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52 Authors: Week 43 - Madison Jones


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Let me know if you have trouble commenting. It's highly likely. I'm going to have to do some serious looking around to figure out what's going on before January.


52 Authors post has been delayed--Rob is having computer problems.

Just sent it to you, Mac!

Great, thank you. I should be able to post it late this afternoon.

Janet. I left a comment, but it hasn't shown up. I said I'd be happy to do a few. Not sure who yet apart from St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), Australia's first saint. And I will write from a wonderful biography, which was written by a sympathetic, non-Catholic journalist. It's lovely, but not in the least saccharine etc. St Mary is portrayed as a very real woman - very easy to relate to. I can probably have that ready in January some time.

Thanks Louise. When did you try to leave it? I change the commenting process about mid-morning. I was hoping it would help.


I think I commented yesterday, after you had put up the link on FB.

Okay. Hopefully it will be better now, but we'll see.



I just now tried to post a comment -- it let me preview it, but when I hit "post" it didn't work.

Anyway, here's what I said: Amy Welborn on her blog, Charlotte Was Both, often has posts on saints; she's also the author of two books on saints, The Loyola Kids’ Book of Saints and The Loyola Kids Book of Heroes. Right now on the blog, in a post "Next Sunday Is All Saints," she's highlighting the saints covered in the books. I know, for kids, but some ideas there for the 52 Saints series.

This is depressing the heck out of me. No wonder I never have any comments on the blog.


I don't seem to have any trouble with it, although it's kind of cumbersome, on a computer. I did find that it didn't work at all when I tried to use my phone (iPhone, Safari) to make a comment a while back.

I used to be able to comment under your earlier system, Janet; I think as recently as a couple of weeks ago.

Funny, it's been better for me this way. Am I crazy to think about moving the blog? I think I'm crazy, but there doesn't seem to be anything to do and Blogger doesn't offer any decent help.


I thought when Google bought Blogger that they would start making massive improvements. But apparently they haven't. WordPress probably has a tool for importing a Blogger blog, and is probably better. But I'm not necessarily encouraging you to move. It's a big deal, as I found.

Why do I not have problems posting comments at your blog? Here's my sequence:

* Click "Add comment"
* Enter comment
* Select Name/URL authentication
* Enter name and URL
* Click Preview
* View preview and click "Prove you're not a robot" box
* Click publish: comment appears, with message "Your comment was published"

Do the people having problems do it differently?

Thanks for this.

I'm not sure it always says, "Add comment."

What if you don't have a URL? Or am I thinking that means something it doesn't.

I tried posting anonymously, too, and I think maybe the preview step is important.

It's hard for me to know what happens to other people because even when I'm signed out, I'm sure it recognizes my computer or something.


I see "Add comment" just below the last comment, and above the box where you type the comment. I don't know if you can leave out the URL in the Name/URL choice or not. Anonymous, as I see you or someone just demonstrated, doesn't provide any identification at all, which makes things confusing.

It seems odd to me that the Captcha thing never actually asks me to do anything but click that box. But I gather from Marianne's comment that it does require that sometimes.

I've started to see that kind of Captcha in different places. The website for my cellphone uses that.


It works without a URL

If you fill in a url, it turns your name into a link to that url (as below). If you leave it blank, it doesn't turn your name into a link.

At least, that's my understanding of it.

Yes, it does do that. I hadn't even tried leaving off the URL--it's just sort of automatic for me to leave it in blog comments, in hopes that a new reader might discover it.

Just tried three times to post a comment on Janet's blog, but nothing showing, so I'll try it here.

So far:

Grumpy - Aquinas, Augustine, Bonaventure
Paul - Cuthbert, Edith Stein, Margaret Clitherow, plus others
Louise - St Mary of the Cross (in January some time), plus others
Anne-Marie - Marguerite Bourgeoys, Edmund Campion, Elizabeth of Hungary
Craig - St Nicholas Owen, St André Bessette, Beato Angelico (last half of the year)
Suea - St Gertrude the Great (May or June)

Marianne and Mac both willing but nothing specific mentioned in the thread (unless I missed it?)

That puts it just over a quarter of the way to 52.

Paul, You are officially my favorite person of the day. Thank you so much. I was just thinking I should do this but I have a bad headache. I think Rob said he would contribute, is that right? I think I might do what Maclin is doing and take the first Sunday of each month. I'm doing St.Juniper Serra first.


That's reassuring. I wasn't sure I wasn't being meddlesome.

If you're doing first Sundays each month, we have a little over half of 52 (not counting Marianne, Mac or Rob).

I think I can manage six. I'd like John Fisher, and will pick out some of the lesser-know martyrs of the English Reformation. Saying anything about Thomas More almost seems superfluous...but go ahead and put me down for him anyway, maybe it will be an occasion for me to learn some things about him that are not part of the Man for All Seasons story, and now I guess the Wolf Hall story. Also some Scandinavian saints, of whom there aren't all that many of course.

I will write about the Infant of Atocha (El Nino de Atocha)and Saint Dymphna. Saint Lucy is another possibility; though I would have to learn more about her before ...

Santo Nino, not El Nino ... wake up, Stu!

I remembered to put you on the list this morning.


Okay, thanks to Paul, there is a list here.

Please check and see if yours is correct.


This is a poem by Les Murray on Mary MacKillop

I want to ask a favor. I think that there is a slight possibility that I have fixed the comment problem on my blog and I wanted to ask if several of you would go there and try to post a test comment. If this doesn't work. I'm going to have to do something desperately time-consuming, so I hope it does.


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