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Some Of My Favorite Things, Essays, Poets, What-EV


~I want to break chains, crash from cages, rise up, & save the world–Kim Sisto Robinson

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–Photo Credit: Pakistan Today

 

Favorite Essays: because, well, they’re superbly, wonderfully brilliant:

  america_made_me_a_feminist/ by Paulina Porizkova

My-Mother-Wasn’t-Trash by Joshua Wilkey

 

Favorite Long Last Meeting: We’ve known one another for 10 years through  ‘writing,’ and connected deeply about the world and how we desired to change it. Finally, we met in Napa for wine and conversation. Simply beautiful, Elizabeth Cassidy! You were exactly what I expected!

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Kim & Elizabeth!

 

Favorite Book: The Handmaid’s Tale (O.M.G. was created after this book was written!)

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I wish this story were different. I wish it were more civilized. I wish it showed me in a better light, if not happier, then at least more active, less hesitant, less distracted by trivia. I wish it had more shape. I wish it were about love, or even about sunsets, birds, rainstorms, or snow…but I’m sorry, there is so much pain in this story.—The Handmaid’s Tale

 

You know how some books resonate, grab you by the organs, twist your stomach into knotted fists? This book accomplished that for me, and when this happens, I want to shout out to the world, I want to stand up and scream, “Read This!” I want to write to the author and say, “Teach Me! Teach Me!”

 

Favorite Adventure:

“People keep comparing this hike to Cheryl Strayed’s WILD. Stop it. This is not her story, her adventure, her experience; it is MINE.” —Trish Sisto

 

Trish Sisto is hiking the Appalachian Trail and you could say I’m living vicariously thru her and lovin’ every minute of it. ( Could I do it?  Hell, yes. NOoooo WAaaaaY.

She will be hiking 6 months and oh, did I mention, over 2000 miles of rough terrain!

btw, all the money raised  goes to domestic abuse survivors and their children

Follow her blog here : Kay’s Kisses

 

Favorite Beat Movement Poet, Jack Kerouac: I love this man, his voice, his rhythm, his face, the piano playing softly in the background, &  the Beat Movement Revolution.

—Darlings, what are you reading that blew your tights off lately?  What moves you?


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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Tia
    July 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Love you 💋

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    Benjamin T Plante
    July 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I think I need to officially reread Handmaid now – thank you for the gentle reminder.

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots
    July 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I just finished Joyce Carol Oates revised and rewritten A Garden of Earthly Delights. I can’t say it knocked my socks off as much as caused me to think. She writes with strong character development and a strong sense of place.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

      I’ve read a bit of Oates.
      I like her. Deep characterizations.
      I believe “What blows our socks off” is unique to everybody.
      I remember reading THE Book of Ruth and I was like, OMMMMGGGGGGG. I love this!
      The people in my book club hated it.
      It’s all in our experience, I guess.
      How are you, dear?
      Hope we can meet eye to eye one day ! x

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    Lisa Gordon
    July 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, Kim, she is hiking the entire trail????
    Bless her heart, and I wish her God’s blessings.

    I have heard a lot about The Handmaid’s Tale. Going to have to pick this one up (finally!)

    Have a wonderful week, my friend.
    xo.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Yes, she’s halfway and has been thru 3 or 4 pairs of boots thus far.
      She’s a freaking machine)))
      Hope you are well, Lisa )) xxx

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    elizabeth
    July 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Kim, Meeting you was a real highlight of the year, the decade! it just felt so natural. Next on our agenda – skirt reunion or we hit the trails with Trish. xoxo

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

      –Such a highlight.
      I still can’t believe it happened, can you?
      xxxxxx
      Oh, NO! I’d NEVER go on those trails. Are You NUTS?!

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    totally caroline
    July 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    A six month hike?!?! Ewwwww!!! I mean awesome but noooooo lol

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I know!
      Talk about finding yourself.
      WOWWWWW. x

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    Elephants Child
    July 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Your family and you have hearts bigger than the oceans. And I am grateful. So very grateful.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:55 am

      …And I am grateful for your support, words, and love, Sue. xx

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    lisa thomson
    July 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Love this, Kim. Thank you for sharing that rare video clip of JK reading his work. Oh, my. I will be purchasing this book to read this summer, preferably a soft, well read used copy. So nice you and Elizabeth could meet and in such a perfect place!

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Meeting Elizabeth was like an extension of our writing…
      And I was so nervous.
      I just ordered “On The Road,” from the library.
      I’ve not read before.
      I would have DEF. been part of the beat movement…Like Sexton and Plath ( I wonder if they were allowed in?)
      xxxx

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        lisa thomson
        July 12, 2017 at 8:18 am

        YES, they would have been :)! I have found a used copy of On The Road! Wanted to mention, I read Handmaid’s Tale back when it was published. Have read ALL of Margaret Atwood novels. She is amazing.

