The Blog of The Year 2012 Award

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Thank you, Living and Lovin at:  http://nutsfortreasure.wordpress.com/ for presenting mypenandme and many other fine blogs with this award.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star!

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There are total of 6 stars to collect.

You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

 

Choosing blogs for this award has been difficult for me, so here is just a small handful of my many favorites:

 

http://johncoyote.wordpress.com/

http://paintedpenguins.wordpress.com/

http://rustytruck.wordpress.com/

http://wastelandhere.com/

http://fictionalmachines.com/

http://johnclinockart.com/

http://sedge808.wordpress.com/

http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/

http://www.lazyphotographer.ca/

http://pixavantgarde.com/

http://emorfes.com/

http://la-screenwriter.com/

http://screenwritingfromiowa.wordpress.com/

http://gideonsway.wordpress.com/

http://foodforays.com/

 

With best regards,

 

Mary Ann Blinkhorn/mypenandme

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Joelle  Jean-Baptiste (JoelleWrites) at:  http://joellewrites.wordpress.com/ for nominating mypenandme for this award.

The suggested guidlelines for this award are as follows:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you

2. Post the award image to your page

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers you admire, and let them know about the nomination

 

7 facts about me:

1.  I’m doing a theme on monarch migration with my nursery school class and my school age program.  Today I showed the nursery school children this delightful video by Lucas Miller:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01epJR2Dzzs

2.  One of the six books that I am currently reading is entitled, THINKERTOYS – a handbook of creative-thinking techniques by Michael Michalko.

3.  One of the hundreds of ideas mentioned in this book is to change your regular habits for a day, a week, a month, or whatever.  A few of the examples are:  Take a different route to work, listen to a different radio station, read a different newspaper, change your reading habits, take a bath instead of a shower, etc.  So…today, instead of reading in front of the computer monitor or on a sofa in the living room, I put a chair in the middle of the kitchen and read there.  The lighting was terrific, I stayed more alert and I read way more in one sitting than I normally would with no distractions.  It was wonderful.

4.  I told someone today, “I don’t know why I keep forgetting your name.  You have the same first name as my favourite artist and one of my favourite writers.”  He smiled.

5.  I have added more screenwriting links to my blogroll.

6.  Three of my favourite quotes are:

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – George Moore

“Why do writers write?  Because it isn’t there.” – Thomas Berger

7.  This isn’t about me, but Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and readers in the United States.

 

Now…I’m afraid that I do not have 15 nominees, but the links that I’m about to share with you, I’ve really enjoyed.  In some cases the links will take you to a particular article that I was reading when I clicked on, follow.

http://sogooditsgawne.wordpress.com/category/cookies-brownies/christmas-cookies/

http://chefsngiggles.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/vodka-thanksgiving-cake/

http://ddalliance.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/holiday-brie-en-croute/

http://paintedpenguins.wordpress.com/

http://ericgale2010.wordpress.com/

http://michaelmjoneswriting.wordpress.com/

http://publishersite.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/ten-ways-to-help-your-reader-understand-and-trust-you/

http://mybloggywoggyblog.wordpress.com/

http://descentintoslushland.wordpress.com/

I am pretty certain that some of the above sites/blogs do not participate in awards, but some might.  At any rate I wanted to share these with you.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  I now have to print out and cut out a bunch of monarch butterflies to take to work with me, tomorrow.  I also have to crazy glue a toy camera back together.  Lol.  It’s 1:00 a.m.  I had better hurry it up.

With best regards,

 

Mary Ann – mypenandme

One Lovely Blog Award and recap of all previous nominees

Thank you to Julia Dean-Richards for nominating me back for this award.  To view Julia’s wordpress page, please visit:  http://aplaceforpoetry.wordpress.com/ There is some great writing there.

The rules to follow if nominated are:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you.  2.  Share 7 things about yourself that others may not know.  3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers.  4.  Notify the nominees.  5.  Put the Award Logo on your blog site.

