Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Coming Home

Gull over Dunkirk(Gull over Dunkirk)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I wonder if you could tell me more about your visit to Spiritus Christi Church.
JOE: I'd be glad to. It's been on my mind ever since Sunday morning.
CALLIOPE: Please proceed.
JOE: I was raised in the Catholic Church and then spent nine years in the seminary and monastery.
CALLIOPE: Hence your book, Young Man of the Cloth.
JOE: Exactly. By the end of my time there, I became hopelessly embroiled in controversy about how life in the monastery should be and ended up leaving.
CALLIOPE: And then?
JOE: I discovered that my concerns about the direction of the monastery was part of a larger concern about the direction of the Catholic Church which I also eventually stopped attending.
CALLIOPE: Then what happened?
JOE: I drifted for a while and eventually discovered Unity Church where I felt comfortable for quite some time.
JOE: I still felt some nostalgia for the Catholic Church in which I was raised but conflicted about the rigidity and other aspects of the church. Then I discovered Spiritus Christi, a church in the Catholic tradition but stressing the joy of redemption rather than a punitive, controlling stance.
CALLIOPE: Now what?
JOE: I want to make sure this is all I hope it is based on my initial impression. One step at a time. Talk with you tomorrow.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Spiritus Christi

Lisbon Skyline

(Lisbon Skyline)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe How are you today?
JOE: Quite well thank you.
CALLIOPE: Any surprises this weekend?
JOE: One. Carol and I finally decided to try Spiritus Christi Church.
CALLIOPE: What kind of church is it?
JOE: More or less Catholic but without much of the rigidity.
CALLIOPE: You mean things like female priests and inviting non-Catholics to communion?
JOE: Exactly.
CALLIOPE: What was it like?
JOE: Returning home after many years. The experience brought me to tears.
JOE: I felt pushed out of the monastery many years ago for asking too many questions. Eventually the Catholic church's rigidity became too stultifying for me and I finally left.
CALLIOPE: And now you are back?
JOE: Not quite. Spiritus Christi is out of favor with the powers that be but has recreated a Christian community much like the one that existed in the first days of the church, or at least how I imagine it to have been. Talk with you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Saturday Morning

Phalaenopsis Orchids

(Phalaenopsis Orchids)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Relieved.
CALLIOPE: On what account?
JOE: Having met the technological challenge of developing new websites and living to tell the tale.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like an accomplishment.
JOE: I like to think so.
CALLIOPE: So now what?
JOE: I';m taking a little time to enjoy summer.
JOE: Carol and I will walk down to the Leroy Farm Market this morning and this afternoon our friends have invited us to bask in their pool with them.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like fun.
JOE: I feel like the world has been passing me by while I became engrossed in my technological challenge.
CALLIOPE: With everything going on in the world it can still be a beautiful place.
JOE: I plan to remind myself of that this weekend. Talk with you on Monday.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- TGIF

Allegheny River Sunrise
(Allegheny River Sunrise)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: I'm glad it's Friday.
CALLIOPE: You don't even go off to work any more.
JOE: Well, no. But I have felt under pressure lately, even if self induced.
CALLIOPE: Tell me more.
JOE: My websites needed to be redeveloped with a program other than Front Page. The deadline for getting this done was June 30. I made it. Both are ready although the second is still in the process of being switched to a new server.
CALLIOPE: Anything else?
JOE: There's also my caffeine withdrawal. Today marks the fifth day and I am finally realizing life after caffeine is possible.
CALLIOPE: Do you feel any different.
JOE: The greatest change and surprise as well is that I feel more energetic and eager to work both at the computer and at physical labor in the yard.
CALLIOPE: Who would have thought it?
JOE: Certainly not me. But today I have all my weekly goals accomplished and am ready to relax this weekend for the first time in a while.
CALLIOPE: Seems like you earned it.
JOE: I think so. Talk with you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Dreamweaver Competence

