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–What is a blog?

That is precisely what I asked my son  1 year ago.

He rolled his eyes  (the way kids do)  and said something like,  “Are you kidding me, moooooom?”

I get that a lot around here.

But I’ve learned a great deal since then.

Yeah, Mama Kim has come a long way.

I’ve learned that blogging can be a podium for change.

That a blog is a beautiful space where one can be set free.


Free from judgment, editors, & political correctness.

Free from bosses, managers, and nit-picking assholes breathing down your neck.

I’ve learned that blogging is like undressing in front of the world.

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Layer by layer the clothes begin falling off until the writer is left naked and exposed…

standing directly in front of the reader.

I’ve learned that one can shout, yell, cuss, educate, enlighten, inform, and give voice to one’s stories…

…because the words matter.

I mean, who would have imagined that a little girl from Duluth, Minnesota’s words would matter…

Who would have imagined that Your words would matter?

They do.     They do.

How many layers of clothing are you willing to take off?

For me,  especially when I’m talking about my sister’s murder, domestic violence & mourning,  I shall removed everything, everything, everything.

Until I’m standing bare in front of you.

Until Kay’s story seeps inside your soul.

Until I take my last breath….

——-Dear, Reader,  what is the reason you blog?  And for those of you who read blogs—what makes you keep coming  back?

My Soul-Mate & Best Friend was murdered by Mike Peterson 544 days ago.  Darkness fell upon the earth.

                      Domestic Abuse Hot Line

                        Help For Domestic Violence

      In Memory of Kay


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  • Reply
    November 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I blog for the same reasons, Kim. I want my story to be told. I want people to read about shootings that affect every day Americans. I want people to read about Domestic Abuse. I want people to read about ways we can change things to prevent people like our sisters from being shot to death. I have bared my soul and who I am and I have been attacked for it. But I have also been affirmed by many who read my blog quietly and agree with what I am saying. If I have moved them to take action, then my blogging will have been worth the afront to those who don’t agree. It will have been worth taking the ugliness of those who disagree. We write because we have passion. We write because of our love and our grief. I think you are more “bare” and stripped of your outer layers than I and your writing is more poetic. It speaks to the soul. Mine, I think, speaks to the heart and mind of my readers. I love your blog because of that. Keep blogging. What you are doing is important work. Thank you.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

      **We write because we have passion**

      Sweet, Joan,
      in one sentence, you said it ALL.

      Love to you, Dear. Xxx

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    Adriana Iris
    November 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I love your blog. Because I connect to some raw emotions that others have yet to make me feel. I too feel like I am undressing. When I speak of my childhood and all the things I have gone through. It is cathartic the process and I am so grateful to have found this medium.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 6:56 am

      –Dear, Adriana,
      Yes. You undress & We read. Xxx

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    Impulsive Addict
    November 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Is he in prison? He better be. If he’s not, karma will get him. I’m so sorry, Kim. Bastard.

    I’ve driven through Deluth a few times. Great town. You’re lucky. I live in a shit town with swingers and meth heads.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

      Where do you live?

      He is not in prison….He committed suicide after he shot my sisiter.

      Our lives will Never be the same.


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    November 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I love the way you talk about blogging. It really is like stripping naked for the world. For some reason I find it a lot easier to share thoughts and feelings on my blog than with people face to face. It’s been an incredibly journey these past 7 months I’ve been blogging and I can’t wait to see what’s next!


    P.S. Thanks for linking up to the Getting to Know You Friday Blog Hop!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

      I agree…
      Blogs are a Great platform to share without feeling uncomfortable.

      One can (((Scream!)))

      And Nobody can tell them to ((Shutup!)) X

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    Vidya Sury
    November 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Kim, I love your blog. I enjoy blogging because it is liberating. Blogging is a powerful medium. It is exciting to share feelings, knowledge, make friends. There’s so much love out there. I cherish the wonderful people I connect with – and I love the anticipation of reading my favorite bloggers’ next post. I cry with them. I laugh with them. I fantasize that I will one day have the privilege of meeting at least some of the bloggers I love.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. You rock. I am sure one day I am going to be reading a book of your blog posts and loving it tremendously.

