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Summer Memories

I am trying out a new web-based service, IFTTT, that connects all your web services (Instagram, WordPress, Twitter, Gmail, etc.) together — like sharing your Instagram photos to your WordPress blog.

The flower photo above was shared to this blog post via this service automatically when I posted it on Instagram a few minutes ago.

IFTTT is easy to set up and works fairly seamlessly, but I think that I would like to do more exploring before I start using it in earnest. I like to have more control over the look and feel of my posts, and I noticed in the dashboard of IFTTT, I can choose when/how the image will be posted on my blog. I had it set to the default, which is “publish immediately”, but I found that there are other publishing options: “save as a draft” or “publish privately.”

The next time I do this, I will choose “save as a draft” which makes a lot sense to me. This will give me the opportunity to tweak the post, add tags, or even delete the post altogether.

It is an easy way to get my instagram posts on to my wordpress site and that makes me happy!

Now if I could only convince Facebook to allow WordPress to publicize my blog posts to my FB timeline — who’s with me?

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Saturday is for Poets

Peaceful photo
photo by Joel Sorenson via Pexels

I have neglected this blog for sooo long — now I am determined to get back into writing and posting on a regular basis. I’ve missed it.

It’s Saturday and raining — I am tired from a long, stressful work week. I need some quiet, reflective hours to rejuvenate and balance my racy mind. I am sitting here with a cat on my lap, a cup of tea, attempting to write something meaningful. (Well, meaningful to me at least!)

When I am feeling out of sorts, stressed or frazzled, poetry often comes to mind. I love to read poems at times like these — a poet’s words drift easily through and around my mind, mingling with my own emotions, coalescing into a meaning that is more feeling than thought. It’s calming and regenerative. I am thankful that poetry seems to be gaining in popularity these days.

I have been reading some new-to-me poetry, discovering works that I love and yearning to find more. My favourite reads will always be in the form of novels, but I am looking forward to broadening my literary experiences with more poetry and other forms of art. Suggestions? I would love to try your favourite poets!

One poet that I have getting to know is Rupi Kaur. Her lovely books of poetry are everywhere and her engaging expressions are a delight to delve into.

This is one of my [new] favourites:

i thank the universe
for taking away
everything it has taken
and giving to me
everything it is giving

balance ~ rupi kaur, from Milk and Honey