The Versatile Blogger Award and the Kreativ Blogger Award

At this point Ethel and I are overwhelmed with awards. When you are nominated for an award the honor is deeper than you really deserve. I try to spend part of most days looking for new poets and artists, and when Ethel and I find one our reaction is, Ahhh, so this is what the publishing world missed in its competitiveness! Just think about how many unsung geniuses have existed since humankind discovered painting, song, and literature. The blog world is wonderful because it shares the hearts, spirits, and trying of beginners, those beginning to find their skill, journeymen, and masters, and it does so, as it does with these awards, by passing praise on, building strengths rather than concentrating on weaknesses. A creative explosion is inevitable, and this explosion has led to the creation of a river of creativity larger than the great Mississippi, and the truth is that we are only a small raft on that river, but we thank those who have nominated us and rejoice in their work.

The Versatile Blogger:

1. You must give credit to the person that has nominated you and create a link to their blog in your post.
2. You must create a list of 15 blogs that you enjoy most and link to those as well. Then you must go and tell them you have nominated them. That means if you do not have 15, you cannot do this step. If you do not complete this step, then you cannot claim this award.
3. Finally, you must create a list of seven things about yourself.

Those who have nominated Four Windows Press: Caddo Veil, whose spirit shines through her writing like sunlight on new fallen snow and Heather Whitley Gibson, who is beyond versatile, writing poetry and songs, creating art, and taking photographs that can send you away from a winter storm into another place altogether.

The Kreativ Blogger Award:

For this award Ethel and I have to share 10 things that you may not know. Then we have to pass the award on to at least six (or more) other bloggers.

Those who nominated for windows press: Scriptor Obscura, who deserves fame and fortune as a writer and poet and Slowmoto.Me, whose photographs stun you and poetry moves you the way poetry should move you.

Bloggers for the Versatile Blogger:


Bloggers for the Kreative Blogger Award:


These are certainly not all the fine poets, artists, and photographers on wordpress we enjoy, but it is a good sample. Ten things about Ethel and I you may not know:

1. We raised three children and have four grandchildren
2. Ethel was raised on a dairy farm near Wausau, Wisconsin
3. Thomas (Tom) was born in Delta, Colorado and mostly grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado
4. Ethel is an artist as a cook as well as being a wonderful poet and artist
5. Tom is the Dean of Instruction at Navajo Technical College in New Mexico in the Navajo Nation and has been President of two tribal colleges, the co-founder of one, and the Dean and Acting President of another
6. Ethel loves animals with a deep and abiding passion and has been close to rattlesnakes, bears, both bald and golden eagles, and Minnesota wolves, among a long list of others, in the wild
7. Tom is well known in the world of high performance computing and technology and has written a scholarly book on sustainable development
8. We were married in Grand Junction on Christmas day because it was the only time both of us could get off at the time—44 years ago this Christmas day
9. Our house has books on shelves in every room, and we have read every one of the books in the house over the years
10. Ethel studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Tom did his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in English, History, and Environmental Science and Policy


Filed under Essays, Ethel Mortenson Davis, Thomas Davis

15 responses to “The Versatile Blogger Award and the Kreativ Blogger Award

  1. Thank you for considering me worthy,… I am humbled and gratified all at once. 🙂

  2. It is rather nice to hear these ten things about you both. Happy anniversary on the 25th! (And thank you for including my blog in your list).

  3. Congratulations, you are both more than worthy of this award!
    And thank you for the Kreative Blogger nomination! I appreciate it so much that you thought of me. 🙂
    I loved reading the “ten things” about you both! (Ethel, I also have ties to Wisconsin – my mom was born there – her parents were immigrants from Norway, still many relatives there.)
    Again, thank you so much!!!

    • Anna Mark

      As one just beginning to find her skills in both poetry and blogging I am very encouraged by your nomination and supportive reading. The energy you put into bringing out people’s strengths is palpable and refreshing. Thanks…and I, too, loved reading the 10 things about you and Ethel that I certainly did not know. Congratulations on your 44 years together.

  4. Thank you for this nomination.I would have been honoured to accept, but I have been already nominated it by two other writers in the past few weeks. This seems as good as any to blow their trumpets for them. 🙂 They are abichica ( and Bella ( and

  5. Caddo Veil

    Happy Anniversary, coming up–44 years, now that is something to write about. I hardly know how to respond to the fact that we’ve both received these awards–but I love what you said in your “acceptance speech”, and perhaps it’s not a bad thing if I never believe I rate a seat with writers of your stature. Striving for excellence, yet remaining humble–worthy goals! My very best to you always–and may God richly bless your “golden-ing” years (yes, I made it up–poetic license and all that…)!

  6. Thank you from me as well. It was a much needed smile I found reading your comment when I got home today.

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  8. Thank you very much for the award.
    It is very much appreciated.

    One of the most rewarding experiences for me about this whole blogging experience has been the wonderful people I have me along the way.


  9. Ina

    Thank you very much, I am very pleased you like my blog enough to honour me like this. this is the link to my Versatile Blogger Award – blog. Congratulations for your wedding anniversary! 🙂

  10. Thomas and Ethel – thank you so much for the Versatile Blogger nomination! It is so lovely that you are taking the time to encourage other writers and it means a lot coming from the two of you. Enjoy the holidays and new year – all the best to both of you and again – thank you! -erika

  11. Congratulations again!…and thank you so much again for nominating me! I appreciate that you thought of me as being worthy for another award.

  12. extrasimile

    And honored I feel. Tom and Ethel, thank you. I had not heard of Kreativ Blogger Award before. And it’s a kreativ idea (no, I’ll stick with creative)—a little like the old chain letters, though without the admonition should you fail to comply. But…fifteen blogs! Fifteen! I really only interact with John Stevens and another John, John Armstrong, on his Bebrowed Blog. To concoct another dozen or so, while I could probably do it, seems false to me. Of course, I’ve recently made an appearance on the FourWindowsPress blog…
    Anyway, it’s Christmas Eve. You are celebrating 44 years of marriage. It’s a great privilege to be with someone you love for that long. (My wife and I celebrated number 26 last July.) If I read the weather maps correctly, you are going to have a white Christmas. Why not take St. Lucy out for a sleigh ride, push her down the slope one time just for me. One thing I will celebrate this year is making your acquaintance. Last year at this time, I would not have predicted it, would I?

  13. tikarmavodicka

    Hi Thomas and Ethel

    Thank you for the consideration of an award. I am very moved!!
    Alas like extrasimile I do not interact with nearly enough blogs on WordPress to make 15 reccomendations and I feel too it is false to find more blogs to fill a quota.
    Nonetheless I do feel very honoured that you considered my poetry worth the award. 🙂

    I hope you both enjoyed your anniversary. 44 years! Congratulations to you both!! It is always warming to me to see a couple celebrate so many fine years together.
    Many you enjoy many many more years to come.


  14. Congratulations again and thank you so much! I will be passing on very soon, hopefully tomorrow!

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