The Real Neat Blog Award

Art by Rob Goldstein

The real neat blog award comes to me from Dear Kitty

Thank you Dear Kitty for this award.

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

Put the award logo on your blog.

Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

The questions to me are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

The United States

  1. What is your favorite sport?

Weight training

  1. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?

Almost all of my moments feel special to me. I’m grateful to be alive and productive.

  1. What is your favorite quote?

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, You have a right to be here.  The Desiderata

  1. What was your favorite class when still at school?

American History

  1. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?


  1. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

    The Accordion

    My Seven Questions are the same as those asked of me.

    My nominees are below, if any of you are award free please accept this as a gesture of appreciation for your blog.




    Kate McClelland

    A Momma’s View

    But I Smile Anyway…


    The Militant Negro™


    sue’s space

    Daisy Willows


The Versatile Blogger Award


I am honored to receive the Versatile Blogger Award laurelwolfelives



  1.  Display Award
  2.  Thank the person who nominated you
  3.  Share seven facts about yourself
  4.  Nominate up to 10 other bloggers-

    1. I have a full head of silvery hair. It was once jet black..
    2. I have Brown eyes.
    3. I am a triple Scorpio which means that my Sun, Moon and Rising Sign are in Scorpio.
    4. I once studied to become an Operating Room Technician.
    5. I am almost six feet tall.
    6. I was first openly gay director of physical education ever hired by a YMCA.
    7. I once played Mr. Snow in the New London Connecticut theatrical production of Carousel.
    8. I first came to San Francisco as a tour guide from Hawaii.
    9. I’ve had two serious relationships in my life. The first lasted nine years and the Second is still going strong at 23.
    10. I am left-handed.-

      My Nominees are:

      Musings of An Insomniac

      informatic cool stuff


      The Manic Years

      LMG comic updates


      What I Gotta Say About It

      Mr. Militant Negro

      shehanne moore

      Looking For The Light Blog

The Encouraging Thunder Award

Encouraging Thunder

The Encouraging Thunder Award comes to me from Danica at Living a Beautiful Life. Her blog is varied and inventive.

Her most recent post is a short story in which her readers voted on the ending.

Beyond her excellence in blogging is her contribution to the Word Press community as a member who extends herself to others.

Thank you for the honor of this award, Danica.

Rules for this award:

  • Post it on your blog.
  • Grant other bloggers the award.

What you cannot do:

  • Abuse or misuse the logo.
  • Claim that it is your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

  • Enjoy the award!
  • At least give thanks via comments, likes and/or mentioning the blog that you received the award from.
  • Mention your purpose in blogging.

I began to blog as a way organize the story of my life into a coherent narrative as part of my psychotherapy. The therapeutic process is slow and painful and I find that I have to spend two minutes recovering for every minute I spend working. As my blog has evolved I’ve developed an interest in advocating for the right of all citizens with mental illnesses to healthcare and housing.

The government made a promise to fund alternatives to the State Hospitals when it closed them.

We have lived with the degrading consequences of that broken promise for over a generation.

It should outrage every U.S. citizen to see the mentally ill brutalized by the pauperism, needless suffering and the neglect  that we through our government promised to prevent when we voted to close the State Hospitals

My nominees for The Encouraging Thunder Award are:

A Momma’s View at A Momma’s View

errinspelling at errinspelling

savethelastbulletfor at savethelastbulletfor 

Linda at Nutstroke

The Blahpolar Diaries at The Blahpolar Diaries  

Hana Hoo at Desert Mice and Dreams

Painkills at All Things Chronic

Souldiergirl at Souldiergirl

sonniq at  My Name is Jamie. My Life in Prison

Kaz at Read No More: A Brief History of Music

Globalunison at Globalunison

Some of my nominees may have an awards-free blog and some may already have received this award.

If this is so, please accept the nomination as an expression of my appreciation for you.