Kana's Chronicles

Life in Kana-text (er… CONtext)

wearing stories on the skin…

When faced with a fill-in-the-blank statement of “I am a _____”… What’s YOUR answer?

I am… a writer, an explorer, a coffee-drinker, a recovering addict, a barefoot linguist, a book-dragon (“bookworm” doesn’t cover it), a raconteur, a sailboat skipper, a research diver, a tattooed scholar, a pirate, a poet, a spiritual adventurer, a photographer, a cartographer, a joyful wife, a mom, an island-girl at heart… A list-maker! :)

And pleased to meet you! :) Kana

kanasmith13@gmail.com

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Kana’s Curriculum Vitae

Education

Boise State University

  • Master of Fine Arts, English (Creative Writing, Poetry)
  • Secondary Teaching Certification: English, biology, chemistry, natural science, physical science

University of Hawai’i at Hilo

  • Marine Option Certificate (18-credit research program in marine biology)
  • NAUI Research Diver certification

University of Idaho, Cum Laude

  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology
  • Bachelor of Arts, English
  • UI Honors Certificate (30-credit program of Honors courses)
  • National Merit Scholarship, David English Scholarship, University of Idaho Honors Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Idaho Young Woman of the Year Scholarship

Career Experience

  • 2018-Present: Manager, Pendleton KOA
  • 2017-2018: Service Desk Associate, The Home Depot
  • 2011-2018: Freelance Writer.
    • BikerCraze (contributing writer)
    • WesternByways magazine (field writer)
    • Quality Communication Solutions (senior staff writer, Media & Communication Director)
  • 2009-2010, 2013-2014: Kana Girl’s Hawai’ian BBQ. Owner & Manager.
  • 2011: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Seasonal employee, Eagle Island State Park.
  • 2002-2008: Idaho Digital Learning Academy. Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Advanced Placement Biology & English teacher. Professional Development Specialist. English Department Chair. Science Department Chair.
  • 2001-2003: Folk Photo. Proprietor & Photographer.
  • 1999-2001: Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council. Program Specialist.
  • 1997-1999: Owyhee Plaza Grill. Head Waitress, supervisor & trainer.
  • 1994-1997: Dr. R.F. Rosenzweig’s Microbiology Lab, University of Idaho. Lab Technician.
  • 1993-1995: The Argonaut. News Reporter.

Consulting & Contract Work

  • Course Reviewer, Colorado Online Learning
  • Adjunct Faculty, Northwest Nazarene University (Teacher Education)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Boise State University (English)
  • Adjunct Faculty, College of Southern Idaho (Biology)

National Committees

  • National Standards for Quality Online Learning Institutions Committee (North American Council for Online Learning), 2008
  • College Board Assembly Delegate, 2008
  • Advanced Online Learning Conference Committee (Virtual High School Global Consortium), 2008
  • Teacher Leaders Network, inducted 2007
  • Virtual Schools Symposium Program Committee, 2007 & 2008
  • National Standards for Quality Online Teaching Committee (NACOL), 2007
  • Chair, RFP Review Committee (Virtual Schools Symposium), 2007 & 2008
  • Teacher Webinar Project (NACOL), 2007

Presentations, Panels, & Webinars

  • Evaluating and Improving Online Courses,” Virtual Schools Symposium, Phoenix AZ 2008.
  • Supporting Students in Online and Blended Classrooms,” Advancing Online Learning Conference, Nashua NH, 2008.
  • Instructional Models and Programs,” Advancing Online Learning Conference, Nashua NH, 2008.
  • Online Options for Gifted Students,” Edufest, Boise ID, 2008.
  • New Approaches to Online Science,” Advancing Online Learning Conference, Nashua NH, 2008.
  • Professional Development in Online Programs,” North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) Western Committee (national webconference), 2008.
  • Course Design for Online Delivery: Reaching Rural Populations,” USDA Economic Council, Boise ID 2008.
  • Creating Community in the Online Classroom,” NACOL Teacher Talk, national Webinar series, 2008.
  • Fitting Additional Math and Science into Middle/High School Schedules, “Idaho Association of Secondary School Principals Annual Meeting, Boise ID, 2008.
  • Idaho’s Online Secondary School,” guest lecture at College of Idaho, Twin Falls ID, 2007.
  • Implementing Authentic Science Labs in the Virtual Classroom,” Virtual Schools Symposium, Louisville KY, 2007.
  • Applied Research in Online K-12 Learning,” Virtual Schools Symposium, Louisville KY, 2007.
  • Collaborative Course Development Models,” Virtual Schools Symposium, Louisville KY, 2007.
  • IDLA: A State Resource Expanding Districts’ Options,” District Administrators Annual Meeting, Pocatello ID, 2007.
  • Enhance your School Toolbox with Idaho’s Multi-Tool: a State Resource to Expand Your Options for Serving Secondary Students,” Whole Teacher, Whole Child Conference, Idaho Falls ID, 2007.
  • In-District Options for Action Strategies: An Array of Secondary Resources Targeting Student Proficiency in Multiple Areas,” Federal Program Directors Meeting, Boise ID, 2007.
  • Online Advanced Placement Orientation: Facilitating a Preparatory Session for AP Students,” AP College Board Annual Conference, Las Vegas NV, 2007.
  • Effective Communication & Intervention Strategies with Online Students,” Professional Development class taught online for university (NNU) credit, 2007.
  • “IDLA: Exanding Schools’ Options,” Idaho Middle Schools Conference, Meridian ID, 2007.
  • “IDLA: Update 2007,” Idaho Senate Education Committee and Idaho House Education Committee, Boise ID 2007.
  • Supporting the Online Instructor: Best Practices in Teacher-Training, Community Building, and Professional Development Online,” Virtual Schools Symposium, Plano TX, 2006.
  • Online Learning Opportunities,” Title I Special Populations Conference, Boise ID, 2005.
  • Creating Standards: A Statewide Initiative,” Virtual Schools Symposium, Denver CO, 2005.
  • Girls on Film: Photography Skills to Improve Your Event Photos,” Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff Northwest, Richland WA, 2001.

