The Unique Blogger Award


Huge thanks go to Nel of Reactionary Tales for nominating me for this award. Nel’s wonderful blog is definitely unique in that she writes so well about so many different topics, and is talented in so many ways (articles, poetry, photography, prose, and more). I was touched that she nominated my blog, since I try to do the same. The people’s blogs I nominated below are unique in their own ways. I enjoy following their posts very much.

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Nel’s Questions:

If you could pick a book to turn into a movie adaptation, what would it be?

  • I would like to see Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Unquiet Mind” made into a movie. Actually, I think there has been some talk about doing so over the years, but it is yet to happen. Kay Redfield Jamison is a leading psychologist/professor/scholar focusing on bipolar disorder. “Unquiet Mind” is her memoir about her own experience with the disorder. She loves poetry and literature and writes about it a lot in her memoir. It would be nice to see how they could represent both her story and her love of poetry and literature in a film.

What inspires you most about your blog?

  • About my own blog? I have been very happy that I’ve written about a variety of topics in my blog, not just mental illness. Though I am not good at poetry, I’ve been happy that I’ve written in poetic styles. I am also happy that I’ve had the chance to write informational pieces, inspirational pieces, humorous pieces, opinion pieces, and other types of pieces, as well.

What author inspires you (doesn’t have to be a book; can be a film director or music composer)?

  • I’ll go for a music composer. Leos Janacek. The reason why I chose him is because he really excelled at the end of his life after periods of lesser activity in his middle-age. That’s what I’m hoping will happen to me. I’m looking for that special inspiration as I get older, and believe that the lessons learned earlier in my life will help produce an especially beautiful “music”.

Bonus question because I’m listening to The Circle of Life: What’s your favorite Disney song???

  • I’m afraid to admit that I’m not a huge Disney fan. [Nel, please don’t hold that against me.] However, I always liked the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Disney’s Song of the South. This song is such a happy one. I often sing it and skip along the road when I’m in an especially good mood.

My Nominees (listed in no particular order):

Please participate only if you’d like to.

3 Questions for my nominees:

  1. What is your personal favorite post that you’ve written on your blog, and why? Please consider including a link to it here.
  2. Which of your posts received the most “likes” of them all? Please consider including a link to it here. Or if it is the same post as in question #1, please rather mention the second most popular in “likes”.
  3. What time of day do you usually write your blog posts?

That driver is definitely loopy! Watch her do a loop de loop.

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Doin’ my car dance

Anyone that’s read my blog for a while knows I like to dance. Sometimes I crank up the music in my car and have a blast! Yeh, I definitely sing my heart out, but sitting in the driver’s seat doesn’t prevent me from dancing up a storm, too. Continue reading

I’m an east central New Jerseyan and this is how I speak

Soft drink names by county

Many places (regions, cities) in the United States have distinctive vocabulary and pronunciation of the American English language. My hubby says that is even the case of Czech within Bohemia in his relatively small native country of Czech Republic. I really enjoy studying the English language and exploring differences in dialects. Today, I thought I’d present a post about some vocabulary and pronunciation specific to my home town in east central New Jersey. Continue reading

“When you push yourself to do what you don’t want to do…”

…you’re usually glad you did, after the fact.”

We all have that struggle from time to time. Maybe something work or school-related hangs over your head. Maybe you need to apologize for something you did, but are nervous to do so. Perhaps you need to exercise or diet, but you are just not motivated, are fighting hunger and lethargy. Continue reading

Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine-blog-awardI’d like to thank Nel of Revolutionary Tales for nominating me for this award. Her blog and comments bring sunshine into my life, and I know into many others’, as well. I enjoy the wonderful variety of topics she writes about. She inspires me, and teaches me new things every day. Continue reading

When I was on the bottle self-medicating


I remember liking alcohol as far back as a kid, when I would steal sips of beer from my father’s bottle. My parents didn’t even mind if I had a taste of wine at dinner as a young teen. I know this is generally unaccepted in the United States, and yet not uncommon in some other countries around the world. My parents were pretty lax, so found no harm in letting me have a taste. Continue reading

Mourning dove squabs fledged from the rose arbor nest

Our rose arbor

Just outside my library window, I spy the June blooming of my pink roses. They climb and rest on a large arbor that stands in the front of my house.  Last year when the library window was open we sometimes heard the soft cooing of nesting mourning doves. The mother and father dove called each other to take over attending to their new squabs. The nest sat right atop the arbor hidden among the vines. Continue reading

Two quotes/tips for those having trouble producing creative juices

This morning I woke up feeling quite dull and sullen. The sadness of the recent loss in my family came back after some brief reprieves during the last two days. When I saw that the Daily Post word prompt was “create”, it didn’t produce the usual early morning creative juices that get my fingers flying on my laptop keyboard. My mind was blank. I considered skipping posting today. Continue reading