One of my favorites, Kanani Fong, has a final post up on her blog, The Kitchen Dispatch.
Kanani really helped me when I was first starting out blogging. My Blog Mom if you will. She read and commented and encouraged all while she had her own projects and a husband in harms way. She gave me my first link ever. I'm indebted to her but it's more than just that. She's smart, kind, loving and one heck of a writer. She's selfless and never had an unkind word for anyone save maybe only those who preyed on her beloved soldiers and veterans. Then she was as protective as a mother rottweiler. As a veteran I always knew Kanani had my back. She delved deep to root causes and was fearless in pursuit of truth and solutions. Kanani is a Warrior of the first stripe and I'd ride into battle with her any time.
Her voice on The Kitchen Dispatch will be missed.
She will undoubtedly appear here and there (and will ever have a home here if she ever wants to just post something) and has a life to live and other projects to occupy her time. But I will miss her. I've had her link on my blogroll from the beginning and it always made me smile to see her updates and read her latest. Kanani has been one of those friends. The ones you expect you'll never meet in person (though I'd love to) but who you treasure no less because of it. Yes, Kanani is my friend and always will be.
Kanani, you will always have a special place in my heart. You and your valiant husband will be welcome in my home forever. Thank you for all you did and do. I will ever be a Kanani Fong fan.