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Dear Facebook and Flickr user Makena Becker. you are not me. those photos are not yours. and those children certainly aren't yours either. your creepiness has me reeling. you have five hours to remove all my photos, all my words, and all your really skeevy claims to be someone you are not before i take legal action. you have infringed on my copyright. and i am pretty freakin' ticked off and grossed out by it.

thank you to reader paola for letting me know about this.

i would have loved to keep this a lot more vague and focused more on the idea of creating your own life, how figuring out who you are, little by little, and being true to that potential and the people you love is what makes life really great. and i think the higher road is to maybe leave names off.. but i can't. this is just too weird and violating and there is no possible explanation i can think of where someone would do this "innocently." if you have an idea, i'd love to hear it. i'd love to have something to wet the fury burning in my chest.

until then, i've got a birthday party to prepare for.

also: i have operated this blog the same way i try to live my life- based in faith and happiness and expecting the good rather than fearing and expecting the worst. this is not the worst, but it is really really weird. and i may need to adjust things around here for awhile until i figure this out..


ADDED: dear people (the non creepy ones), i love you. i sincerely do. i wish you were all here in person. i would hug you and thank you, wipe away my angry tears and take you to the park for a big picnic. we'd eat fruit, watch kids run around, soak up the sun and celebrate life (and the fact that the pictures were all taken down! hooray!!). after getting in our fill of spring at the park, you'd help me try to foster a little bit of sympathy and a little understanding for those who do things that aren't right, but then we'd let it go and move on... and after all that i'd try to sucker you into helping me make cupcakes and clean and decorate for tomorrow's party.. i've got a lot to do and am suddenly sooo very tired. 

thank you again. truly. 


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Hi Katie,
Still popping round from time to time. I hope you're well. Emma from Germany

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkids accessories

you're still on my faves list, and i refuse to remove you. miss your dazzling wit and charming pics. lots of luv from north of the border :)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

Hi Kate, my English is very basic, but enough to follow. It's wonderful the way you make us enjoy every day things. I think it says "gorgeus" in Spanish "maravilloso." I feel so negative experience of the network in the world has left us without enjoying all your wonderful way to be happy and make us a little more happiness to others. Very much encouragement from Spain.
I want to come back soon, I will not unsubscribe from my favorite blogs! I trust that one day you do.

Nice to read you! Cris

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCris

Having someone act like your is really creepy. I don't get it why people have to act like another people. They can just be by their selves.

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPlaymobil

i miss your blog. a lot. i always loved it but not sure i realized how much until you stopped posting. over a year later, i still check every so often hoping you've come back. maybe, someday...hope all is well for you and your family.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbecca

I'm sorry. Regroup and we'll all still be here.

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershiori

Still visiting once in awhile! Hope all is well.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Hello, I am from Brazil, I just want to say how wonderful is your blog!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThais

Still missing your wonderful posts :)

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Sharing, location and privacy: updates from Google+, Facebook and Flickr. Every week there are innumerable updates to thousands of online services – too many to keep up with.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchildrens clothing

Great site, I wasn't familiar with them – a giveaway w/them would be Fabulous. Another company I love that I now see advertised on yr blog is Manitobah Mukluks.

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkids clothing

Hi, My friend let me know about your blog since she knows that I always want to start sewing. Your blog is so inspiring and I am so sorry that this incident make you stop publishing your work in public domain but I hope you don't stop creating all this beauties for your family and loved ones. Hope to bump into your writing someday.

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIna

hi katie ! still popping round ... wish you all the best. emma from germany

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremma

Nice blog post..Thanks a lot for sharing...Keep it up...

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November 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergeneric viagra

I just found your blog, I was looking up things to do for my boyfriend who's b-day is on Monday and I got here via Oh happy day. Through this day I have gone back in your blog and I just love it! your pictures are wonderful, your children super cute and your blog and ideas just great, i am so happy I found you. coming back to the first page and finding this post, I can't tell you how sorry I am for you, this is weird and mean and sick and I hope it all gets solved very very soon. Keep up your amazing work, and take the weekend/week off.

Thank you! Stella

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStella

I just realized this post is over 1 1/2 year old. I hope you are well and that I will find you somewhere else...

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStella

I came across one of your Quick Projects on Pinterest ( and it linked me straight to your blog. I fell in love with the quick quilts and, when I finally surfaced and looked at your home page, I saw the awful thing that happened that forced you to retreat. As I look at the last few posts and see the spam from "online generic levitra", I get some very negative feelings about the internet in general. Yuck. But I'm going to suscribe to your RSS anyway, just in case. The LOGIN button at the bottom gives me hope that you might have figured out an alternative way to post the ideas and experiences you so generously shared. -----Shannon

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I so, so, so, miss your posts. I hope you'll come back- I'm dying to see what you've been creating!!

November 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Ierubino

This blog are really inspiring. It's is good to have a sister it's true.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchildrens jackets

i always check back to see if you've returned. i hope you do, soon :(

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

still missing your wonderful blog...wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season!!

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbecca

You and I handled this revolting situation in much the same way! Here was my blog post when I recently discovered another photographer selling my portraits in his store:

Sorry that you are having to go through this, it sucks ass all the way around.

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

I miss your creative posts. My heart is saddened that you have not come back, I keep checking though, just in case. I'm hoping you are past this situation and gone on. Still, I wish I could read about your triumphant return and all your creative growth...

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChaz

I still check in on you here every now and then! Still such wonderful inspiration, I especially love the holiday ideas. You are SUCH a talented lady, I think we all miss that unique edge that you always had! Hope you all are having a wonderful New Year! Still faithful you might be back someday :) :)

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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