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Pull Up A Chair…

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It's that time of year when I wake up to frost on the lawn and the trees, but the brightly colored seed catalogs begin arriving in the mailbox, tempting me with the brightness of their glossy pictures and the beauty of the flowers and vegetables that the various merchants have been able to coax to perfection for the cameras.  Somehow, and this is the unfair part, my yard never quite achieves the glory that they are able to manage for the photo shoots — but each year, I give it a try just the same.

We were talking about my little gardening hobby the other day in the comments — some of the folks who have been reading here a while knew about my garden catalog obsession from last year about this time — and I realized that it had been a while since we talked hobbies and interests and such.  So I thought we could do a "getting to know you" sort of discussion this morning, and I would love it if some of the folks who read but don't often (or ever) comment would chime in this morning.

I get fascinating e-mails from readers all the time, and often they are readers who haven never chimed into the comments, but it is pretty much always a voice that would be a wonderful one to add to the mix for discussion.  I've always felt that the more diverse our readership — in work background, in life history, in hobbies, in whatever — the richer the discussion all around.

Everyone brings to the table something unique — something that they have experienced that might open a window of understanding for the rest of us that we might not otherwise get without that voice.  So I'd love it if everyone reading this morning took a few moments to introduce themselves, because we'd all love to meet you.

Who knows, maybe someone reading this morning is a gardening expert who knows the very thing that will pull my garden out of the same old, same old and into the realm of amazing this summer.  Whatever it is that makes your day, you can bet that there is someone else out there somewhere who also loves it with the same level of passion and commitment…and wouldn't it be fun to know that person is someone with whom you've been commenting and reading here all along?

So, what do you do for a living?  How long have you been reading and participating here at FDL?  What do you like to do for fun?  What would you like us to know about you that we wouldn't guess in a million years?  What's on your mind this morning?

While I'm pouring myself another cuppa coffee, help yourself to a scone and pull up a chair…

PS:  We are going to be on vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina, soon, and I was wondering if we have some readers in the area who would like to grab a cuppa coffee or some lunch while we are down there?  If so, send me an e-mail and/or leave me a note in the comments, and we'll figure out a place and time.  I was thinking that 1/7/07 (a Sunday) might be the best day for this, so folks who are working wouldn't have to miss out, but if that isn't good for folks, we can move it around.  And if anyone has a suggestion for a place to meet — I was thinking the Barnes and Noble would be nice, since I'm a book feind — but I'm certainly open to suggestions.  If nothing else, there's always a walk through the Audubon Bird Sanctuary

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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