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   I’M FROM…..

 

I’m from pink bubblegum carpet and bunk beds with boy’s names carved inside the oak– living on the West side.

I’m from generations of Sicilians where big mamas stirred homemade spaghetti sauce with basil and garlic and rolled out potato gnocchi. 

I’m from orange Kool-Aid, peanut butter sandwiches, and running thru sprinklers in Aunt Carol’s  yard on hot summer days.

I’m from frosty Minnesota winters creating snow angels with my sister, Kay.

I’m from Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, and Non-Denominational churches where I finally figured out it doesn’t   matter a damn.  I loved Jesus no matter where I sat.

I’m from Madonna’s:  Like a Virgin,  Lucky Star, and Papa Don’t Preach.

Madonna Lucky Star  

I’m from putting on black eyeliner & deep red lipstick on Piedmont Avenue with Sue before we drank cheap beer all night at the Pit.

I’m from big sprayed hair, Marlboro cigarettes,  and a bit of hash… sweating on plastic seats– French kissing in Mike’s Corvette.

I’m from Mother Goddess who listened to Pasty Cline and baked warm  chocolate chip cookies for us after school.

I’m from Jong, Sexton, Oliver & Plath. 

  (My all time fav. book)

I’m from poetry, metaphor, vowels, and symbolism.

I’m from sexy pole dancer to green eggs & ham.

I’m from single in the city to a married with kids.

I’m from Cruise Ships, London, Liverpool, Miami, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Nassau, & Cozumel living without inhibition.

(Carnival Cruise)

I’m from mourning, lamenting, weeping, and drinking too much Merlot.

I’m from resurrecting & rising after monsters and murders.

I’m from darkness.

I’m from light.

I’m from dying while still living.

I’ve from the salt of Margaritas mingled with the salt of tears.

But mostly,

I’m from Love.

It overflows into my soul like waterfalls.      It gushes.     It surges.    It drowns me.  

The love is enough for 5 lifetimes….

 (Me & My Soul Mate & greatest Love, Kay)

