Love Me, Hurt Me


I was nominated for the Quote Challenge by Betcha Didn’t Know! It’s a really fun blog to visit and find out really cool things you most likely didn’t know just yet. Or maybe you did but you will have fun anyway, I promise!


  • Do quotes for 3 days
  • Display 3 quotes a day on your blog (I will do one a day)
  • Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  • Notify each of nomination
  • Have fun!

My nominees are:

Grubbs N’ Critters


Only embracing our common thread can keep America from unraveling

This simply can’t wait to be shared “only” in my Picks of the week. I had to reblog it now. 

I watched the following clip yesterday and Ned’s post suits so well. The question is a good one, the solution seems so easy:
When do we finally stand up for what seems so logical? When will we see people for who they truly are and not for the color of their skin? When will we stand up and say enough?

Ned's Blog

imageI generally reserve this place for humor. That’s because I believe in the power of its shared experience, and how that experience brings people together. Good humor transcends color, religion, geography, financial status or political affiliation. It’s devoid of hate and allows us to embrace a common thread woven through our humanity that we all share through laughter.

All living creatures get angry, scared, excited or worried; it’s humor that makes us human.

But there are mornings like this when being funny doesn’t feel right. The events of the past few days have spilled over from a collective cup that has been filling with a bitter brew being served during a time of unprecedented polarization within our country. We are being divided and conquered by fear — of each other, our differences, and a political landscape that inspires the worst in us instead of what defines us at our best.

And we swallow this bitter brew not because it’s what we…

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Blogging Etiquette

Whenever I write a post I put a little bit of myself out there. What I write is what I feel. Although I keep it light I sometimes can’t help addressing things that deeply move, anger or scare me. I will put my heart out there, say it the way I feel it, the way I see it.

When I do I’m aware that my opinion might not be shared by everyone. And that’s totally fine. After all blogging is about exchange of opinions, information and experiences. Which brings me to one of the things I think is important: Etiquette.

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Art by Rob Goldstein

Wow, it seems like I’ve earned respect from one of my favorite bloggers out there, Rob Goldstein. Rob came up with the Respect Award in October 2015 and hands it out twice a year to bloggers he considers worthy of it. As this award has not rules it really is all about being a token of appreciation and I truly admire that. I feel honored to be part of a list of great bloggers put together by Rob since April.

See, this is what I love in the blogosphere. It’s the appreciation you get, the connections you make the impact you can have, the things you can take out of other people’s posts. The fantastic thing is that you connect with people you would have never met otherwise. And those people reach you. They inspire you, they motivate you, the teach you things, their stories touch you. You get a pat on the shoulder by someone you have never met for something you write about and that might not even feel big to you but it might be big for someone else.

There are so many of you bloggers out there that have a massive background story. People who went to hell and back in their life already. People who put themselves and their story out there in order to support others. I admire you all! You are strong! You all deserve my deepest respect.

Rob already mentioned a couple of bloggers that I would pass this award on to myself. Bloggers like Ritu, Erika Kind, Jason actually so many of them. Here are some more I’d like to mention:

Me – Who am I?


Just Plain Ol’ Vic

My list is short. That doesn’t mean that I don’t respect everyone else not on this list. It simply means that I could only think of the bloggers mentioned above at this very moment. I will take the liberty to post again about the Respect Award and add more bloggers to the list over the next couple of weeks.




If You Make A Mistake

If you make a mistake then own it. I find it unbelievable how many people actually try to blame their fault on someone else although it’s obvious that nobody else had anything to do with it.

It’s the “those idiots sent me here” thing, while it’s clear that “those idiots” actually did the right thing and the person did the wrong thing. It’s like pulling into a one way street the wrong way and then blaming it on others.

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Teachers And Students

No, this post is not about school. And yet it is. All of us have been students and most probably still are. We never stop learning and we never stop learning and being inspired by what surrounds us. We all have been teachers too. In one way or the other. Some of us more than others but I bet that if you think about it you will come up with things that you taught someone at some point, no matter how old you are.

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Clarion Alley 2012Today is kind of like my happy day. First Jason with his amazing review and then this as well! Well, I found out about both of it yesterday actually, but writing about it and now posting it (after an amazing walk along the beach) made it so real. I can’t stop smiling to be honest.

Thank you so much, Rob, for nominating me for the Respect Award! I feel very honored to have been part of your list and I have lots and lots of respect for you and what you blog about as well!

Here is what Rob says about this award:

“The “Respect” Award is my personal award for fellow bloggers who consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are kind, struggle to understand differences in people, and who treat themselves and other people with kindness and respect.

You don’t have to do anything for this award.

You can choose to copy the Award Picture and give the award to the people who have earned your respect or you can do nothing.

This is my way of saying thank you. You have earned my respect.”

I would like to list a couple of bloggers that have earned my respect for their constant support:

Erika Kind
But I smile anyway… (I know you have been nominated already…)
Nutsrok (I know you’ve been nominated too…)
HarsH ReaLiTy
My Self Evident Truths
The Playground
All In A Dad’s Work
Me – Who Am I?
Just Plain Ol’Vic

But to be honest, each an everyone who is reading this right now deserves my respect as well. Thank you so much for visiting on such a regular base and liking and commenting so often (yes you! I know I did not list you but you are here again, reading this and definitely deserve this special award as well!)

So this is an honest THANK YOU for all of you!!!