Journalism & Publications

  • “Freelancing Boundaries (…or ‘This Righting isn’t Write!’)” InkPageant, August 2012
  • “A Learning-Journey Toward Valuing My Gender… And Those Who Share It,” Emmie Mears, February 2012.
  • “Travel Writing: Our ‘Pirate Code’ for the Road,” Clan Elves of the Bitterroots, October 2011.
  • “Silver City, Idaho: The ‘Ghost Town’ that Never Gave Up the Ghost,” Western Byways, September 2011.
  • “Rescue Diver,” Slippery When Wet, April 2011.
  • “In the Market for a Maker,” Wagon Wheel, March 2011.
  • “Idaho Digital Learning Academy,” chapter of a NACOL-sponsored book on virtual education (2009).
  • Book Review, “Principals Who Learn,” National Teacher Leaders Network, Sep 2007
  • 2006 Editorial Board Member, Ahsahta Press, Boise ID.
  • “Connective Tissue”–2006 thesis for Master of Fine Arts, Boise State University.
  • Poetry published in Joy of the Journey, Expressions, Cabin Fever, Anarchist Angel, WordSalad, Pathetic Poet Society, Poesie, SheMom, Eternal Portraits, and Standing: Poetry by Idaho Women.
  • Photographs published in Girl Scout Leader national magazine, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, St. Alphonsus Foundation Report to the Community, publicity materials for Family Advocate Program and Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council.
  • Associate Editor, The Sound of What?, 2002.
  • News Reporter, The Argonaut, 1993-1995.

Volunteer Work & Community Service

  • Boise Rescue Mission (City Lights Women’s & Children’s Shelter), 2011
  • Ada County Jail (clergy visits), 2011-Present
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, 2008-present
  • March of Dimes, 2004-2008.  Youth Leader, Idaho Chapter. NICU Action Committee. Founder of the Idaho NICU Photo Project.
  • St. Alphonsus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2004-2008. Parent Support Group. NICU Photo Project.
  • North Boise Little League, 2006-2007. T-ball coach and team manager.
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2006-2008. Youth Education, Music Ministry.
  • Family Advocate Program, 2003-2010. Event photographer.
  • Girl Scouts USA, 2003-2010. Board of Directors, Inland Empire Girl Scout Council, 1990-1991.  Inland Empire Day Camp Director, 1991. Workshops, event support. Girl Scout Gold Award. “Thanks” Award for Service.
  • Hagerman Fossil Beds, 1999. Exhuming fossils.
  • Discover Center of Idaho, 1997-1999, 2009. Delivering Science Curriculum.
  • Gritman Memorial Hospital, 1990-1993. Patient Care.

Additional Credentials & Licensing

  • Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church
  • NAUI Research Diver
  • PADI Advanced Diver
  • ASA Sailboat Skipper (certified in Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter, and Navigation.)

225 thoughts on “About Kana

  1. freebirdmani says:

    Hi Kana,

    Its a pleasure to know you and to know how we are all shaped up in our lives encapsulated with circles of social existence.

    Thanks for joining my little grabs of small talk and sometimes big emotions in this non stop breathtaking race of life.

    Cheers
    Mani

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    1. maya says:

      Hi Kana!
      Thanks for following my blog. It’s still a bit empty, but I’ll make it more interesting,promise!:)
      Maya.

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  2. Hi Kana,

    I am a…writer, too. (Must we pick one?? ;)) So glad our cyber-paths have crossed. I look forward to sharing vicariously in your adventures!

    Best,

    August

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      No limits! List-maker that I am, I wouldn’t dream of restricting anyone’s word-catalogue… ;)

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  3. Deano says:

    Hi Kana

    I enjoyed reading your packing comments!

    I am curious, how did you find a job writing for the UK hire car place (being Australian I still struggle to say car rental!)?

    Regards
    Dean

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Good question–how does an Idaho girl end up doing THAT job? :) Freelancer.com is where I’ve been landing freelance gigs; the website takes a cut of the commission, but you can “cheat” a bit by hooking up with a job and then moving to an “offsite” payment plan…

      “Hire car” has been a tough phrase for me to write; here in the States you only talk of hiring people, not objects, so if I said (speaking in “American”) that I were hiring a car, I’d mean I’m hiring a driver and a car… Needless to say, this job has been educational for me. ;)

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  4. Thanks for subscribing to my blog, Kana! Your freelancing career sounds interesting and challenging.

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  5. Deano says:

    Cool, I have heard of that website. Elance.com too. I will try it out. Happy Travels :-)

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  6. bytetime says:

    Hi Kana,

    Thanks for subscribing to Geokult – hope you enjoy our posts!

    Good luck with your writing
    T

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  7. I am a puppet, a poet, a pirate, a pauper, a pawn and a king. But hey, that’s life.

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  8. gracestovall says:

    I am a creator, a painter, a visionary, a hopeful romantic, an athlete, a writer, a dreamer, a believer, a wisher, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a student, a counselor, a reader, a poet, and an awful karaoke shower singer.

    I’ve loved reading your blog :)

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  9. Beth says:

    I love reading well-told stories written by amazing storytellers. I am greatly enjoying reading you posts! I’m so glad you found me so I could in turn find you and your wonderful writing.

    I am a… musician, a dancer, singer and an improviser. I’m the thunder heralding the storm and the light breeze whispering through the field. I’m a listener, a watcher, a dreamer and a Texan. I think there’s some clause on my birth certificate that requires me to say that last bit.

    Looking forward to more of your writing!

    Beth

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      I’m sure that’s a Texas law! ;) Glad we found each other–as a fellow cat-cuddler and Al-Anon (as well as Alcoholic, in my case) your post jumped off the screen at me!

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  10. heidit says:

    What a lovely blog, Kana. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and, in the process, helping me to find yours. Your story about Suzie (or is it Suzy) is so lovely and heartwarming. I love your writing style and your sense of humour. Can’t wait to read more of your posts.

    Heidi

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  11. Thanks for the follow! I too have a very long fill in the blank statement:-)

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  12. eric.rial says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I was working on cropping a picture to put on my latest post when you stumbled upon it. It just happened to be of a lake in Idaho that looked like a path to somewhere – maybe renewal… I was there fishing and camping in 2005 and my biggest batch of renewal ever started early the next year. A post a day for 2011, awesome!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Renewal in Idaho has certainly worked for me! ;) I look forward to following yours…

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  13. Ship's Cook says:

    Hi Kana

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed my post, I’m looking forward to having a good nose through your stuff over the weekend.

    for the record I’m the loving husband to Mabofthefaeries, father of a wonderful clever young woman, a curious traveler, long haired music loving sci-fi and horror geek and about to become a full time freelance writer, researcher, editor and PR consultant.

