Versatile Blogger Award, 500 Follows, Ode to My Readers

I’ve sat on this award over a week, wondering what more to name about myself that could possibly be of interest to anyone. I accept the  thoughtful nomination from Belsbror. I find there’s a lovely spirit to his writing. As much as I really do appreciate it, I will decline the Liebster from Defusing Chaos, which no one has been able to tell me just what exactly it’s for.  I’d rather be working at content than posting awards I’m not sure I deserve.


1 Add the award logo to your blog.

2 Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

3 State 7 things about yourself.

4 Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and include a link to their site and tell them that you have nominated them.

My nominees:

18 Years Young

Lady in the House


Quill and Curio

Secrets of the Piano Keys

Marisa D. Lyon

That’s a Jenn Story

Nia Simone

A Little Bit of Red

NY Wonder Mom


The Bohemian Blog

Heaven’s Nation

The Pantry Book

Musings in Montage

About Me ~

I was a Linguistics major and Classics (Latin & Greek) minor in college.

I have allowed myself no time for a movie these six years as a mother. I haven’t been in a theater in seven years.

I freelance for Home School Enrichment magazine. My next article due out in four months is the series exploring the impact of technology on learning from this blog.  Here‘s an installment.

I wanted to marry a saxist or drummer. I did the latter. And my boy debuted in a Brazilian Samba band of 5th graders when he turned five. Got me a 2-for-1.

I taught piano a number of years. My husband would love me to go back to it, but I don’t want to lose time writing.

I have a of CD of devotional songs I wrote and sing.

I adore CS LEWIS. I said adore, right?

This morning I found 500 followers on my board. I wish words could do justice to the ways you have enriched the journey. All I have is this token of friendship and warm regard for those who have taken the time to look at what I see.

Abbreviated Ode to My Readers

Two voices in the dark,
under the light of their writing

Most Influential Blogger Award: Double Nomination

I appreciate this nomination from the thoughtful writer Belsbror.  It’s one thing to encourage me to shine on.  Another to declare I am of such influence. B, thanks again for all the incredible support. I like the tenor of your writing. Keep up the great work.

Gabriel, I didn’t need double affirmation. I would rather you have chosen someone else. Although with you in my corner, I do feel all the more a legitimate member of the literary blogging community. I invite readers to visit Gabe, see the many things he has to say so well.

most-influential-blogger-1The protocol for this award is as follows:

1. Put the logo in your post.

2. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

3. Answer the questions below.

4. Pass on the award to 11 others.
I’m going to flip the last two.

The passionate bloggers I nominate are:

A. Mittal

Kathi Kralicek

Mikels Skele

Barefoot Barn


Walter Bright

Ina Vukic

Joan T Warren

Official Rob Hill

Health is from Heaven

1. What makes you happiest?

Making music a close second but this season, writing writing writing.

2. Do you love the oceans or mountains more?

Ocean, to take in. Mountains, for their healing energy.

3. What has been a special moment in 2012?

When I lopped off the hair that had gone untended two years and would spook Husband to find me standing there quietly, an eerie simulacrum of Rapunzel in the night.

Suddenly, I could see myself again.

4. What’s your favorite quote?

One of many ~

Music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

5. Do you like yourself?

LOL. Used to, very much. Have sobered up a lot.

6. Do you stay up ’til midnight on New Year’s Eve?

Nope. I like to function on the New Year.

7. Something you wish could be done ASAP.

Healing for the sick and dying.

8. What was your favorite class when still at school?


9. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I play the piano, keyboard, guitar.

10. Anything you wished to have learned earlier?

How not to eat.

11. Do you like to do crafts, drawing or painting?

I enjoyed painting to my great surprise – high school senior elective.

Thanks to my wonderful readers for your time.

Shine On Award: Double Nomination

So Jayde-Ashe of The Paperbook Blog nominated me and I encourage you to visit her. You’ll find substance and a clear, fun, intelligent voice on her blog.  She writes on the lives of famous writers. I am happy to support her also for her sweet kindness.

shineon1The rules for The Shine On Award are as follows:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.


Let me start with my fellow bloggers. I agree with Jayde-Ashe that 15’s a bit too much. I present my nominees whose thoughtful content brings to mind something once said of Eleanor Roosevelt; that she would rather light a candle than curse the darkness:


Musings in Montage

Cristian Mihai

Rae Brooks


Bold Conversations


As to the seven things about myself:

1. I am an avid student of holistic health and integrative nutrition, and a consultant licensed by friends.

2. I appreciate the simplicity, power, and beauty of yoga and taiji.

3. I birthed my son at home in water, to music.

4. My hearing has been poor since I blew out my ear drums with the Walkman ear phones in high school.

5. I loved to Swing dance in the premommy days but Latin Salsa came more naturally to me. The hips somehow just knew what to do.

6. I’m a GERMaphobe.

7. Fantasy life: when not holed up writing, I would croon and scat in a jazz lounge.  In a red dress.

June 11, 2013
I appreciate the second nomination from limseemin.