Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Blogger Reflection Award


When I first start blogging, I did feel as if I been talking to meself. Then I discover other bloggers…and…

...suddenly…click…click…

…the whole world open for me!

I discover people in faraway places who feel the same pain, loneliness, anger, hate, love, joy like folks here. Circumstances, culture and socialization might be different; skin, colour, hair texture, they so varied. But when you take away all o’ that and get to the core of who we be, we’s the same.

Pain is pain. Joy is joy. And as we say in the Caribbean, ‘madness is gladness.’ Everywhere.

All you bloggers make me think about these t’ings, and how I wish I can give this award to everybody, the same award that Pat
bestow on me. The Blogger Reflection Award. But them rules say choose five people. I decide then to choose five who plenty o’ you might not know though I got them in me links, and one or two does drop a comment to me sometimes.

According to what I read, “this award should make an individual reflect upon five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and who have provided a Godly example. In other words, five dear bloggers whom, when you reflect upon them, you are filled with a sense of pride and joy...of knowing them and being blessed by them.”

So…as we does say in Guyana, lookee deh deh, deh…look it here…

Geoffrey – Jamaican in Miami.
He come across as a gentle soul who believe in the One Love message. Plus he got a cool sense of humour. And he can write! What I admire about Geoffrey is the positive way he blend he Caribbean culture with the culture in he new home. This blending, and he One Love philosophy, show up in the chil’ren book he just publish, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories.

Anna. She is a tiny, li’l ‘Merican with the biggest heart ever. One time, when me blog went tumbling down, she rescue it and she offer tons of help. I feel as if I been imposing on she time, but she never let me feel that way. And Anna does write in ways that make me drool…even when she is sad about the monotony of life, she sing out with celebration. [I wonder though when she gon realise that That Cat
does rule she life…]

Stephen Bess does write pages o’ wonderful stuff about African-American writers, musicians, artists, history. Sometimes I sense a tinge of sadness in he about the past…but I don’t think that Stephen let history make he bitter. He write a post, Thinking about Thinking,
that sum up who he is. “People often think of Monday as a day they would rather skip, but I look at it as a new start. I think to myself, what will I do to improve myself for the coming week? What will I achieve?”

“Sure Woman Dawn.” Well, lemme tell you, words can’t say enough how proud me is to know this gyal. Even though she live in Canada now, I want everybody to know that she is from me land. Guyana. Every month, without fail, Dawn produce this Sure Woman website dedicated to helping women: “We believe that sure and confident is what we become when we embrace ourselves, realize our strength and live up to our potential while taking it all in stride and remembering to laugh.” And yes, Dawn got a great sense of humour!

Nicholas Laughlin. Nicholas is from a neighbour land, Trinidad. He got a blog full o’ “observations, discoveries, complaints, questions, obsessions, textes trouvĂ©s”; I does go there when I want to jolt me thoughts, discover Caribbean writers, news, ideas, artists, when I want to delve into me Caribbean-self. I never ‘talk’ with Nicholas, but it got something fine and sensitive and ‘thinking’ about he that I appreciate, especially that ‘thinking’ part. And the self-effacing sense o’ humour.

Well, I ain’t know if anybody who get this award gon do this same, but here is what you got to do, if you so wish:

1. Copy this bit of the post.

2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they’ve been given the award.
5. Place the award icon on your site [which I still ain’t figure out how to do, heelllp!]

31 comments:

Stephen Bess said...

GG-
I am here just in time to be first! :)Thank you for the award! That is so nice! I am happy that I am able to affect some of my readers in the positive way that you inspire me. That's wonderful. By the way, you are very perceptive. I get a little sad about the past because I see some of it still thriving today. Thanks again GG!! I'll get on it as soon as possible.

Stephen Bess said...

...Also, just right click on the icon. Scroll down to "Save as" and save in pictures. I hope that helps.

PI said...

Looks like you have chosen well GG. I look forward to reading them.

geoffreyphilp101@gmail.com said...

Dear GG,
Give thanks and I will work on this one...

One Love,
Geoffrey

geoffreyphilp101@gmail.com said...

