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December 23, 2011

Thank you, for nominating GrowthLines for the Kreativ Blogger Award.    It is an honor to have been nominated.  It has been fun and inspirational to make connections with fellow bloggers and readers.  I am amazed, and reassured, that there are so many good thinkers and writers posting their ideas, observations, and photos.  It is like sitting down to a feast each time I come to the “blogging table”.  A part of the feast recently was’s posts Harvesting Tinsel and Walking Past.

For this award, I have to share ten things you may not know.  Then I must pass the award on to at least six bloggers.  First the things you may not know…

1.  I graduated from college with my 3rd undergraduate degree, in Family Psychology, at the age of 42.  I entered a graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at 44, completed my master’s at 47, was licensed by 50.

2.  I have been privileged to work in a hospital setting, a community mental health agency, a public school system, and private practice.  People from all walks of life and experience have continued to be my teachers over the years.  I love what I get to do each day.

3.  I climbed the West Peak of the Spanish Twin Peaks with two boys and a dog.  The dog was the only one older than me, and that was counting in dog years.  We all made it to the top.  The dog couldn’t make it all the way down, so I had to climb to the tree line the next day in hopes of finding Willie.  Fortunately other hikers found him and brought him down to me.  We managed to get back to the trailhead exhausted, but together, thanks to the kindness of strangers who carried Willie the last half mile.  They asked to have their picture taken with Willie.  Willie has been dead for a few years.  One of my most cherished photos is of him sitting “on top of the world” at the West Peak.

4.  My brother loves sweet potatoes.  I, on the other hand, have no use for them.  My mother tried her best to “win” me over.  It didn’t work.

5.  I participated in three different instrument building classes in the mid-eighties.  I succeeded in building a folk banjo, two lap dulcimers, and in the final class, a hammered dulcimer.  It was challenging, satisfying, and I’m still not quite sure how I managed to succeed.  The instruments are all still playable.

6.  I’m a pretty private, introvert.  Coming up with 10 things is harder than I thought it would be.

7.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, which has resulted in me getting to provide words to be set to music by a handful of friends.  It’s always a gift when I get to hear the pieces performed…, and I’m always surprised that I was a participant in the creative process.

8.  I have two daughters that continue to bring joy and laughter to my life.  They push me to grow.  They have blessed me with grandchildren.  They graciously accept me as I am, and I hope I do the same for them.

9.  I love books, paper, pencils, ink, words, drawing, writing, listening to a good song, singing along, playing the piano, taking pictures, thinking out loud with friends, being quiet with people who know me.

10. There’s a familiar comfort in burying your face in the warmth of a horse’s neck, standing in your grandfather’s barn, on a cold Oklahoma night, smelling hay and oats, and watching wisps of steamy breath rise from your mouth and the horse’s nostrils.  In those moments you can’t imagine life being anything but safe and good.

I would like to nominate these blogs for the Kreativ Blogger Award:

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