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I don’t know that I can tell you all about me in an ‘about’ post.   That’s pretty much what my entire blog is about.   Life as I see it, hear it and think about it.

So much about the world and the people in it fascinate me.

But a little summary about me:    I come from a large family.  My past, which includes my ancestry, is always something I like to revisit and relearn from.  My present keeps me very busy.   My future is something I look forward to and keeps me focused on being as healthy as I can be.  What matters most:  my children, my greatchildren, my husband, my family, my country-America, Ireland, biking.   I have additional things I love like bicycles/bicycling,  TKD (retired from), food, Tim Horton’s, Coffee (though I am not a good coffee snob), tea, friends, home, and moments.    I live for those moments.

There’s more that I love and I’m still discovering it.  I don’t truly know all that I love.  I believe that the world has more for me to discover.   And I’m happy to oblige.

Anything that is said to me, anything that I see, anything that I hear or read about, or have crazy thoughts about are fodder for my blog.  My thoughts are expressed often with “I” or “You” but that doesn’t mean it’s about me or you.  It’s a thought expressed in general terms.

I love to read.   Please share your blog with me if you have one, or your comments will do!

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    • Thanks Bridgesburning! I might be lucky enough to fall upon a witticism every once in awhile! Thanks for reading! I shall check out your blog as well. 🙂

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  1. I beg to differ my Irish friend, you are blessed with the dry and frank Irish wit. You call it like it is and use the written word to express what is true. I like it!!!

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    • Thanks for the “yay” Chip! Very good eye! It does look like the Cliffs doesn’t it? Actually though, it is on the Aran Island Inis Mor. I am standing at the “Black Fort”. But I am thrilled you see the similarity. Sometimes when I look at the pictures of there, and the pictures from the Cliffs Of Moher the only way I can tell the difference is by what I am wearing! 🙂

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  2. That was a great ‘About me’ 🙂 I didn’t realise you came from a big family. It sort of made me think of “that issue” – I hope you understand. If I were in your position, I would feel so sick, wondering “why ME”.

    You’re wonderful, Colleen, very live & very positive.

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  3. I am just calling by from M3 (Red)
    and I will be calling back to read some
    of your postings, I think the adding of
    a link in Red’s ‘Green Room’ will help
    generate some new readers to your
    Space and that will be interesting 🙂

    Have a wonderful start
    to your week my friend…

    Androgoth

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    • Thank you Androgoth. I appreciate the visit. I think M3’s generosity, setting up the Green Room, was brilliant. I’m excited you paid a visit. I will visit your site as well. I love finding new ‘reads’. And I hope your week is just as wonderful!

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  4. Hi Again Colleen! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award on the basis that I love reading what you have to say. I look beyond your words and try to see more of you than you give away so I can feel a stronger bond in the spirit. Thank you for sharing your journey through life and for giving your readers some serious food for thought. I know that some of you do not accept awards, and some have received the same from others. Please receive it in the heart, if not through the usual channels! Best wishes always, Yaz.
    Please go to http://yazrooney.wordpress.com/ to claim your award!

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  5. Lovely blog! Thanks for sharing your journey through life with us here. I too am in my forties, adore my hubby and two grown sons (well the youngest is 20 and he may be tall but still seems like a teen to me!). Looking forward to many more visits and would love to have you visit either (or both 😉 ) of my humble blogs. Cheers! ~Gina

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  6. Hello Chatter Master,

    I would like to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. And in a country like Ireland, you are definitely lucky to have greater chances for success than in some parts of the world. I had a great time when I visited Ireland in 2009 and could not forget the wonderful people in there. Also, I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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  7. Oh….I read your about … at first glance a lot of the things you talk about remind me of me…diet cokes, coffee, tea…the fact that you use the word ‘bazillion’…and of course Ireland.

    And of course, thank you for visiting my blog today.

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    • You are welcome Katie. Your name interested me. “Irish” is beautiful so when I see it, I follow to see what it is. Glad I did.

