April 8th, 2006
you are great

(high res version for you to print out.)
still getting over my cold. nose feels like someone took a cheese grater to it while I slept.
thank you for all the comments about the comments. I find myself still undecided, as you have already mentioned the decision is a personal one. some of my main thoughts on it are 1) comments (instant feedback) are unique to this medium and i think it’s an important distinction from other mediums such as books for example. 2) one can never know what post might spark an interesting discussion, maybe it is the one where I talk about my shoelace breaking or the fact that my ink spilled. 3) I will admit to also not wanting to spend energy on the personal attacks. But there are times when I feel I must defend and explain my ideas. the more people you have reading, the more you attract people who want to direct their anger at you. I acknowledge this is not a good use of my energy and time.
I am unable to respond to the amount of email and comments that I receive. I don’t like this because it forces me to make decisions about who and what I respond to. But there you have it. Life is like that. The same is true for my career, I am unable to participate in all of the projects I would like to and so must make choices about what to take on. The question comes down to ‘what is the healthiest choice for me in this moment?’ what will fulfill me? does the root of it come from the ego or is it my heart? As my friend Andrea likes to say, “What is the most alive choice for me in this moment?”

Apr 8 2006
3:29 pm
mooncici writes:

This is lovely! Thanks for sharing! :)

Apr 8 2006
6:53 pm
sara writes:

Hi! I suffer from cold and allergy symptoms quite regularly and often find that my nose feels “like someone took a cheese grater to it.” I have found that slathering it with Neosporin ointment really heals it up fast. If you get the kind with the lidocaine, it helps to soothe it as well. You can also use Bert’s Bee’s mint chapstick stuff on it. I know this is a weird comment, but I felt the need to spread the word on something I actually know a lot about.
Take care!

Apr 8 2006
7:14 pm
keri smith writes:

applying the burts bees now. thank you for the tips!

Apr 8 2006
8:14 pm
Leonie writes:

thank you for your honesty.

Apr 8 2006
9:26 pm
MARYBETH writes:

Hi Keri,
Will you post the site you mentioned that was going to make WALLETS OUR OF YOUR DESIGNS?
THanks so much.

Apr 8 2006
10:51 pm
vegasandvenice writes:

I love this placard and I hope you printed one out for yourself because you truly deserve lots of recognition! Hope you are feeling better soon!

Apr 9 2006
7:27 am
karen writes:

Love the award and was about to print it out when I noticed that achievement needs an e after the v. I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I did and wonder if it would be too much to ask for a corrected version. Thank you!

Apr 9 2006
10:53 am
Jennifer writes:

Ha. I think I WILL create my own damn award. This makes me think about all of times I don’t give myself enough credit for what I can do or have achieved. Recently, I caught myself almost apologizing for the way I’ve gone back and forth with my education (because I felt I should be able just like one thing or forget about my creative side and do something “practical”) – I’ve gone to school for and received degrees in some of these areas: Speech therapy, graphic design, creative writing, rehab counseling. After almost aplogizing for all of this, a very wise woman said in reply, “It sounds like you can do a lot of things.” I’d never, ever thought of it like that. So this award comes at a good time for me. It’s a good way to think about and give myself credit for all of the hard work (and maybe even for being simply who I am). Thank you :-) (and I hope you feel better soon).

Apr 9 2006
11:12 am
keri smith writes:

wallets are here (I will have some to sell this week also):

Apr 9 2006
11:44 am
eliane writes:

I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
Mark Twain

Apr 9 2006
11:53 am
keri smith writes:

typo fixed

Apr 9 2006
5:11 pm
lucy writes:

Hey Keri… I think you will miss the comments if you remove them altogether – as you wrote, it’s such a unique and valuable aspect of the blogging world. It’s what gives this medium such a fantastic sense of community I feel. Why don’t you enable ‘friends only’ commenting? I am not sure if that’s even possible with your format etc but I think you’d enjoy reading comments from your closest blogging buddies, without the stress of feeling the need to reply to everything. OR is there a way you can limit the comments to 20 each post or something? Then you get a handful of feedback but not endless comments that become stressful to keep up with… just a few thoughts… good luck :)

Apr 9 2006
9:08 pm
MARYBETH writes:

thanks for the website, but if you are going to sell them here i will wait-lots of gemini birthdays and i want to give really cool gifts =)

Apr 9 2006
11:33 pm
Michal writes:

Hi Keri,
I love you so…you are proof that the simple things in life are what counts-I printed this out straight away as I have just spent 7 days looking after my kids while my partner was away for work..I have been house bound for much of that time with a sick four year old and annoyed 9yr old (because of the sick four year old meaning we could not go out!)
I think alot of the most important things are not validated in this upside down world- mothering, beautiful art, music, nurses, teachers (not in order of value!) just to name a few this makes me crazy…
My kids will also enjoy these
I love to be able to comment but an on/off version could be good for when you dont feel like ‘talking’

Apr 10 2006
11:06 am
kivajo writes:

I enjoy your blog, comments or not, but I do have another thing to say, since I still have this chance. I had a sprital teacher tell us once, that the way to figure out which voice in your “head” is your ego, or your heart speaking to you, is that your heart doesn’t ask questions. hope that helps a little, or something to chew on.

Apr 11 2006
3:37 am
yvaine writes:

Oh thank you so much for this award! :)
As for the comments, whether they are there or not, I hope that you continue writing and sharing your creativity with us!

Apr 11 2006
11:41 am
lesley writes:

I say either leave the comments up for yourself if you enjoy them or get rid of it. Your site will not be hurt by lack of comments. I very rarely read them. I come to read you – not the comments.
And I have only commented twice in the two years that I have been reading your blog (this being time 2).
If someone really needs to reach you they can email.

Apr 11 2006
9:14 pm
katherine writes:

i’ve been going thru somehting very similar . . . and I feel badly that I no longer respond to people like I used to – but that’s the deal . . . I;m just so busy and don’t wan tto sepnd my time writing emails all day . . . I can’t . . . but I still do like reading the comments :) I love the insta-feedback :)

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