About Pied Type

Old editors never die, they just revert to type

First, a definition. “Pied type” is printer’s jargon for loose type that has been spilled into an unsorted heap. I thought it the perfect title for a blog created by an old editor dumping several unrelated blogs into one. (Maintaining multiple blogs was a lot of work!) Then of course there’s my hodgepodge of subject matter and opinions, completely violating the rules of good blogging (focus on one subject).

Yes, I’m a retired editor. I worked in print publishing for thirty years, fifteen of them as managing editor of a medical journal (good fit for me, a doctor’s kid). And I’ve been publishing on the internet since 1995.

In 2005 I moved to Thornton, Colorado (north Denver metro). I still don’t have that place in the mountains that I’ve always dreamed of, but I’m a lot closer than I was in Oklahoma City where I grew up and lived most of my life.

These days I enjoy publishing this blog (more than 3,000 posts since 2002) and writing about whatever is on my mind. Current events, politics, the environment, random musings, etc. You’ll find that among other things I’m a registered Unaffiliated voter — liberal on some issues, conservative on others, and subject to change. I’m also a gamer, grandmother, introvert, atheist, and cancer survivor (see my other blog, Cancer: Curves Ahead).

Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you’re inclined to leave. And remember, you can always use the contact form if you want to reach me privately. 





• Photos of actual pied type here and here.
• I revise this page occasionally, so some of the comments below may refer to earlier content.

81 replies

  1. Gotcha!

    LOL. Funny lady!


  2. You’ve been tagged, yo!
    Yipes! Again!? 😛

  3. I had to make a change. I’m no longer at L.L. If you come by you’ll know who this is.

  4. What a delightful blog! Don’t mind me while I poke around in your cabinets. In fact, I’ll stock them with Tums.
    Hi! So nice of you to stop by. You just go ahead and make yourself at home while I put on some tea. Oh, and thanks for the Tums. I just can’t seem to keep enough of those around …

  5. Wow 30, I had no idea you had so many blogs before. Are they still around or have you consolidated all of this into one? I guess we’re all blog maniacs, eh?
    Yep, I consolidated. They all point to this place now, with no entries of their own. Not sure it was the right thing to do, but at least I’m only writing at one place now.

  6. Saw your comment on WC’s post and you say you crave comments and adoration, so i thought i wander over and leave you a comment and tell you i’ve been lurking for some time!
    So consider me “delurked”
    Nice place you have here…you’re in my reader
    Oh, *happy dance*!! Welcome, and thank you! See? Delurking wasn’t so painful, was it? 😉

  7. Not too sure about it not being painful. My neck’s been a bit stiff since, but I’ll be ok I think! It had sort of set in the whole peep around corners and duck when needed angle until now!
    Well, take it slow. Don’t make any sudden moves. Maybe keep some heat on it so it won’t tighten up. Or maybe it would be easier to just go back to lurking. Whatever it takes, be good to yourself. 🙂

  8. Nice little blog you have here! I’ll make a link to it on my blog. 🙂
    Hi, Chris. Welcome, and thanks. I’ll link to you, too.

  9. PiedType,

    Wow. This is a very sophisticated forum. I enjoyed reading and I share your carefully considered political views.

    I am honored that you have read my blog. Thanks for your visits and perspective.

    Dr. B
    Thank you, Dr. B., but it’s mostly just me being a cranky old lady. The next time you drop by, I’m likely to be talking about my dog or my latest computer issue. “Pied Type” is a bit like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

  10. Great blog you have here. You made a comment a long time ago on mine and I’m just now getting around to following the link back. I’m adding to you my blog roll, I like your perspective.
    Gee, I have a recognizable perspective?

    Seriously, all compliments appreciated. I wish you’d left your URL so I could visit you again and reciprocate on the blog roll.

    NVM. I found you.

  11. Interesting. Provocative. Informative. Emotional. Impressive. Educational.
    My inspiration to create my own diatribe. You’re a class act, Ms. Richards.

  12. Great site! Glad I stumbled across it.

  13. Yours is one of the few blogs I have subscribed to, Susan. I think you do quality stuff and I find I almost always agree with you. Merry Xmas!