      Thank you for coming along for a visit! 🙂 I hope you come back for another visit!

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      • 🙂 How can I not visit. A lover of Ireland must be someone I come to visit. (And yes, I have perused through your Ireland blog posts nod nods)

        I live now though, in the Pacific NW, USA … it reminds me of home sometimes… the weather anyway.

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        • That makes me happy, that it sometimes reminds you of Ireland. If Husband is out walking (he walks to and from work and at lunch) he sends me a text saying “Irish weather” or “Irish walking”. Many things remind us of the perfect little Island.

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  8. StephenEdwards reblogged something of yours and I came over to check it (and your blog) out. You have a wonderful way with words. I’ll be looking around some more if you don’t mind 😉
    Warmly,
    Mary

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    • Well Hello Charron’s Chatter (I like the name 😉 )

      Welcome, and I will check out your vibe as well. I do believe Paulette has gathered quite a bunch of admiring followers. WE must have wonderfulness in common! 🙂

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    • Hi Betsy! Thank you for stopping over here. 🙂 Okay, I am starting to feel very bad. I need to go back and read my ‘about’ and my other stuff. I have misled MANY people to think I live in Ireland. OH HOW LOVELY that would be!

      I live here in good ol’ USA. 🙂

      I am fascinated with my heritage and ancestry and have been VERY blessed to travel to IReland four times now. Each time I think it is my last and I am truly happy with it.

      Regarding Tim Horton’s….I did not find a full blown Tim Horton’s. BUT, I did find Tim HOrton’s “machines” in some convenience stops. So I truly understand your upset about lack of T. Horton!!!!

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  9. You might like these sites by an Irish guy who actually lives in Ireland, in Dublin to be exact. He writes poetry and stories on two separate sites. I see that you like all things Irish so I just thought I’d share them with you. You can tell him I sent you if you want. Here’s his two sites if you want to take a look:

    joe2poetry.wordpress.com

    joe2stories.wordpress.com

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  10. Hi Colleen, found you! Read your About page and the comments with delight, especially how many readers think you’re from Ireland. Grin. Bill of DealingWithCOPD blog fame raves about you and I’ve been meaning to follow up. Then, then, I saw you had visited me. Clearly, it was time. Glad to see you and read you. Best ~ HuntMode

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    • HuntMode, thank you for hopping over for a visit! AND A FOLLOW!!! Bill is pretty good about sharing the love here. He’s awesome like that. I do get a bit of happiness when someone thinks I’m actually from Ireland, always a bonus! 🙂

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  11. I wanted to say thank you for saying nice things about my mom all the time and for being her friend. u have written a lot on her blog and I went to yours a lot to read what u wrote about her. i am still sad a lot but am trying not to as i know she wouldn’t want me sad all the time. i am sorry it took me so long to let to thank you. Rachel

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    • Thank you for taking the time to find me DarkRavenGirl14. My heart hurts for you. For your beautiful mom. I suspect she would be very very proud of you for reaching out to others like you have been. I hope you find laughter and her very special “smirkles” in the things you shared and loved together. Be well Rachel. And thank you so much.

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  12. Hello Colleen, thank you for the follow, I have looked over your site (sorry for not having done so earlier) I love the Irish – my son-in-law is and he is the most beautiful person. I have visited Ireland sadly only once, I adore it and long to return. As I was reading through the comments on this page I saw Katie’s post… and well.. I think you know how I feel. I shall now look forward to following you, as I like what I have seen. 🙂 Thank you. x

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    • 🙂 Thank you RamblingsFAM. I know how busy we get in our blog world. Thank YOU for coming for a visit. It will be less costly for you to visit me than Ireland, though Ireland does make for splendid magic and memories doesn’t it? Like you, I adore it there. I bet you love to hear your son in laws voice! Nothing like the music of the Irish speaking to lift one’s heart.

