In Gratitude

In gratitude to Erica Heard, an accomplished writer living in New Jersey with published poetry and plays among her impressive resume.  Recently, she most generously nominated my blog for the prestigious Leibster Award.  With loving thanks to you, Erica!









Erica’s blog is entitled Suburban Hobo, and as it might suggest, she sometimes lives and writes in the form of a free spirit having once lived in Hollywood!  Please visit her at

 The Rules for this Award are as Follows:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate approximately ten other bloggers you admire.
  4. Create ten new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees of their nomination.

 Questions for Me to Answer

  1. What is your favorite day of the week?  Saturday-No plans!
  2. If you could live in another era or country, what would it be? The 18th Century.  Romance, beautiful clothing, together with hours of reading poetry!
  3. Who is your best friend (human or non-human)? I have a few very close friends who are all considered to be “best friends.” 
  4. The mountains or the beach?  Beach.
  5. If you could have a different job (profession) what would it be? An actress or a movie critic.
  6. What are a few of your favorite films? Dead Poet’s Society, Funny Girl, A Beautiful Mind, Working Girl, Million Dollar Baby, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ordinary People and West Side Story.
  7. Who is one of your heroes/heroines (living or deceased)? My eldest son, Jayson for reasons most of you know.
  8. Do you speak more than one language?  No.
  9. Name some of your favorite books and/or authors.  The Year of Living Dangerously by Joan Didion, About Alice by Calvin Trillin, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, Watch Me by Angelica Huston and anything written by the late Dominick Dunne.
  10. Future Hope and/or Aspiration or Goal (s)?  To keep writing and get something published before the year’s end.  To stay healthy in order to see my grandchildren giggle while growing older.  To be alive when there is a major breakthrough in diabetes research, hopefully a cure.

The Nominees: 

Questions for the Nominees

Were you raised in a big family or a small family?

Any regrets in life?

What is your favorite television show?

How long do you wish to live?

Favorite hobby?

Cooking at home or dining in a restaurant?

Dogs or cats?

House, apartment or condo?

What do you consider to be your best asset?

Dream vacation?

*Congratulations to all nominees together with every hardworking, imaginative blogger here on WordPress!  To those who do not accept awards, I understand completely.  If accepting, please feel free to take your time.  Thank you for reading with wishes to all for a wonderful new week.  🙂



Premio Dardos Award






Awards….so rewarding.  Although the temperature has dropped from 72 last Saturday to only 29 today, my world is filled with blue skies and plenty of warming sun having being nominated for the esteemed Primio Dardos award by the terrific Sally Cronin.

This award recognizes cultural, personal, ethical, and literary values in creative and original writing.  At first glance I had to read the above over again, wondering if my blog truly qualified.  For Sally to believe it does humbles me greatly while motivating my imagination.  I have much more writing to do, more topics to explore and more words to offer others.  Thank you Sally, for this very great honor

Please visit Sally who blogs at where you will find a variety of topics from health to humor.  She is one of the most giving persons I’ve ever met or known, always tooting someone else’s horn before her very own.   She is a published author, wife and animal lover who works from day to night running several successful companies with her adoring husband while juggling several hats on her lovely coiffed head.   Please take time to get to know her as she is a fantastic person and supporter of others like no other.  I feel privileged to know her in this blogging world of ours.

Rules: The rules of acceptance are quite simple.  Please thank the blogger who nominates you with a link to their site, followed by nominating 15 fellow bloggers whose writing you so admire.  Add a link and a bit of information about each one to help readers learn a bit about them.  Hopefully, they will become followers and their readership will grow.

**With so many terrific writers it is always difficult to narrow the number down to only 15.  Please do not take offense if your site is not on the list below.  It truly is nearly an impossible task.

***On the flip-side, some nominated bloggers may no longer accept awards or do not have the time to do so.  I understand and will not be offended in any way.  Every blog is a gift to others, listed or not.  I thank all of you for your passion, for following your dreams of writing and providing all of us at WordPress with the gift of each word you write.

