Some of life’s little challenges have interrupted my writing lately, and I’ve been struggling to get back into my “groove.” And believe me, a self-proclaimed hippie chick who can’t find her groove is in a pretty sorry state of affairs (and if you don’t believe me, just check out the colors on my mood ring). I’ve missed the joy that typically envelopes me when I’m able to block out the rest of the world while my mind searches for that one perfect word and my thoughts stumble over each other as my fingers try to keep up on the keyboard.
And so I have to thank Kip over at Kip’s Thoughts and Jamie at The Laughing Bunny who both recently nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award” and gave me a reason to pull myself up, dust myself off, and put my mind and my fingers back to work. Both gentlemen have been supportive of my blog for quite some time, and I am grateful for that support and honored by the recognition. I’ve been writing and sharing for a little over two years now, and in that time span I’ve published 96 blog posts–some of them serious, some of them sentimental, and some of them just silly nonsense . . . but all of them a part of crazy me. And even though blogging has allowed me to explore and analyze, delve into and tremble in fear of my own inner sanctum, it has also allowed me to share my musings with readers and writers from all over the world–and the fact that so many of them have yet to be scared away makes me smile.
There are a few strings attached to accepting the “One Lovely Blog Award.” According to the rules, I have to display the award on my page, thank my nominators and link back to their page, tell seven things about myself and then nominate 15 other deserving bloggers for the same award. Okay, I’ve displayed and I’ve thanked and I’ve linked, but coming up with seven things that I haven’t already told about myself has proven to be quite daunting (I think there’s a lesson there, but I’m not sure I’m willing to learn it). After wracking my feeble brain for days, this is what I’ve come up with:
- I have never watched the movie “Titanic.” I’m just not much of a fan of “chick flicks,” and when the movie first came out I heard so much about it that it lost its appeal.
- On the advice of one of my readers, I gave up my beloved Diet Dr. Pepper two months ago. I was battling daily headaches, nightly insomnia and continuously aching joints, and now I’m not. And while I have made other lifestyle improvements and therefore can’t prove that the diet sodas were the sole source of my complaints, I do believe they were the main culprit. (Thank you, RayEtta!)
- I don’t own an iPhone or an iPad, but I do own an iPod that I purchased from my son a couple years ago. It still has his playlist loaded onto it, and I have yet to listen to it.
- I can become so engrossed in editing photos that I can literally lose hours of time . . . and so relaxed that I can fall asleep with my fingers still on the keyboard. I have done this more than once.
- I eat very little greasy food because I can’t stand the slimy coating it leaves on my fingers and teeth. And when I do occasionally succumb to the fat-laden urge, I require a handful of napkins to keep my fingers constantly swiped and a big glob of Crest immediately after the last bite to polish away the scum.
- A nasty swingset accident when I was four left me with a scar on my chin that has always negatively affected my self-image. But a bike crash last year left me with a scar on my knee that makes me feel badass tough and insanely proud (because old people vegetating on couches don’t get scars on their knees).
- I love my husband. Sometimes he makes my head ache and my temper flare, and sometimes I make him hair-pulling crazy–so much so that I wonder how and why he continues to put up with me. But I also know that after 30 years of marriage, he still makes my toes tingle and my heart throb, and I think that’s pretty cool.
Okay, enough with the self-disclosure. These are some of the blogs I read on a regular basis (in no particular order); please give them a visit and enjoy the wit and wisdom they have to offer:
- Kip’s Thoughts–Kip claims to be “just another guy with lots of time to think.” Fortunately for us, he uses that time to come up with some interesting perspectives and some beautiful samples of poetry and creative writing.
- The Laughing Bunny–Jamie is a fantastic photographer who complements his photos with insightful observations, quotes and poems. He also sells prints of his photos and uses the money raised to support The Friends of the Wounded Veteran.
- Mostly Bright Ideas–Charles is an extraordinary writer whose humorous take on life’s frustrations and puzzles always, always make me ponder, smile and chuckle (and occasionally snort).
- Emjayandthem’s Blog–I love MJ’s outlook on life, and the fact that she often shares photos and recipes makes her blog a must-read for me.
- Zebra Sounds–In her own words, Judy writes about “living creatively and finding (your own wild, true, unapologetic) north.” Her musings always resonate with me, and I have a sneaky suspicion that–even though she is much too young–she is a sister hippie chick at heart.
- Paper Flowers–Jane is a fellow retired teacher who frequently writes beautifully poignant recollections of simpler days.
- PixelatedImage Blog–David is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer and best-selling author. I love scanning through his portfolios; his photos are inspiring, and he often shares photography tips that have been extremely helpful to this novice.
- Forever Fatimah–Fatimah is an Arab-American woman from Kentucky with a degree in marriage and family therapy and a unique perspective. She combines her passion for quotes with her love for inspiring and motivating others.
- Ordinary Courage–Brene is a licensed social worker and a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She frequently writes about vulnerability, courage, gratitude and worthiness, and she shares her knowledge and insight with beautiful simplicity.
- A Month of Sundays–This is an interesting blog shared by two friends, one who is a writer who enjoys playing with a camera and the other a photographer who likes to write. Yep, right up my alley.
- Daily Practice–Marcie’s daily posts of mesmerizing photos earned her the “Best American Photoblog Award” for 2011.
- Kind Over Matter–Amanda is a self-proclaimed “kindness advocate” who uses her blog to show others how they can thrive through love and kindness and gives readers a safe community in which to share their own stories.
- Zen at Play–In her blog, Lisa ponders aloud on “important stuff (creative courage, kindness, monkeys, etc.)” and shares her thoughts with other writers and artists.
- The Grammar Vandal–I visit this site frequently for a morning chuckle because I’m a grammar geek, and I’m not afraid to admit it.
- Learning the Light–An amateur photographer himself, Alan shares tips and tutorials that he has found particularly useful in perfecting his skills.
And that’s all, folks . . . except that I can’t resist the urge to share just a few of my recent photos. Have a glorious day!
NOTE: To see a larger version of any picture, simply click on it. And please remember that all photos are copyrighted and can’t be used without my permission (I’m bossy like that).
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