I’ve been quite awful about keeping up with blog awards and while I enjoy all the riches and notoriety they don’t bring my way, there’s a greater pleasure in passing them along to other bloggers. This award came my way in October from New Jersey romance writer, Nett Robbens. Thank you Nett! She and her family came through superstorm Sandy okay, but she hasn’t posted since mid-November. I hope things are okay and I wish her a wonderful, storm-free new year!
This award came sweetly with NO rules, but she passed along the questions she was asked when she received it. I’ll answer them, just to give this post a little meat.
1) If you could change something what would you change?
I would invent a giant ass smart magnet that would take every piece of weaponry, bullet, rocket, shell, IED off this planet. Let’s see how aggressive people are when they have to use diplomacy and wit. Imagine how silent some people would have to remain.
2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?
I would not like to repeat any age. I fought hard to be relatively happy – I’m good where I’m at.
3) What one thing really scares you?
There are a lot of things to be very afraid of in this world and in one’s personal life, but I keep trying to focus on the moments, on the seconds when there is sweetness and light and laughter. Fear and anxiety only tries to steal that joy.
4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?
I’d like to be a published writer. Since I put it off until my 40s, I have to be a little more focused and productive. The fact that I’m working and writing towards that end, is really a happiness unto itself.
5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?
I’d like to spend a day with a lot of different people, but I sure as hell don’t want to be anybody else. It’s “the devil you know” scenario.
Now for the fun part. While this award has no official rules, I’m passing it along to a few bloggers that I admire for their integrity and willingness to share difficult personal stories. A few have made me cry. But mostly these people are great reminders that we are not defined by our illness or changes in our marital or employment status. We are defined by how we react to them.
I wish you all the peace and joy of the season that you so richly deserve!
westlakemusings Diane spent much of 2011 fighting against an aggressive form of breast cancer. She blogs about life in the slower lane in Prince Edward County, Canada and about the challenges she has faced. Lately, she’s bravely shared her fight to regain her hair. So, Diane, I wish you a wonderful new year. Whatever your hair does, you and Molly are still fabulous ladies!
papaangst In 2011, he got laid off and has been a stay-at-home dad since. He’s a terrific writer and has openly shared his “angst”, some of which is hysterically funny. His post, after the Newtown tragedy was poignant. If you’re on Twitter, his Tweets are very entertaining. I’m not, but I read them on his site’s sidebar. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
cancerinmythirties When she first started to comment or “like” my postings, I was reluctant to visit her site and when I did, as expected, I cried. But as I continued to read her posts, it occurred to me that this was a great example of how we get on with things. We continue to worry about and raise our children. We get pissed and happy and sad. We believe in things. We focus on the marrow of life. I don’t know your name, but you’re a beautiful example of what survival actually means. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you and your youngsters a lovely holiday season!
3kids2cats1divorce Her story begins with the separation from her husband and the transitions she and her children go through along the way. Her writing is great and she talks about everything from car shopping to family game night. Again, another story about just getting on with things. I hope you and your children have a wonderful 2013!
Be sure to check these bloggers out and send them holiday wishes!
Just a couple of reminders:
The Green Study Holiday Humor Contest is still going strong. Tell me your funniest holiday story!