Change the World

As the world changes, you can either lead, follow, or get out of the way. I’ve chosen to do all three.

First, I’ve chosen to lead the way by adopting the newest version of WordPress, which is what this website (and many others) use as its foundation. This new version changes how blogs and websites are designed and written.

My biggest fear was that I would have to redo the design of the website, as well as each blog post I’ve written to date, to fit with the new formatting requirements. Fortunately, after an hour of playing around on my backup site, I found that there wasn’t a whole lot I would have to do. Only one or two things that I used to have to do I won’t have to do now, and there are only a couple of blog posts that will need a few housecleaning tweaks to get back to looking the way I want them to. No big deal!

I did find out that copying the original draft of my new blog post from Notepad to the website was no longer just a simple “copy and paste” exercise. New options are available, which once I get use to all of them will allow me more flexibility and creativity.

I also made major changes to the look of the website.  It was due for an update anyway.  Kind of like when you decide you want a new car.  It was due, and with all the other changes, it was also time.  The updates were the the perfect time to make the change.

So now, my website is all bright and shiny and has that new car… er, I mean new website smell.  I hope you like the new look.  Oh, and there are some more changes coming in the near future, as I learn and get used to all the new features available.

The next change to my world was one I had to just follow, because there was nothing else I could do. Until yesterday.


My first Grandson made his entrance into the world Thursday afternoon. Jacob Nolen arrived at 2:09 PM, weighing in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces and he is 20 1/2 inches tall. His Dad is happy, and his Mom is very happy! As for brand new BIG sister Miss A, she really isn’t all to keen on the idea of taking home a baby brother, so lets just say that the jury is still out.

And finally, I’ve been the “designated parent” for my eldest Granddaughter this past week. Her Mom is out of town for a couple of days of training for work, and my son is usually out the door a couple of hours before the sun wakes up, so I’ve been the one making sure she’s all set and ready to go before the school bus arrives in the morning. I am also this weeks contact person in case of trouble or injury at school, as well as the one picking her up after school from cheering and tumbling practice.

I haven’t had this much fun since my own kids were her age!

And I’ve been reacquainted with this thing called homework. I can help her out with most of it, and I was pretty darn good at math when I was in school, but when I had to help my kids with their homework, along came this thing that they dubbed “new math” and I was completely lost. Thankfully, my wife is a teacher and so she helped our kids with their math homework.

Fortunately, so far this week the math homework was simple enough for even me to understand. Even better, once I got her through the hard parts, the rest she got right away. However, as the math homework at the end of this week is heavy on the common core requirements, it’s now time for me to simply get out of the way.

It turns out that my son was pretty good at the new math, and so if there is something he doesn’t understand, he does a quick Google search for some help and then he can help Miss K with her homework assignment.

My world continues to change, as does yours. Stay open to those changes, and embrace them.

As for me, it’s time to go visit with my Grandson again.

I have found that I can Change the World.