Do you know Kalyn Denny of Kalyn’s Kitchen? You should. Kalyn is one of my favorite people on the planet, and here are just a few reasons why:
- Kalyn is one of the kindest people you will ever meet
- Kalyn is a great organizer of people and events
- With discipline, exercise, and healthy eating, Kalyn lost a lot of weight and has kept it off
- When Kalyn feels down, she doesn’t stay there too long, she bounces back
- Kalyn has a great smile
- Kalyn has over 30 nieces and nephews and she sends them each a card on their birthdays
- Kalyn loves kitchen gadgets
- She looks great in the color orange
- Kalyn is an evangelist for cilantro
- Kalyn has taught 30 years of grade school kids, including the children of people she taught when they were kids
- Kalyn is not afraid to be politically liberal in conservative Utah
- Kalyn loves her family and is not afraid to show it
- Kalyn is the author of an amazing food blog
- When you need to blow off steam, Kalyn will patiently listen
- Kalyn loves vegetables
- Kalyn is not afraid to learn something entirely new, even if it’s difficult
- She doesn’t give up easily
- Kalyn is not judgmental
- Kalyn takes feedback
- Kalyn is extraordinarily productive
- Kalyn has mastered her gas grill
- She has a spectacular garden with raised beds
- Kalyn cans her own tomatoes to eat all year round
- Kalyn loves African art
- She is a great travel companion
- Kalyn is generous with her time
- Kalyn is financially responsible
- Kalyn can keep a secret
- Kalyn is brave
- Kalyn rolls with the punches
- Kalyn always has your back
- Kalyn never stops learning and improving her skills
- Kalyn is an outstanding discussion moderator
- Kalyn always gives credit where credit is due, and even when it isn’t
- Kalyn is diplomatic
- Kalyn keeps her chin up, even when she’s down
Love you Kalyn!
Photo by Shuna Fish Lydon
Someone sent me an email to request a conversation with me tomorrow at 2:00 pm. Ever since I stopped wearing a watch with regularity a couple of years ago I’ve been struck by how tethered we are as a culture to the idea of hours and minutes. Time, as in the time of day, days of the week, is so woven into the fabric of our lives that we have a hard time organizing ourselves without considering it. We have difficulty imagining what a day would be like if it weren’t broken up into hours and minutes.
Slots to be filled with useful activities.
So, when someone wants to have a phone conversation with me, instead of just picking up the phone, they send an email, and try to find a particular slot, bounded by numbers, in which I might be available to talk with them, in a particular slot, bounded by numbers, which works well for them.
Don’t people just pick up the phone and call anymore?
The problem is that now that I work for myself, building a business that requires just my creative attention, not a consulting business that is bonded to time constraints of clients, I have a hard time with doing anything at an appointed time, and submit to it only because it is necessary and important to others. There is also TV; Dr. Who comes on at 8 pm on Friday and if I miss it, god help me if I can find a rerun. I get almost a little panicky around the hours that I need to remember, because so out-of-time-consciousness am I that I easily, completely forget. Yet when I need to wake up at a specific time, I can do so, without an alarm. Can you?
Days are a bit easier. Wednesday in the food section. Saturday I can usually get some work done because I’m not bombarded by a hundred emails that need answering. Sunday is church, whether I go or not. I’m addicted to 2 TV programs at the moment, but I don’t usually remember that they are on until a half hour before. Monday dinner, “oh, the Closer is on.” Friday dinner, “Yikes! Dr. Who starts in 5 minutes.” (Except when it doesn’t. Half the time our cable company shifts it to another time slot on Friday. Ironic. Dr. Who is a time lord.)
Just found out about this in the New York Times. You can get a copy of your credit report for free at http://www.annualcreditreport.com. Amazing, my report lists my addresses back 20 years.
My interview starts a few minutes into the segment.
I was recently interviewed on Technorati Japan’s Blog TV, a part of which apparently really gets broadcast on to TV over there. Also interviewed in the segment are David Sifry, CEO of Technorati, and Ben and Mena Trott, founders of Six Apart, the company that makes Typepad, Vox, LiveJournal, and Movable Type blogging tools. The interview was held in Technorati’s South-of-Market San Francisco offices, by Fumi Yamasaki, marketing manager for Technorati Japan, and director Shuichi Fujiyasu.
For the last 3 days my brother Matt has been cutting back one of our walnut trees. Our house was built in a former walnut orchard and all of the walnut trees around here have reached the end of their natural life and are dying. Matt is a tree man, or at least he used to be. Now that he’s in his forties he prefers to sell tree equipment. Anyway, the tree he was working on was a monster. It used to shade most of the back yard until just a few years ago when the leaves got smaller and the limbs started dying.