 pink lips  Xx

~~~  Dear, Reader,  tell me in one sentence where you’re from….


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95 Comments

  • Reply
    ed pilolla
    September 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    can’t be done in one sentence, as you so magically displayed. you are all these vibrant things, and so much more. i am from the same place as you. i am from the rainbow of our ancestral line, given the gift of life, dealing with grief and joy in this friendly universe but fallen world, rediscovering myself repeatedly, loving and being loved, best i can, progressing and being satisfied with who i am, and so much more.
    awesome post. how inspirational:)

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:42 am

      ed,
      “rediscovering myself repeatedly”
      I love that. xx

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    Hello Ladies
    September 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:42 am

      Hello, L.
      Love Back. xx

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    Jann Huizenga
    September 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    You’re from Talent Galore. Wonderful!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:43 am

      –Jann,
      :))) ! xx

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    Linda Medrano
    September 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I’m from a place where we love seeing beautiful women, and recognize them when it’s inside as well as outside and I’ve just seen one.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:43 am

      Linda,
      Beauty from the Inside & outside. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx

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    Irene
    September 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Excellent post! Very prolific! Can’t hug you enough! You’re just that type of person!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:44 am

      –Irene,
      I ‘m hugging you right now. :)))

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    Trish
    September 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I want that gnocchi!!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:44 am

      —My dad’s sister, Carol, makes the BEST!! xx

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    Alison@Mama Wants This
    September 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Beautiful, Kim, just beautiful. Love knowing more about you.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

      –Mama, A.
      So are you… xx

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    Julie @ mamamash
    September 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Hey hot stuff! Love that photo. Beautiful writing as well.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

      —MamaMash,
      Love when you visit 🙂 xxx

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    classycareergirl
    September 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Love your list! I am from frosty Minnesota winters too! 🙂 But now I live in sunny San Diego!! 🙂

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

      –Classycareergirl,
      Oooooh, My, You moved to the right place!!! :)) X

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    Ann
    September 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Terrific Kim! I commented on Alison’s that the only thing I could think of when I saw this writing prompt was that I’m from Florida. I know I’m so much more than that, but I drew a blank. You filled in the blanks beautifully!

    P.S. Come on over, girlfriend – I’ll be your cook!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

      —Ann.
      You. Are. SO. Much. MORE. xxxxxx ps. I’m comin’ over.

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    Vidya Sury, Freelance Writer & Blogger
    September 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Kim, this is one of your best-est posts ever! I just loved it and I am in love with you now. forever.

    I am going to be smiling all day thinking of this!

    Loveya. Hugs.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:47 am

      –Vidya,
      No. You Are The Best-Est!! Love. xx

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    Theresa Sonoda
    September 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I loved this! You know yourself, and that is a big big deal, my friend. And that pic of you and Kay brought tears to my eyes. You are such a joy. You make my heart happy, Kim. Thanks for being such a sweetheart.
    T

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

      —Dear, T.
      You make my heart Laugh :)) xx Kiss. I’ll call you when I’m in Vegas.

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    Kiddothings
    September 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    What a beautiful post Kim. I loved that you said you’re from love, coz you really do have a lot of love to give.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

      –Kiddothings,
      Love when you visit me!! Thank you. xxx

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    September 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Oh Kim,

    “But mostly,

    I’m from Love.

    It overflows into my soul like waterfalls. It gushes. It surges. It drowns me.

    The love is enough for 5 lifetimes….”

    Beautiful!

    Have an awesome day!

    🙂 Mandy xo

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

      —Mandy,
      Cook some comfort food today! I’m thinking about you. xx

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 24, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Kim you really put it all into context so beautifully. I adore your words xxx

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

      –Dear L.
      And I adore YOU. x

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    Countingducks
    September 24, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I’m from the riverbank wit a home made fishing rod

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

      –Ducky,
      LOVE THAT! It says a thousand words. x

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    Thomas
    September 24, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I am from reckless determination to achieve the impossible dreams that all of us have inside.

    your humble T.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

      –Humble, T.
      Lovely…just like you. x

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    Hotly Spiced
    September 24, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Fantastic, engaging writing. I want more!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

      –Hotly Spiced,
      :))) thanks. sweet.

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    debbie
    September 24, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I so enjoyed reading this!!!! I’m from white go-go boots, big hoop earings, deep red lipstick, funky clothes, spaghetti and meatballs made with grandma and Jones Beach, Long Island!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:52 am

