New Blog !

13 April 2017

We are off ! Ploughing fresh fields .

New domain – for Tom thornton’s Genealogy Vault
with a subdomain for WordPress
New Blog site –

The Ploughman

All day I follow
watching the swift dark furrow
that curls away from me
and care not for skies or upturned flowers

And at the end of the field
look backward
Ever with discontent
a stone or roots strayed thought
has thwarted the line of that furrow
and urge my horses ‘round again

Sometimes even before the row is finished
I must look backward
To find, when I come to the end
that I have swerved

Unappeased I leave the field
expectant, to return

The horses are very patient
when I tell myself
this time
the ultimate unflawed turning
is before my share
the must give up their rest

Someday, someday, be sure
I shall turn the furrow of all my hopes
but I shall not do it looking backward !


Google + planting others posts on my page :((((((((((((

11th April 2017

Update ; 13th April – I have obtained a new domain name =

which is hosted at . This site is for my Family History .
I have also set up a sub-domain at the same location = which is a WordPress Blog initially for our Family History News updates & topics.

I am getting tired of the seemingly ever increasing number unwanted posts Google places on my G+ page .

So I am looking to transitioning over to WordPress and host it on my own site at hosted by


Now Create Beautiful Websites without code – Mac

30 Mar 2017
Updated 15 April 2017

Abandoned this in favour of  WordPress

Screen shot of my Index Page

I have been wanting to create a custom website for my Family History for a long time . By custom I mean every thing how and where I want it not a predetermined one from a template . A long while ago I had Dreamweaver on a PC but have since lost those coding skills . Instead for this I have been looking for Mac WYSIWYG software to do the job .
Here is a list of those tried :

  • SeaMonkey Composer 2.46
  • BlueGriffon 2.3
Were the more successful ones Blue Griffon lacks video turorials for the upgraded version and SeaMonkey similarly.
In case you are wondering all the online web production places including Google Sites , offer only very limited choices and capabilities. Not suitable to my mind and the Genealogy sites all have high monthly fees and sell access to your to others 🙁
I created web pages with both in the WYSIWYG Blue Griffon uploaded correctly to my GoDaddy site whereas Seamonkey NOT . This may be a problem on my side with folder within folder for content 🙁
The site will have thousands of HTML pages generated by a GED to Web software to provide dynamically linked charts and lists for Genealogy data so I need to get it right !
Now the GOOD NEWS !, I found and have free trial of Quick & Easy Web Builder 4 running .
Download here: looked intimidating initially , but once I read the basic intro it soon began to make sense . I have graphical mind so laying out a test page to trey every conceivable “Tool” in its tool box and learning that much like Apple’s video editor FinalCutPro X every thing changes to suit your needs via the ” “Inspector” panel – just click on an object and then look at the inspector panel and change as needed – Pretty darn simple 🙂

There is a very good 225 page Manual available through the “Help”. I have found no YouTube Video Tutorials for this the current version . Personally , I think this is the missing ingredient, and that the developers are remiss in not providing this support for beginners , at $40 this a terrific piece of software . With video beginner support it would soon achieve a higher level of utilisation and Sales.

Now back to  Q&E Web Builder projects

I will blog again on how I went about planning the the site layout and will announce its launch when done .


Who reads our stuff ?

Saturday 11th Feb. 2017

Two years on from Blogday 1, I have logged 84,000 page reads, almost 7,000 last month. Which begs the question, who reads my stuff ? Since I write across such a wide range of topics it is unlikely to be defined as a group with common interests, so how do they find my piece on the topic of their interest ?


Virtually none of them ever leave a comment before moving on . The Blogger stats does not yield useful info in this regard.

Feel free to share your experiences .


Seasons Greeting 2016

12th Dec 2016

Our Mum’s birthday today . Born in Bedlinton in 1909 she would have been 107.

Last evening I published my third vBlog of Seasonal Greetings and may have missed a few or there are others that I do not have e-dresses for 🙁 . for those I am posting this where it may be more generally accessible.

Here is the link –

Dian & I wish each and every one a Very Happy Chistmas Tide


Tuesday 6th Dec 2016

This blog was shared with me today by friend . It addresses a topic which is a concern  for many parents and grandparents. That is getting kids motivated to explore their inclinations and interests and find fulfilment as adults.