  14. Has it really been three years since we “met?” Wow!

  15. Wow, I love what you’ve done with the place! This About page is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen in a personal blog. Substantive, informative, yet still personal. The linking to existing posts is a great idea. I might have to steal it as I’ve been thinking for a about 2 years now that my own About page is ultra-lame. Especially compared to yours.

    Anyway, thanks for being such a frequent and pleasant visitor to my greasy little web corner, and have a Merry Christmas!

    • Glad you like it, although all the praise is a little embarrassing. The links, for example, were sheer laziness. Why repeat what I’ve already written when I can just link to it? It may be a case of TMI, but for now, so be it.

      Stay warm and enjoy your grandbaby’s first Christmas!

  16. An Asterik…well I have wondered and I like it, find it a clever one. Cool that it has a special meaning to you. I briefly passed through and skimmed through this page on my first visit. I thought I would take a moment to read and absorb this time LOL.
    At my age absorbing is an issue! My Mom told me I am experiencing “Pre-Senior Moments”. Well, I told her “The Senior Benefits should follow soon then, right”? I am thinking of things like the “Super Senior Specials” say at restaurants, the zoo (I never go to, but if I do…I am just saying, it’s there) oh let’s not forget for the Nature Lover, reduced admissions to State and National Parks!
    Oh dear, I do digress here 😀
    I love Colorado…the other side of the Rockies from where I am.
    A pleasure to meet you my new friend of Blogomania. I am a new student at this but it is fun and challenging.
    smiles, Rx

    • Have you gotten your lifetime pass to the parks yet? I forget what I paid for it (something very reasonable), but I now have free admission for life to the state and national parks. Best senior perk I’ve come across so far.

  17. Okay, I’m not sure if this is the “proper” procedure, but doing it anyway. How else would you know I nominated you for “Candle Lighter Award” – unless you read the post, but life happens and you may miss it. Congrat’s! You deserve it. LOVE YOUR BLOG! http://motleynews.net/2012/01/03/candle-lighter-award/

  18. Hello Pied Type,
    I have been admiring your work and blog that is why I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you have received it before please accept it again. If you don’t accept awards that is fine too, no problem.
    Please follow link here to pick up your Award
    Congrats and smiles,

    • It must be award season. Yours is the second I’ve received in 24 hours. I’m always flattered to receive an award. Thank you. As for passing it on to others, I generally don’t. I find it too stressful trying to pick and choose among the many great blogs I enjoy.

  19. pied type hmmmm…something learned every day. i love what it represents. i shall check in often. continue…

  20. Having a blast rummaging around in your posts. Your listed past occupations, interests, personal and family background all make you the interesting writer I’m seeing. Oh, and being over 50 definitely helps -grin-. High Five and many thanks.

    • Thank you. Glad the age things helps, since there’s not much I can do about it. Age (at least an approximation) and gender are the first two things I always want to know about other writers that their posts often don’t reveal.

  21. Well, be direct with us then, Nothing wrong with that.
    Not a good idea to piss you off, I see. Not that tha’ts
    what I’m here for. Just sayin’…

  22. Hi. I watched this tonight and thought you’d find it interesting… it’s a little low key — no one talking over everyone, no decent haircuts, just two Canadian intellectuals talking about diplomacy in the “digital age”, Canada’s foreign policy, Canada as a “war nation” and our craptastic environmental policies… including how our reaction to President Obama essentially stopping the Keystone pipeline forced him to reconsider fairly quickly.

    Seriously though, it’s really interesting:


    • So civil! So polite! But very interesting and on a high level. Good ideas, and thoughtful, in a calm environment. It is reminiscent of Charlie Rose’s show, which I don’t catch very often. I’d never thought of Canada having a poor attitude toward the environment. I thought it was more just a disinterest simply because you have such vast holdings of wilderness. It’s just not a big deal yet. But admittedly I have no idea what goes on the population centers. In any case, I found it very interesting and pleasant to watch. Thank you. All is not lost — at least not in Canadian TV.

  23. Susan, I’m an Okie girl myself! Nice to meet you!

    • That’s ex-Okie. 🙂 Great to meet you, too. I’ll bet there are a lot of us exes up here … if we just had a way to find each other.

