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July 30, 2013

WP Daily Prompt 7/28/2013: Your Life Without Computer

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Hug for Walter, whose health problems are getting the best of him

 WP DAILY PROMPT 7/28/2013

YOUR LIFE WITHOUT COMPUTER:

WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

 The wordPress daily prompt for July 28, 2013, was Your Life Without Computer: What would it look like?

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White clouds against a light blue sky and a slight breeze accent the people-filled Ligonier Diamond during a summer concert presented by the Penn-Trafford Community Band.

Before the concert we were telling a friend, Lynn, about the Hungarian picnic we’d attended at Bethlen Homes earlier in the day. We mentioned the pig they roasted, and I pulled out my laptop to show her a picture.

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As the concert plays a section of Tomorrow I am writing this post. When it is finished I will attempt to write some poetry—necessarily crude because it is to be written by Mary, a character in my novel whose passion is writing poetry. Living on a farm in a remote part of Downeast Maine help her with her passion.

As a paraprofessional writer in multi-genres I have become lazy but more prolific in my writing due to the advantages of the computer. I type, cut and paste, arrange written thoughts and ideas with ease.

As a paraprofessional photographer I find the photoshops available to me are a great improvement over the darkroom chemicals, the disposal of which and the inhaling of which both create real problems.

I often wonder what would happen if the computer would become a non-entity in my life.

As the notes of Danny Boy float over me I know that (more…)

July 28, 2013

DuckDuckGo & Raspberry Pi

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Hugs for Fran and Jim

DUCKDUCKGO & RASPBERRY PI

Imagine finding a children’s name or a the name of a tasty dessert treat in the midst of the sophisticated Internet and electronics world.

That’s just what happened to me this past month.

I discovered

  • DuckDuckGo is a new Internet search engine, not the childhood game that entertained my children and the children in my family child care home.
  • Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard.

I wonder if Raspberry Pi comes with a whipped cream topping?

DuckDuckGo

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DuckDuckGo, created by Gabriel Weinberg in 2008, has quite a few different search tools and features that can make your searches efficient, powerful, and relevant.

  • DuckDuckGo’s results pages are not paginated, making it easy to scroll down and find what you’re looking for quickly.
  • Favicons (the small images that show up in address bar, unique to each site) are displayed next to search results for instant recognition of your favorite sites.
  • Instant answers, called “zero-click info”, show up delineated by a red outline at the top of your results, depending on what your search query is.

DuckDuckGo’s major appeal may be its promise that it will not collect, store, or share personal information, and it goes to great lengths to back up those promises. It also has a privacy policy, which extends privacy further than most other search engines do.

For more information click on http://websearch.about.com/od/enginesanddirectories/p/Duckduckgo.htm

RASPBERRY PI

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The Raspberry Pi can do many of the tasks your desktop PC does: spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.

Its GPU

  • provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode.
  • is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure.

Just for clarification, I am totally lost concerning these two points…so don’t ask me…if you want to know, all kinds of information on this product is available at http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

And don’t be fooled: DuckDuckGo is not only a children’s game, and Raspberry Pi is not a great pot luck dinner item.

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July 25, 2013

WP Daily Prompt July 19, 2013: Fly on the Wall—Madame De Leval Meets Gen. Henry Jackson

Filed under: 1790'S BACKGROUND,WordPress prompt or post — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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Hugs for Mary and Dave

WP DAILY PROMPT JULY 19, 2013:

FLY ON THE WALL—

MADAME DE LEVAL MEETS GEN. HENRY JACKSON

The wordPress daily prompt for July 19, 2013, was If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

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Ok, so this is the second post I’m writing on this wordPress prompt. A rare event. But there are so many places where I would like to be a “fly on the wall…”

I would like to be a fly on the wall to observe my novel’s character Madame Rosalie de Leval. In 1791 she arrived in the United States to escape the French Revolution, and within two to three months she had a contract with land speculators Gen. Henry Knox and William Duer. Her goal was to purchase 220,000 acres of land in Downeast Maine to develop a French colony where her countrymen could wait out the Revolution before returning to their homeland. The colony was meant to preserve the French culture.

Thus, my “fly on the wall” observations would cover the following events (thereby filling in the knowledge I need to write my novel):

  • Her preparations to travel from France to the United States
  • Her arrival in the United States
  • Her initial meeting with Gen. Henry Knox, his agent Gen. Henry Jackson, and William Duer
  • Her acquaintance with Franco Van Berckel, whom she weds
  • Her wedding to Van Berckel
A view of the Downeast Maine land Madame intended to purchase

A view of the Downeast Maine land Madame intended to purchase

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July 23, 2013

WP Daily Prompt July 19, 2013: Fly on the Wall—My Parents Meet and Marry

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Hug for my sister Sally June whose birthday was July 4 (before I started giving hugs)

WP DAILY PROMPT JULY 19, 2013:

FLY ON THE WALL—

MY PARENTS MEET AND MARRY

The wordPress daily prompt for July 19, 2013, was If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

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Do you know the story of your parent’s meeting, dating, and marriage?

I don’t.

My family of origin wasn’t of the story-telling ilk. Thus, I grew up knowing nothing about my family history and little about story-telling.

To complicate things my parents were divorced and my paternal ancestry was kept hidden except for the fact that my father was in the Navy.

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Thus, this “fly on the wall” wish has several parts, which could be summarized that I would like to be a fly throughout (more…)

The White Convertible Smart Car

Filed under: FEATURE STORIES,JOURNAL — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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Hug for Sam, who is recovering from severe burns from a kitchen fire.

