A Note Of Thanks…

thank_you_typewriter-700434.jpgJust a small note of thanks to everyone for making yesterday easier for me with your grace and care.

Thank you, one and all.

Much love,

87 Responses to "A Note Of Thanks…"
Kathryn in MA | Sunday September 20, 2009 07:25 am 1


msmolly | Sunday September 20, 2009 08:02 am 2

Christy, I hope you stop back to see this. I read PUAC on my way from Midway Airport to South Bend, and was sniffling over my iPhone through the nearly 400 comments. I just want to add mine — PUAC has become my first stop on Saturday mornings, and I will miss your voice so much. Please take care of yourself and heal, and please do stop back and let us know how you are doing. We love you!

– Molly (msmolly) Gordon

demi | Sunday September 20, 2009 08:20 am 3

Hey, Lady. You’re not the only one jonesing. Ha Ha.
And, not only are you so welcome, you freaking deserve every word written yesterday.
When I saw all the comments — over 400! — I thought of Joni Mitchell’s song…
Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone….

The upside in your situation is that you don’t have to worry about creating a Macro.
PS…will your FDL email addy still be viable?

windje | Sunday September 20, 2009 09:00 am 4

From a mostly lurker

Each Saturday morning I’d pull up a chair.

See what photo of what bird was posted;

See what was baking that morning in the oven – (the smell came through the wires in your words.)

Smell the coffee.

And take a much needed break from the events of the week.

They were the pauses that refreshed.

The transformation of the MSM to propaganda purveyors gave rise to blogs as a source of news and particularly news analysis and resulted in what I would describe as the new fourth estate.

When the history of journalism is updated, your name will be included as a pioneer of that movement.

Feel better, and thank you.

OldCoastie | Sunday September 20, 2009 09:32 am 5

Best wishes, Redd… take care of yourself… I’ll be thinking of you and yours,


AZ Matt | Sunday September 20, 2009 09:54 am 6


Buenos Suerte!

wmd1961 | Sunday September 20, 2009 10:45 am 7

I’m going to miss FMB, never was a regular at PUAC.

I hope that you manage your illness well. And I suspect there will be days when you post in the future. We’ll all be pulling for you.

SteveAudio | Sunday September 20, 2009 11:01 am 8

We understand completely, having lived with lupus since Pam was diagnosed in ‘90.

Take care of yourself & your family, they’re the most important. And best of luck.

Arbusto | Sunday September 20, 2009 11:49 am 9

Keep up the positive spirit you’ve brought to these pages for so long.

The rescuer in me would point you to alternative medicine as an adjunct to your regular regime. Two tomes, Balch, Prescription for Nutritional Healing and Goldberg, Alternative Medicine could provide a eye opener, if you’re inclined to work outside the box. And you do.

Bless you and yours.


DeanOR | Sunday September 20, 2009 12:47 pm 10

Sounds like a great decision for you, Christy. One day at a time. We’ll look forward to a comment from you now and then if you feel like it. Salud.

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:03 pm 11
In response to Kathryn in MA @ 1

Hugs, hon. Deep breath…it’ll be okay. I promise.

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:04 pm 12
In response to msmolly @ 2

Oh, molly, so sorry to give you the sniffles. But it is a desperately needed break at the moment — and the best possible thing for me, truly, or I wouldn’t have taken it. Thank you so much for all the care and conversation — it really has meant so much.

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:10 pm 13
In response to demi @ 3

E-mail is still working…

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:11 pm 14
In response to windje @ 4

Oh thank you so much for that. *sniffle* That was really sweet and lovely.

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:12 pm 15
In response to OldCoastie @ 5

Thanks so much. Really appreciate it and all the great chitchat we’ve had through the years, too. :)

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:12 pm 16
In response to AZ Matt @ 6

Thanks, hon. Now go have some decent Mexican food for me, would ya? We don’t get much of it here unless I make it myself. Waaaaah!

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:13 pm 17
In response to wmd1961 @ 7

Thanks so much — and I totally get the FMB jonesing. I may just make The Peanut watch old muppet show reruns with me on Fridays, too. *g*

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:13 pm 18
In response to SteveAudio @ 8

Thanks so much for this, Steve. I’m sure you and Pam have far too much of an idea on this — my best to you and yours.