Nominations: Pamela is a published author who specializing in the genres of romance and suspense.   A loving wife and mother, she teaches creative writing in addition to blogging.  Noelle was raised in a small town near the eastern shore, but now lives in North Carolina.  She is the mother of two children and the author of two, published novels. Rowena blogs and writes at “Beyond the Flow.”  It is a collection of thoughts and musings of what may enter her mind on a daily basis.  I relate to her on many levels as we have chronic illness in our lives, yet she perseveres, never dwelling on it but choosing to focus on the ‘positives’ in life. Mihran is trained in Hospitality Consulting and Services.  However,  she has gifts of  many including writing, singing and inspiring others.  She writes poetry, short stories, general musings and posts beautiful artwork on her blog. Mahesh is a most esteemed writer, having received a professional certification of Creative Fiction in Writing from NYU.  His posts vary with his feelings as he pens profound words on various topics, always writing what matters most to his heart. Christy writes from Canada.  She has a debut book of poetry with rave reviews coming out and inspires others with her words.  She posts poetry, music, short stories and interviews. AB is a self-proclaimed, “Nomad on the Loose.”  He is an accomplished poet who writes fantastic and often profound lines of poetry each and every day.  Do not miss his posts! Michael is a shamanic healer, a psychotherapists and a teacher among other things.  I truly enjoy his posts as his writing reaches deep into your soul with a short paragraph or two.  Lovely writing. “D’s” blog is always a surprise.  She is a voracious reader who had a happy childhood and lives in Canada.  Her words will make your heart sing, your eyes shed tears or your belly laugh A blog of beautiful lines of poetry are written several times per day, most with fabulous photographs, readings or music.  Astounding! Scott is a missionary who travelled to Guatemala where his life was changed forever.  In addition to blogging, he is a husband and father who works as a corporate trainer and speaker.  He now travels the world to spread his word of goodwill to others. “Zip” writes from her free spirit, never knowing which way her keyboard may take her.  She prefers poetry although once in a while a short story will pop into her blog. Robin has recently entered yet anther chapter in her life and writes about many subjects.  Family is very important to her, specifically her children and grandchildren.  You will find her loving life within her words, never knowing what she may write about day-to-day. Allie has truly lived her life, and is a firm believer in her dreams.  An accomplished writer and published author from the UK, she most often writes poetry. Christine hopes to inspire others through her blog.  She is extremely successful in many different areas including “Happiness!”  Kudos to you, Christine!



Happy “Special” New Year! Hearts As One-Drum Beat Award

On New Year’s Day a gift was surprisingly bestowed upon me.   Already, on the very first day, it became a “Special” New Year for me!  Sue Dreamwalker, awarded me a truly lovely and meaningful award that she created and designed herself.  I’ve held this heartfelt treasure close to me during this past week, believing in the magic of its significance.  Thank you with great appreciation, Sue.

Today I pass it on to others of which the recipients must be caring of others with love and compassion in their hearts.  Truly, I cannot think of a single person that I correspond with here at WordPress who does not fall into this category!  So please, besides those listed below, feel free to accept this award proudly while passing it on to others who YOU feel are deserving.

Drumbeat Award

Sue is a very spiritual person who ‘beats’ to her own drum while inspiring others towards peace and good will.  Hoping  to spread further seedlings of empathy and kindness through the world during the year of 2015, she strongly supports the unity of all mankind.

Please pick up Sue’s beautiful drum.  Go ahead, beat on it slightly with the palm of your hand. Do you hear a faraway thumping sound or feel soft vibrations all around?  If we close our eyes lightly to wishing silently, positive changes may begin in the year of 2015. Ahhh, to sigh quietly this is what I’m dreaming of.  Indeed, this is what we need….

Happy “Special” New Year to All of You at here at WordPress.

The Heart’s As One-Drum Beat Award  is Awarded to the Following


“Within their posts whether it be through Poem or Word

Caring for others is a must for this Award

Be it through laughter or Humour

Photograph or Story

Love and Compassion

Are Mandatory”  *Sue Dreamwalker



Thank You, Lorrie Bowden

Months have gone by since I was generously nominated by the dear Lorrie Bowden for The Versatile Blogger Award.  It looked somewhat different than I had seen before with a beautiful red flower against the bright backdrop of green.  How lucky I am, to be honored by Lorrie!


I had every heartfelt intention of accepting this lovely award long ago.  Within days of receiving it however, my bowl of life began to overflow with commitments.  Lorrie understood, telling me to, “Take my time.”  No matter now many days passed, her kind heart full of love and appreciation was never far from my mind.

