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What Does It Mean to Say that a WordPress Theme Is Responsive?


In very simple terms, a Responsive WordPress Theme is one that will look good on any screen where it is viewed. The above image is how the Free WordPress Sequential Theme displays on 3 different viewing screens.

After a painstaking search for the theme that would best serve my needs, I have elected to use Sequential for most of my blog sites.

I posted a brief review of the Free WordPress Theme Sequential Here

I recently tried several themes, and I was mortified at what happened to some of my images even on my 17-inch laptop. In the same way that your symptoms disappear when you go to see a physician, I looked for an example of that photo fiasco just now, and I could not find one.  Trust me. The unresponsive themes do wicked things to the content that you take great pains to post so that they look “right.” I took the time to look at some of my posts on a variety of different screens, and the results were shocking.

People who read my blogs know that my mantra is:

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words, and when an unresponsive WordPress theme dissects one of my images, I am not happy. That does happen on the unresponsive themes.

I am in the process of reviewing all of the Free WordPress Responsive Themes Here

It will be a while before I have completed that research, but trust me again in saying that there are many, many Free Responsive WordPress themes. Why blog in any other way?

How to Find A New Free Theme for Your Free WordPress Blog – A Christmas WordPress Theme


It is Thanksgiving Day, and if I could have my wish, I would be with my family. I would be smelling the turkey that was already in the oven, beginning its slow-baking tradition of filling the house with the smell of Southern cornbread dressing, sage, sauteed onions & celery, and home. Although I am not at home and I am not with family, I will get to borrow another home and another family for a couple of hours today, but for now,

I have begun to find a Christmas-looking WordPress theme to explore for December, and I found it [Cheer – see example Here].

Allow me to show you how to explore the Free WordPress themes and ultimately find a host of different types of themes.


At the top left of your WordPress page, you will see the words “My Sites”


When you click on the words “My Sites,” a drop-down menu will unfold

theme-search-2b Select Themes


You will be taken to the above screen, and the following area is where you need to focus:


On the right side of the above area, click the drop-down area and select Free.


On the left side of the above area, type the word responsive.


This is a bit confusing. There is a theme that is named responsive, and if you know the title of a theme that you want, you can type it in the spot beside the magnifying glass.

In this case, I am not looking for the theme that is specifically named responsive, I am looking for all Free WordPress themes that behave responsively. I’ll tell you why you want a responsive theme later.

Learn What A Responsive Theme is Here

I have begun to catalog the responsive themes Here

About midway through my browsing the Free responsive themes, I found the one named Cheer.

Cheer is a precious and EASY to use WordPress Theme.


There is no need to select a Header for Cheer. It comes ready to go, with its Halls already Decked completely out.

I’ll also tell you more about the Cheer theme later.


I have launched a resolve to explore a free WordPress Theme each month and to share what I discover. Learn about the 12-Month WordPress Pro effort Here

During November of 2015, I explored the Twenty Ten Theme Here

Teach Your (Bloggers) Well






Responsive WordPress Themes – FREE


A Responsive WordPress Theme is One That Displays Equally Well on Any Screen. See More Here

Argent – Header 2000 x 380 – Primary Menu – Widgets 3 Footers

Ascetica – Header 660 x 200 – Primary Menu –
————Widgets – 2 Sidebars, 3 Footers

Blask – No Header – Portfolio Display – Primary & Social Menu
————Widgets 2 Footers


Boardwalk – No Header – Primary Menu & Social Menu – Widget Sidebar

BonPress – No Header – Primary Menu

Cerauno – Header 1400 x 200 – Menus Primary & Social
———-Widgets 2 Sidebars & 3 Footers

Coherent – Header 2000 x 15000 – Menus Primary & Sideb
———-Widgets Sidebar

Colinear – Header 1188 x 240 – Menu Primary
———–Widgets 2 Sidebars and 3 Footers

Cubic – No Header – Primary & Social Menu – Widgets Sidebar

Dyad – Header 1800 x 720 – Menus Primary & Social – Widgets 1 Footer

Edin – Header 1230 x 100 – 3 Menus
————Sidebar & 3 Footers

Editor – No Header – Primary & Social Menus

Franklin – No Header – Choice of Menu Areas – Widgets at Side, 3 Footers

Gazette – Header 1260 x 300 – Menus Primary & Social
———–Widgets Sidebar & Footer – Magazine in Grid Display

Hero – Header 960 x 250

Illustratr – Header 1100 x 250 – Menus Primary & Social
———–Widgets – 1 Footer Here

Isola – Header 2000 x 500 – Menu Primary – Widgets Sidebar

Libretto – Header 1600 x 275 – Primary & Social Menus
———-Widgets – 4 Footers

Motif – Header 320 x 110 – Menus Primary & Footer –
————Widgets – Sidebar & 3 Footers

P2 – Header 1200 x 250 – Menu Primary – Widgets Sidebar

Penscratch –  Header 937 x 300

With Header Below Header Menu


Optional Logo Above All

———-Menus Choice of Header or Widget
———-Widgets Sidebar
———-Default Font is Easy to Read
———-Clean, Minimalistic Appearance



