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

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

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

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99 comments on “There Are Times when Life Becomes Much More Important Than Blogging . . .”

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. I’m sorry for your loss.

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

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

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


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

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. Blessings…

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

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

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

  16. I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your father and your family

  17. God bless you in this time of sorrow.

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

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


  20. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family…

  21. Aw, she’s beautiful… I am so sorry for this loss.

  22. Thinking of you Kalyn.

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

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

  25. Kalyn,

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



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

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

  27. My heartfelt sympathy. Take care of yourself.

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

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

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

  31. So sorry to hear! Take care.

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

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

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

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

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

  37. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, Kalyn.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Of course, where I grew up, that meant plenty of love and plenty of food… 🙂

    Thoughts are with you.

  45. Sending positive vibes y’alls way.

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

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

  48. My condolences Kalyn.

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

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