About Kurt

Kurt was born on the shores of Lake Erie.

He has touched waves frozen in their curl.

He is tall, but he hopes to accomplish more in life than just that.

He will always be a Buckeye but he now calls Pennsylvania his home.

He loves his family.

He is a husband who owes his life to his wife.

He is the father of three. When his first child was born, he nearly passed out from fright. When his second child was born, he was stuck in Alaska desperately trying to get a flight out. When his third child was born, he was the one to deliver him.

He is certain that his children are the most creative and talented living beings on Earth, and, since he’s pretty sure life anywhere else is not quite as advanced as on Earth, that means his children are probably the most creative and talented living beings in all of the universe(s).

He couldn’t wait to graduate from high school so he could conquer the world.

He joined the Navy at eighteen and “retired” twenty years and four days later.

He learned much. He worked hard. He played hard…maybe he played too hard sometimes.

He was cooped up on Hawaii for a three-year Pearl Harbor tour of duty once, so afterward he drove cross country to his next duty station with his wife and two oldest children in a completely packed Ford Tracer. The daughter sat on the floor and drew pictures. The son sat in his car seat and pointed out the cows and the moon.

He stared down in awe at the beauty of the Grand Canyon. It was one of those times in his life when he wished he could fly.

He still remembers how he felt when driving through the understated beauty of the Smokey Mountains.

He believes each American and each person aspiring to become an American should be required to drive across the United States to witness firsthand its beauty and grandeur.

He loves his country.

He also loves Japan.

He regrets that, even though he feels almost Japanese himself, he has never really learned the language. Some day, perhaps.

He sometimes feels like Godzilla when walking within a crowd of Japanese in downtown Tokyo.

He has stared up in awe at the beauty of Mount Fuji. It was another one of those times in his life when he wished he could fly.  Someday he’ll climb that mountain.

He has soaked in an outdoor natural hot spring and drank cold beer with naked Japanese men and women while it snowed.

He has happily napped under a warm and cozy kotatsu.

He loves to travel.

He has sailed to many ports of call throughout the world and wishes he had taken more pictures and written more letters home.

He is a Trusty Shellback.

He has sailed through a Nor’easter on the North Sea and has taken refuge in the spectacular fjords of Norway.

He has sailed the choppy and chilly emerald waters of the English Channel and has seen the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover.

He has sailed the San Bernardino Strait while steaming to the Philippines and may have witnessed the most beautiful scenery he has ever seen.

He has seen a severed foot floating in a Sri Lankan harbor.

He once walked on what he thought was the moon but soon realized it was actually somewhere in Oman.

He has seen Tomcats take off at night from the deck of aircraft carriers and then he has seen them land with a full moon rising on the ocean’s distant horizon.

He loves to eat.

He loves to eat with chop sticks.

He has eaten fish and chips in a hazy London pub.

He has eaten grass soup (at least that’s what it tasted like) on the floor in the small, bare home of a wonderful Thai family. An ornate picture of the king hung proudly on the wall.

He has eaten something in Hong Kong that may have been the best meal he has ever eaten but he has no idea what it was.

He has eaten spicy, very spicy, shark and sting ray in an outdoor cafe underneath an overpass during a muggy night in Singapore.

He has eaten beefsteak in a quaint Norwegian pub while serious looking Norwegians rolled their own cigarettes and drank strong beer.

He loves the Arts.

He loves good poetry but he has a hard time defining the characteristics of what good poetry is.

He knows it when he feels it.

He loves music like it’s nobody’s business. He loves Tom Waits, Beck, The Smiths, Jose Gonzalez, Sun Kil Moon, Tindersticks, Yo La Tengo, The Avett Brothers, The Doors, Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Vivaldi, Marilyn Manson, Chet Baker, Nine Inch Nails, Stan Getz, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Black Flag, Rollins Band, Eminem, Hole, Cake, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Blink 182, Rage Against the Machine, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Violent Femmes, and…you get the picture. He especially loves the Pandora app tunein app for his Blackberry Droid RAZR.

He loves language in all its forms.

He loves the English language; not because it is the only language he speaks, but because it is so expressive and quirky and confusing and, yes, he must admit since it is the only language he speaks, because it is so accessible.

He really doesn’t care if adverbs are supposed to be after verbs.

Well…maybe he does.

He loves books, even the boring ones. He thinks they look good on his bookshelves, both before and after they have been read.

He has just recently read his first e-book. It does not look quite as good on a bookshelf as does a p-book…which of course is, a physical book.

He tries to write but too often he just thinks about writing; though, he is getting close to finishing did eventually manage to finish his first novel.

He also published a collection of poetry entitled Poems from the River.

He loves the concept of Spirituality.

He believes in God but probably not in the way you would want him to.

He loves sports but he is a fan of Cleveland teams so he often seems bitter and disappointed and he is happy and oh so very relieved that the Cavs won the championship in 2016.

He loves politics…you know, acting for ugly people.

He is a disgruntled Independent.

He loves internetworking.

He spends much of his time online.

He spends used to spend way too much time on facebook.

He feels he is much friendlier and easier to be around online than he is in person.

He would rather write, type, tweet, or post how he feels than say it.

He loves Humor.

He loves to laugh, but you probably wouldn’t guess it about him.

He prefers to make a point through self-deprecating humor, especially those tougher points that deal with other people and may hurt feelings. He feels it is much safer to make fun of himself, and so easy to do since he’s such a bumbling dork, than to try to tap dance around other people’s emotions and feelings.

He enjoys communicating through sarcasm and satire. He really enjoys it, so please be wary and please be open minded (and thick-skinned).

He has found no other author who can make him laugh harder than David Sedaris can. Though, he does feel rather sorry for Sedaris’s family because he exploits and belittles them so much. When asked once if what he writes is really true, Sedaris’s response was, “true enough.”

He likes that response.

He recommends you keep that response, as well as this, in mind during your stay here.

He guarantees what he says on this About page is sincere and from the heart, but since he was born with his tongue permanently attached to his cheek, he cannot make that guarantee for any other page or post on this site.

He will leave it up to you to determine whether he is being serious, satirical, sarcastic, or all of the above, in regards to any of his writing anywhere else other than on this About page.

He fancies himself an EO and Human Relations guy, but he admits, after all his years of study and research, he still has a hard time figuring the damn human species out.

He believes that humans make it awfully hard for him to like them.

He still likes them, though; because, even while they’re driving him stupid crazy with all the stupid crazy stuff they do, they are also amazing him with their mind boggling genius and limitless compassion.

He is a firm believer that schadenfreude is inherent to human nature.

He feels that’s why he follows the news so closely…at least the bad news, anyway.

He feels that’s why the good news bores him.

He thinks he probably focuses on and worries about the negative side of life a bit too much.

He had leukemia once.

He is sure some might say that there’s a relationship between his affinity for the negative and his affliction with the cancer.

He is sure others might say there isn’t.

He is not sure who is right.

He is sure, though, that he overcame the disease by the grace of that infinite and inexplicable universal power supply we call God, with the help of lots of loving prayers and support by family and friends, and from the gift given by one truly amazing person—his bone marrow donor.

He still has a hard time believing that there is one person in this whole wide world who perfectly matches his bone marrow and who was willing to donate it to him to save his life.

He thinks his donor is a female from Germany. He now knows his donor is a female from New England.

He is looking forward to meeting her and thanking her some day.

He is looking forward to many things.

He is thankful to be able to continue to look forward.

He is as thankful to be able to have so much to look forward to as he is to have so much to look back on and be thankful for.

He is thankful to be a survivor.

He is thankful to have survived Nor’esterners, earthquakes, typhoons, Snowmaggedon, a Polar Vortex, an appendectomy, Lyme disease, leukemia, neuropathy, Cytomegalovirus, Graft Versus Host Disease, Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome, skin cancer, pulmonary effusion, pericardial effusion, heart failure, and having to watch hundreds thousands of chick flicks over the years with his lovely and loving wife.

He is thankful to you for stopping by and visiting with him here.
 
 
The Writing Hand

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829 Responses to About Kurt

  1. Kris says:

    What an entertaining bio of you. Biographies tend to be dry and to the point. While reading this I smilled, laughed, my heart got warm and I realized that even though we’ve known each other since childhood, after reading this, I got to meet the man that you became.

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  2. oopsjohn says:

    This is an incredibly cool bio! So creative that I can’t wait to steal some of your formatting techniques :)

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  3. auntynini says:

    I’m pretty sure I already like you, even as a p person! Do you have a post on your version of spirituality?

    Buckeye here, long-time Hawaii resident, world traveler as a child (does that count?), and a millennial spirit in the (unfortunate) age of the baby boomer (unfortunate, as in age, not necessarily baby boomer… but kinda)… I want stuff for free and I want to give stuff for free too. Thanks for checking out my blog.

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  4. Those frozen curled waves on the shore of Lake Erie in the winter are pretty cool. My kid is pretty awesome, too, perhaps one of the smartest and best looking.

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  5. Michael33 says:

    I believe that I’ve just read the most interesting and entertaining about page that I’ve read thus far. Amazingly unique. Thanks for visiting and following The Vision of Poets, but mostly, thanks for introducing me to your most enlightening site.

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  6. theotherjc says:

    Great bio. Thanks for the follow.

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  7. Thank you for the follow! Good luck with your writing!

