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By Hook Or By Book

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~ Lemony Snicket, Horseradish ~

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Blog School Days 4-7

Day 4:  Identify Your Audience

Help, please!

Day 5:  Love Your Theme

The “theme” is the basic look of the blog/website.  WordPress has hundreds to choose from – different fonts for text, different layouts for pictures, more different options than I can wrap my head around.  I’ve spent time trying out different themes.  And have settled back on the one I chose when I started.  Maybe I’m just boring.

Day 6:  Make an irresistible “About” Page

Somewhere along the way of playing with themes, I managed to lose my “About” page.  While poking around for this assignment I found it, restored it, and edited it.  It’s still not irresistible.  Maybe I’ll come back to it sooner rather than later.

Day 7:  Add a Custom Header Image

I changed my header image just a few hours before getting the assignment!  I think it’s set up to randomly display a series of photos I took at Missouri Botanical Gardens five or more years ago.  But I have no idea how often the image will change – assuming it does change.  At any rate you’ll see a portion of a flower!

Third Assignment

The assignment on day 3 of Blogging University is to “Visit the Neighbors.”  In other words, I am supposed to go snooping around the blogosphere to find a blogger (or five) to follow.

Finding a new – at least new to you – blog is a simple search.  Simple, that it, if you can figure out what keyword to use.  There are more possibilities than the day is long: faith, Christianity, religion, mathematics, clergywomen, quilting.  More entries show up than you can imagine.  And before you know it you’ve wasted an hour or found a new source of inspiration.

Blog School Day 2: Title and Tagline

The second assignment at Blogging University is to “update your title and tagline.”

Seriously?  I worked really hard four years* ago to come up with the title Another LQQK.  What I know now that I didn’t know then is that the Title of the blog does not have to be the same as the blog’s web address.  It might have been better to use my name for the web address.  In the spirit of the doing the assignment I changed the title to Another LQQK by Rev. TLC.

The QQ instead of an OO in the title is because someone else had already claimed the “another look” website with “look” spelled properly.  And two capital q’s sort of look like eyes.  It doesn’t look as neat in lower case:  another lqqk.  But I like it.  If you want to know something about the meaning of the title, go to my Home (previously About) page.

The tagline used to be “Taking time to look again.”  I’ve changed it (see the words below the Title at the top of the page) per the assignment.  Clearly taglines are not my forte.  What would you suggest?

*Yes, it was four years ago that I first thought about blogging.  But I got distracted.  First by a very part time pastor gig to go with the very part time tutoring I had been doing.  Then I became an Interim Pastor.  

Back to School: Day 1

I’ve signed up for Blogging University.  It’s online.  It’s free.  And it’s got daily assignments for 14 days.  First up:  a “who I am and why I’m here” post, with questions to get me started.

  • Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?
    • Accountability.  My husband has been encouraging me to write for years.  My dad thinks I should be writing stories about my work.  A friend/mentor has encouraged me to write daily.  If I don’t do it publicly I probably won’t get around to doing it regularly.
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
    • Faith.  I am a Christian striving to live faithfully with kindness and compassion in the 21st century.  I am glad to learn from people of other faith traditions and trust there is more than one way to the Divine.
    • Bible.  I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with a strong commitment to reading scripture seriously but not literally.
    • Nature.  Observations from my (nearly) daily walk.
    • Quilting.  Thoughts on cutting up fabric to create something new.
    • Books?  Maybe.  I’ve been an avid reader since childhood.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
    • Wonderers and wanderers, seekers and doubters, creators and questioners, and everyday nature watchers.
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what do you hope to accomplish?
    • Hmmmm….I’ll have to think about that.

My parents, siblings, extended family and all who knew me before I married call me Teri.  My nephews and nieces call me Aunt Teri.  Since 1994 colleagues, classmates, and new friends call me Teressa.   Parishioners have called me all kinds of things but children tend to call me Pastor T.

I am thankful for….

Acceptance
Birds, Blue skies, and butterflies
Children
Church
Clean Air and Clear Water
Coaches, Mentors, and Teachers
Colors of Autumn and Spring
Companions on the Journey
Our community
Our country
Curiosity
Employment and a Home
Eyesight and Hearing
Faith, Family, and Friends
Flowers and shade trees
Food and Shelter
Forgiveness and Mercy
Freedom to Worship
A Furnace and an Air Conditioner
Granddaughters, Grandsons, and Grandparents
Health and Access to Health Care
Hope of Resurrection
Laughter, Life, and Love
Lakes, Oceans, and Rivers
Lazy Summer Days
Mountains and Prairies
Music
Open Minds
Parents, Godparents, Foster Parents
Pets
Promise of a New (and better) Day
Questions by Seekers
Rain and Snow to Renew the Earth
Reconciliation
Restored relationships
Retirement
Sobriety
Socks and shoes
A Spouse – both Partner & Friend
Sunshine after the Storm
Tender hearts
Uncles, aunts and other relatives
Warm winter coat

– Compiled by Teressa L. Clark, 12/18/12 from conversations over the years with some of God’s good and grateful people

Thankful for Books

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I am thankful for books.

Storybooks

Historical fiction

Poetry

Memoirs

Biographies

Science fiction fantasy

And more.

Books that open a world far from home,

Away from the ordinary, the hum-drum, the everyday in life.

Books that challenge a world view –

offer a different perspective on what is “normal” or “right.”

Books that explain a worldview or how part of the world works.

Describing the “facts of life” and a growing, changing body.

A reference for flowers, birds or trees.

Recipes for cookies, cakes, spaghetti sauce and sweet-and-sour pork.

Thankful for the people who, by example, taught me to love books.

Mom – always with book nearby.

Dad – who read “Green Eggs and Ham” to his Algebra II students every year before Xmas break.

John – who continues to hand me books that I might find interesting.

Thankful for places where books were found:

Home, to be sure.

As a child, the Lincoln and Longfellow school libraries,

the Baker Public Library;

the Rural Eastern Montana Book Mobile.

University of Montana library – a quiet place, conducive to hours of studying, using books, of course!

Though not nearly as nice, the Luhr Library at Eden Theological Seminary.

These days, it’s more likely to be bookstores.

With a stop in the Children’s section (is there a new Graeme Base?)

A browse through Christian inspiration (have I missed an Anne Lamotte or a Kathleen Norris?)

A peak at the Quilting magazines (any intriguing patterns or good tips?).

Time in the bargain bins and discount aisles.

So many books.

Not enough time.

Teressa L. Clark, November 21, 2012, Community Thanksgiving Worship Service, Hosted by Muscatine Ministerial Association, Pastors were asked to share “Three things I am thankful for” in two or three minutes.