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Confession: I’m easily distracted by bright colours and shiny things.

Sometimes this can be good thing.

In this case, it led me to discover that Vickie Szumigala had nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I have often visited her site, but this particular post drew me in: Sunflowers…..Buds To Blooms. It displays a brilliant yellow sunflower from a variety of angles, which made it impossible for me not to take a closer look.

Vickie thanks for nominating me for this award!

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As with most awards in our vast blogging community, there are rules. You must thank the person who nominated you and link back to their site. Done and done. You must also share 7 things about yourself (this is never easy for me); then pass the award on to 10 other bloggers and notify them of the nomination.

Here we go…

7 Things About Me

1. I don’t understand why people are mean to each other because it
takes much less energy and effort to be nice
2. I dance when I’m alone
3. I have supportive friends
4. I try my best to support my friends
5. I always carry an umbrella, but don’t always use it
6. I believe the digital divide needs to be eliminated
7. I had a lisp when I was a child

Nominations

I’m passing the One Lovely Blog Award to the following 10 bloggers:

1. Camilla Small Thingshttp://camillathesmall.wordpress.com/
2. Sunday Momentshttp://sundaymoments.com/
3. Tripod Trippin’http://tripodtrippin.wordpress.com/
4. confusion + timehttp://davidclunas.wordpress.com/
5. Robin’s Photo of the Dayhttp://robinsdaily.wordpress.com/
6. Let Your Imagination Floathttp://shotbykellyvandensaffele.wordpress.com/
7. Lady Fihttp://ladyfi.wordpress.com/
8. Jordan Cantelohttp://jordancantelophotography.wordpress.com/
9. The Daily Clickhttp://thedailyclick.wordpress.com/
10. The Way I See Ithttp://xinapray.wordpress.com/

I hope my choices add some loveliness to your summer.

STEP UP

If
The way
Looks
Shaky
Suspiciously sloped
And
Scarred
With
Rust
In places
Where
The elements
Have
Taken their toll


And
What
Feels
Like
The weight
Of
The world’s worries
Fall
Again and again
Upon you

Rest

Before
Moving forward
To take
The next step
Up

 

Dare we
Walk tall
Happy
As
A field
Of
Daisies
In bloom
With
Arms and hearts
Open
And
Upturned faces


Reaching
To feel
The yellow warmth
Of
Sunlight
Bathe away
Doubts
Surrounding
The dreams
That
Take root
Within us
Then
Ache
To spring
Boldly
In to
Being

An Aussie bloke I’ve never met says I inspire him.

The inspiration is definitely mutual.

I write and take pictures.

He draws and designs structures. Two things I can only dream about having the talent to do. I also enjoy reading the back-stories that describe the sometimes frustrations, but always great pleasure he finds while recreating the human form as he sees it.

He has nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award.

Thanks Michael!

You can visit Michael’s blog here: http://michaelbanak.wordpress.com/

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The award comes with rules:

1. List 7 things about yourself
2. Nominate 15 other bloggers
3. Let them know you nominated them for the Inspiring Blog Award

7 Things About Me:

1. I’m double-jointed, which makes for a great party trick when things get dull.
2. I play Words with Friends… a lot.
3. I need to improve my Photoshop and Illustrator skills.
4. I enjoy and need solitary quiet time.
5. I drink a lot of tea.
6. I want to visit Iceland.
7. I really miss Andrew.

Nominations

I’m passing the Inspiring Blog Award on to bloggers who inspire many, in no order of preference:

1. Seasons Poetryhttp://seasonspoetry.com/
2. Letters to Alfiehttp://letterstoalfie.wordpress.com/
3. iPhone Photographerhttp://iphonephotog.wordpress.com/
4. Susan Eats Londonhttp://susaneatslondon.com/
5. Eclipsing Winterhttp://eclipsingwinter.com/
6. (mom)entshttp://pturnermoments.wordpress.com/
7. Tracie Louise Photographyhttp://tracielouisephotography.net/
8. Uprooted Magnoliahttp://leahyetter.wordpress.com/
9. Rubicornohttp://rubicorno.com/
10. Bucket List Publicationshttp://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
11. Helen’s Journalhttp://helensjournal.wordpress.com/
12. Meanwhile Back at the Ranchhttp://veederranch.com/
13. Belfast David’s Webloghttp://belfastdavid.wordpress.com/
14. TA Loeffler’s Adventures that Movehttp://taloeffler.com/
15. The New (Cooking) Adventures of Ole’ Billhttp://jbake7.wordpress.com/

I hope you find inspiration in these sites too.

EVERY RAINDROP

I knew
Every
Raindrop
By name
As
Each
Fell
Without hesitation
Upon
My skin


Rolled gently
Then
Softly caressed
Me
As if
I were
A fading flower
In need
Of
A life saving
Drink

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Inspired by digitalpharaoh (Stephen Evans) post From The Series “I Knew Every Raindrop”

Things
Fall apart
Sometimes
Suddenly
From
The breath
Of
A faint wind


That
Scatters
In to fragments
What was believed
To be sturdy
As
Perennial weeds
Deceptively veiled
In the softness
Of
A thousand
Mesmerizing
Points of beauty
Too soon lost
As
They dreamily float
Becoming
Moments
We are uncertain
Were
Ever
Lived

JUPITER

By name
You
Are
King of the universe
But
Conquering
This world
Is
The secret ambition
That
Sparks the glow
Of
Mischief

Within
Those
Glassy
Blue
Feline orbs
Constantly
Surveying the landscape
For
An opportunity
To pounce
And
Seize control
Of
What
You
Have
Always viewed
As
Your domain

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