Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler
“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” G.B Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson
One of the best parts of hosting a blog has been meeting and connecting with so many interesting and delightful people. When I started my blog—on a whim– in December, 2009, I had no idea where it would lead me.
Oh the places I’ve been…and the people I’ve met since that time.
I am honored and grateful to receive the “One Lovely Blog Award” from two of my fellow bloggers. To be recognized for your work by your peers is encouraging. Then to get to know other bloggers through their nominees is icing on the cake. Thank you so very much Cate Russell-Cole whose blog, communiCATE is a wealth of information and inspiration for all writers and Carol Bodensteiner whose stories of the Midwest prairies and posts on the publication/marketing process captivate and enlighten us.
Receiving this award comes with duties as well. There are four rules to follow:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award
I’ve done these lists before and I always feel challenged to come up with some new and fresh insights…
1. I have been married to Wayne for 13 years; have a daughter and son, four step-children and eleven grandSONS, plus one on the way. Maybe we’ll finally get that little girl!
2. I love all kinds of music but country music ranks right up there. I have to admit, Elvis and Roy Orbison are two of my favorites.
3. If you saw my medical record, you’d wonder why I’m still alive. I’m on 16 medications and see 10 doctors. But I do NOT let any diagnosis rule me. I am grateful to be an 18-year survivor of Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Although I do not focus on my underlying diagnoses, I do have a great appreciation for every healthy day and do not take my life or health for granted. That’s the blessing of surviving a life-threatening disease. Every day is a gift.
4. I am deeply spiritual. I believe strongly in the power of prayer and have felt that prayer myself. I am a strong believer in God, angels, life after death and miracles.
5. I love to dance, with or without a partner!
6. Professionally I enjoyed a nursing career that spanned forty-four years and included clinical, administrative and educational positions in four different states. For the last fifteen of those years, I was a family nurse practitioner and had the privilege of managing clients across the lifespan in a primary care setting. I “retired” in 2011 and I even surprised myself when I recently accepted a two-month stint to work as a nurse practitioner to cover in a doctor’s office while he is out for surgery. I’m happy to report, it is like getting back on a bicycle!
7. Reading and writing are two of my favorite things. No surprise, I’m a book lover. I’ve loved to write since I was a young child. When I was eight, I wrote plays to act out in front of my Italian grandmother, Nan and her lady friends. I have also journaled since I was eleven and received a pink diary with a lock and key for my birthday. There’s a big leap from locking up those treasured secrets in a diary to sharing my story with the world through my memoir. A journey of a thousand miles (really does) start with one step…
Now to nominate bloggers I admire:
I chose 15 bloggers to highlight. Several of these undoubtedly will have received or been nominated for this award before. Although I admire and enjoy Cate Russell-Cole’s and Carol Bodensteiner’s blogs, as well as Denis Ledoux‘s, Sherrey Meyer‘s, Madeline Sharples’, Mary Gottschalk’s, Sharon Lippincott’s, Shirley Showalter’s, Sonia Marsh‘s. I will resist the temptation to nominate them again, even though they greatly deserve it.
For those nominated, you are under no obligation to pay it forward. Just know I appreciate you and want to recognize you.
In alphabetical order by the award-winning artist last names:
1 Marian Beaman: Her Plain and Fancy blog is filled with delightful stories of her past life as a Mennonite girl and her current “fancy ” life. Marian also shares her memoir writer’s journey with her work-in-progress memoir. Marian loves a good conversation and invites her readers to “pair their thoughts with her stories through their replies to her posts.”
2. Sarah Freeman: Sarah’s blog, Write by Grace blog, is a treasure chest of uplifting stories about God’s grace in her daily life. She also discusses important health-related issues that are important reminders of taking good care of oneself. Her posts are relevant for all of us as we face day-to-day challenges. Sarah is a ghostwriter of a memoir.
3. Robin Gaiser is a “therapeutic musician” and writes about “real people with real problems” and how her music touches lives. Her work-in-progress memoir,Musical Morphine is in its final editing stages. When you check out her site, you can listen to her lovely music.
