Pull Up A Chair…

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road…

As you all know, the last year and a half have been tough on the Smith family. It has been beyond exhausting juggling everything that has been flung our way.

But when you try keeping eighty bazillion balls in the air at one time when you have lupus?

Apparently your body decides to get even with you. And, let’s just say, mine is doing so at the moment.

Because lupus is a lifetime illness, I have to focus on better day-to-day management, something that hasn’t been enough of a priority for me.  And I have to do it starting now.

What does it mean in terms of FDL?

I’m going to have to step away from blogging for a while, because I want to live to see the woman that The Peanut will become as she grows up. And I want to grow old with Mr. ReddHedd, who may just be the best husband on the planet and is most certainly the love of my life.

It is a tough thing to do at the ripe age of 40 — face your own potential mortality.  But suddenly I’m doing it with a far clearer perspective not just on what it means for me, but also for my wonderful husband and our precious child.

This is a hard decision to make but, for once in my life, I have to put my own needs ahead of everything else…even though it really hurts to walk away from something I’ve put so much of myself into the last few years. But we have to do everything possible to get this current health issue under control.

What that means on down the road is anyone’s guess — lord knows keeping my mouth shut about policy issues that piss me off isn’t exactly my forte. But I’m trying to take it one day at a time.

I have loved meeting and working alongside all of you, from the very first day when it was just me, Jane and about 4 comments a post on any given day. It is a glorious thing to behold to see what an active, vibrant community the whole of FDL has become, and what a catalyst for change such a dedicated group of voices can be when they are raised together.

The good news is that Pull Up A Chair won’t be going anywhere in the meantime.

My friend DeVeria has agreed to take on the Saturday PUAC duties for me in the interim, and she’s wonderful. DeVeria has been working behind the scenes at FDL for a while, and I think you all are going to love getting to know her sunny, caring self on the page as much as I have enjoyed getting to know her in person.  Plus, she’s a hoot and she wears hot shoes, so what’s not to love? Please do me a favor and give her a warm welcome in the comments.

It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to work with all of you.

Whatever else I do with my life and whatever else happens down the road, I can say that I have worked very hard to make the world better in the company of some incredible human beings. And that’s one helluva thing to be able to say, isn’t it?


 
470 Responses to "Pull Up A Chair…"
Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:09 am 1

Morning everyone. I have the world’s loudest cardinal out on my feeder, and the world’s most obsessed cat staring at him…this will end with a head bonk on the glass, I’m certain.


solai | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:16 am 2

Oh, dear. Christy, take care of yourself. The burden you’re shouldering is enormous and you’re entitled to put your needs first (especially when that benefits those you love). I’ll include you in my prayers. Get well and come back to us real soon.

Not that you need to be told this, but, blogging your frustrations actually helps the stress level so be sure to pop in and vent every now and then.


Margaret | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:16 am 3

I’m so sorry Christy but I totally understand. I spend far less time behind the computer these days too as I’ve been suffering from urethritis for going on two years. Apart from making one always feel the need to pee, it can be extremely uncomfortable sitting for long periods in a chair. Your Saturday feature was the one I most enjoyed at FDL and I’m going to miss it and you. Best of luck to you and your family in the future. :-)


Elliott | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:17 am 4

oh Christy, you’re our heart & soul. May your health improve quickly.

You’ve rocked Washington,
and you changed my life.

(((Christy)))


dakine01 | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:18 am 5

Ms Christy,
Thank you for all that you have done in building this community and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

We’ll be here, fighting the good fight against the evil-doers from the Planet Wingnuttistan.


paradox | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:19 am 6

Aw shit, Ms. Hardin Smith, I’m going to miss you terribly.

I’ve been ill for years but still thought it must be my duty to write. I have 750 words all set to go on employment but they depress me, I won’t touch them today.

Is publishing really my duty? Why should it be when it causes me so much distress?

I feel like it’s time to go, all these other people are leaving, and yet the little people are as ill-served by DC as ever. Is that really being a good American, to simply ignore all the injustice?

Don’t look at me, I dunno. I hope all is well with you always, Ms. Hardin Smith, and I will be eternally grateful for all the work. Good luck with the little one.


Margaret | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:19 am 7

I’m watching the sun rise outside my window, or would be if it wasn’t so cloudy. I thought it was really early when my cat woke me up, insisting that I feed her but I should have known that her healthy, young stomach clock is never wrong.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:19 am 8
In response to solai @ 2

Thanks solai — and yes, venting into the blog is incredibly helpful. But at the moment, it’s one ball in the air too many for me, I’m afraid. Although, as I say above, keeping my mouth shut on issues that matter to me isn’t exactly my forte, either… *g*


SteveNS | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:20 am 9

Wishing nothing but the best for you, Christy — no slight intended to your replacement, but your presence on FDL will be missed!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:22 am 10
In response to Margaret @ 3

Thanks Margaret — it’s been the same way for me for a while in terms of long-term sitting. So it’s been write, take a stroll, write, take a stroll…which doesn’t quite work if there’s a bladder pressure issue involved, now does it? *g*

It’s been a tough call for me on what to do, but I have to take not just my needs but those of the family I cherish into account, and they want me around for as long as possible. So I need to make some changes at the moment and we’ll see where that goes on down the road.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:22 am 11
In response to Elliott @ 4

Thanks hon. Much love right back atcha. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:23 am 12
In response to dakine01 @ 5

Thanks mucho — and y’all had better keep it up. The thing that sustains me walking away for a while is knowing how many other voices there are for something better.


Mauimom | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:24 am 13

Oh, Christy, a huge hug for you: a hug of thanks for the wonderful place you’ve created; a hug of encouragement for your medical issues; a hug of congratulations for the wonderful family you have created — the “real” one and the “virtual” one.

You’ve provided us with such a wonderful home: a place to come when we’re hurting, lonely and discouraged as we look out at a disappointing political world. You consistently point out the beauty that’s there — in nature and among ourselves. This provides so much nourishment to continue the struggle to make a better place.

And humor. It’s not merely the inspiration, fellowship and love. The humor really adds the necessary spice.

For so long now the internet has provided a way for all your talents to reach us. I hope there’s some way it can work for our thoughts and energy to flow to you, without your having to do the usual work.

But fortunately there will be the reminders in all of our posts of how much we love and appreciate you, and I hope you will return to them often and draw strength from them.

All the best, with love and appreciation.


Bluetoe2 | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:26 am 14

Christy, your health and your family have to be your number one priority. You have taught the pups at the Lake well and it’s now our responsibility to move forward. We can only hope that on occasion, when feeling good, you pop in for a hello and an update on how you, the Peanut and Mr. ReddHedd are all doing. You have and will always be an inspiration.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:26 am 15
In response to paradox @ 6

I think everyone has to make their own assessment about where they are when they get to that point, you know? And in my case, it’s not easy to take a break from this — but my body is kind of forcing the issue at the moment, so I don’t really have a choice.

That doesn’t mean it’s an easy choice, though — this hurts like hell. But to be able to continue having a voice, it’s essential to take a break at this point for me.


SanderO | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:27 am 16

No fair!

Dear Christy,

You will be sorely missed but never ever forgotten. You must do what you must do and certainly helping the peanut turn into a wonderful woman like her mom is as import a task in life as any.

Please don’t be a stranger. You are such an inspiration and we will need you wisdom, at least occasionally to assist in our struggle.

Finally, thank you so much for everything you have done to stand up FDL and act as a magnet for some great minds. You might have created one the institutions which will lead us all to a better world.

Never met you but I love you, and your family and wish only good things will come your way. You deserve it and more.

fair winds and following seas Christy

jeffrey s


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:27 am 17
In response to SteveNS @ 9

Thanks, Steve — although I do think y’all are going to adore DeVeria. She’s a hoot and a half.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:29 am 18
In response to Mauimom @ 13

*sniffle* Aw, shucks. Thanks.


Margaret | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:29 am 19

Well, I want you around as long as possible too Christy and if that means that I have to sacrifice wonderful Saturday morning chats with you, then it seems a small price to pay. Again, the best to you and your family. Do take care.


oldnslow | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:29 am 20

Dearest Christy,

mere words alone will never express the appreciation for your work, wisdom and kindness that you so freely shared. Thank you. Please be well. I will miss you.


TobyWollin | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:29 am 21
In response to Christy Hardin Smith @ 1

Morning, Christy – Mommy needs to take care of herself. NOW.


jayt | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:29 am 22

Christy – sad news but above all we want you to be happy and well.

Enormous thanks for the years of hard work, dedication, wit, expertise, understanding, and passion.

Enjoy life, be well – I’ll even root for the ‘Neers in your honor.

P.S. *Now* where am I gonna post all of the sumptuous jayt recipes? Maybe I’ll write a book – “The Frozen Food Aisle – Learn it, Live It, Love It”.

Hope to see you in the comments. Best always,

jayt


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:30 am 23
In response to Bluetoe2 @ 14

Thanks mucho — and yes, please do keep moving things forward, especially on poverty issues which get far too little attention at a time when those folks need a hand the most.


maggiesboy | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:30 am 24

{{{Christy}}}

Thank you for all the good work you’ve shared, it has made a difference.

It’s so refreshing to hear someone say they are leaving to spend more time with their family and really mean it. All the best for you and your family.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:30 am 25
In response to jayt @ 22

Dude, you just made me spew my herbal tea. “Frozen Foods Aisle, A Banquet In Ice!”


mack | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:30 am 26

Christy,
Thank you for everything you have done: your heart and your analysis as well as forsharing the joys and trials of family. Your priorities and judgement are today, as always, spot on.
You have to take care of yourself so that you can continue to take care of others.
Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of you here, but you and Jane have nurtured a wonderful place here.
God bless you and your family.


Ruth Calvo | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:32 am 27

Christy, you need the break, but we will hope you come back and visit often. It’s helped me to stop pushing to post everyday as I had done for the past three years, and I think and hope it’s better to have more time to devote to each post. Maybe that will work for you?


Peterr | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:32 am 28

This is a hard decision to make but, for once in my life, I have to put my own needs ahead of everything else…even though it really hurts to walk away from something I’ve put so much of myself into the last few years. But we have to do everything possible to get this current health issue under control.

Most folks hear “Love your neighbor as yourself” and think of the neighbor but forget that this phrase also includes “love yourself.” Sounds like it’s time for you to balance those two out better. No offense to Mr. ReddHedd and the Peanut, but we want you around too!

FDL has grown up a lot, and the phone calls to congress will no doubt continue. You have taught a lot of folks that calls do matter — political activists, ordinary folks “back home,” and (most of all) congressional staffers and members of Congress.

I can see the end of posts by Jane or Scarecrow or BT already: “Call your member of Congress . . . and tell ‘em Christy sent you.”


JimR | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:33 am 29

De-lurking for this. I’ve read you guys multiple times daily for years and wish the broader public were half as educated as the audience here.

I’ve particularly enjoyed your ability to go from insightful legal analysis to wonderful glimpses into every day family life.

Be well, Christy; and thank you for all of your efforts.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:33 am 30
In response to SanderO @ 16

You know how hard it will be for me to stay away from the keyboard given how much some of these issues mean to me. But I have to cut back a bit for a while at least for my own sake. What that means down the road, though? Guess we’ll see…

All the best to you, too. It is so funny how so many folks who have met only via pixels for a large part can be such a close-knit family in so many ways, isn’t it? I have loved every minute of getting to know all of you…truly.


Marion in Savannah | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:33 am 31

Christy, it won’t be the same around here without you. Take extra special good care of yourself, and keep us posted from time to time on how you’re doing.


RevDeb | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:35 am 32

Christy,

I hope you know that you have my love and prayers and desire for nothing but the best for you and your family. You have shared the peanut with us as she is growing and learning from the best mom ever.

Your role here cannot be understated. Though Jane gets the fire stoked in us, you feed, nurture and build community here. From that first PUAC way back years ago when we introduced ourselves at your bidding and then we started sharing stories, favorite books and movies and yes, recipes—that’s when the community really started to gel.

When things got too crazy or too scary in our political world we all knew we could show up at the lake on Sat. mornings and chill out together. Many of us may well have given up, but the respite on Sat. mornings got us through it.

You did this for us.

Please let us know what we can do for you.

Blessings and love,

Deb


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:35 am 33
In response to oldnslow @ 20

Thanks, and a big hug to you for all the thoughtful issues chitchat through the years.


Attaturk | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:35 am 34

Best wishes Christy.

It’s like when Chet Huntley left David Brinkley. Only I suppose Jane won’t get all that Archer Daniels Midland money to ease the parting.


justbetty | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:35 am 35

Christy,

Thank you so much for all the wonderful contributions you’ve made to this site. I’m terribly sorry to hear that your health is in jeopardy. Do take very good care of yourself. Stop back in whenever you can. Your voice is an important one- especially on the issues of fairness and justice- which have suffered so severely these past eight years. Best wishes to you and your family. We will miss you!


wavpeac | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:36 am 36

Not every one can say that they had a major impact on changing news media in America…as well as all the changes that you helped orchestrate in regard to political policy. Thank you for all you have done to bring us “valid” news about the world. Thank you for all your articles spot lighting the important obstacles to “living the good life” in America.

God bless you…taking care of yourself is a great way to role model to your peanut. Mother hood is about staying alive and well as much as it is about baking cookies and exploring the woods. Good call. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope you are soon in a long remission!!

Katie Jensen


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:37 am 37
In response to TobyWollin @ 21

Morning Toby — I hope I can leave the gardening wisdom posts safely in your hands? :) You’ve got a better green thumb than I do, anyway. (Although my tomatoes are insanely producing right now. It’s weird for it to kick in for September, but I’ll take it!)


StonyPillow | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:38 am 38

Thank you, Christy. If you never touch a keyboard again, you have made a monumental difference. Best of luck, and take care of first things first.


Margaret | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:38 am 39

Going to be an extremely dull weekend for me. Family is out of town, friends have soccer games, vacation plans and etc. Looks like I’ll be able to slop around in my robe and curl up with a good book. Maybe I’ll take a break from cooking or maybe I’ll try to perfect that recipe for onion rolls. I do rather enjoy experimenting but it’s much easier without a houseful of food critics. ;-)


foothillsmike | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:39 am 40

Christy, I am going to miss you and I wish you all the best. Although we have never met face to face I have felt that I have gotten to know you here.
My mother had Lupus and while she had the bad days she got to know her great grandchildren. I am wishing you many, many wonderful days and years with Mr Reddhead and the peanut and please visit us here when you can.
((((Christy))))


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:41 am 41
In response to maggiesboy @ 24

Mr. ReddHedd bought me a spa day gift certificate that is to be scheduled soon. I really do have the best family I could have ever hoped for, and I want to stay with them as long as I possibly can. Which means I need to start taking the long-term care and health changes much more seriously.

The thing I’ve learned over the past few months is that my body doesn’t bounce back from things very quickly any longer — whatever oooomph I used to have has left me in that capacity — so the key is to keep myself from getting so run down. Lupus sucks in that you have no real immune system, and so whenever you get sick it hits you like a ton of bricks when it’s active.

So my goal is to try to get myself back to a place where it isn’t so active.


PriscillaQOB | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:42 am 42

Christy, I wish you the best of everything. Good health, happy family, long life. This fellow Mountaineer (in exile way down here in South Florida) understands. I just turned 48 and am dealing with some minor chronic health issues that are making me reevaluate my priorities and my future direction as well.

Soon the leaves will begin to turn and the apple and pumpkin harvest will be complete and the beautiful hills of West Virginia will be filled with celebration and song. I hope you are able to enjoy this lovely time of the year in comfort and joy. I so miss the autumn and try to remember, through the 90 degree hazy humidity and daily thunderstorms, what autumn is like in my beloved home state. Godspeed and blessings to you and yours!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:42 am 43
In response to Marion in Savannah @ 31

Will do. And if we get down to Savannah at some point, I’ll e-mail you and see if we can grab some benne seed cookies and a pot of tea somewhere. :)


SanderO | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:43 am 44

Christy,

You have done so much, given so selflessly to this community, this nation, to the ideas of liberty and justice. We are so enriched by your work.

While you take care of your personal intimate family, please know what we are here for you. You just have to pop in and ask. PLEASE consider this.

And please try to drop in to let us know how you are doing, the peanut and Mr Redhead. We don’t want to become a memory.

We’ll carry on with the heavy lifting. You’ve shown the way. Just don’t be a stranger. Stay close.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:45 am 45
In response to mack @ 26

Thanks mack, much appreciated.


