Friday, February 15, 2008

Grace and Beauty, In Honor of Kim and Mary Ann


I am moved and inspired first, by Kim's words about the "Significant Blogger Award" she presented to me and the following bloggers yesterday.

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Kim said:

Last year I designed the Southern Cross Award and awarded it to my blogging friends at PoeARTica....I have designed another Award to recognise Bloggers who make a significant contribution to my blogging world here at laketrees....These special friends have a sense of community and are wholeheartedly committed to spreading their message and friendship generously...these Bloggers excel in many different areas and all of them make a significant difference to my world....I do not expect you to pass this award on as this award is from me to you as my expression of gratitude...

And I'm moved a second time in reading Saboma's post about how she feels about the award and our blogging community. Quoting Mary Ann:

I'd like to take a moment to thank Kim and the other recipients of this thoughtful award for their participation as community role models. Every single one of us are shakers and movers. We, independently and collectively, demonstrate exemplary conduct and outstanding moral characteristics for others including bloggers to model. We are significant. We are community. Congratulations goes out to the many Significant Bloggers both recognized by this award and to those who have yet to be acknowledged for being a part of a winning team of kind hearted and ethical folks who walk their talk.

So I'm posting this beautiful orchid in honor of Kim and Mary Ann, two very dynamic and vibrant people who have touched MY blogging life! And I've posted Kim's award in my sidebar, but humbly ask her permission to change the color so that it will go better with my "decor"....lol.

And although I am not passing anything on per se, I would like to acknowledge some of my other flowers: Anna at My Only Photo, Boba at Black Holes and Astrostuff, Secret Simon at The Secret of Life, Max at Max, Barbara at Spirited Strider, Ellen at Positive Communication, Niels at My Camera World, Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage, Swubird at Swubird's Nest, KML at Photography by KML, and Merging Point at Merging Point. (See my sidebar for their links!)

I don't know how to put all the above names and sites in code so you might want to read Kim's and Mary Ann's last posts. I know most of you know Saboma at Maryannaville, and Kim at Laketrees. One day when I'm ready to become a pro blogger like Kim and Mary Ann, I'll learn all this HTML stuff!

I have a family commitment for a week, so even if I wanted to TRY to embed your links, forgive me, I don't have time! Anyway, I dedicate this orchid to you too, because you are all my flowers!


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45 comments:

  1. Hi Lynda,

    thanks so much for thinking of me! As I recently stated on my own blog, the beauty and peacefulness of your blog always inspires me, so you are certainly someone who has touched my life! So, my congratylations on a well-deserved award!
    I'm honored that you mentioned me in your list, thank you!

    my warmest wishes to you,

    Ellen

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  2. Congratulations on this significant award, beautiful image, super colors!

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  3. Mary Ann, there ya go, showing off your HTML skills when I've just admitted (again) my lack thereof! lol....I love what you wrote in your post! It was very affirming of all of us. Bouquets to you! :)

    Bob, did you read that you are one of the people who add color and inspiration to my blogging life? (Gee, I hope you don't mind being called a "flower"????)

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  4. Just looked through your show - stunning - I didn't appreciate you were working on this scale. I fancy trying plein aire, but the logistics are daunting!

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  5. Hi Julie! I know about some of those logistics. Last summer when I had to paint for my show, I was doing it at the top of a garage with no running water! My acrylic brushes basically sat in a tub of water most of the summer, and I pumped it from a container I brought in and up a huge flight of stairs!

    Good luck with fulfilling your creative aspirations. Hope you find a way to do the plein air!

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  6. Lol, I did read them weird I saw Anna, it is so funny when you don't expect your name to be there totally passed over it twice yet, had to look a third time very very slowly there it was lound and clear, too funny, thanks Lynda!!

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  7. That is a real crisp image, Lynda. I'm just going to ensure that you're on my blogroll. If you're not already there, you will be in five minutes!