Canadaway Creek(Canadaway Creek)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How's the caffeine hangover coming?
JOE: Better every day. Yesterday my brain felt a little fuzzy. Still I accomplished quite a bit despite my lack of caffeine and my body's resistance to being deprived.
CALLIOPE: Glad to hear you are surviving. What did you accomplish?
JOE: I revised my entire Commonsense Wisdom website. I think it's ready for release although I want to check over the format and links first.
CALLIOPE: Congratulations. Tell me about the site.
JOE: Originally it duplicated my Sliding Otter site. I struggled with how to make the two complementary.
CALLIOPE: How did it end up?
JOE: The Sliding Otter site lists my writings for sale and offers samples from all of them. The Commonsense Wisdom site serves as an archive for stories, articles and archives of past blogs and newsletters.
CALLIOPE: Sounds sensible.
JOE: I hope so.
CALLIOPE: Are both sites the way you want them?
JOE: Not quite. They are both still works in progress. I have some refinements in mind once I figure out how to do them.
CALLIOPE: I'll be watching anxiously.
JOE: So will I. Talk with you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Life Without Caffeine

Resting in Barbados
(Resting in Barbados)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: It's a little hard to say.
CALLIOPE: Why is that?
JOE: Last week I had two doctors' appointments. I had several cups of coffee before the first one and had fairly high blood pressure. I did not drink coffee before the second appointment and my blood pressure was lower than it has ever been before.
CALLIOPE: And your conclusion?
JOE: The obvious one that my blood pressure and caffeine are connected.
CALLIOPE: Why the sudden concern?
JOE: I was able to discontinue my blood pressure medication earlier this year after I lost weight and would prefer not to start it again.
CALLIOPE: I see. So where do you stand now?
JOE: I gradually decreased my caffeine over the past week. Yesterday was the first full day with no caffeine.
CALLIOPE: Any ill effects?
JOE: Just headaches which left me today and restless sleep. I think I'll make it though.
CALLIOPE: Best of luck with your experiment.
JOE: Thanks. Now to see whether it affects my writing. Talk with you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Success at Last

(Peter and the Biplane)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. What news?
JOE: Well, I finally wrestled Dreamweaver into submission or maybe just learned enough of the basics to use it.
CALLIOPE: Don't tell me you got your website up and functioning.
JOE: Sort of. At the same time I am revising my site, I am also switching servers.
CALLIOPE: So what's the bottom line?
JOE: Right now I can see my site listed on the Internet but nobody else can.
CALLIOPE: How long will that go on?
JOE: A day or two before it is officially available to the public.
CALLIOPE: That's a milestone. Were you pleased with the results.
JOE: It's not elegant yet but the basics are there. Now I can work on my other site and some refinements.
CALLIOPE: Such as?
JOE: An online store for my books, posting my blog from my own site and some video focused on various topics.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like you will be busy for a while.
JOE: I will. But at least I won't be bored. Talk with you tomorrow.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Ready for the Big Time

Trial Flight
(Trial Flight)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How's your website development coming?
JOE: I've had my ear to the ground, nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel most of the week.
CALLIOPE: Wow. Did the effort pay off?
JOE: I'm getting there. I tried one version live and wasn't satisfied with it. Back to the drawing board.
JOE: The new version is ready for a trial flight today.
CALLIOPE: What do you expect?
JOE: I hope it flies. My deadline is the end of the week. I am more confident that I know what I'm doing now.
CALLIOPE: Best of luck.
JOE: Thanks. I think I know how Orville and Wilbur felt at Kitty Hawk.
CALLIOPE: Interesting comparison.
JOE: Off to the proving grounds. Talk with you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Musical Emotions

