An Award

20 Jul

Thank you so much to Crafty Green Poet for giving me this award.  Juliet lives in Edinburgh and writes marvelous poetry.  She cares deeply about the environment and that shows in her poetry.  She also publishes the online poetry journal, Bolts of Silk.  I find her work to be inspiring.

For my nominees, I chose blogs that I read regularly even though I don’t comment on all of them.  They add a richness to my life and inspire me to reach beyond my comfort zone to consider the small wild flowers, to look for beauty, to write as well as I possibly can, to open my eyes and experience the amazing opportunities offered by life on this gorgeous planet.

My nominees are:

  1. A Mark On My Wall — Vicki shares her life, her thoughts, and the animals at the zoo.  She makes me think . . . a lot!
  2. Gardenpath — Sandy has the most amazing vision of the world of wildflowers and dragonflies and poetry.
  3. The Marvelous in Nature — Seabrooke shares the natural world around her — even when it is flamingos.
  4. Somewhere in NJ — Laura also makes me think a lot.  She takes the most amazing photographs.  Her musings on the world are wonderful.  And, she has rabbits.  And a goofy lab.
  5. The House & other Arctic musings — Clare shows his readers the world — large and small in the Arctic.  I am constantly amazed by his writing.
  6. Birdchick –Sharon fuels my love of birds and my secret, voyeuristic love of bees.
  7. Julie Zickefoose — Julie seems to live a magical life full of birds, art, music, familial love, and a wonderful Boston Terrier.  Her writing is also inspirational to me.
  8. New Dharma Bums — Robin Andrea and Roger are like a conscience for the world — they don’t post everyday but their thoughts are always meaningful.

I at once love and hate blog awards like this.  It feels so good that someone selected your blog out of all the ones they read to give a big gold star to and yet when you are “passed over”, it feels a bit deflating.  And, then if you are chosen, you have an obligation to pass it along which at times can seem overwhelming and take all the fun out of it.  I want everyone to know that I don’t want to pass along any of those feelings of sadness, guilt, or burden.  Please know that I read more than 40 blogs a day in several different categories.  I am really picky and cull my list of blogs regularly if I ‘m not getting benefit from them.  I read some blogs with millions of readers and some where I may be the only reader!  🙂  I benefit from every blog I read and consider you all to be inspirational.  Furthermore, I will not be offended if you are either unimpressed with the whole weblog award thing or simply don’t have the time or energy to respond with your own list of amazing blogs.  Honest.  Blogging without Guilt!  It’s a good thing!

The Rules:

Please take this as the honor it is and pass it on to some of the sites you enjoy. The rules of accepting are as follows:
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

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7 Responses to “An Award”

  1. Crafty Green Poet 20 July, 2008 at 3:41 am #

    This looks like a great list you’ve put together, some of them i know already, some of them are new to me and I’ll enjoy browsing. i totally agree with what you say about blog awards, I wish I’d thought to put together something like that in my post, because there are always so many great blogs out there that you could make an award to. Thansk for your locely comments about my work too!

  2. amarkonmywall 20 July, 2008 at 4:00 am #

    It’s early in the morning and I’ve already been to Juliet’s- just long enough to know that I’m grateful to you for that connection and headed back (it’s bookmarked, to go with my Sunday morning tea today!). Clearly, she has a site with many layers I want to explore. And then, of course, I saw that she gave you an award and I thought, “That’s right! That’s my deserving friend, Liza!” so I came by to go here!here! and congratulate you. What I see here of nature- birds, desert flowers, Ruby, birds, wildflowers, Ruby…I love coming here!

    And then (blushing) I see you’ve nominated me. I’m embarrassed. Now my MOTHER-she would have been an easy nominee but she didn’t live long enough to join the world of thoughtful, environmentally aware bloggers. Thanks, Liza.
    And thanks for putting me in such good company.

  3. robin andrea 20 July, 2008 at 6:30 am #

    Thank you so much, liza. You make me want to shake the Dharma Bums blog awake to acknowledge this wonderful award, but it is sleeping quietly and needs the rest. I’m still reading my 40 blogs a day too, and here is where I come to find the words of a good and kind heart. Thank you.

  4. Clare 20 July, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    Why thank you very much Liza Lee, (now I always wonder if I get that right – Liza… Liza Lee? How do I address you with familiarity? I can, can’t I?)

    I always enjoy this little community that I am a part of, it is always interesting to see many of the same people visiting the same blogs as I do. Wonderful group of friends that I run with.

    Thanks again.

  5. Laura 20 July, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    *blushing*

    Thanks for the prize, Liza and the nice words.

  6. themarvelousinnature 20 July, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    Thanks for the nomination! I’m quite flattered. As you say, it can be really hard to narrow your bloglist down to just a handful of worthy recipients, and you always feel like you’re leaving worthy people out and worry about hurting feelings. That’s one of two downsides I can see to there being so many incredibly good blogs out there. The other downside, of course, is there’s never enough time to read them all!

  7. julie Zickefoose 21 July, 2008 at 4:16 am #

    Oh, thank you so much, Liza. I’m honored and humbled and excited to see friends on this list, as well as new ones I’ve not discovered. I do believe I could have a whole separate life in the blogosphere, but am still trying to live a real one without going over to the virtual side. I think every blogger knows what I mean! Harder and harder to do! If only there were world enough and time to meet and interact with all the stars in this odd galaxy. Thank you again.

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