    Simon

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  14. Nick says:

    I did a little dance around my bedroom when I saw that you subscribed to me.. good thing my boyfriend already thinks I’m nuts.

    Your the first person I don’t know in real life that’s done so, so thank you.

    I skimmed your site and it looks awesome. I can’t wait to read more :)

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Confession time… I started blogging with the self-absorbed thought of having MY writing out there–but I’ve become even more addicted to reading (and meeting) other people! Glad I found your blog. And here’s to the partners who think we’re crazy and LOVE us that way. ;)

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      1. Nick says:

        I recognized my own narcissism a LONG time ago, but I completely agree. Mostly I started blogging because it’s easier than e-mailing or calling every member of my overbearing, intrusive, (awesome) family, but now I’m psyched to find a whole bunch of people who love what I love.

        And here, here.. Christopher is far too patient with me :)

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      2. El Guapo says:

        funny, that’s exactly how I’ve found it.
        Though I’m still hoping my writing gets me the SeaDoo jet ski sponsorship for my trip from NY to London that I’m hoping for…

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  15. csroth3 says:

    Hi Kana,
    Thanks for following me. I felt like we are kindred spirits when I read your Gravitar profile. I love the “book dragon” and “Island girl” bits. Can’t wait to read more.
    Cheryl

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Back atcha! :)

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  16. junemoon says:

    Aloha Kana ~ Wow ~ what an interesting woman ~ I am glad you stopped by my blog and I am thoroughly enjoying your blog ~ great look and solid content ~ junemoon PS I’d love to read more about your skin art ~

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Mahalo for the idea! Look for an “Ink Installment” this week. :)
      (Nothing like a “writing prompt” to get us going, right?)

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  17. samshine20 says:

    Thanks for the ‘like’ Kana! Loved skimming through some of your posts and looking forward to more. :)

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  18. Hello Kana! I love your profile, your tattoos and your blog. Thank you for subscribing to mine and I look forward to reading more of your interesting stories. You are proof to me that you don’t need money to be rich. Much respect!

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  19. Susan says:

    Hi Kana,
    Thanks for subscribing to my blog! I am glad you enjoyed it. For the record, I am a lover of coffee, as well. I especially love hazelnut and enjoy all coffee! It is nice to meet another writer!
    Sue

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  20. caitlambert says:

    Thanks for subscribing. Your blog is inviting. :)

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  21. hitomiakiko says:

    Hey Kana,

    Great Blog! :))

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog! It’s still the beginning for me, but as a fellow writer, I’m looking forward to making it more…

    Thanks! :)
    Regards.
    Mariah

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  22. noobytendencies says:

    Hello!
    Thanks very much for subscribing to my Blog! Its still a working progress, but I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to read some of the stuff I put up!
    I will subscribe in return!
    Best wishes,
    Adam :)

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    1. carolyn4u says:

      I appreciate your interest in my blog; thanks for subscribing. Wish I had more time to contribute my thoughts to those willing to read them :) Writing is a joy in my life. Happy Autumn!

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  23. Nicole Marie says:

    Beautiful tattoos! I look forward to following your blog. :)

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  24. Thérèse Michelle says:

    I am so glad you found my blog. I am just “getting out there” in the blog world and did not realise how much I would love getting to know others through their blogs.

    I see from your sidebar that you do NaNoWriMo. I have for a few years now. Not sure it I will this year. I am trying to work on a novel and may not have it done in time. We will see.

    I am excited to read more of your writing…

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  25. I am a mother, wife, writer, quilter, juicer (only fruit and vegies :-)), coffee lover, vegetarian some days, thinker, cryer, and amny other -ers! NIce to meet you!

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  26. . . . many! And obsessive about grammar and spelling.

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  27. Sunshine says:

    I just wanted to say hey and a great big MAHALO for taking the time and subscribing! Looking forward to all your writings especially about Hawai’i…….

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  28. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. It looks like you’ll have lots of reading to do. If you are an island girl, you HAVE to come visit Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.

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  29. Hey Kana… nice blog!
    Keep sharing your thoughts and adventures.
    Thanks!

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  30. Thanks for subscribing! Look forward to getting to know you more!

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  31. kana – thanks for checking out my blog. i’m so happy i found yours…kindred reading for sure. you are living the dream i’m starting for myself right (write) now. it’s so encouraging to see you freelancing. it is real…it’s really out there isn’t it? my 9-5er is less motivating everyday, if “motivating” ever got very far past a paycheck. thanks for living your gift!

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  32. I love it! I just read your About Me and I love that you listed all of the interesting and random facets that make you… YOU! You stopped by Woman in Thrisis and that’s how I found you… And I’m so glad I did! I look forward to keeping up with your adventures. :)

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  33. Thanks for subscribing and “liking” my recent post. It has seriously made my day! Also, I just got really excited seeing you describe yourself as a “barefoot linguist”. We seem to have a lot in common, based on your bio (before I edited mine last night, I even ended mine the same way!)…looking forward to some good reads and great conversation.

    Also, re: your photo: A Granny? Really? My mind is blown.

    It’s a pleasure “meeting” you!

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  34. Wynter Pitts says:

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog! I can already tell your a “hoot! Looking forward to some fun reads!

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  35. Cowboy says:

    Hey Kana –

    Thanks for stopping by and subscribing to my blog. I’ve only read a couple posts here in yours but I’ll catch up. From what I’ve read – it looks like I’ll enjoy reading your new posts !
    Keep at it :)

    Cowboy

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  36. etomczyk says:

    Hi Kana: I noticed that you had subscribed to my blog and I wanted to thank you and tell you how much I appreciated it. I also read through all your comments and you’ve been busy! Your blog is delightful. I’m a writer too and I appreciate all writers who have the courage to step out and share who they are as well as their hearts in stories. I’ll be back.

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  37. camsgranny says:

    Hi Kana! I am…Mother, Granny, caretaker, domestic goddess, goofy, and clutzy. Thanks so much for subscribing to my blog. I am a wanna be writer, and like others before me, happy that someone other than a family member has subscribed! I read through your blog and we have alot in common. Here’s to a new friend!

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  38. Rosewynde says:

    Hi Kana,
    I’m glad you enjoyed my post and blog ; ) I loved reading your Burning the Script. I guess i’m a list maker to without realizing it as all my self descriptions are typically lists ROFL ; D I’m curious how you found my blog as i typically only share it with friends on facebook?

