About Me

Welcome Readers!

I am so happy to have you visit my blog and appreciate your precious time.

My name is Kim Gosselin, the eldest of five children who was born in Michigan and raised in the thumb of Bay City, by the blue waters of the bay.

My first priority is family.  I love people of all colors, nationalities, religions, and creeds.  I don’t discriminate.  I enjoy movies, traveling, wildlife, nature and precious time spent with close friends.

I enjoy drinking coffee, sneaking chocolate, relaxing with a book or writing by the light of day or the ink of night.

Some of my greatest pleasure is cuddling the velvet of baby skin while observing the innocence of children. To view the world through eyes of awe is magical, akin to beginning life anew.

As a young child and into my teens, I escaped into my imagination by reading books borrowed from a magical three-story, Victorian library painted in cream.  In the middle of a round and open foyer, was a large replica of a wooden ship cased in glass, the kind my paternal grandfather used to build.   High above were ceilings that flew straight to the roof.  I’d climb each floor searching for titles to whisk me away, hoping to read on another day.

In my twenties, I married before giving birth to the greatest accomplishments in life, my two sons.  As very young children, both were diagnosed with chronic conditions, insulin dependent diabetes, and asthma, respectively.  Shortly thereafter, I wrote and published simple picture books to help educate their classroom peers.  Other mothers soon called, asking me to do the same for their children as well.

Without the gift of knowledge or computers, I began a business in a second floor spare bedroom.  Before long, I moved down instead of up, to the basement where there was more room for my growing business. Eventually, I was able to hire an assistant and buy a computer.  Together, we landed distributors, filled catalogs with copy and traveled to trade shows.  In the end, I wrote 16 children’s books and published a total of 26 titles.

My small company grew for nearly nine years before my children together with their conditions needed me more than my work.  My job took all of my time, spreading life too thin.  The year before 911, I sold the company to a NYC publishing house.

My boys rose through the ranks of high school before graduating from their chosen universities with honors. Each began their careers, fell in love and got married.  During the last three years, they have gifted me with five – between the two of them. Lots of little blessings in my life, four precious granddaughters including twins, plus an angelic grandson who manages to hold his own.  So proud I am be a grandma!

In the fall of 2013, I decided to give this blogging idea on WordPress a try.  To my surprise, letters and words came spewing out.  I couldn’t sleep at night or wait to get up before dawn the next day.

With coffee on top of my half-moon desk and my “Doodle” dog nearby, I tap A.B.C.’s on a keyboard of black to discover words lit from within a bright screen of white….Hoping all will be right.

Recently, I’ve written a brand new children’s book illustrated by the talented artist Alisa Belzil, also here on WordPress whose blog and portfolio can be found at Sweet Afternoons, https://sweetafternoons.wordpress.com/.

Babies of Two is written from the perspective of unborn babies, shortly before birth. Filled with heart and humor, the story is for children, families and generations to share. Now available in both kindle and print editions, http://amazon.com/author/2babiesauthor

From my heart to yours, I thank you once again for visiting while reading my words.

Blessings,

Kim Gosselin

All words that are written by Kim Gosselin in this Blog together with personal photographs, Copyright © Kim Gosselin, 20013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

221 thoughts on “About Me

  1. A life that can be inspiration for many. Your passion is like a child’s. Wishing you all the luck for this second innings of passion!

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    • I probably am a “child” in my mind again. But, it is you with inspirational messages each day, Sarvjit. Thank you for your wishes of “luck.” I will keep them close to me

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  2. So lovely to meet you Kim, and what an inspiration you are… I am sure your are a very proud Parent and Grandparent as am I, and we have something in common as I was the eldest of 5 too 🙂 What a beautiful legacy to have created in your educational story books… And I wish you even greater success in the future..
    Blessings Sue

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    • Lovely to meet you as well, Sue. Such kind words you say to me. Yes, we do have something in common, being the oldest of five. Great fun, but quite a responsibility early on. In my case, I think it may have helped prepare me for what was to come. God’s plan in every way. Thank you, Sue.

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  3. nice about page – 🙂 and congrats on the grandchild – May will be an exciting month.
    oh, and this had me really cracking up: “I’d hunt for letters on my keyboard in the moon of the morning…” bahaha
    have a great day and I am looking forward to following your blog. ~yvette

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    • Thank you for the compliment. Yes, you are right, it will be the, “Merry month of May,” with my first grand-son to celebrate! Thank you for following my blog, Yvette. It means so much to me.

