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Liebster Award Nomination for Story Crossings!

Y’ learn something new every day!

I’d never heard of the Liebster Award until I got nominated this past week – what a nice thing to learn about!  Person-to person, blogger-to-blogger, “tag, you’re it” and pay it forward!

Grab your favorite beverage and get comfy, because this post-full-of-lists-of-eleven is longer than usual – but a pretty quick read, I suspect (…lists, after all).  First some info:

“The word “liebster” is of German origin and it has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend, among them. Some describe this award as a daisy chain. You get nominated for the award and if you choose to accept, you get to nominate additional bloggers for the award. You answer their questions, the new bloggers nominated answer yours, and so the chain of happiness continues to grow and expand.”

Thank you so much to Sue Kuentz for the nomination! I “met” Sue online during last April’s A-to-Z Daily Blogging Challenge.  I love her blog, Power of Story, and wish I could nominate HER!

There seem to be several iterations of the Liebster Award rules…Here’s the description* as passed on to me (and for whatever reason, the number 11 figures prominently):

Liebster Award badgeThe Liebster Award Official Rules

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award badge on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!) 

[*From the Wording Well Blog]

Eleven Questions Asked of Me by Sue

1. What is your favorite genre of reading and why? Novels, pretty much any genre of story. With engaging and believable characters, an interesting story, a meaningful theme, an engaging writing style – I’m there, and love living in a literary reality for a while. Deep satisfied sigh.

2. What is most stressful to you? When deadlines hit up against the rest of life – and yet that happens all the time!! I wish – oh I wish – that I was able to get projects done well in advance of deadlines…in my case, that way of operating appears unattainable. A deadline makes me get the work done, and there you have it! The problem, of course, is when the rest of life – an unexpected guest or emergency, or illness, or the laptop crashes, etc. – happens at the same time one is working “under deadline.” Stressful. (Different kind of sigh.)

3. What is your most favorite quote? Difficult…but I’ll go with: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein.

4. If you had a motto, what would it be? “It takes all kinds!” This works (try it!) whether you’re happily celebrating diversity, or trying desperately to cope with someone you don’t understand at all, and a myriad of other situations. (– and I happily inherit this from my mom!)

5. If your house was burning down, what would you take and why? This actually sort of happened once: Years ago we were evacuated from our house late at night because of a gas leak at a neighborhood gas station. I was a single mom of 2 young boys at the time, and a freelance/performing storyteller, so I grabbed:

  • the boys, of course (self-explanatory);guitar 2c
  • the cat (self-explanatory, except to cat-haters, who simply can’t understand);
  • my purse (self-explanatory);
  • my guitar (important to me professionally: I use it in my storytelling performance; plus sentimental value – there’s a good story there that perhaps I’ll tell in this blog someday);
  • and my calendar/gig-book, which was my life/source-of-income!

Nowadays I would take:

  • the dog (self-explanatory, except to dog haters, who simply can’t understand);
  • my purse (self-explanatory);
  • my guitar (same reasons as before…but which one? I now have my deceased brother Mark’s as well, which was the one I first learned on…oh my, talk about sentimental value…I guess I’d have to grab both – Don’t ask me to choose!!);
  • my calendar (same as before);
  • and my laptop (because it really does hold my life these days).
  • I also have a beautiful, large framed display of some photos of my parents, taken in the 30’s and 40’s…I’d want to take that, too, if I could.

Probably not any precious grandchildren’s photos, since they’re all digital!  (And we’re assuming the husband will walk out on his own.) Oh my, I keep thinking of more…and more…and more…wills?…Tough decisions. Let’s just not let the house burn, shall we?

6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why? Uh-oh, this one can go deep…! Today I’ll say: I would gain the ability to not procrastinate.

Oz koala c7. What place in all the world would you like to vacation to? Australia. I know, I know – it’s a huge continent…but do I have to pick one spot? I was there for a month in 2008 and would go back in a minute, to re-visit Brisbane (Carole!), Sydney, Victoria, Cape Tribulation, Great Barrier Reef…plus I’d love to go to the outback, and to Adelaide (Sarah! Gillian!), and to the north, and, and….yes.

8. What is your biggest dream? That humanity would really learn to care for each other, I mean really; and also for our beautiful, fragile, necessary, precious planet. Really.

9. What frustrates you the most about social media? How things that are superficial, stupid, and even cruel spread so terribly wide and quickly.

10. Where do your ideas for blogging come from? The rich life all around me – and sometimes online stuff.

11. What shoes do you feel most comfortable in? It used to be my Tevas (if I had to wear something on my feet at all!) – but since developing terrible plantar fasciitis in one foot, I now have to wear something with good arch support (even indoors – and I’ve been a barefoot-gal my whole life!!…frustration…), and so I have a great pair of navy-blue woolen Haflinger clogs – and wearing them almost ALL the time has GREATLY-GREATLY reduced the near-crippling pain in my left foot – so they WIN!

