The lovely Canadian blogger Fransi Weinstein nominated Perfect Whole for something called the “One Lovely Blog” award.
I looked into it, and the award is really more like a magnanimous game than an award, as such. There will be, sadly, no red carpet event at which a starlet rips open an envelope to announce the winner.
It’s new media, darlings. We have to be our own red carpets, our own starlets, and our own envelopes.
So, in the spirit of encouraging one another, since no one else will do it if we don’t, here are the rules of this game and my nominations.
According to Fransi, the rules are:
1) Thank and link back to the person that nominated you. So, thank you very much, Ms. Fransi Weinstein, of both Three Hundred Sixty-Five and Fransi Weinstein Et Al! And thanks for all your encouragement over the past year.
2) Post the award picture in your post. Done.
3) Tell 7 things about yourself:
- I can’t fall asleep without reading for at least a few minutes, sometimes up to an hour. That’s why I’ve read so many books.
- Each Perfect Whole essay takes me a ludicrous number of hours (that I really don’t have) to plan, draft, revise, polish, and otherwise obsess over. The least I’ve ever spent on one is about three hours. The most, more than ten hours.
- I am horrified by how much time I spend on Facebook, but I don’t know how to stop. “Confession of Love” was no joke. It’s embarrassing. Now, the whole Internet knows.
- In my fantasy, I earn my living by writing all day and singing jazz standards in a cabaret in the evening. In my fantasy, these are viable methods of earning a living.
- We have two chickens and a rabbit, but I’m not really an animal person. My husband plays with the chickens as if they were dogs. The children treat the rabbit as if it were their younger sibling who just happens to live in a cage.
- I hate Frank Sinatra. I love his repertoire, and I love many, many other singers of the same era, but Ol’ Blue Eyes sets my teeth on edge. I don’t understand how he got a reputation as a great song interpreter. To me, he sounds the same, whether he’s singing that’s he’s got the world on a string, or that he won’t dance, don’t ask him, or that he’s got you under his skin. Tony Bennett was robbed.
- I will stop on the street or in the grocery store or in a diner, or pretty much anywhere, to talk to a baby. Don’t you wonder what they’re thinking? They are eternally fascinating.
4) Nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination.
Fifteen seems like a lot. I’ll do fewer, but tell you why these blogs are worth checking out.
- 135 Journals–A writer who has been keeping a journal for 40 years shares selections from same, plus writing prompts and her wonderfully quirky accounts of her life.
- Diane Ravitch’s Blog–Ravitch, who served as Secretary of Education in the Reagan Administration, has become our country’s best defender of public schools.
- The Digital Realist–“Finding that sweet spot between technophile and technophobe.” This is precisely the philosophical space that I inhabit, but Gregg Graham blogs about it, so I don’t have to.
- Donna Lee Miele, Author–Donna blogs about books, writing, bookselling, and ghostwriting her father’s autobiography.
- The Fictional Life of Lizzie Maya– I appreciate Lizzie’s incredible, sometimes shocking, honesty and courage in her autobiographical posts.
- Grist–Grist is more than a blog. It’s a news and culture source for all things related to environmentalism. I learn a lot here.
- Kristen Lamb’s Blog–Lamb is an author, editor, and speaker, but what I enjoy about her blog is her cheerleading for writers. Lots of good tips and encouragement here.
- Magnificent Nose–Magnificent Nose is the blogfather of Perfect Whole. Neil Fein and his Nosy Writers discuss cycling, books, writing, editing and culture, and run the occasional flash fiction week. I love the variety and energy on the Nose.
- PsychoZen–Elena Taurke-Joseph, a psychologist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist, says, “We heal the world by becoming intimate with our whole selves.”
- SpeEdChange–Ira Socol proves that some of the best writing and thinking about public education is taking place outside the professional journals and on working teachers’ blogs.
- TeacherKen’s Page on DailyKos–Ken Bernstein, a recently retired Washington D.C. teacher, is a loud, clear, smart advocate for excellent public education as a matter of social justice.
- Thieves in the Temple–Alec Mento’s hands-on political action blog. Thieves in the Temple tells you what nefarious deeds are being done in our name, with links to organizations and petitions trying to stop them. I appreciate Alec’s turning over those tables, chasing the moneychangers out.
- The Wing to Heaven–Despite the name, this is a very smart British educational policy and philosophy blog.