Showered By The Generosity Of Others This Week

I have been blown away by the great response to my blog and have now been honored with four awards that fellow bloggers have bestowed upon me.  I can’t tell you how much it means that people actually take time out to read my (sometimes very lengthy) posts and to offer comments. This experience and the WordPress community has been very supportive and generous and I offer my sincerest  thanks to everyone who has visited.

I received two One Lovely Blog awards yesterday. The first from Bitter en Zoet, a talented, thoughtful and insightful writer who has worldly views and posts on the Mother Sugar blog, a community of women writers who share their thoughts and experiences of life. They have interesting perspectives and write in a very entertaining way.  I hope you will check them out.

The second came from Vividhunter and she writes The (anti) Procrastination Diaries. Her blog is new to me as mine is to her but she was kind enough to check mine out and give me this very nice award. In her blog you will find wonderful surprises such as a jar full of stars (that I absolutely loved) as well as great information on a variety of topics.

I also received the The Versatile Blogger award from one of my first supporters, Chris 9911. Some may know him as the antagonist commenter in my cubicle post however he has been a champion and cheerleader of mine and his support has been overwhelming.  Chris9911 writes with honesty and compassion about a variety of subjects such as his marriage, children, friends and cycling. His great sense of humor will have you laughing!

As I wrote this post, I was awarded a second Versatile Blogger award from A Diary Of A New Wife!  This is a lovely blog about a woman who reflects on and navigates newlywedom.  Check it out.


For anyone wondering, here is the award protocol:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


Here is my pick of wonderful bloggers who have inspired, moved me or made me laugh. I thank all of you for your wonderful works:

1) Brian Westbye:  Brian writes works of fiction as well as well as luscious vignettes and reveries and is multi-talented. I find his work atmospheric and the voices he creates jump from the page. His creative ability knows no bounds if you ask me. (A Versatile Blogger award)

2) Brewing Translation:  Powerful poetry/vignettes of her travels, thoughts and emotions. Well worth the read. (The Versatile Blogger award)

3) An Odyssey of Camaraderie

This writer is new to the blogging world and blogging in general however he’s finding his feet and sharing his views about English Premiership football, Daylight Savings-an Indian Perspective and matters of the heart.  He is a thoughtful, intelligent writer and I wish him all the best with the new blog. I hope you’ll check him out! (A Lovely Blog award)

4) Cultural Quirks: This blogger calls attention to some of the crazy attractions out there. She is a self-described armchair Anthropologist and her posts inform and delight. (A Versatile Blogger award)

5) Rustic Recluse:  Traveler, historian, writer of short stories and poems.  A versatile and intelligent blogger to be sure.  (A Versatile Blogger award)

6) Craves Adventure: A fun, breezy blog full of interesting information and reminders about diet, exercise and health as well as budding photography snaps and travel adventures. A fun read! (A Lovely Blog award)

7)  Food Vixen in NYC: A lovely blog about food and NYC, two of my favorite subjects!  Well written and fun. Her pictures make you feel as if you’re going on food journeys with her. (A Versatile Blogger award)

8)  Society Red:  His tagline says it all:  “nonlinear, bite-size, easily digestible pieces of me.”  I enjoy his observations.  (A Lovely Blog award)

9) The Little Lady Speaks:  Thoughts and opinions shared in a frank and real way.  Pleasant blog with a sense of purpose. (A Lovely Blog award)

10)  Detours by Deetali

Wonderful posts about places and great photography to accompany it. (A Lovely Blog award)

12) Chris 9911– A workaholic who always makes time for his friends. He writes poignant, funny and heartfelt posts about anything from his bikes and family to silly videos and things that make him stop and reflect. Chris you get the A Lovely Blog Award.

13) purpleowltree: To say this blogger is courageous is an understatement.  She has been fearless in writing about her experience and journey with DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder .  She writes about heart wrenching and triumphant moments and some posts are written by her alters who shed light on a very complex life. An eye-opening read for those who welcome more understanding. She has a generosity of spirit and I appreciate her support of my posts. (The Versatile Blogger award)

14) The Sacred Cave Wonderful photography and posts about thoughts and musings.  (A Versatile Blogger award)

15)  Dor’s Virginia Views :    A truly enjoyable blog. (A Lovely Blog award)


7  things to know about me:

1) I love sheep that roam the English countryside.

