I am a nominee!

Happy Friday, all:

A kind fellow-blogger has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  It’s a fun and supportive thing and I truly appreciate it.  Many thanks to Crazy Train to Tinky Town – chronicling the thoughts of a single woman living in Turkey; you can find her delightful blog at http://crazytraintotinkytown.com/.

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The rules of receiving this award are:

1. Add the award to your blog
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and include a link to their blog.
3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5. Give the award to 15 or more bloggers.

The Seven Random Things about me are:

1. I have a Kindle but still love my hard-cover novels;
2. I love to see mountains on the horizon;
3. I love my husband’s dreadful, corny jokes;
4. I am addicted to Cafe Latte from our neighborhood coffee shop, Cafe Blue in Kingston, Jamaica;
5. I am a complete non-cook – the microwave was the best invention of the 20th century;
6. I am a loyal and devoted fan of Arsenal Football Club – Go Gunners!
7. I am in love with Ryan Gosling (of course, he doesn’t know)

My fifteen nominees, in no particular order, are below.  I think these blogs reflect the wonderful diversity of thought, opinion and topics online… and some great Jamaican ones are included, of course!

  1. A great blog celebrating women around the world and their achievements: inspirational, informative, interesting.  http://ladyromp.com/
  2. Funny, insightful and warm: a blog from Jack Scott – one half of “Jack & Liam Go to Turkey” (yes it is a book, too) from “two openly gay, middle-aged, middle class men…”http://perkingthepansies.com/
  3. An incredibly informative, comprehensive daily overview of cultural life around the Caribbean written by two young academics, Ivette Romero-Cesareo and Lisa Paravisini-Gebert. http://repeatingislands.com/
  4. A lovely blog from a woman living abroad with her family – in the Netherlands – with wry observations and a lot of humor.  Today’s blog post has a touch of Jamaican, too!  http://www.adventuresinexpatland.com/wp/
  5. This is a weekly blog from the photography editors of Time magazine – if you love good, cutting-edge news photography this is for you. http://lightbox.time.com/
  6. A very thoughtful blog from an expat living in Canada, with an unusual background.  Aisha Isabel Ashraf is a convert to Islam; she is currently writing on “Mindfulness.”  http://expatlogue.wordpress.com/
  7. I am an art lover and this blog fascinates me.  A great California-born woman artist with Russian/Tatar origins with a passion for the Vodou religion.  Great art.  http://erzulieredeyes.wordpress.com/
  8. Well, I told you already that I am an Arsenal fanatic.  Here is a nice blog from another fanatic with good insights on the Gunners.  http://arsenalheart.wordpress.com/
  9. Here is a great, down to earth blog from the vibrant city that is my home: Kingston, Jamaica.  The blogger is, in her words, “110% Jamaican.”  http://ayooutloud.wordpress.com/
  10. For techies in the Caribbean, this is a must-read from Jamaican pioneer Ingrid Riley, who also has a great FB page “Caribbean Women in Technology.”  http://www.siliconcaribe.com/
  11. From an important commentator and interpreter of Jamaica (and dear friend) columnist Jean Lowrie-Chin… http://www.lowrie-chin.blogspot.com/  Read her marvelous book of poetry and thoughts, “Soul Dancing.”
  12. Another great blog from another dynamic Jamaican woman, Dr. Marcia Forbes – Fulbright Scholar, author, businesswoman and social media analyst.  http://www.marciaforbes.com/
  13. Winner of the Jamaican Blogger of the Year 2011 award, with sharp commentary on Jamaican public affairs and politics. http://constructedthoughts.wordpress.com/
  14. A superb blog by Jamaican broadcaster Dionne Jackson-Miller focuses on current affairs from a journalist’s perspective.  Take a look at http://newsandviewsbydjmillerja.wordpress.com/
  15. Often humorous observations from a fellow Kingstonian (and fellow Arsenal fan!) – “We are more than a beach, we are a country”.  http://jamaicantillidie.blogspot.co.uk/

Do take a browse through the above, when you have a chance.  You might like to participate in the Versatile Blogger Award, too!

See you later (with one eye on an action-packed opening game for Euro 2012, Greece vs Poland).

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17 thoughts on “I am a nominee!

  1. Thank you so much for this nomination. I’m an admirer of your writing, so to know that you enjoy mine is immensely gratifying. Congratulations on your award, it’s well-deserved.


  2. Thank you so much Petchary, your description of my blog is possibly the nicest one I’ve ever read. It (and this award) will inspire me whenever I falter or feel I’m not connecting with people. I also like that you included such a fascinating group of blogs/bloggers on this list. Again, many many thanks.


    1. You are very welcome…Oh, I am glad you liked it but I meant every word of it! I know, it was rather a funny mixture of blogs, but they are all great in their different ways! 🙂


    1. Wow Jack, you are a real veteran! Or a bit like Meryl Streep, who tried hard not to sound blasé when accepting yet another Oscar, the last time! Armfuls of ’em! I hope you are both well and seeking now to re-adjust!


      1. lol yea! I don’t know if I can get to 15! but I’ll see how far the list can go! some of those links you posted don’t work though 😦


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