This lovely statute is called the "Arte y Pico" award which was created to be given to bloggers who inspire others with their creative energy and talents no matter whether it be in the form of writing, artwork, design, interesting material, or contributions to the blogger community. When a blogger receives this award it is considered a "special honor" and, once presented to you, it is to be passed on to at least 5 other bloggers who meet the criteria.
My dear friend Jeni at Down River Drivel (http://oldavonladysorders.blogspot.com/ ) presented me with this beautiful award. I've been a fan of hers for some time...I told her once that I came in for the intrigue of her name and stayed for the tales of Kurtis and Maya, her two delightful grandchildren who just happen to be autistic. She helps countless other parents and grandparents with all the knowledge she has collected on this disorder, and for that I have only the deepest admiration and pride in the joy of knowing her. Please go see her, you won't regret it, I promise. And the five that I wish to honor with the award are David McMahon (http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/ at Authorblog...this published Australian Author does so much for those of us who work on our blogs diligently, striving for perfection (or at least readability) by his encouragement that I am not sure how he finds time to spend with his family and take all those wonderful photo's he posts on his site. He is an intelligent thoughtful artist that should be honored everyday, in my opinion. If you don't go visit him, it's definitely your loss...
My second recipient of the above award is Jamie Dawn at http://jamiesmindlessblather.blogspot.com/. Jamie is so insightful into the world of blogging and holds her faith up as a candle to light the way. Her Pulpit is the internet, her messages (delivered with liberal shots of humor and levity) so point on without hammering you in the head, that reading her is akin to reading "the Gospel according to Peanuts"....I'm telling you, the girl has got it!
The third recipient of this award is going to Kathy Davenport at http://justabeachkat.blogspot.com/ for her ability to meet up with bleak possibilities and spit right in their eye! This cancer survivor has beauty, wit and a healthy spirit who shares her life and encourages all of us to face things head on...go over and click on her pink ribbon to pay for breast exams for women otherwise unable to afford the procedure, stay and visit with her...you'll be glad you did.
The fourth of the blogsters I read and admire for their ability to brighten an otherwise dreary world is my wonderful friend (who goes by the name Merisi in blogland) who is so sharing with her lovely photography that you feel as if you had been there in Vienna, seen these wonderful spots, walked in these gardens and petted that dog, stroked that cat laughed at that bicyclist...My Merisi is a joy to visit, so go to http://merisi.blogspot.com/ and her site (which is entitled) "Merisi's Vienna for Beginners.
And the fifth recipient is actually two...sisters that is, at Ask Kari and Kijsa (http://kariandkijsa.blogspot.com/ These multi talented young ladies are professional designers who share of their work and ideas so generously that all of us can look at a room and say "I can do that!" I am constantly amazed at the ease with which the girls come up with these splendidly simple ideas that look so beautifully complicated that it makes your jaw drop.
So, that is the award list, and I am so honored to be able to present it that I again must thank our Jeni for bestowing it upon me, in the first place. Later this evening I will be back to tell you all about the second award I received from Sandy at http://spiritifelici.blogspot.com/ which goes by I Beati: A Meeting Place where we can share our blessings and laugh a little bit