Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Why Do Christmas Trees


Mother, why do Christmas trees
And Christmas gifts and melodies
Here and all around the earth
Celebrate the Christ child’s birth?
Songs are sung, for on that night
When earth was bathed in holy light
Jesus came – so long ago
And angels sang to tell us so… 


Friday, December 13, 2013

You Live, You Dream!



You live, You dream,
You laugh, You scream.
Everyone dreams of one’s need,
Everyone fears of one’s greed.
All our sorrows and tears
Help us grow stronger over the years.
Beyond that, you can see,
Women dream whatever she be,
And her dreams no one knows,
Dreams that rails on her foes.
All the praises she receives
Will be written in wind, and leaves.
I dream and I am bond with chains,
And I dream that all the pains
Help me learn
And win.
What is life?
A roller coaster ride
That could go extreme.
How to survive?
Hold your steering wheels tight
And do an excellent drive,
No blame game!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Jennifer M. Granholm

Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Law
  • Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy
  • Labor and Employment
  • Economics of Industry
  • Manufacturing and Job Markets


Jennifer M. Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy.
She served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio. While governor, Michigan was repeatedly named one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions and was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation. According to the Gallup Job Creation Index, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions between 2009 and 2010.
She recently served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program where she led a national campaign for clean energy policies. After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future, which tells how Michigan pioneered ways out of an economic storm and offers proven advice for a nation desperate to create jobs. The book, which she wrote with her husband, Dan Mulhern, became a Washington Post political bestseller shortly after its release.

Other Affiliations

  • former Governor of Michigan


Thursday, November 7, 2013

George Edmunds' Song by Charles Dickens


Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around he here;
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!
How like the hopes of childhood's day,
Thick clustering on the bough!
How like those hopes in their decay-
How faded are they now!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around me here;
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!

Withered leaves, withered leaves, that fly before the gale:
Withered leaves, withered leaves, ye tell a mournful tale,
Of love once true, and friends once kind,
And happy moments fled:
Dispersed by every breath of wind,
Forgotten, changed, or dead!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, lie strewn around me here!
Autumn leaves, autumn leaves, how sad, how cold, how drear!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Joomla Leadership Team; A New Web Tool


The leadership of Joomla consists of three teams:
  • Production Leadership Team (PLT): responsible for coordinating the production of the Joomla CMS and Platform, including code, documentation, and localization.
  • Community Leadership Team (CLT): responsible for all Joomla websites, forums, and user groups.
  • Open Source Matters (OSM): responsible for managing all legal and financial affairs for Joomla and also the Joomla demo sites.
You can access the mailing lists of these teams using the following links:
Members of the PLT and CLT are listed below. See the OSM Website for a list of the OSM Board members.

Michael Babker

Michael BabkerLocation:  Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Timezone: GMT – 6
Position: Production Leadership Team
Forum Profile: mbabker
Twitter: @mbabker

Michael has been developing using Joomla! since 2010, coming to the Bug Squad shortly after the first 1.6 Beta. In the time since, he has gone from being a user of the product with no programming experience to writing code for the CMS and Platform, either in the form of extensions or core contributions.
Suprisingly, developing code is just a hobby for him. His day job sees him work in the IT field primarily in help desk and network management roles, skills he brings back to his Joomla contributions while interacting on the tracker or mailing lists. Always seeking a challenge and learning, Michael holds an Associate of Arts in Information Technology with a concentration in Web Design as well as other technical certifications spread throughout the IT field.
When not paying the bills or writing code, Michael can be found enjoying the scenery wherever he's at in the world, seeking   new challenge, and all in all enjoying life.

Brad Baker

Image Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Timezone: GMT +9
Position: Joomla Community Leadership Team
URL: www.joomlatutorials.com
Twitter: @xyzulu
Born and raised in South Africa, now living in Australia's biggest city, Sydney.
Brad has years of experience in the web hosting industry. As well as running his own local Web hosting and design business, he has been working for Rochen (www.rochen.com) for a number of years. He's been associated with the project since 2003, and brings his good humor and expertise to the ever-growing Joomla fold. Like many of us, he has succumbed to the hazards of the job and, after years of wearing out keyboards, his handwriting is illegible and spelling deplorable without the use of a spellchecker.

Isidro Baquero

Isidro Baquero Location: Seville, Spain, Europe
Timezone: GMT +1
Position: Community Leadership Team
URL: http://www.gnumla.com
Forum Profile: hefesto
Twitter: @isidrobaq
Born and living in Seville, south of Spain, Isidro met web technologies for the first time while studying telecommunications engineering in the early 2000s. He was so cautivated by the www that he finally left his studies to work full time as a web freelancer (site building, webmaster, community manager, english to spanish translations).
Related with Joomla since Mambo days, he owns a blog about Joomla in spanish (www.gnumla.org). He started collaborating actively with the Joomla project during early 2010, when joined the moderator team as local moderator for the spanish forum. After that, he continued to increase his involvement, joining JPeople community managers team and the JCM as Spanish editor during 2010, and becoming JPeople Communications Manager during 2011. Also, during the summer of 2011, he joined the Joomla Tweet Team and the Spanish Translation Team.

