Amazon Search Engine Is Up And Running!

I am very excited! I think the new addition of not only the Amazon search widget, but “My Favorite Books,” from Amazon will greatly add to this site. I also have added a new poll feature.

Let me tell you how the Amazon widgets work:

For “My Favorites,” You click on one the numbers below the book showing on the widget. Choose it or some other of the choices. Then put your curser on the words in the description. Bingo! You are on the Amazon site, and it tells you all about the book, and cost. I have four books I that I would like you to look at right now. So underneath the books in the pictute you can see 1-4. Click on each of them to see my other books I am recommending. The books I am recommending are:

  • The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition). Can it possible that this great book has been around for 100 years. Yup! When you click on it you will see it had a humungus amount of reviews, (588)! The average rating was 4.5 out of a possible five stars. Theis means that the book hasn’t changed its magic even today. Get the lastest copy. Great gift idea. It is only $11.56. (Think Christmas!)
  • America’s Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit From the Next Great Depression. Wow! How timely is this book? This is a must read. It talks about the dark side of government, (What? The government does some bad things)? It also talks about corporations doing some funny stuff. (HELLO!) This book will help you to understand what is going on in our country, as we speak.
  • The Bipolar Disorder Survivial Guide. One of the most crippling afflictions a person can have. I have friends that are going through this. Learn more about it, so you can help someone you know that may be struggling with it.
  • Facing Your Giants-by Max Lucado. This book absolutely changed my life from having battles within, to going out and facing what ever trials may come my way. If you have ever battled depression, self doubt, fear of failure, anxity, or hopelessness, this is the book for you. You probably know someone else that may need it too. It is similar to my new book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers. You will be hearing much more about my book as the time goes on. You will be getting excerpts from the book in the NEWSLETTER. However, only those who subcribe to the NEWSLETTER, will get the excerpts.

I hope you will enjoy the new features on this site. I may add a couple more things, but I like simplicity. You can let me know what you think of the site by going to the NEW POLL! You can choose how you think the site looks.

If you want to know every time I post, you can add this site to your RSS. You can see that spot in the right side bar near the top of this site. Click on it and follow directions. Then every time I do a new post, you can see what new ramblings I have done by clicking on your RSS icon below “My favorites,” for Explorer, or Explorer Express. I am not familiar with any other email programs, but they all should have the icon near the top.

PLEASE! Do not wait much longer to subcribe. I have my first online newsletter about completed. I do not want you to miss one. Just go to the upper right corner of the side bar, click on “Subscribe to my FREE Email Newsletter email list.,” and follow directions from there. 

If there are any sports fans reading this, I am predicting a win by OSU this Saturday with a score of 35-3. That 3 is iffy. Washington State is the worst team in the PAC-10. We are favored by 30 points!! That is a record spread for the PAC-10.

BTW……. Why don’t you check out my blog at: www.depressionsuppressed.com. I talk about all those affictions that others do not seem to want to talk about. They are fear of failure, anxity, depression (many kinds), self doubt and hopelessness. My discussions give you ways to get out of the dark, and get back into the light. This would also be a good site for any friends you have that may be having problems with any of those afflictions. Check it out yourself first to see if you feel comfortable with it.

Doug

OUT!

The subscription form is working again!!!

Dave Maurer of Emidor Business Consulting, www.emidor.com, went above and beyond the call of duty for me this morning. He got up early and got the Subscription form going again. If you ever need website work done, I highly recommend Emidor Consulting.

We have a new form that seems to be working much better. Look up in the upper right hand corner of the side bar, and you will see a “Join my FREE email mailing list,” form. Click on it and it will take you to a place to put in your email address. Then you will be taken to a confirmation page. Click your email for confirmation. Then check your email. There you click on the link on the page you receive and you are in!!!

You will be getting my newsletter FREE, which will be full of interesting stuff like:

1. All of my travels around the world. I just went back east and saw a great deal of the American history. Check some of the post in the “history,” catagory on this site to see some of the things I saw and did.

2. Excerpts for my new book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers, will come in each newsletter. I think you will get a good feel of the book in a few months from reading the excerpts.

3. Of course, I will have the Bolton Times sports page, where I will mainly talk about the OSU Beavers. I may waver a little and talk about other schools, and other sports. You have to consider that there are really millions of people that may get the newsletter, (big dreamer,) and I want to make the sports intersting for eveyone.

