Technology, speeches and life

Charliemac
I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date….

So sorry. I had my Wench day wrong on my calendar, but then as well I've been ditzy recently with deadlines and computer disasters and all the rest.

Let me explain. You knew I was on a deadline. Things were going well until my computer decided to dance with death. This computer. It's a video card problem. It's still not quite right, but as you see, it's working. It made the deadline interesting though, because though I write on another computer, I need this one to send the book to my editor in Word.

The Secret Wedding's back, BTW, and my editor loves it. Yay! She copy edits in Word, and I respond the same way. It actually works very well, but I think it'll be hell on archivists in the future and they don't have much hope for the preservation of electronic media.

The Secret Wedding will be out in April, which means there's zero slack in the timetable. It's a follow on to A Lady's Secret and about Christian, Major Lord Grandiston. I'll tell you more later.TSWNAL

I have four computers at the moment. I write in the brilliant XY Write on a DOS 486. I think my edition of XY Write is from the mid '80s and I've never had to update or learn new tricks. Heaven! It also doesn't think it knows better than I do and try to help. It doesn't display as pages, so it doesn't jiggle as it aligns and shifts. It's a glorified typewriter and I adore it.

I am a true Luddite. The Luddites were not mindless vandals. They saw, accurately, that new machinery was going to be bad for them and they tried not to go there. In this enlightened age — and with a husband willing to store and maintain old computers and parts (including keyboards with the F keys at the left) I don't have to.Now there's a hero. Isn't it true that in  the end the hero of a romance novel should have skills that enhance the heroine's life — in more ways than that, you hussy! ?

I also have an old Toshiba laptop. It did excellent service but the battery's good for about half an hour, plus it weighs about 10 lbs. I use it now as a ridiculously oversized audio book player. My local library has downloadable audio books, but I don't have a portable thing that'll play them. As I mostly listen in the kitchen when cleaning and cooking, I just put the Toshiba there.

I replaced it with a Mac Airbook, which I love. (That's it with Charlie up there, overseeing the world. ๐Ÿ™‚ My two other monitors are behind. This set up isn't ideal, but it's temporary.) I can pop the Mac in my backpack and hardly know it's there. I don't find the Mac system nearly as easy as they think it is. They need to recruit some non-Mac users and watch them struggle. Then they'd know what we don't know.  But I do love it, and now I have a DOS emulator and XY Write on it, so I don't have to switch formats to work on the road.

And I've been on the road a lot since July. Did I ever point you to my other blogs?

Jo Talk is where I posted about my trip to Australia as sidekick to the wonderful Barbara Samuel.

Barbara's web page. 

Then there's Minepast where I post any snippets of historical interest, especially peculiar ones. I just posted about a couple of interesting books from the wonderful Dover Books. And also about a list of causes of death in the late 19th century. If you haven't visited, cruise the archives.

To add to the general chaos of my life, the other day it poured with rain here. An ominous bubble appeared in the ceiling of the apartment bedroom. So the bed's in the living room, which is huge, but still…. On the brighter side, my Christmas cactus is blooming.

Ccactus

And of course there was the US election. I won't get political, but it was certainly fascinating enough to require some time and attention,wasn't it? And I will say that it's great to have a true orator back in politics. In the past, members of Parliament would weep to hear some speak. I don't have time to look it up. Pitt the Elder, perhaps? Anyone know?

We used to have to learn great speeches in school. I remember one that started, "We live in a land of rich soil…" and perhaps went on "and bounteous harvests." I thought it was by Disraeli, but a quick search isn't finding it. Anyone want to do a treasure hunt? First one back with it gets a book.

Oh, and the other computer is this Pentium whatever which is driving me scatty because it doesn't like its video card, not even the new one, and it might be a fan problem — the whirl around and cool sort, not the stalking Misery sort. ๐Ÿ™‚Boat

And there we are. A glimpse of life chez Beverley. And I'll finish with a picture I took recently here which is just, well, one of those pictures.

