Sending my thanks to fellow blog writer, poet and Soundzine poetry editor, Sherry O'Keefe, for presenting me with a Stylish Blogger Award. As I remember, it was late last spring when I hopscotched my way to Sherry's Too Much August, Not Enough Snow, via friend Donna B.
At Too Much August...I found words and photos that captured a sense of place, gave greater meaning to small joys and significant events. They reminded me of how our ordinary, mechanical-world lives exist within the larger context of nature.
By accepting the award - yes, happily, thank you - one agrees to link to the presenter's blog, list seven things that might not be generally known about the recipient, and select five other bloggers for acknowledgment. Luckily, there is precedent for bending the rules.
Another of Sherry's awardees is Kerry O'Gorman, whose example I will follow regarding the next Stylish Bloggers. Meanwhile, here are seven things.
1. I will never grow tired of red.
2. The Mariana Trench, deepest part of the ocean, fascinates and disturbs me, as do bodies of water referred to as "bottomless."
3. I once lost a shoe to quicksand.
4. Wind blowing through the tops of pine trees may be my favorite sound in nature.
5. Experience has not discouraged me; I believe in true love.
6. When my mind is too unfocused to write, I can still draw.
7. Awakening suddenly from a dream feels like returning from somewhere else.
As to the naming of five blogging favorites, it is impossible to choose. Each one of you that I read enriches my life, stretches the horizon and makes me want to write as well as I possibly can. I think of you, your families, your meals, your passions during the day and you've begun to appear in my dreams. In finding your pages, I feel that I stumbled into a meeting of some ancient, sacred order, one I didn't know I was seeking but recognized upon each first reading.
All of us who circulate among each other's sites have become, to me, a community, participants in a movement of not just self-expression but a larger commitment whose meaning we are only beginning to know. Speaking our truths, pulling back the curtains, makes me feel almost courageous, offers a steadiness that can only come from being fully who we are. Stylish, yes, you are, and so much more.