Liebster Award


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.

The Liebster Award



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?