Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ta! Dah! An Award!!!!!

A blog I recently discovered is entitled Mamawolf. It contains life lessons from a Mom, Teacher, and Citizen of the World. She has been kind enough to read my blog and to comment on it. I always feel great gratitude for those who choose to read my postings and to follow my blog. Thank you all. And please be sure and read Mamawolf’s blog today to discover seven fun things about her.
            Ta! Dah! Ta! Dah! Trumpets please—Mamawolf has honored me today with the Versatile Blogger Award. This is a delightful way to introduce you to several blogs I read that you may not have heard of yet. I say, “Yet,” because today I’m going to award each of these blogs a Versatile Blogger Award for being exceptional. The seven I’ve chosen deserve more readers. I hope you will visit them and will enjoy these enlightening, funny, supportive and inspirational bloggers as much as I do! Here they are:
                        Flying into the Light
                        The Writing Life
                        SoulComfort’s Corner
                        Stalled at 12
                        Loving people with less
                        Marginal Considerations
Fr       The Rules after accepting the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows

       Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
       Share 7 things about yourself.
       Pass this award along to several blogs you’ve recently discovered. 

Now here are seven things about myself that past postings haven’t revealed:

  1. 1.     In September I will have been a vegetarian—not a vegan though—for thirty years. My favorite vegetable is eggplant. My favorite fruit is a peach. My favorite protein is a Boca burger. And my drink of choice is tea! When in doubt, drink tea!
  2. 2.     Since moving from Minnesota to Missouri I have gained twenty-five pounds. (Yes, read it and weep.) Mostly this comes from eating comfort food. Translation: carbohydrates. I’m trying to lose weight by watching my portions and walking.
  3. 3.     The only award I’ve ever won—before today’s!!!—is the writing award for the Diocese of Kansas City way back in 1949. The contest was to write an essay on why comic books were a bad influence on “the youth of America.” I bought into the party line and really criticized the very comics that monthly took me to a world where I was powerful—a great incentive for reading them.
  4. 4.    I believe that if J. K. Rowling gave an award to the adult who reread the Harry Potter books the most times, listened to the audio cassettes again and still again, and viewed the movies over and over and over again, I’d win that trophy hands down. I am a great fan—dare I say “the greatest fan” of all things Potter? I enjoy watching him realize the power within goodness and the courage that comes from that.
  5. 5.     When I was in the fifth grade, my best friend and I giggled so much that I frequently wet my pants. The whole scenario got so bad that ultimately the school bus driver wouldn’t let me sit on the seats because I stained them. He invited me to stand in the stairwell. We visited all the way to my bus stop. He was a dandy driver and an interesting human being.
  6. 6.     Most people think I came from Boston because of my speech, but I was born and raised in the Mid-West. The peculiarities of my speech come from having an auditory learning disability. I can’t easily replicate some consonant sounds. Because of this, I’ve met some really delightful people. They comment on my speech and we get to talking about dialects and the conversation goes on from there.
  7. Finally, I am a lover of poetry. In the fifth grade at St. Mary’s Grade School, a nun visited our class each week and introduced us to a new poem. We’d memorize it the following week and then recite it for her. Those poems have stayed with me—The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat, The Owl and the Pussycat, Casey at the Bat, and many others. Poetry continues to help me discover the essence of being wholly human.
Thanks to Mamawolf for recognizing my blog. Tomorrow—Thursday—I will continue my ongoing account of seemingly being abandoned when I was five.


  1. Thanks for the award, Dee! I appreciate it!

  2. Thanks for the shout out for mamawolfe! - I look forward to meeting your blogger award friends!

  3. I think you are deserving of many, MANY awards!!

  4. I am sure this award will be the first of many!

  5. Thanks Dee! I'm glad you are touched by my writing.
    Tracy..... (Maria is my sponsor child)

  6. CONGRATULATIONS, Dee! This is very well deserved and I am sure you will be the recipient of many more :)

    I do not know any of the bloggers you've listed, which is wonderful. I am sure that, coming so highly recommended by you each one will be worth visiting and I shall make a point of doing so within the next few days. Thank you for sharing them with us!

    Now, about the seven things we didn't know about's ALWAYS so nice to learn more about the blogging friends we make. This is no less true for you and I loved each and every one of the snippets you chose to reveal here. Again, they show what an amazing person you are. So positive, happy and inspiring!

    Des xoxo

  7. Thanks for the award, Dee. I don't pass them on (just invite everybody to participate who wants to), but I will see if I can do the seven things because it is always fun to learn more about my blogger friends. I loved yours! ( I love Boca Burgers, too!)

  8. Congratulations! Like I wrote in my post yesterday, "people who shop in the produce section are awesome" :0)

  9. Thank you so much! I love that we've connected in this online world of women writers. I can't wait to read more of your wonderful writing and to check out some of the other blogs on this list.

  10. Thank you Dee, for thinking of me. I will attempt to do what is expected . . . but I must be honest and say that I am bone tired, as in literally tired to the knee bone! I have had two excruciatingly long days, and right now I'm waiting for my daughter to arrive from Bellingham, then our family is going to dinner.

    I will be without internet over the first part of the weekend, and we're leaving Friday immediately after work. So, unless I manage to get my post done tonight or early tomorrow, it will be a few days! Please don't dispair!

  11. Congratulations, Dee!

  12. So much fun to learn these new things about you! Off to check out some new blog friends. Congrats on a well-deserved award.

  13. Congratulations on your award! We are almost done with the 4th HP book and the kids are loving it. I read the books aloud to them.