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Liebster Award

6 Jan , 2018  

What is The Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is a tag which helps new bloggers get noticed, connect with each other and make relationships in the blogging community. I am not a “new blogger,” but I am, nonetheless, honored to be given the award by my friend Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D, E.A., whose middle initial and honorifics I include here, not to make it sounds as if I am being awarded something of great academic or scientific achievement, but because my blog’s spam shields are set to stun and he’s not able to show them off when he comments here. And that’s a shame, because he really is quite incisively brilliant on any number of subjects. You ought to check out his blog, Cerebrations.

Not only am I not a new blogger, I’m starting to feel like a “Get off my lawn!” blogger. To be fair, my son’s barely an adult, and has questioned whether feeling this way, sometimes, means he’s old. There was a time, between 2009-2012, when I joined the ranks of the, “Thank you, but I don’t accept blog awards” crowd. It seems churlish, now, and I’m happy to accept this not only in the spirit in which it was given – thank you, Roy – but also in the interest of promoting bloggers who may be, if not new to blogging, new to you.

If you are nominated, and choose not to participate, I understand. Just know that you are missing out on a networking opportunity, denying readers a bit of fun in getting to know you better, and running the risk of seeming a bit aloof. In the immortal words of John Donne, “No man is an island, entire of itself.”

The rules for The Liebster Award

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Here are Roy Ackerman’s 11 Questions

  1. What made you start blogging?
    Laziness, I think. I found “blogging” while looking for a way to more easily update my website from anywhere. Early versions of Blogger were embeddable into a static website, and could be posted to by email.
  2. What do you do when you are bored?
    I’m rarely bored. If you enjoy reading, it’s hard to be bored for long. Unless you’ve failed to plan, and you’re stuck out in the wilderness, in a tent, and it’s raining. But then, there’s always sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream.
  3. What is a long term goal of yours?
    To get into “fighting shape” and hike out to an active lava field – to poke hot lava with a stick. To see and experience more of the world. The latter part is more likely to happen than the former, but a girl’s gotta have dreams.
  4. What are your favorite  TV shows/ movies?
    Outlander, Poldark, Fringe, Orphan Black, Stranger Things, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire/PD/Med, House, Downton Abbey, Dr. Who, The Good Doctor
  5. What are your top three favorite songs of all time?
    Edelweiss, 1812 Overture, Masochism Tango (anything by Tom Lehrer). Seriously, just three?
  6. What is your goal for 2018?
    I have several – posted at RESOLUTIONS 2018.
  7. Do you have any pets?
    No. I was given a choice by my husband, back when we married in 1984: him or pets. So far, he’s still winning.
  8. What are you passionate about?
    My family. Writing. My work. Experiencing the world.
  9. Do you speak any other languages besides English?
    I studied French for eight years, but if you don’t practice regularly, it’s easy to forget. I remember my grandfather needing my cousin to translate German to English for him, when he went back to his homeland after an absence of many years. I’ve seen it happen to other family members. I also studied a year of Latin, two of Spanish, and I’m trying to learn Farsi, using Rosetta Stone.
  10. What would your ideal way to spend the weekend?
    In bed, reading. Or on the beach, walking in the surf and sand. Parasailing. Sipping coffee along the riverwalk in San Antonio. Walking at the nature preserve.
  11. What is your favorite season?
    Autumn. It’s crisp, cool, and colorful. Spring is a close second.

My 11 Random Facts

  1. A friend’s sister once carried a fishing pole carelessly; the line had a hook on it and she let it fall and trail backwards, as I followed on the path to the lake. I got the hook caught on my ankle. Now I flinch whenever I’m near a fisherman, unless the line’s in the water.
  2. Making Christmas cookies is how I recapture the Christmas spirit when it starts to falter. It reminds me of fun times in the kitchen with my grandmother. Next year, I may get ambitious and make a fruit cake. Homemade fruit cakes are actually good. The store bought kind are best sliced thin and used in a ring-toss game.
  3. In 10th grade, I talked my way into a senior Biology class, ostensibly to dissect a shark – though I really thought that I was doing it to get closer to a boy I had a crush on. Today, I couldn’t name the boy or tell you what he looked like, but I remember the crystalline lenses from the shark’s eyeballs.
  4. I spent a year requesting “The Unicorn Song” from a local Daytona radio station just about every rainy afternoon. And they played it for me. I love that song.
  5. I drove a horse-drawn carriage around Central Park, in New York City, when I was just 13. I didn’t realize the route included 5th Avenue in heavy traffic. I’m glad the horse knew the way to carry the sleigh!
  6. That same trip, I opened a window on an upper floor of the Park Lane Hotel, sat on the windowsill, and leaned out to enjoy the view. It took me a few minutes to realize why a crowd was looking back up at me.
  7. I’m convinced that handwriting is genetic. Try as I might to write differently in my teens, my natural handwriting could pass for my mom’s.
  8. I’ve flown in a hot air balloon and parasailed – upside down.
  9. I actually want to take a trip on the Vomit Comet. I have almost no interest in personally traveling to outer space, but would love to experience re-entry. I’d like to smell what earth smells like after spending months in the ISS. I just don’t want to spend months in the ISS.
  10. The only things that make me claustrophobic are crowds and traffic. Being locked alone in a small room might bore me to death, but give me books, a notebook, and a pen, and I might even enjoy it.
  11. I like weird foods. Not necessarily gross foods. I won’t try casu marzu, but I liked balut, Durian fruit, escargots, caviar, alligator – and really want to try rattlesnake. I could go to the rattlesnake festival, but don’t want to try it so badly I’m willing to be that close to live rattlers!

