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Interesting Award


I was nominated for this award by and I can assure you I am completely unworthy of this honor. It means a lot to me to have those of you who read  this blog to nominate me for awards…although I know there are literally millions of bloggers out there who are more deserving.

Here are the rules:

1.  Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2.  They must also answer the 11 questions the “tagger” has set for them.
3.  They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4.  They must then choose 11 bloggers and tag them in their post.
5.  These “lucky” bloggers must then be told.
6.  No tag backs.

I’ve never been all that good at following rules so I may alter them slightly, but my heart is still in the right place.

Here are the questions I am supposed to answer:

  1. If you met Paul before he became an apostle, would you tell him he was wrong? Probably notThis guy was a certifiable nut case, who had a penchant for imprisoning people at best and having them executed at worst…and I am not that brave.
  2. Could you forgive Hitler if he stood before you and asked? It is not my place to forgive him…I am not the one he wronged.
  3. If you knew what the future held, and your speaking would change it, would you still speak? Depends on what the future is…
  4. Which person, living now,  will have the greatest impact on the future of the world? I am in hopes it is some little kid, who is now running around the house playing with his/her toys who will grow up to be an unshakable pillar of faith, honesty, and love that others will rally around and change the world into a far better place. 
  5. Would you rather have a library with physical books or a device such as the kindle? As an ex-book shop owner I have a tendency to lean toward the physical books, but just knowing I can carry around literally thousands of books in my briefcase…I choose the Kindle.
  6. If you had to relocate, where would you rather go? Trail, Oregon, population 60 and one of the most peaceful, beautiful places on  earth. 
  7. If you had to have a disability, would you rather be blind or deaf? Deaf, because I need to see to read and I always want to be able to see my wife Susie…and besides she thinks I’m already deaf.
  8. Besides Jesus, who is your favorite person from the Bible? In Mark, chapter 9 beginning in verse 14, Jesus encounters a father whose son is demon possessed.  Jesus tells the father that all things are possible to them that believe and the father responds in verse 24, “I believe, help my unbelief.” Other than Jesus, that father is my favorite person in Scripture, because of his honesty. 
  9. Do you believe in the possibility of life on other planets? Some type of microbe life, yes…like us, no.
  10. What type of music do you like? St. Chrysostom’s Orthodox Doxology…trust me.
  11. Do you prefer the city or the country? I live in the country…and love every second of it. 

My questions for others:

  1. What was your first lie?
  2. Do you believe in “falling” in love or do you believe it is a conscious decision?
  3. What books are you reading…and why?
  4. Why did you start blogging?
  5. What words of wisdom would you like to pass along…now?
  6. If you learn from your mistakes, why do you hate to make mistakes?
  7. In seven words or less, what does happiness mean to you?
  8. Is the death penalty right or wrong?
  9. Do you believe in miracles?
  10. Who has influenced you the most?
  11. I am sooo tempted to ask, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” but I won’t..What is creativity to you?

Now here is a list of some very fine individuals I have learned to not only appreciate, but also trust my heart to:

Thanks again to for being gracious enough to nominate me for this award…and of course to all of you who take the time out of your lives to read my words…you are appreciated far more than I’ll ever be able to convince you.

Although it is rare we read this expression in the blog world I express it here with all of my heart and soul…


Be encouraged!

Not worthy…

I'm Not Worthy Women's V-Neck Dark T-Shirt

Cristi at was more than kind of enough to nominate me for this award. If you have a moment please drop by his blog. He posts some wonderful breath-taking photographs and occasionally posts some of the quotes that you’ve seen me reblog here. He and I have conversed, like we all do, via the comment section and he has deeply impressed me with his compassionate and sensitive Spirit. I think of him as a renaissance man and I wish I  had his eye for finding the truly beautiful in this world.

1) If you could change something what would you change? Their is a part of me that wants to say my face (hahaha), but seriously if I could change anything, I would like to be more compassionate.

2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be? At 15 I left home, I would like to relive that year over, with some major changes.

3) What one thing really scares you? Hands down…death. Now please, I am a Christian, and I know all the theological arguments for why I should not be afraid of death…but it makes no difference…I am.

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it. Having enough money to implement my idea about having Compassionate Elders in the public school systems…I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it…mainly because I find the school systems far too political to want a bunch of loving people walking around hugging the children…but one never knows, and I’m too old and stubborn to give up.

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be? Hmmm…this is a tough one…my first reaction would be to say Jesus Christ, because then all the questions I have would be answered. Then I think of Steve Jobs, so I would know what true innovative thinking would feel like…but I’m not too fond of his rougher, anal side. Then I think about being my Dad, because once again, that would clear up several questions I have. Of course, there is always Lance Armstrong, because then I would know the Truth about all the doping issues swirling around…and it would also be really, really cool to be able to ride a bike as fast as he does. And just recently I’ve been reading a lot of Paulo Coelho, it would be awesome to write like he does…or wait…how about Mozart, to compose music like him!…or Twyla Tharp, to create dance in an entirely new way…or Albert Einstein, so I could understand string theory…I’m not very good at this!

