Overwhelmed


I am sincerely sorry there was another Spam post on my blog. I didn’t see it until a couple of days ago. I “Trashed” the post this morning. This makes me so angry! I started another blog and I’m seriously considering moving all posts below.

While I’m thinking about that, here is a short post I wrote in January this year. My mother-in-law passed away in May which means life is weirder and even more overwhelming now.

 

January 2014

A lot happened since my last post.

My husband’s brother passed away on Dec. 18th, exactly one week before Christmas. He was only 58 and their mother’s (my mother-in-law) main caretaker.

Due to his death and my mother-in-law’s bad health, we took her to the Emergency Room on Dec. 20th. The hospital admitted her and we learned she had a minor case of pneumonia. We told nurses she needed to go to a nursing home which means they had to keep her for three days.

The hospital released her on Dec. 24th and we took her to a nursing home . It wasn’t the one she wanted, but she was 1st or 2nd on the list for it.

After enjoying Christmas day with my family, we started making phone calls to my mother-in-law’s desired nursing home and finally transferred her there on Dec. 31st.

We have to drive 45 minutes to see her now, but we visited 3-4 times in the week-and-a-half since then. We also have the duty of cleaning out their house and believe me when I say, they kept absolutely everything!

2014 Can Be Your Best Year Yet


Amazing 2014

2014 Can Be Your Best Year Yet

I have terrific news. The 2014 Creating Your Amazing Year Workbook from Leonie Dawson is out!

The 2014 Create Your Amazing Year workbook & calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or business (or both!). Over the last five years, thousands of women have used this workbook with the most amazing results. It’s the best planning tool available to help you make your year your most exceptional yet!

Used by entrepreneurs, artists, mamas, creatives, coaches, teachers and women of all ages, the Create Your Amazing Year in Life and Biz workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of powerful worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your amazing new year.

I used the 2013 version and it helped me more than you can imagine. Please click on the link above to buy a copy of the best planner + workbook combination I have ever seen!

 

Do you “Play” The Sims 2 or The Sims 3?


There is a decent reason I have only posted once in October 2013 for this blog: I have another blog with two October 2013 posts on it (so far). It’s called Addicted to The Sims or Sims 2 & 3 for short. There, I am telling fellow “Simmers” how-to build a Sim house (or lot) from a “real life” house plan.

Explaining how to do something isn’t easy, but I think it’s worth the time and effort. These posts use my love for words, my Architectural Drafting abilities and the main reason I “play” The Sims 2 or 3 — to “build” lots. Oh, I sometimes create a Sim or a Sim family and play with them for a while, but I only have one “family” that I’ve stuck with for any length of time.

Please check out Addicted to The Sims and see lots of pictures. It tells you part of what I do with my spare time and/or as procrastination. Most of the time, I don’t see it as procrastination because it uses one or more of my abilities. Sometimes I use what I “learn” from “playing” The Sims 3 (mostly) and The Sims 2 in my stories and my posts are Writing, aren’t they?

Ranch Style Home -- 3 bedrooms & 2 bath

Ranch Style Home — 3 bedrooms & 2 bath

 

How many times has WordPress been hacked?


Hello, this is TheresaJewel and I just deleted a second “blog post” that was pure spam. It was supposedly written to ask you for donations by Dr. Nguyen Duc Kien, the Chairman of the Hanoi FC Vietnam. According to Wikipedia, Dr. Kien does exist, but why is he asking for funding when he has a “personal fortune estimated at over $90 million US dollars“?

I looked through a few of the proposed links and found this junk posted on the blog(s) of another person or two in addition to both of mine.

How do people keep hacking WordPress? What is it about WordPress that allows such easy access? I’m 99.9% sure no person figured out my new password, because I changed it to something I need to look up every time I sign in.

I decided to create a poll. This is for anyone with a blog, but I definitely want to hear from all WordPress users.

After you vote, I would love to hear from anyone who can tell me how to stop this. If I can’t stop it, I may go back to Blogger or my Weebly.com site.