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:14 pm 19
In response to Arbusto @ 9

Thanks so much for this, Carl — we’re looking at all options, conventional and “outside the box” at this point. Really appreciate you thinking to mention it.

Christy Hardin Smith | Sunday September 20, 2009 05:15 pm 20
In response to DeanOR @ 10

Thanks Dean — much appreciated. :)

behindthefall | Sunday September 20, 2009 06:17 pm 21

My wife (and one should not ignore what she says out of hand, I have found, ‘cuz you know?, she’s usually right!) says that 1200 mg daily of a good quality vitamin E is a good trick to make lupus keep its distance, although it is not likely to go away.

Leave a way for people to send you good wishes, would you? Please don’t vanish.

Best wishes to you and your family, Christy.

lausunu | Sunday September 20, 2009 09:19 pm 22

As a long time lurker at FDL, since before the introduction of Redhedd, I can tell you that I am feeling the greatest sense of loss right now at your departure, albeit I hope, temporary. It is a bit amazing to me that you have been able to reach across the internet “tubes” and leave such a large insightful portion of your intellect and personality with us all that I, and I am sure so many others, obviously, have been affected this way. I shall remain grateful for your voice and letting us peek through the beautiful window into your life. I wish all the best to you and your family and hope and pray that you can find a solution to your challenges that will keep you safe and happy, and perhaps even return you to us in the not to distant future.


Sept. 20th, 2009

Mauimom | Monday September 21, 2009 05:27 am 23

Christy, I sent you an e-mail last night with info on a contact high up @ NIH doing work on lupus.

Contact me if you didn’t receive it, and I’ll re-send.

radiofreewill | Monday September 21, 2009 06:30 am 24


I wish you the greatest peace of mind as you turn to concentrate on your health and family! You are well-loved by many!

Imvho, the best two things that can happen now are for you to -

1) Improve the ‘quality’ of your day-to-day experience, and

2) Let us hear from you from time to time!

All love and blessings to you and your family,


cbl2 | Monday September 21, 2009 08:28 am 25

ironically, in the face of the heartfelt, warm, gracious and frankly, deserved sentiments expressed . . .

the most telling was the resident trolls, all but one stopped flingin’ poo long enough to express their admiration, genuine concern, respect, and best wishes –

damn Christy, you are the Miss Crabtree of the blogisphere

demi | Monday September 21, 2009 08:45 am 26
In response to cbl2 @ 25

You must follow trolls closer than I do. Not familiar with who’s who, but I thought it was interesting how many people came out from behind their blognames with their real ones. I gender id’d some folks which I didn’t know before.

Kitt | Monday September 21, 2009 11:45 am 27

I didn’t see Christy’s post yesterday. I can’t let it not be said by me that I have long had great admiration for Christy Hardin Smith. I’ve considered myself to be extremely fortunate that she is in this world and has shared her personality, her wisdom, her humanity with all of us.

Thank you, Christy, and all all all the best to you and to yours!

Cujo359 | Monday September 21, 2009 04:53 pm 28

Christy, I’m sorry to find out you’ll be leaving us. I haven’t been keeping up with what you’ve written lately, and just happened to click on the link for your blog and found this article. Unfortunately, I’m never up anywhere near early enough to catch the PUAC threads, so I hadn’t realized what’s been going on. I’d been noticing the lack of other articles lately, but didn’t know the reason. I miss those a lot, and hopefully we haven’t seen the last of them.

I’m going to treat this as an auf wiedersehen, rather than a goodbye. I don’t know much about lupus, other than that on House, M.D., it’s never lupus, so I can’t imagine whether you’ll ever want or be able to do this again. I’ll just hope that you’ll be back again some day pounding the snot out of all these folks who seem to need reminding we have a Constitution.

