Two New Blogging Projects

Coinciding with the official move of my blogging activity from this blog  to my new one (http://themisathena.info/) — and to start into the new year — I have come up with two new blogging projects:

 

1. Diversity Bingo

This is in support of my Around the World reading project, which hasn’t quite seen the progress it should have had in 2020 (though fortunately it didn’t come to stall entirely, either).  I’m aiming at getting through the categories within the space of this year, though this isn’t set in stone … if it takes longer, it takes longer.  Here are the bingo card and the categories — fellow travelers welcome!  (My master update post can be found HERE.

 

2. An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes

The second project is something I saw in BeetleyPete‘s blog and liked so much that I decided I’ll have a go at it, too — not least because it may also serve as an introduction to those of you who haven’t been following me for a long time yet: an alphabet of (some of) my likes and dislikes.  (I hope Pete won’t be angry at me for stealing his idea … as you know, Pete, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!)  Similar to another moderately recent post of mine, I won’t be selecting any topics / likes and dislikes that you can easily glean from the contents of my blog anyway — such as the fact that I own am owned by two adorable 3 1/2 year old tomcats and that I love books, music, movies, tea, photography and traveling — but for each letter of the alphabet I’ll try to come up with something that defines me as a person in one way or another.

Pete completed his project on the basis of one post per day, and with likes and dislikes separately … I don’t think I’ll have quite the stamina to spread it out this much, so I’ll combine both likes and dislikes in a single post.  (I’ll try to do one a day, but it is possible that life is going to intervene and I won’t be able to stick entirely to that schedule.)

The project’s sole organizing principle is going to be the alphabetical order; “likes” and “dislikes” for the same letter of the alphabet are almost certainly not going to be connected (or if they are, it’s merely going to be a coincidence.)

The project’s master post can be found HERE.

 

Note: The posts belonging to these two new projects are only posted on my new blog ( http://themisathena.info/ ).  Similarly, like all master posts for my blogging projects, those for these two projects can be accessed from the link contained in the sidebar of my new blog.

FOLLOWER ALERT: Moving to a New Blog

As I mentioned in an earlier post,  WP’s massive move to enforce their block editor, which nobody seems to like and which I hate with a vengeance, made me decide to go “self-hosted” in order to be able to continue using the classic editor without having to remember to select it every time I’m creating or accessing a post (and even that selection switch is clearly a disfavored option on WP.com these days, so it’s bound to disappear entirely at some point).

I’ve been building the new blog in the past two months and am now ready to officially make the move there.  The address is:

http://themisathena.info/

The blog name — Lioness at Large — is going to remain the same, and It’s still a blog using the WP functionality, so you can continue following me using the WP Reader (or follow me by email, of course; just input your email address into the form at the top of the sidebar to the right).  And this present blog (https://themisathena.wordpress.com/) is not going to disappear; I’m going to keep it as my archive of my past blogging activity.

I’ve switched to a different template for the new blog, however, not only in order to keep the two blogs’ posts distinguishable, but also because the new template allows me more editing options than the one I’m using for this blog.  Then again, for purposes of recognizability I will continue to use — at least for the time being — this blog’s  header showing the Lioness at Large blog title, and also the lioness images on the front page.

To get things started, I’ve seeded the new blog with my posts relating to another reading (and lifestyle) game that my previous blogging community, BookLikes, has enjoyed playing in November and December for the past several years, and which we’ve continued to play this year in our new (private) home, The 24 Tasks of the Festive Season (or simply Festive Tasks, for short): my Master Update Post with links to all individual posts is HERE.

I have also imported most of my posts, pages, and project pages from this blog to the new one; many of these, however, still require some sprucing up, so please be patient if you should run into something that’s not quite working as it should be yet.

I very much hope I’ll be able to welcome most of you in my new blogging home — thank you again for your friendship in the past and present!  Here’s to many more great exchanges on books and other topics in the future.

Cheers,

Themis-Athena

The Mystery Blogger Award

 

I was nominated by arielaonthego for the Mystery Blogger Award — which came as a complete surprise; thank you so much, Ariela!

