In Memory of Kay

A Beautiful, Unexpected Gift


—-Today I received a beautiful, unexpected gift.


A fellow Blogger & Artist,  Totsymae , created a tribute on her page for
my sister, Kay…

Small PhotoTotsymae.


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And I wanted to share it with my dear readers.


Please leave your comments on her page.


Totsy Mae has been a great supporter and encourager of mine
during these dark, dark days.


Click here to experience her   SWEET GIFT

My Sweet Sister, Kay, was murdered by Mike Peterson 622  days ago.  The world shook & darkened.

FYI: Kay’s Memorial Walk / Run to end Domestic Violence is on May 20–on the Waterfront Trail.  More info to come….

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  • Reply
    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    That was such a wonderful thing to do! She captured the best of Kay, especially in the eyes. The warmth that was Kay! Totsymae has a true talent!
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    March 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Oh Kim I can’t imagine getting a more wonderful gift, the painting is just lovely. These interwebs is the place to meet some freekin amazing people. And your artist friend is one of them, love love love. And your sister…. is just beautiful.
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    Linda Medrano
    March 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    The painting is exquisite, much like Kay herself. And Totsy is an amazing and lovely woman, and a great artist and writer. I’m in awe of her talent! What a beautiful thing to do.
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    March 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I’m in tears.
    No words.
    Just love.
    This is why this blog world is so valuable and powerful. When we stand together not only are we giving voices to causes/illnesses/violence/victims etc…we are able to hold each other.
    Love you sweet Mama.
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    Elephant's Child
    March 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Totsy has created an amazing tribute. I loved it. You and Kay are entrenched in the hearts of so many of us. Thank you. Love at its best.
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    Jann Huizenga
    March 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Oh, Kim–you must be thrilled! What a gorgeous tribute to your gorgeous sis.
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    ed pilolla
    March 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    the video and painting progression was a lovely experience.
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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    March 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    What a beautiful tribute… Totsymae is full of love and talent – xo.
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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

      A wonderful Tribute.

      I hope many woman will become much MORE EMPOWERED by Kay’s life & death…

      They must LEAVE before it’s too late…

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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

      A wonderful Tribute.

      I hope many women will become much MORE EMPOWERED by Kay’s life & death…

      They must LEAVE before it’s too late…

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    Corinne Rodrigues
    March 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Totsy is a very talented woman and a real sweetheart. I’m so glad she did this for you, Kim ♥
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    March 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’m gonna have to comment anyway…what a lovely, touching gift. I am speechless.
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    March 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Kim, you must be beside yourself with joy. What a beautiful, thoughtful gift. Totsy is an incredible woman, generous of heart, and so are you, Kim. May you treasure this lovely portrait for years to come. Many hugs for you, Kim!
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    Helen Herrick
    March 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Tear filled eyes. Heart overflowing with love.

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    Kim Pugliano
    March 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    OH SO AWESOME AMAZING BEAUTIFUL. What a wonderful loving thoughtful powerful gift.
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    Stacy Uncorked
    March 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Ohhhhh! What a wonderful blessing – such a thoughtful and beautiful gift.
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    March 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Kim, you are a gift to so many women at this time in your life. You are moving and shaking the world with the power of your voice through what happened to Kay. It has definitely tuned me in to talking to my Little Totsy about violence against women. She hung around periodically as I painted Kay. You must know the warmth of Kay’s spirit was in the room as I tried to capture her. I have to also say hers was the most important portrait I’ve composed and I was humbled and honored to do so.

    So much love, hugs and kisses to you.
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      March 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      What an incredibly thoughtful, loving, selfless gift you’ve done. I am quite struck by the lovely sense of community in the blogging world, and feel privileged to know you and Kim.
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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

      ~~~~~Dearest, Tots,
      I am truly moved & empowered by your gift to me.

      ( I also sent this gift to my entire family, friends, & ( Kays boys )

      I have watched the video several times….. & each time, it is new, fresh, & layered like a beautiful musical poem.

      No. Words.

      Just Love Love Love.

      With Gratitude. Always. xxx
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    Impulsive Addict
    March 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I’m off to see your gift. xoxo
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    Vidya Sury
    March 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    That was so beautiful, Kim. Totsy’s tribute to Kay and her painting took my breath away. The video was a joy to watch…accompanied by one of my all time favorite songs. “My love…..there’s only you in my life….the only thing that’s right…..; My first love….you’re every breath that I take….you’re every step I make”

    Oh, so wonderful. What a testimony of your love, Kim. Thank you for sharing this. I will cherish this memory forever. I am visualizing Kay smiling just like that!

    Love and hugs, hugs, hugs!
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    March 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I am really struck by the kindness and generosity of Totsy, and the outpouring of love from all others in reaction to this beautiful act. There is a genuine sense of community and of spirit here. I feel as though I am privvy to a very special moment and experience that transcends ordinary everyday life. A simple act of kindness can really move so many so deeply. And it couldn’t have happened to a sweeter, more deserving person than Kim.
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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

      ~~~~~ My heart overflows today. I adore and appreciate my gift from Sweet Tots….

      & The sense of community is unexpected & beautiful.

      I don’t know why I’m surprised by that.

      Thank you, my dear, dear Phil. Xx

      PS. We can start a REVOLUTION to stop Domestic Violence. I really believe that.
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    March 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    As I posted on Totsymae’s site – breathtaking and I’m speechless. It touched something deep inside me. I want to watch it again and again. It was peaceful and tear-inducing at the same time. As you looked into Kay’s eyes, all you saw was peace – which is what she has, now. Kim – thank you for sharing.
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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Kay is finally at “P E A C E ”

      I know this to be true. Yes, I do.

