Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Testing, Testing, Testing…..

Jo sat down this afternoon and began to read what I had posted in the past. In reading, she commented that some of the posts have a decent font size and others are smaller. In dealing with Blogger’s editor, if I go to edit a previous posting, the editor automatically defaults to certain formatting. Breaks between paragraphs disappear, and the font size defaults to a size “description” such as “small,” “normal,” “large” or whatever.

The problem has been that “Normal” is the default and it causes the font to be smaller than what I have set the font size in LiveWriter. When working with a post, I first compose in Microsoft Word (so I have more editing tools), then I “copy and paste” that into LiveWriter. When in LiveWriter, the font defaults to “Georgia” as the font name and that is fine with me. However, I do set the font size to “12”. Then when all photos and what are inserted where I want them, I “Publish” to Blogger.

Now, I’ve said all that just to let you know what I’ve been doing, and this posting is a test post to see what happens if I choose “Large” in the Blogger editor instead of “Normal.” When I first went to edit another post, I was afraid that the “Large” would be too big, but this being a shorter post, it won’t take as much space if it is too large.

Sorry if things seem confusing.

Considering my issues with the newer technologies, perhaps I need one of these.

Cell Phone for Seniors

With the font changed to "Large" it definitely comes up larger than the original.  I think it may have also changed the font style, but I don't know.

Testing Complete.....for now.

Final test of the editing…at least for this posting.  I’ve retrieved the posting from the blog into LiveWriter.  So far, it doesn’t look like I can reset the font sizes to “12.”  I am able to type in new text in that size.


  1. Testing of comments since one reader has difficulty in posting.

  2. Test number two. Test one was on Mozilla and this one is using Internet Explorer. In both tests, I used google to search for ignoring the barking dogs and then posted anonomously.

    It took three tries at clicking on "Preview" to get the "word verification" using Internet Explorer on this test.


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