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  8. caroleparkes says:

    What an Illuminating ‘about page’ you have! I love every part of it. Thank you for the follow as it showed me your creativity, and I’ll certainly be following you.

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  9. ichas8440 says:

    Kurt, thanks for taking a moment and checking out what I’ve done via; ichas8440. Once, I was asked how I was doing. When they found out I did well they said they knew me and wanted to know why I left their city. Taking what I said about “their” city not being “friendly”, they concluded it was maybe me who wasn’t friendly. Funny how people assume. That’s when I told them I am very approachable as they could attest by how easily it was for them to… Approach and engage in casual convo. Communications, real simple. Listen, pay attention, consider if what is said has merit and. Add to the dish making up life. Hummm, I like what you’ve said in the “About” section of your site. I will probably check in here and there, just to see what you’ve been… Dining on. Again, thank you.

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  10. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

    Hello Kurt – Thanks for following my blog! I’m looking forward to exploring yours after reading this intriguing bio.

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  11. Nicodemas says:

    Wow Kurt, you have been through alot! Thanks for being part of my blog! I agree about Bob Seger — yes! By the way my wife had a blood cancer too, and had a bone marrow transplant! She is doing well now, but it was a long tough road for years. I wrote a poem about some of it. It should be in the archives, and is called “Courage Under Fire”.

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  12. raulconde001 says:

    Thanks for the follow!

    Like

  13. alslaff says:

    Just stopping by to thank you for your recent follow on Shift Key and peruse your excellent site. Much to read. Your life experience brings much to the table.

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  14. Gone Wild says:

    As someone who has never been out of sight of land, Greetings. Thanks for following Artsyberger!

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  15. Rob McShane says:

    Wow! Thanks for the follow Kurt! Means a lot with your experience, writing skills and outlook on life that you would choose to follow my writing. Enjoyed your bio, will read more of your work and do hope you enjoy mine. Cheers!

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  16. unbolt says:

    Thanks for the follow!

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  17. Thanks for following my blog. You are a guy with an interesting cv and an eclectic taste in music.

    re adverbs: you wrote “recently read” and I wouldn’t quarrel seriously with that!

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  18. That’s some bio! Much thanks for following both First Night Design and First Night History. This page alone makes it well worth following you back. So that’s what I’m going to do.

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  19. ksbeth says:

    hi kurt – thanks for reading and following. i look forward to doing the same for you – best, beth

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  20. Gail says:

    This is the best About page ever! You have certainly led one interesting life.! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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  21. msmouse7 says:

    Wow – you’ve been a lot of places and experienced more than most. Congrats on being a survivor and so much more. And thanks for the follow.
    –Sandy

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  22. Best ABOUT intro page ever! You sure grabbed my attention. Cheers!

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  23. pussycats3 says:

    Kurt, how can I be original, when everyone before me used up all the original words?
    All I can do is be repetitive: Great stuff; love your About page; amazed at all you’ve been through; love your writing style; humorous; etc. How’s that? :-) I guess I wasn’t silent.

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  24. pussycats3 says:

    Oh! One more thing: So glad you stopped by my blog. Appreciate the follow! :-D

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  25. thewriteedge says:

    Hi, Kurt. Thanks for following The Write Edge Writing Workshop. I hope you find it a valuable part of your week. Have a great weekend!

    Ekta

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  26. Susi Lovell says:

    Love this brilliant bio! Totally unique. Well, I suppose all individuals are unique, but this bio/About page is uniquer than most. Than all…that is, all that I’ve read. I have to admit I haven’t read thousands, but I’ve certainly read a whole bunch. Wish I’d had the idea of doing it like this!… I take it the sketches are yours? Talented guy.

    Thanks for following my blog. I’m just about to click ‘follow’ for yours.

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  27. Thanks so much for checking out my blog and following. This is by far the best About page I’ve read. I look forward to reading more on your site. And, because you love music so much check out my 9/21 post or just put Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra into YouTube and check them out. All the best.

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  28. melissajane14 says:

    Hello Kurt, I always wondered if the things David Sedaris said about his family were true. I’m usually laughing so hard that I don’t think of it as being mean. Thanks for clearing that up and thanks for the follow. Best wishes in your writing career :)

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  29. Hi Kurt, thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I enjoyed reading your about us page, it so simple, and honest – feels like I have been listening to you talk while i was reading it. the illustrations alongside are neat too! Look forward to checking out your other posts.

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  30. Donna says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog. I agree with many others that your autobiography (a.k.a. “about”) is very interesting–from a doubtlessly interesting person. Blessings!

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  31. Thank you for the follow :-)

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  32. Kurt, I so enjoyed your story. Thank you for your years of service and thanks for following me. Hope to see more of you. Good luck with the novel. My 2nd is on the edge of publication.

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  33. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    Greetings from Montreal! Your bio is lovely; I had to smile as my ex almost fainted at the birth of our first born but was better at our second:) I was my daughter`s labour coach at our grandson`s birth and now I know how fathers feel! Thanks for dropping by at my blog; you may also be interested at http://Tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com.

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  34. luckykaye says:

    Great bio, but have to put you straight….my kids are the most talented and beautiful in the Universe… I’m sure yours come a close second though ;-) Thanks for following me and leading me to this great site. I’m sure I’m going to be a regular visitor and will spread the word!!

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  35. ninamishkin says:

    Thanks so much for finding my blog and deciding to follow it. And much good luck with getting your writing out there. I see you’re off to an excellent start! I’ll be back to read more! :)

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  36. Honoured to have you follow my blog Kurt, I just love the creative style of your about page. Besides the poetry, I also saw you like the Smiths! Always a good sort of person in my book. :D

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  37. ernieluis says:

    Awesome stuff Kurt, now I feel like I need to step my game up with my About page. Thank you for your service to our country. You the man.

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  38. I read half of this aloud to Hubby. Great stuff. Thanks for your service and helping us stay free! (Also, on the home page, the * regarding your award is pretty darn hilarious.)

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    • Oh my. Please offer my most sincerest apologies to Hubby. If he has to endure sappy About page readings, I can only imagine how many chick flicks he’s sat through.

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

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      • Oh, I sit through many more (we’re talking exponential multiplication…) RangerRick flicks (there’s another name for it but it’s not my favorite word…). :) After watching about 10 violentexplosivebloody movies with him, he watched Divergent with me (which, I’ll admit, is extremely sappy). Afterwards, he said, “I guess I deserved that.” :) Next up, The Fault in Our Stars. Bwah ha ha ha

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  39. What a great bio. Always respect for a survivor. Will visit your stuff again soon. Thanks for the follow.

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  40. composed says:

    Hi, Ditto most of the above comments about your bio. And thank you for serving your country. My son spent three years in Okinawa (USMC) and loves Japan, too. And thanks for following my blog. So glad to meet you here, and I’m looking forward to reading more!

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  41. History of the Ancient World says:

    What a wonderful bio, the best about me page ever!! Thank you so much for the follow! Greetings from Finland :-)

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  42. hafong says:

    Thank you for the follow. You certainly have a lot of material to write from.
    Interesting bio! I can use chopsticks, too.

    Liy

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  43. colinjkeats says:

    Best Bio I have read yet!

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  44. Don Royster says:

    Well, you went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog.

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  45. Ah, an interesting one!~

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  46. mzpresser says:

    Thanks for the follow friend, looking forward to following you as well!!!

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  47. sundryfolly says:

    Such a lengthy and intriguing bio! I look forward to following your blog. Peace :-)

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  48. texicana2013 says:

    Thank you for following my blog! All the best to you.

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  49. H Schlagen says:

    Very honestly spoken, I appreciate that. H.

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  50. Penticular says:

    Hello Kurt, after reading and viewing site i realize just how far you continue to climb. Great works, you can send me a tip any time. Good Luck for all time. David

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  51. Shibu Mathews says:

    Hi Kurt, you have a great bio and you have lived your life to the fullest, and its inspiring. Thank you for the follow and stopping by my blog :). I am not as great a writer as you, but its great to meet people like you and getting the privilege of reading their blog and thereby being a part of their journey and that is one good thing about being a blogger. :)

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    • That’s why I love WordPress so much and think ma.tt is a giant of a genius (even though he still only looks like he’s barely 15) — it is such a fantastic global forum for meeting other like-minded individuals.

      Here I am in Southern PA and you are all the way across the globe in Pune, India!

      How awesome is that?!

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write such a nice greeting, Shibu.

      Or shall I say…Neo?

      :)

      Peace

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      • Shibu Mathews says:

        Yes true Matt, I always wanted to meet people from all around the world, and I never thought it could happen. I am glad I am blogging. And it made me realize that we are all same – one – and its a nice feeling. Thanks for calling me Neo..that made my day..I love to be Neo..I love that movie..:) Have a great day and weekend Matt. Peace to you too. :)

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  52. Kurt, I appreciate your expressing yourself in an appreciative manner after stumbling across my Chekov haikus – Paul Xylinides

    “Stumbling” being my impression of what happens when one feels compelled to comment upon one item among a plethora of material.

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  53. Dear Kurt,
    I was surprised when you follow me…I’m just an ordinary Indonesian person who write as a fun thing. But nice to meet you here.

    Salam kenal dari Indonesia

    Nono

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  54. Thanks for the follow, Kurt! I’m always curious how people find my little blog. Yours looks wonderful. So it seems I’ve made a new blog connection! :)

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    • Hi Lorna’s Voice.

