I am very honored to have received the Liebster Blog Award nomination from Lara/Trace at her blog on exposing human trafficking. Trace and I ‘met’ a few years back now and have much in common through our life experiences and our concerns regarding human rights and adoption reform. She has been a loving support and a steady ‘go-to’ companion when a trusted opinion is needed. I have learned a great deal from Trace about the sufferings of the First Nations people and appreciate her way of telling it how it is. I admire her prodigious output of published work and her dedication to the things she so passionately believes in.
I started my blog to further my writing on adoption and to clarify my thinking and position on adoption in the past and today. I use it to explore the human rights and abuses of adoptees, the position of children in our societies and am as passionate about human rights, if not more so, than I was as a young adult.
I am a great fan of dignity, respect and compassion and hope to see more of it in time. In my lifetime I have seen things happen that I would never have believed possible – the Australian Apologies and the recognition by our governments, both Federal and State, of the inhumanity and cruelty of adoption.
I have been supported and validated by my family and inspired particularly by my wonderful Daughter, who has risen above many difficulties and life changes, to become a beautiful, gracious soul who loves and lives with her whole heart.
I am very honoured to accept this award from someone I admire, respect and am grateful to for the learning and for whom no explanations are necessary.
These are the rules according to the nomination.
Rules of the Liebster Award:
1. Post acceptance post and include a thank you to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Choose at least 10 bloggers you wish to nominate with links to their blogs.
3. Answer 10 questions your nominator sent to you.
4. Include 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
My Answers to Trace’s Questions:
1. When did you start blogging?
I started blogging a few years ago now over at Blogger and at one point had 6 blogs running for myself and for organisations I belonged to! My adoption blog was reported to the FBI as a ‘blog of hate!!! The truth is ugly and does not please some. It was shut down and my sense of justice and free speech were encouraged. I had already set up my current blog at WordPress always a good precaution when writing of what is so unpopular to some who find it hard to hear the truth.
2. What is your ritual for starting something new? In life I often begin something new quite spontaneously and in writing I am often moved by a phrase, sentence or sentiment of another writer/blogger. I just sit down at the computer and go.
3. What is your favorite time of the day to write?
I can write at any time but it is usually in the morning, sometimes as early as 3 a.m if the inspiration takes me.
4. Many bloggers are working on a manuscript. Are you planning to write a book, or have one already started?
I have several started. One a set of short stories, supposedly a work of ‘fiction’ but a handy way of telling a contentious truth. I may never finish because I hate looking back, revisiting the past and confronting old pain.
5. If money and time weren’t an issue, what’s the one thing you’ve always dreamed of doing that you would do?
I have plenty of time as a retiree and have few unfulfilled dreams. Health issues prevent the same bucket list I once had and my aspirations are different, as are some conditions in places I might once have visited, like Tibet. However, I hope one day to have grandchildren, to go on holiday with my Daughter to somewhere relaxing and to go back to eat at The Whalers where the Thais style oysters are a dream!
6. What was the main reason you started your blog/website?
To clarify my thoughts about adoption and adoption related issues, to share findings and information and to practise writing every day.
7. Would you rather have more time or money?
I have plenty of time, more money might be nice at times but I’m content with my life.
8. What makes you smile?
Many, many things – kittens, babies, silliness, family gatherings, Christmas, loving gestures, family jokes, Randy Newman, good food, kindness, sunshine, my geese to name a few.
9. Have you ever felt like giving up on writing?
Never. I’ve enjoyed it since I was a child and could do it.
10. What do you do for fun?
Go to the beach, eat out, go to the movies or watch old favourites at home. In my house we’re “Love Actually’ fans, so that was on the menu for Christmas along with “The Sapphires”. I adore ‘The Intouchables’, ‘Casablanca’ and ‘The Boys Are Back’ to name three. I used to love to dance and party in the days of good health and stamina.
And finally here are my nominees. I’m leaving this open, as some may not wish to do this again or at all, so no pressure just acknowledgement:
Claire at http://thealmostdaughter.wordpress.com
Rima Staines at http://intothehermitage.blogspot.com
Daniel at http://danielibnzayd.wordpress.com
The Adopted Ones at http://theadoptedones.wordpress.com
Martha Crawford at http://whatashrinkthinks.com
Adelaide Birth Photographer at http://adelaidebirth.wordpress.com
Editorial Team at http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com
John Raible at http://johnraible.wordpress.com
The blogging sisters at http://www.thelostdaughters.com
and of course Trace at http://tracedemeyer.com
And my ten questions for anyone who wants to give it a go –
1. How is blogging working out for you?
2. What is your favourite way of writing?
3. What things assist your writing processes?
4. Books or Kindle?
5. Do you have a favourite place to write?
6. When do you write?
7. Has life offered you challenges and opportunities which inform your writing?
8. Where do you look for inspiration?
10. What can’t you live without?