The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest…into a Cobra Pit

I consider the fact that you have gotten this far a victory. Why? Read on.

I’ve been told I’m funny when I’m mad. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little bit proud of that. Finding humor in the maddening is a default for me. It’s a defense mechanism and as I’ve gotten older I have learned that, ultimately, it can be a valuable skill–the ability to turn negative into positive–or at least the completely ridiculous into the mildly useful.

I’m generally a little loud but when I first get mad, I get very quiet. Then, as the anger builds, I get louder. I can get a little shouty. I tend to rant. I circle and circle and circle around the same point–all in an effort to make whatever my case might be. It sounds like I’m explaining the cunning work of a vulture but it’s more like the inevitably slow descent of water in a lazy drain–only more absurd. Maybe like ice cream in a drain. Mmm. Ice cream.

Anyway…

There I am–trying to make a point, words are flying out of my mouth like bullets from a machine gun–rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat.

I’m doing it! I’m passionate. I’m making the most sense anyone has ever made in the history of public speaking.

*rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat*

*Circling, circling, circling, circling.*

I’m attacking the issue, whatever it is, with great fervor. I mean what I say and I’m not backing down.

I’m mad, after all.

Dammit.

It is somewhere around this point that things start to change. The sniper in my brain that was squeezing out the rat-a-tat-tat of coherent words and arguments apparently takes five–allowing for a clown skilled in a little light magic to step in.

Gone is the precision and in its place is the verbal equivalent of a slightly overweight hedgehog in a party hat pathetically sliding from a novelty chute. The hedgehog lands with a unceremonious plop in the middle of the once serious discussion–half-smiling like the spiky idiot he is.

It’s around this time that I typically pause for effect–arms incredulously outstretched in the silence before finally declaring, “RIGHT??!”

My friends have indicated to me over the years that this personal habit puts them in a bit of a tight spot. They are trying to listen and be supportive and understanding but instead, they end up stifling laughter. They fight to keep a controlled expression–faces contorted, tears beginning to form in their eyes.

“I’m sorry,” they almost always say, followed by halting, “I’m…not…laugh…ing at you.”

Typically, this is when I start to laugh too and whatever I was so mad about ends up feeling ridiculous and we all just get on with our lives. The wind drops out of the sails. After all, most things are not worth getting that mad about anyway. It’s just toxic noise that brings us down. What’s the point?

These are the things I have been trying to tell myself lately as I have been circling and circling and circling around an issue I can’t seem to let go.

I can’t make it funny and that makes me mad.

*Quiet*

I like creative projects and I always have. It’s why I started this blog and, eventually, my channel on YouTube. From the beginning, I made a deal with myself. I had to do things for me and do them my way. I knew it was the only way I would survive–particularly on the Internet. And it’s worked out pretty well for a pretty long time.

I was excited to get more followers, viewers, subscribers. As I have said more times than I can count–I was thrilled to be entertaining someone other than myself. It felt good. I was doing something I really enjoyed and other people were on board. I’ve met some amazing people and had some great opportunities. You can’t beat that.

Week after week, I was energized by the challenge and the process of having to come up with new videos–even if they were completely silly. If they made me smile–it was worth it.

They always did. It always was. That was the measure of success.

Even if I wasn’t always everybody’s cup of tea, it didn’t matter because I was having fun and that, as far as I was concerned, was all that mattered. Hell is other people, after all.

*Circling, circling, circling*

So, here’s the truth: I’m tired. I’m mad about being tired and I’m even madder that I can’t make it funny and I’m going to tell you why.

I doubt many people will actually read this entire essay. After all, it’s the Internet and there are zero cat pictures or pornography in it so, let’s face it, who cares? But I know for sure that if I post a link to it with a picture of myself, that picture will get a bunch of reactions and comments. I also know that the majority, if not all, of those comments will have nothing to do with the content of the post and will focus solely on my appearance. If I just post the link with no picture–it will get few to no comments or reactions. No one will bother with it.

I know this to be true because I’ve been experimenting with this over the past several months.