So, go hunting for great political orators and that speech. I think it might be "We live in a land of rich soils and wholesome temperatures…." now I come to think of it. The gerbils in the back of my brain are muttering and cursing and they attack the files of long neglected "useless data."

Mother Margaret Mary, Layton Hill Grammar School, Blackpool.Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away…

BC. Before Cabbagepatch.

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

75 thoughts on “Technology, speeches and life”

  1. Sure it’s not the Rape of Persephone? Well…grammar school. How young would you have been? Um…probably not, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You know, XYWrite is still out there, but it’s under Nota Bene now. The developer started NB after he left XY.
    I can appreciate the computers you use. I have a Toshiba. It’s going to be two years old in January I think. It survived a 15oz cup of coffee all over the keyboard a couple weeks ago. I think I’ll have to stick to that.
    I do like my DD1’s MacBook though ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gosh, I feel like I’ve been MIA forever! I entered the GH contest and am trying to polish my ms and I’ve missed you all!
    okay…rambling…sorry

    Reply
  2. Sure it’s not the Rape of Persephone? Well…grammar school. How young would you have been? Um…probably not, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You know, XYWrite is still out there, but it’s under Nota Bene now. The developer started NB after he left XY.
    I can appreciate the computers you use. I have a Toshiba. It’s going to be two years old in January I think. It survived a 15oz cup of coffee all over the keyboard a couple weeks ago. I think I’ll have to stick to that.
    I do like my DD1’s MacBook though ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gosh, I feel like I’ve been MIA forever! I entered the GH contest and am trying to polish my ms and I’ve missed you all!
    okay…rambling…sorry

    Reply
  3. Sure it’s not the Rape of Persephone? Well…grammar school. How young would you have been? Um…probably not, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You know, XYWrite is still out there, but it’s under Nota Bene now. The developer started NB after he left XY.
    I can appreciate the computers you use. I have a Toshiba. It’s going to be two years old in January I think. It survived a 15oz cup of coffee all over the keyboard a couple weeks ago. I think I’ll have to stick to that.
    I do like my DD1’s MacBook though ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gosh, I feel like I’ve been MIA forever! I entered the GH contest and am trying to polish my ms and I’ve missed you all!
    okay…rambling…sorry

    Reply
  4. Sure it’s not the Rape of Persephone? Well…grammar school. How young would you have been? Um…probably not, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You know, XYWrite is still out there, but it’s under Nota Bene now. The developer started NB after he left XY.
    I can appreciate the computers you use. I have a Toshiba. It’s going to be two years old in January I think. It survived a 15oz cup of coffee all over the keyboard a couple weeks ago. I think I’ll have to stick to that.
    I do like my DD1’s MacBook though ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gosh, I feel like I’ve been MIA forever! I entered the GH contest and am trying to polish my ms and I’ve missed you all!
    okay…rambling…sorry

    Reply
  5. Sure it’s not the Rape of Persephone? Well…grammar school. How young would you have been? Um…probably not, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You know, XYWrite is still out there, but it’s under Nota Bene now. The developer started NB after he left XY.
    I can appreciate the computers you use. I have a Toshiba. It’s going to be two years old in January I think. It survived a 15oz cup of coffee all over the keyboard a couple weeks ago. I think I’ll have to stick to that.
    I do like my DD1’s MacBook though ๐Ÿ˜€
    Gosh, I feel like I’ve been MIA forever! I entered the GH contest and am trying to polish my ms and I’ve missed you all!
    okay…rambling…sorry

    Reply
  6. **The gerbils in the back of my brain are muttering and cursing and they attack the files of long neglected “useless data.”**
    No such thing as useless data for a writer–but I admit that it can be hard to access. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gorgeous cover for the new book! And a lovely photo you took, too. I need to do something with the pictures I took on my recent trip. Taking pictures is easy, organizing and deciding what to do with them is hard…
    Mary Jo

