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  1. I love reading your blog. I especially love the way you paint a picture with your words. Your description of the salt marsh in Riding in Boats through the Salt Marsh is dead on. I can feel the wind on my face and smell the salt air when I read it. One of my favorite posts is Something My Father Never Knew. It still brings tears to my eyes when I read it.

    You have a wonderful gift of writing. I’m so proud of you.

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  2. Newly widowed I was just introduced to your site and think it will provide interest and inspiration as I sort out who I am now. Keep up the good work. Loved your poem on mom…..and I too am from Georgia and love every inch of it.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Nancy, and I am very sorry for your loss. I find writing to be an effective means of sorting things out, and I am honored that you find inspiration here.

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  3. In the Mother’s day edition of the wordpress.com email highlighting various blogs, you were there and because you live in Virginia and I live in Virgina…I thought I should check her out! Well I’m a fan! Love your style and I too, have thoughts, memories, recollections and voices in my head which should be written down. I am also a wordpress fan and am very slowly working on my own blog…guess I better speed that up! Thanks for the inspiration Andrea!

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    1. Yes, you should definitely write them down! Take your time with your blog so you get it just like you like, so that when you sit down to write for it you will feel right at home. And let me know when you’re set up 🙂

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      1. Andrea…just ventured back to see what’s new and LOVE your pics and words about Covington…inspiring and soothing! Thanks for your encouragement regarding my blog. I finally am under way in that direction and would love it if you would take a look, when you have a chance and am still heavily tweaking but I’m here to stay…

        marionvwinall.com

        I have so much to learn but every day I’m accomplishing more. It’s fun and exciting to have an outlet for all these voices in my head! I’ve been working on the “layout” but will have that finished soon and then can add more of my thoughts and stories… thanks for the input!

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      2. Thanks for the encouragement. I have finally begun work on my new blog and when you have a chance would love your input Andrea…

        marionvwinall.com

        Your pictures and words regarding Covington are lovely! We have visited the area but you gave me a fresh perspective. What camera do you use because the pics are indeed superb! You do good work!

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  4. Hi Andrea! Hope all is well. I just posted something of my own on my page and I wanted to see what’s new in WordPress. Of course it didn’t long for your graph to catch my attention! Congrats on the emails that made your heart jump a little bit and may those moments keep you sane when you receive those less than pleasant emails that we all get from time to time. I’m slowly becoming a blogger myself, but I enjoy reading other blogs as well. Take care.

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  5. Andrea, you are so good at writing, it’s hard for me to believe you’d ever get clogged ( writer’s block ). Even your post about the dentist visit was interesting, I think you approximated the sound of the dreaded drill even better than Stephen King could’ve. I mean, I grimaced, and my teeth gritted.
    The decision to be a southern writer, while a good one, shouldn’t have come very hard. I mean, you never hear of northern writers, and northern food. They exist, of course, Hemingway, and Sherwood Anderson, and scrapple and lukefisk. Of course, those writers wrote of the north, sparringly, and those two foods aren’t worth writing about.
    Check me out at timoliver@likethedew.com. The bottle-digging and urban coyote stories are grand examples of how editing isn’t my strong suit. The reviews of Donald Ray Pollock and Driveby Truckers are signs that Like the Dew must’ve had a slim submission week. Hey, they’re worth a giggle or two.

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    1. Tim, I am so happy to reconnect with you, and through writing! I love how you captured the Southern twang I remember so well in your Urban Coyotes piece – “Bo’, look at that bigass fox!” was my favorite line. Love it!

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  6. I’ve been enjoying your blog, especially loved the latest post about your son thinking it’d be ‘cool’ if you were an author. I’m a voracious reader, mostly non-fiction and especially about the craft of writing as of late. I finished homeschooling my daughter last year, so have taken to reading historical romances in my spare time too. I mostly write non-fiction. I especially love memoirs, essays, and poetry. I’ve been a little slow writing lately…trying to heal a bit of caregiver burnout. I live the next state over in NC, but many of my relatives live in VA, both are beautiful places. Keep up the wonderful writing and inspiring blog. 🙂

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    1. Congratulations on finishing up your daughter’s homeschooling! Historical romance novels sound like the perfect reward for that. I’ve read a few writing books, but am always looking for new titles. What are your favorites? And thanks for stopping by 🙂

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      1. Thanks. Some of my favorites books are Crafting the Personal Essay : A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction by Dinty W. Moore; The Writer’s Home Companion : An Anthology of the World’s Best Writing Advice, from Keats to Kunitz; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont; and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

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  7. Hi well I am not a good writer but I love to read what ever I come across in order to find out what really makes the the world go round . The nature , the culture from all walks of life etc. I will try and follow your blog and also participate.

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  8. Hey Andrea! Hope all is well w/ you and yours. Wondering how you liked Peachtree Rd, want to send Little Miss Strange, and Thunderhead (Mary O’Hara, of Flicka fame). O’Hara is a wonderful writer. Keep up the great work!
    Love to all,
    Uncle Syd

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  9. Andrea,
    None of my business, of course, but if you haven’t read any Siddons yet, read P’tree Rd first. Siddons isn’t fantastic, but having been born in Atlanta, and gone to E. Rivers Elem, and knowing the people and time she wrote about, I was totally seduced by PRd. I will never (never say never!) read another of her books, simply because none could strike me the way PRd did. I will discover her technique, her style, her soul if you will, and will no longer like the book as much. Prd was a little before my time, but I knew older kids, erstwhile “Pinks and Jells”….only a brief period I didn’t, myself, live through. I am un-ashamedly biased toward PRd. Besides, Siddons was born in Atl, I can’t believe she could write about any other place better than her own hometown.

