Ralph Higgins

Ralph Higgins
color pencil sketch by Gayle Higgins

Quotes I Like

"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

– Plato


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Am I the only one who finds himself slipping over to the dark side with homicidal thoughts regarding my beloved computer?  I’ve considered blowing it away, but a shotgun blast inside the house would destroy what hearing I have left. I remember shooting a gopher with a 12 gauge shotgun from my kitchen once. I couldn’t hear anything for a week. 

Lately I’ve had many friends email me regarding an article on my blog.  They respond by email because they can’t put comments on my blog.  There are a few people who seem to know how to get through the maze, but many more who quit trying.  After my last blog about Dachau, I received a ton of interest and many comments by email.  That happens with every post and invariably the writer will say that he or she tried to leave a comment, but “it didn’t take.”  But most have given up.

Based on readership, I should be getting a lot of comments.  Either I don’t know how to make the darn thing work right or “BlogSpot” has a lousy system.  I apologize to all of you who have tried to add a comment only to wonder what happened to it. 

I asked a couple of people how to go about posting comments.  Here is what one of them said:

In response to your question re: posting comments on your Blog:

  • Click on 'comments' in the blog where you want to respond
  • Enter your comment in the 'white box'
  • Click on the down arrow to the right of 'Comment As'
  • Drop Box will then appear
  • In the Drop Box, Click on 'Name/URL' which is towards the bottom of the list of options
  • 'Edit Profile Box' will appear
  • In the Edit Profile Drop Box, Enter your name where requested, and for the URL, enter your email address.  Sometimes you can leave URL blank.
  • Click on 'Continue'
  • Click on 'Publish Box'
  • And then in a few seconds you see your comment 

I don’t know why they make it so difficult, but you might try these steps.  Someone else said to make a comment under “anonymous.” 

Gayle and I will be spending time with kids and grandkids for a couple of weeks, so I may not get around to blogging, but as Arnold says, “I’ll be back.”  And don’t forget to fly the flag on July 4th.


  1. Let's see if this worked.

  2. OK, I did as instructed. The first try I entered my email address and got a message say the URL contained illegal characters. The second try I just entered my name and left the URL blank. That werked.


    Have a WONDERFUL TIME in the 'Big City'.

    Finished weeding the property, and the American Flag is flying at both Flag Poles.


  4. Bob -

    Congratulations! Thanks for the tip. Maybe that's a clue.

  5. Sharon -

    Your instructions were so clear and concise that I published them just as you sent them. Evidently they helped Bob get through the maze.

    I just had to jump through hoops just to respond. I may still go for the shotgun.

  6. Ralph, we are at RK & KLK's home for a few days. Enjoy Los Gatos.

  7. Have a good time, Ed, and say "hi" to the Koskela clan for us.