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  8. This orchid is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you, Lynda, for the orchid and, more importantly, your friendship! I feel honored to have you as a friend.

    Hugs,
    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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  9. Bob, you're welcome. If I were you, I WOULD expect my name to be there.... :)

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  10. Cindy, you too! The feeling is mutual. Hope all is well with you and yours, and you're having a relaxing weekend. xxx

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  11. I just loved this Orchid -- sooo live and resonates all your warmth and love. Thankyou Lynda to include this flower in your bouquet.

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  12. Merging Point, I'm happy to hear you are enjoying it!

    Hugs,

    Lynda

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  13. ....loved the remark about the garage
    experience.

    Son no2 is currently a fine art student; we resorted to a large gazebo in the back garden as a temp studio when he came home one summer.
    (The local foxes were intrigued)!

    Beautiful orchids, btw, and thanks for the comment on mine!

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  14. Julie,

    A gazebo would be nice, except for the running water part! Did he have to tote it in?

    Thank YOU for coming by! :)

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  15. Lynda:

    Congratulations on your award - well deserved. Also, thank you very much for mentioning my blog on your site. I am honored. As usual, the image of the orchid is beautiful, and you know how much my household loves orchids.

    Have a nice day.

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  16. I think my tribute to you would be that, you are kind.

    Kindness doesn't cost anything and means such a lot to the other person. You touch lives with your kindness.

    As always, your artwork is peaceful and restful to us internet newbies.

    Blessings
    Carol Webb...

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  17. Hey Lynda,

    Beautiful orchid (I love orchids)!!!!

    Gorgeous words, Lynda...you have kind friends :D!

    Oooh, that is so sweet of you: thank you for considering me one of your flowers (and I can see that I am well accompanied) :D! You are an absolute darling!

    How is your show going? I hope it is going well *bowing*!

    LOL never mind the link thing, you will get there one day :D!

    Cheers darling

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  18. I love your orchid Lynda...it's beautiful and such a wonderful post....thank you

    you can change the award to any colour you like...hehe I give you full artistic license :))

    I hope your week with family has been a joyful one..
    (hugs) Kim...

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  19. Wanted to come by and congratulate you on the Significant Blogger award from Laketrees! You have a very intriguing blog.

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  20. How beautiful!!!I love the feel to your blog. The sound is so relaxing!!! Congradulations on the award! *HUGS*

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  21. Hi Lynda what a beautiful post to share, and congrats.

    BTW I thought I tell you how to add links to your posts. For this post it will be a bit too much work, but may be you want to try in the future. I the blogger editor where you write your post, just hi-lite the word, or type name of the blog, and then hi-lite. Above in the menu there are little buttons that let you change the font, font size, alignment etc. There is one that looks like chainlink. So after you hi-lited your words, click on that, and then type the web address. If the address is too long, then, just go to that site, copy the link and paste. Hope this helps, and ignore if you already knew this.

    Again, thanks for sharing this beautiful post here, Anna :)

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  22. ...saying all that, I forgot to say how beautiful photo of the flower is. Anna :)

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  23. My goodness your site gave me such peace and stimulation all at once. Beautiful. When the background music started I started to look for the turn off switch since I usually don't like the music on unless I turned it on. But right away I changed my mind. I notice you haven't posted in a while and hope all is well. You're show pictures were also wonderful.

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  24. Ellen, sorry it has taken me so long to respond to comments--I've been away this week and am just catching up. Your blog inspires me too, and I'm so glad to know ya!

    Hugs,

    Lynda

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  25. Swubird, I think orchids are among the richest and most mysterious of flowers--they're so exotic and enticing. There's something about their quiet beauty that touches on the primordial. If only we could extend such beauty into more realms and levels of the human experience!

    Thanks for bringing more color and truth to my own little garden. :)

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  26. evlahos, thank you! i hope all is well by you and yours. thanks for stopping by...

    i need to come over to see your latest work!

