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how to install Zoom to Chromebook — March 21, 2020

how to install Zoom to Chromebook

Here are some instructions from March 2020 on how to install Zoom from the Chrome Web Store onto your Chromebook –

For some odd reason, the Chromebook we tried installing the extension didn’t click-thru to the right link when trying to join a zoom meeting. So with some effort, finally found the direct link to the Zoom extension in the chrome web store.

What does show up easily on the store is this Zoom Scheduler extension in the chrome web store:

Maybe the recent surge of interest in Zoom caused a server issue-

Saddleback Church Announcement for Weekend of March 14-15, 2020 — March 12, 2020

Saddleback Church Announcement for Weekend of March 14-15, 2020

(mirrored from church e-newsletter)

HEADS UP: Only ONLINE SERVICES this weekend. Campuses will be closed.

IMMEDIATE NOTICE. More to come this evening!

Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020

Dear Saddleback Family,

Later this evening I will be sending you a longer, detailed explanation of how our church family has been dealing with the coronavirus crisis, and what we’re going to do in the days ahead.

We’ve been SO busy responding to the needs, both in our own church and to other churches that look to us, that we have had little opportunity to stop and communicate with you.

But I want you to know this: ALL SERVICES at ALL CAMPUSES are cancelled for this weekend.

Instead I am asking everyone to meet with your small group. Choose a time to meet in a home and watch the SERVICE ONLINE together.

In a second letter I’ll send you later today, I’ll list at least six different ways you can watch the service this weekend with your small group in a home.

In this advanced, brief note, I just want you to plan to meet with your small group on either Saturday or Sunday to watch the services instead of going to your campus.

Before we decided to cancel our weekend services, I had already planned to share a special message on this coronavirus crisis in the middle of our Time to Dream series.

This weekend’s message is on What to Do in a Crisis: Our Response to the Coronavirus will cover three things:

  1. Give everyone encouragement and calm their fears in these anxious days. We’ll review all of the simple ways that you can protect yourself from getting the virus AND also protect yourself from feeling overwhelmed by worry and stress.
  2. Give healthy people a list of practical ways they can protect the most vulnerable around us. People over 60 years old with lowered immunity due to an illness like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or upper respiratory problems are the most vulnerable.
  3. Give churches three immediate ways we can serve our communities during this crisis.

I’ve been in direct contact with the national Center for Disease Control (CDC) this week because the national director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is a long-time dear friend of mine and Kay’s. Bob has worked with us on the “C” of the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, “CARE for the Sick,” from the very beginning. He designed the prototype for our local church-based healthcare system we developed in Rwanda, which is now copied in many other places. Bob has spoken at Saddleback. Also because of our church’s involvement in the AIDS pandemic and 33 national and international disasters, we are deeply connected to the healthcare leaders at local, county, state, and national levels.

Every need in our world is an OPEN DOOR to show God’s love! Little did we know that when we set our 5 Open D.O.O.R.S. goals that we would be given the opportunity to start practicing and working on two of the goals immediately:

Outshine the Darkness and Serve people in pain. Before we’ve even finished our 40-day introductory study, the coronavirus opened these two doors.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you!


I love you and thank God for you!

Pastor Rick Warren
Saddleback Church

adding site to Bing takes time — January 31, 2020

adding site to Bing takes time

I wanted to add my blog to the Bing search engine. I followed the instructions over there at and added my URL in the “Add a Site” field:


Then I copy and paste the meta tag code just like Bing provided into the WordPress admin dashboard, under Tools > Marketing > Site Verification Services ::

I click “Save Settings” to get that meta tag in the Bing field like I’m supposed to. Then I go back over to Bing, and I click “VERIFY”:

You know what happens next? I got this error message, tag not found:


I go back and forth, check the accuracy, troubleshooting, go searching on the internet for answers.

Why Bing Webmaster didn’t verify my wordpress site and find my meta tag

Turns out there’s some kind of caching or data propagation on the cloud of internet servers.

I didn’t make any additional changes on WordPress. When I went back to Bing Webmaster and clicked on the Verify & Try Again button, the site got verified. For the record, I went back 7 minutes later, after adding the verification meta tag into the WordPress admin dashboard.

There probably isn’t a standard time for how fast or how slow your website cache gets cleared or updated, so I’d suggest taking a short walk outside and come back to your computer. Your site will get verified soon enough.

Saddleback Church 40th Anniversary Celebration is February 9, 2020 in Lake Forest, California — January 18, 2020

Saddleback Church 40th Anniversary Celebration is February 9, 2020 in Lake Forest, California

You’re invited to the 40th anniversary at Saddleback Church’s Lake Forest Campus on February 9th, 2020. It’s a giant all-campus outdoor party where all SoCal campuses will come together at Lake Forest for a fun event to launch the new decade! 9:00am to 3:00pm. All parking will be off-campus. Shuttles provided.

The official website is

Come and celebrate God’s goodness together!

Saddleback Church 40th Anniversary

A Saddleback Church 40th anniversary website is under construction with more information to come. When that’s launched, you’ll see it at and this blog post will get updated with a link to it.

Mix Your Own Essential Oils for a Reed Diffuser — October 17, 2019

Mix Your Own Essential Oils for a Reed Diffuser

Air fresheners can be had for your home at a much lower cost and a much higher quality when you go with a reed diffuser and mix your own essential oils and get your own favorite fragrance mix. What I was trying to figure out is the right ratio mix of the carrier oil and the essential oil. Here’s what I found to help me figure that out.

Homemade Air Fresheners: Essential Oil Reed Diffusers

Make your own essential oil reed diffusers for a natural fresh scent in your home! They’re cheaper and safer than the commercial diffusers, and you can customize your own fragrance blends with essential oils.

How To Make Homemade Reed Diffuser Oil

DIY reed diffuser oil is fast an easy to make at home. In no time you can fill your home with your perfect scent for a fraction of the cost.

DIY Reed Diffuser

So Many Great Reasons to Make Your Own Reed Diffuser – with recipes for 11 best essential oil blends

How To Make Homemade Reed Diffusers

“I really dislike artificial fragrances, especially those plug-in types of air fresheners that are full of chemicals. Give me essential oils any day.” – from Apartment Therapy

10 Essential Oil Recipes

Creating a DIY (do-it-yourself) essential oil reed diffuser is easier than you think ~ from 2 bees in a pod

DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils

from Simple Living Creative Learning