Category Archives: Awards

Are Naga Dragons Really Dragons At All?*

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

A big thanks to Annie for this beautiful Dragon-related award.

It seems I have to proffer five facts about myself. I have picked my way in between facts I have previously revealed elsewhere (to the best of my knowledge) and those I would rather conceal for one reason or another, thank you, and come up with these:

1. I am left-handed.

2. I have been there and come back.

3. I began life in a Christian house and never left home.

4. However I have built on several extensions, some quite extensive..

5. I am not much of a gardener.

I am also required to nominate between five and ten fellow writers. So, in no particular order:

1. the secret keeper

2. MacKenzie’s Dragon’s Nest

3. Four Windows Press

4. In wonderland

5. The Prattle of Hastings
Smaug Approves


The Black Wolf Blogger Award (Sparkles Version)

Marlyn Suarez-Exconde of has kindly gifted me with the Black Wolf Blogger Award (Sparkles Version)

The Black Wolf Blogger Award

I think Marlyn’s introduction can’t be bettered. She writes

…..“This is a new award, it’s the first time i’ve seen it and i’d like to think that it has
…..something to do with the wolf’s positive symbolism: sharp intelligence, deep
…..connection with instincts, appetite for freedom, expression of strong instincts.

So all that remains is for me to nominate a few likely looking candidates. I know that some of those whose sites I follow do not like to accept awards so I won’t nominate them here (unless in error). Conversely, I hope I don’t omit anyone in the mistaken belief that they do not entertain awards.

archana urwashi
Arkajyotipatra’s Blog
belas bright ideas
Gaelic Dreams
Just Another Soul
J M Lysun
Read Between the Minds
Seasons Poetry
the secret keeper
Upchucking Words

I do hope that whoever reads this will investigate at least some of the sites listed and that you will find there some posts to entertain and challenge you, just as I hope they will continue to entertain and challenge me. For which I am forever grateful.

Just Like Buses

There’s an old saying, here in the UK at least: “You wait hours for a bus. Nothing. Then two come along at once.”

Yesterday I posted a response to say thank you and pass on the “A Thought Provoking Blog” Award – (And yes I know it’s my fault about the delay since the nomination. But then, if you folk didn’t keep posting so enthusiastically that my inbox is doing a non-stop Jack-and-the-beanstalk imitation … ) – and here I am again today responding to another award. I hope this doesn’t sound like a grouch. If so, let me apologise. In truth, I am always touched when someone takes the time and trouble to let me know the effort I spend writing is not unappreciated.

This time it is a “Tell Me About Yourself Award“. It was given to the Musey Lady and me by Miss Audrey who, like Alice, can be found in Wonderland. Her site is a particular favourite of mine. It could be one of yours too if you investigated. Who knows? There’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?

The award looks like …

I have to provide seven pieces of previously unrevealed information about myself.

1. I have lived in four different countries at various times in my life.

2. I am left-footed.

3. I almost never wear a watch.

4. I found shaving irksome, and consequently grew a beard.

5. I love under-used words such as irksome.

6. I can kiss my own big toes, though not both at the same time. (Not that I find this a terribly useful ability.)

7. For me, one of the hardest things about this sharing exercise is finding things that I can be certain haven’t emerged in some post or comment somewhere.

I have to offer this award to seven other sites from whose Administrator we may prise seven personal secrets. I choose:


Golden Giraffes Riding Scarlet Flamingos Through The Desert of Forever

Pocket Perspectives


Supersonic Euphony



Thanks again, Miss Audrey. 😀

Just A Thought …

The author of the site “Just a thought…” recently initiated a new Award, and I was lucky enough to be one of the folk she decided to give it to. It has the no-nonsense title of A Thought Provoking Blog. You can learn more about it here. While there, I would suggest you have a good look around and indeed seriously consider becoming a follower. The site is itself both provocative of both thought and also emotion.

There are no strings attached to the award beyond nominating one or more sites the nominee deems worthy of the title. And so …


Zen Being



Professions for PEACE

If you are not already aware of their excellence, do please check them out. Meanwhile, happy reading and writing. 🙂

*Chits For Chatting

At the beginning of June, Angela from Zen Being was kind enough to proffer me the Commentator Award, “which is apparently an award of appreciation for bloggers who offer thoughtful and/or frequent reflections in the form of comments on one’s blog.” It looks like this:

If you are not familiar with the Zen Being site please make a visit and see what it has to offer. It is on my “Follow” list for a start! ’nuff said. 😀

The six folk who made the largest number of comments on “Ben Naga”, based on the 1000 most recent comments, are as follows:

And as if their fine sites were not sufficient, you get thoughtful and interesting comments also! May I formally and gratefully thank them one and all, and also recommend them to your attention.