      Well, I don’t know about the others, but the chances are that I found your blog the same way I typically find all the others – through the WordPress Reader. After I publish a new post, I always read the posts in the WP Reader with the same tags in the post I just published (I’m sure there is a clearer way that I could have written that but hopefully you follow). And when I read a post, I tend to “Like” it and to follow the author who wrote it.

      And there you have it…I hope your curiosity has been sated.

      :)

      Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to offer such kind comments.

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  55. spb says:

    Kurt–

    thanks for visiting

    and for following my site

    susanpowersbourne.net

    –spb

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  56. Kurt, thanks for following my blog, Violet’s Vibes. That brought me here to read your unique About page.

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  57. bwhite21 says:

    First, I wish you good health.
    I do appreciate you stopping by my blog and following it. I may be wrong, but I think you would like a book I reviewed in early September, 2014. Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. It was short listed for the Booker, but that is not why. It is partially based in Japan and you will learn some Japanese vocabulary along the way (if you don’t already know some).
    Second, your writing is clean and I like that. I don’t do the searching for Likes, but I am glad you did you read the tags and found my blog, so I can now follow yours. Good luck finishing your novel.

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    • Hello, bwhite21. I’m sorry for the delay in response. Somehow I missed your kind and informative comment. I have been meaning to read Ozeki’s work for a long while now. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Thanks for the referral. Again, thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. I’m glad I found and followed you, as well.

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  58. meezieh says:

    Thanks for following My Brain Sand. I enjoyed poking around your blog and look forward to future posts.

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  59. aquacompass7 says:

    Thank you for following my blog.

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  60. Abhilash says:

    You are one seasoned writer I say

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  61. repeoples says:

    Enjoyed the bio, lot of info in just a few words. Very interesting life. Your humor and mine will get along pretty good. Appreciate you checking out my blog and may I suggest reading almost any book of short stories by Patrick McManus.

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    • Hi repeoples. Thank you for stopping by and checking things out. I really appreciate your kind comments and the book recommendation. Although, I must say you are the first to say my bio consisted of “just a few words.” Seems most remark on its length. Yeah, I think you’re right…we will get along pretty good, indeed. :)

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  62. Hi, thanks for the “likes” on my blog, good to meet you! :)

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  63. The bio for which all others should be measured against – brilliant!

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  64. ceadomile says:

    Why are you talking about yourself as if you are a third party. What is wrong with the word I ?

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  65. The fact that dutch is your native language has been borne deeply into his mind, as has been your dutch people saying and he has taken it all under consideration.

    He thanks you from the bottom of his pretentious heart for stopping by.

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  66. alkaplan says:

    Thanks for the follow. I hope you like my future posts. You have some great poems and stories here.

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  67. This bio is heads and shoulders above the best description of a human being I have ever read. Because of this fact, you got me interested in your books. Thank you so much for visiting my humble blog. I’m impressed that you even noticed it. Thank you again.

    Bye,

    Omar.-

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  68. charlypriest says:

    HI there Kurt, a very interesting about page. As a very novice writer myself is great that you stumbled upon my little crazy blog, now I have another person who I can read and learn from. And you being a published author you might know a thing or two about writing.

    I´m also thankful you´re a survivor, you do have a gift to share seems to me, so you thought Oman was the moon…….man what did the navy gave you to eat? plus 20 years in service. Long time away from home, I survived 4 and a half years in the army and that was more than enough for me. Looking back I should have gotten in the Navy instead, you did travel world at the expense of not seeing the family I´m sure and I know a bit about that,but you did have quite some adventures , will read more in your blog and see about your book, but I´m sure you have a bunch of adventures to tell. Just only reading the strange food you ate………go figure the rest.

    Anyways, I´m very glad you took your time to visit my blog.

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  69. The Little Butch That Could (TLBTC) says:

    Thanks for the follow of my blog. Great bio! I look forward to reading your posts. Cheers.

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  70. What an engaging person you are and what a terrific “about” page. I am honored by your follow. Thank you SO much. Will visit here some more. Namaste, Ellen

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  71. maiko colors says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. I am SO impressed by how you play with words and happy to know you. I can’t wait to read many more. Cheers from Tokyo, Maiko

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  72. calensariel says:

    What an interesting life you’ve led! Thanks for stopping by the blog. May God bless you real good!

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  73. mitchteemley says:

    Kurt, love your syntax, brother. Things we have in common: 1) I write (duh); 2) I’m a buckeye (honorary–moved to Ohio 10 years ago); 3) Godzilla–not because I’m tall, but because I’ve written a spoof entitled Notzilla (more on that later). Pleasure to Follow you back!

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  74. Thanks for following my website. Yours looks very interesting!

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  75. beckarooney says:

    Heya thank you for checking out my blog, I appreciate the follow! Looking forward to reading your work :) x

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  76. Thank you for stopping to take a look at my art work. Interesting site you have, I will enjoy looking at all your material!

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  77. RaiBal says:

    ‘He’ is an extremely accomplished man! Thank you for the add, and I look forward to reading some of your published work, too :D

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  78. Hi Kurt, Thanks for coming by and following my blog! Looking forward to reading your posts.

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  79. Judy Amy says:

    Well done sir! I like the prose like poem that is your About. Thanks also for the follow! Cheers!

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  80. willowdot21 says:

    Hi great to meet you! you sound like a sound guy who knows what he is doing and where he is going in life! Thanks for liking my blog enough to follow . I am always happy and grateful to get a new follower! I look forward to stepping into your blog! Be well and happy! xx

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  81. Hi Kurt, pleased to meet you and thank you for following my blog. I’ve had a read through yours, it’s a wonderful collection of work, very ecclectic.

    Your ‘about’ page is superb!

    I can relate to many of the experiences you describe as I spent 16 years in the Royal Navy and I too travelled widely in that time.

    I’m following your blog now; I’d like to maker sure I don’t miss anything!

    Namaste
    Robert

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    • Ahoy, Shipmate! Well I guess in the Queen’s Navy you all say, Shipper? Is that right? Anyway, welcome my salty friend. Thanks so much for taking the time to check a bit out and for leaving such nice feedback. It really means a lot to me. Let’s stay in touch as we become more familiar with each others work. Peace.

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  82. Kurt, that has to be the most interesting’About’ I have ever read. Certainly highlights the terrible one I wrote over on Learning from Dogs! Must improve it! A result of coming here because you recently subscribed to LfD, for which I offer my warm thanks.

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    • Hey, thanks Paul. This About has certainly evolved quite a bit over time. And I am sure it will continue to do so. All things in life are a WIP… I appreciate you stopping by and checking things out, my friend.

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      • Just real out aloud your bio to Jeannie, my darling wife, and she asked if you had any animals in your life?

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        • Well, we have a cat, Jack Kerouac, but he’s the wife’s cat. Won’t have anything to do with me.

          Hopefully I won’t get hate mail for saying this since the internet is overly rife with cats, but I am a tried and true Dog Man.

          And I did have a very special dog who passed a couple of years ago, and to be honest, I’m still not over her passing.

          She was a little snowball of a Maltese. Her name was Shikibu Murasaki and she never left my side not once during all my cancer bs. Getting a little misty-eyed just thinking about it.

          Just recently we’ve finally been able to consider getting another dog.

          I’m thinking…bulldog, maybe.

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          • Well we have 9 dogs here in Oregon of whom 7 are rescues. Jeannie said for you guys to try the shelters first, so many needy dogs in the world. Very happy to help with regard to homing a rescue dog of your dreams. There’s a contact email address on my home page, or use paulhandover over on gmail.

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          • Please tell your darling wife Jeannie, roger and wilco, if at all possible.

            Thanks, Paul. And good luck to you and Jeannie with all your noble pursuits.

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  83. jannatwrites says:

    This is a fun bio… it’s full of contradictions – we all have those, which is what makes people fun to watch, converse with and eventually know (or at least THINK we know :) )

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  84. Ms. Vee says:

    Hello Kurt, this is the best About page I’ve read! You have seen, and done a lot in your life. May you accomplish all your dreams. So happy that you are a survivor! I love reading good news. :) The love for family, friends, and nature is the essence of life. Thank you for following my blog! Blessings to you, and your family. :)

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  85. Thanks for the follow Kurt, mightily appreciated. Gee in your trips you must have and some amazing and wonderful cultural experiences. Meeting different cultures to me is just magic. I love it and cone myself lucky to be in Europe to have so many cultures just a stone’s throw away. let me carry on my meanderings on your blog, MM 🍀

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  86. T.D. Byrd says:

    About two weeks ago you started following my blog. I’m sorry it took so long for me to respond but I wanted to thank you for the consideration.

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  87. Von Simeon says:

    Thank you so much for following my blog! I think your site is a great support for indie authors, able to come here and have their works authentically reviewed. I might hit you up for a review some day! ;)

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  88. Teresa says:

    I enjoyed your bio – it was a rather long read, but I did actually read it all because it was so informative and entertaining. Sounds like you have lived a very full adventurous life. Thanks for the follow on my blog, I’m thinking it is only fair to return the favor, especially since I’m pretty sure I like your style of writing.

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  89. Joy says:

    Fantastic page – and I mean that :) Thanks by the by, for checking out my blog and following. Looking forward to exploring your blog a bit!