Responsive – Header 300 x 100 -4 Menu Areas –
————Widgets at Side, Top, & Footer

Sela – Header 1180 x 160 – Menus Primary & Social
Widgets 1 Sidebar & 3 Footers

Satellite – Header 1030 x 680 – Menus Primary & Social
———-Widgets Sidebar Slideout

Sequential – Header 1086 x 216 – Primary & Footer Menus
———-Widgets Sidebar and Footer

Sidekick – Header 480 x 150 – Primary Menu – No Widgets

Snaps – Header 1200 x 500 – Menus Primary & Social
———-Widgets 3 Footers

Sorbet – Header 3,000 x 200 – Menus Primary, Footer, & Social
———-Widgets Sidebar & Header


Stay Has A Slider on Home – Header 300 x 100 – Menus Primary & Top
———-Widgets at Top and 3 Sidebars

Twenty Fifteen – Header 954 x 1300 – Primary Menu & Social Menu
———-Widgets at Side

Typo – Header 1440 x 250 -Menus Primary & Footer
———-3 Footers

Wilson – No Header but Nice Contrast Sidebar Menu


Zoren – Header 1180 x 250  – Primary Menu – Widgets at Side


Specialized Free Responsive Themes

Bouquet –  Floral with Rosy Pink Background

Button – A Theme that notches your images Header 980 x 250
———-Menus Top & Social, Widgets Sidebar






Header 928 x 250 [Christmas Theme] – Primary Menu –
Widgets – Sidebar







Spirit – Header 900 x250 – Menu Primary – Widgets Sidebar







Introducing the Free Vector Drawing Program Inkscape & Sharing 9 Tutorials How to Use It


Over and again, I have said: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words. 

Fortunately, we can often find the perfect free and copyright-free image online, and I’ll share more and more about that. Yet, sometimes, we need to create an original poster, or we need to create an original infographic with shapes, arrows, etc.  There are several free editors to help you do that quite easily, and I’ll also be sharing those. Inkscape is far more than one of those quick, little image editors and/or poster creators.  Inkscape is a full, Free Vector Drawing Program, that is quite similar to the commercial Adobe Illustrator, that is rather expensive.

I have a separate blog, where I am sharing an extensive bunch of Inkscape Tutorials. The Following 9 Tutorials Will Get You Started with Inkscape:

  1. Introducing Inkscape – Vectors vs. Bitmaps Here
  2. The Inkscape Workspace Here
  3. Draw Circles & Arcs – Intro to Color Palette & Gradients Here
  4. Create Linear Gradients Here
  5. Create Gradients with Multiple Colors Here
  6. More about Shading Objects with Color Gradients Here
  7. Adjusting Color Gradients to Work in an Overall Image Here
  8. Explaining Why Complementary Colors & Contrast Give Your Image Punch Here
  9. Reset Inkscape Default Here

Copyright Jacki Kellum November 22, 2015

Writing Prompt [response]: Do you think that it is important to share? Describe in detail another way for you and others to share–to give to people around you.

Thanks Couch for sharing your Thanksgiving Presence


“there are ways that others need our presences, too”

“in reality, we throw gold mines into the trash”

by Jacki Kellum

Do you think that it is important to share? Describe in detail another way for you and others to share–to give to people around you.

Presence as Presents

by C L Couch

On this Thanksgiving, I won’t be with family. I’ll be dining with neighbor friends. And I’ll be cat-sitting for other friends who will be away enjoying a family reunion of sorts.

I’ll be bringing nothing to my own activities except myself, my choice, and time. I will feed the cats then visit with them, and they will ignore me. I will sit with my neighbors, enjoying the company of children and of parents. Then I will go home, alone.

When others do this—providing nothing but themselves—I call this the ministry of presence. (So do others, too.) When…

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If You Are Thankful, Share – Introducing the Purse Project – Free Writing Prompt


If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. –
W. Clement Stone

Yesterday, I wrote that all of us need to Reach Out and Touch Someone. Here In that post, I was talking about the power of our physically connecting with other human beings, but there are ways that other people need our presences, too.


Not long ago, I saw a random post where the suggestion was made that we women take one or more of the purses just lying around and fill it with deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap, lipstick, Tylenol–all of the tons of junk that has amassed on our shelves but that someone else needs. Why not stick a silk flower on the bag, too.


And then take the bag to a homeless shelter or to a stoop, where homeless people congregate, and make someone else’s life a little better.

I also said in that aforementioned post about Reaching Out, “Love isn’t love until you give it away.”

We like to think of ourselves as giving, caring people–and in reality, we throw gold mines into the trash. If we truly were giving, caring people, we would find some way to share.

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Ladies, we can initiate the Purse Project. Men, you probably have ideas for the guys, too. How about a shaving kit?


If we cannot find some way to give, then we need to just be honest with ourselves and admit it: We are selfish and greedy people.

Writing Prompt: Do you think that it is important to share? Why? How does your sharing with other people  make you a better person? Describe in detail another way for you and others to share–to give to people around you.







