Light is Faster than Sound

The sound of my typing anyway!

By the time I made good on Marlyn’s nomination for The Lighthouse Award, Sherri Matthews, of A View from My Summerhouse fame, nominated me as well.  This one’s for you, Sherri!

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Photo: Molly Jo

This sign is just outside the lobster shack that sits beside not one, but TWO lighthouses.  The crustacean cosmos were speaking to me!  Sherri, a beatific Brit, is biding her time until she can visit the northeast coast of the United States and sample this briny delicacy.  And she gifted me with this much-appreciated dual nomination for The Lighthouse Award!  Thanks so much for the honor, Sherri; for your conversational camaraderie; your authentic observations on life on this increasingly shrinking, great planet. How else, without the blogging community, would I be able to see your light across the miles?  Thanks for shining it!

Some notes:

  • Click on the picture above for a nice travelogue about this lobster shack and its environs.  Molly Jo did all the legwork for you!
  • Bragging rights to whomever can tell me the origin of this post’s title!

Go Sister, Soul Sister

You know that book they turned into a movie with the amazing America Ferrera?  The one with the group of girls who shared the magical pair of pants?  That would be really cool if that happened in real life, right?  A bond of friendship so strong it magically transforms your life and the size of those jeans.

Well, the magic of the interweb has gifted me with the blogging bond of Sherri Matthew‘s friendship and support.  And as if that were not enough, she’s nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  Sadly, it does not come with a pair of magical blue jeans, but there are other perks.

Will these take me to Greece?

~ ~The Rules ~ ~

  1. Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer ten questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

~ ~Ten questions to be answered ~ ~

  1. Your favorite color …. Purple (though I tend to wear a lot of blue)
  2. Your favorite animal … Black lab (though I’ve never owned one)
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink … Cafe Mocha (I’m attempting to perfect it in house)
  4. Facebook or Twitter … Facebook (lots of kakking, but no tweeting)
  5. Your favorite pattern … Chevron, baby (for now)
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?  Giving (though I wouldn’t mind a Frye boot donation 😉 )
  7. Your favorite number … Three (grew up in a family of three – Mom, Dad, me – and now have three.  How did that happen!?)
  8. Your favorite day of the week …One that I can stay in my pjs and read/write and no one rings the bell
  9. Your favorite flower … Hydrangea
  10. What is your passion? … Writing – and ice cream

~ ~ The Nominees ~ ~

There are quite a few blogs I love reading.   The ladies behind the ones I’ve listed below write pieces that make me feel as if they knew what I needed at that moment; that make me feel like I’m not the only one who’s having this, that, or another horrible feeling; that bring hope from isolation.  And quite frequently make me laugh my pants off. Through their reading and comments, they make me feel that my own words are not in vain.  So for those sisters I never knew I had and may have never even met, this one’s for you.

Kathy at Chasing Clever

Marlyn at Kintal 

Charlotte at momaste

Miss Fanny P at The Adventures of Fanny P

Ruby Tuesday at I Was Just Thinking 

Rachel at The Red Tent

Casi at Mama Cravings

Off Duty Mom

Natalie at Happy Cat 13

Megan at The War in My Brain

I invoke the song in the title because it’s got a funky beat you can dance to, but in no way am endorsing Lady Marmalade’s career choices 😉

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!

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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:

It’s Gonna Be a Bright, Sunshiny Day

A View from My Summerhouse.

Doesn’t get any more peaceful and relaxing than that.  Just the words themselves evoke images of light, bright spaces.  It stands to reason, then, that it is the woman behind this blog, Sherri Matthews, who nominated me for a Sunshine Award (which she writes is “awarded for writing positive and inspiring articles and so bringing some ‘sunshine’ into the lives of others”.)

Sherri, my doppelganger (a fellow Virgo, mother of three, and plodding through the writers’ life) across an ocean and continent, writes beautiful reflections on life – as we wish it to be and how it actually is and how the two intersect.  And she said my blog was ‘exquisitely written’!  Well!  Thank you so much, Sherri, for the honor and for sharing your sunshine with the world.

Here’s how the award works:

Rule 1.  Post the Sunshine Award logo on your blog.  The Sunshine Award

Rule 2.  Nominate 10 fellow bloggers

Rule 3.  Announce their nomination in their blog’s comment section

Rule 4.  Mention links back to their blog, including a link to the person who nominated you.

Rule 5.  Answer the questions.  This is designed to help people get to know you better.

Ten other bloggers spreading sunshine into the dark corners of our world are:
  1. Jardin Luxembourg – It was through Tieshka’s Liebster Award that I ‘met’ Sherri Matthews.  So glad to have the ‘introduction’!  And to read her refreshing, carpe diem take on life.
  2. A Canvas of the Minds – Spreading awareness, acceptance, and knowledge about mental illness.
  3. Free Little Words – Spreading love and positive energy with her positive world view and words.
  4. DENY – because they showcase beautiful design and give me way too many ideas for the new home I’m supposed to be decorating.
  5. Mamacravings – Such a positive, inclusive atmosphere to support mothers in finding the joy in it.
  6. 2 Guys Photo – Gorgeous photos, unique in their perspective, accompanied by thoughtful written commentary – plus practical help if needed.
  7. Vox Nova – Thoughtful dialogue on spiritual matters.
  8. Motherhood is an Art – A great mix of the personal and professional aspects of motherhood (in other words what it means to us and what we need to be to our kids).
  9. Reluctant Mom – There is beauty in her honesty and in others’ seeing they are not the only non-PollyAnna momma.
  10. Blue Bicicletta – An inspiring intersection of graphic art and reflections on life.
And now for the interview portion of the show:

1. Favourite Colour:

Purple has always been my go-to answer, but lately I’ve been leaning toward persimmon reds and orange – trying to be bold in this phase of life, I guess.

2. Favourite Animal

Birds?  I’ve had many dreams where I fly; I love watching robins put their heads down and run; they also have metaphorical meaning for my husband and me.

3. Favourite Number

Three (also the # of this question – should I play it in the lotto?)

4. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink:

Lemonade and iced tea combination at the Vietnamese restaurant at which my writing group meets.

5. Favourite Alcoholic Drink

Bellini (champagne and peach nectar – of the gods!) – and perhaps another reason you and I are doppelgangers, Sherri?

6. Facebook or Twitter?

As I am one of the three remaining people on earth who does not have a Smartphone (and feel Twitter is pointless without one) – Facebook

7. My Passions

Uh, no pressure.  Loving my husband.  Loving my children.  Writing.  Burning a hole in my corner of the universe.

8. Giving or Receiving Gifts?

Giving, definitely.

9. Favourite City

Roma or New York City

10. Favourite TV Show

In a disturbingly, Kramer-it’s-hideously-scary-yet-I-cannot-look-away sort of way, Hunted, which I am so sad to say will not continue in a collaboration between the BBC and Cinemax.  Still waiting anxiously for its next incarnation, though.

Now it’s your turn to go blow sunshine up someone else’s @$#, 😉

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