Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Website changes had writer praying about more newsworthy stories

Web site changes had writer praying about more newsworthy articles

In my two years working for the Examiner, this was the first time of my having to invent a way to put a religious twist on the articles written there. Because of the changes made to the site, even the headlines had to have been unique. If my article didn’t fit one of five topics in the Religious and Spirituality section, it was declined. My prayer was to publish more newsworthy stories in spite of the recent changes to the site. Scripture like 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Ephesians 1:16 came to mind.

Most of the time, things like article reviews, headlines, lists, videos, and sideshows where checked for duplication site wide. If there were any duplications, the error message would’ve asked for changes. Article images and sideshow images weren’t affected, but the title would’ve needed to be updated.

While a lot  about the Bible, Catholicism, and Christianity were known by me, other religions like Islam, Judaism, and Mormons were not. Switching from the Methodist faith to Baptist put me under the Protestant heading. The my prayer was making my articles more newsworthy so they could’ve been promoted on the site. That way, writing about Western Religions or Religious News would’ve been easier.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) said:
17 Pray without ceasing.

Ephesians 1:16 (KJV) said:
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

This year, only one of my articles was considered newsworthy but wasn‘t marked, Web site looked promising despite no local service. While the Examiner accepted my piece, they told me not to write another headline like that again. It was easier using the original article format then the one used for lists because one had to have pictures showing at least three steps in the recipe How-to make a Spinach Mushroom and Onion Pizza.

When writing my article, the Examiner suggested that browsers Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for best publishing results. Using both of these browsers caused problems for me. They both got hung up or crashed. This was particularly unnerving when my work got zapped because it wasn’t saved in draft. Everything had to have been redone text, hyperlinks, and pictures were re-entered on the site. This made me doubly angry when my work wasn’t saved on my computer, which caused my late evenings rewriting everything.

It  took me a while publishing my first sideshow because the writer now needed five pictures instead of one to three. Some of the images from the internet were not big enough. Others, like those from my Samsung Galaxy S III, were several sizes too big. While those taken from my laptop webcam fit perfectly, trying to crop them using computer software, was difficult. Using a video was a disaster because the whole piece was declined when it didn’t compliment the story  written on weather.

Writing articles on my church activities required permission from the pastor. The hold up was my getting the apartment presentable for company. There were only two times this house got a major cleaning in the last six years. Once was after coming forward to join the church in February 2007. In two-and-a-half days, with time to spare, my house went from unorganized to immaculate. Three days before visiting my uncle in Palm Coast, Florida, in May 2007, the same thing was done. My mother told me when she came to put the mail on the coffee table, she had to step back to make sure she was in the right apartment being so shocked on how clean it was.

In spite of the Examiner’s new rules and formats on publishing articles, it was my prayer to publish more newsworthy stories. While my knowing a lot about the Bible and Christianity helped in writing some of my articles, topics like Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism were not known. They could’ve been studied and added to Religious News or Western Religions to make my articles more newsworthy instead of basic human interest.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer vacation a time for rest and fun while minding scripture

Summer vacation a time for rest and fun while minding scripture

In a few days, summer vacation started. There wasn’t enough money to spend going abroad, and Maui or Disneyland were way out of budget. Staying in Texas wasn’t so bad. One was to rest during vacation, but there was no harm in having fun too while minding the scripture. There were actually some great places one could’ve visited.  Below were some of the popular tourist attractions in Texas.
Genesis 2:2-4 (KJV) said:

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Baker broke two laws by denying service to same sex couple

Baker broke two laws by denying service to same sex couple

Even though there were petitions that went out against building new Chick-Fil-A restaurants because of their stand against gay marriage, it hadn’t stopped them from being built. One just opened in Wichita Falls on June 13. In turn, there hadn’t been anyone known by me who refused service from any of those stores because of their gay lifestyle.

In a time when the Bible, while it was the number one selling book in the United States, according to The 700 Club, was being ignored in the secular world. People that lived the gay lifestyle wanted the courts to redefine marriage to include homosexuality as normal and gay marriage like that of traditional marriage. Both Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby hit a storm of controversy for standing by their Christian beliefs against gay marriage and homosexuality.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Leaning on scripture helped writer keep their head with Java malfunction

Leaning on scripture helped writer keep their head with Java malfunction

Some of the computer problems recently suffered by me were solved today when it was discovered that Java, the one that ran all the games on line and the computer, was faulty. Efforts to fix this problem went undone because the original program was unable to be opened.The error message said that the registry key was not found for that program.

If the program worked, playing games on the Pogo web site, like Boggle Bash, would’ve loaded faster and ran without trouble. Even though Java 7 was installed on the computer, Pogo couldn’t detect it even after being on the site and having had it downloaded many times. My attempt at running the above game without the current version of Java 7 often left my computer sluggish and stuck in download mode.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

As Stage 4 water restrictions loomed, people were urged to pray for rain

As Stage 4 water restrictions loomed, people were urged to pray for rain

As of today, Wichita Falls had a water deficit of 4.57 inches. If the combined lake levels continued to drop below 30%, Stage 4 water restrictions were slated to take effect., which banned all outdoor watering except water collected from tubs and sinks. In January, it was predicted that the county would’ve hit Stage 4 by July. Thanks to the seven plus inches received earlier this year, now the Stage 4 Drought Disaster was slated to hit in mid August.


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