When I began this blog in November 2011, it was for two reasons. One was for therapy. In October 2011, I lost my most cherished friend, Donna, after a two-year battle with cancer. Although this blog has helped me tremendously, it cannot take the place of someone who shared the grand, glorious, rotten, ridiculous wonderfulness of womanhood with me for more than twenty years. When someone can be simultaneously be pissed off at you and fight to the death for you, that is friendship. That’s the kind of friendship Donna and I had.

The second reason for this blog was to promote my book, Summoning the Strength. It has been the subject of many posts. In fact, it is plastered all over this blog in the hopes that someone will read it, laugh, heal and no longer accept the statement, “we are only human” as an excuse for bad behavior.

Since I started blogging, I have overcome some HUGE obstacles. Confidence has never ever been an issue for me. I am, as they say, full of it. My limitations, however, do tend to throw me into a bit of a tizz until I figure out how to work around them, break through them, or get over them. My techNOlogic troubles abound, but no longer send me into orbit.

I knew nothing when I began; now I know nothing much more intimately. (You can quote me on that.)

Discovering a wonderful community of talented writers, poets, artists, photographers and comic geniuses willing to share, commiserate, encourage, inspire, baffle, and truly make me laugh out loud in real life has been a gift I never expected.

Another thing I never expected was to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. My sincere thanks goes to Brigitte @ Brigitte’s Banter for nominating me. She is way beyond talented and it is truly amazing that she chose to include me in her list of recommended bloggers.

So, to the rules:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2) Share seven random things about myself.

I planted a tree in Thailand. (I love trees and Thailand.)

I was the firing party (21 gun salute) commander for military funerals. (I don’t love guns.)

I have a secret crush on David Letterman. (Okay, not so secret anymore.)

I was Miss Appalachian 1985. My son says I only won because I have all of my teeth. (His name is David.)

I love watching storms roll in, especially when there is lightning.

I can change a diaper on a squirming baby, a light bulb in a chicken house, my mind on a moment’s notice and jet engines on two types of decommissioned aircraft. (I got mad obsolete skills.)

I think that last one counted as three things.

3) Nomination of 15 bloggers.

Here, in no particular order are some of the excellent blogs I have come across. 

Blue Page Special
Chicks With Ticks
Helen Ross writes
Impower You
Bucket List Publications
Kita We
Kris Wampler’s Blog
Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
swlothian   |    author
Any Lucky Penny
Everywhere Once
David Wallace Fleming
The Eff Stop

4) Inform the bloggers of their nomination.

5) Add the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog post.

10 thoughts on “Blog-O-Rama

  1. Congrats on the nomination!! I know I’m late but I’m only just now catching up now to the posts by bloggers I like. I’m happy to know blogging’s helped so much in the healing process, and I’m sorry for you having suffered such a loss. I can’t imagine going through the same thing myself. Glad blogging’s also given you a bunch of icing on the cake as well! You definitely deserve it!!

  2. Love these pics, Honie!!!! Soooo sorry to hear about D and I hope that sharing with all the kind bloggin’ folks can become one outlet for you to heal. Much success and thanks so very much for your kind, kind words. :).

    1. Hey Lady, healing began the moment I decided to start writing. I do think it will be a lifelong process, but thankfully I have the rest of my life to make it happen! I appreciate your comment. Here’s to the beginning of friendship or bloggership or life boats or tug boats. (I’m raising my coffee cup to you.)

  3. Your blogs never cease to make me laugh, think, or decide to take some action! Your Miss A pic is beautiful, but which one are you in the firing squad?

    1. Party. Firing party. Don’t make it sound like I lined people up and lit their cigarettes! I’ll give you a hint; I’m not the tall guy or the other guy or the other girl who kinda looks like a guy. There’s a story there….anyway, as always, thank you so much for your compliments and comments. Keep laughing, thinking and for goddsake, take some action! XXOO

  4. Congrats Honie on ‘The Versatile Blogger’ nomination. Well deserved. It is lovely to make this connection. And yes, there are so many talented and inspirational creative beings out there, including you. And thanks for the above link and nomination.

    1. You are welcome. I hope it isn’t some pyramid scheme. : ) kidding : ) can you imagine? I just shared all of that valuable information about myself! HA! Although if someone tweets to Letterman, oh, I should have thought about that, huh? I guess I’ll have to post a public apology for getting his hopes up. baaahahhaaaa!

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