Granny Geek’s Guide to Cleaning Up Your Pinterest Boards

Understanding Pinterest Boards In the first post in this series, you learned that Pinterest and Google have a lot in common (more than, say, Pinterest and Twitter). The second post in the series showed you exactly where to write the copy for your Pinterest graphics. Today, let’s talk boards! Remember my claim that if Google and Evernote got together and had a baby, the offspring would look like Pinterest? Well, remember that—because it will help you understand how Pinterest really…

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Share Your Secret and Save Someone’s Life

Keeping Family Problems a Secret Three years ago, when our youngest daughter agreed to co-write a series with me on her mental health journey, I felt trepidation. Would telling our family secret—that we suffered from a mental illness—change people’s opinions about us? Sure, blog readers and close family friends already know that our family had struggled—one daughter handled her teenage angst by cutting. The other by eating too healthfully (when it becomes an obsession and you lose weight they call…

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Everybody Needs to Read Everybody Always

Note: NetGalley provided me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review on their website. If I really love a book, I’ll feature it on Book Talk Tuesdays. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to Amazon where you can find out more information about purchasing the book. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Love Does I first…

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A Manual for Life When Bipolar Disorder Invades Your Family

.May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For this week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday, I thought I would reprint a post that first appeared on Blessed (but Stressed). Head knowledge helps us understand and change our heart attitudes. Many of you have contacted me and told me how difficult it is to explain to family members why a person with a mental illness can’t just ‘Pray and get over it.’ This book acts as a manual and provides a valuable resource…

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How to Make Your Blog Graphics Pinterest Friendly

Make Your Graphics Pinterest Friendly This week you’ll learn how to put the information that Pinterest loves in the right places so that your blog’s pins will look even more amazing. Last week, you learned that Pinterest isn’t a social media outlet (think of it as Google and Evernote getting together and having a baby). You also learned about the best practices for creating a good graphic I blog using self-hosted WordPress sites (yes, I have more than one blog).…

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How to Include More People in God’s Kingdom

Summer Plans Include Everything Summer plans have a way of changing with great fluidity in our family. As a teacher, I have eight weeks to go on adventures, visit family members, continue my education, and fortify myself for another school year. Don’t get me wrong, I love my students and my job, but as an introvert, I need some serious alone time for fortification. My husband has four weeks off in the summer, but he can’t take them all at…

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Good Reads from Irene Hannon

Another Sweet Read from Irene Hannon I love it when an author can change gears successfully to a different genre. Irene Hannon has done just that with her latest release, Pelican Point. The story takes place in the seashore town of Hope Harbor, Oregon. She has written two previous stories in the Hope Harbor series, Sandpiper Cover and Sea Rose Lane. In Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor Novel we meet Dr. Ben Garrison, ex-army orthopedic surgeon, who returns to his…

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What Happens When Family Admits You to a Psych Ward?

Psych: It’s Not Just a TV Show May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Three years ago, our family went through the trauma of discovering our daughter had bipolar disorder. Don’t get me wrong, the diagnosis didn’t traumatize us any more than a diabetes diagnosis might traumatize us. But the events leading up to Sarah’s diagnosis did traumatize us. Mostly because we couldn’t understand what was happening to our sweet, talented, friendly, compassionate daughter. You can read the entire story at…

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Do We Adapt to Injustice From Lack of Awareness?

May We Never Adapt to Injustice The name Trayvon Martin brings an instant image of a young man looking out from the hood of his sweatshirt with soulful eyes. We know the facts—a young black man walks through an ethnically diverse neighborhood when a vigilante half-Hispanic man shoots and kills him during an ‘altercation.’ Twenty years ago, the incident might not have garnered public attention. Due to social media and the Black Lives Matter movement, we have learned to adapt…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Best Graphics Practices for Pinterest

Granny Geek Looks at Pinterest When I first started blogging, I didn’t understand Pinterest. I’d heard people rave about it, so I started an account five years ago when I started my first blog Blessed (but Stressed). After a while, I created some boards and pinned a little. I even followed some fellow blogging friends. I waited for the magic to happen. No magic. In five years’ time, I had amassed 691 followers and had 2,000 views per month. But…

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