    BIG HUGS to you, Kim.

    I was serious about sending you that dress material 😀
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

      You Rock More than ME!!! :)) Sending you lots of Love on Sunday…xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I started to blog because I wanted to try and write. I never thought I would like writting as much as I do. But, that is not why I blog. I blog because of the friends I have made as a result. If you would have told met that would have happened, I never would have believed you. I am still shocked how many wonderful people I have met online, and that is why I write & read…
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

      —Blog on, Hilary!! Xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    This is awesome, Kim. Blogging is amazing, and I’ve seen how beautifully, and eloquently you write. You are able to use the power of words to keep your sister’s memory alive, reminding us that we must always be vigilant and never allow domestic violence to occur without speaking up.

    I blog because it is, for me, the best way I can express myself, and because I like to share my life, my thoughts, and my humor, with fellow bloggers and non-bloggers, alike. Thanks, Kim. Hope you’re having a great day!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

      And I love your blog! You do undress. I like that! Xx

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    Hot Coco @ Flab to Fab
    November 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I started to blog – completely anonymously – to vent, quite a while back. Then, I started another blog as an outlet for my spiritual/metaphysical/Reiki journey. Then, when my cousin wanted to team up on our weight loss journey, we started From Flab to Fab.

    I do find I shed more clothing as I go along. It’s baby steps for me, this reveal, because although I go by Hot Coco (a nickname of mine), all my family and friends know where to find the blog.

    It is indeed, Kim, a powerful platform.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:02 am

      —Hot Cocoa,

      Baby Steps. I love that! X Happy Sunday.

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    November 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I blog to sort through my thoughts and to leave a part of me for my kids that they might not otherwise know.

    Your post is so honest and unguarded. In your words I feel the passion within you and the love of your sister will keep your spirit from breaking. I lost a brother to cancer and I know the level of anger and loss I feel. I can not even translate that experience into losing a sibling at someone else’s hand. May writing bring you some comfort. I am sorry for your loss.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

      thank you for visiting.

      So sorry about your brother. The pain always exists, doesn’t it?

      To me, writing is like a prayer. Xx have a good day, May.

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    November 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I started blogging because of a writer’s conference I attended, which indicated writers HAD to develop a “platform.” I continue blogging because of the online friends and connections I’ve made, because it helps me get in touch with my thoughts, because it forces me to write regularly, and because I’ve learned that I absolutely LOVE it! Where else can you pen some thoughts, then hit “Publish” and immediately see the words you’ve written?! How cool is that!
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      Wild Child Mama
      November 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

      This is why I began blogging too. It was suggested that I needed to build a platform. But now? I don’t know if I even care about that. Sharing my stories has been so freeing and liberating beyond my wildest dreams. It’s like I’m finally living because, with the support of my readers, I have let go of fears and am moving on in my life in such a healthy and POSITIVE way. Hurray for the blogging world;)
      Hooray for brave and honest bloggers like beautiful Kim.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:05 am

      hit “Publish” and immediately see the words you’ve written?! ***

      Yes. Instant gratification, Debbie! Sometimes when I press publish, I’m like, should I have done that?

      I always Am. Xx

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    adventures in alyssaland
    November 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I started to blog because I wanted to write and a co-worker suggested blogging. I keep blogging as a form of self-expression and cause I enjoy making people laugh.

    I love your blog and your raw authentic emotion.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:05 am


      Yes! to make people laugh. What a gift you have, dear. Xx

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    Goodness and Grit
    November 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I blog because it feels like swimming naked.
    Writing from the heart with utter most honesty is daring, liberating, exhilarating, and healing. Besides, it is cheaper than therapy.

    I can count the blogs I actually come back to time and time again on one hand. They entertain me, they challenge me, but mostly they have befriended me.

    I love you and you blog Kim, and I have never met you.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:07 am

      ***swimming naked.***

      Kimberly, why didn’t I write that?

      I sooo enjoy you and your blog adventures!

