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Do I Dare Accept the Super Sweet Blogger Award?

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It was  SO SWEEEEET of Melanie at http://wordifull.com/ to honor me with this award. I will gladly accept based on the fact that she said I was sweet in a “non saccharine kind of way”. Wheeeew! Thanks Melanie!! Putting me on a pedestal of pleasantness would be hard to live up to. The truth is I’m not always that sweet!

Be sure to pay a visit to Melanie’s blog. It is a very diverse collection of writing styles and formats. There is something for everyone. Now to answer….

The 5 Super Sweet questions.

1.       Cookies or cake?

CAKE!!

2.       Chocolate or vanilla?

Don’t make me choose.

3.       Favourite sweet treat?

  Pumpkin pie with maple syrup. Yes, really… but only with REAL maple syrup.

4.       When do you crave sweet things the most?

    After a meal, when I’m full. Go figure!! (literally…there goes the figure)

5.       Sweet nickname?

Ok, I can’t lie. Someone at work calls me “Cupcake”.  I have no idea what I have done to deserve it and I want to wallop her every time she says it. Hah! See! I told you I’m not so sweet.

It was very difficult to choose a baker’s dozen of 13 from the many super sweet bloggers I follow regularly. With that in mind, I decided to simply do a search for blogs under topics such as sweet and kindness.  I managed to narrow it down to these sweet treats. Grab yourself a coffee and indulge!

http://pieitforward.wordpress.com/ Do you like pie? You have to read it to believe it.

http://alexandraphoenixart.wordpress.com/ Check out the gummy bear chandelier.

http://mymorningstories.wordpress.com/   Hundreds of beautiful breakfast photos.

http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/ A sweet collection of children’s books.

http://sugarandcinnamon.com/  Goes something like this….scroll…YUM!!!….scroll….YUM!!!

http://smallactofkindness.wordpress.com/  Inspiring words and images.

http://365cupsofkindness.com/   “Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope”.

http://allbuthomeless.wordpress.com/   Please help this sweet lady.

http://ahumanistsperspective.wordpress.com/  Thought provoking poetry.

http://retrospectiveview.wordpress.com/  For some really sweet music.

http://randomsandsweets.wordpress.com/    It’s willy nilly and wonderful.

http://emmasbakingaddiction.wordpress.com/   Speaking of cupcakes….and more.

http://thingsufindthatareunfairandunjust.wordpress.com/   Because not all things are sweet and we should talk about them.

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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My friend at http://peacelovegreatcountrymusic.com/   has kindly presented me with the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. First of all , I must say there is something real special about this gal. Her love and passion for music illuminates through her work. She shares her knowledge, entertains us with music videos, and makes you feel welcome with her wit and warm fuzzies. She keeps it real and that is why she is one of my most favorite blogging  buddies to follow. I am honored and grateful that she would choose me for this award.

 I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to read what I write. I am inspired from within but it is the kind comments and recognition from others that keep me going. I realize that I probably need to pick up the pace a little but to be honest, it takes me a lot of time. I become drawn into the process of the post which I thoroughly enjoy. Thanks for your patience!

What inspires me?

 PEOPLE inspire me. I am amazed and moved by the uniqueness we all possess, but I am inspired by people who are not afraid to shed their outer layers, bear their soul, and be honest with themselves.  I don’t consider myself to be an eloquent writer. My passion for life keeps my fingers on this keyboard. If what I write happens to inspire others, I am humbly grateful.  Ok, I’m a wee bit ecstatic . Here’s to honesty. Cheers!

NATURE inspires me. I think there should be a time allotted to everyone’s day to leave what they are doing and just sit in a field, walk a path, feel the presence of life in the trees, the wind, the sun, the grass, the sand, the water, the sky and everything else we have been blessed with on this magical planet. We are too involved in conflict, technology, goals and desires. In nature there is peace.

MUSIC inspires me. I need it. I crave it. It brings me joy and comfort. It validates my emotions. It takes me to places of the past and dreams of the future. Most of all, it seduces me into the moment, making me dance, making me cry, bringing me peace of mind.

And now for the award rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link your blog to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.


Seven Things About Myself

1.       My dad died when I was 22 and it was one of a few significant events that changed my life.

2.       I think whales are amazing beings. Seeing a humpback is near the top of my bucket list.

3.       I look ridiculous when I jog.

4.       No tattoos, but I have had the urge and an idea of what I want.

5.       I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other, called each other on the phone and took care of each other. What happened to that?