While I’m at it, I shall also take this opportunity to thank Mary Ann Blinkhorn from mypenandme for her kind offer of the Inspiring Blog Award. Do check out her poetry, if you are not a visitor there already. As I have only recently received this award, my recommended sites are still good. See Here.

*Chit (noun) – any receipt, voucher, or similar document, especially of an informal nature.

A Quartet And An Oxymoron

It is barely a month since I last had to sit down to reply to folk who had so kindly offered me one award or another. And away we go again …

This time I am expressing my gratitude for a quartet of fresh gifts.

Number One is the One Lovely Blog Award.

This comes courtesy of the author of Win, Lose or Draw, a site full of amusing, thoughtful and inventive art employing a variety of approaches to image-making.

Number Two is the Inspiring Blog Award.

This comes courtesy of Janice from AURORA MOREALIST, a true chameleon of a site, as her followers well know. New visitors always welcomed.

Number Three is the Beautiful Blogger Award.

This comes courtesy of Archana from Ravenousforlife, a good site to find poetry that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Number Four is the Reader Appreciation Award.

This comes courtesy of Steph from Certainly not lost down under, a site promoting a range of tasteful poetry and music.

I am supposed to list “seven things about you that will not come up in your blog entries”. This is clearly an oxymoron; however I think I have managed to circumvent the problem.

Seven Things About Me That Will Not Come Up In My E-log Entries

1. My mother’s maiden name.
2. The name of my primary school.
3. The identity of any of my ten thousand passwords.
4. The identity of any e-logs which first attracted me because the owner’s icon looked really hot.
5. The identity of any e-logs which I think have an icon that is utterly naff. (Baffled? Check the ever useful Urban Dictionary.)
6. The identity of the e-log whose “About” page causes me to roll my eyes in disbelief.
7. A seventh thing that will not come up in any of my e-log entries.

Since only two of these Awards request personal information, and one does so in a self-contradictory way, all my nominees get a Free Pass on the information front. If you made the list you may pick up any of the Awards you are not already in possession of. If you didn’t, please don’t be offended. 15 is only 15 after all, and your omission is based on numerical considerations rather than any wish to slight. I know several people featured here don’t like to participate in the offering and receiving of awards. No blame; indeed I may join you one day. Meantime, if an unwanted invitation accompanying your inclusion here turns up at your site please ignore it, beyond knowing that it arrived to demonstrate the esteem in which I hold you. (Either that or your icon looks really hot. 😛 )

All About Enlightenment




Contemplating The Human Direction

Cranky Old Biddy


Golden Giraffes Riding Scarlet Flamingos Through The Desert of Forever


In wonderland

Journeys Into The Night

Just a thought… ~ From inside my head

Randall Dean Scott


The Social Networking Bubble

Spring Cleaning

In recent weeks I have been really struggling to keep up with all the various things that call for my time and attention. This includes managing to acknowledge the arrival of three new awards. Partly for that reason I shall bundle the three together into a single response.

Number One is the Kreativ Blogger Award.

This arrives courtesy of Nicola from The Prattle of Hastings. (Who has one of the smartest titles for a site I’ve yet to see.)

Number Two is the Sunshine Award.

Let me say thank you here to both Umar Tayyab from ART EPIPHANY and also the talented artist who publishes Win Lose or Draw as they were both kind enough to nominate this poetry site for the award.

Number Three is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

For this award I am indebted to Sirenia from My Own Avalon.

When you can spare some time from within your busy life, do visit these sites and see the various treats they offer.

I calculate I shall be able to satisfy the requirements of all three awards by posting ten pieces of information and recommending ten WordPress sites.


1. I have spent most of my life living on an island.

2. The father of one of the folk who nominated this site for one of the awards is an old friend of mine.

3. “Horace Sippog And The Siren’s Song” is one of my favourite novels.

4. I am the author of “Northern Limericks”.

5. I once stood as an Independent Anarchist in an election, after the official Anarchist candidate and I had a disagreement on policy.

6. “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” is one of my favourite pieces of organ music.

7. I will always avoid showering if a bath is available.

8. My gardening skills are minimal.

9. I nicknamed my dental hygienist Flossie.

10. I can get my thumb and little finger in a straight line.

Recommended Sites

Angela Jane Grace


Erica Sosney

Four Windows Press




Seasons And Impressions

Supersonic Euphony

The Blackout Poetess

I’m sure you will quickly realise why I am recommending these sites. 🙂

A Glittering Prima Donna

Mysteriously misleading title (or not?) for a post to announce that both Art Epiphany and George W Mahn III have been kind enough to gift me with Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award.


