The Leibster Award

Leslie Farnsworth writes one of the best blogs on the web.  I have had the pleasure of reading her articles for the past year and she always comes up with interesting topics and never skimps on the writing no matter how rough her work week gets or if she’s not particularly motivated to write.  If you don’t read another blog on the web you should seriously read hers.

Anyways, a couple of days ago she received The Leibster Award for blogging.  This is a sort of informal award to encourage blog writing and blog reading.  It’s a wonderful concept.  As part of the award she had to give the award to five other blogs that she considers worthy of this honor and she decided to honor me with this award.

The other requirements of the award are:

  • Link the person that gave you the award
  • Answer the eleven questions she gives me
  • List eleven personal facts
  • Give the award to five other bloggers who have small blogs
  • Ask those five bloggers eleven questions.

So, here we go.  Firstly five bloggers I think should receive this award.  Honestly I would give this to Leslie as well but then we would be going round and round in a circle.  So with the understanding that I esteem her blog, in no particular order.

Shaun Terry

Terri Schlather
a girl in the south

Bill Dollings

libertarian standard

Danielle Eckhardt

Leslie’s questions to me.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

“World’s End” by T.C. Boyle.  Very apt book as I was just in the Hudson Valley

Out of all current events, which most sparks your imagination or passion? Why?

The government shutdown that recently ended.  This angered me as it illustrated the total dysfunction of our government not just by the party in power but by all involved.

If you could recommend only one activity from your last vacation, which would you choose? Why?

Rock climbing.  This stretched me past my preconceived limits and reminded me that I can still achieve more than I have already.

Pick your weather poison: Bitingly cold or swelteringly muggy?

Neither particularly appeals to me or fills me with dread.  I figure that the weather is always too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry.  Best to pay no mind to it.

Finish this sentence: “She walked up to the information desk,”

“…and asked me to dance.  I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola.”

What’s your favorite news source?

Reuters.  I find that it has the least bias and focuses on facts more than any other news service with the possible exception of the BBC.

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“Don’t eat like the mules are waiting for you at the door”….  Her father was a muleskinner

If you were a cookie, what kind would you be?

Something chewy and fresh from the oven, Oh, and with icing!

Name the best place you’ve lived. Why do you consider it the best?

I complain about it (sometimes a lot) but despite it all I love Houston.  This is a city with a youthful vitality and energy yet it’s beginning to take on a well-worn patina that has a friendly warm glow.  I can’t wait to see what it will do in the future.

Share the recipe for the best dish you cook.

Cranberry-raspberry chutney.  Boil a full bag of cranberries till soft.  Add a cup of sugar, half a box of raspberries and dissolved plain gelatin.  Boil again and add sweet muscatel wine.  Thoroughly mix and simmer for 15 minutes.  Cool in the fridge.

What was your last simple pleasure?

Sitting in an empty forest field and watching leaves fall for about an hour.


11 facts about me

  1. I am able to pick up objects with my toes and to some extent write with them.
  2. Every morning I go through an elaborate stretching routine and pop the bones in my arms.
  3. I have only broken one bone in my entire life.  A finger bone.
  4. Dogs used to terrify me.
  5. Omens and symbols hold special significance to me.
  6. I’m a movie snob.  I hate the new Star Wars and Star Trek films.
  7. I’m a jack of all trades.  I can do most anything but not particularly well.
  8. I was raised in a very conservative family but have become more and more libertarian over the years.
  9. I was very accident prone when I was younger.  I have nearly drowned (twice), had acid splashed on me, been poisoned (twice), had a horse roll over me, been electrocuted, been nearly stung by a scorpion as an infant, and nearly choked to death.
  10. I love sushi yet I hate cod-fish.
  11. I met my first “girlfriend” at age six.

My eleven questions for my honorees:

  • How often do you think about writing or blogging?
  • What is one thing that you wish that you could change everyone’s mind about?
  • If you have or had kids what would you like your kids to study or learn most of all?
  • Name your favorite TV series?
  • What is your most decadent guilty pleasure as far as foods go?
  • How do you think that your peers see you?
  • What is your favorite holiday or time of year?
  • Are you doing the thing that you love?  If not, why?
  • Who was the last person that you smiled at?
  • Are you optimistic about the future or pessimistic?
  • Where would you like to retire?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you take the time to answer these questions and pass them on to your favorite bloggers.





3 Thoughts on “The Leibster Award

  1. Flattery!

    Trust: The admiration is mutual.

    And I have a special request: I would like a future blog post from you on the omens and symbols that hold special significance for you.

  2. William Pora on November 27, 2013 at 6:09 AM said:

    I will try to explain these omens and symbols as best as I can but they’re somewhat contextual and esoteric. But I will give it my best effort!

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