AreMyFeetOffTheGround (Lee Dunn) nominated me for The Liebster Award. Lee is a talented author and I very much enjoy his writing.  Check out his offerings at

This is my first nomination and I am sincerely grateful. The Liebster Award is an opportunity for bloggers to recognize and support other bloggers for their achievements. It’s available between January 1 – December 31, 2018. All nominations are voluntary and geared towards blogs with 1000 readers or less.

As part of the process Lee posed several questions for me to answer. So here goes:

1 – What was your favourite scary story as a child?

My favourite “scary” story, if you can call it that, was Hansel and Gretel. I have never been a fan of scary stories or the whole horror genre, not even as a child. Hansel and Gretel is about as terrifying as it got.

2 – Who is your favourite book character of all time?

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, has always been way up there on my list of favourite books and his portrayal of Bob Cratchit resonated with me. I just love the way he does not allow Scrooge to influence who he is as a person.

3 – When did you first begin writing?

I was seven years old and began with writing letters to my dad’s eldest sister and to my cousins. In my teens I wrote fairly awful poetry and got involved with the high school newspaper and yearbook.

4 – Who of your friends have you used as characters in the things you have written?

Because I tend to write non-fiction stories this question is somewhat not applicable. However, I have written a few children’s stories and my sister’s father-in-law was the inspiration for the wise farmer in one of them.

5 – Were you a ghost, where and who would you haunt?

If I were a ghost I would make my way to the White House and haunt the president (and hopefully scare the bejesus out of him).

6 – If you were given the opportunity to live in any era, what and where would it be?

This is a difficult question for me. As a female I really would not want to go back in time. Let’s face it, the world remains fairly patriarchal and women continue to struggle for the respect and decency more readily granted to men. So, I am going to leave it at that. I rather like who I am and where I am on the time/space continuum.

7 – What noises can you hear right now?

The humming of the refrigerator motor, the low buzz of my computer speakers, and the narrator on the television program my husband is watching.

8 – If you could make one blog related statement, what would it be?

Write what you know or can vividly imagine – don’t try to emulate other writers. Just be yourself.

Apparently one of the rules for this award is to write a 150 to 300-word post about your favorite blog. Explain why you like the blog and provide links.

So, here goes:

A blog I recently came across and was inspired by is “Embracing your new normal”. The post I read was entitled Instructions for a Tragedy, written on the eight-year anniversary of her son’s death. It documents the tragic experience of losing a child to suicide and its horrific aftermath. The writer is brutally honest and, in my opinion, extremely courageous. She minces no words and strikes right at the core of her heartbreak and pain. Her words will speak straight to the heart of others who have had the misfortune of joining this bereaved group of people. I have never lost a child to suicide, but a beloved uncle died in this manner many years ago and I still remember the wrenching pain and the overblown guilt that followed his demise.

Celenia Delsol is a hero in my book for allowing us a glimpse into her grief and the tragic circumstances that surround it. But more than that, she is a hero because of her grit and determination to carry on.

In a world that is often cruel, unforgiving, and down right mean at times, this blog is a testament to what the human spirit can endure and overcome. It is also inspirational and down to earth. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to read this special piece of writing that expresses so well the journey from despair to survival. Thank you, Celenia Delsol, for expressing what many cannot.

If you wish to check out her blog follow this link:


It seems to me that this nomination is also a way to help my readers and fellow bloggers get to know me a little better. So, in accordance with the rules of the game here are eleven random facts about myself:

  • I am passionate about human rights and the environment
  • I absolutely adore my cat
  • I am a trained journalist and have written for local newspapers and magazines
  • I love people and have worked with the public most of my life
  • I am the mother of three adult children
  • I have never travelled outside Canada
  • For 38 years I have enjoyed the companionship and support of my loving husband
  • I abhor commercialism
  • My favorite places are beaches and nature trails through the woods
  • I dislike spiders
  • I enjoy hearing the life stories of new people I meet

The following is a list of rules and regulations for the people I have nominated:

*Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
*Display the award on your blog, by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or “gadget.” (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your computer, and then upload it to your blog post.)
*Answer 11 questions about yourself which will be provided by the person who nominated you. Provide eleven random facts about yourself.
*Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you feel deserve the award, and who have less than 1000 followers. (NOTE: you can always ask the blogger how many followers he or she has, as not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information).
*Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
*List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published the blog, you have to:
*Inform the people/blogs that you have nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post, so that they may learn about it

* Write a 150 to 300-word post about your favorite blog. Explain why you like the blog and provide links.

Here are my 11 questions for you:

  1. What inspires you to write?
  2. Do you have any advice for novice bloggers?
  3. How long have you been blogging (and/or writing)?
  4. Who is your favorite author?
  5. How would you describe your blog?
  6. Do you have a mentor or somebody who strongly influences you?
  7. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
  8. What is your go-to solution for writer’s block?
  9. Where are you from?
  10. What are some of your passions, in addition to writing?
  11. Do you have other creative outlets in addition to blogging?








11 thoughts on “The Liebster Award

  1. I loved this. You are a massive inspiration to me and so many others Aunt Carol. I am so very proud of you, your writing skills are phenomenally out of this world and I wish I could get half as good as you in my writing career. Keep up the great work Aunty. You’ve got my support.


  2. Thank you so freaking much for nominating me!! I JUST saw your post about it. I am in the process of trying to figure out who to nominate, but will post my Liebster Award blog soon. Again, I was deeply touched by your feedback about “Instructions For A Tragedy.” Gobsmacked, actually. You made my day. Week. Month.


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