Dear WordPress Community,
As of today, February 7, 2013, I am declaring my blog as an Award-FREE Zone. After being nominated for and accepting The Versatile Blogger Award and the Gargi Award, I was nominated by my dear Life’s Partner, Tomas, for the Day Dreamer Award. Although I delightedly accepted that award on Monday, I have realized that there are many other activities that bring me more JOY than accepting and bestowing awards.
For instance — Visiting YOUR blogs. Reading YOUR posts. “Liking” and commenting on YOUR sites. What I most enjoy is the community building and networking that goes on among all of us. I designate time to visit you daily.
I am greatly honored for the nominations and awards below. From here on, however, I will practice bestowing awards to each of you whose blogs I follow by appreciating your sites with my regular interactions and participation. To me, this is a more joyful process and allows me to get to know you and your work more deeply. My blessings and love to all of you, Alia
When Leisa of The Tarot Alchemist first nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award, though delighted and honored, I was not sure whether I would actually accept the award. Seemed like a whole lot of work, frankly and, at the time, I was overwhelmed with the basics of blogging. However, there has recently been much discussion about “The Rules” of accepting and bestowing awards and I took heart that “The Rules” did not need to be so hard and fast, but could be more flexible. Perhaps, intuitively, that is why Leisa chose to nominate me for “The Versatile Blogger Award. I have not lived this many years without being versatile. Leisa, thank you for this acknowledgment and I accept with gratitude and joy!!
It is such a pleasure to visit Leisa’s site. Her insights into the Tarot are deeply spiritual. There are so many different editions of Tarot cards and the readings on Leisa’s site always draw on the ancient wisdom teachings of the Masters, as well as her own knowledge and experience. Congratulations Leisa on your Versatile Blogger Award!
Versatile Blogger Rules (If you choose to obey them) (And I do in my own “versatile” way.)
- Display the Award Certificate on your website
- Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers (You can be “versatile” with this.)
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself. (Again, only reveal what is your pleasure — and ours.)
Here are my seven interesting (and versatile) things:
1) As a young child, animals and fairies were my best friends. I tromped my family’s 200-acre ranch with a retinue of puppies, kittens, chickens, sheep, fairies and elves.
2) I entered college with an intention to become an internationally acclaimed opera singer. This intention was carried out in a parallel reality by another version of my Self, whose name I will most likely never know but I believe she was/is both great and successful.
3) Relationship has been my true career path. Not only intimate relationships but also friendships and familial relationships. Mine has been a path of learning to open my heart wider, each time it was broken and resist the temptation to contract into hurt and bitterness.
4) Two of my most joyous professions involved working with color — personally and architecturally.
5) I love to cook and I love to eat. I am excellent at both and I especially love to explore foods from different parts of the world.
6) I was 47 years old before I tasted my first matzoh ball. How did that happen?
7) My philosophy has always been: “More IS Better!”
Here are my nominees: (According to my versatile nature, I choose to nominate the following five Versatile Bloggers!)
I was also nominated for the Gargi Award by Sheri from The Other Side of Ugly. This award was named for an early female Vedic philosopher and prophetess. Gargi Vacaknavi, is said to have lived sometime between the years of 800 and 500 BCE. During this period of ancient Vedic history, both men and woman were regarded equally, with great honor and respect. Women enjoyed the same educational and other cultural benefits as their male counterparts. So in my own mind, this award represents this value of equality for all beings and the cultivation of the Divine Feminine energies in our world today. What Sheri did not know when she nominated me for this award, is that from the age of 20, I have been linked through my spiritual lineage to the Vedic culture and the culture of India in general. Thank you Sheri for this esteemed nomination. I humbly accept.
NOW — if you have not been to “Sheri’s Place” you have missed something truly elegant and grand. If you asked yourself” Well, what IS the other side of ugly, really?” you would have to say it is a place of great beauty, elegance and wonder. Sheri has put together one gorgeous blog! The dramatic black and red background offsetting a peek into a stately European courtyard is only the surface — the eye candy that compels you to take a closer look. Sheri is a prolific writer, who posts nearly daily, and each one of her compositions (mainly poetry) is a journey deep below the surface of the subject for the day. Then she adds the most unique and glorious photos and images to make a perfect total package for each transmission. Sheri is truly a woman who lives up to the Gargi image of mastery and integrity. Congratulations Sheri on your Gargi Award.!
The rules of appointment are:
1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Say a few words of gratitude on your blog
and follow the link
3. Share a few words about yourself and pass on the Award to at minimum 5 other bloggers…
A few words about me:
1) I’ve had a 45 year love affair with Indian spirituality and culture — especially the food.
2) I can speak certain dialects of “Catese.” Much more than “meow.”
3) Regarding music — harmony is more important to me than melody. Love country.
I now appoint the following five bloggers for this award:
First, I want to add that in nominating these fellow bloggers, I have taken into consideration the above information about the historical figure of Gargi. I have selected people who, in my mind, are representing the values of the Divine Feminine on their blogs by means of their writing, their images and their attitudes. I thank you each and all for helping us to restore balance again on our Mother Gaia. Namaste, Alia