Tuesday, August 24, 2010


With so many obligations to satisfy our practical considerations in life, work, family, friends, it is understandable taking time to pause for reflection and gratitude often get placed on the bottom of our “to-do-list.”  I would like to take the opportunity to make this post my way of thankfulness and gratitude to a couple of fellow bloggers who were thinking of me and for making my day so special! 

Jamie Dedes over at Musing by Moonlight, a fascinating woman and a well versed writer, go pay her a visit, you will want to become a follower for sure. Her lovely, "Outstanding Blog Award, is very much appreciated.  It didn't come with any rules except to pass it along to ten other notable blogs I follow. 
Kelly over at Style Attic aka Life at 5 feet graced me with a lovely award.  She is one of the sweetest bloggers around. Her blog is interesting and awesome! To get your daily inspiration go over and pay this gracious lady a visit , if you haven't already.
Both women are awesome and well worth spending time reading their daily blogs. I promise you will not be disappointed.  The awards are posted on my side bar. 

Now Kelly's award came with answering ten questions and passing the award along to ten other notables, too.

Here are the ten questions:
1)  Why do you blog?

I linger here for the moment, paused at the edge of  my thoughts held in suspension,
I am surprised by what I observe – the fascinating aspects of technology, in one click, within seconds of blogger's publications I am connected, with others of similar interests and backgrounds, one glance finds all the photographs, the stories, the words. 

Totally amazing -- a near life  experience. 
I am connecting with people I would never have known in my life time.Fulfilling that desire to reach out and connect with others that is inherent in human-nature,  I found over time blogging, reading and commenting has become a high priority in my life, by just a few moments it takes to read each blog, it has changed my life in so many positive ways. 
2)  Name your three best memories.
I remember the first time I saw the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, it magically held me spellbound, and that memory now lingers with me forever. The primordial glow of that mornings ocean sunrise had cast a rich golden light on the waves, and in that moment I felt the majesty of creation and the deep connection in my soul.  That might account for the reoccurring ocean theme throughout my blog.

My father was enthralled with learning how to fly small planes, my mother never wanted to go for some reason, so he took me instead to share his joy of flying. I won’t go into too much detail here about those cherished times spent with my father, but rather tell you my experience of the first time up in the air. Even as a writer I find it is impossible for me to capture in words the experience of flying up in a small airplane.   Compared to large aircraft, one is immersed in the landscape, not looking down at a small square image of scenery. I was totally mesmerized by all that I surveyed with my eyes, an amazing experience, a thrilling sensation.   A camera could not capture the emotions I felt when the plane dipped over my home, or traversed over the landscape where I can see all the fine details, the babbling brooks, I didn’t know were there, and the deer in the woods that were elusive by daylight, every movement on the forest floor, all moving and flowing in the midst of natures harmonious lines

The birth of my two sons, albeit occurred at different times, but never the less did not diminish the deep connectivity to my ancestors across the divide of time; traces of previous generations, our parents, grandparents, all those who have gone before us lives on in them. I could see in their faces and look in their eyes, as little as they may have been; that they had a forceful power of connecting people across bloodline and generations. An experience I will always cherish deep in my heart.
(3)  Name 4 of the best fiction books you've read.
I am an avid reader , and I must confess will read just  about anything but  not so much horror stories, with the exception of course to choice #1.
# 1 Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a novel written by Mary Shelley.
#2 The Alchemist, 2006, an  inspirational fable by Brazilian author and translator Paulo Coelho;
#3 The Iliad by Homer, I know this is considered an epic poem for "Iliad" is a word that means "a poem about Ilium" (i.e., Troy), and Homer's great epic poem has been known as "The Iliad" ever since the Greek historian Herodotus so referred to it in the fifth century B.C, however, I will list it anyway for it is a favorite of mine.
# 4 The Fountainhead , and/or Atlas Shrugged, both by Ayn Rand, with excellent character development, and the author is not afraid to take risks in her writing.

