About

p7-editedI’m Michelle, a midwestern, middle-aged, middle manager of average height and IQ. I’m ex-Army, ex-Republican, ex-Seventh Day Adventist, ex-smoker and an ex-girlfriend several times over, with an obsolete college degree.

I’m happily a wife and a parent now and I’m surrounded by wonderful, inspiring people that make me feel better than average.

I started a blog to force myself out into the open, to make a commitment, to learn how to take criticism and most of all, to stop being comfortable. Mission accomplished.

I chose The Green Study as my blog name because the very complicated or suggestive or vulgar names were all taken. I work in a study that is painted green. It is the hub of my home. It’s where broken toys go to die….I mean, get fixed. It’s where I snuggle with my child, discuss politics with my husband and wrestle my cats to the ground to trim their front claws. It’s where bills are promptly lost and art projects lay in disarray. It is my world, which I am now exposing to the general public. I might need to dust a bit.

If you need more distraction from tasks you don’t want to do, you can learn more by reading Inside The Green Study.

185 responses to “About

  1. diana

    I like your blog!

    Because blogs are meant to be shared, here are a few of my other favorites:
    -My friend Melanie’s, her post last Halloween is particularly funny: http://www.everydayonephoto.com/2011_10_01_archive.html
    -One I found through someone else – laughed until I peed: http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/

    Yes, I go for laugh & entertainment value. I don’t get enough sleep to be deep. Miss you! -di

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  2. Great “About” page and blog! I’m somewhere between SDA and ex-SDA. [I’m in the denial phase. Acceptance comes next :)] Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

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    • It was such an odd experience growing up in the church, especially during the 70s when it was rocked with all kinds of scandals. In our church alone, we had an embezzling pastor, a pedophile teacher and of course, apocalyptic preparations for the second coming. Not sure what they told people when it didn’t happen. All I know was that we ate a lot of uncloven food, I couldn’t wear pants with pockets at church school and rock and roll was the devil. All 3 which guaranteed that I was going straight to hell. Thanks for the congrats!

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  3. Knowing about you was fun.You have a blog where you have literally shared about yourself.Will keep reading.

    Best Wishes
    Sayori

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  4. You are me – I am you – sort of…I didn’t want to just hit your freshly pressed post and run back over to the low rent district…looking forward to reading some of your other posts.

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  5. I’m so glad you were ‘Freshly Pressed’ because I otherwise might not have discovered your blog. Congratulations on the blog, on FP, and on your upcoming tattoo!

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  6. NS

    This is so well written! I admire your courage to speak so honestly about yourself. And you write really really well.

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  7. foroneplease

    Am loving your middle-aged madness and so I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award🙂
    http://foroneplease.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/appreciate-it/
    No compulsions, just me saying, I love reading your blog, thx!

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  8. I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. See my post titled
    It Feels Good

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  9. Greenstudy, you remind me of myself in a lot of ways. I’m featuring a link to your blog on mine for the next week or so. Hope it brings you more fans!

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    • Wow – that’s very kind of you! I will have to look and see how to do that on my site as well, because Forming the Thread and Broadside are my 2 new favorite blogs. I envy the breadth and quality of the subjects you cover. I’m still in the navel-gazing phase, but am inspired to work towards more substance. Thanks again!

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      • I’m afraid of what I might find in my navel. Actually I turn my gaze outward to avoid looking in that box in the dark corner of my brain where I stuff everything I wish had never happened. Unfortunately the box has gotten quite full lately and the lid has taken to occasionally blowing off. Whereas you are exorcising somewhat through your writing, I am not so brave. When something slithers out of the box, I stuff it back in there and slam the lid shut.

        I may need a bigger box…

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  11. Very sweet.🙂 And yes, putting yourself out there and being vulnerable and honest is a challenge. But it looks like you’re on the right path and doing it for the right reasons. Best of luck and I can picture you snuggling there in your green room. The center of your universe no doubt. 🙂

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  12. Hello there! I just wanted to pop over and tell you I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I love your writing style. Check it out:

    http://thesirenstale.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/one-lovely-blog-aww-gosh/

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  13. Always love to read your posts! I nominated you for this award, which I received and am passing on. http://bit.ly/SbGmgY I do hope to read and get an autographed copy of your book:) I know you’re going to hit big!