      I know you! X

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    Style Maniac
    November 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I cannot imagine losing my sister — my best friend. My heart goes out to you.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:08 am

      –Dear, Style,

      I shall never accept her loss.

      but I shall go on…damn, I must go on. Xx

      thank you for you kind words.

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    Pam Hogeweide
    November 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I started blogging in 2005 for the same reasons you cited here. I have kept blogging for the same reasons. Blogging is where I cut my teeth at writing.

    I have made lots of friends through blogging (like you!) and a few virtual friends have since become real-life friends. So cool when the digital world and the flesh and bones world collide.

    I read your blog because I like you and your sassy, personable blogging style.

    And I like your header. With the big lipstick smooch boldly right there. Anybody with a graphic like that has my attention!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

      Blogging is where I cut my teeth at writing.***

      Pam, you rock.

      I love your honesty & intellect.

      I love that you love God…but you challenge HIM!! xx

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    Pam Hogeweide
    November 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Whoa. How does your commenting system know what i last posted? Tripping me out!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

      sorry, babe. X

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    November 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I love the vulnerability and humor and insights of others who share their passion and lives. I learn do sooo much!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:10 am


      And I love youuuuuuu. X

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    November 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    To be honest, writing is therapeutic for me. It cures me of, umm, depression. Yes. And then the people who come by and read your words, making you feel important like you said, just adds more value to the whole thing 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:11 am

      It cures me of, umm, depression***

      Yes, it is a beautiful form of therapy.

      I love when others say, “I’ve been there. I get it. I hear you!”

      Thanks, Warm Sunshine. X

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    November 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    There are probably as many reasons to blog as there are reasons to write. But beyond that, blogging has allowed people to have voices in ways that conventional written outlets never afforded. I read somewhere that the incidence of school violence (the kind in which a student goes on a rampage and kills fellow students) has gone down since the advent of Facebook. It’s so clear: Give the invisible, the discarded, the frustrated a format and a lot of anger is then dissapated. Blogging does the same. And, thanks to people like you, victims of violence can still have a voice.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

      –Dear, Boomer,

      i must say, I love love love your blog & clever words. Xx WOW.

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    November 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Kim, I love this post. I really, really do. This is what I consider a typical “Kim” post. No artificial sweeteners, no sugar-coating, no gentle coddling, just pure, and raw emotion. I can almost hear you sing, “What you see is what you get.” And this is the reason I keep coming back to your blog. I need to be reassured that in a world where apathy reigns, there are still people who make a difference; that give a rat’s ass. Your blog makes me believe that there are still a few good “WOmen” out there and that yes, we have the intellectual power and creativity to influence others with our words, if not with our actions. I come back to blogs for different reasons. Sometimes I’m a little down and I need a pick me up with the humor of so and so, and other times I’m the mood to be thrown for a spin and click on so and so’s blog for a fix. I blog because it gives me joy to connect with so many lovely people who add to the mix, who share my feelings, or disagree and provide intellectual stimulation. I blog because sharing is a beautiful thing. Sharing of the creative spirit, of the mind, of the heart, and cheesy as this sounds, of the soul. Because in sharing, we get seven fold what we put out there. I hope that in sharing anecdotes of my peculiar life, others will be able to smile and giggle once in a while. 🙂

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:16 am

      And I shall ALWAYS click to your blog because I know I shall recieve something that I need. —- A laugh. A photo of Roxy. A conversation w/ your hubs. A story about a man with delicious perfume. Everything.

      I am NEVER disappointed.

      Love to you, my sweet Bella. x

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    November 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    It’s interesting that you ask this question at this time.

    My closest friend isn’t very computer savvy. Even though she is forced to use one in her Director position, she really only uses email and maybe type a memo in a Word program. That’s it. Blog? She hasn’t really got any idea what one is. Twitter? She laughs when you mention it. Her husband uses his computer, he’s a little more knowledgeable with it, but even he’s in the dark about most things.

    So when I showed her my blog after telling her what one was, I read her a couple of my posts.

