Tuesday, February 3, 2009

random notes

earlier I mentioned that seeing more movies is on my list of new year resolutions - a sub-goal is to see all of the films nominated for best picture for the oscars. I'm doing pretty good meeting this goal, after last night's outing with mj to see frost/nixon, I only have one more film to see on the 'best picture' list (the curious case....). I'd like to see all the films that have been nominated in all the major categories - but I am adverse to setting unrealistic goals. click here to see what is up for the oscars. do you have a film that you are rooting for in terms of being awarded the best picture oscar? or are you like me waiting to see all of the films before you choose a fav?

speaking of awards over the last few days I have learned of receiving a couple blogging awards. the first award bestowed on the mouse was the dardos award from john hayes of robert frost's banjo. according to john's dardo post :
The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

The rules:
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.
wow, I am truly humbled, especially considering that the award came from john who only recently discovered the mouse. and in turn I've only just discovered his wonderful blog, robert frost's banjo. however in no time his blog has become one of my favorite places to nibble -- it is a virtual smorgasbord of tasty treats in terms of art, music, and literature.

now I'm faced with the most difficult part of receiving a blogging award I must name 5 blogs that are worthy. I actually feel that all of the blogs on my blogroll are worthy of receiving this award; however, I have been directed to name only five. here are the mouse's five (in no particular order):

to r.l. bourges at graulhet, bonjour - each day rlb highlights some interesting social or cultural feature of graulhet, the charming village in the south of france which she calls home. for those of us who love to travel but aren't always able to hit the road, rlb's blog transports us to graulhet - a beautiful little town full of the most delightful people and sights.

reya's blog the gold puppy is a magical place to visit. I love that reya isn't shy or hesitant about addressing just about any topic - politics, dreams, soul retrieval, neuroscience, or simply life in the nation's capital - reya's musings and photographs are magical and thought provoking.

one of the wonderful things about the blogosphere is it expands our sense of community and shrinks the world. I don't know about you, but I've met some folks that seem like kindred spirits. and if you are really lucky you will make a friend that must be your twin in some parallel dimension. when I met squirrel in the flesh, it was like that (or maybe it was like this). I bestow the premio dardos award on squirrel and the nyack daily snap. squirrel and I also just happen to have been born in the same year, maybe there is something to this twin thing - oh no this again!

because of the whole b-o-n thing, I've been discovering all sorts of terrific blogs and keep making new friends (unfortuantely I have yet to comment on everyone's blog - but I'm working on it - ah so many blogs, so little time....) among the recently discovered blogs that really stand out is roy's world. when I wandered into roy's world I instantly felt welcomed and at 'home' - roy's photographic eye blows me away and when I read what he writes, well I hear this again.....

last (but far from least) I'd like to award the dardos to merle wayne sneed. I can always count on merle to brighten my day - it doesn't matter if he's waxing on lovingly about the sneeds, sharing a story from the hooterville hardware store, or if he's off a a wee rant about some idiot politician - merle's compassion and humor always shine through.

tomorrow: the mouse's picks for the superior scribbler award!

don't birds on overhead wires make you think of notes on a musical staff?

a couple more random notes - did you know today is the 200th birthday of composer felix mendelssohn? this morning on npr I heard a very interesting story about how much of mendelssohn's work has been lost because he was "posthumously assassinated" by anti-semitism,. but fortunately, thanks to the mendelssohn project many of these works have now been recovered.

today is also the 50th anniversary of 'the day the music died' when a small plane crashed in iowa killing buddy holly, ritchie valens, the big bopper (j.p. richardson).

leonard cohen (1979) singing bird on a wire

photo: pigeons on wires, cleveland. february 2009


tut-tut said...

Wooo. You go, girl!

Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you thank you thank you! For the award but also for your words about it. Wow!!