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  7. **The gerbils in the back of my brain are muttering and cursing and they attack the files of long neglected “useless data.”**
    No such thing as useless data for a writer–but I admit that it can be hard to access. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gorgeous cover for the new book! And a lovely photo you took, too. I need to do something with the pictures I took on my recent trip. Taking pictures is easy, organizing and deciding what to do with them is hard…
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  8. **The gerbils in the back of my brain are muttering and cursing and they attack the files of long neglected “useless data.”**
    No such thing as useless data for a writer–but I admit that it can be hard to access. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gorgeous cover for the new book! And a lovely photo you took, too. I need to do something with the pictures I took on my recent trip. Taking pictures is easy, organizing and deciding what to do with them is hard…
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  9. **The gerbils in the back of my brain are muttering and cursing and they attack the files of long neglected “useless data.”**
    No such thing as useless data for a writer–but I admit that it can be hard to access. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gorgeous cover for the new book! And a lovely photo you took, too. I need to do something with the pictures I took on my recent trip. Taking pictures is easy, organizing and deciding what to do with them is hard…
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  10. **The gerbils in the back of my brain are muttering and cursing and they attack the files of long neglected “useless data.”**
    No such thing as useless data for a writer–but I admit that it can be hard to access. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gorgeous cover for the new book! And a lovely photo you took, too. I need to do something with the pictures I took on my recent trip. Taking pictures is easy, organizing and deciding what to do with them is hard…
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  11. Jo, the only thing I could find even remotely related to your rich soils and wholesome temperatures speech is the following excerpt, from a sermon (by ???) given on Dec. 5, 1805:
    “Of the natural and physical advantages of our country, it is eminently observable that the general health and robust habits of our natives, are btteer [sic] secured than those of most other countries, by the hardy and wholesome temperatures of our climate.”
    Of course, I’m ineligible to win a book, but I could never resist a treasure hunt.

    Reply
  12. Jo, the only thing I could find even remotely related to your rich soils and wholesome temperatures speech is the following excerpt, from a sermon (by ???) given on Dec. 5, 1805:
    “Of the natural and physical advantages of our country, it is eminently observable that the general health and robust habits of our natives, are btteer [sic] secured than those of most other countries, by the hardy and wholesome temperatures of our climate.”
    Of course, I’m ineligible to win a book, but I could never resist a treasure hunt.

    Reply
  13. Jo, the only thing I could find even remotely related to your rich soils and wholesome temperatures speech is the following excerpt, from a sermon (by ???) given on Dec. 5, 1805:
    “Of the natural and physical advantages of our country, it is eminently observable that the general health and robust habits of our natives, are btteer [sic] secured than those of most other countries, by the hardy and wholesome temperatures of our climate.”
    Of course, I’m ineligible to win a book, but I could never resist a treasure hunt.

    Reply
  14. Jo, the only thing I could find even remotely related to your rich soils and wholesome temperatures speech is the following excerpt, from a sermon (by ???) given on Dec. 5, 1805:
    “Of the natural and physical advantages of our country, it is eminently observable that the general health and robust habits of our natives, are btteer [sic] secured than those of most other countries, by the hardy and wholesome temperatures of our climate.”
    Of course, I’m ineligible to win a book, but I could never resist a treasure hunt.

    Reply
  15. Jo, the only thing I could find even remotely related to your rich soils and wholesome temperatures speech is the following excerpt, from a sermon (by ???) given on Dec. 5, 1805:
    “Of the natural and physical advantages of our country, it is eminently observable that the general health and robust habits of our natives, are btteer [sic] secured than those of most other countries, by the hardy and wholesome temperatures of our climate.”
    Of course, I’m ineligible to win a book, but I could never resist a treasure hunt.

    Reply
  16. Ah, yes, computers on the fritz. Gets us all nowadays. And we all should have a hero who’s good in other rooms besides the bedroom–and I didn’t mean it that way!
    Mine is a computer nut and has been since before we met. We have multiple computers all networked together. The network probably betters the network in most small companies. All the latest stuff, and it all works, too. If it doesn’t, he knows how to fix it, and instant response! My very own live-in tech support.
    Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.

