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Blogging Out Loud


~~(Blogging
is writing without inhibition or restriction. Out-Loud.) –K. S. R.

 

After
my sister’s murder, I thought wine might help, ease the ache, alleviate the
decayed sharp teeth biting my mind and body.

Lots and lots of wine.  Red wine.  Dry wine.
Any kind of wine.

It
didn’t help.

Even after an entire bottle, I still felt the pain, the shadowy haze, and a
void so enormously profound that I couldn’t grasp it whole.

So,
what could I do?  Where could I go?

To
the place which always filled me up,  to
the place which always kept me from ending up like poor Sylvia Plath.

Words.
Poetry.  Writing.

Not
only that, but I found a new kind of platform to scream and cry my lungs out.

That
platform was called–‘blogging.’

This,
my dears, partly saved my life, my sanity, my religion.

I
could barely function, but dammit, I could write.

God,
at least, allowed me that pure simplicity.

Thank
you, God.

And
I wrote feverously and ferociously until I became hollow, until the words glued
me back together again.  Piece by piece.  Ligament by ligament. Vein by vein.

But
not quite.  Not quite…

I can never be completely fixed.

I
wrote Kay\’s Story over and over.  I wrote
my mourning on this so-called-blog of mine until the sadness and tears and
shadows pored out of me like a black water, a sinuous platholian poem.

I
wrote for myself.

That’s
all.

Truth
be told, I felt like the only person left in the fucking universe.

I had no idea other people would actually be
reading my lamenting, weeping, cussing, pleading, snot nosed blubbering…

They
did.

And
those people, whom I never met, became small blessings, virtual friends, prayer
partners, benedictions,  and some of the
wisest gurus I’ve ever encountered.

Can
you love individuals you’ve not met face to face, skin to skin, eye to eye?

I
have.  I do.

Every.
Single.  Day.

For
me, those words, sentences, and verbs in my time of mourning and loss became the
still waters I needed that day, that hour, that moment.

I just
wanted you to know.

I
just wanted you to understand how much I appreciate your indescribable
kindness.

—-Dear,
Reader,  although many of us have not met
face to face, skin to skin,  or eye to
eye,   I love you regardless. I love the
mere idea of you.

Your language, your wisdom, your pro-activism,
your devotion, your humanity.

No
matter where you are from, we are from the same place.

Where
are you from, my dear?   Shout it out
below….My Minnesota friends, too!…Then tell me about your greatest passion in a single word or sentence.

Love Love Love  xxx


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  • Reply
    adrianairis
    January 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I am from San Juan PR. Now living in Savannah, GA .
    I love to capture the world with images. I wanna move you, shock you,
    make you dream and this year I will work on my craft like no other.
    Thanks because your post made me say it out loud. xoxo
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    Cheryl Lewis
    January 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    As you know, my dear blogging sister-heart, I’m from Atlanta and occasionally hang off (and hang on) the side of a mountain near Chattanooga.

    My passion is to reach That which I was born to reach and to love It and Him and Her fiercely.

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    Liz
    January 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Hello from Boston. My passion is writing. It’s how we met. And one of these days, we will meet in person.
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    Corinne
    January 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    My best friend is someone I’ve never met in person. We’ve been close for almost 8 years. My passion is allowing my energy to bind with the energy from others, and to learn from it.

    I had to get that out first because I am still in tears – I am sending you so much love right now. Thank you for being raw and human and pure in your words. They are true.
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    Beverly Diehl
    January 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I know that for you and Kay, it was blood AND love, that bonded you together.

    I too am blessed with extraordinary people in my family (as well as a few I’m a wee bit ashamed to admit we’re even kin). And yet, some of my closest soul-sisters and dearest friends have come about through this marvelous thing, the blogosphere, or through Meetups, or through other ways of discovering one another that never would’ve happened, pre-Internet.

    The Internet… where you can shout into nothing – and get an echo, find a friend, share an experience that often you CAN’T among family, friends, neighbors.

    Hell, right now I can’t even find a neighbor to sign for a UPS package for me. But I have heart-sisters I have met online who would take a bullet for me. Or who just by saying, “I understand,” can relieve my soul and lend me wings.

    You lend me wings, Kim, and I thank you.
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    January 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Ark-Kansas, my dalink! My greatest passion? Alpha Hubby, of course. Everything else falls into place behind him.

    You have impassioned me, entertained me, encouraged me, educated me, taught me, helped me, touched my heart and tear ducts, and helped to make me a better person. I am blessed in you.
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    Mercy
    January 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I am from Kenya, East Africa, and we met through writing before Kay died, and I am glad that I got to meet her too, virtually, in life and in death.

