A big thank you goes out to Whimsy for passing on to me the Shameless Lions Writers Circle Award. Please check out her blog and read her incredible story. Like she said about CS who awarded it to her, there is good reason Whimsy won this award.
I, like Whimsy, believe words can be powerful things. I believe that words can be lifesaving things to isolated people, or for people trying to reach out to isolated people, and that the blogosphere offers opportunities (although sometimes risky) for sharing our lives in ways that don't exist elsewhere. And that those opportunities matter.
In honor of those shared beliefs, I am in turn supposed to pass on this award to three of my fellow bloggers:
So, first of all, I would like to award Greta Perry who extends more energy I knew it was possible for one person to have, in many ways including active support of economic recovery in the New Orleans area in the ways she can; running the Louisiana Chapter of Soldiers' Angels (a national organization which matches volunteers with individual soldiers who the volunteers send weekly letters and monthly care packages to; sharing care with her family including her husband who is a veteran from Iraq; She is now recovering from a difficult surgical procedure, and authoring three passionately outspoken blogs, my favorite - in the spirit of a bright pink, shamelessly roaring lion award: Kiss My Gumbo.
The second person I am passing on the "A Roar For Powerful Words" award to is Dream Writer, author of the blog "Coming Out of the Dark," who writes about her courageous fight with extremely difficult symptoms of bipolar disorder, and complicated medical protocols to treat it. She, unlike I would be able, keeps her challenges private from her family and people in her life. She saves her strong words for us through her candid blog. She deserves support in her decision to go forward with her education despite a hard battle with severe depression.
The third I am hesitant about because he is dealing with so much that I don't know that acknowledgment of his courageous communication through this kind of award would mean much to him, or maybe his wife or the people supporting him. And I want people to know about him but don't know how much readership he would like. But I'm going to take the chance that he might understand the respect and caring I feel for him - stranger that I am - and would like to share. This award to him would not be about shameless words, but about lion-hearted courage. He is struggling with the most extreme symptoms of ALS and has difficulty even keeping his airway open, but writes a couple sentences every day on his blog to express the experiences of his daily life. His blog is Brainhell.