7-in-1 Blog Award Nomination

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler


The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche



I’m honored to be nominated by author and blogger Cate Macabe for the 7-in-1 Award—a collection of seven shiny awards all rolled in one.



7-in-1 Blog Award


The blog-o-sphere is full of inspiring people and their stories. Meeting them is one of the best parts of the blogging experience.


Cate is the author of This New Mountain: a memoir of Al Jackson as told to Cate Macabe.  This memoir takes you into the life of a female private investigator in the Southwest. Cate is also a member of the board of directors of SouthWest Writers. She blogs at thisnewmountain.com.


Here are the rules for the Seven Awards:


  1. Display the logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 (or so) bloggers for this award.
  5. Notify the nominees of their nomination.


7 Things About Me:


  1. I love to dance—with or without a partner.
  2. Any day I play the piano is a good day.
  3. I’m a homebody.
  4. I’m a hugger.
  5. Autumn is my favorite time of year.
  6. I am a cancer survivor/thriver of 18 years (NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma, Stage 4).
  7. I love, love, love being “Nana” to  seven “angel-boys”, ages 5-11.


My Nominations: Many of the blogs I follow combine writing /publishing advice with sharing stories. I’m sorry I couldn’t include everyone I follow. It’s really hard for me to limit the list to 15  (or so) but if I included everyone, this would be a very lengthy post. You are all terrific and I appreciate your presence on my journey.

Here are my 15 (or so) nominees:


Sherrey Meyer:  Writing to Heal


Susan Weidener:  Women’s Writing Circle, a place to share our stories


Sonia MarshGutsy Living


Cate Russell-Cole  CommuniCATE Resoures for Writers


Shirley ShowalterShirley Hershey Showalter, discover the power of writing your story


Linda AustinMoonbridgebooks, write your past for the future


Pat MacKinzie X-pat Files From Overseas, inspiring courage, breaking barriers, creating connections


Victoria Noe  Friendgrief, a place for you to share your experience dealing with the death of a friend.


Marian Beaman Plain & Fancy, Marian Beaman: Former Plain Girl


Debbie Pierce Musings of an ND Domer’s Mom, life’s too short not to be Irish!


Lynne Spreen  Any Shiny Thing, Midlife Magic


Janet Givens And So It Goes, a collection of musings on life


Mary Gottschalk’s blog Welcome to my world, where I ponder the illusion that daily life is something we can control as well as the wonder of learning to live in the moment.


Carol Bodensteiner  Writing inspired by the places, people, culture and  of the Midwest.


Dawn Herring Refresh with Dawn For a Fresh Perspective in All of Life’s Dimensions


Madeline Sharples Choices, where Madeline Sharples, author of  Leaving the Hall Light On, writes life stories in poetry and prose.


Linda K Thomas Spiritual Memoirs 101: Alway remember the things you’ve seen God do for you and be sure to tell your children and grandchildren. Deuteronomy 4:9


Sharon Lippincott The Heart and Craft of Life Writing: Tips, guidelines and observations for all facets of life writing.


Sue Mitchell  An Untold Story: Write That Memoir–It’s Time.


Jerry Waxler Memory Writer’s Network





Thank you, fellow bloggers, for your inspiration, encouragement and enlightment in my life and journey. I appreciate the stories and lessons you share.


OK, your turn to pay it forward!



Next Week: 

Monday, 3/17/14:  ” My First Year of Blogging Adventure by Marian Beaman”






  1. says

    Totally unexpected to receive this award, Kathy, but I have to say, you’re sweet to nominate me. Thank you so much! Now I can recapture my blog from the Sheltie and pay it forward, ha!

    You were a good choice to receive this one — you’re always so generous with your information, links, and words of advice. Best of all, I have the pleasure of having actually met you in person and knowing what a delightful human being you are!

    • says

      Hi Debbie, It’s my pleasure and I will say the feeling is mutual. I remember our 2009 meeting so vividly and cherish the time we had together in person. And I love your delightfully entertaining everyday stories which many times have me chuckling, laughing out loud or smiling. Keep up your great work, my friend!Thank you for your generous comments.:-)

  2. says

    Kathy, Thank you for your ongoing support, encouragement and validation of our Women’s Writing Circle. Our blog is written by many writers, not just me, all of whom share with generosity their stories and their lives, as well as their writing journeys, in the Circle. It is indeed a place to share our stories.

    I also feel honored that we are mentioned with several other excellent sites brimming with resources and stories from the heart. In fact, your own blog is a fine example of support and community, education and sharing and I look forward every week to reading it.

    • says

      Susan,I appreciate your lovely comments. It is such pleasure to recognize my wonderful blogging friends and colleagues, such as yourself and the Women’s Writing Circle. I love the support and inspiration we all get from one another. It is one of the greatest rewards of blogging and staying connected through social media.Thank you!

  3. says

    This is so sweet, Kathy. I am honored to be listed beside so many fine writers and humbled by your gesture to be included. As always you continue to inspire me, not only with your words, by also by your actions.

    • says

      Pat, the feeling is entirely mutual. The inspiration goes both ways. I love that we can feel so connected though the ocean separates us. You are very deserving of this award, my friend. :-)

  4. says

    Dear Kathy, thanks so much for this nomination. It’s so totally unexpected and very much appreciated.

    I feel so honored to know you and to be related to you through our writing and support. I wish you all the best always.

    • says

      Hi Madeline, don’t you love surprises! It is my pleasure to acknowledge your fine work and to share it with others. I appreciate your lovely comments. I must say, the feeling is mutual. Your presence on my journey has been wonderful. Wishing you the best, too.

  5. says

    Kathy, first, congratulations on receiving this award! It is well deserved. And then, thank you for including me in your list of nominees, alongside so many wonderful writers. I feel truly honored from both perspectives. However, as you know, right now time is precious for me and I fear I may not be able to follow through. Yet, I will always cherish the thought of you believing in me.

    Blessings and gratitude,

    • says

      Sherrey, not to worry. I don’t want you to feel pressured especially given your current situation–just appreciated and recognized for all you do to inspire and enlighten us. ” Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” and all will be fine.
      Blessings to you,

  6. Cate Russell-Cole says

    Kathy, thank you so much for the honour of passing this award on to me. I am very sorry I didn’t see your post. You know how things have been.

    Wishing you the very best of success with your book.

    • says

      Dear Cate, Yes, I do know how things have been. I gave you this award which you so richly deserve, knowing you might not see it or be able to act upon it at this time. But I’m happy you saw it and know how appreciated you are! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you so much for stopping by and extending your good wishes.

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