    I still have the cards that she sent me, and the emails she wrote to encourage me to move…

    Always. Love.

    Mercy
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Ooo, Mercy,
      I love you more than 5 tigers, 6 chocolate bars, & 6 lions in the sunlight of Kisumu.

      You are my mentor. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Love.
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    Michael Ann
    January 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Writing is a healer, this is true…. but so it being heard. Not feeling alone. Grief is the loneliest place…and as the song says, “One is the Loneliest Number…” I’m glad you are not ONE.

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    Barbara
    January 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I so get every word here Kim. I have found friendships through blogging I could have never imagined. It is incredible, truly. You have touched me in so many ways and I am grateful for that friendship.

    I’m actually working on creating a Blogstress gathering this year. I’ll keep you posted!
    xoxob
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    Red Dwyer
    January 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I am from Louisiana. I have large Cajun love for you, Kimmy.

    My passion? Dreams. I make them come true.

    Happy New Year, my dear heart. <3
    xxx
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    Jodene
    January 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We met when I was still in CA and continue to share words and virtual hugs and smiles and Christmas cards from NYC – my new home.

    I can not tell you how many times I have wept for you – because of Kay – and if this sounds selfish, I apologize – but also because of my jealousy for the kind of powerful, beautiful relationship you built with your sister. How I wish I had the same!! What a blessing to have that kind of a relationship. To have that kind of sisterly love must be absolutely incredible and validating and completely fulfilling.

    Can’t wait til you come to NYC – as I’m sure you, me, and Elizabeth will meet for coffee… and wine and (can this count as my new passion) black eyed Susans and laugh and cry and hug and be undignified and loud and close down eateries at all hours of the night!!

    Thank you for sharing your words so freely and honestly with all of us. To borrow your phrase – I LOVE LOVE LOVE your words!! (how many times do I now repeat LOVE?? all the time!)

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Jodene,
      when I come to NY, we can all drink, laugh, eat, and discuss LIFE & Writing. Xxx Love to you, dearest.
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    Ellen M. Gregg
    January 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I, beautiful Kim, am from southeastern New Hampshire.

    The rawness of your voice ignites in me a desire to mine the rawness of my voice. I dig a little deeper every day.

    My passion is healing. Healing through writing, healing through Reiki, healing through laughing and loving and living furiously and fearlessly.

    Love. xoxo
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    debbie
    January 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I live down in Woodbridge, Virginia but am originally from Long Island, NY. I am, and always will be a New Yorker!!!! My greatest passion is singing. I live to sing…..I have to admit I don’t sing well but it is something I love to do like nothing else. It drives my family crazy!!! I’m 55 and sing all the time for as long as I remember. Probably sang before I learned to talk!!!! I’m glad that your blog has been such a great help to you. Like I’ve said before, your words make me feel. I feel everything you write Kim. You are such a talented lady.
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Debbie,
      My wish is that you SING always forever.

      I hear you from all the way over here. Xxx
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    Carrie
    January 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I am from Toronto, Canada and I read your blog religiously! I don’t comment much but I absorb every word. Much love to you 🙂

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    jen
    January 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    From your very first word; you had my heart and that’s the Gods honest truth.
    Born in New York City, raised on Long Island. Now happily living in South Central Virginia.
    Love you….Happy New Year dear lady…
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    Dawn
    January 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hello from Joplin, MO!

    Kim, I find such great inspiration in your passion for writing and helping to end violence against women. Your honesty moves me every time I read your writing.

    I am passionate about helping others find ways to make the world a better place – whether it’s within their families, neighborhoods, cities, country, or the world. I think all of us have the power to bring about positive change, and I hope to encourage people to use their talents to help improve the world around them.
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Dawn,
      yes, I believe we all have the POWER…

      if we would all use it, we could transform and fix the universe.

      Xxxx Kissssss
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    solidgoldcreativity
    January 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I’m from the land of Summer which is currently located in Melbourne, Australia 🙂 Love your words Kim, and your enormous heart. You are a giant xx

    My passions: * being the space in which others get they are whole, perfect and complete, * being integrity.
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    Debi Pasricha
    January 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    So beautifully written. As always.

