I have the latest updates.

So, anyway, this was a really long winded and boring way to say

Come see me over on Wordpress at https://tgford.wordpress.com/

PS. - As of 1/20/2016, I have turned off the Ifttt mirror so there will be no further updates to this blog on Blogger. Adios!

Review: Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden: The True Story of the Founding of Arlington National Cemetery

Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden: The True Story of the Founding of Arlington National Cemetery
Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden: The True Story of the Founding of Arlington National Cemetery by Carlo DeVito
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Focus, focus, focus

That’s my theme for 2016.

I finally heard about the supervisor position I applied for…

I was told that I was at the top of the list of candidates but the job posting was incorrect and should have included a degree requirement.
Basically, I`m the person for the job but since I don`t have a degree, I`m out. They are reposting a corrected job posting which will include the degree requirement.
I get it. A mistake was made and needed to be corrected but did it really take 6 months to get the cajones to admit it.


That means that I won`t get, as my friend Ann calls it, a “grown-up schedule”.
But that also means I have every other Monday off and my goal this year is to spend those Mondays focusing on my writing and photography. Two hobbies I really enjoy but don`t do enough of to be considered good.
So, here we go.


Filed under: Careers, Change, Goals, Life, Photography

Books I Read In 2015

  • 10 Biggest Challenges of Being a New Manager by Rick Grubb
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3) by Alan Bradley
  • All the Words Are Yours: Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson
  • An Age Of License by Lucy Knisley
  • Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton
  • Born to Be Awkward: Celebrating Those Imperfect Moments of Babyhood by Mike Bender
  • Collins Complete Photography Projects by John Garrett
  • Conversation Sparks: Trivia Worth Talking About by Ryan Chapman
  • Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown
  • Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
  • Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin
  • Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown
  • Happy Is the New Healthy by Dave Romanelli
  • How to Eat (Mindful Essentials) by Thich Nhat Hanh and Jason DeAntonis
  • How to Love (Mindful Essentials) by Thich Nhat Hanh and Jason DeAntonis
  • How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh and Jason DeAntonis
  • How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • How to Walk (Mindful Essentials) by Thich Nhat Hanh and Jason DeAntonis
  • I Don't Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) by Leah Hager Cohen
  • I Work At A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
  • Kids are Weird by Jeffrey Brown
  • My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut by Hannah Hart
  • Penguins with People Problems by Mary Laura Philpot
  • Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service by Kenneth H. Blanchard
  • Seashells, Gator Bones, and the Church of Everlasting Liability: Stories from a Small Florida Town in the 1930s by Susan Adger
  • Simple Truths by Kent Neburn
  • Swan Song by Robert McCammon
  • The 10 Commandments for Losing Fat, the Sane and Simple Way by Nia Shanks
  • The 10,000th Day and Other Stories by C.G. Freeman
  • The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Johnson, Spencer, M.D
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley
  • The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2) by Alan Bradley
  • The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder
  • The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren
  • Things I've Said to My Children by Nathan Ripperger
  • Three Early Stories (Illustrated) by J. D. Salinger
  • Untouchable by Cindy Skaggs
  • Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown
  • Wait for Me: And Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage by Judith Viorst
  • Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped by Gregg McBride
  • World's Shortest Stories: Murder. Love. Horror. Suspense. All This And Much More...by Steve Moss