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Learning CSS

on October 4th, 2010 at 1:15:08 PM

I've always wanted to know how to write CSS code so I just signed up for an online class given by the folks at O'Reilly. These are the people who publish the Head First books, which are fantastic. I've spend a few hours on the training site and it's pretty good. Part of what you pay for is the Lab - which is an editor I can use to test out my html and css. I'm a little disappointed in the content of the class. Since it's by the Head First team, I thought it would have the same fun attitude and style. Instead it's a bit drier. But as long as I end up learning to write CSS, the content style doesn't matter.

Otto Fred Feldman - Welcome to the world!

on September 28th, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

My new nephew was born this week and oh, boy is he cute! 

Otto Fred Feldman - born September 28 - 9lbs 15oz.
Wendy and Marty are happy parents.

New Drupal Gardens feature - Video Galleries!

on September 28th, 2010 at 1:06:03 PM

Read Chris' post for more details and screen shots. Try one, you'll love them.

S is for Soccer

on September 21st, 2010 at 5:36:15 AM

September is back to school month and also for the start of soccer season. Both kid are playing this year, Elizabeth in the all-girls U8 league and Paige with the kindergarteners. Despite spending her first few seasons cartwheeling and daisy picking her way through the games, Elizabeth seems to be really into it this year. It's really cool to see. Paige really likes it, too. Especially seeing all her kindergarten buddies every Saturday morning - her "school mates" as she calls them.

Here are a few shots from Paige's first practice.



New Drupal Gardens feature - Image Galleries!

on September 19th, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

My husband went nuts with this feature and filled up his LAFMS site with 4 galleries and hundreds of images. Take a look.

20,000 sites on Drupal Gardens

on September 13th, 2010 at 10:16:12 AM

In a little over 7 months, people have built over 20,000 sites on Drupal Gardens. I've been talking and emailing with dozens of them to find out what they think and to hear what new features they need. The range of people using Gardens is huge and includes people building sites for universities and hospitals, to global nonprofits, to Belgian pony breeders, to artist portfolio sites. It's great to see the variety.

Good-bye Dad, I'll love you forever

on September 3rd, 2010 at 4:05:35 PM

My Dad passed away on August 18 and we had his funeral last weekend. He was an amazing father and I'll miss him so much. It wil be hard for my Mom and sisters to get used to not having him with us. It's not someting that we'll ever really get over. I knew that Dad was well liked, but the outpouring of affection from his friends was overwhelming. Dad's Hingham friends and Brandon friends packed the church during the funeral. Some businesses in town closed and people put "I'm at Fred's funeral" signs on their doors. Everyone loved him.

Good-bye Dad.

Dad's obituary ran in the Rutland Herald and the Hingham Journal.