    From Ventura, California. My greatest passion is being my son’s mom. Then art, in any form.

    xx
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    Jack
    January 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    The San Fernando Valley, part of the great City of Angels known as Los Angeles. Live, love and living are all part of my passion.
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    Alison
    January 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Am I the only Malaysian you know? I hope so because that’d mean I’m special 🙂

    My passion? Aside from the obvious (children, cupcakes, chocolate, coffee), I love to help. I also love to give gifts. The joy, the thrill of someone getting a gift I know they want, that I can give them that, I love it. I guess that applies to helping others too. It makes me feel all warm inside.
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    Dawn
    January 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’m from Michigan. Been here my whole life, though my family is mostly in the south now. And my passion is to make our roads safer. I work with Truck Safety Coalition because my Dad was killed by a tired trucker 8 years ago. I get your pain and your anger and your need to let the world know. Hugs to you and your family.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Dawn,
      What a fabululous cause.

      So sorry about your dad. I love what you are doing. Xxxxx Hugs
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    Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
    January 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Howdy-do from Roch-cha-cha, NY!

    It’s cold here tonight, but we warm the world with our words. One word or many. Every syllable speaks.

    Love.

    Listening is my passion. The humility of de-centered listening. What do I know really? I must listen and be guided to heal and be healed.

    I love you!
    xoxox
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      ~~~It’s cold here tonight, but we warm the world with our words—

      I Love this soooooooooooooo much.

      I love you this much XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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    Amy@SoulDipper
    January 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m on an island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, praying there will be no more earthquakes so close to the north of us. (7.7 last night off Alaska!)

    My passion is exposing the magnificence in the ordinary. That means taking bits and pieces of life that may be overlooked or considered humdrum. I love holding it up in such a way that people look again – and see something about themselves. The whole purpose of all that? L – O – V – E !!

    I have studied the mystical sides of different religions and keep coming up with the same fact: We’re all one, folks. The paths, the labels, the characters may be different, but Love speaks one language…the one from the heart.

    I hear your heart every time I read your blog, Kim. You write and hearts hear!

    Thanks from West Coast Canada.
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      —-the magnificence in the ordinary—

      This sentence is pure magic, Amy.

      I Looooove. Xx
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    Joan
    January 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Dear dear Kim,

    I live in Duluth. I’m so glad we have come to know each other but so sad for the reason. Our sisters are maybe drinking wine somewhere together and reading our blogs. We do it for them. Blogging lets us scream with words and change the world. Thanks for being you.
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    Elephant's Child
    January 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Oh Kim,
    As you know, I am from Canberra Australia. Your words are not just for you, they have twanged on all of our heart strings. Hard. I have wept with you often. And I am not alone. I have applauded your strength. And I am not alone.
    And I have grown to love the brave, funny woman who shouts her pain to the blogosphere – where it is heard, and answered.
    We cannot take your pain from you – but we can and do share a little of it.
    Thank you so much, for your courage, for your grace, for your style.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Dear S,
      you are one of the most beautiful people I have ever known.

      You give give give.

      You are a blessing to me…. Xxx
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    Laci
    January 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Writing has saved my life. There were too many days when I wanted to give up. Thankfully, those days a pen and a piece of paper saved me.

    Each word of yours that I read I feel as if you are sitting here telling me. Opening yourself to me. Your passion is like no other. You do such good things. You have made a world of difference. My passion.. helping others.

    Sending many hugs from the heart of Missouri.
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    ladyfi
    January 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Writing is such a great outlet.

    I’m an ex-pat Brit who has lived around the world when growing up and now find myself in Sweden.

    My passion: Being compassionate. (And dark chocolate)
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    Hotly Spiced
    January 6, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I can understand and relate to wine becoming a hope for absorbing all pain. I’m from Sydney, Australia and I haven’t experienced your grief, I’ve just had struggles of a different kind xx
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Dear Hot,
      we all have our struggles, pain, experiences.

      I’m just tryin’ to figure out how to use the pain in a positive way.

      It’s hard as HELL, don’t you think? XXx
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    Valentine Logar
    January 6, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Born, Seattle, WA
    Born into a great huge Texas Family and have lived back in Texas most of my life. Dallas now but honestly, Houston is home.

    My passion? I think I am rediscovering it now, I think I am expanding it now. I think I am waking up to the need for a voice bigger than yesterday.

    My passion? Taking my history and doing something positive to change the world. Using my experience and my survival to stand up, speak up and hold accountable those who would say to us, we are nothing, we are unimportant, we are disposable and expendable. Using my voice to say no we are none of those things and our children are not those things are either.

    My passion? To use my voice to say no woman should lie in her own blood begging for succor with no one to hear or help. No child should lie dead of violence in a classroom or on the street because we are indifferent.

    I have never needed a microphone to speak loudly, now I am actively looking for those avenues to reach more than my blogging audience.