(Troubled Times)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Are you feeling better than you did yesterday and did you resolve your musical dilemma?
JOE: Yes on both accounts. Resolving my dilemma improved my mood.
CALLIOPE: Tell me about it.
JOE: I told you I woke up yesterday with my reaction to Michael McDonald still on my mind.
CALLIOPE: You did.
JOE: I started to consider my emotions. I realized I felt sad, on the verge of tears, angry and resentful.
CALLIOPE: Do you hold Michael responsible for all that?
JOE: Of course not. I remained puzzled until on the way to the gym I recalled something I told Carol the night of the concert.
CALLIOPE: Which was?
JOE: That his type of music constantly grated on my nerves at a practice where I worked in the early 1990's. I found the type of music annoying then but did not associate Michael McDonald with it.
CALLIOPE: Just annoying?
JOE: No. The owner of the practice insisted on playing music which I considered bland and insipid at best. When one of us worker bees changed the station to jazz or classical music, he would change it back which I saw as a symbol of his control.
CALLIOPE: And that's the connection?
JOE: Not entirely. That was a very difficult time for me professionally, financially and in my marriage of the time. Altogether bad memories. That's the connection. I'm glad I discovered it and now will work to put it to rest. Talk with you on Monday.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- A Matter of Taste

Spring Rock
(Spring Rock)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I missed you yesterday.
JOE: Sorry. I was anxious to take a peek at my new website and finally saw it yesterday morning.
JOE: I discovered that it wouldn't do as posted. I thought I would try a quick fix and ended up spending most of the day revising it.
CALLIOPE: How does it stand now?
JOE: I'm still working on the revisions but think I have a good plan. We shall see.
CALLIOPE: Did you spend every minute working on it?
JOE: No. I went with Carol and some friends to a Michael McDonald concert last night at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
CALLIOPE: Did you enjoy the concert?
JOE: Not in the least. It was the first time since I was eight that I so thoroughly bored and agitated by a concert.
CALLIOPE: What was that about?
JOE: I wish I understood it. Those who went with me agreed that his style was repetitious although it didn't seem to bother them like it did me. I thought he shouted everything and that all his songs sounded the same. I didn't like his rendition of the songs I recognized.
CALLIOPE: Do you think it's just a matter of taste?
JOE: I wish I knew. I don't like leaving a concert feeling the way I did last night.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Time Out for Jazz


JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: A little weary.
CALLIOPE: On what account?
JOE: Last night's fairly late night at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like fun.
JOE: It certainly was. This was our second visit to the festival.
CALLIOPE: What did you see?
JOE: First were several local jazz groups on one of the free stages.
CALLIOPE: And then?
JOE; Soul Stew, a group from Toronto which lived up to its billing as a top notch soul combo.
CALLIOPE: Was that it?
JOE: No. We tore ourselves away to see Bonerama in the big tent, a trombone group from New Orleans we had seen before. They also put on a great show.
CALLIOPE: Do you plan to give up writing and spend your time watching music performances?
JOE: Don't be jealous of your sister muses. I'm not abandoning you but am enjoying some time with other creative pursuits. I'm back to my writing work today. Talk with you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Nazis Were Human Too

Great Siege Tunnel- Gibraltar

(Great Siege Tunnel- Gibraltar)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Today's title has an odd ring.
JOE: Jarring isn't it? I based it on a recent speech President Obama gave at Buchenwald.
CALLIOPE: What did he say?
JOE: Among other things he reminded us that "the perpetrators of such evil were human as well and that we have to guard against cruelty in ourselves."
CALLIOPE: A chilling thought.
JOE: It is and one which stuck in my mind.
CALLIOPE: How do you account for evil?
JOE: From the research I have seen, it seems to come partly from heredity and partly from environment.
CALLIOPE: Do these factors entirely explain evil?
JOE: Not to me. Mystery remains in my mind as to why some people follow their inclinations and others don't.
CALLIOPE: It seems to me that this is one of the mysteries of the ages.
JOE: Me too. But we would rather separate ourselves from evildoers considering them as animals, sick or crazy rather than see any similarity to us.
CALLIOPE: I can't wait to see the article.
JOE: It will be posted on my website fairly soon I hope. Talk with you tomorrow.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Walking with Dinosaurs