Rules
  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award .
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

 

Three Things About Me

… that you can’t already tell from the rest of this blog, I take it (such as the fact that I own am owned by two adorable 3 year old tomcats and that I love books, music, movies, tea, photography and traveling).

1. Strictly speaking part of this, too, is something you can tell from the rest of this blog, as many of my posts are imported and have an “original post: …” link at the bottom, but since it’s fairly key to where I am (literally) coming from and I’ve collected a number of new followers in the past couple of months (welcome, everybody!):

From 2013 until the summer of 2020, I used to belong to a book blogging community called BookLikes. What made the BL website (itself) unique was its format of combining a blogging community with a central “dahsboard” feed and an integrated book database, but the BL community was actually about a lot more — we played book-related games together and shared photos and posts on everything from cooking / baking / dining to gardening and other “off topic” (non-book) interests and views, etc.; all of which, over time, created a truly tight-knit community that was unlike anything I’ve ever seen anywhere else on the web. — I activated my WordPress blog (which in the past had chiefly been my backup for my BookLikes posts) when BL, through the site owners’ neglect, took a nosedive in July … since which time the BookLikes community has been a bit of a traveling circus on the lookout for a new permanent home. (We’ve found a venue for our signature fall book game, Halloween Bingo, and a venue where most of us have agreed to dip at least a toe in the water in order to keep the community together, but the BookLikes site with its unique format is still very much missed.)

That being said, the de-facto BL demise has inspired me to spruce up my WP blog and strike out in the blogging community, which I definitely consider a good thing. The one bit I didn’t realize when I made that decision was that WP has, in the interim, started to push their block editor, which I hate with a vengeance. So, I’ve decided to go “self-hosted” in order to be able to continue using the classic editor (without having to remember to select it every time I’m creating or accessing a post, that is — and even that is clearly a disfavored option on WP.com these days, so it’s bound to disappear entirely at some point). There’s nothing much on the new version of my blog, yet, but I wanted to have a chance to set it up in time before WP.com goes “block editor without the option” once and for all. I’ll officially share the link to my new blog as soon as I consider the transition (essentially) far enough along the way for it to make sense. For the time being, I’ll be double-posting in both places, so as not to have to rely on WP’s (less-than-perfect) import system — so if you’re using the WP Reader and are seeing two versions of my posts, you’re not seeing double … this one is down to me.

2. I’m a massive hoarder — Marie Kondo and I would never be friends. (In fact, I abhor her attitude to book ownership in particular.) Other than my books, music and DVD collections, I’m channeling my hoarding proclivities into a collection of mugs (not all of them with book-related themes) and a collection of refrigerator magnets (chiefly Shakespeare, travel, and cat-related), but if I had unlimited space, I’d doubtlessly fill it with other things as well.

3. My favorite color is red — which you don’t necessarily see in the clothes I wear (outside the odd red sweater or other, that is), but it’s impossible to miss the moment you enter my apartment: there are plenty of red “touches” to what passes for my version of interior decoration, my “daily use” china, cooking pots etc. are (mainly) red, etc.. Red also features somewhat more prominently in the new, self-hosted version of my blog; as it has done, in fact, in most of the websites that I’ve owned ever since I started dabbling with that sort of thing back in the early 2000s.

 

My Answers to Ariela’s Five Questions:

1. What is your favorite dessert?

Anything involving either fresh citrus fruit, fresh pineapples, or fresh strawberries.

Anything involving cherry or plum sauce (or compote, or stewed / baked / flambé cherries or plums — I like both cherries and plums better after they’ve been processed in some fashion than when they come straight off the tree, but once they’ve been processed, I like them a lot.)

And anything involving a combination of crème fraîche (or some similar base; e.g. double cream) and wine, port, or sherry.

 

2. What is your favorite book?

Oh help, I can’t even pin down my favorite dessert to a single option and you’re asking me that? Lol.

Favorite play: Shakespeare, Hamlet. Favorite 19th century classics: novels by Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë. Favorite Golden Age mysteries: Sherlock Holmes, as well as virtually anything by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Favorite Silver Age and contemporary mysteries: P.D. James, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly. Favorite fantasy: Tolkien, Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter. Other recent favorites include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun; Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love; and Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other.

