It’s mid-afternoon and everyone has disappeared. Well, that’s not entirely true, I know where everyone is but it is relatively quiet. My husband and daughter are playing a Wii game (he helps her out when she gets stuck) but the cats are nowhere to be found. A little investigation and I discover that all the beds are taken. Siesta time! Now, if I can just convince them that 3:00 AM is not play time, we will all be happy.

iPod Classic

New life in an old friend

I confess, I’m an Apple fan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an over-the-top fanatic, but I love their products and always have (I even owned a Newton). Why? Well, because they work. They fit my lifestyle, they are fun, they last a LONG time and, they have personality. Yes, I said they have personality. I don’t know of a single PC owner who has named their computers (if there are some out there, let me know, I’m curious). I do know of several Mac owners who have named theirs (my husband included who named his Mac SE “Mr. Chips”). And when I say they last a long time, I’m not kidding. My daughter is doing her homework on an old iBook G3 that has to be at least 12 years old if it’s a day. The stuff lasts. That said, on occasion you get something that starts to act flakey after a few years.

This happened with my iPod Classic. One day it just decided it didn’t have any music and trying every conceivable thing I could think of to restore it failed. I even took it to the Apple store to see if they could fix it. It holds my ENTIRE music library along with a ton of podcasts I like to listen to when working or working out. Since they don’t make them anymore, I was at a loss about what to do. I have an iPhone, but I don’t have the space on it for all the music and podcasts with all the apps I have so putting the music on it really wasn’t an option.

What would you do? Probably what I did. I researched solutions online. Everything I tried wouldn’t revive it so I just set it aside and resigned myself to having to buy a lower capacity iPod as a replacement.

A few months go by while I’m trying to decide which one I want, and lo, and behold I find the old iPod Classic on the shelf where I set it last. In a last-ditch effort, I plugged it into a charger and it at least turned on. I tried synching it, but no luck. My husband, bless him, said “Let me try synching it on my old iMac, maybe I can get it to work.” And guess what? He found a way to bring it back to life with some trial and error (probably because he’s more patient with some of this than I am).

I hadn’t realized how much I missed my “friend” until I was able to listen to it with it snugly in my pocket. As I sit here now, I’m listening to an old Celtic music podcast on it. Here’s to new (old) life in a new year!


Epiphany, with a capital “E”, is celebrated on January 6th and is the festival commemorating Christ’s coming into the world for all people through the homage paid by the Magi.

It can also mean (when spelled with a small “e”) a sudden insight or perception into the essential meaning of something usually triggered by the ordinary. Its origin is late Middle English and comes from the Greek epipháneia meaning to appear.

Have you had any epiphanies? I know I have. Sometimes they come from watching the light shine just so on a field gleaming with frost. Sometimes they come from seeing snow on a discarded pine bough. Sometimes they come watching a small child master a new skill or seeing something new to them for the very first time. They can be awe inspiring and they can be scary too , but they always lead one deeper. Farther into understanding one’s place in the world, epiphanies provide us roadmaps and guideposts.

On this Epiphany, I wish for you a year filled with insights.

Cat Mint

Blogging 101- New ideas amidst the old

Even though I’ve had this blog for a while now, I’ve yet to complete a blogging 101 course with WordPress.com. Something has always come up in the past; either work or family situations take the focus away from completing the assignments. Well, it’s a new year and with a new year, the resolution to have a more active presence on the web. My goal is to try new things, see what works and what doesn’t, come up with a more consistent presence across platforms and essentially figure things out through a little experimentation. If you’ve followed my blog, you know it’s a bit eclectic but pretty heavily focused on images and photography. Recently I decided to focus on experimenting with the mobile platform so you might see a few posts with wponthego as a category or tag along with iphonography. Those will all come from the iPhone so let me know what you think. On the way (tomorrow, hopefully) is a set of additional lenses I’m planning on playing with. The freedom to post from wherever and whenever is amazing! By the way, I love this cat mint plant which seems to not remember it is supposed to be dormant in January. The new life bursting through even though it is freezing is a testimony to the plant’s wish to survive and thrive.

May we all have that same spirit.

Feedback is welcome and I look forward to hearing from you.