How To Force A Redirect To The Classic WordPress.com Editor Interface

I’ve been able to use bookmarked pages for the old editor so far, but this looks like a permanent solution

Diary of Dennis

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The Solution To Use The Classic Editor

If you are blogger at wordpress.com, this post here will help you to solve a big problem. As you have noticed, the decision makers at WordPress want to force you to use the recent new editor interface that is purely designed for mobile devices and for users who only create short-form content. This is of course a pain if you are desktop user and if you like to create long-form content as well. In this post you will learn how to get back to the classic editor permanently.

In the new editor form, we had a link back to the classic editor but that link is now gone too. WordPress does not have the intention to give us the link back as you can read here in the forums. If you go through this huge forum thread, you will find out…

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Tacoma’s Daffodil Princesses

Yellow dresses, smiles to sweep Pantages for Daffodil Festival coronation

One of the most unusual events that our new home town of Tacoma, WA, features is the annual spring Daffodil Festival. Twenty-four high schools in Pierce County each choose a Daffodil Princess, and one of the princesses will be crowned Daffodil Queen. You can read about this year’s princesses in this article.

Photo of Daffodil Princesses
Photo from The News Tribune

The Daffodil Festival started in 1934 to celebrate the agricultural industry in the area around the city of Puyallup (pronounced pew-AL-up; named after a local Native American tribe), a bit south of Tacoma. Daffodils arrived in the Puyallup Valley in around 1925 to replace the area’s previous large crop, hops. Now about 200 varieties of daffodil thrive in the area’s rich soil.

After the first parade in 1934, the festival became a celebration of community spirit and grew to encompass four cities—Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting—in Pierce County. There has been a parade every year since 1934 except for the war years of 1943–1945. The annual parade features high school bands, floats, businesses, and local organizations.

There are specific eligibility requirements for selection of Daffodil Princesses:

  1. A candidate must be a senior – in regular high school attendance.
  2. A candidate must have at least a 3.2 Grade Point Average, cumulative for her high school career. (calculated through June of their junior year)
  3. Never have been married or may not marry during the current Festival year, ending September 30th.
  4. Never have given birth, nor shall become pregnant during the current Festival year, ending September 30th.
  5. Never have been found guilty of committing a felony.
  6. A candidate must attend at least one class at the school that they are representing.

At the coronation program to be held on Saturday, March 28. 2015, all the Daffodil Princesses will be judged on academic standing, personality and attitude, speaking ability, appearance, sociability, and impromptu speaking ability. One of the young women will then be chosen to reign as Daffodil Queen until the end of the season on September 30. Many Festival activities are held throughout the season.

Three Things Thursday

Once again it’s time for the blog challenge Three Things Thursday, the purpose of which is to “share three things from the previous week that made you smile or laugh or appreciate the awesome of your life.”

It’s Oddball Week in Tacoma

I had a couple of photos of unusual things to group together, but I needed a third. So I put out the word to my husband and my daughter. They came up with such good oddball things that this post features their work, two by my husband (#1 and #3) and one by my daughter (#2). My thanks to them.

And now I’m motivated to look around me for more examples of oddball things so that I can use this category for Three Things Thursday again some time.

1. Bicycle Art

The view of the water along Ruston Way here in Tacoma is beautiful. But to keep us from taking ourselves too seriously, there’s this piece of artwork:

bike01

The picture above supplies the context for why this looks so odd. Here’s a close-up that makes me wonder who got out there to put it up and how they did it:

bike02

2. Revolver Door Handles

My daughter found these door handles in a saloon in eastern Washington (OK, it’s not Tacoma, but it’s in our home state):

revolvers

3. Motorized Unicycle

One day while out riding his Elliptigo, which is itself an oddball thing, my husband spotted someone riding what appears to be a motorized unicycle:

Unicycle

I found something similar here.

Have you ever seen anything like this?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

These are real Irish shamrocks!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone who’s Irish, and to everyone who wishes they were.

Study Abroad: Dublin

This was a recent prompt from WordPress, Study Abroad:

If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?

Since I haven’t done much international traveling, the first thought that came to mind when I read this prompt was Dublin. A year ago we took only our second trip out of the Unites States, to Ireland, and simply loved it. It was one of those whirlwind tours that took us to a different place every day or two. The purpose of such trips is to allow you to get your money’s worth by squeezing as many places as possible into a short time. But you don’t get to spend much time in any one place.

pints of Guinness
pints of Guinness

And so I’d like to go back to Dublin and soak in the local ambiance. The Dublin Writers Museum reminded me of just how rich Irish literary history is. But the real draw for me is that I still have as one item on my bucket list to read through James Joyce’s Ulysses, a copy of which I bought on last year’s trip. What better place to do that than in Dublin? And then I’d be able to participate in Bloomsday activities, following the path Leopold Bloom took while wandering around the city and thinking his thoughts. What could possibly be better than that (besides a few pints of Guinness and plates of Irish stew in a few local pubs)?

