Liebster Award


Earlier this month, my talented friend and fellow WordPress blogger nominated me for the Liebster Award. Annika Perry is a gifted writer, and I urge my readers to visit her site:

I think you will enjoy her entries and find her absolutely fascinating. I know I have. Enjoy.

Today’s blog entry will have a different format. I wish to thank Annika Perry who has kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. She provided me with the details of the award. So now to the first part of the task; namely, answering the 11 questions Annika posed.

1) Why did you start your blog?

When I published my book, A Past Worth Telling, in 2014, I began blogging and using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Since the book is a poetic memoir, I use themes in it and from my past when I blog as a means to connect with others of similar interests.

2) How do you deal with a setback at work/rejection letter, etc.?

While sometimes annoyed, I continue trying. Nothing ventured; nothing gained.

3) How do you celebrate a success?

A quiet celebration at home or a nice meal out in a favorite restaurant. I will also share my happiness with others.

4) What’s the one crazy activity/thing you wish you’d tried but never dared?

I am stumped with this one since I normally will try most anything. I guess I would have to say skydiving because of the risk involved.

5) Which of your posts has got the most views? Can you post a link to it?

The Diva Bag at
Dad and I at
A Letter of Gratitude to a Stranger at
The Adagio of my Life at
Meandering in Nature at
and my page about the author at

6) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?

Besides around the world, I would go to Europe, Scandinavia, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and the Southwest U.S.

7) What advice would you give your younger self?

Be kind to others, work hard and stay organized with good time management skills.

8) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

Walking into a class of 30+ students and speaking only German. I looked up to some very puzzled looks which at first didn’t bother me. Finally one brave soul raised her hand to inform me that this was a class of Spanish students. Every quarter, the university changed our classrooms, and I obviously had walked into the wrong room.

9) What’s your favourite drink? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Espresso or pomegranate juice

10) If you could travel into the past, which era would you go to and why?

Probably the early 1800s to meet my ancestors.

11) What is your most favourite (clean) joke?

It’s an elephant joke. Why do elephants paint their toenails red? I don’t know. Answer: So they can hide in cherry trees. Have you ever seen an elephant in a cherry tree? No, I haven’t. Answer: See, it works.

Next up are 11 random facts about myself:

I almost majored in music in college (piano).
Sometimes I am trilingual but most days just bilingual with German and English. French sometimes. I have 5 degrees in German.
I started working at age 11 doing babysitting and tending neighbors’ yards while they went on vacation.
I am mainly a morning person but since retirement, this has changed somewhat.
I was the church organist from age 13-18 and played daily at 6:30 AM, three times on Sundays and for all the weddings and funerals.
I love to walk in nature and especially loved growing up in rural Western Massachusetts.
I am a sewing artist as well as author.
I won the Colorado Grand Champion in Food Preparation in 4-H.
I was the second runner-up in the Colorado Junior Miss contest.
At heart, I am a creative spirit who likes thinking outside the box.
I love Colorado and graduated college in Boulder at the U. of Colorado

The next 11 are my nominations for the Liebster Award. There are so many, many eligible ones out there so my apologies in advance if I have not nominated you. In my book, however, you are all winners. Some of you have posted being award free on your sites. I still want you to have your deserved place in the spotlight.

1) Sally who blogs from Costa Rica at Currently she features beautiful photos and lives in Costa Rica
2) Joe who is a critical care nurse instructor nonpareil and has lived and taught in Nepal. A blog link is at and
3)BunKaryudo whose sense of humor will have you laughing at
4)Edward Roads writes two wonderful, intricate sentences which will send you to the dictionary at times at
5) JoHanna Massey at Lovely photos accompany her blog.
6) Anna writes as Annas Art with bold colors in many pictures at
7) Elyse Reine writes a beautiful blog with many images at
8) Annett writes amazing facts about Germany at Learn German Coach at
9) Bette A. Stevens, a Maine author inspired by nature can be found at
10) Etta D writes to motivate and does just that at
11) Stuart Perkins writes a fascinating blog called Storyshucker at

The following questions are for all my nominees. You can simply reblog my entry to link with everyone and then answer these questions on your own blog. Here are my 11 questions to my nominees.

1) What are you hobbies?
2) If you had a million dollars or equivalent in another currency, what would you do with it?
3) If you had three wishes, what would they be?
4) What invention do you find most useful in your life?
5) What are your favorite travel destinations and why?
6) How would you describe yourself in three words?
7) What or who is most important in your life?
8) What do you value in a friend?
9) Do prefer to work alone or with others, given the choice.
10) What is your favorite kind of music and why?
11) What is your favorite food and why?

To my Liebster Award Nominees:

If you wish to participate further in the Liebster awards, here are the “rules.”
1) Thank the blogger who nominate you and link to their blog.
2) Nominate 11 other bloggers to Liebster Awards 2016
3) Answer the 11 question from the blogger who nominated you.
4)Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
5)Give your candidates 11 questions to answer on their blog.


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13 Responses to Liebster Award

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    I loved point 8. I think I would have died from embarrassment. It’s one of those episodes that are awful at the time, but make wonderful anecdotes later. By the way, thank you very much for the mention. My record at following up on awards is a bit spotty, I’m afraid, but I always greatly appreciate being nominated.

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  2. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, this is a lovely post and it is a delight learning so much about yourself. 😀Five degrees in German! That’s impressive…I stopped after one! I would definitely count skydiving as daring, wow! I was smiling at your embarrassing moment…those kind students not wanting to say anything at first, ah. This shines through with your positive kind spirit, fortitude and love of life. I’m now going to look at some of your nominees who I haven’t come across yet. Warmest wishes

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    • Your kind words humble me. They are much appreciated. You won’t find me skydiving any time soon. You clinched the essence of my spirit with the words kind, love of life and fortitude. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! My glass is always half full as I think yours is as well. Thank you again, Annika.

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  3. Interesting and maybe it’s a chance to follow links. This award seems to go round. I was nominated when I didn’t have wifi so declined to follow it through!

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  4. Wow–you are quite an accomplished person. Five degrees in German and a former beauty contestant? Impressive! I’ve always wanted to write a book about a young girl who does beauty pageants. I may have to pick your brain when I do! I’ve never known a beauty contestant–aside from my college roommate, whom I’ve lost touch with.


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    • Why thank you for such kind words. I was allowed to participate in this particular beauty contest because there were no swimsuits. We modeled sports wear. I carried a tennis racket. I played a classical piano piece for the talent. This was for a college scholarship. The girl who won in Colorado went on to be 2nd runner-up in the US. Enough of that. You may pick my brain. It was many moons ago. Thank you for the comment.


    • I just read where you went to college. Is that in Murfreesboro? My first teaching job was at Tennessee Technological University. I commuted to Nashville to complete two of my degrees at Vanderbilt. My first office mate was from McMinnville but is now deceased. She taught French at TTU and I did German. Happy writing to you!


  5. Lidy says:

    Congrats on your nomination! Point 8 was hilarious and I would’ve died of embarrassment. I could see something similar happening to me and add that I’m clumsy too. smh

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    • To a fairly new university professor, this was very embarrassing. With a red face, I packed up and went to the correct classroom. Glad you had a laugh. Thanks for the kind words and comment. Much appreciated.


  6. JoHanna Massey says:

    I knew there were reasons I enjoyed your photos and poetry so well. Congratulations on your Liebster Award and thank you for sharing so many interesting things about yourself.

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