Catching up on columns

With my blog access back, there’s the question of how, or whether, to post links for all my columns going back to July 3 that were missing. Is anyone really looking for them at this point? Well, maybe Sunday’s. I don’t have the heart to write nine individual posts. Yet for the record, I’d like the links on the blog.

So, let me gang all the absent column links together here in one post. Here you go.

July 3: 75 years of love and jokes for Corona couple

July 6: Baseball, BBQ combine for a Royal time in Kansas City

July 8: ‘Peanuts’ strips about Riverside were no flight of fancy

July 10: A scene from Upland is seen in Illinois

July 13: Promises, deflection by Riverside County on Turpin report

July 15: After wild trip from China with dog in tow, couple settles in Upland

July 17: ‘Catacombs’ at Mission Inn are stuff of Riverside legend

July 20: Tunnel to ONT may move forward without Elon Musk

July 22: San Bernardino to potential Carousel Mall developer: hold your horses

July 24: These senior women embark on new chapter as folk trio

A busy month, eh? I mean, it’s my usual three per week, but it takes on a different cast when 10 columns are placed side by side.

Are any of you still accessing my columns via this blog? I assume it’s useful for some of you. You can also get to them via my columnist page on our sites, such as the IVDB:

Thank you for reading.

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The blog is back

I came back from vacation July 3, tried to get into this blog to write a Reading Log and post a column link, and got…an error message. The inner workings of the blog could not be accessed. Frustrating, because, by virtue of the blog being down, there was no way to explain here that the blog was down rather than forgotten.

Someone in far-flung Denver was supposedly going to look into it. Nada. Got the same error message for three weeks, including Friday morning. A few hours later, suddenly I could get in.


Access restored, I will catch up on column posts, write a Reading Log and hope that the problem is behind us, at least for a while.

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The blog is back!

We’ll see how long this thing holds together — suddenly I’m reminded of the opening sequence to “The Six Million Dollar Man”: “She’s breaking up, she’s breaking up!” KA-BLOOIE — but our IT folks managed to disable the platform update that rendered me unable to post any text, only headlines.

I’ve caught up by posting column links to everything I’d missed going back to Dec. 1 and will get a Reading Log up this weekend, if not before.

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Blog is back up

The blog went down on Thursday, not letting me comment or post and not letting anyone else comment either. But as of Saturday morning, magic having been worked behind the scenes, the handle jiggled, the blog unplugged and plugged in again, or what have you, everything’s back online and functioning (fingers crossed). Friday’s column will go up shortly, with Sunday’s column to follow on Sunday. Whew.

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Commenting is ON

As you may have noticed, the “Recent Comments” section on the right-hand side of this page was frozen in time since mid-November, stubbornly refusing to reflect any of your fresh, piping-hot comments.

Your comments showed up here, but for those of you who tried to keep up on what others posted, you were out of luck. So was I, to a point; I needed a work-around to see new comments, because I always read them and want to respond if called for.

Some of the brightest minds at our newspaper chain’s home base in Denver spent a month trying to figure out what was wrong without breaking everything. Apparently they had to revert to a previous version of the commenting software plug-in to unjam things.

That was resolved by last Thursday. Your comments are now not only flowing freely but transparently. Thanks for your patience. Now go out there and comment for the team!

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Look at the Daily Bulletin’s website (if your eyeballs can stand it) for one last view of the old, outdated and cluttered format. They tell us that on Thursday, the site’s redesign will debut.

The preview I’ve seen looks like a vast improvement, and the home page has about 90 percent fewer headlines/links. It should be easier to find, or stumble upon, my columns. All the papers in our chain are supposed to be getting the redesign simultaneously.

Feel free to comment here on the old and new designs and their functionality.

* Head fake! At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday they announced the launch has been postponed to next Tuesday. Plenty more time to gaze lovingly, or in horror, at our website.

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How to comment

When the matter of the reduced number of comments on this blog came up, many of you regulars responded, and thank you for that. And nobody should feel obligated to comment if they have nothing to say. Comments are, of course, encouraged, and encouraging.

Reader Denise Pappas responded on Facebook: “On your blog you said that ‘the decline in comments has me puzzled.’ It could be that the change in format has some of US puzzled. As soon as I figure out HOW to post — someone changes the format. LOL, Perhaps you could post some lessons for those of us who are computer challenged.”

She added: “You have to sign in with ‘Disqus.’ When I was your age a ‘discus’ was something an athlete threw.”

Disqus, unlike our old system, doesn’t require you to decipher and type in a Captcha code to leave a comment, only to create a name and log-in. Which might be a bridge too far for some, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable, and it does weed out almost all the spam.

But! You don’t have to sign in with Disqus. For instance, if you’re on Facebook, like Pappas, you can use that. Reader Doug Evans does. He explains:

“I type my comment first and then click on the Facebook logo” in the string of tiny logos under each post. “A box opens up, I enter my my fb email and password, and then I’m taken back to the blog page, where a button has appeared: ‘Post as Doug Evans.'”

Clear? Or clearer, at least? Since we know you’re on FB, Denise, there goes your excuse for not commenting here. One can also sign in via Twitter, Pinterest and a few more social media options that appear in that string.

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