I’ve recently been awarded not one but two blog awards. Hey, now when you’ve stopped laughing I’ll tell you the rest… taps foot…, again…
Okay. I can talk through laughter. One award is The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Given to me by one of my favorite bloggers. Kelly’s blog http://www.genepooldiva.com/ always makes me laugh. You should give her a try.
The other award is: The Versatile Blog Award
Given to me by my very good friend and great blogger Kathy Lynn Hall http://inthewritinggroove.blogspot.com Kathy is a great writer and blogger.
Me—versatile? The rules are basically the same for both awards: Tell seven things about myself. Thank goodness they don’t have to be secrets or I’d lose most of my readers and probably pick up an entire new set that would most likely scare me. I very much like the readers that visit now—so keep coming and I promise to get back to my stories about living in Thailand.
Seven things about me:
- The number one thing I’d like people to know about me is that I am a Christian. I don’t beat people over the head with that knowledge but I hope it shows up in most of what I do. I didn’t become a Christian until I was 53 and it came after a hard life of searching for the truth. I’ve looked into many different beliefs and, for me, found them all lacking. One difference in the way I practice my beliefs is I try to follow the things the Head Carpenter said. He didn’t come here to make judgments on us He came to forgive us. So that’s how I try to live my life- without judgment. I enjoy everyone I meet.
- I once held an Above Top Secret clearance. What more can I say—actually I’m not allowed to say anything. It’s really no big deal—I wasn’t a secret agent, black ops or mad assassin.
- I love women and am frightened of them too. Comes from my stumbling youth and even more clumsy young adult years. Women are so smart, witty, and have an attraction I can’t resist. That doesn’t mean I go after them with a bag full of testosterone (Not meant how it sounds) but I do admire them and enjoy talking with them. I’ve learned through the years that almost every woman I meet is beautiful and I don’t have to search for that beauty—it’s right there in front of me.
- I love the ocean. It pulls me, entices me, needs me and I’ve been away from it far too long. A lack of a boat and getting older is my downfall but I will return one day. John F. Kennedy once said, (Paraphrasing). We are attracted to the sea because the ocean is inside of us. Our bodies are made up of the same salinity as the oceans. I read that as a young man and then I lived in the Marshall Islands– on an island 3 ½ miles long and ½ mile wide– for two years. I loved it, felt the pull of the ocean every day, swam every day, sailed often and the sea and stars were my friends.
- I also love the mountains. My people are from the mountains—most came over from Scotland many years ago. I am also part Cherokee! There is a special kind of freedom high on the slopes or deep in the forest. You learn about the special relationship the Native Americans had with the earth and air. It’s a place where you can cast off the veneer of your civilized self and hear the world. I now live in the mountains of Thailand and when I climb the small mountains around our little farm I can feel the Earth pull at me. It’s also a place (along with being out of sight of land on the ocean) where you know a secret truth. This world was created by someone greater than ourselves. We and all the things around us did NOT climb out of some primordial soup. Please don’t yell at me for not conforming to new theories. Go to an earthly place and sit, look around and listen.
- I write to stay sane—really. I write so I can from time to time hear from a reader and they like what I do. I can receive no great gift from my fellow beings than to read what they say about my writing—good or bad. I do prefer the good, lol, but the bad means that I affected them in some small way. I’m not looking for fame—only contentment.
- I write about love and redemption and the main reason is my wife, Julee. She is the one person in this world that could live with a guy like me, She keeps me grounded, holds me when I need it, and forever loves me as I love her. She knows of these beautiful women I am friends with but she knows that my love is only for her.
- I have absolutely no fear of death. I fully expected to die before I was 40. Don’t know why but it’s true. Then it was 50, then 60. When my time here ends I will take with me memories of the people I know and love. I’ve done so much in my life that even now I know it is enough. I also know that there is more.
I hope I didn’t end on a morose note. Wasn’t meant to be that way. It was also only to be seven things, but I don’t often stay on the path.
And now for these Awards I am to name a few bloggers that I admire and think deserve these two awards. I hope I’m not put in chains for combining them. Never won a blogging award before so I don’t know the consequences. I’ll only pick a few of my favorite bloggers and I will spread my picks over the world. There are so many people I admire so if you aren’t picked—then smile and be happy. If you are picked then the gauntlet is passed. You too must pick others to carry this grave, lol, responsibility forward.
Diana Murdock @Diana_Murdock lives in Idaho http://dianamurdock.wordpress.com. She is one of the most honest, caring and beautiful people I know. Her blog is always filled with the beauty of truth. It sometimes frightens me how someone can be so honest, but I do love her blog. Her Romance book Again blew me away with feelings and wonderful words.
Junying Kirk @Junying007 http://www.junyingkirk.com/ is a wonderful and beautiful lady born in China and now lives in England. She takes you to places you’ve always dreamed of and interviews some very interesting people. I do enjoy everything she has to say! And she’s a great novelist.
Sandra Valente @BookWormSans http://ssbookfanatics.blogspot.com/ Sandra is another beautiful lady—are you sensing a pattern—who lives in South Africa. She does the very best book reviews I’ve read and has led me to many a great read! I first met Sandra when I was talking about a book I wrote that spoke of growing up with multiple heritages. She was touched as was I. We are friends.
Eden Baylee @EdenBaylee http://edenbaylee.wordpress.com/ Eden does it all. Interviews great people, promotes other writers, writes poetry and saucy stories. I feel so close to Eden (with 4e’s)- that’s for Eden. I sometimes think that she is my best friend but we’ve never met in person, nor have I heard her voice except in her words. She truly is one of a kind and I’m very lucky to know her. She writes erotica but her voice covers the spectrum and you would enjoy getting to know this beautiful woman! Eden lives in Canada.
Zee Gorman @zeegorman http://zeegorman.blogspot.com/ Zee won me over when I first started to venture out into the world as a writer. Did I mention that Zee is beautiful? Zee grew up in China and now lives in San Francisco. We met at a forum at CreateSpace and began emailing. She told me of her life in China. She grew up near the border of then North Vietnam. Zee was the first person I ever opened up to about my being in Vietnam and she gave me a prospective of those living on the other side—completely different but then again not so different. Zee allowed me to say things I’ve never said and heal a wound I didn’t realize was there. She means the world to me! Her blog is honest, open and wonderful. She has two Fantasy books out that I loved reading! She also allowed me to practice my short stories with her.
There are many others I would name but enough is enough. If you weren’t mentioned—then feel lucky, lol.
Have fun opening up to the world.