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Two More Awards – Such a Bounty of Appreciation!

This past week, I received two more awards for newsofthetimes.org!!! I am so thrilled, in a world with so many creative bloggers, writers and photographers, that anyone would take the time to recognize my work. It is truly an honor and a privilege.

I am overwhelmed with the kindness and encouragement I have received from this creative and supportive community. So, THANK YOU!

First, a little delayed, I would like to thank FortheLoveofBooks, who nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope that all of you took a moment to visit his blog, since he was on the list of blogs that I nominated for the Sunshine Award this past weekend. If you can believe it, Life With the Top Down also nominated me for this award. I am so honored and can’t wait to check out the list of fellow nominees chosen by these creative individuals!

Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award

    • If you’re nominated, you’ve been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award.
    • Thank the person who gave you this award.
    • Include a link to their blog.

    Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, let me start with the really fun part – naming 15 bloggers whose work I admire.

Some blogs that have really inspired me lately are:

Salty Political Musings: Good insights into all things political

Postcard Intellect: Absolutely stunning photography and great adventures

Waiting for the Karma Truck: Thoughtful, interesting and funny commentary on work, life and everything in between

Hungry Lindsay: Book and movie reviews with a healthy dose of humor

Where’s My Backpack: Fantastic photos and fun photo challenges with lots of participation from a bunch of great blogs

The Jotter’s Joint: Well written, visually appealing and funny

The View Outside: Currently hosting interesting guest blogs where readers get to see the people behind the blogs!

Orange Spice Drop: Funny with great colors and visuals

The Bookshelf of Emily J.: Great book reviews and interesting choices of books

Policy Thinkshop: Encourages us to “Think Together,” frequently link to the same news stories that I write about

Politics from the Eyes of an Ebony Mom: Always thought provoking and informative

Beyond PR: Helpful tips for working in the world of public relations and writing

Thinking the Unthinkable: This blog is just getting started, but the author is thoughtful and thorough in his analyses

Craves Adventure: This blog just exudes fun and adventure, and makes you think at the same time!

Talk to Diana: Always good for a giggle and has been very supportive of my work

Seven things about myself:

1.)    I am right on the line between introvert and extrovert, although most people think I am an extrovert. Too much time with people or too much time away from people and I get cranky.

2.)    I have always wanted to volunteer for the Peace Corps.

3.)    I have done 3 marathons and two 500 mile + bike rides and played sports throughout high school and college, but now I am pretty lazy.

4.)    Nothing makes me happier than a Saturday morning walk with my pup.

5.)    I love mashed potatoes. It is almost weird how much.

6.)    I am torn between wanting to live closer to my family and wanting to live near mountains.

7.)    I frequently wish I had studied Spanish instead of Russian in college. Especially since my in-laws only speak Spanish.

I was also nominated for the Readers Appreciation Award by C’est La Vie! Thanks so much for the nomination C’est La Vie! With a tag line like “Learning to accept whatever curve ball life throws at you,” how can you NOT check it out?

The rules for the Readers Appreciation Award:

  • List something you’ve been up to lately.
  • Nominate 6 other blogs.

Six blogs that I find interesting:

Management and Career: Interesting commentary and advice on how to survive and thrive in the professional world

Writing More Than a Few Words: A fun blog with great visuals and interesting fashion tips and advice

A New Thing Every Day: This has been a fun blog to follow. I especially loved her letter to her mayor about the importance of libraries.

Sweetandweak: This blog makes me laugh out loud

Sticky Notes and Quotes: What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good quote!

Truth and Cake: Thoughtful and fun to read

And finally, something I have been up to: My husband and I are trying to work out the details to go on a summer vacation – maybe Spain. If so, this may turn into a travel and photo blog for about a week. 🙂

Thanks again to FortheLoveofBooks, Life With the Top Down and C’est La Vie for the recognition and for all your support since I started this journey.


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Welcome to News of the Times!

Do you ever read a news article that you would love to discuss with your friends and family? I sure have! Especially on a lazy Sunday morning with a steaming cup of coffee and the SundayNew York Times. That is why I wanted to start this blog. Each week, I will choose one story that really touched me that week and post it for discussion. This is not meant to be a political blog, although inevitably, some of the stories will likely be about politics. I hope readers will take the time to read the story of the week and share their thoughts. So, let’s sit down with a warm beverage – or a cold one if you would prefer – and see what was in the news this week! And thanks for visiting…


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