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  39. TJ Willard says:

    I am flattered that you took the time to add me to your collection!!! You have quite the array of fans and I can now be considered part of the club:
    I love your wit and energy. I do not; however, look forward to my girls growing up to be troublesome girlfriends (its inevitable … we all do it to ONE poor guy)! And here I was thinking that BOYS were trouble. My husbands idea of chaining them in the basement gets better every day :-)

    Cheers,
    http://www.mommysmomments.wordpress.com

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      When my son was born, an experienced dad shared this little “gem” about parenting teens: “When you have a son, you only have to worry about one penis. With a daughter, you have to worry about ALL the penises!” Oh boy. I had already been praying for all-boys–but since God enjoys a giggle, we’ve got girls in the mix. Yikes. ;)

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  40. The bills are mounting and I had just come to the realization that we won’t be going on vacation for a while…and then I checked out your blog. Mistake. Now I’m sad. I’ve never considered visiting Idaho, but after today I’ve changed my mind.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Let me know when you’re coming!! ;)

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  41. Miss Edee says:

    I’m not usually one to comment so much on someone else’s website but your stuff just really resonates with me and sometimes I don’t know when to keep my pie-hole shut! lol I’m 41, recently quit my job, going through a period of growth and re-discovery, tattoos, writing, sound familiar? My past is one of abuse, rather than addiction, but I love finding others who are thriving and being themselves…. it helps!! So keep writing, PLEASE!! You never know whose life you’re going to touch! ~ Peace to you :)

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  42. I love to write but I am not sure if I am a writer. Thank you for the warm welcome.

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  43. thefrustratedmystic says:

    Hello, Kana! Thanks for subscribing to my blog – I am loving reading yours.

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  44. W J Corbett says:

    Dearest
    Thank you for taking the time with my blog. We are each given only a fraction of what we would care to have in a life and I am always greatful for those that intersect with mine.

    I had written,starting on October 18th,2010,a bit about the care for my lovely Ma and I share with you,that post. I think there were possibly 10 in all but I send this one to you…

    http://shine2day.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/shine-today-39/

    Keep doing all you do!! You are fascinating and fun!

    I wish you peace!
    ~b

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  45. Thanks for the follow! I like the term “book dragon!” :) haha

    Reese

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  46. W J Corbett says:

    I had started a new blog at the end of August entitled Romantic quick read for those that may want just a few words each day,but I hoped to catch them enough to want to return for another.

    Please,give me your honest opinion,if and when you have the time.

    Thank you!!

    http://romanticquickread.wordpress.com/

    ~b

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  47. millie winks says:

    I wanted to stop by and say thanks for following me! I’m really enjoying what I’ve been reading on your site so far. The photo I currently have on my header was taken in Idaho, on the way to Hurricane Pass in the Tetons!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      And it’s gorgeous! (of course, I’m completely Unbiased on the subject of my home-state… ;)

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  48. Kristina says:

    Thanks for stopping by :) Love your picture! See you around! :D

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  49. Thank you for following my blog and leading me to yours! I am inspired by your positive energy for life. Keep on writing, I shall be following in return!

    T
    http://www.takebuseleven.wordpress.com

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  50. geekybrit says:

    Hello! Cheers for the following! This seems odd, in a Myspace sort of way. I feel like I ought to leave you a glittery graphic saying “thanks for the add” ;) Great blog – good to hear of other explorers out there.

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  51. whatfatgirl says:

    Hi Kana! You’re beautiful! I want to thank you for your comment and for following my blog. I’ve enjoyed reading (the little I did) about you. Are you in Idaho now?

    Chelle

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  52. Hi Kana,

    I saw you subscribed to my blog! Thank you so much! I wanted to let you know that I’m in the process of moving my site over to WordPress, so if you’d like to see the full blog in the meantime, you can visit http://www.realrealhousewife.com.

    Amber

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  53. Thanks for subscribing to coffeetableconversations

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  54. skidaddy says:

    Thanks for subscribing, looking at the comments above it looks like you’ll lots of interesting reading coming up.
    As for myself the best way to describe myself at this time is “I am”, and I’m learning about who.
    Take care,
    Dwayne

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  55. gertieapigo says:

    Hi Kana! Thanks for subscribing! I’m a newbie to blogosphere so it’s really something for me for someone who wants to follow my blog. I’m not really a good writer but I just love to write so I hope you won’t get bored on my posts. I would appreciate if you could also give honest comments on how I write and what’s lacking in my blog to make it more popular. Thanks anyway and millions thanks in advance!

    All the best,
    Gertie

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  56. Bethany says:

    Hi Kana! Thanks for visiting my blog. A lot of our blank-fill-ins match up. ;) I look forward to perusing yours!

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  57. rosellezubey says:

    Hi Kana-Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post “Embrace the Leader Within.” It meant a lot to me to get my first “like”. I have to say that. I’m going to visit your blog now. You can stop by anytime you want and keep in touch. Take care. rosellezubey

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  58. Hello, Kana! In no particular order, I am a creature (of comfort, of this world, of habit), a woman, a mother, a writer, and a Berkeleyan. I am also grateful for connections to other writers, so thanks for that!

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  59. Hi, You have great blog I enjoyed reading, thanks for visiting mine :)

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  60. Namaste Kana,
    I am a soul, long lost in a world that I cannot relate to but am somehow addicted to. I’m a writer and a musician, a son, a brother, a father, a mate, among… well, don’t get me started. Mostly my goal is to be a sincere seeker–a true lover.

    Thanks for subcribing to my blog. I like yours too. jesse

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  61. If you simply changed the female references in this to male, you’d have described me perfectly. Love your blog, love your thoughts. Thanks for sharing, so others may find. :-)

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  62. Diego Serrano says:

    I’m a complete mess with all the life stories to prove it.
    thanks for liking my musings. I enjoy yours too!
    best, Diego

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  63. bannatreasures says:

    Hi Kana!

    Thank you so much for the follow, I’m so glad that it led me to your blog! I know I’m going to enjoy going through it, I can’t wait to grab a coffee or cup of tea and just read for hours. You’re definitely an inspiration! I’m really interested in the research diver part of your list, that sounds amazing!

    As for me: I am a dreamer.
    The mind really is amazing, we’re all using the same letters but coming up with so many ways to express things.. Good luck with your writing!

