I was recently given the awards above, by two bloggers whom I admire. Why? Well they are nice, and authentic, and interesting, but for this purpose because they are working at what they love. The first award was from Delia Lloyd, at Real Delia. Delia writes for a living, at The New York Times and the Huffington Post, among others. Need I say more? My favorite posts are Wednesday Tips For Adulthood, while her Friday Reading links have provided me with some of my more edifying online experiences.
The second was from Belle de Ville at Beverly Hills Branche. Belle, in her life beyond blogging, runs Beladora. If you aren’t familiar with Beladora, or Beladora II, they constitute a very nicely put-together estate jewelry business. And her posts occasionally show the pieces when they come out to play. Can you imagine if “inventory” meant this?
I pass these awards on to two more bloggers, also working at what they love. I wish us all such good fortune.
1. Vive la Goos. Rachel Elizabeth graduated from Cornell and now works in San Francisco, in some kind of fashion role, for the Gap. She’s a beautiful girl with a sense of humor. She owns bunnies, the Goos, that hop wild in her apartment, but she’s preppy and, I infer, conservative. Thank goodness for unpredictable people.
2. Art by Karenna. A painter and an art consultant, she recently commented that she would never retire. This is my favorite of her works.
These awards, it goes without saying, come with questions to answer. The first 10 are from Belle’s award, the last from Delia. Rachel Elizabeth and Karenna, feel free to interpret – loosely.
1. Why do you blog?
Because I would have died unhappy otherwise. Had I never tried to write, I mean.
2. What are your best memories?
Memory leaves us as we age. The best therefore are those that stick around and allow us full value for the days we have lived.
3. If you had to change your name, what would it be?
What kind of a question is this? If I had to change my name I would be living in a society where I had more important things to worry about than my name. Probably the question of nomenclature would evolve into a cause requiring symbolic resistance, and I’d want to be called Liberty and Justice For All.
4. Name five things you couldn’t live without?
Air, water, gravity, edible plants, a blanket, other people. That’s six. And demonstrably true, vs. any hyperbolic statements about cashmere I might make.
5. Four best books that you have read?
What kind of question is this? How can any reasonable person pick 4 books as the best they have read? I must have read at least 10,000 books in my lifetime. They are one of my greatest pleasures. I can pick 1, because 1 is so clearly arbitrary. Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee.
6. Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself?
Everything about myself is interesting to me. No, I don’t find that embarrassing. It’s a fact of most human consciousness. So you are really asking me, what about myself do I think you would find interesting? I’ll get back to you on that one. Tomorrow, and the day after that, and probably next Saturday.
7. What do you love best about yourself?
My profound tolerance for fools and gentle, earnest, non-sarcastic tone of voice.
8. What is the best movie ever made?
Who wrote this list? Young lady, we need to have a talk. If you ask people to make absolute statements when they can’t possibly have the information on which to base said statements, you are inviting false and pretentious discussion. The world does not need more useless talk.
9. If you had a Freaky Friday experience who would you change places with and why?
The man I love.
10. What is the best part about being a woman?
Biology, and all its implications.
11. If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you, and what would it be?
I was invited to a wedding in Rajastan by the train paymaster. I wish I had gone, those many years ago, instead of keeping to my trip schedule.
But I don’t think I’d change the big choices, even those I understand differently, in hindsight. Given ignorance I did the best I could. Those big choices brought both the happy and the sad. Whatever you don’t choose is lost. Read this post, on A Practical Wedding. The same thought, more fully explored. With a book recommendation to boot. Maybe I will go ask if it’s one of the Top 4 Books Ever Written. Just to stir things up a little more.