Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fourth of July thoughts and thanks as I celebrate Co Dependence Day with each of you

I edited out all the names, but it was sent to a whole bunch of people. My family didn’t really do the whole State of the Union thing at holidays, so letters like this always seem… weird to me.


Dear T, L, R, M, K, J, P, T, S, E(big), E(Little), M, A, S, A, O and E, and all the “Doyle Clan”

I have reflected on the last two years, the changes that have occurred and the time that each of you has taken to soften my initial disappointments at that time and the encouragement you provided in redefining my matrix. Your conversations, encouragement and prayers have allowed me to view my past affectionately, appreciate all I have been given (which is so much more than most), accept responsibility for my shortcomings (which are many) and create a rebirth that has been enlightening.  It is through my relationship with all of you, that I have the confidence that when road bumps present themselves, my compass for navigation will be better than the one I navigated on in the past. It is my hope that God will provide me a long life, in which I can reciprocate to each of you, the love, compassion and patience that you have extended to me.

Stephen Avette of the Avette Brothers, in their song “Murder in the City”, writes, “Always remember there was nothing worth sharing, like the love that let us share our name.” On this holiday, I am grateful that I call each of you family, that J and T decided to keep “trying to have children” after number seven, that they succeeded (by either design, chance or faith) in instilling pride and individuality in each of us, and fostered the unselfish philosophy of giving and dependence, without embarrassment for the latter. All of you have allowed me to cross over from disappointment to reaffirmation, from an initial response of victimization to cherishing the unique opportunities I have been given, and to embrace the my next 30 years with my children, family and friends.

On the spiritual front, certain of you have provided the map, encouragement and sponsorship for my reintroduction to God, the thanks that he deserves when things go right and the faith required in him when things are different from the script we wrote for ourselves. I thank those who have taught me, “that I am not good for others, until I am good for myself” and that the matrix upon which I valued certain things, required realignment. For all who kept me in their prayers and thoughts, I thank you, as so many have been answered.

To my children, I thank them for stepping up their game, providing their mother comfort in her difficult decision, providing their father reassurance in times of doubt, asking less for themselves, giving more to each other, and reaffirming the importance of family, even when the model of how we defined it, was reconfigured.

On this Independence Day, when as a Nation, we celebrate America’s independence; I thank each of you for my dependence on you, for the breadth of your shoulders, and the depth of your hearts. My prayer for this Independence weekend comes from Paul to the Colossians   “Get rid of anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. If anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in harmony.”

Love and thanks to you each for making this journey called life so pleasurable, reaffirming and rewarding. As Lou Gehrig said to the in his retirement at Yankee Stadium for Gehrig’s disease, “I am the luckiest man in the world”.  J ☺


Second Book Study Meeting

Our second book study meeting will be next Friday, 7:00-8:00pm at my house; doors open at 6:45.
Just walk in and make yourself at home.
We will continue reading Spiritual Awakenings, 1st Edition.
I think that S has a big catering event Saturday, 2/5; J is recuperating nicely from her hip replacement surgery, but I don’t think she is capable of leaving her house yet.
Please let me know if the rest of you, including C, are planning to be here.
I’m looking forward to it.
In love and service,

J’s surgery

This is an older e-mail:

Dear Sisters in Recovery:
I just wanted to let you know what has been happening with yours truely.  At Thanksgiving I started having severe mobility issues.  Long story short; went to *Hospital name*, took x-rays of my hip.  Seems I have degenerative hip disease.  Caused by either excess steroid use (pa-leez !) or excessive alcohol abuse. Ta-dah!!!!  Needless to say I am now on a walker and am scheduled for hip replacementsurgery Monday January 10th.  I will be out of work for about 6-8 weeks.
I won’t be able to make our bookstudy/pot luck nights untill April 1st (unless my doctor will let me drive my March 4th. I will keep all of you posted as to how my recovery is going via e-mail.
I hope all of you had a joyfull holiday and we all know that our Higher Power will be walking with us thru the next year.

Orange Juice

 This is how your husband would like his orange juice served in future!!   I’m really sorry himself and Jack weren’t invited on Sunday…it was a total oversight on Mike’s part…please tell him I had nothing to do with it!

Phil x

In “weird timing” news, this morning I received the email from the previous post right after I had sent another letting them know that they had the wrong person again.

Just got this reply:

Dear Kate,

As per my previous email, we have today removed your email address from the client’s policy and from any further marketing material. Thanks for the Tweet also, in this instance you are the wrong Kate.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Department on {phone number}. 

Kind regards,



I like to think that Rebekah was smiling a little when she replied (or, she thinks I’m a jerk). Also, kind of curious how she discovered the tweet, but that is a mystery for another day.

In “weird timi…

…so this email was not intended for you.

Dear Kate,


Thank you for your email.


We note that a customer input your email address when they did a quote online with ourselves. We are an insurer in the Republic of Ireland and do not offer insurance in Canada so this email was not intended for you. The customer has obviously entered the wrong email address for themselves. We will remove your email address from our records.


Kind regards,


Rebekah Confirmation of Policy Number


There was a very stern disclaimer about not reposting this email if received in error, so I’ll just give you the idea of it.I don’t know that they’d ever actually care though because this is the second time they’ve sent me this policy and the second time I’ve let them know that they have the wrong Kate.


Kate from Ireland (Catherine on official docs) has a new car insurance policy.

Fun facts:

We both drive ford vehicles, albeit hers is a little more exciting  – mine is a wagon and hers is a Fiiiiiiiiiiessssta*!

We have both been driving for over 9 year and were born in the same year. 

Her insurance, with the exchange rate factored in, is much more expensive than mine.




*I googled that image after writing… that car is definitely not any more of a party than my wagon.



I received this a couple years ago, but it’s my favourite

subject: saying hello

Hi Kate i hope this message  gets through to you. just come up to browse pea soup ready i am starving .I have not heard from Derek since i EMAILED him. here is a joke for you a man bought two goldfish he named them one and two when one died he still had two ha. ha.see if i can get this sent.

I received this…

House Hunting

KD from Portland is apparently shopping for a new home.

Fun facts:

We already own our home.

I couldn’t ever afford any of these.

The first name of the realtor sending the listings is the same as my partner’s, except the spelling is weird.





You have the wrong Kate Doyle

Apparently there are lots of Kate Doyle’s in the world and many of them think that my email address is their email address.

A few times a week, I get emails for these other Kate Doyles. Some personal. Some professional. Some dating site password resets. Jokes, recipes, party invites, christian book club invites. I get it all.

I can’t help but wonder how many times the other KD’s answer “why didn’t you respond to my email?” with “… I didn’t get it”.


About me:

My name is Kate Doyle.

I go by Kate. Not Katie (unless you’re my dad) or Katherine or any variation thereof.

I’m currently 28.

I live in Canada.

I am not christian, or a model, or shopping for a new home.

I probably don’t want to go to your party or book club.