      • LOL…I don’t think too many of us want to live there. Like you mentioned in your ‘about’, I’m a hermit too. I rarely go down into the city except to see my grandchildren. 🙂

        • Sounds like you’re actually up in the hills, or better. I’m so jealous! Thornton was as close as I could afford, but it’s still about 700 miles closer than I used to be!

        • Have to tell you there are plenty of affordable places up here. We didn’t pay anymore for our little house than we would have down the hill actually. North Evergreen is pricey. SW of there and more towards Conifer or Bailey there’s a lot more normalcy. 🙂 Maybe one day you’ll decide to bite the bullet. And just a tidbit of enticement, the roads are maintained better in winter than they are down in the city for the most part. I still don’t drive them because, well, I don’t (I’m a sissy). But as you say, just living here in Colorado is better than 700 miles the other way. 🙂 Winter does last longer up here longer–starts sooner too (Aug starts dipping into the 30’s at night). And Spring warmth is really not here until later in May, early June. I was envious this last Spring when in March and April the Denver area was all in bloom while we were not.

        • Part of my problem is always having haunted areas farther north — Allenspark to Estes. Estes is pricey. A good view down here is pricey too. I’m about as far west as I can afford, and didn’t want to go to, say, Longmont, because my son and grandkids are here, about 2 miles away. Evergreen has always seemed very popular with the old OKC crowd, and my parents had a lot of friends in Allenspark.

        • Our kids are in Englewood where they were raised, so we are as far away as we want to be. Estes Park is so very pretty isn’t it? But I’d want to stay put too if my family was so close by as yours is. A day trip now and then is fun as long as I can sleep in my own bed at night. 🙂 I have a brother in Longmont.

          I’m off to bed! I haven’t been on the computer like this in a long while. LOL

  24. I’ve only had a chance to read a small amount of your work since I stumbled into your world yesterday but already I can see that I have struck gold. The layout of your pages and organization of your thoughts are only rivaled by the content of your posts. I am going to thoroughly enjoy reading them all. Thank you for sharing!

  25. thank you for dropping by my site 🙂

  26. I have only re-blogged one other time (and that was a recipe for a cocktail) and am so glad to have seen your post about the Sandy Hook mural on Freshly Pressed. I am happy to have found you and intend to follow.

  27. What an inspiration….I’m just staring out here and I can’t even imagine this kind of success and content. Brava..

  28. I’m glad I came across your blog… I kind of don’t understand how it’s taken me until now to find it. We share a similar sense of humor. 🙂

  29. Hi Piedtype. I like your blog (and your interesting avatar!). You have a lot of stuff on here, but it all looks clean and visually appealing. Sorry I haven’t gotten over here before now. Also, interesting article on dealing with grief….

  30. Hi – just looking for spot to leave message about 2 posts
    1. .We are over the brink (misuse of that word drives me crazy….nonreaders/those without vocabulary and knowledge are running wildly and shouting out what’s accurate – and media legitimizes it.
    2. The bolder boulder guy…he had just filed a lawsuit claiming he had been injured and couldn’t work….but he could rock well.
    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend

  31. Hi, I came across your blog through Blogging 201. I am honestly impressed, love to read blogs by opinionated women (like myself, lol). 🙂 I am now a new follower, feel invited to stop by, too, and hopefully follow my blog back. See you in 201!

  32. New instagrammer, new blogger, new tweeter, and old as dirt. HURRAY to find your blog, and someone with the same vintage perspective of the medical horizon in the USA. Looking forward to rummaging around with my cup of tea in hand.

  33. PS. I love Mark Twain. And the mountains.

  34. I’m not sure why, but for some reason the “Old Editors don’t die, they just revert to type” reminds me of Walter Cronkite’s last words as CBS Evening News anchor.

    Just a thought. I enjoyed your post about Hillary Clinton, btw!

  35. You are inspiring to others. If you ar grand mother then me grandfather. i share your views on supernatural.

  36. So glad to discover another Ingress playing granny!!

    • Hey, hi and welcome. So maybe if there are two of us, there are more. I was thinking it was pretty unusual, but maybe not. I did meet an oppostion player one day who looked like he could be a grandpa. I was so startled that he came over and introducted himself that I left in a hurry … and have been regretting it ever since.


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