2) I recently found and am obsessed with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Almond spread-better than Nutella.

3) I swam with wild dolphins with one of my very best friends-an amazing experience.

4) I adore Boxer dogs.

5)  I am perpetually learning the Italian language (damn those conjugated verbs and constantly changing adjectives!)

6)  I love passion however it manifests itself (writing, art, cooking, craftmanship, the turn of phrase). Such a turn on!

7)  My favorite part of the day is late afternoon, especially on the beach when everything turns golden.


Again, thank you for all the support and kindness you’ve shown me

Happy Blogging and wishing everyone much success!


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34 responses to “Showered By The Generosity Of Others This Week

  1. Congratulations! I gotta try that chocolate almond spread now!

  2. purpleowltree1234

    A huge congratulations to you Dana, for well-deserved acknowledgement of your award-winning Blog! 😀 I find your writing so insightful and open and hilarious that I keep coming back to see every new thing you post. 🙂 May this Blog live for many many full years, because it is truly entertaining and meaningful. 🙂
    Thank you dearly for your Versatile Blogger award you’re giving us! 🙂 It’s our first award and I feel Very Proud! hahaha! And what lovely things you say about our Blog too. Thank you so much, my friend.
    Love Always, from Rach 🙂

  3. High praise Rach, thank you so much, your support has been amazing! You deserve it as well you put so much into your posts, you really do. I’m sure you’ll receive many more!

  4. I believe you truly deserve the awards! Congratulations! I’ll be waiting impatiently for more posts.

  5. Better than Nutella? Gasp!!!! Gotta try that one. Thanks for the Award, I’m feeling all shiny now! 🙂

    • Aww shiny is good, it’s the new black! I love Nutella but am an almond fiend so really love chocolate and almond together as well.

  6. This is just in time too, because I’m nominating you for the Reader Appreciation Award, yay! One more to add to the collection!

    • Wow thanks very much! I’m honored! You’ve been so great to support my blog, it really means a lot. I look forward to reading more of your post as well. Thanks again!

  7. The response to your blog and these awards are well-deserved! Thank you for the mention of mine and the award. I’m a little embarrassed as I’ve neglected my writing for a month or so. I occasionally let work and other less important components of life lull me into a distracted state of mind, forgetting what really clears my head. You have effectively shaken me awake…thank you!

    • Cracked me up! You’re busted! Wakey wakey! Glad I could be of service. I know what you mean though, work is really getting in the way-I need to write more as well. Thanks for your encouraging words, I appreciate it!

  8. Thanks so much and thanks for sharing some great blogs with your readers! Have a Great Day!

  9. Daisy

    In bocca al lupo per l’Italiano allora…io ho il papà italiano ma l’ho imparato veramente vivendo qua… Dovevo venire solo per un anno ma ormai sono quasi cinque e non voglio più andare via!

  10. Dana – Thank you so much for the Lovely Blog Award for my brand new blog, Dor’s Virginia Views. I am proud you have added me to the list since you are such an awesome blogger! 🙂

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  13. Wandering Voiceless

    Thank you for recommending PupleOwlTree. Very Much. :>

  14. Reblogged this on Food Vixen in NYC's Blog and commented:
    This is one of the main reasons why I love to write my blog. Its about sharing my love for food with people who appreciate what I have to say and that means the world to me. Thank you for The Versatile Blogger award. I am tickled pink!

  15. Uh oh! Here’s another award for you Dana! You are definitely well appreciated so I’m giving you The Reader Appreciation Award! Check out the very simple rules on my new blog o.k.? And thanks again for including me in the Lovely Blogs you enjoy. 🙂 Dor

  16. I’ve been so freakin busy with all my tasks and home design, I’ve completely neglected the blogging world 😦
    I hope you know how appreciative I am of this recognition from you. You are a fantastique blogger and a wonderful friend. Thank you for the nomination :). I’ll probably get around to putting it on my “mantle” within next several weeks…lol
    Now on to other non-related topics. Regarding your back problem, you should really look into getting a DESKTOP computer with height adjustable table, chair, & footrest. Please take care of yourself in this department. Wish I was there to take you around shopping for this stuff, but I’m sure you’ll manage just fine 🙂
    Lastly, your new avatar picture, wow!

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