Learning from Dogs

Dogs are integrous animals. We have much to learn from them.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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My rather slow response to my Versatile Blogger award!

Last Friday morning, the 16th, I turned on my PC to discover that lovely Kathryn Johnston of 4amWriter had nominated Learning from Dogs for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I was blown away especially as since then the connections I have made with other writers have been wonderful.

However, a more prompt acknowledgement on LfD seems to have escaped me until today.  I quickly learnt that there is a proper protocol associated with the response to the award.

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 15 blogs you enjoy reading.
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

So here goes!

Award logo

So first, a very big thank you to Kathryn of 4amWriter for including me in her list.  As she said on her post, “This title says it all! If you love dogs, this is a must-visit!”  That’s generous of Kathryn.  Dogs are a very powerful reminder of an uncomplicated way to live, as described on the Home Page.  The Vision behind the Blog is:

  • Our children require a world that understands the importance of faith, integrity and honesty
  • Learning from Dogs will  serve as a reminder of the values of life and the power of unconditional love – as so many, many dogs prove each and every day
  • Constantly trying to get to the truth …
  • The power of greater self-awareness and faith …

Seven things about me!

H’mm, what to say.

  1. Born in London 6 months before the end of WWII,
  2. Been a business-to-business salesman most of my life,
  3. Started my own business in 1978 and remained in ‘self-employment’ until quite recently,
  4. Lived on my own boat, based in Larnaca, Cyprus, for 5 years,
  5. A keen glider pilot for many years at Rattlesden Gliding Club in Suffolk, later a private pilot,
  6. Always wanted to write,
  7. And, finally, happier than I have ever been being married to Jean, having met in Mexico in 2007, moving out there with Pharaoh, my GSD, in 2008 and subsequently arriving in Payson, Arizona in 2010 with 11 dogs and 6 cats!

So here are the 16 Blogs (I use that description loosely) that I wish to pass this award to:

  • Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism.  How Yves finds the time to produce the huge volume of articles and website links every day is beyond me.
  • James Kwak and Simon Johnson of Baseline Scenario.  James and Simon were, for me, an early source of openness about the key issues affecting the global economy that slammed into our collective faces in 2008.
  • Patrice Ayme of the Blog of his own name.  Patrice’s sub-heading on his Blog reads, “Intelligence at the core of humanism.”  Again, a prolific writer with a huge intellect that he puts to wonderful use.  Just pick anything that he has written to see that proved in spades.
  • Patrick Smith of Patrick Smith Photography. Just breath-taking photographs.  Do visit his website.
  • Bill McKibben of 350.org.  The headline on the website says, “We’re building a global movement to solve the climate crisis.”  Say no more!
  • Michelle of Dog Kisses’s blog.  Wonderful blog – just go there and enjoy it.
  • Sue of Sue Dreamwalker. Again, just a wonderful Blog – do please visit.
  • Vlatko, the owner of Top Documentary Films.  We do not subscribe to any television channels at home so Vlatko’s resource is so valuable for us.  Huge selection of free documentary films to watch.
  • Deanna Raeke and Andrea Rosebrock of the Blog For The Love of a Dog.  Very active in fighting all corners on behalf of man’s oldest companion.
  • Rob Hopkins and his team at Transition Network.  Rob is one of the leading voices for changing to a sustainable relationship with this planet.  He is based in Totnes, Devon, my local town for many years when I lived in the village of Harberton.  His books on Transition are masterpieces.
  • Victoria Brown, Daniel Honan and team at Big Think.  As their headline says, “A forum where top experts explore the big ideas and core skills defining the 21st century.”  Fabulous resource.
  • All the Directors and team at Sustainable Arizona.  As is described on their site, Sustainable Arizona is about, “Our nonprofit organization is made up of volunteers and professionals committed to making sustainable development possible. We accomplish this by encouraging businesses that add true value to our communities while preserving the environment.
  • Anthony Watts of Watt’s Up With That. With over 9,000 followers and over 98 million viewers this very reasonably can be regarded as the world’s most viewed climate website.  Anthony’s 3 million monthly visitors puts my 40,000 into perspective!
  • The whole team at the US-based National Wildlife Federation.  Their MissionAs America’s largest conservation organization, National Wildlife Federation works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future!
  • Peter Russell of Spirit of Now.  Peter writes on his Blogsite, “There are many observations I make in daily life—some profound, some mundane—mostly concerning the natural world around, or the nature of the inner world of mind. Some incline us to wonder and awe. Others make us think, and question our assumptions.”  Never before have we needed so much to think about the way we think!
  • Nakibul Hoq, blogging from Bangladesh in the city of Dhaka under the Blog name of Freedom to Survive.

I shall be passing on the ‘award’ to all bloggers today.

Let me close again by saying such a big thank you to Kathryn of 4amWriter and, from that, how quickly I came across Limebird Writers who, I know, will be a great source of support as I face 2012 and ‘the novel’!

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16 Responses

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  1. Thanks for your mention! Thank you also for listing some of your favorite blogs. I will be sure to check them out! Btw, if you get a chance, a few days ago I wrote a post on Limebird Writers about my english setter and losing my WIP on my laptop. As a dog lover, you might want to read it. :)

    4amWriter

    December 22, 2011 at 02:24

  2. Congratulations Paul! You are an inspiration. See you next year. :)

    seeker21

    December 22, 2011 at 10:04

    • Thank you, that’s a lovely thing to say – even if I don’t really believe you! Have a great Christmas. P.

      Paul Handover

      December 22, 2011 at 11:16

  3. Have to say that if there was a world record for the strangest ways to lose work, your story would be a powerful contender for the title. Reading this and intrigued? Then go here http://limebirduk.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/the-day-i-lost-my-wip/

    Paul Handover

    December 22, 2011 at 11:22

  4. Thanks SO much for passing your award on to me! I will of course obey protocol and link to your post. And congrats!

    Yves Smith

    December 22, 2011 at 20:27

    • Thank you, Yves. I have been an avid reader of Naked Capitalism for a good couple of years now – you and your team do a wonderful job. Best wishes, Paul

      Paul Handover

      December 23, 2011 at 08:40

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! A well deserved award. I personally have learned so much on so many levels reading your blog! Way to go Paul!
    Merci

    Merci O

    December 22, 2011 at 23:13

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  7. Congratulations on the award! We’re touched you mentioned National Wildlife Federation- thank you so much!

    Danielle Brigida

    December 23, 2011 at 06:15

    • Danielle, the work you and other organisations do in promoting the importance of wildlife, for all of life including humanity, is so vital. Thanks, Paul

      Paul Handover

      December 23, 2011 at 08:43

  8. Dear Paul,

    Thanks so much for listing my blog and giving me the award. I am quite flattered that you thought of my blog! I finally have a day off today (at least as I write) and my plan is to properly accept this award before the sun goes down. I look forward to the process.

    I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

    Sincerely,

    Michelle.

    dogkisses

    December 23, 2011 at 07:18

    • Michelle, I have a group of readers of LfD who give me so much encouragement to stay with it and, of course, you are a key member of that group. Your Blog is a worthy recipient of the award. P.

      Paul Handover

      December 23, 2011 at 08:45

      • Thanks Paul! I finally accepted this award. Thanks for the inspiration. I really needed to blog!

        dogkisses

        December 26, 2011 at 05:45

      • Well done!

        Paul Handover

        December 26, 2011 at 08:57

  9. Congratulations! :)

    limebirdbeth

    December 28, 2011 at 06:35


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