Friday, June 20, 2014

Liebster Award: How About That!

Thanks, Melanie Jean Juneau.Well, that's nice: Melanie Jean Juneau (joy of nine9) gave me the Liebster Award. As she explained it:
"...It's a way to give bloggers an exposure boost, and a little love. Liebster is a German term of endearment that translates as that means sweetheart, beloved, or darling. ..."
I'm honored that she chose this blog, along with ten others on varying topics.

Accepting the Liebster

Accepting the award takes a little work:

  • Make a post about the award, thanking the blogger that nominated you.
  • State 11 interesting facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers with 500 or less followers
  • Write 11 new questions for your nominees
This post takes care of the first point, or will: once I've completed the other four.

About Me

I'm taking, ah, creative liberties by using a set of 11 questions from a previous post:
  1. What is one word to define you? —
  2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? —
    Where I am now
  3. What is your favorite book? —
    Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy, at the moment
  4. What is your dream job? —
    What I'm doing now
  5. What is your favorite Bible passage or verse? —
    John 21:25, among others
  6. What is your favorite holiday? —
    I don't have a single 'favorite,' but Halloween is fun
  7. Mountains, seashore, flatlands? —
    'All of the above,' but I grew up in the Red River Valley of the North: so nearly everywhere else seems — enclosed
  8. What is your greatest strength? —
    'I am firm-minded, you are stubborn, he is a pig-headed fool' :)
  9. If you could do life over again, what is the one thing you would do? —
    Get wiser, sooner
  10. If you knew life was ending tomorrow, what is the one thing you would do? —
    Besides the obvious end-of-life reconciliation, be with my family
  11. What is holding you back from doing that today —
    Nothing — I'm doing it :)
Here's that verse:
"There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written."
(John 21:25)
Looks like I need to come up with 11 more items about myself. I:
  1. Am only interested in three things, that which
    • Exists within the universe
    • Exists beyond
    • Might exist
  2. Love music, as most folks do
  3. Love language, the way we organize and share ideas
  4. Have learned to see beauty in nearly anything
  5. Was born with sub-standard hips
  6. Lived with undiagnosed major depression and (probably) ADD-Inattentive for decades
  7. Am an adult convert to Catholicism
  8. Have had an eclectic assortment of jobs
  9. Never stopped learning
  10. Have ancestors in Norway, Ireland, and Scotland
  11. Live in a small town in central Minnesota

My List of 11 Bloggers, or Blogs, or Whatever

  • The Black Biretta
    • "a cleric opines"
  • The Catholic Comedy
    • "Providing A Catholic Sense of Comic Relief for A Would-Be-Tragic Age"
  • Catholic Scot
    • "Commenting from time to time about stuff"
      stev hep
  • Diary of a Rookie Priest
    • "On June 14, 2008 I was ordained a Catholic priest. So, who am I now?"
  • En Fuego
      "Just trying to be who God created me to be"
  • Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation
    • "Since the Church began aiming more at temporal things than at spiritual, things have gone from bad to worse." – St. Catherine of Siena
      Michael Seagriff's blog
  • The hermeneutic of continuity
    • "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
  • Never Give Up
    • "An ordinary man engages the circumstances of daily life, seeking to draw closer to the Mystery who gives meaning to everything."
      John Janaro's blog
  • Principium et Finis
    • "A Catholic husband and father trying to live the faith in a post-Christian world."
  • Roman Catholic Cop
    • "Thoughts and perusings of a Catholic Cop on his spiritual journey"
  • Two Catholic Men and a Blog
    Faith & Reason
    • "— Where Two or More are Gathered —"
I can't guarantee that those eleven blogs have fewer than 500 followers by the time you read this. I'm also aware that I've probably left out a blog that I'll remember in the small hours of the morning. However, if I keep stewing about this I'll never get done.

"New" Questions

  1. What's your favorite time of day? —
  2. You write blog posts: why? —
  3. What do plan doing tomorrow? —
  4. What sort of folks do you write for, what's your audience? —
  5. When did you start writing? —
  6. Who is your favorite author? —
  7. What is the hardest part of writing? —
  8. How do you decide on titles? —
  9. How do you decide on topics to write about? —
  10. Which season do you prefer? —
  11. What's your favorite sort of fiction? —
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