    Uncle Syd

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  10. Hi Andrea!
    I´m from Portugal and just came across your blog (I´m a recent blogger and yours was one of the recommended by wordpress).
    After reading through “why batterfly mind ?” I felt so related that I had to leave you a note!
    I too suffer from the syndrome of “not being hable to stick with one thing long enough to become truly skilled”. The problem is that we have so many ideas springing out that one life can not be enough to materialize them all. We don´t have time to waste!

    Congratulations for your work with this blog! I’ll be a regular here

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  11. Hello Andrea,
    I discovered your site by accident. My son is in the midst of a thru-hike of the appalachian trail. One way for me to ‘follow’ his travels is to search for pictures and descriptions of the places he goes. Thus, I found your site. Your pictures are great. Your stories are even better. I hope you don’t mind, I sent a link to this site along with my weekly thru-hike email update to friends and families. I just wanted to say how much I like your site. Accidents are often good things.

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    1. Welcome Marc! I am so happy for you to send my site address along to your friends and family: my husband thru-hiked about 500 miles of the trail when we were courting so I can absolutely relate to the excitement of following your son on his journey. And yes, accidents are often good things: connecting with you here is a highlight of my day today. Happy trails to you and your son, and thanks so much for sharing your story.

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  12. Hello Andrea. I just started going through your blog, and I must say that I can totally relate to your initial issue on writing your own bio. I thought it would be easy as well, because who would know me better than me? Huge misconception I guess when I had to put in on paper. Looking forward to reading your other posts. I found your blog because you were featured on the Daily Post as a blog that knew how to draw in readers through social networks. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two from you. Happy writing and maybe you can visit my blog and lend me some critique.

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  13. Andrea, It’s so nice to meet another soccer mom / word who wants “something to call her own.” I look forward to many more writerly and bookish conversations with you! Happy reading!

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  14. Andrea, I love all of your blogs and your pictures. Thank you so very much for sharing with us. I love the title of you creative nonfiction—Butterfly Mind..it sounds so like and airy just like your pictures and blogs.

    Kat

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  15. Hi Andrea!
    I am new to blogging and found you by your liking a comment I wrote on https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_assignment/writing-201-personal-reflection/#comment-505949. Naturally, I was pleased and thankful all while curious as to who you were and what you write about. I read the beginning of your lastest entry about your son asking about living beings and living things. Before I could get to the end I immediately knew I had to follow you. I love the way you write and felt connected to you and your family. The pictures your posted along with your lovely words were just beautiful. As I said, I am new to blogging. I stupidly cannot figure out how to follow you. Please let me know how I can! I am dying to read more of your literary genius.

    All the best,
    Kalyssa

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    1. Hi Kalyssa,

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 You can follow any WordPress.com blog by clicking the Follow link in the top left of your admin bar when you are visiting the site. Here’s more about how to follow blogs on WordPress.com: http://en.support.wordpress.com/following/. On my site you can follow via email by entering your email address in the Follow field on the right hand sidebar of any page.

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  16. Hi Andrea, I discovered your blog on freshly pressed and can’t wait to come back and read more! I live in Senegal, W. Africa with my husband and two kids, 9 and 10. Trying to explain souls and beings resonated instantly! We are also big time flitters. We moved here after having lived in Savannah for four years. I miss grits too.Thanks for sharing your honest writing.

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  17. Hi Andrea, I am what you would call a blogger in mint condition. I am still trying to figure my way around my page…I feel incredibly fortunate to have found your blog. Very inspiring! You write beautifully. Your words have a way of caressing the senses. I am looking forward to reading your entries! Best regards, Ramona

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  18. Only read why the butterfly but I understood exactly what you saying. I can’t wait to read more. I’m Glenda from Alabama and I’m working on starting a blog now…I have a lot to learn in setting it up….really enjoyed your read and can’t wait to read more.

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  19. Hi Andrea!
    Today I decided to just start a blog. I don’t have an experience with blogs other than just knowing they exist. Your blog is the first one i’ve looked at for a little inspiration. Your way with words is beautiful.
    You’re the first one i’m following. I hope you can maybe check out my blog!
    I cant wait to read more from you!!

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  20. Hi Andrea – I am from India and I love to read blogs and write fiction as well as journals. I love your blog. The way you just write few lines with a picture is so amazing. It leaves and impression behind. 🙂

    Cheers!
    Tiyasa

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  21. Hi

    First let me say I really like your blog. It’s really inspiring!
    I love how you use your words!

    I am a new blogger and I would like you to have a look at my blog,
    let this be a compliment for you!!!

    My best xoxo

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  22. Hi, Andrea! Remember me from the branding class? Just stopped by to say “hi” and to thank you for all the inspiration.

    Since that class, I’ve changed fonts on my second blog for the third time; I’m sticking with the color theme and I’ve created a blavatar for the blog, but I think the overall focus is a bit weighty and needs lightening up a bit (still serious, but less redundant in spots. more reflective, and maybe a little whimsical).

    I like your idea of the 10 minutes (Time & Topics) and am starting to use it now. Looking forward to reading more here! See you soon!~~Robin

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