    Reply
  17. Ah, yes, computers on the fritz. Gets us all nowadays. And we all should have a hero who’s good in other rooms besides the bedroom–and I didn’t mean it that way!
    Mine is a computer nut and has been since before we met. We have multiple computers all networked together. The network probably betters the network in most small companies. All the latest stuff, and it all works, too. If it doesn’t, he knows how to fix it, and instant response! My very own live-in tech support.
    Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.

    Reply
  18. Ah, yes, computers on the fritz. Gets us all nowadays. And we all should have a hero who’s good in other rooms besides the bedroom–and I didn’t mean it that way!
    Mine is a computer nut and has been since before we met. We have multiple computers all networked together. The network probably betters the network in most small companies. All the latest stuff, and it all works, too. If it doesn’t, he knows how to fix it, and instant response! My very own live-in tech support.
    Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.

    Reply
  19. Ah, yes, computers on the fritz. Gets us all nowadays. And we all should have a hero who’s good in other rooms besides the bedroom–and I didn’t mean it that way!
    Mine is a computer nut and has been since before we met. We have multiple computers all networked together. The network probably betters the network in most small companies. All the latest stuff, and it all works, too. If it doesn’t, he knows how to fix it, and instant response! My very own live-in tech support.
    Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.

    Reply
  20. Ah, yes, computers on the fritz. Gets us all nowadays. And we all should have a hero who’s good in other rooms besides the bedroom–and I didn’t mean it that way!
    Mine is a computer nut and has been since before we met. We have multiple computers all networked together. The network probably betters the network in most small companies. All the latest stuff, and it all works, too. If it doesn’t, he knows how to fix it, and instant response! My very own live-in tech support.
    Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.