Seeing that I just shared 7 things about me and nominated 15 blogs, only yesterday, and the clock is ticking regarding the completion of my Audio Play submission to the BBC International Radio Play Contest, I will do the following, instead.  Here is a list of all of the blogs that I have nominated in the past three months for you to click on and enjoy at your leisure:

http://sweatpantsandsuperfoods.com/2012/05/23/barley-vs-oatmeal/ – Sweatpants and Superfoods

http://throughhisown.wordpress.com/ – Through His Own

http://thefirstgates.com/ – The First Gates

http://aboutzen.wordpress.com/ – About Zen

http://rustytruck.wordpress.com/ – Rusty Truck

http://mothergrogan.wordpress.com/ – Mothergrogan

http://floresfactor.wordpress.com/ – The Flores Factor

 

Ferdinand Morvay’s blog at:  http://padroitly.wordpress.com/

Rich’s bog at:  http://brainsnorts.wordpress.com/

Dean J. Baker’s Blog at:  http://deanjbaker.wordpress.com/

free penny press at:  http://freepennypress.wordpress.com/

Eat My Haiku at:  http://eatmyhaiku.wordpress.com/

Julie Catherine’s blog at:  http://juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com/

Meeka’s Mind at: http://acflory.wordpress.com/

http://littleboxofbooks.wordpress.com – the blog of Liz Blackmore. short stories, children’s books

http://patpiercegarcia.wordpress.com – the blog of Pat Garcia – writer/singer/songwriter

http://foodforays.com – Food Forays where I look for my next delicious recipes to try

http://thecreativecat.net/   – The Creative Cat  (I LOVE this site)

http://patcegan.wordpress.com – Source of Inspiration – the name says it all!

http://manicddaily.wordpress.com/  – Manic Daily – the blog of Karin Gustafson, published author

http://57andthensome.wordpress.com – Plucky Umbrella – wonderful photography and writing

http://joyerickson.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/lady-bugs-or-lady-birds/#comment-71250

http://freshfarecatering.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/tip-of-the-week-lemon-juice-and-the-best-lemonade-ever/

http://mrmole.wordpress.com/

http://mike585.wordpress.com/

http://jamesdez.wordpress.com/

http://badpuppetproductionz.com/2012/06/20/train-tracks/

http://ellenolinger.wordpress.com/

http://secondhandcity.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/music-mondays-tuck-and-patti-castles-made-of-sand/

http://whatsitallaboutandotherstories.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/finding-your-storys-controlling-idea-and-a-whole-lot-more/

http://7weekmovie.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/week-1-day-two/

http://kweschn.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/the-beauty-love-and-power-of-film/

http://mkdickerson.com/2012/06/17/day-171-tree-bark-bird-3/

http://0verthrown.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/10000-reasons-bless-the-lord/

http://michaelbrianphoto.wordpress.com/

http://muse217.wordpress.com/

http://dukophoto.wordpress.com/

http://playamart.wordpress.com/

http://russelrayphotos2.com/

http://rprtphoto.wordpress.com/

http://inspiringhealthyliving.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/mini-vegetarian-lasagna-cupcakes/

http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/panko-crusted-shrimp-with-chive-aioli/

http://throughthefogpoetry.wordpress.com/

http://sedge808.wordpress.com/

http://www.needyhelper.com

http://artclubblog.com/

http://therightmood.wordpress.com/

http://thepoetryofphotography.wordpress.com/

http://picaflor1968.wordpress.com/

http://theeternalgrasshopper.wordpress.com/

http://lasiel8.wordpress.com/

http://haikuandy.wordpress.com/

http://screenwriteronlocation.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/what-are-you-plotting/

http://brisidari.wordpress.com/2012/06/

http://uddhamsotto.com/

http://neoalchemist.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/jarl-ingvarsson/