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  14. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    Mystery solved! All this time I figured you were all organic and environmental–and instead it’s the color of your hang-out.

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  15. Haha, your about page is awesome.

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  16. I appreciate your blog and have nominated it for a Liebster Award. If you accept the “tag” you can find the details at http://tinylessonsblog.com/2012/11/18/awards-%e1%8a%a0%e1%88%98%e1%88%b0%e1%8c%8d%e1%8a%93%e1%88%88%e1%88%81

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  17. lucewriter

    You started to get me with the green study (mine is coral), but you had me with the cat nails.

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  18. I love your about page, one of the best I’ve seen!

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  19. So pleased that I found your blog! I love the title, and from a fellow WriMer, congrats on hitting 50k! I’ll be following- your blog is an inspiration.

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  20. fransiweinstein

    I’m terrified to cut my cats’ nails. Probably because they wrestle me to the ground to avoid me doing it. And because they scream and moan and cry and I’m afraid my neighbours will think I’m trying to kill them. A fellow blogger told me about your blog. Said I’d really like it. If this page is any indication, I can’t wait to get started reading it.

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    • You’re so kind – I’m glad you found your way here. My cats and I have an agreement – if they mellow out enough to let me clip their nails, I won’t drag them to the vets’ to have it done! Actually that’s my delusion. They pretty much hate me either way! Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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      • I now let my cat scratch on the rugs and the deck. In the past, though, Shadow and Blackie tolerated nail-cutting better if I wrapped all but head and paw in a thick towel and talked gently throughout. Then, when done, I would praise them (even if they didn’t deserve it), and show them my scratches, to prove it hurt me as much as them. But these were neutered males. Socksie is a girl, and she is the boss.

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  21. fransiweinstein

    How do you feel about The Awards Show Part 4? Good, I hope. It seems a blogger out there likes my blog; and nominated me for The Inspiring Blogger Award. Even though I have somewhat bent the rules, I am still nominating a few bloggers; and you are one of them. It will be my post for tomorrow (December 24). The ‘rules’ are on my blog post so I won’t waste your time and repeat them here.

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  23. Hei there, I would like to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I read a lot of very good stuff here, Merry Christmas Xx Scarlett

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  24. 1EarthUnited

    Hi , I came across your blog via Kozo’s. Wishing you a most joyous New Year and look forwards to sharing ideas and posts with you. Be well!

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  26. Hello! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please follow the link below for the rules http://leazengage.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ All the best to you!

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  27. Nice meeting you Michelle … and thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.

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  29. klsprout

    Super ‘About’ page – sorry I haven’t read it before! You and I have two things in common – a loss of our respective religions and a love of cursing (which my husband doesn’t appreciate, either).

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  30. Hi…it’s an amazing blogsite…m glad i came across this site & got the opportunity 2 read the wonderful, valuable stuff posted here. Will surely go through all your posts soon…I am enjoying reading them. Thanks for sharing🙂

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  31. Hi there! I don’t know how you feel about blogging awards. From what I’ve heard, some people like them, some don’t, but I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. The requirements are that I nominate other bloggers, so tag, you’re it! You can find the details here:

    http://wp.me/p1AwTp-dm

    And if you’re wondering…yes, your blog does inspire me!

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    • Thanks so much, Cheryl – that’s very kind of you. I am on board with the blogging award system, since it’s a great way to introduce other bloggers. I just get so behind on them! Don’t be surprised if you see a post about it 6 months out. Thanks again!

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  32. I’ve nominated you and your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here’s the post about why I gave you the nomination: http://thesirenstale.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/inspiring-try-speechless/

    Congratulations!🙂

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  33. Michelle,

    I’ve “hit” you for a blogging “Tag you must answer all my questions” game (http://fiftyfourandahalf.com/2013/02/17/beats-the-alternative/). You may answer or not, play or not. I won’t judge you.

    Elyse

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  34. The Commonzense of Saint James

    Hey thanks for the follow. “No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” -Peace

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  35. I giddily tore open my box postmarked Minneapolis today an ambivalent dichotomy of rabid anticipation and pretentious superficial cool..Atop the paper twine bedding was indeed the visionary promise of a cityscaped wonder of wonders… that promissory note in the form of a “cheesy postcard” that spawned the now classic phrase in my mind “you becha” hand embossed by none other than the very Michelle of The Green Study fame who herself conjured this rabble of high honor and perhaps untold sultry avarice; The “Worst Job Ever” contest.

