Date: February 16, 2015

Chickens 2015

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The chickens have begun laying eggs.

One of the highlights of my day is to go out to the coop and discover freshly laid eggs. Sometimes the egg is warm, the heat yet to dissipate. Sometimes I find several eggs nestled in the pine shavings.

I’ve learned many interesting facts about eggs, because Christine: I love obtuse facts. One of the things I did after recovering from my stroke was to study the brain and brain function and learn the biology and science behind what had happened.

Chickens have a 25 hour cycle. They lay an egg every 25 hours. It’s like their period, and they lay an egg whether a rooster is present or not.

Also, the eggs are egg shaped (elliptical but “pointy” on one end) for a reason: as the egg is expelled through the chicken’s body, the egg is shaped by the muscles pushing it along. Yes, the chicken lays the egg flat/round side out, first. The pointy part is expelled last.

And there you have it.

The eggs are delicious.

Also, my toddler refuses to eat eggs. Because she has figured out they are from the chickens. I fear I am raising a vegan.

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I’m Speaking at Press Publish

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Hello, world.

I’m speaking at WordPress.com’s Press Publish conference event on March 28, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

I’ve never been to Portland–and I have one eye on Voodoo Doughnuts and the other eye on Imperial, because yes, I like to eat. But mostly, I am looking forward to connecting with other bloggers. And meeting conference attendees, and making new connections.

I’ve always had a website since 1993. And I’ve been blogging before a blog was called a “blog.” I’ve been blogging since before WordPress, writing each blog post by hand in HTML. Blogging kept me writing. And in the end, blogging is the core from which I’ve been some great friendships.

To that end, I’ll be talking about comments–and really, the community built around interacting with readers, many of whom have become friends over the years. The talk is entitled “Comments Saved my Life.” Because they did and they have. Literally, after my stroke. And figuratively, because commenters have always supported my writing and my narrative throughout the years.

The full description of my talk is here up at the Press Publish site:

Eight years ago, Christine Lee survived a stroke in part due to the concern of commenters on her anonymous blog, and more recently experienced the comment flood that comes with a post going viral. She’ll talk about online connection and keeping up with comments.

Are you in Portland? Anywhere near Portland? Got a free weekend? Want to meet other WordPress bloggers? Want to know how to make the most of WordPress? Want to hear inspiring speakers talk about their experiences with blogging?  Register for the conference; with it comes a bunch of bonuses, like a premium WordPress upgrade.

And keep up with the happenings around the conference on Press Publish’s blog, natch.