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  90. juliegum says:

    Hi there, great blog ! … and thank you for dropping by and following.

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  91. Marie Taylor says:

    thanks for the follow on my blog. I grew up in western PA and still miss the beautiful woods. My son also had leukemia; unfortunately his match didn’t take so while he is finally at peace there is still a pain in my heart. best wishes with your writing. Marie :)

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  92. Kurt, Thanks for following FIGHTER FAITH. If you would like to receive regular updates by email and receive my e-book Far Better Men, come on back and join my email subscriber list.

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  93. Uschi says:

    Thanks for following Sawyer’s adventures Kurt! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! ~Uschi

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  94. kerbey says:

    I think that’s the best bio I’ve read on WordPress. And I usually can’t process more than a nugget of information, but I felt like I just ate a whole chicken, feet and all, minus the toenails. Clearly, you’ve accomplished more than being tall. In fact for those of us who are average height and haven’t been anywhere or done anything, this bio makes us feel like we may just have wasted a few decades. Japan is very far away, too far away to even dream of. It’s like Sedaris says: “I have to go to China.” I told people this in the way I might say, “I need to insulate my crawl space” or, “I’ve got to get these moles looked at.”
    Yes, that’s how I feel about the other side of the world. But perhaps you may have planted a little Smokey Mountain seed in me. And I’ll point out cows and the moon.

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    • Oh my, kerbey. Your comments have left me near speechless. And, judging by the length of my About page, I’m sure you can imagine that is quite a rare thing, indeed.

      Seriously, I don’t know how to respond because words are all I have to respond with, and they just aren’t up to the task of describing how pleased I am right now…

      Not just because of the nice things you said, and it is that, but it is also, mostly, because of the moving way you described how moved you were by the words.

      And, I really enjoy how you drew in to the wonderful sentiment of Sedaris’ China piece.If it isn’t the funniest, it comes in a close second to anything whatever else is. So much hilarity to choose from.

      Travel if you can, but take assurance that with your lucid and poetic prose, your words can take you wherever you wish to go.

      Thank you, kerbey, truly.
      ~ Kurt

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  95. c2london says:

    Thanks for looking at my site. I just roamed around yours and wanted to say that I signed up for the registry the same day my college roommate was supposed to be getting her transplant. (It ended up being put off a week or so.) She also has GVHD but luckily that as severe. She can’t smell, which means she can’t really taste, and she has some problems with her feet, but she’s still a great sport about going out to eat and she hikes as often as time allows. I really admire her attitude.

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    • Sorry to hear about your friend. Glad to hear she is facing it well. Please offer my best wishes. Yeah, I went through a long period when I couldn’t smell or taste anything. To be honest, though, in some ways it was kind of refreshing. No hassles. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, c2london.

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  96. nicaless says:

    Great Bio and Thanks for the follow!

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  97. Thank you for dropping by and following Malcolm’s Corner. I second all the superlatives about your bio.

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  98. neveah1 says:

    Hi Kurt, thanks for the follow on my blog. What great about page and I love how you have used your art work too:-)

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  99. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leading me back to yours (very interesting indeed).

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  100. You had me at “He loves politics…you know, acting for ugly people.” Thanks for following my blog, and I’m looking forward to reading more of yours.

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  101. beebeesworld says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I will follow yours as well.beebeesworld

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  102. Wow, that has to be the best “about” page I’ve ever seen on any blog. Makes me want to go and improve mine. Almost. If I didn’t have this compulsion to keep writing my book, I would. ;-) But seriously, many truths and tons of humour on this page, love it.

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    • Thank you for the very kind comment, Amos. I appreciate you breaking away from your writing long enough to stop by and check it out.

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      • To be honest, I was just going to… skim it. See who was following me. I don’t believe in just blindly exchanging “follows” with people only to completely ignore their posts later (though I’ve been guilty of ignoring way too many good bloggers because of my lack of time, dangit!), but both your style and content drew me in, so well done. :-)

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  103. あなたが今日のあなたの米を持っていたことがありますか

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  104. Hi Kurt, thanks for visiting and following my blog. Great bio – very entertaining. You’ve experienced and survived so much (chick flicks included). It must have all been incredibly challenging at the time but now provide such raw and rich inspiration for your writing now.

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  105. jrschenck says:

    In an attempt to coin a new phrase I have only reiterated what so many have said before. But it is what it is. A great bio. Sometimes a short, to the point sentence is the best answer, not a verbose one, (which I am often guilty of ).

    Thank you for visiting my site and someday, I’ll have a novel posted somewhere in this new world of publishing.

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  106. jrschenck says:

    Oh, and I have been to the top of Mt Fuji, but it was so fogged in I couldn’t see anything. And to the Grand Canyon, Not that I’ve been following you or anything, really I wasn’t.

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  107. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for following my blog, Kurt, so that I could meet you here. I have been reading back through your posts, and enjoying your photography…a lot.

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  108. Thanks for the follow! It was a pleasure just reading your bio!

    Vanessa

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  109. Thanks so much for following me on Cold :)

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  110. MTJames says:

    Your bio is beautifully transparent, even if you aren’t. I loved this: “He is tall, but he hopes to accomplish more in life than just that,” because my vertical deficiency occasionally brings out the patronizer in some tall guys. Perhaps, by the time I kick this life’s bucket, I will truly believe that stature is not a physical attribute. And thanks again for following The Well-Dressed Branch.

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    • Hey, James, thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

      And, as you already know, I also really appreciate you helping with my gaff of a gaffe. It is so kind of you to help other authors out like that. Our community need more givers like you, brother.

      Thanks again, James.
      ~Kurt

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  111. debb323 says:

    Wow! What a great approach. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  112. amreade says:

    Hi, Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow! I love your About page. What a great way to introduce yourself to people!
    Cheers!
    Amy

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  113. Vee says:

    Hi Kurt…thanks for the follow! I’ll be sure to check back for updates on your writing. Best wishes!

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  114. aFrankAngle says:

    Fellow Ohioan & independent at this end.

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  115. Without a doubt, the best bio I have ever had the privilege of reading.

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  116. The Shapeless Truth says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the follow/love on my blog! Super cool of you, also your music taste is flawless. Yes to Beck, yes to Jose Gonzalez!

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  117. Cathy says:

    Love your bio and thanks so much for following my blog :-) Look forward to reading more here!

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  118. sporterhall says:

    Wow! An interesting and intriguing blog! Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I am now following you also and look forward to checking out your blog more closely. Have a great evening! :)

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  119. lorac888890 says:

    Hi, thanks for the follow. It’s always nice to meet other writers.

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  120. Julie says:

    Konichiwa, Wow! That is a lot of ‘about’ words. I admit I would usually skim that many words from an unknown screen friend, but surprisingly I read every one. Love the humorous and interesting writing. Thanks for following my blog. Sayonara.

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  121. Kathi says:

    Wow! Very creative, warm, and with so much to share! BTW, I’m going to Singapore next spring. Got any advice on what to see or where to eat?

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  122. Rich Green says:

    Thanks for liking my photo blog. Have a great day. (hope I said it like I mean it)

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  123. Loca Gringa says:

    Dear Writing Hand,

    Please convey my thanx to Mr. Kurt for following my blog.

    Gringa.

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  124. I stopped by to thank you for following my blog and hope you continue to find something of interest there. I’m always curious as to what brings people to it. I have found yours very entertaining, especially your about page. I like your humor. I’ll stop back by shortly when I have more time to read. Thank you again.

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    • Thank you for stopping by to check things out, insearchofitall. I’m happy to hear you find things humorous and entertaining. As for how I found your blog…more than likely I saw something you posted in the WP Reader, liked it, and felt compelled by it to follow you in anticipation of more good stuff. :)

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  125. W. K. Tucker says:

    What an entertaining and interesting about page! Thanks for following my blog because it led me to yours. I’ll be back.

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  126. This is the most intriguing bio I’ve ever read, an exercise we all should attempt, for ourselves, and however we want to share it. Congratulations on being a survivor!

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  127. Tijani says:

    Hello Kurt,

    Thank you so much for the follow.
    What a site. I really like the way your site is presented and the formatting of the bio my oh my.
    cannot wait to explore the site more!

    Tijani

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  128. Kurt, thanks for the follow. This is an inspiring site and I’ve only just looked at your “About”–what a great layout, easy to follow, interesting…you are so prolific!

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    • Hey, thank you, Prof. Nisslbody. I appreciate you checking things out and taking the time to leave me with your kind comments and to let me know about the layout. I have a tendency to change my themes often…to often probably. But I like this one and it makes me happy to know it provides a decent experience for visitors. Thanks again.

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  129. sixpixx says:

    That’s an intriguing auto-biography – so strong. Thanks for stopping by and following my photographic attempts.

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  130. karencomics says:

    Hi Kurt, What an impressive “about” page! Makes me want to do an illustrated “Life of Kurt”! Thank you for the follow, and I’ll be returning the compliment!

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  131. kellygrow says:

    I thought your bio was really funny! :D

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  132. Debbie says:

    What an honor to have you following Shadows of Love. Thank you! Just in reading this page of yours, I am sure there is much about you I will enjoy and from which I have a lot to learn.

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  133. I nominated you for a “One Lovely Blog” award. Your writing touches and inspires me. Here is the post where I give you a shout out and instructions for accepting the award:

    http://lowwire.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/one-lovely-blog-award-2/

    Congratulations! And keep up the great writing.