I am going to nominate some folks who have been with me from the beginning…their words are as pure as their hearts.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE NOMINATED-If you do not “do” awards I understand…just know we all value what you write. (CAUTION-Lisa can make you laugh and cry all in the same post…ALWAYS bring tissues and don’t drink anything while you are reading.)

This has been fun…thank you again Cristi for nominating me.

Be encouraged!


Susan Bright at was kind of enough to give me this award…for which I am truly thankful. I don’t often post when I receive these, but it is Saturday afternoon, the sky is bright blue, and there is a wonderful crispness in the air that I love…for some reason Susan’s gesture simply touched my heart…so thank you Susan.

These are the assigned question and my somewhat rambling answers:

What is your favorite flower?  Hmmm…it would have to be any type of rose…I love how delicate the petals seem to be as they curl out from the center.

What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage? They make such a thing? Why? It would be a toss-up between vanilla rice milk and an iced vanilla latte.

What is your passion? I have a few; 1) My new company that produces women’s motivational and professional development conferences. 2) Any book I am currently reading. 3) Developing a program to “love on” children in our public school system.

What is your favorite time of the year? Summer…I love the heat.

Favorite day? Without a doubt…Sunday…it has always had a special quality about it.

What is your favorite animal? I am a dog and cat lover. Susie and I have Jake the Wonder Dog (Jack Russell), Callie the Sleek Dog (Siberian Husky), OC the World’s Tiniest Cat, Zip the Pet Me Now or Die Cat, and Annie Now Called Andy Because His Stupid Parents Can’t Recognize Sex Parts on a Cat. They are all rescues that are part of our family.

My favorite book? This is impossible for me to answer…I always have at least five or six I’m reading, and the last time I checked I had over two hundred on my list to be read. I read mostly nonfiction. I am currently reading Daring Greatly and I Thought It Was Just Me both by Brene Brown, The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte, Evolutionaries by Carter Phipps, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and The Story the Bible as one continuous story. Oh…and I’m also writing my own book, Running Across America and Down Other Roads…to be published before I die…hopefully next spring…the book that is, not my death.

What is your favorite time of the day? Early afternoon…especially when it is warm, the sun is shining brightly, and I’m hanging out with Susie.

I think I’ll pass this along to Lisa at She is an awesome lady Susie and I met through the blog world and now we just consider her an extended member of our family…she is a precious soul.

But before I end this post I got to tell you there are literally hundreds out there I could/should have nominated for this award. Those of you who read my blog are the kindest, most compassionate, loving people I have encountered in life. You have blessed my life in ways you’ve dreamed of. You have provided me with a window I can look through to a world I worried was gone, but you are my hope…and my strength. Blessings to each and every one of you and to those whom you love…thank you from my very soul.

Be encouraged!

Virtue #7–Bravery

Bravery is an odd thing. It has several different qualities. There is the bravery that results in one of these:

This is the Congressional Medal of Honor and you don’t get these by taking the easy way out. The medal comes at a cost. A cost many of us would find to high to personally pay, but not all do. Those who have been awarded this medal all have one thing in common; none of them set out to get it, it was never a goal.  To be a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor you need to be a member of the United States Armed Forces. Right there I am ruled out, but it gets much tougher from there.

An individual must partake in “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in an action against the enemy of the United States.” That pretty much eliminates the rest of us.

Since its inception by Congress on July 12, 1862, 3,462 individuals have been recipients. Since we are zeroing in on nearly 50 million having served our nation since 1776 that means that less than .0007% of those who have been in the military have received this award.

Of course, there are many other types of bravery. I found this poem at

It Takes Courage

by Anonymous

It takes Courage

To refrain from gossip

When others delight in it,

To stand up for the absent person

Who is being abused.

It takes Courage

To live honestly

Within your means,

And not dishonestly

On the means of others

It takes Courage

To be a REAL man or a TRUE woman,

To hold fast to your ideals

When it causes you

To be looked upon

As strange and peculiar

It takes Courage

To be talked about

And remain silent,

When a word would justify you

In the eyes of others,

But which you dare not speak

Because it would injure another.

It takes Courage

To refuse to do something

That is wrong,

Although everyone else

May be doing it,

With attitudes as carefree

As a summer song.

It takes Courage

To live according

To your own convictions,

To deny yourself

What you cannot afford

To love your neighbor

As yourself.

