The Versatile Blogger


I am amazed and delighted to have been the recipient of an embarrassment of riches this week. 

First, WordPress did me the honor of including A Map of California on the Recommended Blogs page (under the NaBloPoMo category).

As if that weren’t enough, a very kind and funny gentleman by the name of Matt has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  You should visit him over at Must Be This Tall to Ride.

In case you haven’t had the honor of meeting Matt, let me tell you a little about him.  His wife cheated on him with some rich guy and then divorced Matt.  The court ordered joint custody of their five year old son, and poor Matt has been spending months crying in his beer over missing his boy during the 50% of the time that he is not around.  Matt has also been crying over not get any, um, er, well… you know.  For quite some time.  By now, his beer must be as salty as his language is.  And this guy posts nearly every day, so you don’t have to wait for his latest installment.  For a good time, er, I mean a good read, head on over there.  Tell him Uncle Guacamole from A Map of California sent you.

Thank you, Matt, for your thoughtfulness and generosity.  You rock ‘n roll, dude!

The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you (well, duh) and link back to his or her blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Inform each nominated blogger by placing a comment on his or her blog.
  • List this set of rules and display the Versatile Blogger Award logo.

Seven (and a half) facts about me that you would not know from reading this blog:

  1. I have visited 40 of the 50 United States.  I have lived in five of them.
  2. My favorite color is orange.
  3. I’ve never seen a potato I didn’t like.  Baked, boiled, French fried, hash browned, mashed — I love ‘em all.  I try to eat my spuds every day.
  4. I am crazy about the music of the 1970s. 
  5. I once won a new car in a radio contest.
  6. The last book I read was Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground.  This was the first book that I have read entirely on an e-reader.
  7. I have struggled with agoraphobia for years.  I have not yet figured out a way to write about this.  (I think the tears would short out my keyboard.)

7½.  (This is the most important one:) I am married to a wonderful, incredible woman who not only has friends from one end of the nation to the other, but can change a head gasket, cook a gourmet meal, move heavy furniture, help a homeless person and prepare our income taxes, all in the same day.  And then post about it on Facebook.  Can you say blessed?

My Versatile Blogger Award Nominations

  1. Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog – Read about how this author lost all her money at the casino, what happened when her deaf child caught her smooching with her hubby, or the hazards of driving a 15 passenger van.  Always good for a smile.  And I’m thrilled that Linda introduced me to JJ Heller’s song “Love Me.”
  2. The Gratitudenist – Julie Richie can always find something to be thankful for.  Even when shoe shopping, fighting off her writing demon (he’s named Shoulder Frank) or being unfriended on Facebook by her teenage son.  Oh, and she’s a cancer survivor.  A totally amazing person and an inspiring writer.  My favorite post of Julie’s is Why I Love the Word Shit.
  3. King of States – My only gripe is that Michelle needs to post more frequently.  Her blog is a riot!  As I have a deep-seated relationship with New Jersey that goes way back, I can appreciate her sense of humor.  Anyone who can write an entire blog post about an apple rolling off a windowsill or who will admit to having a dog who steals fried chicken from homeless people is guaranteed to be in my Reader.  Oh, and having a category called Effed-Up Shit doesn’t hurt either.  Gotta love the Garden State!  What exit ya from?
  4. Little Bird’s Dad – Another one who needs to post more often. 
    Not only can this Texas attorney write, but he can draw too!  Whether writing about his son with CP, his stepdaughters, vindictive neighbors or baseball, this very versatile blogger never disappoints.
  5. What Happens to Us – Lately, novelist David Groves has been writing a long series of posts examining his genealogy.  Returning to Kansas, research led him into some dark corners of the soul.  My favorite post from this street magician is his eulogy for his rabbit, Quesadilla.
  6. It’s Fruitcake Weather! – Cookie enthusiast and crazy cat lady May Chau shares her world of being a college student in British Columbia and surviving self hair cuts and meals of instant noodles.
  7. A Morning Grouch – Find out what happened to her great-grandfather’s teeth or read some of the best marriage advice around. This woman has some strange dreams, and she actually admits to them.  My fave:  The 5 Worst Things You Can Say to a Blogger.
  8. Ooops, I Said Vagina… Again – Run-on prose, non-stop griping, cleaning toilets and all the words for which your mother would have washed out your mouth with lye soap.  Her videos crack me up, particularly the one in which she makes her trademarked Reese’s/ Butterfinger salad (10-15-13 post).  Recommended:  YOU are dead to me…
  9. A Rich, Full Life In Spite Of It – One of the most poignant posts I have read about marriage AND one of the best posts I have read about depression. And Rachelle is not afraid to blog about the removal of body hair in, um, a very sensitive area.
  10. Bookmouse – This librarian is an amazing knitter and cook, and has the photos to prove it.  And she doesn’t mind sharing about her heart problems and her husband.
  11. Cats and Chocolate – Liz loves curling up with a book and a nice hot cup of tea as much as I do.  She is deaf, a novelist and a Brit — and she writes about it all.
  12. Color My Palate – I initially thought this was strictly a “foodie” blog.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Ms. C” is a delightfully diverse writer who regales us with stories of teaching seventh grade English as well as travel, movies and, yes, writing.
  13. In Case of Fire, Use Stairs – Beth’s ramblings skip from raising a son with spina bifida to the Virgin Mary to the Muppets.  She taught me the wonderful Latin phrase illegitimi non carborundum.  Oh, and she thinks she’s a terrible blogger.  I beg to differ!
  14. Arts, Crafts, Food and Other Things – Normally, I don’t have a great deal of interest in the topics listed in this blog’s title (well, except for food).  Happily, this relatively new blogger writes about a great deal of “other things.”  I guess I just can’t resist a New Jersey blogger, particularly one whose topics include Jane Austen, the Eagles, inspirational Bible verses and water fights with her late Uncle Ted.
  15. Grandma, Uncut – Granny shares whatever is on her mind.  Like the hazards of eye charts, her third grade teacher, her cousin who receives messages directly from Jesus or just the inevitable aches and pains suffered by one who is “too old to censor.”  You think you’re stressed out about your family coming for Thanksgiving?  At least you haven’t found a pile of mouse turds in the corner.

…and honorable mention to Hong Kong’s very own Michael Lai of Retiree Diary, who, unfortunately, does not accept awards.  Check out his beautiful photography of Asian locales.


NaBloPoMo November 2013


16 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger

  1. Thank you so much for the mention here, and congratulations on the recommended blog nod. Good luck with the rest of NaBloPoMo! Looking forward to reading more from you and checking out the blogs you read. These awards are such a great way to find people!
    Thanks again!

  2. Thank you for your nomination! I admit to being VERY much a new blogger (it was self defense in response to blogging friends!) It’s been fun, and more interesting than other forms of electronic communication, like Facebook! Thanks again, and good luck to you! Oh, and by the way, send a little of that California warm to New Jersey this week – It’s COLD here finally! Yuck!

    • Although we are way in the north of California, it is still over 70 degrees here in the daytime. As much as I miss New Jersey, I’ll take the California weather, thank you! And I don’t do Facebook anymore (having too much fun over here at WordPress). Keep up the great work on your blog!

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  4. Holy moly, your descriptions of the other blgos on here are fantastic – well written and entertaining and it’s not even a true “post”, if you will. I will add them to my must-check-out list. Thanks so much for the shout-out.

  5. Thanks so much for nominating me 🙂 I’ll get round to writing a post eventually – just have to get through Nablopomo…

    Congrats on being featured on the recommended blogs – I was too, and had no idea until I tried to work out where everyone was coming on – it made my day (if not my week…) 🙂

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