Blog Awards

Now that I’m finally back from gypsying around…


…it’s time to catch up on all my THANK YOU! ‘s to a few generous & wonderful bloggers who have been kind enough to nominate my blog for some sweet awards.

First, I would like to thank an inspiring gypsy-brethren duo over at Live. Explore. Learn. Remember. for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.


Thanx, guys! 🙂

Faraaz & Aneesa have a travelicious blog that you just must check out. I adore their posts about their experiences living in Korea told from both a male & female perspective that enlightens while entertaining. Brilliant! I love their personalities & spend hours traveling with them thru their engaging posts. Totally addicting…like travel-chocolate! 🙂

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The Booker Award

I’ve been nominated for The Booker Award, an award for blogs containing insightful posts – excerpts, views, reviews – pertaining to books, reading or writing. 


I’d like to thank Ivon, the very generous blogger who nominated me for this award & who shares his wisdom as a teacher with us through his keenly thoughtful blog Teacher As Transformer.

Ivon’s blog is one you will continually revisit for the reward of education, reflection, and emotion shared in intelligent posts which leave you thinking deeply about all manner of life’s issues.

Thank you, Ivon!



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Illuminating Blogger Award

I’ve won the Illuminating Blogger Award!


How deliciously appropriate to be nominated by C.J. at Food Stories for this wonderful food-for-thought award.

Thank you, C.J.! 🙂

If you haven’t checked out her blog, you really should. It’s a scrumdillyicious foodie ride through all things yummy!

For this award, I must share 1 random thing about myself.

Okay, um…

Well, I wish I lived in a jungle.


And I do mean’ jungle‘ in every sense of the word.

A deep, dense, green rainforest bursting at the seams with wildlife. No walls, no floors, no roof. Just a banana leaf lean-to with a mound of soft moss to sleep on…

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Stay Away From the Human Monkey, Honey!

Just saw this & had to share it!

Playtime Stopped By Gorilla Mom



This comment captioned the video on Quora, where I originally found it:

“Animals: What does this clip tell us about great apes?

I’m not sure if I am reading too much into this but it appears that the mother gorilla doesn’t want her child socializing with the rowdy little monkey.”
Adorable! (both kids!)

Things I wish I did not know. But I do. So, now what?

I am heartsick.

Did not sleep last night.

Not sure how I’ll sleep tonight, though exhausted.

Have no idea what happened in classes or at work today. Just a blur. This whole day is blur. The only thing I remember is last night…

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Blog Commenting: Kill the Joker & Kick CAPTCHA to the Curb!

joker-smile-cardsToday, Blogelina published an article I wrote about the trials & tribs of leaving comments on barbwire-protected blogs.

You know, the ones with unreadable CAPTCHAs, and other Comment-preventing issues that make you feel like you’re being leered at by the Joker while scaling a barbed wire fence!

Well, climb down. (Carefully!)

Because I’d like to share Five Easy Solutions to kill your blog’s Joker, and kick CAPTCHA to the curb!

Got your cleats on? Good. ‘Cuz we’ve got some Joker ass to kick!

1.  Log out, toss your cookies. (If you take this literally, you’re on your own for clean-up!) This will enable you to experience your blog the way visitors do.

2.  Go to your blog. Try to suppress your deep, abiding love for your blog, and put yourself in a busy visitor’s shoes.

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Leech Love


I first encountered them intimately in the rain forests of Madagascar.

Every night, when I stepped under the waterfall in the river where I bathed, I spent the first 10 min. or so gently scraping them off my body…

…from my belly, inner thighs, the back of my neck, behind my ears & knees, underneath my arms, between my toes…


…and other unmentionable heat-generating areas. 😯

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