I am not going to write anything about this poem, because I believe it stands alone. I wish the individual who wrote it would have attached their name…but after reading it, it doesn’t surprise me they chose not to.

One last thing I want to say about bravery. There are men and women, who through no fault of their own, are raising their children in single parent homes. If you are one of these individuals I commend you. Personally I don’t how you do it, but I am extraordinarily proud of you. To me you are as brave as the ones facing enemy fire. Not because of the element of danger involved, but due to the inward strength it requires each and every day to get up and do all the those things that need to be done. You your children ready for school, their hands and faces are washed, their hair brushed, you get something resembling breakfast into them, somehow during the midst of all of this you have gotten yourself ready for work. Then either off to the bus stop or you drive them to school. Next is getting yourself through  morning rush hour traffic to work on time, where you are expected to perform at a high or higher level than others. No bringing home issues to work, this is business. You already have arranged for day-care after work. So you pick up your little one(s) and then home to cook dinner, do homework, play with toys, get bathes, read a book, put to bed (whole books could/have been written about that one), get their clothes ready for tomorrow, and now it is finally your time, except it is late, you are bone tired, and tomorrow you get to do it all over again. Somehow you do all of this and still try to instill virtues into your children. You teach them right from wrong. You want them to be creative. You want a better life for life for them.

You are the brave ones. I see you in the parking lot at the grocery store. I see you at little league games. I see you at school functions. You are everywhere. I want you to know I am proud of you.

Be encouraged!

My Head Is Dizzy…

There has been a strange force moving through the universe lately. Maybe it has something to with the monster sun spots which are getting ready to unleash these massive, powerful solar flares. Or it could be something connected to the recent return of the first commercial space craft to carry supplies to the Space Station. Maybe some kind of alien life form attached itself to it and was released into the atmosphere as craft plummeted back to earth. After all it landed close to California.

I guess it could be nothing like that at all. There always seems to be a lot of weirdness in the air every time there is a presidential election. So it could have something to do with the fact that two grown men are spouting a lot of words that a lot of other grown people don’t believe for a moment.

Whatever it is, it is causing some very unusual things to happen in the blog world. Let me give you some solid rock hard evidence which will convince you beyond any reasonable doubt that mysterious elements are a drift in our midst.

  1. I received the Lovely Blog Award.
  2. I received the Sunshine Blog Award.
  3. I received the Tell Me about Yourself Award.
  4. I received the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Now to I want you to hearken back to the days of the Perry Mason show. I realize for some of you this will require you to call your Grandparents or take out your Smart phones and google “perry mason”, but I’m patient, I’ll wait.

Perry Mason was a fictional defense attorney created by Earl Stanley Gardner. He authored over 80 books in which the masterful Perry Mason always got his helpless, maliciously maligned client acquitted of first degree murder by verbally applying the screws to some poor daff who thought he could get away with taking another’s life.  The daff didn’t have a chance. Under Mason’s penetrating glare and mountain of facts, the daff always collapsed, sobbing his confession.

The TV series kept me glued to the screen as a kid. First by the riveting voice of Raymond Burr who portrayed Perry Mason. His voice was a cross between soft velvet and rolling thunder. He was awesome. Just as awesome was Della Street played by Barbara Hale. For a young boy on the verge of puberty, Della Street was smokin’ hot.

But I digress.

The real reason I have taken you down this bunny trail of a long forgotten TV series is to draw attention to the poor scared defendant. Up to the point when Mr. Mason would unleash his avalanche of evidence on the unsuspecting daff, it would look like the miserable suspect was guilty as sin. All the evidence would point to him or her.

Well I am that poor, miserable, lost, hopeless defendant. Except instead of accusing me of first degree murder you are saying I am worthy of awards. Oh you poor misguided souls. In the past I have alluded to having been nominated for these awards because I  transferred large sums of money from my account (which would have been impossible, because there are no large sums of money in my account) to your account, of you being under the influence of strong drink, and possibly allowing yourself to be driven by spirits that do not have your best interests at heart.

I confess I have greatly enjoyed receiving these awards. They have given me the opportunity to indulge in a type of writing that I normally don’t do (as in never). Plus they have allowed me to suggest to you some other bloggers who have deeply enriched my life with their posts. I’m telling you…you all can do some seriously great and freakishly awesome writing.

