Cookie Policy


A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences, or items in online shopping carts) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering that information whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to page. Not all cookies collect information that identifies you, though. Some just collect general information such as how users arrive at and use a website, which helps website owners evaluate and find ways to improve features and content.


There are four kinds of cookies:

  1. Session cookies. These cookies last only for the session and are erased when the user closes the web browser.
  2. Persistent cookies. These cookies remain even after the internet browser session is closed. These cookies are stored on a user’s computer or mobile device until they expire or until the user deletes the cookie. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website. They have expiration dates which may vary from cookie to cookie.
  3. First-party cookies.These cookies are placed by the website a user is visiting. For example, if you visit, then generates cookies for direct interaction with their website.
  4. Third-party cookies.These cookies are placed by a site other than the one a visitor is using. These types of cookies are most often related to online advertising and marketing, social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, and content from embedded media services such as Vimeo, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

The majority of modern web browsers support cookies and most have settings that can be customized to decline some cookies and the ability for a user to delete the cookies at will.

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There are four main categories of cookies:

  1. Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential to a user’s ability to navigate a website and use its features. Example: Without these cookies, a user would not be able to log into their account at the website or complete a purchase at an online store. Another “strictly necessary” example is a cookie that retains a user’s preference on whether or not to accept cookies from a website they visit.
  1. Performance Cookies. These cookies collect information about how a visitor uses a website. These cookies do not collect personally identifying information but allow website owners to evaluate the site’s performance in order to improve user experience and content. Example: Cookies related to Google Analytics.
  1. Functionality. These cookies remember user preferences in order to provide a more personalized experience of a website. They may store things such as your user name, language or the region preference, or even text size. These cookies may also be used to provide services a user has asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog, or logging into a website. Example: When you visit a weather reporting website, you might enter your postal code so you see weather specific to your region.
  1. Targeting or Advertising. These cookies are used to deliver advertisements that are more relevant and suited to a user and their interests. They are also used to limit the number of times a user might see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website owner’s permission. They remember what websites a user has visited and the information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Sometimes these cookies are linked to site functionality.

How This Site Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies essential to the efficient and consistent operation of the site and to offer a personalized experience for users, as well as to:

  • Enable user interactions with blog comments
  • Improve site speed and content through usage of anonymized analytics.

This site also uses some third-party services that may place cookies on your computer when you interact with the service or third-party content.

  • When you watch a video from YouTube
  • Listen to an audio from SoundCloud
  • Share a blog post using the social media icons at the bottom of a post.

Additionally, we do engage in online marketing that uses cookies that may track you beyond this website.

  • Mary is an affiliate with Amazon, iBooks, and Nook. When you click on a link to these sites, they may track you with a cookie.

First-Party Cookies

First-party cookies are cookies that relate to the functions and features of this website specifically, and are set by this website, not a third party. The following cookies may be loaded while using Mary’s site:

  • Consent to cookies cookie
  • WordPress test cookie
  • Mobile Theme preference
  • Blog comment author, email, url, comment, and date of last visit
  • Newsletter sign-up

Third-Party Cookies

Mary uses third-party services for some site features and functionality, as well as advertising and marketing services. These third-party services may place cookies in your internet browser when you visit this site. Third-party cookies are specific to the third-party’s domain (example: Google Analytics and, or service. Mary does not have control over the cookies themselves or what personal data they may gather and cannot view or manage the data related to any third-party’s cookies.



Some third-party services used on this website may place Google Analytics cookies in your browser. This website has no control over those cookies or any data they may collect.

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Google Analytics Cookie Usage

Google Privacy Policy

Google Cookie Types

Google Analytics provides an Opt-Out Browser Add-on


MaDMIMI Cookies (Newsletter)

MadMimi loads a cookie when users access Mary’s newsletter. “JSESSION” expires on browser close. MadMimi collects and stores email addresses and (Optionally) names from users that sign up to receive Mary’s newsletter. Users may change their settings and unsubscribe by clicking on preferences at the bottom of their newsletter.

MadMimi Privacy Policy:



Mary uses affiliate links from Amazon, iBooks and Nook. The retailer will place a cookie on your device when you click the link. This cookie will “tag” Mary’s website so she can receive a small commission for the referral to their site. This does not raise the cost to the buyer.

Associates Program Operating Agreement:

Associates Program Policies (see section 4e):

Amazon Privacy Notice:



Mary’s website provides ways to share our pages and blog posts to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to share content from this site through any of the social media buttons on this site, be aware that these sites are likely to collect information about your online activities. Mary has no control over placement of those cookies and how they function, therefore it is recommended that you review the official privacy policy of the respective social network to find out more about their use of your information and/or how to opt out or delete such information.



This website uses YouTube to deliver video content. YouTube cookies enable you to view any YouTube-imbedded videos included on this site’s pages or blog posts. The expiration date of these cookies vary; some expire after a session ends or a browser window is closed, and some end after 20 years.


YouTube (Google) Privacy Policy:



This features audio content from SoundCloud, a service that delivers audio content managed by SoundCloud Limited. If you visit a page on this website with embedded SoundCloud audio content, will place a cookie (sc_anonymous_id) to enable the SoundCloud player. It may also place others, so please review SoundCloud’s privacy and cookie policies for more information.

SoundCloud Cookie Policy:

SoundCloud Privacy Policy:


Other Cookies

This website may cease usage of some cookies and introduce others from time to time to improve user’s experience. Any changes will be reflected on this Cookie Policy page.

Managing Cookies

Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc.) are configured to accept cookies but allow users to manage those cookie settings and provide ways to delete cookies. These are official instructions for major browsers:


Google Chrome

Firefox (Mozilla)


Internet Explorer

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