      Debbie,
      Go Go Boots!!! Big Hooped Earings! So Hip. I’m waiting to read your “I’m From,” D. xx

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    Lola
    September 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

    You are such a talented writer. SO beautifully done! I love knowing more about you! By the way, my husband’s side of the family is PURE ITALIAN (mostly from Sicily) so I loved reading about the the sauce and the gnocchi!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:54 am

      –Lola,
      My daddy’s sister, Carol, makes the best gnocchi! As a kid, that was my BIG birthday dinner Every Year. That may be why my Ass is quite happy now.. HA xxxx Kiss

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    Joan
    September 24, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I’m from Duluth with lots of bland, white Scandinavian food and memories of a loved sister, who like yours, was taken from us in a moment of anger and need for control, making that bland food seem now heavenly.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

      –Oh, Joan,
      I love you. xx

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    Hot Coco @ Flab to Fab
    September 24, 2011 at 6:19 am

    This is so beautiful, Kim.

    I am from kings and queens and Pilgrims and healers; a midwife who cooked like an Iron Chef; tears and terror; dreams and desires; stories and spotlights; music and madness; past and present; laughter and love.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 6:56 am

      –Hot Coco.
      Gorgeous. xx love the alliteration. xx

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    Debra Elliott
    September 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

      –Debra,
      Thanx for visiting….x

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    Phil
    September 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I am from New England, born here of immigrant Italian parents who worked their asses off to show me life is worth living at full bore; friends and family are worth all your loyalty and loving; emotions are worth putting on full display, that it’s OK to be moved to tears or to laugh so hard it infects and lifts everyone around you or to erupt like a volcano in passionate anger or to bubble with joy and glee at something delightful; and most importantly, if you’re going to do something, put a lot of passion into it – nothing half-assed.

    See what happens when you force me to one sentence? It runs on and on and on… 🙂

    Nicely done Kim. Pleased to know you a little bit better from all those one sentence reveals.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

      —Phil,
      Passion. I feel your Passion :)))) xx

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    Tia
    September 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I am from survival, determined to become who I was always meant to be.

    Love you,
    Kimmers

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Tia,
      Beautiful. x Luv You.

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    Tina Ihas
    September 24, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Your blog is amazing. I have been reading for the last hour and the only reason I am going to stop for now is that is it is breaking my heart and I do not want to face a whole day at work feeling sad. I will return. <3

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

      —Tina,
      Thank you for visiting my mourning-crazy world.
      I shall visit you, too. xx

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    Dad
    September 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Kim, I’m so glad you have so much love in you because thats what mom & I tried to give you Kay& Alan
    when you were growing up. (It really shows). By the way I hope you are ready for Vegas, we leave this
    Tuesday. You are right about another thing, Carol does make the best Goncchi.
    Love You Better Than Goncchi
    Daddy

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Daddy,
      I love you more than the Entire World. ;)) xxxxx

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    mercy
    September 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    love you immensely!!! I love how u write

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Mercy,
      I love you more than chocolate drizzing on fudge ice cream. 🙂 x
      —-How is life in Nairobi? Thank goodness we can cry together….

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    Liz
    September 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I your list of where you are from! It contains some of the same things where I am from. And it is a beautiful poem!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      —thanks, Liz. :)) xx

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    Monica
    September 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I’m just a gal from Queens, and that pretty much sums up my life, my personality, and my charm. 😉

    By the way, one of my all-time fave books is Sylvia Plath’s the Bell Jar. She wrote so well, so poignantly.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      –Monica,
      Queens says A Lot! Spunk. Sassy. Charm. Wonderful.
      “The Bell Jar” was great. Plath was a genius. My greatest mentor as a writer.
      Her Jounals are superbly gorgeous, sad, insightful, funny, sexy, & magical. xxx
      Ps. You must order “The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath” –this is the best.

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    Nota
    September 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Nice post – such lovely images. The more I know where I’m from, the more I know where I’m going is limitless.

    I’m from sparklers lit by my dad, my grandmother’s bible, soft puppy fur, the smell of morning coffee, the lies of whiskey drunks, filthy boxing bags, and the best hugs my husband saves just for me.

    Which about sums it up in a nutshell.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      –Nota,
      So Lovely 🙂 xx
      We always lit sparklers as kids!

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    LBDDiaries
    September 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This was really good. I’m from nowhere and everywhere – dad was in the Army! I feel like I know you a little better now!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      —Dear, Nan,
      —-You are from Pure Beaty… xx

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    lifeintheboomerlane
    September 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I love this!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      L.
      Thanks for stopping over 😉

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    Julie