But if this is goodbye, I wish you, Peanut, and Mr. ReddHedd the best. Thanks for what you’ve given us over the years.

perris | Monday September 21, 2009 05:14 pm 29

I am ashamed I missed yesterday’s post but I am here now

Christy, your contribution to the community we call America is easily greater then anything we can possibly be weighed

without you helping Jane what could this site have become?

possibly a great player in domestic politics but not this player and not with the force firedoglake enjoys today

I also remember the first days of this site, few entries a day and we so few comments.

I remember the growing pains each time the site found traffic outweighed ability, and I remember wondering where we were going and what we would be.

I remember the first few times I read someone besides Jane and wondered how that would go…hey, this girl is pretty good…and then I remember those new authors who helped the family grow, each new author brought anticipation, *I wonder if I can enjoy the site with this chap*, and of course the site became that much more an education and that much more a joy.

I remember watching the writers grow, their personality tearing through the constraints called “the internet” and I remember falling in love with just about everyone here and looking forward to what each and every person had to offer on each and every post

I remember the jokes we had with each other’s grammar and how happy we were when we found the edit button

I especially remember those first main page entries from commentors when they graduated to the head of the class for one day, one episode or even as an authentic firedoglake author.

I remember finding out luminaries considered the best site they could find and I remember the first post from the ambassador himself telling us so.

I remember the joy we had when we won the majority in both houses and I SURELY remember thinking that would have never happened if not for the lake and the dogs who visit with fire in their hearts for the love of our land and her constitution

I remember how sad when I would find an author had to leave for one reason or another

and I remember

I know we’ll see each other again, I hope it’s not too long from now.

submitted without edit becuase I the tears swell




Cujo359 | Monday September 21, 2009 05:20 pm 30

Christy’s presence was felt even in this little corner of the Internet.

Leen | Monday September 21, 2009 06:20 pm 31

Prayers and meditations with you and your family. 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

MarkH | Monday September 21, 2009 09:10 pm 32


First, I must admit I haven’t been reading your blog much recently. Sorry. My loss. I love the Tibetan view. I grabbed a big version of it from Flckr and I’m going to refer it to a friend of mine who was a Buddhist for a little while.

Secondly, I am gobsmacked to find you have a health problem which requires you to retreat from the glories of the blogosphere into mere mortal life. Sigh. It’s tragic. Sitting back to enjoy a cup of tea or maybe a nice fruity drink and a summer breeze while watching your child watching a hummingbird… How could you endure such bliss for more than a few millenia?

Take care, look in on us in pity some times and pray for all of us.

God bless.


Quebecois | Tuesday September 22, 2009 08:48 am 33

Had to come by and say hi. You are missed and in my mind.

readerOfTeaLeaves | Tuesday September 22, 2009 05:51 pm 34

Well, with a lot of kleenex and quite a few laughs, I realized as I read through the first 120+ comments on the prior thread that (as so often happens), I’m exceedingly tardy to your news.

Lots of memories… but one is still burned into my brain b/c for me it was life-altering: must have been… Feb 2005 or 2006, and there was a photo of a ‘Can of Worms’ and you or Jane had written a post about someone named ‘Barbara Comstock’, who was heading up Scooter Libby’s legal fund.

It was probably about my 17th hour at the computer that day, in my trials, tribulations, and trying to keep myself sane from either grading student papers, checking a student online comment discussion, or correcting some erroneous code. I was **beyond exhausted**, and as ‘a mom’, I read that post on Barbara Comstock and started connecting a few dots to catch a glimpse of how vast, dug-in, and obscenely predatory the whole GOP-neocon beast must be and I absolutely Hit.The.Roof.

It’s a wonder my computer screen didn’t burst into flame, nor my keyboard literally melt beneath my steaming fingers, I was so damned pissed at the level of corruption — personal, economic, moral, and institutional — that Babs Comstock represented to me.

My comments were later scrubbed as a troll (!).
And I thought, “Jeebuz, I must sound like a total head case, rather than a horrendously overworked mom-and-entrepreneur wannabee’.

But that post, and the posts leading up to it, really had a catalyzing effect on me. The commenters were flat-out brilliant; the amount of information that people gleaned over the course of a single evening, and then in subsequent weeks, was breathtaking.

