Friday, January 6, 2012

my first award

Well, now--what a pleasant surprise!  Who knew there was a Versatile Blogger Award?  There is, and I have very kindly and unexpectedly received it from Kate Coombs of Book Aunt (who received it in her turn from Adriana, an avid teen reader who blogs at She's Got Books on Her Mind.)  While this award is purely subjective--no big long Cybils or ALA process behind it, no big-name newspaper or magazine reviewers lending weight to it--this Versatile Blogger Award is nonetheless precious to me.  This is because what I love most about blogging is that I get to build the box...and more on THAT concept in another post.

For now, here are the rules that guide the Versatile Blogger Award:

•Thank and link to the blogger who bestowed the award.
•Share seven random facts about yourself.
•Spread the love by passing the award to five other bloggers--and be sure to let them know.

So, first:

Thank you, Kate, for thinking of me as versatile and for thinking of me at all, when I manage a measly two posts a week, if I'm lucky.  Please visit Kate at Book Aunt regularly to enjoy wise, insightful  reviews and reflections on children's literature.

Second, seven random facts about me:

*The freshman facebook of my university listed my intended major as philosophy.
*I know how to clog.
*If I had my druthers I'd have dinner at 5, go to bed at 9 each night at get up at 5 every morning.
*I've lived in New York, London, Paris, Munich (everybody talk about popmuzik).
*One of my favorite parts of one of my favorite books is the cake and milk, milk and cake Harriet had after school every day.  How I envied her.
*In 1990 I made an entire wardrobe of earrings out of pasta dyed with food coloring and hydrogen peroxide.
*Stories swallow me whole, so I don't dare read much right now.  Isn't that sad? And not very random?

Third, I'll spread the love and pass the award to five more Versatile Bloggers:

*to Tabatha Yeatts of  The Opposite of Indifference, who weekly amazes with the range and variety of her topics and threads;
*to David Elzey, who quietly gets on with all kinds of ruminations and renderings at fomagrams and at the excelsior file;
*to Diane Mayr, who offers up oodles of haiku and haiga at Random Noodling, and masquerades as Kurious Kitty with both Kurious K's Kwotes and the Kurio Kabinet.  Who can keep up?!
*to Jama Rattigan, who always tantalizes with the most nutritious Alphabet Soup and doesn't leave out the sweets; and
*to Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading, who goes off early each day to teach just one class of 4th graders but keeps her eye on the big wordly world that they're inheriting.

Happy First Poetry Friday for 2012--at Teaching Authors today.  Maybe I'll take up the Comment Challenge posted by Lee Wind et al...certainly I owe a good deal to all the folks I read but don't take time to comment on!


  1. Thank you for your kind words, and for the honor of the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Happy Friday, and don't wait too long to write about building the box!

  2. Thank you, Heidi! Your award was a sweet surprise to receive this morning. I have a cold and would like to curl up somewhere but I have to keep going, so thank you for giving me some extra "fuel."

    I would love to see you clog!

  3. I'm racked with a cold and cough, too! Miserable except for the honor you bestowed. Thank you!

    I'm curious about that box. Keep us informed.

  4. Oh, what a honor. Thanks, Heidi!

    Love reading your seven random things. I'm with you on the "cake and milk," and smiled at the pasta earrings. Philosophy, eh? Yes, you're quite daunting . . . :)

  5. Just throwing in applause for these fine and deserving (and consistently creative!) recipients... :0)

  6. thanks! and perfect timing as well, as i (and many others) have signed up for a blog comment challenge for the month of january. what better way to participate than to bestow awards on people and scout out others as they are awarded!

  7. Imo, these are the very best kind of awards because they are so very personal. I urge you: go ahead and allow yourself to be swallowed. You'll find your way out of the whale and have a whole new story to tell about it.

  8. Congrats on the award, Heidi, and thanks for linking to our Poetry Friday roundup.

  9. Glad that you're joining the Comment Challenge!

    I wish we could switch our "druthers" because I have to get up at 6 a.m. to get the girls off to school and it's torture for me. I'll never understand early risers, though I admire them.

  10. Congratulations! The earrings sound intriguing!

  11. Congrats on the award! Where is the Versatile Blogger Award after party?

  12. Such good picks! And I am intrigued by your point about books swallowing you whole. There are certain movies I won't see because I would go around in a spongy kind of darkness for days afterward. Anyway, Happy Versatility!


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