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Really Honest Answers To Your Questions


(I’ve been asked these questions several times since blogging, & now I like to take the opportunity to answer them)




  • People who bump their food together as if to say ‘cheers.’ WTF? Drives me nuuuuts.


  • I cannot stand the thought of something (animals, humans, the environment) being abused, hurt, hungry, sad, belittled, or minimized in a world that has so much to offer.


  • Winter


  • The word “Tolerant.”  ( what a ridiculous word )


Best Film of All Time


  • Spartacus ( the old one w/ Kirk Douglas ) The last scene always gets me choked up. “Spartacus, this is your son. He is FREE.”


Dream Job


  • To be hired as a speech writer for somebody like Michele Obama.    Ooooo, Myyyyy!



Cool Things I’d like to accomplish


  • A Ted Talk about gratitude


  • Write a book w/ short essays about how I arrived back home



What I consider a Fabulous Day?


  • Well, that’s easy. Being with my big fat loud Italian family eating pasta, discussing deep issues of the world, doing trivia, laughing.
  • Walking with my audio books. Lolita has been my favorite. ( read by Jeremy Irons )



Naughty Confessions


  • I rip articles I want to read from magazines at the hair solon, dentist, and doctor’s office.


  • I pluck flowers from the neighbor’s yard on my walks to put on Kay’s gravesite.


  • I draw mustaches on bulletin boards when I see political figures or yucky people I don’t like. Shhhh,  DON’T Tell!


Books that triggered me to begin writing


  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I remember saying aloud, “This is not a book about BIRDS! This is a book about ME:” ( my first metaphor )


  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath. After the first poem, I was like, “I get you, Sylvia!” Isn’t this what poetry/ writing is supposed to accomplish?


Books I’ve read over & over again

Image result for the book of ruth by jane hamilton

  • Pull of the Moon, The Bell Jar, Ariel, Talk Before Sleep, Eat-Pray-Love, The Diary of Anne Frank, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Rose, Traveling Mercies, Night, The Book of Ruth. ( everything by Elizabeth Berg )


Worst day of my life


  • When my sister, Kay, was murdered. It was like living & dying inside the depths of triple Hell.



Best Series of all time


  • Call the Midwives


  • Sex and the City


  • The Handmaid’s Tale


  • Big Little Lies


  • Game of Thrones



I am always hungry for


  • Cheese puffs


  • Chocolate ( except tootsie rolls )


  • Knowledge


  • God


How many Root Friends Do You have? 


  • I have six root friends who have been with me thru good times and hellish times–who have a long history with me. They will be with me when I die or I will be with them!….But NOBODY will ever come close to my darling, Kay. She is part of everything I am and will ever be.


Proudest Moment


  • When my entire family ( including Kay ) and my boys watched me walk to get my college degree.
  • When my boys were born.


Why do you write?


  • To release darkness, light, excess words, thoughts, ideas, insights, encouragement, anger, hope, love. Oh, hell with it; the truth is–I write to breathe.


What is the soul?


  • The core of who we are, the essence of our being, our pulse, our light, the purest love, memories, our flowing blood, freedom. The closest thing to God.



Who is God?


The creator of the universe, science, the big bang. The first and the last. The reason I haven’t placed my head inside an oven. The hope I still have. Emanuel. Prince of Peace. My sister, Kay, called Him Papa. Yeah, that’s sort of who He is to me, too.

Favorite Quote


  • Life is not a fist. Life is an open hand waiting for some other hand to enter it.—Elie Weisel


Finish this sentence: I want the world to know…


Life goes on. We survive. We have choices. We inhale and exhale, if we want. We can live or we can die, if we want. I imagined I could never go forward without my sister. I have. And I am here to tell you God will never waste our pain, our loss, our heartache. He will use fully to help others rise. He will use it to tell others they are not alone.


