Cool! I figured my first nomination was a fluke and went back to doing what I do: having fun with words and pictures, then sharing them. Like most people, I’ve never met an award I didn’t like and until I began this blog, never got one. So being officially declared lovely is very fine.
A huge virtual hug and gracious a “thank you” goes to my nominator, whose blog Empowered Results is dedicated to spreading the word about people and groups who make their communities a better place. You can find her in my Links section too. It’s wonderful that she cares enough to give her precious time to her community.
Before I get into the business of nominating others, I’d like to talk about the good stuff appearing on the world-wide web. It’s a joy to see, especially after so many pundits and sages have declared the imminent collapse of civilization and the death of literature and art due to the pernicious influence of (drum roll), the Internet. It’s particularly gratifying that so many youngsters are participating.
If you use Facebook at all, you probably figure it signals the death of grammar. Not true. Grammar’s been dead for a long time. We just never got around to officially burying it. Grammar began to vanish more than 60 years ago, before I entered elementary school in 1952. The Internet didn’t cause the problem: it is a reflection of how education changed during the 20th century. By the time I started first grade, New York City public schools had already stopped teaching grammar. If you don’t like it, start bugging your school systems to teach it! Stop slashing education budgets and eliminating teachers. Or live with minimal literacy as the American standard. You can’t have it both ways.
I got a year of grammar in high school. It got added following national standardized tests that revealed us to be collectively clueless. Among The Hope of the Future group that surprisingly included me, where average test scores were typically between 97 and 100 percent on everything testable, no one scored above the 66th (say that three times quickly, hah!) percentile in grammar. We were outed. We couldn’t tell an adverb from our elbow.
Unless you attended private or parochial school, you are unlikely to have learned formal grammar. If those who design the curriculum don’t include grammar, educators should stop bitching about how college students don’t grasp the concept of a “complete sentence.” How could they? Their teachers don’t know either!
Yet here I am and so are you. It turns out the Internet is not necessarily the instrument of the Devil. It is apparently human nature — despite the grunters, texters and those who write threats on cardboard using crayons — we still need to communicate with words. For years I thought my Boomer generation’s single significant contribution to posterity was high-fashion blue jeans. We made denim mainstream, transforming work pants into the most essential item in our wardrobe. We deserve a collective Nobel Prize for that alone. Is there a Nobel for generational achievements? If so, how would they divvy up the money? I take checks and direct deposits.
The Internet has given us wings. We can fly everywhere simultaneously. We can share our art, writing, craziness, opinions, dedication, and concerns. We are independent of the establishment and corporations. You don’t need an agent or a publisher … just the willingness to put yourself out there.
I wasn’t born into this world. I belong to the “first geek” generation. We tended this great garden of technology. We helped it blossom into a ubiquitous presence that younger generations don’t even notice. It’s just there. But WE know it’s magic and we are magicians. It turns out the work we did was not just a paycheck. We transformed the world. Who’d have thunk it?
About this award:
Its origins are mystery incarnate, buried so deep in our collective mind that even Google cannot unearth it. Which translates to my having no idea how, when, or where this award originated and as far as I can tell, no one else knows either. If someone does know, please tell me. I love being “in” on secrets.
The rules applying to The Lovely Blogger award are identical to those for The Versatile Blogger award. You put a nifty logo on your blog to announce your loveliness and have an opportunity to confer loveliness on other bloggers who will, presumably, in their turn pass the honor along … like a gigantic chain letter, until every single one of us has many awards over which to rejoice. I love it, I really do. So many of us go a lifetime and nobody notices us at all.
My nominations are:
- T. James, Writer and Author (I’m not sure what the difference is, unless you aren’t an author if you aren’t published on paper, but hey, whatever) has created a pink free version of the award logo for those who have a personal issue with pink. I decided that I could cope with a bit of pink, but if you can’t, check out his site and you can have a monochromatic rose that has not a hint of pinkatude. He is the first of my nominees. He’s a good writer and uses words like a rapier. I like that. I know he’s been nominated before, but he’ll just have to cope with another one.
- Cristian Mihai is a young man with talent and a plan. He is going to be a published author. His tips, plans, and of course, writing are here. Good he’s starting early. It can be a long road.
- Beg To Differ is witty and original. Dedicated to everything, this is a good blog to just hang out and read and laugh a little, smile wryly, snicker, or say “huh?” … Oh, forget to mention for anyone who cares, he is Canadian. Deal with it.
- Hot Rod Cowgirl rides to live and lives to ride. Her love of horses is contagious. Also, some great pictures and links. It helps if you like horses, but even if you don’t, it’s a good blog.
- The Good Greatsby is funny. Really. Try it. Original humor is rare and keeps me sane. Thanks!
- Your Great Outdoors is the official blog of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. If you are a birder, or just love nature, here’s news and stories and more about their Massachusetts preserve. If you are local, go for a day and take your camera. There are Audubon preserves all over the USA and probably one near you. They do good work and deserve your support.
- Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars is not funny. It’s a sometimes painful, insightful, nakedly honest look at the world where the author fights her pain and the demons who stalk her. Not light reading, but very well done.
- The Garden Journal: The Small Space Big Harvest Garden is a wonderful resource for those of us who must, due to space limitations or prefer for whatever reason, to create beautiful gardens in small space. Great pictures, lots of ideas. A joy for those of us who love to grow things outside.
- Moment Matters is a little of this, more of that, and beautifully designed. It adds up to a thoughts and useful information about everything from home improvement to human relations. Great photos, too.
- Lust and Rum: New York, Thy Name is Delirium. I grew up there and visiting this blog is like a trip home. Good prose, fine pictures, and a lot of class. It’s a wonderful town and a lovely blog.
- Heaven4Earth is a thoughtful blog. It’s nice that I’m not the only one left who likes to ponder the meaning of everything. Well written and beautifully presented.
- Damien Wijerathne is doing some wonderful photography, especially of animals. Excellent work!
- Urban Wall Art is a unique look at some of the beautiful art we often dismiss as graffiti. Really beautiful work, well photographed, supported by good writing.
- Ishooteditnblog is written by a young fellow in Singapore and I quite enjoy looking into his world. If you enjoy travel, this is a virtual vacation. A young man with a camera, one of the delightful crop of new eyes and voices I am finding every day.
- slappshot is … well … I’m not sure how to describe it. Well written, absolutely. Frequently funny too. He describes it as “Tales of a single dad, his adventurous daughter, and their 4-legged sidekick” and if you would like to taste something out of the ordinary, try this on. I like it. Maybe so will you!
And now, for a little more into the not-so-secret world of me:
- Most of the stuff I would like to tell you would prevent my running for president.
- I have a gigantic dracaena marginata that is planning to take over the world.
- I watch reruns of The Golden Girls with my husband. We laugh.
- My house needs a deep cleaning. Volunteers?
- There’s a lot of iron in our well water. It leaves rings.
- I do not miss working; I just miss the paycheck.
- I am still a Brooklyn Dodgers fan.
Whew! Accepting these awards is a lot of work! But it has a purpose and I hope you recognize its validity and importance: these awards as an opportunity to tell people about other talented bloggers who deserve to be noticed. Some are sophisticated, others just starting. It doesn’t matter. The importance is that there is so much passion by so many people eager to communicate their ideas, stories, art, information and more. Everything is out there — all you have to do is look around! Youngsters and oldsters and everyone in between has a unique world view.
Come! Look through new eyes!