I was busy listening to the Cubs’ ill-fated attempt at postseason redemption this evening, so I missed the Okie Blogger Roundup over at Hideaway Pizza on Cherry Street … where, as it turns out, I apparently fared much better than Chicago’s boys in blue.

I got online a minute ago to see whether Yet Another Small Town Moment had won an Okie Blogger Award (it hadn’t, but go read it anyway, because it’s one of my favorites), and lo and behold, I discovered that Red Fork Hippie Chick had won the Best Inspirational Blog category.

In retrospect, I probably should have ditched the Cubs, grabbed my laptop, and grabbed a slice or two with the bloggers. I’m sure no one would have minded if I kept one eye on the MLB Web site while I celebrated my own victory and drowned my sorrows over the Cubs’ loss with a giant chocolate-chip cookie.

Ah, well. Just wait ’til Maybe next year.

In the meantime, if I were going to make an insufferable little acceptance speech, I would have to thank everybody who voted for me; Ron, who helped me start this blog; the late Jim Jung, whose Waterman and Hill-Traveller’s Companion was my initial inspiration; Mary Baker Eddy, whose writings underpin most of my riffs on faith; my Primary class teacher, who doesn’t seem to mind the fact that he is doomed to spend the rest of his earthly existence answering my incessant questions about Christian Science; and, of course, the source of all right ideas: God.

But really, y’all … thanks to those of you who voted for me, and to those of you who weren’t eligible to vote for me but would have if you could, and to those of you who didn’t vote for me but are kind enough to read me even if I’m not your favorite. (“Tree people out there, God bless you. I’m singing for you, too.”*)

It means a lot to hear that my small effort to put something positive into the blogosphere and uplift others’ thoughts a little bit is having the desired effect. Thanks for the recognition. 🙂

Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees … and a big thanks to all the great bloggers — in Oklahoma and beyond — who keep me informed, enlightened, and entertained every day. Speaking as a busybody, I appreciate your willingness to open your hearts and lives to a complete stranger every day just to give me something to read. When you think about it, that’s a pretty amazing gift.


* First person to identify the source of that quote wins a fabulous prize.

UPDATE: On a totally unrelated note, I have been playing around with the idea of making some changes to the look of my blog, so I may be test-driving different templates and header images over the next few days to see how they work before I settle on something permanent. Please bear with me….

12 thoughts on “Thanks!”

  1. Dear Red Fork Hippie Chick,
    Congrats on you Blogger win! I have been enjoying your blog for awhile now. I very much like the way you bring the concepts of Christian Science into your daily thought and activities. I was surprised at your new format, but I understand the need for variety and change. Keep on, keepin’ on!

  2. Thanks! Incurable Insomniac, I peeked in on your blog when I was checking out the OBA nominees a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad you posted, because it jogged my memory — I’d meant to bookmark you so I could come back and read more later.

    Leslie, I think you’ll like this latest incarnation a little better. It’s very similar to the old one, except it incorporates the new name (explained in my Oct. 7 post) and a slightly different template that feels a little cleaner and gives the header a little more weight. I liked that watercolor when I painted it last night, but when I looked at it again this morning, it felt jarring and out of place. I think the old header fits better and even works well with the new name: The photo I used as the basis of the illustration was shot just before sunset, when you get kind of a warm, golden light that matches the state of mind in which I found myself the first time I saw our house. 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your award! I enjoy hearing about your running and your busy, busy schedule. It sounds like a lot of others like reading about your life, too. 🙂

  4. Congratulations! I hit your blog once a while back for some reason or other (don’t remember) and liked it so much I keep coming back.

    Good on ya!


    p.s. Quote: Neil Diamond, a live album from ’72, IIRC

  5. I should probably double-check this with my husband Tom, who’s the real expert on these things, but: “Hot August Nights”? I think it’s the one with this picture of Neil in denim and some pretty wild early-70s hair — really funny, when you consider that he’s almost a lounge act now.

  6. It is, indeed, from Hot August Night.

    I wouldn’t call Neil Diamond a lounge act, though. The production values on his albums from the late ’80s and through the ’90s were admittedly schlocky, but Rick Rubin produced his last album, and he’s still selling out arenas. I’ve caught shows on his last three tours, and his fan base definitely cuts across a pretty broad swath of society.

    If you’ll e-mail me and tell me your favorite color and a snail address, I’ll send you your prize. My e-mail address is sundayjohn66 at mac dot com.

  7. I am, I said
    To no one there
    And no one heard at all
    Not even the chair.

    Keep on keepin’ on GarnetDichotomizedNonconformingMaiden and congrats.

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