    Reply
  21. Jo here.
    That is a pretty dress, isn’t it, Theo? They wanted a wedding dress on the cover, I wanted true 18th century and sent a picture of Madame de Pompadour. We compromised. I think it does do the “wedding dress” thing, but could almost be period. Especially with some hoops under that skirt.:)
    Well, the speech is a stumper. I’ll have to spread the word about the contest. I don’t think I’m wildly wrong.
    “Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.”
    Linda, let me count the ways!
    1980s. Close to the beginning of the personal computer. Limited memory. The big floppy disks that held part of a chapter, IIRC, which made saving multiple copies a pain.
    Mind you, computers weren’t as temperamental as now, and without internet, less vulnerable.
    Printers very expensive and the grottiest dot matrix. Took all day or more to print out a book.
    No internet as far as ordinary humans went, and what there was was basic text. The web came along in what — 1994? Amazing where we’ve gone in such a short time.
    The big internet difference is for research. So much easier to do the basic stuff, and often incredible for other stuff. Googlebooks. Google Earth.
    But the writing itself hasn’t changed for me. It’s sit in chair and type words.
    BTW, I didn’t put it in the main post because I wasn’t sure it was open news, but Barbara Samuel’s next book will be under the name Barbara O’Neal. http://awriterafoot.typepad.com/barbaraoneal/
    The new book is The Lost Recipe for Happiness and it has lots of recipes.
    Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Jo here.
    That is a pretty dress, isn’t it, Theo? They wanted a wedding dress on the cover, I wanted true 18th century and sent a picture of Madame de Pompadour. We compromised. I think it does do the “wedding dress” thing, but could almost be period. Especially with some hoops under that skirt.:)
    Well, the speech is a stumper. I’ll have to spread the word about the contest. I don’t think I’m wildly wrong.
    “Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.”
    Linda, let me count the ways!
    1980s. Close to the beginning of the personal computer. Limited memory. The big floppy disks that held part of a chapter, IIRC, which made saving multiple copies a pain.
    Mind you, computers weren’t as temperamental as now, and without internet, less vulnerable.
    Printers very expensive and the grottiest dot matrix. Took all day or more to print out a book.
    No internet as far as ordinary humans went, and what there was was basic text. The web came along in what — 1994? Amazing where we’ve gone in such a short time.
    The big internet difference is for research. So much easier to do the basic stuff, and often incredible for other stuff. Googlebooks. Google Earth.
    But the writing itself hasn’t changed for me. It’s sit in chair and type words.
    BTW, I didn’t put it in the main post because I wasn’t sure it was open news, but Barbara Samuel’s next book will be under the name Barbara O’Neal. http://awriterafoot.typepad.com/barbaraoneal/
    The new book is The Lost Recipe for Happiness and it has lots of recipes.
    Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
  23. Jo here.
    That is a pretty dress, isn’t it, Theo? They wanted a wedding dress on the cover, I wanted true 18th century and sent a picture of Madame de Pompadour. We compromised. I think it does do the “wedding dress” thing, but could almost be period. Especially with some hoops under that skirt.:)
    Well, the speech is a stumper. I’ll have to spread the word about the contest. I don’t think I’m wildly wrong.
    “Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.”
    Linda, let me count the ways!
    1980s. Close to the beginning of the personal computer. Limited memory. The big floppy disks that held part of a chapter, IIRC, which made saving multiple copies a pain.
    Mind you, computers weren’t as temperamental as now, and without internet, less vulnerable.
    Printers very expensive and the grottiest dot matrix. Took all day or more to print out a book.
    No internet as far as ordinary humans went, and what there was was basic text. The web came along in what — 1994? Amazing where we’ve gone in such a short time.
    The big internet difference is for research. So much easier to do the basic stuff, and often incredible for other stuff. Googlebooks. Google Earth.
    But the writing itself hasn’t changed for me. It’s sit in chair and type words.
    BTW, I didn’t put it in the main post because I wasn’t sure it was open news, but Barbara Samuel’s next book will be under the name Barbara O’Neal. http://awriterafoot.typepad.com/barbaraoneal/
    The new book is The Lost Recipe for Happiness and it has lots of recipes.
    Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
  24. Jo here.
    That is a pretty dress, isn’t it, Theo? They wanted a wedding dress on the cover, I wanted true 18th century and sent a picture of Madame de Pompadour. We compromised. I think it does do the “wedding dress” thing, but could almost be period. Especially with some hoops under that skirt.:)
    Well, the speech is a stumper. I’ll have to spread the word about the contest. I don’t think I’m wildly wrong.
    “Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.”
    Linda, let me count the ways!
    1980s. Close to the beginning of the personal computer. Limited memory. The big floppy disks that held part of a chapter, IIRC, which made saving multiple copies a pain.
    Mind you, computers weren’t as temperamental as now, and without internet, less vulnerable.
    Printers very expensive and the grottiest dot matrix. Took all day or more to print out a book.
    No internet as far as ordinary humans went, and what there was was basic text. The web came along in what — 1994? Amazing where we’ve gone in such a short time.
    The big internet difference is for research. So much easier to do the basic stuff, and often incredible for other stuff. Googlebooks. Google Earth.
    But the writing itself hasn’t changed for me. It’s sit in chair and type words.
    BTW, I didn’t put it in the main post because I wasn’t sure it was open news, but Barbara Samuel’s next book will be under the name Barbara O’Neal. http://awriterafoot.typepad.com/barbaraoneal/
    The new book is The Lost Recipe for Happiness and it has lots of recipes.
    Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
  25. Jo here.
    That is a pretty dress, isn’t it, Theo? They wanted a wedding dress on the cover, I wanted true 18th century and sent a picture of Madame de Pompadour. We compromised. I think it does do the “wedding dress” thing, but could almost be period. Especially with some hoops under that skirt.:)
    Well, the speech is a stumper. I’ll have to spread the word about the contest. I don’t think I’m wildly wrong.
    “Question: How has technology changed writing and submitting books since you’ve started? I’ll bet that even ten years ago a lot of writers still used typewriters.”
    Linda, let me count the ways!
    1980s. Close to the beginning of the personal computer. Limited memory. The big floppy disks that held part of a chapter, IIRC, which made saving multiple copies a pain.
    Mind you, computers weren’t as temperamental as now, and without internet, less vulnerable.
    Printers very expensive and the grottiest dot matrix. Took all day or more to print out a book.
    No internet as far as ordinary humans went, and what there was was basic text. The web came along in what — 1994? Amazing where we’ve gone in such a short time.
    The big internet difference is for research. So much easier to do the basic stuff, and often incredible for other stuff. Googlebooks. Google Earth.
    But the writing itself hasn’t changed for me. It’s sit in chair and type words.
    BTW, I didn’t put it in the main post because I wasn’t sure it was open news, but Barbara Samuel’s next book will be under the name Barbara O’Neal. http://awriterafoot.typepad.com/barbaraoneal/
    The new book is The Lost Recipe for Happiness and it has lots of recipes.
    Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
  26. Could it be the Chartist petition of 1838? It contains this line:
    The land itself is goodly, the soil rich, and the temperature wholesome; it is abundantly furnished with the materials of commerce and trade; it has numerous and convenient harbours; in facility of internal communication it exceeds all others.