4. Janet Givens‘s blog, And So it Goes, is a delightful collection of musings about life and includes topics such as mid-life changes, transitions, connections, an travel, cultural differences and Kazakhstan (where she served in the Peace Corp). Her memoir, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe was published in August, 2014.
5. Linda Hoye’s blog, A Slice of Life Writing features inspirational stories of adoption, gardening, grandparenting and retirement–everyday stories that resonate. Photography is one of her passion and she often posts photos of her beautiful homegrown flowers and vegetables, including recipes, as well as of her darling grandchildren. Linda is the author of a memoir, Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey From Grief to Gratitude, now also in audiobook format.
6. Tracy Lee Karner describes herself as “an encourager and admirer of all people who seek to live out their dreams”. Her blog, Tracy Lee Karner, Living Well in New England is an eclectic collection of articles about all the things she loves: food, travel, creative/entrepreneurial living and New England. She loves what she does. She also generously features other writers.
7 Lorenzo Martinez is a Cuban-born author, composer, pianist and lecturer who shares his experience with Pedro Pan, a secretive mass exodus of Cuban children who fled Castro’s regime and landed in the USA between 1960-62, in his recently released memoir, Cuba, Adios. He also writes about his vast experiences in health, education and the arts.
8. Wanda Maxey is the author of two memoirs about abuse,Love and Abuse on Forty Acres and Daddy Never Called Me Princess. Her blog, Wanda S Maxey, is dedicated to “Living faith, Loving laughter and Sharing hope” with others who have suffered abuse.
9 Pat McKinzie is the author of Home, Sweet Hardwood, a memoir about overcoming barriers as a Women’s Pro Basketball player. Her blog, X-pat Files From Overseas offers “fighting tips from a feisty globetrotter.”. Her stories “can help you pick up the pieces, make transitions and gain a new outlook.”
10. Victoria Noe is the author of the Friend Grief series, a collection of books addressing people’s experiences with the death of a friend. Her blog, Friend Grief. is “a place for you to share your experience grieving the death of a friend. When Viki started her blog in 2011, there was little written about this topic. She has now become the voice on the web about issues related to the death of a friend.
11. Debbie Pierce’s blog Musing by an ND Domer’s Mom is simply a must-read, feel good place to be. Debbie is a fiction writer , working a novel and , in the meantime, dishes out weekly posts that entertain , delight and enlighten. Her everyday stories , told with a dash of her light-hearted humor will keep you coming back.
12. Joan Rough‘s work-in-progress memoir, Me, Myself , and Mom: A Journey Through Love , Hate and Healing is about her relationship with her mother, during the last seven years of her life when she became her caretaker. Her blog Joan Z Rough Author, is a treasure trove of insights into her memoir writer’s journey. She often blogs about obstacles and challenges and in doing so , provides us with a wealth of information for our own writing. Her memoir is targeted for publication in Fall, 2015.
13. Lynne Spreen , the author the prizewinning novel, Dakota Blue, writes of her optimism about aging, stating “life is better after fifty” in her blog Any Shiny Thing: MidLife Magic. Her posts are entertaining , thought-provoking and insightful. Most of all, she makes anyone over fifty feel great about aging while those under fifty begin to look forward to the process. Lynne shoots from the hip and packs a punch each time!
14. Linda Thomas, the author of a memoir Grandmother’s Letters From Africa, blogs at Spiritual Memoirs 101. She is a memoir teacher who writes about the importance of “telling our stories for our children and grandchildren”, often using Scripture to reinforce her points. Her blog is a wealth of information for anyone who is interested in writing or reading memoir.
15. Susan Weidener, a former journalist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Founder of The Women’s Writing Circle and author of two memoirs, Again in a Heartbeat: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Dating Again and Morning at Wellington Square, is well-versed in journalism and provides thought-provoking and insightful essays about the writing process, current trends in the publishing industry and ways women find their voices. Her posts are informative, provocative and well-researched.
How about you? Who are the bloggers you admire and would like to recognize?
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