Versatility is its Own Reward

Thanks to Taslim Jaffer, I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger award. Although there was quite a flurry of awards not that long ago, I’m happy to accept this one as well, because it gives me the opportunity to introduce you to Taslim. I “met” Taslim through our mutual appreciation for and admiration of Dr. Susan Biali‘s work as a life coach and author. Taslim has also become a life coach, and has a wonderfully uplifting and challenging blog/website at Let ME Out! Releasing Your Creative Self.

Taslim also blogs about “book reviews, product reviews, artist events and dining experiences” at The Finer Things in Life, and it is on that blog that she awarded me the Versatile Blogger, in her post entitled “I’d Like to Thank the Academy.”

Click on “Read More” for the rules, and my little “twist” on those rules…


1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this Award along toΒ 5 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.


Okay, Taslim has been thanked, and linked to.

I’ll get to #2 in a minute.

Since I have pointed you to several blogs in the course of that incredible awards season just past, and I’d rather not single out some and ignore others this time, I’d invite you to visit the links in my sidebar (scroll down, you’ll find them). All are wonderful bloggers, and all deserve a pat on the back, and a thanks from me for the way they encourage, inspire, and uplift me.


Now. Seven things about me. Can you stand to read seven more things? (If not, you have my permission to click away. Just click on Taslim’s site and browse it instead, you’ll be glad you did.)

1. I’m a firm believer that one is never too old to pursue a dream. My Dad got his pilot’s license at age 62. He’d dreamed about that since he saw his first plane at age 9.

2. I own a piano, but it doesn’t live with me. It lives in the tenant’s lounge in our building.

3. I have a small collection of baseball caps. Each has a special meaning for me.

4. There is a map of Los Angeles on the wall of my Writing Room (setting for an adult novel). There is a map of a non-existent town in England in my mind (setting for bits of several novels, adult and children’s).

5. At age 55, I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. I’m doing it.

6. One of my favorite books of all time is Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road (and its sequel, Duchess of Bloomsbury Street). Go! Find them! Read them!

7. One of my favorite movies is Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy’s Desk Set. (As a library worker who worked through the switch to computers and survived, I so identify with the reference librarian’s concern about the “Electronic Brain” Emirac taking over their jobs.)

Thanks again, Taslim!

4 thoughts on “Versatility is its Own Reward”

  1. Thank you for the very kind link-back! I loved reading more about you – I especially love that you are doing what you are meant to be doing! And I’m going to find a map of the Deep South, particularly Louisiana, and set it up in my studio…I feel like there’s a story there for me to write and maybe this will prompt it out. Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

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