• Mary lives with her husband and daughter in a very picturesque house somewhere in America.
  • She also lives with a gorgeous dog. 
  • And a cat.
  • She cleans out the kitty litter for this cat, which belongs to her daughter. Therefore, Mary is a wonderful mother. (I am not such a wonderful mother.)
  • Mary’s daughter is about the same age as Gemma-Rose.
  • We both let our girls make mud pies, and flower and water stews.
  • We both let our daughters eat rice and nuts and cheese, instead of that delicious meal we have cooked for the rest of the family. (That's not quite right. I admit I don't often cook, but I'm sure Mary does.)
  • Mary lives somewhere that has very cold winters and lots of snow.
  • She knows all about deer and moose and squirrels, but not kangaroos and wombats.
  • Mary’s appearance, unlike mine, hasn’t changed even a little bit in the last two years.
  • She is a poet.
  • And an artist, though I haven't yet persuaded her to share any of her work with me.
  • Mary has a Facebook account but never spends much time there.
  • She is a blogger.
  • Her blog is called The Beautiful Gate.
  • And many saints, and even Mother Mary, follow Mary’s blog.
  • Mary is encouraging and supportive. She is helpful and kind and generous. When I created my grief blog, she emailed me with some suggestions on how I could promote it. 
  • And then she went one step further and placed a linked picture of my book cover in her blog side-bar. It’s right up the top in the prime position where everyone will see it. How many people would go to such lengths to help someone?
  • Mary loves God beyond measure.
  • She cares very much about the state of the world.
  • She isn’t afraid to say what she believes.
  • Mary writes beautifully.
  • Her posts generate lots of lively discussions.
  • There's always something interesting happening on Mary's blog.
  • She answers every comment, even when there are a lot of them.
  • And even though Mary writes about serious topics, she has a sense of humour which can’t be suppressed.
  • Mary can even laugh at herself.
  • She likes earrings.
  • Mary writes a lot of comments on other people's blogs too, leaving her special touch.
  • I met Mary almost two years ago. She stopped to comment on a post. I can even remember which one. It was my birthday post where I did my annual musing over the eternal problem of getting older.
  • Did I mention Mary doesn’t have ageing problems like me?
  • I am so glad to call Mary my friend.
  • Mary blogs at The Beautiful Gate. Did I already tell you that?
  • I'm sure I could tell you many more things about Mary but...
  • You may already know her or...
  • If you don't, please hop over to Mary's blog right now and say hello. You and Mary will soon be friends.

Mary, I’d like to give you an imaginary daisy in gratitude for your friendship and support. I wish it was a real bunch of flowers and I could visit you in person. Maybe one day...

PS I will admit I stole a few words of Nancy's to complete this post!

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  1. She seems nice, Sue. There's a Mary who visits my blog but she doesn't sound as cultured as your Mary...

    ...oh, hang on a minute - kind, generous, sense of humour...it is the same Mary!

    You're right - she is special. And very deserving, too:-)

    God bless, Sue:-)


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    1. Vicky,

      It's just as well Mary has a great sense of humour! I can imagine what you would have written about her. No doubt you would have great fun writing such a post, and Mary would laugh. Yes, she is special!

      God bless!

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  2. You have no idea how touched I am by your post, Sue. I thought I was coming here to read about Mother Mary, only to find out that you wrote a post about me and a very, very sweet one to boot. I smiled so much reading this!

    I DO still clean out the kitty litter but I don't look the same! Those wrinkles keep creeping up on me. Lol! I don't seem to update my profile picture, do I? (But I DID update on Google Plus!) Oh, yeah, and I forgot to mention the new gray hairs popping out on my head. Been plucking them with my tweezers actually.

    Facebook? What's that? (Truth is I can barely ever find the time to go on there.)

    I may not be able to tell a wombat from a kangaroo but I can recognize a loving heart even from across the world. Thank you for your kind heart and your thoughtfulness, my friend.

    And I even like your sister :)

    Thank you, Sue!

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    1. Mary,

      I'm glad my post made you smile! I meant to have written this post a long time ago. I am far too easily distracted!

      I am so pleased to hear you like my sister. The poor girl needs all the friends she can get. Her weird sense of humour keeps getting her into trouble. Now why can't she be sensible like me?

