1001 Posts and The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I have been nominated for two awards: The Versatile Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger award by the remarkable  John W. Howell, at Fiction Favorites. If you are a lover of words and books, you should visit his site. There’s a lot to see and a great deal to learn.

He is a multi-talented man and he shares his experience and knowledge freely. John, for his part, received this pair of awards from Katrina Perkins, a woman whose blog is always worth a visit since she has great scoops on the stage and film-making businesses. It was Katrina’s idea to package this pair of awards into one called The Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

She created a special logo for this duo. It’s on the right. You might not want it on the coffee table, though for me, it depends on the size of the dragon. If it’s a little dragon, I might quite enjoy having it front and center in the living room. Keep the pups in their place. Besides, we already have a plethora of statuettes. Not mine, but impressive enough for a couple.

In an interesting boomerang karmic return, Natasha Harmer at Films and Things has also honored me after one of my honorees honored her,  and I want to thank her most warmly for liking me enough to select me. Please take a look at her site too. She talks with great intelligence and class about movies and things. Just like the name of her site implies.

Usually, there are a few rules that go with awards and this is no exception:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

This is a most propitious day to accept awards. A bunch of milestones have collided, perhaps related only circumstantially but to me, it all feels related.

1000 Posts and Counting

Yesterday, when I posted a reblog from Catnip of Life, I was caught by surprise to realize it was my 1000th post. A thousand posts. Wow. It had crept up on me very quietly. Sneaky. I knew it was coming and had been planning to write something special to celebrate the milestone. Instead, it just tip-toed up to me, tapped me on the shoulder, said “BOO!” and giggled. I had passed 56,000 hits a couple of days before, but that seemed less noteworthy than 1000 posts. I promptly deleted a few posts that were originals I’ve since re-posted. I figure I will do some more deleting too, which messes up the numbers a bit. But it was exactly 1000, so I’m sticking with that.

“Where did you come from,” I asked. “You really snuck up on me. You should wear a bell or something and not surprise a woman like that.”

“Tee hee,” was all the reply I got. A giggle, a tap on the shoulder and a major milestone has gone by.

Today is post number 1001.


About a third of my posts are reblogs and scoops, but even so, I’ve published and written a lot in a short period of time. The past 7 or 8 months has been the most prolific of my life. I think I must have been saving up words all these years. I gotten a lot of positive feedback from other bloggers, but Freshly Pressed apparently doesn’t think I’m particularly interesting. Whatever is they are looking for, I’m not it. I try to not let it bother me because if in a thousand posts they have not found something that makes me worthy, I doubt more will attract them either.

Blogging has been deeply gratifying for me. It has given me my first chance to write and publish without answering to anyone. It’s the first time I’ve gotten any “formal” recognition for writing and it’s the first time I’ve experienced being a part of a community of writers and artists. All of you are wonderful and I am grateful for your friendship and support. Awards are delightful and heartwarming. Although they don’t come with a check attached, nor is there a fancy statuette to display next to my husband’s Emmy on top of the TV, these come with love. Not a statuette, but it makes me feel all toasty. I wish all of you were my real neighbors so I could come sit with you and chat over a cup of coffee. Writing can feel very isolated sometimes, especially in the winter.

Hitting the 1000 post milestone number on the day John awarded this honor to me seemed propitious. And moreover, it’s my 66th birthday tomorrow. Sixty-five was a legal occasion and felt a bit impersonal. Social Security kicked in, Medicaid kicked out. I became officially senior, precipitating fear and trembling since our society does not honor elders. The younger generations would just as soon we went away, taking our experience and our opinions with us. It isn’t personal.

It’s just they want the world for themselves. We stand as reminders of events that are brand new for them but
which we attest have happened before. They are not interested in our history and stories of the old days. They want to inherit what we built, but without us. Alas, but this next generation will have to cope with the painful realization that they did not invent the world nor do they own it. Every generation wants top billing and believes they deserve it — right now. Maybe they do, but like all who have gone before them, they will have to wait their turn.

Statuettes at home

Statuettes at home – Not mine.

This birthday is personal. I’ve had a year of senior citizenship. I’ve fought my way through the bureaucracy into the next phase of personhood. I realize I am closer to 70 than 60 which is very strange because in my head, I’m still just a kid. I am under no illusion that 66 is the “new 28.” I remember being 28 and this isn’t it. My bones tell the story of the relentless movement of time. My empty bank account is a poignant reminder of my daily struggle to survive. I worry about my friends; the crowd is thinning and the holes left by each star as it winks out is a gap I can’t fill.