SouthernDragon | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:45 am 46

Mornin’, Christy. Wow.

Thank you for the energy, inspiration and love you’ve shown us and the world through these uncertain years. The Peanut and The Mr are the most important parts of your life, they have to come first. By taking care of yourself you’re placing them uppermost. I’ll be thinking of you, and missing you, each weekday morning at 9 and on Saturday mornings.

Be good to yourself and to those you love and love you in return.

Nam myoho renge kyo

*bows* Namaste


Crosstimbers | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:46 am 47

Christy,
I’m a grizzled old curmudgeon but have sincerely enjoyed your intelligence, wit, expertise, and equanimity. Several times, I’ve felt like I need to take a break from following politics too closely, because I was building up irritations at parties on all sides. On almost all those occasions, your posts (particularly PUAC) have tended to bring out the more human, less snarky and dogmatic, aspects of all of us. I will miss you, but be pleased to think of you restoring your health and enjoying your wonderful family.


TobyWollin | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:46 am 48

christy – it does seem that for folks who managed to somehow keep their tomatoes alive through the blight that they are coming into their own now. And yes — we’ll hold up the garden end of things! Believe it or not, we had heavy frost last night – but that’s Chez Siberia for you!


tjbs | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:46 am 49

Well done good and faithful servant to our country and cause.
Sometimes we don’t notice the rich blessings in life, like you, until they move on. You’ve planted many seeds now it’s time for you to tend your family garden with that wonderment of change and growth, da Peanut.
Take care, may God bless and of course we’ll still hear the small whisper of your voice as we confront what may come our way.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:47 am 50
In response to Ruth Calvo @ 27

Jane and I spent some time on the phone the other day talking about all of this and trying to come up with what works best for me at the moment. We’re kind of taking this one day at a time. For now, I need a break and a lot of rest and antioxidants and tons of water and…well, we’ll see where that takes me.


radiofreewill | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:48 am 51

Christy! I’m going to miss you!

However, doing the right thing – especially when it hurts – is yet another example of the good judgment and balance, imvho, that you’ve brought to this Community as a Founder! And, now, you’re doing the right thing in the best interests of you and your family! Imvho, all of us need to be able to do the same thing. Thank you, thank you!

I do hope that we’ll get to read you from time to time on follow-ups to the Dawn Johnsen confirmation and any new Supremes!

All love and blessings to you, Mr. ReddHedd and the Peanut!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:48 am 52
In response to Peterr @ 28

Oh, I would LOVE that — especially the ones that go to Conyers’ office. *g* His staffers still tease me about us flooding their office with FISA calls.


Mauimom | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:49 am 53

Well I was crying as I wrote it.


SanderO | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:49 am 54

Drink lots of dark berry juices. Work with you breathing. Stay away from chemicals and pollutants.


StonyPillow | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:50 am 55

Attaturk reminded me of when Chet Huntley left the Huntley-Brinkley Report. Huntley said,

“Be patient and have courage, for there will be better and happier news one day, if we work at it.”

May the wind always be at your back, and thanks again for all your work.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:50 am 56
In response to radiofreewill @ 51

I was just checking on the Dawn Johnsen beat yesterday. I think there may be a little movement since several holds on other nominations have been lifted in the last week — and suddenly anti-Dawn Johnsen articles started appearing again in Human Events and on Townhall. That juxtaposition didn’t seem like an accident to me.

But according to several folks that I checked with, nothing will be hitting the schedule in the Senate on her any time soon…at least, not officially as yet.


RevDeb | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:51 am 57

You may not remember, but it was one of your posts at the end of March in ‘06 that got a bunch of us off our butts to visit with staffers in our senators’ offices. That’s when I met Selise, Scarecrow, Kathryn MA, Prof. Foland and a whole bunch of others. Lasting friendships have grown from that—and lobbying skills that I didn’t know I had. We’ve all learned so much and have been encouraged and inspired by you.


i4u2bi | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:52 am 58

Wishing you well Christy Hardin Smith and remember it’s right to get mad at our diseases and don’t just ask God for help, demand that He gives you the things you need to survive.


Ruth Calvo | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:52 am 59

We’re kind of taking this one day at a time. For now, I need a break

This break stuff is highly underrated. I cannot tell you how much it helps to bring an end to pushing yourself when you reeeally can use extra time, imho.

Good for you, and for your family, that will be better for the time, and more ease.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:52 am 60
In response to JimR @ 29

Thanks, Jim — much appreciated. :)


smartlady | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:52 am 61

God bless you and yours with love and grace, Christy. Thank you for your time and wisdom all these years.
Oh those words are inadequate.
You are beloved in our home.

And welcome DeVeria . . .


eCAHNomics | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:53 am 62

Christy,

Many times as you’ve described your life, I’ve wondered how you do it all. We love you and will miss you, but you’ve made the right decision, and the very very best.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:54 am 63
In response to RevDeb @ 32

Thanks, Deb — that was the hope for this spot on Saturdays from the get go, to foster a community because it was needed so badly at that point. Still is.

And hugs right back atcha, too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:56 am 64
In response to Attaturk @ 34

If they want, Archer Daniels Midland can send over a check to my house for safekeeping. *g*

Hugs, dude. Keep that fez on tight and the thumbscrews handy. I have a feeling that the choppy waters of politics are going to provide much fodder for snark in coming weeks…


aimai | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:56 am 65

Christy,
I am so shocked to hear this. I can’t imagine what you are going through. I don’t usually post on these threads but I’ve loved knowing they were there and seeing the pictures and the warm welcome you posted at the top of the page. I’ve always wished I lived near enough to you, and the peanut, to invite you over for a cup of coffee and a lazy brunch. I’m sorrier than I can say to think of all you are going through. I’m sure your real world friends and family are there for you but know that you have so many–thousands–of internet fans who would be dropping you off flowers and food, or picking up the peanut from school for you, if they could. Give yourself a break, but come back and share your thoughts when you have time. Its not good to cut yourself off in mid rant.

Aimai


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:57 am 66
In response to justbetty @ 35

Don’t you wish everyone inately comprehended the need for decency, compassion, fairness and equal justice? Of course, if they did, what would I have been doing with my life for the past 5 years…


SouthernDragon | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:57 am 67

DeVeria, if you’re lurking, welcome.


roonie | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:59 am 68

Hey there Ms. Christy, lurker logging on to wish you the best.

Also, you might check out this site, rheumatic.org:
“Antibiotic therapy is treatment aimed at the possible source of lupus, not just the symptoms. It is based on the theory that SLE is an acquired or triggered disease due to an elusive organism called a mycoplasma, similar in some ways to both a virus and bacterium, but much smaller. Some mycoplasmas are more virulent than others, and that influences how they affect different tissues of the body. This may be why the same family of infectious agent causes different forms of the same disease.

Treatment with very common antibiotics has proven to be generally safe over many years of use. Tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline and clindamycin are among those used.”

I’ve seen it work with Rheumatoid Arthritis….yeah, yeah, more unsolicited advice,,,,fwiw, I am in medicine…

Many thanks for all you have given to this community and wishes for deep healing and lotsa joy,


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 05:59 am 69
In response to wavpeac @ 36

Thanks Katie — your fingers to God’s ears on the long remission concept. that would be lovely.

And thank you on the compliments, too. I’d like to hope that the media has made some changes but…then I pick up the WaPo. *g*


lukasiak | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:00 am 70

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Christy)))))))))))))))))))))))))))


RevDeb | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:00 am 71

if you’re ever in the Philly area . . . .

And I’d love to take you to some special gardens here, both http://www.longwoodgardens.org/ and Chanticleer. Really good for the soul. You have an open invitation. And Longwood has the best children’s gardens ever. And you’ll love our kitties.

All good stuff. Think about it.


joelmael | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:01 am 72

Dear Christy,

Thanks for everything. I will miss you and await your return.

You have taken care of everyone for a long time. Now it is your turn, please take it.

Joel


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:01 am 73
In response to StonyPillow @ 38

Oh, thank you — I sure hope I’ve made some difference somewhere anyway. There are days when I feel like we’ve barely made a dent and others where it feels like we’ve knocked over any number of hurdles.

But there are so many more to conquer, aren’t there? Always are…


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:03 am 74
In response to foothillsmike @ 40

Thanks, Mike — it’s been such a pleasure getting to know you and everyone. Really, my life has been so very, very blessed…


Timewatcher | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:04 am 75

Christy, thank you so much for you insight, thoughtfulness, energy, wisdom, I certainly could go on, but I’m only on my first cup. You have given me so much comfort since 2006. Take care of you, Mr. and Peanut. Enjoy the moments that we have. Please take this warm, firm but gentle hug from me to you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:04 am 76
In response to PriscillaQOB @ 42

It is so gorgeous here right now — we’ve reached the cool mornings stage just as things begin to dip toward Fall. Although we desperately need some rain or the leaves are going to be crunchy by the time they start to turn this year.

Thanks much for all the wonderful conversations about your kids and their issues through the years. The real world insights have been very much appreciated. Hugs, hon.


klynn | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:07 am 77

Christy,

I hope your health improves. You have had quite a year caring for family. I found myself worrying about how were you managing to do it all.

Christy, the first time I read your work, it was your early blog work. I remember the day I delurked and how wonderful you were in welcoming me and encouraging me to come back. I was pulled into your writing due to the balance of analytical thought, factual research and depth of heart.

Your honesty, care and diversity in your writing revealed that a real human being was out there on the other end of the wires. Someone who cared about family, friends, taking five to really smell the roses, feeding the birds, planting a garden, cooking and preserving the rule of law so that her daughter could grow up in a country that preserves freedom. Someone who has been going through parenting, caregiving, health issues and fighting for justice at the same time that I was faced with many of the same issues.

My biggest disappointment about not going to NetrootsNation was missing out on meeting you and treating you to a, “Thank you for being you, ” cup of coffee.

I just told the klynn family about your needed break. We are all sad. You came into our home and sat our kitchen table through your compassionate voice and precise call to preserving the rule of law, and changed our lives with your heart, mind and spirit.

Give Peanut and MrReddHedd hugs from the klynn family. We thank them for sharing you with all of us and for putting a “face to” and “heart into” the fight for the rule of law.

(((Christy)))
Many hugs of wellness.

If you EVER come to Columbus, Ohio and need a Columbus guide, please do not hesitate to call on me. It would be an honor.

Now I need to go grab a box of kleenex.


Rayne | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:07 am 78

Very sad that you’ll have to step away for a while — and yet very, very proud of you for making this tough decision. Look forward to the day when your lupus has quieted down and you’re able to come back and post again regularly.

I’m absolutely certain you’ll be back because there’s no way that lupus has anything on you when you put your full attention towards kicking its ass.

And once a blogger, always a blogger. It’s now a part of you, like being a mom. I’m certain you will not miss an opportunity being the proud and dedicated mom you are to come and tell us all how you and the Peanut are doing.

We’ll keep the light on.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:07 am 79
In response to SouthernDragon @ 46

As Mr. ReddHedd often says, “When momma isn’t happy, no one is happy.” And, although in this case, it’s more of a “momma doesn’t feel well,” it is very true nonetheless. This is as much for them as it is for me.

But that still doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt a wee bit to take this break. You guys are all family, too, and I’m not generally big on change. *g*


BevW | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:08 am 80

Christy,
It has been an honor and pleasure working with you here at FDL. You will always be a part of us here, and we will talk about the wonderful things you did, with a smile. Take care of yourself and the family, they come first, we are here for you, just ask. Thank you for everything. I look forward to hearing how you are improving and enjoying all the free time you have.

Bev


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:09 am 81
In response to Crosstimbers @ 47

That was the hope, so I’m glad it worked that way for you. We all need to take a deep breath and exhale once in a while and remember the things that are important to us as a reminder of why it’s important to keep pushing things forward.

Just think of this as my time to exhale a bit. It’s how I’m looking at it.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:10 am 82
In response to tjbs @ 49

If I have inspired even the tiniest seeds of “Kick ass, take names and fight for justice,” then I’ve done well. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:13 am 83
In response to i4u2bi @ 58

Believe me when I say that getting mad about this is an ongoing process, along with being just flat out disgusted. But I’ve moved on to the “kick its ass” stage of acceptance. If I can’t beat the lupus outright, I’ve decided to outsmart it. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:14 am 84
In response to smartlady @ 61

Thanks so much. You guys have all been beloved in our home from my very first post at the old blogspot location. (It was on Harriet Miers SCOTUS nomination. Whew, what a flop that was!)


citizensue | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:14 am 85

(((((CHRISTY))))) Thank you so much for your brilliance and heart. Though I’m mostly a lurker at the lake, I can’t tell you how much this community of smart dedicated progressives means to me. Be well and take care of that beautiful family and yourself. I will miss your voice, your wisdom and your humor.


Punkster | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:15 am 86

Well, I certainly hope you will at least drop in to the “Comments” portion – takes only a moment, a quick vent, then off you go…

Not to throw a guilt ball (but what the h*ll, why not, my grandmother taught me how and I so seldom get the chance), but even when you don’t know/never met someone on the Tubes, they become friends, in an odd sort of way, and having a friend just drop out, with zero input, is horrible. It isn’t like you can call them, or their parents or co-workers to check and see; instead, you can do what I do and let my imagination create ghastly scenarios. So pop in and comment now and then and give us an update, ‘kay?

In other words, it’s all about us. Or maybe me. s/


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:17 am 87
In response to eCAHNomics @ 62

Thanks, hon. It feels like the right thing to do at the moment, but it’s not been an easy decision as I’m sure you can imagine.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:19 am 88
In response to aimai @ 65

I would love it if all of you lived near enough to grab coffee and some chitchat. It feels like we’ve already been doing that for years now, doesn’t it? :)


frandor55 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:20 am 89

Sounds like your family is a great trio. Get well, and I look forward to your posts, as frequent or infrequent as they may be.


eCAHNomics | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:20 am 90

You’ll get used to it sooner than you think!


ralphbon | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:20 am 91

Christy, I was thinking of you just this morning. Watching a Youtube of Jane on MSNBC, emblematic of the changes FDL has undergone, I recalled when the two of you were the sole Ladies of the Lake, when comments were in kerchunky Haloscan, and folks like me migrated over for the Plameology but stuck around for the community. You’ve given us all tremendous gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and eloquence, which I have no doubt we’ll still savor in comment threads as the spirit moves you.

Well as my friend Sid (who just hates when others call him the Buddha) says, “What part of the impermanence of all phenomena did you not understand?” Be well and strong.


Millineryman | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:22 am 92

Hey Christy,

So much love to you and your family. You’re a remarkable woman, and yes your have to have to come first. Thank you for everything. I will always be grateful for getting to know and sharing a lot of time together. I don’t think I can look at a cuppa of coffee without thinking of you.

Welcome to DeVeria, and her hot shoes. Perhaps we can have a few a Put on a Shoe threads down the road.


Fallenmonk | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:22 am 93

We’ll miss you mightily but know that you need to take of yourself and your family. You’ve done yeoman’s work here and stepping away for the right reason is nothing to regret. We all love you and wish you the best. You have been a big part of making FDL what it is and it is really hard to believe how far its come.


danfalkoff | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:23 am 94

Just in case there is any substance to it, you might investigate the claim that a new form of phototherapy helps with Lupus.

I heard of this recently from someone involved in that area:

http://www.datacommon.com/opthera/index.html

Somewhere in there is at least a reference to the possibilty of such therapy.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:23 am 95
In response to roonie @ 68

Thanks much — I’ll talk with my doc about it. There is so much we don’t know about lupus, frankly. I’ve always wondered if the research was underfunded and de-emphasized because so many more women than men get diagnosed with it.

But I’ve learned that, for me anyway, rest tends to be the best thing I can do for myself when things get painful. Everyone’s body reacts to it differently, so you learn to start to listen to yourself as much as possible. And mine is telling me to curl up and take long naps at the moment.

My new motto is “It is what it is.” I’m trying to be more zen and less type A in the hopes that making better choices for long-term management might help. Here’s hoping…


tjbs | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:24 am 96

My buddy, LOU, has a shorter version..”.Happy wife happy life”


RevDeb | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:25 am 97

Christy,

Some pics for old time’s sake coming via e-mail.

Be well.

back to the sermon writing . . . .