    She looks at me and says “You need to get out more. I’m really worried about you now.”.

    So I have some self evaluation I need to do. Why AM I blogging?

    More on that in another post. After I figure it all out.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

      –Loved your post about this, Irene.

      —-your friend is ignorant.

      She doesn’t know shit. But you dooo.

      I love you, Irene! xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I am so happy for you that you have this outlet – and a community of people that you inspire daily!!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:18 am

      –Goo goo,

      Yeah, what a great platform to scream & yell, & sometimes, even laugh. X

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    November 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:18 am

      You rock, I. xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Yes, blogging allows one to be totally uninhibited; to iron out thoughts and develop new ideas. It’s been therapeutic for me and I’ve met some cool folk along the way, with whom I share common goals.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:19 am

      You definitely Undress for you readers.

      Love that about you , sweets. Xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I blog a bit differently than I journal. I hold my journal as a sacred sanctuary, totally private and not for anyone’s eyes but mine. I blog on the other hand for the sheer joy of writing. I view it as a personal playground of mine where all are welcome to frolic or reflect about some of those random thoughts that swirl around in my mind. No real purpose or aspirations for anything bigger.

    On that matter, our blogs are quite different, as you have a tremendous mission and purpose here, and what you do here shines through with a lot of love. I admire you for what you do and how you do it.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:21 am

      –explained beautifully, as usual, Phil.

      ***The pure love of writing.***

      How delicious. Xx Kiss.

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    Helene Abbott
    November 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I enjoy reading what your story tells and you put it like no one else can. Little did I know years after Curves that I would be reading your sad story but also the fun and exciting things you touch on and recipes that put on calories just reading them!
    All I can sa is PERFETTO, my amico

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

      and little did I know that “you would be one of my biggest supporters”

      Xx Kiss.

      I’d love to meet you sometime for wine or coffee.

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        Helene Abbott
        November 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

        let’stry to aim for a coffee session some morning…..

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    Linda Medrano
    November 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I really have no real understanding of why I do it. It’s not because I think I have anything so imperative (like you) to say. I do it because I enjoy it, but I also meet people (like you), who rock my world. You and your story fascinate and intrigue me. I love you Kim.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

      –O0000h, Linda,

      I have observed that you have several readers. Apparentely they think you have something to say!

      I love you, Too. Xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I blog for fun actually. For a little me-time to keep sane.

    I love reading blogs like yours for the very reason you stated here – you bare your soul. And I love the honesty that I read in your posts.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:24 am


      And you make me smile 🙂 Thank you for your photos and words. X

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    November 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The reason people enjoy your blog is for precisely the reasons you wrote about. Your passion, your joy, your sorrow, your humor all shine through your writing. Thank you!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

      And thank you for your blog. I love it! You have something to SAY. x

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    Alison@Mama Wants This
    November 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I blog because I want to write. To write freely, to write from my heart.

    I like your analogy of undressing. The more I write, the longer I blog, I find that I’m telling more and more of my story. A story I didn’t know I had.

    I love your raw honesty when you write Kim. This is why I come back to you. xo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

      ***. The more I write, the longer I blog, I find that I’m telling more and more of my story. A story I didn’t know I had. ***

      Mama, A. Yes, we learn so much about ourselves, don’t we.

      I shall always click to your blog, dear. x

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    The Bipolar Diva
    November 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Well that’s a loaded question. My main blog it to try to remove the stigma of bipolar disorder. We’re just normal people that happen to experience emotions in a much broader range than others. I know that I have it lucky and mine is under control, there are so many that can’t either afford the care or the meds and for them I hurt. My “other” blog is where I stand naked before you all and you know the side of me that I keep hidden away for the most part. And I keep coming back to yours because, well, because I love you!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:28 am

      –Dear, Diva.

      Yes. I adore your other blog… where you stand naked…baring your soul & bleeding heart.

      I feel it all the way in Minnesota. I feel it.

      –btw, i hope you read what I said in your last blog psot. you deserve RESPECT. always. forever.