Thank you for your advice.

Owensboro Writers’ Group is famous.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned Owensboro Writers’ Group on this blog before, but it’s my baby and OWG (for short) made a splash in the local newspaper on July 7, 2013. If you live in or around Owensboro, Kentucky, you may have read our story in the LifeStyles section of the Messenger-Inquirer.

Owensboro, KY is better known for its BBQ Festival in May and the tremendous effort they have put into rebuilding the riverfront. But, Owensboro Writers’ Group is for writing, critiquing, sharing links and information, and general discussion concerning the multiple aspects of writing. I formed the group after I couldn’t find another writers’ group that satisfied my desire to meet every month. Our first meeting was in March 2008 and consisted of me and a couple of friends from the church I attend (UUCO).

Over the last five years we have grown from having several meetings where I was the only person to show up to having ten people twice in three months. We started At Books-A-Million, moved to Shoney’s Restaurant and now meet in the Public Meeting Room of the Daviess County Public Library.

In September 2010, my friend Suzanne Gochenouer started our website, Owensboro Writers Group with Writing On The River. A few months later, I started an Owensboro Writers Facebook page so that group members can share links there in addition to sending them out in emails or telling us in person.

Now, some people may wonder why it took me a week to write and post this. The previous paragraphs were written on the same day, but then I thought, I shouldn’t put this on my blog.I’m just bragging. I argued with myself for the entire week, but that didn’t stop me from posting it on our Facebook page (see above).

After a total of four new writers contacted me this week and all of them want to join Owensboro Writers’ Group, I decided I should post this. If you think I’m bragging, that’s okay. Maybe, just maybe, I have a right to brag. After all, I manage this group and with a little help, I kept it going for five years. The group has grown from three people to about twenty-seven. I hope it will keep going and growing for years to come.

English: Crowd during the Owensboro BBQ Festival.

English: Crowd during the Owensboro BBQ Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OUTLAWS (part one)


I decided to share some of my writing with the good folks at Write About Dragons. Below is a sample:

 

 I stood outside the border of the Southern Cheyenne reservation, readying my passes. The Cheyenne made no exceptions for whites without documents, not even black-whites as they called my darker race.

A young woman approached me and used sign language to ask for the pad. I knew enough Cheyenne to say, “Good day to you,” but she didn’t answer. Instead, she studied the passes, artfully done in Cherokee syllabary as well as being written in English and Spanish.

I signed to ask, “Where is your partner?” Indian border patrols tended to work in groups of two.

She signed, “Promise not to hurt me?”

“Yes,” I said in Cheyenne and also signed.

She motioned for me to follow her and I took the reins of my horse. A dozen steps down the trail, she pointed to a still form in the shade of a boulder.

Dear Lord, he’s in bad shape.”What happened?” I asked with sign language.

She made motions signifying a man about six feet tall with yellow hair holding a gun. With the imaginary gun, she shot toward the young man by her feet.

Oh, crap! That outlaw, Custer must be out again. The former general was found guilty of disobeying orders and war crimes after massacring hundreds of Lakota and Cheyenne at Little Big Horn. Custer was tried after thousands of people demanded an end to the slaughter of the natives. At his trial, he had the audacity to brag, “But I won!”

 

You can read more at http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/questions/outlaws-part-one/. It may require you to become a member, but it’s a very good critique group and I encourage you to join me.

“Get lost” Means “Go away.”


Daily Prompt: No, Thank You

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Oh, goody. The Daily Prompt gave me a chance to vent about a word I hate. I hereby ban the verbs Get and Got! 

Why? People use “Get” and “Got” so often it’s ridiculous. Consider the following:

  • I went to the store and got chips, pizza and sodas.
  • She’s getting a new pair of shoes.
  • I got to bed but couldn’t get to sleep.
  • We will get up in the morning and get breakfast.
  • Get me an order of fries.
  • He got a pair of fives.
  • Get lost.

