The Envelope Please….And the Award Goes to….

ME! I’m happy to announce that last week, I was presented with The Versatile Blogger award!

Ado, who blogs at Momalog, presented me the award, giving me—as she calls ither “stamp of approval.” But why does this make me so happy? It’s because through blogging, I’ve had the opportunity to write everyday while making friends with other writers like Ado—and you—who read, comment on, and retweet my blog posts! It’s nice to have made such good writer friends!
To formally accept this award I need to do the following:

1. Thank and link to the blogger who gave me the award.

2. Share 7 things about myself.

3. Share this Award with at least 15 other bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers to let them know that they got the award.

Here goes, a BIG thank you!

Thank you to Ado @AdoTheMomalog who writes Momalog, a funny, heartfelt, entertaining, really well-written blog that ALSO has some very cute pics of her two little girls and places she goes—check it out! Thanks again, Ado!

7 Things About Me

1. Even in the winter, I prefer to wear slip-on, clog-style shoes. I don’t own even one pair of heels.

2. I love coffee, but I hate flavored coffee.

3. My favorite flower is any one in bloom in my garden or any one in a vase on my table. My favorite weed is dandelion—they’re beautiful!

4. My passion for gardening comes from my two grandmothers: one who gardened and picked wild mushrooms on the banks of the Yellow Creek in Ohio, and one who lived in Manhattan but gardened and picked wild berries at her lake house in Putnam Valley, NY.

5. I love long car trips and train rides. I hate flying.

6. I have crawled on my hands and knees through the Great Pyramid of Giza, taken a boat excursion down the Nile River in Uganda, visited rain forests on two continents, and lived in houses within view of both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans…and I was born in France; I’ve also lived in Kenya, Uganda, and Belize (and of course the U.S.); I’ve visited Canada, Mexico, England, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Egypt; I’ve lived in 5 states; and I’ve visited 31 others plus Washington, D.C. I consider myself a Third Culture Kid.

7. I started as a pre-med Zoology major and ended up getting a degree in Journalism. I attended three colleges, switched majors four times, and got married before I finished college. (Did I mention that my parents both have PhDs from Harvard, are college professors, and that my father almost disowned me?)

15+ Versatile Blogger Awards

I hereby present The Versatile Blogger award to these wonderful bloggers—whose blogs I check every day to see if they’ve posted something new! (And you should check in on them, too!)

Cynthia Robertson, Writer, who blogs about “Thoughts on all aspects of writing and getting published, book reviews, and the occasional rant.” I love Cynthia’s writing tips; she’s an amazing writer who is incredibly supportive and encouraging!

Melissa Crytzer Fry who writes (and posts amazing desert pictures) at what I saw…a springboard for creativity and awareness,” is not only one of my favorite blogging writers, but she is also a wonderfully supportive, encouraging, and funny writer friend.
Jen Walker at My Morning Chocolate, “Delicious Inspiration for People who Wake Up Thinking about Food,” who guest posted here on my blog yesterday! I share Jen’s passions for food and writing.

Natalia Sylvester, whose blog is “finding truth through fiction.” Natalia is an amazing writer who writes consistently strong blogs, and sometimes we seem to communicate via ESP about what we blog about!
Christine or CM Grote at Random Thoughts from Midlife, writes (and posts amazing photos) in “A journal — reminiscence, rambling and rants.” Christine’s garden is incredible, she posts great daily posts (like I try to do), and she writes great blogs about self publishing.
Nina Badzin blogs and writes about “The Writing Life. Married Life. and Motherhood.” I look forward to Nina’s blogs because they are so well written, and full of humor, spot-on life reflections, and great advice, too.
Leah Singer at Leah’s Thoughts, which is “A journal of musings, essays, life lessons, recipes and whatever else comes to mind…” Leah and I are frequently on the same wavelength, and I love every blog she writes. Her photos are wonderful, and I love hearing about her adventures with Sophie.

Jolina Petersheim at The Happy Book Blog, “Adding a splash of Technicolor optimism in a world turned to gray.” Jolina is a writer with a strong voice who writes with humor and poignancy, and I often leave her blog with a smile or tears or both!