 

3. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

The ability to fly — even if that is a superpower only in humans.

 

4. Do you like to dance?

Yes, but you don’t want to watch me while I’m doing it!

 

5. Would you rather have a pet porcupine or a pet mushroom?

Hah. 😀 Assuming that “neither” is not an option, I guess I’d go for the porcupine — I’d probably eat the mushroom at some point anyway (if I wasn’t too scared it was poisonous), and you can’t communicate with a plant (at least not in the sense of getting an immediate response) … whereas you can with an animal. Besides, I once had a cat with a very decided noli me tangere (don’t touch me) attitude, so I could probably get used to a pet with that kind of attitude once again. And generally speaking … more power to any creature (other than humans) coming armed against predators. There’s a reason why I like wild cats (and hate trophy hunters) — and, for that matter, why roses are my favorite flowers.

 

My Best Post:

Hmmm, that’s a difficult one given that my blog is currently in double transition (from BookLikes to WordPress and within WP from .com to self-hosted). So I think I’m just going to share the links for a few very, very old “battle of the books” posts that have already made their way to the new version of my blog (even if the formatting is still slightly off — and incidentally, it’s pure coincidence that two of them involve works by Tolstoy):

Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking vs. Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn vs. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
Isabella Beeton: Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management vs. Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace

 

My Nominees Are:

Anyone who sees this and feels they want to do it! (If you do, please drop a link in the comments section of this post.)

 

My Questions:
  1. What is your favorite season?
  2. Who is your hero / heroine in fiction (and why)?
  3. Would you rather be able to produce literature or music? (Assume that “both” is not an option.)
  4. If you had a time machine allowing you to travel to up to 3 different eras (past and future), what era(s) would you like to travel to?
  5. From a burning building, you have the option to rescue either a [cat / dog / supply your own favorite animal] or a priceless work of art, but not both. Which of the two do you rescue (and why)?

To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome!

Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a nosedive in summer, as a result of being strangled by thousands of unchecked spam accounts and a number of other problems never addressed by the owners.  So, as I said in my final post on BookLikes (mirrored here on WordPress), this is now going to be my main blogging site.

My book catalogue lives on Librarything, where I have since made it searchable for everyone as a TinyCat library — do feel free to browse.  (It’s strictly a personal library, so there’s no option to “check out” or “borrow” books.)  My library chiefly consists of mysteries and crime fiction, classics, historical fiction, LitFic, and assorted nonfiction; with some speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, etc.) and horror (mostly of the gothic variety) sprinkled in here and there.

In the near future, the posts / notifications you’ll see coming from this blog will basically be falling into one of two categories:

(1) Cleaning up old blog posts mirrored here but originating from BookLikes.  Due to the fact that the two sites’ blog settings are not identical, and not all formatting and other HTML / CSS of the individual posts did transfer to WordPress as designed — also, BookLikes is “dead” for purposes of image hosting — I’ll have to clean up the posts backed up here: Probably not all of them, but at least some, to actually make them presentable.  As WP insists on sending out notifications even for posts dating from the past, you may be seeing notifications for book reviews and other posts that, upon closer inspection, actually date from several months or even years ago.   All I’m going to say about that for the moment is, “as you were” … don’t mind me, I’m just cleaning house over here.  Once the house cleaning is over and done with, this blog is hopefully going to have a directory sorting blog posts not only by date and category (as currently already available), but also by associated authors and artists … or at least, that’s the plan. — My reading projects (both ongoing and completed) can be found in the side bar to the right.

(2) Reading game-related posts, most notably in September and October, “Halloween Book Bingo” posts.  Reading games were a thing that the BookLikes community enjoyed a lot, and we’ve found a place and a method where / how to continue those despite the BL meltdown.  Halloween Bingo is our signature game and is being played for the fifth year in a row in 2020: It works basically just like an ordinary bingo game, except that each square on the bingo card is associated with a Halloween-ish theme / reading prompt, and you can only count a given square towards a bingo if it’s both been called and you have finished a book answering to that reading prompt.  — If you want to follow the progress of my game, you can do so HERE (my game preparation post with my lists of book options for the squares on my card can be found HERE).  The guy in the furry black tuxedo who is providing my bingo markers, incidentally, is called Charlie; he and his tabby brother / litter mate Sunny have been sharing my home and lighting up my life for almost exactly two years now, which corresponds to a little over half their lives.

