Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Excellent Blog Award

Ruthie at Nature Knitter kindly awarded me an Excellent Blog Award. I enjoy blogging, but reading what others write is even more interesting for me. My blog roll has grown and my Google Reader has even more blogs in various categories. I am going to select some from each of the groups I use to organize my reader. I don't read blogs that are less than excellent so could select everyone. Here are some newer and older bloggers who deserve an award even if they choose not to pass it on.

The rules are:
By accepting this Excellent Blog Award, you agree to award it to 10 more people whose blogs you find Excellent Award worthy.You can give it to as many people as you want but please award at least 10. You deserve this! Feel free to recognize blogs that have already received this award.

Canadian Blogs

I do enjoy reading what fellow Canadians write. We understand our weather, the metric system, Tim Hortons, hockey, good health care, and are generally very tolerant and optimistic.

Nature at My Doorstep - April lives in British Columbia's central interior and just started blogging in December 2007. I have yet to visit this beautiful province and enjoy reading about her nature observations.

The Marvelous in Nature - Seabrooke started her blog this year and her photographs and essays are superb. She lives in Toronto and grew up in the country not far from where I now live. She is a volunteer at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station on the Leslie Street Spit. I look forward to her posts in the coming spring season.

Youthful Blogs

I originally learned about blogs from some younger members in my family including my daughter Becka.

Nature - I have linked to Samuel's blog several times, but this eleven year old cousin of mine really is doing a great job with his photographs and writing. I see a great future ahead for him.

Life at Graceful Symmetry- Jaspenelle is my niece and she has been blogging longer that any one I know. She is just 22 years old and is now married and expecting her first baby. Her posts are without pretense and cover a variety of subjects. She is a very creative person and reminds me of my generation in the 1970's with interests in crafts, cooking, spirituality, and the environment.

Medical Blogs

I like reading medical blogs that mix humour, everyday clinic or hospital life and medical information in one great package. I subscribe to a number of drier medical blogs of literature reviews and consider them a convenient way to keep up with current practice. But these blogs are read for pleasure and learning.

Doc of Ages
Denver Doc Online - Dr. Judy Paley, and internal specialist writes these two blogs, the first dealing with issues of aging and the second of more general medical practice. She has a great sense of humour and if I lived in the Denver area, I would be begging her to be my physician. Dr. Paley's aging mother who was in a nursing home passed away at the end of last week. She had written several bitter-sweet posts about her mom's declining condition.

General Blogs

KGMom Mumblings - Donna's posts are always interesting and very well written. She has travelled widely and should be a journalist. We share some similarities in our background and I appreciate her perspective and world view.

For any Eyes - Ginger's is always worth reading. She is another citizen of the world and writes with wisdom and experience. I have saved many of her posts for future review and inspiration.

Nature Blogs

Many of the blogs I read are in this category. In fact, several of the blogs I have featured above fit here as well. I prefer to read about a salamander than perusing a political rant. I have learned so very much from the passionate bloggers who post regularly about the natural world.

Natural Notes - I hope Laura will not abandon her blog as her pictures and writings are always excellent . Like Monarch, she is involved in bird banding and seeing closeup photographs of captured birds has helped me a lot in learning to identify various species.

Burning Silo - Bev is a Canadian blogger and naturalist from eastern Ontario. I came across her blog when I googled Monarch butterflies back in 2006. I was so impressed with her photos and her knowledge of the natural world. She is very gracious and has answered several of my personal inquiries by email. I followed links in her comments and found many other wonderful blogs in the process.

Look at the blog links in my sidebar for more bloggers who are worthy of this award. I appreciate my flesh and blood friends, but blogging has introduced me to many wonderful virtual friends.


  1. Jaspenelle really has been an original blogger as well as an original person.
    When she was very young, early days of the internet, she had a web page/site that evolved into her current blogs.
    I enjoyed setting it up and watching her go, much the same as watching your blog develop too.

  2. Thank you for mentioning me! I honestly don't even remember when I started blogging (I think I was 14 when I started my first "official" blog on a blogging website, which I believe was livejournal...)

    I love your blog too, I always learn something when I visit that broadens my perspectives and of course I adore all the beautiful pictures!

  3. Hello Ruth,
    Thank you for linking my blog to yours, and chosing me as one of the best bloggers.

  4. Anonymous9:06 pm GMT-4

    Honestly, I don't know what to say, except it was very sweet of you to mention me. Thank you. :)

    Enjoyed your post and what you said about your blogging friends.

  5. Ruth-

    Congratulations on getting the excellent blog award!


  6. SLD- You are the one who pushed all of us into the internet. I remember being so impressed with J's first web page. I remember a picture with lots of flowers.

    Jaspenelle- Thanks. You have been a very faithful blogger and through your writing I have watched you grow up even though I have hardly seen you.

    Birdman- You are welcome! See you soon I hope.

    April- You little spot in the world is so peaceful looking and you have lots of interesting observations.

    Tom- Thanks. Your blog is most excellent and I just added you to my Google Reader.

  7. Hi Ruth,
    Thanks for mentioning my blog. I'm glad that you've found it of interest and may have picked up a bit of info from it! - bev

  8. I'm so honored to be on your 'excellent blog' roll. And if I lived in Ontario, I'd beg you to take me birding!

  9. Thank you for the award! I'm quite flattered. I've been away from home for a couple so am just catching up on my blog roving this evening. You mention a number of good blogs, some of which I also read. And, of course, your own is certainly worthy of the award! :)


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