Now my problem is bestowing this award on at least ten more people whose blogs I consider witty, thoughtful, clever, helpful, meaningful, etc. There are so many but I will give it a go. In no particular order:
Arne lives in Oslo, Norway, and has had a heart and kidney transplant. He goes through lots of procedures but has a wonderful upbeat attitude. He's an amazing photographer and artist. You must check out his photo gallery here.
David at authorblog hails from Melbourne, Australia, and I happen to know that Katney already nominated him for this excellence award. But I'm going to nominate him anyway. He's a journalist and an internationally-published photographer. For unbelieveable excellence in photography, he's a must to visit.
Ellee in Cambridge, UK is a press consultant, political commentator and journalist. If you want to know what's going on in the UK, check out her blog. Today's post is titled "French chic, where are the heels?"
Gillian at A Bitch About Brittany is an ex-Londoner living in rural Brittany, France, for the last 15 years with her husband and two teenagers and a dog. Her ramblings about life in the countryside are appealing to those who wonder what it's like to live in a foreign country.
jmb at Nobody Important lives in Vancouver but we've yet to meet. She's retired from hospital pharmacy and writes about her travels, books, art, the city and currently is cruising the West Coast. She even finds the time to keep her readers up to date on what's happening onboard.
Kate at Chronicles of a Country Girl lives on a horse farm in Maryland. We met fairly recently and I enjoy reading her reports of life with horses (and her husband and dog, of course). She's just had knee surgery and is keeping us posted on her post-op condition of learning how to hobble around again and how to use her EB ice device.
lady macleod at Braveheart Does the Maghreb is a unique writer. She's a bit enigmatic, but it's always a pleasure to find out what life is like in Morocco for a woman who has lived in many places around the world. Right now she's living with her daughter while she (daughter) does a year of research.
Mary Ann lives on Vancouver Island in a fairly remote community. Her blog is entitled A Place Called Home and it's fun to read about her life there as opposed to her previous life in the big city of Vancouver. She's a nurse and has written some very revealing posts about the health care profession.
Ruth at Upstream and Down resides in Massachusetts and is in her final year of teaching. She is active in school and political issues in her Massachusetts hometown, an administrator for the Internet Writing Workshop, and Associate Editor of the Internet Review of Books.
I could never forget my good friend Josie of C'est la Vie who lives 1/2 hour drive north of me in the Kits district of Vancouver. Josie has a style of her own and is an excellent writer even though she frets about not having had formal advanced education. She draws and paints and has a vast knowledge of art, philosophy, and literature. She's also an avid jazz fan. You can always learn something new at Josie's place.
Finally, I must nominate Edmund the Explorer from the moors in the United Kingdom who is now preparing for an expedition to the Arctic, to raise funds for the children's unit at St. Theresa's Hospice in Darlington. The unit is especially for the children who have lost parents to cancer.
Here are the rules that are passed along with the award:
By accepting this Excellent Blog Award, you agree to award it to 10 more people whose blogs you find Excellent Award worthy. You can give it to as many people as you want but please try to award at least 10. You deserve this! Feel free to recognize blogs that have already received this award.