Ruth Cheesley

Ruth CheesleyLocation: United Kingdom, Europe
Timezone: GMT
Position: Community Leadership Team
URL: www.viryatechnologies.com
Forum ProfileRCheesley
Twitter: @RCheesley
Ruth has always been a passionate supporter of free and open source software, and came across Joomla! in the early days when asked to design a website during her time as IT Technician at a school, and the rest, as they say, is history! She now runs a business - Virya Technologies and Virya Software - which specialises in Open Source technologies including Joomla! website design, management and extension creation, and Linux server management. Her personal area of interest lies within search engine optimisation and helping websites to recover from poor SEO practices. Ruth also founded Joomla! User Group Suffolk and is on the team for Joomla!Day UK events.
When she's not in front of a computer screen she can be found lurking in the countryside assessing young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Expedition or hunting out geocaches. She's also training for ordination with the Triratna Buddhist Community and is a field hockey goalkeeper.

Chris Davenport

ImageLocation: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Timezone: GMT
Position: Documentation Working Group Coordinator
Born 1958, Chris first began programming on a DEC PDP8 in 1975. He gained a degree in mathematics in 1979 and, after a brief spell as a mathematician in the aerospace industry, got sucked into the rapidly growing computer industry. Chris has developed software at all levels from assembly language upwards, on everything from microprocessors to mainframes, and has learnt through hard experience the value of good, disciplined commenting and thorough documentation. "Documentation is as much a part of the finished product as the code itself."
He discovered Mambo in 2003 while searching for a content management system for an intranet project. Although impressed by the product itself, he felt that the lack of documentation was a major weakness. Rather than complaining, he set about trying to fix the problem by writing his own and was soon recruited to the Documentation Team. He switched to Joomla as soon as the split occurred and is now responsible for developer documentation.

Mark Dexter

Mark DexterLocation: Seattle, Washington, USA
Timezone: GMT – 8
Position: Production Leadership Team, Bug Squad Coordinator
Forum Profile: dextercowley

Mark started writing software in the 1970s on punch cards and, for 28 years, co-owned and ran a company that develops software for construction companies. During this time, he did everything from design and development to support, training, and documentation.

After retiring in 2007, Mark decided to learn more about open source software. After becoming the webmaster for a small non-profit organization, he discovered Joomla and started using version 1.5.2 in early 2008. He made the mistake of pressing the Help button and discovered that most of the help documentation hadn't been written yet. So he volunteered to write documentation and has continued to learn about Joomla and try to contribute to the project.

In the Joomla project, Mark is currently a Bug Squad Coordinator, a Development Coordinator, and the Administrator for the Joomla Student Outreach Program (JSOP). He has been a moderator on the forums, a member of the Documentation working group, and the Administrator for the 2009 Google Summer of Code program. He also has written four extensions.
Mark is especially interested in the area of automated testing using PHPUnit and Selenium. Mark has found the Joomla community to be incredibly friendly and welcoming and is excited about helping to make Joomla even better.

Peter Martin

Peter MartinLocation: Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Europe
Timezone: GMT +1
Position: Community Leadership Team
URL: www.db8.nl
Forum Profile: pe7er
Twitter: @pe7er
Like millions of others, Peter's computer career began in 1984 with the Commodore 64. Ten years later he got hooked to the Internet during his studies Marketing and Mass Communication. When plain HTML wasn't sufficient anymore he learned PHP/MySQL. In 2003 Peter discovered Mambo CMS but only got actively involved in the Joomla community in 2005 when he started helping other users at Joomla forum. Peter has been a forum Moderator since 2006 & Global Moderator since 2007.

Peter is an avid music collector, especially vinyl records, he loves art house movies and facts (trivia). Peter has his own business db8 (founded in 2005) which offers Joomla website implementation, support and development of Joomla extensions.

Olaf Offick

Olaf Offick Location: Galway, Ireland, Europe
Timezone: GMT
Position: Community Leadership Team
URL: http://www.learn-skills.org
Forum Profile: ooffick
Olaf is an Internet Engineer (M.Sc.) working in Galway, Ireland. He is the founder of Learn Skills, a company providing high quality Learning Management Systems (LMS / LCMS / VLE) and Educational Materials to businesses, schools and government organisations. In the Joomla community, Olaf is working in the Joomla Global Moderator Team and the Joomla Forum Administrator Team.