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    Grumpy Grateful Mom
    November 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    You have an amazing blog Kim. You are so raw and real, then other times hilarious. I originally started blogging as a way to vent some silly frustrations I was having. But it’s become more important to me than I thought it would. I so enjoy the people I’m getting to know too. 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:30 am


      it’s sort of a ‘culture within a culture”

      —-And I have loved reading your blog so much…and savoring your photos!! Oh, My. xxx

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    November 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I think I may actually be trading addictions. LOL

    I have spent a lot of time on Facebook in the past few years. A LOT. And outside of the ridiculous number of games I play, I did carve out a few notes here and there. Even did a few little pieces on my weight loss journey on Sparkpeople, but nothing regular. Though I’d always thought about writing on the regular, I never made any moves to do it. Until this past April. Here is my story:
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:31 am

      Dear N,–I shall read your story…. xx

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    November 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    This is a great post! I started blogging because I needed to maintain my health and felt that a blog would give me a sense of accountability. However, I adore cooking and love to share recipes, so it’s a win-win every day for me.

    I continue to come back to you – because you’re amazing! I read how open and honest you are and admire the devotion you have to your sister and stopping domestic violence. …and you’re just plain ol’ awesome!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Talk about Awesome.

      Your recipes have helped me during my mourning. Sure my ass is a little bigger, but who really cares.

      Love to you, dear Ann. xx

      what are you doing today?

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    Lady Fi
    November 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    A wonderful post. You’ve hit the nail on the head – everyone has a story to tell. Yours is an amazing one of patience and perseverance and pain – and also beauty.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:33 am

      –Lady, Fi,

      when I go to your blog, I feel as if God has given me a beautiful prayer.

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    November 6, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I love your honesty and your bravery and your willingness to give voice to your experience. You really are an inspiration.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:34 am

      thank you for reading! X

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    November 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Hi Kim! The answer is: I don’t care about blogging that much anymore. I started food blogging as a way to preserve and share recipes, and because blogging was a challenge – something new to learn/conquer. Then I because a copycat, trying to emulate the success of the “big” food blogs, spent hours trying in vain to improve my photography skills to have my photos accepted by snooty websites such as Tastespotting, tried my hand at making money off my blog, then began to wonder what my purpose was, got tired of all my angst about blogging, got busy doing other projects, and have pretty much lost interest. It’s so much work for me, and I don’t enjoy it like I did. I have a crafty blog and a blog about Oklahoma, and if I continue blogging that is where my energy will be concentrated. I do still read blogs, but I am weary of the arrogance of many food blogs whose authors disdain shortening, corn syrup, and all the other wonderful stuff that I grew up on. 🙂 So I have been gravitating toward the DIY blogs, blogs like yours that tell it like it is (yours is the best), and food blogs that promote comfort food and fat and sugar – all the good stuff!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I LOVE your honesty.

      Yes. Blogging is NOT for everybody.
      Love your blog, Linda. Xx

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    November 6, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I know I say the same thing to you, again and again, to the point that my words don’t even adequately express how I feel, but, Kim, you move me. I love your writing. Your words permeate my soul. Really.

    And by the way, I am naked in front of my computer too. But literally so.
    And for no particular reason.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 7:40 am


      —–you definitely undress for the blogmosphere, babe.

      I found one of your black bras in Duluth!!

      You. Are. Not. Boring.

      Xx Kiss from me.

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    November 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Just keep blogging Kim, they get better all time. By the way I would like to go out to coffee witrh you and
    Love You

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

      oh, what a good idea, Daddy :))

      Love you more than black panthers purring in Kenya.

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    Jann Huizenga
    November 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Kim, I so admire your courage in blogging–baring your heart and soul. Your words DO matter, and they’re absolutely beautiful…
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

      And YOUR words matter.

      All of our stories matter. Xx

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    November 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I blog because like a spoiled narcissistic teenager I still thing the world revolves around me and I want everyone to hear what I have to say and think I’m wonderful. Hey… you wanted the layers peeled off right? (Kidding!… a little.) I guess like any blogger/writer, I just have a need to write and want my words to be heard.