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  27. Could it be the Chartist petition of 1838? It contains this line:
    The land itself is goodly, the soil rich, and the temperature wholesome; it is abundantly furnished with the materials of commerce and trade; it has numerous and convenient harbours; in facility of internal communication it exceeds all others.

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  28. Could it be the Chartist petition of 1838? It contains this line:
    The land itself is goodly, the soil rich, and the temperature wholesome; it is abundantly furnished with the materials of commerce and trade; it has numerous and convenient harbours; in facility of internal communication it exceeds all others.

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  29. Could it be the Chartist petition of 1838? It contains this line:
    The land itself is goodly, the soil rich, and the temperature wholesome; it is abundantly furnished with the materials of commerce and trade; it has numerous and convenient harbours; in facility of internal communication it exceeds all others.

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  30. Could it be the Chartist petition of 1838? It contains this line:
    The land itself is goodly, the soil rich, and the temperature wholesome; it is abundantly furnished with the materials of commerce and trade; it has numerous and convenient harbours; in facility of internal communication it exceeds all others.

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  31. Speaking of computers–I just got a HP monitor that’s 22″ and HD. Also (this is the best part) you can turn it around so it’s like a letter (not a post card) and you don’t have to scroll and/or if you’re writing–you have more room to write before it scrolls or goes to next area!!
    The pictures look like you’re looking through a window at the real thing and the print and fonts are so easy–I threw out my reading glasses for the comptuer!
    W2207H and it’s worth every penny! HP brand. It changes the views automatically when you turn it.The holder/stand comes with it.
    Thought it might make your world easier.

    Reply
  32. Speaking of computers–I just got a HP monitor that’s 22″ and HD. Also (this is the best part) you can turn it around so it’s like a letter (not a post card) and you don’t have to scroll and/or if you’re writing–you have more room to write before it scrolls or goes to next area!!
    The pictures look like you’re looking through a window at the real thing and the print and fonts are so easy–I threw out my reading glasses for the comptuer!
    W2207H and it’s worth every penny! HP brand. It changes the views automatically when you turn it.The holder/stand comes with it.
    Thought it might make your world easier.

    Reply
  33. Speaking of computers–I just got a HP monitor that’s 22″ and HD. Also (this is the best part) you can turn it around so it’s like a letter (not a post card) and you don’t have to scroll and/or if you’re writing–you have more room to write before it scrolls or goes to next area!!
    The pictures look like you’re looking through a window at the real thing and the print and fonts are so easy–I threw out my reading glasses for the comptuer!
    W2207H and it’s worth every penny! HP brand. It changes the views automatically when you turn it.The holder/stand comes with it.
    Thought it might make your world easier.