4)  What are the 5 best movies ever made? (and that I love....)
1. The Pianist is a 2002 film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Adrien Brody
2.  The Red Shoes (1948) is a British feature film about ballet, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
3. The Red Violin ( is a 1998 Canadian drama film
4. Schindler's List (1993)Directed by Steven Spielberg.   
5. Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957)
5---8 1/2 (1963), aka Eight and a Half, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, or Otto e Mezzo, France/Italy, directed by Federico Fellini
I know it is six but it was a tie with Bergman and Fellini. However just for entertainment I also enjoyed watching these five movies:
1.--Braveheart is a 1995 American epic drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson.
2. -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
3--Run Lola Run (German: Lola  literally Lola Runs) is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer
4.- Amélie (2001) Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (original title)
5.--Chocolat (2000) Directed by Lasse Hallström.
 6)  If you could change your name what would it be?
My closest and dearest friends who have known me forever and a day, nicknamed me Joan Wilder, a romance novelist after that movie Romancing the Stone, 1984 when it came out, for they claim I have some resemblance to the character, in that being an incurable romantic, a former New Yorker, and a neophyte in the jungle (of life) who manages to always land on her feet, regardless of the odds against her.  Well I do confess to being an incurable romantic, and love writing about romance,and a former New Yorker, but not too sure about the rest of the connection until recently when a routine office visit turned into the doctor thinking I might possibly have ovarian cancer. I had confided in a few close friends, and their response was revealing, they thought I would be fine, for like a cat I have always manged to land on my feet, and for the moment most thankfully that now appears to be the case.
(7)  Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.
It is difficult to define as we are all unique – and interesting in some way, but my life may bore you.  I would like to say I have lead a simple life, but truth be known with each twist and turn my life has held a whole host of complications, trials and errors and considerable reinventing myself.  Being a baby boomer the whole experience of the 60’s, I was fully encapsulated in the whole movement. Art in some form of expression has always been as much a part of me as my own breath.  The life I chosen as a wife and a mother, entailed a whole caravan of complications, finding myself, divorced several times, and having the responsibility of being the sole head of the house hold for far too many years, crossed me over to a place where I thought I would never be; for where I was did not match where I wanted to be.  Consider the quote by Simone de Beauvoir it pretty much sums up my feelings -- “The torment that so many young women know, bound hand and foot by love and motherhood, without having forgotten their former dreams.”  But I am an incurable romantic who believes in dreams coming true.  In my quiet moments the thought occurs to me if we are steadfast in our faith, in God’s timing our days will move closer to align with our dreams.  I am still reinventing myself – and discovering new ways to bring color to my world.
8)  What do you love best about yourself?
I have a sensual and tenacious spirit with a down-to-earth presence, with absolutely no pretentiousness.  Over time as I became acquainted with myself and learned to enjoy living in my own skin, I developed an attitude that you can call me “by any name, but it is what I answer to that matters”   I will still be who I am and I have made peace with that.

9)  If you had a "Freaky Friday" experience, who would you change places with?
I would love to be Carmen Amaya who is considered by many to be one of the greatest flamenco dancers who ever lived.  Or another great dancer who also died too young, Isadora Duncan  considered by many to be the creator of modern dance.

10)  What is the best thing about being a woman
Two things, One is being loved by a man . 
Two  this quote sums up my life experience “If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.” 

Now if you managed to get this far here is my list of blogger's I pass these awards on to.
C.M Jackson
Desert Rose


photo credits www.rodneysnith.com


  1. Dear Joanny, I'm so shy about these things. But I have to tell you I'm truly honored, especially considering how beautiful your blog is, and your gorgeous way with words. Your blog is a feast. xo

  2. Well deserved awards. Congratulations! I loved learning more about you Joanny. Thank you so much for sharing your insightfulness.

  3. Very nice photo and an excellents blog. I like very much your work.

    All looking fotoblog Teuvo images


    and yours comments thanks you



  4. I would like to say how honoured you should give me an award. I will show it with pride.

    Have a lovely day

  5. The awards are without any doubt deserved. Congratulations and blog on, my friend.

    I am totally engaged and charmed by this post. I've read through it twice. Also, almost eerie consistancy is our stories, experience, loves ... same movies, same books. Probably just about the same age.

    I'm relieved to hear that there is no cancer. Thank God!

    Brava! Thanks for sharing such a vivid and intimate portrait of your beautiful self, Joanny. I treasure it.

    Thanks for accepting my award and for your kind comments.

    Happy Wednesday ...


  6. thank you joanny for your awards! Your blog is a constant source of inspiration and delight--congratulations to you !!

  7. http://thursdaypoetsrallypoetry.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/the-perfect-poet-award-4-poets-rally-week-26/

    the perfect poet award of week 26 reminder,
    thanks for the attention!
    Happy Wednesday!

  8. joanny, your comment on my post brought tears. and these awards? thank you, friend. so humbling. i love your place here--it invites and breathes beauty. e.

    ps. i hope you can participate in imperfect prose tomorrow! love e.

  9. lovely quotes,
    your images are breathe taking!

    Hello, How are you?
    You are invited to attend Thursday Poets Rally

    Thanks for the attention!
    Happy Thursday!

  10. Congrats on your awards.

    On your #8, I strive to be described as tenacious, but certainly have not made it there yet. I find that quality admirable.

  11. I truly am speechless. You write so eloquently! I got all teary eyed at #7. You certainly have a way with words and this post is just beautiful. It's you :)

  12. Lovely and intersting post. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself and your awards.

  13. joanny congratulations on your lovely awards. thanks for thinking of me when you passed them on. i will post them soon. again, thank you so much!

  14. Beautiful responses...and insightful. Good to know you more, dear one...