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

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More Awards

I guess when it rains it pours--although that's a rather negative analogy for such a positive event as receiving an award. This time it is Seeking Solace who has been kind enough to bestow the Proximity Award upon this blog.

"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

I'm not really sure why I am deserving of this award, although I am honored to receive it. I guess I've never seen myself as charming or excessively kind, but I do believe strongly in building relationships, so perhaps that comes through. But now it is my turn to name 8 bloggers that I feel uphold the virtue of Proximity and I am happy to do so:

Julie - Julie could easily have received the inspiration award, as her beautiful poems always inspire me. However Julie is also an exceptionally kind and generous blogger, responding to all comments, checking in on all the blogs she follows and leaving sweet and encouraging comments, and sharing with her readers any poetic tidbits and websites she comes across.
Life Of A Fool - LOF blogs frequently and is also quick to respond to comments. This is something I aspire to, but alas, can never seem to accomplish. LOF's blog always makes you feel welcome.
Soxy Deb - I really can't say enough about my Soxy Deb--wit, beauty, and grace all rolled into one amazing package. In a far shorter time than I've been blogging (which is a blink of the eye), Soxy Deb has built up quite a large and loyal following. You really can't help but love her.
A Soldier's Girl - Her blogging has decreased recently but Nit upholds all the values of the Proximity Award. She is kind, generous and patient.
Adventures of a Bad Ass - Dr. Bad Ass has recently succumbed to Facebook and I'm hoping this award revives her zest for blogging. The blogosphere would definitely suffer if she closed up shop.
Clashing Hats - Hilaire's luck is turning around this year--I can feel it. She has been maintaining close and personal bloggy relations while trying to make a home in Scary City. She is a fighter and very deserving of this award.
Giddings - Life over at Confessions of A Stay At Homo (SAHM) can be challenging but Giddings meets all challenges with grace and dignity. I especially appreciate her new Meditations On Mindful Parenting series.
Minor Revisions - How could I NOT give this award to the lovely Katie? She is taking a brief hiatus from blogging but I'm hopeful she'll be back soon. Her blog is always so warm and inviting. Reading it you truly feel like your sitting snuggled in one of her new large comfy chairs close to the fire with Chienne at your side while the snow builds up and the wind howls outside. Now if only I had a cup of cocoa.

Enjoy your awards folks. I've enjoyed giving them out.


Soxy Deb said...

You always say the kindest things. Thank you so much for the award and for thinking about me.

Dr. Bad Ass said...

Since I just read my horrible teaching evaluations, this makes me feel much better! Thanks!

life_of_a_fool said...

I think you qualify as kind for saying I blog and respond to comments frequently/quickly, rather than "girl, you need to step away from the computer!" or "stop procrastinating!" Your spin is much nicer! Thanks!!

post-doc said...

This was so, so sweet! Thank you. I'm enjoying my break (for the most part - sometimes I crave writing a post to a ridiculous degree) but would have you over for chocolate and chatting any time at all.

Julie said...

You are an inspiration for me! Thank you so much for the kind words. It's a pleasure to read your blog. I always look forward to the moments when I can relax and see what's going on in the house of dirt and rocks. I love your insights on relationships, family, friends, and career. And your empty nest thoughts mean a lot to me, because I have been going through that loss. I even love your RBOC! Thanks so much:)