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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bloggie Award!

Susan Kane, a very good writer, conferred upon this blog the award tagged above.  I am very grateful, and have, in this opening sentence, satisfied rule #1. So far, so good.

The rules:

1. Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you.

2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.

3.  Nominate 5-10-20 blogs and notify them (when you make comments on their blog posts).

4. Pass on the rules.

Now it is time to address Rule #2. Here are five facts about myself:

#1:  According to Aesop, "In critical moments, the very powerful have need of the weakest." I have no idea what he meant by that but it is a favorite quotation because I see myself on the humbler end of it. To say more would be an ostentation of modesty. The most critical junctures of my life have, it follows, been rife with self-criticism. A second favorite quote comes to my rescue. Harold MacMillan said criticism is never inhibited by ignorance. Took a load off me, I'll clue ya.

#2: You may surmise by the phrase closing #1 that I spent some time in the American South. Philogically, "I'll clue ya" stems from outdoor gatherings with relatives. Huge quantities of food were consumed by huge relatives who said, "sure is good, I'll clue ya." I would scamper under the picnic tables with other small creatures to avoid being eaten by mistake. I have no photos of these frolics but have since observed similar scenes among other life-forms:
#3: Although situated around the world, all my relatives are human. I take measureless pride in humanity but find its opinions are often unstable --inherently subject to error. Good thing too. I'd hate to think I was right about being wrong, vice versa or both.

#4: There are great enigmas surrounding humanity's place in the universe. One is its infatuation with Now. People tell me to quit worrying about the past and future, to live in the moment. I have nothing against the present moment but sure wouldn't want to be stranded in it. What if I need to find my pants or plan mischief? One needs a continuum for that --which brings us to #5.

#5: Above clip (featuring one of the world's handsomest conductors) is what a continuum sounds like if it takes over three minutes to pass a given point. The continuum may contain a freight train you're waiting to cross the track. It may be a marching band on parade. It may diagram coordinates of someone enjoying the moment, stopping to smell the flowers, then realizing somebody had to plant the flowers in the past and tend them into the future. I gardened public places over 30 years and it was I --and others like me with single window-sill pots or a string of campuses to care for-- who planted and tended. On behalf of gardeners everywhere, our pleasure, you're welcome.

Now for the Third rule, nominate 5 (etc.) blogs for the award, I'll go look for exceptionally creative blogs that I haven't yet nominated on other occasions. I shall add more by and by:

Life 101
What Lena Leaves
Tom Cochran/Light Breezes
auto de fey
Dr. Kathy McCoy: Living Fully in Midlife and Beyond
Lone Wolf Concerto
Standing Into Danger
Dear You (Joy of Living)
A Geriatric Grandmother
Life by Chocolate, Robyn Alana Engel's Blog
Old Geezers Out To Lunch
Leaves On My Tree
Under The Porch Light
Wishbone Soup Cures Everything
Starting Over, Accepting Changes-Maybe
I Think; Therefore, I Yam
The Armchair Squid
Victorian Scribbles
Looking For Jack
fishducky finally
About Life And Love
Cherdo On The Flipside

As to #4. Pass on the rules:  As its temporary plenipotentiary, I'll declare this an award of elective compliance and leave recipients to decide whether or not to take a pass on the rules. I always do.


  1. Congratulations, Geo, on a very well-deserved award! The five revelations about yourself confirm the fact that you are impressively enigmatic. Your writing is always pleasurable to read - - and. there aren't many other blogs that continually force me to consult a dictionary.

    I've never heard of Valdresmarsj (if I spelled that correctly I'll be surprised), but I enjoyed the video. The music put me in a rare good mood - - and Vlad-whats-his-name is easy on the eyes.

    "Lone Wolf Concerto"? On your list of nominations? The wolf is humbled, but will have to give it careful consideration. He tends to shy away from awards. And most of the things he has to reveal about himself would probably be unprintable.
    But he has an acceptance speech:

    I'd like to thank the members of the Academy, my therapist, my parole officer, and my first grade teacher (who, I think, has been dead for 150 years)
    .....and all those wonderful people out there in the dark.......

    You've provided us with an interesting assortment of other blogs to read. I'm unfamiliar with most of them but will definitely pay visits in the near future.

    1. Okay, Geo - I'm here to correct my profound stupidity concerning your video. The name of the composition is "Valdresmarsj" (if I spelled it correctly I'll be surprised) (*smile*).
      The composer is Johannes Hanssen.
      The conductor is Alexey Karabanov - - who, by any name, is still easy on the eyes.
      I think I finally have all my errors corrected. Or do I????

      Hey, don't tell anyone I was once a professional musician......

    2. Thanks Jon! I'm still learning about this piece too, and yes you did spell Hanssen's march correctly in Norwegian. Captain Karabanov is a fun conductor to watch not only for his lively expressions but he looks like he could be one of my Portuguese relatives --except for the Vlad Dracula mustache. Like you, I think "Vlad" when I see his picture.

  2. A well deserved award. The five things you disclosed are insightful. The blogs you chose to nominate are excellent choices.

    1. Thanks Emma! I have just added your excellent blog to the list I got too sleepy to complete last night.

    2. How kind of you to include me. I shall try to live up to the honor.

  3. Congratulations of all and sundry, good work. Haven't read most of the one's referenced, but will try. Yours is exceptional, and I've sent the link to several people.
    Mine, which has a seeming life of it's own, is currently trying to offend around half the population of the US. I am just the vehicle, etc, etc.....

  4. You are one interesting man! So many talents and interests!

  5. Aw, thank you Geo. It means a lot. Please know this, despite the fact that I won't likely do anything with it. I don't typically pass these along.

    You make a good point about being stuck in the moment. Who wants that? For example, I have a need to go potty now, and I'm getting ready to walk to the ladies' room. Thank goodness life ISN'T all about the present moment.

    Glad you're okay. =)

    1. Nothing quite gets one in the moment like a rest stop. You're wonderful!

  6. You are indeed deserving! Congratulations. On the other hand I am not, I'm just an old newsie. Thank you for your kindness.

    1. You're welcome, Tom, and deserving too.

  7. are most deserving of this award.

    1. Thanks, Delores. From you, who have done so much to promote creativity, that is a valuable compliment.

  8. I have read other bloggers "5 things about me" and none, absolutely none, have come up with anything like your's, Geo. You are truly an interesting man (and also kind, sensitive and an all around great guy).

    1. Lovely Arleen, Even though I can't grow a mustache like Captain Alexey Karabanov, I will do my best to live up to your compliment.

  9. Congrats on the award, dude! You certainly deserve it. The things you chose to reveal about yourself prove once again just how unique you are. A true thinker. I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day.

    1. I did have a good Father's Day. I hope Smarticus did too.

  10. Congratulations, sir! Well deserved.

    1. Thank you, sir! I shall make another text update to include your most enjoyable site. You write so well of things dear to me.


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