Skip to main content

Cleaning Up the Site

For those of you who actually visit this blog instead of just reading it through a feed (Mom & Sarah and maybe a few others?), I updated the look! I also added my "Letters to Strangers" as a tab right at the top of the page, and then formatted that blog to have a unified look. I wanted something super streamlined.

Thoughts? Any other changes I should instigate?


Thom said…
I like streamlined! I read through a feed though, but still. The only thing missing is a sexy, commissioned header image drawn by a friend.
Beth said…
Hm. Who should I commission?


Draw away!

(assuming you wanted that invite.)
Thom said…
Ok ok, just stop begging me. Ha, if I think of something interesting I will draw it and you can decide if it fits your style.
afro-chick said…
i like this thom character.
yes, MORE sexy! bring the sexy back.
Lisa said…
Have you kept screenshots or some other record of your past layouts? I just wondered because you've had some really nice ones! I find this one streamlined, though less interesting than some of the others you've had. However, I like the variety and that you make regular changes. I'm old-school and still visit the blog :)
Anonymous said…
I like it. As always it reflects some aspe t of your character and mood at the time you chose it :-))
Beth said…
aban - thom is a great character.

lisa - i do not have screenshots from old versions...that's kind of a good idea. oh well.

anon - thanks. does reflect some aspect of my character...i'm into simplicity these days.
Lisa said…
Meh, I save all sorts of stuff that I never look back at...I was just curious. Where does that need to save things come from? I find it so hard to overcome.

I like that you're into simplicity these days. I have great ambitions to put the ideas of simplicity and downsizing to work when I move back to Gananoque and clean up my basement.
Anonymous said…
Like!! I don't read your blog through a feed although I do that for Letters to Strangers.

Which works because your L to S page freezes my web browser...

Shellie said…
I confess I was a bit miffed when I got on here and saw the change. I don't hate it though :)
Beth said…
jackie - it freezes your browser!?!

shellie - what did you like about the old version?
MLW said…
Having used your new blog layout I have one comment. Because I am lazy I miss having Dear Stranger at the top where I can see quickly if you have posted something new. Still adjusting to the plainness/simplicity

Popular posts from this blog

What About Travis!?

I just watched Hope Floats, the second movie in my I-really-need-to-vegetate night. Now that we have more than three channels, there are so many quality programs on TV! Like movies in the middle of the week. I enjoyed many of the lines in this movie, including:

"I went home and told my mama you had a seizure in my mouth."
(referring to her first french-kissing experience)

"Dancing's just a conversation between two people. Talk to me."
(the conversation in our living room then went,
Girl 1: Only Harry Connick Jr. could say that line without it being incredibly cheezy.
Boy: Without it being cheezy? That's all I heard. Cheez, cheez, cheez.
Girl 2: Yeah, but it was sexy, sexy cheez...sigh.)
"Better do what she says, Travis. Grandma stuffs little dogs."

Bernice: At home we had a pet skunk. Mama used to call it Justin Matisse. Do you think that's just a coincidence? All day long she would scream, "You stink Justin Matisse!" Then one day she just…

I Like to Keep My Issues Drawn

It's Sunday night and I am multi-tasking. Paid some bills, catching up on free musical downloads from the past month, thinking about the mix-tape I need to make and planning my last assignment for writing class.

Shortly, I will abandon the laptop to write my first draft by hand. But until then, I am thinking about music.

This song played for me earlier this afternoon, as I attempted to nap. I woke up somewhere between 5 and 5:30 this morning, then lay in bed until 8 o'clock flipping sides and thinking about every part of my life that exists. It wasn't stressful, but it wasn't quite restful either...This past month, I have spent a lot of time rebuffing lies and refusing to believe that the inside of my heart and mind can never change. I feel like Florence + The Machine's song "Shake it Out" captures many of these feelings & thoughts.

(addendum: is the line "I like to keep my issues strong or drawn?" Lyrics sites have it as "strong," …

Simone Weil: On "Forms of the Implicit Love of God"

Simone Weil time again! One of the essays in Waiting for God is entitled "Forms of the Implicit Love of God." Her main argument is that before a soul has "direct contact" with God, there are three types of love that are implicitly the love of God, though they seem to have a different explicit object. That is, in loving X, you are really loving Y. (in this case, Y = God). As for the X of the equation, she lists:

Love of neighbor Love of the beauty of the world Love of religious practices and a special sidebar to Friendship
“Each has the virtue of a sacrament,” she writes. Each of these loves is something to be respected, honoured, and understood both symbolically and concretely. On each page of this essay, I found myself underlining profound, challenging, and thought-provoking words. There's so much to consider that I've gone back several times, mulling it over and wondering how my life would look if I truly believed even half of these things...

Here are a few …