WordPress Strikes Early!

Beetleypete isn’t the only blogger who loathes what he calls “Mister Blocky.” I, too, hate the block editor, with a passion. Earlier this afternoon, I spent an hour on the phone with my tech guru. So far, there’s no work-around to bring back the classic editor unless, of course, you want to pay an astronomical fee to upgrade to a business plan that will allow you to download a classic editor plug-in.

The good news is that I’ve figured out how to do most of the things on my blog that I’ve been able to do with the classic editor. But no matter what anyone says, I won’t change my mind about the block editor.

WordPress doesn’t care about its customers. They have us where they want us because if we move our blogs elsewhere, we risk losing followers, and they know it. I’m extremely angry and disappointed with the folks at WordPress.

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Well it seems that WordPress understands ‘Late 2021’ to be the last week in March. With no warning, the ‘Classic’ option was removed from my blog today.

I am now stuck with ‘their way or the highway’. In other words, the hated and detested Block Editor. Not-so-fondly referred to by me as ‘Mister Blocky’.

Fortunately, I had already completed the final episode of my serial, and I am using the cheekily-named ‘Classic Block’ to produce this post.

I know many of you have come to love Mister Blocky, so there’s no need to rush to its defence in the comments. But I HATE it, and will continue to do so, whatever you say.

I am hoping to receive a ‘work-around’ that will enable me to use the Old Editor again soon. But in the meantime, if I am not around on my blog, you will know why.

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Departure #Tuesday Tidbit #Poetry #Reblog

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At about this time in 2005, I was planning and anticipating my upcoming wedding to my late husband Bill. So, here’s an oldie but goodie from 2012 in which I share a poem about our last goodbye before we were married. The poem was published in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver and my memoir, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Enjoy!

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries – ‘Pot Luck’ #Shortstories – Her First Turkey by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Just in time for Easter, fellow blogger Sally Cronin has published a short story I wrote years ago about a visually impaired young woman facing the challenge of preparing her first holiday meal. Enjoy!

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Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audiencemine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 46,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. Head over to find out how to participate: Posts from Your Archives 2021

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Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better #Musical Monday

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The song I’m featuring today comes from Annie Get Your Gun. As a teenager, I saw a local production of this musical. The song reminded me of how my younger brother and I always tried to one-up each other.

When I met my late husband Bill, he was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. He sent me several cassette tapes of songs he’d downloaded from the Internet, and this was one of them. After the strokes that paralyzed his left side, there wasn’t much he could do that I couldn’t do better, but I never sang him that song. You can read more in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

According to Wikipedia, the music and lyrics for Annie Get Your Gun were written by Irving Berlin with a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, (1856-1926) a sharp-shooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with sharp-shooter Frank E. Butler. (1842-1927) A Broadway hit in 1946, the musical had long runs in New York and London, spawning a 1950 film version and some television versions. Hit songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Noin’ What Comes Naturally,” and “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.”

Please understand that amid all the gun violence here in the United States lately, I’m not promoting the use of firearms, and that’s not what this musical is about. The song is about trying to be better than someone else, with or without a gun. I hope you enjoy this version.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

 

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Service and Devotion #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link-up

For six years, I was compelled to serve my late husband Bill, not because we were living in the Dark Ages, where that was all women did, but because Bill was partially paralyzed by two strokes and could do little for himself. I brought him food and drink, situated him at his computer so he could check email and download books onto his portable reader, transferred him from wheelchair to recliner where he enjoyed those books or a ball game, took him outside in favorable weather, lifted him onto the toilet when he needed to go, and tucked him into bed each night. I also gave him plenty of love, and he served it to me in return. I don’t regret those six years of service and devotion as a caregiver. Despite the unpleasant tasks I had to perform, those were happy years for me. I think Bill was also content. 

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You can read more of our story in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate in her blog hop, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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