Happy New Year And A Look Back

Happy New Year by Thanasis Anastasiou

Happy New Year by Thanasis Anastasiou

The New Year 2015 is upon us and, as 2014 pauses to say good-bye, I hope it was a good one for you as it was for me. I can’t say I’m one for making resolutions for the New Year or have accomplished all that I wanted in the past year. I’m having enough trouble learning how to be present with what’s now.

But, if I were to reflect, I would be happy with what I undertook and achieved. With this writing, I will have posted 40 stories for the year. I know it’s not a lot compared to most but with what I’ve shared in my life and what has inspired me, I hope it has mattered.

Here’s a little taste of 2014 and what I did around my kitchen table at “Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom”: Continue reading

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Thank You ― My Last . . . Butterfly Light Award!

Butterfly Light Award

Butterfly Light Award

Oh, such a beautiful award to end with for awards on my site. How it lights up and shimmers.

It’s a great tribute to Don Charisma, when he was originally given this award, as a thank you, from Belinda (the idiot writer) when he helped fix her computer. Its glowing essence reflects love and the gift of giving.

I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen one like this and I’m deeply honored to receive it from Sherri Matthews at “A View from my Summerhouse”. It’s not only the beauty of the award but what it represents that gives it a whole new meaning of respect in making a difference and spreading light in our world.  Continue reading

7-In-One Award ― A Heartfelt Thank You!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you ― I’m truly grateful. I can’t believe this! What an honor and privilege to be nominated for the 7-In-One Award by my friend and fellow blogger, Sherri Matthews at “A View From My Summerhouse”. Continue reading

Happy Surprises Nearing the End of This Year ― Blog of the Year 2013 Award

Blog of the Year 2013 AwardI’m honored! I’m happy! I don’t know what to say, except “Thank you, Sherri, from the bottom of my heart for this ‘Blog Of The Year 2013 Award’.”

It means a lot, not only to be acknowledged in the blogging community, but to be nominated for an award of the year takes it to an entirely new level.

My only wish is to share what’s on my heart with the hope others will read, identify and connect in some way.  This award warms my heart with a feeling that maybe I’ve been able to do that in some way this year.  Continue reading

Oh Boy! Got More Awards for Which to Give Thanks and Share

Words can’t express how truly thankful I am for the following 3 awards given to me by my Scotland friend, Shaun Gibson at “Praying for One Day”. We made an instant connection, when I noticed he lived there as my paternal grandparents were from Scotland. It’s a place that has always fascinated me and I’ve put it on my bucket list as one of the first places I want to visit. I had the chance to Skype with him and loved hearing that accent once more ― put me in tune with my roots.

Shaun lives with chronic Fibromyalgia pain which limits a lot of what he’s able to do, as a man of 40 with a young family. So, he posts on his site on a variety of topics from music, family, personal reflections, ghost stories, space and current events to politics. He researches and passes along what he finds and is pretty successful, I’d say, with 1000+ followers and 100,000+ views. You don’t have to agree with all of what he says, he just wants you to care, be open and be a part of the solution. No doubt, I’m sure you’re bound to find something that will keep you coming back to his site for more.

The 3 awards I’ve been blessed to receive from Shaun are “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” (yes, I know it’s a girly award from a guy ― that didn’t stop Shaun), “Semper Fidelis Award” and “Peace and Justice Award”. I’ve acknowledged each one below and followed the listed rules. I hope you will visit the fellow bloggers I’ve nominated for I have grown close to them and enjoy their stories and the messages in their writing. I know I keep choosing some of them for awards over and over only because I feel they are so worthy of recognition.

I know I’ll be posting the pictures of these awards again further on in my post, as I acknowledge them and choose my nominees. I thought they were especially nice and colorful so I just wanted to put them together here, first.

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Semper Fidelis Award

Peace and Justice Award

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