If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The very inspiring Mel has given me the Inspiration Award (see below). As teachers we all aim to inspire but most of the time I'm afraid we fall short. At least I feel I do. So it was very affirming to be chosen for this particular award and a nice way to start the semester. I will do my best to live up to it both here and in the classroom.

Awards in the blogosphere come with rules and those rules mostly have to do with sharing. The rules as per Mel are:
  1. Please put the logo of the award (above) on your blog if you can make it work with your format.
  2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
  3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.
  4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
  5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

And without further ado, here are my award recipients:

Dr. Curmudgeon - some of the funniest posts--like laugh out loud when no one is around funny--that I've read have been on The Doctor Isn't. He inspires me to continually work on my cultivating my voice. Unfortunately humor is beyond my reach.
Seeking Solace - Seeking Solace has not only revamped her blog but has changed her name to reflect the new life she and her husband are pursuing. She has shown remarkable strength in leaving a position that seriously undervalued her and now after living in their current location for over 16 years, they are picking up and moving to southern climes --truly inspiring. I can only hope she ends up close to SouthLite, we would love to welcome her here.
PunkinDunk - Nessa, who has upped and moved herself, her partner, and their 4 children to a big cold city recently, inspires me when she posts so openly and sincerely about her children. Then she blows me away with her efforts to remain green in a large city and her bread baking.
Lee - Lee's doodle's always make me think and I'm inspired by anyone who can do that without using a lot of words.
K8 - K8's knowledge of YA literature is very inspiring and she has not only inspired me to read more of it but often inspires me to bake. I just wish the kitty love that goes on in her home would inspire the Brute to be nice to TOC.
Profgrrrrl - Profgrrrrl is inspiring enough as a strong women who knows what she wants and is smart enough to balance her life to get it (and I just love her "Dear Stu Dent" letters), but she has had an awe-inspiring year or so that has included tenure, travel to exotic lands, a wonderful new relationship, marriage and a baby on the way.
Dr. Isis - what is more inspiring than a domestic and laboratory goddess? A domestic and laboratory goddess who walks around in killer shoes.


Isis the Scientist said...

Thank you for the award! That is so amazingly sweet!

Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Awesome! Thanks so much!

Lee said...

I'm honoured! Thank you.

I'll be handing mine out in the next few days.

meldoesgradschool said...

I'm so glad you were excited about this and passed it on! I've never done this meme thing or whatever it is, but I'm excited that it turned out so well and can see how it's traveling and that I not only get to see who inspires you, but got to see those comments indicating that you made some people's days too!

~profgrrrrl~ said...

Oh, thank you! :)

Julie said...

Congratulations on the award, because you deserve it. I love your blog!

Thanks for the links, too. It's fun to check out other people, especially when you recommend them. Will do that now!