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:25 am 98
In response to RevDeb @ 71

When I was in grad school at UPenn, I used to go to the conservatory a lot to clear my head between papers and studying. It was so nice to have a beautiful garden space so close in West Philly. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:26 am 99
In response to joelmael @ 72

I will, joel. Mr. ReddHedd will make sure that I do. ;-)


twolf1 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:27 am 100

Christy,

Since I first found my way to FDL, I have been starting my days by reading what Christy Hardin Smith had to say. You have always been a voice of reason and compassion, a damn good blogger, insightful reporter, and wise analyst — and you managed to do it all whilst rockin’ a tiara and feather boa. Offering informed commentary and explaining complex topics in ways that the masses can understand, you not only made FDL a greater resource, but helped change political discourse across the board. I shudder to think where our country would be without the likes of FDL and left blogistan. Never doubt for a moment the impact you’ve had. You are gifted and a gift. But there’s more than that. You’ve become a friend to me and many others here at FDL. I am sorry to hear of your health troubles. Please take care of yourself. Get yourself healed and spend time with your loving family.

Don’t be a stranger.


Pade | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:28 am 101

Dear Christy,

I have enjoyed everything you have written over the years. We are all so much more rich for all you have done.

Taking care of yourself is the very best thing you can do for us as well as for you. We will all miss you and think lovingly of you. I hope you feel able keep us posted from time.


mocha | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:28 am 102

I don’t post often, but I have eagerly read your posts, especially PUAC and the stories of your Peanut as she grows. You are a brilliant, amazing woman Christy Hardin Smith and your husband and Peanut are so lucky to have you. It is hard to be faced with our own limitations, but putting your health and your family first is the right decision. Remember the best juggling acts in the circus are the ones where several jugglers are tossing balls among each other. You’re handing off one of your balls to others who are eager to juggle too! All the best to you Christy. Hope you’ll be back.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:29 am 103
In response to Timewatcher @ 75

Thank you so much!


Adie | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:30 am 104

Dear Christy.

Please don’t apply such stringent rules for yourself that you can’t feel free to visit some time of a Saturday morn. We’ll miss the special glow you bring to the toobz.

That being said, your priorities sound wise and generous to us. Please, please put your own health, and your family uppermost. It’s the clear choice to make.

I hope you can feel the hugs and warm thoughts from our household to (((((yours))))). ;->


bgrothus | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:31 am 105

Dear Christy, your posts have been inspirational and PUAC has been the most lovely time each week as you have helped us to step back from the grind a bit to enjoy the scenery, good food and the community here.

We have lupus in my family, and I know it can be a killer, so while I am very sad to read this post today, I wish you every success in beating it back. I am confident you will be able to do it and will get all the best advise on the optimal ways to do it.

I was sick this last month, and it was a jolt not to feel good every day. There is nothing we take so much for granted, and I really want you to be feeling well for a long time.

Welcome DeVeria, and all the best to you and your family, Christy. You are the Best. Love to you.


JimWhite | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:31 am 106

((((Christy))))

Thank you for building such a vibrant, caring community. You know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you take time to rebuild your strength. Also know that whatever comes next, you have improved the lives of many through your principled actions and that those actions are multiplied and continue via the community you built.

If your recovery ever brings you through Florida, know that you can pass by for however many horse hugs and kisses you can bear. Bella is 8 months old now and gives the best kisses ever.


RevDeb | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:32 am 107

these are very special places. When you feel up to it, you and Fi get on a train and come east. Nice easy ride and lots of goodies at the end of it. You can take her to the White Dog Cafe too.

now really back to writing :-(


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:32 am 108
In response to klynn @ 77

Oh, thanks so much for that. I am so glad that you’ve enjoyed what I’ve written over the years — and that my heart shone through in it for you. When you write something, you know how you feel about it, but it’s so hard to know if it translates well onto the page. It’s good to know that it did for you. :)

Hugs, hon. Here’s a kleenex, I have a stash here by the computer this morning for some reason… *g*


Tdash | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:33 am 109

Redd,
You will continue to be the heart and soul of FDL, even on your sabbatical.
Thoughts and prayers of wellness coming your way.
We are eternally grateful for all the gifts you have bestowed on this community.

Mr. Redd and the Peanut are 2 of the luckiest people on the planet.

T-


JClausen | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:33 am 110

This old 54 year old is blubberin a bit because you are responsible for getting me off my apathetic ass and actively trying to make the world a better place for my Peanut and Yours.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May I call you Redd, for old times sake?

You are doing what is right by your family, one of the values I so admire about you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:33 am 111
In response to Rayne @ 78

Thanks, Rayne. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you the last few years. Huge hugs to you and yours.


JLML | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:33 am 112

Include me in this. Looking forward to finally meeting Marion. May I suggest early November or late February for nice weather and the intersection of camellias and azaleas. Christy, please keep us all posted on your health and I trust we can look forward to hearing from you in the comments from time to time. Take good care of yourself.


Prairie Sunshine | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:36 am 113

So many others have doubtless said these words already [I’ll catch up on the thread as soon as I write this]…you are a true gift to the blogosphere, Christy, as I am sure your family and friends back home consider you as well.

All of us will be holding you close in our hearts and wishing you relief from any pains and healing the whole you. We’ll be impatient for your return, lonely for your absence, but reconciled that you are making the right choice for yourself, your family and your healing.

We’ll welcome your nope-I-can’t-say-replacement for you are truly irreplacable and we wish you’ll spend lots of long healing hours immersing yourself in the restorative side of life.

Fare well.


bluejeansntshirt | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:36 am 114

Dear Christy,

(dabbing at eyes with t-shirt, never a tissue handy)

Can not begin to tell you how much your work here has done for me. I had no idea what a blog was and only knew of Huffpo. That name in their blogroll, Firedoglake, caught my eye and from that first attygate post I knew I’d found a home.

Could not figure out what had happened to justice as day in and out nothing was making any sense. For two and a half yrs. all at FDL and all the tremendous commenters have seemed like family to me.

Please take care of yourself and know that what you have done here on these pages has made a difference. Take care of your family and know that your family here is always just a comment away. Now to change this t-shirt.

Sincerely,

bluejeansntshirt


Timewatcher | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:38 am 115

Also, if you happen to find yourself on the west coast (tracy, ca), please know this 48yr mother of three teens w/a wonderful husband of 28yrs, is here for you, for anything. Bless you and yours, enjoy the moment, for you have given so much to me. Thank You!!


marnie124 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:38 am 116

Christy,
I am just a faithful reader that will miss you very much. I’ve never posted but FDL has been my homepage for years…since I first heard you and Al Franken chattin’ on his NPR show. How long ago was that? Seven years maybe?
Thank you for all your insight, humor and hard work. You and all of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you a long, happy, healthy life and may we see you back at some point.
Blessings.
Marnie


Stephen Parrish | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:39 am 117

Christy –

You will be in my prayers; like many others whose comments appear above, I will miss you and your posts.

Chet Huntley’s quotation posted above – “Be patient and have courage, for there will be better and happier news one day, if we work at it” – brings to mind an excerpt that I may have posted some time ago from a letter written near the end of his life by my great-great-great-grandfather Joseph Parrish, MD (1779-1840), a lifelong resident of Philadelphia:

“Surely the sword of discord must not devour forever. The time has come for strife and bitter recrimination to cease. Thus a happy day may dawn, when the representatives of a great nation will calmly survey a common danger, and in the spirit of conciliation and brotherhood will unite their energies for a common good.”

With best wishes,

Stephen


cbl2 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:40 am 118

why yes, yes it does.

you are the bestest girlfriend I never met

if I could comment purdy, I’d be able to convey how much our time with you has meant to us. . . instead old ‘n slow and I are just staring at this screen crying

but Rayne nailed it, this is the right choice at the right time and I soooo want you to be happy and healthy. besides helping to jump start some rusty critical thinking skills, you Christy have taught me there is no finish in this struggle, only momentary plateaus – so the part of me that isn’t in total denial looks forward to seeing you back with us down the road

mad, mad love to you sister, that baby, and your partner who has selflessly shared so much of his time with us


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:40 am 119
In response to BevW @ 80

Hugs right back atcha, Bev. Your book salon work is incredibly valuable, and it’s been a privilege being a part of it. Especially the Yunis chat — wow, what an honor that one was. :)


aview999 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:42 am 120

Yes Christy, you have done a heckofa job here, working to make a better world for us all. We will miss you and look forward to your feeling better so you can enjoy your sweet family – and maybe even return to the FDL family one day.
Take care and keep your chin up!


SusaninIowa | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:43 am 121

My very best wishes for your health and well-being. I have so enjoyed reading your essays and will miss your on-line presence. You and Jane started something remarkable, and you are justified in being proud of it. Godspeed.

Susan


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:43 am 122
In response to citizensue @ 85

Thanks sue, that means a lot.


druidbros | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:43 am 123

Christy,
I lurk always but rarely comment here. I am sure there are many others like me. I always enjoyed your columns and wish you well. Life has a way of getting our attention sometimes. I will pray that you find the stress-free environment you seek. Remember thats its OK to do whats best for you. People who are such givers have a hard time with that one. You will be in our thoughts.
Sincerely,
druidbros


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:44 am 124
In response to Punkster @ 86

Now, honestly, can you imagine me keeping my mouth shut indefinitely when something pisses me off? *g*


pastfedup | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:45 am 125

Oh —Christy. This is unexpected, there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation for all you’ve done, you’ve made the Lake a real community and a force to be reckoned with. Whatever you need to do to take care of yourself and get this under control, you go do it, sweetie. I will miss you, especially Saturday mornings; you’ve lifted my spirits on several occasions with your sincere and caring posts. You will always have a place of honor here (stating the obvious now) – but I sincerely hope you’ll come back at least to visit when you’re feeling better.

My best to you and your family. And if you’re ever in the Salt Lake City area, please let me know.

(((Christy)))


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:45 am 126
In response to frandor55 @ 89

Thanks muchly.


citizensue | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:46 am 127

Peace, love and laughter always.


hs3144 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:46 am 128

We’ll miss you while you’re gone! Thank you for all of your inspiration.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:46 am 129
In response to ralphbon @ 91

I was thinking about those early haloscan days and the zigs just the other day. Ahhhhh…the Plame days were insane, weren’t they?


roonie | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:48 am 130

Christy, if your doc is a rheumatologist, just be aware that he/she will v. likely poopoo the antibiotics. Specialists tend to be the most conservative, rigid docs I know.

Despite the Annals of Internal Medicine acknowledging that low dose minocin can help RA, not one of my RA pts has ever been offered it by their rheumatologist — instead they get offered much more toxic medication. http://arthritisinsight.com/archives/test18460.htm

I urge you to do your own research– you have to be your own advocate with this health issue. No matter how well-trained, or well-meaning your doc is, you will be your ultimate best resource ( I know you know this…).

I had a 50 -something lady come in on a walker, and a year later she is doing 4 mile mountain hikes. Granted, hers was long-standing RA. I know you have lupus. But remissions can come using low dose abx for lupus too .(http://rheumatic.org/karen.htm)

You will be sorely missed here, but I totally support you in stepping away to take care of yourself.


GregB | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:48 am 131

Christy,

Your efforts here have been so appreciated. You’ll be missed. Please make sure to visit every now and then. Now don’t make me get weepy.

-G


klynn | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:49 am 132

See, still giving and caring. Thanks for the virtual kleenex.

BTW, Penzey’s is 1/2 mile from my house. I know you’ll be starting those Christmas yummies in a few months. Let me know what you might need!

Please take care. Wish we could honor you with a donation button. It would be neat to have a two fold donation. One for lupus research another for an endowed blog chair which would bring guest constitutional law folks to post in your honor on the rule of law. Folks, many Walk For Lupus Now events are coming up around the country. Some are this weekend. Go walk for Christy.

Just a thought I would throw out the ideas to Jane.


rdwdkw | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:49 am 133
In response to twolf1 @ 100

So well said, Christy you are loved by so many and it is so well deserved. The very best wishes to you and your family and thank you for everything.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:49 am 134
In response to Millineryman @ 92

HAHAHAHAHA Yeah, I do love a good cuppa coffee, don’t I? *g*

Hugs to you, and a hope that life throws you some good fortune very soon. You so deserve it.


SueTheRedWA | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:49 am 135
In response to Margaret @ 3

Margaret,
I spend a lot of time repairing an on-line database and realized sitting wasn’t a good thing for me. My mom died of diabetes and my dad of congestive heart disease.

I might suggest you check out Treaddesk. I don’t have the whole system: desk, flooring, and treaddesk (treadmill designed for walking not running), but do have the treadmill. My speed is all of .9 miles per hour, which is the pace I’m am at right now. Any faster than that and it becomes a bit challenging to still type, control the mouse, and walk. Particularly, since I’m prone to vertigo problems. Added in this process, is a beautiful male cat, Mr. Mellow, who wants his morning petting and has this gorgeous tail that blocks the monitor on occasion like now. I feel a ton better and am either standing or walking while I’m at the computer.

For Christy, your health and family come first. We will just enjoy when you do drop in to visit.


Adie | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:49 am 136
In response to Punkster @ 86

heh. me too, Redd. what Punky said. *gulp. sniffle*. darn! i wasn’t gonna do that…. *sigh*


MysteriousTraveller | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:50 am 137

Christy we shall miss you. Very much.
My sister has lupus and I know it’s a bitch.
Cuidate y mejorate.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:51 am 138
In response to Fallenmonk @ 93

It has been such a whirlwind to watch this grow from Jane and I in the early days to where it is now. Amazing, and yet…it’s been as much the readers and participants as anything I or anyone else has written. The community is what makes this run, so I owe all of you big time for whatever dent I’ve ever been able to make in the muck.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:51 am 139
In response to danfalkoff @ 94

Thanks much — will talk with my doc about it.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:53 am 140
In response to twolf1 @ 100

Love ya, man. And I couldn’t be a stranger if I tried, now could I? One of these days, we’ll take a drive out your way for pie and coffee…


recoveringlurker | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:54 am 141

Christy,

Id. to supra (silly lawyereze to say that I echo all sentiments above).
I will miss you, but you are an incredibly strong, bright woman with impressive moral sense and sense of priorities. I wish all the best for you and your family. (hugs).


Loo Hoo. | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:54 am 142

Oh, Christy. Take good care. Hope you’ll stop in to comment when you can. We’ll sure miss you.


MarieVi | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:55 am 143

Christy–long-time lurker here (been here almost from the beginning–I remember you from Dkos) I have always enjoyed your good humor and perspicacity; your ability to see the world through the eyes of a child–the joy of wonder and delight in all things sensual. Above all, your willingness to name the reality of these times and clarion call to the entire community that business-as-usual cannot stand.

I pray for a return to good health and continued hearty spirit.


musicsleuth | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:56 am 144

Another mostly lurker here delurking to say how special your place on the web has been for me. You can be sure your blogging has made a difference. Take great good care of yourself so you can come back later and kick butt at just the right time ;-)


twolf1 | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:57 am 145

My door is always open, and I’m always open to having pie. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:57 am 146
In response to Pade @ 101

Thank you so much. And one of these days, don’t be surprised if I e-mail you about a puppy as our dear PJ is getting greyer by the minute (and thus more and more pampered!).


greenharper | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:58 am 147

Dear Christy,

Firedoglake, including you, got me through the W. Bush administration. Recently I’ve been in touch again with an old friend in Oregon who volunteered the same thing. Who knows for how many zillions of others this is true?

Seems to me that it’s important always to identify what only you can do, and to make sure that it gets done.

Only you and Jane, it certainly seems to me, could have started the extraordinary active-and-lurking, activist-and-compassionate community that the Lake has become, particularly during the lawless, compassionless desert years of GWB, et al.

Now, only you can take care of yourself and, and for, your precious family.

Please just read this! No need to stay at the computer longer to type a reply.

P.S. Thanks for the Muppets!


beth meacham | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:58 am 148

Oh Christy, I’ll miss these Saturday mornings the most, but more than that I’ll miss your passionate, humane analysis of legal issues. I don’t comment all that much, but I always read. But you must do what is necessary for your life, for your daughter, for your husband.

It has been wonderful to read you all these years. I am certain in my heart that we’ll be seeing your byline occasionally, and that will be a great pleasure. Thank you for everything.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:59 am 149
In response to mocha @ 102

Thanks much. Mr. ReddHedd says you are right, although I think I’m really the luckiest one.


Twisted Martini | Saturday September 19, 2009 06:59 am 150

Damn, you are making me cry this morning! But they are selfish tears, as we don’t want you to leave. My wife has Lupus, but has been lucky enough to manage it to the point where it has been in remission for several years and no longer has to take anything for it. You will get there too, I know it.