    -Banana

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  64. How nice to have you following my blog, Kana. I am a grateful soul who lives as a Christian, a mother, a sister, a teacher, a gardener, a cat lover (member of Bandit’s staff), and a writer. Thanks for reaching out to all the writers, especially those of us who are new or returning to the writing life. It’s encouraging!

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  65. Anonymous says:

    Hi Kana, thanks for subscribing to my blog! Your life sounds very exciting, I cannot wait to read your adventures.

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  66. Eliza says:

    That comment was from me by the way … :)

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  67. kez5 says:

    Hi Kana – Great to meet you! I’ve just read a few of your posts & they’re fantastic – I agree wholeheartedly with many of your thoughts. I’m from Sydney Australia, I’m a mum, a wife, a friend – I love to write, dream, pray, drink coffee, dance, laugh, read and have afternoon naps. I’ve survived cancer & have just ploughed through a couple of sad years when I lost my parents, but all is well – the big guy has my back covered too. I’ll look forward to reading more of your writing – bring it on!

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  68. Hi Kana – just wanted to say I was so pleased you stopped by my blog and subscribed. Glad you liekd what you saw! Am off to have a little look round yours now…Take care, Tanya

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  69. mizroket says:

    Thank u for droppin’ by my little blog :)

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  70. Hi Kana! Your blog is so inspiring. I keep poking around and getting more absorbed. Thanks for stopping by my little neck of the woods. I’m just a beginner here in the world of blogland, and looking at what you’ve accomplished here is definitely something to aspire to. I love your book-dragon comment, especially. I too devour books and feel bookworm is a bit too tame of a concept. Keep writing!

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  71. FatGirlUSA says:

    Thank you for following FatGirlUSA’s blog.  I hope you find my content interesting and my topics off the normal beat and path.  In return… I’m now following your blog and look forward to reading your posts.  Bridgette

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  72. a-no-name says:

    Hey Kana,
    I am just starting to read your blog.
    :)
    I guess you are a celebrity now, by the comments.

    hope to see ya around

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Nah, just an obsessive READER… I read blogs, bloggers follow me back here… And here YOU are! :)

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  73. shadolrds says:

    Maybe not a bookworm, but perhaps a bookWyrm, or a bookdrake with whimsy to slake?

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      *APPLAUSE!* Lovely turn :)

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    2. Ah, has someone read the Book of the Dun Cow? :-)

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      1. Kana Tyler says:

        I haven’t.. Should I? :)

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        1. Ah, yes! It is a great allegory by Walter Wangerin. Wyrm is the evil, under-earth creature who the animals keep trapped, but they don’t really understand their mission.

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  74. gigoid says:

    Hey, Kana….I’ve been following you for a while, but haven’t gotten any notices of posts. To answer your query would take a long, long time to list all the things I’ve done, I’ll just suffice it to say I am a retired dilettante, and l like it! Anywho, I noted you stopped by on 11/2 and liked the post, so thanks for checking it out. I post just about every day, so I hope you continue to enjoy them…you take care, & thanks again for the “like”…:-)

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  75. Naphtali says:

    You are one busy woman! yes, I too love to read other blogs as I learn along the way!I am convinced blogging is another one of those creative ideas God gave us in this technology age we live in to connect those in the spirit we would not otherwise be able to do!

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  76. Thanks for being one of my 5 followers! And I think one of the only 2 that aren’t my friends :)

    I love your tattoos!

    I’m not here to advertise, but if you are looking for another great travel blog, you should definitely check out my friend’s blog. She is currently traveling Europe all on her lonesome and is an amazing writer and photographer. http://youvegotnae.com

    I look forward to reading your posts!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      I’m ALWAYS up for a reading-suggestion! :) I’m already following your friend, as it happens–is this a Small (Big) World or what?

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  77. I notice you’re following my blog! No idea how you found it but thanks so much. Yours is pretty awesome! Still getting to grips with all this and certainly getting to grips with writing when I’m not in the mood too!!! Good luck… look forward to more of your interesting stories!!!

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  78. julia says:

    Hi Kana, very nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I got lost in yours (in the best way) for awhile as well. Isn’t it amazing what you learn as a freelance writer? I have more knowledge about the most random things than I ever thought possible.

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  79. frandi says:

    Hey, thanks for following me Kana-you like so many things I like. I’ll catch up with the topics on your blog in the next few days. Ciao. Anne.

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  80. frandi says:

    Liked your blog so much I have added it to my blog roll-lots more to read yet. Anne

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      I’m honored, thank you :)

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  81. eva626 says:

    hey what a coincidence!!! I am also a list maker!

    also…I am a blogger!! lol. im liking your blog & nice to meet you kana, your name is sweet too

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  82. the chebec says:

    Dear Kana,

    I’m pleased to meet you. You have introduced yourself so well that i feel i must do likewise.

    I am the mysterious middle child of Ferdinand and Thelma Robinson. I am a creature of the night, a lover of good wine, walking woman, thinker, writer, heretic, founder of The Creativity Factory and first member of Theological Theater. My one claim to fame is that I am the first black transgender Episcopal priest in the history of the world.

    in love and service,
    Carla

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  83. Hi Kana! Just noticed you signed on to my blog. I came over to check out your blog and I’m intrigued by what I see. Looks like I’m going to have to keep my eye on you! You’ve got a new follower… :)

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  84. Hi Kana. I just popped in to let you know that I’ve just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! You can find the information via my link http://maturestudenthanginginthere.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/blogging-marvellous/

    Jacqueline

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  85. last_lines says:

    Hi Kana :)
    What a great introduction?
    I too find I am a jill of many labels in how I define myself and every year, another label seems to find me. I am a writer, an explorer, an adventurer and a seeker who always takes the road less travelled – the scenic, circuitous route is always more interesting ;) …these are the labels that define the biggest parts of my personality.
    Lovely connecting with you through the world of WordPress.
    Kim

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  86. aawwa says:

    Hi Kana

    Thanks for the “like” on my blog.

    You sound like a really interesting person – I will subscribe :-)

    cheers
    Lorraine

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  87. caridwen says:

    Hi – I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, and I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award: http://caridwen.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/im-an-award-winning-blogger-and-no-one-is-more-surprised-than-i-am/ Thanks for putting out such a great read!