If you go back through my blog, you’ll also come across blog posts associated with other reading games (all summarized as projects in the sidebar to the right), such as Festive Tasks, BL-opoly, and Snakes & Ladders.  (Most of the “internal” links in those summary project posts / pages are still for my original BookLikes posts; replacing those by the corresponding WordPress links is going to be part of the final touches of my houseblog cleaning operation.

Again, welcome to my blog, and please don’t hesitate to share your views in the comments!

BookLikes (and Legimi), is this really all you’ve got?

The site is live and running again. No other features are planned in the nearest future. The performance will be looked into depending on the problems and the availability of resources. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Comment on BookLikes’ Facebook page, last night (July 13, 2020).

Sorry, but that just isn’t good enough.

Not any more.  Not by a long shot.

It’s not about “new” features.  It’s about fixing problems that have existed for years — in fact, ever since Legimi acquired BookLikes four years ago –, that have grown progressively worse over the course of time, and that have been brought to the attention of BL management time and again, always (as we all know) to no avail whatsoever.

A serious commitment to fix those problems would require immediate action: no ifs or buts.  Not “depending on the problems and the availability of resources.”  Not just “looking into” the performance of the site.

Not just a canned response that couldn’t possibly say “we really don’t care” any clearer if it had shouted as much in neon letters a foot high or higher.

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After last night’s statement on behalf of BookLikes, I won’t create any content here anymore.  In fact, if that statement had been posted about 45 minutes or an hour earlier, I wouldn’t even have created the new post(s) I did still create last night.  I will instead continue to do what I already started doing when BL crashed for several days back in January of this year; namely, back up and salvage all that content of my BL account that isn’t already backed up elsewhere anyway (such as, fortunately, most of my blog posts, my library and most of my book-related data).

To those who want to stay in touch, as of now you can chiefly find me here:

WordPress: This is where I will continue posting my reviews and other blog posts.  In the past, my WP blog has been primarily — though not exclusively — my back up site for BookLikes posts, so it will take some tender love and care to be made truly presentable, but some projects are already under way; and other than salvaging my BL content, that will be my focus over the rest of the summer.

Librarything: Far and away the best online library system; you can really tell that the site was created by people who are librarians (and techies) first and foremost.  LT’s book database — and librarian / editing features — were superior to those of BookLikes by a magnitude of several galaxies even at the best of times: I’ve been willing to put up with the standard that BL had to offer for the sake of its blogging features and, most importantly of course, the BL community, but … no longer so.  There is no question that LT’s social / communication features are unwieldy and in need of a serious overhaul.  And no, I am not entirely comfortable with the fact that Amazon holds an indirect minority ownership interest in LT, which it very likely could increase to direct / sole or majority ownership at any time if it so chose.  But at least LT (unlike BookLikes) lets you export your book data — and I am not planning to post any reviews there –, so if it ever comes to that point, it will be easy enough to pull out.  And its social features are “learnable” and, like everything else, get easier to manage with increased use.

Goodreads: I left GR behind as my main book site back in 2013 and have no intention of reversing that decision.  However, I understand that not all of my friends from the BookLikes community feel comfortable creating a blog elsewhere or navigating Librarything, and at this point many have already made the move to the Outpost and / or (Mostly) Dead Writers Society groups on GR.  So to the extent that discussions and community activities are hosted there, I’ll participate.

Twitter: This is not an account I use to actively participate in any discussions, at least not outside the rare book-related convo or other; but I can be reached by PM there if necessary.  If you do have a blog or a Librarything or a Goodreads account, though, those are the paths of communication that I prefer.

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Buddy Reads
There are two buddy reads to which I had been looking forward here on BookLikes in the near future.

