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The Versatile Blogger Award

A big thank you to Olive over at Newtbyolivemegamean for this nomination!  She’s a blogger who wants to “pursue something different every week.”  She is a beautiful and remarkable young woman of mixed race who talks about balancing two almost opposite cultures and the obstacles she has faced and is still facing.  She talks about being open-minded, which is an admirable quality and something that everybody should aspire to embrace.  If you don’t already follow her, you will find her blogs inspiring, interesting and entertaining.




• Display the award on your blog.

• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Share 7 facts about yourself.

• Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the award.




1.  I NEVER discuss politics…publicly or privately…even with my closest friends.  (It’s one of those situations where you can ask but if I tell you, I’ll have to kill you.)

2.  When I was younger, at least once a week, one or two men would walk up to me and say “has anybody ever told you that you look like Angie Dickinson?”  One of them actually said “Ms. Dickinson, can I have your autograph?”  (They were obviously all drunk.)

3.  Many times, I have been called “Scarlett O’Hara,” a “firecracker”, a “Southern spitfire”, a “force of nature”, “Joan of Arc” and a “Puritan.”  (I declah!  Whateva do they mean?)

4.  I despise junk mail and unsolicited credit card offers, especially when they are addressed to my former name.  I take advantage of their postage paid return envelopes by cramming them full of my utility, cable and credit card outer envelopes along with grocery store advertisements and everything else I can find.  It is accompanied with the following message:  As long as you keep sending me your junk, you will continue to pay the postage for my junk.”  It works.  (Now bite me.)

5.  I watched my own knee surgery and asked the doctor if I could put the screws into my femur and tibia.  He said “no.”  It pissed me off but he did let me snip the last stitch on one of my incisions.  (Putting a sharp pair of scissors in the hands of a “firecracker” you have pissed off?  Not a good idea.  He was lucky.)

6.  I very rarely leave my house.  When I do and I come out of the store, I can never find my car because I don’t drive it enough to recognize it.  I know it’s an Infiniti and I know it’s silver but sometimes I walk right by it.  When I finally do find it, I think “well, law day…is that what my car looks like?”  (This gal needs to get out more.  On second thought, nah.)

7. Asking me to come up with seven facts about myself is like asking me to walk all the way through my house on my hands.  (Wait a minute.  I can actually do that.  Never mind.)


1.  https://ease@wordpress.com   This blog is by a young mother who is a devout Muslim.  She tells about her life, raising her five children (basically without a husband) and how her family reacted to her conversion.  She gives excellent information about her faith, which in so many ways, parallels other faiths.  If like me, you are interested in other religions, she is more than happy to oblige with the renderings of scriptures and prayers.  She has become a wonderful friend and her blog is well worth checking out.

2.  https://buffalotompeabody@wordpress.com   This blog will have you in stitches and you will sometimes almost pee in your pants.  (I know most people say “pee my pants” or “pee the bed.”)  I have never understood that phrasing, because aren’t you actually IN your pants and IN your bed when you pee?  Anyway, I would call the posts “a hoot, a holler and a high-de-ho!”  If you need a pick-me-up or a hearty laugh, check out this blog.

3.  https://staceyloringblog.com   She is a new find for me and she is fucking hilarious.  She describes herself as “crass, crude, controversial, politically IN-correct and opinionated.”  She is indeed that.  She reminds me of me…unapologetic curse words, snarky remarks, biting humor, telling it like it is and roaring while you do it!  You should check out her blog if you aren’t already following her.  For those of you who are interested in the paranormal, she also writes about that.  (Sign me up for a voodoo doll!)
(Footnote:  When I told her I was nominating her, she said “it better not be that Leibster bullshit!”)  See what I mean?  Irreverent and my kind of gal!

4. https://spearfruit@wordpress.com   This blog is about a lovely man who is battling cancer.  He has an equally lovely partner, standing for the most part in the background.  (We should all remember those who silently offer support because they too, are suffering.)  He tells of his treatments and always tries to put on a brave face, even when it is difficult.  Those of us who have been touched by this horrible disease in some way or another can understand the trials and tribulations.  Give him a read.  You will find his blog uplifting and as I said, you will come to know two extraordinary and lovely men.

6.  https://JohnCoyote@wordpress.com   John posts his own poetry which sometimes has an almost audible sadness but his gentleness never fails to come through.  He is so generous in promoting and re-blogging others’ work.  He has known grief, disappointment and loss but has never let it diminish his love of life…and it shows.  He is a veteran, which touches my heart as well as many others, I’m sure.  Give him a read, if you don’t already.


Of course, there is no pressure to participate but I happen to know Brian Cranston personally and if you don’t…HE WILL FIND YOU!


48 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations Laurel! And thank you for the nomination – I am sorry it has taken me awhile to hop over here to acknowledge. I appreciate you very much, and you should see my response very soon. Thanks again dear! 🙂


  2. Congratulations! Well-deserved.

    I figure that I’m going to make my blog “award-free” – that way, there’s an excuse for me not getting any more nominations!

