These days it seems I'm married to my lawn tractor. I'm facing another day of mowing.
It seems like a good time to acknowledge the award I've received from Heidi, the Milk Man's Wife. Heidi got the award from Bob from "The Ranch" out in South Dakota. Hooray, I think we need more men around here, voicing their opinions and hanging out with us. Coffeeman, that means you too!
The aim of this award:
* As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
* To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!
* Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it
* Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
* Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
* Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
* Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.
Unfortunately, I could literally write a book on the importance of blogging and the internet in general. For those of us who grew up in a time when the most technologically advanced item was a plastic transistor radio, the internet is science fiction come alive.
I never cease to be amazed at the number of talented and wonderful people that inhabit our world. The development of the internet created a paradigm shift in the way that information moves. It's the most important shift in the way humans communicate since the Gutenberg Press. It represents connectivity in a way I never dreamed possible.
When I was a kid it was fun to have a pen pal from another country. With blogging I can have a thousand friends overseas. As an example, I have a reader from Poland. There is no way, other than the internet, that I would ever meet her in real life. I will say that the Google translations of her blog are unintentionally hilarious.
The ability to blog circumvents governments. This can be problematic for politicians but I don't care! I can get to know those people in Cuba, such as Yoani Sanchez, who along with other Cuban bloggers are able to present to the world the voice that would otherwise go unheard.
As a group, our collective wisdom is a powerful tool. We can share, we can cook, we can visit France every morning!
A problem arises when we realize that the choices are overwhelming. I've had to pare down my internet reading and for me an e-mail, a Twitter or a Tweet will never replace a hand written letter.
I've discovered, much to my surprise, that I love to write! Even more surprising is that people are willing to read it. At one point in life people were paid to read my stuff, my teachers! My wonderful high school English teacher is doing cartwheels in heaven at the thought that one of her students finds writing a joyful experience!
Miss Eleanor Johnson, Proviso East High School
Bloggers - I love you! One of the rules of this award is that I'm supposed to tag other people, but Mary from the Little Red House and I decided long ago that we'd simply say, "if you want to be tagged, consider it done".
Have a wonderful day. I cannot express how much your friendship means to me and the fact that you take time out of your busy day to read the blabberings of an old dinosaur living in the middle of nowhere.