good golly miss molly and some of the things I think over coffee. September 1, 2007


Oh, Molly. You’re killing me. Really. Your last two posts? Pass the tissues, please.

When I first discovered the world of food blogging, there weren’t that many well-known sites. Were there any? It surely wasn’t as it is now. Everyone and their mother seems to have a blog of some sort. The one that I kept going back to and reading – really reading – was Orangette. The unfolding stories that the blog’s heroine, Molly, would tell about her life and how what she was eating related to the events in her life really struck a chord with me.

I was like Molly, too, I was convinced.

For as long as I can remember…the food and drink at a particular something has been as important as all of the other details. The comfort of cooking, of feeding people, of being fed by someone that loves you. Through the highs and lows…love and loss and what I’ve consumed…it has all been tightly intertwined. As someone who has also spent most of her life as a writer – in one sense or another – her voice sounded like the voice I wished I had.

So I started a blog.

At first, I paid close attention to telling some stories that went along with the food. In the heat of the moments though – literally and figuratively – I have strayed away from the personal details that relate so closely to the recipes and dishes posted on this blog. Why? Well…that’s a good question. Fear of who is reading it. Fear of admitting some failures – both in the kitchen and in life. This blog has become as much a vehicle for showcasing my mad styling skillz as it has really telling the story of Tami and her life running with tweezers.

So…here I have been sitting…off and on for the past two weeks…stopping in to Molly’s blog and bawling my eyes out. The beauty of her life that has unfolded before her because of her blog and the strength and honesty of her voice in her blog is so moving. Molly has once again inspired me to tell more of my story – the good and the bad – through her blog. She’s done it twice…and she doesn’t even know it. 

This blog has gotten a superficial makeover…and it will be getting a sort of spiritual makeover, as well. Blogging has provided so many things for me – comfort, an outlet to say something, an outlet to say nothing when i needed quiet, a way to show off my talent. Yet, sometimes I feel like I’m holding back. Life is pretty amazing – just the ability to live it when its good and when its bad – and I have so many stories to tell. The great photos will still be there (i hope) and the recipes will still be there. If you don’t wanna read….just scroll down. You’ll find them.

Thank you, Molly – and the rest of the blog world – for sharing your food and your lives with me…and giving me a chance to do so, as well.   


The Cooking Ninja Sep 2, 2007 12:09 am

I’m new to blogging world and I started my own cooking blog because I wanted to share what I learn and cook with my friends and my family abroad. It’s so easy to talk off the subject sometimes. :)

C'tina Sep 2, 2007 07:09 am

I’m amazed at how many people you touch, those of you who share your craft, talents and yes stories with the rest of ‘us’. The extent of my creativity happened yesterday with my two boys ages 5 1/2 and just turned 10: what started as painting the driveway with washable paints, paper bag masks, & making ink blot type pictures rapidly deteriorated into painting their hands, feet, and each other. Then on to the trampoline with soapy water, hose, and old shirts to ‘rag fight’. By the time I get the second bucket of water, supervise the launching of stinging rag-blows, and grab the camera it’s all over, lol. Blogs are my ‘adult time’, thank you for making it quality time as well.

valentina Sep 2, 2007 02:09 pm

I am glad I found your blog. Everything about it is so lovely.

dynagrrl Sep 2, 2007 07:09 pm

I love the upgrade. It’s beautiful!

Parker Sep 3, 2007 08:09 am

The upgrade looks amazing! And I love the new pic of you. Hot as always. :)

GadgetGeek2 Sep 4, 2007 09:09 am

I like the new look, and am waiting to hear the new announcements.. Can we guess or have a poll?

Molly Sep 5, 2007 12:09 pm

Tami, I just stumbled upon this and am touched beyond belief. You don’t have to thank me. Thank YOU, lady! Thank you for your sweet, sweet, generous words.
Blogging is a pretty incredible thing, isn’t it? Without ever meaning to, I learn so much about myself from writing Orangette. In many ways, writing my blog helps me feel more fully *me,* more like the person I want to be. (Because trust me, I ain’t always that person.) It makes me feel more awake, more aware of the people around me, what feels right and what feels wrong. It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done, and it’s also the hardest.
I am so impressed by your strength and honesty, and by the stories you share. Thank you for letting us listen.

Sage Cat Sep 6, 2007 06:09 am

Wow, what a powerful post!
I am still trying to figure out how to include more of myself in my posts.Writing and sharing do not come so naturally to me. It is through stories like this that I learn and am inspired.
Thank you.