Welcome

Welcome

Hi, I’m M.A. Bell and I’m writing this blog to chronicle my transition from full-time Mom to successful graduate of the intensive Web Technology A.E.C. Program at John Abbott College, and, hopefully, on to a job as a web designer

New Year, new you?

New Year, new you?

      New Year, new you?       So, everyone's posting all over social media how much they wish everyone else the very best in the New Year. And I bet they're making resolutions all over the place, too. That's great. I used to do that. I was full of resolve to lose...

Secret to a happier you

Secret to a happier you

It’s a phrase we’ve all heard for years now. “Random Acts of Kindness”.

For a long time, I didn’t know exactly what that meant.

Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes

I’d like to acknowledge the unsung heroes of this catastrophic event.

Challenge Day 5

Challenge Day 5

     Challenge Day 5       ~ What I'm supposed to do: "Visualization is a great way to relax, manage anxiety, and create the mood.  Today take 5 minutes to do a visualization exercise. Find a calm place, set your timer for 5-minutes.  Now, take a deep breath, close...

Challenge Day 4

Challenge Day 4

     Challenge Day 4       ~ What I'm supposed to do: "Let’s keep our body moving and today lets try a simple yet effective yoga pose, The Warrior I. Follow this link to help you learn more about this pose." Well, they give modified...

Challenge Day 3

Challenge Day 3

     Challenge Day 3       ~ What I'm supposed to do: When your body is fit your mind is clear to write let’s start today with 2 sets of 10 squats.  Make sure you use the proper technique. Well, I'm not going to be able to do that with the proper technique, either,...

Challenge Day 2

Challenge Day 2

     Challenge Day 2       ~ What I'm supposed to do: Get your blood flowing and your abs in shape by starting today with 1 set of 10 sit-ups. Well, I'm not going to be able to do that, since I suffer from vertigo. I'll do planks instead, which don't require me to...

Challenge Day 8

Challenge Day 8

     Challenge Day 8       ~ What I'm supposed to do: Clear your mind with a 3-minute breathing exercise  – Set timer for two minutes, turn off the TV. close your computer/cell phone, and find a quiet room.  Close your eyes, and slowly, breathe in deep and fill your...

Challenge Day 7

Challenge Day 7

     Challenge Day 7       ~ What I'm supposed to do: Let’s keep our body moving and today lets try a simple yet effective yoga pose, The Cow.  Follow this link to help you learn more about this pose. Well, this is actually two poses that flow into each other, called...

Challenge Day 10

Challenge Day 10

~ What I’m supposed to do: When your body is fit your mind is clear to write let’s start today with 2 sets of 10 squats.  Make sure you use the proper technique. I did a modified version, holding on to a chair for balance. Not fun. ~ What I’m supposed to write: Winter...

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Companion planting tips for Zucchini

Companion planting tips for Zucchini

11 Companion Plants to Grow with Zucchini Zucchini is one of the three sister vegetables (beans, corn, and squash) meaning that they all grow well together. When planting zucchini and other squash, keep in mind that they are "heavy feeders" and require more nutrients...

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Secret Decoder Ring

Secret Decoder Ring

Secret Decoder Ring OK – Right now we are studying Web Security in the course. This is a subject guaranteed to make the most sanguine person just a little paranoid. Apparently, no data is totally secure.  Public keys, private keys, certificates, hashing, encryption of...

To post or not to post

To post or not to post

     To Post or Not To Post       A friend of mine recently emailed me to complain that too much time had passed since I updated this blog. I hadn’t realized that there were rules about how often one had to post – I had thought it was sufficient to post only when I...

Coffee Code

Coffee Code

     Coffee Code       OK – back in April,  PHP got me smoking again – I’m fairly certain Javascript will lead me to drink this month – and who knows to what new lows  CGI or AJAX will take me…  My husband says that by the time I finish this program I’ll have so many...

WebMonsters

WebMonsters

I was lucky enough to be able to be a “stay-at-home-Mom” for the first 16 years of my daughter’s life. This is not to say I didn’t work during that time – I just didn’t get paid, or at least not much. Never being one to sit around being bored, I was always working at...

Dreamweaver Disappointment

Dreamweaver Disappointment

   Dreamweaver Disappointment    OK. Have you ever seen that movie, “A Christmas Story”? The one where 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: “an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and...

Black Hat Hacking

Black Hat Hacking

      Black Hat Hacking       Lock up your silver and hide your daughters away... They’re out there – the cyber-outlaws, riding around the net in their virtual black hats, hijacking, impersonating, stealing data, and generally raising hell online. Most normal users of...

School’s out!

School’s out!

School's out! What a long, strange trip it's been... For over a year now, I have been part of a group, focused on learning, adhering to a schedule (mostly), and with a clearly defined path to follow. Now the program is finished, and I feel like I am lost in the...