And damn, what a witty, wry, acerbic bunch of genuinely ornery, pissed off, often exhausted, sometimes hopeless, and occasionally maudlin group of readers you and Jane attracted. Brilliance sparkling on my plasma screen at all hours — among them, TRex (who insulted me more than once, but who I still helped get to Connecticut to try and bust Joe Lieberman’s sleazy ass out of office).

At least 80% of the time that I’d click on over to FDL, I was **beyond exhausted**, even if it was early in a day. And the day that Judge R. Jackson rendered a decision that bloggers were a subcategory of ‘the press’, and could therefore attend the Libby trial, it seemed as if:

(a) it was a show of respect for the ‘blogs’, and a sign of respect for the integrity of your writing — avoiding cheap shots while teaching so many of us more about the legal system than we’d ever expected to discover

(b) it was a smack at the media, which had been so profoundly compromised by some of the very people called to testify in that trial,

(c) it was a sign that something was so profoundly amiss in this nation (and the larger world) that new ways of communicating had to be developed and the good judge recognized that fact

(d) it was a tribute to your work, and the heroic efforts of Jane Hamsher and EW

FDL became my source of spiritual renewal, prompting more laughs and giggles than any single blogsite should engender. The puzzlement of that whole Plame investigation got my brain buzzing, but it was the outrageous humor and the no-bullshit attitudes that hooked me. Well, that and the recipes….

People now seem to think that there was always going to be a Plame investigation, but I don’t recall it that way. Just as later with the fired USAGs, and the FISA changes, initially the Plame investigation was buried or ignored by most of the press. The Preznit said that he’d fire anyone who leaked, and the press wrote it down and then appeared to forget all about it.

Because the Plame investigation still doesn’t seem to make sense to me, I don’t think we’ve heard the final chapter. All the lose threads have never been tied up, and there are too many dangling bits to believe that it has been resolved.

But I don’t believe that the press would have picked it up or covered it without FDL. The press was so deeply compromised that it was in their interest to ignore it, but every day you and Jane (and then the other posters) kept pushing a little more; another piece of information, another dot to put into the larger picture. It was a wonder to behold.

And I remain convinced that without this attention, this focus over time and collective expertise, we’d all be (virtual) slaves by now. Things aren’t yet balanced, but it was a near-miss.

So I’m convinced that when historians look at this period and try to figure out what shifts and changes drove other larger movements, that the work of you and Jane will merit thoughtful attention. I didn’t see it that way at the time, but in retrospect it’s obvious that your insistence on honesty and the value of the law was like a powerful magnet — one that so many of us were desperate to hear or see — that once it started turning, a new form of energy emerged.

Ponder THAT impact over a cuppa ;-))

I’ve tried rattling my brain to figure out whether anyone in any of my networks focuses on lupus, but I’m sorry to say that I got nuttin’. However, I’m optimistic on your behalf — without boring you with details, I have personal experience that lots of rest, time to recoup, and fewer demands on your metabolic expenditures can work magic. Well, those plus some good teas from India and a sense of life’s absurdities… ;-)

Time and rest are remarkably healing.
I trust that these will work greatly in your favor.

I wish you lots of rest, lots of tea, and lots of laughs as you regain your strength and feel better.

I am forever grateful for your work, but I have a good deal of confidence that this is a ‘wise pause’ and not an ending.

– rOTL

Leen | Tuesday September 22, 2009 07:03 pm 35
In response to readerOfTeaLeaves @ 34


I sat in my car last night and had a good hard cry about this. I don’t really know Christy yet I love her. I fell in love with Christy and the FDL team because of their intense commitment to justice. Their work, research and fact based analysis gives me so much hope.

Christy…what the reader of tea leaves said,….tea, rest, and what ever traditional and non traditional methods you choose.

You know that you are loved

CasualObserver | Wednesday September 23, 2009 03:04 pm 36

The space around my hummingbird feeders has gone empty and silent for the year. Soon, time to take them down, clean ‘em out well, and then, wait. I know I’m going to miss those little feathery varmints all fall and winter, but I also know they’ll be back. Spring returns, warms up, flowers, and then that little whizzing sound–a small chatter, scolding me–”where’s breakfast, you dolt?”.

