There have been numerous times when I have sat at my desk editing parts of a blog post and wishing I had more time to work on it instead of looking for a stopping point and having to go to bed because I had to work in the morning or stopping because I was already late for work.

Countless times have I sat at that desk wishing for more time to read more blog posts from writers I admired, but alas, I had to be a grown up and go to work and be an adult.

Well, after being unemployed for over a month, I see that working full-time was just an excuse, because I have had the time to read more blogs and to write to my hearts’ content, and I haven’t done so. It could be laziness or I just wasn’t feeling motivated because I was feeling pretty low about my situation and who’d really care if I shared a new piece anyway?

I logged on to my blog on August 10th and was excited to see that there was a comment on my last story. I was eager to read it, even though I have received some comments that were just too mean to live, so they didn’t and no one saw those.

I was happy to see that the comment was from Martie Sorois whose thought-provoking site GENDER CREATIVE LIFE: OBSERVATIONS WHILE RAISING MY BEAUTIFUL, TRANS & GENDER NONCONFORMING CHILD I learned about a couple of months ago after she commented on a post on my site. I was immediately impressed by Martie and her persevering contributions in providing awareness to the xenophobic. I think that is an amazing testament to her as a mother of a trans child.

Well, imagine my surprise when I read her comment informing me that she had nominated me for this award. I was like,”Whaaaat??”

I am extremely honored and gladly accept this nomination from a writer and person I am in awe of.

Thank you for considering me, it means so much for many reasons, most importantly it lifted me from the somber filled days I have been having lately.

The Liebster award is an award that exists only on the internet and is a recognition given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Here is a link to the Global Aussie website for more info.

If you’ve been given a nomination for the 2018 Liebster award, part of the rules for accepting that nomination is to nominate 5 (or more) other blogs who deserve to be seen and heard. Sure, it might look like the form of a chain mail, but it’s actually a great way to spread the love around to other blogs across the internet, in appreciation of what we all do here. Another part of the rules is that I have to answer the questions I’ve been given by the person who nominated me, and then I must create questions (unique and creative is what the judge is looking for) for my nominees to answer. The winner will be chosen on Dec. 31, 2018.


1. What quote or cliché do people always say that is complete bullsh*t?
Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder: It shouldn’t even bother me anymore at this point but it does. Often times, this is used as a final comment by a conservative person in a debate. There have been many times when we didn’t even get to the debate because they could not answer a very simple question, so out comes this nugget. I know this to be complete bullsh*t and want so desperately to explain why but the conservative keyboard “activist” doesn’t stay long enough to have a civil discussion before leaving for Troll City.

2. Would you rather have a dog with a cat’s personality or a cat with a dog’s personality? I am an animal lover and have had my share of lovable cats but I have to say that a dog’s personality is immediately clear and visible. There have been times when my dogs could tell that I was stressed or unhappy and would want to offer me some type of comfort. I believe that the concern expressed was because of that deep connection that a dog’s personality invites, I would just have to look into their spirit-filled eyes and I would quickly be put to ease. Definitely, need the dog’s personality in my life.

3. Etta James, or Nina Simone? Why? I was going to answer Etta James since I was familiar with her signature song, At Last, but after a quick search on Nina Simone,  I became intrigued by her and now I want to learn more about her legacy and so I choose her. Ms. Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. I love this quote from Ms. Simone, I have often said some variation of it to people I know. “There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”

4. If you had to name your autobiography with a song title, what would it be, and why? This question could have many answers depending on my mood. I could say “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me”, “Funny Girl” or “Crazy” but I am going to have to go with ” I Am What I Am”. I have never apologized for being my authentic self, although it wasn’t always easy. People have made fun of me and I was bullied as a child and that’s okay. This is me, and your issues with me are your problem, not mine.

5. What do you think would happen if we broke Murphy’s Law? Murphy’s Law is the idea that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This was a fun question. Obviously, we cannot be arrested for breaking this law, but can we actually knowingly break it? If we could, then we would lose the opportunity to learn from errors and mistakes and we would live in a reality where everyone easily succeeds and we would all be without individual character.


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  1. If Time Travel were possible, but we could only travel back in time and stay in that time for 24 hours, what date would you visit and why?
  2. Do you believe in the Supernatural? Why or why not?
  3. We were often asked when we were kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Did you grow up to be what you wanted?
  4. Do you have a favorite color? If so, what do you imagine that color would smell like?
  5. Ginger or Mary Ann? Why?

Put the award logo/image on your blog (there are new logo designs to choose from this year!)
Link to this blog post in your Liebster Award blog post.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Answer the questions given to you.
Nominate 5 other people/blogs (or more than 5, if you’d like).
Create 5 questions for your nominees to answer.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
Comment on this blog post with a link DIRECTLY to your Liebster award.
Have fun! 


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