    As I admired the majesty of my highly coveted and glossy card. I dug deeper and found bordered in plastic pillow joy and spiral paper fragments, “The Green Study” mug. It too was surrounded by a specially formed package of corrugated strength. Once opened oh how I admired the majesty of my highly coveted and shining quality jewel which was heretofore ensconced in packaging worthy the delivery of a rare archaeological dig, and so I must say with all honesty, I shall dig this for as long as I live! Thanks so much Michelle!

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  36. Hi Michelle – just to let you know that I have tagged/nominated your blog for an award. Details at http://tinylessonsblog.com/2013/03/18/1489-words-of-thanks/. Congratulations!

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  37. Michelle, thanks so much for your kind words on Peg’s site. I’m so excited that you’ve added me to your reading list. I can’t wait to dig in here, too.

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  38. It is my pleasure to inform you that you’ve been nominated for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award!

    Have a look at this page to see the rules of participation: http://momusnews.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/a-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Thanks for being inspiring!

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  39. fransiweinstein

    A new award, I am Part of the WordPress Family Award, has recently appeared on WordPress and I have nominated you for it. You can read about it on my blog today.

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  40. I don’t know if you do awards or not, but in case you do here’s some more. I like to pass them along, and I just had to include you in my list of women blogger buddies. I love your writing and your thoughtfulness.
    Cheers
    Alison

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  42. My blog recommendation list brought me here, and it appears that it does know me very well.

    Thanks for putting pieces of yourself out into the Everywhere. I know the anxiety I feel about sharing myself with people I don’t know – what will they do with my words? In the end, we throw caution to the wind, and though we can’t guarantee that the reader’s understanding matches what we intended, it’s a risk we take nonetheless.

    I really liked this part of your about me because it resonated strongly with me:
    “I started a blog to force myself out into the open, to make a commitment, to learn how to take criticism and most of all, to stop being comfortable. Mission accomplished.”

    Thanks for inspiring me with the very first piece of your writing that I have met: this About page! I can’t wait to read the rest of your blog🙂

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  43. I like your site, ex-Army. I wonder if we’ve run into one another. Keep up the great writing!

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  44. Hi Michelle, You’ve received many awards, including Freshly Pressed. Yet, because you’ve been so encouraging, I’ve nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award at IntoMyWindow.com, July 1, 2013 post.🙂 Just because.

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  45. Beautiful blog! I love the colors!

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  46. Nice to meet you Michelle! I’m surprised we haven’t crossed paths as we run in the same circles of bloggers. I guess it was only a matter of time. My friends have good taste, so I’m certainly glad I found you. Congrats on the Freshly Pressed, too!

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  47. dental eggs

    Thanks for visiting and following dentaleggs. Chicago is special. Lived there for a long time. Still working there. Now we’re in the burbs. Nice to visit when I’m not working.

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    • I love humor blogs and I’m sure I’ll enjoy yours.

      We just visited Chicago, having driven around the Great Lakes from our burbs in Minneapolis. As a tourist, Chicago might be special in a different way! We enjoyed our visit, but the wallets were definitely lighter!

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  48. you have a great a blog!

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  49. Hi! Just happened upon this post somehow and I really loved it! I’m going to share it over on my writing pages so others can hear about your audience of editors. Thank you so much for sharing your story! You’re brave and awesome! Robin (www.robinkalinich.com)

    Here’s the link if you want to check it out or join us over there: https://www.facebook.com/pages/More-Ink/140658279433800

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    • Thank you for sharing it on your Facebook page. This is somewhat hypocritical of me, since I’ve eschewed all other forms of social networking, but I do appreciate it when others share! We all have audiences of editors, although some audience members are kinder than others. Like most things, though, the outcome of any piece of criticism is what we, the writers, do with it. It’s hard work to sort out the useful bits when we put ourselves in a position of vulnerability. Thanks again for the share and for commenting!

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  50. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.
    More information at, http://athousandmomentsmore.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

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  51. Hello, Michelle! I just dropped by to say, Merry Christmas!

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  52. Just wanted to say thank you for following my blog. Loved the comment.