 

http://melodylowes.com/

http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com/

http://kenben.org/

http://sunontiepost.wordpress.com/

http://thepoetsbillow.org/

http://onthehomefrontandbeyond.wordpress.com/

http://cathyulrich.com/

http://sudhiarts.wordpress.com/

http://sadieanddasie.wordpress.com/

http://sillymonkeyphoto.com/

http://locavoreliving.wordpress.com/

http://piecedgoods.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/potato-bites-a-recipe/

http://tastythumb.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/antipasto-pasta-salad/

http://clevermuffin.com/2012/06/16/tenilles-terrific-trifle/

http://preferablypaleo.com/2012/06/16/chocolate-covered-strawberries/

http://michaelbrianphoto.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/dog-of-the-day-216/

http://caressingthemuse.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/trailer-time-gullivers-children/

http://joycebrennan.blogspot.ca/

http://ekphrastixarts.com/

http://la-screenwriter.com/2012/06/14/script-the-birds/

http://adelaidescreenwriter.blogspot.ca/

http://invisibleinkblog.blogspot.ca/

http://ravingdaveherman.blogspot.ca/

http://www.blakesnyder.com/

http://thebitterscriptreader.blogspot.ca/

 

http://poetjanstie.wordpress.com/

http://petearmetta.wordpress.com/

httphttp://desoliepage.com/

http://marnycopal.wordpress.com/

http://elliebloo.com/

http://eleanoremacdonald.wordpress.com/

http://goodwritingtips.wordpress.com/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/because-they-smile/

http://walterwsmith.wordpress.com/

http://jannahill.wordpress.com/

http://fstopsdotnet.wordpress.com/

http://erinloveart.wordpress.com/

http://robertsantafede.com/

http://therightmood.wordpress.com/

http://geektohighbrow.wordpress.com/

http://shortofstories.wordpress.com/

http://palmtreesbarefeet.wordpress.com/

http://jimzshortstories.wordpress.com/

http://purehaiku.wordpress.com/

http://patgarciabookreviews.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/newblogbookreviewsandbookrecommendationsanintroduction/

http://bennaga.wordpress.com/

http://anakegoodall.wordpress.com/

http://wstadler.com/

http://jameslees101.wordpress.com/

http://rewritedr.wordpress.com/

http://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com/

http://millieho.net/

http://david-michael-williams.com/

http://wragsthinks.wordpress.com/

http://thoughtsfromtheoutdoors.wordpress.com/

http://jennifermeaton.com/

http://inkiblu.me/

http://tracielouisephotography.net/gallery/

http://sianblohm.wordpress.com/you-are-here-too/

http://aaastern.wordpress.com/

http://michaelhockney.wordpress.com/

http://gideonsway.wordpress.com/

http://maximumz.wordpress.com/

http://debbiemoon.wordpress.com/

http://screenwritingfromiowa.wordpress.com/

http://writerswire.wordpress.com/

http://elainecougler.wordpress.com/

http://poeformology.wordpress.com/

http://minskydan.wordpress.com/

http://wastelandhere.com/about/

http://www.ptsnob.com/http://haikumarathon.wordpress.com/

http://michaelpoetry.wordpress.com/

http://graypoet.wordpress.com/

http://catrinblue.wordpress.com/2012/06/

http://lifestyleamour.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/these-mugs-are-magic/

http://magnoliaforever.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/lammy2012-a-win-and-a-thank-you/

http://splendidandlovely.blogspot.ca/

http://www.andsoitbeginsfilms.com/

http://justasmidgen.com/

http://newyorkstreetportraits.com/

http://ellieannsoderstrom.wordpress.com/

http://adeeyoyo.wordpress.com/

http://kij0.wordpress.com/

http://like-mother-like-daughter.com/2012/06/24/falafel-burgers/

http://delgrossofoodblog.com/

http://flatland57.wordpress.com/

http://arcanearrangements.wordpress.com/

http://skippingstarsproductions.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/garden-fresh-herbed-cucumber-flower-bites/

