Awards & Apologies

Bill, The Old Fart (who isn’t old), gifted me with an award about a week ago. I was busy with the Holidays and tucked it in my electronic folder, planning to get to it today or tomorrow — maybe — if nothing more pressing arose. Then today, Dr. John issued a proclamation from his Fortress and gifted me with the same award and I read all this stuff …

The “Arte y Pico” award was was created to recognize bloggers who inspire others with their creative energy and their talents, whether it be writing and/or artwork in all Medias. Receiving this award it is considered a “special honor”.

… and realized I was dishonoring Bill’s respect for me by putting off acknowledging it — so you can just imagine my shock when I opened the folder and saw another award languishing there.

Near the end of last April there came an incident at work that left me upset, distracted and soul weary. After the incident I found just coping with my normal tasks to be more than enough. During that time, Carolyn, from Laughing Alone In The Dark gave me the above award. I tucked it away in an electronic folder reserved for such things, thinking I’d deal with it later — except I forgot about it.

Carolyn, I hope you can forgive me for forgetting to acknowledge this award which I an certain I no longer deserve. I am very sorry. Had I paid attention to it then, it might have cheered me up!

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In an effort to retrieve as much of my honor as I can, I wish to pass these awards along. I bestow the YOU MAKE ME LAUGH award to Melli of Insanity Prevails. She has the talent of wringing huge drops of humor from life’s disasters, and multiplying life’s joys abundantly, and she shares that talent with any and all who venture near. I also bestow the YOU MAKE ME LAUGH award upon Cath of CrazyCath’s Reflections. Even when her life isn’t joyful, she is. She has a knack for finding silver linings and sharing them.

The instructions that came with the Arte y Pico award said I was to pass it on to five people whose creative energy and talents inspired me. I took that to mean people who challenge me to be more and better than what I already am. In that light, I am certain you will all understand if I bestow the award upon O’Ceallaigh, the man I love. Everyday I strive to be the person he already seems to think I am.

If I could, I would offer the award back to Dr. John, who shares the light and love of Jesus with all who come his way — even a few people I think he should bap on the nose. If I were more like Dr. John, I know I would be more like Jesus. But, since I cannot pick Dr. John, my other four recipients are:

  • Doug of Waking Ambrose. Doug commented on my very first real post when I ventured timidly into blogland, and in so doing gave me the courage to stay. Plus, his blog is a daily challenge in creative thinking.
  • Polona of Crows & Daisies. Polona’s photography first inspired me to pick up my camera and try to capture my visions on film. And the words she pens for her photos led me to create my poetry blog. On top of all that, I found in her a kindred spirit who often sees the world as I do.
  • David of Authorblog. David McMahon is an inspiration on many levels. He freely shares his outstanding photographs and the skills and techniques he used to achieve them. He shares his punny humor with extra servings of relish; his acerbic comments with just the right amount of salt; and his sweet stuff with just a touch of syrup. His blog is a smorgasboard for the brain.
  • Ilona of One Crazy Dame. Ilona Andrews is the pen name of one of my favorite writers. Ilona and I started out in an online writers workshop together years ago. She is now a published author with multi-book deals. Her star is rising. I know I will never be Ilona, but because of her, I have decided to write once again.