      She is away from the murderer & with GOD.

      She is finally at peace.

      Love to you, Sweets.
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    Pure Complex
    March 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Wow.. that was such a beautiful tribute. Selfless, wonderful, and heartfelt. I know you felt good reading this 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

      ~~~Dear, Kay,
      I felt a sense of community & empowerment.

      I felt as if Kay’s death can make a difference…

      thank you so much for your support. Xxx
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    March 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

    This was a beautiful experience Kim, you are blessed to have such a friend, her gift is precious.
    Much love.xx
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    March 7, 2012 at 1:12 am

    What a wonderful gift! She is truly a friend to treasure! xxx
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    Blond Duck
    March 7, 2012 at 5:54 am

    How sweet!
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    March 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Kim- just beautiful. You can feel Kay smiling down from heaven. xxx

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    March 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Beautiful beyond words when something this precious comes from the heart! What a talented lady!! Kimmy you truly enveloped with heartfelt, compassionate people from all over the world. Your voice carries the words against abuse of all kinds around the world & will & has made a difference. Educating people about abuse is the most important first step. People need to know it’s not their fault & there is help & support out there. You are a huge part of it!! Your voice will save many lives. Proud of you & love you & I’m with you all the way!! Wine this week or next!?! Xxoo. K

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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:47 am


      I love you, my spider up the nose, friend.

      I love your support, love, & encouragement during my darkest days.

      Wine. Lots of Wine Very Soon. Xxx
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    March 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Totsy doesn’t only have talent, but she also has love, passion, and heart. It’s a gift to our
    whole family and everyone who knew her so well.
    Thank you again so much Totsy.
    Love You

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      My Inner Chick
      March 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Love you more than 11 white tigers sun bathing in the hot sun of Kisumu, Kenya.

      Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx And more….
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    March 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    What a talent! She’s done such an unselfish, wonderful thing here, in giving you something so precious! I can’t believe how real her painting looks!
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    March 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Such a sweet, wonderful thing to do!
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    March 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I’m on my way to check it out!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Kelley, The gift is Magical. Xxx

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    Lady E
    March 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Hello Kim,

    What a lovely tribute to Kay… What a ray of sunshine for your day!

    Anyway, I’ve “tagged” you, it’s one of those slightly viral type things doing the rounds inthe blogosphere. If you find the time, I’d love to read your answers to my tricky questions
    Take care,
    Lady E
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      –Thanks Lady E. Xx

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    Leaza in Denver
    March 8, 2012 at 1:08 am

    What a wonderful gift! Artwork is such a personal gift as well. 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 8, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Yes. It was a very precious gift, which I shall treasure forever.

      thanks, Leaza in Denver. X

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    (FL) Girl with a New Life
    March 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I am off to visit her page now.
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    Wild Child Mama
    March 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Such an extraordinary gift. She truly is using her talent to give and heal and love. She is truly a special soul;). And she really captured your Sister’s loving glance
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    March 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    So beautiful…


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    March 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Such a lovely gift! She must have known you very well, because she has found out what was the best gift for you!
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    March 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Kim, I am touched by Totsy’s loving tribute to Kay, you, and your family! What a selfless gesture! I watched her video in awe as I saw Kay’s portrait come to life with each brush stroke. And when I looked at the beautiful rendition of Kay’s lovely face I thought, oh my goodness! Indeed, our lovely Ms. Totsy has demonstrated not only her amazing talent, but also a generosity of spirit that we should all emulate. I can imagine Kay peeking over Totsy’s shoulder, smiling as her portrait took shape; smiling at the likeness. Not too long ago, you mentioned how hard it was to get through some days and it makes me smile to realize that it’s gestures like these that sustain you, cradle you, and show you just how much you’re loved, dear Kim.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2012 at 6:38 am

      She truly captured Kay’s inner beauty.

      I loved the portrait & shall be placing it in my living area at home.

      Xx Happy Friday, dear. Have a wonderful weekend…

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    March 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I am without words and with many tears. What a beautiful gift! It was amazing to watch the progress!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2012 at 6:39 am

      That’s exsactly how I feel 🙂

      have a wonderful weekend, Sweets. Xx

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    Lady Fi
    March 9, 2012 at 2:18 am

    What a touching and wonderful gift!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Lady Fi,

      A beautiful moving gift,
      that I shall treasure.

      Love Love Love. Xx

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    March 9, 2012 at 4:54 am

    what a wonderful gift… I am sure Kay would be touched…
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Kay Loves It. 🙂 xx

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    Adriana Iris
    March 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

    a beautiful gift for someone that deserves it so much!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Dear, A,
      I am looking forwar to placing the photo up where I can see it every. single. day.

      How are you? I am happy for all your accompishments Xxx Wow.

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Well Totsy is saying to leave the love here, and you’re saying to leave the love at Totsy’s. I’m just going to love you both!
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    March 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    How wonderful! Heading over right now to read it all.
    Hugs from the OR Tambo International Airport – waiting to board to go back home.
    🙂 Mandy
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      My Inner Chick
      March 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

      ~~~Love coming your way to S. Africa, Mandy. This very moment.
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    March 10, 2012 at 5:08 am

    what a gift!
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    Aurora, HSP
    March 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Congrats on the gift. You and Tots are amazing women, loving you both 🙂
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    Galit Breen
    March 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    It’s lovely, truly.

    And as always, I’m so sorry for your hurt.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I have realized that one needs to thread that ‘hurt’ thru one’s life somehow…

      that is what I am trying to do. Xx

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