Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day, Egel Award, Power of Schmooze Award, Halloween Treats, Blogging Buddies, No trespassing verse, and finally, they paved paradise

Before my thank you and more post, I want to mention that today is Blog Action Day and the topic is the environment. I didn't get it together today to participate but if you are interested, please click on the link for Blog Action Day Participants and see what various bloggers have to say about the environment. Although I don't have a post about the environment, I would like to mention an issue in the U.S. which I am concerned about and that is Mountaintop Removal. There is an organization called I love Mountains, End Mountain top Removal. You might want to check that out. I also thought I'd steer you towards, Treehuggers. They are a web magazine that covers a lot of environmental issues.

EtteY at Treasure the Little Things and Maiylah at Maiylah's Snippets and Picture Clusters kindly tagged me for the Egel award for blogs a few weeks ago. Brad Egel originated the award. I have enjoyed discovering EtteY and Maiylah's blogs through Weekend Snapshot as well as photohunters, another photo meme I enjoy. During the photohunt this week, Hootin' Anni kindly gave me a treat which I can pass on to visitors to my blog. I was also appreciative of Heart of Rachel who shared her treats with me. She is also a photohunter and weekend snapshot participant. I like the way the blogger awards and treats help us find out about different blogs to visit and it's nice to get recognized myself. I appreciate it and want to pass on the Egel Nest Award and Holloween Treats. After posting this, I found out that Sara at Farming Friends another blog I enjoy, who is also a photohunter, has nominated me for the Power of Schmooze Award. I appreciate that and thought I'd edit this post and add that in with my thank you post. There are so many blogs I've recently discovered and enjoy that I'd like to take these opportunities to mention them. However, nothing is simple with me. Rather than just tags some of the many blogs I enjoy, I start thinking.
I decided what I want to do this time is say thank you and hopefully later on my brain will function better and I'll figure out a way to play it forward. One thing I'd like to do is come up with some lists of blogs I enjoy and say something about them, but if I wait on that it will take me forever. That was my first idea with the Egel Award. Rather than name a few people to pass it on to I wanted to say thank you and then point to a page I came up with that would have some of the blogs I've recently discovered and describe them.
Prior to the photo memes, I mostly visited other melanoma survivor's blogs since that's how I got started on blogging. I do have a page with links to other melanoma survivors and cancer survivors. However, I've never done a blog roll to cover the other categories of blogs I've started to go to. I'd like to do that since I often find blogs through the blog rolls of other blogs I like. One of these days I'll do something along those lines where I have a page with blogs by category, such as, artists, photographers, gardeners, writers, medbloggers, nuts, ha. I do have a photohunter blogroll of sorts and will do one for weekend snapshot because I have found a lot of blogs through those photo memes. The problem is that I have to work, feed myself, and shower occasionally and somehow there isn't quite enough time for everything. The sanitation workers may take me out with the trash if I don't start showering.
In case anyone is interested, the photographs I used for this post were taken at my corner pharmacy which used to be a garden center. When the garden center got replaced by a large chain pharmacy, it was noticeable that the landscaping was a hang over from better days. The thank you at the top is on the other side of a Do not Enter sign at the Pharmacy Drive through. That configuration always makes me think of a verse from Woody Guthrie's song This Land is Your Land. The verse I'm speaking of goes: As I went walking, I saw a sign there, and on the sign it said "No Trespassing", and on the other side, it didn't say nothing, that side was made for you and me. So I figure if the other side of, Do Not Enter, says, Thank You, that side was made for you and me. Thank you and please feel free to enter. Since this is blog action day on the environment and they paved the garden center to make way for a pharmacy, I guess I'll end this combo post with Joni Mitchell's lines They paved paradise and put up a parking lot and my personal favorite verse from that same song - (Big Yellow Taxi)

They took all the trees
Put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

by Joni Mitchell


jmb said...

What a lovely lot of photos here Carver. All in one place so you didn't have to work too hard.
Ah Joni, a unique songbird, singer/writer and artist. She wrote some of the best songs along with Leonard Cohen.

Carver said...

Thanks JMB,

I was thinking about Leonard Cohen recently too and how young artists continue to cover his songs in new ways.

Theresa said...

Love that Joni Mitchell song- perfect for the enviroment theme.
I am partial to heal the bay- but it is great we all have differnet interest so that nothing will be neglected.

Carver said...

Hi Theresa,

I'm glad you mentioned "Heal the Bay" as it prompted me to read about it and that looks like an important issue. I've never been to southern California but my brother lives in San Francisco which I've enjoyed visiting several time. I agree that it's good that we have different interests. There are so many important issues that need attention. That's for sure.

Anonymous said...

A lovely post with lots of thoughts to dwell on! Best wishes

Carver said...

Thank you so much TopVeg and I appreciate you visiting.

Anonymous said...

You are a most Reflective Blogger, my darling friend. And you are a very good Blogger in this ever growing social network. What a voice to the new (and not so new) issues it offers!
Being basically of a wishy washy conservative/libertarian ilk, Treehuggers intrigued me...I had to take a look-see. I love it! Especially the 'How to Green' section. I could be reading this all day as some of the how to's are easy...and if everyone just tries a few...h-m-m-m
Well, I guess it would take more than a few. And we really won't know what we have 'til it's gone. (Sigh)
I feel a song coming. Oooh lalala, Ooh lalala.
Love, K.

They're only puttin' in a nickel
To get rid of a lot that's wrong
Oh you know they're only puttin' in a nickel
And they want a dollar song
They're only puttin' in a nickel
And they want a dollar song
-Melanie Safka
The Nickel Song, 1972

Carver said...

Hi K,

The Nickel Song. Wow, that's a new one for me. I don't think I have heard that one and the lyrics are great. You are amazing with what you come up with. I think we have to believe to an extent that if we can all do a few things it will help. Otherwise the defeated feelings self perpetuate. I think you already do things that make a difference and you sure make a difference to me. Love, C

Anonymous said...

I am always so interested in your posts. The words of the Joni Mitchell song are so appropriate for blog action day. It's great how photohunters introduces us to great sites - there are so many. Your photographs are stunning. Sara from farmingfriends

Carver said...

Thank you Sara, I'm so glad to have discovered your site. Your posts and photographs are very interesting to me.

karoline in the morning said...

wonderful song, wonderful shots and wonderful thoughts carver..



Carver said...

Thanks Karoline.

Anonymous said...

Wow... that song must be around 40 years old, but the lyrics seem to have been written just yesterday!

A great post - with great photos, as usual! You very much deserve every single blogger award you get, Carver! :)

Carver said...

Thanks Sabine. I appreciate that.

Anonymous said...

i really enjoyed these closeup shots; the perspectives on them are very nice

Carver said...

Thanks Ascender, I appreciate your comment. You are such an amazing photographer and artist and I enjoy your blog a great deal.

Heart of Rachel said...

You are very welcome! Like you, I feel wonderful whenever I receive special awards. Thoughtful recognition from blog friends is always very inspiring. Take care!