Irish stew
Irish stew

It might take me most of the year to get through Ulysses, but I hope I’d also have time to take a few side trips. I’d like to hop over to London for a while and check out the Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey and attend a play in the reconstructed Globe Theatre. And one other item high on my bucket list is to see Stonehenge. And of course there are all kinds of other literary places to visit, both in London (Baker Street, anyone?) and throughout England (Agatha Raisin’s Cotswolds, Thomas Hardy country, Jane Austen’s milieu, and those Wuthering Heights).

Now I’m sad that this is a purely hypothetical exercise. Dublin would be a great place to study abroad, both in its own right and as a jumping-off point for other adventures.

Three Things Thursday

Once again it’s time for the blog challenge Three Things Thursday, the purpose of which is to “share three things from the previous week that made you smile or laugh or appreciate the awesome of your life.”

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I usually find a theme for these Thursday posts, but nothing presented itself this week. So here are three random but awesome things about my life.

1. My Book Club

Back in St. Louis I participated in two book clubs for several years. When we moved to Tacoma, one of the first things I looked for (after the library, of course) was a book club. I asked at my local branch of the Tacoma Public Library and was shocked to find that the entire system had only one, which met at the downtown headquarters on a weekday night. Shortly thereafter I also applied for a Pierce County Library card and made the same inquiry. I attended one afternoon meeting at one of the branches and found that it wasn’t for me.

Finally, I found in the local newspaper an announcement about book clubs at King’s Books, a local independent store that sells new and used books. King’s offers a wide range of book clubs (as well as other book- and author-related events). I chose the Classics Book Club because I’ve reached a point in my life when I think I need to start filling in the gaps of my life-time reading.

Cover: Winesburg, Ohio
Winesburg, Ohio (1947 Modern Library edition)

I’ve been with this book club about a year now. I’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot. We’re small but strong. Last night six of us had an entertaining and informative discussion about Winesburg, Ohio (1919) by Sherwood Anderson.

We also got the list of upcoming books put together by our leader. Our definition of classic is something published 50 or more years ago. Over the next 12 months we’ll be reading these 13 works:

 

  • The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1919)
  • Cover Her Face by P.D. James (1962)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (1961)
  • The Mountains of California by John Muir (1894)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney (1955)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin (1969)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1958)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (1955)
  • The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman (1934)
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963)
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy (1963)

2. Spring

The unseasonably warm weather we had a few weeks back has hurried spring along. The pink earliest blooming trees are beginning to lose their blooms, yellow daffodils are prolific (although they, too, are past their peak), and now these trees are in bloom:

blooming trees

Don’t you wish you were here on the street where I live?

3. Eagles Soaring

On a walk around the neighborhood this morning we saw two bald eagles soaring overhead. It’s hard to miss their white heads.

Tacoma Nature Center

Today was such a beautiful day in the neighborhood that we went for a walk with our daughter this afternoon at the Tacoma Nature Center. The Nature Center is a 71-acre nature preserve that includes Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest.

Snake Lake is a 17-acre lake and wetland area that is home to wood ducks, mallard ducks, and Canada geese. The entire Nature Center is home to more than 20 species of mammals and about 100 species of birds.

The Nature Center offers more than two miles of walking trails, which we took advantage of this afternoon. According to Run Keeper, we walked a little more than 1.6 miles today.

trails at The Nature Center
trails at The Nature Center

When we first arrived, we heard frogs croaking (probably Pacific tree frogs), but we never saw them. We also saw a pair of Canada geese swimming on the lake. We also saw the colorful male wood duck and several turtles on logs, but they were too far away to be photographed with a camera phone. But I did get a picture of this pair of mallard ducks:

mallard ducks
mallard ducks

As we were crossing one of the bridges over the lake, a couple of teenaged nature guides were showing a group of young children a clump of salamander eggs (the roundish blob in the center of the photo) just beneath the surface of the water:

salamander eggs
salamander eggs

Magnificent Mount Rainier was visible on this clear, sunny day:

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier

My husband and daughter took me to an anthill that they discovered last summer:

large anthill
large anthill

There were some ants moving about, but on the walk back we saw several smaller but busier anthills. In this photo, the part that looks like dark mud is actually swarming ants:

ant swarm
ant swarm

And here’s a close-up of them:

close-up: ants
close-up: ants

Here are a couple of other forest sights:

holly berries
holly berries
fungus
the obligatory fungus photo

When we got back to the parking lot, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to photograph this lovely purple hyacinth:

purple hyacinth
purple hyacinth