The Marine Corps definition of a leader is one who take the hard right over the easy wrong. You have consistently demonstrated that leadership in your clearheaded but consistent advocacy for peace, equality and social justice. You have “lived your faith” instead of just paying lip service to it as so many do. And your recipes, and general observations on life are fabulous! You will be missed sweetie, and know that you are in our prayers all the time.

Maybe we can meet up when Michigan meets WVU in the National Championship so I can buy you a martini!

Peace and Godspeed,

Dan


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:01 am 151
In response to beth meacham @ 148

Thanks, Beth. Don’t be surprised if one of these days a big fat manuscript lands on your doorstep…amazing how a little clarity about the shortness of our days can lend itself to trying to get over the fear of letting something go out into the world. I’m working on it, anyway. *g*


mrsanfran | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:03 am 152

Christy, you are like a fine wine whose taste it took me awhile to be accustomed to. Now I will miss you greatly (temporarily of course). Spend time with your family, take care of your self, and don’t let all this complete nonsense we are dealing with get you down.
Indeed it is times like this that clarity is suddenly acheived.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:03 am 153
In response to Adie @ 104

Thanks so much. Hope the move and settling in has brought you all some lasting happiness, too. And you know I won’t be able to not pop in and say howdy once in a while…


beth meacham | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:04 am 154

Christy, that would be very welcome. Don’t lose my direct email. :)


solai | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:05 am 155

Well, if you’re going to write someday, I’ve always wanted to read about the birth of FDL and how you all managed to make it the force that it is.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:08 am 156
In response to bgrothus @ 105

Lots of love right back atcha, too. Yeah, lupus pretty much sucks rocks, but what can you do other than learn to manage it better on a day to day basis? It’s like waking up every day with a bad case of the flu, but without the fever and chills, just the aches.

I love these Saturday mornings best of all, too.


annagranfors | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:09 am 157

Christy, words fail. But I hope the oft-used words “be well”, when thought as hard as we’re all thinking them now, have some sort of effect.

You have MORE than done your part for so well for so long–yours continues to be among voice in the bloggy chorus that are sung clearest, most beautifully, and most resonantly–I think you’ve earned the responsibility to stay as far away as you can, and as close as you need to.

We’ll see you sometime soon, I’m sure, and we’ll miss you till then.

Oodles of “O”s and trainwrecks of “X”s–
Anna


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:09 am 158
In response to JimWhite @ 106

You know The Peanut would looooove that — she’s a horse girlie, through and through. Well, pretty much an animal girlie just like her momma.

Thanks, Jim — much appreciated.


oregondave | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:10 am 159

Christy, you are absolutely doing the right thing. I know you’ll stay in touch with all the love we’ll be holding for you, and sending you. And, yes, you’ve done a hell of a job to make this world a better place.

Taking care of yourself now is just another way of making this world a better place . . .

DeVeria, any friend of Christy’s is a friend of mine . . . welcome! Looking forward to reading you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:10 am 160
In response to Tdash @ 109

Awwww, thanks. The Peanut and I were playing bird bingo the other day and I was thinking about you and yours. Hope all is well. :)


annagranfors | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:11 am 161

–erm, “among THOSE voices in the bloggy…”, that is. :)


LizH | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:11 am 162

Dear Christy,

You have been a source of inspiration and admiration for me these past years. I believe that you define what it is to be a loving mother and wife, a compassionate human being, an admirable citizen and a beautiful woman.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us at FDL. There are not adequate words that will describe how much you will be missed, but it is comforting to know that you will be taking good care of yourself and having time to embrace Peanut & Mr. Redd.

I wish you peace, good health and love.

LizH


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:11 am 163
In response to JClausen @ 110

Now you know the mystery that is moving beyond the world of the sheeple. Use it well. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:14 am 164
In response to JLML @ 112

Will do — and thanks!


ktyson | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:14 am 165

Christy, I’ve been mostly a lurker, but I’ve been hanging around since the days you signed yourself as ReddHead. Your writing has been an inspiration to me to become more active in spreading our progressive ideas. I answer back my conservative relatives when they spout Fox “News.” I’ve stood up against torture and mourned detainee deaths on Facebook. There is a “Public Option” bumper sticker on my car, and I’ve bought extra stickers for my friends. I’ve also greatly enjoyed reading the adventures of the Peanut.
I wish you good health and happiness, and hope that you will be able to be an occasional contributor.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:15 am 166
In response to Prairie Sunshine @ 113

Thanks much, Prairie — and an enormous hug back atcha. Hope things are well for you, and know that I’ve been thinking about you lately and wishing you comfort and joy.


Beerfart Liberal | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:16 am 167

Christy, take care of yourself. What you’ve done here is quite and accomplishment. I haven’t had a chance to comment in the a.m. when you put up your post but always read them and loved the insight and analysis of legal issues. Our loss is your family’s gain and that’s a no brainer. You never would post and run but always took the time to engage the commenters. If you wanna bet on the Rutgers-WVA game, now’s your last chance.

Don’t be a stranger.

Beerfart


Beerfart Liberal | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:16 am 168
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 167

an accomplishment. not and


Sharkbabe | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:16 am 169

Christy,

What everybody said. And luck fupus! PLEASE kick its ass and don’t worry about anything else. You have so much love holding you up and carrying you through this. Pull Up A Chair will always remain a Saturday morning institution in my heart.

It’s truly something, the force that you and Jane gave birth to. (Oh noes, same-sex parents! *g*) Somehow I know you won’t stop speaking, one way or another. But for now, good on you for deciding priorities.

Love, blessings, yep chanting too, just everything, to you, your body, and Mr. Redd and Peanut. Be seein y’all.

Susan Sharp


Mommybrain | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:16 am 170

Christy, you are my role model for fighting the good fight. I have loved your analyses, the gentleness of your spirit as you scolded those who really deserved it and your writing for enough years now. You will bring the same measured passion to taking good care of yourself, Peanut and the Mr.

We will miss you. Know that our prayers will always be with you.

Carry on, dear Christy. Write us a novel, eh?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:17 am 171
In response to bluejeansntshirt @ 114

Thank you so much. Here, have a kleenex…


ShotoJamf | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:17 am 172

Good Morning, Christy:

While I haven’t been aboard the FDL boat for as long as most here, I have come to admire and deeply respect all that this community has been, is and will continue to be. This growing list of accomplishments and achievements is due in no small measure to your own selfless and untiring efforts – Fighting the good fight with clean hands and composure. How proud you must be.

Be well, take good care of yourself and your family, and come back here as often as you can make it happen. All the best.


behindthefall | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:17 am 173

Christy, it was your humanity and intelligence that induced me to begin commenting on political blogs at all, and even then pretty much only at FDL. I believe that you have done something that will be remembered with affection and respect.

Please stay in touch and check in from time to time, as the spirit moves you.

And it just occurs to me that the little kitten who was found in a trash can this past week and brought into the house, fed, cleaned, and given a place to stay has been dubbed “Christine” by one of the children, but everyone calls the little thing “Christy”. She has sad gray eyes, but a happy way of prancing sideways and pouncing on fuzzy balls, which she then squirrels away under the sofa. So, there will still be a Christy is our daily life.

Bless you, The Peanut, and Mr. Reddhedd. Fare well.


tinman1967 | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:17 am 174

I almost never agree with any progressive position but you have always impressed me with your view of things that often didn’t even relate to politics at all. You’ve added a human touch that will be missed.
I wish you the best.


oldgold | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:18 am 175

In the early years, your morning post set the tone for the day at FDL. And, the tone you established each day was different from other political blogs. It was one that connected with the basic humanity in each of us. That, more than anything, is why FDL
has prospered.
Your humanity will be greatly missed here.
I wish you the very best.


T-Bear | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:21 am 176

Sarsaparilla was what the old movies recommend for all things that ails ya. Kept you out of gunfights as well.

As your time permits, keep an eye on BBC Health at BBC News, they have a good stream of information on research and developments from Europe as well as the US. I’ve seen issues there concerning research on inflammation and control, one never knows where a door will open.

It will be difficult, for a while anyway, without your presence on PUAC and the early post each day, but the fork in the road cannot be ignored, nor should it be. Wishes for remission (and don’t forget cranberry juice).

All the best……..


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:21 am 177
In response to marnie124 @ 116

As much I as am enjoying Al Franken in the Senate, I miss his wonky humor on the radio a lot. Bless you for reading all this time, and thank you.


Watson | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:21 am 178

Very best wishes to you, Christy. And thank you so much for the vibrant, activist blogging community that you and Jane have built.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:22 am 179
In response to Stephen Parrish @ 117

What a beautiful sentiment. Thank you so much. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:23 am 180
In response to cbl2 @ 118

There is no finish, only the next chapter. And who knows what that will bring us all as it unfolds, eh?

Hugs to you and oldnslow. Many, many hugs.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:24 am 181
In response to aview999 @ 120

Please tell me that you don’t mean that “huckuva job” in the Brownie sense of the term. *G*

But thanks, nonetheless. Much appreciated.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:26 am 182
In response to SusaninIowa @ 121

Thanks Susan — do keep us all updated on the Iowa goings on. You know y’all are about to inundated with the chicken dinner specials any day now, if you aren’t already.

Just think, Newt could be coming to an American Legion near you. Ugh…


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:26 am 183
In response to druidbros @ 123

Thanks so much.


Mommybrain | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:27 am 184

Oh dear, Christy, a puppy! We just rescued an adorable black pug. Never thought I would be a small dog fan (we call them coyote bait around these parts) but I am head over heels with this lovable little clown.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:28 am 185
In response to pastfedup @ 125

Will do. And thanks so much.


lefttown | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:28 am 186

Take care, Christy. I’ll miss your vast knowledge and your kindness. Hang in there, though!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:28 am 187
In response to hs3144 @ 128

Thank you for reading it. :)


wavpeac | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:30 am 188

I wanted to keep it short and simple, but Christy when I say you had a part in changing the media…all I can say is that when bushco got elected…I felt certain he was going to bring me and many others a lot of pain. I could find no proof of my concern anywhere. I read, I searched for articles that might validate or follow up on a thought or concern that would hit me between the eyes.

It felt as if no one else heard what I heard or saw what I saw. It was through a crazy need for validation that I frantically hit the web everyday looking for something, anything that validated what it seemed was happening. It was you and empty wheel, later daily kos that literally saved my sanity. You DID forever change the landscape. Many of us don’t rely on wapo any more and that is thanks in part to YOU! No ducking my compliment. You were part of a paradigm shift in news.

You have met your quota…the rest of life is all bonus!!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:30 am 189
In response to GregB @ 131

No weepiness. And you know I’ll pop in on occasion, I won’t be able to help myself…


SaltinWound | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:30 am 190

Good luck Christy and thanks for everything. When firedoglake was going through growing pains, becoming more unwieldy than the original intimate group, you were the one who held this place together, making sure people’s feelings were attended to. Be easy on yourself. You’ve had more than a few posts over the years that were basically resolutions, vowing to eat more veggies, that sort of thing. I always sensed you felt bad when you didn’t stick to your own vows. Resolutions are tricky in that way, they can be a set-up to be disappointed in yourself. Don’t feel bad if you don’t stick to your plan all the time. And that includes coming back to this place as often as possible.


Quebecois | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:31 am 191

Christy, thanks for the education, for the Peanut stories, for levelling a chaotic field, and making saturday mornings a community affair.

When I was still in great pain, I was coming here for a shot of endorphins, intelligence and maybe a good laugh.

Merci infiniment.


Jo Fish | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:31 am 192

All the best Christy. Please stop in every once in a while, your voice is still needed in the morass of Washington dumbasses, self-serving politicians and fools of every stripe.

Take care of yourself and your little one… they’re only that age once, and every day counts, cause you never get them back again.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:31 am 193
In response to rdwdkw @ 133

Thank you so much. *sniffle*


masaccio | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:32 am 194

Christy, you have been an inspiration to lots of us in more ways than you could imagine. Thank you.


formidable | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:32 am 195

Sorry to hear about your illness. Hope a cure is found soon. An old friend of the family suffers with lupus, too.

Your devotion to the welfare of others will not go unrewarded — everyone gets what they truly deserve in life, in the end. Much happiness, and a long life.

Thanks for fighting the good fight. I guess it’s up to the rest of us to carry the baton to the finish line.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:33 am 196
In response to SueTheRedWA @ 135

Thanks, Sue. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:34 am 197

Thanks — and my best to your sister as well.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:34 am 198
In response to recoveringlurker @ 141

Thanks much — and hugs right back to ya.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:35 am 199
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 142

I’ll miss you guys, too — it really is like family, isn’t it?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:37 am 200
In response to MarieVi @ 143

Thanks so much. Whoa, all the way back to my DKos commenting days, that is a lot of reading. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:38 am 201
In response to musicsleuth @ 144

Thanks so much, it means a lot.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:38 am 202
In response to twolf1 @ 145

Can you have pie and bacon at the same time? *G*


PJEvans | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:40 am 203

Come by and sit a while, sometimes; you’ll always be welcome!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:41 am 204
In response to greenharper @ 147

The Peanut and I were just watching yesterday’s muppet selection again and laughing our asses off at the absurdity of Kermit as “The Boss.” Too funny.

And how wonderful that FDL touched both you and your friend at a time when you needed it. Great story — thanks so much for sharing it.


twolf1 | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:43 am 205

Why yes! Yes you can!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:44 am 206
In response to Twisted Martini @ 150

I’ll take you up on that martini offer one of these days, I hope. My best to your wife, too — and here’s hoping for some remission. I would love that.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:45 am 207
In response to mrsanfran @ 152

Thanks so much. It is amazing how a little clarity can go a long, long way, isn’t it?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:46 am 208
In response to annagranfors @ 157

Thanks so much, anna. *sniffle*


Mommybrain | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:48 am 209

If you are looking for something to read (*g*) check out Slactivist’s trouncing of the left behind series. It’s about 4 years long, so you won’t run out of reading material any time soon.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:53 am 210
In response to oregondave @ 159

Thanks dave, I sure hope I’ve helped tilt the balance toward something better anyway. That’s all any of us can hope for, I think, and lord knows I’ve tried. *g*


Pade | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:53 am 211

Christy,

Thanks for remembering about that puppy. What a memory. I will always be glad to help you no matter what you need. I’m not far from twolf1 so if you come for coffee let me know and I will join in too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:54 am 212
In response to LizH @ 162

Thanks so much, Liz — that was really lovely and much appreciated.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:55 am 213
In response to ktyson @ 165

Thanks so much. Imagine if everyone lifted up their voices for something better, where would we be? How far could we go? And wouldn’t it was wonderful to find that out? :)


PascoBill | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:56 am 214

Thanks for everything, from a regular reader who seldom posts. Your energy (and Jane’s and Marcy’s) has been an inspiration. If we don’t change the world for the better, who will?

Now work on your health and longevity – you’ve started something here that will keep going, even if you can only drop by on occasion. And please do.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:56 am 215
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 167

Love ya, but I hope we kick Rutgers’ ass. *g* But you knew that, didn’t you?

And thanks much for the kind words. They mean a lot.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:57 am 216
In response to Sharkbabe @ 169

Thanks, sweetie – and my best to you as well. And yes, fuck lupus. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:58 am 217
In response to Mommybrain @ 170

Thanks so much. It truly has been a blessing to be here every day on the page and have so many engaged, fun minds to chat with about the things that moved me.


Raven | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:00 am 218

You have made a genuine difference in the life of this grumpy ol’ dude.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:00 am 219
In response to ShotoJamf @ 172

Thanks so much. It is really appreciated.


Selkirk | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:01 am 220

Christy,

I often disagree with most of what you (and the rest of your colleagues) say on this site, and I often enjoy needling you and your readers, but you should know that it comes directly from the heart when I say that I hope that are able to manage your illness in a way that you can enjoy a long and happy life with your family. I will hope and pray that a part of that life will include a return to the blogosphere in the future, because the debate is more fun with you a part of it. Please take care of yourself.


bgrothus | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:01 am 221

I want to echo saltinwound above, Christy. You really have been a good momma at FDL, keeping up after our owies and generally soothing the afflicted here. I know I will miss that spirit a lot.

