Monthly Archives: December 2011

Reader’s Choice 2011: I Like My Bike

It was the post that launched a thousand hits. And then some.

Quite by surprise, WordPress Freshly Pressed this simple story about a bike named Cindy on the last day of August 2011. A deluge of clicks and comments rolled in, making it the most read everyday epistle post to date.

Cheryl and Greg Brewer at a castle in Switzerland

Interestingly, it was last to be picked for Reader’s Choice. My classy, continent-hopping friend Cheryl Brewer came through at the eleventh hour with her unprompted selection.

Seems fitting to make it the Reader’s Choice post on this, the last day of 2011.

Be free. Go fast. Cheryl’s Reader’s Choice is:

I Like My Bike

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Reader’s Choice 2011: Milk Wars

Katie Pinke

Katie Pinke of Pinke Post is a force with which to be reckoned.

Earlier this month, Katie was appointed the director of the marketing and information division in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

But before that, when her favorite post was first published back in June, Katie spread the story far and wide.

Her network helped make this the second most read everyday epistle post to date. My stats show it has been shared 295 times and counting on Facebook and 51 on Twitter.

Thank you, Madame Director and friends.

Katie’s Reader’s Choice is:

Milk Wars

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Reader’s Choice 2011: Lyrical Interlude

Alicia (right) and Cookie Monster

Alicia Norton keeps me in stitches. The woman needs to be on stage.

Alicia loves involving the audience, as any good entertainer does. Perhaps that explains her Reader’s Choice selection. The audience comments on this one are as funny as the post itself.

Her pick also marked a milestone as the 100th entry on everyday epistle.

Leave it to a fun, significant person to choose a fun, significant post.

Alicia’s Reader’s Choice is:

Lyrical Interlude

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Reader’s Choice 2011: Dead Man Walking

Jeff and T

I love my husband Jeff for many reasons. The latest being his Reader’s Choice pick.

Why did he choose this one as his favorite? I’ll let him explain:

“Because you capture the emotion I feel about Abe and the tenuous state we all are in, holding on to life by the grace of God.”

How could you read that and not love Jeff?

How could you read the post he picked and not love Uncle Abe?

Jeff’s Reader’s Choice is:

Dead Man Walking

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Reader’s Choice 2011: Lipstick, Interrupted


Libby McCandless is a beautiful person inside and out. A tall, thin, blonde fashionista with a heart of gold and a personality to match.

Libby is married to a Formula One aficionado who writes and produces the largest independent F1 blog in America.

And Libby can sing. She was recently featured in a spot for the new Glee app. Look for pretty in pink.

Beauty, fashion, fast cars, music. Add lipstick, and it makes for a deadly combination.

Libby’s Reader’s Choice is:

Lipstick, Interrupted

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Reader’s Choice 2011: Momma Bear Speaks

Nicole Diehl

Nicole Diehl of Here’s the Diehl is largely responsible for setting me loose on WordPress.

A dedicated mother of three, Nicole’s Reader’s Choice is one of the rare everyday epistle posts that does not link to a song.

There is no song to express the outrage, ferocity, and righteous anger responsible adults have against predators of children.

Nicole’s Reader’s Choice choice is:

Momma Bear Speaks

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Merry Christmas from everyday epistle

as seen at pottery barn

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV

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