My 11 Questions for My Nominees

  1. What is it that motivates you to blog?
  2. Coffee, Tea, Wine, or Scotch? Describe your ideal “break time.”
  3. What is the most attractive trait, to you, in another human being?
  4. Do you have any goals, resolutions, or guiding words for yourself in 2018?
  5. What’s your favorite place in the world, and why?
  6. Where would you like to travel, that you’ve never been to before?
  7. What new skill would you love to learn?
  8. Do you have any hobbies?
  9. What is your favorite movie, and why – what does it mean to you?
  10. Describe an adventure you’d love to have, that scares you a little.
  11. What’s your favorite literary genre?

My 11 Nominees

I can’t feel too sorry for Roy – he stole my Turkeys! (Which is only fair, since I turned over care of the roost to him when I left Facebook.) He nominated well – you should definitely go check out the blogs he’s recommended for the award. But now, for mine – all winners, in my book! Do me a favor – go check these bloggers out and leave them a comment with a link back to this blog. I’ll follow the rules, and notify them, but imagine if they each had a dozen comments telling them there’s a good reason their ears are burning!

  1. Shilpa Garg
  2. Akshata
  3. Corinne Rodrigues
  4. Vinay Leo R.
  5. Vinodini Iyer
  6. Shilpa Gupte
  7. Sanch
  8. Laura Routh
  9. Tina Basu
  10. Damyanti Biswas
  11. Dr. Taher Kagalwala (who has promised me a new post this coming week!)

I’m going to add a request – not a requirement, but a request – that each blogger nominated above come leave a link to their acceptance post in the comments, below. That’s right – if you can leave a comment here, it means you haven’t abused the privilege of commenting and dropping a link or two. If your comment doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry – all new commenters’ comments and some links will automatically go to moderation, but should appear soon!

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10 Responses

  1. drtaher says:

    I am honoured that you even thought of me. I will write a post later today, and send you a link. Thank you very much.

  2. Laura Routh says:

    I enjoy following you on your blog and on Twitter, and I’m honored and surprised that you nominated me. In fact, I’ve often worried that I’ve crossed lines because I think it would be so much fun to meet you and have coffee in real life. Thank you! Now, here comes the but: I have to stay focused on my current projects, some of which involve family. It’s best for my well being, at least at the moment, to decline. I wish you and everyone the best and know you’ll have fun with this while getting to know other bloggers! And I’ll still check out these other blogs. 🙂

    • I would LOVE to meet you and have coffee with you in person, Laura. Thank you. Just let me know if you’re in town! 🙂

      • Laura Routh says:

        I have family in Mississippi (I was born and raised there). Who knows?—even though that’s still kind of far. I will and same to you! I’m only about an hour and a half from San Francisco and twenty minutes from Sacramento.

  3. Thanks Holly! I’ve had a policy of not accepting and participating in awards for some years now, but I love that you thought of me. I enjoy our chats, and am sure we’ll continue to be in touch via our blogs and twitter!

  4. Understandable. Like I said, I had that policy for years. And everyone respected it. And then one day, I had a change of heart – but this is the first time anyone’s seen fit to award me anything since I declared my blogs award free zones in – 2012? LOL I figured others might (or might not) feel that way. Worth a shot – and, if it’s the thought that counts, know I was thinking of you!

  5. drtaher says:

    Dear Holly,

    You inspired me to write not one, but two further entries on my blog. Here is the link to the most recent post that I wrote there today – just near an hour ago..

  6. Tom Lehrer. He was big at MIT, back when I (and he) was there. Loved your answers. I needed the laughs today.

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