On Ten Things Causing Me to Smile

Although I have done a couple, in general, I am not big into tags – but there are times I enjoy reading them. As a writer, tags stimulate short thoughts on random topics – as a reader, tags provide an opportunity to learn more about person behind the blog. I occasionally post things about myself, but as I general rule, that’s not my style – however, it’s been a while, so why not!

Maxi, writer of Ovah Coffee and several other blogs, tagged me in this post. She is one of my international readers – and one whose blog I read when I can. Besides being a good writer, knowing multiple languages, and obviously intelligent, she seems personable, genuine, and nice. Besides, sure wish I had half of her readership.

Cheers Maxi for getting me to post 10 things that make me smile. Disclaimer: Neither preferential order here – nor am I saying these are my top 10 – but I am this list.

I’m not much about tagging either, but I  tag Rad, Tim, Beeze, David, and Mo.

1) During anything with my wife that we both want to do

2) Tasting a wonderful wine at a wine tasting with presenter helping me learn

3) Whether past, present, or future, I appreciate positive interactions with positive people

4) Whether our own or those of others, I appreciate pets. Interesting with an accepting dog or cat is always a pleasure.

5) Good wine and good information at a wine tasting is good for the mind. Good wine with good food is a great combination. Sharing good wine accompanied by good food with friends creates many smiles.

6) Seeing news items supporting my belief that good people exist in every country throughout the world

7) Writing for the blog because it forces me to think and learn

8) Watching one of my sports teams win – especially over a rival

9) Whether on the golf course, the ballroom floor, in the kitchen, in the handbell choir, or whatever, doing something well and receiving a compliment brings an outward slight smile, but a big smile within myself

10) Shania Twain

On Tags and Awards

Communities as Facebook and MySpace, along with blogging, are loaded with tags containing a variety of questions allowing everyone to become better acquainted. Although they aren’t really my thing, I do enjoy reading them and occasionally participate – and this is one of those times.



Maxi, thanks for the Blogger Award. Maxi is a Philippino who is hoping to go to Sweden to continue her studies toward becoming a licensed pharmacist. She actively blogs through two sites, HealthnBeyond and Ovah’ Coffee – the latter is her eclectic site with a great title. Her tag line says it all: Let’s Talk About It Ovah’ a Cup of Coffee as she, like I, enjoy a variety of topics.

dscn3018From Lester’s Legends I received a Friendly Blogger Award while I was on vacation. (Sorry, I’ve take so long.) Ryan is a prolific sports blogger, especially with fantasy sports. More importantly, he is respectful, friendly, and thankfully, when who comments here when he gets a chance. So here’s the pic.

From Basic Blaganomics I received a Smart Blogger and others. David is very creative and knows how to build a following. To me, his demeanor is very similar to Ryan’s, thus one of the reasons why I appreciate him.

In the spirit of Maxi, Ryan, and David, I pass any of these to the following bloggers who’ve helped me grow:

To Tim, who’s insight into one’s mind and soul continues to push the envelop to help us create a better world. Agree with him or not, he makes a strong case. Thoughts, Ideas and Suggestions

To Joe, thanks for using beautiful pictures to tell a story and allow my mind to reflect and grow. While most of us shovel in food without noting the taste, to Joe it’s about taking time to look to notice what he can see. Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

To Paulette and her passion for current events and the White House help give me a perspective at Let Us Talk. Although an admitted partisan, we respectfully find common ground – besides, she loves golf!

To all the employees at American Heartland Bar and Grill, thanks for keeping me informed and speaking from the pragmatic center.

To JRod and Chef, the Two Big Boobs, for their blogging on a variety of topics. Get your mind out of the gutter as their topics are not in reference to their title.

So to you above, feel free to take any of these awards and pass them on to others.