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Fire From Within

~One afternoon, when I was four years
old, my father came home, and he found me in the living room in front of a
roaring fire, which made him very angry. Because we didn’t have a fireplace


The truth is…


I get a  little wild
when I discover something I like.  I get
a little fanatical, excessive, extreme, giggly, hot.


For example,  I can’t
merely say ’I love you.’  I must say– I
loooove you more than the universe and the moon and the sun and pink cotton
candy and melted dove chocolate.


I can’t only watch one episode of Sex and the City, Call The
Midwife, or Parenthood,  I need to watch
all of them at one sitting while the supper burns, the muse screams,  and the cats starve from lack of Meow Mix.


Poor pusses.


It’s all a bit over-dramatic, but I can literally feel my
insides doing back flips, my pulse pulsating, my blood flowing thicker.


When I like…I like BIG.


Writing.  Words like epiphany and illumination.
Foreign films. New shades of lipstick.  Elizabeth Berg essays.  Nabokov.
Simmering brown sugar. Cutting celery for stuffing. Baking chocolate
chip cookies. Big cats. Striped cats. Long tailed cats. Dry red wine. My soul
sister. Sushi overflowing with ginger. Old women who smell like Tigress & Emerald
perfume. Mandarin poppies blowing in wind.  Meryl Streep.  A River Runs Thru It.  The beat movement


I once wrote to Robert Bly gushing,  “I loooove you.  Your poems seep into my bones like sugary
maple syrup.”  I added “I’m not a
stalker,  but I love you more than pink
cotton candy. What was Sylvia Plath like?”


Not only did he write back, but he sent me two volumes of
his newest (subscribed) books of poetry.


I guess gushing like a pathetic school girl worked. (this


One thing people may not know about me is that I stutter.  Sometimes I need to change a word mid sentence
because I cannot say it,  or I write it
down so I can read it.


I need to slow down.  I
need to breathe.  Inhale.  Exhale.
Become all Zen.


This is the way I
control it.


This is also one of the reasons I started writing.


You see, I have an abundance of words inside, stories
inside, something not yet spoken inside.


My body physically reacts to words.


For instance, I’m lit on fire by Li Young-Lee’s poem, Blossoms.


This, oh-yes, this,  makes
my organs burn up.


to take what we love inside,

carry within us an orchard, to eat

only the skin, but the shade,

only the sugar, but the days, to hold

fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into

round jubilance of peach.***


–Darling, Readers,  What
makes you burn inside?


Watch  My Favorite Scene From Sex & The City

~As if you were on
fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin
—Pablo Neruda

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  • Reply
    Wild Child Mama
    August 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I have to admit that what I currently obsess about is not something healthy or productive in any way. It’s…a boob job. I have been staring at lady’s boobies wishing I had plump, full, bouncy melons. It’s so bad. And vain. But, I am obsessed. I’m trying to find a way to make the money to enhance my pizza slices but it will take me a couple of years before I can come close to paying for such a frivolous process.

    On another note…
    I’m now inspired to write to an author I’ve been loving lately. Francine Rivers. Her stories make me love God even more. I’m deeply grateful to her. I wonder if she’d write back. That would be magical. Like your volumes from Robert Bly. So special and magical:)
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    Red Dwyer
    August 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Loud club music.
    Piano concerto #4.
    Obsession… for men.
    The first cigarette with the first vat of coffee.
    Girlfriends with margaritas.
    Delicate kisses… whenever.

    Much love, my passionate flower.
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    August 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
    JC (;-)
    Vintage cars

    We’re both hopeless romantics, you know.
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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    August 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    You live with passion and abandonment. I adore that quality in you!
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    August 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Sometimes, it just pays to let your feelings out, no matter how gushy! 🙂
    How fortunate you were to get those books, and I would have loved to have been there when you received them!
    Wishing you a great weekend, Kim! xo.

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    August 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Love You KIM.

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    August 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Your ability to express your love for what and whom you love is miraculous and inspiring.

    Ditto what your dad said.
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    August 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I love that you wrote to Robert Bly and he sent his books to you with his autograph inside! That is great…

    What makes me burn….

    my children
    the moon and stars
    all animals, especially dogs!
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    Beverly Diehl
    August 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    What makes me burn inside? Besides these faux sugar gummi bears, were I so foolish as to eat them? ( – read the reviews, they’re a hoot).

    I burn for music (and sometimes musicians) lilting sweetly over my skin, caressing my ears, or rocking me hard, with passion. I burn for bright vibrant color and the swirl of a gypsy-patterned skirt. I burn for words rising from my keyboard, sometimes like a river, sometimes with a stutter, sometimes with a squawk.

