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inspiring blog awardJust the other day, Deborah from Around Dusty Roads honored me by nominating me for the Most Inspiring Blogger Award.  I am delighted to have been nominated, especially by Deborah.  She and I have a lot in common.  We are both women of “a certain age” who enjoy traveling and sharing our stories about travel, life and work.  We both also post photographs.  But Deborah is committed to posting much for often than I, even while currently on vacation in Tennessee.  And her photographs cover a range of topics and are available for purchase through several other sites that she hosts.  She is truly inspiring, so be nominated by her is quite an honor.  Make sure you visit her site!

There are rules that govern being nominated for the Most Inspiring Blogger Award.  Just like other awards of this type, the rules basically say acknowledge the one who nominated you, share some new information about yourself, and then share the honor by nominating others.  Here are the official rules:

  1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4.  Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

The hardest part about being nominated, for me, is having to share some new details about myself. On my blog, I typically focus on books I’ve read, trips I’ve taken, and whatever I’m grateful for.  I am not usually the subject matter, for the sake of sharing information about myself.  But here goes:

1.  About six months out of each year, I teach online writing classes for the American Public University System.  My first class for this year started on Monday, 2 June.  I love working with the students, but—no surprise here!—I am still not crazy about grading papers.

2.  About a year ago, I broke down and bought myself a Kindle.  I like it more than I expected to.  But I tend to use it for both reading novels and watching old television shows.  It’s a fun little gadget!

murphy3.  It’s been over 20 years since I’ve owned a dog, but I still see myself as a “dog person” and think it is a terrific idea to have a dog as a pet, especially if there are kids in the household.

4.  My mom died in 2012, and my dad died earlier this year. Some days, I do not initially remember that they are gone. In fact, many mornings I think for a split second that I could just give them a call or jump in the car and go visit them.  When the truth re-asserts itself, it hurts all over again.  I miss them.

Mom and Dad kevin's wedding

5.  This spring I took a driving trip that I’ve already shared some numbers about.  My initial expectation was that I would travel about 4,000 miles over 24 days.  By the end of the trip, I actually traveled 6,568.2 miles.  Surprised me too!

IMG_34226.  Most people who follow my blog know that I love elephants and therefore have a collection of elephants all over the house as jewelry, knick-knacks, carved shells, paintings, pillows, mugs, and general do-dads.  But I also love and collect birds.  One of my favorite birds is a ceramic knick-knack with several birds sitting on a branch.  Dad gave it to Mom as a gift—and years ago my dog managed to break it one time when my parents where babysitting him.  Mom paid to have it effectively repaired, telling me about the incident years after it happened.  These little birds hold a lot of memories.

7.  Since I was in 6th grade, I’ve always had a camera to capture life’s moments.  My first camera was a little brownie box camera that took 127 film.  Most recently, I impulsively bought myself a Canon PowerShot A2500 to use on my recent trip.  I had not realized how slow and clunky my old digital camera was, but since it was purchased in 2004, I’m sure you can imagine!  This little Canon was inexpensive and works great!

The last rule I need to follow is nominating others to receive this Most Inspiring Blogger Award.  I follow too many blogs to count, so you’d think selecting 15 to honor would be easy.  I try to keep up with not only reading but responding to all blogs I subscribe too, but that is an overwhelming task.  For most, if I do not get around to reading them within a day or two of notification, I delete them and wait for the next posting.  But there are a handful—ten not fifteen—that I make a point to read whenever they pop into my email.  Each one has its own strengths and thus inspires in a different way.  But collectively, they make me want to be a better blogger and encourage me to stay connected to this great blogging community.  I list them below (in no special order) and encourage you to visit them to see how they—and Around Dusty Roads—will inspire you.


The Lantern Room:  This blog captures wondrous photos of natural details that most of us might easily overlook.  The author inspires me to be more attentive and appreciative of nature.

A Frank Angle:  This blog offers wit and charm while sharing insights about science, religion, music and his busy, busy life. The author inspires me to be more engaged in my community through his actions and insights.

Slouching towards Thatcham:  This blog offers a dad’s perspective on being a dad and sharing is world with his wife and their three children.  The author reminds me that there are good dads out there—and that his children are very lucky to have him.

Flourish!:  This blog shares from the heart, offering experiences and insights about life and its peculiarities.  Through the author’s words, readers are inspired to find their own answers as they wander through life.  The point is to keep on meeting the challenges.

de Wets Wild:  This blog takes the author’s readers along on his many journeys through South Africa, capturing images of the area and the animals.  His readers are inspired to visit the locales themselves and to help preserve the animals for future generations.

The Monster in Your Closet:  This blog shares the author’s path through the trials and triumphs of life, offering thoughtful insight and understanding along the way.  She inspires me to me more engaged in my community and more willing to speak out against injustice.

The Pink Underbelly: This blog documents the life and ongoing battle with cancer of a wonderful woman in Texas.  The author’s honesty, wit, and insights inspire me to value life in all its complexities and to fight for survival no matter what.  She is a survivor!

Classroom as Microcosm:  This blog offers one teacher’s experiences, problems and insights from the classroom.  The author is always willing to explore new strategies and ways to improve connecting with students.  She is honest and thoughtful in her comments and inspires me to be a better teacher.

Tricia Booker Photography:  This blog chronicles the life and work of a professional photographer and mother.  The author is an artist who uses her talent to showcase horses as her job but also her son and the world around her.  She is always looking to improve her artistry and craft and thus inspires me to keep learning as well.

Year-Struck:  This blog always provokes me into thinking as well as laughter.  The author shares lessons of her life from current events as well as memories and past activities and inspires me to be more creative.

I trust you will enjoy visiting these blogs I have nominated.  They will entertain and inspire!  

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Comments on: "It’s an Honor to Be Nominated!" (7)

  1. aFrankAngle said:

    Patti … I’m humbled by your kind words … and thanks for being one of the many good people in WP-Land!

  2. Thank you so much for including my blog, Patti. What a wonderful surprise!

  3. Congratulations on the well-deserved accolade Patti! You certainly are a “Very Inspiring Blogger”!

    And thank you for sharing de Wets Wild with your friends and followers, you have done us a great honour.

  4. Many congratulations on your Award, Patti! Thank you so much for thinking of and including ‘The Lantern Room’ in your list 🙂

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