Problem Solved

There I was, sitting at the computer, minding my own business and wondering if liquor stores carry hemlock. Up popped an email from Sabrina Hall, the graphic artist who designed and built my blog. She is a talented lady. Sabrina had seen a mention of my contrast problem on Twitter and thought she could help. I was thrilled. Go for it, I said. Or begged.
I found this email from Sabrina waiting for me at dawn. “I have increased the font size and weight overall on the site for the post text and the replies. “ I checked it out. It seems easier to see. What do you think? This could mean I will be able to go on and on again. Sabrina is terrific, and, by the way, liquor stores do not carry hemlock.

48 Responses to Problem Solved

  1. Sandy July 14, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Looks great to me.

    I am a large font person. I change my settings to make everything I read large. I have lost the ability to track left to right when I read small print. My eyes will not follow a straight line and I wind up a line or two down ending a sentence that does not make sense. Increasing the size of the font keeps me on the right line.

    Thanks Richard. This change makes it better for me too!

    Glad to see you are back on your journey!


    • Richard M. Cohen July 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm #




  2. David July 14, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Richard, Glad you solved your problem and will continue your blog.I was thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if we could solve all of each others problems. It seems obvious from the responses that all on this board were saddened just by the thought of you not being here.

    I just want to continue to partner with you and everyone here as we strive to slay the dragons and build the empires.


    I wish us all good news!

    • Richard M. Cohen July 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm #



  3. Joan July 14, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Angels just show up don’t they ? Thank you Sabrina!

    • Sarah July 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      Right on, Joan. Angels do just show up, and some prayers do get answered right away. God knows when his kids are in dire need of his help and how important Richard is to us, and everyone who relies on him in any way.

      Thank you, too, Sabrina!!

      I’m so glad you’re back Richard. Take care, and no more banana peels!

  4. jane July 14, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Major improvement. For those who are like me and need LARGE fonts using an Android tablet has been a lifesaver. I can just spread the window and voila! It is bigger instantly.

    So much easier than on my laptop/computer. IG=instant gratification.

    Please keep writing, Richard. You are the lighthouse for our foggy shipwreck.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      I will be here.


  5. jeanne July 14, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    I knew something great was going to happen if you just kept up hope!

    You dont realize what a gift God gave you to help people who are suffering.

    God isnt Macys,no refunds or returns


    • Richard M. Cohen July 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm #



  6. Jack July 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Simple solutions are often the best. This is good news on an otherwise dreary day.

    As an aside, I think it’s great that some people find comfort in their belief of an invisible, magical, all-powerful, super being. For me though, if it (he? she? they?) does exist, I wish it would stop with the gifts already. I have more than enough.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm #



    • Anne July 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Well this is good news! Thanks to Sabrina.

      We would all miss your posts. As I read your posts, I am nodding my head in agreement, or you will make me smile. Richard you have a talent for writing that reaches out and touches all of us living with MS.

      So keep on blogging!


      • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 6:52 am #

        Got it.


  7. Betty July 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    The universe provides.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 6:53 am #

      Yeah? Provides what? Enough troublle to go around?


  8. Yvonne July 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    We are all celebrating 2 things:

    -that a solution was found and you can continue to do your thing

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 6:54 am #



  9. Yvonne July 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    #2 that liquor stores don’t sell hemlock! 🙂

    Doing my Snoopy happy dance while gripping my walker so I don’t kill myself during my moment of frivolity 🙂

    Glad your back.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      If I can’t get hemlock, a martini will do.


      • Yvonne July 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm #


  10. Mark July 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Well, there you have it! Thank you very much, Sabrina. This is great news. However, this means you must now go on and on, Richard! The bar has been raised and the font size has been increased. I raise my glass and toast all of us! He is back. Cheers!

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 6:56 am #

      And cheers to you.


