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Recapturing the Past

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I hear the water isn’t from the ocean, it’s from filling the hot tub! 😉

Typical Chicago March, gloomy, grey and brown, just down right “gnarly”

….but within each and everyone of us lives some sunshine, a beach and a cold beer!

Where do you find your sunshine?

Is it when you spend time curled on the couch reading a book?

Is it when you finish a task that has been sitting on your desk?

Is it when you spend time with your family and/or friends?

This is one “gnarly” window, but it certainly has character and it was brought to life and adorns some sunshine now.   Recycled art, creating something from something that was discarded and forgotten.

One thing that brings sunshine to my mind is thinking of whose been where I have before me.. who touched something I am touching.. i.e. being in Louisiana, some 2o odd years ago, and walking through the old southern mansions..looking at the Mississippi River from atop a high balcony…wondering who stood there before, wondering what they were thinking.. making up in your mind a day dream.

Painting with these old windows also gives me that feeling, what..where and how many people touched this.. and now in my hands it’s been long forgotten by them……now this old window has a new home, but it will always hold those silent memories..

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Practicing What You Preach

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Martha Vaughan And Stevie Ray VaughanStevie & Martha Vaughan, in progress.  We are all works in progress, and recently I found myself in a situation where, I did not practice what I preached and forward progress stood still in my brain!!

What happened you ask?

A site I worked on got Hacked! This isn’t a tech site by any means, but there is a lesson to be learned.

Back Up.. Back UP and BACK UP! I sat wondering.. and did used several tricks that were in the bag o’ goodies, but to no avail.

My first bit of advice if you are working on a blogging platform, keep a good copy of the theme, actually keep two copies, one locally and one on an external hard drive.   Don’t rely on the wordpress back up’s completely dump your site and it’s contents onto that external drive.

It couldn’t possibly have been in the theme I saved a month ago.. WRONG.. it can be.  After realizing the errors of my ways, I put my plea’s for help to some friends that are guru’s – some help was received but not a complete fix… it forced me to sit, and concentrate on that fix.

I got myself miffed that there was no one to come to my rescue… I finally sat down and mentally got myself into the problem and began the rebuild.  I knew it was going to be tedious, and I was being lazy…I wanted someone to fix it for me… bwahhhh (as my nephew says)

Well the fact of the matter is, I learned a few lessons! When we put our mind to things, we can figure them out.  When we call out for help and perhaps it’s not there, maybe there is a lesson to be learned, I re-honed some of my skills and was not allowed the easy way out! I walked away with a sense of accomplishment, I knew I could do it, but I was taking the lower road! Oh yeah.. and back up your data!.

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