Sadje over at Keep it Alive nominated me for this award. Sadje writes on a wide variety of subjects and keeps it interesting and entertaining. Check out her blog:

Thank you for honoring me with this award, Sadje. I am sincerely grateful. (To my readers, scroll down to see my nominations, you’ll be glad you did)

Sadje Posed the following 8 Questions for me to answer:

How has writing affected your life?

Writing has helped me express ideas, served as a form of therapy at times, and helped me identify the things dearest to my heart and assisted me to create and meet my personal goals.

Do you have any hobbies?

I used to do crafts, crochet, and cross-stitch, but my eyesight is not what it once was and I think I’ve run the gambit on those. I love to read. I like documentaries and of course I love to write. My only other hobby is nature photography, which I love.

Do you follow the social media?

Yes, actually. I like Facebook because my family live in provinces far away from mine, so we cannot easily visit. Facebook allows me to see babies grow from infant to children and onward, which I thoroughly enjoy.   I love the photos posted of special occasions like weddings, vacations, and holidays. It helps keep us all connected. I also use Twitter, but not as frequently.

On a relaxing day, do you prefer to go out to eat or order in?

I work almost every day so when I have a day off I’d prefer to order in. I guess I’m a bit of a homebody.

If you were required to learn another language, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose to learn French as I am Canadian and French is one of our national languages. I know a smattering, but not enough to converse fluently.

List your 3 favorite writers whose work has affected your own writing.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol resonates with me because of the subject matter i.e. societal injustices. I love Nicholas Sparkes for the ease with which he tells a story. Another writer I much admire is Mary Jo Leddy. She writes non-fiction stories about her experiences helping refugees and people new to Canada. I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction. I like real life stories that tell tales of people who have surmounted tremendous odds. I am passionate about human rights and to be frank, I really don’t know how the authors I’ve mentioned have affected my writing, except to say they inspire me.

Morning walk/ jog or evening gym?

And the answer to this would be D. none of the above. I’m afraid I live a rather sedentary life style, though I do walk but not on a regular basis.

What is your childhood dream that you still want to achieve/ or have achieved?

I’d like to learn how to play piano and to paint. So far, they are still on my bucket list.

Eight random thoughts about myself:

I love animals, and especially my fur-baby, Callie, who has been featured in a few of my blog posts.

I really enjoy photography. Although I am far from an expert, I like trying to capture the beauty in nature or just to capture the light play on an object or scene.

Christmas is approaching and once again I am begging my adult children to keep it simple. I am all about downsizing and getting rid of clutter I no longer want or need.

I love the Northern Lights and this place I call home often grants me the pleasure of viewing them.

Politics are interesting, but often frustrating. Why are people so easily led?

Consumerism will be the death of the planet, in my opinion.

Faith has carried me through many hardships and challenges. I pray it will carry me onward until my days on earth are done.

I miss the ocean.

As per the rules of this award I nominate the following 8 bloggers (in no particular order and if you accept this award please see 8 questions that follow the nominations as well as the rules for this award):

Nefertari at Educate to Liberate writes insightful blog posts which are sometimes challenging and always inspiring. She is an educator and a writer extraordinaire. Check out her blog:

Nefertari Nikenge

Stephen at Fractured Faith Blog often entertains me with his wit; inspires me with his candor, and regularly surprises me. Stephen lives in Ireland and writes about faith (of course) his daily struggles with OCD and the challenges of work, family, and publishing his books. Check out his offerings:

Dr. Perry writes the MakeItUltra Psychology blog, but don’t assume this blog is only about psychology, though it is the mainstay. Dr. Perry inspires, uplifts, gives generously of his time and wisdom and is a must read. He sprinkles his posts with stories from his own lived experience and often share breathtaking photos as well. Do yourself a favor and have a peek at his blog:

If you’d like to learn more about our world and how human rights are being impacted you may want to peruse the offerings on Baher Kamal’s blog, Human Wrongs Watch

Have you ever wondered how homeless individuals deal with their harsh existence? You may want to learn more about this growing problem. If you do then be sure to give some time to A.P. at Eden in Babylon

Dottie’s Journey takes the reader along on her life experiences facing challenges that would daunt most of us, but Dottie’s upbeat ways and honesty give hope and inspiration to many. Find her blog at

Shauna is a self-professed geek who also happens to work in a library. She enjoys cosplay and all things geek. I recently re-blogged her post about smuggling her pet rats across the country. Shauna is cheery, upbeat, and a joy to read.

Here are my 8 questions for the nominees:

  1. What inspires you to write?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do, besides blogging?
  3. How long have you been blogging?
  4. What challenges do you face as a blogger?
  5. I have read blogs from around the world. What part of the world do you reside in?
  6. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
  7. Who is your favorite story teller?
  8. What would you most like to change in our world?


Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award

Answer 8 questions that the blogger gave you

Give 8 random thoughts about yourself

Nominate 8 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination

Ask your nominees 8 questions.

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