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  88. I have nominated you for the award please have a look as given below; http://justsimplyinlove.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/the-liebster-blog-award/
    Thank you
    Regards,
    Zahir

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  89. jodiepodie says:

    Hi Kana
    Thanks for being a follower of my journey :-)
    Love your tats!!!! I have some too and am thinking of expanding one of them….hmmmmm…gets addictive doesn’t it?
    Take it easy babe
    Jodie x

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  90. Though I am a new follower, I have “paid forward” the Versatile Bloggers Award to you – love your posts (& tattoos). http://nonstepmom.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/versatile-bad-blogger-bad/

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  91. Hi Kana,
    Thanks for singing onto my blog. Just popped oevr to see your very intriguing, eclectic blog and persona. You are way tooo cool. I will have to peruse your posts and get to know you more. You are most exciting, so far, and extremely diverse.
    Isadora

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  92. D.J. Lutz says:

    Hi Kana – just to let you know – in my latest post I have bestowed to you the famed Liebster Blog Award for being such a great blogger!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      I’m honored, thank you! :)

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  93. scream911 says:

    “Barefoot linguist.” That covers so much more than the words presented – I’ll shove myself under that name too if you don’t mind. God-lover, music-writer, word-crafter, people-hugger, smartie-muncher… and really too much to list in one small paragraph.

    You’re inspiring. Thank you.

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  94. Now you are it! I am passing along the Tell Me About Yourself Award to you. I have created a permanent page for this award. Please reference the link for the rules.

    http://missdemurerestraint.wordpress.com/i-present-this-award-to/tell-me-about-yourself-award/

    You can pick up your badge at:

    This is a award given to blogs deserving of special attention. I hope you will have time to participate, but as always it is entirely your option.

    Miss D

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  95. Hi Kana!

    I apologise for being dreadfully late but thank you very much for following me. I’m really enjoying your posts and look forward to many more in the future :)

    – Aimee

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  96. sandrabranum says:

    Hi Kana, thanks for subscribing to my blog. Love the tats. Do you have any posts telling what they mean? My new daughter-in-law has them and was kind enough to tell me the stories of how/why she got them.

    Regards.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      I’ve been talking about them one at a time, as they relate to various posts–the “tattoo” tag will lead you to posts where I talked about them… Though they haven’t all been explained yet, so stay tuned. ;)

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  97. Aloha and Congrats! I enjoy your blog and love your pidgin-talking kitty, so I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please go to http://pedrothecat.com/2011/11/28/versatile-blogger-kreativ-blogger-award-acceptance-nominations/ for more information.

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  98. Hi Kana,

    Thanks for dropping by and reading my modest posts – I’m very new to this and somewhat restrained, but I expect that will change. Great blog, by the way; an inspirational read.

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  99. Love the blog, Kana! Keep writing! I can’t wait to see what you dream up next!

    Best,
    Hilary
    NomadGrad.com

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  100. hawleywood40 says:

    I adore the term “Book Dragon!” I never liked the whole “worm” thing : ).

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  101. Wayne E. says:

    “The Barefoot Linguist” –Sounds like a great book title!

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  102. Old 454 says:

    Congratulations! I have awarded you the “Liebster Blog Award”! You find the deets & rules in my post here: http://old454.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/blog-love/

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  103. Beth Parker says:

    Kana, I passed the Liebster Blog award on to you. If you choose to accept, you can read about it here…. http://bethparkerart.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/passing-on-the-liebster-award-and-an-early-bird/

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  104. Thank you for following my blog. I’ll be back to read some more of your inspirational writing:-)

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  105. judithatwood says:

    Hi, kana! I want to offer my congratulations — you’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award. Actions to take will be posted on my home page, http://www.diabeticredemption.com, as soon as I complete the notifications. Yay you!!!

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  106. Life Student says:

    Missing you Kana. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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  107. riatarded says:

    You are really inspiring and it is an honor that you followed my blog :) Thank you! happy holidays!

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  108. judithatwood says:

    Hi, Kana! I’m presenting to you the Candle Lighter’s Award. Here is the link back to my post: http://diabeticredemption.com/2011/12/22/the-candle-lighter-award/

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  109. jocarussell says:

    Aloha, Kana:

    It has taken me awhile to get there, but I finally got to your blog. I found it had a nice personal touch, like a letter from a friend. Warm fuzzes.

    I’m impressed by your curriculum vitae – do you ever have time to just sit and veg?

    Do you currently live in Hawaii? My wife and I lived on Piikoi street, on Oahu, until we uprooted and moved to the mainland. I get over on business, sometimes, but we both still miss it. (My wife was born and raised there. I was there for over 13 years.)

    Keep up the good work,

    Joca

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  110. "M" is for Marriage and Motherhood... And for Me says:

    Hi Kana! I know it might not be something new to you but because I love your blog and I admire your writing so much, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You derserve it!

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  111. jakesprinter says:

    Hello Kana I nominate this blog for this award
    http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/candle-lighter-award/

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  112. judithatwood says:

    Hi, Kana. I don’t remember if I’ve sent you this notification, so here it is, (again?) I’ve nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award. You may find the details at http://www.diabeticredemption.com. Congratulations, and Happy New Year!

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  113. Robin says:

    Hi, Kana,
    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!
    Happy New Year!

    http://helpfortheheart.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-little-award-and-a-lot-of-sunshine/

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  114. judithatwood says:

    Hi, Kana. Judith again. I’ve named you for the 7×7 Links Award, the details of which you may find on my post, at http://diabeticredemption.com/2012/01/04/the-7-x-7-link-award/, by tomorrow morning. Congratulations, and thank you for the guidance and example which you offer to up-and-coming freelancers!

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  115. I have nominated you for the versatile blog award. You can find information on what to do at this link: http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/3898/
    I really enjoy the blog…:)

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  116. Thanks for following my blog! :)

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  117. bigsurwriter says:

    It is lovely to “meet” you. I look forward to reading more of your wonderful writing. Thanks too for following my Blog.
    Belinda

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  118. I see you already have this award…it has found you again. You have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations!
    http://youasamachine.com/2012/01/21/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  119. cinnageek says:

    Hello! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Details on this post. http://cinnawitch.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/the-versatile-blogger-award-surprises/

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  120. limebirdbeth says:

    Congratulations! Limebird Writers has nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Thanks for being there since the start. Big hugs – http://limebirduk.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-sunshine-award-huzzah/

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  121. M Vitalis says:

    Hi Kana! I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Please check it out at http://misformarriageandmotherhood.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/liebster-blog-award/ Enjoy!