NB : Because I want you to be able to share this with your kids I edited out the expletives of the original 🙁

Mark Manson –


Remember back when you were a kid? You would just do things. You never thought to yourself, “What are the relative merits of learning baseball versus football?” You just ran around the playground and played baseball and football. You built sand castles and played tag and asked silly questions and looked for bugs and dug up grass and pretended you were a sewer monster.
Nobody told you to do it, you just did it. You were led merely by your curiosity and excitement.
And the beautiful thing was, if you hated baseball, you just stopped playing it. There was no guilt involved. There was no arguing or debate. You either liked it, or you didn’t.
And if you loved looking for bugs, you just did that. There was no second-level analysis of, “Well, is looking for bugs really what I should be doing with my time as a child? Nobody else wants to look for bugs, does that mean there’s something wrong with me? How will looking for bugs affect my future prospects?”
There was no bullshit. If you liked something, you just did it.
Today I received approximately the 11,504th email this year from a person telling me that they don’t know what to do with their life. And like all of the others, this person asked me if I had any ideas of what they could do, where they could start, where to “find their passion.”
And of course, I didn’t respond. Why? Because I have no clue. If you don’t have any idea what to do with yourself, what makes you think some jackass with a website would? I’m a writer, not a fortune teller.
But more importantly, what I want to say to these people is this: that’s the whole point — “not knowing” is the whole point. Life is all about not knowing, and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this. All of it. And it’s not going to get any easier just because you found out you love your job cleaning septic tanks or you scored a dream gig writing indie movies.
The common complaint among a lot of these people is that they need to ‘find their passion.’
I call bullshit. You already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it. Seriously, you’re awake 16 hours a day, what do you do with your time? You’re doing something, obviously. You’re talking about something. There’s some topic or activity or idea that dominates a significant amount of your free time, your conversations, your web browsing, and it dominates them without you consciously pursuing it or looking for it.
It’s right there in front of you, you’re just avoiding it. For whatever reason, you’re avoiding it. You’re telling yourself, “Oh well, yeah, I love comic books but that doesn’t count. You can’t make money with comic books.”
You, have you even tried?
The problem is not a lack of passion for something. The problem is productivity. The problem is perception. The problem is acceptance.
The problem is the, “Oh, well that’s just not a realistic option,” or “Mom and Dad would kill me if I tried to do that, they say I should be a doctor” or “That’s crazy, you can’t buy a BMW with the money you make doing that.”
The problem isn’t passion. It’s never passion.
It’s priorities.
And even then, who says you need to make money doing what you love? Since when does everyone feel entitled to love every second of their job? Really, what is so wrong with working an OK normal job with some cool people you like, and then pursuing your passion in your free time on the side? Has the world turned upside-down or is this not suddenly a novel idea to people?
Look, here’s another slap in the face for you: every job sucks sometimes. There’s no such thing as some passionate activity that you will never get tired of, never get stressed over, never complain about. It doesn’t exist. I am living my dream job (which happened by accident, by the way. I never in a million years planned on this happening; like a kid on a playground I just went and tried it), and I still hate about 30% of it. Some days more.
Again, that’s just life.
man sitting down with saxophone
The issue here is, once again, expectations. If you think you’re supposed to be working 70-hour work weeks and sleeping in your office like Steve Jobs and loving every second of it, you’ve been watching too many shitty movies. If you think you’re supposed to wake up every single day dancing out of your pajamas because you get to go to work, then you’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid. Life doesn’t work like that. It’s just unrealistic. There’s a thing most of us need called balance.
I have a friend who, for the last three years, has been trying to build an online business selling whatever. It hasn’t been working. And by not working, I mean he’s not even launching anything. Despite years of “work” and saying he’s going to do this or that, nothing actually ever gets done.
What does get done is when one of his former co-workers comes to him with a design job to create a logo or design some promotional material for an event. Holy shit, he’s all over that like flies on fresh cow shit.
And he does a great job! He stays up to 4:00 AM losing himself working on it and loving every second of it.
But then two days later it’s back to, “Man, I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”
I meet so many people like him. He doesn’t need to find his passion. His passion already found him. He’s just ignoring it. He just refuses to believe it’s viable. He is just afraid of giving it an honest-to-god try.
It’s like a nerdy kid walking onto a playground and saying, “Well, bugs are really cool, but NFL players make more money, so I should force myself to play football every day,” and then coming home and complaining that he doesn’t like recess.
And that’s bullshit. Everybody likes recess. The problem is that he’s arbitrarily choosing to limit himself based on some bullshitty ideas he got into his head about success and what he’s supposed to do.
Another email I get all the time is from people wanting advice on how to become a writer.
And my answer is the same: I have no idea.
As a kid, I would write short stories in my room for fun. As a teenager, I would write music reviews and essays about bands I loved and then show them to nobody. Once the internet came around, I spent hours upon hours on forums writing multi-page posts about inane topics – everything from guitar pickups to the causes of the Iraq War.
I never considered writing as a potential career. I never even considered it a hobby or passion. To me, the things I wrote about were my passion: music, politics, philosophy. Writing was just something I did because I felt like it.
And when I had to go looking for a career I could fall in love with, I didn’t have to look far. In fact, I didn’t have to look at all. It chose me, in a way. It was already there. Already something I was doing every day, since I was a kid, without even thinking about it.
Because here’s another point that might make a few people salty: If you have to look for what you’re passionate about, then you’re probably not passionate about it at all.
If you’re passionate about something, it will already feel like such an ingrained part of your life that you will have to be reminded by people that it’s not normal, that other people aren’t like that.
It didn’t occur to me that writing 2,000 word posts on forums was something nobody else considered fun. It never occurred to my friend that designing a logo is something that most people don’t find easy or fun. To him, it’s so natural that he can’t even imagine it being otherwise. And that’s why it’s probably what he really should be doing.
A child does not walk onto a playground and say to herself, “How do I find fun?” She just goes and has fun.
If you have to look for what you enjoy in life, then you’re not going to enjoy anything.
And the real truth is that you already enjoy something. You already enjoy many things. You’re just choosing to ignore them.
Well Said Mark ! tomt


