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January 11, 2010


How did I see the Sun Times article and never notice the headline? That is hysterical! I just saw Spencer and his bandmates and was so excited for them that I never read any other part of the paper.

Your post just hit a chord at the exact timing when I am wondering why I am having so much difficulty with my own blog and its themes. I had a very long conversation recently with an old friend of mine, we can't see each other anymore because we each live on a different side of the Atlantic, but we've kept faithful to each other.

We both share a big part of my personal stories, as she came in my life at the same time and in the same circles as who would become the father of my children. She is one of the very rare close friends of mine who dutifully checks on my blog everyday, scrutinizes every 12seconds and other videos I post and sometimes leaves a comment on given blogposts.

She was basically asking me why I was not more personal in my blog. Why I was keeping so distant with myself. And I agree with her. I have been wondering about why myself, and truth to be said, because I kind of envy the tone of blogs like yours, amongst others.

I love this post :D

Jordan would love One Faith in her iTunes for her birthday. Thanks for the reminder. O Happy days...

hey, could you please tell Jeff,that Mavis Staples played at the Mt. Baker Theatre in Bellingham Wa. and i was there in a front row seat beside myself with awe and reverance, so therefore it makes complete and total sense that Wilco should make a stop here in between the seattle and vancouver feb. gigs? LOL!

Truthfully? You do share more about your family members than I would, but that's one of the reasons I keep coming back!

Please save some of those letters for the next time I'm in town. I'd love to attend one of your performances.

By the way, how did you create that Warholesque image of Charlie?

If it's any consolation, not only am I a big fan of Leah and Charlie, I am a fan of Wilco BECAUSE of your blog. Was so excited to hear they are coming soon to my Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida!

Forget the damn kids, why in God's name don't you write about me more often. I got straight A's once... in reform school! Whatever you write, you do it brilliantly. It's in your nature. (Don't tell Mavis).

I don't know you from Adam and usually just lurk here, but thank you for your beautiful writing and gorgeous photos of your kids. I believe you are inspired (and I italicize that!) -- plus, the popular references to television and music are fantastic...

You forget (or maybe you don't) that I choose to come here and read your blog, while I get poorly written Christmas missives in the mail and feel obligated to read them (though in recent years I just get a lot of those Snapfish style photo postcards). PS - your recent pics of Charlie make me smile big time.

I am glad you are not on my Christmas newsletter mailing list! But it is mostly a summary of the major things I put on Facebook--only with more pictures--and is generated these days primarily for the ten people I know who refuse to be on Facebook.

I received only three Christmas newsletters this past holiday. All were pretty boring but none as badly written as you described. My only fear with my own newsletter is that there is too much "I" since I have no kids or other family members to talk about. However, reading one single friend's annual accounting in her newsletter of the achievements of her 10 now-grown nieces and nephews whom I've never met while she says very little about herself is probably just as bad.

Your blog is about YOU and YOURs. I don't consider it exploitative at all.

Dear Danny,
As one who frequently discusses and posts photos of her daughters on her blog, I am totally sympathetic to your need to gush publicly. In fact, when I receive Christmas letters (two this year and written in the same mode as yours), I reply with a suggestion they read my blog to catch up.

Fake Grandma (Now, what's my relationship to Mavis?)

Let's face it, if you write only to those who are interested in the details, they have to read it. It's not like a phone call where you have to fane that you are busy of have another call coming in that you just "have to take". How else can those of us who were never really great friends still keep up on others lives and choose which details to share. I personally don't know if I would every call anyone that we went to school with. After all did we loose touch or just choose not to stay in contact. I love to vicariously hear about the coming and going of those lifes. After all we grew up together, and like it or not those expericences curved our lives. Plus you are a wonderful writer, and one day I'm sure there will be a memoir.

I think it's about extremes. I write about my kids, but I don't reveal anything I think would make them uncomfortable. It's funny. The only thing they've had a problem with is me posting a photo they thought was unflattering too.

Keep 'em coming, Danny!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Leah! That is fantastic!!

Dear Danny,

When I was a kid, our family always got one of those obnoxious christmas letters from a family acquaintance. Every single edition was filled with a laundry list of his amazing accomplishments over the past year. To hear him tell it, he never had a bad year, or even a bad day. LOL.

The difference is, when you're bragging (LOL) in your blog, you always tell a good story to make it interesting. And, you include pictures. Don't change a thing.


Awesome posting man!
You are a great blogger. I like your work. Truly you are a genius.
Keep up the good work Man!


I love your blog so much. Don't evah change!

Much love to you and your family in this new year.
Charlie looks magnificent.

way to go ms miller! keep up the good work! xo,m

Whew! Glad I just sent out a card this year because my writing skills ain't all that :). Of course the difference between a blog and a letter to me is that you go to a blog to read it, it is not sent to you.

"Hey, did you hear that my 14-year-old nephew is responsible for a huge increase in abortions in the state of Illinois?"

The article isn't clear: has Spencer gone on an impregnation spree or is he merely performing abortions? Regardless, I always suspected that he was the cause...

Your blog canNOT EVER be compared to a poorly written Christmas letter. Jeesh. My husband anticipates letters from certain families so he can mock them. NOT the Christmas spirit. :-)

Mavis Staples is definitely your spiritual mother. Go with it!

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