(Walking with Dinosaurs)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Welcome to a new week.
JOE: Thank you.
CALLIOPE: What's this about dinosaurs?
JOE: Saturday morning I had a chance to see the much ballyhood Walking with Dinosaurs.
CALLIOPE: Did it meet your expectations?
JOE: More than that. I had questions about how lifelike giant puppets could be.
CALLIOPE: Tell me more.
JOE: The combination of excellent technology and imagination based on historical research resulted in a very entertaining and informative experience for my son, grandson and me.
CALLIOPE: Any lessons for you?
JOE: The point of bringing together technology and creativity is to reach the audience and connect with their needs and interests.
CALLIOPE: So it's the same process with the dinosaur show and with writing?
JOE: As far as I can tell it is.
CALLIOPE: Keep this in mind as you work on your website.
JOE: I certainly will. Talk with you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Smokey Robinson's Lesson

Eastman Theater Audience(Eastman Theater Audience)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Energized.
CALLIOPE: By what, may I ask?
JOE: You may. The Rochester International Jazz Festival began last night with Carol and me in attendance.
CALLIOPE: What did you see?
JOE: The Greece Olympia Jazz Band, the Eastman High School Jazz Band seniors and Faux Frenchman. And those were just the free street performances.
CALLIOPE: I take it from today's title that Smokey Robinson played a part somewhere.
JOE: Indeed he did. He was the evening's headliner and our main reason for going to the festival last night.
CALLIOPE: Which brings us to the question of his lesson.
JOE: It does. I saw clearly that his message was that he loves his audience. He said so several times and repeatedly showed it by his interaction with us throughout the concert.
CALLIOPE: What lesson did you take from that?
JOE: Give your audience what they want. This applies to writing and web marketing as well as performing. I will try to keep this in mind as I work in both areas.
CALLIOPE: Good idea.
JOE: Thanks. I thought so too. Talk with you tomorrow.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Meeting the Neighbors

Meeting the Neighbors

(Meeting the Neighbors)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Relieved?
CALLIOPE: On what account?
JOE: My new website design is completed and apparently functioning normally although I will do some more testing yesterday.
CALLIOPE: Did you spend your whole day at it again?
JOE: Not entirely. Our neighbors suffered the loss of a family member. Carol baked some brownies and I took them over.
CALLIOPE: Did you know the neighbors?
JOE: Just a nodding acquaintance. I had never had a conversation with them.
CALLIOPE: And yesterday?
JOE: They invited me to sit with them on their veranda and we spent quite a bit of pleasant time together.
CALLIOPE: Was there a lesson there for you?
JOE: Yes. I realized that the whole point of working on my website was to communicate with people. I became lost in the technology for a while and lost sight of the purpose.
CALLIOPE: Good realization.
JOE: I think so. Talk with you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Magical Mystery Tour

(Is that the sun?-Peter Langen)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: I feel like I just landed on my magic carpet after a Magical Mystery Tour.
CALLIOPE: Tell me more.
JOE: My adventure with Dreamweaver took me into twists and turns I never expected.
CALLIOPE: How did your website turn out?
JOE: Basic, but I'm pleased with the results.
CALLIOPE: Is it ready for publication?
JOE: I'm not quite sure. I haven't finished examining the code. I also need to test the links and take the site for a trial flight. Hopefully I won't find anything untoward but you never know with new adventures.
CALLIOPE: Was the project as difficult as you expected?
JOE: No. I knew I would be swimming in deep water. Yesterday I tackled navigation and hyperlinks which went much better than I thought they would.
CALLIOPE: I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.
JOE: So am I. But I want to make sure it is in proper form before posting it.
CALLIOPE: Does it have everything you wanted?
JOE: No, but the basics are there and I want to get the site up in basic form first. Then I'll work on refinements. Talk with you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Service or Power

