The Versatile Blogger Award
“The Versatile Blogger Award is an initiative for bloggers to highlight the work of other bloggers, helping each other, after all that is what the blogosphere feeds: sharing.”
It is an initiative to publicize blogs with less followers. This Tag is very effective to meet new fresh bloggers as well as experienced bloggers with talent. As I am to start the prize I’m going to nominate a blog, then the rules are simple:
Thank the person / blog that indicated it. Include the blog link that nominated your blog for the prize ( Thank you Dear ===).
Select and nominate another 10 blogs to attend.
And write 10 facts about yourself to the person who nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. By participating in this contest you must wear my logo above “blue and pink crown” at the beginning of the post.
I am greatly honored to have been nominated by Didi for the “The Versatile Blogger Award.” You can read the post in which Didi nominated me here.
Didi is a seeker who has been aware of the Journey each of us is on much longer than I have been aware, and he is very adept at sharing the wisdom he has acquired. Didi has answered numerous questions for me, helped me become more aware of the River of Wisdom that underlies and informs all the world’s faith traditions, and nearly always posts content that can help a seeker of any faith walk a more humble and holy path. My life has been blessed by Didi’s presence in it, and I highly recommend his blog. jen
Ten facts about myself:
(1) It’s taken me a few weeks to respond to Didi’s invitation because I moved to a new apartment and I’ve been busy unpacking and getting settled.
(2) My new place has a south-facing patio door and porch, where I plan to spend quite a bit of time over the next few months eating meals, growing a small garden in pots, and relaxing with books and friends. It’s also closer to the pool and bus stop, which makes my sons happy!!!
(3) Nearly 20 years ago —which feels so emotionally & spiritually distant from where I am now that it seems like it must have been a different lifetime— I obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology and a J.D. in Law, and I’ve been employed as a lawyer since then.
(4) I care very deeply about numerous issues facing our world, but my employment at a non-partisan state court requires that I not speak publicly about anything that could be deemed “political.” Thus, I do not write posts that could be interpreted as commentary on political issues. Nor do I comment on or “like” posts by others that could be read as expressing a political opinion (even if only implicitly). All that is to say: if you want to know whether I have opinions about guns, health care, taxes, social services, or the environment, you’ll have to come sit on my porch and drink tea with me! 😉
(5) I teach religious school at my synagogue. My class is for 7 & 8 year olds and I currently have four students. We study Jewish holidays, Bible stories, and Hebrew letters. Our main goal is to have fun as we learn so that the kids will want to attend.
(6) I also help coordinate quarterly activities for families with children too young to attend religious school. Over the years I’ve found that parents genuinely appreciate an opportunity to bring pre-schoolers to a low-stress environment that is safe for kids and has other adults with whom the parents can interact. And the simple lessons about spirituality that we can give these kids are in some ways the “most true lessons” because they still see the world with wonder and are open to feeling awe. Of all the volunteer work that I’ve ever done for synagogues, this is my favorite!!!
(7) I was asked recently to join a new committee being developed by a branch of our Jewish Federation. The committee is tasked with building bridges between the Jewish community and other religious and minority communities in our area (e.g., Muslim, Christian, Latino, African-American, LGBTQ). The goal is to develop cross-culture social and educational opportunities that will foster understanding, compassion, and support between communities, and I’m very excited to see what impact this committee might have on our city!
(8) I enjoy playing video games with my sons. We support one another’s attempts to improve, and they laugh with me at my utter lack of skill. I think it’s actually good for them to see me enjoying an activity while failing at it miserably — I am not perfect, they don’t have to be perfect, and we can enjoy life despite our imperfections!!!!
(9) My gaming username is HoniTheSleeper, which is an homage to Honi The Circlemaker, a Jew who lived two thousand years ago in the land of Israel. One of the stories of Honi is that he fell into a deep sleep for seventy years, which allowed him to learn the importance of planting trees for those who will inhabit this planet after us. And I chose the name because I have narcolepsy and, without prescription stimulants, I’m fairly certain I could sleep for seventy years!! ☺️
(10) I’ve been researching a few distance-learning graduate programs that would all be described as “religious” — some practical and some theoretical; some Jewish and some interfaith/inter-spiritual; all of them possible to complete without “quitting my day job.” Whenever I get around to registering, I’m sure I’ll blog about what I’m learning!
My 10 nominees:
The Vision of Poets
Over the edge and beyond
If you aren’t interested in participating, I’ll take no offense. I’m just happy to have an opportunity to share with others some of the blogs that I enjoy following. Have a great week, everyone!!! jen