I am most grateful to accept this terrific award from Lorrie, a special person to many here at WordPress.  If you haven’t had the chance to get to know her, please visit her beautiful blog at,

The rules of acceptance for this award are to share 7 interesting facts about yourself in addition to nominating 15 other bloggers for this award.

My best attempt at Seven “Interesting Facts”

  1. My first name is not Kimberly.  Whenever I’m asked, “Is your name, Kimberly?”   My answer is inevitably the same.  “No, it’s just Kim.”
  2. My favorite children’s book is “Charlotte’s Web,” by E. B. White.  I still read it to this day, sobbing uncontrollably at the loss of Wilber’s beloved and faithful friend, Charlotte.
  3. When I was expecting my first child I craved Banana Splits, gaining 52 pounds over the course of nine months. Before my last son was born, Grapefruits never left my mind or mouth.  I had to have them morning, noon and night.  During that time I gained 53 pounds.  Go figure!
  4. I’ve never been much of an athlete, choosing “Bicycling” to fill a requirement for a P.E. college class. So sad…
  5. As a young mother, I always hoped to someday have a daughter.  I never dreamed of having four grand-daughters.   Miracles do happen!
  6. If I could choose one author to have lunch with living or dead, it would be, Dominick Dunne.  I’ve read every book he ever wrote and couldn’t wait for Vanity Fair to arrive in my mailbox, flipping pages to find his column.  Although worlds apart, I always felt a special connection to him.  Several of his books are signed First Edition copies sitting on a prized wooden shelf in my library.  Such a fascinating time it would have been to sit with him in a New Your cafe, gossiping about people and places, life or anything at all in the world.  Oh, how I would have loved it!!
  7. Long ago I wanted to be an actress. How ironic, for if I had been an actress perhaps I’d be reading another author’s words today, rather than writing my own.

The Fifteen Bloggers Nominated for The Most Versatile Blogger Award:

*If you are an “Award Free Blog” or do not have time to accept please know that I understand.  Your work is always very much appreciated.


Lovely Blog Award

As most of you know, I was on vacation last week.  No expectations for me.  Still, it was hard for my husband or friends to drag me away from my phone or laptop computer. They can all attest to that.  Even as everyone else was down the elevator three floors below, I was still punching keys in my tropical room so high above.

While checking my comment section on WordPress, imagine my surprise to discover this object of beauty?


It arrived from a very kind man, and such a humbled honor it was to see.  Mr. David Prosser,, author, writer extraordinaire, blogger and lover of social media, bestowed this gift to me.  With nothing but nice things to say each and every day, he hails from Wales (my mother’s roots) and is the father to a daughter he so lovingly adores.

Thank you so very much, David.

As far as I know there are no specific “Rules” of acceptance for this “One Lovely Blog Award.”  Am I to nominate others?  I am not sure, yet a few are listed below.  This is always the most difficult part for me.  I could go on and on and on with writers whose words are so appreciated and admired.

I did notice that David listed a few interesting facts about himself upon acceptance of the above award, and so I shall list something too.  Long ago I shared my difficulty in suffering from paralyzed vocal cords.  I wrote of them in several of my posts. ,, and .  Finally, after nearly 16 months I am completely healed.  The doctor’s hands have done their magic and I have done my work.  My throat no longer hurts, the cough is gone and I’ve completed all of my dreaded vocal therapy.  I can even eat again!  Hip-hip-hooray!  🙂

The following blogs are nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I suppose Bobby-C at & has given up on me by now.  “Wow,” he’s probably saying.  “That was a waste.  Why did I bother to nominate her blog?  It’s been sooo long.”  Please, Bobby-C, don’t give up on me!

Procrastination is a terrible fault of mine.  Life takes over, pushing everything back ‘one more day’ until each becomes further from the next.  Suddenly days turn into weeks flipping a card-stock calendar page up above to the nail pounded in my yellow mudroom wall.  Poke it through the perfect hole…there it is, a glossy picture of a brand new shining month!  Whoops…if I don’t get going another page will turn on me.

With undeniable gratitude I thank Bobby-C, for nominating my blog for the, Very Inspiring Blogger Award, together with his patience at my formal acceptance.  Bobby blogs at & where you will find his most inspirational journey through personal goals and aspirations.  He’s a dedicated family man, full of life spirit who loves the outdoors and all that it entails.  The father of four grown children, they are most important to him together with his lovely wife.  Thank you, Bobby, for this beautiful award.


