The Versatile Blogger Award

I am excited to tell you that Jodi Stone nominated my blog for The Versatile Blogger Award!  Thank you, Jodi.  I am very honored to accept this award!  I discovered Jodi’s blog one night when I was tag surfing.  I enjoyed reading about Jodi’s dogs at Life with Sampson and Delilah….The 411.  We have been trading comments on each others blogs for a few weeks now!

There are four simple rules for The Versatile Blogger Award:

Post a link to the person who gave you the award.

Tell your readers seven random things about yourself.

Award 15 newly discovered blogs.

Send them a note letting them know you nominated them.

Seven random things about myself:

1.  This is the first award that I have received since receiving the “Funniest Person Award” when I worked at McDonald’s when I was a teenager.  A sense of humor can go a long way in life, let me tell ya.

2.  My dream is to write a book and get it published.  The idea that I have right now is to write a story about growing up on the north side.  My Grandpa would be one of the main characters.  I have many fond memories of my Grandpa.  Our family is very proud of the work he did as a wood-carver.  I am taking another writing class at The Loft this fall so that I can become more inspired and hopefully achieve my goal!

3.  My husband makes me and our kids laugh almost everyday.

4.  I work as a legal secretary, and I like my desk because I can see outside from many different angles.

5.  If someone would have told me a year ago that I would have a blog right now, I would have told them they were one card short of a deck!

6.  I am pretty sure that my Book Club could be in the Guinness Book of World Records for staying together for so long.  We have been meeting since 1985.

7.  I cannot follow professional sports teams no matter how hard I try.

Now, for the nominees I have chosen.  I have been following the first eight nominees either by liking their post or commenting on something they have written.  The rest of the nominees were found after a very long search, and I am glad that I found these blogs because I am looking forward to following them too.

1.  Off Beat Behavior.  I like reading how this college-bound blogger brings humor to awkward situations!

2.  She Has Cute Shoes.  This blogger relates various life situations to shoes.  I never saw so many cute shoes!

3.  Storytelling Nomad.  Check out this site for updates on what this blogger is reading and helpful writing inspiration.

4.  Hotdish & Catfish.  Two bloggers sharing stories north and south of the Mason Dixon line.

5.   Travel with Bubba.  A plastic man goes on journeys to interesting locations.

6.  MN Prairie Roots.  This site gives updates on the happenings in Southern Minnesota.

7.  Byron’s Curse.  This blogger writes about many different subjects as she ventures through her journey of being a writer.

8.  A Mental Squint.  I enjoyed reading this blog about pen pals when it was recently Freshly Pressed on Word Press.

9.  An Antiquarian’s Personage.  Check out the beautiful photographs on this blog.

10.  Marisa Reads It and Writes It.  A truthful book review blog.

11.  Dabodog’s Blog.  A blogger’s life experiences on Martha’s Vineyard.

12.  Trying to Control the Chaos.  A Mom’s blog about raising five children.

13.  Give Me Your Forever.  Blogger who writes about what’s on her mind.

14.  Words We Women Write.  A Writing Group’s blog.

15.  Mom Makes.  Find delicious recipes here.

I hope you enjoy the above blogs.


My English Teacher’s “Words” Always Stuck in My Head!

This post is inspired by The Red Dress Club RemembeRED prompt:  “Everyone remembers that first inspiration or mentor in their lives that made them want to be or do something in their lives, whether you actually followed through with it or not. Tell us about that inspiration/mentor. How did they affect or change your life!”

Going into 9th Grade was a big change for me because I was going to be attending a different school.  My plans were to attend the high school in our neighborhood, but just a short time before school started, a  judge ruled that the kids who lived on the 35th Avenue stretch of blocks on the north side of Minneapolis had to attend Jordan Junior High School.  After completing 9th Grade, we could then attend our neighborhood high school.  If I would have lived one block closer to the high school, I would have been allowed to attend Patrick Henry High for 9th Grade.

I had one other friend who I knew from grade school who would attend Jordan with me.  I also knew some neighborhood kids, but we were not close friends like we used to be when we were younger.  I was pretty nervous about going to a new school, and I felt that I would have been more comfortable at the high school.

Looking back, I realize that Jordan is where I met some of my closest friends and where I met one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Hallberg.  I admired Mrs. Hallberg’s soft-spoken ways, her pretty blond hair and petite figure – she could have been one of those actresses who portrayed a mom on television.  We were assigned many writing assignments, and I still treasure my paper where Mrs. Hallberg penned in the corner:  “You write very well.  Keep on improving it and you may be able to make a career of it.”  Her words always stuck in my head.  She was the first person whoever complimented me on my writing.  Mrs. Hallberg did not know that I wrote stories and poems all the time on the multi-colored, pastel notebook paper that was very popular back then.  

Mrs. Hallberg’s words frightened me too.  I did not have enough confidence to be a writer and do things that writers do, like join the school newspaper.  I knew that writers get noticed and complimented and/or rejected and criticized.  Hard things to accept for someone who just wanted to blend in.

Almost 40 years later, I finally gathered enough courage to listen to the words of Mrs. Hallberg.  I am taking writing classes, started this blog, and making writing a priority in my life.  I now know writing is something I just have to do for me. 

Even though I was very upset about the  judge’s ruling back then, attending Jordan turned out to be a good experience for me.  Teachers’ comments can last a lifetime!