Guest Star: Kir of The Kir Corner

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Blogging has brought many blessings into my life – friendships with women across the world, is one of them. Women who have touched me with their writing, who have opened their hearts and welcomed me even though they’ve never met me in person, who have told me that they love my writing, for who I am. Which is a big deal for someone who’s been trying to find acceptance for most of her life.

One of the women I’m grateful to have met and call a friend, is Kir of The Kir Corner. There is no one more genuine, sweet and generous than this beautiful lady, who writes about her struggles with infertility openly, shares her joy of her miracle twin boys, and draws us in with her ongoing fiction stories of Kimmy and David. She is one after my own heart, her love of shoes and cupcakes, legendary.

Thank you Kir, for being such a wonderful friend.

Kir with husband John and twins, Gio and Jacob

1. When and why did you start blogging?
My first post was written in May 2005. I had been battling infertility for 2 years by then with no success. I wanted to have a baby and my blog was just a way to find support through my really bad days/years/cycles and a place to write about how I was feeling. It’s interesting for me to think that I started my blog wondering if I’d ever be a mommy when today I would definitely be characterized as a “mommy blogger”…it’s been a long (and sweet & sour) journey to here for sure.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

Well, I think everyone says the COMMUNITY don’t they? Of course the women (and men) I interact with every day have become part of my world…tiny stitches in the fabric of my life. I care about the people I read, I love being a part of their lives and so when good things happen we can celebrate and when not so good things happen we can rally and comfort, help one another. But I also love the writing aspect of blogging, the idea that you can share ideas, recipes, memorable moments…the small things in life and someone is always there to share them with you by reading. It’s like you can get a hug, a smile, a “YEA” or “I’m so sorry that happened” no matter what time, day or place you are in. I love being that connected to people I really love.

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?
This is one question I have pondered for MANY days before writing and my answer is that I can’t choose. When I started writing my favorite bloggers were those women that KNEW where I was in my infertility journey and could bring me HOPE, COMFORT, HUMOR and SUUUPORT. Later they turned into the women that touched me with their words or make me sit back in awe at their talents. The truth is that I don’t have a favorite blogger. Today I have 53 subscriptions coming into my email on any given day and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF those blogs gives back to me. I love some for their humor, some for their pictures, others for their crafts, still others for their beautiful way with words. But they all share something with me and invite me into their world and the simple truth is that I feel so lucky for each and every invitation.

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?
Like the question above, it took me a couple of days to decide how I would answer this question. But here goes.
NO, there is not one post I regret publishing.
However, there are plenty of posts that I regret NEVER publishing. The Kir Corner is a very safe place for me and I keep it that way. I have hinted in a number of my memoir posts that my childhood was not always a happy or safe place. I am a survivor of domestic abuse and there are memories there that I would rather push back and remember the happy times with the family I loved. I feel a lot of guilt and disappointment with myself about the fact that I don’t stand on a soapbox more often for the issues that I have lived through and could help others through with my words. Especially now as my sister is in the midst of a divorce that has come about because she was physically and emotionally abused for over 14 years, or I see my baby brother still dealing with his helplessness as he watched us be hit. I really wish I could be “vocal” about the things that I saw and dealt with. I know that I could be a better voice for infertility, fibromyalgia or domestic abuse and my wish this year is to get out of my comfort zone with it and write in order to help others.

5. What do you love most about being a Mom?
Honestly, just being one. I wondered for so long about whether or not I would be that just hearing someone call me “mom” or “mommy” makes me smile. But the HUGS are good too..the hugs while little voices say “I love you Mommy” is absolutely one of the best things. 

6. What’s your favorite time of the day?
5am. Any day of the week. On the weekdays, it’s quiet in our house and I can get out of bed and start getting dressed for work while the rest of my family sleeps. On the weekends I get out of bed and go to the computer, put a load of clothes in the washing machine, pick up the house or just grab the remote and get through an episode or two from my DVR’d shows. It’s quiet, it’s relaxing and the dark mornings wrap me in comfort and peace knowing my family is close enough but SILENT. 😉 I do my best thinking and writing in those early mornings.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy. I’d love to taste the food, see the sights, enjoy the flavor of that country and see it with my children. John has told me so much about Rome, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast along with the other places in Italy he’s been that I know that seeing it with him would be a dream come true for me, plus the magic of that country would have me completely under its spell for sure.

