Not all aspects of last week’s storm-related power outage were unwelcome. The quiet was kind of nice! But by the third night, when the power finally returned, so did television! And what popped up?
Tis the season! There was Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, on the verge of mental collapse, contemplating suicide right up until the moment his guardian angel Clarence takes him on a Dickensian replay of the terrible “what might haven beens” for those he loves had he never lived.
One reason this movie is held in such sentimental high regard is the take-away message highlighting the importance of each person, the significance of the smallest acts of kindness, and in an almost reverse recognition of the butterfly effect, the profound contemplation of what the community would be like had George (or any one of us) not lived. The story is about connecting–connecting to others and celebrating “community” as a verb!
So as analogies go this may be quite a stretch, but when the power went out, so did the Internet…and I missed the blogosphere. I missed the connecting! I am not sure who is more surprised at this, me, or everyone who knows me–but I did! To my very big surprise I think the pleasure is less about maintaining a writing presence and MORE about connecting to the stories others tell, and relating through response and sharing. Who knew?
Yet many of you are faithful to read and support our blogging efforts and so I’m very pleased to share with you that Breathelighter has been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. Liebster, “dearest” in German—so, Dearest Blog Award—is intended as a means of exposing “young” typically lesser known blogs, deemed worthy of recognition by their nominator!
So who is our nominator? Andrea Thomson Viner at Iowa Dog Blog had some very kind things to say on her site about what she enjoys about our blog presence. She is gracious to commend all our work, but I know she has a very particular soft spot for Beth and the girls! Andrea’s blog is charmingly written and rich with wonderful photos of her two gorgeous dogs, Gertie and Duke. She shares from her life in Iowa, highlighting events and activities in support of sound canine care and ethical animal treatment, with rich additions of the joys of being mom to two beautiful, and often very amusing dogs. I enjoy Andrea’s humor and easy manner, and read each post–and you would certainly enjoy reading along and participating in her delightful on-line community of dog-lovers. Find Andrea, Gertie and Duke at: Iowa Dog Blog | For dog lovers with Midwestern sensibilities.
The Liebster Award comes with a few rules:
And who are MY nominations?
Penny, at Life on the Cutoff, writes from her home on two acres of land in the Chicago area. She often shares photographs that draw me into beautiful natural settings that frame her always interesting topics and lovely writing style. Whether nature or art, the love of reading and great book suggestions, stories of her darling granddaughter and family love, or simple shared insights—her stories unfold like treasure. This is a wonderful blog and I always look forward to the time I can sit and just soak in her lovely writing. You can meet Penny at: Lifeonthecutoff’s Blog.
Lori, at Slow Happy Runner, describes herself as, “a mid-life PhD, a middle-aged widow, a middle-of-the-pack runner.” Lori writes about her grieving process with maturity and a no-nonsense focus on rediscovering herself in an uninvited season–discovering a “new” normal. She is a very well-educated woman with many interests, and I feel that I learn a lot about life and resiliency reading these thought-provoking posts. I know you’d enjoy her too, at: Slow Happy Runner.
Dee, at Coming Home to Myself, writes about her very interesting life. A published author, she writes beautifully of her former life as a Catholic nun and life in the convent, as well as thoughtful interpretations of her journey and interests upon leaving that life. She is contemplative in her approach to spiritual writing, spanning broad topics including her thoughts on the writing life, issues of health and wellness, family, and a commitment to social justice as well as her published and well-received book, A Cat’s Life, Dulcy’s Story. Dee is a delight, and you’d enjoy getting to know her at: coming home to myself.
Natalie, at Mother Goose Smiles, is hilarious! Her wry and witty humor infuses every story. She states that she writes little stories about people she knows—and the posts are frequently peppered with very clever nursery rhyme references and characters. I look forward to each post, and it is not unusual to hear me laugh out loud when reading. You will smile, too, if you read: Mother Goose Smiles.
James, at Good Morning Gratitude is a disciplined daily contributor. He generously shares a philosophy of gratitude and appreciation for each day while also paying attention to the challenges and necessary life-lessons that lurk in the quiet recesses ready to trip up the unaware! The topics come with a soul-searching solemnity and healthy resolve to take each day as a gift while still maintaining an upbeat and optimistic tenor despite the tough stuff of life. I enjoy reading how James personally focuses on strengthening his emotional self. You would enjoy reading this blog at: Good Morning Gratitude.
I hope you’ll take the time to check out my nominations! When you stop by be sure to leave an encouraging comment. Thinking back to my stab at analogy with It’s a Wonderful Life, we all like to feel we connect and make a difference to each other, even if it’s just in sharing our story.
And thanks again to our fabulous nominator, Andrea. We appreciate you!
Warmly, Debra and of course, Beth and the girls are thanking you, too!