Till Angels Bid Us Rise

I was reading some short passages this weekend in Charleston Magazine from back in February of this year. Yes, I am often way behind in my reading. But these short works in a featured titled “In Love with the Lowcountry” reminded my of how much I love the cemeteries and churchyard of my home town.

When I was in college many years ago I used to steal away with my books, often poetry, and sit in these ‘fine and private’ places. I could read, recharge my spirit, and be at one with the history of the old city. I still do this from time to time. It helps that I am member of one of the churches that has a churchyard that offers such solace. But, also I seek others out. Magnolia Cemetery is a wonderful haven.

So indulge me, if you will, for a few pictures and a few favorite lines of poetry.

UCChs Churchyard

“…we’ll close our eyes,
To the decaying world,
till angels bid us rise.”
– from The Christian Year
by Rev John Keble

The churchyard of the Unitarian Church in Charlesotn

“The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.”
– from To His Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell

Angel

“Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven’s part…”
– from Easter, 1916
by W.B. Yeats

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Train Town Toy & Hobby

I am very happy to say that a model train store has finally opened in the Charleston area. While we have had a couple of chain craft and hobby stores available, they do not have staff who are really tuned in to the model railroader and neither do they seem very interested in developing the market. So this has been a veritable desert for model railroaders for about the last 8 to 10 years. But now that has changed. Train Town Toy & Hobby - Summerville, SC Train Town Toy & Hobby, the shop of Jim and Nancy Donlon, has moved to downtown Summerville. They used to be located in the Richmond, Virginia area, but thankfully for us they moved south about a month ago. David Geddings, my friend and co-worker, and I visited the store for the first time today, and we found it friendly and welcoming.

I talked for a short while with Jim Donlon, and he said one of the things he was surprised about when he moved here is that most folks seem to be into HO and N scale. It seems that he said in Richmond most of the folks he knew were into O. This is quite evidenced by the fact that the store is stocked primarily with Lionel. There are sections of HO, N, and G, but most of the space is dedicated to O. And I will tell you, he has some great items.

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WordPress Security Presentation

The first ever WordCamp Charleston was held this past Saturday to a sellout crowd, and it was a huge success. Everyone involved did a great job, and there was a diverse and interesting group of attendees. It was so fun actually that I can’t wait for the next one. Too bad I can’t make it up to WordCamp Asheville.

Anyway, I promised I would put up the slides of my talk on WordPress security, and here they are. Of course there was a lot of talking that went along with these, so there may be gaps in what does and doesn’t make sense. All of the talks at WordCamp were captured on video however, and they should be up at WordCamp.TV soon. I will let you know as soon as that happens.

Oh, and if you found this presentation interesting, you should also check out my friend Jared Smith’s presentation on WordPress Peak Performance. His slide deck is available on his site. Trust me, he is the guru of this stuff.

So, enjoy the pointers on securing and backing up your WordPress site and, as always, if you have any questions just give me a shout!

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WordCamp Charleston is Next Weekend

That’s right, only one more week until WordCamp here in Charleston, SC. If you are in anyway involved with WordPress sites, either WordPress.com or .org, this is an event you shouldn’t miss. There will be session to cover everyone from basic users to full on developers, and the networking with other WordPress users will be invaluable.

WordCamp Charleston

Of course I will be speaking, but don’t let that sway your opinion – in either direction. There are a ton of knowledgeable speakers who are coming from parts local and far away. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from folk like Andrew Nacin who is one of developers of WordPress, and Maria Scarpello who is the Internal Community Manager at WooThemes – one of the largest WordPress add-on companies.

The event is being held on the campus of the beautiful College of Charleston, and admission is only $15. That meager $15 will get you a day full of WordPress speakers, a goodie bag with all kinds of swag, a chance to network with people who are really doing it in the field, and much more.  Hey, and if you so desire, you can even come listen to me talk about how to secure your WordPress installation against hackers and unexpected catastrophes.

Hope to see you there!

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