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    1. M Vitalis says:

      Hi Kana! I am honored to present you with the the Kreativ Blogger Award, too. Please check it out at http://misformarriageandmotherhood.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/blogger-awards/#comment-185 Enjoy! :)

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  122. sparklebumps says:

    I gave you the Glitter E. Yaynus Award! XOXO

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  123. I’ve really enjoyed my visits to your site and your support to mine. :)

    I wanted to stop by an say “Thank you” for following me at my wordpress.com site. BTW – I’ve moved and updated my site, you can continue following me at: http://barefootpreachr.org/

    Look forward to seeing you soon!
    Blessings,
    Pat

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Thanks for the update–I just signed up! :)

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  124. Caroline says:

    I’ve just nominated you for a Sparkly Award

    To find out more read:

    http://icansurvive.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/a-sparkly-award-wow/

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  125. ~Robin~ says:

    You have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Go check it out on my blog because there are a few things you’ve got to do in order to accept it. :p

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  126. judithatwood says:

    Hi, Kana, I love your new visitor counter!

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  127. kewsmith says:

    I tagged you if you would like to play!
    http://randomreasoning.net
    Karen

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  128. aawwa says:

    Hi Kana

    Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

    Cheers
    Lorraine

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  129. thankfully, blog “tag” page says “not found.” continue…

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  130. judithatwood says:

    Congratulations! I’ve named your blog and you the Versatile Blogger Award. Come to http://diabeticredemption.com/2012/03/15/the-versatile-blog-award/ to see who else got it, and what you’re supposed to do. Of course, if you’ve done this before, or if you don’t feel like meeting all the requirements, please do as you wish, and no worries. Yay, You!

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  131. ~Robin~ says:

    You’ve been nominated… again… this time for the Inspirational Blogger Award.

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  132. sfhenson says:

    Kana, I’ve enjoyed your blog so much, I’ve passed an award along to you!

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  133. creativeboys says:

    Hello! You are given Versatile Blogger at http://nizamhappieboyz.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/one-more-versatile/
    Congrats and keep blogging!

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  134. andy1076 says:

    Hi! thank you kindly for following my blog :)

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  135. Tilly Bud says:

    Hi Kana!

    I like your last description best, though I think I would’ve guessed. :)

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  136. DouglasMB says:

    I absolutly love your about you section… I’ll definatly spend some time reading over your blog

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  137. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad I followed you to yours — so interesting and well written!!

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    1. Darn computer! Internet dropped while I was trying to post the above. I’m not anonymous, darn it! :)

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      1. Kana Tyler says:

        Of course not! ;) And I’m equally happy to have found YOUR blog. “See Jane drink wine” had me laughing out loud! :)

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  138. diggingher says:

    Enjoyed the blog. How do you create that archives page? Do you simply add the title each day you write a post? I really like it not only for my readers but for me to remember what I write.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      That’s exactly it–I just add a new link whenever I post. :) And funny that you bring that up–I ended up browsing some of my own old posts from that page just last night. ;)

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  139. totally awesome to meet you…I love your background layout and a quite a list of awesome awards and cool stuff on the side bar. :) You seem like a great person to have a conversation with to chit chat on great topic being so versatile as yourself. So awesome.

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  140. Hello Miss Kana! I’ve been following your blog ever since I’ve came across this site. I am a new writer and I want to self-promote my newest projects that can be found here http://jeninesilos.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/my-first-book-series-the-wonders-in-fable-land/ I just want to share it to all blogs I follow because it is my first time in the field of writing. Or you can see it directly in this site: http://writeforacause.org/

    Your visit and comments are very much appreciated! thanks.

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  141. andy1076 says:

    Hi :) thank you for visiting my blog :)

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  142. Verity says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m really looking forward to reading yours. I saw the picture of you with the garden tools (my kind of girl!) and thought you might also enjoy my other blog http://threepeapermaculture.wordpress.com/

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  143. robincoyle says:

    Hi Kana! Since you stopped by my blog I wanted to come over to your “house” and say hi and see what you are all about. Great blog! Also, I have to mention that my youngest daughter is a graphic design major at Boise State. We are off to visit her next week. I love Boise. What a great town and probably the nicest people on earth.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Enjoy your visit to our neighborhood! :)

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  144. Shez says:

    Thanks for following me on Shez Blogs. It’s been being a bit neglected once I committed to the photo a day. It is refreshing to read such an honest and candid about page. Recovery is a difficult mine field to traverse from there to here. Glad you are back here.

    Cheers.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      So am I–glad to be back in the Light of “here”… ;) Hugs!

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  145. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello Kana,

    That’s an impressive CV you have got up there. And you also have got a nice blog up here. Well done! :-)

    Oh yeah, I’m dropping by to thank you for following my blog. I hope I don’t disappoint you and that your visits in my blog have been and will always be a joyful ride. :-)

    So, thank you again and lovely day to you! :-)

    Subhan Zein

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  146. isaiah43123 says:

    A list-maker? One would not have guessed! :D Thanks for stopping by My Hmmm Collection and deciding to tag along. Am looking forward to what I am sure will be exciting ponderings you care to share. Have a great week!

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  147. Hi Kana,
    You had me at “writer”, and while I am just reclaiming my first loves (reading, school, writing), I knew I’d found a kindred spirit when I read “coffee drinker”. “Book-dragon”? Ah, if you didn’t live so far away I’d have you over for coffee. Thank you for the “like” on my blog. What a joy to have found yours. I look forward to reading more, and for the privilege of learning from your way with words. Cheers!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      We’ll just have to raise our respective coffee-cups to each other across the distance, and enjoy a “virtual coffee hour” while we enjoy each other’s blogs! VERY happy to meet you! :)

      Like

  148. clownonfire says:

    Kana,
    It took me long enough to finally read you… I’m happy to have done so… Kudos on your sobriety. Le Clown is going on two weeks… and 5 cups of coffee just this morning.
    Le Clown

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Congratulations to YOU! Those first couple weeks, first 30 days, those are the toughest—and most worthy of praise! (And yes—the most full-of-coffee!) :)

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  149. darkjade68 says:

    Thanks for Following “The Dark Globe”

    DarkJade-

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  150. RC says:

    Phew … that was A LOT to digest. Thanks for the follow. “book dragon” – I like that :)

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  151. RC says:

    … btw, I love the tats :)

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  152. Dang, girl, that’s some great ink. Thanks for the follow, I am looking forward to reading your blog!

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  153. Kana,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and being the first follower! I would be curious to know how it came onto your radar, since I just started it today. I’m really excited about this whole project.