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. My voice teacher in college encouraged me to go into opera.
  2. I was a single mom (of the world’s 2 most wonderful boys) for 14 years.
  3. I’ve lived in Ecuador and in England.
  4. I love contra dancing – but haven’t done it for years.
  5. I earned a college credit in bread baking.
  6. I am enthralled with intersections of science and spirituality and creativity and art.
  7. comfort food

    Bonus: I love movie popcorn.

    I’m the youngest of 4 siblings, growing up in a wonderful, loving and “functional” (yes, such a thing exists) family.

  8. I love biblical Hebrew…studied it in seminary and made it to about a “2nd or maybe 3rd-grade” reading level – but if you don’t use it you lose it, sigh… (I studied biblical Greek, too – but don’t love it.)
  9. When my sons were little I was pretty much an Earth Mother: homebirth, homeschooling, and I baked all of our bread, even burger buns and sweet rolls and of course sandwich bread – putting that college education to very good use-!
  10. (10 – WordPress glitch; I don’t know why suddenly it won’t give me double-digit numerals for the list – oh well)  I yearn to be able to gallop on horseback. (My horseback riding experience is pretty minimal, though I did ride a horse in a parade once, in Dubuque, Iowa.)
  11. (11) All of my progeny live in the San Francisco Bay Area (2 sons and daughters-in-law, 2 granddaughters) – that’s why I’m always seeking gigs there!

The Questions I’m Asking My Nominee Bloggers

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What fictional literary character would you like to BE for a day, and why?
  3. What is a favorite memory of yours?
  4. When is your most productive time of day?
  5. Where is a place you would like to return to again and again, and why?
  6. Who do you wish you could interview for a blog post, or other project, and why?
  7. What are 3 of your favorite children’s picture books?
  8. How do you motivate yourself to work, when you’re not feeling motivated?
  9. What food dish, that you’ve never made before, would you like to be able to make any time you’d want to?
  10. (10) What 3 historical figures, no longer living, would you like to have over for tea – or a glass of wine?
  11. (11) Assuming no obstacles to doing so, and being fully prepared packing-wise, etc., where would you like to fly to on an airplane TOMORROW?

The Blogs I’m Nominating for the Liebster Award

Jason Chesnut – Faith, Interrupted   “Get this: we don’t have Sunday morning worship, nor do we have a building. What we do have is a vision for a passionate, intentional community and that’s where you come in.  You’re invited to check out one of our monthly gatherings and stop by one of our weekly Christianity Without the Crap conversations.”  I love Jason’s blog.  And he’s someone I know IN REAL LIFE, too!   🙂  He’s a gifted storyteller, and is a vibrant person called to a vibrant new ministry, in Baltimore and online.

Susan Scott – Garden of Eden Blog    I “met” Susan during last April’s A-to-Z Daily Blogging Challenge, too. How lovely to connect with a blogger in South Africa!  Her writing is filled with thoughtful reflections and perspectives on various aspects of life…challenging, calm, deep, creative.  Very nourishing.

Karen Chace – Catch the Story Bug!   Karen’s blog is a FOUNT, a WELL, a TREASURE-TROVE of ideas and resources for storytellers, teachers, librarians, parents.  She does an astounding job of curating and creating an abundance of wonderful material. (I don’t yet know…but I wouldn’t be surprised if either she’s already been nominated, or has over 1000 followers, or both…but I have to name her here!)

Sarah Agnew – Sarah Tells Stories    I met Sarah (IN REAL LIFE!   🙂 ) in 2008 at the Australia Network of Biblical Storytellers Gathering near Melbourne – she knocked my socks off with her magnificent performance poetry at the time, and has moved deeply into storytelling, and more!  She write of herself: “…a biblical storyteller, poet & minister in the Uniting Church. I tell & help others to tell stories personal and biblical (through workshops & as adjunct faculty at Uniting College for Leadership & Theology), I write poems & prayers, articles & reviews, and I serve the Belair Uniting Church community of faith.”

Cassie Cushing – Kaleidoscope Coffee & Stories   Cassie (I know her IN REAL LIFE, too!  🙂 ) hasn’t blogged for a while – she’s been super-busy in the San Francisco Bay Area starting a real brick-n-mortar coffee shop, that will also be a performance space!  She’s a coffee roaster (the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had), and a talented storyteller, and a creative storytelling-event-producer, too.  Perhaps she’ll find time to accept this Liebster Award and answer 11 questions (and Cassie, feel free to re-use any/all of the questions here if you don’t have time to think up 11 new ones!)

Donna Washington – Language, Literacy and Storytelling   I haven’t met Donna in real life yet, but I hope to, soon.  What I know is that her blog is a good place to read some wonderful thoughts on storytelling, performing, traveling, teaching, speaking…She writes with humor and directness. I hope you visit it!

Thanks for reading – Pam