What do I take away from this? It all seems to point to a persistent message that what I look like is what matters and what I have to say or offer does not.

unsubscribe 2This is the part where someone tells me that I put myself out there and it comes with the territory. This is the part where someone tells me I better grow a thicker skin if I want to play on this playground. This is the part where someone else says I’m not that hot or funny. This is the part where someone calls me fat. This is the part where I’m called ungrateful… “unsubscribe.” This is part where someone with a borderline x-rated profile picture calls me a bitch.

And this is the part where I finally tell all of those people to take several seats.

Here’s the thing: I’m tired of just playing along and pretending like all of this doesn’t matter. It does matter and if women like me just continues to say nothing, then nothing will ever change. Generally speaking, the uglier side of how the Internet operates is just generally accepted. We’re told to deal with it or get out.

That is unacceptable to me. It always has been and it’s time I publicly say so. The bottom line is: I do have a voice and it’s time I stop circling and land on this issue with the full force of my abilities.

A man with his sweet little granddaughter in his profile picture once asked me about my “boobies.” Are they real? “Boobies.” This is a grown man. Another demanded, “show your tits.” Another declared, “nice fake teeth.” Still another said it’s obvious I have a glass eye. Multiple people have registered horror when they discover I am over 40–begging for me to say it is not true. Someone else left a comment after counting the lines on my forehead. Recently, someone suggested I will commit suicide on the air one day. I’ve been told I look “disgusting” when I wear  glasses. A woman told me I’m “not as hot as people say” and I should “grow up and stop making videos.” If someone tells me I “look great” they often follow it with, “keep it up!”

Keep it up.

That’s just a sample.

None of these things, by the way, are made better if followed by “LOL” or a winky face or “jus’ sayin’.”

What I just wrote is the Internet equivalent for a woman of kicking a hornets’ nest into a cobra pit. What often follows when a woman, any woman, on the Internet speaks openly about this sort of behavior is an explosion of negativity. Women are slammed for not taking a compliment or, again, are simply told to ignore it all. Personally, I’ve been told I bring it on myself just by having a blog and a YouTube channel and by choosing to be active on social media.

Even more, we find ourselves in the position of having it explained to us that, despite our experiences, we are off base. Our concerns are minimized and chalked up to “a few bad apples.” Then, on top of it all, if we neglect to just just grin and bear it and choose to speak out, people threaten to take their attention elsewhere, stop following, “unsubscribe.”

“What a bitch.”

I have learned that a lot of people who have a lot to say on the Internet don’t like it when you talk back. When they predictably threaten to leave, I have always been more than happy to hold the door.

I don’t owe anyone a explanation but I do want to be clear–I can take a compliment. I appreciate kind words. I am exceedingly grateful for the loyal community of respectful people who enjoy what I do and I cannot thank all of you enough for your continued support. I was reminded recently of just how many of you there are and I do thank you.

I’m not “one those man-haters” as one commenter once theorized. But I am fed up with what I see as something I have the power to, at the very least, bring out into the open and hopefully change at least within my own community and in my own corner of the Internet.

I very much admire author, columnist and performer Erika Napoletano. She holds her community to a standard and is very clear about it. She really spoke to this subject in  a recent Facebook post. She was addressing overtly sexual comments made on a photo she had posted. They included someone calling her a “MILF.” (This, despite the fact, by the way, that she does not even have any children.) Anyway, it said, in part:

In a world where everyone has a voice — use yours to lift others up. Because those words you think of as compliments (like MILF)…aren’t. They reduce the person standing in front of you to a sexual object. And just…an object. Those words aren’t compliments. They’re weapons against a person who has done nothing to you except catch your eye.

I’m no one’s object. And I certainly hope you love yourself enough to not be anyone’s object, either. You’re worth more.

She is right and she along with comedian and author Jen Kirkman, whose Twitter feed is currently populated by hundreds of retweets of women’s stories of harassment, have encouraged me to use my voice to speak out–to stop stewing and stop circling and take a stand on this point.

Here’s my challenge and I’m not interested in debating anyone on this–be better and say something else.

If you want to be part of my corner of the Internet then please respect the following:

1.) I am an adult woman who is more than my appearance. I have skills. I have opinions. I demand to be treated with respect.

2.) If you wouldn’t say something to my face, don’t write it in the comments.

3.) Remember that I am someone special to a great number of people and those loved ones read what you say.

4.) Consider this: would you tell your grandmother she has “nice tits?” Yes? Well, then God bless you both….you get my point.

