Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There Are Times when Life Becomes Much More Important Than Blogging . . .

My lovely and gracious step-mother, Norma Noel Denny, passed away yesterday. She was a wonderful companion to my father, and much loved by all of our family. I will be taking time off from the blog so I can be with my family during this time.

(Since I was already going to be away part of next week to participate in a panel on foodblogging at the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, it might be more than a week before I manage to update the blog, but I'll be back as soon as I can.)

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99 comments:

  1. Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. You will be missed, but it is understood that family always comes first.

    Take care.

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  2. My condolences to you and your family.

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  3. My condolances to you and your family.

    Ditto - Family first, blogging second.

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  4. Oh, Kalyn, I'm so sorry! What a lovely photo. Sympathy to you and all your family.

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  5. I too offer you my condolences.

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  6. Prayers and sympathy...take time to reflect on her life and remember what she brought to it...

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  7. My thought of sympathy are for you and your family and will keep you in my prayers.

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  8. I'm so sorry to read this Kalyn. My mother in law suddenly passed away a month ago, so I can feel your pain.

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  9. My condolences to you and your family Kalyn.

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  10. So sorry to hear of your family's loss. What a lovely looking lady. Some things are surely more important than blogs.

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  11. Oh, Kalyn, I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your father. I know he's not well so this has got to be especially devastating to your family.

    Hugs,
    Caron

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your step-mom; condolences to you and your family.

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  13. I am so sorry Kalyn. My condolences to you and yours.

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  14. Oh Kalyn I'm so sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

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  15. Many loving thoughts are with you from across the miles. Be safe traveling as well.

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  16. Kalyn - I am so sorry to hear about your step-mother. I will be praying for you and your family.

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  17. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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  18. I'm so sorry for your loss. Looking forward to your return.

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  19. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for your family.

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  20. Blogging can wait, be with your family and try to start the healing process.

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  21. Oh...my sympathies are with you and your family. You are right...family first...I've been there with my own mom less than a year ago. Take care. Blessings on you and your family as you seek comfort at this time. My prayers will be with you.

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  22. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hang in there! Sending you much love and best wishes.

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  23. I literally just discovered your amazing blog last night. I just started the SB diet and it's amazing even for a non cook like myself.

    I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. But I look forward to trying more of your amazing recipes.

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  24. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts and good wishes. I really appreciate it.

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  25. Kalyn - I'll look forward to seeing you when you get to town. All the best to your family - such a sweet picture of your dad and stepmother.

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  26. so sorry to hear about your family's loss! you're in all of our thoughts.

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  27. My deep deep condolence, Kalyn. Yes, like you said when I lost my father-in-law, it is a hard time for you and your family right now, but there's one thing to hang our head up that the loved one is at peace right now, painless. Hugs to you, Kalyn. Hugs to you.

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  28. I'm sorry for your loss... all the best to you and your loved ones.

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  29. A great hug to you and all your dearest, a sweet pray for yor step-mother.

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  30. Best to you, Kalyn, and I'll look forward to your return. Take care.

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  31. I'm so sorry to hear this. Please do what is best for you and your family. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will say to do what you need to do for YOU, we will still be here. *hugs*

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  32. carole with an "e" in NYCMarch 12, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    Condolences to you and your family. Photo of them is lovely.

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  33. My sympathies to you and your family.

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  34. Roberta in MaumeeMarch 12, 2009 at 6:24 AM

    Hi, Kalyn--your affection for your stepmom is clear in your words about her. I am so sorry for your loss. Peace, from Roberta in Ohio

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  35. I am sorry, Kalyn. Take care.

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  36. Norma Noel.......a beautiful name for a beautiful woman.........I am so sorry for you loss, Kalyn

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  37. Condolences to you and your family, K.

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  38. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family and friends.

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  39. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. Condolences to your whole family.

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  40. I am so very sorry.......

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  41. My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Take care of yourself.

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  42. Kalyn, remember to love and appreciate the gifts Norma brought to your lives. Blessings, Elaine

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  43. Nothing I can say will make it better, so please accept my sorrow for your loss. You will be in our prayers.

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  44. I'm sorry for your loss Kalyn. Prayers and sympathies.

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  45. We are so sorry to hear of your loss...you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
    Jaime

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  46. Take care of yourself & know that we're all thinking of you & your family.

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  47. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  48. Sending positive vibes y'alls way.

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  49. Deepest sympathies Kalyn. How wonderful though that you and your family had such a wonderful woman in your lives.