Troubled Seas-Peter Langen
(Troubled Seas- Peter Langen)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are Dreamweaver and your website coming along?
JOE: I'm making progress and will let you know when it's finished.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like you have something else on your mind this morning.
JOE: I do. Reading the paper earlier about all the posturing and infighting in Washington and Albany, I recalled the saying, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
CALLIOPE: I remember the saying. What was the context?
JOE: I wondered that myself. It turns out that John Acton said it in response to Pope Pius IX promulgating the dogma of papal infallibility.
CALLIOPE: I didn't realize that.
JOE: Neither did I. But it fit right in with my thoughts about our legislatures.
JOE: They were elected to serve their constituents but now the New York State and Federal legislators both appear too busy with their power struggles to get anything done for the public benefit.
CALLIOPE: That's a pessimistic conclusion for you to express.
JOE: I agree. I try to see the positive in any situation, but I'm still looking in this case.
CALLIOPE: Do you suppose it's another of life's mysteries?
JOE: I suppose so. But somehow I have trouble letting it go at that. Talk with you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Sailing Right Along

Island Home
(Island Home- Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Fine. Yesterday was busy with errands but I did get some time to work on Dreamweaver and my website.
CALLIOPE: How's it coming?
JOE: Not bad. I'm no expert yet, but my competence grows by the day as I learn more about the programming.
CALLIOPE: So you think you will have your site ready by the end of the month?
JOE: That's my plan.
CALLIOPE: Then what?
JOE: Back to my writing. I haven't had much time to work on it lately with all the effort I'm putting into web development.
CALLIOPE: Do you need any help?
JOE: Not yet. I have had some kind offers from fellow denizens of my various web communities. So far I am holding my own, but at least have some ideas about where to find help if I get stuck.
CALLIOPE: Always good to know.
JOE: It is. I'm never comfortable feeling like I am on a desert island with no passing ships in sight.
CALLIOPE: One advantage of being a muse is not being limited by geography.
JOE: Sounds nice. I'll continue on as a mere mortal for now. Talk with you tomorrow.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Under Construction

(Under Construction)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Ready for a new week?
JOE: Indeed.
CALLIOPE: What's afoot?
JOE: I spent all day Saturday poring over my Dreamweaver manual.
CALLIOPE: To any avail?
JOE: Fortunately yes. I was then able to begin reconstructing my website in Dreamweaver.
CALLIOPE: Effortlessly?
JOE: No such luck. In the beginning I struggled with every step. By the time I arrived at my third page I was much better and my development started to hum along.
CALLIOPE: Any other findings?
JOE: More a realization. I had difficulty with some of the automated tasks but found I could do them manually with the help of my understanding of html.
CALLIOPE: Where did that come from?
JOE: Once I thought it would be a challenge to write my own website from scratch and delved into html.
JOE: The task was beyond me but gained a rudimentary understanding and facility with html workings. Everything I learn seems to come in handy eventually. Talk with you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Death of a Mentor

(Passionist Mission Crucifix)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Reflective.
CALLIOPE: About what?
JOE: I received news that an old mentor died yesterday.
CALLIOPE: Were you close to him?
JOE: His name is Thomas Berry. I haven't talked with him in many years since I left the monastery. I tried contacting him but he was in ill health although I did communicate with his sister.
CALLIOPE: How did he help you?
JOE: After being in the seminary and monastery for nine years I was ready to leave but had no idea how to go about it or what to do next.
JOE: Father Thomas helped me to decide what was important to me and to plan some initial steps after leaving.
CALLIOPE: So you left with some sense of direction?
JOE: I did and have always been grateful for his guidance. I have tried to help others as he helped me.
CALLIOPE: A fond memory.
JOE: Indeed, as well as an inspiration. Talk with you on Monday.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Getting My Geese in a Row

(Geese in a Row)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Making progress. Dreamweaver looked quite daunting at first but I think there is hope.
CALLIOPE: Tell me about it.
JOE: I struggled to get it to do anything. Then my book arrived, bringing hope with it.
CALLIOPE: What book?
JOE: A lifesaver (or websaver) called Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual by David McFarland.
CALLIOPE: How has it helped.
JOE: It explains in detail just what needs to be done at each step.
CALLIOPE: That's it?
JOE: No. It also provides a tutorial to walk the unenlightened one (Grasshopper if you will) through the steps of creating a fictitious site using the skills just discussed.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like a good approach.
JOE: It works for me. I still have quite a bit to learn but, having produced visible results, I now think I will make it.
CALLIOPE: Keep after those geese.
JOE: I will but they have a mind of their own. Talk with you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Empathy and the Courts