We are all responsible for making this world a more civilized place and it begins by setting expectations. You now know mine. If you don’t agree–there’s the door. It’s as simple as that.

And now, if you don’t mind I have to free this hedgehog wedged in a chute.

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  1. April 6, 2016 / 1:56 PM

    Hey Kate – great blog post today, simply fantastic. I’ve been a fan of your videos for a while but rarely post comments, just enjoy the humorous break in the day.
    But this is a serious issue and I’m interested in speaking with you about how RTDNA might help you spread this message and address your concerns which are shared by many in our business, particularly women.
    I left my email in the box above. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested.
    All the best,
    Vincent Duffy
    News Director – Michigan Radio
    Chair-Elect – RTDNA

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 5:13 PM

      Thank you, Vincent. I really appreciate it. I wrote specifically about this kind of thing within the news business a few years ago after Jennifer Livingston at WKBT took on a unkind viewer email on the air. You might find the post interesting: http://www.katewelshofer.com/rants-raves/thank-you-jennifer-livingston/ I would be happy to be part of any conversation that seeks to promote an environment of civility. The norm for so long I think has been for stations to ignore hateful or inappropriate comments in the interest of not rocking the boat and ultimately retaining viewership unless there is an actual safety issue for an employee. I think it’s important for employers to empower their employees to set a standard and feel comfortable to ban or block those who do not comply.

  2. George Haberberger
    April 6, 2016 / 1:57 PM

    Ms. Welshofer,
    I became aware of your YouTube channel last year when you were interviewed on Jamie Allman’s radio show in St. Louis. I have followed your videos since then.
    I am sorry that you have gotten responses and comments from people, (men, no doubt), who think they have a right to say whatever pops into their pathetic little minds.
    I think your videos are funny because your editing and writing skills are superb.
    Please don’t be discouraged. There are many men who appreciate you for your humor.
    Keep it up.

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 4:37 PM

      Oh wow! That’s great, George! Thanks for sticking with me since then. That is very cool and thank you as well for your comments and your support. I very much appreciate you taking the time.

  3. Peter Clifford
    April 6, 2016 / 2:27 PM

    Respect!

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 5:14 PM

      Thanks, Peter!

  4. Lincoln Taylor
    April 6, 2016 / 3:12 PM

    Ms. Welshofer,

    I bothered to read the whole thing. Ok, it was not a bother. It was uncomfortable and painful to hear your experiences. But anything but a bother.

    You said what needed to be said. What needs to be read.

    What you say is valuable and worthy.

    You are valuable and worthy.

    Please know that there are people on the other side of the big series of tubes who know that.

    We will never meet in person, but you matter. To a lot of people. To me.

    And I thank you.

    For the funny. And for the serious.

    For making it worthwhile to follow and subscribe to the things.

    -= L. =-

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 4:35 PM

      Very kind of you, Lincoln and I thank you.

      • Lincoln Taylor
        April 7, 2016 / 10:13 AM

        You are, of course, welcome.

        (The person who invents an internet idiot filter will make a lot of money.)

        (I figure that is a more realistic prospect than hoping humans will, as a rule, be civil and considerate and respectful toward each other.)

        Thank you for what you do, and for reminding me that the internet is not *entirely* a squalid cesspool of devolution.

        Keep on shining, Kate Welshofer!

  5. Mike
    April 6, 2016 / 3:35 PM

    Not really sure how to comment
    In short I enjoy your tv ,Twitter YouTube and Instagram work.
    the hateful and discusting comments are just a reflection of the world we live in

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 4:31 PM

      Thank you for your comment, Mike. I appreciate you taking the time and to your point of it being a reflection of our world–I would tend to agree and I think that’s why it’s even more important to not just accept bad behavior, which has honestly been my tactic for years, but to speak out against it and cultivate a community that is positive and rewards positivity and civility if we can. Again, thank you for commenting and I appreciate your support!

