My Syracuse friend, music lover, movie lover and sports enthusiast, Mark Bialczak, has nominated me for my second Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Totally WOW! A new badge, a second Dragon, and I’m totally floored, almost speechless. Note, I said ALMOST. I’m very seldom speechless. I’ll even bet if I set up a tape recorder I would be talking in my sleep.
So here’s the badge:
Cute, huh? Thanks Mark. I’ve loved dragons since Peter, Paul and Mary sang Puff, the Magic Dragon. Now they have a whole new meaning.
So, here are the rules.
1. Display the award on your blog. Done
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you. Done
3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award. Coming up.
4 Link your winners in the post and let them know of their being awarded. stay tuned
5. Tell seven interesting things about yourself. BRB.
Okay: Not exactly in order, I’ll start with number 5. Why? Because I can.
Seven interesting things about myself: Hummmm.
1. I’m as old as dirt, but young at heart.
2. I plan to get older than dirt, and stay young at heart.
3. When I hit 50, I started counting my age backward. I’m now younger than my kids. Haven’t figured out how I had them before I was born, but my poor mom must have had one heck of a time giving birth.
4. On December 31, 1999, I was named Poet of the Century by some publisher I have forgotten now. The great honor came with no money, but a plaque they urged me to buy for $39.95 to hang proudly on my wall. I proudly declined their offer. I did, however, make my own plaque with the poem that won me the great honor (along with every other person who submitted an entry) and it hangs proudly on my wall. The poem is about a dear friend and mentor, Fr. Danny Goff, a priest who died of AIDS. A gentle man, born with hemophilia, who had to use blood plasma that had not been tested for the virus. He was one of the leaders who made the drug companies start testing all of the blood products before using them. RIP Danny. Rick. Scot. Ron. So many of you.
5. Okay, so you may have guessed by that. I was an activist in the stamp out AIDS movement. Meeting Danny changed my life. Always shy before, I was suddenly running an office, going all over the state giving speeches, talking to school kids, giving TV interviews.
6. After living in the same place for 30 years, after my divorce I moved every year for 5 years until I finally settled in my present apartment, extremely tiny, but it felt like home from the beginning.
7. Whew! I still don’t know how to cook for one person. I start out with good intentions, but there is always another bean I want to add to the pot, and suddenly it becomes dinner for 40. My friends don’t complain though. Some still show up at the door to see if I’ve started making meatloaf again. Soon.
Now: My 15 nominees:
Whoa! That’s a lotta people. Now I just have to notify them all. Good thing I started early.
Here’s the fun part for me. I’ve been working on this for a long, long time. I have created my own award.
I know the caption says For blogging excellence. but it’s actually for the angels in my life. And that means all of you who read my posts. So everyone who reads this stop by and pick one up. No strings, no rules. You are all my angels, and I can’t name you all. So I will probably just stop in at every blog and let you know it’s here. And feel free to pass it on to all your friends and followers. You can never have enough angels in your life.