Gold Stars

Gold StarAfter so very stinking much talk about divorce, I thought it was high time I passed around some more positive thoughts besides merely what not to do. This post is very much geared toward what TO do. Let’s put some gold stars out, shall we?

Over the last week, M3 has been showered with awards. Although this post has been in the works since before my birthday, every time I get to the end of it…there is another one to add. Before this turns into a 7,000 word post, I had best get on with it.

The following bloggers have been lurking in the shadows or been very vocal in the comments:

Each of them came bearing one of the following, which requires something different:

Versatile Blogger

Boy Mom Blog brings you the best of parenting the alien race: Little boys. She is an only child who is discovering life with siblings is a completely different bowl of fruit. Her sons are darling and are constantly into some adventure you will not want to miss.

The Versatile Blogger Award is one with a 7/15 requirement (Seven secrets/15 blogs awarded)

Sunshine Award

Raven has been on an interesting road. Razor sharp wit and a boundless dose of compassion make the trip to Ravenwood worth the scroll every time. She and I share a Sean Connery fascination, among many, many other things. Stop by for a heartfelt laugh or a scratch of the noggin’. Odds are good for both.

The Sunshine Award has some specific questions and then the nomination of six blogs.

Candle Lighter Award

Wishing Circle sends messages which restore faith in yourself. A writer who quit, but returned to, writing gives you insights on how making good decisions from a good perspective can make even seeming bad situations better. Stop by and make a wish.

This award is for blog which light the path. Whether faith, humor, humility, humanity or compassion, it is for uplifting blogs. More on it below in the awards section.

Liebster Award

Wrap Cloth’s tag line is so very apt: Quality above quantity or speed every time. Whether uncovering scams targeting the writers of the world or framing a post around the lyrics of a song, he is constantly entertaining. This is an award swap, as Nigel awarded me another VBA, but in the interest of spreading different awards…the swap.

Liebster is for blogs with less than 200 followers and requires passing the award to five blogs.

And with no further ado…

1. My all time favorite movie is Alice in Wonderland…the original Disney animated version, although the new live action one does get an honorable mention.

2. If left to my own devices, I would have a full time sushi chef on staff.

3. Some days, a pedicure is better than a therapy visit.

4. I vacillate between believing my BlackBerry is the best invention in the world and actually the physical location of Hell.

5. I have cut the grass precisely once in the last decade. That was too many.

6. Fish are very expressive pets. Especially the kind which are not food substance.

7. I can sleep with my eyes open.

Stop by these blogs, which are definitely versatile. Oh, and tell them I sent you because I am so not telling. (wicked, evil laughter)

Random Thoughts


Summary of a Happy Life

Ginger Fight Back

Boob Juice

Chasing Maybes

Me! Me! Me me me!

The Panda Chronicles

Things I Think I Thunk


Mama in Motion

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Barking In The Dark

Written Words Never Die


Let the Light Shine

1. Favorite Color: Orange. But red, green, blue and black are following closely, and in that order.

2. Favorite Animal: Polar bear. But I will take a horse any day.

3.  Favorite Number: 4. It stands for solidity, endurance and stability (much like the rock at the end of my neck). It represents a grounded nature in all things: 4 seasons, 4 directions, 4 elements. The square is the symbol of home, solidity and calmness. Symbolized by the sign for the planet Mercury, four represents open-mindedness, new ideas and intelligence.

4. Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Coffee.

5. Facebook or Twitter: Google+

6. My Passion: Creating.

7. Getting or Giving Presents: Yes.

8. Favorite Pattern: Paisley. Hound’s tooth gets an immediate honorable mention.

9. Favorite Day of the Week: Monday. Ruled by the Moon. Represented by the Tiger. Found in the East.

10. Favorite Flower: John F. Kennedy Rose.

Blogs I award the Sunshine Award:

When the Kids Go to Bed

My Blanken World

How the Cookie Crumbles


Thypolar’s Life Uncensored

Walking Around

Blogs I award the Liebster:

Queen of Everything

Writing With Both Sides of My Brain

The Stranger Diaries

Fifty Four and a Half

Wondering Through Life

Shine Your Light

The instructions to the Candle Lighter are simple.

Blogs I award the Candle Lighter:

Any Shiny Thing

Aurora Morealist

Not Quite Old

Thank you for playing.

In a post which will surely bring a ding to the site for spam by the sheer number of links, I bid you happy reading. Remember to tell them I sent you! I hope you find something in each of these blogs which will give you a clue as to why I read twice as much as I write on a good day…and read instead of write on a bad one.


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  1. Congrats Red. You deserve the whole stack and more!

  2. Thanks, what a fine way to spread what peeps are doing.
    Hope you have no more

    • LOL! Not me 🙂 I am engaged…heading in quite the opposite direction! Glad to see you 😉

  3. thank you Red, i appreciate the nod…very much. oh – mine is the elephant…altho’ how can one go wrong with the polar bear or the majestic horse? (man’s other best friend) continue…

    • My last horse was a paint and his pictures all reside in my folder “The Spotted Dogs” for certainly, he had no idea he was not a Chihuahua.

      You are so very welcome!

  4. Thank you very much! If I ever get back home, I’ll figure out how to post the awards on my blog and what to do to pay it forward 🙂

  5. Thanks so much for the kind mention! I so appreciate it, and really enjoy reading your blog.

  6. Enjoyed touring your blog. Thanks for thinking of me. I’m honored.

  7. Thanks, Red! That’ll teach me to read only your first paragraph. Feeling like my reading/commenting skills have not earned me this honor, but grateful for it nonetheless. You’re so thoughtful and on it, Queen Blogger!

  8. Thank you for the mention, Red. I don’t ‘do’ these awards myself, but am always grateful whenever someone mentions me due to them!
    Congratulations on your awards, by the way!

    • I try to include at least one blogger who does not do them strictly because those are the quiet powerful blogs I appreciate.

      And thank you,

  9. You already know my thoughts on these Awards Red but even without them, your Space is one of the better one’s in WordPress and so I am never surprised that you are awarded so many of them…

    Have a wonderful evening Red 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • I have decided I should group them together so I can better focus on the blogs who really deserve them. I loathe doing the “awards post” because I have a finite number to award (although I often fudge both plus and minus) when I read so very many I wish to award each and every single time one comes ’round. *sigh* Mayhap, I was an emcee in a former life.

      Can you imagine my surprise when this post landed me on a marketer’s blog for what is “weird” in the blogosphere? Check out the pingback below. Jayna is a blast. And now who’s wittering.

      Have a wicked night, my friend 😉

      • Yes I have already been on that one, and she
        is rather bewildered at your upbeat references
        of alternative bloggers Spaces 🙂

        Well now she has a better idea of how your
        wicked mind ticks, now I wonder where that
        Bull Whip is situated… Just kidding 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

        • I keep it handy. The sign above its case is very clear…The beatings shall continue until morale improves.

          Winking wickedly,

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