8. What could you eat every single day?
That is a very silly question….CUPCAKES of course 😉

9. Favorite season and why.
My favorite Season of the year is  Summer. I love the feel of sand, the sunshine on my shoulders…no reason for coats or scarves, and the way I look with a tan. I love being warm and the smell of the ocean tickling my nose. But I also love the time of year from Nov 1st to Jan 1st..the HOLIDAY season. Christmas is the time of year that I truly find myself. I love the joy, the magic, the decorations and the feeling of love in the air. I smile quite a bit from Nov to January …

10. One word to describe you.
Empathetic.

11. You recently completed the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, writing 50,000 words in one month. Tell us more about your novel.
Oh wow. Well where do I start? The Title of the novel I was working on for NaNo is called “Confessions to Justin…and other letters I wish I’d written” I got the idea for it about 10 yrs ago when I saw an ex-boyfriend’s engagement picture in the paper. I thought of all the things I’d love to tell him now that we had both moved on..then I thought what if I made up a girl who was a little like me who sees her ex in the paper and then meets two very different men who she has to choose between. While she is in the midst of her triangle, she is writing letters to Justin to deal with her feelings for each man. Honestly, it’s not finished but it has been lots of fun to remember and write, mostly because while Violet (the main character) is loosely based on me, those letters are all rooted in a real experience, moment or memory with my old boyfriend “Justin”.

12. Any tips for us aspiring writers?
I know you’ll be mad at me for saying this, but I still don’t consider myself a writer. I don’t write every day, I would much rather watch TV than sprint off to the computer to key a few pages and I have no discipline whatsoever about grammar or editing. That being said, I find inspiration all around me for writing. TV shows I watch people I meet on the street, songs I hear. My brain is always thinking, working words around and choosing situations in which I could use them.

I do carry a notebook in my purse and have been known to write an idea, a phrase, a quote on a napkin or spare piece of paper when something strikes me. So while I am not the barometer for “good writing” I can tell you that if you want to do something, if you have words inside you that you feel need to get out..LET THEM!!! Don’t ever think that your idea isn’t good enough or interesting…just write and see where it takes you. Honestly I started November thinking I’d never be able to find 50.000 words to finish and what I found was a story pouring out of me and characters that I truly cared about.

Alison, thank you so much for inviting me here today. From the moment we exchanged Twitter followings and I found your blog I have sat in awe of you. I don’t know a sweeter, more honest and open person in the blog world. I truly feel lucky just to know you. Being here with you today, sharing this very special and sacred place is just the ICING on a very SWEET cupcake my friend.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
xo
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  • January 10, 2012 Elena

    LOVE the two of you in one place. And um…Italy!!! Want to sneak away with us for our trip next July? Also, the 5am mornings. You know, a good friend would travel to Virginia to do laundry for another household. Giggle. On a not so giggle moment, thank you for sharing the morsels of life that for better or worse, make up the amazing you that you are.

    Great Question Alison!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      I adore you…Elena. SO glad you came over to say Hi.
      Um…yes, I’d love to go to Italy with you!!!! and if you have cupcakes ready, I’ll think VERY SERIOUSLY about coming to VA to do your laundry..although I wonder how much work we’d get done once I got there. 😉

      your friendship is such a gift..thank you for that
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Mayor Gia

    Very nice interview! Anyone who completes Nanowrimo is super impressive in my book.
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  • January 10, 2012 Leighann

    Oh KIR!!
    I love seeing you here! I admire you and love your heartfelt words and support!
    Also? Your book sounds so interesting, I can’t wait to read it!
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  • January 10, 2012 Jen {at} take2mommy

    So nice to learn more about you Kir. I figured there was more to you than cupcakes and shoes 🙂 How great that you’re writing a novel! Go you!