    I’m also looking forward to reading more of your writing.

    Be well,
    Kina

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      I saw your comment on another blog (I think LeClown?) and being in Recovery myself, followed the breadcrumb trail to check out your blog. :) And glad I did.
      :) Kana

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      1. Le Clown has taken over the blogosphere, bless his soul.

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  154. sixpuns says:

    Impressive resume!

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Oh, I don’t know… You know what they say about a “jack of all trades”… ;)

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      1. sixpuns says:

        Haha, maybe…but you’ve certainly mastered getting all of that work, I admire that. It’s definitely not easy as a writer (or artist in general).

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        1. Kana Tyler says:

          Ironically, it is now far easier for me to find writing-work than any of the other fields for which I’m (theoretically) qualified… Freelance clients, at least, are not running criminal background checks on this recovering addict! ;)

          I thank you for the observation, though–it’s very cheering!

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  155. adamontheweb says:

    Hi kana,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and following it.

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  156. Hi Kana,

    Thank you for following my blog. Sorry I had not written in a while as I was traveling and due to limited internet connectivity the posts I supposed to publish remains in my journal.

    I will update my blog as soon as I get my stuff fixed.

    Thank you and keep on exploring!

    Cheers,
    Mafey

    PS – You have an impressive curriculum vitae :-)

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  157. Hi Kana, glad I finally made it to your page. I love your art, and can’t help but be impressed with your credentials! I look forward to getting to know you, and Keoni, Honu and George, and meet the rest of your clan. I’m curious to know how an Island Girl landed herself in Idaho. I’d miss the ocean, but perhaps you travel a lot. I haven’t read through your archives yet. I look forward to starting that.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Welcome, and I’m very pleased to meet you! :)

      I was actually born in Idaho, attended University of Hawai’i (studying marine biology), and married a guy I met there (fully expecting to STAY). In a twist of fate, his job landed us back in my native state, where (having since divorced him) I’m now tethered for a while by a joint-custody agreement.

      In another twist of fate (don’t tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor!), I met my Native Hawai’ian husband here in Idaho! (In Rehab—did I mention God’s humor?) We lived in the same small town on the Big Island, almost twenty years ago, but we figure we met at the right time…

      When “George” (the youngest of our combined seven kids) finishes school, we’ll be free again to move, and we’re planning to move to his acre of land on the Big Island and open a bed-and-breakfast.

      That’s how-I-landed-here in a nutshell… ;)

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      1. Very interesting, I can’t see a marine biologist in Idaho, obviously you’re working in education or writing (Of course I never expected to live in Malibu, CA, but I did.).

        I understand the joint custody deal. S won’t even entertain the thought of moving far away until GS reaches age 18 (another 9 years).

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        1. Kana Tyler says:

          We’re on almost the same timeline, then. ;)

          You’re right, Idaho is missing a major ingredient for Marine Biology… I’ve taught biology & English here, among other things—now I’m just writing. :)

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  158. Hey, Kana, I don’t know if you know, but someone who posts as mrchao is posting really nasty comments to people who are commenting on your post, My daughter the ball-buster. You can’t click on his name to see his info either.

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    1. Kana Tyler says:

      Thank you–I just deleted his comments, and changed the settings on that post NOT to accept new comments. Five months after the fact, it has apparently become a hot topic this week! (sigh.)
      I appreciate the heads-up! :)

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      1. I don’t know how he got to post one today to me. What a jerk.

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        1. Kana Tyler says:

          And for him to attack my READERS, not just me—that’s really going too far!

          I don’t know if it’s timely or ironic to get that sort of attack on a day when my post is dealing with “anonymous” commentary… ;)

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          1. Can you alert wordpress? I don’t know if they can do anything, do you?

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            1. Kana Tyler says:

              WordPress advises that I change my settings to disallow comments from people who aren’t logged in. I actually did that briefly yesterday (after the nasty anonymous rant I wrote about in the latest post)… but decided after all to leave it open because (on the flip side!) I also get heartfelt anonymous comments on topics like alcoholism, where I don’t want to drive away that traffic… It’s a conundrum, I confess. (But I was glad I changed back, because I had another heart-warming anonymous response right after I’d re-opened to anonymous posters.)

              That leaves it up to me to police… If this keeps up, I WILL change it to comments needing approval before they actually go live. Actually, maybe I’ll do that right now, at least until these hot-heads lay off!

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              1. I really felt like they missed the whole point of that post. I mean, it was that your daughter is a miracle, not that she’s good at karate, for crying out loud. Too sensitive, and really, chicken shit, because they snark from afar.

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                1. Kana Tyler says:

                  Right on ALL counts!!

                  I just changed the settings so “only previously approved commenters” can post without moderation. We’ll see how that works, and if it’s not a tight enough net, I’ll go to moderating everything. ;)

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                  1. thanks for being so diligent!

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                  2. Kana Tyler says:

                    Thanks for the alert! This should be a No-Bullying zone! ;)

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  159. Hi Kana, thanks for the like on my blog. Yours is always a favourite of mine. Much appreciated.

    Regards

    Michael

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  160. Subhan Zein says:

    Oh, wow! That’s a very impressive CV! Keep carving brilliance, Kana, I am sure you’ll do wonders! :-)

    Subhan Zein

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  161. Hey there, I really enjoy your blog so I just nominated you for the Liebster Award – There are some rules on my blog if you want to accept it. Keep writing and have a wonderful day! :)

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  162. Hi Kana
    I’ve loved your blog for ages and was gutted when you stopped posting. Now I know a little of why I can only say that your take on life as well as your positivity and enthusiasm continues to draw me back, hoping you have more to say.
    Obviously there is plenty going on right now, you may not even see this message, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the ‘Very Inspiring Blog Award.’ I don’t know if you usually accept awards like this – and there’s certainly no pressure to do so – but I want you to know that when the award rules asked me to name ‘inspiring’ blogs, yours was right up there. :)

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    1. Kana says:

      Well then we’ve got a mutual fan club going on; I’ve always loved YOUR blog! ;) And talk about inspired timing–I made a promise to myself just this weekend that I’d get back to my blogging-world (writing AND reading–both of which I’ve missed), so your note is a great nudge in that direction! Many thanks, and hugs!

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  163. Debbie L says:

    Oh my!!! Such amazing accomplishments!!!! Thanks for following our Travel blog! Now I’ll get to know you by following yours!

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