We’ll just wait, here by the feeder.

MsAnnaNOLA | Wednesday September 23, 2009 06:16 pm 37
In response to Quebecois @ 33

Is that you Joseph? Sorry if it is not…I have a friend that goes by quebecois in other venues…

Quebecois | Thursday September 24, 2009 05:43 am 38
In response to MsAnnaNOLA @ 37

No, I’m not Joseph, real quebecois in wonderful Montreal.

yellowdog jim | Thursday September 24, 2009 05:28 pm 39
In response to Leen @ 35

Hear, hear!

you are loved
respected …
all that kind of stuff.

i don’t know how far back i go with fdl, i remember when you were our Reddhead: the anonymous, mysterious, smart, determined, lawyer babe.
now, less anonymous, but still the same.
reading you all this time has been glorious.

don’t be a stranger.
give the peanut extra kisses for us.

Thank You

dmac | Friday September 25, 2009 02:41 am 40

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.

balisue | Friday September 25, 2009 06:11 pm 41

MANY THANKS TO YOU CHRISTY….. You were one of the first bloggers I was so excited to discover, a beacon of hope and concern and rationality that was so needed during the dark Bush days. Your brilliant analyses of issues and events, combined with your vibrant love of life will be sorely missed, but most important is to give yourself what you need right now to heal and enjoy your wonderful family. Sending you loving and healing thoughts… balisue

puravida | Saturday September 26, 2009 05:31 am 42

Oh, Christy, you shall be missed. As a lover of great pop songs, I thought this line might be appropriate:

”Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Yeah.”

mgardener | Saturday September 26, 2009 06:18 am 43

I will miss you.
I loved to get up on Sat. mornings especially and read what everybody was doing and think about my own corner of the world.

Please take care of yourself and family.
My prayers are with you and will have my group pray for you also.

Living with a debilitating illness is hard, but it can be done. One morning at a time. Laughter helps. And bring your circle of friends closer. Cry if it helps, but laugh more. Laugh a lot more
Those are my words of wisdom after 10 years of being “disabled”.

Thanks for adding laughter and wisdom to my life.

syolles | Saturday September 26, 2009 10:09 am 44

Belatedly, I add my voice of thanks to you for the beautiful spirit you have brought to this enterprise from Day One.
You always added a note of humanity and grace to the site and the blogosphere needs that poetry more every day.
All the best to you for improving your health. I know that the obsession with the blogs and the issues and the viciousness can be terribly draining.
Sometimes myself I feel that I have to get away from it simply to live.
Go with god.

moistenedbink | Saturday September 26, 2009 12:36 pm 45

You have done so much these past few years to force sunshine onto the really bad policies and gotten the pols to sit up and pay attention. You, Jane and Marcy have been like lasers, burning a light on the bad areas until those further up the food chain can’t ignore it anymore. You, on your own, have done so much to help this country. You have certainly earned your rest.
Please take care of yourself and your family first. No matter what else happens in the world, a good life starts at home.

We’ll leave the light on for ya.

pdaly | Monday September 28, 2009 08:28 am 46


Thanks for having us over. I wish you improved health and hope that you will drop by the Lake unannounced from time to time. Thanks for all the work you do.

brownandserve | Wednesday September 30, 2009 07:38 pm 47

Others have said it much more eloquently than I can but you have given us much to ponder over the years. Your insights and analysis have shone a bright light on the failings of some of the people who have taken an oath to uphold the laws of this nation (and the people who defend such failings).

Since my son gave up his paper route, I don’t get online on Saturday mornings as early and often as I once did so I regret missing the most recent PUAC but I wish you and yours all the best.

It’s been a pleasure.

solai | Thursday October 1, 2009 05:28 pm 48

Christy, Just stopping in to say hello and to wish you good health.

Elliott | Saturday October 3, 2009 10:11 am 49

Christy! Hope you are mending. Sure miss you.

And just for a giggle
Why do you ask?

