Welcome Carolyn Homer!

Carolyn Homer portrait by the Golden Gate bridgeBCC extends its warmest welcome to new Permablogger Carolyn Homer! As the non-priesthood holder presiding at the welcome, I now have the opportunity to open our Carolyn testimony meeting by roasting Carolyn bearing my own testimony of Carolyn’s many virtues.

I first met Carolyn at a Stake Relief Society Super Saturday activity, where we fatefully chose the same session from a menu of parallel speaker tracks. The session we chose was a town hall discussion of issues around women’s roles in the church, hosted by a member of the stake presidency. Pop some popcorn, you know I wouldn’t miss that! And of course Carolyn felt the same way. (Y’all should try churching in a Blue State–that session was real, and it was spectacular.)

I was immediately drawn to Sister Homer’s enormous smile, loud, infectious laugh, and ferocious debate style (and tendency to treat every conversation as a ferocious debate, in the nicest way possible). Carolyn is a litigator in the 1st amendment and intellectual property spaces. Her work has included writing an amicus brief on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League in a Supreme Court case about religious liberty, and representing Pinterest.

Carolyn’s hobbies include:


This is Carolyn and me thanking the waiter at Carolyn’s Bay Area Indian restaurant #24, the surprising and delightful Little India Cafe in Sunnyvale. (I told you she has a huge smile.)

  • obsessing over legal matters as a hobby even after work, and when you’re an associate at a big law firm “after work” time is slim pickings already;
  • crushing it with her outstanding personal wardrobe style–think Silicon Valley clever-ironic pop culture inflected Tshirts meets NYC white shoe biglaw chic; and,
  • making good on a goal to systematically visit every single Indian food restaurant on the San Francisco-Silicon Valley peninsula, which let me tell you is no easy feat given the strength of the Indian immigrant community in this area. This last item also makes her a wonderful friend to have because most of our friend dates happened over memorable curries.

Carolyn recently left the San Francisco area for Washington, D.C., I assume because she did finally run out of new Indian food places. She is terribly missed, but I’m delighted that we will now be seeing more of her on the blog.

I know that Carolyn is a true BCC blogger. Amen.

We now ask for your sustaining vote, though we all know that’s just a formality, and it’s too late to object anyway because she’s already got an account and password.


  1. Aaron Brown says:

    I think everytime BCC adds a lawyer, it should eject a non-lawyer.

    Aaron B

  2. That must be why I found my gold-plated stapler and souvenir coffee mug from Portorož in a cardboard box on the curb this morning.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I have a testimony that Mumbai Darbar in Alexandria is the perfect hole-in-the-wall replacement to Little India Cafe in Sunnyvale.

  4. Dave K says:

    Can I sustain by raising my left hand?

  5. I don’t know how it compares to Silicon Valley’s Indian scene, but you should try
    Chicago’s Devon Ave. sometime. Other than when we lived next door to an Indian family that would always make too much food and bring us a cupful, that’s the best Indian I’ve had.

    Also, welcome!

  6. Aaron, that’s almost verbatim what I said about the High Council the last time we welcomed a new member.

  7. Kevin Barney says:

    Everyone should be so fortunate as to have Cyntha write their welcoming post. Glad you’re here, Carolyn!

  8. Don’t they have to wait for the annulment from your other blog to come through?

  9. Welcome! The blog’s Danites have your back.

  10. Welcome, Carolyn! And what a post, Cynthia! Jeez. I wish you knew ME personally before I joined the blog so I could have had such treatment. Kyle was the only person who did, and now I’m imagining what he might have said. (“I’ve known Jessie since she was 15 because she is my wife’s bratty kid sister. She has terrible taste in music. Welcome, Jessie.”)

  11. Welcome!

  12. Rachael says:

    I love hearing from strong, articulate women. So glad you’re here!

  13. Welcome, Carolyn! Glad you’re aboard.

  14. Angela C says:

    Welcome to the group!

  15. And she is a serious board gamer. What’s not to love!

  16. @rah I was actually going to list that in the hobbies! But, you know, I didn’t want to gild the lily and make our other permas feel bad about themselves by comparison.

  17. Deborah Christensen says:

    I’m raising my right hand to sustain this action even though I’m distracted by my child and don’t know what this is about.

  18. Jason K. says:

    Welcome on board! I’m so glad you’re here!

  19. Awesome! I especially love her goal of hitting all the Indian restaurants. I can’t think of a more worthy use of time. It’s like testing out little bits of heaven.

  20. Remaining Anonymous says:

    I will tell you a secret– I organized that session of the Stake Women’s Conference.
    I love, love, love, love, love that it yielded your friendship as fruit (among other things).
    I am just so happy right now.

  21. Remaining—what a delight to hear from you and bring that piece full circle! Thanks for dropping in.

  22. Carolyn says:

    Agreed! It was a wonderful and honest session, and Cynthia is not the only friend I made that day.

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