Friday, April 17, 2009

inspirational spirits need love too

i already expressed this week how i'm complete rubbish at passing along blog awards, as deserving as i think all of you most decidedly are and as appreciative as i myself am of receiving them. however, in a fit of self-improvement, i'm passing along this particular award, which i was given by polly of sotto voce, because it seems a particularly worthy award of passing along. to use her words, "It's one of the most meaningful awards in the blogworld because it honours someone who is incredibly inspirational in her intelligent and witty writing. And by doing so this award celebrates women's smart, strong and inspirational spirit. These women are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…" please check in on polly's blog for more of the links to the originators of this award (these things have a way of becoming diluted in the blogosphere and i feel i would be slightly disingenuous to link to them here when i don't really know them (i am aware this slightly defeats the purpose)).  (dang, that was a lot of parentheses and this paragraph is really getting long.)

when i look through my reader (google's, of course), there are several blogs that jump out at me as the right voices to pass this award along to. if you don't already read them, i hope you will go check them out. they are, in no particular order:

tara at eyeblog 
she has a house full of girls
she cooks
she's on flickr 
she owns an art gallery
she uses those fabulous double colons as bullets
she makes me think and want to be better at well...everything

she's another of those people who feels like a long-lost sister to me
like a really cool one
who lives in cape town
reads murakami
and has a dog
and a daughter
and steals avocados from the neighbor's tree
and swears on her blog when it's warranted

like me, she lives outside her home country
she inspired me to embark on austerity april 
(which is working, by the way)
she reads lots of great books
and she's a belly dancer
just for fun

delwyn at a hazy moon 
because she takes the loveliest walks
and shares them so generously
and discovers interesting new characters 
and has some japanese-oz connection that i haven't yet worked out
but which keeps me coming back

i hope that all of you will check out these bloggers and i hope that you strong, fabulous women will pass this along to some deserving bloggers. and if you didn't get an award this time, just wait, i've got quite a few to catch up on...

thanks again, polly, for this one, it was a good one.


Delwyn said...

Well Julie thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement on this most annoying of days when Mr Blogger just will not co-operate.
I cannot get the feed to work properly - it gets stuck...

anyway I appreciate the Renee award coming from you and am now feeling guilty about the ones that I am sitting on....must get onto it...

Thank you Julie

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Julie for this post, I love to visit new places.
Have a great weekend with lots of Danish sunshine.

Venlig hilsen,

Polly said...

Thank you so much for accepting this award! Have a good day

tangobaby said...

Congratulations and I'll be glad to look at these links. I think we all tend to forget these little awards (guilty as charged) so it's understood that they will get acknowledged at some point... which reminds me...

Char said...

I've been guilty at times for not passing them along too because I don't want to appear all "braggy" but, then I am depriving someone that may need that shot in the arm at any given this was a way to think about that. I will definitely check these blogs out - thank you for pointing me in new directions.

Tara Thayer said...

Well, Julie, that is just about the nicest thing in a long list of nice things you've done for me. You are truly an inspiration to me, in both your words and your pictures. So...right back at you, friend!
I'm not quite sure what to do now...
Well, I'll have a nap and sleep on it.
Take care and enjoy the weekend.
And, Thank you!

Unknown said...

Well, lots of wonderful surprises from you lately! I got my pressies and now this! Thank you so much for this award, my first!!!! B, xx

Molly said...

Hey you, I'm catching up and embarrassed that I've only seen this now!
Taking a bow and saying Thank You Very Much indeed!