At first when Courtney from Everything in Between nominated me for this award, I thought perhaps I had received it because I was “scrappy.” I have always wanted to be scrappy. But instead, The Honest Scrap Award is – well, I don’t know what it’s for – but I am always honored (and surprised) to win anything, so woo hoo!

The Honest Scrap Award Logo

Here’s how it works:
1. “The Honest Scrap” award must be shared.
2. The recipient has to tell 10 true things about themselves that no one else knows.
3. The recipient has to pass along the award to 10 more bloggers.
4. Those 10 bloggers all have to be notified they have been given this award.
5. Those 10 bloggers should link back to the blog that awarded them.

I, like Courtney, am not sure there are ten things about me that no one knows, so I may have to modify this a bit and make this list of ten things that most people don’t know, or ten things that people on the web probably don’t know. As a nonfiction writer, I’ve laid a lot of life out there, so I hope you will forgive this slight modification. So without further hedging, here is my list.

1. I really want a black eye. Yep, the real thing with bruising and swelling and all. I keep trying to get Dave to give me one, but he has this pesky principle about not punching the woman he’s dating. Maybe I”ll get hit by a rogue softball one day.

2. I once started to cry after seeing a performance of Peter Pan when I was eight or so because the lead actor, Casey Gallagher, in all of his 13 or 14 year or old glory signed my program and smiled at me.

3. I hate taking pictures of natural scenes – like fields or mountain scapes – and getting power lines in the shot. When human creation intrudes on my vision of nature, I get grumpy.

4. I used to eat chalk.

5. I would scream like a little girl if I ever met Bono. Really, high pitched shrieking, foot stamping, tears – think Beatles a la 1965 and you will think of me.

6. I really enjoy noticing what images come to mind as I write or tutor or teach. This morning, I see the upper gateway in my childhood yard, where the split rail fence opened up onto the top part of the loop that formed our neighborhood block. I can still see the shadowed plants and the mulch walkway, the mossy wood of the fence; maybe if I work on it, I can even smell that place. I always wonder what brings up certain images on certain days.

7. When I think of my day or my week ahead, I picture the parts where I am doing something as blocks of darkness and the places where I am free of obligation as blocks of lightness.

8. Nothing brings me more peace than the sound of the wind in the trees on a fall day in the mountains.

9. I really want a herd of big dogs that I can name after slow movements like Mosey, Saunter, Waddle (that one will be a Basset Hound), and Pokey.

10. My favorite Biblical name is Mechelzidek, but I don’t think I can name any future children that.

So now for the nominees,

1. The Literate Kitten

2. Word Lily

3. Third Storey Window

4. Fizzy Thoughts

5. Oh! Books . . . Paper . . . Real Life

6. Ready When You Are, C.B.

7. Stone Soup

8. Tripping Toward Lucidity

9. Semicolon

10. Shore Acres

Enjoy these great blogs everyone. I surely do.