  • January 10, 2012 Jessica

    You are right, Alison. I think maybe I *do* love her! Please finish that book, Kir, because I really want to read it!!!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      HI Jessica,
      so nice to meet you and thnak you for this really wonderful comment. It made me smile. I’ll be editing the book for the next few months, but I’ll be thinking of you as I do..it’s nice to know that someone might be looking forward to it. THANK YOU.
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Galit Breen

    Love seeing the two of you together here today! Fabulous interview!
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  • January 10, 2012 Sunday Morning Memoirs

    I am always looking for new blogs to read, going to check her out!

  • January 10, 2012 Ann

    What a great interview and LOVE the responses. Kir it was lovely meeting you and I can understand why you can’t choose a favorite blogger…I don’t know if anyone can choose just one…bloggers are like potato chips!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      “Bloggers are like Potato Chips” what a great way to look at it!!! You can’t just “Read just one” right??? I love it.

      Ann it was really nice to meet you and I hope our paths cross again, you seem like a Potato Chip I’d enjoy. 🙂
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Kimberly

    Love seeing you here, Kir! Italy is also one of my top places in the world to visit. Let’s go, I’ll bring the cupcakes! xo
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  • January 10, 2012 Jessica

    Alison, thanks for inviting Kir to your space! I have just recently began to follow her blog and I ADORE her writing.

    Kir, it’s always a pleasure reading the words that flow from your fingertips. I enjoyed getting to know more about you.
    Hope you ladies have a fantastic week!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      Oh. More Tears. Thank you…thank you for those really lovely words and for the Feelings behind them. To tell someone that you enjoy them for who they are is such a gift..or ICING as I like to call it. THANK YOU so much for this comment. It’s been so nice to get to know you too…I feel lucky to have met you.
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Kiddothings

    Great reading about you here Kir.

    I cannot do 5am. I wouldn’t know who I am at that hour.
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  • January 10, 2012 Tania Elfersy

    Thanks Alison for allowing us to get to know Kir better. Wonderful interview 🙂

    I can’t get 5am out of my head. I used to be such a morning girl and somehow I let life take the early morning magic away from me. These says I see the very early morning but generally because I am up way too late (sigh). I miss the sunrise — it’s easy to forget it happens every day.
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      HI Tania…it’s so nice to see you here..thank you for reading and commenting.

      well I don’t have much of a choice, we leave the house at 6:15 so normally my alarm (TV goes on) at 4:30..but 5am is the time that I “get myself together” and start getting ready. Some mornings I am tired..but others I like being up at that hour, like I have the WHOLE DAY ahead of me. I find that even on vacation or days off, I like to up and out of the house by 6 or 7am…or I feel like I’m wasting time. 😉

      hope you get to see a sunrise soon..I’ll send you one..:)
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Lady Jennie

    It’s true, the community is the best thing about blogging – getting that support and encouragement and love. I agree. I am so encouraged to hear of your success in overcoming fertility. My cousin and a dear friend are constantly in my prayers, and so far nothing. It’s nice to know there are happy endings!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      HI Jennie…it’s so nice to see you, I know that I owe you a visit and I promise to be over soon. I will keep your friends in my prayers too…infertility was a very long, sad, desperate 4 year for me and my heart hurts for any woman or couple that truly wants to have a child.

      thank you for your lovely words, they and you mean a whole lot to me.
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Maureen

    Great pick! The more reasons for me to visit her blog more 🙂 Love the tips for inspiring writers. Thanks, Kir!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      HI Maureen
      whata nice comment to leave. it’s so nice to see you here and I’d love for you to visit me more often! You made me smile today…thank you so much for that.

  • January 10, 2012 Kimberly

    Oh I love Kir.
    Really.
    I think that answer was spot on about only regretting the posts that never got published.
    i have so many of those burning holes in my draft box….
    I should just release em eh?
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      HI sweet stuff!!!
      I love you too…and if you start to release some stuff…I promise I will too. Maybe we should do a Meme with it, like “LET IT GO Tuesdays” or something….xoxoxo

      thank you for coming over and saying HI, I always seeing your smile 🙂 xo
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 10, 2012 Christine

    Kir. Is. Awesome.
    I believe there is something to the discipline of writing every day and editing well but there is SO much more to being a writer. Kir, you have ALL those other things in spades.
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  • January 10, 2012 Frelle

    I always love reading more about you… and this time I got to read about your novel! what a fantastic premise, and I’m on pins and needles waiting to read it. Let me know if you need a proofreader or editor or reviewer.. 😉

    And yes a great word to describe you is empathetic. You and I are kindred spirits for sure. So grateful to know you.