      I enjoyed writing a post about you, Mary. It gives me the opportunity to thank you for your friendship. Vicky is right: You are special.

      God bless!

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    2. You more than made me smile, Sue. You had no way of knowing this but I was having a very rough week and your words lifted my spirit. This is one of your great gifts you know - you make others feel special and unique. Jesus is like this too and you reflect this quality of His in an amazing way. Thank you for your friendship - I am honored to call you a friend.

      Yes, poor Vicky - that weird sense of humor must be a heavy cross to carry (wink, wink).

      God bless!

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    3. Mary,

      I'm so sorry to hear you've had a rough week. You always leave such uplifting comments, I wouldn't have guessed. I am glad I made you smile. You have done the same for me so many times. How any times have I mused over my feelings in your comments box?

      This post is supposed to be about you, Mary. You are too kind leaving such beautiful words for me. Thank you, and I feel equally honoured to have your friendship.

      Poor Vicky knows she is loved very much despite her cross! Good friends and sisters... I am very blessed.

      God bless!

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  3. I too thought this post was going to be about Mother Mary. Now, I am so intrigued to meet your friend, Mary, that I am going to pay her a visit!!! Of course, I am very partial to anyone named "Mary"! :)

    Thank you for your kind words today...

    Blessings,
    Val

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    1. Valerie,

      Oops! I should have thought more about this blog title. Never mind. Mary of The Beautiful Gate is worth reading about too. You have a very beautiful Mary of your own!

      It was an honour to share your story today.

      God bless!

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  4. What a great tribute to a great person. I wish there were more of her.

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    1. Anabelle,

      Yes! We could do with more Marys. She is a great person, and I am glad I can call her my friend.

      I am so pleased to see you on my blog again. Thank you for visiting! I have had a bit of a mix up following your blog. I followed but then didn't get any notifications. I saw in a comment, on Mary's blog, that you were reading and not writing, and thought this explained it. Then I realised you have been posting and I just haven't known about it. Maybe I failed to click 'confirm' follow. I often don't do things properly! I shall have to try again. Wow! What a long and complicated story. Did you understand all that? I fear I have confused even myself!

      God bless!

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  5. I know some things about Mary, too! I know she's a kind, thoughtful, humorous woman who writes beautifully and loves God beyond measure. Oh, wait. I could say the same and title it "I know some things about Sue." Hmm. Are there really only one of you? Or is there two?

    And you both, or oneth, can take this piece of advice from your elder: just be glad the wrinkles are still creeping UP, not down. I'm just saying.

    Both of the one of you is two of a kind, Mary Sue.

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    1. Nancy,

      I am just going to have to modify my post and add two more points about Mary. I hope you don't mind if I steal your words! They are just perfect and my post won't be complete without them.

      " just be glad the wrinkles are still creeping UP, not down" That made me laugh. As I was drying my hair this morning (and trying not to look in the mirror)I was thinking how different we'd feel if we celebrated the signs of ageing... "OH look! Another white hair. How wonderful. A wrinkle? Yes, I like that soft look..." A step closer to the end of our lives and a step closer to God. Those thoughts didn't stop me smothering my face in anti-wrinkle cream a few moments later! I have a new one that promised me fabulous younger skin in 28 days. So far no one has noticed my new face. Could that be because it still looks the same?

      Nancy, you are very kind. You are so good at spreading joy with your words. Thank you!

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  6. Mary IS the best! When I started my blog, she was one of the first people to comment who wasn't related to me or know me in person. When she put my blog on her side-bar I was over the moon. She's been so supportive ever since. Great tribute to her, and so well deserved.

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    1. Kathleen,

      You have been blessed by Mary's friendship too! She is a beautiful person.

      I don't know how Mary found my blog but she has visited me ever since her first visit. She leaves me friendly and encouraging comments. She makes me feel what I write is worthwhile. But you know all that because I'm sure that's what she does for you too.

      Thank you for visiting my blog and stopping to comment. I appreciate it! I loved reading some of your own blog posts. I will return later and stop and stay hello.

      God bless!

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  7. You're right. Mary is wonderful. So kind of you to support your blogging buddy!