Erika Marks whose blog is…“On Writing, Publishing and Other Delicacies.” Erika is a wonderful writer with a big heart who I have a strong Maine and birdwatching connection with. She is another supportive, encouraging writer; and she has a book coming out this October!
Another of my favorite blogs is “Scraps & Scribblings” from Amanda Hoving at Amanda’s Wrinkled Pages. I can count on Amanda to make me think and make me laugh, always. Amanda was the first one who encouraged me with 1K writing hours!
Hallie Sawyer, at Write for Me, “An aspiring author blog about writing, books, and her life.” Hallie offers wonderful reflections on the daily life of a writing mom and is a great supporter of other writers. She frequently gives me fresh ways to look at my writing habits.
Aisha Iqbal who blogs about “Musings of a Pakistani-American on marriage, motherhood, writing, and more.” Aisha is a long-time blogger who blogs about her young son, cooking, current events and, of course, writing. She frequently makes me laugh and remember what it’s like to be a mom to a very young child!

Liz, who blogs at a belle, a bean & a chicago dog: an autobiography of marriage, parenthood & life, in general. I can always count on Liz to make me laugh! Liz also blogs about social networking, and we enthusiastically got our iPhones at about the same time. Her photos and blogs of her girls are priceless, and she recently vlogged for the first time!

Kenneth Hopkins at Kid Stuph, “wisdom from the mind of a grown up kid…” I love Kenneth’s reflections on life and fatherhood, with humor and a lot of heart! I often find myself nodding my head in agreement to his observations of life.

V.V. Denman, “Christian Writer, Avid Reader, Random Blogger.” V.V. blogs about a wide variety of subjects; all her blogs are well written and entertaining. I love her writer riddles!

Milli Thornton who blogs at Fear of Writing (home of the 10K Days!) about “putting the fun back into writing” and about travel at Milliver’s Travels. Milli has a positive outlook on life and is an enthusiastic advocate for writing and writers.

Thank you to all these wonderful bloggers for entertaining, informing, befriending, and encouraging me! Who would you give a blogger award to? Always looking for new blogs to follow!!



  1. Ado says:

    1. Congrats again!
    2. I’m with you on number 2 (clogs and slides).
    3. You have a pretty bad case of travel wanderlust man!
    4. I want to hear about how your Harvard dad disowned you once if you want to tell us…?

    LOVED this. Yay.
    Can’t wait to read the bloggers you’ve chosen! I pimped a link to your post on our Facebook page too. (-:
    Have a good day.
    PS: Where are you going to put your Oscar? Oh – oops, that’s another kind of award…

  2. Ado, The Harvard disownment story, another day another time…. just know I’m the black sheep 🙂 …maybe that story WILL win me the Oscar if I can tell it like it was…

  3. Deborah says:

    Congratulations, Julia! I’ve really been enjoying your blog since I discovered it recently – and thanks to your list here, it looks like there are plenty more of quality to read.

  4. Congrats, Julia! And thank you so much for including me in your list of blogger awards. I’m really touched. I love to read Wordsxo every day too.

    Thanks also for introducing me to lots of other writing blogs! I really enjoying reading blogs abotu writing, but I don’t tend meet a lot of those bloggers because I’m so focused on food. So I can’t wait to check out the blogs on your list!

  5. Liz says:

    You have been ALL OVER THE WORLD! So awesome! ANd I think Zoology would have been so cool!

  6. lisa says:

    That’s wonderful, Julia! Many congrats… It was great to learn some interesting facts from your life. You travel/move as much as I do! 😉 Thanks also for the links to yet more blogs; I will definitely check them out.

  7. CMSmith says:

    Congratulations to you and thanks for the shout-out, Julia.

    I especially love all the factoids about you. Wow, have you traveled!
    If I never had to fly again, I wouldn’t. I love car rides, but have yet to be on a serious train trip although I want to.

    I haven’t owned a pair of heels in more than 10 or 15 years. Who needs ’em?

    I’ll be accepting this honor in the days to come.