    I burn for the sweet rich flavor of chocolate or wine spreading on my tongue, making my taste buds stand up and say thank you. I burn for the scent of cinnamon toast, or vanilla. I burn for the delight in a new, exciting read, that stretches my heart and mind.

    I love your passion, you intemperancy. It’s contagious.
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      My Inner Chick
      August 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I love what makes you burn, Beverly.

      you express w/much color and passion. Xx
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    Hotly Spiced
    August 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I love the first quote – very funny. And how wonderful of the poet to send you an autographed copy of his latest collection with a lovely note to you too. I’m sure if I had a published work out there, I would love to receive letters from enthusiastic and inspired readers xx
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      My Inner Chick
      August 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I know.
      Isn’t that the COOLEST thing?
      And Robert is from the beat movement w/ Allen Ginsberg and those cools dudes!

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    Debi Pasricha
    August 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I love that you love too much. How much is too much? Ha ha. And I also love that you found writing as a way to work stuttering. Our adult son stutters, but when he is talking about something he is truly passionate about, his stuttering stops.

    Chalk one more for living with passion. Xx
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    Elephant's Child
    August 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I am obsessional about so many things.
    Reading, The Garden. Birds. Cats – big, small, domestic or not. Dusk and dawn. Working the crisis line. Social justice. Love. Blogging. And more….
    And living life to the full is sooooo much better than a life half lived.
    Hugs and love.
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    August 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    A new purse.
    Chocolate Truffle Cake.
    Being kissed on the neck.
    Beautiful table decor.
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    August 10, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Cheryl Strayed’s words. All of them. She’s my new favorite author.
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    Valentine Logar
    August 10, 2013 at 3:28 am

    You are one of my heros! You cause me to remember why it is worth getting up in the morning, drawing breath and being truly in this world and alive! Your passion is insirational.

    What am I obssessed with? I will always be odd I suspect…

    Injustice, it always turns my crank and causes me to want to put my gloves on.
    Learning, yes learning I still do it and I still love it. Put me in a classroom and I am absorbed.
    The waterline, put me on a beach. Let me hear the waves. I am lost.
    Beautiful stones, anything cut or uncut. Anything that sparkles.
    Books, love them. Love words. My house is full of books, antique books, new books.
    Politics, I know I know, I am one of the odd ones; a wonk but I love to watch. I love the history and today.
    People, I am a people watcher. I let few in but I am fascinated by them.

    My small obsessions?
    Dark Chocolate
    Dark Coffee

    Love you
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    August 10, 2013 at 6:08 am

    You are such an inspiration, Kim. Personally, I don’t believe anyone can love too much. I’m a believer in ‘Love conquers all’!

    I’m passionate about human rights, justice for ALL, more love and less hate in this world, animal rights, gun control…you get the idea.

    I do believe there has been a slight shift in the universe, of late, and we are waking up.

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    August 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Never lose your passion for life, Kim! Yours is absolutely contagious (as others have said). Italy has taught me a lot about how to express passion; at the moment mine are people (especially if they’re framed in the lens of my camera!), roaring fountains, teeny cups of coffee, kissy-huggy Southern Italians, black and white dogs, Proust, and granita for breakfast.( I also loved Call the Midwife!) xxxxxlove to youxxxxx
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

      OOooo, I can imagine Italy would bring out one’s passion even if one does not have any!!!

      You. Have. Passion.

      in soul. in pictures. in words. in color.

      YESsss, Call The Midwife! I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore it!

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    nan @ lbddiaries
    August 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Passion. Big, fat BUMBLEBEES! I worked hard to get them back in my yard. My beautiful Alpha Hubby and Alpha Son. A flower garden in full bloom. My beautiful, delicate handed down china, crystal and real silver. My tons of cookbooks, especially the handed-down ones there, too. Copper pots and pans. My library full of books. Fat floating snowflakes, covering up the winding driveway and fields. And YOU. I am passionate about your blog & you, dalink!
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    lisa thomson
    August 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Kim, you are a passionate person,on fire and it’s contagious! I must check out your references to fellow poets. That is so cool that Robert Bly sent you the signed books-SWEET!! I love that scene form sex and the city. It goes to show that not only passion but honesty can be contagious as well. p.s. I also love Elizabeth Berg’s novels.
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

      what is your fave. Berg book?

      I call her my Hot Fudge Sundae Author.

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    August 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Kim, I must admit that I had never heard of Robert Bly before – but I am a bit more “educated” now because I did a bit of research after reading your post – how wonderful that he sent you two signed books – he sounds like such an interesting person,

    Your passion that shines through everything you write and do is an amazing inspiration and I am grateful to have met you through your fabulous blog and your wonderful comments!

