I started blogging on January 20, 2006, after becoming inspired by some terrific writers shouting out from New Orleans after The Flood. The first few years of this site are archived elsewhere, for my own personal diary of sorts.

Back then, I blogged under quite a bit of comfortable anonymity; it was easier to speak my mind from behind that mask. Today, however, most people reading this blog know who I am in real life. Unfortunately, I’ve found it stifling.

There are many topics I would love to express, but they are centered around three main areas:

1) work – I value my professional consulting work too highly to jeopardize it with even the most well-deserved criticisms;

2) family – My children are both teenagers, now. They deserve their privacy, so I no longer post about my children’s antics, emotions, school hazards, or other life events. It is what I would have wanted as a teen, so I can only give them that much; and,

3) being judgmental – this just pisses off everyone else I know.

So, I believe it is time to shutter this old gal. But, before I go, below is a re-post from the first days of my original blog on what it means to be “seester.”

I’ll see y’all around. Most of you know where to find me in real life. I still use the saintseester handle on places like twitter, flickr, geocaching, and my gmail account. Come see me over there, at least for annual halloween photographs.


Many people have asked me why I refer to my sister, as “seester”. For one thing, we’ve been calling each other that for decades now; I don’t remember how it got started – it just “is”. For a long time, I selfishly thought we were the only people who used that term for one another, but when I searched the internet for the term “seester”, I found many, many other seesters out there.

So, what exactly does seester mean? For me, it is my biological sister. Here’s the best summary of seester I can come up with before my required allotment of morning coffee:

1. Your seester always thinks you are beautiful no matter what.
2. You don’t have to get along in childhood to be great seesters when you grow up.
3. Everything your seester says seems to make perfect sense.
4. Seesters find every joke you make to be hysterical, gut ripping, or just insanely funny.
5. Seesters laugh at inappropriate moments. Seesters make it impossible for you NOT to laugh at inappropriate moments.
6. Seesters never make bad decisions. Seesters never judge your decisions.
7. Seesters have issues with their mothers, but love them unconditionally.
8. Seesters are very good at board games of all sorts. In fact, they are SOOO good, most people will not allow them to be on the same game-playing team. Either they will thrash you, or get drunk and forget what the game was about.

If you don’t have a biological seester,think of the other potential-seesters in your life such as in-law seester, cousin seester. Just make sure you have a lifelong connection. Remember to stick to the rules above and you will have a comrade forever.

11 Responses to “Saintseester Says Goodbye”

  1. Tara R. said:
    November 7, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    If anyone understands I do. I closed my first blog last year and reopened another site that is very different. I hope to still see you around.

  2. November 8, 2011 - 5:07 am

    I’m very sorry to hear this news. I understand the reasons as explained above but still it’s sad to know you’re closing the blog down. I’ve always enjoyed reading it and hearing your stories so I hope all works out for you.

    Stay in touch and best wishes.

  3. saintseester said:
    November 8, 2011 - 8:14 am

    @Tara – i am glad you are still blogging, no matter the format!
    @Peter – thanks for the compliment. It’s just impossible to work half in and half out of anonymity. Perhaps I should start a sports blog?

  4. Mrs. Chili said:
    November 8, 2011 - 10:04 am

    I will miss you.

  5. nhfalcon said:
    November 8, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    Sorry to see you go! You’ll be missed!

  6. Bo Williams said:
    November 8, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    My friend, though I understand your reasons, I’m very sad to see you close Saintseester Says. I’m glad we got a chance to visit at some length about it today.

    You have a standing invitation to guest-blog at BoWilliams.com, whenever you want and about whatever you want. Say it and it happens.

  7. Kelly said:
    November 8, 2011 - 10:46 pm

    Well, poop.

    It’s not like you’re going away forever, but it still has a bit of suckitude about it. But I know where to find you.

    I should get my own butt writing again so that you’ll at least have a place to drop comments.

  8. November 9, 2011 - 1:34 pm

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  9. termite said:
    November 10, 2011 - 5:28 pm

    I sure am going to miss your words. :-( at least I can find you on Twittah & G+ 😀

  10. saintseester said:
    November 10, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    Thanks, dears, especially my newest peeps. I will probably end up somewhere, when my groove comes back, just not here. Will keep you posted. I know where to find you all. So, keep writing!

  11. Wang said:
    November 11, 2011 - 7:53 am


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