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It is with a bittersweet but proud heart that I inform you of my difficult decision to stop posting diaries for The Rachel Maddow Show here at the “Great Orange Satan.” Let me state explicitly that I’m NOT leaving Daily Kos, you still might catch me as an occasional sub life guard at Cheers & Jeers, I might contribute an occasional diary in the Readers & Booklovers group, especially noteworthy & newsworthy events might warrant a diary of Rachel’s take, and anything that just generally grinds my gears (props to Peter Griffin) might warrant a diary as well.

My work life is increasingly demanding & might get more so. I work a full – time job plus teach part – time plus lead practices & am head dharma teacher at the Zen Center where I teach & practice, and I have a husband & kitties I’d like to see every once in a while. As the saying goes, the spirit’s willing but…well…getting old sucks! ;D

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It’s difficult for me to find the time & energy to put together what I think/hope is a decent product only to see that only a few people show up. I AM NOT ASSIGNING ANY SORT OF “BLAME.” The nature & immediacy of social media now plus the changes here at Daily Kos have changed the playing field a bit since I posted my very first Countdown with Keith Olbermann diary on April 1, 2008.

I am also NOT disbanding the “Friends of Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow” group here.

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I want anyone whose part of that group to post diaries to the group to share your brilliant thoughts about what’s going on in this crazy mixed up but wonderful world. When/if Keith Olbermann finds work on the television machine again (cross fingers, toes, legs, and anything else), you just might see “regular” diaries from me here back like a bad penny. :D

1172 diaries later (the first Rachel diary January 31, 2011) and after sharing historic highs & lows both public & private, I want to thank you all & Daily Kos so much for being an island of sanity & compassion for me in a red state that got a whole lot more red this month. As far as my presence here, I ain’t goin’ anywhere because my sanity (such as it is) depends on it!

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Originally posted to CityLightsLover on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:16 AM PST.

Also republished by Friends of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group, and Pink Clubhouse.

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