  6. Sue
    April 6, 2016 / 4:12 PM

    Hi Kate – I read your full post and appreciate what you write, as I enjoy your sense of humor, feel I can relate to you as someone in the PR/news world, and love your insight! Please don’t give up because of a few trolls. There are people out there who enjoy hearing from you – like me! 🙂

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 4:19 PM

      Thank you for reaching out, Sue and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

  7. Mary
    April 6, 2016 / 6:44 PM

    Hi Kate! I am a new follower and fan, I discovered your hilarity via the VW commercial. I have seen many of the totally inappropriate comments (that’s putting it nicely) you receive on your posts. While I wasn’t shocked because I know how disgusting people can be on the internet, I hoped it wouldn’t ultimately discourage you from creating videos that are, as George Haberberger said, superb. You truly have a comedic gift. Thank you for speaking out and setting forth specific standards and expectations for respect and civility. If only one a**hole gets the message, it’s a start. Now go free that hedgehog!

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 8:41 PM

      Hi Mary! Thank you very, very much and welcome to my weird world! Glad you are here! Writing this post really lifted a weight off of me and it also has shown me how very wonderful and kind people are. I am feeling very lucky tonight. Thank you for taking the time to read the essay and to leave a comment. It really means a lot!

  8. Jeff Brazeal
    April 6, 2016 / 7:26 PM

    Kate,I have been a fan of your blog almost from the start. I have always appreciated your humor and to be honest it doesn’t hurt that your easy on the eyes! It’s unfortunate that some people feel the need to undermine you as a person with ridiculous statements about you or your looks. Please know that there are people out here that do appreciate you and all that you bring to your blog. Keep it up and Thank you for all the thought and work you put into it! P.S. I did read your entire essay. Take care.

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 8:29 PM

      Thanks so much, Jeff. Much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to both read the essay and to leave a comment!

  9. Chris Biehn
    April 6, 2016 / 7:45 PM

    Hi Kate, Thanks for taking the time to write this blog post. As the father of a daughter and two sons my wife and I work hard to teach them all respect and self confidence. My wife Julie went to college with you and pointed out your broadcasting and online work. It’s great and I really enjoy it. Your approach to different issues is great and no matter how lousy my day is I always laugh. This post is just as important and I hope shared by many. There’s more work to do but you have more allies than you know. All best, Chris

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 8:29 PM

      Thank you, Chris. I really appreciate the feedback and it’s amazing too to know there are so many great people who stand with me in this. Thank you again & please send hellos to Julie for me. We have not seen each other in ages!

  10. April 6, 2016 / 8:54 PM

    Kate- I love you and I just have to deliver a loud, awkward slow clap here. People deliver the nastiest insults and take downs and then suggest that it is our fault for being “public” and that they’re “just being honest”. There is no reason we should have to put up with this over and over and over but I have been for 8 years now. I do hope things will change, and I take charge of my little corner of the internet by deleting and banning the a-holes to repeat offend. In the meantime, I promise I never noticed your glass eye, not even in high school 😂

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 9:01 PM

      Thank you! From the beginning you have always been my Internet sherpa–guiding me in those first days of deciding to start the blog. Taking charge of our own little corners is really all we can do. And the best part of the glass eye comment was when I told my mom about it and she responded, “Glass eye? Who has a glass eye anymore?” ….as if that was the most outrageous part of the story! Hahaha! Here’s to fighting the good fight! Cheers, friend!!

  11. April 6, 2016 / 8:59 PM

    Good read.
    Never wondered your agree but would have thought under 40.
    Opened my and me think.

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 6, 2016 / 9:04 PM

      Glad to hear it, David! Thank you for taking the time to read the piece and to comment.

  12. Dan Foley
    April 6, 2016 / 11:10 PM

    Well said, Ms. Welshofer, thank you.

    This powerful medium for sharing ideas, for communicating thoughts and for just having fun, gets corrupted an ill-mannered, anonymous, thoughtless element (I hope it’s just a few?) with little regard for others.

    Thanks for freely sharing your many gifts. Your videos make many of us really laugh out loud, or at least smile. You truly have a gift for comedy and I’m happy to be a longtime fan.

    One thought- do you think this blog or parts of it could be turned into a video? I’d like to see it go viral.

    Thanks, again.

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 7, 2016 / 2:13 PM

      Thanks so much, Dan. I had thought of possibly incorporating something into a video. The discussion I started here in this post is certainly something worth continuing and I’ll definitely be thinking about ways to do that going forward now. Thanks again!

