I was given an award today, (well actually on 12/14/13) and I am just getting around to acknowledging that beautiful blue ribbon. I am terrible about accepting phrase, I squirm, I do a great ah shucks, as I wring my hands and look at my feet, shift the credit to someone else, my cheeks get a bright red (which at this time of the year with my quite nice white beard) isn’t a bad thing. But the one thing’s I noticed is that Huntmode of “chasingrabbitholes.com” fame, passed it along, that really is a great idea. By the way, that is a blog that you need to take a look at, well written, well researched, thoughtful, topical and current. I don’t know how many I can share, but I think I will pass out a few.
The first will go to my wife Stephanie, because without her brow beating me constantly for months to write about COPD and the effect it was having on me, my love ones, my life, and the lives of my friends, not to mention the millions of others in this country who suffer from this terrible disease, there would be no firstname.lastname@example.org. Without that initial push all of the thoughts (good and bad) I have about COPD would still be jammed in my head.
The next blue ribbon would go to Wanda who is extremely talented. She can and does write about anything under the sun, and her Blog is aptly titled http://tidbitsandtreasures2011.wordpress.com, because her skills are so diverse. She is a photographer as well, and features many of her own photos in her Blog. Wanda sat right next to me many a day, as I struggled to get my Blog off the ground. Sometimes she actually used her own fingers to ensure it was done correctly. She has been a constant source of encouragement throughout my Blogging experience, but also as a close friend she has had to witness what COPD will do to a person.
The next blue ribbon would go to Paulette who is a world-class author, and has published one of the most amazing books I have had the opportunity to read. Paulette is also an animal activist, using all of the proceeds from her novel The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, to support the first and only no kill animal shelter in Ventura County, CA. Paulette stumbled across one of my rants about COPD, and its’ impact on me as a human. Being a nurse, it kinda caught her attention, and she commented on my post. Which started a wonderful dialog and has blossomed into a wonderful friendship, Paulette has been a major supporter of me and my blog, and has used her soap box to give me more than one shout out. She can be found at http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/.
The next blue ribbon would go to Colleen who’s blog http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/, is a daily narrative of simple truths that we all have forgotten of have stopped paying attention, or never thought of. Colleen uses stick people to make her point, and can say more in 50 words than I can in 2000. Since I encountered her, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that she didn’t make me smile. Colleen has also been a constant source of encouragement, her witty replies to my comments. Her suggestions for things to write about, and her willingness to play along have been wonderful. I think sometimes Colleen blames me for stealing so many words when I write a post, leaving none for her post, that’s why they are so short, yet so so very large at heart. Give her a look, you will not regret it.
Next I would like to recognize Julie in Australia, with a blue ribbon. Julie writes Wings and Things http://jmgoyder.com where I was introduced to Gutsy 9. A peacock with a foot problem that Julie nursed when Gutsy 9 was kinda left hanging by the rest of the peahens. Julie writes about her beloved Ants (husband) and Ming (son). Ants, who has PDD (Parkinson’s disease dementia), is a constant source of joy and frustration, but the love they shared is un-paralleled. Julie commented on one of my posts about the terminal nature of COPD, and how it robs a person in a slow ugly manner. We became fast friends thru the sharing of stories, blogs, and comments has been a tremendous supporter and person of constant encouragement. There are times when we feed off each other, taking strength and encouragement as needed. Julie writes a very personal account of living with and dealing with a loved one who suffers from PDD.
The last blue ribbon I would like to share, goes back to Huntmode. She has is becoming a great great friend. And one of the single smartest people I know. She also suffers from COPD, but she is in a much earlier stage than myself, and we have bonded because of this shared common ground. Teasingly I told her I would read each of her posts, well I am now thru the 1st four months of her blog and that is only about 45 or so posts. Each post is in part insightful, challenging, no non-sense, and some she took a cue from me and wrote thousands of words, but many others are short. She has the ability to write on a diverse list of subjects because she reads and researches her topic of choice. Her Blog is truly worth a look and again can be found at http://chasingrabbitholes.com.