    I love you Kim. You touch me every time you write.
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      —–A voice bigger than yesterday—

      Val, your words blow off the page directly into my face and i yell… ((((YESssss!)))

      You rock. Love. Xxxxxx
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    Hilary
    January 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I love you kim – and I so understand how you can love those that you haven’t met… When I started blogging I just wanted to see if I liked writing and if I could stick to it long enough to write a book (my lifetime dream). I never thought I would meet such amazing friends and they would be such a sense of support to me – especially this year between Alex and Hurricane Sandy, but they are… And in the happy times, they keep me laughing… And I did finish the book too!

    Oh, I am from Long Island, NY
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    El Farris
    January 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Writing from Burke Virginia (close to another commentator from Woodbridge–about ten minutes away). And we love you! I share the same passion, hun. xoxo
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    Caitlin
    January 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    “I could barely function, but dammit, I could write. <– this line definitely resonates with me!

    I'm blogging from the Washington D.C. area and my passion – albeit nothing original – is for writing and blogging.

    Thanks for encouraging us to share! Happy 2013 to you and your recovery!

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    Jann Huizenga
    January 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Just when I’m mulling over the downside of internet technology– the being “alone together” of the Web–along comes your gorgeous, joyous ode to blogging!!! Yay, Kim!!! Your huge heart is one in a million, and I’m so happy you’ve found love & support through blogging. Sending you love & kisses from Italy. xxxxxxx
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      I feel your Italian Kisses.

      They are sweeeet and saucy. Xxx Love back to you, Jann.
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    Pat Scattergood
    January 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

    In a sentence: Blogging has given me a voice.

    Since my divorce I have been surprised at how often I have needed to repeat my story (hopefully I’m varying the words). Saying it over and over helps me to figure out where I am and even who I am. I think that’s a small part of what you’re saying here. Keep writing, Kimmy. I’ll keep reading.
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    Vicki M Taylor
    January 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Free writing is the best. It’s cathartic. Thanks for sharing.
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    Dad
    January 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    My Passion is to serve, to help others that can’t do for themselves and expect nothing in return.
    Just to see a smile on their faces is enough in return. My other passion is to read your book
    that you will be writting in the near future.
    Love You So Much
    Dad

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I love you soooooooooooooooooo much, Daddy.

      More than chocolate chip cookies Xxxx
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    Monica
    January 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Kim, you’re a true gem in this writing world. You carry forth your message, Kay’s message, and you inspire us all in the process. I’m from New York, living in San Diego. Like you, I appreciate and adore all the wonderful bloggers, readers and writers that I’ve met in this blogosphere. What a wonderful world it is. Cheers!
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    Irene
    January 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Do you think you would have started blogging even if Kay hadn’t died? Or were you already blogging at that point?

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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Irene,
      I’ve always written, but would have never started a blog w/ out Kay.

      What would have been the reason? Xx Kisssss
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    January 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

    My darling Kim, I always absorb your wise and heart penetrating words and with each word, I admire you more and more – ALWAYS! Then to top it all, you share even more of yourself by sending me the most incredible and beautiful Christmas Card I have and will ever receive. My heart leapt with pure joy when I went to the Post Office last week Friday and opened your gorgeous red envelope. You touched my soul like no other – a mere thank you feels so inadequate but I am at a loss for words to properly share my appreciation and gratitude. I hope to find my words soon to properly thank you in the manner you deserve. THANK YOU!
    Love, love, love!
    🙂 Mandy xo
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      I send Much Love back to South Africa, my sweet dear, Mandy XXXXXXXxxxooo

      I hope you had a relaxing holiday.
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    Lady Jennie
    January 7, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I’m from outside of Paris and am happy to have found you! 🙂 My greatest passion is the mercy God has for everyone – even people I don’t like! 😉
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      My Inner Chick
      January 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Without God, I am NOTHING.

      I really believe that.

      Thanks, Jennie from Paris. You lucky girl! Xxxx
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    Sue
    January 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Hi Kim

    Greetings from Minneapolis.
    My passion is to wake up each day and try to make it really count – And of course, my big, beautiful, loud, fun, fabulous family!

    Both luxuries that for many years I’ve taken for granted.

    Love you lots.