    What keeps me coming back to blogs is identifying with the writers. Loving their story and loving their words. I’ve always loved your words Kim. Whether you are making me laugh or cry, I am always in love with your words.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      i guess to be a writer, one must be a bit narcissitic to believe people will read what they say..

      But I have something to say! I always have. Always.

      And if people don’t read, i don’t give a shit…

      I’ll keep writing, screaming, yelling, crying, …. Well, you get the picture.

      Your words Matter, Dear Charlene. They matter A LOT to me. X

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    November 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I blog because I love to talk to people. I read blogs like yours because you are real, honest, clever and funny. All things I look for in a friend! xxx
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      How true.

      My favorite bloggers are the people I’d like to be friends with! :))) LIke YOU.

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    November 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    You’ve said it all so well…I blog to share, to educate and to bond with others across the world with the same interests. I’ve met so many lovely folks through this experience…it’s now become such an important part of my life and who I am. Thanks for sharing your story…I know it will help many. xo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Yes. What a lovely way to connect. I ‘ve met people from S. Africa, India, Austrailia, Hong Kong, United Kinddom, Sweden, Norway,..& every state in the USA.

      Fantastic Networking Tool.


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    Kristy @PampersandPinot
    November 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I started blogging because I couldn’t believe that new moms weren’t talking about some of the harder truths about motherhood. I felt alone. So I started a blog, and OF COURSE, there was this entire community out there about perils of motherhood! So, I invited myself in and have reaped the benefits ever since. I hope that other mother’s out there ready my blog and relate and know that they are not alone.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Yes. To know WE ARE NOT ALONE.
      …what an excellent reason to blog :))

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    November 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love the idea of having my own virtual space where I can quietly – or not so quietly – express parts of myself. I’ve always found paper the most patient way to communicate. Blogging is a comfortable extension of that. Fully undressed? maybe one day. Until then, I’m happy unveiling one piece at a time.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Beautifully said, My Dearest. X

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    November 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I started blogging after being diagnosed with an illness that has changed my life forever. No longer able to do most of the things I used to do, I blog to connect with people. I am fully undressed, I share it all.

    Love your blog.

    Thank you for linking up with the Getting to Know You Friday Blog Hop!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      I am on my way over to visit you. :)X

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    Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
    November 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I blog as another creative outlet. Like in my handmade business, I like to think of something in my head, create it, and package and present it. It’s very challenging, and I’m always learning something new. I didn’t know that I would enjoy blogging as much as I do, and I especially love meeting everyone. It really is so rewarding. I’m drawn to big personalities and characters, because I’m more quiet, so I tend to visit bloggers with a lot of heart, honesty and even a little quirkiness.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      thanks for your input.

      I am drawn to Big personalities, Too. 🙂

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    veronica lee
    November 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Blogging keeps me sane!! It’s my portal to another world. It certainly has changed my life and I love connecting with people the world over and I totally enjoy blog hopping especially to awesome sites like yours!!

    Happy Monday!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 7, 2011 at 6:33 am

      I agree. blogging is Life Changing 🙂


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    Pure Complex
    November 7, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I blow because I felt I wanted to share my love for art. When there are so many programs that are not available for kids to showcase their talent.. I wanted to open up a blog that would showcase it for them or at least keep kids and parents inspired. We’re all inspired by something everyday.. so I display what inspires me. And your blog is definitely one that inspires me 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

      –Dear, Pure,

      Yes! Your. Blog. Inspires.

      I Love it! x

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    November 7, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I have been blogging for almost a year and I find it very therapeutic to get my words out of my head and to find out I’m not alone.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 7, 2011 at 6:36 am


      VERY theraputic.

      Blogging is quite healing…


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    Blond Duck
    November 7, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I just started blogging because I wanted to tell stories. And at 21, I was naive enough to think I’d get a book deal out of it. 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 7, 2011 at 6:37 am

      —dear B. D.

      You did, didn’t you?