ISP’s – Getting More for Less !

27th Sept. 2016

Yesterday I switched my ISP from a Mr. BIG (Shaw Cable ) to A. Minor    with amazing results .

This action was triggered by my need to upload a 17 min video last weekend . My Shaw Cable service was 15 mbs had 0.5 mbs upload speed @ a cost of over $66/mo . This video took all weekend to upload 🙁 .

I spoke with a Shaw loyalty agent over the weekend asking if they could offer me : 1) better $ deal , and 2)  a faster upload speed = NO not unless I upgrade my service to $79/mo .

Having already established that Lightspeed offered the equivalent speed for
$45/mo. I signed up on Monday morning with Erica .

I received the modem on Friday and completed the installation on the following Monday . No fuss no Hassle & Excellent support from Mark !

I now have a terrific fast internet access .
I am an “Ecstatic Customer”

Thanks Lightspeed !   🙂

Reinvention – Come on Young People

4th Jan 2016

In my mail box this morning was my usual Newsletter from Larry Jordan . Larry is the Video Guru and much more .

What he has to say today the whole world needs to read and implement.

Extract from Larry’s Blog :

Reinvention doesn’t mean scrapping everything we’ve done in the past and starting afresh. Reinvention, to me, means building on what we’ve done and make it better. “Test everything; hold fast to that which is good,” Paul writes in Thessalonians. This also means that we need to let go of what hasn’t worked in the past.
One of my favorite lectures to my college students focusses on how to get a job. (Hint: You don’t find work by emailing resumes to Facebook contacts.) During that class I tell them that all our lives we focus on what we are not – our weaknesses – and wish they didn’t exist. Instead, we need to concentrate on our strengths. But figuring out what our strengths are is difficult – because our strengths are just who we are. We’ve always had them and, thus, take them for granted.
A great way to figure out what you are good at is to invite a friend to lunch and have them describe what they see as your strengths. I guarantee that they will point out strengths that you’ve never considered before. The first time I did this was an eye-opening experience. Then, do the same thing with a few clients: ask them why they like working with you. Again, you’ll discover that what they value is not what you expect.
You may think it’s your ability to stay under budget, only to discover they like your sense of humor and ability to work under pressure. Find your strengths, then build on them. Don’t let yourself stand still – the world is moving too fast.
Reinvention is a necessary part of life, otherwise we stagnate. We live in a time where creativity is bounded by technological change. It is easy to become overwhelmed and keep doing what we’ve always done. But this builds a firm path to irrelevance.
In spite of all the shouting, noise and confusion, there are only seven plots. Our job – as always – is to find new and compelling ways to tell them. And, just as our stories need to evolve, so do we.
The process of reinvention is hard work and scary; there’s no guarantee of future rewards. The status quo is tempting because it’s easy; we know how to do it. But it’s a trap.

The way to our best work is to build on the past: keep the good stuff and refine the rest.

Thanks Larry


Double Blogging :)

3 rd Jan 2016

I decided to start a 2nd blog . to act as a repository for all things Owslebury. What prompted this was on a recent visit to the Owslebury Village web pages ( most of the histiorical information that had been gathered and published by Betty Harfield over the past 70 years had been removed . This was alarming since it had been the sole source for so much valuable information about the villagers and the village. Betty has acted of her own volition to be the custodian of the villages history. Now all that might be in jeopardy !

If any of my readers have information , articles publications Newspaper cutting etc. about Owslebury , Places and People and are willing to share it I will add it to the Owslebury Hants blog spot .

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