I’ve been at this blogging thing for a while now, and I’ve come to “meet,” love, and learn from many other bloggers over the years.

Of course, there are the big leagues, with amazing bloggers like Glennon Doyle Melton and Jenny Lawson who are always worth a read, and give us something to laugh, cry, or think about.

And this past weekend I had a delightful and inspiring experience in meeting Glennon and sharing the morning with an amazing community of women—some I knew well, and some I didn’t even meet—but the energy that was in the air and the positive vibe that flowed throughout the day felt like we were already friends. What a blessing.

 

Thanks for an AMAZING morning, Glennon!
Thanks for an AMAZING morning, Glennon!

 

While the big leaguers, are…well, big…and renowned, there are many other blogs I read and admire, too.

I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by a blogger I’ve enjoyed getting to know a bit through discussing an issue or two, and I really appreciate her giving me the nod for this award. Please give Deana a visit over at eatpraylove(mom). It will feel like you’re visiting a friend.

 

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As part of the process, I answer questions that Deana has asked me, but I also get a chance to lift up other bloggers and ask you to stop on by and give them a read, which I’m very glad to do.

So…here we go!

Rules for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

Thank the giver and link their blog to your post. (check)
Answer the 10 questions given to you. (about to)
Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated. (stay tuned)
Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog. (done)

Deana’s questions for me:

  1. If you were alone in a park and you walked by a man crying and there was nobody else around, what you do? Sadly, as a woman, I shouldn’t risk going up to him and offering help, so I think I would keep a safe distance and ask him if he was okay. Of course, if the man was Taylor Kinney or Javier Bardem, I would get a tissue out so fast and offer him my shoulder to cry on.
  2. How do you feel about gun control? I think it’s out of control. For a good explanation on why the Second Amendment gets twisted to serve the NRA and gun rights activists, read this. (The former English teacher in me loves the grammar lesson within!)
  3. If you were the leader of your country, what are three things you would do to change the country for the better?
    As you might have guessed from my response to the previous question, I would get some genuine and real gun control laws enforced.
    I would completely revamp our political process and see to it that we learn how to work together and not contaminate things by letting big money turn the government into a highly biased oligarchy.
    And lastly (since I only get three!), I would revamp our educational system so that ALL of our kids have the opportunity to truly learn and develop. This would involve comprehensive and equitable funding, barring people who have never been in a classroom from being the ones who decide what goes on in the classroom, and structuring the unions so that they wouldn’t protect any bad apples—which would bring credibility, strength, and respect back to the profession.
    (What the what?? Did I just announce my candidacy?)
  4. Are there certain slang words for vagina that you hate? Yes.
    There are many more that I love, though, because vaginas are awesome.
  5. What does HUMANISM mean to you? Wow, Deana, you’re really getting deep here, aren’t you? Well, as a Christian, this might tick some other Christians off, but to me, though humanism is known to focus on the value and power of the human rather than the divine, a lot of humanists behave in a much more “Christian” manner than many Christians do.
  6. Apple or Android? Android. Though I do eat apples.
  7. If you had to wear makeup and do your hair every day for a year or go without makeup and put your hair in a ponytail for a year, which would you do? Ponytail, sans makeup. I’m sure some people who know me would think I’m already doing that.
  8. Do you have a style? My style is that I don’t like answering questions that ask things like if I have a style.
  9. Do you think that mainstream music is acceptable for your children? Or if you don’t have kids, do you think there are mainstream artists whose music is geared towards kids but shouldn’t be? Much of it is acceptable, some of it isn’t. But I’m a firm believer in helping kids learn to navigate through the ways of the world—and that includes being able to discern what is and isn’t okay to listen to.
  10. What do you think of when you hear the word FART? I have a 12yo son, so I’m well aware of the low brow humor options. And…we are so lucky that our dog gives us plenty of opportunities to wince and giggle. 

Wow…those were some involved questions! Are you still here?? I hope so because it is now my chance to nominate seven other bloggers! (Nominees—please do not feel obligated to participate if you’re not feeling it. Totally okay. But if you do, I look forward to your answers!)

And here we go…

Suzanne Walcher writes a delightful, beautiful blog over at Privet and Holly. I fall in love with every one of her posts.

Nepotism at work here…The Ice Cream Diaries is written by my niece, and though she’s swamped with work lately and hasn’t posted in a while, her latest post will enlighten you.

Like tea? Check out Darjeeling Dreams for a cup.

Karen Lanser writes a very caring blog that usually resonates with me greatly. Maybe it will for you, too.

Mack N. Cheese tells it like it is…in her wacky world. She’s a riot. Check her out at Is There Cheese in It?

Want a little boost of joy? Visit the Jump for Joy Photo Project. I bet you’ll smile.

Lastly, Christine Campbell is a writer with a thoughtful and helpful blog. She’s a sweetie.

 

Questions for those who choose to participate

  1. Aside from your family and faith, what’s a cause you’re willing to fight for?
  2. Name a book that has changed your life. How?
  3. What’s the first car you ever owned? (Roxy…this one’s for you!)
  4. What’s the closest you’ve come to dying?
  5. Would you rather travel to the depths of the ocean or outer space?
  6. What’s the adjective that you would most like to be described as?
  7. If you had a chance for a life “do over,” would you take it?
  8. In five years, do you see yourself much different than you are now? If so, how?
  9. If you could choose to learn the answer of one unanswered question, what question would it be?
  10. Name the historical happening that you would most like to be present for.

Hope you enjoy answering these—I look forward to the responses!

If/when you do post, if you could leave me a comment so that I know to read, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks for hanging in for this longer-than-usual post!

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