I received this last month. Nine years! It seems like yesterday, but it also seems like 9 years ago. I’m 9 years older now and just had the third year anniversary of being a breast cancer survivor. I’ve not consistently blogged since 2018. With each month, I intend to get back to a schedule so I can read blogs I follow; so I can comment on them; so I can continue making new blogging friends. Each month goes by and rather than finding more time to spend on Word Press, there is less time. However, I’ve not given up hope.
Currently, I’m working on something that if resolved, should help thousands of senior citizens in the State of Illinois. Since May, it has taken up much of my time. More and more, I lose faith in the powers that be. They are only as good as their gatekeepers. We have come to a time when those holding positions with government agencies, including agencies headed by an elected official, do not provide email addresses to anyone specific in their office. It’s a general email account and if you do get a reply, it’s from someone who is anonymous.
At times I’ve considered they don’t want to give their name because if the elected official runs for re-election and the matter they disregarded is made public, they can deny having any knowledge.
Don’t worry. After I’ve exhausted all options, I will write a post about it naming names, giving credit where it is deserved, and those who failed to do their jobs.
I think that I have PTSD after four years of Trump’s lies. There are also times when I know I feel too deeply and try too hard to understand people who disrespect the lives of others. Yes – I’m talking about people who rebelled against Executive Orders by Governors to wear masks in public. They argue with store clerks, (and even killed at least one), and get in the faces of those wearing masks. I hurt for nurses, doctors, and hospital staff overall. They need a break and not only that, but people who need surgery and treatment for serious health matters have waited over a year, while hospital beds fill-up with people who won’t wear masks in public and won’t get vaccinated..
Getting off that soap box and back on the subject of blogging, it hasn’t helped that Word Press changed to a block editor. I really wish that Word Press would have given us a choice to keep the classic editor without having to work-around the block editor. Much of my hesitation to write a blog post is because of getting around the block editor.
I do not know if the block editor is the reason I also have problems reblogging others. Most times, I have to go to the reader, search for the post, and click to reblog from there because the button doesn’t work on the actual blog post.
Overall, I’ve had a wonderful time blogging and I miss communicating with so many of you. Here’s looking forward to having more time to spend with you.
Thanks to my dear friends for this humbling honor. I also want to take this opportunity to thank followers, visitors, and participants.
We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident has been nominated for Versatile Blogger previously, so I’m not repeating the Rules here, which are similar to the Blue Sky Tag.
We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident/Blackbutterfly7, has been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by two different bloggers. Each one has different rules. One does not require nominating 15 other blogs, and the other does, so I’m going more than half-way and nominating eight.
The “Respect Award” is a personal award, made by Robert Goldstein for fellow bloggers who consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are kind, struggle to understand differences in people, and who treat themselves and other people with kindness and respect. We Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident/Blackbutterfly7, has received the Respect Award from Horty of It is What it Is. Thank you, my dear friend. I am honored. This award is very special.
You can choose to copy the Award Picture and give the award to the people who have earned your respect or you can do nothing. This is a way of saying thank you. I am truly honored to receive this award and it gives me joy to pay it forward.
Barbara of Idealisticrebel created the Power of Words Award and nominated Blackbutterfly7. This is a humbling honor that words cannot describe. In presenting the award, Barbara wrote:
I have designed this award because so many feel they can’t change the world. They can. You can. Your words, your blog can educate, raise awareness, change opinions and raise spirits. Through your blog you are reaching people you may never have effected any other way.
So this is for all who click away on the computer with a heart full of love, kindness, compassion and caring. For all of you who write to correct wrongs and injustices. For all of you who work to bring light into our world and hope to people’s lives. You are all heroes in my book. Please accept this heart-felt award and pass it on to those in your WordPress family who deserve it. Let’s keep it going for the entire year. May it inspire all with light, words, and love for the human family.
You all know how much I hate rules, so please just:
post the award on your blog
thank the person who gave it to you
pass it on to those whom you deem worthy
let your nominees know
Blackbutterfly7 has been nominated for three awards. Rather than posting them separately, I am accepting and paying all three forward in this post.
- Pick your award (s)
- Share it/them and this post with your blogging community
- Promote one blogger by sharing a link to their website and at least one way in which they have been an inspiration to you this year.
I’m paying this forward to Dr. Rex. Her heart is an inspiration, and she has inspired me with her commitment. I can barely post 3 times a week, but Dr. Rex is committed to posting several times a day, and her posts to start the day are truly inspirational.
Barbara nominated Blackbutterfly7 for The Harmony & Peace Award. Barbara says of the award:
I created this new award to celebrate all those who promote Harmony & Peace, and who add Love & Beauty to the world through their Blogs and through their lives. Their Positivity makes the world a better place for all of us.
A very talented man, Kev wrote in making the award:
“This award is one I made myself for All members of my community. You deserve it and I love you all.”
I love you too, Kev.
In the past 4 months, the number of subscribers to Blackbutterfly7 has grown. I’ve not yet been able to visit all of the blogs of new subscribers yet, and for that I apologize. I see you, and thank you for following and your support. Read the rest of this entry
Blackbutterfly7 has been awarded the “Wonderful Team Member Readership Award” by our friend Coach Muller of Good Time Stories.
(Addition:) As I was going through other award nominations, I found where our dear friend Horty also nominated Blackbutterfly7 for this award. Here’s thanking her as well.
Coach Muller blogs stories that make my heart smile, and some that cause me to deeply reflect. Thanks for the award, Coach. I am deeply honored and grateful.
Reading the blogs that I follow is why I always seem to be late visiting some of them. I truly want to read what they have written. But, this award is not just about the blogs that I read. For me, it’s also about those bloggers who read here. In selecting nominations, I kept that in mind. Read the rest of this entry
Thank you to Dr. Rex (Horty) of It Is What It Is for this award that signifies loyalty and love between friends. I am honored that Horty considers me worthy of this award and as her friend.
In the words of this Award’s creator:
The Semper Fidelis Award
“I created this award because I wanted to do something special for my friends on WordPress. Semper Fidelis is Latin and means “Always Loyal.” Loyalty means the world to me. I am very loyal myself, but I’ve got major trust issues as well. And I think trust is very important if you are sharing so much of yourself with people you meet through the internet. So I am working on that!
Why the wolves? Because wolves have very strong ties with their pack. Like a family or a great group of friends. And I just love them!”
This award stands for the loyalty and love between friends. Read the rest of this entry