We Are Family

I got all my bloggers with me!  Sing it with me!

Sherri Matthews, writer renown of A View from My Summerhouse, has invited me to be part of her WordPress family.  Well, she did a few months ago, but as anyone in my flesh and bone family can attest to, Sherri, it often takes me awhile to get around to things.  So this makes it official, I suppose!


Sherri included a description of the award from its creator, Shaun:

‘This is an award for everyone who is part of the “WordPress Family” I started this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.’

From Shaun @ http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The rules of the award (maybe people actually follow rules in this family 😉 ):

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others who have positively impacted your WordPress experience.
4. Don’t forget to let your WordPress family members know of your nomination.
5. That’s it!  Just pick 10 people that have accepted you as a friend, and spread the love!

And the nominees are . . .

  • Right back at ya, Sherri.  Always a warm word, a thoughtful observation, encouragement.  I feel that I’ve gotten to know her through her posts and discussion of mine.  Beautiful writing just this side of the raw edge of life.  Thank you.
  • Patty Mitchell – a lovely woman and talented writer I met at an intensive institute in June.  She  wrote her mother’s memoir, which just reinforces my feeling that she’s all about a life well-lived, tradition, legacy, a good story, and good food.
  • Free Little Words – Kelly Hibbert has taken a hiatus from blogging – so she can write.  And, no, that’s not antithetical.  I miss the love she brings to the page and world through the computer screen, but totally get that she needs to focus that on her own little corner of the world for now.  Still, her blog archive is more than worth a read.
  • Infinite Sadness . . . or Hope? – Cate is fabulous.  A great wit despite – or perhaps because of – chronic pain and mental health struggles.  Totally thought-provoking commentary on life, important issues, spirituality, struggles . . . and thoughtful discussion with me.  Thank you!
  • Sorrygnat – Always a positive, life-affirming voice in the hard face of life.  I think we’re traveling the same path at different points in time (though Esther is so much more positive than I!)
  • Tiny Steps, Big Journey – A gorgeous, raw look at single motherhood.  The struggles and simply profound pleasures.
  • A Canvas of the Mind – Ruby Tuesday – what a gift to the blogging world.  She reaches out to all seeking help, info, or support in dealing with mental illness through her posts and guest bloggers, but reach out to her, and she responds in kind.
  • Sid Dunnebacke – A blogging friend of a friend (of a friend?).  I’m not sure what the degrees of separation are, but Sid found his way to Chopping Potatoes and I’m glad.  I love his photos and honest appraisal of life through the scope of depression.  And I totally appreciate his thoughtful comments on my posts – like his humorous take on my conversational run-in with my 84 year-old grandmother 😉
  • Ericka Clay – We have a lot in common: mothers of girls, writers, anxiety-ridden people . . . Ericka is a star on the rise.  You will not be disappointed with her writing.
  • My Thoughts on a Page – Tric gives me a modern insight on my Irish ancestors – the traits and quirks and humor that have survived the jump across the pond.  Her blog offers beautiful insights into the human condition and our journey through it.
Thank you to all of you for your amazing writing, your perceptive outlooks on life, and your personal and thoughtful conversation in a generally impersonal medium.  Bravo.
Now get on your good foot and get down to the staple of all family functions:
Leave a comment


  1. “Ericka is a star on the rise. You will not be disappointed with her writing.” I’m pretty sure you can see me blushing all the way from here! 🙂 Thank you, Jennifer!


    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  October 8, 2013

      Oh, you started blushing before I even told you you were supposed to! (My, that’s a horrible sentence!) But I do love your writing and how you share it and your ‘mindspace’ with all of us!


  2. We are family…love the sentiment and love this song, (takes me right back to my disco days – now if that isn’t dating me I don’t know what is 😉 )
    Oh Jennifer, it’s such a pleasure to have met you, I feel like we’ve been travellling along this blogging journey together for a little while now and it’s been wonderful getting to know you, my blogging sister! Thank you so much for your lovely, kind words (I’m blushing too because you said my writing was beautiful and that coming from you, who, and I’ll say it again, writes so exquisitely) and many congratulations…you deserve every good thing in your life, in your home, with your beautiful family.
    PS I can’t wait to have Lobstah on the beach in Maine with you : -) x


  3. Again, thank you so much for the nomination. The post I did explaining my actions is http://mythoughtsonapage.com/2013/07/13/another-excuse-not-to-do-my-awards-post/ I hope you are still talking to me! Thank you again for your kind words.


  4. Dad Knows

     /  November 2, 2013

    Oh! What were you saying about taking a while…? I think I have you beat. Away from my blog for, what, three months now – I didn’t realize you’d made mention of me here. I’m honored to be mentioned along with these other family members. Thank you! This makes me the nutty brother who thought he’d go live in a cave for a while, I guess…

    Anyway, like I said, being included along with Cate and Ruby is as high praise as I can imagine here in WordPress. You gave me a smile today – and that’s not been an easy thing lately. Hoping to get back at blogging soon!


    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  November 11, 2013

      Smiles are the best gift and compliment! Glad you crawled out of the cave 😉



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