Writing Prompt: Describe your worst ever Thanksgiving meal.

When my mother was a child, she lived life around the dying of her mother. Something about this reminds me of my mother’s writing. Nice and real job.


while wrestling with recall, it turns out what should have been the worst day turned out not so bad–a terrible time, a moment of grace

Cathartic Thanksgiving Day

My worst Thanksgiving ever. Hmm, I can’t recall. Not that Thanksgivings were always grand. But they tended to be good. The years my mom was dying from cancer. I can’t imagine those Thanksgivings were good. I was trying to visit her in the hospital each day or taking care of her when home, trying to take care of the house, trying to work a job across the city.

But I think for the holidays my siblings came to town, and I had a holiday of sorts unto myself. I didn’t cook or do much of anything except sit still. And Thanksgiving Day was peaceful. Same thing at Christmas.

I probably felt tired and numb at heart. The constant pace of covering everything…

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Yet, Another Experiment to Prove That A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words


Read the following words and monitor your reaction:

We Can Do It!

Let’s Bold It –

We Can Do It!

Let’s Explain It – With MANY More Words:

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies.[1][2] These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military. Rosie the Riveter is commonly used as a symbol of feminism and women’s economic power.[3] Use of similar images of women war workers appeared in other countries such as Britain and Australia. Images of women workers were widespread in the media as government posters and commercial advertising was heavily used by the government to encourage women to volunteer for wartime service in factories.[4]…

According to the Encyclopedia of American Economic History, “Rosie the Riveter” inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women from 12 million to 20 million by 1944, a 57% increase from 1940.  By 1944 only 1.7 million unmarried men between the ages of 20 and 34 worked in the defense industry, while 4.1 million unmarried women between those ages did so.[23]…

In 1942, Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters for the war effort. One of these posters became the famous “We Can Do It!” image—an image that in later years would also be called “Rosie the Riveter,” though it was never given this title during the war. Miller is thought to have based his “We Can Do It!” poster on a United Press International wire service photograph….Wikipedia

An entire Wikipedia of Words will not increase my interest in this account. More words are not needed–we need something to increase our interest in the words.

How about this?


Even this is better!


With the added stroke, I have not only added more interest, but I am talking about patriotism now!

How about this for red, white, and blue patriotism?


Now, I am beginning to get the picture–and I am getting it without any words at all–Patriotic Women Are Strong!

How about this:


Wow! But Wait! Why the Yellow?

That color of orangey yellow is the complement of Vincent Van Gogh Blue.

Any time that you can place 2 complements NEXT to each other, your message will be a Smash Dunk!

Notice how much more powerful the poster with only words [and yellow] is as opposed to that without yellow.



In the final poster [with Rosie herself added], you don’t even need the words to know that Women Are Strong Enough to Handle Things. They Can Do It!

More about the power of images Here

and Here

My Worst Thanksgiving Meal – Jacki Kellum Free Writing Prompt


My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. – Phyllis Diller

I hate to admit this, but the very worst Thanksgiving meal that I have ever had was one that I tried to cook myself.

Probably most young, married couples spend their first big holidays with their own parents, but soon the couple has children of their own and things often shift so that the holidays are spent in their own homes, as opposed to the places where they grew up.

When I had a young family, I lived hundreds of miles away from my hometown, where my Thanksgiving meals were never below superior. Both my mother and my grandmother were excellent cooks, and although I did learn to cook many of the family favorites, preparing the Thanksgiving meal was not among the things that I had learned to do.

For instance, I did not know that it takes several days for a turkey to thaw safely inside the refrigerator and that even sitting on the counter, a turkey does not thaw quickly.

Well, the first time that I set out to cook Thanksgiving dinner, we were living on our farm in Mississippi. The morning had been dominated by errands, like feeding the horses, mending some fences, etc. After lunch, I decided to start the turkey. We would have an evening meal. I had bought my frozen turkey 2 days before, and it had been resting in my refrigerator. I thought it would be ready to bake, but that was not the case.

The turkey was frozen solid, and it was almost 1:00 p.m.

I filled the sink with hot water and tried to warm up the bird, but after changing the bath several times, that did not seem to be working either. It took several hours of my drawing fresh, hot water over and over again for me to get the turkey thawed. Oh, my! It was almost 4:00.

I finally got the turkey into the oven, and I went back outside to do some more errands and forgot the meal.

Ab0ut 6:00, I went to check on the turkey. Oh, No! I had not turned on the oven. I felt like Laurel and Hardy–rolled into one silly charade.

I did get the turkey started, but that year, we did not eat Thanksgiving dinner until almost midnight. No one was amused. No one was even still hungry. They had been snacking all day, and by midnight, the time for a Thanksgiving turkey had come and gone.

Writing Prompt: Describe your worst ever Thanksgiving meal.

Post a link to your response in the comment window below, and promise yourself to have your Thanksgiving turkey thawed and ready to bake by 7:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Copyright Jacki Kellum November 19, 2015