Site Navigation 2010:

All of our Departments (excepting Humor and Recipes) were converted to WordPress by 2009. Navigation from the right sidebar is so common today as to need no explanation. This page offers a useful overview of site organization and the navigation choices you have as you visit our pages.

We’ve kept some of our old HTML pages, either because they are legacy pages, or in some cases because their format doesn’t fit into a conveniently suitable WordPress schema. grows a little larger every year. Here’s a simplified, illustrated, numbered-step guide to help you find any page out of over a thousand on this site.

“What’s New” and RSS

Our HOME page consolidates all of our various department “what’s new” announcements, site-wide, in a single place. From HOME,  you can read the blurb, click the link to the post, and read any article. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed, receiving these blurbs in brief email announcements to alert you when we’ve posted new content. Each department also has its own feed, but the HOME feed will deliver all of them.

Overview: Organization by Department pages consist of an index (“HOME”) page, and several assorted categories of subindex pages. We call our subindex pages “Departments“. Departments include

  • Astronomy
  • Commentary
  • Computers
  • HOME
  • Humor
  • La Parola
  • Miscellany
  • My Notes
  • Outdoors
  • Photos
  • Recipes
  • Writing


Under each Department we find numerous articles, essays, photo postings, recipes or other features relevant to that Department’s topic or theme. These may number from a few articles to hundreds.

Some of the larger departments may be further broken down by subtopic. The Writing department offers sub-listings for stories, poems and Bear stories, for example.

TOP Level Pages that apply to all departments

The top level of any computer directory tree means the highest level. “About” pages, copyright and credits notices, and author’s profile are examples of pages that are found at the top HOME level of Note that these pages are generally only accessed from the home index page, or, in some cases, from the black Tigra Menu navigation bars.

Navigation Devices

Below, we list the most common ways you can  easily navigate around this site.

1. The WordPress Menu

This black bar menu appears directly below our photographic banner image. Hovering over any of the headings reveals clickable sub-menu destination links.

2. AutoList Menus and the Department Level

AutoList is an easy-to-use HTML page location features of the whole site. The results of a whole directory are too large for a WordPress page. The HOME page has a menu bar link to our sitewide “HTML File List.” AutoList also drives RECIPES and Humor page menus.

3. WordPress department index pages

All of our departments open in WordPress index pages, complete with links to feature articles.

Formats: Newer articles of modest length are usually written within the regular WordPress framework. Major new feature articles, and a 10-year archive of older legacy articles, are sometimes still written in the traditional HTML format. We also use Adobe Reader PDF for some larger writing projects.

4. HTML department index pages

Offered in Humor and RECIPES, AutoList generates links for every department level page where it is used. NOTE: many older pages have been converted to WordPress. If you are looking for a page you know you saw before, and can’t find it in AutoList, use the Search field in the page’s WordPress department.

Some WordPress Departments still have legacy HTML pages with a “HTML Directory” link in the back menu bar.

5. WordPress Sidebar Browse Features

Under WordPress 3.0, the sidebar becomes one single sidebar for the entire site, meaning that some links are the same site-wide links, no matter what department you are visiting. However, “Permalinks” are specific to the department you are visiting, as are “Archives”, “Categories”  and “Search”.

  1. We offer “Browse By:” links to search Articles by Category
  2. Use the Archives popup to select all of the articles for a given month/year.
  3. Use the Categories popup to select all of the articles for a given category.
  4. Use the Search field and button to do your own custom search by word or phrase.
  5. Look for links for Departments, Links (offsite), Pages and other link categories. Link categories are customized in each department.
  6. Tags are listed in the “Tag Cloud”. A Tag is similar to a category, but is individually assigned to each page or post. Tags function more like “keywords” that you have seen elsewhere. The larger the font of an individual tag appears, the more posts have been assigned to it.

6. “Posts” versus “Pages”

Unless a contributor is actually creating content in WordPress, there is no particular reason why a user should care whether content was created as a Post or a Page. You are reading this in a Page, not a Post, so there is no sidebar.

7. Standalone Pages – Pages Without Departments or Menus

These are “root” level posts or pages that belong to the HOME Department. As complete articles or bulletins, they don’t link to any duplicate full text anywhere else.

8. “Frames”

The huge Recipes and Humor departments are each contained in one non-frame CSS/Javascript window that gives navigation control back to the user. We also have many legacy “framesets” for browsing large multi-page articles. These are mainly found in Commentary, Computers and Writing).

  • Some people don’t like frames, but sometimes it’s the only logical alternative to a single huge page or hundreds of extra links to pages you can’t see without leaving the window … If your browser created a new window for you to view the new page, the best way to dismiss it is click the “close box”. The old page is right there, underneath.
  • Try your “back” button
  • Try other links that may be on the page, such as on the header or footer.
  • Find the link or button to Summitlake Home.

9. Search

HOME and Department index pages have very good Search fields built into the top of the right sidebar. At various places we also offer built-in custom Google site searches. Either way, you should be able to find just about any content you are looking for. Don’t forget to use the keyword cloud TAGS to browse by common keyworded topics.


We hope you enjoy your visit to and check back on our HOME page from time to time to see what’s new. If you are a regular, and you use RSS, you can just subscribe to our feed. Since 1995, we’ve added thousands of pages, articles, photos and features. We’ve also archived hundreds over the years if they lose relevance. Our whole site has been reorganized from top to bottom several times. And lastly, thank you for visiting; that’s the whole point!

last updated May 23, 2013

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