How did you get chips, pizza and sodas? How did she get a pair of shoes? Whether bought, stole, or borrowed answers the question, use the more descriptive verb. Now, see my choices for some other sentences:

  • went to bed but couldn’t sleep.”
  • When we wake up in the morning, we will go out for breakfast.
  • Bring me an order of fries.

Now, let me tell you something. “He got a pair of fives” was extremely difficult to write without using has. This sentence sets off every grammar alarm I have! I  think “He has a pair of fives” is  just as easy to say and more understandable.

“Get lost” might be my one exception to the ban. I used it for part of a post title not too long ago. However, “Leave me alone” or “Go away” works just as well.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of uses for “get” and “got”, but you don’t usually see “gotten.” My guess is the people who use Get” and Got”, don’t want to waste the time it takes to say, “She has gotten a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Instead they would butcher it by saying, “She got a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Ow, my brain is going to explode. 

Challenge Accepted


The DPChallenge wants us to sharpen our writing by removing needless words. I chose to edit a paragraph from “How to Leave a Comment.”

 

Old Version

First, I will deal with leaving a comment. If you can’t leave your feedback on a blog’s main page (mine or anyone else’s), please click on a particular post. Each post has its own distinct link and you can always write a comment at the bottom. In order for your feedback to be accepted (at least on most blogs), you must supply a link to your website. A person who isn’t a member of WordPress.com must also give an email address on a WordPress blog.

New Version

Let’s discuss leaving a comment first. If you can’t remark on a blog’s main page, click on a title. Each heading has a distinct link and you “Reply” at the bottom. Supply your email address and website with your opinion.

 

My Feelings

There are 85 words in the “Old Version.” I surpassed my goal of halving that number with 40 in the “New Version.” The main question is if the shorter version is still “my style.” Yes, I would choose the shorter version if I were writing actual instructions instead of a blog post.

Sorry about that last post – now deleted


I originally checked in to explain my eight-day absence, but when I saw what had occurred on my blog, I became upset.

I’m angry and frustrated someone or something else (botnet?) wrote a post on my account without my permission. I am very sorry for the post on June 2, 2013 which is now deleted. It was not written or copied by me, nor would I willingly allow something like that on my blog.

From the “related articles” (Zemanta), I found I’m not alone. “Botnets” attacked thousands of WordPress blogs and apparently broke into hundreds of them. Perhaps the guides below will help others who had the same problem.

I suggest we install a security step which seems extremely simple to me. Why not build in a challenge question? You know the ones you have to answer before getting your password reset and/or sent to you in an email. We could choose a  question that no one else is likely to guess and be required to answer it before publishing a post. On the other hand, why isn’t there already a “Prove you are a human” challenge on WordPress? They are on almost every other website I ever visit.

 

Email Addresses


A lot of you have asked for my email address. I hoped there was a widget to put it on the side, but I didn’t find one.

Below are my three main email addresses, but please only use one of them. (I actually have more. No, I don’t know why.) Replies will come from the “t.j.pinkston.2007@gmail.com” address because it’s the main account on Microsoft Outlook.

 

How I Cured My Anxiety


Here’s a terrific post from Charlie Hoehn. I think it’s time for me to go buy a coloring book.

CharlieHoehn.com

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UPDATE: As of July 2013, this article is the #1 search result on Google for “how to cure anxiety.” In this post, you will learn about the key breakthrough I had that freed me from my mental prison. More than anything else, this change in how I viewed the world gave me my life back. It’s helped tens of thousands of readers, and I hope it can help you as well.

If you’re interested in reading my short memoir, which includes my weekly schedule and every technique that helped cure my anxiety, click here.

Now… on with the post!

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For a long time, I thought I was going crazy. I’d convinced myself that something horribly wrong was about to happen. I thought I would be stabbed, shot, or arrested every time I left my apartment. I was sure that there was an impending disaster that would melt the…

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How to leave a comment


I have received a few complaints about not being able to leave a comment on a post. On the other hand, there are more comments left which are singled out as Spam by Askimet. I’d like to address both problems.

