Recently, I was beknighted with several honors
- The Candlelighter award- from Being Arindam
- One Lovely Blog- from NM’s Writer Blog
- Hope Unites Globally- from Island Traveler
Thank you for your kindnesses. I’m humbled. I tend to feel guilty about accepting awards, for two reasons.
1) Honest-to-Mergatroid, the best part of my blog are the sassy, bold, creative folks who are kind enough to jump into the discussion fray and create wildly interesting reading threads. The stories you share with me are so good, I’ve started weaving some of YOU into the town of Two Pan. (Thanks for being good sports).
2) I’ve been pondering the amount of time blogging uses. Sure, writing 400 spiffy words isn’t brain surgery, but I stay to read other great blogs, and visit with unique folks. When I look back at the end of a week of writing about change….I wonder how much more I could have changed if I would’ve spent that time in the real world…making change happen?
WordPress has about 400,000 bloggers. What would happen if each of us cut our blogging time in half and used the extra hours to visit a nursing home, teach a kid to read, deliver meals, docent at a museum, hold preemies, repair a trail, fund raise for the library…the list goes on.
On the plus side of Blogging: I’ve learned many things. I’ve met unfathomably wonderful people.
On the guilt side of Blogging: Perhaps if I hadn’t spent so much time blogging, I’d have written a Pulitzer, taken food to folks—without the Kentucky Fried Chicken’s help, or gotten libraries funded for perpetuity.
You know I’m intermittent about rules, so to pay-it-forward, instead of listing highly hilarious readings, I want to tell you about some blogs that are special because of the people who write them….
They’ve somehow figured out how knock out a blog and save the world (with their own flair)
(I’m sorry I don’t know all of you who’ve also figured this out. I’d love to hear how you do it).
Hope Unites Globally Nominees:
Roxie: (Sanna’s Bag)I’ve never seen this woman without crochet, knitting, quilting, or a teapot in her hand. Every spare minute is spent hosting and creating…and she gives it all away to burn victims and homeless.
Pat: (Pat Lichen) She’s saving the planet one outdoorsy moment at a time. A former crew member of Green Peace’s Rainbow Warrior, she’s now landlocked and helping Girl Scouts save our world.
Lisa: (The Tao of Webfoot) She nudges those who wannabe to become writers. Her workshops, advice, and support keep pushing us toward our dreams of one day seeing our name on the spine of a book.
Thanks to ALL of you for reading and commenting. My hope is that in the upcoming year, all of us somehow learn to be more efficient so we spend less time in the virtual world and CHANGE the world where our feet actually wander.
I’m open to suggestions.