I’ve been using up my kleenex here too. Be well and soak up the love you have coming in abundance. xoxo bg


cbl2 | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:01 am 222

Parting is all we know of heaven
and all we need to know of hell.
~Emily Dickinson


sbvpav | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:01 am 223

i wish you well and a long, good life. thanks for all


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:01 am 224
In response to behindthefall @ 173

Oh, she sounds adorable! I have this weird urge to squirrel away a ball of yarn now. *G*

Thanks so much.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:02 am 225
In response to tinman1967 @ 174

Thanks — if I even made you stop and think for a moment, then its clearly been worth it. *g* Seriously though, I appreciate it very much that you read.


BlueCrow | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:03 am 226

-hugs- wishing you, hubby, and peanut all the good health and all the other good things in life. thanks for being.


behindthefall | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:04 am 227

You are very, very welcome. Take the best possible care of yourself and yours.


Jeff Kaye | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:04 am 228

Take care, Christy. Your rational and committed essays were one of the reasons I started hanging out here at FDL. A love for humanity shone through your work. Now I hope that same energy is turned towards healing your body. Everything you have done lasts here, and take heed, too, in what you contributed to the culture of FDL, and blogging in general.

Take care, and perhaps your exit is not permanent. I know that’s what people hope for, but no one will ever begrudge you staying healthy and being there for the one’s you love and love you.


rxbusa | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:06 am 229

Thank you so much for all you have done from enlightening me about the rule of law, fundamental fairness, and the injustices of poverty to turning me onto Muppet videos. Focusing your energy on healing is definitely the right thing to do. I wish you everything good and a big hug!

{{{{{Christy}}}}}


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:06 am 230
In response to oldgold @ 175

Thank you so much. I always felt — still do — that it is that basic connection to the humanity in all of us that will save us in the end because it transcends whatever political bullshit has been elevated to the ephemeral bread and circuses that pass for discourse these days. It was what drew me to the old FDR speeches, to those of JFK and MLK and RFK and all the other heroes past and present who have had the ability to be touchstones for real change.

If folks inside the Beltway would re-learn this lesson, maybe we could get something done. Of course, you have to actually want to get something done and, perhaps, that’s the problem in and of itself.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:07 am 231
In response to T-Bear @ 176

Having a glass of cranberry-pomegranate juice as I type here. And it’s lovely. Thanks for the tip on the BBC Health news, too. Much appreciated.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:08 am 232
In response to Watson @ 178

Thanks so much!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:09 am 233
In response to lefttown @ 186

Thanks much — I intend to do just that. :)


HitEscape | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:09 am 234

Hey Christy! I never comment, but just want to say I am glad for your choice and have enjoyed you posts for quite some time. The work you have done (righting wrong on the blog-o-sphere) has contributed greatly to elevating the blog-o-sphere’s credibility. Rest easy knowing you have made a difference and helped created something that is coming in to it’s own and will be a major force in the future.

Cheers!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:09 am 235
In response to wavpeac @ 188

Thank you so much for that. *sniffle*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:11 am 236
In response to SaltinWound @ 190

Life sort of gets in the way of that wholesale resolution thing, doesn’t it? So I’m just trying to make better choices, one choice at a time, at the moment. And hoping that is enough…


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:13 am 237
In response to Quebecois @ 191

Thank you for showing up on Saturdays and at other times to join in — it has been much appreciated.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:14 am 238
In response to Jo Fish @ 192

Dude, is there any other kind but “Washington dumbasses, self-serving politicians and fools of every stripe” — I mean, seriously? *g* Thank you muchly for that laugh today.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:14 am 239
In response to masaccio @ 194

No, thank you. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:15 am 240
In response to formidable @ 195

And please do keep on carrying it — it would mean a lot to me if everyone did. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:16 am 241
In response to PJEvans @ 203

Thanks — keep the coffee warm for me, would ya?


Prairie Sunshine | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:17 am 242

“Quiche!”…the new sheesh?

Hey, Christy, so glad to read your reference to writing. Dare I clear a space on my fantasy shelf now? Between Rowling and Tolkien there’s room for a Smith.

On semi-sabbatical now, myself, and in spirits-healing mode. And yeah, a bit of body-healing as well. Caregiving does take its toll. I fancy myself on “book leave”…first reacquainting myself with reading more than 1500 words, then on to writing what’s been simmering ‘ere long.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:17 am 243
In response to PascoBill @ 214

Thanks so much. Glad it’s been a bit of an inspiration. And, yes, Marcy and Jane are infectious that way, aren’t they? *g*


egregious | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:17 am 244

Christy, I became involved at FDL to be there for you and help support your magnificent work. You deserve this time of rest and recuperation more than anyone I can think of. Blessings on you and your family.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:18 am 245
In response to Raven @ 218

Now THAT is a compliment. Thanks much. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:20 am 246
In response to Selkirk @ 220

Thanks so much, and I’m trying to do just that. Sometimes life throws you a curve you aren’t expecting. The key is to learn to hit them with more precision and anticipate them before the next one comes, and I’m working on that at the moment.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:20 am 247
In response to sbvpav @ 223

Thank you so much, that means a lot.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:21 am 248
In response to BlueCrow @ 226

Hugs right back atcha.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:22 am 249
In response to Jeff Kaye @ 228

Thanks so much for that, Jeff. I do hope that the humanity came through most of the time, because it’s truly what has motivated me from the get go. There has been too little of that in our public space the last few years — and in our communities — and I’d love it if I’ve been able to make the tiniest dent in that deficit through the last few years. It’s been sorely needed, hasn’t it?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:23 am 250
In response to rxbusa @ 229

You are most welcome, especially for the Muppets. Everyone should have more Kermit and Beaker in their lives, don’t you think?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:24 am 251
In response to HitEscape @ 234

Thank you so much, that was such a wonderful thing to say.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:25 am 252
In response to egregious @ 244

Love you, hon. Lots and lots. Thanks so much for everything…but especially for being such a wonderful person and friend.


Aurona | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:28 am 253

Christy,
As I delurk this AM, I wanted to let you know I was one of the first oh, 20 or so, with you and Jane, and us trying to figure out the Plame leaker (was it Hannah? was it???..) Hard to believe it was 6 years ago, but there you go. My favorite picture was of the Peanut, standing on her tip-toes, arms wrapped around Jane’s poodle, Kobe for a big hug. Just priceless. That picture would move me to do the things you must do right now. Who really knows where our roads lead us? I certainly did not know I would retire at 62, and go back to school on the cheap. But making those life changes have given me an increase in life expectancy (its now up to 98.4!), so here’s hoping your dreams and aspirations with the wonderful Mr. ReddHead and the Peanut flourish for you in the future. My best to you and yours.


BearCountry | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:28 am 254

Dear ReddHedd,
I do remember when you and Jane took over the blog and turned it into FDL. The former owner said to be sure to stay with you because you would do a fine job. I doubt that any of you foresaw what a powerhouse it would become. We will miss your fine insight and wish you and your family well. If only those in power fought for the honorable values as hard as you and FDL.


MrCleaveland | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:34 am 255

Christy, I am very sorry to hear this. You are unique among the regular contributors to this blog in that you make your points without bitterness and bile. You will be greatly missed.


Sixty Something | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:34 am 256

Christy,

Thank you! It has been a pleasure to watch FDL grow and to read almost everything you have written at this site. I have been reading here for years, thought I have posted infrequently.

Sounds like you definitely have your priorities in order. Here’s hoping and praying that your health improves to the point that you can get back to Pull Up a Chair in the not too distant future. You can still herd cats better than anyone I know! FDL cats that is.

Meanwhile a big welcome to DeVeria! I look forward to hearing your voice too.


demi | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:36 am 257

Well, Good Morning Christy
I was feeling bad that I slept in today. I wanted to tell you about the MOB outfit. I missed PUAC last week too, if I recall. Then, I read your post.
Well, I can’t say I’m stunned. I am, but, you’ve been working so hard and this Lupus situation is just a nasty bugger! Darn it all.
I can imagine that this was as hard a decision as you’ve said. (I haven’t read all the comments yet because I wanted to tag a post before I missed you altogether.)
Please know that I have enjoyed every minute of sharing with you. There was one day, a long time ago, we got into it a bit, but we were both very civil. *g* I feel like we’re neighbors, you know that? I feel like we could sit and share a left-over cold meatloaf sammy and cup of tea. I feel like we could share extra garden veggies, and advice on this little thing or that.
Your choice is a wise one. Not everyone has a darling, loving husband and precious Peanut to get and stay healthy for. Because you do, you are doing the right thing. Don’t second guess this decision and don’t look back, except with fond memories of helping a aton of folks understand tough issues and making a lot of friends.
Oh, Christy.


Hugh | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:37 am 258

The very, very best to you, Christy. Your intelligence, honesty, and caring heart helped create and keep together the wonderful community of firedoglake. So much of what we do here is to learn from each other and you were for many of us the best teacher we had. You are whether you are here or off with the Peanut a friend we will treasure always.


VonZeppelin | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:37 am 259

God be with you, and best of luck. Come back to us when you can.


Balrog | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:41 am 260

Christy, I was just a disgruntled complainer before I found FDL. You taught me to get up off my butt and do something. My gratitude is boundless. Enjoy your holiday and come see an old Balrog some time.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:41 am 261
In response to Aurona @ 253

I love that picture. Love, love, love it. Thanks so much for all the reading, it has meant the world to me.


Balrog | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:41 am 262

Nice. FDL I meant.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:42 am 263
In response to BearCountry @ 254

Dude, that is the way way back days when Jane was just posting snippets of our Plame-obsessed e-mails and even before that. Seems like a lifetime ago at this point and we had NO idea where things would go…amazing where life can take you with just a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of snark, isn’t it?


egregious | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:43 am 264

Think of this as more time for shoe shopping ;) and we will be looking for you in the comments as you are able. Just wont feel like the same place without you. Love and blessings for you and your family.


FormerFed | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:43 am 265

What sad news. Take care of yourself and your family. I have truly enjoyed our interactions over the past couple of years.

God bless and keep you well.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:43 am 266
In response to MrCleaveland @ 255

Thank you so much — I have always tried to “catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,” because I find it a much more effective means of communication. I’m glad you think so, too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:44 am 267
In response to Sixty Something @ 256

Herding cats truly is the right descriptive, too. *g* Thanks so much.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:45 am 268
In response to demi @ 257

That doesn’t mean you get away without describing the dress. We want pictures!

And thank you so much.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:45 am 269
In response to Hugh @ 258

Thank you, Hugh. Very much appreciated. *sniffle*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:46 am 270
In response to VonZeppelin @ 259

Will do. And thank you!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:46 am 271
In response to Balrog @ 260

Thank you so much, and a wee kiss for the wee Balrog from our house, too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:46 am 272
In response to FormerFed @ 265

Thank you so much, I have enjoyed them as well. :)


earlofhuntingdon | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:47 am 273

There’s a little something about Miss Rumphius in your blogging and legal career. Born at a time when it was unusual to do, Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius set out on her own, traveled the world, saw first hand what it was and what it could be. In her own special way, wherever she went, she left the world a little brighter and more hopeful. Thank you, Ms. Reddhedd.


dick c | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:48 am 274

I don’t know what to say… You’ve done a tremendous amount of good with your writing here. I’ve come to trust and value your opinion, and very much enjoy reading here on Saturday mornings. Take care of yourself. It sounds like you’ve got a beautiful family. Enjoy them.

I hope to, at least, be seeing you in the comments.

I can’t thank you enough … and that goes for everyone here.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:49 am 275
In response to earlofhuntingdon @ 273

Oh, I loooove that book. Read it to The Peanut all the time. What a lovely, lovely compliment. Thank you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:50 am 276
In response to dick c @ 274

Thank you so much. The most any writer can hope for is to touch someone who reads her work. That is the greatest compliment indeed, and I appreciate it a lot.


demi | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:52 am 277

Only because you asked. It’s black. Sleeveless. Looks like a full length evening gown, the kind that is two piece, with the top being hip length, but is a one piece with pants. The legs are wide at the bottom. I got it at Nordstrom’s Rack, so it’s an exquistive cut. (Shows off all the work I’ve been doing at the gym). It’s also a very classic style so I can wear it for many years. Hoping decades. It’ll be perfect for when I play my flute at nice occasions.
I will post photos from the wedding, which happens in two weeks. Going SHOE SHOPPING this morning and then taking sonnyboy to get fitted for his tuxedo.
Girlfriend!


darclay | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:53 am 278

God bless and good luck, hope to see you from time to time! THANKS


shootthatarrow | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:54 am 279

chs–

Have enjoyed reading you here at FDL…over the near past years FDL has become a must read stop pretty much everyday…you and Jane have been central to this being so…

Those first time visits to FDL now seem a long ways back there…but that is effect of times passage…only got going on a computer and this internet thing to fulfil a long distance email need…so much has opened up because of that…my first computer was a used fifty dollar Toshiba which had Windows 3.1 …in this era of fast paced changes that now seems like somethings I remember from the 1960’s…but is only seven years back…

In our garden of memories we tend the fond remembrances with care… may your garden of memories bring new blooms in springtime and summer –the golden moments of autumn’s recline and wintersets quiet and family holiday times…cherish this garden of memories…enjoy life as best you can and as with all things in lifes garden hold close fond memories now behind and those yet to come…

best wishes
w


earlofhuntingdon | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:54 am 280

It’s no small thing to turn a blog into an informed, caring, purposeful community of action. Look at the opposites of such things that would characterize most blogs, especially those of the right.

I’ve been with FDL since the early days of Plame and consider it the best community on the net. Thanks for helping create and energize it and for giving it a smidgen of your character. We’re all better for it.


Twain | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:58 am 281

We will miss you. But there’s nothing like a child’s hand in yours to make the world feel better. Love every minute with your family and take care of yourself. Look forward to seeing you here in the comments. Good wishes for all in your family.


marymccurnin | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:02 am 282

Christy,

I will miss you so much!

My daughter has hashimotos, an autoimmune disease. She is taking Low-Dose Methotrexate that “cutting edge” docs are giving to many people with autoimmune problems. There is some concern that she may have m.s. If so, it will halt the process. Here is an article on it: http://www.springerlink.com/co…..vxj455l48/

I truly believe that my daughter’s quality of life as been effected for the better by taking this med.

Take care.


marymccurnin | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:03 am 283

This article is for people with lupus.


lambchops | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:05 am 284

((((((((((Christy, Peanut, and Mr. Reddhead))))))))))))

Thank you for everything you have done through your writing, sharing, and caring for all who have come here to your blog.

I have been one of the lurkers/once in a blue moon commenters. You touched my life at a time when I did not think I would make it through another day. Your words, your presence through your words somehow shot through all that darkness and shed a strong light. You did not know it, but that is something you did. You made a hell of a difference in my life. I just want you to know that.

It is good for you to take care of yourself and heal your body. You have a strong, healthy spirit anchored in love. It is that and all those whom love you and whom you have aided, knowingly and unknowingly, that will carry you through this time. You know the Footprints story? Now you are being carried Christy. Do not struggle being lifted up and being carried. One day you will be back to walking on your own two feet, so to speak, and blazing away at the work you want to be doing.

Again, thank you for all you have done. You and yours are in my prayers always.
-Muffy B.


nonplussed | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:07 am 285

It has been my privilege to read your excellent posts, Christy! I have been greatly educated by your fine work and your blogging was one of the prime factors that initially attracted me to the FDL community. It is with great sadness that I see you discontinue your work here, but as a person who suffers from chronic health issues, I understand the importance maintaining your own wellbeing, especially when you have a family you would like grow old with.

I wish to express my tremendous admiration for the huge amount of work and of yourself which you have poured into our cause. With my best wishes and the greatest affection, Allen “Nonplussed” Brooks.


pierce aero | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:12 am 286

Christy:
You inspire me to always keep in mind the humanitarian vision of the Democratic Party.
The contribution of FDL in the persons of You, Jane and Marcy is so very valuable world-wide.
You are right in deciding to focus more on Peanut, your family and your health, and I wish you comfort.
Thank you for fighting for your principles using an intelligent and caring approach, and taking all of us on the journey with you. I will miss your recipes, book selections, garden hints, animal fun and Peanut stories.
Karen


ChuckinDenton | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:12 am 287

Sad day for the FDL community. THANK YOU for all you’ve done (and will continue to do, I predict) on behalf of our democracy and progressive values.

But, most importantly, I hope your illness improves and I wish the best for you and your family.

I discovered FDL somehow back in 2005, remember the “ReddHedd” days and following the latest twists and turns in the Plame saga. I was hooked.

Godspeed!


tw3k | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:14 am 288

Oh noes!