THE WHITE CONVERTIBLE SMART CAR

“I wonder if I might be bold enough to ask for a ride around the parking lot? I’ve never ridden in a Smart car.”

The question remained unasked.

As bold as everyone considers me, I didn’t have the nerve to pose the question to the thirtyish redheaded woman sitting behind the white convertible Smart car.

My husband Monte and I were in a small New York town enroute from our Pennsylvania home to his hometown in Northern New York, almost on the St. Lawrence River.

We had stopped at the grocery store because my husband wanted to check out the price of blueberries. He and several of his nieces were going to make pies for the Holland family reunion on Saturday, and he hadn’t had time to stop and purchase blueberries before we left home earlier this day.

When we pulled into the parking space I Monte mentioned there was a Smart car beside the driver’s side of our car. Upon examination Monte said it was a convertible.

I asked him to take my picture beside the metal nameplate on the car’s back, then sent him into the store. IMG_0664E2

“Are you going to wait here for the owner?” he asked.

“I don’t think so,” I said, feeling the sun’s heat on my arms. I took a business card and wrote the following message on the back:

  • Glad we parked beside your Smart car. I am a descendent of the Smart family. (290 characters—too long for a Tweet message, and barely short enough to fit onto the back of the card)

I meant to find Monte in the store but couldn’t resist the urge to sit outside in the weather that had turned from rain-threatening clouds to blue skies accented by white clouds that only occasionally blocked the sun rays. A light breeze made being in the shade enjoyable.

I watched as a variety of Americana exited the store. Which one would claim the Smart car? I wondered as I watched an orange-shirted store employee collect grocery carts scattered throughout the parking lot.

  • Some walked down the right side of the pathway—I ruled them out as owners.
  • A family of four each carrying grocery bags? Probably (more…)

July 21, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 7/12/2013: The Golden Hour

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Hug for Jane on the first day of her 58th year.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

THE GOLDEN HOUR—SUNRISE, SUNSET

The wordPress weekly photo challenge for July 12, 2013 is The Golden Hour: In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day.

DAWN OVER THE LAUREL HILLS OF PENNSYLVANIA

PHOTOGRAPHED FROM KENTUCK KNOB

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SUNSET IN GOVERNEUR, NEW YORK

PHOTOGRAPHED at the Custard Cottage

an ice cream stand founded in 1946

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A SUNSET IN NORTHERN NEW YORK (more…)

July 18, 2013

Hugs, Sports, and Touch Banned Part 2

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A hug to Sal, whose husband Chuck died July 8, 2013.

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HUGS, SPORTS, AND TOUCH BANNED Part 2

Hugs, Sports, and Touch Banned Part 2

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Hugs, Sports, and Touch Banned Part 1

The other day I started out to write a simple post on hugging and my Internet surfing changed my direction—I’m only now getting to where I wanted to go.

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Arms were made for hugging… begins a television ad for a rheumatoid arthritis medication.

Perhaps the makers of this product and the producers of this ad should be sued because the ad’s message contradicts the message being touted in the first thirteen years of the 21st century in our culture:

  •  hugging is wrong, perhaps sinful, perhaps a crime, regardless of the circumstances, and therefore there should be NO TOLERANCE for hugging, an action which should be disciplined.

 This message is often extended beyond hugging to horseplay and high-fiving.

 Today’s schools students are not only taught Good Touch/Bad Touch—they are learning No Touch as schools continue to ban any activity involving touch.

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Oops—wrong message—hugs are banned!

In Milford, Connecticut, the East Shore Middle School principal sent out a letter stating that any touching at all on school grounds — including “hugging” and “horseplay” — could result in “parent conferences, detention, suspension and/or a request for expulsion from school.” Students say they are even prohibited from “high fiving” classmates in the halls.

 I wonder if these schools have banned sports, or if they have a wrestling team. Wrestling is a high-contact sport in which many holds appear, to me, akin to hugging.

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Banning hugging on school property isn’t unusual. Furthermore, it is often a NO TOLERANCE ban.

 In one school a student was given after school suspension for hugging a friend whose (more…)

July 16, 2013

Hugs, Sports, and Touch Banned Part 1

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HUGS, SPORTS, AND TOUCH BANNED Part 1

Life evolved….through chemicals touching one another and forming liaisons…Although we tend to ignore touch, it’s not only basic to our species, but the key to it…* 

I recall playing tag, dodge ball, and other sports while attending Whipple Elementary School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—712,000 moons ago.

In all those moons I never considered (more…)

July 14, 2013

WordPress Daily Prompt July 7, 2013: The Nomadic Life?

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WORDPRESS DAILY PROMPT JULY 7, 2013:

THE NOMADIC LIFE?

 The July 7, 2003, wordPress daily prompt was If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base?”

Since becoming a freelance photojournalist and eclectic writer I’ve desired to write a piece comparing the lives of a person who is in their 70s or 80s and never moved from the house they were born in with a person who lives a nomadic life.

  •  Here I must note that I’ve lived the latter life, the life of a nomad. I’ve lived in a total of 18 different homes in ten different communities. I’ve lived in a city that reached a two million population landmark and a rural home in the middle of well over 75 acres.

 By the time I moved into our ninth community I felt like I had been (more…)

July 11, 2013

WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

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WP WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:
NOSTALGIC

The July 5, 2013, wordPress Weekly Photo Challenge suggested that Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.

As I looked at the faces of my grandchildren Jordan, Vince, and Marcus, on the days of their birth, I recalled two other newborn faces from years past—the faces of my children, Sandra and Nolan.

Pictured below is Sandra on the day of her baptism. An elderly neighbor became a best friend in her early days.

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I couldn’t have (more…)

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