Today I am feeling overwhelmed with gratitude to this extraordinary community of creative spirits who have given me the honor of spending some time with me, reading my words and sharing their thoughts. If anyone would have told me that I’d be writing this post 6 months ago, I would have never believed it. To all of you who visit my little virtual home, who spend precious moments sharing insights, tears and giggles, please know I feel blessed beyond words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have transformed my soul.

Over the past month a few of my blogging friends have honored me with a few awards. Today I shall pass the torch. The instructions for accepting and passing these along sometimes contradict, so I had to choose between instructions. They’ll be noted below at the bottom of this post. To save a copy of the award for posting on your site, just right click and save.

 

Azfree and Shraddha have given me the “Lovely Blog” award. If you have not visited their space, please do.  Azfree is a poet and Shraddha invites us all to join her on her journey to self-love. Both of these women are remarkable in their ability to connect us to the realm of spirit.

                                            

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Val has granted me the Kreativ Blogger award. You must visit Val. She is real, and she is incredibly talented.  I love her to pieces for her strength of spirit and conviction, and I am a better person for knowing her. This award definitely looks a bit feminine, so I am posting another version below to pass along to fellow scribes of the male persuasion 😉 . Be gentle with me folks—I am by no means a digital whiz when it comes to creating these types of things. It’s simple but heartfelt. 🙂

 

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Okay, this award makes you do a bit of work. The recipient is supposed to name 7 things about herself/himself that others would find interesting. Interesting? UGH. Let’s just go with 7 things.

  • In my other life I was an addictions counselor.
  • I often have dreams or gut feeling that come true. I know it sounds nutty, but it’s true. Oh the stories I could share. Someday I will.
  • When I was laid off in 2001, I taught myself to paint and sold decorative wood signs on Ebay. One sold for $212.00 and I almost collapsed with a coronary. I was terrified to ship it, but miraculously, the buyer loved it.
  • I started college at 16. Sweet revenge for being kicked out of kindergarten for being “unteachable.” J
  • I am addicted to nachos with sour cream. It is horrible, because the urge to have them always strikes after midnight, and I always give in.
  • The only day I ever cut school I went fishing, and caught a sunny that was being eaten by a larger fish. I got detention but it was so worth it.
  • I love Melissa Etheridge and can really belt out her tunes.

 

Moving on…..

 

Jaymie has gifted me with the Gorgeous Blogger Award. (LOL—perhaps “Gorgeous Blog” may have been a bit more appropriate and equally wonderful;) I could write a page about how Jaymie’s poems and insights have touched me, but instead I’ll let you find out for yourself. She is a gift, and I am incredibly grateful to have met her.

                        

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Thanks to all of you for these lovely gestures. You have made my eyes shine. J

Now for the winners! I tried not to award people with an award they have already received….

Lovely Blog:

Sara Fryd. To know her is to love her. Sara is responsible for me sharing my real name here on this blog.

Ebb Tide   Just simply beautiful poetry.

Four Winds Haiga  Absolutely exquisite compositions.

JPenStroke Once you visit you’ll know why.

Linda Cassidy Lewis  Soon to be in print. Just watch. 😉

Val Russell‘s blog goes from lovely to gut-wrenching to every emotion in between. She’s a gem.

DarcsFalcon who entertains me daily with her wit and comments.

 

Instructions: Please post a link back to this blog and pass along to 7 others.

 

Kreative Blogger Award:

DarcKnyt who never disappoints with his creative, witty posts. I learn something every day.

Joseph Harker who can write absolutely amazing poetry and has given me an education in various poetic forms simply by reading his work.

Paul Russell who is not only a poet, but also a wonderful person who provides social commentary within his work.

The Dark Lord who is a master of imagery.

Charles who writes like nobody I’ve ever read. And that’s saying something.

Utopian Fragments who bares his soul with us and in doing so makes it clear that we all share the same struggles.

Jaymie Thorne who is the very definition of a creative blogger, and a wonderful person.

 

Instructions: Please post a link back to this blog and pass along to 7 others.

 

Gorgeous Blogger Award:

Blissbait who I just found, and am so glad I did…absolutely inspiring

Words We Never Said  I cried the first time I read her words.

ColleeninCairns who is about as honest and real as a person can be, and shares her thoughts with us via beautiful poetry and personal essays.

 

Instructions: Please post a link back to this blog and pass along to 3 others.

 

Please visit each of these remarkable writers and be rewarded with a smile on your face, a new idea, or a sense of peace.

 

Thanks again…now click those links 🙂

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This is an older post that I feel compelled to resurrect today as I read the wonderful words of kindness, gratitude and humility that are spilling across the pages of the wonderful blogs I visit. Thank you for reminding me that it is the little things that matter and are the most powerful–the thank yous, the anonymous visits, the smile in the eyes of a child, the crash of a wave on the shore, the gentle breeze, one kind word. Kindness is all around us if we only choose to see it.

 

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one single taproot grows the tree

one silent ripple rocks the sea

and lonesome does our one moon stand

yet lulls the water to the sand

 

a breath of wind, of humble power

gives flight to seed to grow the flower

and one stone more will part the stream

when hopeless did the passing seem

 

it seems we notice one subtracted-

a moment spent, one word retracted

unconscious of  ethereal  kindness

we walk the shore in partial blindness….

 

The might of one we fail to see

when cloaked in sweet simplicity