True stories with a twist!


What more wonderful and gratifying way is there than to be nominated for an award by another blogger?  So I am very grateful to acknowledge and thank Uzoma, whose writing I greatly admire, for this award.  Please read some of his posts and I’m sure you will agree. Here are the rules for accepting this award:


  1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  2. Add the award logo to your blog
  3. Share 7 things about yourself
  4.  Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire
  5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know
  6. Optional questions (This one I will forego for now to make it easier on everyone!
    1.   I am not technologically gifted. Although I take computer lessons and write prodigious notes by the time I get home I can’t understand what I wrote.
    2.  Holidays are nice in a way, but annoying in another. They force me to stop what I want to do because everything is closed.
    3.  Winter is a wonderful time of year if you can hibernate.
    4. I love the ballet and was thrilled when my granddaughter danced the lead part of Clara in the Nutcracker this year.
    5.  When a new idea about developing a story pops into my mind, I have achieved my idea of heaven.
    6.  I think of myself as a catalyst; I am very good at getting a conversation started between people and letting them roll with it while I sit back and enjoy the discussion.
    7.  One week from tomorrow begins series 3 of Downton Abbey: how exciting!

    Now for the fun part of nominating bloggers I admire.

    Bulldog’s Turf: a South African blogger who photographs beautiful birds and unusual animals from his country.

    Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary: A spiritual Native American blogger with stimulating, insightful messages.

    Food, Photography and France: A delightful post by a gentleman currently living in France writing about all parts of his blog’s title.

    Cycling Grandma: Lovely stories, excellent writing about real life experiences.

    Persecution of Mildred Dunlap:  Touching stories about racist injustices past and present.

  7. gyslaine: Gys writes in French and English. Beautiful poetry.

Comments on: "NEW AWARDS" (16)

  1. Ronnie thank you so much for the Honour I truly am very grateful for your nomination 🙂 Congratulations for your own nomination Ronnie, and many thanks for all your wonderful support upon my Sanctuary..
    May 2013 bring your all that you desire and Many Blessings are wished your way
    love Sue

  2. I’ve got the Downton date in my diary too 🙂

    By the way, I’m having trouble activating the links to your nominees …

    • I think their websites have to be typed in rather than clicked on. I wish I understood more about how to post extra things besides the stories I write: You can see how badly I’ve flubbed the attempts I’ve made to enter awards…

      • Um – I see what you mean – a bit hit and miss getting the widgets attached to your sidebar! I can’t really help you there, as you can see, I eventually gave up!

        But I can help you with the links – and that’s an important skill to develop because we need to link to our own content.

        On the top row of the your format bar in your edit mode, immediately to the right of the alignment icons is an inactive icon. When you highlight something in your text field, that icon becomes active. It’s the LINK. Hit it, paste the URL address there, save it (no need to give it a name), and voila! – the highlighted text becomes a link to another place in the WordPress blogosphere!

        Let me know how you go 🙂

  3. Wow! What an interesting list of things about you. I can understand why you find the holidays annoying on the other hand…LOL. Well, I guess some good things tend to take a trip during this times. Ballet…though it’s not common around here, I enjoy watching people do the dancing. It’s a beautiful sight. Well done to your granddaughter.

    Ronnie, I’m wondering if you decided to pick one (Shine On Award) out of the two awards (Shine On and Reality Blog Awards) that your blog was nominated for?

    All the same, congrats. I love your blogs and cannot afford to miss your latest installment(s).

    Happy New Year in adv 😀

    • Uzuma, It might sound trite to you, but I chose the Shine On Award because it was more pleasing to look at. The Reality Blog Award that you offered looked like a group of words; it needs more graphics and color. I hope you were not offended; I can add the other as well.

      As for ballet, it is a graceful, beautiful dance form requiring precision and concentration. The dancers seem to float and jump higher than humanly possible. In fact, basketball players study ballet to improve their jumping abilities. Thanks for your comment, as always.

      • Oh no…why should I feel bad about it? Not in any way at all. In the first place, there are a few bloggers in our community who say no to awards. Also, I can’t force such/any of its kind upon you. I appreciate your explanation (in that regard) and want to thank you for it.

        I didn’t know that b’ ball players could improve their jumping skill by studying ballet. My! What a lesson learnt!

  4. Thanks for the award– which one is it?
    Glad you saw your granddaughter as Clara- so exciting!
    I look forward to that day!

  5. fransiweinstein said:

    Congratulations! I am going to visit these blogs. They sound terrific. Thanks.

  6. Congratulations on the nomination and having your granddaughter dance in the Nutcracker. Sounds like life is good….

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