But most of all, thank you for the link and the plug of Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories...you make me feel good!

Anna said...

*blush* Thank you, GG! Truly an honor from one of the most inspiring people I know :)

Cream said...

Gigi, thanks for sharing a few of your favourite writers with us.

R2K said...

: )

sablonneuse said...

And there was I trying not to add too many more blogs to my list . . .

ML said...

Well deserved award for those folks you listed!

cadiz12 said...

I'm so glad I saw this post on a slow day at the office! I'll definitely have time to check them out! thanks, gg.

Mad Bull said...

I read Geoffrey too, and I have read a bit of Stephen Bess...
I will have to take a look at the others you mentioned...

Guyana-Gyal said...

I tried.

And tried.

And tried.

To post the picture of the award.

And couldn't.

It's a myth, a fable, a lie, an untruth, that it can be done. All the pics. you bloggers post on your blogs, it's an illusion. Don't deny it.

The Cloudcutter said...

You have been tagged!

dawn said...

G.G.
Oh, my gosh!!!! I got an award and from you!!!!! That is icing on the cake. I am going to have to post this on the blog. And also, past on the award.

Seriously, you don't know how much your encouragement means to me. It lets me know that all the time I put into SureWoman is worth it!!! Been working almost fulltime at the day job, and time is limited and so this brings me a big smile. It's about encouraging and inspiring, and at times, knowing that it all matters is nice. Thanks for all the kind words, and yeah, write me something, girl. You know you want to.

Kat said...

Wonderful choices GG! I agree also with your insight on what we can learn from each other blogging. The world is on our desk tops.

Dawn said...

Hey G.G.
I am not returning the favour because you gave me the award. If I'd know there was such an award, I'd be the first to give it to you. check out the blog.

gela said...

Where's my award :( *pouting*

Hey G, just stopping by for a hail-up and to catch up on your stories.

Mr Farty said...

GG - Still no luck getting the award up on your blog?

Find the image in Pat's blog
Right-click on the image
Do that 'save as' like Stephen said, then save it as awards_thumbnail.jpg
Remember where you saved it
In Blogger, pick the CUSTOMIZE link (top-right of the main screen)
Click Add A Page Element
Where it says Choose A New Page Element, look for Picture and click ADD TO BLOG
It should pop up Configure Image
Pick a Title and/or Caption like AWARD
Where it says Image From your computer, click Browse
find that awards_thumbnail.jpg and click OPEN
The image should appear in your Image window
Click SAVE CHANGES
Click View Blog
Er...
That's it.

Tell me when you've done it, I've got an award I don't deserve now.

apprentice said...

Yes nice picks, I will look them up now.

Dawn said...

G.G- I meant to say that I am giving you the award also, but not just because you gave me the award. Gosh, was that so hard forming that sentence. Yeah, it was. G.G:come out, come out, where ever you are.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sapodilla

I've been reading for a few months now. And I just want to say your language is lyrical.

Just want to let you know I am nominating you for the blog for a year award

PI said...

Hope Mr Farty's help succeeds. i just watched bemused whilst Tom did it for me.

Olivia said...

Hey Gyal, I am sort of back, on pay as you go dialup and so should not really be reading blogs, and stuff loads so slooooow. But thought I'd pop in and say hi.

Anyhoo, quick catch up, Mum brought over 200 photos of Guyana. She's been in London for a couple of weeks now, and we are still not done settling. *sigh*

PI said...

Hope you are OK honey!

Stunner said...

I should browse through some of your awardee's blogs. Your words about blogging in the begining of this post are so true.

PI said...

You haven't run away with Randall have you?

Olivia said...

Wheh you deh, gyal?

Oh you should see all the achar and pepper sauce my Mum brought!

Ricardipus said...

Ah, always nice to return after lurking for a while... well do you deserve this award, your writings are always just right.

/sycophantic mode ;)

larry h. said...

Hello GG,
I has been a loong while. Just had to stop in and say hello. About to go on a hiatus of sort. So until luv, cheerio.

Dr. Mathews said...

Nice blog, neighbor. Prize deserving.