Today I saw the first new robin of the season, all freckled and fledged, sitting in the lilac bush. I was approaching to fill the niger feeders, and s/he continued to sit, eyeing me, not sure what to make of me, and mother wasn’t around at the moment to pip out a warning. So the inexperienced newby let me approach to within a couple of feet. Finally, instinct must have kicked in and the youngster flew off, but I felt like I’d just been given the "Friendly Human Award."
And from fellow blogger and friend, Kat at Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes, comes the blog award pictured here. I’m quite amazed by the checklist of items that this one acknowledges, and would be happy to think I offered up the merest fraction of any of them—so thank you Kat! From Kat's blog:
1) The Blog manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervade amongst different cultures and beliefs 2) The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions. 3) There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture, Sciences and Beliefs. 4) The Blog is refreshing and creative 5) The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.
* Those of you who receive this award are required to do the following: 1) Create a post with a mention and link to the blogger who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award to you. 2) The award conditions must be displayed in the post. 3) Write a short article about what your blog has thus far achieved preferably citing one or more older post to support. 4) The blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award to blogs in concurrence with the award conditions. 5) The blogger must display the award at any location on their blog.
Okay, you know me, I'm going to jump right to the fun part: passing it on. I’m going to give you the link to a blog some will be familiar with, but those who are not will be delighted to discover: Beth at The Virtual Tea House. Beth’s blog is a wonderful well to drink from, and a good source of links and other delightful and challenging things she collects in her e-travels, plus her own wonderful poetry. Beth’s blog subtitle is “Engaging the spiritual in everyday life” and that is genuinely what it does.
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.