    Sue

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    Bridget
    January 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Everywhere, nowhere. We’re military gypsies currently squatting in Alaska. And I love you right back.
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    totsymae1011
    January 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Keep writing, Kim. If what you say saved you, I’m most certain it can do the same for so many other women.
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    Wild Child Mama
    January 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I am from Eagan. From longing. From isolation and seduction. I have been born again into purpose and forgiveness and a love for those struggling. I am from the street of St. Paul and brown sugar and bunny kisses and monkey hugs. I am from strange glances and selfish needs and bottomless glasses of booze. I am born again through stories of truth like yours, the generosity and patience of people who have struggled to live honestly, and words that free me from fear!
    Whew! That felt good!
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    My Inner Chick
    January 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    ****From isolation and seduction. I have been born again into purpose and forgiveness and a love for those struggling***

    WOW. you are really something, Mama XXxxxx I Love
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    Debbie
    January 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Kim: Hello from Central Illinois (though at heart, I’ll always live in the South!). My passions are God first, Family second, and everything else afterward. “Everything else” includes writing, beading jewelry, my precious Sheltie, and all things Irish! Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re good at it and Kay’s story needs to be told. Love you more than six cups of cocoa — with marshmallows!
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      My Inner Chick
      January 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Ahhhhhh, & I love you more than dark chocolate chip cookies w / ice cold milk~

      btw, I NEED to put GOD first, too. But I’ve been so mad at him. Xxx
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    Blond Duck
    January 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    You inspire me.
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    Dangerous Linda
    January 9, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Dear Kim,

    My passion is exploring the relationships and power created by the synergy of art, science and spiritual practice.

    And lately I’ve become particularly obsessed with the moon, too!

    Sending you kisses and warm bear hugs from Twin Cities! love, love, love XOXOXO
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      January 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

      And I send you kisses and hugs from Duluth, dear. Xx

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    Pamela
    January 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Where I’m from? Well I live in Houston now. Texan. Virgin Islander. Both I guess 🙂
    My greatest passions? Eric. My kids. Petey. Writing.

    Your passion inspires me, your love and your raw open honesty. Blessings to you, Kim. Blessings.

    Did I ever tell you lived in MN for 2 years of my childhood?

    Minneapolis.

    I remember heaps of snow and dragon-sized mosquitoes.

    <3
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      January 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I like Minneapolis. Cool City.

      YES. lots of snow & Massive Ugly Mosquitoes! Xxx KISsss from Duluth.

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    Girl with a New Life
    January 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    My new home is in Kentucky.

    My sentence:

    Love is at the center of everything I have to offer.
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    countingducks
    January 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    We have never met in person, or eye to eye but only through this blog, that, but let me say, in my very English way, that I have loved the words you write here, and the sense and spirit of you which lies behind them. Long may you continue.
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    Sandra
    January 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Sending you warm happy thoughts from Michigan!
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    Megan (Best of Fates)
    January 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I’m so glad blogging gave you such an outlet and found you such support!
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    Aurora HSP
    January 14, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I wish I could say I don’t understand you at all. Writing is a release valve. Writing is a connection, a community founded on emotions binding us over the miles around the globe, our joys, pains and survival. Writing is my passion and my stress reliever. Writing is my conduit to other souls who walk their journey fearlessly. Writing the same thing over and over and over is healing. Wishing you all the love and healing in the world and though I know your world will never be the same, your soulful message will be and I, for one, am honored to know you and read whatever you write. It takes as long as it takes. Sometimes that is forever. From Canada, I write my heart out to yours 🙂 Always. xo <3 <3 <3
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    Kim Gagnon
    January 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Kimmy.
    I agree with your dad and also being a mom, sister,daughter, aunt, cousin and friend. You are and always have been my inspiration . Love you

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    Azara
    January 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    People like you are the reason I keep blogging. To know there are people out there who are raw and real and don’t turn up their nose at seeing that openness in others. If I can’t be free here, where can I be?

    “No matter where you are from, we are from the same place.” Yes.
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    Bella
    January 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Kim, as always, your words move me. Inspire me. Motivate me to be a better person. I read your words and smile. I smile because I too have asked myself how it is that one can care so much about people one has never met. I feel the same way. I read your comments and the comments of all my lovely readers and think, thank you, Jesus. I feel validated. Heard. Appreciated. This outlet truly is a blessing. I’m with you, my friend. I am from Spain, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and I currently live in a secret place in Europe. hee hee! My passion? Roxy. Javier Bardem. Tango. Nina Simone. Pablo Neruda. Jane Austen. Chocolate. Family. And coffee! Love you, girly! Hugs and kisses from Roxy and me! 🙂

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      My Inner Chick
      January 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

      OOooo, Bella,
      I Know You! And I love you & your passionate magical WORDS! xxxxxx Many Kisses from COLD Minnesota.
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    Style Maniac
    February 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Kim, your honesty, bravery and unwavering love for your sister completely inspire me.
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