For Hannah Arendt’s The Origin of Totalitarianism, BT has already created a thread in the Outpost group. (@ Mark, I hope you’ve found us there!)  As she said in her first post, please join us — everybody is welcome!

As for the planned second French buddy read (and possible “buddy watch” of the TV adaptation of the Nicholas Le Floch novels), @ Tannat and @ Onnurtilraun, please let me know your preferred venue!  You can comment on this post — I’ll still be around for a while, so there is every chance I’ll see it — or reach me on any of the above-mentioned sites.  (Tannat, I know you’re on GR, LT and WP … not sure about Onnurtilraun, though?)

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Like so many others who have posted something similar in the past couple of days and weeks, it breaks my heart to be making this decision.  The BookLikes community is, without question or comparison, far and away the best book community I’ve ever belonged to.  The basic setup of BookLikes — a blogging community with an integrated book database — is, as such, unique in the online world.  But while I’ve always said that I’ll be here until the end, I feel the end has now indeed come — not because the community has given up on the site, but because its owners and administrators have.  Their statement on Facebook couldn’t possibly make that any clearer.  So:

 


(You didn’t really think I could do this without a cat meme, did you?)

 

 

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English language reviews

Reblogged from: Literature. Coffee.

 

I actually just found out about this site. I’m very late, I know. I have been reviewing my read books on my website on doodlefondue, but I’ve written it in Dutch language. And because I have signed up on this site, I thought to make it English language reviews.

I don’t know whether I’ll be keeping this site up to date. My current read for month February – March is thriller and I have a goal of finishing all books written by Nicci French. On my GoodRead account I have a goal of reading 50 books a year. Right now I have reached 16 books, so I think I will be able to reach 50 books.

I’m curious about BookLikes. But after I signed up, I found out that I automatically followed a few booklikes weblogs and most of them have abandoned their BookLikes accounts, so it’s kind of weird getting them automatically followed while none of them is still active. If only GoodRead has a blog’s feature, i wouldn’t be here.

 

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Booklikes Active Poster

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue

 

I thought this would be a good way for us to comment and then share the post to see who is still here to make sure we are all following each other. I only bring this up because I see some people posting and I appear to be the only one following their reviews.

I have gotten some comments from bots though which is another reason why I wanted us all to take this Friday to comment and share this post so we can all find each other.

Feel free to drop your name in the comments and share!

 

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Work-Around for “Date Read” / “End Reading” Setting

As Moonlight Reader and Darth Pony Pedant noted, there’s a bug in the system that currently doesn’t let you record any reading end dates beyond 2019 (i.e., from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards).  This is systemic, i.e. will have to be fixed by BookLikes or their outsourced helpers, HOWEVER, for the time being here’s an easy workaround:

Open your bookshelf in admin view.  Among the icons next to the 25-50-75 drop-down menu for selecting the number of books displayed on your shelf, there is a little nut (or wheel)-shaped icon that takes you to the special “settings” menu for your shelf page.  Click on it.

You shelf settings menu contains a category called “Shelf table view – visible columns.”  Among the selections offered there, find the option for “private note”.  Check it off — but leave all your previously checked selections alone!  I.e., just add this selection to all the others … unless of course you really want to modify those, too, while you’re at it.  Don’t forget to save your settings.

Now, if you return to your bookshelf, it should contain a new column called “Note”.

Find the book(s) for which you want to record your reading end date.  Open the popup screen where you’d ordinarily do so.  At the bottom of that screen, there is a “private note” option.  Click on it and record your “finished” date there.  Save and close the menu.  Your note should now show up in the shelf table column that you just created.  Ehh voilà — you’re done!

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Please note: This is only a workaround to record your reading end date as such — it’s no replacement for a proper fix, and it will not work with your 2020 reading challenge nor with sorting books by read date.  But it’s easy to implement, and at least allows you to keep your records straight as far as dates go.

 

Addenda:

1.: I found out this morning that the system doesn’t report reading start dates, either.  So you’ll have to include both the start and the end date in your notes.

