Get Your Paddles Out – The Pinging Has Resumed!


It is my Understanding that the prompt / challenge pingbacks are working again – WOOT WOOT!!!  Thank you WordPress folks for your time and effort in fixing this for us!


Here’s a bit of what I’ve learned / been reminded of since the issue started on Tuesday …

  • We truly are a community ’round here aren’t we?  From raising our voices via the support avenues to let them know about the issue, to supporting each other’s posts REGARDLESS of if their pingbacks worked or not.

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I Need To Move Some Cheese


Change happens when the pain of holding on becomes greater than the fear of letting go.

Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese?


For some years now, that quote has been a favourite of mine.  Though I have read Who Moved My Cheese?, I actually first heard it when I was in a treatment centre for drug & alcohol abuse.  I can still feel the jaggedness of the lump in my throat, the barrenness of the pit in my stomach, and the sting of the tears in my eyes as those words penetrated my entire being.  But that’s how life goes sometimes, doesn’t it?  It hits you like a ton of bricks.

At first, that ton of bricks knocked me down.  And I fell hard.  But that’s the thing about hitting a bottom isn’t it?  Once you realize where you are, there’s only one place to go from there.  Up.  And one of the best ways I’ve learned how to move upwards and onwards is to embrace the lessons that are in the very same bricks that knock me down.  And so I did with those words.  And I changed.  And for that, I hope to remain eternally grateful. Continue reading

Fellow WP Bloggers – Having Prompt Pingback Problems?

Update as of about 1:oo pm my time (near Toronto, Canada so EDT) …

I have now seen a couple of replies from staff in the support forums, including for my post referenced below, that they are aware of the issue and the developers are working on a fix.  Thanks to all for your voices on this, here there and anywhere you raised them.

Looking forward to catching up on some of your terrific posts on the prompts really soon I hope!   Marianne



I know a good lot of my followers/readers are fellow WordPress bloggers, and that many of you also like to read and participate in the WP Daily Post prompt challenges like myself.  If your response to a prompt hasn’t shown up like mine didn’t on Tuesday, I’ve added a new post to the WP support forum asking for them to fix it.

If you’re in the same predicament of not being able to see or respond to prompts since Tuesday, please go here and add a comment to my original support post in the forum.  Maybe if we band together and generate lots of traffic there, they will catch sight of it and fix the pingpack glitch!

Here’s where my support post is:

Your Daily Post Pingbacks Haven’t Worked Since Tuesday


Thanks in advance for adding your voice there!   Marianne


Image source:   Ze’ev Barkan user on, CC2.0 Generic

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Where In The World Is Sandi Carmenego?

They say we’re all connected by 6 or fewer degrees of separation.  Well, let’s play a little game very loosely based on that.  In the comments, state your first name and where you live.  Then also add a line for the first name of a family member or friend who lives somewhere else.  If possible, mention someone who lives in another country or at least another province / state / region from you.  Let’s see how many dots connect us, at least by where we live if not by the people we know.

Bonus points awarded to any commenter whose name is Sandi Carmenego, or knows someone with that name.  Why?  Just because I made it as an anagram out of the kids show character Carmen Sandiego but when I searched it in Google in quotation marks, it said there were no results. Continue reading

I Ain’t Got No Couth


According to The Emily Post Institute, there are 15 pieces to a formal table setting.  And look – there are count ’em, FOUR forks in it!  Or is that thingy to the far right of the plate not a fork contraption???



My mama and my god-mother, bless their souls, tried to teach me the semantics of proper setting of the dinner table.  They were raised in the 30’s and 40’s and that was just what they did back then.  I hope they somehow have now managed to rest in peace that while I may have memorized it well enough to visually pull it off, gosh forbid that I ever actually remembered what to do with any of it all or which order it all should be used in.  Or any other proper dining etiquette beyond the basic P’s & Q’s and remembering to NOT tuck my napkin in at my neck and into my bra to catch spills. Continue reading