You're a blog of note? VERY COOL!! I knew that, so glad that blogger figured it out. After I received that honor, I tried to get to all commenters, but failed miserably. Still it opened up my blog world to such an extent that now my blogroll is impossibly long - an embarrassment of riches.

Very hard to choose only five deserving blogs for all the awards that make their way around in this realm. In fact, impossible for me. I can't choose best, because there are so many bests out there.

Merle Sneed is a great choice, though. If someone held a gun to my head, I might choose his blog. It is SO true to him, so uncompromised. He is the best.

But you're the best, too. As is Squirrel and coffee messiah and a Cuban in London and and and and

etc. etc. etc.!! Cheers! Drinks for the house. Let's all give ourselves a hearty round of applause.

Love the bird pic.

Megan said...

Oh no! Not MORE great blogs to visit!?! :)

Yep, totally going to visit the "new" ones and I agree 100% on the awards to Merle & Squirrel. I'd agree more than 100% if I could...

Roy said...

Oh my goodness! I'm speechless!

Thanks so much, Kim, not only for passing the award on, but also for your words about my blog.

I'm so new to this that I might have problems passing it on to 5 more blogs. I do have 2 questions for you regarding that. (a) Do the blogs have to be Blogger blogs? I have a friend who has the Rocket Scientist blog, but it's on Today.com. She's one of the best writers on scientific subjects, and on NASA subjects, that I've ever read. But I'll understand if this is supposed to stay on Blogger.

The (b) question is - Can the award go to two seperate blogs run by the same person? Or is this award in recognition of the blogger her/himself?

In case the answer to both of those questions is "no", I may only be able to pass it on to 4 blogs.

Again, thanks so much for the recognition!

Roy said...

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention - among the blogs I've only just discovered but who I read regularly and with great satisfaction, two of them already have the Premio Dardos award: you and Citizen K. LOL!!! My just-started blog list is so small that you two considerably cut into my available possibilities!

marianne said...

congrats- will have to make time to check the blogs..... and i love the birds on a wire pic- i have several like that myself.... maybe it is related to looking like music notes...

Roy said...

Never mind! I just did a little research and answered my own questions. Silly me!

Merle Sneed said...

You are too kind, my friend.

e said...


I am new to blogging, and have much to learn about the blogging world...I'm happy to have found yours and promise to visit again. Congratulations!

R.L. Bourges said...

très touchée, I am, petite souris. I...je... will keep it short. Thanks.

(and as soon as I figure out in which key those birds are singing on those wires, I'll be sure to let you know. It's not the Leonard Cohen song I dearly love, and, nope, it's not Mendelssohn either...I'll get back to you on that.)

Thanks again (and for the great links, as usual)


Patrice said...

I had to come and check out mouse medicine after reading what Roy said. Now I'm sorry I didn't come here sooner. Your most recent blog with its birds on a wire and Leonard Cohen floored me. For years I've drawn "birds on a wire" and I recently completed another painting of just that. And Leonard Cohen is the best. I'll have to do a blog in honor of your blog post!!

I'm a follower fer sure..

Coffee Messiah said...

Great choices and I've wondered how BON actually works and who posts the blogs of note.

Nice post as always ; )

Saretta said...

Congrats on your awards! I look forward to visiting the sites you've passed your award on to.

Strange how great minds think alike...have you seen this post? http://molfetta-daily-photo.blogspot.com/2009/01/bird-on-wire.html

Squirrel said...

thank you -- i have been felled by an evil upper respiratory flu -- everyone in my family has it, and it seems to come back after going away for a few days. I slept through a blog post. (!) I am on the road to recovery and thank you for the award.

Edward Yablonsky said...


Toyland is a film I really want to see. It is from one of your sites. It conveys an utterly insulated world of inncocence of a child in 1942 Germany

Edward Yablonsky said...

I received your comment on Toyland on my blog and will note when and if I can obtain the video/dvd. Visit my other blog at www.myspace.com/edwardsgalley -I am a history buff (my major at ASU)