How fitting that today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had a thing or two to say about the power of love:
”I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Karen from Waisting Time and Amalfi Girl from Eat Run Have Fun have given me an award: The Stylish Blogger! How about that? I am honored…and relieved, because to be honest, I haven’t known what to write about lately*. And being given this award will help me do something that I don’t often do: promoting others’ blogs.
The Terms of Acceptance of the Award:
- Post and link back to the person(s) who gave you this award;
- Share seven things about yourself;
- Pay it forward and give the award to some of your favorite bloggers;
- Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!
Seven things about me:
- I’m going to be a grandmother without ever having been a mother! My stepdaughter and her husband are due April 1
- I won a dance contest at a club in the Bahamas. I was wearing a leather mini skirt and fishnet stockings. Oh the 80s!
- I met my husband online in the “old days” of the Internet (1994). I placed a personal ad on AOL’s Romance Connection and his was one of ~250 responses I got.
- Up until a couple of years ago I didn’t believe in God. I do now, but have no denomination or religion. To me God = positive energy.
- I love to play Scrabble (especially on Facebook) and am quite competitive.
- I prefer summer. I used to like having four seasons, but honestly? If it never got below 60 degrees again I’d be happy.
- I can finally say this: “I’ve written a book and it’s in the process of getting published!”
And now, to pass this along. Here is a list of blogs that inform, nourish, inspire, awe, and humor me:
*So yeah, I’ve been feeling rather…blank. Nothing excites or interests me. It’s probably winter and hormones and my father’s death.
Although I know it’s temporary, it’s also rather disconcerting.
It’s probably a good thing because there’s been a lot to feel in the past few weeks and so feeling “nothing” is kind of a relief.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about the expectations that people have when someone dies…the expectation that you’ll feel devastated and unimaginable grief.
I haven’t felt that. I have felt a sadness I’ve never quite experienced before. I’ve cried like a little girl. A lot. But so far there hasn’t been an overwhelming sense of grief that I can’t handle. Maybe it hasn’t sunk in completely? Or maybe I know it’s all going to be okay because that’s what he always taught me?
I’m not complaining. In fact, I am grateful.
And then there’s the whole aspect of food and weight and my body, which have always been at the front and center of my brain but are just not any more. And I just bought jeans in a smaller size.