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In celebration…

Photo Credit:  Sandy G. Connolly

Well, today is a special day for me.  I am honored to accept two blogging awards.

I was quite moved to be recognized by fellow-photographer Pablo Buitrago, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award:

Pablo inspires and motivates me everyday with his creative and disciplined approach to photography.  Not only do I learn from the work he posts each day, but from the wealth of information about his subjects that he posts (both in English and in Spanish) along with his photographs.  If you aren’t already familiar with his blog, I urge you to check it out here: You’re sure to be inspired by what you find there.  I’ve been very grateful to Pablo for the time he has taken to comment on my own posts here.  It’s through these exchanges with fellow bloggers that we can motivate and challenge one another, and I’ve really enjoyed that. Thank you, Pablo!

To formally accept this award, I must simply tell a little about myself and then pass on the award to other photographers that I would like to recognize.

This post is an enormous leap for me because I am extraordinarily introverted.  My family will be in shock that I am actually following through on this, but here we go:

A little bit:

I thought I’d share first what I really look like.  On my “about page,” I am dressed in a bit of disguise (the result of a day of family dress-up with my sister, her children, and my 3-year-old daughter).  These pictures below (and the one at the top of this post) are from another “family dress-up day,” but this time of another sort:  my mother, sister, and I were all doing “portrait shots,” wearing the clothes (and jewelry) of our great-great grandmother.  The clothes date to the late 1800s.  These and the other photographs, which I will post on my about page, were taken by my sister, Sandy G. Connolly, who pulled together, with some impressive ingenuity, a makeshift studio to pull off this shoot.   Here is a link to the professional photography website that she shares with her business partner Irene Liebler:

Photo Credits:  Sandy G. Connolly

For fun, I’ve got to include this photograph of “THE HAT” (you’ll also see that while I’m introverted, I also live up to the description I include of myself with my “gravatar”…).  I’m going to post this photograph in its full size because my ancestor’s hat deserves no less:

Photo Credit:  Sandy G. Connolly

Moving on to fulfilling the requirements of the award, here are some of the basics about me:  I am 41 years-old.   I have an incredible life partner with whom I am sharing the utterly mind-boggling, breathtaking, wondrous experience of raising a child.  I’m a professor of French language and literature at a small women’s college.  I am a literary translator and scholar.  (Seeing the photograph above, it’s hard to take any of the sentences I just wrote in this paragraph with any seriousness.  The next paragraph, however, might make a bit more sense??)

Now for a few miscellaneous facts about me: When I am not working, I am playing, playing, playing (and not just with my daughter) or studying.  I’m a bit of video game geek (well, basically, I’m a geek all around). I have a DS.  I am also crazy about i-Technology…. I have been studying Japanese for years.  My goal is to one day read The Tale of Genji (源氏物語)  in the original 11th century Japanese.  When I’m not playing and studying, I am practicing yoga or going on long walks.  I also have a strong interest in tea.  I don’t just drink tea, I aspire to study and “live” tea.  I have a particular interest in Chinese green tea.  My daily favorites include lung ching, pi lo chun, and tongyu mountain.  I think it’s obvious from my photographs that I am a nature lover.  I am also devoted to the rights and welfare of animals.

There!  I think that’s enough!

As indicated by the rules, I must now nominate other photographers with whom I’d like to share this award.  Here they are below.  And, friends, I will not be offended in the slightest if you are unable or uninterested in following through on accepting the award.  I simply would like to take a moment to recognize you for the incredible work you do and the inspiration you offer through your blog:

There’s more still! (I don’t think I have ever in my life revealed so much about myself at one time.) I have the great pleasure to accept the Versatile Blogger Award:

I’ll follow the rules, as stated by the very kind person who nominated me for this award, and will simply go in order.

RULE 1 – thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.

Pamela, thank you so much for nominating me.  I was surprised and honored by the recognition.  I’ve really enjoyed my visits to your blog:

RULE 2 – Share 7 random things about yourself.

Are you ready?

1.  I am fascinated by the pupils of goats:  they are rectangular instead of round.  There is something pleasingly disconcerting to me about this.

2.  I frequently  bump into trees and poles while walking because I’m looking down at the ground hoping some fantastic insect or plant will catch my eye.

3.  For reasons only my siblings and dad will understand, I keep myself in tip-top form as a competitive player of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

4.  I am a roller-coaster enthusiast.

5.  I have an uncommon passion for peanut butter.

6.  I find 90-degree angles calming (and, as a result, have an enormous collection of orange Rhodia graph notebooks).

7.  I love Hello Kitty.

RULE 3 – Select 15 blogs or bloggers you have recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate them for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Gang, I nominate you wholeheartedly because I am either a delighted newcomer to your blog and admire your work or I am a regular and devoted follower  of your blog and want others to discover your site if they are not already familiar with it.  I will absolutely understand if you are not interested in following up on the rules of receipt…

Congratulations to all!

RULE 4 – inform the bloggers they have been nominated.

I’ll take care of it!  I’m going to sign off here, because I’m sure you all have had enough of ME!