I Earned the India Badge!

Imagine my surprise when I received an email on my Android yesterday saying “Congratulations on earning your India badge!”  At the time I was in the Seattle airport ready to board a plane to Toronto, where I would be attending the last programs on Amma‘s North American summer tour.

What India badge?  The message made no sense to me and I couldn’t imagine what the badge was.  When I took a look, I discovered it was acknowledgment from Fitbit, makers of a device I wear that, among other things, counts the steps I take.  What a fun synchronicity that the badge would be about India, one of the places I consider to be Home!

India Badge


Thanks for the “Hearts as One Drum Beat” Award!


I was so surprised to wake up last Sunday and discover that Yvonne at Seasoned Sistha2 had nominated me for Sue Dreamwalker’s (Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary) “Hearts as One Drum Beat Award.”  I have been very inspired by Yvonne since I met her in Blogging 101 soon after I started my own blog. We have learned so much from each other during the past year. Thanks for your acknowledgment Yvonne, and thank you Sue for creating this award. Continue reading “Thanks for the “Hearts as One Drum Beat” Award!”

Thanks for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award


I was very excited to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award by Nichole Davis.  Her blog Triumphant Wings: My Life with Lupus and Antiphopholipid Syndrome is a place where she shares her journey with two serious chronic illnesses.  I particularly appreciate her powerful poem Lost.  The poem Lost touched me to my core.  Nichole also shares her beautiful photographs on her blog.

Here are the guidelines for the award:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 facts about me:

  1. I have either driven through or lived in every state except Alaska
  2. I’ve been to India 24 times
  3. I have a 36 year old daughter and a 39 year old son.  They both live in India.
  4. I was a terrible cook when I raised my kids.  They grew up on very simple meals with a lot of frozen dinners thrown in.  I practiced a lot of new recipes before they visited Seattle a few weeks ago. It was fun to surprise them.  Better late than never.
  5. My children will take their dad, my ex-husband, to the Tetons and Yellowstone in July.  It is a trip that is on his “Bucket List.”  He has asked me to come too.  I have some concerns about the altitude since I deal with high blood pressure, but I’ve decided my blood pressure is enough under control to join them for part of the trip.
  6. I was once called for jury duty soon after I started a new job.  I was chosen for a trial that lasted for 3 months.  I thoroughly enjoyed serving on the jury, but my new employer was very unhappy that I hadn’t attempted to get out of it.
  7. I took my children to see Prince when they were preteens/teens.  I loved his Purple Rain album then, and still do.  The song I like best on that album is “When Doves Cry.”

The 15 Amazing Blogs I Nominate:

A Year Without Buying Plastic
Because I Can
Counseling TidBits

David Kester
Healing Beyond Survival
It’s a Lonely Place
Maria Brinkley
My Plastic Free Life
Open Hearted Musings
Remind Your Mind
That Indian Minimalist
The Relative Cartographer
The Terry Tutors Blog
The Zero Waste Chef

I would also like to thank breakdown chick at Labeled Disabled, Florence at Meanings and Musings, Dream Cloud Diaries, cronechronicler and Macs Moments for nominating me for this award at a later time.