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  134. This has to be the best ‘About’ page, I’ve ever read. You sound rather intriguing. :) I have a friend in South Africa who has recently had a bone marrow transplant. It’s been a long struggle, but he’s winning through, just as you did, :)

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  135. clara54 says:

    Thank you for the great share & transparency and for following my blog!
    Blessings,

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  136. Kendra S says:

    Hi Kurt! Thanks for the follow :) I look forward to checking out your blog soon!

    Kendra

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  137. This is an awesome bio! Thank you for sharing it. Look forward to reading your works.

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  138. Madeline Pettet says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog – have to admit it feels a little silly after seeing your’s!

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  139. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Thanks for the visit and follow!

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  140. Gone Wild says:

    Yes, English is a terrific language: too bad that at present only foreigners speak it well. Artsyberger

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  141. Lizzie Ross says:

    Thanks for the follow, Kurt. I’ll have to come back to this after November to give it a more careful read, but what an impressive list of “about”s.

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  142. marialberg says:

    Hi Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow. I’m so glad you found me, so I could find you. This is a great site. I’m excited to read your stories.

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  143. Levi Lewis says:

    Interesting and revealing bio, Kurt. But you left out a couple of things that perhaps only someone from the outside could see. I won’t include what I think you forgot or simply omitted out of respect for your privacy, but I will say the “warmth, caring and loyalty” I knew so well didn’t make the cut. And I bet you did feel like Godzilla in Japan. Hell, I felt tall in Japan and you tower over me.

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  144. Hi Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow on my blog, much appreciated. You have a very entertaining and original bio., and I also like the ‘no typos’ bit!

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  145. leamuse says:

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts. Perhaps one day you will check out my other blog?
    http://foundinfrance.wordpress.com
    Thanks!

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  146. Cristina says:

    Thanks for the follow :) What an interesting life you had! Looking forward to reading more. Hello from London!

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  147. goannasnake says:

    Thanks for visiting and following my Fictionary. I hope you enjoy my Accidental Words.

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  148. Thanks for the follow. I look forward to following your blog, too – What an interesting life you have had! Appreciate how you share faith and love!

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  149. @kurt
    It’s nice to know that you are an Independent (one who doesn’t belong to a particular political party) like me.

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  150. rita kowats says:

    I read every word with appreciation and delight…especially, ” He has touched waves frozen in their curl.” Thank you, Kurt.

    It will be good to meet you in the spaces between the words at Spirituality Without Borders. Thanks for the follow.

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  151. @kurt Since you and I share an interest for Japanese culture, you should read my primary blog’s post about Japanese women.

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  152. lucinda408 says:

    Thanks for the follow, I see that I can learn a lot from your writing. Look forward to reading your writings.

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  153. Now THAT is how to do a bio, Kurt! :-D
    I can’t wait to read more….

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  154. cynryan says:

    I love your style. Kurt. Thanks for stopping by Cancer Hits the Streets.

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  155. Ah – I know so much about you now I feel it could be my specialist subject on Mastermind! (UK brainiac TV show). thanks for following my blog and really good luck with the writing!

    Soph x

    Please vote for Sophie, She Wrote in the UK Blog Awards 2015 http://sophieshewrote.com/2014/11/10/ukblogawards/

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    • Awesome. I don’t know if you’ve visited my Frequently Angry Questions page but this is now the gold standard for how one should leave a proper “thanks for following” comment. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and for leaving such a killer comment, Sophie. You can bet I will vote for you in the UK Blog Awards thingy.

      Originality is so…awesome

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  156. skipmars says:

    Well, obviously I haven’t visited your FAQ page, or I would have put this response to your visit in the right orifice. Sorry! Actually, I’m not sorry, I’m a curmudgeon. So, I appreciate you took the time to visit my writing studio, and that — for some reason — you felt inclined to follow my work.

    My dad served in the South Pacific in the Navy during WWII on an attack transport. He wrote about his experience in “Attack Transport,” which he updated in “Gemini Ship.” So, we’re 2 degree linked there — plus I LOVED Roger Staubach when he played for Navy (and Dallas, too — but then they became America’s team and I didn’t have a vote).

    So thank you, Kurt. I’ll mark your site to come back and read when I’m not writing.

    — Skip

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    • This is great. I’m not exactly sure about all that’s going on but that’s okay because I liked to be left a bit unwary from what I read. Tell your hero father that I am so grateful for his service. And I too loved Roger the Doger, though, to be honest, I don’t remember his Academy playing days…a bit before my time. But he was the greatest with the ‘Boys.

      I”m so happy you had a brief moment to visit with me here, Skip. Thank you for that. I look forward to your next visit. ~ Kurt

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  157. casagan says:

    Thanks for the follow!

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  158. matinee11 says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog!!! I will definitely begin reading your posts when I myself slow down in order to take time to smell the roses! I am grateful we have discovered each others blog!! Wishing you all the inspiration from the ‘writers gods’!

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  159. milliethom says:

    An amazing About page, Kurt. Fascinating stuff. I note that, like many writers, you prefer to write things down than say them. I’m with you on that one. Thank you for the follow, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy following yours. Happy writing.

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    • Hello, milliethorn. Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look around. And I really appreciate your kind comment. It sounds like we have some commonalities as writers. Looking forward to visiting with you often. Happy writing to you, as well, my new friend.

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  160. Hi Kurt – that is quite an “About” page – you have experienced life to the fullest and continue to do so; you know what you like and don’t like, and you know how to verbalize it all. What’s not to like about a guy liky you? :-) Thanks so much for following Beauty Along the Road.

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  161. Hello Kurt, thank you very much for following my blog. I’m kind of new to the blogging world and I greatly appreciate followers. This was such a poetic bio. The line that stands out the most in my mind is that every american or immigrant who wishes to become one should be required to travel across the US. I wish that were true because I would love to do that. One of my favorite places I traveled to and love the natural beauty was Lake Superior’s coast in Wisconsin, my home state. I could go on about that camping trip. I have just seen your bio and cannot wait to sift through your other content and read what you have to say.

    -Emily

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    • Ah, Emily, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment with the lovely reflection on your home state. From one Lake State homie to another,…Welcome, my friend. I look forward to your many returns just as I look forward to visiting with you often at your site.

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  162. Wow. So many things remind me of me. I feel like I could have written some of the stuff here.
    It is good to hear from others who share my outlook. I will take issue with the idea that it is abnormal or unreasonable to focus on the negative in life.
    Someone once said that “Life is pain. Happiness is just those brief moments when the pain is suppressed”. If you think about it; most of our life is spent longing for; planning for; wishing for things; people; places we want. The time we get to actually enjoy those things is relatively brief. Then, once we have the longed for thing; something else takes our fancy and there we are again; longing for another difficult to obtain goal; convinced that satisfaction is sure to await our acquisition of this latest thing.
    It is the human condition.
    It seems that humans fail to accept the idea that there is anything that they should not have if they want it.
    Some would say that this is because we were originally perfect and there was no limit to our reach and that we are forever frustrated by our current imperfection and the limitations it places upon us.
    Others would certainly disagree and put it down to a scientific anomaly.
    Take your choice. I’m easy.
    Welcome to AMS.

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  163. Thanks. I love it too. I just wanted to stop back because….well….you mentioned that you are a….(GULP)…Cleveland fan.

    I don’t really know what to say. I feel you. They say they can cure that now you know.
    I have never suffered such an affliction although I do carry a second team affinity for the Steelers. Not so bad except that my First Team is the Baltimore Ravens.

    I’ve tried to give up the Steelers but I was living in PA when the Steelers were winning four out of five Super-bowls and three in a row back in the seventies.

    Ok, so now I have calmed you with assurances that I understand and I have exposed my own vulnerability along the same lines soooo.. you should be feeling quite warm and fuzzy about now. I think we can now discuss this problem of yours. Cleveland huh? CLEVELAND? Hmh! Cleveland…..Browns huh?
    Look man. There is no easy way to say this. Come on over to the Black and Purple. Right down the road. Winning team. Attractive uniforms. Cool numbers. And…..AND… they’ve actually been within sniffing distance of a Superbowl…………………actually they have won two.

    No?
    Ok. Picture this. Still Buckeye. Not far from “that” city. Tiger motif. Again. Winning team. Attractive uniforms and helmets. Huh?
    Come on. Tiger; you know. Rooaaaar!!! Fierce; cunning.

    Well; I’m all out of ideas. How did you ever manage to wind up a “B–B–Bro–; I just can’t say it; a fan of theirs? Did dey’ drug you, Kid? Did dey’ beat you wid’ a rubbah’ hose? Did they threaten your Muthah’? Oh Man. I just can’t think about it…………

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    • Brain-washed from birth, I guess. Born and raised Brown and it will not wash off. You know, if it were any other team except the baltimorons raisins, I probably could get behind them comfortably as a #2. But I just cannot do it with them…with the Modells. Ugh. But it is nice to be saying all this as my Brownies sit precariously at the #1 spot in their division. Odd feeling.

      Back in the day, the squealers were always the devil’s team. But these days I have a begrudging respect for them and reserve all my vile for the raisins. And purple has always been my least favorite color. :)

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  164. Hi there,
    Thanks for following my blog, I appreciate it.
    Bex

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  165. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my new blog and deciding to follow me! As you may have surmised, I am pretty blog-illiterate, but as a writer, I figured I ought to do what people in the 21st century are doing and acquire some new skills. It is a bonus that I am encountering cool (possibly even like-minded — do I dare fathom it?) people like you who seem to know the ropes! I look forward to navigating your site some more and reading more of your writing.