Karen at nominated me for this award. As I understand it I don’t have to reveal any hidden nasty elements in my life. I can just go straight to telling you about some fine writers, who have blogs that are a true blessing. So here goes:

  1. Bird has a blog entitled Everyone Has A Story at…and does this woman have stories. Sometimes they are hilarious, other times you can feel the pain. No matter what she picks it and soldiers on. Talked about a trooper…this woman is the real thing.
  2. Arianna at keeps writing me telling me she wants ideas for posts, but geesh the woman has over 32,000 views. Don’t you think she should be giving us advice. Heck for that many views I would pay for it. Check out her blog…there is a reason so many folks are flocking to read what she has to say.
  3. This woman at just received this award a couple of weeks ago, but I’m giving it to her again…and the reason is you’ve got to read this post……it is the perfect post encompassing everything I believe in regards to facing our fears, then using them to become a stronger person. She ROCKS!
  4. Amelia at is an unique young lady. She is writing a book about her obstacles in overcoming Cerebral Palsy and while you might be inclined to think the subject is not something you have driving desire to read…give her a go…her writing is so pure and well constructed you will find yourself wanting to read everything she has written. She is one great young lady and for an old person like me, she provides substantial evidence that the next generation will be just fine.
  5. I just like the way Beverly at writes…and besides she just became a Sherlock Holmes fan…and I love everything about Mr. Holmes.

Thank you again, Karen. I am hopelessly indebted to you for your belief that I deserve this. And just as I wrote in the comment section of your blog…the check is in the mail.

Be encouraged!

You Will Never Believe What Happened

  I have decided to write only when accepting awards. So If all of you bloggers will start creating new awards and nominating me, it will significantly reduce me having to create new thought provoking content for my blog. I have given some thought to the name  of some new awards, here is an early list, but I’m refining all the time:

  • Incredibly Beautiful Man Blog Award
  • Handsome Man Beyond All Belief Blog Award
  • The Greatest Human Being Alive Blog Award

Susie suggested:

  • Greatest Unbelievable Air Head Blog Award

Jake the Wonder Dog suggested:

  • Oh My God, You Can’t Even Be Thinking of My Dad Blog Award

Jake can be a little cruel at times.

Okay here is what happened. Karen Wan was having a real slow day.

We’ve all had them. The brain moves like frozen molasses. Nothing going on up there and cob webs are beginning to form around our hands as they rest on the keyboard. The chair creak sounds like a rifle shot, because the house is dead quiet. Grey clouds loll across a lead sky and we haven’t mustered up the energy to turn on any lights. Our face has the blue cast of the monitor light reflected in it, occasionally the eyes blink. They are the only sign we haven’t succumbed to eternal rest.

That was what was happening to Karen, except she had to do something. She needed one more name to nominate for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Yet nothing. Complete and utter void. Her thoughts were like the sound of change falling on an empty barroom floor. They echoed. The clock hands ticked one more time…finally…but still nothing. Could this be what suspended animation is like?

Then a slight blip on the radar screen…it was vague, but it was there. Another sweep of the radar arm…and still just a distant, vague, faint blip. Another and another and another, finally something taking shape…she could see it…it wasn’t much, but at least it was something, and at this stage she was desperate, with a capital D. A few more moments slipped away…she thought of that old soap opera…the one that displayed the hour glass…”Like sands through the hour glass, slip the days of Our Lives…how true she thought.

After what seemed like eternity she could begin to make out the answer to her long ago asked plea, “Please God, I just need one more blogger.”

Finally there it was…Stephen Edwards at LifeRevelation.

So thank you Karen Wan of I humbly accept your nomination, no matter how laborious it was for you.

Time to do the spilling:

  1. I hate to drive and I’m really bad at it.
  2. I always wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, to kill time, in my earlier life, while waiting for my connection, I would go to the local law school library and read case briefs.
  3. I’m one of those vegetarians who gave up eating meat because he can’t think of an animal being killed (please keep comments to slow boil).
  4. In reality I am a true Type-A personality driven by unseen forces to change the world into a better place (I hear voices and they like me) (Susie says I have finally gone too far with this one).
  5. Jake the Wonder dog REALLY does talk (Jake says I have gone too far with this one).

Now for the blogs:

  1. Subhakar Das  at is a writer who will make you think about writing.
  2. Jennifer Rhoades at is just an awesome young lady. She has been serving our country in the military, has a young son named Logan, and is the type of young woman I wish my son would marry.
  3. Lynne at has the spark. She is quick, witty, and when she comments on anything I’ve written it is well thought out. Her blog is a great read.
  4. Marianne at is one of those blogs you might overlook. Her entries are usually very short, but they are impactful. I don’t believe she has ever written a post that didn’t cause me to stop and think.
  5. E at always has good word. His posts make me smile and I always enjoy reading them.

Well there you have it folks. I’ve accepted another award for which, at the very best, I can only be marginally worthy of.

None of you will ever know how truly grateful I am that you think of me when nominating these awards. It is such an honor to be recognized by my fellow bloggers. I’ve been thinking lately…which is always very frightening…wouldn’t it be great if we held a big bloggers convention and all the really great famous bloggers could speak and the rest of us could hang out and talk. Let me know what you think.

Be encouraged!

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