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      • 🙂 de nada!
        and have to share real quick that when I was in Florida last month, my niece had her baby while we there – and getting to hold that newborn was a highlight of my trip – It would have been nice seeing him older too – but being there – that week- was – DYNAMITE – ha ha.

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  4. Visiting from Holistic Wayfarer’s site, where you liked a post on race featuring me. Thanks.

    I love your description of the library. I want to go there. Wonderful. I’m a follower now.

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

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  5. Thank you for your kindness, and I apologize for my response to your courageous and personal sharing on Diana’s blog. I overreacted, which is a shame as it is exactly the type of behavior such a discussion is meant to discourage. I have no business judging or perpetuating judgment. So sorry.

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

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  6. I understand how you feel about writing. I worked in the field of finance, not really enjoying it. Now later in life, I decided to write. I self-published a paranormal mystery book. To promote it, I began to blog. I found that I love to write. I was surprised to find followers on my different sites. I have so many words stored up inside me that once I set them free, they won’t stop. I never realized that I had so much to say. It feels good to write and to have people listen.
    Susanne

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    • Welcome, Susanne, and congratulations on your book! I will have to read your blog, so many interesting things to discover through others. Such a pleasure to share words with others, isn’t it? Nothing like it anywhere. Thank you for being here, Susanne.

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  7. This is a truly inspirational blog. I can relate to your experiences; my son was hypoglycemic when he was born.

    You are doing a great service to everyone; please keep writing and give strength to those who need most.

    Cheers,
    Yousuf

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  8. As one comment said you are quite open about your life in writing,sort off like me, except you are a published author and the use of the English language is a little better than mine(wink, don´t know how to put up those freaky yellow faces, so I just go wink meaning…I´m winking!).

    Congratulations about being a grandma, you don´t seem like one in the photo. And glad the kids turned out fine, and I have to tip my hat to you not only for being a mother, I believe that´s the most difficult job a person can have and also that you sacrificed quite a lot when the kids got sick. I still can´t understand(and I´m 31) how there could be mothers in this world. I´m great with kids for a couple or three hours then I tend to have an urge of jumping out the window.

    And thanks for stopping by my crazy un-paid blog. This blog looks interesting, so you earned yourself a new stalker!

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    • Welcome, Charly! So glad you came to visit me. To me, the most important thing in the world is not getting ‘published,’ Charlie. Just keep working at your craft. Keep writing and don’t ever give up. 🙂 I thank you for all of your kind comments. The most important one you gave to me was about, ‘Motherhood.’ The day my first son was born, I ‘felt’ a love I’d never known before…https://kimgosselinblog.com/2013/10/18/who-takes-the/ 

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      • Not found, says wordpress when I click the link,

        Yep, keep working on my craft, good thing I found this online university called Edex, and some literary courses are free, the firs one is called “The art of poetry” starting September. So I´m officially or semi-officially a student, again. A bit late (31 years old) but better late than never. Plus this way I don´t fall back to bad old habits that mom´s would´t be to proud off.

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    • Andrea, how kind of you. Truly, I do appreciate it as an award by my peers means so very much to me. However, I have this award and I don’t think it is right to accept it twice. There are far too many terrific bloggers who deserve it. Please know how much I appreciate your act of generous spirit, Andrea. I ask you to please pass it with many blessings in my heart. Thank you so very much. Kim

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      • Hey Kim – I just wanted to chime in real quick like – because I have an idea. You can accept an award without having to make post or follow up with it – I got the idea form another blogger, but just keep an awards page and people can mention it there – that way you do not have to necessarily decline – and do not have all that follow up – because there is only so many one can respond to and all that is suggested – just an idea 🙂 ~yvette

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      • Yvette, how is this possible without offending anyone, or not abiding by the ‘rules?’ I don’t wan’t to hurt anyone by declining, as an award is such an honor. At the same time, I don’t feel it’s fair to duplicate awards. Also,
        I am so behind with things. Thanks so much, Yvette! 🙂

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      • oh, well if they are duplicates that is different. and well, it can become “too much” even when they are not duplicates, right? well thanks for the reply and hope you are having a nice Friday. 🙂

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      • A tiny factoid for you~
        Churchill’s mother was a Native.
        Many Natives were kidnapped from this country and taken to Europe hundreds of years ago.
        Many here who think they have no Native blood find out that they do~
        I see it in your face.

