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What an honor to be nominated by the admirable gladius poeticus poet.  Thank you Kenneth.

And how exciting it is to receive a second blog award

So here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Awards:

– Nominate up to 15 fellow bloggers

– Inform the bloggers of their nomination.

– Share 7 random things about yourself.

– Thank the blogger who nominated you.

– Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture on your blog post.

Here are a few blogs I recently came across and would like to nominate:

Jason Writes – the teacher that middle schoolers will forever remember

Motherhood is an Art – the mother with the funniest stories of her kids

Pangaweka – the artist with the beautiful pictures and beautiful words

And here are seven random things about me:

1.  My childhood is filled with memories of travels to countries around the world.  Visiting different lands, hearing different languages, eating different foods, learning of different religions, experiencing different cultures – all made me the person I am now. Read this piece I wrote about how I feel about a country.

2. When dreaming of motherhood, I always imagined having all pretty little girls.  I end up having two very messy boys.  Here’s one inspired by my boy’s dream to sail.  And this about their red toy car.  And this one of their little hands in mine.

3, I fell in love with poetry at first sight.  I was 7 years old when I first read a poem.  It was about a robin.  Memorised it and kept reciting to myself all day.

4. I wrote my first poem when I was 10 as a class assignment.  Mine was the only poem that the teacher chose to read out loud to the class.  Sadly, I lost the poem, but I remember the first line which also repeats as the last ‘I drew a house with a grey sky moving’

5. I’m a Virgo.  I feel very connected to my sign.  Here’s what I wrote on my birthday.

6.  I believe happiness is the most important thing one should seek in life.  I really, really do believe in this.

7. Seven is my favorite number!

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I thank my lovely fellow blogger and poet, Rola Saady of ورقة وقلم http://rolasaady.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the Silver Quill Blogger Award.

The rules for this award, if you choose to accept, are to paste the logo of this award on the top of your post. Thank the person who nominated you.  Answer the questions below. Nominate five or more people, list them and let them know that they have been nominated.

The five people whom I would like to nominate for this award are:

1- Cristian Mihai http://cristianmihai.net/ for making me aware

2- Coco J. Ginger http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/ for making me feel

3- J. D. Gallagher  http://jdgallagher.wordpress.com/ for making me laugh (out loud)

4- Kenneth Rellum http://gladiuspoeticus.wordpress.com/ for making me respect

5- Sue Healy http://suehealy.org/ for making me learn

The Questions:

1- Do you prefer rhyming or non-rhyming poetry?

No preference.  As long as the words are beautifully strung together.

2- What’s your favorite Shakespeare Play?

Romeo and Juliet, and all its reincarnations.

3- Who is your favourite author?

George Orwell.  Animal Farm was my favorite novel, until I read 1984.

4- Name three people who you greatly admire.

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, for revolutionizing the world of furniture and design, while still flying economy.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, for standing up for Brand UK.

Nigella Lawson, food writer and cooking show host, for making the world watch in awe as she butters bread. (Her eloquence is to blame.)

5- What’s your favourite album ever?

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, (every single song on that album is a favorite)

6- Which primary color do you most dislike?

Yellow, it’s just too yellow for me.

7- Name a song or a poem that makes you feel emotional.

Stevie Smith’s poem ‘Not Waving but Drowning’, leaves a heaviness in my heart, even when thinking of it.