Diane Vogel Ferri is a teacher, poet and writer. Her essays have been published in Scene Magazine, Cleveland Christmas Memories, Raven’s Perch, and by Cleveland State University among others. Her poems can be found in numerous journals. Her chapbook, Liquid Rubies, was published by Pudding House. The Volume of Our Incongruity was published by Finishing Line Press. Diane’s essay, “I Will Sing for You” was featured at the Cleveland Humanities Fest in 2018. Her novel, The Desire Path can be found on Amazon. She is a graduate of Kent State University and holds an M.Ed from Cleveland State University.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Birthday COEXIST!

COEXIST was created one year ago, and it's been an experience of growth for me. Bloggers seem to share the collective feeling that we are friends who have never met. We have entered each other's lives in big and small ways over this year.

I have met wonderful, thinking, creative, reverent and irreverent women with whom I've discovered great commonalities. I have shared Skywatch photographs with people all over the world. I've met stay-at-home-moms with much more insight and wisdom than I recall having at that age.

I've met a wonderful actress and singer, now retired in the Hollywood hills, who shares nature photographs as well as pictures that include many familiar movie and television actresses that she still knows. Her photographs and memories of a Hollywood gone by are precious.

I've posted my poems, - some carefully thought-out and some spontaneous and unrevised. I've been interviewed by a blogger in England.

I've been tracked by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and quoted on Cleveland.com.

Blogging friends have bought and read my book and I've read theirs as well.

I've enjoyed and treasured every single comment and word of encouragement. THANK YOU.

This blog has made me think (every day!) and be more creative. It's made me write more and form more of my own opinions. I've been privileged to be an inspiration and to receive inspiration .

Blogging has literally opened up the world and made me believe in COEXIST even more as I see every day how much more we are all alike than we are different.


Cheryl said...

So well said, Diane, as usual. My life is so enriched with the friends I've made through blogging.

FranIAm said...

Happy Blog-birthday Diane!

I have only come to know you recently, but I so love what I find here. You have a beautiful blog and your spirit shines right through every word.

Peace, blessings and all good things to you!

Choralgirl said...

Yea--happy birthday, Diane! :-)

Kelly Jene said...

Blogging has changed my life as well. It was awesome to finally meet someone else who has been published and knows what the writing journey is like.

You're a great friend, blog or no blog. :)

Happy Blogiversary!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Congratulations. That's an important milestone.

The Real Mother Hen said...

I thank you for having such a great blog.
It's an honor to share the journey with you, really.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, COEXIST!

John Ettorre said...

Diane, you've wonderfully expressed many of the benefits of maintaining a blog. I predict much more of the same for you in coming years. Happy anniversary.