In the Woods with Carol(In the Woods with Carol)

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy
-Meryl Streep

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. What an interesting title.
JOE: I thought it might catch your attention.
CALLIOPE: I assume there is a story behind it.
JOE: I read a complaint about Judge Sotomayor having too much empathy to be a supreme court judge and thought the topic deserved some discussion.
CALLIOPE: It does sound interesting. How did you approach it?
JOE: I cited my own experience as a psychologist and hearing Buffalo Judge Robert Russell talk about specialized courts.
JOE: I realized that without empathy we deal with issues only rather than with people.
CALLIOPE: I'll have to visit your website Saturday to read the column. What about the quote above?
JOE: Twitter has been in the news. I have been debating about whether it is something worthwhile or just a wast of time.
JOE: I decided to use my account to post quotes related to our discussions and will try it for a while.
CALLIOPE: With a link back here?
JOE: That's the plan. Talk with you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- On with the Show

Snail's Pace

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are you today?
JOE: Back in high gear.
CALLIOPE: Explain.
JOE: Yesterday's mail brought my book, Dreamweaver CS4- The Missing Manual.
CALLIOPE: How did that change things?
JOE: I have been struggling to make sense of Dreamweaver from the tutorials online and fiddling with the program to try to understand it, mostly to no avail. Now that the book has arrived, so has hope of understanding and using Dreamweaver.
CALLIOPE: So you were right about a book being more useful than online materials.
JOE: I don't know if this is true for everyone, but it certainly is for me.
CALLIOPE: I'm glad there is hope. Whats next?
JOE: My first inclination is to jump right in and redesign my old website.
JOE: But I decided to take some time to learn how to use Dreamweaver first and once I become familiar with it, use it to reformulate my site. Talk with you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Learning frrom Print

(Martin House Orchids)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How is your learning of Dreamweaver coming along?
JOE: Interesting you should ask. I am wading through video tutorials while I await the manual I ordered.
CALLIOPE: Do you prefer one approach over the other?
JOE: I thought I would like the tutorials and liked being talked to by a person.
CALLIOPE: I sense a "but."
JOE: Very perceptive of you. Although I like the multisensory presenations, I tend to find written materials more useful.
JOE: I feel more in control of the material. I have an index, table of contents and can focus in on the material as specifically as I need to rather than following along with parts of a presentation I might not need or don't understand.
CALLIOPE: I see. So you think there is a future for books?
JOE: As far as I am concerned, I certainly hope so. I would miss them if they disappeared. Perhaps I would adjust but it would be difficult.
CALLIOPE: Some people think books are here to stay and others think they are on the way out.
JOE: I've heard both opinions too. I guess I will adjust to whatever happens. I just happen to like working from books.
CALLIOPE: Didn't your Latin friends have a maxim, "De gustibus non est disputandum?"
JOE: Yes. There's no arguing about tastes. Talk with you tomorrow.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Website Choices

(Martin House Portico)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Ready for another week?
JOE: Indeed. I started working yesterday learning the intricacies of Dreamweaver.
CALLIOPE: Have you thought about simpler approaches?
JOE: Several other writers mentioned the possibility of a hosted space under the umbrella of a general writers' site.
CALLIOPE: Have you considered that approach?
JOE: I think it would be a beginning if I knew nothing about websites and wanted a quick Internet presence.
CALLIOPE: You are beyond that?
JOE: Although my knowledge is rudimentary, I think I at least understand the basics and am prepared to continue with my own site.
CALLIOPE: Where will you start?
JOE: Reviewing the basics. I will reconsider the goals of my website, intended audience, what I would like my visitors to do.
CALLIOPE: And then?
JOE: I will design the structure, format and especially the content accordingly.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like you have a plan.
JOE: I do, at least the outline of one. Now it's time to fill in the details. Talk with you tomorrow.