“You Make My Day Award”

Many thanks to Wendell A. Brown at:  http://foreverpoetic.me/ for nominating mypenandme for this award and what a delightful award it is.

The Muppets bring back warm remembrances–especially of my grandfather.  My grandfather didn’t have much of a childhood.  Eventually he ran away from home because he didn’t think much of his new stepfather who wasn’t very nice to him.  He found employment in a sawmill and over the years by working hard and taking courses at night, he worked his way up to becoming a lumber inspector covering I think, most if not all of the Canadian Provinces and some of the Southern States as well.  He spent most of his life on the road, eating in restaurants, sleeping in motels, taking in the odd opera or symphony here and there…  Just prior to his retirement, my grandfather met my grandmother and married her five years before I was born.  My grandfather was always very good to me.  When we visited, he took me and his dog for long walks and taught me all about trees.  He built a house for my toy dog out of plywood and covered it with a vinyl covering.  He delighted in bringing out wind-up toys–cars and animals, and we played with them for what seemed like hours.  He made cute little baskets with handles by carving out walnut shells–purses for my dolls.  We read stories, played dominoes and checkers, but of all the things that we did together, grandpa’s favorite thing to do was watching cartoons on television–Popeye, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry, to name a few.  When the Muppets aired on television, I never saw my grandfather look happier.  He became alive.  He bacame a child again.  My grandmother, my mother and me all agreed that watching my grandfather watch the Muppets was more enjoyable than watching the Muppets themselves.

So…thank you Wendell A. Brown at:  http://foreverpoetic.me/ for this award.  It certainly brought a smile to my face.

Rules; First, one must thank the person who nominated them.

Second, you are required to answer the following 8 questions;

1) Why do you blog?
Answer:  I started out with a Music Myspace page to post some of my original songs.  It was there that I discovered blogs.  I began posting my poetry there and gosh was is ever awful, but I kept persisting.  I posted there for four years.  When the new Myspace came in there were many problems–then, I discovered WordPress.  🙂

2) If you were trapped on a desert island, what book, DVD, food, cartoon character, and childhood game would you bring?

I would bring one of Syd Field’s books or William C. Martell’s books about screenwriting, lots of blank journals and a box of pens.   Oops…I’m not answering the question properly.  Okay…The Bible and some Zen poetry.

DVD:  Either Richard Thompson–live from austin, Culture Club 20th Anniversary Concert or Sting–all this time

Food:  dried pasta (although my first thought was a lemon meringue pie)

Cartoon Character:  I wouldn’t have yet gone mad!  Okay…Scooby Doo.

Childhood Game:  a deck of playing cards–one has to be practical!

3) Share a funny joke or one-liner.

I’ll have to think on that one–will post later.

4) What is your favourite thing about your self?

I’m comfortable in my own skin.

5) What one word best describes you?

Hardworking and persistent – oops, that’s two.

6) If you could have a lifetime supply of any candy/candy bar, what would it be?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Kit Kats

7) What fictional character do you relate to most?

Little Red Riding Hood – I’ve had to be brave, keep my chin up and walk through many forests during my lifetime…and I live in the city.

8) If you were to write the story of your life, what would you call it?

If I Met You Today, I’d Do It All Over Again.  Of course, this would be a lousy title, but definitely fitting.

And last but not least,  nominate 8 of your favourite blogs.

Well…Here are three blogs that I have recently discovered and liked.




Wishing all my readers and friends a happy day/evening.

Mary Ann/mypenandme

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you to Thomas at:  http://astrangertoheavenandearth.com/ for nominating mypenandme for this award.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post the award image to your page
  3. Tell seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate up to 15 other bloggers and let them know

7 things about me are:

1.  I had three hours’ sleep last night.  I meant to have a nap sometime during the day but the day slipped by and then the evening did as well.  Now it is 12:31 a.m.

2.  I went to the bank and the grocery store very early this morning because we were expecting rain.  I wish I had brought my camera.  All of a sudden out of the blue there were more than a hundred pigeons that had gathered all around me and everyone else at the bus stop.  One had a pure white head, very unusual eyes and walked as if it were a celebrity among the others.  It looked almost like a ghost pigeon, an alien pigeon–something out of a movie.  The rest of its coloring looked like all the other pigeons, similar to the ones that I posted last weekend.  From now on, I will always take my camera to that particular grocery store.

3.  It ended up being a very dark day with rain falling late in the afternoon.  I made a pot of soup from scratch as I do every weekend.   This week I used simmering steak, carrots, celery, cabbage, green beans, onions, kidney beans, red beets, spinach, potatoes, zucchini, fresh garlic, tomato sauce, parsley, Italian spices, basil, seasoning salt and black pepper.  I just had a bowl a few minutes ago and the flavor was wonderful.

4.  I talked to Rusky in Australia a short while ago.  He is organizing a collab involving several poets and invited me to participate.  I will look forward to that.

5.  I was looking at some poetry that I wrote about a year or so ago.  I was writing so much better then or maybe it was just a combination of anger and heartbreak doing the writing–not me at all.  Maybe I just had something to say then…or maybe my screenwriting has caused me to write with a different perspective.  I don’t know…

6.  As it nears December, I’m going to go downtown and take photographs of the holiday-dressed windows at our major department stores.  I’ll post them here when I do.