http://shutupdad.wordpress.com/

http://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/

http://talesofaknitterbakerpateachouxmaker.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/black-sesame-and-lemongrass-macarons/

http://velvetmedia.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/50-afterglow/

http://utopiananuvem.wordpress.com/

http://apoetsview.wordpress.com/

http://aplaceforpoetry.wordpress.com/

With best regards,

mypenandme

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award

I am both delighted and honored to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award once again.  Thank you very much to pennycoco at http://thewhyaboutthis.com/i-belong/the-lovely-blog-award/#comment-524 for thinking of mypenandme.  🙂

Rules to follow:

  1. Thank the person who nominated me.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself that others  may not know
  3. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  4. Notify the nominees
  5. Put the Award Logo on your blog site

7 new things about me:

I’m running out of things to say!

1.  The BBC International Radio Play Competition deadline is July 31st and I have been working very hard over the past two weeks, perfecting my entry.  Once sent, I should be on WordPress a little bit more again.

2.  I’m getting quite the suntan this summer as a result of spending part of my work day, outside.

3.  There is a new puppy in our building.  I can hear him but I haven’t seen him yet.

4.   I’m growing green beans this summer and they’re doing well.

5.  I need to purchase a new vacuum cleaner.

6.  I’m getting new eyeglasses within the next week or so.

7.   I’ve been photographing some more shadows on the wall.  It’s fun.

 

15 blogs that I have recently enjoyed:

http://ellieannsoderstrom.wordpress.com/

http://adeeyoyo.wordpress.com/

http://kij0.wordpress.com/

http://like-mother-like-daughter.com/2012/06/24/falafel-burgers/

http://delgrossofoodblog.com/

http://flatland57.wordpress.com/

http://arcanearrangements.wordpress.com/

http://skippingstarsproductions.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/garden-fresh-herbed-cucumber-flower-bites/

http://shutupdad.wordpress.com/

http://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/

http://talesofaknitterbakerpateachouxmaker.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/black-sesame-and-lemongrass-macarons/

http://velvetmedia.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/50-afterglow/

http://utopiananuvem.wordpress.com/

http://apoetsview.wordpress.com/

http://aplaceforpoetry.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to all the nominees.  You all have great blogs!  If I have nominated you and you wish to particpate–that’s wonderful.  If you do not wish to participate, I am still happy to have been able to share a link to your blog with my readers and friends.

Best regards,

mypenandme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell Me About Yourself Award

Thank you very much to Resa McConaghy at http://resamcconaghy.com/ for nominating mypenandme for this award. Resa is a costume designer and a blogger.  Please check out her wonderful blog.

Seven things about me that I haven’t shared:

1.  My computer technician came over and installed my new HP Printer/Scanner this evening.  Yay.

2.  This evening I finally purchased Final Draft.  I am sooooo excited.  It’s going to be a wonderful writing weekend.

3.  After I transfer my radio play to FINAL DRAFT, I will be submitting it in the BBC’s International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012.

4.  I would love to see more of my WordPress Friends participating in Three Word Wednesday.

5.  I slipped on some water indoors while at the shopping mall this past Saturday and bruised my butt.  No fun!

6.  I’m taking my class swimming tomorrow.  We will be doing this every Friday over the summer.

7.  I recently posted 40 myspace writers/poets as my TOP FRIENDS on myspace.  You can click on them and check out their work by going to www.myspace.com/maryannblinkhorn and checking out my TOP FRIENDS.

My 7 nominations (plus another 3) are:

http://www.ptsnob.com/http://haikumarathon.wordpress.com/

http://michaelpoetry.wordpress.com/

http://graypoet.wordpress.com/

http://catrinblue.wordpress.com/2012/06/

http://lifestyleamour.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/these-mugs-are-magic/

http://magnoliaforever.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/lammy2012-a-win-and-a-thank-you/

http://splendidandlovely.blogspot.ca/

http://www.andsoitbeginsfilms.com/

http://justasmidgen.com/

http://newyorkstreetportraits.com/

Please visit their blogs and show them your support.