First, I will deal with leaving a comment. If you can’t leave your feedback on a blog’s main page (mine or anyone else’s), please click on a particular post. Each post has its own distinct link and you can always write a comment at the bottom. In order for your feedback to be accepted (at least on most blogs), you must supply a link to your website. A person who isn’t a member of WordPress.com must also give an email address on a WordPress blog.

As I said, there are several people who have left comments but will never see them. Why? You followed the rules above, didn’t you? Your comment(s) are in the “Spam” folder because Askimet doesn’t allow links in your feedback and it doesn’t like websites that advertise a product or service. That’s a smart “Spam Filter” if you ask me.

Once in a great while, I will “Un-spam” a comment. However, the feedback must look legitimate to me before I will do so. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect me to “Un-spam” a comment which asks how to host a blog, how to “code”, or how to use SEO when your website says you work for a company that advertises one or more of those services.

What can you do if you want you truly want to leave a reply, but you are part of a company selling products or services? You can fill out the Comment Form below. Be sure to explain why I should make an exception to your otherwise “Spam” feedback that does not involve selling anything to me or to my followers!

Liebster Award – Official Acceptance


On Mother’s Day (May 12, 2013), I was going through pending comments and found marta87wink had nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. Thank you, Marta. I was astounded to say the least.

I already thanked Marta, but it took me almost a week to meet all the rules (see below). So, I present my official acceptance.

Liebster Blog Award
Liebster Blog Award 

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, and nominated by fellow bloggers. Liebster is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

 

Here are the important Liebster rules!

  • List 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
  • Choose 5 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate for the Liebster Award.
  • Go to each blogger’s page and let them know about the award.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

 

 11 Facts about Me

  1. Writing in longhand is my favorite way to “discover” things. This also frees me from having a particular place to write.
  2. I wrote a song when I was in the fourth grade.
  3. During high school, I dreamed of being an architect or a singer. I still often wish I had become an architect.
  4. I was born in Chicago in February, 1960. But, my parents moved to Kentucky when I was four.
  5. Researching is actually enjoyable to me. I’m also working on my genealogy.
  6. I always took copious notes in school. Sometimes, I fell behind because I was trying to write everything down.
  7. Seven is my favorite number and yellow is my favorite color.
  8. I married my college sweetheart in 1983 and we’re staying together “… til death do you part.”
  9. My husband and I have a son who was born in 1987.
  10. I was 12 or 13 when my parents separated and they had five children at the time. Child # 6 came when I was 17 and child # 7 when I was 21.
  11. Notebooks and journals are my obsession, my precious. I have 25-30 in all different sizes.


Answers to Marta’s Questions

 1. Why are you writing?

Writing is one of the few tools I know of where I can create anything I want to. It helps me figure out things and I find it healing.

2. Where do you look for inspiration?

Usually inspiration comes to me (sometimes in the middle of the night). When I need a little help, I read and/or research about my desired subject.

3. What is one thing that you regret most in your life?

My regrets are probably in the thousands and it’s extremely difficult to pick “one thing.”

4. What is one thing you are most proud of in your life?

I celebrated my 30th anniversary with my husband. We had some extremely rough patches, but we stayed together despite them.

5. Tell us one amazing thing that happened to you in the last month.

I found out my writers’ group is going to be in the local newspaper. I started it over five years ago with only four people and now we have 21 members.

6. Do you believe in magic?

Yes. I believe magic happens right in front of us every day.

7. If you could talk for 15 minutes with someone who is long dead, who would it be?

I would talk to my dad. He died from “complications of Alzheimer’s disease” in 2003, but he didn’t know anyone for about three years before that.

8. Do you have your favourite motivational quote? If so, tell us about it.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~ Thomas A. Edison
This quote tells us that you don’t fail unless you quit trying!

9. What is your favourite place to write?

My couch/sofa is where I most commonly sit to write my first draft. I often go through two or three edits in longhand as well.

