Senryu : widget


What is a widget?
It is a thing-a-ma-jig
huh.  throws my hands up

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

One of the Wordcamp workshops  talked about the next version of WordPress called Gutenberg.  Luckily they said the themes will still work in the new WordPress 5.0.  Themes built for Gutenberg will have more functionalities, though. One of the cool things is that we will have richer page formatting abilities built in– for example, tables and columns.  Right now, we can get tables and columns with either using a widget, doing html directly, or css scripting. Widgets, shortcodes, CSS scripting and menus will eventually be replaced by something called Native Blocks to make things easier and more consistent.

If you want to be one of the beta testers for WordPress Gutenberg, right now they are running three usability tests and would like people to check it out and report on it.  Just go to Gutenberg Testing on  The test involves a Gutenberg editor plug-in that you download and add.

In the header of, you can download the WordPress software directly to your hard drive and test the plug-in that way, not on your up-and-running blog.  One criteria is you need to know how to do a screen recording.  They just want an accounting of which test you ran and if there were any problems — they don’t want suggestions for fixes because right now they are collecting data on any glitches.  Suggestions is a different phase.

I am thinking of checking it out as I’m curious about what might be the upcoming changes.  If they mentioned a timeline on release, I didn’t hear it.

Senryu : words


tapping on keyboards
words tumble forth, spilling out
meaning cracked open

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I am at Wordcamp Phoenix at the moment. Since Phoenix is so close and the $40 fee is for Friday & Saturday with lunches paid, I thought it might be interesting to come. I am a bit surprised at how young the crowd is here. The bulk look like they are in their twenties but maybe it’s just those of us taking a break inbetween workshops and getting online on our break.  I brought my laptop HP Pavilion but I am a bit envious of the macs — they look so cute and small (lightweight which when you are carrying something from workshop to workshop you really start to notice every pound — hey, on the laptop, not on me!)

I was going to go to the workshop getting started with WordPress because I figured in a 3 hour workshop, I’d be bound to learn something as on my own I tend to learn different pieces depending on what I want to do and what problem I am solving and other things get skipped over.  However it was full so that was out.  They are going to re-offer it in the afternoon because a number of people couldn’t get in.  Unfortunately, the afternoon has workshops I’d like to go to like “the anatomy of a hacked site.”

Tomorrow at 10:00 is Gutenberg: Changing the Landscape of the Open Web.  I’m interested in that because that’s going to be the next permutation of WordPress.  When that rolls out, there is some expectation of some themes not working with it until the makers update them.  I am interested to hear if there may be other problems (changing themes is really no big deal for me) and also what advantages it’s going to bring.  It’s going to be in the auditorium so should everyone who is interested.


Midweek Motif ~ Word
Poets United

Wordcamp Phoenix


HP Pavilion.  I love my laptop.  It doesn’t crash all the time like my last one did–mostly because I have the NVidia GeForce graphics card upgrade.  Amazon says it only weighs 4.67 lbs.  Honestly it feels heavier — especially because one of the workshops I went to today is on the other side of the building.  But it fits in my backpack so it’s no biggie.

This is the Macbook I think people are using here. Amazon says it weighs in at 2 lbs.  Can you believe it?  That’s less than half the weight of mine although my screen is much bigger.  I miss my old mac.  It had Final Cut Pro and a lot of cool programs on it.  I don’t think my old disks would even work on the new laptops any more.  At some point even Apple had to give up on making everything backwards compatible, sighs.

I decided to show the pics of the laptops this way as then I don’t have to worry about copyright infringement and I didn’t bring my camera to the conference.  Still if you click on the link and buy a book or something, I get a commission.  For books, it’s 4.5%.I earned $3 in September, $3.41 in October and 90 cents last month so not going to get rich anytime soon, lol.  I think Amazon requires this next quote but I’ve noticed on some sites they have written their own personal text so I’m not sure. “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.”

Senryu : Miss Manners, another cracked tale


writing Miss Manners
“May a lady stab her date?”
pop, pop went their guns

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

We had a lovely dance at the ball. He was charming. When my coachman was not waiting to take me home as I expected, he respectfully offered me a ride. With the rain pouring down I accepted gratefully.

I do my best to be polite, demure and sweet. I read the ladies’ magazines avidly following their advice on manners. But when a so-called gentleman slides next to you and proceeds to put his hands around my neck, I don’t wait to find out if he is after my diamond choker or my virtue. I Continue reading Senryu : Miss Manners, another cracked tale

Senryu : ZZZs


gotta love this life
catching z’s any ole time
purrs, free food on tap

senryu & photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Midnight gives a lecture on the important things in life: naps, good food, affection freely shared and living in the moment.

Cee challenges us to share a photograph of anyone or anything catching a few ZZZs.  Midnight was happy to oblige!



Letter Z anywhere in the word or people or animals catching some Zzz’s
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Daily Prompts, Daily Post

Senryu : visitor


the visitor smirks
Wednesday’s shame stunned updraft’s course
urges twist profane

by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I thought I’d write a story but my mind went Continue reading Senryu : visitor