    September 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’m from scary movies at the drive-in with half the neighborhood; homemade caramel popcorn balls for Halloween; and changing out of my orange Converse to roller skates with homemade pom poms at the toe on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Skateland, where we magically and joyfully went round and round with no final destination.

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    Diane
    September 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I’m from eight people in a house with one bathroom, togetherness, sadness, joy, creativity, learning, chaos and love, so much love. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
    Wonderful, thoughtful post Kim. You so graciously let us all into your life and your being.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 7:54 am

      —Diane,
      Thank you so much for all of your help! Xxx Kiss

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    Lady Fi
    September 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    This was pure magic!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Lady Fi,
      You are Pure Magic :))

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    Charlotte
    September 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    WOW do I ever looooove this post. And you’re a Sylvia Plath fan, too? We might be long-lost bloggy sisters 🙂

    I’m from hand-me-downs and socks with sandals which were supposed to provide a spine in my formative years, but left me feeling like the weirdo in Phys Ed instead; from Tori Amos and teenage angst to shoulderpads, obnoxious cursive, and classroom daydreams; German Christmas cookies and a tree that stayed up well into February.

    This was a fun exercise 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

      –Charlotte,
      How fun to hear about your “Where I’m From!!” Geman Christmas Cookies. Yum. x

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    Heavenly Housewife
    September 25, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Just beautiful 😀 it speaks a lot about you!
    Me? I am from Heaven of course ;).
    *kisses* HH
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 7:57 am

      H. H.
      Yes, you are quite heavenly… xx!

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    Ameena
    September 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

    There is no way I can do this in one sentence…so I’m just going to say how well you said it instead! And I want someone to make me a big pot of real “mama” spaghetti sauce. I want to taste the real thing like you get to!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

      —Ameena,
      I’ll send soem Real Mama Pasta right over … 🙂

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    Glamamom
    September 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

    New York City Baby!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Oh Yeeeeah! x

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    Kristy @PampersandPinot
    September 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Yours was so nostalgic and full of so many childhood memories! Love it. Me? I am from a phoenix rising in the ashes of a desert valley, the hum of an AC, and hope for rain.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

      “rising in the ashes of a desert valley”
      lovely. i like that! x

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    Bridget
    September 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’m from amazing friendships that dwell deep in my soul.

    Also, I love that, “I’m from the salt of margaritas and the salt of tears.”
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

      B,
      Friendships dwelling deep in your soul. What a great friend you must be :)))

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    mamawolfe
    September 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I’m from…a small town where everyone knew my name…

    Thanks for your post. Found you and am following from the tea party hop!

    http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com/2011/09/deadly-difference.html
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

      —Mama. W.
      “Everyne knew my name.”
      Very Cool.
      I must come over to visit you. x

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    Elizabeth
    September 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I am from an old farm with lots of land and a pet chicken named Roostie!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      –E.
      I hope Roostie wasn’t Roated :)) xx

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    Sandy Webb
    September 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    This is a wonderful post. I learned so much about you.

    I am from cornfields and spending lazy summer days on the lake; riding our horses through endless farm fields; a father who made me the person I am today; a mother who loved me deeply; most importantly I am from a soulmate who gave me my childhood dreams on a silver platter and convinced me I was the most wonderful woman in the world and didn’t deserve less; now I am from a soul who is learning to live without that soulmate and an open, raw wound in my heart.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      September 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      —Sandy,
      My heart fills up when I read your words.
      And I understand your pain…So Raw. So very raw.
      Love. Xx

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    Goodness and Grit
    September 27, 2011 at 12:41 am

    LOVED this!
    Kimberly
    PS I too am from bubblegum pink carpet, musical-chair churches, corvettes, murderers, and every single thing you mentioned, all of which molded my continuous love frothing small-town/big city soul.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

      –Kimberly,
      I didn’t know we had so much in common….I’d love to talk sometime. Xx
      Murders? I must hear about this.

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    (FL) Girl with a New Life
    September 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Really well done. Loved this. And I LOVE that pic of you in the black dress.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

      FL.
      Thanks for visiting. Love when you drop over. Xx

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    Bella
    October 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Kim, you forgot to say that you’re from decadent chocolate, cotton candy, and all stuff nice. You’re from tough as nails to gentle as a lamb. You’re from girl nextdoor to exotic beauty. You’re from bravery, courage and perseverence. But above all, you’re from beauty, inside and out! How I loved, LOVED this post! Love you, lady! 🙂

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

      —Bella,
      You are a girl who captures my heart. :)) Love you much !!! So Sweet. xxx

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