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Autocomplete in WordPress
There are a number of WordPress plugins that provide some jQuery AutoComplete functionality. The problem is, they only access data that’s in the WordPress Database.  I needed to be able to use autocomplete using a City/State database that is separate from the WordPress database in MySQL. Then, I needed to pull more data from that […] Read more »

WP MultiSite List of Sites with Links
When I was working on creating a multi-site installation to show a number of demo themes that I offer, I needed to show a list of all of the sites and list them in alphabetic order with links to each one. There are plugins that have the same functionality but I wanted to put the […] Read more »

Booking Calendar Clear Selection
Finding this code had me pulling my hair out! The Booking Calendar plugin for WordPress is a very nice plugin with a free version as well as several incrementally complex versions that offer helpful features for more cost.  I’m using this plugin to take booking requests for the Coppertree House Vacation Guest Suite. Many of […] Read more »

Simple Tab-Slide WordPress Plugin
To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about creating WordPress plugins. I needed a Tab-Slide Out Plugin for WordPress but none of the ones I could find did just what I wanted them to do. So I found out is that it isn’t really very hard to start a plugin — it’s very […] Read more »

Palm Pre 2 – My New Cell Phone
When I accidentally dropped my phone into a storm drain last spring, I had a decision to make. I had been carrying insurance on the phone so I thought it would be simple to just get a free replacement – Hah! The phone was a Verizon Pre Plus running webOS ‘Meta-Doctor’ version 2.1. I’d had […] Read more »

Starting Over
Okay, so more than a year has passed and I still have no clue how to answer the simple question “Now What?” After 10 years of eldercare and daily interaction with my parents through the veil of dementia and the infirmity of old age, I’ve lost all connection with the person that I was before […] Read more »

Taking A Walk
I decided to take a walk this morning, even though the weather was threatening.  I was thinking about dad. One of the last things that he could really take pleasure in was taking a walk through the neighborhood. I was remembering him as I walked our familiar route. On the walk, with the cold spring […] Read more »

Dropping Names
I sometimes wonder what things might have been like for me had I resisted my instinct to personally care for my parents and stayed in Portland or headed to Seattle or LA to further pursue a career in performing. Where I went to College, Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon, they offered a term-long internship […] Read more »

Virtually Complete
As I said in my last post,  my next step in my Web Server transformation process would be to use Oracle’s Virtualbox software to install a trial run of Ubuntu Server so I could better familiarize myself with the in’s and out’s  of both Ubuntu and Apache 2 Webserver. My only previous experience with serving […] Read more »

Forging Ahead
The thing about trying to figure out who you are after spending years and years with someone with dementia is that you first of all need to try and remember who you were. That isn’t as easy as it seems like it should be.  Maybe it’s just because I have never been someone who always […] Read more »