The Rambling Blogger

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be switching to my new blog home next week. I’ve picked out a very summery looking header I hope you’ll like. I’ve also wondered how it would work to put some order into my blog-keeping. Maybe having a plan will keep the juices flowing.
So far I’m thinking:
Tuesday something historical
Wednesday I’ll post a poem
Thursday a fiction story
Saturday I’ll write about an interesting book or blog post I’ve read

To start my new habit, I’d like to tell you about a post I read yesterday over at Another Purple Planet. This blogger is turning thirty and sharing with us a list of the important truths she’s learned up until now. I told her in a comment that I’m more than thirty years older and can’t add much to her list. (So why is it that we human beings who consider ourselves so intelligent, spend years learning the same lessons over and over?)

Click here to read her article and see if you can add anything.

A heads-up for readers of this blog:
You won’t have to do anything. Subscribers will be moved as well as the domain, This current site will revert back to the pre-domain address of, so if you want to check out some post in these archives you’ll need to type in that address. Christine Composes will go back to

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!


So Much To Discover!

When I saw the Word Press prompt word of the day is Discover, it sent a meteor shower of ideas through my brain. So many things are just waiting to be discovered, and finding them is usually so exciting and inspiring!

Unless it’s discovering a mouse nest in your cupboard. Or you forgot your best friend’s birthday. Or discovering that this promising new book you downloaded is full of stuff you don’t want to hear about. TMI. Not long ago I discovered that TMI (too much information) is now listed in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, along with a lot of other new ones I’ve never heard.

In the past six months I’ve discovered so many new things. I could make a dozen blog posts just telling you about:
new bloggers I’ve met
talented poets I’ve followed
new writers and characters
interesting and inspiring books
Amazon’s “100 Free books” list
how to become a ferocious self-editor
a great story idea for my grandson’s Christmas present

Discovering how to do something you’ve never done before is empowering. (When is that word going to appear as a daily prompt?) A few days ago I got a handle on how to text on my new phone. ‘Old hat’ for most of you, I’m sure, but I’m technologically challenged so it takes me awhile to learn the ropes of these new gadgets. (I’ve had the phone for over a year now.☺) Next my husband added a Kindle reading app to my phone, so now I can read books while I travel &/or wait.

Now if only I could discover how to remember everything I’ve learned! 🙂

Anyway, here’s a bit about one terrific book I discovered last month:
Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska
by Torry Martin and Doug Peterson
Published by Harvest House Press. Available in print or as an e-book.

Actor Torry Martin leaves his unsatisfying party lifestyle in LA and heads for Alaska to escape from the kind of society he has known heretofore. Not really sure what he’s looking for in the wilderness of Alaska. And there he meets God — or rather, God finds him and sets him back on his feet again.

In this book he shares his and his friend Rob’s experiences working as directors in various summer camps in Alaska and their encounters with various wildlife —and churches. Later he describes their move to TN and a few of their experiences while living there. In addition to the humorous way he relates what happened he also shares inspiring spiritual lessons God was able to teach him through these incidents. I’d highly recommend it for anyone who likes outdoor & wildlife stories with a Christian flavour.

Maddening: the Perfect Example

Our Word Press daily prompt today is maddening. Does that mean we’re allowed to rant on our posts today?

This morning I got an e-mail from myself — sort of. Right name; wrong carrier. No subject; no text. All it contained was a link. Grrrr…. As if!

This is a perfect example of maddening. And it reminded me of a little campaign I wanted to launch about a year ago to try and get hackers declared a menace to mankind.

Hacking Is A Crime Against Humanity

I’d received four e-mails from contacts with no message included, only a link. I suspect if I’d clicked on any of those links my own contact list would have been “harvested” and forwarded to certain individuals or companies who would then send out ad e-mails, in my name, to all my contacts. And slurp the address book of whoever clicked on the link.

And now it’s happened. Imagine getting an e-mail from yourself and knowing someone is now using your e-mail ID to hack others! The good part is that it showed cc’s to only three or four others, odd addresses, unfamiliar carriers. No one I know has been affected by this so far. I’ve had friends have to change their e-mail address completely, so I’m lucky so far.

For years people considered hacking as irritating and disruptive — though maybe a bit amusing, too. Like, “Did you hear about that thirteen-year old whiz kid who hacked IBM?” Let’s get serious about this and view hacking as a crime against us all. In public estimation hackers should drop to the level of axe murderers. Hacking is a plague to the average Joe, and no one can compute the cost to each of us when multinational companies are hacked and personal data stolen. It’s not a lark, “just to see if I can” and “see how clever I am” sort of thing. It’s a crime.

Companies that try selling products through generally broadcast e-mail ads need to be reported as SPAM and shut down ASAP. And those that hack into individual address books need to be prosecuted. It’s one thing to send ads by e-mail to personal contacts, but to steal someone’s contact list and send e-mails in that person’s name for commercial purposes ought to be considered a serious crime. (Hopefully it is.)

There needs to be an easy way of reporting these URLs to our e-mail carriers so they can be checked out and zapped. This has gotten easier; some years back I tried to report a site to my internet carrier when I discovered this site was a front for e-mail “harvesting” but ended up in a merry-go-round of “click here…go there…click here”.

I’ve felt strongly about this for awhile, now I’m doing my own little grassroots protest against hackers. “Hacking is a CRIME against humanity — an injustice against us all.” Pass it on.

And if you get an e-mail from me with no subject, no text — only a link — I didn’t send it.