Liebster Award


A talented and lovely writer from New Zealand has honored me with a nomination for this award. I’m grateful, Errant, even though I’m still working at this whole blog thing. Thank you. 🙂

She a poet, essayist, dancer, screenwriter and original thinker. Her site is Errant Satiety.

According to the rules, I will answer her questions, nominate some blogs I follow (see below) and admire, relate some random facts about myself, and pass this along to them to make their own responses as I have. The purpose of this award is to help you discover new blogs, and so I’m happy to accept for that reason. There are some amazing people out there. 



What quote is your favorite or gives you inspiration at the moment?

I think it’s this one, this week.

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” 
― Marcus AureliusMeditations


What poem has stayed with you for a long time and remains a favourite?

“I Am the Grass,” Carl Sandburg

Do you have any tattoos, if not would you consider getting one?

No and no. I just don’t see the point…. 🙂

Do you have a particular genre of music that you listen to or is there a surprising favourite artist?

I don’t have a favorite, but do have some I don’t listen to. But at various times I like Cuban, South African, 60s and 70s rock, some blues, some jazz, and some classical. I’m a Beatles fan since forever, and own almost everything by Crosby, Stills and Nash (and reluctantly) some things when Neil Young joined them. I don’t know if it’s surprising or not, but in my top ten artists, at least half are women like Joni Mitchell, Nora Jones, Allison Krauss and Eva Cassidy. I have a real basic lustful thing for smart, strong, bold women with good voices. When I listen to Eva Cassidy sing “Fields of Gold,” I lose it and think things that would probably get me arrested.

Is there a film that surprised you with drawing you in even though it was in a ‘genre’ that you wouldn’t normal watch?

Another topic where it’s hard to narrow it down. See, I watch a LOT of movies. I’ve had a Netflix membership for more than six years and at last count have rented or streamed nearly 6,000 movies from them. I don’t have a favorite genre, unless you count the Swedish versions of the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. So much better than the Daniel Craig Hollywood version. Do yourself a favor and watch the originals.  The actor Michael Nyqvist is the image I have in mind for the main character in my book. 

Is there anything in your life that you have really had to fight hard to achieve?

Being a good man. Still trying.

What is the most blatant lie you have ever told?

“No, dear, those jeans don’t make your butt look fat.” Kidding. (That’s never been a problem.)  Seriously, though. I don’t believe I’ve ever told a lie. And there you have it.

What talent or skill would you like to develop more?

 Ballroom dancing or learning to play the guitar. Maybe both.

If you could live at any time history, when would it be?

Are you kidding? Right now. Like….Internet. Duh.

Of course, since I have mastered time travel, I can take my pick, so it’s really a moot point.

Do you have a phobia or something you are afraid of?

No phobias I’m aware of (or admit to myself.) The fear that is driving me most now as I approach retirement is the one that asks “what have you done with your life that’s worthwhile?”  I don’t have a good answer for that yet.

Do you have a favourite word?


I mean, that’s the word: “no”. I use it whenever I don’t have a good answer. I kind of like the word ‘duck’, though. It just sounds funny. Funnier than ‘chicken’.



Here are my nominees and the rules for those that choose to pay it forward (No obligation, guys!):

My Nominees:

Random facts about me: 

  • I work in stained glass and wood as a hobby.
  • I lived in Karachi, Pakistan for two years while in high school.
  • According to some dicy research I uncovered on, one of my ancestors was Lady Godiva. Another was Rollo the Viking, founder of Normandy and ancestor of William the Conqueror. (Still waiting for the call letting me know I can move into my castle.) Of course, the latter, especially, might be a complete fantasy, given how often files got soaked with sea water and blood, and ruined in those open Viking boats.
  • I live in a Victorian home that we’ve completely restored, and did most of the work ourselves. It’s for sale.
  • I have seven toes on my left foot (that’s a lie; I was just wondering if you were still reading.)

The rules: 

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog–by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs you feel deserve this award, who have less than 1000 followers.
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules on your post. Once you have written published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so they can learn about it (they might not have heard of it!)


Questions for these bloggers to answer:

  1. What was the title of the first thing you remember writing? Age?
  2. Have you ever had a dream about walking into work without any pants on?
  3. Have you ever actually walked into work without pants (or dress, etc.) on? Details!
  4. What’s the biggest challenge you have to writing regularly, and how do you overcome it?
  5. What do you read for fun?
  6. If you could be anyone in history, who would you choose and why?


18 Replies to “Liebster Award”

  1. Do you mind if I ask a stupid question? How do I find out whom I follow and how many followers they have?


    1. You can see who you’re following, but whether you can tell how many followers they have depends on which theme they’re using and whether they’ve set up the widget to show that on their page.

      To see who you’re following:

      when you go to, you should be logged in. If you’re not, log in. Then Click on the Reader tab.

      On the right is text that says “blogs I follow” and “edit”. Click on edit, and that will bring up a list of everyone you’re following, with options on how to get notices of posts, etc.

      From there I think it’s a matter of going to each one and hunting around for the numbers.

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      1. Thank you. I have no idea how to do this stuff. It seems as though everyone’s page is differently formatted. I will check it out and see if I can discover some of my loyal “followers” who could use a boost of courage and encouragement. 😉


  2. You did pretty good. I noticed at the end that you’re supposed to make up 11 NEW questions. I had already made this thing an exercise in discipline. Other wise i would have just answered questions…you know, just do the easy stuff. I love that Marcus quote. It makes complete sense on many levels. Thanks for the introduction Hemmingplay.

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    1. I like it, too. Then, based on some things going on at work, I thought I’d add this:

      “… The second is to look things and *people* in the face and know them for what *and who* they are.”

      Details to come offline if interested.


      1. That is what first came to my mind when I read it. For me, it’s always about people first. How else can you navigate yourself properly if you don’t know the people? I make mistakes of course but I always start there.


  3. Well, in random-ish order… great quote, have shivers from the song link and the poem too… I wish I had seven toes on both feet it would be a great point of difference as a dancer, Duck is a great word as is ‘no’. No, really. Really, No. And REALLY Rollo?? (update have seen both season 1 & 2 of Vikings now). Thank you dear Hemmingplay for playing my game and as you say… it’s all about spreading links 🙂 (really no tattoos? No point? Viking ancestry? LOL)

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    1. ok you too – I love Vikings too and I have seen both seasons except for one episode I’m searching for. Who knew. Have you two seen “The Thirteenth Warrior” movie?


    2. Well, with all the usual caveats about sketchy records back in the day, he’s supposedly my 35th great grandfather. But the Rollo in the “Vikings” TV series isn’t really the same guy. They took some liberties with the character.

      However, Ragnar in the series is pretty faithful to a real earl, who later was King of Denmark.

      However, Ragnar met his end when he took one too many raids to England and was captured and thrown into a pit of poisonous snakes and died that way.


      1. I am familiar with Ragnar’s story from the saga about him. I have been impressed with how well they have adapted his tale. I figured they had taken some liberties with Rollo’s character 🙂

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