* And the award goes to…

Pete Springer!

Pete is a new blogger and author of a terrific book about his teaching experiences, “They Call Me Mom.” For those of you who haven’t checked out Pete’s blog, you’re in for a treat. He is a retired teacher who has always dreamed of writing children’s books and has one for middle school students on the way. Pete also continues to serve others through his volunteer work, helping to support literacy and teachers who need a boost.

The Liebster Award is especially for outstanding bloggers who are are new to this online world. It is given in recognition of super posts, while encouraging the author to hunt down other new bloggers and share the award.

Pete, you just need to answer these questions and then find two other bloggers who are also deserving of this award. You can create your own questions for them or use the ones below.

  • What led you into the world of blogging?
  • What has most surprised you about this online world?
  • How do you decide what to post? Do you have a schedule or routine for your blog?
  • Tell us one thing about yourself that we would never have imagined.
  • What has been the greatest difficulty you’ve faced as a new blogger?
  • What would you tell someone who is considering starting a blog?

Be sure to head over to Pete’s blog and congratulate him on his Liebster Award!

* Continuing the Liebster process

James O’Neil kindly nominated me for the Liebster award, which I had already received but who would want to miss out on the fun of nominating their personal favorite bloggers?  I had planned to post this a lot sooner but have been sick.

I am to answer James’ questions and and since I think the questions are terrific, I’m passing them on to my nominees:   Group by GroupFaraday’s Candle (who are currently on vacation),  David Snape and Friends,  Staycation Atlanta, and Vamp It Up Manchester.   Then these folks get to create their own set of questions. (Or borrow James” great set?)

  1. Which sex do you think has it easier in your culture?  If we look at salaries and powerful positions, men still have the advantage.  Especially white men.
  2. What is your most treasured memory?  Meeting my dearest widower as a 19 year old in community college.  He smiled and my heart was captivated.
  3. For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your friends or family again?  Definitely for my dearest widower.  Fortunately, he is not interested in moving anywhere.
  4. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?  Being pursued and loved by Jesus.
  5. What makes you angry?  Racism and bullying.
  6. Did your schooling connect to your life?  So much so that I became a teacher for life!
  7. Have you seen a good movie lately?  What made it good?  Not too many good movies around.  I like sci fi, action, and spy thrillers.  I recently took a squad of kiddos to Zootopia and the animation is terrific.
  8. Who is the most important person in your life today?  My dearest teaching widower.
  9. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?   Teaching and loving kids.
  10. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest?   Friends and family.
  11. What do you like best about your life?   That I am loved by my widower and my heavenly Father.liebster-award

* Thanks to Someone

, namely James O’Neil, has been nominated for the Liebster Award.  His blog features interesting memories of the past, all spiced with a wry sense of humor.  Originally from Chicago, he shares traditions, escapades, and his strong opinions.  As someone with equally strong opinions, I appreciate his writing and experiences.  I can tell that he enjoys good cooking, too.  James has nominated me for the Liebster Award, and although I have already gone through that process, being nominated is a terrific way to share blogs I enjoy reading.  It’s lovely to write a blog that someone enjoys!

Here are the Liebster rules:

If nominated for the award, and accept, write a blog post about the award in which you were nominated.  Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog. THANK YOU, JAMES!  Display the award on your blog.  Answer 11 questions asked by the nominator.  Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.  Create 11 new questions for the nominee.  List these rules on your post so others know what is expected (TOMORROW!). 

Here are some of my favorite bloggers, excluding those who are “award free.”  Some of my faves are bloggers who’ve been there, done that.  And my nominees are free to graciously decline the award.

1. One of my favorite special ed blogs is Group by Group.  This blog features a team of specialists who create the coolest theme-based activities and generously share their books.  Want to know if they are successful?  Just look at the kids’ faces.

2.  Faraday’s Candle is a science-based blog written by two sisters, one in middle school and the other an elementary student.  They LOVE science and explore all kinds of interesting topics.  Want to know what those bumps on your tongue really do?  Check them out!

3.  A blogger who features others’ writing AND has hosts his own radio show is David Snape and Friends.  David shares his early struggles with autism, the isolation and academic difficulties, but has certainly found his way.  His blog is a treasure chest of jewels written by others (and sometimes by him).