2.: Elentarri has found that the system does still record review submission dates.  So another way to record your reading end date would be to create a mini-post (even if it only says “I liked / didn’t like this” or “I finished this on …”), tick the “review” check box, and manually reset the posting date to the date you actually finished the book.

3. To facilitate sorting / finding your 2020 books on your shelves, it may make sense to create a “2020” shelf (if you’re not shelving by year already anyway).

 

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Ummm …

… well, yeah.

Something of the sort, I guess.

So anyway, I’d decided to set out on my own in business at the beginning of this year and things were moving along nicely and as planned (lots to do, but nothing truly unforeseen), when precisely in the matter that is allowing me to finally do my own thing in the first place, and which has already been eating up the major part of my work time even at ordinary times for the past few years, the tribunal hearing the matter in question decided to do a short-notice-180-degree switch flip on the ground rules for the evidentiary hearing (aka trial) in early June that we’d been preparing for, and then in short order, evidently not satisfied with already having us do double overtime to adapt to the new and completely reversed ground rules, decided to do a backwards 180-degree switch flip at even shorter notice, making everybody and everything run full circle and now making us all do triple overtime.  So, at some point in late January (when the first switch flip occurred) I found myself reduced to curtailing all non-work-related activities … even reading, believe it or not.  The only thing that kept me sane during the almost six months from then ’till now was a regular diet of audio recordings of some of my favorite comfort reads, chiefly ingested on the way to and from meetings, with Tolkien and Golden Age mysteries making up the stock of said literary diet; as well as the decision to reward myself with a London and Stratford-upon-Avon shopping trip as soon as the June hearing was over. (Separate post on that trip to come.)  Oh, and a certain amount of frustration purchases from my book wishlist … not that I’ve touched even one of these shiny newly-ordered books so far, but somehow even receiving, unpacking and adding them to my physical TBR pile made my life feel better, if only for a few brief moments.

In addition to all of which, I let myself get talked into adopting one of our local animal shelter’s “experienced owners only” special needs cats — goes to show what happens if, in dire need of cuddly creatures and kitty love, you innocently inquire about a pair of kittens that have, alas, been decided to go to other new parents in the interim.  He’s extremely bright, but has evidently grown up as a stray, is totally unused to (and distrustful of) humans — hair trigger default communication mode: monster hiss and razor-sharp claws … so much for the “cuddly creatures and kitty love” thing — and has been diagnosed as FIV positive to boot (though the virus is expected to remain dormant for years to come, and lke most HIV positive humans, he will probably die of a secondary illness eventually). It was quite a while until he was finally ready to come home with me, and for the moment he’s taken up residence under my bed, so right now I only have photos of him taken while he was still at the shelter, but anyway, here’s my beautiful and special new four-pawed boy:

 

 

They named him Horst at the shelter, which is empahtically not a name I would have chosen myself … for him or any other cat, period.  I’m taking my time coming up with a new name, though — for the time being, he’s simply my Miezekater (literally: “pussy tomcat” or “male pussycat” … I swear, it sounds decidedly less ridiculous in German than it does in English), a pet name that he has started to respond to and seems to like.

Incidentally, during my self-enforced absence I finally bit the bullet and created a rudimentary Twitter presence … haven’t tweeted a single time myself, yet, but in default of enough time to indulge in newspapers, the major news organizations’ headline feed at least made sure I didn’t completely fall off the planet as far as awareness of major goings-on was concerned.  And I figured that while I was there, I might as well follow those of you whose Twitter IDs the software recognized and actually suggested me to follow … if I’ve missed anyone, or if you would like to follow back, my Twitter ID is (you’d never have guessed this) @ThemisAthena (https://twitter.com/ThemisAthena).

Well, in any event, I’m very happy that this site and this community is still around and here to come back to!  Not necessarily a given, after last year’s woes …

Glad to be back, and I hope you’re all doing well!!!

Merken

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100 Followers already! Thank you all!!

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I started creating this blog in late May 2016, and not even five months later WP snuck up on me just this week to inform me I’ve already got 100 followers.  A big thanks to all of you for your interest and support, and for some great exchanges we’ve already had – I hope there will be many more!

Merken