The world isn’t such a pretty place as it was when I was young. I feel bad about it and the generations that will inherit such a mess.  I would fix it if I could, but I’m old enough to know I can’t. This is a time for acknowledgment, recognition, understanding limits and liabilities. Coming grips with reality. It’s also the last prime time to taste every possible drop of joy from life because endings no longer seem far away or theoretical.

Today, I have received two awards. I announce having passed my thousandth post, I see myself a year older. I’m glad to be here, grateful for my friends. Thank you, all of you.

Time to give some well-deserved recognition to other worthies in the blogging community. Please note: I am not giving awards to anyone who has directly or indirectly told me that he or she doesn’t want them.

You know who you are. If you have gotten awards from me and never acknowledged them, I take this as a clear message you don’t want more awards. If I’m mistaken, let me know. I’m always happy to share the booty but I also don’t want to make a pest of myself and annoy anyone with stuff they don’t want.

So, without further ado, the envelope please:  





Head In A Vice

Emily Guido

Rich Paschall


Scottie Mom

Rumpy Dog

Hot Rod Cowgirl

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlop

Chronicles of Illusions

Our Humble Opinions

Reflections of a Book Addict

We get to the part that always leaves me a trifle baffled. Seven interesting things about me. My blog tends to be something of a tell-all, so I can’t imagine what more there is to tell about me that everyone hasn’t already heard. So instead, I’m going to post pictures of me that you may or may not have already seen. I know it’s not the usual thing, but really, what more can I say about me? I’m getting tired of talking about myself and I didn’t think that was possible.

Here’s a gallery of me-ness. Looking good, looking weird, looking young, old and drab. It’s the various colors of Marilyn.

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60 replies

  1. Thanks for the mention! You’ve made our day 🙂 Congratulations on your 1,000th post – quite a feat! And 56,000 hits – we’ve got a way to go before we reach those heights! ~ from everyone at OHO


  2. Congratulations and thank YOU! Heather and Mr. K send Scottie tail wags and kisses. Much love, The Scottie Mom.


  3. congratulations on your award and your posts. Thank you also for the ping back


    • You’re in my direct line of descent. I got the award from Catnip of Life, passed it to Mike, who gave it to you. Does that make you my grandchild sort of, virtually speaking?


  4. Thank you Marilyn! Great photos, and love Garry’s awards!!! 🙂


    • That’s the tip of the iceberg. He’s got a LOT of them, so the ones that hang on the wall are all over the house 🙂 Figured I should show him off a little. He’s proud of them and I’m proud of him.


  5. Just for the record, I sent the pair of awards with the Dragon Loyalty pic to Katrina. She is a wonderful person. I sent it just as a pic; she did decide to carry it onward. I have since given credit to the person from whom I got the pic (from Google and another blogger outside of WP) and asked permission to continue to use this pic with the pair of awards. It works.
    Nice post, by the way.


  6. Honored and humbled ! Thank you.
    I’ll attempt to comply with all with all conditions … said the Irish preacher … with a wink.


  7. I am honored that you would include me among those you are passing this award to. Thank you so much!


  8. Thanks! I’ll have to re-arrange my blog wall now! LOL I like your post and how you included pictures from your different seasons! I had a similar idea and never did anything with it, I think I may have to get out the old scanner and do something similar! 😀


    • Scanning is really boring, but it’s a way to save pictures that otherwise will be lost to time. I wish I’d done more of it. A lot of my older photos have lost a lot of color and sharpness. They were just drugstore prints. A lot of really OLD photos are in better shape because they were printed on better paper using high quality ink. So even if you never use them for a post, it’s worth a bit of time to make sure you don’t lose them. You may be shocked at how much your old photos have degraded already when you go and look.

      Anyway, glad to give you yet another award 🙂 You do deserve them.