The Rules of Accepting This Award Are As Follows:

  1. Thank the person nominating you and post a link back to them.
  2. List the rules and display your lovely award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers who inspire you & let them know they’ve been nominated within their own comment sections.
  5. Proudly display your new award logo on your blog page and ‘follow’ your nominating blogger.

Seven Interesting Facts about Myself:

1.  My worst subject in school was math.

2.  A favorite hobby of mine is going to the movies.

3.  Although I’m not a big eater, I can gobble down an entire Banana Split in a matter of minutes. Don’t dare ask me to share!

4.  I’m looking forward to an October vacation with my husband and friends.

5.  My favorite way to shop is on-line with free delivery!

6.  I’ve been told by my doctor recently to gain weight!  Who would have ever thought such a thing???

7.  I started the year as a grandmother of one.  I’ll end the year as a grandmother of five.  My eldest son presented me the gift of a precious baby boy in April, my youngest son married a beautiful young mother of one.  He’s adopting her little, Briella.  Together, they are expecting twins…girls!

The 15 Inspiring Blogs Nominated Are:
















In spite of my best attempt at fact-finding, I realize that some of you may already have this award or that others may not accept awards for personal or religious reasons. Regardless, please know that your blogs inspire me.  I appreciate your work, the messages you write through your words or the art and photographs you present.  Thank you for what you give to me as well as others here at our WordPress family.  Should you choose to accept this award please visit my site @  Thank you  so very much.


I am most honored and privileged to accept the Versatile Blogger Award from Susanne Leist.  Please visit Susanne’s terrific blog at,  You will note she has a brand new book out with a 5 start review on!!

Recently, Susanne nominated my blog for this beautiful award.  For once, I am not waiting numerous weeks (dare I say a month or more?) to formally accept it.  Although it may have the same name as another, this award is different.  Beautiful in gold, tall and true, it is a symbol of support and admiration for my work.  Thank you with humbleness and pride, Susanne.


Rules of Acceptance

List 7 Fun Facts about Yourself

1.   Once, I was chosen to be on a bowling team because of my handicap.  My high score for the season was 63.  Sad but true.

2.   I’m very good at training puppies.  Patience and consistency!

3.   In spite of not being the best driver, I’ve only received three tickets in my whole life!

4.   When I was in middle school, I twirled a baton in a marching band during our city’s annual, St. Patrick’s Day parade.

5.   I have a phobia when going to a movie theatre.  Way up high in the farthest back row is where I must sit.  Crazy, I know….

6.  Food doesn’t really interest me.  Cheese and crackers will do!

7.   One of my favorite hobbies is horse-back riding.  A few years ago my horse was stung by a bee, causing it to throw me down hard to the ground, like a bag of bricks.  The fall left me in tremendous pain for several days afterward.   “Monster,” was the horse’s name.

Nominate 15 Deserving Bloggers for This Prestigious Award  

I apologize if your blog is, “Award Free.”  If you are not able to accept, please support other bloggers by simply showing your appreciation.  🙂


A long, over-due gesture of sincere appreciation and gratitude to Brian, for nominating me for the The Versatile Blogger Award together with the Sunshine Award. Brian has a wonderful blog at  We have one thing in common that I know of, Scotland.  My great-great-grandfather was born in that country of castles and green.  All alone at the age of 13, he boarded a ship to cross the Atlantic, hoping for a better life in America.  Brian lived in Scotland before embarking on a colorful life full of ideas to write about.  Please visit his most prestigious blog where you will discover a treasure chest filled with words to devour.

Thank you for your patience, Brian.  I did not forget your kindness nor your support.



The rules of acceptance for the above awards are as follows:

1)  Thank the person who has nominated you.

2)  Place the award badges on your blog page.

3)  Answer the ten questions listed below.

4)  Pay it forward!  Nominate ten deserving bloggers for the same awards.  🙂

Ten Delightful Questions for Me to Answer…..                           

1)  What is my favorite food?  Today?  Is chocolate a “food?”

2)  Who is my favorite actor? Oh, there are so many.  It’s a tie between Gene Hackman and Liam Neeson.  A little rough around the edges with kind souls.

3)  What is my favorite television show?  I like both, “Mad Men” and “Ray Donovan.”  Although at opposite ends of the spectrum, both have excellent writing with terrific actors.

4)  What is my favorite “Tear Jerker?”  The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks.

