A few months back, I was having a talk with my editor at Wiley Publishing, Amy Fandrei – mostly talking about what it would take for me to finish up writing the 3rd Edition of WordPress For Dummies and what was happening with the 3.0 development of WordPress, etc. That lead us into a talk about some more advanced topics surrounding WordPress – – more advanced than what my Dummies book covers. Let’s face it – a For Dummies book is meant to be for beginners and intermediate users, right? But what about a book that covers the WHOLE gammut?
I started reading a book written by Jim Collins called Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t the other night and the book opens with a quote: That’s what makes death so hard — unsatisfied curiosity — Beryl Markham, West with the Night Interestingly, just a week ago we were having a family moment at the kitchen table. My son, my daughter, my husband and myself and the question one of the kids asked was: “Are you afraid to die?” Having worked in home hospice care, providing care to terminally ill patients for a good many […]
I picked up this Christmas CD at Starbucks the other day. Christmas music always puts me in a pleasant mood around the holidays. The CD is nice.. it’s jazzy and fun and the songs range from old classics to new holiday tunes. From Nat King Cole to Corrine Bailey Rae. This evening, my daughter and I were on our way to pickup Chinese take-out and I had the CD playing in the car. Track number 5 came on and it was “Sleigh Ride” done by Ella Fitzgerald. My daughter was singing along and then stopped and said “this lady sings […]
It’s been damn near two weeks since I updated this site – – and in blog time, that’s a long time, hey? Hmm…do you own your blog, or does your blog own you? Ever feel beholden to this thing called blog? I know a lot of folks who do… and in the last 5 years that I’ve been maintaining this lil’ blog, there have been times I have. In the last week, however…I almost forgot it was here! Bad, baaaaaaaad blog owner! I think after finally finishing the book – I needed a mental break. Not too mention a physical […]
Kind of off my usual line of posts here…but out of pure (sick) curiosity – I tuned into the MTV VMA Awards show tonight. In that same sick way that some people cannot turn their heads away from a car wreck on the highway – I was curious to watch Britney Spears’s comeback performance at the VMA’s. In retrospect, I could have cleaned the catbox instead. Britney Spears – 2007 MTV VMA Awards Performance I could have done anything but tune into MTV to see Britney’s performance. I’ll just say that sometimes the memory of something or someone is better […]
Just working..listening to some favored blues over here and thought I’d share some Stevie Ray Vaughn. I love his music. I was there the night he died in East Troy, WI at the Alpine Valley Amphitheatre. It was an awesome concert with a tragic ending. Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute – Life by the Drop On August 25, 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble finished up the summer leg of the tour with shows at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, just outside of East Troy, Wisconsin. The show also featured Robert Cray and his Memphis Horns along with Eric Clapton’s set. Alex Hodges, […]
My favorite part of this song occurs at the very beginning where she whispers….Don’t look at me… Christina Aguilera – Beautiful It’s worth noting that my bird loves to sing along to this one. It’s Tuesday.. this week is much better than last. Thanks for the support and encouragement I’ve received via email based on my last post (and for the virtual flowers, Stevie – that was really sweet!)… and Jeannette – I JUST got your voicemail today (I know, I know…) – – planning on returning that call later tonight when things are slow and quiet.
Pairing Nat King Cole with his daughter, Natalie, for this rendition of “Unforgettable” was really a stroke of genius. I just love this song and came across it today while I’m working on the final edits of the book…thought I’d share. [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=53ith7bNN8w[/youtube] Nat King Cole with daughter, Natalie Cole – Unforgettable
[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=m-n-jZJhpT4[/youtube] TLC – Waterfalls A lonely mother gazing out of her window, Staring at her son that she just cant touch….. …I know that youre gonna have it your way or nothing at all….But I think you’re moving too fast Remember this one? Heh – well, maybe you don’t. There’s something utterly depressing about it – while at the same time, it does offer a bit of hope along the way.
What are the important parts of the new 2.2 WordPress release coming to a blog near you? Aaron has the rundown in his post: “10 Things You Should Know About WordPress 2.2”. The newest version of WordPress 2.2 is available for download today! I spoke to my editor last week and even though I submitted my final chapters for WordPress for Dummies a month ago, I will be getting the entire book back within the next week, or two, and get to see how much they’ve edited, slaughtered cut, re-arranged and corrected in the 19 chapters that I submitted, overall. […]