    Thank you for having her at your place, MamaWantsThis!!
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    • January 10, 2012 Kir

      Hi there sweetie. Thank you for coming over to say Hi.

      and if you’re offering, I might just take you up on the “READER” part for me when I feel a little better about how the editing is going. Don’t be surprised 😉

      I’m glad to have met you too…I like knowing you’re out there and that your heart is keeping mine. It means a lot to me.
      Kir recently wrote…Meet Me at Alison’s Place: My amazing visit to Mama Wants This!My Profile

  • January 11, 2012 Jessica

    This is such a lovely interview. Im in it (blogging) for the community, too. I love the phrase, “tiny stitches in the fabric of my life.” So true. So beautiful.
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  • January 11, 2012 tracy

    Love you. Love 5am. xoxo
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  • January 11, 2012 Alexandra

    Isn’t she just everyone’s cupcake.

    What a love.
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  • January 11, 2012 Kristen

    I have to tell you that I am crying just from the sincerity of Kir’s last paragraph thanking Alison for her friendship because I know what she means exactly. I fell into the blogging world when I was lost going from a full time working mom to a SAHM who was very unsure of herself and was afraid to go out there and people in my neighborhood. I always had to say no because of work and I was afraid to start saying yes. I started my blog and then realized that love, support and friendship are out there if you just reach for it. I couldn’t be any happier in real life because of it.
    Adore the both of you! Loved this interview and now I am craving a cupcake…one of the things I am trying to avoid in 2012 😉
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      and you made me cry sweet friend. Thank you for this comment and for being here to share my visit here.

      I hope you know how important you are the blogworld and how much I am really enjoying getting to know you. Thank you …for everything. xo

      ***have the cupcake…they are good for you**
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    I love just being a mom too.

    Kir is wonderful! She is so supportive of her blogging buddies!
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      HI there…thank you for being here with me today. I really like being SUPPORTIVE of bloggers like you my friend.
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 A Morning Grouch

    Great post! Good to get to know Kir a little better!
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      HI there…thanks for coming over. I hope getting to know me was painless. LOL. I am really enjoying our new friendship!
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 Roxanne

    Oh Kir, I do love you so. Loved reading your responses. And I have to say, that NaNovel of yours sounds like a great idea. I hope to read it some day. 🙂

    Thank you Alison for having her guest star.
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      thank you Roxanne, what a great comment and what a nice way to get to know someone right? I am just happy you decided to visit, that means a lot to me.
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 Jessica

    Of course cupcakes!

    And I knew before reading Kir’s answer to question 3 what her answer was going to be.
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      OF COURSE!!!! *Cupcakes*

      you knew my answer because you KNOW I’d never tell anyone that you’re really my favorite 😉
      xo
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 Shell

    Love Kir! 🙂
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  • January 11, 2012 Bruna

    Oh Kir. I love you even more after reading this today. You are so sweet and honest and genuine.

    You will love Italy. It is absolutely gorgeous.
    My parents were born there.
    I can’t wait to take my hubby to see it 🙂
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      Maybe we can meet there??? I am so hopeful that I get there in my lifetime.

      thank you for this beautiful comment, you are such a special person in my online world and to know I mean something to YOU makes me feel so lucky. THANK YOU.
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 Tonya

    I love Kir, but a lot of this I did not know! Thank you for featuring her here today.
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      I hope it helped getting to know me a little sweeter. I am so thankful for your friendship..thank you for coming over to say Hi. xo
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 By Word of Mouth Musings

    You can never get too much Kir, you remain one of the blogosphere’s true delights … honest, open, and totally no … may I say this here? no B*ll 😉
    Love ya sweet cupcake, to the moon and back!
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    • January 11, 2012 Kir

      OH Nicole..you are honestly TOO GOOD to me. I feel your hugs and love right through this screen and I love you for it. I’m glad that my no Bull### attitude works for you. thank you for coming to visit…your comment made my day. xo
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 11, 2012 julie gardner

    Well, Italy isn’t known for its cupcakes…

    But.

