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Feb. 22nd, 2010

12:29 pm - check out the new look at WitchGrotto.com

Sometimes you just have to make a change. My website, WitchGrotto.com, was due for one. So this morning I buckled down and switched the site over from the old Joomla 1.0.x that it was using to the latest and greatest Joomla 1.5.x.

Making such big jump in the version of the software (from the Joomla point of view anyway) meant the switch actually took me a few months to perform. It wasn't just one piece of web server software that changed but all the bits and pieces behind the scenes that served up my site. And since I was updating all the software I decided to also update the template used to give the site its look. Lots of research, lots of planning, lots of testing and trying things out! And as with any upgrade it also meant spending a good chunk of time fixing things and changing settings until everything was working the way I expected.

I'm pretty pleased with the upgrade as I managed to preserve all the content (user accounts, forum postings, articles, and book reviews) while switching all of the software used to serve it up. My family will attest to how much stress that can produce. But it's worth it now that it's done.

Now that my website has the latest software I can take advantage of the latest templates (and the easier-to-use template modification features in the software), new features for presenting and working with content, and new add-ons that can make the site more appealing.

If you haven't seen it come by and check it out! http://www.witchgrotto.com

Current Mood: accomplished

Jan. 26th, 2010

08:38 am - Daven's Journal reviews my book

Over on Daven's Journal they decided to review my book, "The Wiccan Mystic."

5 out of 5! Very cool.

Current Mood: happyhappy

Dec. 22nd, 2009

11:25 am - happy Solstice to all!

 I know this is a day late but better late than never, right?

Oct. 31st, 2009

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Oct. 30th, 2009

09:21 am - online trick-or-treating

It's that time of year again kiddies! Put on your scariest costume and get out there to beg for goodies!

Here's my virtual take:

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
bgruagach goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Vampire.
amber_laine gives you 3 softly glowing root beer-flavoured gummy bats.
avalon76 gives you 1 light blue blueberry-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
cudubh gives you 3 purple raspberry-flavoured wafers.
emdeepwater gives you 13 dark green tropical-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
npr_geek tricks you! You lose 18 pieces of candy!
sashibala gives you 17 mottled green lime-flavoured nuggets.
solvingmypuzzle gives you 18 tan cherry-flavoured pieces of taffy.
teriel gives you 16 light orange licorice-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
wendywoowho gives you 1 yellow pineapple-flavoured gumdrops.
whatevah gives you 3 mauve lemon-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
bgruagach ends up with 57 pieces of candy.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
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Current Location: at home in Oakville Ontario
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
Current Music: Afraid - David Bowie

Oct. 29th, 2009

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Oct. 28th, 2009

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Aug. 14th, 2009

12:36 pm - homophobia

My thirteen year old son, A, had to deal with homophobia yesterday.

A has a few friends he has over to our house pretty regularly.  One of those kids, who I'll call R, has been over many times.  Well it seems that we're not going to see R around our house much any more.

R mentioned to his parents that A lives with his two gay dads.  R's parents didn't like that. They told R he's not allowed to come to our house any more.

A happened to call R's house to talk to R, and R's mom spoke with my son on the phone.  She told my son that she didn't want R to "catch gay" by coming over.  My son told her that in that case she also shouldn't let R hang out with another one of their gang of friends, a boy named J, because his family is of African descent.  He told her that being anti-gay is just like racism.

She didn't like that and started to go on about it on the phone to my son.  So my son did a very rational thing -- he hung up the phone.

I'm very proud of my son!

Current Mood: proud

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