7.  I suppose I ought to get back to my screenplay now, or at least back to thinking about it.  It’s a completely different screenplay than it was a few months prior.  I have this stack of newspaper articles that I have to go through–all articles that gave me ideas that I wanted to return to later–ideas that I could perhaps implement somehow.  I have to do that yet, and finish Steven Smith’s book.  I’m only halfway through it–a good book, though.  His first run was only thirty copies.  That in itself makes me want to read it.

My nominees are:









Have a good night everyone.  Thanks for your delightful blogs.  I am enjoying all of the blogs that I am subscribed to.

With best regards,

Mary Ann

Līgo Circle of Appreciation

Here’s our Līgo Circle of Appreciation among fellow bloggers.

For duration of 22 days, starting on 1st October 2012, we will be inviting 2 bloggers per day to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an Appreciation, NOT an Award.

To fully participate in the Līgo Circle of Appreciation: ~ * Complete this sentence about blogging: ”A great blog is…” * Refer back to the blogger who invited you * Invite 2 bloggers to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation on a post

“A great blog is one that I subscribe to and then look forward to the next posting.” – mypenandme

Thank you, Marsha Lee at:  http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/ligo-circle-of-appreciation/ for your delightful words about my blog and for inviting me into the circle.

October 17th:

Gavin’s blog, Noir at:  http://sedge808.wordpress.com/  displays regular postings of urban black and white photography.  Gavin is a very talented photographer whose work artistically inspires me.

J.E. Lattimer has three blogs:  Fictional Machines at:  http://fictionalmachines.com/ – contains his original short stories and photography, Mysteries of the Wasteland at:  http://mysteriesofthewasteland.com/about/ – contains his original artwork and Arcane Arrangements at:   http://arcanearrangements.com/ – consists of original writing and photography.   Mr Lattimer’s work is refreshingly original and all three sites are worth the visit.

October 18th:

Resa got to design the costumes for the only movie ever made about Hendrix…and she has a delightful blog.   Check out her blog, Queen’s End at:  http://resamcconaghy.com/

Screenwriting from Iowa is one of my favorite screenwriting blogs on WordPress.  Every article is interesting, helpful and well worth the read.  It can be found at:  http://screenwritingfromiowa.wordpress.com/

October 19th:

Rick Daddario’s blog is another source of inspiration to me and you never know what you’re going to get – drawings, watercolors, acrylics, sketchbooks, journal entries, mixed media, digital drawing and painting, digital mixed media collage, haiga and haiku…the list goes on.  His blog entitled, A 19 Planets Art Blog 2010/2012 can be found at:  http://19planets.wordpress.com/

Carl D’Agostino’s blog does make me smile.  See for yourself by visiting I Know I Made You Smile at:  http://carldagostino.wordpress.com/.

October 20th

I highly recommend this blog for its screenwriting tips.  http://gideonsway.wordpress.com/

It’s always a pleasure to read Don MacIver’s prose, poetry and short stories.  His magnificient use of language is usually quite stunning.  Don’s blog can be found at:  http://apoetsview.wordpress.com/

October 21st

I like the artwork of Deb Adams.  Her blog can be found at: http://adamsart.wordpress.com/

Alessandro Ciapanna’s photography is simply stunning.  I like it very much.  To view, please visit:   http://ciapannaphoto.wordpress.com/

October 22nd – the final day

Although the Mr. Paleologo prefers not to participate in awards and such, I feel the necessity to mention his blog here for he is a great writer and I very much appreciate his work.  His blog can be found at:  http://evildick13.wordpress.com/

And for my final recommendation – another fine writer of poetry – Guest8675309.  Wonderful writing always!  The blog can be found at:  http://guest8675309.wordpress.com/2012/10/

As per the requirements, it has been my pleasure to refer two blogs daily until October 22nd.  I would like to extend my very best wishes to all who I have referred here and well as to my readers.

Best regards,


One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by A Stranger to Heaven and Earth at:  http://astrangertoheavenandearth.com/ .  Thank you, Thomas, for the award.  🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

7 things about me:

1.  I am not on Facebook.

2.  I have just discovered some new blogs that I like by checking out A Stranger to Heaven and Earth’s other nominees.  Thank you for that, Thomas!

3.  I enjoyed watching the Second Presidential Debate just now

4.  Today I watched some seagulls flying that reminded me of paper airplanes.

5.  My feet are freezing tonight–not sure why that is…

6.  I didn’t work on my screenplay two nights in a row–very unusual for me…

7.  Today I asked a child if he had any pet fishes at home due to his great interest in the ocean.  His reply was, “We have food fish at home.”  I imagined a can of tuna and smiled.

My nominees are:







Here are the rules for accepting this award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  2. Copy and paste the award icon onto your blog
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers you admire  (slightly altered by me)
  5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

Thanks once again to A Stranger to Heaven and Earth for this nomination.

With best regards,

Mary Ann (mypenandme)

please don’t

a barn collapses

leaving only a harsh wind

same winds as before

beyond diminished


but wait

how fair is this to the writer

he who pored through mind’s memories

with empty writing instrument

gut-ink pouring from heart


would he have said it differently

more eloquently to your faces

i think not



by mary ann blinkhorn