    :)

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  27. Carol, thank you so much for your KIND comment! I think that we who are feeling good enough to be able to offer our kindness more than competition or belligerence, are very rich! :)

    The feeling is mutual...

    xxx

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  28. Max, hello to you and my apology for my belated response to your comment. I've been away this week, hence no time to blog or comment.

    Yes, dear, you are definitely one of my flowers! You bring color and texture to the blogosphere, with your willingness to have inquiry and DISCUSSION, which in this fragmented day and age, is more valuable than ever! You enable us to use more of our intelligence and engage our vocabulary.

    Kudos to you!

    xxx

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  29. Hi Kim,

    If you're "the very late white rabbit," I'm approaching reality quite retrospectively, ha ha!

    Actually, I think of you more as a ray of sunshine in the garden.

    I have to come over to see your finished portrait. You must be feeling better to have accomplished this!

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  30. imwithsully,

    thank you! nice to meet you!

    :)

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  31. Hello dear Angela! How are you doing? Sorry I haven't been over to FB very much. Hope you are doing well with your ACEO endeavor.

    It's always good to see you!

    Hugs,

    Lynda

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  32. Anna,

    You are always ready to help. That's one of the reasons you're one of my flowers!

    Thanks for explaining. I can do regular links but haven't learned to embed URLS in site names. Unfortunately, my painting and blogging and various responsibilities are more important right now, and I have little time to learn HTML.

    Some day....

    Hope you are not snowed in, up there. I'm trying to keep in mind that spring is just a month away.

    Thanks for coming over. Warmest regards and hugs to you! :)

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  33. sctshep, thanks for your kind words. i'm glad you enjoyed your visit!

    i do that with the music on blogs a lot too, as sometimes it's distracting from the content. other people can listen and read at the same time, but not me, lol!

    i'll be over to visit your blog soon!

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  34. Hi Lynda, no problem, you got the idea, do what is important, and the rest will come along. I think you still doing great job with your blog, and blogging, and keeping up with your artwork and photography. Thanks for all your kind comments always, Anna :)

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  35. haha Lynda ..I don't mind being a flower.... :)
    yes ..I feel very happy the portrait is complete....but now my head is full of new ideas for at least 6 new paintings ..
    better go and do my shoulder exercises first....
    wishing you a relaxing weekend :)

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  36. Thanks so much for mentioning me here, Lynda - and for stopping by my blog to tell me! I confess I hadn't seen the post because Life has left me little time for blogging in recent weeks. But thanks for the beautiful orchid - and for those *wonderful* pictures of the kids at your show in the previous post. It doesn't surprise me that the kids liked your paintings at all - they speak to the heart, not to the mind. I hope the show is going well!

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  37. Hi Lynda!

    Congratulations on your wonderful exhibit my friend! Looks like you had an excellent space to display your beautiful work. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  38. Anna, thank you for appreciating my blog in spite of its deficits! You are always supportive, my friend! :)

    Kim, I know the excitement you must feel at being able to anticipate doing all those new paintings! I'm glad you have an exercise protocol to do now--it must be helping!

    Secret Simon, my pleasure to acknowlege you! I read your bio again yesterday and agree with your overall approach to life issues and spirituality. Thanks for your kind words regarding my art. I hope everything is okay, as you've said you haven't had much time for blogging.

    Ruthie, thanks! I'll speak to you soon!

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  39. congrats for being awarded and beautiful shot. :)

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  40. Oh my, Lynda. I am deeply touched by this kind gesture from someone who I think has one of the best blogs around. You bring a lot of peace and spirituality to the blogging community through your various art forms here. Who cares if you don't know or have time to put the code links in? I am very appreciative of your kindness and your work. Thank you. Barbara, The Spirited Strider

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  41. Barbara, you are very welcome and thank YOU for the terrific affirmation. If I didn't have so much art to do, I would have time to learn the HTML! xxx

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  42. Kriz, thank you and thanks for coming by to visit! :)

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