BRANDON - Fred Herman Rowe, age 70 of Brandon, Vermont died August 18, 2010, surrounded by his family, after a long, courageous, 11-year battle with Leukemia. He was born in Hingham, Mass., on June 26, 1940, the son of Fred Francis and Ida Linea (Josephson) Rowe. He grew up in Hingham and moved with his family to Vermont in 1972. Fred was survived by his loving wife Joan (Cochrane) Rowe, who he married 45 years ago September 10, 1965. He graduated from Hingham High School and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964 until moving to Vermont in 1972.
Fred spent most of his career in agriculture. He worked for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau, and then owned a grain store on Cape Cod, then in 1972, he fulfilled his lifelong ambition of owning a dairy farm in Sudbury, Vermont. He later sold A.O. Smith Harvester silos across Vermont. In 1986 he made a career change and started Rowe Real Estate with his wife Joan. He leaves 3 devoted daughters and 4 grandchildren; Linea Rowe and husband Danny Gromfin and their daughters Elizabeth and Paige of Arlington, Mass.; Kristin Rowe Lohan and husband Scott and their sons Xander and Mason of Marblehead, Mass.; Wendy Rowe Feldman and husband Marty of Brandon and their baby who will be born in September; brother-in-law John Cochrane of Boston, brother and sister in-law Richard and Karen Moore, of Dover, N.H.; two nephews, Tyler and wife Susan and son Noah of Eliot, Maine, and Trevor of Hawaii, his aunt Virginia Lovell in Arizona and many cousins. He was pre-deceased by his father, Fred Francis, his mother, Ida Linea (Josephson), an infant daughter, and a sister, Elizabeth Rowe Moore.
Fred was a member of the Brandon Congregational Church, having served on the Prudential Board and the Board of Deacons, a member of the Brandon Planning Commission, Past president of the Rutland County Board of Realtors ,a Selectman in Sudbury, 35 year Rotarian and past president of the Brandon Rotary Club, having received a Paul Harris Fellowship. He was a member of St. Paul's Masonic Lodge #25 F. & A.M. He was a proud Eagle Scout.
Fred loved being outdoors and spent as much time as he could in his garden, maple sugaring, skiing, golfing, and at hunting camp at the "A Frame." He was a history buff who loved driving his 1928 Ford Roadster pickup around town. We will remember him as a gentle soul who loved life and made everyone he knew happy to be around him.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at 11 AM, at The Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will follow the ceremony, in the family lot, at Pine Hill Cemetery. Following the church ceremony the family will receive friends at the Brandon Inn, for a time of fellowship & remembrance. Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, August 27, from 6-8 PM.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory, to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society;

Arrangements are under the direction of The Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.
Published in Rutland Herald from August 20 to August 25, 2010

Paige quote of the day

on August 16th, 2010 at 9:43:51 AM

"Look, it's an ant party and the cake is a dead worm."

Cancer-fighting foods

on August 11th, 2010 at 8:57:41 AM

If you're a nutrition information junkie like me, you know that there is an ocean of research and articles about what foods will do your body the most good. I thought this article about the best foods to help beat back cancer was particularly interesting. The article summarizes the recommendations from a book written by Dr. John Farquhar, the founder of Stanford University's Prevention Research Center. He's keeps it simple - eat more of these five foods:

Berries - one cup per day for antioxidants to help ward off cell damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases.
Broccoli - 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli or other cruciferous veggies a day to aid in prevention of colorectal cancer.
Onions - 1/4 cup of onions, garlic, leeks or shallots for several anti-cancer agents.
Tomatoes - 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw tomatoes three times a week to help prevent prostate cancer. Adding three daily servings of "rainbow vegetables" (red, orange, yellow, white, green or purple) provides even more disease-preventing micronutrients.
Soy - 8-10 grams tofu, soy nuts, soy milk or edamame a day to help prevent breast and prostate cancer.

Full article

Spending in Afghanistan - 1 soldier or 20 schools?

on July 31st, 2010 at 6:54:58 AM

I like what Nicholas Kristof has to say in a recent article about the spending on the war in Afghanistan compared to what we could be spending to help rebuild the education system.

What’s more, an unbalanced focus on weapons alone is often counterproductive, creating a nationalist backlash against foreign “invaders.” Over all, education has a rather better record than military power in neutralizing foreign extremism. And the trade-offs are staggering: For the cost of just one soldier in Afghanistan for one year, we could start about 20 schools there. Hawks retort that it’s impossible to run schools in Afghanistan unless there are American troops to protect them. But that’s incorrect.

CARE, a humanitarian organization, operates 300 schools in Afghanistan, and not one has been burned by the Taliban. Greg Mortenson, of “Three Cups of Tea” fame, has overseen the building of 145 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and operates dozens more in tents or rented buildings — and he says that not one has been destroyed by the Taliban either.


Mr. Mortenson lamented to me that for the cost of just 246 soldiers posted for one year, America could pay for a higher education plan for all Afghanistan. That would help build an Afghan economy, civil society and future — all for one-quarter of 1 percent of our military spending in Afghanistan this year.