Tuesday, December 23, 2008

some odds and ends

First, Keil Bay just walked right across my computer screen! The way I have things set up, the reflection from my bedroom window is on the computer screen, for the most part unnoticeable, but just now, Keil Bay walked by the bedroom window, and it was perfectly revealed on screen. What a hoot! And NO, Keil Bay, it is NOT yet time for breakfast.

Second, I've decided to reprise three lovely posts by my friend Joseph Gallo, over on mystic-lit. I posted them there last year, when Joseph graciously offered to send me posts for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, AND New Year's. They were so good I've decided to make them part of mystic-lit's annual holiday ritual. Go check them out. And thanks to Joseph for the holiday treat.

And finally, I have two awards to bestow.

Lisa, at Laughing Orca Ranch, recently gave me the Superior Scribbler award and said some very kind things about camera-obscura. Lisa has a wonderful, cheerful, always honest blog and I so appreciate her thoughts and this honor.

I'd like to give the Superior Scribbler award to Arlene at Grey Horse Matters, where she writes consistently useful and well-done posts on topics related to horses. Most recently, though, she wrote a beautiful story (that happens to be true) called The Christmas Pony, and it is especially for that post that I offer this award. It made many of her readers cry, and it illustrates how big Arlene's heart is. But it is also beautifully written, which made it even better!

Janet, at Talk2theAnimals, recently gave me the Universal Light Award. She too had very kind things to say about camera-obscura, and I so appreciate it, and again, am honored. Janet's blog has been a real treasure for me, reminding me to pay attention to the animals not only that live with us, but who share the land with us. Thanks so much, Janet!

I'd like to give the Universal Light Award to Jon Katz, whose Bedlam Farm blog has become a favorite of mine over the past few weeks. Jon has a number of books out and I'm sure he has a tremendous readership already, but his recent writings about managing his farm, creating balance for his writing and photography, as well as living more simply and developing deep and honest friendship, has been very moving for me. His photographs are brilliant and filled with light. If you haven't seen his blog, go check it out.


jme said...

well deserved awards! i am going to have to make time to read all of these amazing blogs i am introduced to every day. i'm making that one of my new year's resolutions!

billie said...

We're lucky to have so many wonderful voices out there in blog land. :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Congratulations Billie on your awards, you definitely deserve them
Thank you so much for thinking of me for the Scribbler award and the kind words. It is an honor to receive this award from you and to know you enjoy my scribbling.

I will check out mystic-lit soon, I'm sure Joseph Gallo's stories are worth the read.

And finally, that was pretty cool seeing Keil Bay walking in the computer.

Thanks again,have a great holiday.

billie said...

You're most welcome, Arlene - I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with that beloved pony!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I would love to have my mare walking across my computer, too, but he paddock is too far from the house for that to occur...so lucky you for having that special situation.
Congrats on your awards. you and your beautiful blog are such a joy,


billie said...

Thanks, Lisa!