The Beautiful Blogger Award

I have also been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Global Anni. I’ll let her speak for herself: “I am an educator currently teaching and living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my husband and two children. I have been a global nomad since the age of 12 and have traveled to 47 countries so far. Join me in my past and present journey around the world!” Amazing, no?!!?

Thanks very much for this kind honor, Global Anni.

Please visit her here:

Beautiful Blogger Award

Award rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that person.

2. Post the award on your blog.

3. Nominate 7 (or less) blogs and link to them.

My nominees

Postcards from Italy

The Urge to Wander

Romance Novel


The Wanderlust Gene

And thank you again, Global Anni, for nominating me! :)

Sunshine Award Questions

I am stealing these ten “required” award questions from Natalia (who, I believe, took hers from the person who nominated her, though it is blurry whether or not we are allowed to just make up our own). But it seems like answering them is hard enough—inventing them may be too much. ;-)

What is your real fear?

I have always been afraid of dying before my mother. But this is fading now that I have made it to my fifties.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in the sixth grade, I wanted to be five different things, and all but one began with the letter “A.” I wanted to be an artist, an author, an actor, an archaeologist and a teacher. (Shall I cheat and say now, “academic”? ;-)

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to read, to walk, to watch birds, to take long naps in the afternoon. (Does napping count as a hobby?) I want to sing when I ride on the bike path, like to sink my fingers into moist earth, catch glimpses of the mountains when I come up for air, stroking my way across the pool.

What hobby would you like to start?

I’d like to work with clay again one day. I took a semester class in high school and fell in love with it. And I’d love to learn to sail.

If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say?

Hmm. I guess this depends. What people am I telling? People I know well? All people in the world? I love you. Tell the truth. Go for the gusto.

What’s the best prank you have pulled off?

Would that be the smashed Christmas lights, the thirteen rolls of soggy toilet paper, the bag of dog poop, the eggs on the graveyard shift at Denny’s? All are terrible from this side of adulthood, so I don’t believe I’ll say.

What book are you planning to read next?

I have Rad Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine from the library sitting on my table. That’s a handy coincidence, since I have to answer this question in public. (But I may opt for the other book I checked out, a summer romance by Luanne Rice.)

Coffee, Tea or Champagne?

I don’t allow any of the above, except for the rare indulgence in yerba maté, which I steep too long and drink with coconut milk and agave nectar.

Lemon Torte or Chocolate Cheesecake?

Neither, unless it happens to be gluten free and made with maple syrup or ??

The Sunshine Award

It’s my pleasure to report I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by Natalia Sarkissian, an amazing photographer and gifted writer. Please visit her beautiful blog, Postcards from Italy.

Thank you, Natalia! You are a dear to include me in this. :)

I am posting the rules below, as well as a list of the blogs I am nominating in return. I hope you will follow the links to see where they lead. And I will include my “required” answers to the ten questions in a subsequent post.

sunshine award, orange flower and blue sky

Award Rules
1) Include the Award’s Logo in a post or on your blog.
2) Answer 10 questions about yourself.
3) Nominate 10 other bloggers.
4) Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
5) Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

My nominees are:

The Urge to Wander

Romance Novel

Global Anni


The Wanderlust Gene

And my big thanks again to Natalia Sarkissian and her beautiful blog, Postcards from Italy.