      I believe it’s a GREAT platform for getting a book deal 🙂

      This is my hope, too…. X

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    November 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I Blog to express my imagination and to meet people I would otherwise never meet. Talking and sharing with others has been its principle pleasure. Its brought me a whole new world of interest and interaction
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      My Inner Chick
      November 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

      –Dear, Ducky.

      A “”Principle Pleasure.”” I Like that! X
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    Pat Scattergood
    November 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

    …because the words matter… I had just been through a painful unwanted divorce. I found out after the fact that my husband had been living a double life for quite some time with another woman. I was stripped of everything–dignity, self-confidence, but primarily a VOICE. His decision was final and I was impotent. I couldn’t change any of it. Blogging has given me a voice. I kept journals through it all but I didn’t get my voice back until I blogged.

    I keep coming back to the bloggers who sound sincere, who are passionate about the message they’re trying to convey. I’m glad I found you, dear Kim.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

      —Yes, Pat,
      I do believe I found my authentic ‘voice’ thru blogging, as well.

      —my hope is that you SCREAM your voice into the world & find your true self again w/ out your two-timing husband.


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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    November 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Kim, I wish I could say I started blogging for the same reasons as you – I was a touch scared to get going to be quite frank! I did however want to share my love for good food with everybody and it has now slowly started with me sharing a little more of myself each week. I hope to get to fully undressing but think it may take a while yet!
    🙂 Mandy xo
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      My Inner Chick
      November 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

      –Dearest, Mandy,

      I love when you share some of your family stories…I loooooved being introduced to you mum & dad….

      Happy Monday to you in South Africa. X
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    (FL) Girl with a New Life
    November 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Originally I started my blog to nurture my writing. Since then, I have discovered something else…and that is what truly keeps me blogging. My love of connection.

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      My Inner Chick
      November 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

      —Dear FL,

      The connections are beautiful. I’ve met some really good friends thru blogging :)) x
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    November 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I blog to write, I blog to grow, I blog to connect.
    And the times it is most powerful?
    When I shed the clothes.
    Beautiful piece.
    Keeping shedding them.
    You rock.
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    Lady E
    November 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I started blogging for the same reason many of us did: Despair was so deep and dark when my husband brutally left me, when the ground crumbled from under my feet that I had to find somewhere to pour it out. Doing something creative out of my grief helped initially, and then the feedback and support from readers made a huge difference too.
    Like you, I wrote with my guts, and found the freedom exhilarating. People do not talk about so many things, because they’re uncomfortable, because they do not want to think about it…It does my head in.

    Your blog is true and touches on such an important subject. I cannot stand that it remains a sort of taboo.
    Well done for shouting out about it.
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      My Inner Chick
      November 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Lady E,

      I’ll say one thing…Blogging sure beats Prozac !

      Keep Blogging, girlfriend. Xx
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    November 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    So happy you worked out what a blog was 1 year ago Kim! Happy Bloggiversary by the way!! 🙂

    I blog to clear out the pipes, if I didn’t blog I’d never get anything out there. I’m not much of a talker, I’m pretty shy in real life (and on other peoples blogs now that I think about it…I probably only comment on two blogs out of about 15 I read…eek! Even then not all the time if I feel like I’m typing a response and it just comes out a bit odd I’ll delete) so blogging is often the only “me” that’s really out there in the world.

    I think in general I think waaay too much…too much thinking, not enough do-ing! Honestly whenever I take a break from blogging it’s scary how many times in a day I discover I’ve been staring into space for a good solid 10-20 minutes without speaking or moving but my thoughts are running a hundred miles a minute, stewing over things, judging myself, analysing a conversation from days ago, where my life is going, all my past actions, how things have and are making me feel, if my kids are being raised right…and on and on it goes.

    When I blog it helps to get things into perspective. Even without “speaking” it, I’ve put it on the screen and can analyse my thought process. I can read it over when I’ve calmed down or even there and then make a judgement on whether I’m being over-emotional or if my some of what I’m feeling is valid.

