Friday, January 14, 2011

My First Award

I received a Stylish Blogger Award from Elaine AM Smith yesterday. I've never gotten one of these before so I wasn't sure how it worked. Elaine was kind enough to explain. So here goes -
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award... thanks Elaine
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass the award on.

7 Things About Me
1) My family didn't have an indoor bathroom until the year I graduated from high school
2) It took me a mere 29 years to get my master's degree (I did take a few years off during this time)
3) I'm a newspaper columnist
4) I self published a book of my newspaper columns
5) I cowrote a song that went to number 1 on European Indie record charts
6) I'm the middle child in a family of five kids. My older and younger brother both died too young
7) I've been married 36 years but it seems like only a moment.

I'm going to pass the award on to: Jilda at Transformation Information. She pours her heard and soul into her work and into her blog. Each time she posts, I read something inspiring.

I reached 136 followers today. I'm amazed. Thanks to you all.


  1. Congratulations on the award. Enjoy learning more about you.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. Congratulations! I really enjoy reading your posts. How lovely of you to hand it on to Jilda :)

  3. Congrats! Well deserved!

    When I first started blogging it seemed like every week or so someone was sporting some new bling on their sidebar from a friend giving them an award. It has been a while since I have seen any, so I didn't know if the practice was passee or I was just not running with the winners any more. ;) I handed one out myself once, but I don't think it went very far. Maybe I should do it again, because I really do read some winning blogs!

  4. Congratulations Rick...Deservedly so too. Glad you mentioned Jilda's blog. I am now a follower there too. Your blog is great.

  5. Congratulations with your fab award!! Yay for you!!! And thanks for sharing amazing facts about yourself!!! Excellent stuff!! Take care

  6. What a nice post and you managed to share seven things about yourself that really give us some insight into you! Congrats and thanks for stopping by my blog:)

  7. Congratulations on your award! :)

  8. First one? Congratulations! And that's cool about your song.

  9. I enjoy your writing and your not boring. So, I'm only surprised you don't have more followers. I find #1 very interesting. (no pun intended)

  10. Congratulations on the award, and to the recipient. Wow about the song and sad about your brothers.

    I've been married 9 years. It seems like a long time and only a moment, all at the same time:)

  11. Hello Rick! this award is really nice, you get to know people a bit! I am so nosy and would love to know the title of the song, since I live in Europe ... maybe I know it. Though I might be too young.

    Thank you for your interest in my blog. Please excuse the spelling and grammar mistakes, I am a native Austrian (German as my mother tongue). Maybe you like to take a look at older postings, I recommend the label "Austria" because that's when I visit my favourite places and maybe you enjoy a virtual journey in the morning/afternoon/night.


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