Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Twice in the past 4 days I have been honored to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Many thanks to Think.Do.Write. who blogs from Mumbai, India ( for honoring me on December 18 with this award…

Very Inspiring Blogger AwardAnd many thanks to Our Rumbling Ocean who blogs from the east coast of South Africa ( for honoring me today, December 21, with the same award (different graphic)…

Very Inspiring Blogger Award 2Please check out both of these blogs.  You’ll be glad you did.

One of the nominations asks recipients of the award to list seven things about oneself.  The other asks recipients to list three things that have been recent inspirations.  I’ll try to combine the two:

1. My husband and I celebrated Christmas early this year with our daughter and her husband and grandson Ben. I always am inspired by them and the obstacles they have overcome. (

2. Since last May I have lost three members of my family, including my mother, a  younger cousin, and an aunt.  This has been a difficult time, but I am inspired by the lives of all three of these amazing women and the love they each had for others.

3. Beginning on January 5, I will be teaching high-school-level World History, U.S. History, Government/Civics, and Economics to inmates at a women’s prison as part of a new and innovative program that is a joint venture of the State of Georgia Department of Corrections and Mountain Education Charter High School.  I was inspired by the fact that I was asked to be a part of this program.

4. I love music and love to sing, and I play several musical instruments including piano and guitar and other not-so-common instruments such as the Native American flute, the Appalachian dulcimer, the hammered dulcimer, the bowed psaltery, the blues harp (harmonica), and the African thumb piano. Unfortunately, arthritis in my hands prevents me from playing the guitar anymore, and makes it difficult for me to play the Native American flute.

5. Photography has been a hobby of mine for several years, and although I did not foresee this blog becoming a photography blog when I began, it has in many ways become that.

6. An introvert, I do not like crowds and prefer being with my family or small groups of friends.

7. My husband and I live in the woods in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, among the deer, bears, foxes, coyotes, and panthers, all of which we have seen at one time or another.  We have good neighbors through the woods but can only see their houses when the leaves are off the trees in the winter. We love it here.

Blogs that inspire me and that I would like to nominate for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award include:

Cindy Knoke  (

A Napper’s Companion  (

Always Backroads  (

Charlotte Hoather  (

Dreams and Escapes  (

Deep in the Heart of Textiles  (

Destino  (

disappearing in plain sight  (

Lijiun  (

Perception  (

Petals Unfolding  (

The World Is a Book  (

The Kitchens Garden  (

through the luminary lens  (

I know that some of these blogs prefer to be award-free and others may not want to answer questions or nominate others.  But please know that your blog has been an inspiration to me.  If you are so inclined, share the love, and everyone keep on blogging!



16 Comments Add yours

  1. Gaurab says:

    Congrats to you and the bloggers you nominated. 🙂


  2. Amy says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and thoughts through the year. 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you!


    1. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you, too!


  3. Thank you for mentioning my blog! I follow a lot of the other people you mentioned, and I went to check out the others too, and enjoyed them!
    I am amazed at all the instruments you play!

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    1. You are quite welcome! I really enjoy your blog and am in awe of your talent!


  4. arlene says:

    Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for including my blog in your list.


    1. You are welcome! I really enjoy your posts!


  5. John Coleman says:

    Love your blog, too, Deb. Thanks for the nod. I hope you, Ben, and the whole gang are doing well this Christmas. Merry, merry, merry, John


    1. Thanks, John. We had a lovely Christmas and hope you did, too. Cheers, Deb


  6. Deb – thank you kindly for this honour, to both Francis and myself. We too have been moved by you and your journey, as witnessed here in Unexpected in Common Hours.We are presently enjoying family and grand kids in Vancouver over the holidays, and it so wonderful to hear how you and your husband have spent time with your grandson Ben and his family over the holiday. I’m certain you have celebrated many joys this Christmas, even amidst loss. Good luck with your teaching at the women’s correctional institute this year. It was such a pleasure to here of your musical gifts as well. Blessings and peace in the New year.


  7. You are such an interesting woman!!! I am sure that is why I began following your blog quite some time ago. I hope that all is well with Ben and he has enjoyed a healthy and happy Christmas. Your talent with the native flute really intrigues me as I work with native children. We play native flute music at sleep time. 🙂

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank you! Ben is doing great and had a wonderful Christmas. He will travel back to New York City in May for follow-up medical tests, but for now he is enjoying attending pre-K class and just being an active 4-year-old… I love that you play native flute music at the children’s sleep time; it’s so soothing and relaxing. Best wishes to you for a wonderful new year!


  8. Thank you for thinking of me, I loved reading your seven interesting facts, if I ever get to Northeast Georgia we’ll have to do a folksong or two together 🙂 I’m learning four Amercian folk songs for my exam this month.
    Best wishes

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