5)  Tea or Coffee?  It’s summer.  Iced green tea for me.

6)  What is my favorite sport?  I live in St. Louis, home to the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team.   No doubt about my answer!

7)  What is my lucky number? 18, depending on the day.

8)  What is my favorite holiday?  Christmas, no question.

9)  Twitter or Facebook? Hmmm…”I plead the fifth.”

10)  What is my favorite Christmas movie?  “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Can’t go against tradition….

I did my best to see if the following blogs were “Award Free,” but it was hard to tell in some cases.  Please do not feel obligated to accept.  A show of appreciation and continued support is thanks in itself.

The Ten Deserving Bloggers Nominated Are:



Most Influential Blogger Award


A very gracious, “Thank You” to the kind and warm-hearted Sally Georgina Cronin, who blogs at, Smorgasbord-Variety is the spice of life,  She has generously nominated my blog for the, Most Influential Blogger Award.  The name of the award itself says so very much, indeed.  If I think about it for more than a minute or too deeply, I begin to question it. “Is my writing worthy?  Have I paid my dues?”  The award was originated by the fabulous, Don Charisma, so there must be thanks sent off to him as well.  Thank you, Don Charisma

Regardless, I am truly humbled by Sally’s nomination and deeply flattered to know that she believes in me enough to nominate my blog for the above award.   This is a gift of which I accept with tremendous thankfulness.   Thank you, again, Sally.

The Rules are as follows:

1.  Display the Award on your Blog

2.  Announce your win with a blog post, thanking the blogger who awarded you.  This award may NOT be included together with a “basket” or a “lump” of any other awards.  It is             special.

3.  Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.

4.  Link your awardees in the post and let them know with a comment.

5.  Included an imbedded video of your current favorite song (You Tube has everything).  Just copy & paste into your WordPress Editor.  If a video is not possible, please embed a Sound CloudTrac.

I find it always difficult to choose who to nominate.  There are so many wonderful writers in this blogging world of ours.  I could probably go on and on and on.  Like Sally, I couldn’t stop at ten….

Some on this nomination list may be familiar to readers here.  Others are new with rich, wonderful voices waiting to be heard.  Others still have been in the writing world for a very long time, but are new to the “Blogging” world.  Please visit them to enjoy their various perspectives: poetry, wonderful photographs or rich words filled with deep meaning.  Congratulations to all of them.


The music I chose helps to relax me after a hectic day.  It is a lyrical mixture of tinkling bells, harmonizing flutes and the soothing strings of an oboe.  Great for mediating or listening to in the background during a candlelight massage.


Shame on Me!

Well, I’m coming clean.  I’m embarrassed, feeling guilty and ashamed.  Far too long ago, a dear fellow blogger nominated my blog for a ‘Domino Award.’  I accepted, filing it away in memory to follow-up with, later.  This lovely blogger corresponded with me once or twice. I remember commenting on her lovely blog.

Something happened then.  It’s called, L.I.F.E.  Days went by, the clocked ticked on.  Celebrations began, my 1st grandson was born, and suddenly I found myself unexpectedly busier than usual.  I ‘played’ with my only grand-daughter in order to give her parents a much needed break.  It was a joy, truly something I wanted to do!

Here’s my dilemma.  For the last few days, I’ve searched my comment section over and over, trying to find any vague reference what-so-ever to the above nomination.  No luck.  Worse yet, I am embarrassed to say I do not recall who nominated me!  Yes, I’m confessing…to everyone.  Shame on me!  I try to ‘follow’ many, many blogs.  Still, this is not an excuse.  I am to blame. I am the only one who is responsible for the delay, the lack of follow-up and my own embarrassment.

I could take the easy way out.  Simply forget about the nomination.  Ignore it, pretend it never happened.  There would only be two people who know….the person who nominated my blog together with me.  However, I can’t do it.  I feel too guilty.  Too ashamed.

So, if you’re out there, Fellow Blogger, and if you are willing to forgive me for my memory lapse together with my irresponsibility, please let me know.  If not, I understand.  Awards of one’s peers are not to be taken lightly.  In spite of what you may think, I truly consider each and every one to be a respected honor.  For my lack of judgment, I take 100 lashings together with tremendous embarrassment.

Regardless, I am apologizing for my lapse in memory together with the length of time in acknowledging your gift of nomination, publicly.  Shame on me!

With True Blessings to You,