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An Award?? The Infinity Dreams Award?

The Infinity Dreams Award nomination came as a big surprise and I thank Afrika Bohemian for selecting me as one of her 111908146_10204925176272710_7274624782203149946_n nominees. This is my first award folks and I feel honoured to be nominated by a fellow blogger and writer.

Afrika’s blog is so down to earth and her writing flows easily, is intimate and entertaining and she has the knack of sounding as though she is talking personally just to you. I invite you to visit Afrika’s world. Bouquets to you for your engaging Tribe 53 blog Afrika. And keep that beautiful smile going!

What exactly is the Infinity Dreams Award?

The Infinity Dreams Award symbolises being that breath of life that catalyses faith in reaching new heights.’

My interpretation of the award is for all writers to ignore limits and keep dreaming and working towards their goal. Your dreams are infinite!

Rules for the Infinity Dreams Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and make sure you link back.
  • Post the award badge and rules.
  • Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts about me that you probably don’t know and I’ll admit, I’m nervous about sharing:SnoopyWoodstock

  1. I love reading and when I’m absorbed in a book, I never want it to end.
  2. I cry at sad movies and when reading touching stories.
  3. My day is empty without music and it’s my sanity-restorer.
  4. I absolutely love Snoopy and Woodstock and I still have them on my bedside table.
  5. I enjoy all genres of movies: comedy, romance, adventures, sci-fi, detective, mystery, sagas.
  6. I can’t swim – I drown! Definitely no Titanic for me.
  7. I used to sing in the shower as a kid– and loud! This kid had no need for a mic! 😛
  8. I power-walk and also do a mini walk with my dog after.
  9. I have to be dragged off the dance floor as I love dancing.
  10. I’m grateful I was born in Burma as I love durian, guavas, custard apple, lychees, mangosteenIMG_4500
  11. I still have the first pair of red Jane Debster high-heel shoes I bought soon after working.

 

My Responses to Afrika Bohemian’s questions:

  1. Do you enjoy the City or Country more

I love both the city and country life. I love the vibrancy of city life and especially the cafes, coffee spots, art galleries, shops, the quay area, the theatres, cinemas, parks. I also enjoy the vast open spaces, the cattle and sheep, the country-town feel and the fresh smell of country life.

  1. The Movie or the Book

I love reading so books are my first choice. I do however love a good movie and there appears to be a spate of good movies out at the moment.

  1. Home cooked meal or take out

Nothing beats home-cooking, especially my mum’s so will choose that over a restaurant anyday. I do however, enjoying eating out at my favourite restaurants and cafes. I’m not a bad cook myself.

  1. Which super villain would you choose to be

None that I aspire to but I’d star alongside Keanu Reeves any day.

  1. Love is …

Definitely my family.

  1. How do you like to spend a rainy day

Curled up under the quilt with a good book.

  1. Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?

That’s a tough one as I DO love quotes but I think Ann Landers words are comforting no matter the scenario: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: ‘This, too, shall pass.’

  1. If you were mayor for the day, what three things would you change about your city?

We need a theatre for all the local talent so I would be involved in establishing a spacious one with good seating, lighting and acoustics.

The commuters need a larger parking area at the railway station and it is a necessity, not a luxury. I would therefore, utilise the space above the station by creating a multi-storeyed car park.

The many fine, historical homes in the area are being knocked down and replaced with modern houses or apartment blocks. I would do my best to restore the historical homes and gardens.

  1. What’s the most anti-establishment thing you’ve ever done?

I was new to the Westchester area in New York, got lost, was then running late for a paediatric doctor’s appointment and had my baby daughter with a raging temperature in the car. I took a wrong turn and ended up on the ramp to the park way and turned my car around and tried to go back up the ramp. Needless to say, New York’s finest caught me! My misadventure is recorded on my blog, under the title “Driving in New York – Part 2: Caught by the NYPD”.