      I miss our Irish Katie, and I do understand how you feel. I think she would be so tickled that so many of us have connected through her.

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      • Ireland is magical and I do want to return. Yes he has a lilt, though it is slowly turning into an Aussie one..and I don’t know if we ‘lilt’ as much lol when he first arrived I had to tell him to slow down so I could understand him.
        Yes Katie, how I miss her greatly as we all do. She would be nodding and smirkling away if she could see us right now. xx

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        • 🙂 That’s a happy thought. Katie smirkling.

          And the Irish do talk quite fast! I think that is a trait I have inherited.

          And I have to say I very much enjoy the sound of an “Aussie” talking. 😉

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  13. My blog is Love, Support, Educate, Advocate, Accept…
    http://advocacyautismspecialneeds.wordpress.com/
    I’m hoping to keep it up beat, interesting, and welcoming for all. I’m working on ways to get people to join the conversation even if they don’t have a child with autism or special needs. Part of my advocacy mission is reaching out to the world beyond my cooped up 2 bedroom apartment 🙂 I really enjoyed your Valentine story. I’ll definitely be stopping by your blog from time to time. Happy Blogging!

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    • Thank you Julie. I appreciate you coming over for a visit and staying with a ‘follow’. I’ll be back this weekend and hop over to see you. I look forward to discovering new people. Especially upbeat and interesting ones. 😉

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  14. I like to find out what makes people ‘tick’ in their about pages! This was a lovely introduction and it enticed me to ‘follow’ you! Best of luck in continuing all your pursuits and chattering about them, too! I started out just blogging about the single world of dating after fifty, then expanded with a byline of “relationships reveal our hearts!” Several of your followers, Mark and some of the females in your commenters I read, too! Smiles, Robin

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    • Well another lovely person to follow back to their place and check out. That sounds kind of wrong if I say it out loud in a face to face setting. But in a blog to blog setting, I know it is completely appropriate and wonderful. 🙂 I shall be by for a visit! 🙂

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  15. “Great Scott!” exclaimed the Canadian navigator of Irish ancestry, upon learning that Tim Hortons had successfully invaded Ireland.

    As if I needed another reason to visit, someday.

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  16. I can connect to the part about anything being “fodder for my blog”, but the best part is when other people catch on to this. My brother and some of my friend from back home decided to drunk dial me this past weekend. About half way through the conversation someone in the background said “Uh-oh…we’re all going to be a blog post now!”

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  17. Hi Chatter Master!

    It seems we have some friends/followers in common so I thought I’d pay you a visit. I look forward to reading your posts and wish you a lovely weekend!
    Lauren 🙂

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  18. Hi,
    Just to let you know, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I really enjoy your posts! If you’re interested in accepting the award, check out my blog post about it!
    Thanks for your blog!

    Ella

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  19. Colleen, I have the honor of leading the service celebrating the life of Bill Hamilton tomorrow. Bill shared with me some of your writings and also, shared the story of your flying to Florida for the day. You are an awesome writer and I hope to use some of your words tomorrow as we celebrate Bill.
    Lucia

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  20. “I live for those moments.”- completely hooked me. One of my favorite memories of my ,fiance was early in our relationship. We were driving to the ferry in West Seattle for a day trip on one of the islands in Puget Sound. It was a crystal clear day, but a heavy fog had settled over downtown and the harbor. As we drove up a hill out of the fog, I asked him to pull over at the viewpoint overlooking the seen. All you could see was deep blue sky above and a thick, opaque duvet of white clouds tucked into the ground with only the tops of the tallest downtown skyscrapers and the surrounding hills peaking out from it. As we stood at the overlook, my eyes filled with tears from how beautiful it was. William quietly asked me, “Are you having a moment?” I nodded, and he reached for my hand and simply stood next to me silently for over 5 minutes until I had completely breathed it in and was ready to continue on our way. With that small gesture I knew he understood me as no one else ever had and I knew I wanted to spend my life with him. Moments, that’s all we really have.

