My Seven Links

I have been nominated for this initiative (I refuse to refer to this one as a meme.) by the exquisite Michi who only recently added her voice to the grand blogger chorus. For this, I am grateful. I dare you read her personal manifesto. Inspiring. And so, I am immensely pleased to be included amidst the talent pool of this particularly project. The rules for the 7 links prompt is found here on Tripbase.

The Categories
  • My most beautiful post 
  •  My most popular post 
  •  My most controversial post 
  •  My most helpful post 
  •  My post whose success surprised me 
  •  My post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved 
  •  My post of which I am most proud 
Let me take a moment here to discuss the opportune moment this particularly challenge presented itself to me. As you can tell, not much has been happening on these pages of late. Not much at all. I have reached a point in my life where, for the moment, Living a Quotable Life is no longer serving its purpose in my life… not that I was ever capable of defining that purpose. There was never a common theme or direction. It is time to quit. Here. For now. Perhaps one day I will be back. 

I will begin with a few modified posts that will be very familiar to long time readers of this blog… while I work on new content… and we will see where it leads. I hope, that by visiting my past, there will be renewal in my present. African Tomboy should also serve as some sort of legacy for my boys. I find it fitting to go on hiatus from Living a Quotable Life with the following list of posts as they are all a piece of who I am and what this blog has been to me. 

Where I Am From. (October 15, 2009)
I don’t wax poetic often and when I do it is usually dark and tragic. This piece, of which the template is adapted from a poem to be used in the classroom, is one of the most beautiful compositions I have written. At least, it is beautiful to me. Two years later and I wouldn’t change a word. 

Top Ten Fictional Places (March 30, 2009)
I love this post. In truth, it is in my top 5 most popular posts of all time; however, since #1 is also the most controversial, I saved it for the next point. One of my most brilliant science fiction geek moments lives in this post. You will know it as soon as you read it

To Love And Be Loved… (December 13, 2007)The question was simple: “Do you prefer to love or be loved?” This post has the single most hits of any other post I have ever written and the count increases daily; however, my mention of Godly ‘Agape Love’ has caused me to receive more than one angry email on how God does not exist or how posts about love should not be fictionalized or that it had no place in the words I was writing. In retrospect, it is not the most eloquent of posts. My own answer to the question still rings true… which is why I have likely remained single since my divorce. 

Resolutely Silly (January 6, 2009) 
This post is, by an incredibly wide margin, the best New Year’s Resolution list I ever did write. You would think that only I was helped by this list; but, I had an email or two or a few from those (some who found it years later) thanking me for reminding them that resolutions should not be so stressful and that new beginning can begin at any time. There is likely one that is for more applicable to this topic but this one came to mind first and I was instructed not to over-think such things. 

An Alton Apprentice (or two) (November 30, 2007) 
Ah, the early days. This post has one comment. Not so “successful” by blogging standards. It did, however, get routed to Food Network personality Alton Brown’s production company… and I got a response from them asking for my address. He wanted to send something to my boys. He did. He sent an autographed cookbook with a note to “K & K” (my boys) telling them, “Keep cooking but let mom help!” There were also a few kitchen accessories and some Cutlery Induced Epidermal Repair Strips (aka: Alton Brown Band-Aids®). 

Dark Frontier or New World (June 20, 2008) 
The problem with a personal blog is that worrying about a personal post not receiving enough recognition seems ridiculously more self-indulgent than even the concept of… yes… writing a personal blog. Early on I decided I was writing this for me and if someone liked what I wrote or learned something from my mistakes then that was success enough for me… even if they never told me. Comments are good. Links are great. But, I’ve never demanded them or judge the worth of a post or of my writing by either of those things. Occasionally, I have a bit of a rant concerning a topic of some import. This was one of those rants. Few read it. Oh well. 

Origins (January 6, 2008) 
Me, a history… the short but multi-faceted version. 

Now, the writers I recommend for this exercise are (forgive me if I nominate someone who has already participated):
Mark Stratton - Poet, Writer, Renaissance Man
Jason Benoit - Soul Bearing Truth Teller
Patti Murphy - Totally Doesn't Suck At This. Might Still Be A Buddhist Tomorrow.
J.N. Sciolino-Moore - Simple. Because she's awesome.

"There’s a trick to the 'graceful exit.' It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out." ~Ellen Goodman



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