Liebster Award


I am pleasantly surprised to have been nominated by Jenny at Mothering With a Side of Whine for this blogger-to-blogger award designed to encourage and direct deserved attention to smaller blogs. “Liebster” is German for “beloved, liked very much,” and a bunch of other similarly wonderful words. You could even say “lovely.” Thank you, Jenny, because I often write about not having an audience who reads my work and have come to realize that is not the reason I write in the first place.  But it’s awesome to have you as one of my readers!

The rules are simple:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Give a shout out and link-back to the nominating blogger.
  3. List 5 random facts about yourself.
  4. Answer the 5 questions the nominating blogger gives you.
  5. Nominate 5 other bloggers who deserve some blog love and have less than 200 followers. Then ask them to answer 5 questions. Participation is optional.

5 Random Facts about Me:

  1. I write every day.
  2. I have never broken a bone on my body even while growing up as a tomboy.
  3. The only places I have been outside of mainland USA are Costa Rica (where I lived in my youth), Dominican Republic (where my husband’s family live), and Hawaii (where I went on my honeymoon).
  4. I am a teacher now and I absolutely love it, but I refused to major in Education when I was in college because I thought it was boring… I wanted to be a professional writer! LOL!
  5. I have eaten iguana meat when I lived in Costa Rica… it really does taste like chicken.

The questions given to me:

  1. If you could have any super power what would it be? I would like to have the power to get things done with a wave of my hand. [JUST LIKE YOU, JENNY, except I need this super power because of Sprinter!]

    1. “People are coming over tonight and my house is a mess?” Wave of the Hand. “Done!”
    2. “The children are having fun while simultaneously destroying the house?” Wave of the Hand. “Everything is fixed.” (Fixing my house is the underlying theme here!)
  2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grow up? I wanted to be a veterinarian, which, incredibly, my daughter now wants to do. 
  3. Why did you start blogging? At first, I thought I wanted to blog so others could read my work and critique it.  But soon after I started blogging, I was doing it because I realized that it’s a forum that makes me feel free to share the words that are choking to come out, and because others may benefit from or relate to something that I write.
  4. If you could live in any time period when would it be? I’ve asked myself that many times and I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what time period I lived in, I would most likely be the Egyptian slave, or the Regency maid, or the Medieval wench, or something worse.  So my prospects of living in other time periods are not very high. 
  5. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? This question is kind of hard since I’m not exposed to incidents of bravery.  As a teacher, the bravest thing I do is sharing of my personal self with my students in hopes that they will share of themselves with each other.  But that’s not like saying I took a bullet for a friend, or I ran across the train tracks to capture a child seconds before the train passed.  Even so, I do believe that making oneself vulnerable takes some kind of bravery, and we bloggers do that every time we write and click on Publish.

The five people I nominate:

Danny Earl Simmons




Jamie Gaughran-Perez

My questions are:

  1. If you could flaunt one thing about yourself, what are you most proud of about yourself?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What, do you think, is your main purpose in life?
  4. What is your schedule for writing? Do you write every day? Do you set a fixed time to write? Do you just write when inspiration strikes?
  5. T whom do you attribute your writing abilities? Was there a teacher who inspired you? Have you always had the talent to write? Specific circumstances?

I’m very excited to read these bloggers’ responses and learn more from them!