Privacy Policy

As a reader of many other sites, I understand how important privacy is, especially in this day and age. I want to ensure that my readers feel as safe as possible and the information below is full disclosure on what happens on Rest assured that I will never share your information or email address with anyone else except as required by law and as described below.

Information I Collect

I, Patricia Stanard, am the sole owner of and the information that is collected on this site.  I have access to your personally-identifing information if you voluntarily give it to me either directly or by email.  For example, if you sign up for my newsletter, you’re asked to provide a name and email address.  You also give me your email address if you attempt to contact me through the website.

This information collected when you make a comment, subscribe to receive blog post by email, subscribe to receive my newsletter by email, use the contact forms, or use certain other site features; are used in the following ways:

    • To respond to your requests
    • To improve the website
    • To improve your user experience
    • To keep the website secure

I use the following third-party sites to help with

Automattic, Inc. – includes Akismet (gets temporary access to blog comments to prevent spam), Jetpack or WordPress (collects aggregate data about visitors such as browser type, language preference, referring site, date and time of visit, etc; and retain it in log form.)  Jetpack also uses your information to manage your email subscription.  You can read their privacy notice here.

MailChimp – Uses information solely to manage your newsletter subscription and in conjunction with Jetpack, on the email subscription.  You can read their privacy policy here.  

Users may choose to receive email updates via MailChimp by submitting an email address to the email subscription form or the Newsletter signup form. I use a secure double opt-in subscription system and I reserve the right to contact subscribers with information related to this website and blog. Subscribers may unsubscribe anytime and every email delivered will contain an “Unsubscribe” link.

When leaving a comment, users must submit a name and email address. To combat spam, the Disqus commenting platform also records the IP address of anyone submitting a comment.  Again, none of this information will be shared with anyone.

Google Analytics – Collects aggregate data about visitors such as brower type, language preference, referring site, date and time of visit, pages visited, and retain it in log form.  You can read their privacy policy here.  Google Analytics is a web analytics tool I use to help understand how visitors engage with this website. It reports website trends using cookies and web beacons without identifying individual visitors.

Google Site Stats – To measure performance, Google uses small strings of text (known as cookies) that are placed on your computer when you click on ads. Cookies typically remain active on your computer for about 30 days. If you visit certain pages of the advertiser’s website during that period, Google and the advertiser will be able to tell that you saw the ad delivered by Google. You can read more about  Google Site Stats here.

Third Pary Links contains links to other websites. Please be aware that I am not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. I encourage you, when you leave this website, to read the privacy policy (or privacy statement) of each and every website you visit, as this particular privacy policy applies solely to this particular website.


This page last updated:  January 4, 2019