  1. What’s one favourite thing you do by yourself?

Singing (with the windows up) to a favourite CD while driving.

  1. Share one thing you didn’t understand about the world when you were a kid.

I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and found slavery upsetting and repugnant and wondered why there was such inequality in society. Even at that young age, I found it thought-provoking!

 

My nominees for the Infinity Dreams Award are: (Big drum roll)

 

My Questions:

  1. Do you love your career or work?
  2. Name your favourite author or book?
  3. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  4. Who inspires you and why?
  5. Favourite food?
  6. Relate your good or disastrous travel experience.
  7. Sunset or sunrise?
  8. Your favourite pastime.
  9. Who would you like to accompany you on any adventure?
  10. Something you did that your parents don’t know about.
  11. If you were the President/Prime Minister/King or Queen what particular policy would you change in your country?

Thank you for nominating me Afrika!

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. ~ William Arthur Ward

Disclaimer: The images are not my own but from the internet. My thanks go to the various artists or photographers for their work. Oops: Let’s rewind a bit – the above photos of Snoopy, Woodstock and my red shoes, ARE my own work. Yay!  🙂

(c) Wendy Robinson November 2015

 

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Impressions

Books that make an impression! Although I’ve read countless books, there are admittedly only a handful that have left a lasting impression. Among them is ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ (UTC) by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Imagine creating such an impact! Any writer would give their right arm (perhaps not their writing arm but you get my point) to be able to leave a lasting impression with any reader and UTC not only influenced my thinking, but is renowned for changing the course of history.

In my own life, it made me stop to ponder about the lives of our family servants. I will explain at this point, that I was brought up in a country where it was common to have household help. At the ripe old age of 8 or 9, I recall looking at our maids in a new light, something I had not given any thought to, until having read the book.

Admittedly, there is a vast difference between a servant and a slave. With one, you pay them a wage to perform necessary tasks around the home, whereas the latter, is considered the chattel of the owner for life, to be dealt with in any manner he chooses and often, it is no bed of roses. The slave receives no remuneration for his services.

It appears the book itself influenced so many Unionists or Northern Americans that they were ready and willing to strongly back Abe Lincoln in his bid to end slavery in the country. This, as history will testify, was at cross-purposes to the South where slavery was a necessity to the cotton growing industry. Slavery in all its repugnance, may still be ‘openly’ operated today if  the Unionists had not won the Civil war.

Back to Uncle Tom’s Cabin! I remember not only being moved to tears at the inhumane treatment of slaves, but also feeling anger that a perceived superior race can mistreat those viewed as inferior to themselves. A seed was unknowingly born in my soul after I read the book, a seed that left its mark by directing me to consider the lives of others less fortunate than myself.

There are other books that have made an impression on me! The bard himself (William Shakespeare), had two of his plays stir my curiosity to such an extent that I still marvel at his genius. The Merchant of Venice with Shylock the Jew and his stipulation that he get his ‘pound of flesh,’ provoked my imagination and had me practically gnawing at my fingertips in forlorn dread. I challenge lawyers of today to better the solution!

And where would we be without the black Moor Othello! The fair Desdemona and the handkerchief that provoked his jealousy, broke his heart and enraged him enough to destroy the very person he loved so much! Ahhh, the tragedy of it all!

Shakespeare’s plays were based on pure imagination but the unalterable facts in The Diary of Anne Frank, complete my short list. I was around Anne’s age when I read her factual account and it left me pondering how I would have handled the problems that beset her in the wartime period. Would I have been equally as brave? I do recall feeling fortunate and grateful that we lived and still live in a time of relative peace and safety.

Yes, books speak to us and if they continue to do so long after we finish the last page, they have succeeded in leaving a profound impression on our imagination and even our lives.

If there are books (and their authors) that have left an immeasurable impression on you, do please share them in the comments area.

© Wendy Robinson

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.

~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon (The Shadow of the Wind)

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