  9. WOW! I think it is awesome that the catnip reblog is #1000! But, most of all, thank you for the Dragon! Love it ❤ My favorite picture is Garry and you on the cyclone! 😆


  10. Congrats on hitting 1000 posts that is an impressive feat! 😉


  11. Thank you for nominating me for this wonderful award:) And congratulations to you for passing 1000! Wowzers and congrats and of course Meowzers from Minnie….that is awesome:) I love your blog as you write from your heart and your words are real….and I appreciate your friendship:) Happy Birthday and you do not look like 66 as I would have placed you much younger and that young feeling inside, hang on to it as I am hanging on to it too:) I once saw a cute saying that said: Age is a matter of the mind….if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!!!! It is my motto:) I feel like I am yet 35-ish…I have some creaks and find it annoying that I can’t do some things like I used to but I am gonna keep going with gusto!!! Happy Birthday my friend and thank you so much for blessing me with this award:) Go Celebrate with lots of yummy food:) I love the pictures:)


    • It’s the only way to go. I’ve had to come to some accomodations with my back, but mind over matter only takes one so far. Still, a bit of cooperation and I can do most stuff that matters to me. Not everything, but more than I’m supposed to be able to do. And the brain still works okay 🙂 We are lucky, however hard things get, that we have things we love to hold fast to.


      • Amen and yes we do have lots to hold on to…..good stuff:) Having also gone through breast cancer and many surgeries I have restrictions on lifting that I have to be careful….sometimes that is very hard when you live isolated and no one is around….I have learned to wing it but still….I have always just done it….now I have to think….still we have lots to be thankful for and I am glad to be alive and happy:) Happy Birthday tomorrow to a very special lady and friend. I am thankful that I know you! Birthday Hugs:)


        • Aww shucks. Thanks (blush).

          My lifting and bending restriction because of the breast reconstruction and spine surgery are pretty narrow. It’s not just what the doctors tell me: if I do what I’m not supposed to, I hurt. A lot. So, stuff doesn’t get done and life goes on albeith dustily. My house is not going to be the kind of clean it once was. It turns out, dust is not as important as I used to think.

          I’m glad to know you, too. You make my world a richer place.


  12. Congratulations on passing the 1,000 mark in posts!!! Your time, thoughtfulness and energy have given us a treasure chest of memorable posts. I love the photo array — reflections on the way we were and are now. Here’s to the next one thousand!!


  13. Thank you for adding my post as a relating piece to your blog. I read with profound interest and smiles as I looked at all your photos. ~ Sharon


  14. Congratulations for the well deserved award you received. I love following yours and relate to so much of what you wrote, just turned 67 in December and I also feel like a kid inside. I love your photos also. And, thank you so much for the award back to me. I’m thrilled! Big cyber hug to you, Paulette (my real name 🙂 )


    • Thank you. You know, we so often don’t know each other’s names. People call me “Teepee” and I’ve got my name on the header and everywhere I could find a corner for it, but I guess I am forever Teepee. But Marilyn (who did have a teepee and wrote a book about it) greets Paulette who she is glad she no longer has to call Persecution 🙂

      On Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM, SERENDIPITY


  15. What a fabulous post! Firstly, thank you very much for the Dragon – I love Dragons and am honoured to be so honoured!

    Next – Happy Birthday for tomorrow! I, too, have entered those years and feel much as you – nearer to 70 than 60 is how I think in my head but not out loud – and my body tells me it is no longer 28 even if in my head I am still not really anywhere close to 70!

    Then, I love your photos, showing some of your life, a lovely way to tell your 7 things and one which I may emulate when I come to doing the Award thing!

    1000 posts! My goodness! I just passed 500 and that feels good. 1000 is amazing. Keep going – I always enjoy reading and share your positive views of this amazing blogging community

    All the very best to you and Gary, 🙂


    • You are welcome. I’m actually trying to slow down. I’m afraid I’m going to swamp the server. It’s already running a bit slow for me and I suspect it’s the volume that’s doing it …

      I love your blog. It’s beautiful. Elegant. It’s a friendly place, like visiting a good neighbor who doesn’t lock her kitchen door and always has a pot of coffee on the stove.

      I used pictures because really and truly, I ran out of things to say about me I hadn’t said before and it felt silly just repeating stuff. Gave me a chance to rerun some favorite photos, too.

      My head feels 21. My bones don’t. But we are still here, thinking and writing and making pictures … and that’s what counts.


  16. My cup runneth over with awards. Thanks.


  17. I liked the retrospective and wish you a very happy birthday. Your posts always get me thinking and this one is no exception. Only 66? You youngster you. Lovely acceptance, congratulations. – John


    • I just LOVE when people tell me I’m a youngster 🙂 It makes me feel all giddy and girlish. Thanks for the awards … and your timing was really spot on!


  18. Thank you for adding my post as a related article! I like the look of your blog and your lovely photos. ~ Rebecca


  19. No one deserves it more 🙂



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