This and That and Here and There

This is kind of a mish mash of book/blog stuff that I would like to address.

1. I have just celebrated my 1 year blogiversary (as they say). What a fun ride it has been! When the Mom Person first proposed the idea last summer I thought that she might be having heatstroke or something. I love doing things with her – just the two of us. But on the computer?! Who was she kidding?Ā  But we’ve kind of pulled our act together pretty well and have discovered a new bonding experience. Now she hates to go anywhere without me because we might miss a blogging opportunity! Who knew that our lives would come to this?!

illustration by my buddy Paul Howell

illustration by my buddy Paul Howell

2. I recently was awarded the Versatile Blogger award from the very talented Caitlin at Now Caitlin is one versatile lady. She blogs about teaching stuff and how to make the perfect teacher gift and how to throw parties and how to make exotic drinks. (I guess you need those after a school party!) Anyway, Caitlin, I thank you for this honor. I try to be versatile, but I don’t know how well I achieve that goal. I’ll have to try even harder now.

versatile-award3. I found out today that one of our favorite local celebrities died yesterday. John Graves was a writer and champion of our local rivers. I talked about him in a post recently. You can read more about him and see a video clip here. He was 92 years old. He will be greatly missed – locally and in the book world. But he left quite a legacy.

Graves-obit-web-articleLargeI love this picture of Mr Graves. This was his dachshund Watty, the passenger, on his famous canoe trip down the Brazos River. You can click on the picture to read his obituary in the NY Times.

4. We listened to an interesting story on NPR today about Andrew Carnegie and his library endowments. I have been fascinated by this story for some time and I have a list of Carnegie libraries that I would like to visit. There are not a lot of them left. But if you are interested in this as well, here is a link to the NPR story.

15412v5. And now I’m posting a couple of pictures for Mike at Mike’s Look at Life. Mike is a photographer with a unique look at the world around him. He takes some absolutely stunning pictures that you should check out. He recently took an interest in some spotted donkeys that he had never seen before! Imagine that. So anyway, these are for Mike.


And for anyone who might be interested in these lovely creatures you can visit the website for the American Council of Spotted Asses here.

Now, I think that that about wraps up all of my loose ends.

I wish you a happy weekend!

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30 thoughts on “This and That and Here and There

  1. Happy one year.
    And thanks for the link to the Andrew Carnegie page. Growing up, he was the main influence in my life after my parents. I spent so much time in his library and in later years I helped save two of his old libraries for city art centers.

  2. Hi Rhythm,
    congratulations to you and your Mom re your blog anniversary! Hope to read many more interesting articles here.
    Take care, and have a good one,

  3. Congratulations on your award and blogoversary! And on another, completely immature note, I wonder if the Donkey owners decided they’d get more Internet traffic by calling themselves the Council of Spotted Asses….it certainly piqued my interest… cute donkeys, btw.

  4. Congratulations on year one! Now the time will fly, next thing you know it will have been five years. I love the post and am sorry about your friend.

    The American Council of Spotted Asses sounds like a political group, congress maybe? Those are some interesting looking animals.

    Speaking of which, I LOVE your signature paw. Is it really yours?

    • thanks Ms Morris! Time does fly when you’re having fun, as somebody says. You are really funny. Congress. i don’t know much about congress, but from what I hear, that title may be fitting. Although i also hear that 4 legged asses are really quite intelligent!
      Yes, that is my real pawprint, shrunk down quite a bit. I’m not quite that dainty footed.

  5. Congratulations on your first year of blogging. Looks like it has been an amazing year, And congratulations on winning the Welsummer Sis painting over at Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme. šŸ™‚

    I just need you to email me your address at so I can send the painting to you. I’m so excited for you to get it!

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