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I am writing to satisfy my desire to communicate, cogently and thoughtfully, even if it is only to myself. As a citizen of the USA and Canada, I am friendly, opinionated, and clean. Only one member of my family reads my posts and I don’t even have to bribe him.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I said that in my yearbook in 1984. It is still true to me today.

In my daily life, I see too much and feel even more. There must be a reason I am where I am. Hopefully, I have been a help, or a source of comfort and kindness, in the thousands of face-to-face meetings I have had.

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  1. Hi! I’ve been enjoying your blog and just nominated you for the Bouquet of Three Award @ !!!

    • Happy to post this photo on the blog and thank you Sabrina for being so favorable in your review of my writing.

      I am new to blogging but very flattered for the kind words and sharing. I did not expect to enjoy this so much, but I am pleased with some of my posts and the warm reception of this community. Too bad, I don’t know how to change all the themes, add ons, etc.

  2. Those who stop by and leave positive comments make me feel special indeed.

  3. Dear theempathyqueen, I have enjoyed your writing greatly and share your approach. While writing in a foreign language I may stumble on a grammar or style usage, but hope the heart will help me to talk correctly. I think our correspondence could help me to learn faster. I would greatly appreciate your comments and remarks. Hope you would have a good time on my blog too. The original artwork starts each my post so the browsing through my archives would be like visiting the online art gallery.
    Dear theempathyqueen, welcome to

    • Thank you Tomas and I look forward to seeing your art and the heart contained within.

  4. I simply adore your words here. I find comfort in them knowing there are others like us! And on WordPress Hunny, trust me There Are soo many great people! I am eternally grateful for the ppl here as they really feel part of my life… Here is the post about MY MOM I wanted you to see. Remember you can delete if you dont like too many comments: Just grab the link first lol 😉 Jaynine

    • Dear JayNine,

      I am not deleting your comments. I appreciate your welcoming me so warmly and look forward to reading more of your writing and hope to find people as positive and supportive of my words as you have been. many thanks!!

  5. Hi! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award because your blog has given me joy and inspiration. To find out more visit

  6. G’day! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂
    Check out the details here:

    • Thank you very much, I am flattered to be counted among your most excellent and eclectic choices. Your life experience and range is amazing!

      • You’re very welcome! I loved your blog from day one. How you make absolutely every post a winner is beyond my comprehension. You’re a star!

      • Dear EJ, I cannot tell you how incredible I find your comment. I think we all hope that will people will share our voice and dialogue, but you never know how it will go. Thank you for your kindness. Truly, your comment means more than you know!

  7. Your about page really hit the nail on the head as to why I blog and how I blog. I also love your tagline!

    • Thank you so very much!! It is always special to find a kindred spirit. By the way, the tagline is by Dr. Seuss! Quirky fun for everyone!

  8. I try to remember the tagline when I struggle for understanding or to be understood. It helps to put things in perspective for me to remember.

  9. Love your tagline. Speaks volumes.

    • It is so nice to meet someone who gets it! Those that do are the kind of people I would love to get to know. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

  10. This quote is so true and a good one to think about each day.

  11. Happy New Year! I nominated you for an award at

    • Thank you ~ I am very honored and flattered that you have found something valuable in my blog. Wishing you only the best and the brightest for the coming New Year!

  12. Thank you so much for this blog! It is very helpful. I nominated you for the Blog of the Year Award 2013 at

  13. Wonderful tagline, wonderful quote. I’m very partial to Ralph Waldo Emerson myself 🙂 So glad to have found you from Suz’s interview with you. I am looking forward to reading more of your wonderfully inspiring blog and may I wish you every blessing for 2014. It’s lovely to meet you. Sherri

    • Dear Sherri,

      Thank you for your friendly and warm hello! It is so nice to find people who have real lives, real challenges and disappointments, but also find the humor in it and can still beyond themselves.

      It is lovely to meet you as well and I look forward to sharing our conversations.

      • Thank you very much, and I very much look forward to ‘chatting’ too 🙂

  14. i nominated you for the sunshine award!!

  15. You’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, my friend. Visit either of my blogs for details. Congrats!

  16. I have only just began following your blog but i am seriously impressed! i was given an award the other day and i would like to include you so i can share your blog with others. so I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.
    over here..

    hope you would like to take part, best wishes, Shelley

  17. I’ve recently said to a sister, I am more empathetic than sympathetic. She does not understand.
    I have been looking at your more recent posts and will follow your journey. I see many similarities between us.

    • Hi just Deb

      I am very flattered by your comment. The majority of people I have met don’t understand what being empathetic truly means and how it affects us in our daily lives. I look forward to hearing more about your journey and ideas too. All the Best!!

  18. I have just discovered your site and am amazed at how closely your thoughts align with my own – I have always felt that empathy is one of the greatest gifts bestowed on me. It has always saddened me to see so little evidence of it in my journey over the years. I don’t know you and yet I feel like I have discovered a new friend – so awesome! (one other coincidence is that the tulip is my favorite flower so your page makes me feel very much at home!)

    I look forward to reading more in the days ahead –

    pj 🙂

    • Hi PJ,

      I am so glad that you feel comfortable here! I find that many people don’t understand the emotions and feelings of empathy. I know it has brought out suspicion and other negative reactions from those who literally don’t have a clue. If you are empathetic, you can understand right away. It really is a special gift and ability and always a joy to find like-minded people like yourself. Thank you!

  19. Although I ‘follow’ you in my reader, is there a widget on your page which I can click to I am notified of your posts via email? Thanks, m

  20. Thanks for the visit.

  21. I am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog! I love the quote you chose as your tag line – its Dr. Seuss. I have it posted on my quotes page bc I love it too!! 🙂

    • So glad you are here! I am looking forward to reading through your posts and I love quotes too. Stay safe & warm where you are!

  22. I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!

  23. As a token of my appreciation for a precious blogger sister!

  24. 😦 Oh my dear, I’m really silly for the wonderful sketch of your gravatar I’ve seen in my smartphone, but now can’t I see it in a larger size. Thanks for sharing and congrats ❤

    • Thank you for your support and for reading my posts. I am enjoying your sketch style as I go through your site!

      • Oh honey, I’m so intrigued to know something about this wonderful sketch, that is your gravatar. Did you make it? I adore it. Thanks a million for your visits and for your comment. I’m so proud you stopped here.<3

      • I wish I was so talented to be able to sketch! This sketch was done by Julie Verhoeven and it was used to illustrate some gifts for MAC cosmetics in 2012.

      • Don’t matter, the worth is for your choice. Some masters made some works after other artists. In this case your gaze has been a true artist too. Thanks for your reply. Best wishes ❤

  25. Discovered😯.
    Very informative,inspirational blog.
    I’ll read some good thoughts.
    Have a happy life❤

    • Welcome and thank you for your positive comment! It is such s treat to meet like-minded people 😊

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