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It’s the little things that make me happy. And you know what one little thing I’d like to see every time I wait for the bus in Portland? That one less touch/click be required to get arrival time by Stop ID. Number required to get stop ID, but I’ve got an alpha keypad. Need to […]

Mixed Emotions

25 years ago today I held a morphine suppository in my mother’s body for 5 minutes, waiting for it to dissolve. My mother, Mary, died later that day, wheezing and incoherent, after her long bout with cancer. 21 years ago today I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. We named her Marjorie Mae. 21 […]

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Random Notes on Recent Travels


It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, with 3 back-to-back trips, including my first An Event Apart Conference (#aea) in Seattle. No time for a detailed post on that amazing conference–instead I’ll simply put together a list. (in no particular order) we take high speed internet for granted. Trust me…free wi fi…Is. Not. Fast. train […]

The Web is Going Mobile!


Out in the woods or in the city It’s all the same to me When I’m drivin’ free the world’s my home When I’m mobile Hee-hoo, beep beep Pete Townshend called it 40 years ago. And in 2011, the stats are clear–more and more users are accessing the web from a mobile device. In fact, […]

Social Network Support Groups

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These days, the Internets are all buzzing with ways to build your business presence, connect with your customers, yada yada–all information about building your brand’s presence by harnessing the power of social media. I’m not going to talk about that. I’m going to talk about how I use SM to help my business–not primarily the […]

Crazy Good Web Tools, Part III


The WordPress Edition Time again to share my fav new web dev tools. First off, my love of HTML5 Boilerplate continues. Though I still don’t understand how to use it all (I’m still confused about the Build Script!). Boilerplate is now standard in all my site builds. And seriously, is there any simpler way to […]

I’m not dead!


I’vejustbeentoobusy topostanythingnewsincelastdecember. Really. Check my Twitter feed–still alive and kicking! kidshomefromcollege•familyskiand

Crazy Good Web Tools, Part II

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A few months ago, I wrote a post covering some wonderful new web tools that I had begun to use with this project, now live and it’s time for an update. HTML5 Boilerplate HTML5 Boilerplate has gathered a strong following in the web dev community. And for good reason—it is awesome! The authors also released an […]

Hardboiled Web Design

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…or how I spent my sick days. A couple weeks ago (before the Thanksgiving cooking flurry) I was felled by an awful virus. Thankfully, I had a light project load and could indulge myself for a few days of tea, DayQuil and sleeping on the sofa. Back when I was a kid, such a sick […]

Flush Away Poor UI

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UI, as known in the web dev world, is about user interface, or how a user interacts with a web page/application. Most users don’t give a damn about UI. Until is sucks. It’s the same in the real world—if the user interface works, we’re good and no one notices. If it doesn’t, we’re…Not. Happy. Real […]

Crazy Good Web Tools


I’ve just wrapped up my portion of a site overhaul (design, HTML, CSS, jQuery) and am quite pleased with all the new tools at my disposal for this project. Sure, it took a little extra time to get the hang of them, but the learning curve was well worth the investment. Note: my ratings are […]

Are “Good Browsers” Greener?


I was in the shower and just thinking…“gosh, I DO enjoy a good long hot shower…too bad it makes me feel GUILTY!…gotta conserve resources…but I had a great idea for an article…and I really think creatively while hot water beats on the back of my neck…but I REALLY should make this shower short, sweet and […]

WordPress…the App!


Normally, I design and build custom WordPress sites. From scratch. Designed for the client, using static HTML and CSS and then ‘WordPressified’ into appropriate templates. (My fav WP base is H5.) And then I launch the new site. But last week, I was introduced to an entirely new way to use WordPress—as a proposal tool! Really…I […]

Details Matter


Just launched my latest project. This was a redesign of 2-page realtor site. At first glance, the project was simple enough: 2 static pages with clean new look, better content organization and access to FranklyMLS, blog & videos. This site was to be tighter and more ‘businesslike’ than the client’s blog I redesigned last year. The only […]

Impressions & Observations

Yesterday the world lost Michele. I weep. Not because she and I were close friends. I barely knew her. I weep because I understand. I’ve been there, more or less, on both sides of cancer. We met, a dozen or so years ago, when our sons started soccer. Nothing memorable, just parents showing up at […]