The Liebster and Real Neat Blog Awards

I checked the messages today, and after replying to a few, I scrolled up and saw I was nominated for “The Liebster Award,” by The Whip Traveler (who has a very cool blog about his travels, accompanied with a really good eye for photography, often accompanied by a brief history behind the location he’s taking the pictures of).  I’m quite honored!  That’s the first award I’ve recieved since 2nd place for ski jumping at the St. Paul Ski Club in about 2nd grade.

Edit: 1/21/17  It’s an embarassment of warm fuzzy riches as The Molecular Biologist nominated me on the same day for the “Real Neat Blog Award!”  To quote Wayne and Garth:

The way the award works is the blogger who nominated you, asks you questions, which you answer, then you nominate other bloggers, and ask them questions, then let them know you nominated them.  Wooo e!

Here are “The Whip Traveler’s” questions:

Why did you create your blog?

I love writing.  It’s the best way for thoughts that float around the head to depart, as once they’re on paper it accomodates more space for new ideas to be created, and seems to really help with the insomnia.  Most importantly I’m really passionate about educating others about health and wellness with quality, free information as there so much misinformation that abounds, often in an attempt to sell some “get fit quick” snake oil, which is a short term, usually costly fix.

Aside from blogging, where can you express your thought and feelings?

Definitely through team sports, or just working out alone.  My arms and legs are my IMG_9602paint brush, and the heavybag is my canvas, and a favorite craft is to leave brush strokes all about the heavy bag or create poetry via athletic motion.  I also like to garden and do a little woodcraft work, particularly creating a butterfly and songbird haven with local plants, and wooded shrubs, surrounded by rocks, then watch it transform and turn into something beautiful over time.  With the woodwork I like to build birdhouses, and exercise apparatuses.  I doodle a lot too.

If you were given a a chance to do everything you in just one day, what would it be?

Definitely achieve flight.  If not with the human body, realistically I would want to fly around in a glider plane.  If I could fly anywhere on that day,  I would fly all over New Zealand, (a goal destination to visit someday).   Riding a dolphin around in the ocean would be fun too, maybe take a voyage from Florida to Brazil or something like that.  Time travel would be great too.

Lastly, what is one weird thing about you?

Many things if you asked friends and family!  Maybe in particular when at a social gathering I’ll stay for a little while, then get bored, and ninja sneak away without saying goodbye, often waiting until no one’s looking then jumping over a porch, or retreating into the darkness.  I get bored with small talk and am no good at goodbyes, (or making excuses as to why I’m leaving,) so I just started doing that a few years ago, now everyone’s used to it.  “Where’d you go, you were there one second, and then you were gone,” was a common remark a few years ago, now it’s laughed off, and expected.

Without further blather, here are my nominees, and the common trait they all share is that they educate, and empower in an engaging, often fun manner.  I wanted to nominate over a dozen, but for the sake of brevity the first five were chosen off the top of my head:

Here are the questions for the above bloggers:

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Who’s been the biggest inspiration in your life?

If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

What’s your biggest regret?

In your opinion what’s the most offensive thing to happen to fashion besides skinny jeans and assless chaps?

P.S. I was going to nominate AJ, from A Petite Slice of Life but saw on one of her posts she had all ready been nominated, and had asked that someone else be chose instead, but definitely check out her blog if you haven’t all ready.

Here’s the answered questions from “The Molecular Biologist” and for the sake of IMG_9620brevity (and cold dish preparation for the Vikings/Eagles game) I’ll keep the same nominees and questions for this award as above.

What made you start blogging?  

Similar question to the Liebster Q an A, but I’ll add to that I have doing creative writing in the past, but didn’t like my writing getting butchered by editing, which often lost the essence of what was being written, and some of the assignments I was getting weren’t my expertise, so didn’t feel comfortable “educating” others without having a full grasp of the material.  With a personal blog, those constraints are lifted, and I’m a free bird, able to fly (and flop) on my own.

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

I’ve always loved both, and read a mix, but in the past few years I’ve been reading a lot more non-fiction, but even so it’s too hard to choose between.  Some favorite non-fiction books read the last few years are, “The Last Expedition,” about Henry Morton Stanley’s mad dash through the Congo,”  “Edge of the World,” about Magellan’s “Terrifying circumnavigation of the World,” and “Stalingrad,” by Anthony Beevor.  Reading those books can be the best form of gratitude, making you appreciate the contrast of today in comparison to what people have gone through in the past.

For fiction, I’ve always like Carl Hiaasen earlier books, and Tim Dorsey’s books, plus I still read “the Far Side,” and Calvin and Hobbes.”  The first Hunger Games book was surprising good, the last fiction book I read.

What’s one thing you’re scared of?

People with unbending opinions, and the inability to see any perspective but the one they’ve pigeon holed themselves into.   Also bats in close proximity.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

The elimination of various forms of near permanent pollution.  I may sound like a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but just to name a few, I’m sure there are better ways to control factory farm runoff flowing into the ever increasing dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, plastic into the ocean, and all the forms of non renewable energy that are sickening the Earth.

What do you think about more than anything else?

Creative ideas in which to escape the rat race via bettering the world in my own little ways.  Specifically building smaller, energy efficient houses that are unique, (each with a vegetable garden, writing books, both fiction (futuristic) and non-fiction (health related).  Regrets about not returning phone calls from friends, and losing connections from self imposed “hermitude.” I think way too much that’s my problem, keeps me up at night!

Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?

No, I don’t think any form of ignorance is bliss.  Maybe for the short term, but it always catches up eventually.  Burying the head in the sand might feel temporarily secure, but in the end you just end up with a mouthful of sand, which limits the ability to be able to speak intelligently on subjects that weren’t seen outside of the self imposed sandbox.

If you could have the answer to any question, what would that question be?

Who killed J.R.?   Just kidding.

That’s a really tough one.  Maybe the answer to if there’e intelligent life outside of this planet, and if so how many species/lifeforms are there, and what does their planet look like, what kind of transportation do they have; have they been around longer or shorter than our civilization if they do exist.  Of course that might be one I’d rather just bury my head in the sand with too, as maybe some things are better not known.

30 thoughts on “The Liebster and Real Neat Blog Awards

    1. Haha! Thanks for inspiration to write those, I wouldn’t have though of them without your questions : ) Is that the rare pink dolphn from the much polluted Yangtze river in China? I remember reading about them quite a few years ago, and how there was only a few remaining, and then a few years ago they said they haven’t seen any in a while and they might be exinct. I hope not, such a cool creature.

      Yeah, AJ is really coo!


  1. Much congratulations on receiving this award. You put lots of effort into your posts filled with quality information. You also present it in an entertaining manner that adds interest to the topics. There is no doubt you have earned this recognition.
    Keep up the good work!!

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