Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Never Say Never - Dardos Literary Award

I have said that I wouldn't accept or pass on another award. And then, here comes my good friend Bernie with a Dardos Award. Okay. JUST this one more! Honest! She said:

"Hey Dina Belle ...
I've passed on my award to you! Who in the world deserves it more? The blog post is below.

How is your leg, dear one? I do hope you are healing. I suspect that nasty a fall will take some time. Oooh I checked outthe journal you posted for your pal. I hope she picks it up too. I know (from my friend Colleen) that there is great interest and muchactivity out there on the boards for people who are raising chickens and harvesting eggs, etc. They are an active and friendly bunch!

Well, I promised Roy that I would pass on, within a day or two, the very kind Dardos award he gave me. I had to think a bit longer about it than I had planned. If he hadn't given it to me, I would have given it to him! Roy, your photos & observations are incredible! To be honest, before beginning to write here, most of my online reading has been news-related ... CNN, BBC, The Nation, all manner of small publications, and not many personal sites. Since landing here, I've been privileged to read some wonderful thoughts, and see some incredible artwork and photography. It is humbling to realize how much talent and heart there is in the world, and it is a privilege that so many people are open enough and brave enough to share themselves with the wider world.

By way of reminder:

The Dardos award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

The rules:
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog. [Note: Don't forget to copy and paste the award jpeg itself to include on your own blog!]

2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

I've decided to send this to Chris Wolf for his site, Piano Posts. On the surface, Chris writes about his experiences with teaching music, and what he writes about his students is often both eye-opening and amusing. He has great passion for what he does, so his posts usually also include personal observations, wisdom to share, or worthy questions for readers to ponder. Always I come away from him site with a sense of inspiration and something worthy to consider.

I absolutely must give this award to Dina for her Deepwater Journal. Dina is so many things, not the least of which is a true kindred spirit/soul sister. She has a fine mind, a wicked sense of humour, and she's an artist in too many mediums for me to keep track of - she sews (including amazing costumes), makes jewelry (her tiaras are to die for), and more more more. You can see a teeny portion of her work also on her Etsy site, and I recommend you go there too. At her journal, I suggest you scroll back a bit and read some of her musings about life & politics. She's a gem!

Then there's Annie's journal, The Daily Photoshop. Her photos are such great fun, as are her observations of people and nature. Currently, she's taking us along as she bounces through Manila and Hong Kong. Annie's interest and curiosity are captured by her lens, and I think her site is delightful.

Like Roy, I don't really have 5 to give out at the moment, but I hope these wonderful folks will pass this appreciation on to many more. BRAVO all!

Okay. For you Bella!! Thank you, my Little Beauty!

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