    Thanks for posing this question…I’ve had fun searching myself and answering here and on Irene’s blog!
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      My Inner Chick
      November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      ***When I blog it helps to get things into perspective. Even without “speaking” it, I’ve put it on the screen and can analyse my thought process***

      Jenny, I think you hit it directly on the head w/ those 2 sentences! xx
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    The Flying Chalupa
    November 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Great questions, as always. I suppose I blog for the freedom of it. Because it feels good to use my mind on something other than potty-training. Because I like making myself (if no one else) laugh. 🙂 Because it’s fun! And why do I read? Because I’m a voyeur. I love glimpsing into other people’s lives. What makes them tick. How they go about the day-to-day. How they survive motherhood and marriage and life.

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      My Inner Chick
      November 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Dear, Flying C,
      Don’t tell anybody…
      but you’re one of my Faves…
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    November 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I like to write. It’s a writer’s journal, one of many. I am not trying to change anybody’s world bar my own. I do believe there are some who enjoy reading my posts and some that do not. The nots because the content is sometimes intimate. I like getting to the heart of a thought, and as you know, some are not comfortable with be raw and open. In any event, it’s as you say, it’s a wonderful way to explore and for me, it has been a marvelous way to meet other writers, such as ones in the midwest.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Yes. Blogging is such a GREAT social networking tool.
      Look! That’s how we met.
      & I’m better because of it 🙂 x

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    Helene Abbott
    November 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Would love to have coffee with you and Daddy, let’s work on it…

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

      We shall! X

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    November 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Why do I blog. To share a smile, joy, and a truth that love and marriage are not at opposite ends.

    I read to learn, laugh and be inspired.

    You do it all. That is why I read you and always will.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

      You are one of the first blogs I read on my journey.

      I keep coming back to you….cuz you make me feel good. :)) Xxx Luv U.

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    Beverly Diehl
    November 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I write – both blogs and novels – for the same reason. I have something to say, and NOBODY can say it the same way I can.

    Yours is not the first story of domestic violence, and sadly, will not be the last. But NOBODY can share your beautiful sister’s story the way you can. Kim, you are amazing, and I am so glad our blogging allowed us to connect.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      *** I have something to say, and NOBODY can say it the same way I can.***

      I love that sentence. You are Awesome, Beverly. X

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    Date Girl
    November 10, 2011 at 1:35 am

    There is nothing more freeing than a blog, and the ability to write about whatever you feel.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 10, 2011 at 6:21 am

      –Date Girl,

      A Blog is Like Liberation! X

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    Carl D'Agostino
    November 10, 2011 at 5:06 am

    My blog only 14 months old. Have become hooked up with several dozen people now.Most all of whom are just delightful wholesome people. The type you’d love to spend hours with chatting on the back porch. I have learned there are a lot of very talented and creative people out there. Retired now, the exchanges have become the most enjoyable part of my day. Thanks you visit my blog. Totsy very talented. Don’t see subscribe button here .Include me in your post notifications please.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 10, 2011 at 6:22 am

      Subscibe on the top of page…I shall do the same w/ yours !! Xx

      Nice to meet you.

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    November 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my goodness…so sorry for your loss! Your words are powerful and beautiful. Those are great reasons to blog…some of the same reasons I started mine as well.

    Read you’re from Duluth…we live in Mankato. Small world 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      November 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      –So cool. Mankato!

      thank you for visiting my crazy world. X

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    Coco Rivers
    November 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Inner Chick,

    I keep seeing your name on some of my sister bloggers sites and decided that it was time to check you out :). Chick is a favorite word of mine, your great comments aside.

    This is the first post I chose to read and it moved me to tears. I am moved by your honesty and courage so I can say without a doubt that I will be back. To say that I am sorry seems so lame but it will have to suffice. It’s beautiful that you honor sister’s memory in this way.

    I began my blog because a friend told me I should since I loved to write. I thought it would be a great lead in to publishing a book yada, yada. It has become so much larger than that. An extension of me that allows me to express just as you described and connect with like minded souls. What’s not to love about that? 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      November 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      yes, an extention of who we are.

      I tell people…if you read my blog…you also find me.

      Thank you so much for visiting me. Xx
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