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:19 pm 50
In response to behindthefall @ 21

Thanks so much for this — and give a thank you to your wife as well.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:20 pm 51
In response to lausunu @ 22

Jim, that was such a lovely thing to say. Thank you for it, so much.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:20 pm 52
In response to Mauimom @ 23

Thanks mucho — I got it. Much appreciated.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:22 pm 53
In response to radiofreewill @ 24

Thank you — I can really feel all the love in these comments from everyone. *sniffle* And its a bit humbling, I have to say, along with being a little overwhelming that typing some thoughts on issues that matter to me day in and day out could make such a personal connection.

Really wonderful, when you think about it. *sniffle*

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:22 pm 54
In response to cbl2 @ 25

Mwahahahaha…I haven’t thought about Miss Crabtree in forever and a day. Thanks for the giggle.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:23 pm 55
In response to Kitt @ 27

Thank you for this, Kitt — really appreciate it.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:26 pm 56
In response to Cujo359 @ 28

Thanks so much for this. Let’s call it an auf wiedersehen, because I like to stay optimistic as much as possible…

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:27 pm 57
In response to perris @ 29

It really has been one helluva ride, hasn’t it? Thanks perris…and a “Fitz” right back atcha. *g*

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:28 pm 58
In response to Leen @ 31

Thanks Leen. I know everyone will keep on working, and that gives me enormous hope…

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:30 pm 59
In response to MarkH @ 32

Dude, a fruity drink would be awesome. Especially one with some spiced rum and a lot of mango…now you’ve got me thinking about hauling out the blender.

That picture was amazing, wasn’t it? I had to share it with everyone — just so visually gorgeous.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:30 pm 60
In response to Quebecois @ 33

Thanks so much. Hope things are well with you.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:35 pm 61
In response to readerOfTeaLeaves @ 34

Thanks so much for all of this. One thing I learned while covering the trial at Prettyman was how many of the staff in that building had been reading FDL’s analysis, along with a lot of the media and a buttload of USAtty offices across the country. Most of them had been reading for months — well before the trial coverage — and some would come up to me in the cafeteria to talk about an article or some analysis or some tidbit we’d caught in a footnote somewhere, and we’d have a laugh about how only practicing attorneys knew how important those footnote zings could turn out to be down the road.

It was a hoot and a half, and one of my proudest moments, I have to say.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:36 pm 62
In response to Leen @ 35

I have to say, I’m definitely giving our Netflix queue a lot more attention. And I’ve been drinking lots of good tea — high in antioxidants, ya know.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:37 pm 63
In response to CasualObserver @ 36

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for that, from the bottom of my heart.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:39 pm 64
In response to yellowdog jim @ 39

Thanks so much for this — and Mr. ReddHedd says to tell you that you are spot on with the warrior babe description. Even when I’m kicking his ass, he’s still thinks I’m a hottie, apparently. *g* (Thank god I don’t have to do that too often, because he’s a peach and a half, but he’s seen me make someone cry on the stand during cross-examination before so…)

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:40 pm 65
In response to dmac @ 40

Thanks so much for this. But the honor has been mine. Truly.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:41 pm 66
In response to balisue @ 41

Thanks for this, balisue — much appreciated.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:41 pm 67
In response to puravida @ 42

From your fingers to God’s eyes…

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:43 pm 68
In response to mgardener @ 43

Laughter really is the best thing, isn’t it? That and gratitude. I’m rediscovering how much the tiniest little things mean to me on a daily basis, and it has been marvelous.

Sometimes, we are all speeding so quickly that we forget the basics. And thus we miss so much of the sweetest part of our lives…

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:44 pm 69
In response to syolles @ 44

Sandra, thanks so much for this. If I’ve brought any grace to the mess that is politics and law, then it has been more than worth all the efforts.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:45 pm 70
In response to moistenedbink @ 45

Thank you so much — I hope I’ve managed to shine enough light on a few of the things that mean so much to me that it never goes out. Because lord knows there are more dark nooks and crannies waiting for exposure, eh?

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:46 pm 71
In response to pdaly @ 46

Thanks so much — it’s been a pleasure having you all sit and gab a while. Truly it has.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:47 pm 72
In response to brownandserve @ 47

It is the people who defend or make excuses that drive me most nutso — especially in the face of patently disgraceful injustice and harm. But then, logic isn’t exactly the guiding star of politics, nor is decency, now is it?

Thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:48 pm 73
In response to solai @ 48

Thanks so much — great to see you.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:48 pm 74
In response to Elliott @ 49


Jeebus, gang, put down all liquids before viewing. That’s fricking hilarious. Thanks, Elliott!

klynn | Friday October 9, 2009 05:53 pm 75


Glad to see you are resting. I miss you but I want you healthy even more than I miss you!

Have a good weekend.

Christy Hardin Smith | Friday October 9, 2009 05:54 pm 76
In response to klynn @ 75

Thanks much — you do the same. We had a toad-strangler of a downpour earlier, and it looks like more rain in our future…so much for the afternoon at the park we were hoping for tomorrow, I’m afraid. *g*

Petrocelli | Saturday October 10, 2009 09:31 am 77

{{{ Christy }}}

I know a lot of good alternative Healers, who have dealt with such illnesses, e-mail me if you want to look into alt. treatments and I’ll connect you to them. One person is herself a Lupus patient.

SanderO | Saturday October 10, 2009 09:40 am 78

Just found this corner of FDL and wanted to send some love your way. Christy, drink lots of dark berries and green tea and get rest. In the end our bodies will heal themselves along with a little help from your friends.

Come back soon!

demi | Saturday October 10, 2009 09:47 am 79

Thinking of you lots! Miss our daily chats. So glad you’ve slowed down and taking in the little things.
Smell the roses, sister.
Hugs to your peanut.
PS, the wedding went really well. Had a blast. Everyone was on their best behaviour. No hair pulling. *g*

lobster | Saturday October 10, 2009 03:30 pm 80

Lots of hugs to you, ReddHedd.

You and Jane have helped to keep me going since I was diagnosed with spinal cancer at 38. The purpose and hope that you brought to the fore when the country was in a very dark place was very important to me. Thank you!

clymela | Saturday October 10, 2009 05:24 pm 81

Christy-I was so taken aback by the news you shared. I didn’t write then because I am not much of a group type and I thought “well, so many will write that I wouldn’t be missed”-silly but there you are.
At any rate I want so much to tell you that I have really love you and FDL. Your columns and recipes have given me strength and courage at the darkest time in our collective history. I know we are still up to our necks in darkness but I am sure speaking out now as a leftie, cookie baking grandma. Your love of both country and family are priceless.
I must say that I am so proud to point out Jane Hamsher,too when she is on the TV.
What wonderful people you aare and FDL is where I turn to see how the wind blows.

barbara | Sunday October 11, 2009 07:19 pm 82

Hi, Christy. I needed to come here for a wee sane breath. I knew I’d find it at your place. Worrying about you. It’s what mom-friends do for each other. Acutely aware of calendar days flying off the wall like in old movies. October 14. David’s Day. And now katymine. Life is a big fat mean thing sometimes, isn’t it? Miss you, girl. Take exceptionally good care of yourself, okay? Love, barbara

Elliott | Monday October 12, 2009 08:39 am 83

Oh I love that, “a toad strangler of a downpour”

Hope you are feeling more betterz now.

egregious | Monday October 12, 2009 10:28 am 84

We miss you Christy

SanderO | Wednesday October 14, 2009 10:07 am 85


This morning I heard some interesting discussion about curing all sorts of conditions including lupus and diabetes type II with a sustained diet of organic uncooked vegetables in as little as a week!

While this sounds amazing it’s certainly worth a try. Would you pretty please for 2 weeks eat only organic uncooked vegetables and see what happens?

My sister of 65 has been a vegan for decades and she is incredible healthy – not a cavity – low blood pressure and so forth.

This may work. Please consider it. And come back soon. We love and miss you.

Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle | Wednesday October 14, 2009 06:26 pm 86

Wow. I was so busy I didn’t even realize you had stepped away. I hope things are going well for you, CHS.

punaise | Wednesday October 21, 2009 10:14 am 87

All best wishes, Christy. Take care of yourself.

Thanks for all you’ve done here.

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