Humbled and Humbly: A Liebster Award Nomination

You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. This is the era of Friends in Low Places. The ones you meet now, who will notice you, challenge you, work with you, and watch your back. Maybe they will be your strength.

…Robert Krulwich

I don’t do chain letters or emails.  I prefer ignoring them, incurring whatever god-awful threat I received them under.

However, Joni Watson at Nursetopianominated JParadisiRN for a Liebster Award.  She said some really nice things. I like Joni. We are also blogging colleagues at TheONC, so I’ve decided to play. Besides, there are talented and generous bloggers I am over due to recognize. This Liebster award is a way to say, “Thanks.”

I plagiarized the following two paragraphs from Joni’s post because they explain the responsibilities of accepting a Liebster Award:

The premise of the Liebster Award is simple; it is a meme-ish way, a chain-letter so-to-speak, for bloggers with reading audiences of 200 to 2,000 to honor one another. As I’ve followed previous blog nominations from post to post, I’ve picked up several great blogs for my own reading pleasure, so surely the Liebster Award is functioning as intended.


For the nomination, I must tell readers 11 things about myself, answer my nominator’s 11 prepared questions, nominate up to 11 other bloggers for the Award, and prepare 11 questions for them to answer in their subsequent posts. I’m not sure what the fascination is with the number 11, but hey, let’s roll with it!


Joni and I share the same nurse blogger community. I wish to also tip my hat to the bloggers she mentioned, especially Dr. Dean Burke.

My Nominees:

  •    City Girl Farming: Kerrie’s genius for raising chickens, and incorporating country living into an urban environment makes her one of my favorite bloggers.
  •  Digital Doorway: Not only is Keith Carlson a talented writer, he and fellow nurse Rob Fraser are collaborators on the innovative RNFM radio.
  •  Rob Fraser RN: Has written a book on nursing social media, besides collaborating with Keith Carlson at RNFM radio.
  •   Body of Works: This new blog is a collaboration between a surgeon and an artist.
  •   Ultra Sounds: “An online forum for Creative Exploration of the Cancer Experience.”
  •    NursingCenter: Lisa Bonsall is a favorite nurse blogger.
  •     Stacy Nigliazzo: This is a website, not a blog, but if you are  unfamiliar with Stacy’s poetry, you should stop by. Her poetry is informed by her nursing.  We’ve had the honor of our work appearing together in two separate issues of the American Journal of Nursing.
  •   Art Stormer: Betsy Wills tells interesting stories while bringing the work of emerging artists to our attention.
  •    TheONC: An online community featuring blogs by some of the leading thought leaders in oncology nursing practice.
  • While not recently updated, this informative, and delightfully written blog charmingly illuminates the world of spiders.

Eleven Things About Me:

  1. If I wasn’t blogging about art and nursing, I’d blog about food, wine, and spirits.
  2. My life is influenced by the phrase, “People are more important than things.”
  3. I am left-handed.
  4. My last job before becoming a nurse was cocktail waitress.
  5. I don’t eat red meat.
  6. I hate mayonnaise.
  7. Although I got my driver’s license at 16, I didn’t really know how to drive until I was 23.
  8. I won my first art award for a charcoal drawing I made, and my mother secretly entered into a local contest.
  9. I don’t roller skate, skateboard, or ski. I don’t like slippy-sliddie sports. I like my feet close to the ground.
  10. Although I am uncomfortable with heights, I have parasailed, and loved it.
  11. I believe the secret of happiness is finding meaning daily in the experiences of our lives.

Eleven Questions From Joni

1. What is your most favorite blog post you’ve ever written?

I’m still trying to write it.

2. When you’re not blogging, what do you do for fun?

Running, it’s when I do my best thinking. Painting, writing, cooking, knitting, spending time with family, road trips.

3. What’s your favorite book of all time?

It’s a tie: To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Tale of Two Cities.

4. Pets or no pets?

Currently, no pets, but I’ve had everything: snakes, birds, fish, turtles, pollywogs, kitties, and puppies. The last pet was David’s, my nemesis, Lucas.

5. How many healthcare professionals do you have in your family?

Four. I’m the only nurse.

6. What’s your ideal weekend?

Relaxing with David, and spending time with the kids without time pressures.

7. What’s your best organization tip for work or life in general?

Choose your goals, then work backwards to find out what steps you’ll take to reach them. If you can’t figure out the steps, you haven’t spent enough time researching your goals.

8. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I had a hard time choosing. As a teenager, an artist and writer. My father encouraged me to get job first, so I’d have something to write about.  I stumbled into nursing accidentally. It turns out to be an excellent fit.

9. What or who made you laugh today?

It’s always David.

10. If you could be friends with one literary character, who would it be?

Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.

11. What joke makes you laugh every time you hear it?

This is sacrilegious, because I really believe Capt. Sullenberger and his crew are heroes, but I laugh every time I watch this Matt Damon clip from 30 Rock. “Where’s my ticket to the Grammy’s?” It kills me!

Eleven Questions for my Nominees:

  1. Who was your childhood hero?
  2. What book (s) have you read more than once?
  3. If you could do one thing in your life over, what would it be?
  4. In one sentence or less, how would you describe yourself?
  5. What is your favorite way to exercise?
  6. Name one person from any era, dead or alive, you would like to meet.
  7. What is your secret talent?
  8. Do you ever dance to music when no one is watching?
  9. What is your all-time favorite TV show?
  10. What TV show theme song you know by heart?
  11. What is one ability you wish you had, possible or not?


  1. Love reading your answers and getting to know a bit more about you! Great blog nominations. A few of them are new to me, so I will absolutely check them out!


  2. Keep up the good work! By the way, we both stumbled into the perfect fit profession in the same way. No wonder we see a bit eye to eye although we haven’t yet met. Cheers!


  3. Thanks for the kind words. What’s up with mayo? I loved skiing, skateboarding not so much… I’ve been reading all the Dicken’s books for free on my Kindle. I loved your fav. but also enjoyed David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. Somerset Maughn’s Of Human Bondage was great too, as a health care provider. We think we have it rough now….
    It’s funny that the funniest person I know (besides me) is my wife, Cil.

    Hope you get one of your favorite weekends soon!


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