Sunday, September 18, 2011

loving the liebster

I got an award the other day from a new feels-like-a-long-lost friend and one of my favorite bloggers, Mary from The Adventures of Cilgin Kiz.  I can't quite remember how I found her.  I find so many blogs just by surfing from one blog to, and there was Mary.  She is a wonderful person and I fell in love with her blog.  She says it is a travel blog...but OH! it is so much more than that.  I encourage you to travel over to her blog via the above link and read through several posts.  Her stories are wonderful...her photography stunning.

She decided to share this Liebster Award with me.  I love the name.  Mostly because it means love, and makes me think of lobster, which is a liebster for me too.  There are a few stipulations to accepting the award:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet—other writers.
5. And best of all – have fun and spread the karma.

I've fulfilled the first.  I will now reveal my top 5 picks, not an easy thing to do when I have a bazillion blogs I read and love.  I am picking blogs I enjoy but don't always have time to comment on in my race around the blog-reading world, but that touch my senses deeply:

1. Photos by Jan is just that.  Photos Jan has taken and posted.  But they are some of the most beautiful, interesting, thought and emotion provoking photos I have seen.  Take a look, and enjoy a treat for your eyes.

2. One Eye on the Rearview Mirror is a stunning blog that will absolutely knock your socks off.  Insightful, deeply emotional, and gets you in the gut.  Written by Paul F., you won't want to stop reading.  I promise that.  I especially recommend the post The Fullness of an Empty Spot.

3. Pure and Simple reflects Debra's journey through life.  Sounds like every other blog you've read a blurb about, doesn't it?  But it isn't.  Debra delves much deeper, and writes in such a beautiful and touching way.  Her blog is just soothing to my spirit, and it seems like every time I am troubled, I journey to Debra's blog, and find something she has written that I can connect with.  I recommend you read Two for Twenty.  It will change the way you see people.  

4. The Titanic Swim Team by Steve is a blog covering a variety of his thoughts.  I seem to be drawn to people like me, who think about and write about many things that carry substance, and this is one of those blogs that never leaves me wanting.  I especially loved reading about Steve's time in Honduras and what he learned while there, working to help build homes for people who had nothing.  One of my favorite Honduras posts was one of his first: Two Weeks in Honduras is Like a Year Anywhere Else: The Glory and the Gory.  I am linking to it because it was written a while back. 

5. Last but not least, is a new blog I am following.  For those of you who know me, you know I am serious about art, photography and blogging.  They are three things that I am passionate about.  I listed Jan's photo blog at top, and I am ending with a blog that is written by Lisa, an artist who also blogs, at Art and the Human Condition.  Lisa is my kind of woman, and a very talented woman I am just beginning to know.  I just recently discovered her marvelous blog.  Be sure to check out her art website too.  I am sure you will be amazed at her talent and creativity.

That's enough Liebster to sink your teeth into and fill up on.  I hope you will take time to click on some or all of my links.  Like most other bloggers out there in webspace, I think the blogs I follow are wonderful.  The world is so full of amazing people spelling out their lives and thoughts, loves and hates, passions and creativity in blogs.  Take time to read.  It'll change your life.

Have a great week y'all.  Smile at someone.  And watch them smile back.  Or faint from shock. 

~cath xo

Twitter @jonesbabie


  1. Cath, congratulations on the Liebster, and thank you for sharing the love!
    What an honor to be among you wonderful souls, and I do look forward to reading the others whom I’ve yet to discover. Always a pleasure to add new treasures to the tried and true delights ;-)

  2. Congratulations.....awesome award...your picks to share it with are wonderful blogs.....As always...XOXOOXO

  3. Cath, I'm blushing! I'm not used to such praise. Thank you for the kind words. As always, I look forward to reading your recommendations.

  4. Well deserved award...and now I'm heading over to your picks to see what all the fuss is about! :-)

  5. @Debra: I think it is important for us to hear what an impact the words we write have on other people Debra, and yours have had a profound impact on me. Even though we may not read every post a treasured writer publishes, we know, when we get to that blog, we will come away with something worth knowing. Your blog is that for me.

    @Bongo: Thanks for your comment Bonnie, I enjoyed sharing them and writing this post.

    @hocam: Ah Mary girl, you are like the sister I didn't know I had, and I can only say that about a few people in my life. I am a better person for knowing you. And your blog is one I treasure. :)

    @Luclylastica: I hope you enjoy my picks as much as I enjoy reading them. :)

  6. Vundabar!!! You are right on the money with those choices...


  7. @BlogNostics Thanks A, and I have noticed you and I read many of the same blogs too. :D

  8. Cath, I love the liebster-love-lobster bit, hahaha! I can always count on your witty brain to liven up my days! Thanks! I've also been following Debra on Pure and Simple and yes, she's wonderful! I have to check out the rest. Thanks for this list :-)

  9. I have been following Jan for a while but I really appreciate the tips on the others!!! Thank You

  10. Wow! Sending you the warmest congrats, Cathy! You are so deserving! And your choice of blogs so reveal what you value: beauty, insight and art. =) Can't wait to check them out!

  11. Congrats for the award! I am off to check the new blogs now!

  12. Cath! Thank you so much for the award my friend! I'm honored more than you know. This is my first award for this blog! You are a treasure! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!

  13. @Joy Page Manuel Hope you enjoy my choices for the lobster comment, that is just how my brain weird directions. Thanks for the comments! xo

  14. @JIM They are all good solid blogs JIM and you won't be disappointed... :D

  15. @Samantha Bangayan I noticed the same thing Samantha...I think most of us tend to follow blogs whose subjects lie in the same range as our interests. Although if you saw my extensive blog roll, you'd think differently. They are all over the place in subject matter. :D

  16. @MuMuGB Thanks Muriel and happy reading! xo

  17. @Lisa Brandel You are most welcome Lisa...I think my readers will love your blog as much as I do. :D