10. Do you have a pet? If so what is its name?

Yes. I have a cat named Socks.

11. Who is your favourite writer of all times?

Can I only pick one? I guess I’d have to choose Kelley Armstrong.

 

My Five Nominees

AR Neal at http://starvingactivist.wordpress.com/about/. Her post “Daily Prompt: The New Normal” was intriguing.

Janine Russell (may be a pen name) at http://sitdownatatypewriterandbleed.wordpress.com/about/. My very first re-blog was her post “An Amateur Blogger’s Tips For Creating A Better-Than-Amateur Blog” and is excellent advice.

Tammye Honey Green at http://layedbacklife.wordpress.com/about/ makes curtains, cooks from scratch and still writes daily posts on WordPress.

I recently re-blogged, “Foetal Writer – My list of baby steps.” This post makes some very good points about writing. Here is her “About” page — http://tryingtowriteit.com/what-is-it-all-for/.

Matt, the only male on the list (I think), at http://mattsden101.wordpress.com/about/ also writes a terrific blog.

 

11 Questions for My Nominees:

  1. When did you begin writing — other than for a school/college assignment?
  2. What type(s) of writing do you participate in (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.)? If more than one, what is your favorite?
  3.  Fiction writers do you write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, mainstream or some combination thereof?
  4.  Who is/are your favorite author(s)? Name up to five.
  5.  Do you have a particular time to write or does it vary?
  6.  What is your favorite writing related quote? Why?
  7.  Are you a member of a writing and/or critique group? If no, have you thought about starting your own?
  8.  Someone invents a time machine, but you can only go to the past to observe. What time period would you choose and why?
  9.  When you’re not writing, what is your favorite hobby?
  10. Other than writing, do you participate in other artistic endeavors? If no, what do you want to try?
  11. Are you published (other than blogs)? If so, where?

 

 

Two other blogs imported.


Hi, again. I imported two blogs from Blogger, aka Blogspot. One is called Depression and Anxiety Help while the other is titled ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. They are now included as part of Jewel Ammons and have archives back to January 2008.

Just look below the “Hello, everybody” post or check on any archive before October 2012 for the contents of both blogs. The blog called ADHD, Anxiety and Depression was supposed to replace Depression and Anxiety Help and there are a few posts that basically repeat the other blog. However, I added posts to Depression and Anxiety Help in September 2012 while ADHD, Anxiety and Depression ended in March 2011 after making my first attempt at moving it to WordPress. As you might guess, I didn’t succeed back in 2011.

I’m hoping to write a small book or e-book containing the main advice given in these blogs plus teeny tiny baby steps for people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression and/or Anxiety. If you wish to see the original blogs, click on the following links:

http://depressionanxietyhelp.blogspot.com/

http://adhdanxietyanddepression.blogspot.com/

Thank you for reading this. Feel free to browse through my “new” additions and make comments if you wish.

 

Back Again


I haven’t posted on here in a very, very long time and I apologize. On July 12, 2010, I made a blog called “ADHD, Anxiety and Depression“. It was supposed to replace this one, but I only wrote three posts for it. 

After that, I tried to start another blog about Depression and Anxiety on WordPress. However, I didn’t write anything for it beyond the initial “Hello” paragraph.

Today, I decided come back to Blogger and renew my efforts here. I studied both pages and decide to add more posts to this one.

A lot has happened in the 1-1/2 years since my last post to “ADHD, Anxiety and Depression”. The most significant occurrence is the death of my mother.

That’s right, I lost my mother in March 2012 and I still haven’t fully recovered. I’m not sure when I will get over this loss, if ever.

However, my mother’s death also served as a wake-up call. It taught me to reconnect with my siblings, to take care of myself and it gave me a shove into doing things I’ve wanted to do for a long time! Her sudden illness and death showed me that we all have a very limited time on Earth and we had better use it wisely.

I promise to write more about this later. But, I ask you to stop a moment and ask yourself one simple question, “What have I done today that counts toward my goals?”