    Cheers!

    Steph

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    • Welcome, Steph. And as I am an old salt of a sailor who has come to know his ropes through both task and tale, please let me know if I can be of any assistance as you navigate your way around my site.

      And I do dare fathom that the depths or your nautical references in your wonderful intro could put wind in the most slack of a suffering sail.

      Welcome aboard, mate. :)

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  166. Wow…what a fascinating blog!! I have been reading through different topics and enjoy the diversity of it! I am a little behind on my thank yous but thank you for the follow on my blog and I am really looking forward to reading through more of yours!! Tina

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  167. Slo-Man says:

    Excellent About page. If only other bloggers would see the value of a great About page and this is right up there with the best of the best.

    Thanks for the follow, btw. Enjoyed the visit, will be following you in about 15 seconds.

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    • Thank you, kind sir. This About page didn’t come easy but it is very special to me, that’s for sure. I really appreciate your kind words, Slo-man. Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to our future visits, both here and at your domain.

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  168. Priyanki says:

    I just loved reading your about page. Thanks for the follow & giving me a chance to visit this amazing blog. Looking forward to explore more.

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  169. Arl's World says:

    Hi there! Thanks for the follow on my blog! I look forward to looking through your blog. :)

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  170. brickthomas says:

    Thanks for stopping by enjoy the retirement. You have earned it.

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  171. drjones890 says:

    You’ve been featured on TOWWIOW’s blog for Thank You Tuesday http://goo.gl/zg45lh CTA: Like, share and follow on my social media pages || Google+ http://goo.gl/akxoZY || http://www.fb.com/towwiow || http://www.twitter.com/towwiow ||

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  172. So many thoughts came to mind while reading this, but the last thought that came when I was done reading was: wow. It sums it up. What an interesting life you have led. I find I am like you in many ways that you describe here. My husband was in the Navy too, so I was automatically interested. Anyway, thanks for the follow. Looking forward to reading more.

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  173. bookheathen says:

    Want to thank you for your visit to my blog yesterday, and for following. I hope to explore your site more soon.

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  174. This is a great “about” page.. Well done!

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  175. sandradan1 says:

    What a fascinating bio, Kurt. Thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog, as you are a writer you might enjoy my website too. SD
    http://www.sandradanby.com/

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  176. Jack Crispy says:

    Hey Kurt, thanks for deciding to follow my blog. After reading some of yours, I’m going to follows yours too. I look forward to reading more of your posts and hope you enjoy reading mine.

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  177. gregg says:

    The chords of J Cash “…I’ve been everywhere man ! ” keep twanging away :)

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  178. Francesca says:

    Hi! Thank you for following Indifferent Ignorance. :)

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  179. lmarieallen says:

    What an incredible life you’ve lived! I’m more than a little jealous, except for maybe the whole leukemia and its aftermath. I have my own cancer, thanks:)

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    • Oh my. I’m so sorry to hear that you have cancer, Imarieallen. A prayer has been sent your way. The good thing is that I can really feel strength and positivity in your voice, which will go a long way in overcoming just about anything…as I suspect you may already know. Thanks for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and for taking the time to leave such an awesome comment. :)

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  180. Thanks for the follow :)

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  181. arvinbadiola says:

    I enjoyed reading this about page. Also, thanks for following!

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  182. Catherine says:

    You have travelled, you have seen, you have learned, you have lived. Keep going forward and sharing. You still have to see my neck of the woods. Until then, thanks for joining my band of followers as I explore my corner of our world.

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    • Awesome. Thanks for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and leaving such a poetic “Hello.” I really appreciate it, Catherine. And heading to your neck of the woods pronto to hang out with all your other band of followers for a bit. :)

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  183. elizabeth stokkebye says:

    You hold a lot and you share of it. Thank you. Glad you stopped by Mystic Strings Books. Happy to be part of your universe now.

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  184. Hi Kurt. Loved your life story! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for following. I don’t post as often as I intend to (once a week), but do what I can with my other commitments! Am looking forward to reading your blog too.

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  185. AsGrayAsGray says:

    Wow, nice bio – there’s a book in all that… ;-)
    Thanks for the follow over at my little corner, and I will now reciprocate in kind, once done typing into this little box.
    All the best!

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  186. bluebrightly says:

    Well, I will say it like I mean it, I mean, this is quite an “About” and I confess I did not read every single word. But I read a whole lot of them, and I liked them. Something about your description of your children’s births was moving. I suspect there’s much to see here, so I’m off!

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  187. Thank you for following my blog! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  188. ashenpancham says:

    Thank you Kurt Brindley. Your About section was delightful to read. I liked the third person style and humor. The sketches I’ve glimpsed on the site look awesome. I look forward to exploring the site and blog updates I receive in mail. Thank you for following my blog, LifeObservations.org. All the best to you.

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  189. ashenpancham says:

    Thanks for TuneIn. I was looking for this. You may well enjoy Jango.com (http://www.jango.com/ ). It has given me many hours of joy. Be sure to explore the wide variety of Music genres and associated radio stations.

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  190. dbp49 says:

    Without a doubt, one of the best “About” pages It has been my pleasure to read. Kudos. I didn’t have to think twice about hitting the follow button, and I assure you I will be back this way once I take care of some other obligations, and finish up the e-mail I’m working my way through. See you later, and thanks for the visit.

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    • That’s awesome, dbp49. I’m so happy you like it. I’m especially happy that you took the time to leave me such a nice comment. I really appreciate it. I visited Vancouver many years ago and I must say, it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen…and I’ve seen quite a few. :)

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  191. Very touching “About.” I, too, owe my life to another–a woman who gave me a kidney (a former co-worker!) Congrats on your novel and thanks for following me. My writing blog is liv2write2day.wordpress.com

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  192. poedestrian says:

    Thanks for the follow!
    “acting for ugly people” Sir, I love you. ;)

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  193. degus221 says:

    kURT, AHOY THERE., HAPPY TO READ THAT YOU’RE FOLLOWING MY BLOG, AND WILL LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR WORK.

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  194. Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray

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  195. Thanks for following Envisioning the American Dream- I look forward to reading your posts

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  196. What a great bio! I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the follow. I can’t wait to read your other posts.

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  197. I pride myself on not falling for stuff/things/people. But I clicked on the 1. Of course. And then defiantly unclicked. On principle.

    (For tonight, anyhoo.)

    Thanks for the follow. I’ll backatcha when my pride allows. (Tomorrow.)

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  198. Great bio Kurt! You’ve had an adventure or two in your time I see :)
    Thanks so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers,
    Alison

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  199. Yoshiko says:

    Thank you to follow my blog and like my poetry. Hope you enjoy it :)

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  200. Well Kurt, I’m not sure where to start. I got dizzy just trying to get to the comment form, LOL! You are one creative soul that’s for sure. I have enjoyed nosing around your space, love your haiku and that you stick to the format intended, 5-7-5. Drives me crazy that so many have altered it. I am a purest when it comes to haiku. (: Your photography and your treatments to some of it, is beautiful. Love the cosmos! Anywho, thanks for the follow of my blog. We definitely have similar interests. Have a joyful holiday season. Cheers, Margie

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    • Margie. I’m so appreciative of your determination in making that dizzying decent downward to the comment form; and I’m even more appreciative of the wonderful note you left for me once you arrived there. Thank you so much for stopping by to check things out a bit and for putting a smile on my face and some joy into my holiday season. I wish you and yours such joy and wonderment and a lot of Santa Claus lovin’ this season of the holy day. :)

      5/7/5 Forever…

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  201. susandalzell says:

    Thanks for following my blog on Japan! I’m a native Ohioan (Cleveland!), too. Looking forward to reading your blog.

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  202. themofman says:

    You’re very interesting. For a bit, I was wondering if you were the guy in those Dos Equis commercials. You certainly have my attention.

    By the way, thanks for taking a look at the Hammer Home Street Photography Project.

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  203. Well sir, I am honored that you are now following my blog. Thank you! As an army wife of 20 years, I can identify with you on many issues. We’ve always enjoyed traveling and meeting new friends. My husband and I are both writers as well. I’m looking forward to discovering more about you and your interesting life in the future! Blessings,

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    • Hello Ellie and Hooah! Thank you to both you and your husband for keeping us safe and free and allowing me to be as ridiculous as I can be without having to worry about being executed for spreading “corruption upon Earth” as I just finished reading an Iranian facebooker is being executed for… What a silly little planet we have.

      Anyway…thank you for visiting and taking the time for leaving me such a friendly comment.

      Go Army!

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  204. Hello Kurt,

    Thank you so much for following my blog and really feels nice to find you here :)

    This is one of the most detailed and frank “about” page I had seen here and thank you so much for sharing…

    Hope to follow many more adventures …

    Have a great time :)

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  205. Candia says:

    Thanks for following my posts. Look forward to finding out more about you and your work.

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  206. Sheetal says:

    Hey! Thanks for following my blog. Your travels seem very interesting. I look forward to read your posts.

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  207. gpcox says:

    Thank you very much for your service. You’ve had an interesting life so far, I’ll have to make sure to follow what happens next!