I <3 U CHS!!!111

The very best to you and yours :)


SBcardinal | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:16 am 289

Christy,
This lurker will miss you terribly, but I’m happy to know you are choosing wisely. Life is precious, and you and your family deserve to share a glorious one. If I may offer a bit of assvice which would be incredibly tough for a wonk like you: try a media blackout. When my life is too stressful, I find that cutting out the horrors and injustice of the world do wonders for my mental health. And surprisingly, they are there waiting for me when I come back!

The best of everything to you. Be well.


Sagacity | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:20 am 290

Christy,
I am also a longtime lurker–since the first few months after Billmon linked your site. Your thoughtful work made it possible to get through the dark years of the Bush administration. You made the many legal issues comprehensible to me and you made me feel less alone in my concerns. Though I rarely comment, this site is my most important source of information. As I read it over the years, I became aware of the illnesses both you and Jane were dealing with and I ‘ve been amazed at the strength and commitment you show in the face of them. I wish the best in containing lupus. I’ll miss you, but I feel sure I’ll be hearing from you again somehow. But thank you so much for all you’ve done at fdl. Your words moved me as often as informed me.


Paul | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:26 am 291

Thanks for all you’ve done with FDL. Don’t be sorry to go AFK. You’ve got a good life to live and enjoy.


booyah | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:31 am 292

Christy… I wish you all the best as you take time to let your body heal itself.

I did not know you had lupus… it’s amazing how much work you’ve done with that illness… and we are all grateful.

One of my fondest FDL memories is a couple (few?) years ago when I read an early Saturday morning “Pull Up a Chair” post about the first signs of spring in your Virginia setting.

It was wonderful and beautifully written, and then others from all over posted about their first hints… with their plans for gardening etc.

That year it had been a particularly long winter in the northern mountains of New Mexcio… and it was just a lovely, lovely post.

As someone upthread mentioned, it was your ability to weave everyday life into your writings that made it all real.

So best to you in this new season for you… the spa package sounds great!

And also, in case you missed it (unlikely I know)… Thom Hartmann’s new book Threshold (from his liveblog a couple of weeks ago) talks about many things in modern life (eg our relatively sterile environment over the past few decades among other things) that upset our natural balance and are likely at the root of many auto-immune disorders… just in case you missed it I wanted to mention that… there really are remarkable discoveries being made and some links are being made to MS, autism etc… perhaps lupus too?

And even tho you won’t be posting on Saturday mornings… I will always be thinking about “Pull Up a Chair.”

Blessings on you, Mr. ReddHedd and The Peanut.


DrDick | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:33 am 293

You will be missed. Take care of yourself and get better very soon.


southsidemike | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:33 am 294

Christy,

Thanks for all of the kickass work. I have rheumatoid arthritis and edit a daily newspaper, so I know what you’re gaining and losing. You’ve made the right call and don’t ever doubt that for a second.


southsidemike | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:34 am 295
In response to marymccurnin @ 282

Ask the docs about Enbrel and Humira. Methotrexate is nasty.


TomR | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:48 am 296

Hi Christy,

Enjoy your time with your family. My take on the topic of chronic illness is to deal with it, but don’t dwell on it. I think the same goes for the right-wing disease that’s infected our country. We all need to enjoy life too.

I hope to see you back at the lake when you’re ready to blog again,

- Tom


MrWhy | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:48 am 297

My eyes, they’re sparkling misty.
To express how I feel – give me whiskey.
Many thanks for your wisdom,
Your grace, and your green thumb,
Farewell, Lady ReddHedd, darling Christy.


Jane Hamsher | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:52 am 298

Christy, we love you so much. Nobody can ever take your place here. You are a part of everything FDL is and we would not be here without your invaluable contributions.

You know we will always be here for you and pray for your health. We want nothing more than for you to get better and be there for Peanut to see the amazing woman she will become.

Love,

Jane


Votus | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:59 am 299

Hi Christy: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed PUAC–I’ve read nearly every Saturday for the last two years. Thank you for your writing here, and I hope you feel better very soon!


dancinfool | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:02 am 300

Christy,

Take good care of yourself – as good as the care you give hubby and the Peanut. While you take a well deserved breather from FDL, please know that we will have your back, working hard for the issues that matter to you FOR you. You’re one of my heroes.


billybugs | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:04 am 301

Thanks for the many great post that I have had the opportunity to enjoy.
I hope that all goes well in your personal battle with this chronic disease .I know that dealing with a chronic health problem can quite frankly suck.
So take care of yourself and I hope to see you return to the Lake from time to time


AZ Matt | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:06 am 302

((((((Christy)))))),

I will miss your postings here be they PUAC or your perspetives on legal issues and all of the muppets too. You are a wonderful person. Let us know how The Peanut and the Mr. are doing along with yourself. A Wonderful Life to all of You!

AZ Matt


Margot | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:10 am 303

Sob, sob, hug hug hug, prayers for you. I’m even less proficient with words than usual. I just want you to get well and stay well.


chimpyissatan | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:13 am 304

This summer showed the first real breakthrough in Lupus research in decades:

http://www.reuters.com/article…..3020090720

As a scientist working in clinical trials, I’d recommend my family members try this. I don’t say that very often about novel therapies.

Best of Luck Christy. Thanks for everything you’ve done. It really matters.


alfen | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:22 am 305

Stepping up to the mike to say thank you so much for all of your work at FDL and with the FDL community. I’ve been here since very early on. I don’t post much since I don’t feel I have the legal or other background that so many of the other talented, well-informed and passionate posters have been able to provide.

I have recommended FDL as a place where people can get substantive information about important legal and political topics explained in a non-technical way. The spirit of this place also reflects the passion and personalities of you and Jane. Sharing in a very personal way was also a powerful way to inform the discussion and give voice to so many people who felt no one else could understand them.

Please do get the rest you need and know that you will surely be missed. Pop in from time to time to say “hi” and return to us when you are better.

{{{{{{{{{Christy}}}}}}}}


Redshift | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:26 am 306

It’s been a great ride through so much growth and change, Christy, (Severely mixing my metaphors, I know…) I’ll miss you and all the great work you’ve done to build a community here. Take care of yourself, and I hope our paths cross again soon.


SmileySam | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:27 am 307

Dear Christy,
Has someone who also lives with daily medical problems that include chronic pain I have a feel for what you may be feeling. I live in Calif. where many who live with Lupus have found the medical marijuana can enhance their quality of life. I have no idea how you feel about medical marijuana but please don’t let any preconceived feeling stop you from trying one of Gods best medicines. I’m a old guy in his late 50s who had stopped smoking dope yrs ago. I got really sick of taking the drugs the Drs. gave me that made me unable to function. About a yrs ago my Dr., the head of a large local County clinic, suggested I try mmj. He wrote me the needed letter to legally use mmj. I resisted the idea for about a month because I am also a fulltime caregiver for my S.O., but the narcotics were killing me so I finally broke down and joined a local mmj co-op. I have been able to cut the amount drugs I need to control my pain and can now function much better on a daily basis.
I wish you all the best on your journey. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
Sincerely, SmileySam aka OneCrankyDom
ps, I added my old sn because I wrote several diaries under that sn at dkos on my journey re The Caretakers Prison, and others about my journey that you find interesting or helpful.


yellowsnapdragon | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:28 am 308

Oh, no! FDL is losing an outstanding writer. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every word you have written. Although I often miss your posts in real time, I try to catch up whenever possible.

Save some poo to fling at the Lupus. Please take care of yourself!


TimWayne | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:35 am 309

Hey CHS, longtime lurker.

http://audio.wnyc.org/radiolab/radiolab092509.mp3

You should give this a listen. The relevant part (to you) would be starting at minute 31, but the whole show is interesting.

If I were in your shoes, I’d give it a try. It’s not like it would be hard to get rid of if it didn’t work.


allan | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:38 am 310

((( Christy and family )))
Please get well and return when you can.
Until then, you will be sorely missed.


rdwdkw | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:41 am 311

You uh, don’t twitter or anything like that, do you Christy, just askin’?


Gitcheegumee | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:43 am 312

I always thought that your posts struck the perfect balance between head and heart. So often, the ego of the intellect hijacks the humanity. Not so, in your case.

Please accept my sincere appreciation for ALL your efforts,visble and invisible, that contribute to making this a better place for all of us.

May your body, mind, and soul finds its perfect balance once again.

Namaste….


DeVeria Flowers | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:49 am 313
In response to SteveNS @ 9

Trust me, none taken! We will all miss Christy terribly. But we are going to think positive thoughts in her direction and know that everything is going to work out just fine for her and her family! Hello Everyone!


Redshift | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:52 am 314

Oh, and great choice of music, as always!


DeVeria Flowers | Saturday September 19, 2009 10:56 am 315
In response to SouthernDragon @ 67

Thank You!!!


egregious | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:14 am 316

Welcome, DeVeria – looking forward to your spirited posts here!


Lindy | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:14 am 317

I’ll miss you, Christy. You’ve been a good friend and a powerful voice.

DeVeria, nice to meet you.


clymela | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:24 am 318

I love you as I said before. Didn’t know about your health condition. Glad for you to take time off so that you can simplify your life and leave more energy for your body.
Love to you and your family.


DeVeria Flowers | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:26 am 319
In response to egregious @ 316

Well, I will do my best. I’m looking forward to it!


DeVeria Flowers | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:27 am 320
In response to Lindy @ 317

Nice to meet you too!


mikeinohio | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:33 am 321

I lost a good friend to lupus a dozen years ago at the ripe old age of 42. So don’t mess around with this. Do what you need to do. Take care of yourself and your family. In the end, all we have is each other. And they are, by far, the most important thing. You have put in a tremendous effort on behalf of so many people. You will always be loved and respected by the progressive community.


margaretwv | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:34 am 322

Christy,

Long time lurker and long time fan here, up in Preston County. (I think our daughters may have played together in the kids’ section of the Barnes & Noble in Morgantown a couple of years ago — but that’s neither here nor there. )

Take very good care of yourself! You’ll be missed!


Maddy | Saturday September 19, 2009 11:38 am 323

Don’t comment much but wanted to say that I always enjoy your posts and wish you and yours the very best. I know from my own experience how hard it is to carry many things at once when you don’t feel well, and what you have done here is quite remarkable so I wish you good bona fortuna.


Ruffian | Saturday September 19, 2009 12:07 pm 324

Good for you!!!!
We all have benefited greatly from your talents and time..step back, stay in touch and know you are loved and adorded by many, many folks….


inmymindseye | Saturday September 19, 2009 12:34 pm 325

Dear Christy,

I’m so sorry to hear this news. The place just won’t be the same without you. I have been a fan since way back. You have encouraged and inspired me many many times over the years. I am grateful to you.

Take care of yourself Christy. I have had great success with the ph miracle diet. It’s not the easiest to stay on, but the results are miraculous. Even if you can do it 75% you will experience tangible and remarkable results.

I wish you, the love of your life, and the peanut every blessing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care and big hug,
Susan


Patricia | Saturday September 19, 2009 12:34 pm 326

Christy, my deep appreciation for your writing which has always enriched my days. And, my deep gratitude to you, for your efforts with Jane, to set forth informed comment on pertinent, political events. Your efforts have led to a community of intelligent, well read writers that continue to add immeasurably to my daily discourse.
My best wishes for your health to improve, and for your continued well being.


60thStreet | Saturday September 19, 2009 12:35 pm 327

Thank you for everything, Christy!

Words can’t express what you’ve contributed to making us a better country. I wish you and your family the best and hope to see you pop in here from time to time.

Enjoy your life!


Diane | Saturday September 19, 2009 12:47 pm 328

Christy, I will miss you every morning, you & FDL have been a touchstone in my life for years; through the exciting days of Plamegate, through the loss of my mother, you and this community have meant so very much to me.

Bless you, Mr. Redd & the Peanut. Get strong and visit when you can. Sending love & prayers your way.


SusaninIowa | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:00 pm 329

Will do. We even have a video camera now, so you can see Newt in Living Color, if that’s what it is in his case.

I didn’t make it to the Steak Fry–broken toe. But last year Brian Schweitzer was the keynote. I got the definite vibe that he’s thinking about running, though probably not in 2012 if/when Obama runs again.

Meanwhile, the Iowa GOP will have some really great choices. Can’t wait. They keep getting crazier.

Great blog for Iowa politics is Bleeding Heartland, which Desmoinesdem keeps afloat. She is at least as sharp as David Yepsen on Iowa politics, and nicer.


Gnome de Plume | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:04 pm 330

Oh dear. I just stumbled across this post from earlier. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself and your family, Christy. I have several friends with Lupus who are alive and well after many, many years of the disease. But they do have to take care of themselves always. I will miss your presence. You are among my most favorite of bloggers. I know it will be hard to stay out of the fray, so I will look forward to seeing you from time to time. All the best, Gnome.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:25 pm 331
In response to egregious @ 264

Next time you are out this way, we’ll go shoe shopping together. I’d love that. Although mine will likely have to be comfy shoes…do they make those in a nice leopard print with a bow? *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:27 pm 332
In response to demi @ 277

Ooooh, that sounds lovely. Hope it makes you feel wonderful when you put it on — that truly is the measure of a great formal outfit, one that’s comfy and makes you feel hawt.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:27 pm 333
In response to darclay @ 278

Thanks, darclay!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:28 pm 334
In response to shootthatarrow @ 279

How lovely. Thanks so much. Next time I’m out working in the yard, I’ll be thinking of that. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:30 pm 335
In response to Twain @ 281

Mr. ReddHedd and The Peanut decided I’d spent enough time weeping at the computer this morning, and they bundled me off for some brunch a little while ago. Now, with a tummy full of whole grain pancakes, berries and tea, I can definitely say that life looks better…but it may just be the carbs talking. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:32 pm 336
In response to marymccurnin @ 282

Thanks Mary — unfortunately methotrexate is really similar to something else they had me on earlier to which my body had a horrible reaction. It’s a sort of drug of last resort for me because of that. Everyone’s system is different, though, so I hope it works really well for your daughter — I know a couple of people who have gotten really good results from treatment with it, too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:32 pm 337
In response to lambchops @ 284

Oh, lambchops. Thank you so much, and I’m so glad that something I said at some point seemed to help you through whatever you were facing. That really means a lot to me.


TheOtherWA | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:32 pm 338

I’ll miss your voice but you have to take care of yourself. Lupus is nothing to fool with. Blessings to you and Mr. Red and the Peanut.

I hope you’ll pop into comment on days something big happens, every couple of months. Just to check in, you know?

Get rested and strong. The Peanut’s teenage years are coming. ;)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:33 pm 339
In response to nonplussed @ 285

Thank you so much — I’ve loved interacting with you and everyone the last few years. It’s been truly a blessing to have such a great community of writers and commenters to hang out with every day.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:34 pm 340
In response to pierce aero @ 286

Thanks Karen — am so glad you enjoyed the journey with me. :)


protoslacker | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:35 pm 341

Your contribution to the blogosphere is so significant; you made it cool to show the better angels of our nature ;-) I hope for you a feelings of replentishment and good health. Whatever comes up I wish for you that you take joy. Thank you and thank you again for your blood, sweat and tears.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:35 pm 342
In response to ChuckinDenton @ 287

Thanks, Chuck — am so glad you got as much of a kick out of the Plame days and Jane, Marcy and I did. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:36 pm 343
In response to tw3k @ 288

Thanks muchly, tw3k. And some <3 right back atcha.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:38 pm 344
In response to SBcardinal @ 289

If I did a complete media blackout, I’d probably go into a convulsive fit. *g* But Mr. ReddHedd is conspiring to keep me occupied with fun things by plying me with NYTimes crossword puzzle books and a couple of new novels that magically appeared on my kindle this morning.


