My Poetic Path

my journey…shared in poems, prose and photos


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Something Worth Remembering….and Preserving

 

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Three Dog Night singing: Out in the Country (click to play)

I’m reading the book: An Inconvenient Truth right now.

I saw the film years ago, which at the time I found enlightening and disturbing. The book is very good too. 

While I’ve been reading, the song: Out in the Country , keeps coming to mind.

I hope you enjoy this great song again, with it’s timeless message and the beautiful photos they’ve shared with it. 

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The beauty in nature, in the country and everywhere IS something worth preserving and not just remembering.  

What a wonderful world this is and can be, for the generations to come. :)

Small acts of green  X millions of people = significant results.

Be an earth warrior, every day. It is so worthwhile.

Photo courtesy of Flickr


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Publishing a Kindle Book with Photos?

I like to add photos to some the Kindle books I publish. I think it adds a lot to the overall enjoyment of most Kindle books, particularly cookbooks and some types of reference books. 

But it’s not always easy to find the answers as to what size and resolution those photos should be. 

In my eBook:

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Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well

 I didn’t really take note of the resolution of any of the photos in this book, I just inserted them. They all came out great. Nice and clear, even when zoomed. :)

But when I published my two Groovy Green Kitchen eBooks, I had problems when the photos were zoomed. They were no longer clear. I went back and tried to adjust them to rectify the problem but still not good. :( The small version of the photos were OK, but not the zoomed images.

I also wondered how some people are able to publish eBooks with full screen size photos that don’t require being zoomed to see full size. 

I decided to contact KDP to get the scoop and here’s their helpful and detailed reply:

“The suggest resolution and the DPI for the images within the content file is 600*800 with 300 DPI. I checked and see that the image that you have inserted within the content file are of 302*26 dimension with 96 DPI. This is the reason for the formatting issue.

For your reference, here’s some general guidelines to follow when creating image books in Word:

- Format images in a 600 x 800 pixels and 300 dpi resolution
- Insert images, don’t copy and paste
- Align images to the center of the document
- Remove all empty line/page breaks between each image
- If images are schemas, charts, tables, maps, or any format that includes text, save the image in GIF format to ensure the text is legible after conversion

You may also scan and insert images into your DOC file to create your image book, as long as the guidelines above are adhered to.

To learn more on formatting your Kindle content, visit our Kindle Publishing Guidelines here:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/kindlegen/AmazonKindlePublishingGuidelines.pdf

Regarding the full screen images:

The images would best fit to the any screen automatically, if you can change the source code of your HTML file.

Please follow the instructions for getting full image size on Kindle.

1. Open the parent HTML in Notepad.

2. You will be able to see the HTML code. Look out for the codes related to the images which look like the following
For Example,
Edit the code like the following
Effectively, the text “width=366 height=248″ should be changed to “height=100% width=100%”.

3. Save the file.

4. Right-click a blank area on the desktop or in an open folder, point to New, and then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.

5. Type a name for the new compressed folder, and then press ENTER. Your new compressed folder is displayed as a folder icon with a zipper.

Now, move the image folder and the HTML file into the zipped folder. This zipped folder is what you will have to upload on the KDP website. You may try uploading the zipped folder on to the KDP website and check if the images appear correctly. Once uploaded, you can use the “Preview Book” button to view your uploaded content via the KDP Previewer. Here, you can view if the images appear correctly.”

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Hope you also find this information helpful.

Now, it’s back to the GGK I and II to see about improving those zoomed images

Happy Reading and Publishing. 


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Welcome Spring and Happy Weekend! :-)

 

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It’s been a soggy start to spring this morning, :( here in Interior BC. I’m hoping the sun will break through, later today.

Hope you enjoy all the “glorious green” in this photo collage I made a while back! How I  green. 

Happy Spring and Happy Weekend.

Hope the sun is shining where you are! :)


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Book Review: Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Geraldine:

A very interesting and informative vegan guide! :-)

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:

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Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina

My review from Amazon.com:

I have been a vegetarian, avid vegetarian cook and cookbook author for over 20 years. But to date, I have not taken “the plunge” to become a total vegan, YET! But it IS a topic of interest to me, and often on my mind.

Vegans come in all shapes, sizes and age groups, but it’s still often thought of as something only the “under 30″ crowd would embrace willingly and gain from.

In: Never Too Late to Go Vegan, authors Adams, Breitman and Messina prove without a doubt that this definitely is not just a good choice, only for the younger crowd.

This truly is (as the cover states) “the over 50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet”.

And how I loved to see the word…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! :-)

 

May the Luck of the Irish be with you, today and every day!

I’ve got a wee bit of Irish in my ancestry and I’m happy for that. ;)

I do love “all things green” and related to this fun holiday.

PS: And do click through to: Veggies, Yarns & Tails, for a lucky wish from Mr. Cheddar.

He’s celebrating today too. ;)

 

 


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A Rainy Weekend Is On The Way

After several days of glorious sunshine and warm weather, here in Interior BC, it looks like rain for the rest of today and maybe all weekend.

That’s OK with me though, we need it, to keep the dust down and get things growing too!

I also have lots to do inside so the weather won’t be distracting me to go outdoors tooooo much. ;)

The photo above is one of my all-time fav rainy-day scenes.This is on the lake shore here. It always makes me feel calm and serene. I hope you enjoy it too! :)

Speaking of keeping the dust down, you might find my newest post at Veggies…interesting, all about the dangers of dust and steps to take when vacuuming, to safeguard your health. You can read it here.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are. What’s your weather like?

 


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Product Review: Film Noir Collection

 

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I’ve been a fan of “film noir” movies (click to read more, if you are not familiar with that movie genre) since I was a kid. Not that I knew what movies in this genre were actually called back then, LOL!

I always loved the mysterious feeling these movies portrayed, the night scenes, the danger, the spine-tingling suspense, the romance, the bad guys, the bad girls…what’s not to , right? ;)

I happened to find this Film Noir Collection: two DVD set over at Amazon recently for less than $10!!!

And that is for all 10 of these film noir classics:

DOA

BEAT THE DEVIL

IMPACT

THE STRANGER

SCARLET STREET

SHOCK

PORT OF NEW YORK

THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL

WHIRLPOOL

QUICKSAND

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As for quality, excellent picture and sound, considering the age of the original films these were reproduced from, all from the 40’s.

Only one thing that might be a negative for some viewers, this is a full-screen version not widescreen. For me though, it was fine, as we have an OLD TV and the full screen versions for movies are actually better.

This would also make a great gift for any “film noir” fans on your list. It comes in a black metal tin, instead of the usual plastic DVD case. Add a red ribbon tied around it and you’d be good to go! ;)

If you are a film noir fan like I am or know someone who is, this is a must have collection! 

Happy Viewing!

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