    I love reading your blog, along with many of the others listed on this page that I found through you.


  8. says:

    Too fun, Julia! Congratulations and Thank you. I’m familiar with some of these 15 and can’t wait to visit the others.

    And you are so well traveled. I’m envious. 🙂

  9. Wow — you’ve had an interesting life, Julia! I always enjoy your posts, and now think I’ll have to go back and read everything I missed before I “met” you.

    Thank you so much for including me on your list 🙂

  10. Thanks so much, Julia!!!! I appreciate that description so much! And I loved reading the 7 things about you. You’ve been so many places!

  11. Hallie says:

    Julia! Congrats on the well-deserved award and thank you so much for including me on that illustrious list! I may have to work a bit harder to actually deserve that!

    Thank YOU for all of your support and encouragement over these past few weeks. I have enjoyed getting to know you through blog comments and loved reading the seven things about you. I am very jealous of your travels!


  12. Erika Marks says:

    Julia–wow, what adventures you’ve had (and who knows what lies ahead too?!). Thank you for sharing your award with all of us, and for including me in your list–what a treat to be included in such company! I can’t wait to learn more about the other bloggers I haven’t yet gotten to know, and so wonderful to see so many familiar names/faces of those I do. As you wrote, these are indeed blogging friends–and I am so grateful to have met all of you!

  13. Chris Fries says:

    Congratulations, Julia! You are a wonderfully versatile blogger, so you totally deserve the award.

    And I really enjoyed reading the 7 things about you! They made me think about how I’d answer…

    1. I ALSO never wear heels!
    2. I hate coffee, but love the smell of coffee, and can manage to drink foo-foo flavored coffees, but I much prefer tea.
    3. My favorite flower is probably a rose, but I also love the smell of fresh lilacs. I no longer have a favorite weed, although I definitely used to have one during my guitar-playing teens and twenties. ;^)
    4. I like the results of gardening and yard-work, so I tolerate it, even though I’d much rather be doing something else.
    5. I like flying but have only done it twice in my life. I don’t mind long car trips.
    6. I’m woefully under-travelled and the only other countries I’ve been to are Canada, the Bahamas, and Aruba.
    7. I have only one degree (BSEE), but I earned it on the twelve-year plan, graduating at age 29. My first attempt at college was a wasted full-ride — evidently there was some clause in the fine print of the scholarship about having to actually go to class…

    Fun post, and congratulations again!

  14. KathyB says:

    Congratulations, to a fellow clogger (and I mean that in the best sense), and thanks for the introduction to some great new blogs.

  15. Congratulations, Julia! I loved reading the 7 facts about you–how amazing that you’ve traveled all over the world, and that you went to three different colleges (just goes to show you knew what you wanted and weren’t afraid to keep trying till you got it)!

    Thanks also for including me in such great company. Looking forward to checking out some new blogs!

  16. So humbled by your award, Julia, and so excited to learn more about you. I knew you were a ‘global citizen, but did not realize just how many places you’ve lived, visited and traveled. VERY jealous of rainforest stops and river adventures. Wow. You have SO MUCH fodder for your fiction!

    You are simply incredible and I enjoyed your post very, very much. Fun to see your top bloggers – many of whom I will have to add to my list! Thank you, again. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you.

  17. Ann says:

    Congratulations! I just started reading your blog and blogging – it’s well deserved! I’m thrilled for you.

  18. Leah says:

    Thanks so much, Julia! It has been a true pleasure getting to know you through our blogs. And I’m honored to be one of the blogs you faithfully follow. By the way, I too, HATE flying and avoid it at all costs.

  19. Aisha says:

    Congrats on the award Julia! And thank you SOOOO much for your kind words here and nominating me as well 🙂 Means a lot!

    Wow- I am envious of your travel resume- that is supremely awesome. I want to live in other countries as well, I think that international travel should be a requirement for all to do because it really helps us expand our POV to other perspectives in a way reading and watching documentaries or tv shows on travel can’t.

