Last week, in the midst of feeling a bit overwhelmed and inadequate a message out of the blue brought that sting to the eyes you get when you’re surprised, gratified, proud and disbelieving all at the same time. It was from Robin Coyle, Writer, over in California, and she had nominated me for an Awesome Blog Content Award – Awesome Blog Content? Whoopee! If Robin says so, then that means something to me, because she’s a writer, a good one. Thank You, Robin, I am delighted to accept the award and will display it on my sidebar with pride.
With the honour comes the duty however, as the Award asks recipients to list 26 alphabetical things about themselves, and to nominate other Bloggers. You’ll surely understand then why it’s taken me the better part of a week to sit down to write my acceptance speech: 26 characteristics of moi, and then the nominations?
To be a nominator should be a pleasurable task, and in that vein I put aside my misgivings about the act of choosing (one over another) – and nominate the following Blogs whose content has struck me as awesome for one reason or another.
Canadian Art Junkie – the very best of Canadian contemporary art, and/or contemporary art exhibited in Canada. He doesn’t write enough, in my opinion, but his curatorial skill and the sheer brilliance of what he showcases in this Blog is top of my list for Awesome Blog Content today. From here you can visit his other sites showcasing works from the global art scene.
Kate Shrewsday always satisfies my need for detail, rare, out of the way detail that draws threads from unlikely places to spin stories leading to other unlikely places.
Mira Goes to Market. Mira’s got her head deep in her books just now, but while she’s finishing her masters, we can catch up on her life through markets Blog. I don’t know about you but to learn a bit of history, taste fantastic food, and take a dip into other people’s (interesting) lives is always a treat.
If you like New York, then a trip to Necessary Cruelty will do the trick. Highly theatrical, highly opinionated, and highly entertaining, the man in the hat has put together some awesome Blog content in a very short career on our site.
A visit to The Urge to Wander is almost as good as going there yourself. Madhu gives us lashings of detail, and with her designer’s eye her gorgeous pictures complete the scene perfectly.
And finally, to celebrate his 4th anniversary, the awesome catalogue of Worth Doing Badly will have something to delight everyone.
I can’t put it off any longer, so here’s the ABC of Me:
A = Robin suggested awesome as a suitable start, but I’m uncomfortable with that. I’m thrilled someone considers my blog to be awesome in any way, but not me. On the other hand, my (nationalistic) misgivings aside, I find I definitely am Australian, and am glad so see so many others here in our Blog. I might have said ambitious once, but my Australian-ness seems to be the more assertive characteristic as I grow older. I used to be pretty assertive too, and won’t be pushed around, but see B.2 below.
B = Backward. Don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I’ve discovered I seem to do things backwards. A few (mis)adventures notwithstanding, my adolescence I went through in my mid-twenties, my parenting skills were honed in my late fifties. Also, I’m terribly backward at coming forward, something I used not to be, but it’s true.
C = Comfortable. I learned to be comfortable with myself at an early age. I had to. I was an only child growing up in the country.
D = Digressive – you might have noticed.
E = Eager. Enthusiastic. Excitable. Ernest.
F = Fidgety. I only recognized this lifelong characteristic when I began to meditate. Always fidgeting.
G = Generous, but in a grumpy way. Don’t like the grand gesture, nor do I like to be forced into generosity.
H = Heavy, a little lugubrious, sometimes – but this is only one facet of my personality.
I = Interested. Everything interests me – even economics and poetry. I love to know about people, how things work, why, why, why?
J = I’m not jealous. Oh yes, I’ve felt it, but somehow it never becomes viridian (forever an emphatic vi-RID-ian thanks to Cara at This Little Light. Thanks Cara.)
K = Keen. Yes, covered by E, but also in the sense of dedicated and committed.
L = Lazy. Ma always said so and it turns out in a way she was right. Mother’s are usually right, right?
M = Yes, some might call me moralistic. I don’t mind. I’ll always leap into the fray to right a wrong. Don’t get me started. It has to do with responsibility, and honour.
N = Nitpicker. A hangover from my days as a control freak and perfectionist, I just can’t seem to let go of the details.
O = Optimistic. Ma was always accusing me of being a Pollyanna. This was a gross exaggeration.
P = Procrastinator. A new characteristic I’m not happy to see. Not so long ago I would have had to admit to perfectionist, but that was beat out of me by two ninetyish dependents.
Q = Quiet. I like to listen, and I like to be quiet so I can feel the stillness.
R = Receptive (open, amenable, approachable, affable) – characteristics inherited from my beloved Papa.
S = Sensuous. I’ll leave it at that.
T = Truthful (of course), but also in the sense of frank, open, straightforward, and certainly a seeker after the truth.
U = Uncomplicated. What you see is what you get.
V = Voluble, vociferous. Once I get going, it’s difficult to be more moderate in my speech and enthusiasm, sometimes leading to (cultural) misunderstandings.
W = Wanderer. I took my first unchaperoned trip at age four, when I persuaded my ‘de facto’ brother we should find a shop to buy sweets. It was barely light out and with tuppence we rode the bus from Newport to Palm Beach and nobody questioned us. It was a little more difficult getting back to his parents’ holiday house with no money.
X = Xtreme. A bit, though I’m trying to temper these traits.
Y = I’m not afraid of hard yakka, and like a well-told yarn; I’m not a yobbo or a yes (wo)man, nor any more a youngster, but I’m still uncomfortable with the yukky stuff.
Z = Zealous, in a good way of course: fervent, ardent, a little intense at times.
There! Pass the baton. Go and visit some Awesome Blogs. Get talking.