    Ever since I chose not to provide a picture to some narcissistic, bullying jerk of a blogger that is supported by multitudes, I’m suddenly persona non grata everywhere!

    Damn Mercury retrograde…it screws everything up – everything, I tells ya!


    • Well, damn! I was going to nominate you but I couldn’t see any previous ones on your site. I figured you were “award-free. I’d love to add you, if you like.
      Who did you not provide a picture to? I don’t believe a picture is required. That pisses me off!

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      • LOL – on my blog, I have a page dedicated to the awards that I’ve gotten, called “Awards – Loving the Love!” I think that there is a badge / image that people post prominently on their blogs when they want theirs to be “Award Free” – I thought that it was provided by WordPress, but I had to Google it to find it.

        The jerk in question has a “fitness” blog that is heavily populated (wwwpalfitness), so he uses it to either laud or lambaste others, depending on whatever mood or meds he happens to be in / on.

        I’d mentioned that I used to do modeling, so suddenly I was getting hounded for a pic. I declined, very politely, and was suddenly attacked with “you must be a smoker – all models that I know smoke heavily! You don’t want to show your face because you’ve probably let yourself go and are fat and old and ugly! You hate girls under the age of 25!” and other strange nonsense – the usual, ridiculous word salad that malignarcs love to heap on people.

        Imagine how a woman in an actual relationship with that guy must go through! Wait…you don’t have to imagine it…you’ve lived it.

        I agree – I don’t think that a picture is required – and images can be faked or altered, so they tend to be meaningless to me. Then again, I’m not a man who falls for the obviously titillating images that many choose to use!


        • This guy seems to be of the same mindset of a blogger I encountered. He told me I had no business working if I was afraid. I used to be an EMT and yes…some of the characters we ran on were scary and sometimes, I was afraid. He pissed me off…and I mean royally!
          Those people are cowards. Pure and simple. By attacking others, it gives them a sense of self-worth that they are obviously lacking. And. you’re right. I certainly know what it’s like to have wasted almost my entire life with a narcissistic, bullying coward.
          I was also criticized by some troll about my “dating site” posts. He said “I could actually explain this to you ladies but I am fully aware this is about preserving your egos vs. finding someone to date.” (I think that’s exact.) After I responded to him, he said it was always easier to “dismiss people as idiots.” Well….yeah!
          I mean, come on. If you say you’re interested in an educated man and you get a response like “where you stay at, gril”…that’s perfect fodder for a humorous post.

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          • LOL – oh, wow! Some loser thinks that he can explain something to women about dating sites? Cheez Lousie…”Preserving egos” – WTF is that supposed to even mean?!?
            Seriously, most guys in their 30s are drooling after girls in their teens and early 20s – and women on “dating sites” are preserving egos?!? Talk about cognitive dissonance!

            It is laughable that the most illiterate, uneducated, and ignorant men seem to be the ones who troll the most – they obviously have nothing better to do as they do their sad, lonely fapping by the light of a computer screen…

            I’d love to see a humorous post or three about dating site adventures, LOL


              • I’ll definitely look for them – I love dating horror stories, and the best ones have been about those dreaded “dating sites,” LOL!

                Yeah, guys hate being ignored – well, malignarcs of both sexes seem to hate it, if I think about it – but it’s funny that their reaction to being ignored is never anything resembling self-reflection!


                • And they hate being left. Losers first serious girlfriend left him after his fiancé showed up for a visit while he was in college.
                  His first wife left him when she found out who he really was.
                  I left him after finding out that he was a lying, cheating douche.
                  But what’s funny is that all three of his women who left suddenly became afflicted with some varying degree of mental illness.
                  The girlfriend was a “nut job.” The first wife was a “crazy woman who wanted to be married to her daddy” and I became “clinically insane.”
                  The trash he’s with now leads him around by the short hairs but she won’t leave him because it took her more than 20 years to find a meal-ticket.
                  That poor guy…had to suffer through all those unstable women. 😦

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                  • Oh, the shame of it all…he just knew how to pick the “wrong woman,” didn’t he? Such tragedy, for sheer perfection to be dragged down by “unstable women,” no?
                    *sarcasm off*

                    His newest thrall will enjoy her self-made prison, I suppose…with all of the lies and disease included.

                    Go figure…I was my ex-husband’s third wife, but he wasn’t a malignarc…just a disgusting pedophile who figured that a woman was too old for him when she could go into bars without him. The one I was with, I guess that I was his third “serious” relationship – and I’m lucky to be alive! His ex-wife and her son, and a former girlfriend of his, died under odd circumstances…somehow, he avoided questioning and suspicion.
                    We were only together for three years, fortunately!


                    • His newest already has Herpes so it’s a non-issue. That’s why he threw the “if you care enough, it doesn’t matter” phrase in my face.
                      Three people died under mysterious circumstances? Yikes. It’s a good thing you got out when you did. That’s fucking scary!

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  3. Thank you for the nomination!

    I might copy your nr4 next time those spammers get too persistent, I need to know though if you want me to refer back to this post if I do :)?

    (Btw ease was not available so tabassem it is 🙂 )


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