    Reply
  34. Speaking of computers–I just got a HP monitor that’s 22″ and HD. Also (this is the best part) you can turn it around so it’s like a letter (not a post card) and you don’t have to scroll and/or if you’re writing–you have more room to write before it scrolls or goes to next area!!
    The pictures look like you’re looking through a window at the real thing and the print and fonts are so easy–I threw out my reading glasses for the comptuer!
    W2207H and it’s worth every penny! HP brand. It changes the views automatically when you turn it.The holder/stand comes with it.
    Thought it might make your world easier.

    Reply
  35. Speaking of computers–I just got a HP monitor that’s 22″ and HD. Also (this is the best part) you can turn it around so it’s like a letter (not a post card) and you don’t have to scroll and/or if you’re writing–you have more room to write before it scrolls or goes to next area!!
    The pictures look like you’re looking through a window at the real thing and the print and fonts are so easy–I threw out my reading glasses for the comptuer!
    W2207H and it’s worth every penny! HP brand. It changes the views automatically when you turn it.The holder/stand comes with it.
    Thought it might make your world easier.

    Reply
  36. Jo, I think it was a great compromise! And I wish I could have found a dress like that when I got married. Then again, I tend to think I was born a century or more too late anyway.

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  37. Jo, I think it was a great compromise! And I wish I could have found a dress like that when I got married. Then again, I tend to think I was born a century or more too late anyway.

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  38. Jo, I think it was a great compromise! And I wish I could have found a dress like that when I got married. Then again, I tend to think I was born a century or more too late anyway.

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  39. Jo, I think it was a great compromise! And I wish I could have found a dress like that when I got married. Then again, I tend to think I was born a century or more too late anyway.

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  40. Jo, I think it was a great compromise! And I wish I could have found a dress like that when I got married. Then again, I tend to think I was born a century or more too late anyway.

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  41. Jo, I’m drooling at your cover — just gorgeous. I have to say, I like a headless cover. Whenever there’s a cover with a face on it, it’s never the face I imagine when I read the story, so it’s as though there’s an imposter on the cover. But this way there’s all the atmosphere, some intrigue and no imposter. And yes, a lovely dress set off beautifully by the hint of uniform behind it.
    Theo, best of luck in the GH.
    Mary Jo, please post those photos. I love seeing other people’s travel pics.

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  42. Jo, I’m drooling at your cover — just gorgeous. I have to say, I like a headless cover. Whenever there’s a cover with a face on it, it’s never the face I imagine when I read the story, so it’s as though there’s an imposter on the cover. But this way there’s all the atmosphere, some intrigue and no imposter. And yes, a lovely dress set off beautifully by the hint of uniform behind it.
    Theo, best of luck in the GH.
    Mary Jo, please post those photos. I love seeing other people’s travel pics.

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  43. Jo, I’m drooling at your cover — just gorgeous. I have to say, I like a headless cover. Whenever there’s a cover with a face on it, it’s never the face I imagine when I read the story, so it’s as though there’s an imposter on the cover. But this way there’s all the atmosphere, some intrigue and no imposter. And yes, a lovely dress set off beautifully by the hint of uniform behind it.
    Theo, best of luck in the GH.
    Mary Jo, please post those photos. I love seeing other people’s travel pics.

    Reply
  44. Jo, I’m drooling at your cover — just gorgeous. I have to say, I like a headless cover. Whenever there’s a cover with a face on it, it’s never the face I imagine when I read the story, so it’s as though there’s an imposter on the cover. But this way there’s all the atmosphere, some intrigue and no imposter. And yes, a lovely dress set off beautifully by the hint of uniform behind it.
    Theo, best of luck in the GH.
    Mary Jo, please post those photos. I love seeing other people’s travel pics.

