My autocorrect insists it’s the Lobster Award. Not sure there is such an award for crustaceans, but it turns out there is a Liebster Award and I am a nominee. The Liebster Award symbolizes what is so amazing and positive about social media. So, I am grateful to to receive this recognition and happy to comply with the Liebster rituals.
The Liebster Award is a “pay it forward” system. It’s a way for us to meet and support new, aspiring bloggers. I began blogging and interacting on Twitter and Facebook in September, 2015, so I appreciate the chance to broadcast myself and get to know other Creatives.
Liebster is a German word of endearment, like “sweetheart”, “dearest”, “beloved”. The “sweetie” who nominated me is Cara Sue Achterberg, and she declares that she is a wrangler of words, ideas, plants, children, dogs, food, and occasionally horses. She is the author of a novel, I’m Not Her, which has an intriguing plot.
She has several blogs, all located on her attractive website, Carawrites.com. The one that I follow is My Life in Paragraphs. You can also look for Kid Friendly Organic Life, Live Intentionally, and The Mama Load. Her most popular blog is Another Good Dog.
I enjoy interacting with Cara Sue on Twitter and Facebook and I especially like to read her posts about her foster dogs. She has many interests that I share: she loves children, dogs, horses, chickens, wine, chocolate, cooking and gardening. Even though she is much further along on her writing journey than I am, I have appreciated her openness and frlendliness.
My first duty as an Liebster Award nominee is to answer the 10 questions presented by Cara Sue. Here we go:
One of the major publishing houses,
A movie theater chain,
Sorry, I never read those books! (and my Mom read to me every night when I was little, but she never read Winnie to me!) At this point, I am probably most like Amelia Bedelia.
Let’s meet and chat- at a coffee shop, on a walking path, at a wine bar. Let’s share our journeys and milestones- school, love, marriage, careers, children, pets, hobbies. “Don’t the years fly, the calendar pages a blur like in the old movies?” We’ll shake our heads, smile and hug.
Since I can’t do that with most of you, let’s meet at my blog. You may sip your coffee and peruse my thoughts- which revolve around the keys to a successful life and retirement. You can comment on the praises and problems we all face, and add your moments of love and laughter, too. I am looking forward to becoming your friend!
Leaving a comment would be the highest compliment for me. It would also make me happy if you felt encouraged and if you laughed (with me, not at me!).
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi, a gem of thoughts and reflections by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? This is a very well written book, very approachable, but the topic may not be for everyone.
We have had dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, hermit crabs, fish, etc. The turtles were surprisingly interactive. Currently, I am a dog person. We have a 7 year old lab that we rescued several years ago, very close to her expiration date. We paid to have her professionally trained and she is now a delightful companion and the best dog we have ever had. She would win the Liebster Award for dogs.
My first book in a planned series, The Golden Age of Charli- RSVP was released in September, 2015 so I am actively promoting my masterpiece. The second book in the series is signed, sealed, delivered and will be released in 2016. I am editing Book 3.
Savannah Brinson James. She is the wife of LeBron James and an admirable person in her own right. She operates her own charity, runs her own juice bar and even designs furniture, and is a mom to three children.
A fortune cookie button that would give each visitor a charming fortune! And a Broadway show button that would blast happy, upbeat classics.
10. What do you eat/serve for dinner WAY more than you should?
Vodka? My husband and I are healthy, adventurous cooks and eaters, so our meals are pleasant and tasty. (Except when we try kale.) Gone are the days of cold cereal and mac ‘n cheese all the time.
As part of the Liebster award process, I get the pleasure of nominating 10 Sweethearts. Before I open the envelope, here are your tasks. Kindly:
At first, I was overwhelmed, but it has been fun and easy to do this! And I am grateful for the chance to get to know more of you!
Drumroll…and the Nominees Are:
Many of these bloggers are writers. And the rest are people who blog about topics that interest me. Please take the time to visit these blogs! First, some folks I know (or feel like I know):
1. Impossible Journey Maureen uses facts, puns, poems and good thoughts to share her “possible” health journey.
3. Shannon Eichorn has a website about her writing projects and she features a blog with posts about life and what it’s like to be an aerospace engineer. I hope she doesn’t get left on Mars! She is fun on Twitter.
4. Christy McKee has written several books and promises us “Hot, humorous and happily ever after”. Her blog On the Porch features heartwarming posts. (She is also my neighbor but we mainly see each other in faraway cities!)
5. Jill Heinz has started a blog that features devotions and reflections about faith, life and family. She lives her testimonies, too, and is a warm, fun, and caring person.
6. Dr. Kelly Low is a professor and motivational speaker, golfer, avid reader and word game champion, as well as many other accomplishments. She reached out to me and now I want to encourage her to continue her blog!
And now for some folks I am getting to know.
7. Aaron Speca is a busy husband, dad, engineer and now a writer who originally didn’t know he could write- but he can and does!! He also believes in “paying it forward” and supports fellow authors. (HIs mom is my Twitter friend!
8. Kate Pronina writes Kate’s Better Bite. I met her on Twitter and “liked” her Avocado and Crab Stuffed Crepes. She loves to experiment i the ketches with better-for-you recipes that all look amazing.
9. Jean M. Cogdell is also someone I recently followed on Twitter. She is a writer, wife, mom, Oma and dog owner who writes something worth reading, one word at a time.
Please answer the following questions. The world wants to know:
Again, many thanks to Cara Sue Achterberg and I wish all of you the best in 2016.
I am a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant and encourager. I have lived my entire life in Tropical Ohio. My goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. I am writing a fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, that presents the problems and praises, and the love and laughter of family life and retirement.
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