  11. Laura K July 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Thanks for making the switch – I just suggested this to another webmaster – between the white contrast, the smaller font size and my ON, it makes reading online a challenge. I am always fiddling with the settings. I like the new tracking size and line spacing, too. Sabrina is the best – we should all buy her a drink – the liquor store has many sippers as strong as hemlock, but just not permanently potent. I’m glad you’re sticking around a while longer. Bottoms up! (in a good way, of course)

    • Sarah July 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

      Whew – just think if hemlock were available – the world’s population would decrease dramatically.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 6:58 am #

      I did not say I am sticking around. The Yankees may offer mea contract.


      • Yvonne July 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

        Jeter’s spot did just become available 😉

  12. JoanBee July 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Thunderous applesauce for Sabrina! I’m so happy that you’re back in business, Richard!

    I have another suggestion that should work for most web sites and browsers if you need larger text and are using a Windows PC:

    Hold down the Ctrl key and turn the mouse wheel. Turn the mouse wheel away from you to zoom in, and toward you to zoom out.

    For those using a Mac, I believe you can press the Command and + keys at the same time.

    I hope this is helpful.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am #



    • Joan July 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      Joan bee…I can only guess that you were victimized by autocorrect, but as a huge word nerd, your post gave me a giggle, so thanks for the visual of “thunderous applesauce”. May I use that term please? I remember years ago when The Weather Channel posted a graphic about “gutsy winds”. I still use that one whenever the breeze kicks up.

      • Yvonne July 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

        By George I think that is a wonderful auto correct. A thunderous applesauce to auto correct LOL.

      • JoanBee July 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

        Actually, it was intentional…I had thought that nobody had noticed, so thanks!

        But one of my favorite real typos occurred at work, when I typed “enginerd” when referring to one of my coworkers.

  13. Desinie July 15, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    It’s easier for me to read as well. Great job,Sabrina. Richard- we already knew you don’t give up easy.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      Stay strong.


  14. MB July 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Is it Journey Man or Journeyman? I see both of them on your blog and Twitter.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      Journey Man.

  15. Nik July 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    This is great news! Phew, I was getting nervous you wouldn’t be posting for a while. And since I’m slightly OCD I check in everyday (ok 2 or 3 times a day ). I’m not a stalker, just feeling lonely in my recovery and you all keep me highly entertained!

  16. Nik July 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Oh, and also….someone mentioned some sites I should check out. Besides this one, I’m not sure of where to go to research such things as medications and such. I am particularly interested in finding out any type of info on studies of people who never took any MS approved meds. Does something like that exist? Sorry to take room on your Blog for this Richard….

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      Don’t know. Sorry.


  17. Theresa July 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    As much as I look forward to your blog posts, Richard, don’t forget to keep moving, so you don’t have the same issue you had before (since I have the same name as your mother, as you mentioned before, I felt that I could give you a bit of a nag).


    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

      Thanks. I am up damcingfrequently.


      • Yvonne July 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

        Careful…I find those pirouettes a little tricky with a walker. Today is a good day so I’m a little silly cause who knows what tomorrows’ challenge will be so I’m enjoying it!

  18. nancy s July 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I am technologically challenged and thank Sabrina …. I (we) need you Richard and each other.

    Feeling frustrated (fatigue) and sorry for myself (foot drop) yesterday….rode by Sandy Hook Melanie Hsu’s playground “where angels play” – so sad and puts some things in perspective.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      You bet.


  19. nancy s July 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    sorry mis typed …Madeleine Hsu

  20. Henriette July 16, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    This new font is such a relief. Now I think I love your blog better than the NYPost Headlines…. Keep up the great writing, I’m sorry it’s hard for you but it sure does cheer me up! thanks and now I have to go look up whether it was Socrates or Julius Caesar who drank the hemlock. I just looked it up. It was Socrates. phew…. and ps. New York Post and Socrates in the same paragraph? A first….. but seriously, please keep up this blog, I love it.

    • Richard M. Cohen July 16, 2014 at 8:19 am #



  21. Wendygilmo July 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    All these posts about being depressed, is really depressing. I’m just saying…. Let’s have some fun people!!