Friday, February 8, 2013

Special Post: The Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Today’s post is the second post this week. It’s a special edition of In Atticus’ Shoes as a result of a fine human being alive and well in cyberspace, one Jeanette S. Andersen. Her blog is available at http://jeanettesandersen.blogspot.com. She has included this week’s regular post “Recovery in the Heartland” (February 6, 2012) among her nominations for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and I am grateful.

With the nomination come certain responsibilities which I will now fulfill and they are:

·      Display the award logo on your blog.
·      Link back to the person who nominated you.
·      State 7 things about yourself.
·      Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
·      Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping-back.

I’ll confess right now that upholding my responsibilities may take awhile. I am not of the generation that finds adding and subtracting things from a blog site easy, but I’m honored and have no doubt that I’ll learn a thing or two as I work through the five requirements.

For example, I discovered that adding the logo was a walk in the park, a piece of cake … easy--easier than I imagined. Tra-la! Now to choose just seven things about myself. Hmmm…

1.     I can’t remember an extended time when a dog or cat or both or several did not command my time and love. I’ve even shared my life with Parakeets, Cockatiels, fish, and one lone hamster.
2.     My husband loves me, cherishes me, cheers for me, and tolerates a parade of pets very well.
3.     Our daughter and son-in-law are the proud parents of an eight-month-old girl, and we are absolutely smitten.
4.     I just don’t understand the power of Twitter. So many messages, one tumbling over another. How does anyone keep up?
5.     I do not believe that grown men will discover Big Foot while the TV cameras roll, but I do believe that sweepstakes prize winners walk among us. I’m one. I won a prize in the JCP Holiday sweepstakes many, many, many years ago. My share was just $10, but I won. I really did.
6.     A favorite vacation destination is a Presidential Library. Yep, I’m an introvert (and some would say, a nerd) who loves to learn about our past. We often go to places prominent in our memories, places such as the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL and the Art Institute of Chicago. Who doesn’t dream of walking the path that Ferris Bueller walked?
7.     And finally this, above all else, is true: First do no harm. Even though I’ve done my share of harm while living and learning and failed often, I believe in giving others the benefit of the doubt and sparing their feelings whenever possible.

In closing, I offer for your consideration 15 blogs that deserve a nomination to The Very Inspiring Blogger Award roster.

·      For encouraging words, understanding and several good tips for writers: http://peggybechko.blogspot.com/2013/02/writers-dealing-with-rejection.html.
·      Each of us stands on the shoulders of others; each of us owes a debt to those who went before us, truths that Letters of Note reveals with this post: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2013/02/thine-in-bonds-of-womanhood.html
·      For all would-be parents and veteran parents, this father’s joy renews our own: http://mrandmrstullisinafrica.blogspot.com/2013/01/i-know-now-why-tigers-do-what-they-do.html.
·      Although the last post was in 2011, this blog, from first post to last, will help those, especially young twenty-somethings, who must call breast cancer the new normal: http://fivemonthjourney.blogspot.com.
·      For joy and gratitude in all things: http://annielaurieharris.com. Be sure to read “About the Author,” then enjoy several posts.
·      For optimistic messages after receiving yet another rejection letter from an agent or publisher: http://dawnmeredithauthor.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-being-rejected-can-feed-your.html.
·      For honest insights and to embrace our own challenges with joy: http://www.kellehampton.com/2013/01/the-key-to-failure.html.
·      For anyone who doubts that joy exists in all things, everywhere: http://rachelmariemartin.blogspot.com.
·      For timeless advice said simply: http://zenhabits.net/iloveyou.
·      For those who dream about shedding their outer skins and reinventing themselves, this blog is for you: http://almostfearless.com/blog.
·      For those days when inspiration, joy, and peace of mind elude you: http://www.thebridgemaker.com/stumbling-on-happiness.
·      For those who seek affirmation: http://www.daniellelaporte.com.
·      For anyone who cares about our children’s educations: http://dianeravitch.net/2013/02/08/about-this-blog.
·      For those who need to be reminded that life really does get better: http://thewhyaboutthis.com/2013/02/07/the-reasons-to-be-brave.
·      For the poetic soul and a smile: http://patcegan.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/what-mission.

I’ve tried to provide variety in the 15 blogs listed above. Some have been recognized by others in the online community; that’s where I learned of them. Others came to my attention through LinkedIn.com. I hope that you will consider following some of them and that you will join my blog as well. May you find words of inspiration here and some food for thought.