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Guest Blog

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A big thank you to “Loony” at Thoughts of a Lunatic  for the opportunity to guest post on her amazing blog.

 “Loony” is an extraordinary writer. A four time Freshly Pressed recipient, her blog has taken her followers on a journey through pain, joy, reflections, growth, humor, and love.  She tells it like it is.  She will make you laugh with her very unique humor and take you to tears with her honesty and bravery which are undeniable. I admire her more than I can express.

“Thoughts of a Lunatic” asked readers for their take on New Year’s resolutions.

“Marble Rye and Resolutions”  is my contribution.

Hope you enjoy.

Best Moments

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“The best moments are not filled, they are felt.

They have a life of their own.

Sit back and take one in.”


Dflorack of Heron There & Everywhere nominated me for a Best Moment Award.

This is my very belated acceptance! Thank you, Donna!

If you take the time to visit her blog, you will discover her love for friendly little critters as well as musings on life and memoirs of the past.

http://heronthereeverywhere.us/

This award requires you to state seven things about yourself, so here goes…

1.  I have just added para-sailing to my bucket list!

2.  I am not a good conversationalist with new people, unless the topic is an issue I feel strongly about… then I might not shut up.

3.   It frustrates me when parents feed their children inappropriate media and then wonder why they become so disrespectful, aggressive, violent or insensitive.

4.  I believe we were put on this earth to help those in need, not to sit back and reap our own benefits.

5.  My complicated personality takes me from serene places of nature to head banging to Metallica.

6.  I love to see the sparkle in a child’s eyes. It lights up my world.

7.  I am happiest when I am singing at the top of my lungs, driving down the highway.

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Let’s change this up a bit.  Seven is a lucky number so I have decided to nominate seven bloggers that have given me

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BEST MOMENT!

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/

It is inspiring to me to see stigmas broken surrounding mental health issues. This wonderful site provides many moments of sharing knowledge, hope and understanding through the art of photography.

http://bernasvibethewayiseeit.wordpress.com/

She can relate to entering the “50” zone and her generous comments have given me moments of laughter and camaraderie.

http://sunearthsky.com/

Today she provided me with a moment of beauty as I admired her breathtaking photos of horses.

http://kaynicolley.wordpress.com/

She gave me a moment of her reality. It is a reality that so many suffer from. Please give her some love and encouragement.

http://melissammendoza7.wordpress.com/

Working in a shelter in Sante Fe, New Mexico, this woman has her share of dark moments but has the ability to see the light within their souls. I look forward to following her new blog.

http://barefootandmusic.wordpress.com/

I absolutely love Beth Hart. I could listen to her music every day. While doing a search today for her video, “Leave the Light On”, I stumbled upon this blog. There are great musical moments to be found here.

http://littlesundog.wordpress.com/

Unique moments including those she has spent raising an orphaned fawn on their property.

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?

Liebster Award Nomination

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liebster-award_zps1423f313I would like to thank a wonderful lady named Mary for my first award nomination, the Liebster Award.

You can check out her beautiful

Nature Photography blog at

http://davidanaturephotography.wordpress.com/

She also has two sister blogs:

My Poetic Spirit

http://www.mypoeticspirit.wordpress.com

Unemployed High Jinks

http://www.unemployedhighjinks.wordpress.com

Meaning “beloved”, The Liebster Blog Award  is given to blogs with not more than 200 follows. Some of my nominees may have grown in popularity since I began writing this post. If so, I apologize for any inaccuracies.  I hope that others will enjoy my chosen nominees as much as I do!!

Rules for accepting the award:

1.  Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2.  List 11 random facts about yourself.

3.  Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.

4.  Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 bloggers you feel deserved to be noticed.

5.  Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

7.  Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

Random facts about myself:

I am a night owl.

I am claustrophobic and it’s getting worse.

Music is necessary in my life.

I am shy in large groups, but not afraid to stand up for what I believe in.

I am a proud Canadian.

I have funny toes.

Sitting in a canyon in silence is like heaven to me.

Green and black jube jubes are my favourite candy. That’s the way we spell “favorite” in Canada.

My grandfather was a pastor.

I am rocking in my chair right now listening to “Baby I”, by Amy Millan.

I love making homemade soup.

Answers to Mary’s questions:

1.      What is your favorite season?

 Fall

2.      What is a favorite childhood memory?

Riding my Honda 70 mini bike through a neighborhood field.

3.  What is your favorite flower?

 Tulips of any pastel colour.

4.  What was your favorite vacation ever?

Arches Monument Park and Dead Horse Point, Utah

5.  In your family tree, are you related to a famous person?

Not in my family tree…….but apparently I am related in a way to a famous rock star.

 6.  If you could change careers, what would you do?

Child development consultant for teen parents.

7.  Do you think your creativity comes naturally or do you have to work on it?

For poetry and music…natural.  Hands on, tedious crafting…I would have to work.

8.  What or who inspires you?

Nature, life and ALL people.

9.  If you had the opportunity to publish one wildly guaranteed successful book, what would the book be about?

“Accepting Others for All the Beauty Within”

10.  Have you ever considered deleting your blog and why?

No way…I’m just getting started.

11.  What are three things blogging has added to your life?

New acquaintances.  Learning from others.  Passion to write.

I would like to present the  Liebster Award to:

http://theblondegardener.com/

A friendly place full of flowers, travel and more.

http://findingsun.wordpress.com/

A sunny site full of positive vibes.

http://harasprice.com/

Beautifully written, inspiring moments.

http://peacelovegreatcountrymusic.com/

For any music lover.

http://erinlw1015.wordpress.com/

I love this gal’s honesty and humor.

http://knittinpeace.com

Crafts, music and life appreciation.

http://kindofmind.wordpress.com

Be inspired by her daily good deeds.

http://revgreglarsen.com

Follow his adventures of  “Family, Faith and Fun”

http://naturedreamer.wordpress.com/

A great new place for nature lovers.

http://thenutritionalepiphany.com/

Healthy recipes with wonderful food photography.

http://extremelydreamily.wordpress.com/

She had me at “Me, Myself and I”.

Oh my goodness….AND

http://hotsouthernmess.wordpress.com

I think she may be my kindred spirit

And yes…..I did pick 12!

Questions for my nominees:

What is your favourite dessert?

When you look into a child’s eyes, what do you see?

What do you think our purpose of life is on this earth?

What kind of music do you like?

If you had the chance to meet anyone famous or not, who would it be?

What is your idea of a vacation?

Name 3 things that give you joy.

What do you daydream about?

What are you proud of yourself for?

Do you have any unusual fears?

If you were captain of a ship, what would you call it?

Congrats!!!