      • Dan Foley
        April 7, 2016 / 6:15 PM

        If anyone could pull it off in an interesting, entertaining and meaningful way, you could! It would be too much to hope one video could bring total civility to the Internet. But starting with one little corner would be a great first step.

  13. D B
    April 6, 2016 / 11:37 PM

    Dear Ms. Welshofer,
    I am not one to post publicly on websites, but as both a happily married husband and a father of young girls, I am saddened to learn of your experiences. I think it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there – trying to bring smiles to people with your blogs/posts.

    Additionally, I really appreciate you bringing issues like this to light. Thank you trying to change the status quo – your comments help to do that. Things need to change.

    Personally I find your posts extremely witty and entertaining. Try not to let negative people bring you down (easier said than done). You really do a great job!

    With admiration of your sense of humor and candor,
    D

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 7, 2016 / 12:39 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment, D. The experience of writing this essay has been really transformative. I am so grateful that people like yourself–people who don’t typically, as you mentioned, post publicly–would care enough to do so now. That means a great deal to me and it’s important for you and anyone else who has commented to know that the simple act of leaving that comment has really changed my thinking. It has been a great gift to me to know how many good people are out there who enjoy a silly break in the day as much as I do. It’s has helped clear out the negative and opened the door to making this whole hobby of mine fun again. So, thank you!

  14. April 7, 2016 / 5:55 AM

    youare a very beautifulyoung lady with a lot of people whoadoreyou and ive followed you for along time on the news and i think you are a very pretty young lady and wellrespected to thankyou for being who you are

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 7, 2016 / 12:33 PM

      Thank you, Calvin. I appreciate it.

  15. Don
    April 7, 2016 / 12:18 PM

    HI, Kate. When I stopped seeing new videos, combined with a couple things you had alluded to in some of your videos, I thought you may have been facing this type of harassment. It is sad that no matter what people try to do someone will inevitabley do something to ruin it. I have been following you since you were writing your No Teleprompter, No Mercy pieces. They were always fantastic. When you transitioned to videos I always looked forward to your new offerings. Whether one minute or five, the videos were fun and a little escape from the day. I have missed them. I read your entire piece and it speaks to so many of the problems we face today. Lack of respect, lack of civility, lack of humanity. I wish I had a good way to make the barbarians understand what it takes to see someone’s worth, but their lack of worth will prevent it. Will they read your entire piece….no, too many words. Even if they did they would not see themselves in the piece. I hope you continue to do the videos, but if you decide not to, your loyal followers will understand and we will be the poorer for it. The extra time might be used to write a book….if you do put me down for a pre-order.

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 7, 2016 / 12:32 PM

      What a nice note. Thank you so much, Don. I really appreciate it. I may have mentioned this before in some other comments but the reaction to this piece has been incredible. I’m really lucky to have so many great people who care enough to offer this kind of support. A story about the worst of the Internet–at least from my experience–has really brought out the very best. Thank you again & my sister tells me every chance she gets that I should be writing my book! I should get on that!

  16. David
    April 7, 2016 / 6:52 PM

    Kate, I’ve followed your blog for a few years now…always something new and creative to be found and a smile is never far away. Thank you for laying it out there regarding the dark side of the internet. I’m reluctant to adverse my business any more than necessary on Facebook simply because I fear the off-color comments that may ensue. I cringe whenever I glance at the comment section on pages such as yours because it’s easy to find disrespectful, rude, and overtly sexual comments regardless of the subject matter. I’m not sure that the internet has changed society but it certainly exposes the crude way in which many not only think but also express themselves. I wish that I could offer advice on how to move past the negativity but please don’t allow what is hopefully a small segment of the population to stifle your creativity or expression. Haters are everywhere but so too are those who respect intellect, humor, and self-awareness. Hang in there but be vigilant…it is indeed A Brave New World.

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 8, 2016 / 6:45 PM

      Thank you, David. Comments like yours really do mean a lot and you are so right–this whole experience has taught me that the majority of the audience I do have is full of people who do get it, they realize this is not a dating or porn site and they genuinely support and enjoy the effort. That was really valuable to me and has done wonders for not just getting back on track but wanting to and reclaiming the enjoyment of the creative process. Thanks again!

