By – Sheri de Grom
Earlier this month I received The Reality Blog Award from my blogging friend Patricia Yager Delagrange. Thanks, Patti, for nominating me.
The rules for receiving the award are as follows:
Visit the blog of the person who nominated you, thank them, and acknowledge them on your blog.
Answer the questions listed below and nominate up to 20 bloggers whom you feel deserve recognition. Visit their blog and let them know.
Cut and paste the award to your wall.
The questions are different from any I’ve encountered with blog awards before.
If you could change one thing, what would you change?
Anyone living permanently in the U.S. who is not a citizen would have to leave the country. They could return to their own country or any other country willing to accept them. All children and young adults born in the United States to illegal immigrants would leave with their parents and/or guardians. The borders of the United States would be closed and any individual seeking U.S. citizenship would have to go though proper channels.
Our federal and state governments cannot continue to provide healthcare and education to a non-taxed population. Many other categories of our infrastructure are negatively impacted.
If you could repeat an age, what would it be?
I’ve been blessed with wonderful memories from every year I remember. Each year has also held its share of heartache. There are times and places I’d love to revisit but there’s not a single age I’d care to repeat in its entirety. I’d rather have an extra year to continue exploring life if someone is handing out extra time on earth.
What one thing really scares you?
I’m afraid one day within the next twenty to twenty-five years we will run out of clean drinking water. It will cost more to buy clean water than it does to buy food. Our inland and underground waterways are already so polluted they do not produce safe drinking water. The toxic chemicals that flow into our rivers and other water sources have caused the water to become so severely compromised that the fish that live there are no longer safe to eat. Domestic livestock along with wild game are now contaminated. Cancer and other life-threatening diseases are the result of years of environmental abuse.
If you could be someone else for the day, who would it be?
Katharine Graham is now deceased but, of all the women I’ve admired, Katharine Graham stands out. I’d like to walk a day in her shoes, be responsible for the Washington Post and make the decisions for upholding journalistic integrity. I’d like to have the opportunity to experience it in today’s world. She managed the daily operations of The Post when journalism was still a ‘man’s world.’
And now for my nominations:
Mae Clair – From the pen of Mae Clair we are granted myth, mystery and modern-day suspense. Her debut novel Weathering Rock recently received a five-star review from Dii of Tone Tender. Weathering Rock is being followed by Twelfth Sun in August 2013. It is a contemporary mystery/romance. The title of her WIP is The Mystery of Eclipse Lake. Mae and I have been blogging friends from almost the moment our blogs went live. Her blog is one of the most diverse I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I encourage you to read her blog of Jan. 24, 2013 here. In one concise blog she not only manages to engage the reader in all three of her novels but closes with asking her readers to disclose something about themselves. This is blog marketing at its best.
Patricia – Patty’s life centers on her faith in God and her family. We’ve become friends by way of our blogging and common experiences of being wives of retired military men, our belief that our daily lives are dependent upon God’s guidance, and our continuing hope that by living well we’ll find peace in our daily existence. Before we met, Patty and I were both advocates for military families around the world and continue to do so. We’ve found an added bonus with our love of reading and the written word. Check out Patty’s blog here where she writes of placing her life in God’s hands while battling breast cancer.
Denise Hisey – Moving from surviving to thriving is the theme of Denise’s blog. She brings a variety of subjects to her blog and I’m always guaranteed a rich and rewarding read. One of my favorites is her six word memoir: “Getting my life back. Grateful. Hopeful.” Although the November elections are long over, don’t miss Denise’s blog titled, “Your Voice Matters,” here.
C. J. Knotts – cj has changed the focus of her blog and the title is now Woman at the Well. With each post she shares her own story and what God has taught her. Each blog incorporates life events integrated with scripture. CJ challenges her readers to live as God would have them live on a daily basis. Woman at the Well is one of my favorite faith blogs and often serves as a daily devotional. Read CJ’s challenge to love everyone here.
Paula – Two sisters, Renae and Paula, lived a few miles from each other for thirty years and then were separated by many miles. The sisters, along with their supportive husbands, made their life-changing event work. Along with a good phone plan, ‘thestuffitellmysister’ blog was born. The blog covers many interesting topics and offers thoughts for interpretation. Reflections on life may be as soothing as a Sunday drive in the country or as in-the-face as how our economy has changed the work lives of loved ones across the United States. Please read the blogs here and here.
Tameri Etherton – Tameri recently published what I consider the best author interview ever. Let me just say it was an other-worldly experience and you may read it here. A previous post of Tameris’ sent me straight to Amazon to order three books. You may read that blog here. She is one persuasive lady. Tameri is your go-to lady for any and everything writer-conference-related. See her post here. Don’t get too comfortable reading blogs and thinking about writing conferences, Tameri also has nifty craft ideas.
Len Williams Carter – Len is a relatively new blogging friend. I’ve come to look forward to reading her blogs posted under what she titles, ‘my true self and my insanity.’ Len’s blog often opens my heart when I least expect anyone should have the ability to cause me to remember years gone by. Her blog is one of facing life head-on. She writes of children and a longing for little hands. Read here. Len also addresses her faith and writes exquisite poetry. You may read her poetry here. One of my all time favorites is titled, ‘What Has Become Of Me.’ You may read that post here.
I’ll close with a special thank you to my friend Patti for sending me this award, and now I’ve passed it on to Mae, Patricia, Denise, CJ, Paula, Tameri, and Len. Thanks to all for being my blogging friends.