At the end of a long, hard day, it is the little things that mean so very much. Someone offering to make dinner. A headbutt from a cat who is happy to see you. And even (especially!) a sweet blog award!
Jolene of Graceful Agony popped out of the woodwork to completely surprise me with this little bit of appreciation. This is only my second blog award so I am super-flattered!
In accepting this award, I need to:
- Post the reward in my blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
- Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
- Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
I must confess, my last award I think I did a terrible job of notifying folks since I didn’t do it all at once, so this time I will be better! This becomes tricky though, since Jolene and I are fans of many of the same blogs, and I have not been very proactive in hunting out new blogs lately. As such, I am going to tweak the protocols just a bit by listing a few folks who I have been following for some time, but they are a joy and an inspiration read, and hopefully they will be new for you! I am also going to list only five and focus on quality rather than quantity.
I read blogs on a wide range of topics for a variety of reasons. I am entertained. I am learning. Or I feel a personal connection with the writer or subject. In the case of Our Asperger Family, I am a friend of one of their family members. This is an incredibly tender blog about raising a child with Asperger’s Syndrome and the joys and challenges therein. I taught young children for many years and worked with “special needs” students of many ages so I remember some of these lessons clearly. My brother and I both faced similar challenges during our school years, and this blog is a warm reminder of how rewarding and full of discovery those years can be.
Occasionally I cast about for other blogs related to Rheumatoid Arthritis, just to see how others fare and what I can learn from them. I recently stumbled across The Opening Year. Laura’s shared challenges of RA and interest in yoga keeps me peeking in, and her different approach to wellness gives me insight into possible paths I have not yet tried.
Annie at It’s Time to Get over How Fragile You Are is one of my favourite people, and she helps keep me blogging when it’s hard for me stay focused or find my motivation. Her blog is sweet and funny and poignant, and I shake my pom-poms to cheer her on!
Katie of Overflowing Brain writes the kind of blog that I want my blog to grow up to be. She writes with verve and humour, even when life keeps throwing everything it can at her. Her despair is all too familiar to anyone who has ever stared in the face of the presumed incurable, but despite it all she is a warm and driven individual, and I respect her all the more for it.
I have always been aware of and interested in assistive technologies. With a deaf father, a partially blind sister, and my early learning disability and now limited mobility, it is natural that I would bring this awareness to my professional and technical life, designing accessible websites and other online teaching resources. Hand to Mouth: Assistive Technology is a wonderful resource for those new to assistive technologies, or the more experienced who want to learn the ins and outs to maximize their chosen tools. As my institution moves closer to mobile learning environments, these concerns only become more important to me personally and professionally.