Archive for June 3rd, 2007

500 Years of Women in Art

June 3, 2007 @ 11:23 pm | Filed under:

Was mesmerized by this at my hubby’s blog. He got it from Charlottesville Words. I imagine it’ll be making the rounds, because it’s fascinating.

One thing that struck me was how you get to the twentieth century and the dehumanizing begins. It was strange to feel so repelled by that, because I have always found cubism and abstract art to be interesting and often quite beautiful or striking. Something about seeing the fracturing happen in this progression, after so many lovely images celebrating the female face and form, is a shock to the sensibilities—perhaps a taste of what a shock those styles of painting were to the audiences who first viewed them.

Pardon My Dust

June 3, 2007 @ 9:43 am | Filed under:

Sorry about the stray test posts popping up in Bloglines. I’ve been working on a template overhaul, and I seem to have hit a snag. Argh. I followed Jimmy the Geek‘s instructions for creating a top menu bar, and it worked—or so I thought—and then the error messages started coming fast and thick. Argh.

To make the top menu, you have to convert to Advanced Templates. For some reason, when I apply my spiffed-up advanced template, I can’t get new posts to, well, post. I have to switch back to an earlier design (not an advanced template) in order to put a post through. This involves republishing the whole darn blog. Did I mention argh?

I could just let it go, I suppose…

But now there’s a puzzle to solve. I’m hooked.

Another glitch is that the menu bar doesn’t appear on the main page. It’s only present on individual posts, and on the "About My Books" and "Best of Bonny Glen" pages. Weird.

(If you don’t see it at all, anywhere, that means I’ve reverted to the old template.)

Maybe I need to go pester Jimmy the Geek.

(Is that the best internet handle, or what?)

AHA! Problem solved! Typepad answered my help ticket with a simple explanation.

Build error in template ‘sidebar1’ : Error  in <MTListInclude> tag: No list in context  This means that the MTListInclude tag is referencing a<  TypeList that does not exist. The name of the list referenced in the MTListInclude tag should match the name of the list exactly as it appears on the TypeLists tab, including capitalization and spacing. If you’ve recently deleted or renamed a TypeList, this would be the first  thing to check.

That totally makes sense to you, right? Right?

But it really was an easy fix. See, I did "recently rename a Typelist." I changed "Our Rule og Six" to "Our Rule of Six." Because that’s just the wild and crazy kind of girl I am. But my template doesn’t care about spelling. It grabs fast to the first name you save, typo-infested or not.

Isn’t this just the most interesting post I’ve ever written? Heh.

Wonderful News: Missing Teen Has Been Found

June 3, 2007 @ 4:12 am | Filed under:

Joyful news from Helena‘s mother:


If you are in the area and available for flyer recovery, I will joyfully be at the park from 9-5 Saturday only to coordinate flyer retrieval instead of dispersal!!!

Thank you all for all your help, prayers and support. This is an awesome community of homeschoolers and friends—I could not have made it through this without your prayers and support.

Please do not forget all the missing & runaway children out there—they need our help too.

Thank you so very very very very much – words can not express my gratitude.

Susan Nowicke

I can only imagine the depths of the family’s relief. As the days wore on after Helene’s disappearance, Susan’s emails to our city homeschooling list were a sobering reminder of how little support ‘the system’ has for parents seeking beloved runaway children. Because of Helena’s phone call to a friend a few days after her disappearance, she was classified as a runaway—and runaway numbers are so high that law enforcement agencies do not take on these cases and make any attempt to locate the children.

The family’s attempts to raise media interest—for TV news coverage would surely have been the fastest way to get Helena’s picture before a wide audience, thus greatly increasing the chances of locating her—were uniformly rebuffed because, they were told, this was "just another runaway."

"Just another runaway"—whose parents love her dearly and were desperate for her safe return. "Just another runaway"—who, although she may have left home voluntarily, certainly did so under puzzling circumstances, leaving behind all personal belongings including money, her phone, her jacket and clothing, and her iPod.

That phrase, just another runaway, as if "runaway" equals "throwaway," turns my stomach.

Helena’s family intends to keep the Find Helena website active as a resource for other families of missing children:

Please, in the coming days—continue to check back at this site. It is our hope to use this site to help others that are facing the same fearful situation that we did. They are still waiting for their joyful reunions. I pray that you will extend to them the kindness & support you have shown to our family.