TheOtherWA | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:38 pm 345

Now I’m thinking back to the time I found FDL, in the fall of ‘05, waiting to see if anyone would be indicted for outing Valerie Plame. Every new filing from Pat Fitzgerald brought new analysis, wisdom and wit. You and Jane helped remind me that fighting back feels really good.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:40 pm 346
In response to Sagacity @ 290

Good God, I love Billmon. And I’m so happy that I was able to help in any way to clarify the unimaginable and the difficult. Wish we’d all get more clarity from inside the Beltway, but I’m not exactly planning to hold my breath on that one… *G*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:41 pm 347
In response to Paul @ 291

Thanks Paul, I appreciate it.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:42 pm 348
In response to booyah @ 292

Thanks so much. Pull up a chair for me once and a while, kick back and think about the things that mean a lot to you. I’ll be trying to do the same for the next little bit…


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:43 pm 349
In response to DrDick @ 293

Thanks so much. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:44 pm 350
In response to southsidemike @ 294

Thanks much. Yes, you do sound like you know exactly what I’m trying to balance. Best of luck to you, too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:45 pm 351
In response to TomR @ 296

As I have said about a bazillion times at this point, just being angry only really hurts you in the end. If you can’t laugh, then what is the point. All that snark comes in handy, doesn’t it?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:46 pm 352
In response to MrWhy @ 297

How beautiful. Thank you so much, that was really, really lovely.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:49 pm 353
In response to Jane Hamsher @ 298

Love you, Jane. Words cannot express how much it has meant to me to write with you and fight alongside you for the last few years. I’ll never forget that first time we met face to face in Seattle, and we started gabbing nonstop over coffee…like old friends who really only met then for the very first time.

Thank you so much. For everything.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:50 pm 354
In response to Votus @ 299

Thanks so much. From your fingers to my irritating autoimmune system.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:50 pm 355
In response to dancinfool @ 300

Thank you so much — I can’t tell you what that means to me. You guys really are the best, have I said that lately?


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:51 pm 356
In response to billybugs @ 301

Thanks billybugs, much appreciated.


Suzanne | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:51 pm 357

(((christy)))

taking care of yourself so you can take care of those you love is one of the hardest lessons — i wish you all the best and will miss you terribly


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:52 pm 358
In response to AZ Matt @ 302

Thank you AZMatt. My best to you and all the folks you care for in your neck of the woods, too.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:53 pm 359
In response to Margot @ 303

Thanks hon, I’m working on it. Slowly, surely, steadily, I’m going to kick the ass of this thing. But in a zen calm, healing kind of way. Ahem.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:55 pm 360
In response to chimpyissatan @ 304

Thanks so much — I’d read about that, too, and we’ve been considering it for me. But we’re only in the consideration stage at this point. Whatever it takes, at this point, is what we’re likely to do.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:56 pm 361
In response to alfen @ 305

Thank you so much, and so glad this places feels like a comfortable home for you, too, that you’d recommend it to others. Truly, that is the best compliment.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:56 pm 362
In response to Redshift @ 306

Thanks so much. As always, it’s lovely to see you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:58 pm 363
In response to SmileySam @ 307

Thanks much for sharing that. As a former prosecutor, I have to say the thought of that makes me edgy. But that’s me. I know folks who have told me similar stories in dealing with some chronic pain issues as well as AIDS. As with most things in life, I think we each have to find our own paths…even if it’s something we just stumble onto at some point. And I appreciate you being willing to share your perspective on this so much.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:59 pm 364
In response to yellowsnapdragon @ 308

Thank you so much for this — and for the “poo” laugh. We just watched Madagascar the other night and I fell over laughing at that scene…again. hehehehehehe


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 01:59 pm 365
In response to TimWayne @ 309

Thanks so much, Tim — very much appreciated heads up.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:00 pm 366
In response to allan @ 310

Thanks allan. The hug is very much appreciated.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:02 pm 367
In response to rdwdkw @ 311

Because that doesn’t say “enormous time suck” or anything, does it? *g* I rarely twitter, but mainly because I’m utterly technodeficient — as anyone who has worked behind the scenes at FDL can attest, I’m really pathetically hopeless and we’re all just lucky I’ve been able to get posts to go up at all.

But I do appreciate the sentiment in which this was asked very much indeed.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:03 pm 368
In response to Gitcheegumee @ 312

Here’s to balance. Amen and amen again. And thank you so much — I always hoped to have a conversation based on our core and not our outer layer crapola. Seems to me that ought to be where we all connect, anyway.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:05 pm 369
In response to DeVeria Flowers @ 313

DeVeria, thank you so much for taking on PUAC for me. It’s such a relief to know that your wit and wisdom will be on the page in my stead. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:06 pm 370
In response to Lindy @ 317

Next time we get down to New Orleans, you can bet I’ll be dragging you out for a cafe au lait. Hugs, hon.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:08 pm 371
In response to clymela @ 318

That’s the hope — that some time to rest will help bring things back into balance. The alternative is unacceptable, and therefore I refuse to even allow it to happen. Thanks for the good wishes!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:09 pm 372
In response to mikeinohio @ 321

Thanks so much, mike — what a lovely thing to say. And so sorry about your friend. That’s exactly what I’m trying to forestall.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:10 pm 373
In response to margaretwv @ 322

Oh, how fun is that! I bet they did because The Peanut loves that bookstore. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:10 pm 374
In response to Maddy @ 323

Thank you, Maddy.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:11 pm 375
In response to Ruffian @ 324

Thank you so much. It was a really tough decision, but one that, in the end, I knew I had to make for my own sake as well as my family’s sake. Here’s hoping some rest goes a long, long way…


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:12 pm 376
In response to inmymindseye @ 325

Will take a look at that — thanks for the suggestion. And for the lovely compliments.


Dearie | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:12 pm 377

I’m usually at the Ventura farmers market on Sat mornings and come back to read later…..
Christy, you are such an inspiration and have given us all so much information and encouragement. Love to you and your family. Be well.
Diane (also)


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:12 pm 378
In response to Patricia @ 326

We’ve certainly tried to do just that. I’m so glad you think we’ve succeeded. Thanks so much!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:13 pm 379
In response to 60thStreet @ 327

Thank you very much!


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:13 pm 380
In response to Diane @ 328

Hugs Diane, and thank you so much.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:15 pm 381
In response to Gnome de Plume @ 330

Thank you so much, Gnome. That really means a lot.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:16 pm 382
In response to TheOtherWA @ 338

Thanks so much. And yes, with her already strong-willed 6 year old personality (a combination of mine and Mr. ReddHedd’s), I’m certain we are in for a rollicking teen whirlwind any day now. *g* oh. joy.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:17 pm 383
In response to protoslacker @ 341

Oh wow, thank you so much for that. I do hope we all remember that the “better angels” are far more fun than the devils for the most part…and way more productive in the long run, I think. But that may just be me and my GoodyTwoShoes persona talking. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:18 pm 384
In response to Suzanne @ 357

Hugs right back atcha, hon. Thanks, Suz, for everything.


Aviva | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:18 pm 385

Dear Christy, delurking to say that your love for this country and your fellow human beings comes through every word you have written. Your moral vision and heart are inspiring, and your achievements in building this community are extraordinary. Best wishes for your health, you and your family.


Christy Hardin Smith | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:22 pm 386
In response to Aviva @ 385

Thanks so much for that, Aviva.


db11 | Saturday September 19, 2009 02:29 pm 387

As so many others have done, I must de-lurk to thank you for your invaluable contribution in building this place.

When the world was going insane in every direction, FDL helped keep many of us sane.
Then, when FDL was going insane (primaries!) you were the one person that kept this place sane.

You never let your politics overwhelm your decency – something that few bloggers can claim.
Intelligence is more common than many who possess it realize, but rarely is such intelligence woven with your warmth, humanity and wisdom.

Your voice is a unique one, and one that I’ll miss terribly.

Take care of yourself and be well.

Doug


JClausen | Saturday September 19, 2009 03:37 pm 388

How many of our book salon people came back to a thread to reply to every question or comment? (John and Howard Dean?)

You are one class act Redd. You made all of us who read your words feel special and honored to read them and act upon their inspiring humanity.

In the words of Margaret Mead, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. “

You, Jane, Marcy, and others too numerous to mention make Firedoglake just that type of community. Bravo!


cobernicus | Saturday September 19, 2009 03:38 pm 389

Au revoir Christy, I’m sure you will be back.

FWIW, my cousin had lupus and was told she could never have children. She defied the doctors and had a daughter, and lived long enough to see her married.

Thank you for all that you have given us. I did not realize that it was at such personal expense and that makes it all the more precious.

Godspeed!

Marty


laurenc | Saturday September 19, 2009 03:49 pm 390

I am crying as I read all of these writers, who speak for me, and who want to see you healthy and whole and blogging again. Will only add that Chinese medicine has accomplished great things in my own medical struggles and please add it to your toolkit.
Blessings always,
Lauren


hdshrnkr | Saturday September 19, 2009 04:22 pm 391

I don’t do well with loss, so i can’t be as gloriously gracious as the other posters here. but I will say you were the first blogger I noticed, back when you wrote so elegantly about mining disasters and your own family history. I knew right away that your writing was something special and powerful: the ability to combine the personal with the public and build a bridge that every reader could use to walk intimiately into the story. I wish you the best self care and healing there can be, and I will miss your writing every time I turn on the computer.


MsAnnaNOLA | Saturday September 19, 2009 04:45 pm 392

A very big hug from me in NOLA. I hope your time off from blogging does the body good. I will certainly miss your posts, but I hope you drop by from time to time and let us know you and the Peanut and Mr. Reddhead are doing just fine.

When I first started reading the site it was your in depth analysis paired with snark that attracted me. Most of the other blogs I was reading were written by men. You women really had a voice that spoke to me. Your snark and intelligence combined kept me going in the dark days of the Bush Administration. Thanks for keeping me sane through it all by letting me know there were other women like me.

Best of wishes for feeling better and I hope you get what you need to make that happen.

Here is hoping we all get a Public Option soon so we don’t have to worry as much about our pre-existing conditions!!!!


laurastrand | Saturday September 19, 2009 04:51 pm 393

You, first, NOW!!!! Dear Christie, as you know, life is bitter and sweet, hopefully, more sweet than bitter. It’s also precious and fleeting. That you have so willingly given of yourself – to the betterment of our community and the world is a gift we all are better for.
But your life, and the life of your family are so much more important, and you need not apoligize for the re-prioritization.
I wish you grace and peace and rejuvenation. You’ll always have US. You had us at ReddHead. We’re here when you’re available. We’ll be here wishing you well and will savor your visits.
Don’t waste a moment in regret. Live your life, love your family, know your limitations and honor them.
Love is always the answer.


SandiaBlanca | Saturday September 19, 2009 07:49 pm 394

Christy, you are such an amazing person–your combination of powerhouse intellect, gracious way of expressing your ideas, love of beauty and fun, and the speed with which you grasp and explain complex legal ideas are unsurpassed. I’ve loved reading you since the ReddHedd days, and have watched your influence spread to benefit millions of Americans. As one of them, I say thank you and God bless you and your family.


DeVeria Flowers | Saturday September 19, 2009 08:16 pm 395

Christy, you don’t have to thank me, it is my pleasure to help out. I want you to have the time and energy to get your health issues taken care of and be the wonderful mother and wife that you have shown all of us that you are. I like nice shoes, but yours are going to be some hard ones to fill! We know you will be stopping in from time to time…and I’ll do my best to wear them until you are ready to step back in them!


ratfood | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:12 pm 396

Very best wishes to you and the family, Christy.


Larue | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:33 pm 397

Just reading this now, so.

A big thank you and a deep bow for and to all your work over the years.

You be well for you and your family.

What you’ve given of your self and shared with others over the years is a lifetime of love and care.

I thank you for all that.

Now be well.


NumfarVera | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:37 pm 398
In response to Christy Hardin Smith @ 1

My best to you and yours. I post on FDL very rarely, but I read it quite frequently. You were a bright shining light for me during the dark days of the Bush administration.

Thank you.


nahant | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:40 pm 399

Thanks
Christy for all you have done for All Pups and the crusades you have led to make this a better country to live in!!Best wishes to you Peanut and Mr Reddheadd! May you find the joy of watching your girl grow up to start her own family and give you grandchildren for you to doddle over.


powwow | Saturday September 19, 2009 09:49 pm 400

Write on, Christy…

Your inspired patriotic writing burned up the blogosphere in the lead-up to 2006’s pivotal Congressional election. Your family history stories and descriptions of nature transport the senses, and – at least for the reader and I hope for the writer – are a tonic for the mind and spirit.

You can take the ReddHedd out of the blog, but you can’t take the blogger out of the ReddHedd. As Jane says, FDL is permanently stamped with your initials and imprint.

Long and healing naps to you, one day at a time, until we meet again.


tejanarusa | Sunday September 20, 2009 12:00 am 401

Last as usual – stayed off the computer all day – like everyone else, I am so stunned to hear this news – so terrible for us, though we all understand how necessary it is for you, Christy.
Of course, you must take care of yourself – I’ve wondered for years, since you first hinted at your health challenges, how you managed to do everything you do. This last year must have been exhausting.
I rarely make it to PUAC “live” – working Saturdays for so long – but always, always read it.
Whenever any legal issue arises, especially significant Supreme Court cases (not to mention the stories FDL and Christy have owned like Plame/Libby and USAttys), my first stop has always been FDL, then Christy’s own sub-blog.
You have always had the talent to cut right through the bs and spotlight the most important issues, and the heart and humanity to link them with the real world. Your posts on the real lives of poor people and how government affects them have been so heartfelt.
And your example has inspired me, like so many here, to get off my butt, throw off my (political) despair, and DO something.
Never doubt the influence you have had, on us ‘pups individually, and on the major issues of the past years. Thank you, thank you.
(Oh, and you’ve made me proud to say I’m a native West Virginian – a huge counter to all those tired hillbilly jokes] Get well, live well, drop by when you can, and know that you are missed.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:44 pm 402
In response to db11 @ 387

Thanks you so much for this. It means a lot.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:46 pm 403
In response to JClausen @ 388

Thank you so much, but in all honesty it is also the humanity and decency and constant challenges from our readers which keep everyone here on their toes. And on the straight and narrow. So for that, we should be thanking all of you.

I do appreciate the sentiments a lot, though, and have enjoyed every minute of the conversations so many of us have had — and hopefully will continue to have — about the issues that matter to all of us.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:48 pm 404
In response to cobernicus @ 389

Thank you Marty. Poor Marcy had to deal with my hobbling around DC during the first week of Libby trial opening because I was having a flare during the early trial days — but there was no way in hell I was ever going to miss that. *g*

You do what you can until you can’t do it the same way any longer, I suppose. It’s time I finally listened to my body for a bit and took a break, before it is too late to take one. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard to do so…as I’m sure your cousin found out as well.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:49 pm 405
In response to laurenc @ 390

Thank you Lauren — I’m looking into a number of alternative medicine avenues as complimentary or even potential substitution treatment options. Whatever it takes to feel better, ya know?

The concern and love are much appreciated, so thank you very much.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:51 pm 406
In response to hdshrnkr @ 391

Thank you so much for this. I wanted to build bridges so badly in a nation where we consistently rip ourselves asunder to our own detriment. Especially at a time when our common interests are so much closer together than we ever admit to ourselves, or that political operatives ever allow us to see through the haze they create for their own pecuniary benefits far too often.

And I am so happy to know that you read even my early work along those lines and found it useful. Thank you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:53 pm 407
In response to MsAnnaNOLA @ 392

Well, my inspiration has always been the late, great Molly Ivins on the snark end of things, along with so many others from the Founders forward on the philosophical musings. If you can find a way to laugh at the things that piss you off, all you’ll do is rant or cry and who wants to live like that?

So glad you enjoyed the read through the years. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:54 pm 408
In response to laurastrand @ 393

Thank you laura, that was truly lovely and I will absolutely take those words to heart and try to live them to the utmost. Hugs to you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:56 pm 409
In response to SandiaBlanca @ 394

Thank you so much, Sandia — what a truly lovely thing to say. Here’s hoping I’ve managed to help change something for the better somewhere, because honestly that really is the best that I could ever hope for in the end.

And if I’ve managed to inspire someone else to do the same? That would just be the icing on top, now wouldn’t it?


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:57 pm 410
In response to DeVeria Flowers @ 395

Love you sweets. And I will never forget our sweaty walks, lugging lord knows what all over to the arena for the DNC in Denver. I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable companion in the Secret Service screening lines from hell. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:57 pm 411
In response to ratfood @ 396

Thank you so much, ratfood. And to you and yours as well. Much appreciated.


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:58 pm 412
In response to Larue @ 397

Thank you Larue — I’m trying to do just that. Here’s hoping…


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:59 pm 413
In response to NumfarVera @ 398

Bless you for this, I am glad you found my work useful in some way. Thank you!