4.  Staycation Atlanta is written by a sweet lady who shares her explorations of Atlanta, along with photos of THE most adorable dog.  Those eyes!  It’s amazing how much ground Jan covers in her blog.  And yummy food!

5.  Chrissie, of Vamp It Up Manchester, would be SO much fun to spend time with!  She’s a self-described “urban geek,” and her eclectic posts feature food, fashion, organization, and cool STUFF.  She’s is a clever and frugal shopper.  My inspiration.

I will post the questions tomorrow.  This post is already over 400 words.  Yikes!


* The Liebster Award

liebster-awardI want to thank Palak of Expressions for her nomination of the Liebster Award.  I enjoy her witty comments and strong opinions, I appreciate her courage, and I laugh when she shares her views on television shows (check out this post on 7 women who should be removed from TV).  Take a look through her site; this young woman is an excellent writer, has fun images, and covers a lot of ground!  Now I must answer her 11 questions.

  1. Name one fictional character that you could completely identify with, as if it were your own self on paper or screen.  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  2. If you wanted one superpower, what would it be?  Becoming invisible
  3. What is the one quality you think defines a good writer?  Authenticity
  4. Which one is your favorite post on your blog?  Any of the case studies
  5. Has your blog turned out be exactly how you imagined it, at the time of its inception?  It’s better than I hoped
  6. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?  Why have you loved me so much that you sent your Son to die in my place, that I might live with You forever?  
  7. If you were presented with an opportunity to travel in time, where would you go- the past or the future?  The past
  8. If you were to teach a class for a week, what subject would you teach?  Haha, social skills to special needs kids
  9. What’s your favorite ad commercial?  Anything with the Budweiser colt (of Super Bowl fame)
  10. What is the one thing that you’re addicted to?  Chocolate
  11. What is the one luxury that you cannot live without?  AIr conditioning and heating

Here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. I can focus on tasks like a laser, oblivious to time and environment.
  2. I love teddy bears.
  3. I have always wanted to take great photographs but my pictures are mediocre at best.
  4. My sense of design is terrible, but I recognize beautiful blogs when I see them.
  5. I love science fiction anything.
  6. If it snows, I am outside enjoying the flakes.
  7. My husband and I never celebrate our anniversary.
  8. I am clumsy for a Tuesday’s child.
  9. I don’t like nicknames.
  10. I am ambidextrous.
  11. Charles Dickens is probably my favorite author.

Now, for the best part.  Here are 11 new blogs that I am nominating for the Liebster Award:

Listen to the Babe– This blogger from Thailand shares her Interesting views of the world with a focus on travel with great photos.

Abundant Heart Blog– The writer has a warm heart and a generous, sweet spirit.

Specimanx17–  This is a gorgeous blog featuring a gorgeous woman who writes lovely poetry.

Mint Creativ–  The blogger is a beginning writer (not that you can tell) who is not intimidated by fear of the unknown.

Fill Your Own Glass– The brave soul who writes this blog is looking at the world with new eyes, starting a new writing career.

Yellow Belly Mummy– This British mum has lots of great insights and questions, including a hilarious list of things she wants to live without.

Flicks and Pieces– This blogger writes fresh and intriguing reviews of films and games along with super pics.  His review of Destiny is top notch.

A Nap in The Sun–  This is a poetic site, with a strong woman’s perspective, great photos, and much to enjoy reading.

Rach’s Thoughts– This blogger shares her Christian perspective, is concerned about persecution, and writes an interesting article about the amazing faith of children in Iraq.

Plastic Arctic– This blog has a narrow but fascinating focus on pollution at the ends of the earth.

The Other Side of Regular– Check out this blogger’s fascinating and candid posts on being real, with a unique and funny post on wearing painful shoes.

For the nominees:

The Rules for the Liebester Award

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself

5. Nominate 11 blogs

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post.

8. Inform the people that you nominated them for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

Here are my 11 questions:

1.  What personal goal do you have for the next year?

2.  What is your favorite food and why?

3.  Why should someone read your blog?

4.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

5.  What is your favorite digital device?

6.  What is your favorite book?

7.  If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

8.  What is your favorite holiday?

9.  What person has had the most influence in your life?

10.  What would you do if you won a fortune in a lottery?

11.  What bothers you most while shopping?

Thanks for reading this post, be sure to check out these new blogs, and thanks again, Palak, for nominating me!