6.       I can make some mean Green Chile Stew, New Mexico style.

7.       I believe that violence in the media desensitizes our children. We need to teach empathy and this is not how it’s done.

8.      Because I don’t like to conform, here’s #8 : Once a year, I like to put on a really cool fedora hat and hang out for a couple days at a Blues festival. I dance, I sing and feel the music.

My nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

“A Journey of Life, Loss, Hope and Strength” at

http://lovingsweetisabelleskye.wordpress.com/

Honest, open, fun, sincere. She tells it like it is and I love that about her.

https://hotsouthernmess.wordpress.com/

Witty, wonderful and well written. Wow!

http://thelaughingmom.wordpress.com/

A pretty place to visit. Stunning artwork and positive thoughts.

http://artprescription.com/

Beautiful travel photography. Check her out.

http://twohandsonthewheel.me/

“It’s not crazy, it’s passionate”.  I love her diversity.

http://extremelydreamily.wordpress.com/

The Jump for Joy! Photo Project gives me a moment of inspiration every day at

http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/

Blatantly beautiful.  I admire her strength as much as her writing skills.

http://thoughtsofalunatic.com/

“Serendepity13” is a bright and cheery blog of photography, quotes and poetry.

http://picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com/

I recently added this one to my list. Inspiring words of wisdom.

http://katkinnie.wordpress.com/

I will stop at ten because I have found that many are not interested or too busy to formally respond. No worries!

Congratulations!!

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Stay inspired.

My 1st “Best Moment Award”

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“Awarding the people that live in the moment,

The noble who write and capture the best in life,

The bold that reminded us what really mattered,

Savoring the experience of quality time.”

I would like to thank a very interesting young lady and talented writer named Esta Chappell for this award.

Be sure to pay a visit to her very interesting blog at http://chinatripping.wordpress.com/

 As an expat in China, she shares with us the culture, landscape and life as she experiences it in a foreign land. Her intriguing stories are further enhanced by her wonderful photography.  Esta is a free lance writer and ecologist. She writes articles for http://www.echinacities.com/, another place to read her excellent work.

Thank you, Esta.

As I humbly accept this award, my heart is full of love for blogging and appreciation for an amazing world of writers I would otherwise have never met. It is necessary in my journey of life to express myself and this has given me a comfortable forum to do that. I am still very surprised when others leave comments on my blog as I would never expect that what pours out from my mind to a keyboard would have any impact on someone else….but I am happy when it does. I am thankful for the supportive environment,new connections I have made and excited each day to read! I don’t read books very often (I know, that’s terrible), but I am captivated by the personalities, brave stories, poetic talent, mesmerizing photography, open hearts and minds that accompany my cup of tea each morning……and night……and ok…a few others times in between.  Is there an Addicted to Blogging Award? There should be.

It was so difficult to choose my nominations as I am continually moved by all of the bloggers that I follow regularly. I decided to give a shout out to some of those not mentioned during my last award nomination. I understand if some of you are too busy to properly accept but I am shouting out to you anyways. So listen up!

My nominations are:

http://nannetteree.com/

Nannette is a down to earth gal with helpful tips about family and life.

http://ericmvogt.wordpress.com/

 Brilliant poetry. You can even buy his books!

http://gretchendelrio.wordpress.com/

Watercolors that move me.  Painted with passion.

http://enchantinglandblog.wordpress.com/

Photographic  moments in the Land of Enchantment.

http://kellyhartland.wordpress.com/

A visual artist that writes daily “aphorisms”. What’s an aphorism? Check her out.

http://weirdandcoolstuff.wordpress.com/

Has camera. Will travel.  Wonderful photos.

http://wisejourney.wordpress.com/

Inspiring thoughts, poetry, flash fiction and photography. Cool!

http://drbillwooten.com/

I look forward to his quotes, pictures and music videos every day.

http://glendasanchez.com/

A young, inspiring writer. Positive thoughts and poetry.

http://wordsmaymove.com/

A new blogger that deserves much more attention!

http://earthstills.wordpress.com/

Stunning photography.

The rules for this award are as follows:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awards! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award, and winners, notify them the great news!

·         What makes a good acceptance speech? Gratitude, Humour and Inspiration

·         Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in http://www.momentmatters.com/speech

·         Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable  in http://www.momentmatters.com/award

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Moments pass by quickly, like ships in the night……..

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……..or seagulls on ice bergs?