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The Liebster Award Times Four

Photo Credit: Leonard Cohen (Dr. H. Guy)

Photo Credit: Leonard Cohen (Dr. H. Guy)

In one week in May, I received four nominations for the Liebster Award. Wow! Here, at long last, are my responses.

First, thanks to these special followers for their gracious nominations. I do appreciate your interest in my blog.

I wrote about the Liebster Award last year when JudytheMorgan nominated my baby blog for this honor in April of 2012. “So a person who bestows the Liebster award on someone else’s blog is showing love to another person.”

Check out this new design for the Liebster Award.

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Here are the simpler rules for my first Liebster: (Note that the award has gone through various permutations over the years.)

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  • Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
  • Reveal your 5 blog picks.
  • Let them know you chose them by posting on their blog.

This year’s rules add several items:

  • Tell 11 things about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions that your tagger has asked.
  • Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  • Ask eleven questions for the bloggers you nominate.

None of us need extra work and answering 44 questions will take some time. Therefore, I propose that we eliminate the questions section of this award. The purpose of the award is to encourage readers to visit other newish blogs and to give encouragement through recognition. No one wants to write an overly long post, and no one wants to read one.

With all due respect to this award,  I will tell 11 things about myself and nominate 11 bloggers. The 44 questions will have to wait.

11 Things about me: (This includes answers to some of the 44 questions!)

  1.  I love cats, cats, cats.
  2.  I am a New Jersey girl, but I have lived in Massachusetts, California, Alaska, and Hong Kong, Now I am back in NJ near my family.
  3.  Education is my business, and I was a special education teacher, and then an elementary school principal.
  4. I am a life-long learner and keep my hands in education although I am officially retired.
  5. Yes, I have an AARP  card.
  6. I get Senior Citizen’s discounts at Wendy’s where you can get the best chili.
  7. Blogging is my new favorite pastime, although I also like swimming, water aerobics, walking, photography, travel, cooking, reading….
  8. I sing in the Margate Community Church choir.
  9. Did I mention I love to travel? Anywhere, anytime. Italy, France, England, Spain. Asia. Wherever. I’m ready.
  10. I love daisies of any kind.
  11. I have been married to My-Heck-of-a-Guy (MyHOG) for almost nine years, but I have known him for over fifty years.

That’s enough about me!

Here are my 11 nominees for the Liebster Award.

  1. Karen at KEKE Photography. Off the Hook: thread designs by KEKE
  2. Cindy Sabulis: Writing’s Not For Weenies!
  3. Michael J. Cahill  A ragged soul investigating the human condition.
  4. Jackie P. Change for the Better Me. Recipes and stories to help make a healthy change easier.
  5. Sangeeta, Life is a Vacation (photo blog)
  6. Michael Lai, retiree diary, a photo blog
  7. Scribblings from an Aspiring Author 
  8. Michelle Wallace: Writer in Transit The journey never ends.
  9. Rgemom” Three’s a Herd   “You can’t make this stuff up.” This blog has heart.
  10. J.A. Ward Writer: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  11. Jenn Scribbles: The Musings of a Writing Mom

Nominees, I advise you to do the shortened response as well, otherwise you will spend more time on this than necessary!


The Last Meow

Now we are really tired. But don’t we deserve a kitty award? We have been good, and we didn’t pester you while you worked on this post. How about it? A little measly award for us? Okay?

Hey, lookee there. A double award. Awesome.

Meow for now. =<^:^>=

Fear? Blog Every Day in May, May 7

BlogEverday[1]Post number 7 in the Story of My Life: Blog Every Day in May challenge posted by Jenni at Story of My Life. See list of prompts for the month of May here and here.

Things you’re most afraid of. . .

This is not an evasive answer; it’s the truth: I can’t think of anything that I fear.

Spiders? When I first moved into my new house eight years ago, several large spiders came to visit. Our house is in a newly-developed 55+ community in the sandy pinelands of Southern New Jersey. In an area that once was woodsy, one can expect a few invasive critters. At first, I was horrified at the size of them, but I just yelled for my husband, and he came to the rescue. Ken is My-Heck-of-a-Guy. (Apologies to Leonard Cohen at 1heckofaguy.com.) At this point, it seems as though the spiders have moved back into the nearby woods, and I’m happy about that.


And did you hear about our out-spoken, but lovable, Governor of New Jersey, Mr. Chris Christie? He protected the children of New Jersey from a tiny little vicious spider and got a memo from PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals). Read all about it here and watch the full over-blown event here on CNN national news.  Turns out President Obama and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, did the same thing. It’s all in the CNN news report. That’s what our world leaders do on their jobs, only when they do it, it makes world news. My-Heck-of-a-Guy is jealous!

Heights? True, I don’t like high places. You won’t find me out on the glass platform hanging precariously over the rim of the Grand Canyon. Nor will you find me going up in the new World Trade Center.  And don’t get me too close to the edge of a cliff. I know I will fall right over the side.


Closed Spaces? You won’t find me going up in the St. Louis Arch, no matter what the viewing reward. I just don’t like enclosed spaces. Claustrophobia? Closed spaces make me feel uncomfortable. (I forgot that one on my May 3 post: “A Few Uncomfortable Things.”) 

Speaking to large audiences? I have done that a number of times, and although I was scared witless, I made it through. Public speaking is not my favorite thing, but I have conquered that fear. The secret is to be thoroughly prepared.

What is fear?

But really, what is there to fear in life? I think we all fear the things we can’t control. Losing a spouse or a family member. Getting a major illness like cancer or heart disease. A serious accident. Losing a job.

We can’t control these, but we can’t let fear about these things control us.

For me, my faith keeps me grounded. As a Christian, I believe in eternal life with God. It is hope in this eternal life that keeps me from fear. Other religions bring hope to their believers as well.

Of course, I am not on the frontlines of the war in Afghanistan, in battle areas of Syria and Iraq, or at any other military hot spots. I think I definitely would feel fear there. But I would still have to rely on my faith in those situations. It’s not a que sera sera kind of thing; just a firm belief that our earthly lives are short, and our eternal life is forever.

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Grandson Evan and mad cat

Grandson Evan and mad cat

The Last Meow, A Message from A Cat Friend

Put me down. I do not want to ride on that bike. No, I’m not afraid. Do fish ride bicycles? Elsie the Library Cat..riding a bike.No. Well then, cats shouldn’t ride bicycles either.

Now lookee here. Some smart alec is going show me up by riding a bike. So what? I still don’t want to ride a bike. Put me down, NOW!

Meow for now.  ={#;#}=

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