To the nominees:  If you accept this award, please copy and paste the award icon to your blog, list seven things about yourself that others may not know, and nominate 7 or more blogs that you follow.

Mypenandme wishes all readers a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend to come.

 

Best regards,

 

Mary Ann

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to sunontiepost at:  http://sunontiepost.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this award.

The Rules of Acceptance:

  1. Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post:
  2. Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
  4. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

7 things about me:

1.  I only buy Unico tinned tuna.

2.  A little boy told me that kangaroos jump higher than grasshoppers and now that’s stuck in my head.  LOL.

3.  The book, Arthur Lismer’s Pen and Pencil by Marjorie Lismer Bridges, inspired me when I was in my early twenties.  It’s a wonderful book for developing aesthetic awareness.

4.  It’s 12:59 a.m. and I haven’t yet written my Three Word Wednesday poem.

5.  My father passed away when I was 21 years old.

6.  I have two muses in my living room — one, a print and the other an original miniature painting by an unknown artist.

7.  I give pen the credit for half my writing.  He has a mind of his own, sometimes.

My nominations are:

http://joyerickson.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/lady-bugs-or-lady-birds/#comment-71250

http://freshfarecatering.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/tip-of-the-week-lemon-juice-and-the-best-lemonade-ever/

http://mrmole.wordpress.com/

http://mike585.wordpress.com/

http://jamesdez.wordpress.com/

http://badpuppetproductionz.com/2012/06/20/train-tracks/

http://ellenolinger.wordpress.com/

http://secondhandcity.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/music-mondays-tuck-and-patti-castles-made-of-sand/

http://whatsitallaboutandotherstories.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/finding-your-storys-controlling-idea-and-a-whole-lot-more/

http://7weekmovie.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/week-1-day-two/

http://kweschn.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/the-beauty-love-and-power-of-film/

http://mkdickerson.com/2012/06/17/day-171-tree-bark-bird-3/

http://0verthrown.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/10000-reasons-bless-the-lord/

http://michaelbrianphoto.wordpress.com/

http://muse217.wordpress.com/

I will send the notifications tomorrow.

Best regards.

Mary Ann

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Pat Garcia at:  http://patgarciabookreviews.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger award.  Gee–now I know how to spell versatile.  I don’t think I’ve ever written that word down before–funny that!  Pat’s blog is an exciting book review blog.  If you enjoy reading, please check it out.  What you will find there are Pat’s book reviews the way that she thinks book reviews should be.  🙂  Pat is a bright, enthusiastic, warm, supportive, talented and soulful person–a lovely human being . . .  and I am honored to be a friend.

In accordance with the rules here seven things about myself:

1.  My next poem is going to include many sounds.

2.  I have a Bettie Boop fridge magnet on my refrigerator door that a co-worker gave to me years ago and it’s still there. lol…

3.  I went deep sea fishing once and returned redder than a lobster.

4.  The first and last horse that I ever rode was named, Cheemo.  He was old and liked to eat grass.  Sometime, I will write a poem about him.

5.  I am the most creative when there is a full moon.

6.  I do my best writing very late at night and my worst writing in the middle of the day.

7.  I have childhood memories prior to the age of being able to speak.

I nominate the following blogs:

http://dukophoto.wordpress.com/

http://playamart.wordpress.com/

http://russelrayphotos2.com/

http://rprtphoto.wordpress.com/

http://inspiringhealthyliving.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/mini-vegetarian-lasagna-cupcakes/

http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/panko-crusted-shrimp-with-chive-aioli/

http://throughthefogpoetry.wordpress.com/

http://sedge808.wordpress.com/

http://www.needyhelper.com

I hope that you enjoy these.

Best regards,

Mary Ann