    In my “first life” I wanted to write plays and spent my days listening to performances, to this day, watching those incredibly talented actresses and actors thrills me beyond words…

    Kim, may all your days be filled with passion and inspiration!

    P.S.: Meryl Strep is my favorite American actresss – always has been always will be
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

      your blog is PURE and FULLY Passion.

      I feel good after I’ve been there. 🙂 Xxxxxxxx

      Yes, Meryl is a genius.
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    Chasing Joy
    August 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    This is a good question. I am a low key person. Pretty even in my mood. Not super passionate. This tends to work to my advantage in the work place. But I could definitely use a bit more fire and excitement.

    Stopping by from Write on Edge.
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Dear Chasing,

      Thank you for visiting my crazy world 😉 I shall visit you, too. Xx
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    ed p
    August 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    i like good writing too. i like something fresh and fun and fantastical. i like cutting loose when the work is done and i like doing the work too. i like baseball and watching movies in crowded theaters and snapping awesome photographs.
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    August 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    What a beautiful, lush, visceral post. I can taste that peach and feel its juices dripping off my chin. I’m passionate about my home perched atop a mountain in the air space of the eagle. I’m passionate about my friendships, of which I’ve been blessed with in abundance. I’m passionate about good writing and the people who are able to it so damn well. And horses, and my dog, Dixie, and Mason, kitty and very fine wines. And chocolate — very dark, almost bitter. And picking fresh vegetables from my own garden, and, and, and…

    You inspire me! 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

      I LOVE your words, descriptions, passion.

      Where do you live? Heaven?

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    August 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Wow, what a line, “The round jubilance of peach”. Thank you, Kim xxx

    I think of it as what lights me up inside, and what lights me up inside are stories of transformation, people calling forth the courage to say, “This is what my life’s going to be about”, no matter what they are dealing with.
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Transformation! YES)))!!

      I love stories about this.

      Have you ever read Kafka? I can see you LOVING Li _ Young Lee xxx
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    August 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Do you have a bottle of wine, a evening maybe a week to discuss? Like you words can make me go weak at the knees and my heart flutter. I am hesitant with my verbal self, but with my words I am inside out, or can be. I think this is as close to being BIG in what I love.
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:36 am

      I have a feeling we’d talk for 24 hours strait w/out stopping…except to sip our wine!

      Xxx YOU Are Passion.
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    August 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post!!!
    One day my dear Kim, you and I will sit together over a bottle of wine or three and share all that we feel passionate about! Oh I cannot wait for the day. I would be in your kitchen in Minnesota in a heart beat if I could afford to get to you!
    Have a beautiful week friend.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

      I’d So much love sitting with you, Mandy, face to face…eye to eye.

      We have much in common, dear. xxx CATS. Beauty. Words.
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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

    You write so beautifully and passionately!
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    Elisabeth Kinsey
    August 11, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful post. I have been like this in my life – the ebb and flow of electric feelings over music, people, poetry, my older sister. I so get it! Neruda does that to me, too.

    in Ode to Tomatoes
    populates the salads
    of Chile,
    happily, it is wed
    to the clear onion,
    and to celebrate the union
    child of the olive,
    onto its halved hemispheres,

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    August 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    You’re my kind of girl! I live life big too!

    Love Pablo Neruda.
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m the same way, Kim! I get all excited about somethings, too. I have sent emails to authors I really like and have gotten some nice responses from them. In my youth I loved “Remington Steele” and wrote my one and only fan letter to Pierce Brosnan and was thrilled to get a handwritten response and signed photo.

    I LOVE writing and get very excited when I can sit down at my computer and take time to write.
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    August 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I am sooo impressed when a busy, famous author takes time to write a struggling newbie and send along some encouragement! I once wrote an author I admired and received a lovely note in return. Just made my day, I’m telling you, and I’ve savored it ever since.

    Nothing wrong with living life large, my friend. Nothing at all!
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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

      I know.
      it says much about their character when they can take the time for the little people!

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    August 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Loved your post. It was more like dancing with words.

    I’m with you. When I love something, I can’t get enough. When I was unemployed, I watched every episode of Sex in the City in between sending resumes and looking for work. It was running on two networks.

    My passion is writing but it’s also my kryptonite. If I can’t get that one word right, it stays in my head until my thoughts get gooey like caramel and I get stuck.
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    Kristy @Loveandblasphemy
    August 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Pablo Neruda and Sex and the City references? YOU make my fire burn! 🙂
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    August 12, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I need to slow down too. I want to do everything NOW!
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    August 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I love words to, and adventures and time with family, and some naughty and new discovered treat, and a great TV series and many things like you. Most of all I love enthusiasm and good nature. Tolerance and understanding. I also love foreign films. Because we are slightly odd here we count American films as home grown while those unintelligible creations from France and other European countries rank as foreign. That could be called an ‘anomaly’ Don’t you love that word. It sounds like verbal cream

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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Naughty and new? Do tell.