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    1. Noreen,

      I love how we are all friends and support each other. Don't we have a wonderful blogging community? Whenever I think about becoming an ex-blogger I know I would miss my friends very much.

      Thank you for your kind comment!

      God bless!

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  8. What a sweet post! And I couldn't agree more about the sweetness of Mary! How blessed so many of us are to have been touched by her life!

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    1. Anne,

      I can see Mary has many, many beautiful friends. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading my post. I appreciate it!

      God bless!

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  9. It's just so uplifting to read all these beautiful comments :) Thank you!

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    1. Mary,

      You have many friends who love you! God bless you!

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  10. Checking it out - you are quite a salesperson - among your many talents!!

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    1. Hi Dana!

      Some things are easy to sell! I hope you enjoy meeting Mary on her blog.

      It's so lovely to see you on my blog. Thank you for stopping to say hello.

      God bless!

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  11. I am so sorry to be late to share my "Mary story." I was sick all week, so I hope she understands...but being Mary, that's a given. :) I first became acquainted with Mary when a few months after I started blogging, I noticed lots of traffic showing up from The Beautiful Gate. These wonderful people were even leaving me comments. Wondering what was going on, I clicked over to Mary's blog and found that she had featured one of my posts, saying lovely things about it and linking to it. I was astonished, since I really hardly knew her. Since then, many of those same people have become friends and still visit me often. (Thanks Mary!)

    For some time, Mary had a glitche when trying to leave me comments in the combox. Most people would have just given up. But not Mary. She would take the time to go on Facebook and that way, her comments came through.

    She is just a joy! She makes you laugh with her humorous posts, and then she writes with the wisdom of a Saint the next time. Her poetry is beautiful and she has the longest blogroll of anyone in the world! Like everyone else, I'd love to meet Mary. I always think of her as sunshine in the blogosphere, but she is so much more than that.

    If you find this comment, dear Mary, congratulations and a big hug! xoxo

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    1. Patricia,

      You are not late at all! You've had more important things to think about recently than my blog posts. I hope you're feeling better!

      Mary has linked to a few of my posts too. She is so very generous!

      Thank you for sharing your own 'Mary story'. You are right. Mary is a joy. She makes everyone feel special and I'm sure she never thinks of herself when blogging, but does all she can to help others.

      "sunshine in the blogosphere" That is so appropriate!

      I hope Mary returns and sees your beautiful comment.

      God bless!

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  12. Sue, and I wrote my comment so late, and with such a pounding headache that I forgot to thank YOU for your beautiful post about Mary. It was fun learning new things about her. YOU are so generous as well, using your blog to highlight some of your blogging friends. It would be such a more welcoming and hopeful world if we all did these things on a daily basis in our lives. I know I have had the experience of feeling down, and then unexpectedly, someone says a kind word or gives me a genuine compliment, and it makes all the difference. We all need to know we have value.

    I love your empathy post...and what a tan you have! I never tan..just burn. :) I love how your friend just hugged you. I think if you have suffered deeply yourself, it is possibly easier to show empathy, because you know what it is, and how much it is needed. (Sorry for commenting in the wrong place on this!)

    Thanks for being you, Sue! I adopted a cardinal from that web site, and I got Cardinal Pell! I was delighted to have the Australian cardinal. He seems like a wonderful man. Have a blessed day (or night?) whatever it is over there :) xoxoxo

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    1. Patricia,

      It's so hard to think with a pounding head! I was trying to answer comments with a sore head too last night. I hope you feel better today!

      There was no need to thank me for this post but I am happy to see you on my blog again! I think we have a beautiful blogging community. Everyone is generous and kind, and ready to help each other. You are quite right: kindness makes such a difference!

      I have to laugh. Those aren't my legs in the empathy photo! I don't tan either. I'm a red head with freckly skin. I used to hate my hair colour. I wanted my skin to go brown like all my friends'. Now I love having red hair. It hasn't gone grey! Yes, there's some white amongst the red, but those are my blonde highlights!! Isn't it nice when we discover unexpected blessings?

      Cardinal Pell is a good man but not our pope! How excited we all were when we woke this morning to find out we had a new pope.

      God bless!

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