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      • Well, I learn something every day. It does’t matter to me. Perhaps this is where my intuitive side comes from…? I wonder what my relatives will think of this. Some have studied our genealogy for years. So interesting to me. I am open to it. Wish I could learn more, but I’m guessing there is no trail.

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  9. What a wonderful “About Me” you’ve written, Kim. Thanks for the like at my place on the post about the surprise release of my book “The Mirror.” If you’re even in need of something to read, you’re always welcome to fire me an email and I’ll send you a .pdf of the book. themirrorbooks@gmail.com

    Cheers.

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    • Such a kind comment coming from the peek of a new reader. Yes, I will do that and I thank you for your e-mail address. So exciting about your new book! Congratulations to you.

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      • Thanks, again. Yes, it is exciting. The book is very controversial in terms of gender politics and other things (feminist judges technically committing serious criminal offences while on the bench), so I’m not sure if the Chinese curse of “may you live in interesting times” applies.

        I’m always happy to share the book. It’s more about sharing a grand tale than racking up sales. The responses of readers mean more to me than any royalty ever will.

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      • A good attitude to have. When I sold children’s books long ago, dollars never motivated me. Rather, making a difference to children and families meant most to me. Wealth may come along in two forms. If it is meant to be, terrific. If only latter, still rich indeed.

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      • We’re 100% on the same wavelength, when it comes to this. I’d pay you some great compliment as a result, were it not for the fact that I’d be tooting my own horn in the process.

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      • Nah, you’re doing the right thing. Writing what you love, offering books, and making a living (hopefully) too. We all have bills to pay, sad to say…..:( I am going to write to take you up on your kind offer. Word of mouth is everything in developing sales, as you know. Oh, meant to tell you how much I love your logo!!! Awesome in it’s magnetic meaning.

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      • Kim, Thanks for your interest and kind words. You understand how genuinely meaningful they are.

        I was on one of the last RCAF navigator courses to actually do sextant work / true celestial navigation training. The compass rose motif was a natural for my avatar. There’s also the influence of a book by the late Professor Charles Hapgood entitled “Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings.” It might be a touch technical for non-navigation / cartography types, but it’s a wildly exciting book (despite the boring technical parts) in concept and logical implications.

        There’s also the visual metaphor that my books “point the way” to solving some vexing social problems.

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  10. I have nominated you for the Butterfly Light Award-http://fozzyfitness.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/the-butterfly-light-award/You have all been Shining Lights to me on my journey so far ,Thank you for your friendship and support . You do not have to accept the award just know that you are appreciated.

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    • Your words which include friendship and support mean so much to me. I am humbled by your nomination, but must let this beautiful butterfly soar to someone most deserving. Not fair for me to accept another. Still, I will not forget your sweet thoughtfulness. I thank you so very much. 🙂

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    • Your words touch my heart, giving me another purpose for being here, writing on WordPress. I thank you so very much…as I write this, it does not seem ‘enough.’ Please knows how much ‘you’ mean to me…

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    • Dear Susanne, I am so sorry to have delayed my response to you. I thank you so very, very much for thinking of my blog and choosing it for this prestigious award. You are so kind to think of me together with my work, however this award has already been accepted by me. In fairness to others, I don’t think it would be proper to accept another. To be sure (and the reason for my delay) I searched WordPress for a ‘rule’ on acceptance. However, the answer I was looking for didn’t seem to exist. I do hope you understand. Again, I thank you profusely, Susanne, for thinking of me and my words. 🙂

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  11. It’s okay. There are no rules because the awards don’t really exist but in the minds of the participants. It’s just a way for bloggers to show appreciation for each other. Don’t worry, I won’t nominate you for my third award. Susanne

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    • I did not mean to offend you in any way, Susanne. “Appreciation” is most important. I truly do not know…is it politically correct to display the same award more than once? I think it is if it ‘looks’ different, but this appeared exactly the same. By no means did I mean to offend you in any way. Obviously I did, and am sincerely sorry. I am probably doing this ‘award’ thing all wrong. I can understand how you feel. I have nominated many and not heard anything back from some of them. I’m trying to do the ‘right’ thing, but I guess (as you say) there really isn’t one. Regardless, it is not my nature to hurt anyone for any reason. Please know that I do care, I do support, I do so appreciate, ‘appreciation’ and I am truly sorry if I hurt your feelings or offended you, Susanne. I will always support your writing and your blog.

