Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beautiful Blogger Award

Joy @ Joy's Book Blog nominated random bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award by saying, "If you’re in the mood for sharing seven random facts, consider yourself nominated!  I’d love to know more about you."  Thank you, Joy, I accept!

Here are the rules for the Beautiful Blogger Award
1.  Link to the blogger who has nominated you.  (Done, see above.)
2.  List seven random facts about you.
3.  Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers, and let them know about the nomination.
Seven random facts about me
1.  I drive a Subaru named Emma Sue, whose last name is Baru.  (Yeah, say the whole name now, and you'll get it.)  Emma comes from her dark green, emerald-related color.

2.  Can you tell that I love playing with words?  For weeks, I've been savoring bits of Richard Lederer's A Man of My Words: Reflections on the English Language (2003) and have fewer than 20 pages left to ponder.

3.  I have a cat who's a drama queen.  I didn't know Joy, who nominated me because I'm willing to do this, is allergic to cats.  Thanks for sharing that "random" fact, Joy, so I won't have our Compassionate Sundays meetings in my apartment but elsewhere in the Crown Center.

4.  My home is in the Crown Center for senior living, where we have lots of activities, like exercising, and resources, like the library where I volunteer by reshelving the books.

5.  I've been blogging about books since January of 2007.  The first book I wrote about was The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003), which I rated 8 of 10, "a very good book."

6.  I keep a journal, sort of, in the sense that I collect my thoughts and memories in notebooks like this one.  If I ever write a memoir, I'll call it Bits of Bonnie.

7.  I play a cedar flute, sort of.  I have memorized one song ("Whippoorwill" by R. Carlos Nakai), so that's what I shared with my Religions of the World classes when I got to the chapter on Native American spirituality.  It's a haunting tune, and the librarian at the Lee Highway branch of Chattanooga State would tell me each semester that she'd heard me playing it.

If this video quits working, hear "Whippoorwill" by R. Carlos Nakai at YouTube.  I know only the slow part that Nakai plays at the beginning (0:55 to 2:05) of this video, which is all that's on page 63 of The Art of the Native American Flute by R. Carlos Nakai, 1996.  When he speeds up (2:58 to 3:38), he uses the same notes, but faster.  The version I play is on "Changes," his first recording of Native American flute music.  The cover says he composed "Whippoorwill" after hearing the bird's song in the woods of upstate New York.  I love this piece!  Can you tell?

My seven nominations
1.  Nancy @ Bookfoolery
2.  Wendy @ Caribousmom
3.  Helen @ Helen's Book Blog
4.  Colleen @ Loose Leaf Notes
5.  Alyce @ At Home With Books
6.  Ginnie @ Goldendaze-Ginnie
7.  Maphead @ Maphead's Book Blog
    (No, silly, his folks didn't name him that!  It's his nickname.)


Joy said...

These were fun! I love the name of your car. Thanks for sharing the whippoorwill -- a calming piece to start the morning.

Thanks for the cat concern. I can tolerate cats in a space for a few hours. My mother had cats and I didn't usually start the severe sneezing fits until the third overnight (so I tended to limit my visits to weekends).

colleen said...

It must have been that pink hair that made you nominate me as a beautiful blogger! I do 13 random things every week on Thursday so I'm not sure I can come up with anything new and interesting. I'm reading Just Kids by Patti Smith now and love it. She's a good writer and I've been reading (mostly rock) memoirs of my generation like my dad read WWII books. I'm always interested in how someone creates their life.

Helen's Book Blog said...

7 great facts! Now I need to go and compose my post.... I'll have to ponder this.

Anonymous said...

I will also get to work on my post!!

Ginnie said...

Thanks Bonnie. I hope I can come up with the list requirements. As I grow older I cut back on daily doings !

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Ginnie, simply write seven sentences, with photos being optional. You don't have to go on and on the way I did. You could say: "(1) I live in North Carolina, (2) My son and I went to Italy, (3) I have a granddaughter who..., (4) I worked in New York, (5) I once met..., (6) I have three children, (7) My favorite color is..." I've learned a lot about you reading your blog, as you can see, and that's why I nominated you as "a beautiful blogger." These sentences could be the starting points of later blog posts, especially those that get lots of comments from your friends or ones that send you off into the land of great memories. I, too, have cut back on daily doings; now that I'm almost 76 years old, one thing a day seems enough on my calendar.