August, 2014
Liebster Award


Heart of Life Poetry accepts its nomination for the Liebster Award, which recognizes writers and allows them to nominate additional writers. I’m grateful to you, Christopher, creator of the Eusociality Site, for the nomination. I follow the Eusociality site, intrigued as I am to learn more about nature whenever I can.

To accept the LIebster award, a writer/blog owner is asked to list facts about themselves, answer questions provided by the nominator, nominate 11 additional writers, and ask them a new set of questions.

Selected Facts about Heart of Life Poetry

1. Heart of Life Poetry features mostly very short poetry, haiku, micro poetry, and short “wordplays.”

2. I currently post almost daily.

3. Because I’ve had unrealized ambitions to be a poet from a young age, starting this site and actually finding readers has thrilled me to no end. Thanks to everyone who reads, likes, and comments!

Answers to Questions Asked By My Nominator

1. What is the theme or focus of your website or writing?

Discovery, exploration, and celebration of nature and my relationship with nature. The site also celebrates my love of words and wordplay of various kinds—and I guess one could see my play with words as a celebration of “human nature.” Human beings thrive on the use of language.

2. What do you enjoy about feedback and conversation with readers?

I like learning about how others experience my poems.

3. When did you begin your website, and what has changed since this time?

I began Heart of Life Poetry in the spring of 2014. In that time, I think I’ve become a more sophisticated writer, I’ve learned the ins and outs of WordPress, how to add pictures to my posts, and most importantly, I’ve made the acquaintance of many inspiring writers, photographers, and artists.

4. What do you hope to achieve with your writing?

I’d love for my writing to inspire people to pay more attention to the plants, animals, elements, and landscapes surrounding them—we’re alive and here because of all those other living beings. We depend on them—and they thrive when we give them attention and appreciation.

5. Is there anything else you would like to share about your website or experience?

I’m grateful to WordPress for providing me with a platform where I can celebrate my love of nature and share that love with others.

New Questions for My Nominees

1. Why did you decide to start your blog?

2. What’s been your greatest challenge as a blogger?

3. What do you hope to achieve with your writing or art?

4. If you could guest post for anyone on WordPress, at which other blog would you like to be published?

5. What motivates you to follow a blog?

My 11 Nominees

1. Poesy plus Polemics

2. Cindy Knoke

3. Audio SeXXX

4. Bosnian Beauty Pics

5. Charlotte Hoather

6.John Thomas Dodds

7. The Ancient Eavesdropper

8. The Culture Monk

9, TenderHeartMusings

10. A is for Amuseless

11. Caroline Skanne

Thanks to the above writers, artists and bloggers for enriching my life!

July, 2014
Very Inspiring Blogger Award












The Very Inspiring Blogger Award provides a way for bloggers to support, encourage, and celebrate one another’s work. My understanding of the award is that everyone who accepts a nomination “wins.” How lovely.

And as a “winner,” I get to nominate 15 more blogs that I find very inspiring. I hope you will visit at least some the nominees I’ve chosen below.

To Christine Lailani Ginete of The Journeyman’s Moments, thank you for nominating me!

The first thing I’m asked to do to accept the nomination is to list the award rules, so here they are…

  1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts About Myself

1. I moved to the countryside for the first time in my life in 2012. Nature inspires me every day.

2. I can see many dormant volcanoes from my home.

3. I’m concerned about the toxic effects of geoengineering, a practice in which toxic metals are sprayed into the air (aka chemtrails) and then manipulated with radio frequency waves. Evidence is growing that geoengineering is destroying our life support systems on Earth. I recently found a site, Skyder Alert, that provides an app people in the US can use to work towards ending geoengineering:

4. I love to eat wild plants and game, and I feel lucky to live in a region where wild foods can still be found in abundance.

5. People who once lived on the property where I am left lots of broken glass and rusty nails behind. I regularly find new patches of this stuff and clean it up.

6. I write poems to pay my respects to all the plants, animals, and elements that make my embodied life possible.

7. I offer two other blogs, Heart of Life Music and Heart of Life Alchemy.

15 Nominations for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award 2014

John Coyote has been to war and writes to warn us about taking that road any further:

Tony Vlahos at T h i n g s + F l e s h writes powerfully about creating art:

Crystal Clark champions the sacred science that we need to learn if we are to survive and thrive:

World Listener records our planet’s sounds:

An anonymous writer charts the growing American police state and arms liberty lovers with information:

Eliza Waters inspires me to love this world we live in more and better ; ):

Some of my favorite visual arts and photography blogs:

Mysterious and stark photos at Hammerwerk

Nature celebrated in picture and word at Leaf and Twig

Explorations of light, shadow, and perception at Pollock of Light

And last, but far from least, my nominees amongst the many amazing music and poetry blogs I’m aware of:

The witty Errin Spelling

The unusual tracks featured at Music Unmasked

Great poems and useful essays on how to write haiku at The Way of Haiku

Overtone singing at The Spirit of Tuvan Nomads

Densely gorgeous contemporary verse by Robert Okaji at O at the Edges

Moving poems at When the Sun Wakes

There are many many more blogs I would list here if I could. I am ongingly inspired, and sometimes overwhelmed, by the amount of wisdom, important data points, creativity, caring, and sharing poured out by the bloggers who call WordPress home. Thank you for the contributions you so generously make to all of us, week in and week out


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