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  53. First, thank you so much for your compliment. Now that I have sampled some of your smoothly-flowing, wholly-engaging posts, I treasure it even more highly. Since you have Followed me (thank you so much!), the inside scoop on reading my blog posts is to do so only after they’ve simmered for a couple of days. Almost invariably, I have then edited out the chaff. One would think it would make more sense to do this BEFORE posting, but I, apparently, believe otherwise.

    Possibly, your way is better.

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    • I edit after the fact as well. Generally, by the time I hit that “Publish” button, I’ve revised a post a zillion times and am so sick of reading it that I release it into the wild to save myself. I like your writing style and sharp commentary. It gets my little gray cells working. Thanks for stopping by and reading some of these posts. I, too, am eclectic in my writing, although it’s more that I like being a free range writer and lose interest in any one subject quickly.

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  55. I love how honest you are. That takes guts.

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  56. Hello:
    I like your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award! If you’ve already participated or don’t fancy taking part, no worries, just enjoy the fact that I think your blog is awesome! If you do want to take part my post with the nomination can be found http://www.lightraveller.com
    Thanks and keep on doing what you do
    Cheers Kate

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  57. blackluminescence2

    So honest, I wish I was as honest and gutsy as you are.
    will definitely read more!

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    • Thanks, but I find honesty so much easier than trying to be something I’m not. Gutsy? Or just the lazy inability to elevate myself to someone more admirable? Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      • blackluminescence2

        Being brave and being yourself is very admirable. It takes a lot of courage to be honest these days😀.
        stay that way, even if you think it is a less admirable version of yourself, I’d choose guts over poise any day!!

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  58. Hi there – just wanted you to know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. I don’t seriously expect you to do anything about it, but I do greatly enjoy your blog and wanted to share it with my few readers. If you’d like to see what I said about you, you’ll find it at https://americansoustannie.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/omigosh-i-got-my-first-award/

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  59. Your header image is winning🙂

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  60. ☆ ☸☃☞ Merry Christmas, Michelle! ☜ ★☼☽

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  61. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks!  

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  62. Congratulations on,making the leap to writing full,time. Its a scary,but thrilling ride. I did it a few years back. No regrets. My first novel will be published in 2016. Happy New Year and may the word angels be with you.

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  63. Hi, Michelle. I’m a middle-aged, Midwesterner (by birth and raising) and ex so many, many things, too. Better that than not be a former anything🙂 Thanks for following me on Cold. Right back atcha.

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    • Thanks, Victoria. I found your site through T.W.Dittmer. I enjoyed what I read of your blog (having to do some hit-and-runs today) and am looking forward to reading more. And you’re right – it’s better to be a “used to be” than nothing at all.

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  65. Absolutely love the reasoning behind the title of your blog! The “study” really does seem like the hub of your life. Typically it’s the kitchen people congregate in. Refreshing to learn of another room to experience life to the fullest!

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  66. Hi, there! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award over at my blog. (hope you’ll accept a second nomination?)🙂

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  67. Can’t nominate you for a single thing, but I do like your blog.

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  68. You sound self- aware and interesting (and obviously popular, judging by the time it took to scroll through above comments.) I look forward to reading your stuff.

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  70. really great blog!🙂 i love it! keep writing!!🙂

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  72. Great writing! I’m inspired to do all sorts of things I usually don’t! Like comment on blogs written by people I don’t know! Could be a life changer! Woohoo!

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  74. Now that you’re freshly pressed, maybe you’re too busy for this, but if not . . . You are one of the bloggers that I nominated for the “Infinity Dreams” blogger award. Its a bit of a fun task to take on. A bit of social networking with bloggers as well as revealing yourself to your audience. http://mydesertlove.com/2015/10/how-to-make-a-blogger-blush-my-infinity-dreams-award/

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  75. Hi Michelle😀
    I nominate you for the #mermaideffect challenge!
    Find the answer to the question given at the end of this article in the link and Further nominate five of your SMART FRIENDS ONLY to keep the chain going!!
    https://weirdhappiness.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/internet_kid/

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  79. What a wonderful blog site… So honest and open… You deserve all the applause. Happy writing😀

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  82. Very sweet blog, please visit my website too🙂 http://www.goworkable.com

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  83. Pat

    Love your honest approach

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  84. “…and wrestle my cats to the ground to trim their front claws.”

    Between this and your swearing…ummm, I mean honesty…I believe I must follow you.

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  85. I love the way you introduce yourself, funny.

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