  17. Janel
    April 8, 2016 / 4:46 PM

    Wow! I went back to re-read your post and enjoyed seeing all the love in the comments section here. I hope that it has helped dispel a bit of the negativity you were getting. I’m very glad that you call out the comment trolls on your channel and on FB. I find it utterly disgusting when people feel like they can type out or even say whatever vile thing is in their heads. I hope at least they will think twice when they are called on it. Sadly, even my 10year old daughter is getting the start of that type of attention and this is not even online, but on the school playground. Ten years old. Definitely conversations I didn’t think we would be having yet, and sadly I say yet because it starts and then continues on. I hope someday we don’t have to have these conversations at 10 or at 40!

    • Kate Welshofer
      April 8, 2016 / 6:42 PM

      Thank you, Janel. Writing this post has been such a positive thing. To have so many people, many of whom have not commented before, reach out to essentially say, “these sort of people do not represent the whole audience” is really awesome and it honestly completely change my focus and made all of this fun again. It’s huge. And you know I have said this so many times but it’s true…if people are going to come in my house & (pardon my French) shit on my rug…they better at least expect I’m going to mention it. The bottom line is–it should not be about learning to just cope or deal or ignore harassment–it should be about going to the source & bringing the harasser up short–ending it where it starts and having zero tolerance for it. And it really does need to start at a very young age…unfortunately.

  18. David Aziz
    April 9, 2016 / 11:40 AM

    I haven’t been following you as of late and had no idea this was happening.
    I glad to see the supportive comments in response to your post.
    This social media thing is so scary.
    I draws out the trolls and a-holes
    I have always been a fan and I just thought others following you were also fans too.
    I did notice that many responders to your videos were men and that concerned me.
    But I had no idea about this crap.
    Wouldn’t blame you if you pulled up stakes but then the terrorist win.
    Not sure what advice to give you ( if any) but I hope you stick around and that the haters disappear.

  19. John Gearing
    June 19, 2016 / 1:30 PM

    Judging women. Why is this a thing? Why is this a social norm here in the U S of A? And it’s not only men judging women, but women have been taught to judge other women. I know professional, highly-educated women who judge every woman they see in the media, and of course find faults with every single one. And worst of all, women are taught to constantly judge themselves. To be their own worst critic. Trained to think that there’s a standard of perfection that they can never reach and that their failure to reach it should make them insecure. Is it only Americans? I don’t know, I guess I need to get out more! But for sure it’s red-hot here. Women actors can’t even go to an awards ceremony without having to act like runway models and answer inane questions about “who are you wearing?” And yet more judging! Not on their skills in their art, but on superficialities. It’s devaluing and demeaning both at the same time. Now mix in the anonymity of the internet and there it is: the worst in people. Well, some people. Oh, the guy pushing his kid in a stroller in the Target parking lot might be THINKING “Are those her real boobies?” but would never walk over and say to you. And thank goodness for that! But that same man might think nothing of putting that in an online comment to your videos or writing. Self-retraint, not to mention good manners, go out the window for many people once they’re online. After reading a few stories about people who tracked down their trolls and confronted them, a couple of common threads seem to emerge. Some people just forget that another human being is going to read the nasty crap written about them; and others want to leave hurtful, negative comments because they are hurting and leading miserable lives and they can’t stand that someone else isn’t as miserable as they are. And then there are those who are so self-obsessed that they think it’s all about THEM! They can’t even imagine that the original poster might be hurt or offended. Their whole deal is to be as noxious as possible….as an end in itself. Ugh! You anger and frustration come through loud and clear. I read you stories because I find them interesting. “Well played, Universe” was awesome, and made me think. I watch your videos because they make me laugh or pick my spirits up. Thanks for taking the time and effort to share your creativity with us. You shouldn’t have to deal with the offensive/nasty comments. I wish I had some advice to give on how to change our society, but all I can do is say that I hope you continue these projects and that eventually the “nasty gang” goes away.

    • Kate Welshofer
      June 22, 2016 / 11:12 AM

      Thank you so much, John, for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate your words. I enjoy my creative endeavors and while I have felt that frustration–talking about it openly has led to a lot of great feedback from people like yourself who remind all of us that there are more positive people out there than negative–the negative ones are just louder. So, thank you again for your time. It means a lot. I say this so often but it is true–it is always great to hear that I am entertaining someone besides myself! Cheers!

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