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Hydroponic Growing

I’ve been experimenting with a new-ish hobby: Hydroponic indoor growing. This is gardening without soil – using just water and nutrients. I have been doing it regularly for the last couple of months (off and off for a few years), and wanted to post an update. I’ve been using three different methods:  Commercial AeroGardensThe Kratky…

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Roam Research: Organizing the chaos

I’ve recently been testing out a new tool, called Roam Research, and it’s changed my relationship with my brain. “Roam Research Is a science backed mind outliner currently In beta. Instead of a conventional hierarchy based workflow, each idea or topic is a page. each page is linked to each other to form a network of…

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Honduras partner visits BC

For nearly two weeks Vecinos Honduras’s Executive Director, Edwin Escoto, toured British Columbia speaking to groups large and small about Honduras and the work Vecinos Honduras is doing. It was an inspiring week! Edwin is a dynamic speaker, and despite doing every one of his twenty presentations in his second language, he was clear, passionate…

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Trying something new: Hiit class

With an eye turned to improving our health, I’ve been spending more time in the gym. Late last year, I started working with a personal trainer. It’s been a mix of cardio and weights, with my goal being overall strength improvement. We’ve recently added hiit classes to the list, at Oliver Parks and Recreation. It’s…

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The Continuing Adventures of a Happiness Engineer

As of today, my 3.5 years of supporting eCommerce stores with WooCommerce is coming to an end – but no, I am not leaving Automattic. As of Monday, I will be moving over to the WordPress VIP division. I will still be a Happiness Engineer – but my title changes slightly, to Enterprise Happiness Engineer.…

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Floating my way to blissful relaxation

For a couple of years now, I’ve been tired. I’ve been pent up, wound up, fed up, and in need of a break. I love my life and I love my job, but it’s sometimes all a tad overwhelming (yes, I am whining). Working in customer service, troubleshooting websites all day, can be draining -…

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How to add a button link with the block editor

I’ve recently been asked how to add a link, formatted as a button, in a page or post built with the new WordPress block editor, aka Gutenberg. Here’s how: First, you are going to add the button as a new block. This means, you need to use the small + sign, either from the top…

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Nashville, WCUS, and Gutenberg – all the excitement!

It’s just another Thursday, right? Well, not in my world. (It is Thursday, though, right?) Right now I am sitting in the Toronto airport, my flight to Nashville delayed. I am heading to WordCamp US (WCUS) – the biggest gathering of WordPress folks, held on an annual basis.  I’m going as a volunteer, but I’m…

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Vancouver WordCamp

Last night, at our monthly South Okanagan WordPress Meetup meeting, the topic of the Vancouver WordCamp came up – along with the question of “Why attend?” I attended my first WordCamp in 2015, in Vancouver. It cost me $20, and included lunch, a t-shirt and a full day of workshops (both a beginner and an…

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Honduras 2017

“Only God and Vecinos Honduras visits these villages.” (Edwin Escoto, Vecinos Honduras Program Coordinator.) “Only God and Vecinos Honduras visits these villages,” says Edwin Escoto, with a smile and a glance in the rearview mirror as he drives. He is the Vecinos Honduras Program Coordinator, and at this point in the journey, I am starting…

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