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  208. Shelley says:

    Best About page ever. Hands down. Also, I took three years of Japanese. Sooooooo harrrrrddddd!

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  209. Jami says:

    I think your bio wins, actually. ;) I’m so happy I came across you! And I’m so happy you spawned the most creative kids in the universe. :P You must be one proud papa.

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  210. Tony Single says:

    So glad you stumbled across one of my blogs. I wouldn’t have been able to follow you back to yours then! This is about the most entertaining and heartfelt About page I’ve read in a long time. :-)

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  211. ywwp says:

    Glad you follow my blog – http://YourWellWisherProgram.wordpress.com
    Your Well Wisher Program is No NGO setup, No big costs, No team formed, No copyright protected, No solution patented, individual effort in an – Attempt to solve commonly known problems.

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  212. Thanks for the visit and like my post Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Buildings. best wishes and prayers

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  213. Wonderful bio — and I will remember and quote politics=acting for ugly people for a long time. lol Mahalo for following my blog. Christi

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  214. aileen says:

    Beautiful. Loved reading this. Thank you.

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  215. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks for the follow, which introduced me to your blog. Love your ‘About’; very funny.

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  216. jennjenn388 says:

    One of the best bios I’ve read. Love your blog and can’t wait to sink my mind into some more of your posts. And thank you for the follow!!!!!

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  217. Thanks for the follow!

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  218. chitrader says:

    Thanks for the follow, Kurt. Wow, what a life you’ve led. Gives me inspiration to take more chances with my life.

    Best wishes,
    Chris

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  219. Having lived in Canada with a home on Lake Huron I too have touched the curl of frozen waves and even walked under them! Thank for following my blog!

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  220. Hi Kurt, very cool & entertaining bio – I really enjoyed reading it and hearing about your life adventures :-) Thanks for following me. Looking forward to seeing more of your updates!

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  221. Herman says:

    Hi Kurt. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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  222. Hi Kurt,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the follow. Great bio! Now I need to check out your blog posts. All the best to you!
    M.

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  223. katherinkok says:

    Thanks for drop by and follow my blog. I’m appreciate it. Good day to you.

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  224. Su Leslie says:

    Back again; thanks for following ZimmerBitch too :-)

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  225. Hello Kurt, very interesting about page! Thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow it. I will be back to visit yours. Cheers.

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  226. Thanks for the follow! Fantastically written biography

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  227. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for reading and following my blog. I look forward to exploring your blog and your writing. Happy holidays!

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  228. M.T. Bass says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following along.

    This might make you a little homesick for Lake Erie:

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  229. Hi Kurt, nice to meet you! Thank you for following my blog.

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  230. jgarrott says:

    Thank you for such a delightful “about” page! Thank you also for choosing to follow Virtual Vitamins. May the words I write be refreshing and encouraging to you, as I’m sure yours are to many.

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  231. David Sedaris is one if my favorites, too. It’s been several years since I read any of his books, but I still crack up when I think of some of his stories. Switching topics, reading about your bone marrow donor choked me up. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your service to our country!

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  232. Sanah Rizvi says:

    Thanks for the follow!
    Do come around more often and let me know what you think!
    See you soon,
    https://dancingtotherain.wordpress.com/

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  233. Hey, thank you for your follow. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  234. Wow Kurt, what an about page. It’s the story of all stories; filled with fun, family adventure, wonder and more. Definitely entertaining and nice to find a very personal welcome to your life. Thanks for the follow. You have so much to explore here!
    Happy Holidays! Brad

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  235. TheDailyScrap says:

    Thank you for following The Daily Scrap ~ All the best to you!

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  236. Gloryteller says:

    I like it and I mean it! ;)
    This is a most enjoyable bio – can’t help but like you.
    Thanks for the follow, bro.

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  237. lbeth1950 says:

    Thanks for following Nutsrok

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  238. Loved learning about you here. Thanks for checking out my page!

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  239. wingedprisms says:

    A great About page. :)
    Thank you so much for the follow.
    cate b

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  240. VaSanganyado says:

    I enjoyed reading your bio. Different and entertaining. Thank you for following my blog.

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  241. Ian Duke says:

    Thanks for the follow, having a poke around now having enjoyed this page first… there may be more enjoying going on it seems.

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  242. Jill says:

    Perhaps the best About page ever.

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  243. Great bio. I envy the xenophiliac music list, mine is more hidebound. And I agree that it’s more efficient to write (draw) than to speak especially when beer is involved; not that stops any of us. I’ve never heard politics better described.
    Also that there is more than us and this. But who can know if that is better and does knowing really matter? As it sometimes feels like we just here to avoid assholes, help those who are not (assholes or good at avoiding them) and chronicle our adventures if we have the time, talent and inclination. But mostly that seems good enough to keep on going on. So…
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the following. May I ask why?

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    • I’ve received more than a few comments on this about page and this is definitely among the most interesting. Thank you for that. As for why did I follow you, probably because I hadn’t before (see my FAQ (Frequently Angry Questions)), but after just now checking out your blog, it would be one I would gladly follow regardless. Write/Draw on, my friend!

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  244. Hi Kurt, I’m happy that you are following my blog. There’s something there, especially if you have been to the East, experienced Buddhist culture and wondered what is going on ‘under the hood’. I use my writing to demystify the Buddha’s teaching. There’s lots of good stuff coming up, so stay tuned!

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  245. arzki says:

    Thanks for following my blog.

    cheers.

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  246. Slayer says:

    Hi Kurt! And nice to meet you.

    I love your “About”, but it’s really not long enough. Please expand.

    Regarding your height: me too.

    But hey:

    “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

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  247. mickdawson says:

    Thank you, Kurt, for reading my latest novel. I hope you like it… Mick Dawson

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  248. Mary Kendall says:

    Hi Kurt, Thank you for reading and liking one of my poems today and then following my blog. It brought me here, and I must say that your ‘About’ page is one of the most amusing and captivating that I’ve read. I look forward to exploring your blog further. ~Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays~ Mary

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  249. I enjoyed this fun, quirky version of yourself;)

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  250. thatssojacob says:

    Hello Kurt! Just found your blog and decided to follow. Visit me if you’d like over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com to return the favor. Have a good one!

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  251. Best “About” I ever read…well done sir.

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  252. kcinaz says:

    Your bio is BIG. It is one of the most heart warming that I’ve read.

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  253. kauaiartist says:

    Thank you for liking my poetry on WordMusic. I really appreciate it.

    Brent Kincaid

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  254. Heather says:

    wow…great bio, makes me want to rewrite mine! thanks for following!

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  255. Leon August says:

    Thanks for the follow Kurt, I appreciate it.

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  256. feverdreams says:

    I’m stating the obvious, but even so, let me join the crowd and say: best ‘about’ I have ever read. I can’t wait to read the rest of your writings. Thank you for the follow; I get especially excited when people of wide interests and opinions follow my blog. Hope it’s worth your while. I am most definitely returning the favour.

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  257. alt.truisms says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Look forward to sharing more with you. xoxo Anais

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  258. icelandpenny says:

    Hi Kurt, thanks for he follow.

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  259. tubularsock says:

    Thanks Kurt for following Tubularsock.

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  260. SonFlower says:

    I like your “About” and your page design. Looking forward to more

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  261. Kurt, cheers for following my blog. Brilliant bio; enjoyed reading it, as well as exploring other areas of your site. Write on!

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  262. Marie Taylor says:

    Dear Kurt, I’m happy that you are following the Sacred Self blog. I enjoyed reading your bio. Two things immediately struck me. You are living in my old home state – I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburg – what a wonderfully beautiful area. And, you had leukemia. My older son did also but did not find the right donor in time. What a unique and precious blessing is this thing called life. Best wishes to you and your family. Marie :)

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  263. Thanks for helping me find your blog, Kurt… Entertainment and inspiration in one stop. Your honesty, humor, and great outlook is a welcome gift. I look forward to following. Jeff

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  264. Kurt, great to meet you and get to know you through your blog. You appear to have a deep appreciation for your experiences and travels…it’s quite likely you were Japanese in a previous life and that explains your affinity for the Japanese culture. Happy New Year from Canada…may you continue to enjoy many of life’s blessings…and thank you for visiting and following my blog.

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  265. tuinkabouter1965 says:

    Hey Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow on my blog! I feel honoured ;-)
    What a creative bio you wrote here!
    I will gladly read more of your stories and outlook on life.

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  266. Although this is a bit late, thank you for Following the CCE blog….keep expressing yourself and sharing with the world….Wishing you Light and Inspiration along your Journey….

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  267. Jude says:

    Many thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it enough to follow! :)

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  268. Tom says:

    Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. May The Lord Jesus Christ guide you and keep you in His will and ways. May God bless you richly through my blog.

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  269. Thank you for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope to inspire others to get out and see the world. And perhaps through those travels the world will become a smaller and less threatening place as we discover the many kindred spirits who share our passions, hopes and aspirations. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    It’s never too early or late to discover and follow your heart. Make time for the people, work, and causes you truly care about. Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.

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  270. HAHAHA! I love your about page! So witty; THIS is talented writing. I thought my mountain views were spectacular, but I wouldn’t mind a trade. ;) Glad to have found this “happy place” and will be by often I’m sure. Thanks for the follow.