He will use it to tell others, “Life is beautiful.”


~~~~Other Stuff I Love:


Sylvia Plath Interview ( I’ve listened to MANY times!)


Favorite Scene of All Time:

****After Note: I am addicted to royalty, Queens, Princesses’. I LOVE Elizabeth the 1st and Lady Diana~~! My prediction is that Meghan Markle will rock the palace like they’ve never seen in the past. I’m very very very excited to see how she will promote and advocate for women all over the world. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?  xxxX

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  • Reply
    lisa thomson
    May 18, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I love these type of posts, Kim. It’s always fun to get to know more about you. Some of these are not a surprise. Livingston and Plath. I like the way you describe God and what you want the world to know. You are succeeding in sharing this message loud and clear here and all over. I can’t wait to read your book of essays. I also adore that scene from Dead Poet’s Society. I don’t think I could like a person who hated that movie. How could anyone hate that movie? Yet I’ve met a few and have reconsider ever speaking to them again, LOL.

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    Elephants Child
    May 18, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Heartfelt hugs.
    I love winter. The sweaty season is so very difficult for me.
    Hooray for writers. Education, comfort, escape – and so much more.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 18, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Glad to know you better and deeper through all those honest questions. Have a great weekend!

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    May 20, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Loved reading this! I agree that Meghan will definitely rock things. Love watching royalty too!

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    May 20, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Tolerant – oh yes, a most misused word! An excuse not to stand up in bravery and boldness. This was juicy good! I love that every single time you do something like this that I learn something new about you! I can’t believe I have yet to watch Dead Poets Society but I will fix that immediately and go re-watch Spartacus. I also (shhh) tear a magazine page out. Another fine post you’ve given us, Miss Kim.

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    May 20, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Kim, your openness and honesty shine through so clearly on a post like this! Thank you for sharing yourself and your thoughts in this space. I love what you said about why you write — so true for many of us, writing is like breathing. I didn’t get up early enough to see the Royal wedding, but I saw the repeat of it — the only things missing were the Queen’s Corgis!!

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    Lisa Gordon
    May 20, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I SO enjoyed reading this, Kim.
    Thank you so very much for sharing.
    I did not watch the actual wedding but watched what CNN considered the highlights.
    My two favorites?
    1. Prince Charles walking her down the aisle (he just may have redeemed himself slightly, in my eyes). 🙂
    2. Prince Harry driving his new bride to reception #2 in the little blue Jag. LOVED it!!!

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    May 20, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I also loved the film Spartacus, it had so much meaning, good actors and supporting actors. But The GOD FATHER is still my best film.
    Great film Kim, Love You Much

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Root friends is such a great concept (although in Australia root has different connotations). And people bump their food together? That’s odd! LOL. Totally agree on animal cruelty. I can never understand it.

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    May 21, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I absolutely adore these posts, I get to know you more and more with each one.
    Have a gloriously happy and love filled week.
    Love and hugs from sunny Sundays River, South Africa.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots
    May 21, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Reading a post like this, with insights into your thoughts, your joys, your sorrows, your being, I feel ever more connected to you. You are incredible Kim for your compassion, your care, your ability to survive, for the hope you bring and much more.

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    Lady Fi
    May 22, 2018 at 2:02 am

    I love getting to know you better. You are wonderful!

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    Christine Carter
    May 25, 2018 at 3:32 am

    I have had this post open for DAYS, reading bits here and bits there… taking in all this goodness little by little. I have scribbled down some of the books I have NOT read that are your faves, and as always, everything EVERYTHING you wrote here is just so damn good. Learning more about you? Ah… I couldn’t love this more…

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    marie kléber
    May 25, 2018 at 6:33 am

    I just LOVE reading you Kim, knowing more about you.
    Whatever you share you share it with an OPEN HEART. That makes all the difference!
    Should definitely read Sylvia Plath.

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    May 30, 2018 at 3:53 am

    If you ever did a TedTalks, I want to be there. You NEED to do one. You are incredibly brilliant and I think you belong – OH it gives me chills just thinking of it. CHILLS KIM!
    I am currently reading The Bell Jar for the first time and I wonder why I’ve never read it before. It is absolutely stunning – between every line.
    I must get back into watching the midwives. I stopped when my husband discovered that he too has power over netflix. Sigh…
    I love that you pluck articles from magazines that don’t belong to you. You’re a bad ass 😉

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    Marcia @ Menopausal Mother
    May 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    This was a great idea—I may have to try it some time on my blog. It’s a nice way for readers to get to know you better. I see we have much in common. And OMG Game Of Thrones!!! YASSS!

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