Actually, do not take too much time trying to read the instructions above to subscribe. Each step is explained to you as you click each link. It is really quite simple.

I am so sorry that this all happened. I mean really sorry. I know I lost some people because of the frustration. I hope you stayed with me, and will try again. I want you around for a long time. YOU ARE MY PEOPLE!!!.

_________________________________________________________________________________

This notice is a special just for the Beaver fans that might be in the Salem, Oregon area:

There will be two great speakers coming to the Salem/Keizer Beaver Huddle. Jay Locey, Assistant Head Coach/tight ends and running backs, (his people did good last week,) will be speaking. It should be interesting. It is always tough to be a speaker coming to speak the next week after a loss. Be kind, and don’t hit Jay with impossible questions to answer. He is not a defensive coach. He is not an offensive line coach. He doesn’t coach the secondary. To drill him on those positions wouldn’t be too fair.

Our other speaker is Alex Parker. He is the head of the Compliance department. It should be very informative. He is in charge of making sure you do not buy a car for one of the players, which would be a huge recruiting violation. He also will have all the rules from the NCAA on compliance. This is a great time to ask all those questions you wanted answers for on compliance.

The meeting will be at Rudy’s Restaurant at the Salem Golf Club. There is a buffet, and the cost is $9.00 for the salad bar and $11.00 for the full meal deal.

They will also have the raffle for some great Beaver stuff, plus some of the businesses donate other prizes. The cost for the tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00.

Another special thing that is going to happen at the meeting is that all those people that brought friends, that filled out their/your slips will have a special drawing. You had better come! This is the meeting where they will do the drawing for the two seats in the club section for the Washington State game. These are cool seats. I know, I sit in them. Those that come on Friday, and bring a friend will get a chance to win too

Be sure to go!!

Doug

OUT!

Break Down of Subcription Form

I need to write this post to apologize for the delay of getting your subscriptions in. The subscription form has gotten tired, and went to sleep. It was very frustrating to say the least. I have had over 91 hits so far this weekend and no one is able to subscribe. I figure that about 80% of you tried to subscribe and failed. That is a loss of about 72 people. That really hurts!!!

Please hang in there with me! I will send out emails to those that have tried to subscribe, when it is up and running again. I hope ASAP. My website guy will not be available until tomorrow.

In the mean time I want to tell you some of the features I now have on the site, and what I am adding this week.

As you look over the site you will see:

1. A calendar that lets you know when I have posted.

2. A nice color and lay-out scheme.

3. Language translations for 23 different languages.

4 Rotating quotes, (at the bottom.)

5. Categories of topics such as:

    A. General Stuff: That is where I will put announcements, and something about the site.

    B. History:  I have three posts there aleady. There I have my travels to places that bring back the memories of our (America’s) past history, or the history of where I have been

    C. Discussion of my new book: I will slowly tell you about my past, and how it caused me to write the book, Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers.

     D. Photography: I will put images from time to time of my travels, family, landscapes I love, etc.

      E. Rules of Posting: You need to read this each time you come to the site. I will not let spam into my site. I censor every post before it can be posted.

      F. Prizes and Awards: This catagory will have announcements about new contests, give aways, prizes, and awards. Check it often.

      G. Sports: Of course, my first love is sports. This catagory will be full of thoughts, and observations from me as I watch sports. It will mostly be Oregon State University sports, but I will not hesitate to comment if there is something else that needs to be addressed.

6. “Share this post” this is at the end of each post. If you like the post and want to send it to a friend, you can click on “share this post,” and send it on its way.

7. All my favorite blogs, and websites, which I encourage you to check out.

8. Comments: At the end of each post, there is a place to comment. Even if it says, “No Comments,” Click on it, and there will be a way to comment. This is the weakest part of the site. No one seems to comment. Let me know how I can make it easier to comment. ( By commenting of course)

9. RSS Entries: This is where you can sign-up to get notices when I post something new. Just sign up there, and you will find my new posts by clicking on the RSS sign above your favorites at Explorer, or Explorer Express. I am not sure where you are able to do it in other programs.

_______________________________________________________________________

New Stuff coming soon:

1. Surveys and polls: I love to have surveys and polls. This is your chance to give your opinion by voting for what you believe in or can see the results of what other people have voted for.

2. Amazon: I am adding a Amazon search form. You can go to Amazon, and order what ever you want. There will two ways to do it when it comes. (More later)

There may be more goodies, but I do not want to clutter up the site, and make it overbearing. I have seen some like that.