“I am certain that Mrs. Sparkly, a woman of high expectations, commitment and integrity would agree with this approach. She is notable, respected in her own community and likely to be peering down upon us; possibly spell checking and taking notes that feed into a mammoth government information data collection system (MGIDCS). She may have been recruited because of her discretion and integrity even behind closed doors.”

The rules of engagement are:

Ten Questions must be answered with complete honesty or Mrs. Sparkly will find you. Mrs. Sparkly – we love you. We Do! Manners and behaviour, words beyond reproach … Then tag five other people.(Filched from Art Epiphany’s post.)

 The Ten Commanments 

1. Describe yourself in seven words.

He (is someone who) mistrusts easy answers.

2.  What keeps you up at night?

Staying awake.

3. Whom would you like to be?

A perfected I.

4. What are you wearing now?

Tastefully co-ordinated pale green shirt and rust jeans. (I’d have said orange, but I consulted my wife, who’s an artist and my unpaid colour advisor.) Plus of course my unmentionables, but we won’t mention them. No footwear. (I generally go about barefoot whenever possible.)

5. What scares you?

It’s a toss-up between the people who get into “power” and the people who vote them there.

6. What are the best and worst things about e-logging?

Best? A place to display a carefully manicured version of my “self” to generous-minded and accepting fellow writers.

Worst? It uses up far more of my time than I feel is optimal. The struggle continues.

7. What was the last website you looked at?

BBC iPlayer. Look at Monday last, for example. BBC simultaneously screens both “Empire” and “Dirk Gently”. And as if that wasn’t enough, ITV had the new series of “Scott and Bailey” and we watched that in “real” time.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

After some considerable consideration … nothing at all. I am probably exactly where and when I am supposed to be and I certainly don’t know enough to judge what the implications of any change might be.

9. Slankets, yes or no?

If I can live without anything I need to google, it’s probably superfluous.

10. Tell us something about the person(s) who tagged you.

I suspect, they have never encountered one another. (Though after this, they will have the option. I will leave it in their hands.)

Five alphabetically hand-picked recommended posters:



The Tale Of My Heart



If you read this, then you better check out both the people who tagged me and also these five recommended sites. If not. I’m sure Mrs S will take you to task. You have been warned!

Awards, Awards …

What with reading my favourite e-logs as well as doing some writing of my own, not to mention keeping afloat in my “real” life, awards – while much appreciated – have slipped a little behind, I’m afraid. Time to remedy that.

Firstly, my thanks to Betty of Seasonings (and don’t miss Summers of Love ~ (poetry from the 1960’s) either) for the  Genuine Blogger Award. (January 18th) There are no rules, no requirements for this one, but I’ll combine them with the second award, so the lucky recipients will be benefiting from a special two-for-the-price-of-one offer. Some kind of compensation for my tardiness. 😛

Secondly, my thanks to Jackie of pointsthruprose for the ABC Award. (February 6th) There are no directions as to how many fellow bloggers you may pass this on to. As poets who catch my eye with particular pieces are name checked by my “Pick Of The Month” scheme (which doesn’t mean there aren’t other poets out there that I enjoy) I will concentrate here on favourite sites which are (primarily) devoted to other writings. In alphabetical order, then:

Aurora, HSP
Ellie Jenkins
Liza Vassallo
Miss Audrey
Miss Edee

I am also directed to “Share some things about you, but alphabetically, just a word or two starting with each letter of the alphabet.”

Here’s one I made earlier …


Amused, bemused castaway
Delinquent, evanescent, fugitive

Gabbles heedlessly
Incorrigibly juvenile


Loves music

Occupationally puzzled

Quietly rabid
Silently troubled

Unaccountably vain
Witless Xenaphile



For more detail, go here.

Candle Lighter Award

Epiphany Art gave me this. Do check out his e-log.

The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a post or blog that is positive and brings light into the world. The Candle Lighter Award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day and who never stop dreaming, who do not quit but keep trying.

There are no rules. If you wish to, simply accept it and you are done! You are also free to decline or ignore it. Recipients can pass it on to as many nominees as they wish and as often as they wish. This does not diminish the weight attached to this award. On the contrary, I reckon it places a huge but welcomed burden on the person passing on the award.

For the moment I have chosen five e-logs I feel qualify. There are also several I omit only because they already display the award.

49º North Photography

Angela Jane Grace


Miss Edee

Namaste Consulting Inc

Shine on all.

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