Just a Note

First, thank you to everyone who has stuck around while the blog is on hiatus.  I appreciate you, more than I can say.  I thought an update was in order since January is about to come to an end and I haven’t yet returned as I had hoped.  I still have the desire to blog, I am just uncertain as to when I will be in a position to act on it.  I am struggling with depression, unemployment and various other life circumstances which I know affect everyone at times.  I’ll get through but rather than set any deadline which I may not be able to meet regarding when I’ll be back here, I am simply going to put up another Open Thread after I post this note.  It is my intention to return, sooner rather than later, which I take as a good sign.  In the meantime, I am thinking of you and hoping.

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  1. GWEN SMITH

     /  January 29, 2017

    Shirley I am so sorry to hear this. Been there. My heart goes out to you. Hope things turn around for you soon. Thanks for all you do! I appreciate you!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Sending you positive thoughts and vibes – thank you for all you do for the ones without a voice.

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  3. Scarlet Long

     /  January 29, 2017

    {{{{{{{{{{YOU}}}}}}}}}}

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  4. Barb Young

     /  January 29, 2017

    Thank you so much for your update. I miss your blogs and witty humor, but understand you need some time and space right now; please allow yourself that “luxury.” We will see you back here soon. Love and prayers….

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  5. I go through the same thing with my writing. There are days on end when I just don’t feel I can put a word to keyboard. I lost someone very special in 2013 and thought I’d never write again. Take your time, get your head together and we’ll be waiting when you come back. You’re my favorite writer!

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  6. MARIANNA BURT

     /  January 29, 2017

    We miss you! Take your time, but it may help if you spend some time just writing for fun, not thinking of it as a duty or task, but just as putting down what you’re thinking at the time. That’s what works for me. Forgive me if I’m just stating the obvious.

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  7. Alice Hagan

     /  January 29, 2017

    Thinking of you, your pups, & the rest of your family. You give hope & support to so many through your advocacy; here’s some love & good thoughts for you.

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  8. Adrianne Mock

     /  January 29, 2017

    Take care of yourself first… ask for help if you need it. We’ll be here when you return.

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  9. Lazaro Marino

     /  January 29, 2017

    Shirley, please know that we understand
    I certainly have been in a similar predicament
    When the time comes, we will be around
    For you, in the time being please know
    What you did for that sweet girl will never
    Be forgotten,
    Peace and prosper to you
    Lazaro

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  10. Renate

     /  January 29, 2017

    Take all the time you need. Depression and coping with the curve balls life throws you is exhausting. A relentless diet of bad news can’t be good for the recovery process.
    You are an equally relentless force for change, and all your fans look forward to your return when you are up to it. Meanwhile, rest, and enjoy your fur friends. You might enjoy some of the tales here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SanctuaryForAnimalAdvocates/

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  11. Sandi Landau

     /  January 29, 2017

    Please know you are loved and missed so very much. Many of us understand a lot of what you are going through because we’ve either been there or are there. If you ever want to reach out directly, please don’t hesitate for even moment. Sometimes a new and neutral set of ears helps.
    All the best to you and your family…

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  12. jan dykema

     /  January 30, 2017

    miss you

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  13. Lisa B

     /  January 30, 2017

    Also been there, and I’m wishing you strength.

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  14. Please know , you are missed. And know there are many of us keeping you in their thoughts.

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  15. Laurie Morris

     /  January 30, 2017

    I empathize, been through much of the same the past few years. Hang in there. People here care about you. I appreciate greatly what you have done to help the furbabies. You have a great heart and soul.

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  16. Kellee Kilmer

     /  January 30, 2017

    I sympathize. A lot of us are just struggling with depression over the shit show of uncertainty that is America right now and anyone who knows if you battle depression anyways, its a big time pile on. Wishing you all the love and support to get through!!

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  17. Carole Adams

     /  January 30, 2017

    Please know we all understand……………this can be a brutal business and depressing.

    Stay strong, you’re in our prayers.

    Carole

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  18. Sorry to hear this. I’ve been out, too, for sundry reasons. You all are in my prayers. Come back when able and, if not, know how appreciated you are. From one Beagle Lady to another.

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  19. Lou Ann

     /  January 30, 2017

    Miss you and wishing you peace. Give the pups big kisses.

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  20. Donna Reynoso-Brand

     /  January 30, 2017

    Take care of yourself first… ask for help if you need it. I’ll be here when you return. I have always been interested in your posts. Please know we all understand…this can be a heartbreaking business and depressing.

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  21. LR

     /  January 30, 2017

    Eventually this will pass. At least I tell myself that. Take all the time you need, you are so worth it.

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  22. brandi007

     /  January 31, 2017

    Take a break, put your feet up – we’ll be here when you’re ready :)

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  23. Deb

     /  January 31, 2017

    Hurry back dear!! It does get tough at times, I’m so sorry you are going through heartbreaking times…Sending love and hugs for you to be blessed with all you desire ♥ You are a voice for the voiceless and you will be so missed!

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  24. Anne Thomas

     /  January 31, 2017

    I hope things get better for you soon.

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  25. KateH

     /  January 31, 2017

    I am thinking good thought for you, and hoping you find something pretty, or funny, even if rather a small thing, that will bring even a small smile to your face, often enough so that on the much more rare occasions when something more inspiring shows up, that you can notice it and remember that the world has a lot of wonderful things to enjoy. Just remember, as the Bloggess says, “Depression lies.” Hug the creatures near you (4 foots and 2 foots), and know we all miss you, and we’re all pulling for you.

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  26. db

     /  February 1, 2017

    We’ll be here when you’re ready. Glad you are taking good care of yourself. Depression and unemployment, alone, can be pretty devastating. Hugs to you from me and my 3 old lady cats.

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  27. Susan

     /  February 1, 2017

    It’s not easy to do what you have done so well for so long. Have a nice rest and give yourself what you need.,

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  28. Karen F

     /  February 1, 2017

    You have given of yourself for years and made such a contribution — I’ve long admired not just the quality of your writing and thinking, but also your stamina and perseverance. I hope you’ll take all the time you need now for yourself. As others have said, we’ll be here waiting. I am thinking good thoughts for you (and for a really good job).

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  29. Tina Clark

     /  February 3, 2017

    Take care of yourself. Hoping you come back soon refreshed, happy, and employed,

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