    Reply
  45. Jo, I’m drooling at your cover — just gorgeous. I have to say, I like a headless cover. Whenever there’s a cover with a face on it, it’s never the face I imagine when I read the story, so it’s as though there’s an imposter on the cover. But this way there’s all the atmosphere, some intrigue and no imposter. And yes, a lovely dress set off beautifully by the hint of uniform behind it.
    Theo, best of luck in the GH.
    Mary Jo, please post those photos. I love seeing other people’s travel pics.

    Reply
  46. I hear you on the computer front. My Toshiba laptop’s battery is useless, but the machine itself is a workhorse. Still, it’s way too heavy to cart around. I utterly adore my new MacBook, but you’re right, learning Appleese is a big negative. I DETEST icons. I want words. And saving a document where I want it, with the name I want it…ain’t happened yet.
    The cover is as yummy as whipped cream and icing.

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  47. I hear you on the computer front. My Toshiba laptop’s battery is useless, but the machine itself is a workhorse. Still, it’s way too heavy to cart around. I utterly adore my new MacBook, but you’re right, learning Appleese is a big negative. I DETEST icons. I want words. And saving a document where I want it, with the name I want it…ain’t happened yet.
    The cover is as yummy as whipped cream and icing.

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  48. I hear you on the computer front. My Toshiba laptop’s battery is useless, but the machine itself is a workhorse. Still, it’s way too heavy to cart around. I utterly adore my new MacBook, but you’re right, learning Appleese is a big negative. I DETEST icons. I want words. And saving a document where I want it, with the name I want it…ain’t happened yet.
    The cover is as yummy as whipped cream and icing.

    Reply
  49. I hear you on the computer front. My Toshiba laptop’s battery is useless, but the machine itself is a workhorse. Still, it’s way too heavy to cart around. I utterly adore my new MacBook, but you’re right, learning Appleese is a big negative. I DETEST icons. I want words. And saving a document where I want it, with the name I want it…ain’t happened yet.
    The cover is as yummy as whipped cream and icing.

    Reply
  50. I hear you on the computer front. My Toshiba laptop’s battery is useless, but the machine itself is a workhorse. Still, it’s way too heavy to cart around. I utterly adore my new MacBook, but you’re right, learning Appleese is a big negative. I DETEST icons. I want words. And saving a document where I want it, with the name I want it…ain’t happened yet.
    The cover is as yummy as whipped cream and icing.

    Reply
  51. Patricia!
    Create the document
    File
    Save
    Name it
    Click the arrow next to the name
    Expands options box for control of where to put the doc
    Pick main folder on left, or at the bottom of the box, you can choose to create a new folder
    Choose a folder on right if there are folders there
    Click Save
    And my Toshiba is lighter than my daughter’s MacBook! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  52. Patricia!
    Create the document
    File
    Save
    Name it
    Click the arrow next to the name
    Expands options box for control of where to put the doc
    Pick main folder on left, or at the bottom of the box, you can choose to create a new folder
    Choose a folder on right if there are folders there
    Click Save
    And my Toshiba is lighter than my daughter’s MacBook! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Reply
  53. Patricia!
    Create the document
    File
    Save
    Name it
    Click the arrow next to the name
    Expands options box for control of where to put the doc
    Pick main folder on left, or at the bottom of the box, you can choose to create a new folder
    Choose a folder on right if there are folders there
    Click Save
    And my Toshiba is lighter than my daughter’s MacBook! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Reply
  54. Patricia!
    Create the document
    File
    Save
    Name it
    Click the arrow next to the name
    Expands options box for control of where to put the doc
    Pick main folder on left, or at the bottom of the box, you can choose to create a new folder
    Choose a folder on right if there are folders there
    Click Save
    And my Toshiba is lighter than my daughter’s MacBook! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Reply
  55. Patricia!
    Create the document
    File
    Save
    Name it
    Click the arrow next to the name
    Expands options box for control of where to put the doc
    Pick main folder on left, or at the bottom of the box, you can choose to create a new folder
    Choose a folder on right if there are folders there
    Click Save
    And my Toshiba is lighter than my daughter’s MacBook! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Reply

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