      Yes. love the word “Anomaly!!” I likey xxxxxxxxxxxxx LOVE.
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    August 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    How great is that Robert Bly answered you back! You sound like a passionate person Kim. Nothing wrong with that. I actually think we need more people like this.
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    Lady Jennie
    August 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    oooh what a good post!

    What makes me burn … God, for sure. Mercy. Injustice (burn with anger). Rachmaninoff. Cleverly worded phrases or situations that I have found in Dickens, Austen, Tolstoy.

    These kinds of things.
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    August 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not good at poetry…writing or understanding it. But I agree that peaches are best described as “round jubilance” and I wish I had thought to describe them that way before I read it here!

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      My Inner Chick
      August 14, 2013 at 9:21 am


      the mission of a poet is to reach out to EVERYBODY.

      So glad you liked Li-Young Lee! Xxx
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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me
    August 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This was just… lovely and clever and totally poetic. Thanks Kim!!!
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    August 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Chocolate chip cookie dough sans chocolate…

    I love your list!!!! xo
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    Britton Swingler
    August 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    What makes me burn is reading writers like you who let it all out–the sheer passion of your words stirred me…yes, that way. I love passion in all its forms. You should keep doing this…keep inspiring others simply by being you.
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 14, 2013 at 3:35 am

    We love the way that you write Kim! It’s like our own personal letters from you. And what a wonderful writer Mr Bly is and so generous too! 😀
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    Adriana Boatwright (@AdrianaIris)
    August 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

    After reading this I am certain i love you to the moon and back 🙂
    Sister we are soul sisters. Your words get strung like a pearl necklace and for that simple reason I love you. I know one day we will get together and have some cocktails. I feel it.
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    Unknown Mami
    August 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I love that feeling of excitement when I discover something new that I love or just the feeling of consistently loving something. I love discovering new to me writers that fill my entire being with their words, I love shows that seem to have been made for me, I love the women in Milan Kundera’s books and sometimes I think I am just one of his characters.
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    August 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve yet to find the thing that really makes me burn inside. That’s a bit sad at my age isn’t it?
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      it’s not.
      You will find your burning and your passion when you see it!
      I know this to be true.
      What about Adam Lavine? Haaaa xx

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    August 16, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Hot yoga!!! It literally burns me up since it’s so hot!! Can’t live without it! 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Hot Yoga.
      I Like! Xx

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    August 16, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I think we may just be the very same person. I am currently in mad passionate love with the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, which was featured at the end of the movie Breaking Dawn 2 which I’ve watched at least 15 times by now, and I’ve listened to that song 8 times already, and I’ve only been up for 40 minutes. I think your passion is what makes you tremendous and accessible to so many lives. Your sister is a fire where there is no fireplace because of you. We all feel her, know her, love her because of your deep desire to love “more than the universe and the moon and the sun and pink cotton candy and melted dove chocolate.” I love you more than bunny tails, chocolate covered marshmallows, and my super cute Lulu Lemon yoga pants.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 16, 2013 at 7:02 am

      And I love you more than ebony panthers sipping water from Kenya’s Lake Victoria Xxxxx

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    Ellen M. Gregg
    August 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    A song beautifully sung, from the soul
    Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
    A gorgeously crafted play or movie or tv show
    Thanksgiving and Christmas with my extended family
    Time spent with my Ya-Yas
    Phone calls and retreats with Compass
    Watching hummingbirds “play Quidditch” around their feeder
    A bouquet of gladiola from the garden
    A particularly intense and insightful energy work session with a client
    So much more…

    Summer loving to you, sweet Kim. 🙂 xoxo

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    Girl with a New Life
    August 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

    This post epitomizes what I enjoy most about you. Why I visit this blog.

    (PS I have a small speech impediment too. It was a big one when I was a child. You know who else did? James Earl Jones–one of the most powerful voices I’ve heard.)

    What burns inside of me? The truth. Especially the stuff concealed beneath public life. The stuff that would heal us, make sense of us, make life easier to navigate—except that we’re too afraid to divulge our imperfections.
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    Ms. CrankyPants
    August 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Oh, dear. I’ve gone all Beavis and Butthead, because I’m inappropriately entertained by:

    “When I like…I like BIG.”

    BUT! It doesn’t stop there. There’s also:

    “What makes you burn inside?”

    Also! There’s an old Pointer Sisters’ song that has the lyric “Your love burns inside” that always makes me think, “Get yourself to the gyno, STAT!”

    Yes, I am *that” immature.
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