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  271. iamit says:

    What a clever bio! It was a nice read… and your love for your family and life just shines through. :) Am grateful to you for following my site! :)

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  272. The Girl From The Moon says:

    Hello there (: Thank you for dropping by blog and following me. It’s always good to hear from a fellow writer (Loved your “Pro” Tips). I’ll be sure to check out your books too! Keep in touch.

    P.S Happy holidays.

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  273. jaypochapin says:

    Hi, Kurt!

    First of all, thank you for following my own humble blog; I am flattered.

    Secondly, I am an instantaneous fan of yours, simply on the basis of your “About” page. I know you are a good writer because I immediately envy the way in which you express yourself with both sincerity and humor. That’s my yardstick: if I wish I had written it, you MUST be good! LOL

    All sincere best wishes for your continuing growth and success on this blog and in your life,

    Jay Pochapin

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  274. Hi, Thanks so much for following my blog. You have got loads of stuff on here, and I look forward to looking through it. :-)

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  275. Hi Kurt, what an amazing life you’re having! Thank you for the follow, I hope you find something of interest there :)

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  276. What a greatly amusing biography! =) Thank you so much for sharing all of this, as well as for following my movie-review blog, Projected Realities! I greatly appreciate you for it and wish you and yours God’s blessings in the year to come! =)

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  277. Brometheus says:

    Wow- many “about” pages make me not want to read the site any further- this is quite the opposite. You’ve clearly been around the block my friend. I will definitely be stopping by here often.

    Happy New Year! (and thanks for following my site)

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  278. estelea says:

    What an inspiring life you’ve had dear! Loved the part on your kids, and that you were able to deliver Nb 3 :) Thanks for following my little blog and hence driving me to yours. Happy New year to you and yours,looking forward to reading more from you! Cheers :)

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  279. cindydyer says:

    Best bio on the web, without a doubt. Want to write mine for me? ;-) Thanks for following my blog. Now I’m following yours and want to read more of your work. Happy New Year, Kurt!

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  280. abtruman says:

    I loved Japan, eating with chopsticks, and going to various ports while stationed on the USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Lassen, Homeport Yokosuka. I was in Japan from 2002-2009. I want to go back so bad yet I don’t really miss the Navy. I also felt that god saved me from a horrible illness. Cool bio, and I feel like we have some things in common.

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  281. littleandluxeblog says:

    Thanks for the follow!

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  282. Thanks for the follow Kurt. I know you’ve gotten a ton of kudos regarding your bio, but I have to add mine. What a fascinating life you’ve had, and you are truly a survivor! I’m going to stop whining about my problems. I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog :)

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    • Thank you very much for taking the time to leave me with such a nice comment, BHOBB (cool handle). I really do appreciate it. And as for that whining…life is all very much relative to the one living it. Besides, we all know it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the good stuff…

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  283. One of the most creative blogs I have seen in a long time. I love this page. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Regards, Catherine

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  284. Thanks so much for the follow, Kurt! I love your site!

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  285. cindygurmann says:

    Kurt, thank you so much following my blog. I have not yet compiled my “about” – haren’t yet come up with a format that fits me, a “work in progress.” Your list of descriptors is the standard that I hope to reach at some point – kudos! Looking forward to reading more of your work.

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, cindygurmann. My about page has been a long, slow evolution…as have I. Good luck in choosing your format. I’m happy to hear you’re taking care in that process as the about page is typically the pathway to and first impression of your site.

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      • cindygurmann says:

        What could be more apropos than your posting of “The Poem of Me” yesterday? I have already gone through so much
        “evolution” and am hopeful to continue this process- but you are correct- I need to show prospective readers at least a hint of who I am at the moment- thanks for your encouragement.

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  286. Daniel O'Hara says:

    Hi Kurt, thanks for following my blog. Yours is very interesting and it sounds like you’ve seen some very cool things. Good blogging in 2015!

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  287. Welcome aboard, Kurt, good to have you along.
    Wonderful reading here; you don’t look 186 years old … how did you fit it all in ;)
    All the best for 2015.
    Miles and Pippa

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    • Yeah, for a while there I sure did feel like I was 186. Thank you, Miles and Pippa, for stopping by and checking things out a bit. And I really appreciate your kind, humorous comment..

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  288. Wow, great bio, great blog! I am looking forward to spending some more time exploring your site. Thank you for the follow on my newbie blog. I have so much to learn about it all. I shall peruse every corner of your blog and learn what makes it all work.

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  289. jazzcookie says:

    Hey, Kurt – Thanks for following JazzCookie and I really mean it. Loved reading about you and I can see that I’ll have a good time browsing your blog. I smiled at the page titled Art? I’ve just returned to visual art after many years away and find myself producing just that – Art? But question marks have never stopped me. Stay tuned…new post coming on JazzCookie later today. Molly aka JazzCookie

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  290. larrymuffin says:

    Thanks for following my blog.

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  291. Thanks Kurt for the follow…nice to know someone is out there reading my blog. I liked your bio, you sure have lived your life to the fullest….blessings to you Louise.

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  292. Samantha says:

    Thanks for following my blog, Kurt! Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  293. Sandy Sue says:

    Kurt, thanks so much for visiting my site and choosing to follow along.

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  294. Patrice says:

    Thanks for the ‘Follow’!!! :D

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  295. gruundehn says:

    Thanks for stopping by and now following my blog.
    I love airplanes, so when it came time to enter the military my choice was Navy or Air Force and I remembered that no one ever sank an Air Force Base. After my tours (20 years and 10 days, retired TSgt) I went from job to job and am now retired. My youngest brother is a retired CWO2 in the USMC.
    I hope that I inspire some thoughts from my rants and I welcome discussion (not that I get that much). Your entries may not be intentionally designed to inspire thoughts but they do. Keep up the work and may God Bless.

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  296. I’m… staggered. Your Guardian angels have been working overtime – You survived some scary S—. You’ve done so much and a writer to boot!
    I’m an aging boomer -62- Re. Music – I could do without Marilyn Manson, but I can hang with most music except vulgar Rap. Try out an old LP “Lives in the Balance” by Jackson Browne sometime.
    CCR, the James Gang, Moody Blues, Def Leppard, Dan Fogelberg, [RIP] Jethro Tull, Eagles, ELO and Styx are among my artists of choice.
    My Yea’s are my Yea’s and my Nay’s are my Nays. Not negotiable. [check out partneringwitheagles http://partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com/posts/blog-profile/%5DThanks for the follow; I had to un-follow some of the many blogs I like because my inbox started to be a Tsunami. Take care, “X”

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    • I’ve never been able to grasp JB like you and so many others have; though he wouldn’t drive me out of a room if played. Of course his song from Fast Times At Ridgemont High is iconic and enduring. All your other favorites are also mine. Thank you for your very kind comments, PWE. I truly do appreciate it.

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  297. Hmmm the %5D should NOT be there.

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  298. JUNO's VIEW says:

    Thanks for stopping by and following my podcast/blog ‘The Strengths Revolution’, but a particular thanks for your inspiring writing.

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  299. Thank you so much for following my blog! I like your spirit and admire your life experience. Thank you for your service.

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  300. ephesians413 says:

    All I can say is wow. God has given you a tremendous amount of experience! It’s amazing that He somehow managed to fit it all into one life! Thank you for stopping by my blog and following!

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  301. Hi Kurt, your life is amazing, it is inspiring me a lot, to be stronger and to strive living forward. Thank you so much for sharing and giving us a piece about yours. By the way, thanks to stopping by at TSeiha.

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  302. Amanda Iosa says:

    Hi Kurt, I’m delighted by your creativity and something about all you’ve shared here in your about page has made me smile from a very deep place. Thank you for sharing what is authentic. I’m looking forward to exploring your posts, and to connecting out there on the path we call life, even if this is the e-version!

    Thanks for the follow as well.

    Best wishes!

    Amanda Iosa

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    • Well, if what you have read here has triggered a smile then mission accomplished. Thank you, Amanda, for stopping by, checking things out a bit, and taking the time to leave me such a kind comment. I really appreciate it very much. Here’s to e-connecting! And best wishes to you, as well, my friend.

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  303. Hi Kurt, thanks for sharing your insightful, humorous and very human life story with us. I look forward to exploring and possibly contributing to your blog.

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  304. Thank you for your recent follow. Great to read your interesting About page – nicely crafted, indeed.

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  305. Hi Kurt, You have an amazing blog. No wonder you have so many followers. Keep up the great job.

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  306. Hello fellow former Clevelander. Thank you for your entertaining bio. You sound like a real person living a real life. That is so refreshing. -Amanuensis

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  307. Thanks for following my blog at NotebookM. Nicely told life story here. Love your logo.

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  308. Al Diefert says:

    Hi Kurt,
    Thanks for the follow, I hope you enjoy our journey. I know I will enjoy following yours.
    From one Trusty Shellback to another, fair winds and following seas.

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  309. lpapsun says:

    I feel like I know you from reading your biography here. Awesome and quirky and contradictory all rolled into one. Love it. Thanks for following me and my blog.

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  310. Thank you for following my blog. I am going to check yours out.

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  311. Geraldine K. says:

    Kurt,
    Thanks for reading and following my blog about walking 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago route in Spain. I hope you enjoy reading it in the months to come.
    Looking forward to reading through your blog too…it sure looks like you’ve been busy putting it all together. Best of luck with it.

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