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          My Inner Chick
          July 12, 2017 at 9:20 am

          I remember reading Atwood as a young girl…
          and I knew, even then, that the writing was magic.
          Listening to On The Road now.
          Matt Dillan is reading it! Like Butter. xxx hope you are well.

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    Kim Gagnon
    July 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Love you Kimmers!!!!❤️💋🍷

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    Kristi Campbell
    July 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I just finished listening to Handmaid’s Tale after reading it years and years ago and OMG. It’s scary how much it is of now. Also, I ADORE YOU.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:58 am

      ..>And I adore you, sweet Kristi.
      Love your words, insight, and HEART. xx
      PS Handmaid’s Tale blew my tights off.
      That’s what I want in a book))!! xxx

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 11, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Must add The Handmaid’s Tale to my kindle! Thanks, Kim. Have a wonderful day!

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Angie,
      give me your review when you’re finished, please. xx

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    Mandy
    July 11, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I absolutely adore these posts with your favourite things!
    Have a beautiful and happy day dear friend. It’s freezing here!
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

      –What is the temp?
      hard to believe we are on opposite sides of the world. Right?
      And I can hear your lovely voice.
      xxx kisssssssss

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    Dad
    July 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Love that picture of you and Elizabeth
    Love You Dad

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      My Inner Chick
      July 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      –Love you, daddy.
      So so so so so so so much. xx

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    Christine Carter
    July 11, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I am in awe of Trish and her treck all those thousands of miles… It is an absolute feat and an incredible mission. God bless her heart and your feet.

    I am SO anxious to read The Handmaid’s Tale! I have requested it at the library- audio cd, for my walks. Just like you, love. <3

    And I always adore reading all the things you love! I'm so so glad you met Elizabeth and you two had such an exquisite real life meeting! It's really the most amazing thing, isn't it?

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    My Inner Chick
    July 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Chris, Yes,
    it was surreal to meet Elizabeth.
    I was VERY nervous about it…
    but once we hugged, we just sort of left off
    where the writing left us, as if we had known one
    another for years!
    Handmaid’s Tale was FAaaaaB. Atwood’s writing is, well, nothing compares.
    I read it from a Real Book and savored the pages in
    a different way than listening.
    Although listening to audio has changed my life, too.
    How are you, Mrs. Encourager? xxx kiss and love

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    shafali
    July 12, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Loved the post.

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    Debbie
    July 12, 2017 at 7:08 am

    So awesome for you and Elizabeth to have met — that’s what I’d love to do, gather ALL my blogging buddies together and have a party!! I just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts. Sooo good. I love it when something I’ve read sticks around long after the book itself. Kudos to Trish on her journey (but I’m with you 100 percent — no way would I want to do that, ha!)

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      My Inner Chick
      July 12, 2017 at 9:05 am

      HAaa.
      I know, But we can live vicariously thru the people who do these adventures, right?!!
      I’ll check out Picoult’s book.
      Love her.
      x

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    Balroop Singh
    July 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Wonderful post Kim! Thanks for sharing your favorite things.
    I have also read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ this year and found it really good. I refuse to believe that women would accept the kind of control anticipated in the book…there are always the rebellious ones who would rise against the so called ‘captains.’ You are one of them and many more would follow when we perish! 🙂

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      My Inner Chick
      July 14, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Balroop,
      the sad thing is …
      this is happening already and has
      happened in the past w/ Hitler.
      We need to rise UP and NEVER allow it to happen. xx kisssssssss

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    Gary Sidley
    July 13, 2017 at 3:08 am

    A great selection, Kim.

    Interestingly, I’m currently watching a serial based on The Handmaid’s Tale. A moving – albeit harrowing – story. I’ve not read the book but I will, in light of your endorsement. Warm wishes from the UK.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 14, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Hey,
      Mr. Jones.
      Read the book!
      I’m sure Mrs. Jones has already! x

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    Trish
    July 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Wow!! Thanks so much Kim!! You inspire me and I can’t believe I made your list! So happy to know such an amazing woman. Sending my love!

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      My Inner Chick
      July 14, 2017 at 5:50 am

      HAAaa.
      You inspired my list, dear.
      Love from Duluth. xxx
      Keep Truckin’, Dr. J. xx

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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    July 17, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Six months of hiking…. WOW! What an adventure.
    I am on a daily basis moved by the beauty of my new home and surroundings in the Whitsundays, the sunshiny days and warmth make me feel ALIVE. <3
    Sending you hugs and love.
    xo

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    Jeri
    July 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    To hike the AT is truly inspiring and something I’ll get to sooner or later… or a long hike at least. I’m probably more likely to attempt the PCT.

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    Dana
    July 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Your passion moves me! I get inspired when I read your words, Kim.

    I read Handmaid’s Tale so many years ago; I’m sure I’d be more blown away if I read it now. But I rarely revisit books, and there are so many unread…

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