    We'll all look forward to your return, but your wealth of work will hold us over for now... As you said, take care of your family for now.

    Of course, where I grew up, that meant plenty of love and plenty of food... :)

    Thoughts are with you.

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  50. I'm sorry to hear that, Kalyn. Let me know if you need anything.

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  51. Sorry to hear about you and your Dad's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  52. Sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family.

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  53. Sometimes life throws us a wake-up call, and this surely is one of them. Blogging shouldn't consume us. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. Be with your family where you're needed now.

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  54. I am so sorry Kalyn. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family!

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  55. Kalyn, so sorry.... The fact that you actually took the time to post in your blog shows the depth of your character. There is alot of positive energy being sent your way from those here.

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  56. I'm so sorry for your family's loss, Kalyn.

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  57. Kalyn, I'm so sorry for your loss. My mom was Norma also - and my mother-in-law - both wonderful ladies, as I'm sure your Norma was also. We'll miss you, but you need to do what you need to do, and all my sympathies for you and your family now.
    Deb in NC

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  58. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Do take time to visit and share memories with your family. Take care Barbie Fortune

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  59. I'm really touched that so many people are taking time to leave a comment. Your support means a lot to me.

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  60. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kalyn. My heartfelt condolences to your family. Take all the time you need.

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  61. You are in my thoughts, Kalyn. Take your time; we'll be here when you return.

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  62. Much sympathy for your loss. Much appreciation for your blog. Having lost my mother in October, I still will wake up and think of calling her. I have a peach seed I carry in my pocket that I found on the sill by her kitchen sink. It's hard and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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  63. My thoughts are with you Kalyn. ((Hugs)).

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  64. Wishing you and your family all the very best at this difficult time. You've always been so supportive of all of us out here when we've had difficulties. You've been like a mother to the food blogging community, so you know you have a huge family thinking about you right now. You know what's most important in the coming days and it's not the internet. Come blog again later.

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  65. My heartfelt sympathy. Take care of yourself.

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  66. Prayers and condolences to you and your family. I agree family always comes first!

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  67. Kalyn,

    My condolences. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

    Aloha,

    Nate

    PS: thanks for the mention in your SXSW eats post.

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  68. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.

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  69. Kalyn, I am so sorry for your loss and the loss that your whole family has experienced. My thoughts are with you. Let me know if there is anything at all I can do.
    Love, s

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  70. Aw, she's beautiful... I am so sorry for this loss.

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  71. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family...

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  72. Sending you and your family heartfelt sympathies at your loss. Take care of yourself!

    Zelda

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  73. You and your family are in my thoughts. Please travel safely.
    xoxo steph

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  74. ant_sheila@yahoo.comMarch 14, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    God bless you in this time of sorrow.

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  75. I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your father and your family

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  76. Oh Kalyn,I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers- and we will all be here lifting you up until you are ready to return.

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  77. My condolences on your loss. For me, losing my step-mother was as devastating as losing my mother 20-some years earlier. I'm blessed to have had both women in my life.

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  78. Sorry about your loss.
    My condolences to you and your family. I accidentally came across your blog. This is the first thing I read on your blog. I really felt bad.

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  79. I'm so sorry for your loss. Blessings...

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  80. So sorry to hear about your loss Kalyn. Hugs to you and yours.

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  81. My sympathies to you, dear Kalyn. How wonderful that you had such a loving stepmother.

    Mimi

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  82. I'm so sorry for the loss of this lovely lady. I hope you take some time for yourself and to celebrate the gifts she shared with all of you.

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  83. Sorry I'm not getting back here that often to respond, but the nice comments mean a lot to me.

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  84. I'm just getting caught up on this after being at SXSW, and even found a few comments I thought I'd published, but probably just read in e-mail. Sorry about that! Thank you again to everyone for all the support and positive wishes. What a week, but it did help to have all the nice messages.

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  85. Dear Kalyn,
    Sorry to read about your stepmother, that is so sad.:-(
    The photo of her & your Dad (your Dad does look happy) is a nice one. Warm wishes sent your way at this time of mourning.

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  86. Kayln, condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

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  87. Kalyn, I haven't checked your site in a while, so I am late, but I am truly saddened to hear this news. Losing somebody so close is simply terrible, awful. My thoughts are with you, your dad, and your entire family.

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  88. So sorry for your loss. Sending virtual hugs your way.

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  89. Oh Kalyn, I'm so sorry. I only saw this now, but I hope that you and your family have been able to provide each other with strength during this time. Hugs to you.

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