Many thanks to Greg Mercer at Big Red Carpet Nursing, which is located at http://bigredcarpetnursing.com/ for being the true friend he is rapidly becoming, and welcoming a virtual newbie like myself to the WordPress Blogging Community by sending out this nomination for my very first blogging award. My heart is all aflutter, and that’s a word you don’t really expect you’ll ever get to use after you turn 55. So thanks again Greg. And for those of you who don’t already know, Greg is quite the go-to guy when it comes to things dealing with hospital education, training, technology, consulting, and a whole bunch of other good stuff that you can talk to him about when you visit him on his site. But right now, I’ve got to deal with this nomination stuff, and if I mess it all up, well, I mentioned it was my first, didn’t I? O.K., so here we go.
7 Facts About Myself
- I’m the youngest boy in a family of 7 natural-born children ( girl-boy-girl-boy-girl-me-girl), plus at least three adopted children, all boys.
- From as early as I remember, my Mother was battling cancer, my Father never bothered battling the bottle (but he was a gentle soul, and I really believe my mother’s battles were his also; she was just stronger than he was).
- Between the ages of 5-8 or 9, there were 3 major attempts made on my life: ¹I was chased through our old three-story house by a foster-brother much older than myself who was trying to stab me to death with a 12-15 inch carving knife; ²An older sister, in a fit of rage about having to stay in and wash my hair for school the next day, put the plug in the sink, got me off-balance on the chair I was kneeling on, and drown me in the kitchen sink to the point that I stopped breathing; ³Some neighborhood kids hung me on the backyard clothesline, which fortunately ripped out of the wall, but not before I stopped breathing once again.
- When I was 9-10, my Mother lost her battle with cancer, and I lost the only real protector I had, which was her, so I started running away more and more, until by the age of 12-13, I was pretty much on my own.
- At the age of 13, I was picked up from the side of the highway by a great big trucker lady (that’s how I remember Leanne even to this day) who gave me a job with Royal American Shows, the world’s largest carnival at that time, and the carnival with whom I stayed working pretty regularly for the next 13 seasonal years or so, being looked after and raised by the most motley assortment of bikers, gangsters, nere-do-wells and ere-do-wells this side of an H.G.Wells novel. It turned out, I was a natural as a carney.
- With pretty much a half a life-time of craziness and bizarre behavior under my belt, at the age of 45-46, a medical professional treating me for some unrelated problems, recognized the signs and symptoms of PTSD running rampant in my life, having been left completely untreated for close to 40 years, and after discussing things with me over several sessions, set up a team of professionals who started helping me then, and there are others helping me now to salvage at least some of whatever time I have left in this life to be normal crazy like the rest of you guys.
- Having always loved to write anyways, the Blogging thing was a natural at a whole bunch of levels when I discovered it again recently. If anyone reads what I write, that’s really cool, but I can’t promise that I have any idea just where I’ll be going with this from one day to the next. It’s an adventure. If it turns out that no one but myself is reading this, then that’s alright also, since I’ve got enough stuff going on in this head of mine, that it seems like a lot of people anyway, and when I read it, quite often, it even sounds new to me. So, Blogging is my new old thing, and that makes 7 things about myself.
Now just before we get on to the actual nominations, I wanted to add a little disclaimer of sorts, and I hope it will be taken in the spirit in which it is intended. First of all, you have to understand that due to the difficulties in my life that I alluded to earlier in this post, I am, by my very nature, somewhat self-conscious, and concerned at all times that where the few people that I finally manage to work up the courage to reach out to in whatever fashion in my life are concerned, it is of utmost importance to me that any actions I may take in regards to them not be misconstrued, or misunderstood. When you have lived 57 years on this planet, and you still have more fingers than friends, you tend to cherish and protect, even from yourself, the ones you have. I also have achieved in my life enough wisdom to know that not everyone sees everything from the same perspective, or accepts a particular action without questioning the intent of the actor. Thus, I realize that where many people, such as myself in this particular case, might see this act of being nominated for an award of this nature as a truly honoring, and edifying experience, there might also be those who see this act, and the ensuing obligations that come with it, (the small, but not entirely negligible amount of self-revelation, or exposing oneself to the community, and the effort involved in gathering and informing the 15 follow-up nominees) as more of a hard-ship than an honor, though it can, of course, be avoided quite simply by politely declining the nomination. My point being, that I do want to accept this nomination, because I think it might prove to be a way to get even more involved with a community that I have found great satisfaction in being a part of. However, I don’t want to upset any of you whose Blogs I enjoy reading so much, but I am certain, that while reading the articles on a number of your Blogs, I have seen the occasional comment stating that you don’t take part in these award affairs and such. So I just wanted to say, if you are one of those people who don’t take part in these awards, please don’t let the nomination I make of your site upset you. I will only nominate a site if I actually read articles from it on a somewhat regular basis, and I will only be taking part in these affairs on an occasional basis. Moderation has always been my watchword (except apparently, when it comes to writing disclaimers…hoo boy). Sorry about all that…A drum roll please…
Just so you know,
The rules for this award are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you for the award
- Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post
- Share 7 facts/things about yourself
- Nominate 15 bloggers that you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog
So there you have it, and as soon as I get the notifications done, we are all set. So everyone take care, and we’ll see you soon. Until then…