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Missing Google Reader



I read a lot more blogs when Google Reader was alive and well.

I’ve added some blogs to a Feedly account, and My YAHOO, but I rarely check either one.

Blogging used to be a daily activity for me (posting and reading), but dang it, Facebook makes it too easy for me to be lazy and just focus on my FB posts, and reposts, and “likes.”

Google Reader was a convenience for me, and part of my daily routine.

I’ve needed to do some writing lately, because I am hoping to do some teaching at the college level once I retire this summer. I’ve noticed that my writer’s brain is not as flexible. When I was blogging every day, the words just kind of flowed, with very little effort. So I’ve made a pre-New Year’s resolution to blog more often. My goal is a new blog post three times a week.

Wish me, and my sluggish brain, lots of luck!

RIP Google Reader


It takes a lot out of you, doesn’t it?

I’m still missing Google Reader, but with time (and possibly some grief therapy), I know that I will be able to accept this loss and move on.

For now, there’s the WordPress blog follow, My Yahoo, and subscribing via email.


And I’m aware of my part in GR’s death–thanks to Facebook, I no longer blog as much as I used to. Facebook allows me to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues and people I have not seen in years. Facebook is a fast and easy way to communicate. Now that I’m blogging less, I find posts harder to produce. My brain is not used to crafting quality posts anymore. I’m going to try to do better, post more often, and give my brain more exercise.

I’m finding WordPress a good blogging platform. It’s easy to use, and to stay in touch with other WP bloggers.

In local news, summer in Seattle continues, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, some rain showers, but still quite warm. Mind blowing!

Wishing you all a great weekend.




Problems with Blogger

I have not posted on this blog for a long time.

Blogger’s acting up again (I can’t access my blogger account this morning), so I’m going to start posting here again!

My weird reading habits and the internet

I spend a lot of time on the internet.

Too much time, I think.

I’ve become used to reading blog posts instead of books.

My attention span has narrowed, and I just want to pick up information quickly, without taking the time to savor an author’s words.

This makes me sad, because I just love words!

For example, I’ve been trying to finish “The Pillars of the Earth” since June.

It’s a good book, but 506 991 pages long (I’m on page 486 right now).

I’ll read a chapter, then put it down so I can spend time blogging.

I’ve read a number of other books since June, just cannot seem to finish Pillars of the Earth.

It’s a good book, and I want to finish it so I can read the sequel “World Without End.”

So I guess that I’ll stop blogging right now and get reading!


Why is it so hard to upload pictures?

I will admit, I have not been using this blog a lot.

Some of the changes here are great, but why is it so hard to upload and insert pictures into my post?

And the help menu is useless, because I keep getting an error message!

Too frustrating!

It’s decided: I’m not smart enough to up load pictures on this blog.

You can see my snow pics at my other blog, Gran Speaks.

Holy cats!

I did it.

Now I have to go rest, because I feel like I’ve just given birth.

Taking life a bit slower

I’m taking life a bit easier these days, and will only be blogging at Gran Speaks for now.

I’m okay, just getting used to a new medication, and taking care of myself.



Thanks to my brilliant child (he’s the father of 6), I’m back on The Internet.

Wireless rocks.

I was a trifle grumpy Friday night when I couldn’t get my computer to work!

Thank goodness I spent two days with the grand kiddo’s–they’ve got three computers and a wireless system that rocks.

I had a great time, but I learned something astounding: Four growing hungry children can put away food like, well, 4 hungry children!

We had a great time, and I think that I was able to help my son through a busy time–his wife is at the Toronto Film Festival, coming home Friday.

But now I’m tired.

I’m going to snuggle into bed with my nice clean sheets and sleep the night away.

Last night, I slept with a Jack Russell terrier cuddled up to my back–my son and grand kids aren’t the only one missing my daughter-in-law.


How often do you Twitter?


This is NOT a shameless attempt to blow my blog stats out of the water.

This aging, inquiring mind simply wants to know:

Do you Twitter?

And, if you do Twitter, how often?

My life is boring, by design, and I really don’t have a lot to Twitter about.

For a few weeks I was Twittering 2-3 times daily, and put myself to sleep!

So–how often do you Twitter?

Just call me “b”

Welcome, both old friends and new, to this blog.

You may address me as “b” on this blog, if you please.

If you are one of four , no 5, people I have given this blog address to, you are a trusted friend and blogging colleague.

I’m not going into the details of why I’m here, blogging anonymously, but I’m happy to be here all the same.

I hope you come back.

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