Starlight Blogger Award

The always amazing and adorable Authentically Aurora was kind enough to nominate me for the Starlight Blogger Award. This award is created to “celebrate the creative bloggers who have truly inspired others through their beautiful and original content, imagery, art, abilities, and wonderful personalities.” As I told her at the time, I am honored and humbled, and I’m sorry that it has taken me this long to acknowledge her acknowledgement and pass it on.

There are three rules attached to this award. The recipient (if he, she, or they choose to accept) should thank the nominator, answer three questions from the nominator, and then nominate six more blogs for the award. So, first things first—thank you very much, AA. I enjoy following your adventures and look forward to many tidings of great joy for you in this season and in the coming new year.

Second, I would like to nominate following blogs for the Starlight Blogger Award. They are listed in alphabetical order:

Elihu’s Corner

Kaleidescope49   (I’m glad you’re back from your long vacation.)

INFJ Ramblings by Pearlgirl

Playfully Tacky

See, there’s this thing called biology… by InsanityBytes.

Wally Fry  ‘s Truth in Palmyra.

If you choose to accept this award—and you are under no obligation to do so—I would be curious to know your answers to the following questions.

  1. What is your favorite part of the holiday season? (Yes, I stole that from Authentically Aurora.)
  2. Of all the posts you have written, which one do you consider the best? (You may define “best” any way you wish: most meaningful, most humorous, most popular, etc.)
  3. What is one book you hope to read (or reread) in the next month or two, and why?

And now I must answer Aurora’s questions.

What is your favorite holiday tradition, and why? Many holiday traditions are special to me, but the one tradition that has meant the most to me in recent years is visiting the Lord’s house on Christmas Day. After all the effort to produce and enjoy a great Christmas Eve service or two, the Christmas Day service seems calmer, more peaceful, and therefore more significant. A lot of churches have no Christmas Day service—some even cancel the regular services when Christmas Day lands on a Sunday. I don’t understand. Where better to celebrate the birth of our Lord than in his own house. I’m blessed with a preacher who not only keeps Christ in Christmas but who also keeps the Mass in Christmas. I visit the house of Jesus, and he is the Host who serves me and blesses me. That is so like him!

What is the most difficult topic you write about, and why? Of my half-dozen categories, none is harder than the “therapy” category. As I address my struggles with anxiety and depression—things I have spent a lifetime trying to ignore—I don’t always feel that I am finding the right words to express what I have experienced. For this reason, several posts I have written in that category still have not been posted.

What is the reason you write? It might be that I like to read, but a bigger reason is that I have bad penmanship. I was getting Fs in penmanship in the third grade. To improve my grade, my parents had me sit at the table and write for a certain number of minutes each day. At first they had me copying paragraphs from my favorite books, but after I while I asked if I could write my own ideas instead of copying. They agreed, and I have been writing ever since.

Thank you again for the kind nomination, AA! J.

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