Tuesday, October 19, 2010
My friend Rose was given this lovely Versatile Blogger award, and she was sweet to include me in her list of bloggers she passed it on to...
I love the award as well as the assignment that went along with it: list seven obscure facts about yourself, then pass the award on. (Check out Rose's obscure facts list!)
Here's my list, although some of these facts aren't at all obscure to some of you!...
1. This is a good one for a post near Halloween: I came back from the dead! Mmmwwwahahaha. :-) When I was several months old I suddenly went into convulsions while my mother was feeding me (shows what I thought about being fed a cow's milk!) At the hospital my temperature reached 106º and I lost all vital signs. My mother, who can be prone to exaggeration for dramatic effect, says I was officially pronounced dead. But obviously I was revived as my being here to blog about it would suggest! ;-) I never had another seizure and there was no explanation found for that one, but Mom's always suspected it had something to do with the smallpox vaccination that I'd gotten two weeks earlier. Ironically, we'd just gotten home from the doctor's office to have my vaccination site checked when the convulsions hit. (And going to doctors still gives me fits!)
2. I once danced a brief, impromptu tango with Jeff Goldblum in the alley of an L.A. studio.
Yarite, that's us and that's the alley. LOL
3. The farthest north I've been is Goose Bay, Labrador (at 53º North), the farthest south is Nosara, Costa Rica (9º North). I'm no dummy, I spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica, only a few hours in Labrador!
4. Those of you who have read my Needle-Toothed Beast post from January already know this, but I took Industrial Arts instead of Home Economics in the 7th grade, the first girl in Virginia to do something so outrageous. :-) Among my shop class projects were these mahogany and pine salt & pepper shakers, a Christmas gift to my grandparents that year. My mom has them now, and I photographed them during a visit in August (a visit I'll blog about soon)...
5. I didn't get my driver's license till I was 21, barely in time to put an AARP sticker on my car! ;-) But at least I passed my driver's test on the first try!
6. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994. After two bad experiences, I just say no to drugs. Though it was what started me on the road to becoming vegan (which definitely makes it a blessing in disguise), MS isn't the reason I'm vegan. It is, however, the main reason I'm a McDougalling vegan.
7. On a lighter note, at least I'm immune to poison ivy (a handy trait I inherited from my paternal grandmother!)
Though the blogs that make me happy are produced by bloggers who are very versatile with their topics, art, photos and writing, I agree with Rose that passing along these awards is a perfect way to highlight and share fun blogging finds with others. So the Versatile Blogger award goes to... three fresh faces!
1. Notes from the Vegan Feast Kitchen/21st Century Table - as its name suggests, it's all about the food, but a vegan chef like Bryanna Clark-Grogan is nothing if not versatile! Creative and talented, too! (Her website is full of resources from tips on how - and why - to become vegan, to food and cooking pointers, recipes, book reviews, nutritional info, recommendations and lots more!)
2. What do I Know? - Kathy is an ex-pat American living with her family in England, and her posts cover all kinds of topics. I particularly enjoy her photos, especially of her jaunts around the UK and Europe. She also takes wonderful photos of critters.
3. Folkways Notebook - a very recent find with a variety of interesting, informative posts and some wonderful photos.
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"