Liebster Award

Helen Qin, the doctor-to-be, has nominated me for the Liebster Award—Thank you!

Her terrific blog is here:


My 11 Questions [Helen’s questions for me]:

  1. What piece of writing are you the most proud of?—I like the shorter works I’ve done, such as this one from the other day (below):*
  2. How long does it take for a post to go from an idea to fruition?—I try to write and post each day; so far, illness is the main that prevents me.  I sit before the screen each morning with coffee (tea lately) and a piece of bread (toast, croissant, what have you).  I usually write several things, pick one thing to go over more, then decide to post it.  I look for an image.  I go to WordPress, work on the posting, then send it.  Typically, this takes a few hours.
  3. What has been your most enjoyable new hobby during this lockdown?—I’ve been taking drives to nowhere though ostensibly to the grocery store.  I have masks now, thanks to friends, so can get out when I want to, walk around a little.  It’s not a new hobby, but I’ve seen more winding roads and many things along the way these days.  Oh, and I’m trying to learn Zoom.
  4. If you could go somewhere for a week, all expenses paid and you could do whatever you wanted, where would you go? —I’d like to go to Midland England for a while.  experience something of village life.  Maybe a day for London and the British Museum, maybe a day for Oxbridge.
  5. What’s one thing you wish you were better at?—I wish I could lift and carry things again.  Because of heart disease, I can’t.
  6. What language would you like to learn and perfect if given the opportunity?—French, I think.
  7. What’s an irrational fear you have?—I have claustrophobia.  Bothers me to mention it.
  8. What’s something you might be embarrassed or self-conscious about, but you know you shouldn’t be?—I have many scars from surgeries.  I’m thankful for the results of the operations, so I shouldn’t be embarrassed by the marks.
  9. What food are you craving the most right now?—Dark chocolate with almonds.  But I have some here.  Now if I could have dark chocolate with almonds and raisins.
  10. What’s your best party trick?—I’m good at word games and some trivia contests.
  11. What brings you the most joy in life?—Happy endings.


11 Facts About Me

  1. I’m left-handed.
  2. I’m from the South (of the USA).
  3. I’m the middle child (of five).
  4. I have bad-handwriting/writer’s cramp and so am thankful for the computer.
  5. I had lunch with Mister Rogers, dinner with Vincent Price (not on the same day).
  6. I was the first male chapter president of an all-female honorary society (Mortar Board).
  7. I’m adept with USA and (or) British grammar.
  8. I’m a good speller though tend to leave words out instead, such as “no” or “never” (hopefully to catch in time).
  9. I enjoy reading contemporary literature more by women than by men.
  10. I like meeting people who don’t look like me.
  11. I read slowly, awkwardly.


(General) Rules to the Liebster Blogger awards:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  3. Share 11 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers
  5. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  6. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post


I know some correspondents have been nominated before (not that they couldn’t be nominated again).  Here are my nominees: A Reading Writer, MandiBelle, Cathy (wander.essence), Nelkumi,  PaperKutz.


you are not obliged

questions from me, if you do oblige (I swiped a couple from Helen Q)

  1. How are you?
  2. Do you have a favorite author?
  3. Do you have a favorite kind of writing to write?
  4. What do you miss in lockdown?
  5. What have you learned in lockdown?
  6. Do you have a favorite time of year?
  7. Have you ever had a mentor—who? (whom?)
  8. What is a treat for you in life (to eat, to share, otherwise to do)?
  9. Do you tend to write in one space—which?
  10. How do you prepare a blog-post?
  11. What is one thing (among many things) you plan to do once the current virus crisis has passed?





You should have a good day

You deserve it

If it’s not today,

Keep it

In your pocket

Or your bag

Then pick a day

To bring out when you need it

Saying to yourself,

This is a good day for me

And there should be enough

For someone else

Share it

If only a wish

For that one to have

A good day, too


Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

everyone deserves a prize