  20. Deborah, So glad you’re enjoying my blog! Glad to have you reading!

    Jen, I am amazed at the wonderful writing blogs out there! And one of the reasons I like to read your blog is because I am introduced to many cooking blogs!

    Liz, Yes, many travels; zoology is cool but not sure I’d have been happy stuck in a lab which is where I was headed!

    Lisa, Traveling is good, right? However, in some ways I missed out by not having the roots in one place…I will definitely be visiting your blog more!

    Christine, So glad you’re a regular reader, since I am of your blog, too. Train trips are amazing and I love them for their contemplative nature. (Unless they’re too crowded….that’s another story!)

    V.V., You’re so welcome; I enjoy your blog and glad you read mine, too!

    Amanda, So glad you are reading my blog — I’m also going back to read some of your “older” posts. Great writing!

    Nina, You’re welcome. A huge fan of your blog and short stories!

    Hallie, Thanks so much for the compliment! I love your blog and getting to know you, too. I love our Twitter writing group! 🙂

    Erika, You are a wonderful blogger, so your thanks means so much! I’ve had many adventures, with many to come — and even Twitter and blogging has turned into much more than I expected!

    Chris, Thanks! And LOVE the 7 things (many in common 🙂 A BSEE by any plan is nothing to sneeze at, yikes; studied by my (Mech. & Comp. Eng.) husband’s side as he took Circuits. Hard stuff! Glad you enjoyed the post! p.s never have been to aruba, would love it I’m sure!

    KathyB, Clogger to clogger, blogger to blogger, THANKS!! 🙂

    Natalia, You’re very kind with your thoughts on my college experience; unfortunately I crack it up more to “running away” than “running toward.” LONG story. Your blog is fabulous, and so glad to introduce others to it!

    Melissa, You have NO IDEA how much fodder I have…. out the wazoo 🙂 Seriously, you and your blog are treasures; so glad you read mine, too!

    Ann, Very glad to have you reading! Nice to meet you; thanks for the comment!

    Leah, LOVE your blog 🙂 HATE flying, agreed. How will I ever get to San Diego to visit? 🙂

    Aisha, I completely agree that world travel should somehow be a requirement, or at least strongly recommended (yes, I’m that kind of parent!). I have no idea how it’s changed me, because I’ve always had it, but it has influenced me in many, many ways! LOVE your blog! 🙂

  21. Julia, I’m so thrilled to be included! And I’m doubly thrilled that you included both my blogs. Thank you!

    (Did you know I actually have 3 blogs? The other blog, called Screenwriting in the Boonies, is for when I’m working on being a screenwriter. But I can’t do it all, so currently that blog is feeling quite neglected ;~)

    I absolutely adore the fact that Ado @AdoTheMomalog who writes Momalog is the one who awarded you Versatile Blogger. I love her blog! (and it was because of seeing her commenting on your blog that I even found it – being a granny these days I’m not usually out looking for blogs by mommies :~) but Ado’s blog can be enjoyed by a wider audience than just moms.

    I loved your 7 random things! I totally agree with #2 – ME HATES flavored coffee. But I won’t drink just any old coffee. I don’t enjoyed brewed coffee and it gives me spots in front of my eyes. I stick to espresso (though I’m not partial to straight black shots – I prefer mine with half-and-half).

    And I just gotta say about your #6 . . . it’s a good thing you are a very busy writer because reading all that made me long to make you write for Milliver’s Travels full time. LOL!!

    Now I’m off to make my difficult decision. I received two blogger awards in a short space of time. I have to decide how to blog about these two awards and whether to pass on the awards to either 5 or 15 other bloggers. In any case, I’ll let you know when my post goes up.


  22. Coming East says:

    Duh! If I’d been a more consistent reader, I would have seen that you just got this award! No matter; you deserved another one. You’ve been leading a very interesting life. One small plea for help: How do I get that Versatile Blogger Logo on my home page? I’m clueless!

  23. Milli, So glad you’re glad! And the feeling is entirely mutual! 🙂

    Susan, NOT TO WORRY!! I feel so happy to get another one in such short time!! As for the posting the logo, I sent you an email; not much help, but hopefully some pointers! Thanks again!