Mystery Blogger Award

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Hello all!  Some of you may have noted that I inadvertently published an incomplete draft of this yesterday.  Sorry about that!  I think I’ll start a new blogger award called “The Clumsy Blogger.”  I nominate myself as the first awardee.  🙂

Many thanks to the blogger “A Wisconsin Woman’s Blog” (Casandra k) for considering me worthy and nominating me.  So much appreciated!  When you visit Casandra’s blog (, you’ll quickly note the brilliance of her work…and by that I mean her ability to convey such a richness of thought and emotion in so few words.  That, to me, is the essence of great writing!

So what is “The Mystery Blogger Award”?

“The Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

That, my friends, is how the creator of this award, Okoto Enigma, describes it.  For more, see her blog at:

Here are the Rules:
1) Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog.
2) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
3) Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
4) Personally nominate 5-10 bloggers you feel deserve the award. Please don’t blanket nominate…it diminishes its value in honoring the blogger.
6) Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.
7) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.



The questions put to me by Casandra are:

1. What was your best memory from your childhood?
2. Do you like to read and if so what is your favorite book?
3. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
4. If you could change the world in one way how would you change it?
5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Here goes…

1. What was your best memory from your childhood?

Both my parents were school teachers…certainly not lucrative careers (but in my opinion, teachers make one of the greatest investments in our society…would you agree?).  Consequently, we didn’t have many material things in our lives, but we had wonderful time together.  Some of my fondest memories are those of quiet Sunday mornings, going fishing with my brother and father on a pond deep in the woods.  You had to drive down a dirt road for some time to reach that pond, and to me, that was part of the magic.  Once there, we would park next to a very old, abandoned cabin that was positioned on a point of land, somewhat elevated and from that vantage point, the long-departed occupants would have had a beautiful view of the pond and all the forest that came down to the shore.  I particularly liked those days when there was no wind, so the surface of the pond was like a mirror, reflecting the early morning sky and treeline.  The three of us would embark on a very heavy wooden jon boat, with a live box built into the middle seat for the fish caught.  Importantly, we never left the boat shed in one of those old wooden boats without a bail, because there were continuous leaks!  And the bail was always first-rate (normally a bleach bottle cut such that it had the form of a scoop…and with the top screwed on…an effective bail)!  🙂

Regardless of whether or not we caught anything, those days were special, and even now, I can see my Dad slowly paddling that boat, instructing my brother and me on fishing…and as I reflect on it again…living one’s life with appreciation of the simple things.

I miss my Dad so much.


2. Do you like to read and if so what is your favorite book?

I do like to read, but my challenge is lack of time.  I’d like to really get into a book and read before falling asleep, but I wouldn’t get past one page as I get up very early each day and find myself exhausted in the evening.  That said, I do love to cook and like to play with food and wine pairings.  So, I find myself frequently in two of my favorite references:

  •  The Kevin Zraly series “Windows on the World Complete Wine Course.”
  •  JoAnna Simon “Wine with Food.”

So if you’re into food and wine, give those a go!


3. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Hmmm…I’m told, and I believe it to be true, that I’m too self-critical.   Well, those friends and colleagues that make that point are right.  Guess I just need to go a little easier on myself, but I find that so very hard to do.  If anyone has some good recommendations, please let me know!


4. If you could change the world in one way how would you change it?

I would remove all the plastic and trash floating in our oceans.  Having spent so many years of my life in the U.S. Navy and voyaging hundreds of thousands of miles through the seas, I have the greatest admiration and respect for this source of so much life.  Sadly, I just read a report stating some 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the earth’s water mass every year.  Some of that waste consolidates into enormous conglomerations of floating debris…makes me ill to think about it.  Guess we’re all to blame, but I wish I could change it.


5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I love the release of the experience.  Just standing down from my daily craziness and letting my mind wander gives me so much pleasure…perhaps it’s even therapeutic.  As I’ve mentioned in some of my work, my favorite spot to think and write is on my front step, just taking in the sunset. And when I receive feedback from others that my words touched them in some way, that really makes it all worthwhile.


Now you know a little bit more about me!


And here are some wonderful writers, and my nominees:

  1. To Dad With Love:
  2. Moments:
  3. The Art of Chewing Crayons:
  4. Manessah B:
  5. Vanessa L:


My questions for them are as follows:

  1. If not writing, what would be your next favorite thing to do?
  2. If you could travel to any destination tomorrow, where would that be?
  3. How did you come to write in the style you currently post?
  4. If given the chance to influence a world event, what would that be?
  5. When  you read another’s writing, and assess it to be impactful, what is it about that work that causes you to feel that way?


Thanks again to Casandra for giving me this opportunity!  It was fun to do!


All my best,


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7 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations on receiving this award, Bill! 👏😃

    I really enjoyed reading your answers and learning a bit more about you! You’re not alone on being too critical on yourself. I do the very same thing and I am trying to work on that… but some habits are harder to break! 😄 Great job! 👍

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      1. You’re very welcome!

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  2. What an interesting read.. it’s nice getting to know more about you 😊 Congratulations! You deserve it, absolutely! 👏

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  3. Thank you so much for nominating me, Bill. You are very kind.

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