    I think you’d have a beautiful experience there. The history, the art, the architecture – for someone who appreciates experience as a catalyst for words?

    It’s amazing.

    I know. I picked two tiny points of your interview to discuss. But. What’s better than cupcakes and Italy?

    Really. And those are two things I learned about you here. (The fact that you are empathetic and generous and caring? I already knew that.)

    Congrats on NaNoWriMo. That novel sounds fabulous.
    GO you and good luck.

    (We who also struggle with the lable “writer” salute you!)
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    • January 12, 2012 Kir

      HI Julie!!!

      Italy and Cupcakes.works for me!!! I know I’d come back with enough ideas and dreams to keep me writing for a long time.

      you are a WRITER…but thanks for making me feel “normal” anyway…that is what is so great, wonderful and amazing about you..the way you make others feel!!!!
      Kir recently wrote…Pour My Heart Out: FourMy Profile

  • January 12, 2012 Jamie

    5 AM!?!?! Good grief! I wish I could get up at 5 am AND be happy about it!! Also, only you would feel guilty for not sharing your stories with us. The time will come and I know you’ll be strong enough to write the words!

    Great pick Alison!!
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  • January 15, 2012 angela

    I’ve been waiting to comment until I could sit down in peace, but we all know how THAT goes! First of all, two such lovely ladies in one place? We’re all lucky to see this 🙂

    Kir, you know I just love you. Your spirit is truly one of the most beautiful I’ve ever met, and seeing you in my computer is always one of the highlights of my day.

    You mentioned feeling bad that you don’t get on a soapbox for any of the issues that have affected you, and I want to say it’s ok if you don’t, and it’s ok if you do. Maybe you’ll decide that’s the right thing for your Corner. And maybe you won’t. Or maybe you write about it somewhere else, where we (of course!) will follow you to read.

    You talked about not feeling like a writer (which you ARE, my silly friend!!) and only having limited time to write. I think you need to use that time to write what you want and are compelled to share, not what you “think” you owe to people.

    Love you always!

    • January 16, 2012 Kir

      First, I’m jealous you “found that quiet time” LOL.

      you know what I adore about you Ang? The fact that you love me just the way I am, that you don’t make me feel bad about the things I’m not doing or the things I feel like I “should do”.

      Just know that IF I do decide to let the flood gates open I’m going to need YOU to read it first, to hold my hand through hitting publish or in a worse case scenario hitting publish FOR ME. Yet, I know you’ll do it….because inside you and I are very much the same and I like that about us. 😉

      you always say the right thing…and you are so special to me, I could never really put that into words. Thank you so much for everything, including this comment. xo
      Kir recently wrote…Just Be Enough: How Do You Define “Enough”?My Profile

  • January 16, 2012 Sweaty

    I’m so glad to see Kir as your Guest Star, Alison! I am very fond of Kirsten, as you might have already known. I think she is one of those people who’s just brimming with so much love and positivity. Not to mention that her smile is infectious! lol

    Kirsten, I’m sure you know how much I love ya, girlfriend. I can totally relate with you feeling as if you should’ve, could’ve, written more vocally about certain issues in order to help others. I’m so not a writer myself, but looking back at my posts, I’m surprised at how many of them were ‘writings’ instead of a simple journal of my life. I started my blog as a way to put my musings into words that could be read; but I’m discovering that it’s so, so much more.

    I wish I could be more of an advocate or something similar, but at the same time, I’m a believer of just going where the mind flows. I need that to be able to maintain the honesty and creativity in my writing. Whatever it is you feel you’re lacking, dear friend, know that perhaps it’s not for lack of purpose or talent. You’re simply writing what seemed and felt right to you at that moment.
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  • January 17, 2012 Charlotte

    Such great answers. I’m sorry to hear about some of the things she has dealt with her in her past and hope that she can soon open up about those experiences when time allows.

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