The Beautiful Blogger Award is for creativity, originality, and overall contribution to the blogging community.
It is really a blessing to receive this award from Shaz, because I now have the opportunity to express how deeply her blog, A Leaf in Springtime, has touched me. She never fails to stir half-forgotten wellsprings of nostalgia, childlike wonder, and reminiscences of divine grace. Her words resonate with me like the echoing summons of a long-lost sister whom I have always known and knew would return some day. She reminds me that connectedness is the natural state of the soul beyond the thin veil of the senses, which too often distract us humans from experiencing our true state of being. When she shares her experiences among the women of war-torn Afghanistan, her childhood in the rural rice-fields of northern Malaysia, stunning images of a half-frozen morning in the woodlands of Finland, and the poetry of Hafiz, I find myself feeling in a place beyond words, “I, too, am connected to this much beauty through you.” So, I thank you for the award Shaz, but I can’t express how much gratitude I feel for the beauty that you are, create, and share.
So, the reward stipulates that those who receive it share 7 things about them:
1. I learned how to drive on a stick-shift, and every car I have had has had a manual transmission.
2. I put myself through college by joining the Army National Guard, which paid for my tuition. I did not fit in so well…
3. If I were to be marooned on a deserted island and could take one book with me, it would be Homer’s Iliad (in Greek).
4. I have sisters who are identical twins. I can sometimes understand their wordless “twin” language.
5. I won my first dance competition when I was in 8th grade.
6. One of my sisters, who is now a professor of Philosophy, sometimes calls me in the middle of the night with a “Greek vocabulary emergency” (usually when she’s reading Aristotle). Some families have mechanics or lawyers, but my family has a Classicist.
7. My other sister (the other twin), who is now a professor of Sociology, is writing an exciting book– a sociological ‘manifesto’ on neuroscience and feminism.
And, now, to extend the award to other bloggers. If they choose to accept, they should:
- Post a link to the blog of the person who nominated them
- List seven random tid-bits about themselves
- Extend the award to 7 other bloggers and post links to them on their page
- Notify those bloggers that they have received the award and what they should do if they wish to accept.
Maze A Day–This blogger’s maze-art challenges the viewer’s perceptions. That is always a good thing.
Through the Healing Lens–Poetic photography of the natural world accompanied by inspired reflections.
Source of Inspiration–Beautiful love-letters from source to self, stunning images and videos, and the children of Brazil. This blogger manages to pull together and harmonize wonderfully eclectic material.
Zendictive–charming and instructive parables paired with whimsical images.
rococonnor–reflections on meditation and fantastic suggestions for 15-30 minute daily meditations. Really clean, crisp site– feels almost like walking into a healing sanctuary.
The Book of Guff–haiku poetry and short, eminently useful words of daily wisdom like, “I see what I decide is happening, but I do not choose to have an emotion about it, especially not a negative one.”
Auburn Meadow Farm–reflections from a “kicking the industrial food habit” farming household; they raise their cattle with love, respect, and gratitude. Great recipes that help the creative cook use up odds and ends from the pantry. Waste not, want not. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and I LOVE this site!
Blessings and love to everyone. Happy Sunday!!