Sander Potjer

Sander Potjer Location: Weesp, The Netherlands, Europe
Timezone: GMT +1
Position: Community Leadership Team
URL: http://www.sanderpotjer.nl
Forum Profile: zanderp
Twitter: @sanderpotjer

Sander’s Joomla passion started back in 2005 by building a Joomla website for his rowing team. Next to his studies Architecture at Delft University of Technology Sander is a Joomla freelancer working on all kinds of Joomla projects.
The involvement with the Joomla community started back in 2008, as co-founder of the local Dutch community www.joomlacommunity.eu. In a short period they established a solid community with an active team of volunteers. The volunteers contribute by providing news, translations, documentation, forum support and by organization the Joomla User Groups (14 in a small country!) and the yearly Dutch JoomlaDays.
He is chairman of “Stichting Sympathy,” a Dutch foundation founded in January 2011 that covers all Joomla activities and promoting the Joomla project in The Netherlands.

Nick Savov

Nick SavovLocation:  Iowa, USA
Timezone: GMT – 6
Position: Production Leadership Team
URL: http://www.ostraining.com/
Forum Profile: NickSavov
Nick Savov has been involved with Joomla for about two and a half years and web related work for only three years. He's a quick learner and enjoys learning new things by applying himself until a goal is accomplished. During his time with Joomla, he's been involved in a lot of areas of the project including documentation, Joomla Bug Squad, marketing, communication, and helping out on the developer mailing lists and the forum.
One of his favorite parts about Joomla is meeting other people in the community, getting to know them better, and working with them to accomplish common goals. He especially loves helping others to learn something new, to solve problems, and to contribute to the Joomla core.
Nick's employed at OSTraining, as the Director of Sites, where he's helped answer thousands of Joomla-related questions. As part of the job, he also gets to work with Joomla and Joomla-related products throughout the day. Having those opportunities and his colleagues as co-workers has made the position a dream job for him.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day! By Mary Rose Somarriba

Happy Labor Day!

“Happy Labor Day!” A friend of mine says to her mother on her birthday each year. After all, she says, her mother is the one who went into labor and did all the actual work on the day she was born!

It always cracked me up to hear it put that way. But now that I’m 38-weeks pregnant with my first child and preparing for labor myself, the references to Labor Day everywhere—from free day off on my work calendar to the many end-of-summer advertisements—can’t help but remind me of what’s coming up…and SOON!

The truth is I’m not worrying too much about labor. One nurse practitioner put it to me this way: “Oh you’ll be fine. Labor is a violent experience and it’s going to be a tough day, but you’ll get through it, and then you’ll move on.”

She’s a mother of two, so I’ll take her word for it. What really gets me is that someone went through that for me—my mother—and I wouldn’t be here without it. Labor is a part of life—a part of life so universal that it had to occur for each person to get here.

It’s something so easy to forget for something so true. Today, as we celebrate the American holiday of Labor Day honoring workers who have contributed to the prosperity of our country, let’s remember to thank our mothers as well, for all their hard work to get us here.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Days Come and Go Like Bruises

days come and vanish like bruises,
Pain stays within, not interested in
Italy, Chicago, Seattle, Austin, or Augusta,
The branches of confusion and aromas of shadows
keep echoing among waves at sunset beach,
Scanning books at a bookstore,
words become blurry with
my enlarged eyeballs, the
knowledge from experience pushes
the authors' lines until they're curved like wrinkles,
Broadway level poetry for lunch,
It takes hours for a traditional belly
to get used to the new dishes
that's cooked in foreign style,
The advantage is that
after everything pedaled behind, one
has no regret of making efforts
to intake the raw thoughts.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fickle Sun by BrokenPenWriter

Walked a grey beach this January morn
dressed in winter and thick jacket
until the sun appeared, along with
that miraculous blue
I think it used to be called Sky
I returned to the cabin to write
but weeds spoke louder and heat rose
from damp beds of trespassers
Stripping off winter
I dove into shorts and sleeveless
wheeled my rusty barrow on nearly-flat tire
into the midst of sloping green lush
and began digging roots, pulling weeds
Two glorious nose-freckled hours later
nails chipped, cuticles stained with soil
back throbbing a digging pulse
that drum
signifying weeks of inactivity
painful but beautiful,
fulfilling song
Garter snake, robin, worms and ants
swallows and swifts, spiders and deer
hummingbirds, rabbits, beetles,
and oh-so-many slugs and I
a summer symphony
groans, sighs, shrieks, shrills
shimmer, buzz and breath
praying the sun will bask in our music
be entertained
and stay