The Life and Times of Florence Knitingale

Sunday, December 09, 2007


You'll notice I've deleted the Christmas Gift Guide. Unfortunately, my sense of humor was offensive to one reader and, rather than start a debate, I've opted to remove the offensive material. For the record, the item in question was put in because I found it to be stupid--I wouldn't really buy any of those items (except the George Bush t-shirt, and no apologies there--if you're one of his fans, you probably won't enjoy my blog) and the only people I was intentionally making fun of were the people who manufacture and purchase this crap.

I would like for this blog to remain fun and silly and as non-controversial as possible. It is fun for me as long as this is the case; when it becomes a platform for argument, it becomes a chore. I get enough stress in my life without that. Please accept my apology for the inadvertant offense (you know who you are). My beliefs where not represented by the item in question, beyond my belief that such things are ridiculous. I will be more careful in the future.

p.s. Tola, I love Hello, Kitty stuff as well--in fact, I have several Hello, Kitty scrub with that one, anyway, I think it's fun and silly and I don't think you're goofy for liking it at all. Do they really have a Hello, Kitty waffle iron....?


  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger Stacey said…

    That's too bad you felt you had to delete your post - I enjoyed it.

    And where do they sell that George Bush shirt? I must have :D

  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Jill said…

    It's a shame that someone can get so bent out of shape by a fun, harmless blog post. I thought it was great, and if certain people can't take a joke, well, I don't know what to say other than "lighten up". Keep the humor coming Ms. K!

  • At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Gail said…

    Well, I might be the person you're referring to (I'm just guessing here). I sure didn't mean to hurt you or shut down what you posted. But I did want to ask you to think a bit more carefully about the implications of laughing AT someone.

    Why is making fun of the lone female Presidential candidate bothering me so much? I don't like her, and I hope I don't have to vote for her! It's because the jokes aren't about the candidate.

    The jokes are about The Woman Candidate. They ridicule a woman who shows strength.

    That worries me. That should worry us all. If we ridicule strength in a woman, we set a precedence to weaken and denigrate women whenever they take a stand. We may not like this particular woman's stand, but what about the next woman? Have we set up the next one to fail by laughing at her strength? Suddenly, we're not talking about harmless fun anymore.

    It's not about feelings. It's about about thinking: about consequences, about what it is that is being lessened whenever we laugh at one another.

    I hope I didn't cause offense or hurt. I love this blog, and look to it for smart, funny, insightful comment. I think you're awesome.

    Please feel free to post this on the comments, if you like.

  • At 9:40 PM, Blogger ~Tonia~ said…

    Well I am glad that my bloglines still had the post. I thought it was funny. I don't know why people feel the need to comment on a blog if they are offended or don't like the content. They have the freedom to not read it.

    I for one love your humor. Keep it coming.

  • At 4:46 AM, Blogger Marianne said…

    phhttttt... 'too bad, so sad..'
    isn't there more to that line?

  • At 9:41 AM, Anonymous MonicaPDX said…

    One could go into an entire rant about overly sensitive reactions of modern times, but instead I think I'll just resurrect an old saying:

    Awwwww, fer cryin' in the mud!

  • At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Lilly said…

    Ms. K. -
    I did so enjoy your Christmas List. I read it late at night when I should have been sleeping and I laughed until I cried. Quite alarmed dh and the cat.
    You have a well developed sense of the ridiculous, which is one of the main reasons I read your post. We certainly do not agree on politics, religion or world view, but you have a gift of expression which keeps me coming back. (And we both have a great appreciation for 2 sticks and some string.)
    There are some other blogs I have stopped reading because of the profanity, and that is my choice, just as readers do not have to read your blog. Too bad the whole pond can be befouled by one poopy person.

  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger Tola said…

    well bloody hell. i had just told someone today to go read that post cuz it was so funny, and now one twit has spoiled it for the rest of us. since ive been gone all day i havent been keeping up on the comments, i didnt read their offended-ness. and yes, Target has HK waffle irons and toasters for $20 each. and other stuff, but those are what i want most!

  • At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Brenda said…

    I hope you don't feel that you have to censor yourself. Your writing is so funny and brings a laugh to my day. Your post on the Christmas songs made me laugh out loud. Thanks for all the fun.

  • At 7:03 AM, Blogger Denise said…

    I thought it was funny.


  • At 7:21 AM, Blogger KC said…

    I read your blog all the time and I laugh every time! Thank you for walking the fine line and being funny, it makes my day.

  • At 8:57 AM, Blogger ambermoggie said…

    oh Ms K, don't censor. I love your freeflow writing, your gentle poking of fun and your very astute way of thinking. Don't let it be spoilt by one person. We all know you meant no maliceon a bad day for Mr Mog you were the one thing that made him smile, nay laugh out loud and for that I thank you
    love amber

  • At 8:17 PM, Blogger weebug said…

    well, i certainly wasn't offended at all. i love your sense of humour!

  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger Angela Cox said…

    They must lack a sense of humour , it is a pity you deleted it but better than a nutter pestering you why am I on here !!!..joke!

  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Angela Cox said…

    It's me again ..up to you Florence if you post this . I am a big fan of Rupert Everett .I make fun of him in an affectionate way all the time . I expect people to take it as lightly as it is meant I am not tearing into gays. If Hilary gets ti the White House you better not read any publications cos she will get flak .The Bush thing isn't about men it's about stupid men two in particular.

  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger Dianne said…

    The very one and only blog post I've missed and you pissed someone off..dang..would you do a re-run and let me be the judge..
    I read your blog with a clear open mind..never been offended but surely gained lots of laughs..
    Too bad it was taken in the wrong way..whatever it was.
    You are very smart, funny and one heck of a writer..don't be deterred by one disagreeable blogster...hugs

  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    Oh bollocks! (censor that if you like!) Sorry I missed it, I will have to keep an eye on you!

  • At 9:52 AM, Blogger Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said…

    I loved that particular posting, and (as often happens with your blog, dear, dear Ms K) passed it on to DH so he could have a good laugh too. You have a gift, girl - go use it, and in the process, poke a little gentle fun at the idiocies of life. We laugh that we may not weep, right?


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