About

...the Island Girl!

Bio: Hello and welcome to my island! I write that because: 1. I live on one; 2. I love islands! Any kind of island and I've spent time on several. I have many things to share because my interests are as wide and varied as the ocean. I am a FOOL-osopher with a crazy, impish sense of humor. LIfe is like a diamond; mistakes are just lessons; everybody is different. Given this bit of information, my purpose with this blog is the share my perspective on the many facets of life as I've experienced it and what I've learned on my journey. Instead of putting a lot of that here, just read on and learn about where I've been, what I've learned and how I've lived. There could be unsolicited advice given, a crazy story told, a whimsical musing on one of my many interests. There will be photos, recipes and maybe even some cool tips for making your own life a little easier. Who knows? I would like to share these things with others in hopes that my written word either brings them up out of a low, inspires them in some way or perhaps helps with some dilemma they are currently in. I just want to put a smile on everyone's face that I touch. Read on, if you are curious. Slow your roll and enjoy the ride.... PLEASE NOTE: In many of the comments I have been receiving, there have been requests on contact information. If you are REALLY exploring my site and reading what is here, you will notice that most of my posts have a Contact form embedded in them. That is the way you can directly get in touch with me. If you really wish to contact me, use those tools. That is what they are there for. Explore and enjoy! This site is always dynamic!

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    • Yes, I am using WordPress as my blog platform. Something to note: They have a nice little online tutorial for learning about building a website. That’s how I learned to build mine. They also have excellent support, which is why I’m with them. They get back to you on questions – even seemingly trivial ones. Check it out! Good luck!

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    • How much a blog costs depends on what you want to do with it and how much time and energy you want to invest in it. You can start a blog for free, if you want. I started out using a free theme and learning how to build my site through WordPress’ online tutorial. However, I knew I would need extra storage space for the media I want to include in my posts and I needed a theme that offered more flexibility. It depends on you. You just have to do your research.

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    • No twitter account as of yet, but that isn’t out of the question. It’s just not high up on the priority list. I suppose I’ll get one soon enough. However, in the meantime, each post has a contact form embedded in it for you to communicate directly with me via email. I check all of that very frequently. Use that tool! That’s what it is there for! Come again and have fun!

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    • Hi! Thank you! No, it does not take a lot of work to manage a website like this. In fact, it is very flexible. You can do it on your own time. It all depends on your goals. I recommend you take the tutorial course that WordPress has available to learn how to set up a site. I’m not a programmer, either, but I am a retired IT professional, so that helps a little. Anyone can learn how to do this! You just need to dedicate a little time in learning. Good luck and have fun!

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    • Hello and thank you. Please, when you wish to comment about something, please be specific to what post you are referring to so I can understand what you are conveying better. I just embedded my posts with Contact forms and some also have polls in them. They are tools for me to nail down who likes what and how. Please use them in the future when you visit again.

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    • I’m happy you enjoy my blog. That is the purpose for it. The concept of guest writers is new to me and I suppose that would be cool! I have embedded a contact form in nearly all of my posts, so feel free to use that to discuss points on the various posts. We can collaborate on guest posts that way. I am seeking specifics on comments for the different posts. Most, if not all, of the comments I’ve been receiving have been very general. I have no real idea which posts folks like because nobody is being specific to them. I’ve also added some polls to certain posts, so please use those tools. They help me gauge how I’m doing with each post. You can contact me via email on your guest writing idea. I would like that.

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    • Thank you! Skilled blogger? Well, I don’t know about that. I just started blogging in April but I’m a skilled writer. I love to write and have had to write in many different types for formats from policy writing, to procedural stuff, to syllibi, to technical…You name it. Creative is my favorite way, though. My goal is to keep things upbeat and real. Even the serious stuff that I’ll be posting this winter will have an upbeat message to impart. You are more than welcome to visit often! We’ll keep it fun!

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    • Perhaps you used the same theme! I’m using WordPress’ Mixfolio. It’s simple and not too jazzy. As for colors, I tend to surround myself with hues of blues and greens. They are the colors of life and water. I’m an beachy sort of gal, so I like colors that relate to the sea. They are easy on the eyes and reflect calmness. We have more than enough stress in this world; a little calmness is necessary. Thank you so much!

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    • Hello! Thank you for your feedback. The theme is a Premium theme purchased through WordPress. They have both free and Premium themes. I chose this one for its simplicity and elegance. I created this website with WordPress’ tutorial help. It is free and available on line. The images and content are my very own unless otherwise cited. I don’t believe in plagiarism. You will notice that all of my posts include a Contact form and many also have a poll for feedback on that individual post which is what I am looking for. Feel free to email me if you have other questions. You can find my information under the Contact tab on the upper left.

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    • Thanks for the vote of confidence! Simplicity is key! I believe in the Keep It Simple Silly kind of Foolosophy. Simple elegance. Dolling up a site with all kinds of bells and whistles is cute but it tends to intimidate and put off folks when they visit. Besides, my tag line says it all. I have had folks comment about changing the tagline to something catchy but it is REALLY my Foolosophy! With all of the “reality” shows out on the tube that really aren’t “reality” and all of the technology available that purport to keep us better in touch with each other yet they keep us all at arms distance, it is essential to BE REAL! So, I am! Everything IS relative to everything else. It all flows and you have to be real about it. The balance is symbolic in keeping balance within your life. It’s all about setting examples and being real. The images are mine. When I’m not working my site, I’m out taking photos or doing art. I’m retired and have moved on to ventures I’ve dreamed of doing all of my adult life. I just want folks out there to realize that with direction, focus, discipline and keeping your dreams alive in your heart, YOU CAN realize those dreams in time. It requires patience and orchestration in getting there. NOTHING in life just simply FALLS into our laps and it shouldn’t because we won’t appreciate it as much as when we work for it. So….I employ the What You See Is What You Get concept. It’s all simply that.

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    • Thank you! The theme is a Premium theme called Mixfolio from WordPress. They have a VAST selection of both FREE and Premium themes and are adding more all of the time. I customized it with my own images (I’m a photographer). WordPress also has a very nice online tutorial you can follow to learn to create your own website. My recommendation would be to take the tutorial using one of their free themes to learn by and then go from there. Always have a plan, first, on what you would like to do with your site. Good luck!

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