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  21. My Dear Buddy Colleen, I know know you are an Awards Free Blog. But … I just nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award regardless. It is for artistic creativity in writing. You are artistic and creative, my friend. I know awards are a pain, but I took this one because I think it is honorable, and so I wish to pass it on to you, too, even though I know you will not be accepting. It is the thought, and the link, that counts. 🙂
    http://markbialczak.com/2015/02/01/accepting-an-award-again-because-its-a-dart-to-the-art-of-creativity/

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    • By golly Mark, that is one wonderful award! I’ll check it out! I am QUITE honored at you call me artistic and creative!!! That alone has me quite humbled and grateful. 🙂 Thank you my dear Buddy Mark!

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  22. I like your blog, and I’m glad I found it today. I like your wit and plain spoken ways. I wish I had more of that myself. I like that you are from Ireland. I’ve always dreamed of that land. Maybe one day I will be able to see it in reality. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I fear I owe you an apology. I have had to apologize more than once for this. I love Ireland true and deep! But I live in the USA. I’ve been to Ireland often, but never often enough. And you are right to dream of going, it is truly a splendid land. And thank you, so very much, for your kind words about my blog.

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  23. Thank you for saying nice things on my moms blog. sometimes I just miss her and it amazes me how people still look at her blog. ty.

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  24. Dad and I visited with grandma and we are worried about her but it was a nice day. Mom loved living here but missed home but she had two homes so I think she was happy. I hope you had a nice 4th of july to.

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    • Thank you Rachel. I had a wonderful day. We can’t help but worry about one another can we? I hope your grandma is doing okay.

      I know how much your mom loved Ireland, but loved you more. 🙂 We “talked” about her being here because of marriage. But even after ….. she did love here. Because ‘here’ meant you and you were the most important thing to her. 🙂 I remember when she wrote about you cooking, making the meal plan, she was so happy for things like that with you.

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  25. Hello thank you for the visit and the follow I am so happy to meet you your reasons for blogging sound similar to mine, though I did not start out that way. I love follows they are like a warm smile from a stranger. 🙂

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  26. Hi Master Box, happy to read about you, i see ur posts and they do inspire and is full of positive images.
    I have started blogging recently, hope u read my blog and comment. Looking forward to meet you sometime in the near future.

    Cheers, hv a GR8 day

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  27. “What matters most: my children, my greatchildren, my husband, my family, my country, Ireland, biking.”

    I love this part of your intro: the love of children, family and biking.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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  28. Love your blog Chatter Matter. I’m always happy to find any blog that brings a little lightness and much needed positivity to the world. The words and doodles are a nice way of doing that… 🙂

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  29. By the fact that you love Tim Hortons coffee I wonder where you reside? I have just began following your blog, so I’m sure after some surfing around your site I’ll find out! I’m from Buffalo (born here, living here now, but grew up in South Florida) and I was completely surprised at how popular (and delicious!) Tim Hortons coffee was!!

    My blog is rather new, but it is http://www.winingwriter.com. The main point of my blog is to review books, however, I still have a regular blog posts on there which I am updating more and more sharing my personal stories and things about my life. Truly nice to “meet” you / follow your blog! 🙂

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    • Hello Kaleigh Jade. Welcome to WordPress. I love the name of your blog and will take a look. 🙂

      I am amused every time I consider myself a coffee drinker. I’m an adult, but never considered myself adult enough to drink coffee. I feel like I’m doing something wrong. 😉

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  30. HI! I found you through Jodi’s blog and am enjoying reading your posts. My husband and I would love to travel to Ireland someday. Been wanting to since we been married. We are contemplating it for our 25th anniversary in 2 and 1/2 years. 🙂
    Thanks for the smiles from your posts and I look forward to reading more. Feel free to drop by my site. Like you, I love to read as well and most of all I love getting to know others in this wonderful blogging community!

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