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 04:59 pm 414
In response to nahant @ 399

Thank you nahant — for this and for all our interaction over the years. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:01 pm 415
In response to powwow @ 400

Thank you powwow, that was truly lovely. I’m so glad you liked the calls to action, they were my pleasure to help with since we all needed motivation at that point, didn’t we? My “Rubber Stamp Republican” stamp is sitting on my desk as I type this…man, that was fun. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:02 pm 416
In response to tejanarusa @ 401

Thank you so very much for this. Hugs to you and everyone…for everything.


momaloney39 | Sunday September 20, 2009 09:27 pm 417

Christy….I haven’t been on your site for the lasts few weeks as we were
on Cape Cod for a mini vacation…needed to get rid of some of the cob webs
for both of us. I must say I was shocked with I read this latest note. I am
so sorry to hear you be withdrawing for awhile. I think I have been here with
FDL since about the beginning and even though I don’t contributes much,
it is the reading of the articles and the comments that mean so much to all of us.

May you have happiness every day from now on and please just dwell on
getting well. You need to do that so that hopefully in a short time
Peanuts and Mr. RedHead will have you back in full health. That is my prayer
to you and your family. You are so special to many of us here and we need
that here when you feel much better…..and I am sure you will be better.
Please drop in if you can and you feel like it and just bring us up to date on how
you are feeling and if you see any improvement.

Our love and prayers will be with you until you tell us you are doing ok!!
That is enough for us…and give the family hugs from all of us.

Much love to all of you,
Maureen


Natasha Chart | Sunday September 20, 2009 09:28 pm 418

Live long and prosper, Christy. We’ll miss you, but love you just as much from afar.


4jkb4ia | Monday September 21, 2009 06:07 am 419

(stifles desolate howl of “NOOOOOOO!”)

You should have a speedy recovery. FDL is the richer for the dignity, kindness, and expertise that you brought to it.


Leen | Monday September 21, 2009 06:46 am 420

Prayers and meditations with you and your family. Take care of your health and your family’s needs first. We support you.

Your work will continue through the people you have inspired. Come back when you can.

Folks committed to justice like you Jane, EW etc give all of us hope


poopyman | Monday September 21, 2009 11:23 am 421

Be well, Christy!

Following Mrs. P’s lead way back when, FDL was the first blog I read, and yours was the first post. Even with the blossoming of so many progressive blogs I still come back to FDL.

I’ll miss your always-optimistic posts, but I know you’re doing what’s best for you and the ReddHedd Family. Take care of yourself and coe back when you can.

Love,
-P


RevBev | Monday September 21, 2009 03:53 pm 422

Christy, I was away, so I am just getting this news. My heart and prayers will be with you….and certainly, take care of yourself. I have marvelled at all you were doing with family, old & young & a partner. Enjoy some rest and celebrate what you created.

My daughter got me here late in the trial days. She was a fan. You have supported and educated and entertained. What gifts you have shared and given us a community and hope and friendship. Carry on…we will be with you on the way. Come back anytime. Your work has been informative and constructive. I really treasure what I have learned from you and shared along the way. My very best wishes for you all. Rev


Lindy | Tuesday September 22, 2009 09:45 am 423

Next time you get to New Orleans, maybe I’ll have a place for you to sleep.


yellowdog jim | Wednesday September 23, 2009 07:17 pm 424

peace and love


ArmadilloJoe | Wednesday September 23, 2009 07:38 pm 425

I wish you all the best. If I were the prayin’ kind, I would do so. My wife is, and she will in my stead. Godspeed, Christy. I couldn’t have survived the Bush (mis)Administration without you.


RevBev | Wednesday September 23, 2009 07:40 pm 426

I keep checking back to let you know that we miss you….we are better for your hard work and smarts and humor. Take care of youself….focus on rest and renewal. Enjoy “the kid.”


dmac | Friday September 25, 2009 05:46 am 427

Hey Christy – Hey Pups;
Been away from The Lake a while, little stops here and there, had an inexplicable urge to drive by FDL this morning. Now I know why, Gosh I would have hated that I missed the opportunity to write this – Thank You.

Thank you Christy for all of the things you taught me. For what you instilled in me. For teaching me new ways to ferret out facts and illuminating new outlets to voice how I feel and what I think. For all of the information and wisdom of experience you passed on to us. For showing in 3D what a Fine Human Being looks and sounds like.

I completely understand the weighty choice you were forced to make and am PROUD that you made it before it became a decision that was made for you, with irreversible consequences. I know it couldn’t have been easy, isn’t easy still.

I hope you fully comprehend the indelible mark you have left in each of your Pups’ psyches and spirits. I hope that when it does fully wash over you that it brings you strength and comfort. It has been an honor knowing you. Love and Laughter and Healing to you. Waving from across the river, D.


prostratedragon | Saturday September 26, 2009 05:14 am 428

My, my, the spirits are calling out this morning!

Do take care, Christy, for friends and family are the ultimate reasons.

Godspeed, and see you ’round.

–Charlotte


puravida | Saturday September 26, 2009 05:25 am 429

Christy, Thanks for everything you’ve done here. Your words have meant so much to me. And so many others. Take good care.


KathyinBlacksburg | Saturday September 26, 2009 06:23 am 430

Christy, you are awesome. Your analyses, legal diaries and other posts were as good as it gets. There is no one better.

You, Jane and others here at FDL have shown the rest of us what blogging can become. You’ve seamlessly fused blogging with action. Gritt TV and the latest venture, FD Action, are outstanding.

It is with sadness that I offer a tip of the hat, and my heartfelt good wishes. May you have a restorative year. May your days be happy and healthful, and (selfishly, I add) may that brilliant mind and writer come back to us one day!


RAMA | Saturday September 26, 2009 06:23 am 431

Redd…

Been in and out here for years and will miss you, but I understand dealing with debilitating illnesses. Sometimes you just have to triage your life in order to move ahead. Good luck and keep on keeping on…


oldtree | Saturday September 26, 2009 08:46 am 432

you take care of yours Christy, we will be thinking about you!


CarolynU | Saturday September 26, 2009 08:51 am 433

Dear Christy, You have been such a source of inspiration and compassion for all of us. Your wonderful outlook cannot be replaced. That said, we all want you to be as healthy and whole as you can. You are doing the exact right thing. Take wonderfully good care of yourself, for all of us. And enjoy every moment with your family.


alank | Saturday September 26, 2009 08:52 am 434

That’s a shame. I know for a fact that lupus has been mis-diagnosed. The treatments being promulgated are likely to cause more harm than good, particularly if the patient doesn’t actually have a form of lupus. Take care, Christy.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday September 29, 2009 03:35 am 435

Please pop in when ever you feel like it:)


KarenM | Tuesday September 29, 2009 01:58 pm 436

I’m late, but wanted to offer my best wishes, too. I also learned in my 40’s that organizing one’s life– at its most essential– means beginning with one’s body. (So far, the 50’s are much better…)

All the best to you and your family.

And just let a few of those balls hit the ground…


STTPinOhio | Friday October 2, 2009 05:17 am 437
In response to CarolynU @ 433

Dear Christy, You have been such a source of inspiration and compassion for all of us. Your wonderful outlook cannot be replaced. That said, we all want you to be as healthy and whole as you can. You are doing the exact right thing. Take wonderfully good care of yourself, for all of us. And enjoy every moment with your family.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I thought Carolyn’s sentiments lined up with mine exactly.

I’m obviously very late, but thank heavens some wise soul decided to leave this thread open much longer than usual.

I’ll miss you much; please get well and resume your place on the front lines soon.

Thanks for all you have done, and will do.


MadamDeb | Friday October 2, 2009 08:25 pm 438

Oh my goodness, Christy.

I don’t read all the posts at FDL as much as I used to. But today I was upset because the wingnuts have really crossed the line with the IOC decision and have finally revealed their true colors — as anti-American, treasonous losers. I wanted to scream and hit something.

So I thought, “I’ll read something sensible, comfortable, strong, and calming from Christy on FDL.” Then I came on the blog and saw your note and announcement about having lupus.

I’m so sorry you are not well, but (for some reason) I have a feeling that you will be cured of this disease, and you will see your family thrive. Just take good care of yourself and know that you have thousands of supporters, most of whom you do not know personally. God bless you, Christy.


John Anderson | Saturday October 3, 2009 05:23 am 439

Oh, Christy,
I am so sorry to hear this news; but I honor you for your decision. The Peanut and Mr. ReddHedd need their mom and wife. I wish I could think of something smart to say, but I can’t even begin to find the words. God bless you. john


barbara | Sunday October 4, 2009 08:48 am 440

(((((Christy)))))

Tears.
Support.
Prayers.
Ass-kicking.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Love you.


RevBev | Thursday October 8, 2009 03:13 am 441
In response to barbara @ 440

Hey, where have you been? Hope all is well, looks like some cold has come your way….Im outta here for a few days..Welcome back. Yes, we miss Christy alot…her smarts and kindness and humor….trusting she will be back at the right time.
Good to hear from you..


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:49 pm 442
In response to momaloney39 @ 417

Maureen, thanks so much for the lovely thoughts. It’s pouring the rain down here this evening, so it’s been movies and hot tea with The Peanut and Mr. ReddHedd the last few hours. But now that bedtime approacheth, I wanted to catch up with the last few comments while I had a few minutes. It’s lovely to see a note from you among them.

Ahhh, Cape Cod…love it there. Hope you all had a lovely trip.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:50 pm 443
In response to Natasha Chart @ 418

Thanks so much, Natasha. All my best to you, as always — and that offer of our spare room for a visit is and always will be open should y’all want a trip to almost heaven country at some point. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:50 pm 444
In response to 4jkb4ia @ 419

Thanks you so much for this — what a lovely thing to say. The last bit, not the howl. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:56 pm 445
In response to Leen @ 420

Thanks so much — the rest is doing me a world of good, although it’s been an adjustment not to push myself every day. You can’t take the type A out of the foul-mouthed femblogger, I’m afraid…


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:57 pm 446
In response to poopyman @ 421

Please pass along my thanks to Mrs. P for the introduction, then. And thank you for the kind words.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:58 pm 447
In response to RevBev @ 422

My thanks to your daughter for getting you here, and to you for the lovely words. It really has been both my pleasure and my privilege to share all of this with all of you the last few years. What a wonderful gift…


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:59 pm 448
In response to Lindy @ 423

Well, I’m definitely coming over to your backyard to drink again. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 04:59 pm 449
In response to yellowdog jim @ 424

Thank you so much — and to you and everyone as well. We could all do with a lot more peace and love these days, couldn’t we?


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:00 pm 450
In response to ArmadilloJoe @ 425

Thank you so much. I surely could not have survived the last few years of discussion and angst and analysis without all of you. So right back atcha.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:02 pm 451
In response to RevBev @ 426

Thanks much — we are having a lot of fun now that momma’s gotten a little more rest and can actually do a few things, let me tell you. Which is a really good thing for all of us.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:05 pm 452
In response to dmac @ 427

Oh, thank you so much for this. Whenever I wrote, I always tried to think of it in terms of “what would The Peanut think if she were reading this years from now — would she be proud of her momma or ashamed of what she was fighting for and how she was expressing herself?” I’d like to think most of the time I stayed on the better angels side of things, although being a redhead, my temper did occasionally get the better of me.

Especially about injustices. That’s a bit of a hot button for me…but y’all probably guessed that by now. *g*


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:06 pm 453
In response to prostratedragon @ 428

Thank you so much Charlotte. They are indeed the ultimate reason — and the best thing that ever happened to me, no question. Life is a precious, precious gift…here’s hoping I’ve used mine wisely up to now and continue to do so.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:07 pm 454
In response to puravida @ 429

Thank you so much for this, it’s so lovely to see you. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:09 pm 455
In response to KathyinBlacksburg @ 430

Thank you so much. I have to say, writing here has been a joy most days (even if the subject matter infuriated me or drove me to tears at times). And, truly, the greatest thing that a writer could want is an informed, engaged, and active readership — which I have been blessed with here beyond my wildest imaginings.

Kudos to all of you for every call, every letter and every sit-down meeting. You guys all rock.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:09 pm 456
In response to RAMA @ 431

Thanks so much for this and for understanding.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:10 pm 457
In response to oldtree @ 432

Thanks so much, oldtree!


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:11 pm 458
In response to CarolynU @ 433

Thanks Carolyn — much appreciated. And thanks for all the wonderful interaction through the years, it’s really been lovely.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:11 pm 459
In response to alank @ 434

Thanks, but the diagnosis isn’t a question — sadly.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:11 pm 460
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 435

Will try to do so when I can. Thanks. :)


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:12 pm 461
In response to KarenM @ 436

Thanks Karen — I’m trying to learn the zen of allowing the balls to fall and not feeling guilty. Not easy, but I’m working on it. (Just not stressing out about it. No…um…really. *g*)


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:13 pm 462
In response to STTPinOhio @ 437

Thanks so much for this — it is very, very much appreciated. Hope things are well with you.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:14 pm 463
In response to MadamDeb @ 438

Let’s all just say a small prayer to the remission gods and see if a little rest and some seriously improved dietary antioxidant munching helps. Mmmmm…kale….


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:15 pm 464
In response to John Anderson @ 439

Thanks so much, John. It’s been such a privilege to work with you the last few years on issues that matter so much to us both.


Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:16 pm 465
In response to barbara @ 440

Thanks barbara. Hugs right back atcha, and a hope that life is treating you very well indeed.


mui1 | Tuesday October 13, 2009 08:59 pm 466

Christy, I wish you weren’t leaving blogging. My first memory of FDL is hearing you on the radio cutting through all the flak on the Alito nomination.When I think of one of the things that brought me to FDL it was that sane down-to-earth legal analysis.
Please take care. You are what’s good and great in this world. and in the meantime I will pray that your illness goes into complete and utter remission.


landreau | Saturday October 17, 2009 09:41 am 467

Christy — I guess this is the way it is, one day here, next day gone. You do what you must, and we’ll go on without you, missing you all the way. May good fortune smile on you and your family.

I was here at the beginning (I might have been one of the four commenters), and even then I predicted to friends and family what Firedoglake would become. Quality will out, and it did. I hope you can take satisfaction from helping to create one of the foundations of progressive political discourse. You earned it.

There was one curious thing about your blog, and that was the contribution of a commenter named “me.” He/she was the Johnny Appleseed of activism, and then disappeared one day never to return, the job done. Do you have any idea who this was? The real work of political activism started right there.

Enjoy your time, Christy. My peanut is 27 years old, still small and still nutty, and she makes me laugh every time we talk. It’s all good.

Best of luck,
landreau


DWBartoo | Monday October 19, 2009 05:29 am 468

Christy.

I have not lately spent much time at FDL, but when, checking in, I found no Christy, I confess to some trepidation … and, indeed, real concern.

I shall miss your humane, thoughtful and always enlightened commentary and perspective, and hope that we may, on occasion, hear from you and learn what is happening in your life.

You are a most remarkable human being, and what you give, to everyone, is of incalculable worth.

May you and you family, and especially your daughter, come to understand the fullness of what that means and has meant to, literally millions of other human beings.

My profoundest and most sincere thank you, to you, simply for being far more influential and important in framing the critical narratives of decency, compassion, and mature responsibility every single day than ANY of us have, as yet, fully realized.

You and yours shall be in my thoughts until I no longer have thoughts.

David


acquarius74 | Saturday October 24, 2009 01:00 pm 469

Dear Christy, I’m way late with this, but I wish you wellness and many years of happiness shared with your family. You have made the right decision. My peanut is now 49 years old with a peanut of her own. Just recently I was able to give her what none other was willing or capable of – simply a determination to understand her perspective. Your relationship as mother is precious beyond words. When your peanut is 49, she will probably tell you so. You have beautiful years ahead, so take care of your health.


upcoaster | Sunday October 25, 2009 03:06 pm 470

Christy—When I read your post yesterday it was like getting punched in the gut. I wasn’t a super-frequent commenter–seemed to me like I wasn’t exactly
in the club–but I read FDL every day for what seemed like years. What a dark time for those of us who can think. I can’t even find the words to tell you in what high esteem I hold you and your colleagues. It was like FDL was the dear friend I needed to help me believe that we could stand together and have some clout and some meaning in this time. It’s been working…

Some people think it’s corny when I say that I love my country. But I do–but kinda like the way you love someone who is breaking your heart. And going to the Lake everyday was akin to going to counseling with a magical therapist.
Thank you for that.

I get so angry when people I care about get sick. So many healthy icky people out there. I will think about you every day and send you good wishes and hope from my heart.

Ben (the Upcoaster) from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
those backward slashes are supposed to be dashes…


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