A Little Tip With a Big Difference

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a titled one worth?

Brendan's First Visit to AmericaThis week while browsing some published author sites, I hovered over a picture on a particular site. The author was huddled with someone in an interesting setting, and I hoped to be enlightened as to the identity of both the other person and their intriguing background. But alas, DC536, or some such photo identity glared back at me. Can you believe I was actually disappointed? I had been on a scouting assignment (of my own mental making) and denied the information I sought.

I realized then, that what I stumbled upon earlier this year, I had assumed everyone else already knew and implemented:

You can label your photos on your blog or website with catchy or informational titles!

Since I discovered this, I’ve labeled my photos (unless they are abstract) so you can tell where I took them and who is with me. Not only that, but they can also be linked. For example, if I post a picture of my husband and I on our anniversary zip lining through the forest, I can label it and link it to Redwood Canopy Tours. Why don’t you check it out here.


You can label your photos in Word Press by:

  1. Clicking on Upload/Insert above the toolbar
  2.  To add a picture from you computer click on Drop Files Here/Select Files
  3. When the photo loads, scroll down until you see Title – whatever your picture was saved as you’ll see here. You can change it if you like.
  4. Scroll down further to change the URL to link to a site
  5. Click on Insert into Post
  6. Click on photo – click on the icon on the left (edit). Click on advanced settings at the top. Scroll all the way to the bottom and check the box that says “open link in a new window.
  7. Click Update.
  8. In preview, test it to make sure the links have been saved correctly.

This may all seem very simplistic and technologically obvious (and probably is to many of you reading this), but perhaps you’re like me and are glad for every little bit of instruction. I’m happy to pass it on. If you already have been taking advantage of this, good for you! You probably have an easier/better way to do it!  Either way, it seemed worth the mentioning as a way to further connect our readers by making it easier for them to pursue their search for information.

Happy Label/Linking!

What little tips do you have to share that could make a big difference? Do you already label and link your photos? Have you seen a good result from doing so?



Love, War and Sex

My husband and I celebrated our third year anniversary this week. We were fortunate to take off for a few days on an adventure of zip lining through the forest near our home (Mt. Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours), then on to Half Moon Bay where we enjoyed good food, window shopping, long conversations, watching airplanes land and a lot of laughing! We also took a book to read together.

I wrote a bit about this book in a post a couple of months ago titled Relationships. The book, Love and War by John and Stasi Eldredge is the most helpful guideline we’ve discovered for our marriage. We’re reading through it a second time. That’s how good it is!

One of the challenges of dating online from two different continents was the sporadic, cyber life we inhabited. Writing emails and long Skype chats gave us the benefit of knowing so many details about each other; our emotional roots went deep. But we missed out on daily dating life which could have enlightened us about our dysfunctional ways of relating. Love and War is helping us understand our messed up perspectives, and what to do about them.

Like many couples, we’ve harbored messed up perspectives regarding sex. Negative childhood experiences, societal messages and lack of understanding this awesome God ordained ecstasy all contributed to our twisted perceptions. John and Stasi Eldredge offer some intriguing and fabulous insights about sex, why we end up with warped ideas and what to do about it. We’re learning a lot.

So at one point during our anniversary get away (sorry, no specific details here!), we discussed our intimacy while lying in each other’s arms. Part of the discourse went something like this:

“Honey, I’m thinking that sex can be analogous to two things,” I mused.

“What’s that, darling?”

“Well, I think it can be like a wedding feast. You know, like Chris and Sabina’s wedding (Chris is our son in Poland who just got married in November); hours of eating, dancing, drinking and toasting, fun and spending great time in relational celebration. Making love should be a celebration of intimacy, relationship and good things.”

“I think you’re right. What’s the other analogy?” Brendan asked. He loves analogies.

“Sex can also be like fast food. Quick, without substance or much thought and no intimacy. I mean they both satisfy a need; get the job done, but isn’t a feast better than a Big Mac?”

“Yeah,” he paused to kiss me. “It is.”

We shared another kiss and felt the promise of feasting stir our hunger.

“Brendan?” I murmured.

“Yes, darling?”

“You know I’m going to have to blog about this, right?”

“I reckoned you would,” he chuckled.

The weekend feast surpassed our expectations. Thank you John and Stasi.