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  12. I’m not upset. You don’t have to post the reward again but just accept it as a compliment. Most bloggers don’t respond and one blogger posted that he refuses to accept such awards. He believes it’s a PR ruse. He never answered me when I sent him the reward. I’m trying to go with the flow.
    Your friend, Susanne

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    • Susanne, I am so happy that you are not upset. Yes, yes, yes, I accept your fine compliment together with apologizing for any misunderstanding which is totally on my part. Forgive me as I am truly sorry. I still don’t quite ‘understand’ the correct protocol regarding accepting nominations (obviously). All day, I have been bothered by how you may have felt. How relieved I am! Thank you again for your support, compliment and your nomination. The one who prides herself with ‘words’ did not write them correctly….thankfully, you are helping to educate me. 🙂 Blessings.

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  13. You are to be commended for your life efforts. While I was also born with a chronic condition, none of my four children have any affliction. Well, perhaps my oldest son has one: for some reason, he likes girls. 😇

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    • So happy to have you here! Sue, is a wonderful person with such heart and a true gift from God for writing. Please thank her for me. You are always welcome to visit any time. Two new sites for me; can hardly wait to see what may be waiting there…If you are a friend of Sue’s, surely something good lies behind the “URL.” Thank you, and I love the “EMu!”

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  14. Love your about page so much that I too searched for my keys on the keyboard, however by the light of the city, instead of the moon. Also, I wanted to tell you I haven’t forgotten about the award you gave me. I haven’t been able to write enough to accept it in my blog yet, but I am looking forward to doing that. Thank you again. I enjoyed reading about you and the things you’ve done. Happy Blogging!

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    • Awww, thank you so very much. I love your line, “Searching for keys on the keyboard by the light of the city.” Such a visual there for me. Don’t worry about when you “accept” your award. Appreciation is enough for me. I am waaaaay behind in formally accepting two. Where does the time go? I keep saying, “Tomorrow, I will write my message…” Where does the time go?? Blessings to you.

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  15. your life as well as your blog is an inspiration to all that come to your page
    my wife says it is an obsession and I say it is a passion for our writings
    keep it up !

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    • Your comment leaves me speechless, or at least without words to write. To you and your wife, “Thank you,” with all of my heart. I shall carry such kindness through all of my tomorrows, using it to push me forward when “inspiration” is so often needed from within.

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  16. Poetry To Me

    What is poetry to me- it is words of beauty-words of life
    Words of love, pain and sacrifice.
    Words of showing and growing and needing and feeding
    Words of hope and despairs, wanting and cares.

    Poetry takes you into the minds of mankind
    From days of old to the present time.
    Poetry takes you on trips that you’ve never been before
    And opens up every door.

    Poetry becomes a longing, a want, a desire, a need
    On which your mind must feed.
    It becomes a life within itself
    And takes you to the heavens and down to hell.

    Poetry becomes a flaming desire
    And only writing can put out this fire.
    I call it my passion while others say it’s my obsession
    Yet! No matter what they may think or say
    Poetry is here to stay.

    So many different types of poetry
    For the different minds ‘you see’.
    You will always find one that will give you meaning
    From a loving heart to one that’s bleeding.

    Jump on the bandwagon and take a hold
    For with poetry ‘ life unfolds’

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  17. Hi Kim…I have been invited to a Blog Tour. I answer 4 questions about my writing/projects and invite 3 people to join….they then answer the questions and invited 3 to join. Would you be interested in joining? You would post on 7/21/14. Let me know 🙂 Lorrie

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    • Lorri, I am so sorry that I haven’t gotten back to you. Your most recent comment jogged my memory! So embarrassed, please forgive me. Anyway, I do appreciate the offer, but I am swamped with writing, grand-babies, company and summer travel. Again, thank you so much for thinking of me. Please accept my apology for not getting back to your right away. Hopefully, I will have an opportunity to do a blog tour in the fall. It does sound like fun! Blessings to you, Lorrie.

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  18. I started blogging in October 2013 as well after a long time of not writing. It’s a pleasure to read your story and connect with you via blogging, Kim.

    Best,
    Emily Grace

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