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Sunday, October 14, 2007

rockin' girl blogger

This warmed the cockles of my heart.
Talena tagged me as a Rockin' Girl Blogger and said lovely things and, as mentioned, cockles were warmed. Thank you, Scrap! If you don't know Talena you ... should. She is married, has three young boys, runs a business, teaches piano, volunteers, scrapbooks, is a professional songwriter and is basically known province-wide as having more energy than is considered fair. But more importantly she has a way of encouraging a person simply by affirming and enjoying who they are. In other words she makes a person feel happy they are they.
From what I can tell the point of this prestigious award is to pass it along to a fellow Rocker and, in so doing, to rock on. I'd like to introduce you to a new friend - Cat. Getting to know her is one of the reasons the internet is cool. She has recently moved to Afghanistan and is working there, as I understand it, to develop strategies to reduce poverty in that country. She is compassionate, intentional and adventuresome. Thoughtful, deep, intense. Fun and tactile. Cat is wholehearted. And as I see it any girl who is committed to blogging even whilst in Kabul definitely deserves Rockin' Girl Blogger recognition. I'm very glad we've met.
Take some time to visit her and you'll see what I mean. Thank and encourage her while you're there.


(P.S. What are cockles?)
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10 Comments:

Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

The best part about cockle-warming--it always seems to radiate back on your own.

Love you.

I look forward to meeting Cat (other than seeing her in your comments section, as has been the extent of our previous relationship.)

14 October 2007 at 22:43  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

Ok, it's Monday morning here in Kabul and I just got to the office and couldn't resist checking out your blog...only to find this incredibly wonderful and kind post. And yes Colleen, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, which thankfully the veil I have to wear covers up (lest my Afghan colleagues start spreading rumours that I am emotionally unstable or far too committed to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy). But I want to shout from the tops of the Hindu Kush mountains "I have a wonderful new friend, her name is Colleen and she rocks!". You do. Thank you for once again making my day and making me feel special. I can say with some certainty that I do not deserve this but thank you anyway. And Talena is exactly right in her recent post about you (for those who haven't yet read it, go and check it out).

Cockles are, I believe, small friendly sea-like shells which live in one's heart (they can also be found between ribs sometimes). They live on whatever you eat and eminate warmth when the heart is happy or gets some good news or nice things are said about us. Cockles do NOT like fried twinkies.

15 October 2007 at 01:12  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

...one other thing: I just tried leaving a message on Talena's blog but couldn't because that visual verification thing doesn't appear here in Central Asia, at least not on Mondays. But I wanted to let her know that I have checked out her very cool blog and have left her a message on mine, underneath the message she left for me. Phew! All in a day's work.

x

15 October 2007 at 02:43  
Anonymous Karen Beth said...

Ohhhhhh... I'm so glad to have found your blog by way of Cat's blog. I love her too and find her to be oh-so-fascinating!

I'm glad you gave her this award. She is the most deserving person I know for it. And in turn, she awarded me! What an honor to have such an award come from such a wonderful and admirable person.

Great to "meet" you! Looking forward to more of your posts!

xo,

Karen Beth :)

15 October 2007 at 11:54  
Blogger Ace said...

My first thought was - what are cockles? My first response was - probably rooster testicles.

Yes, Talena is wonderous.

Cat, I will visit especially because I did an assignment at uni for a Kabul restaurant owner and had to study all about Kabul and Afghanistan - economy, society, culture, politics etc. and come up with a Marketing Plan for the person. Found it very interesting. Also, Cat, sounds like a very interesting, proactive, strong woman!

15 October 2007 at 12:15  
Blogger Ace said...

Also, just to instigate.

I BET Talena gave you the award solely on the basis of the evilness of the macaroni and cheese recipe. Oooh, the evil... I can taste it!

;) You're cool! You're a rockin' blogger girl!

15 October 2007 at 12:16  
Blogger Sonya said...

Cat is definitely an amazing lady! I really admire her sense of adventure and courage. Not to mention her mad blogging skillz! Thanks for introducing her to us. :)

15 October 2007 at 18:57  
Blogger Colleen said...

Hi, T! :) You will like Cat. Guaranteed. xo.

Cat! I am so glad, glad that you are encouraged. Truly. It's so not about deserving it or not. I can see your light and it's sunshine to me and to others. Be encouraged where you are. Be brave. I am really proud of you and I'm glad you stumbled over me. ♡ As for the cockle description? Awesome. You made me laugh aloud. I was not aware of their fried Twinkie aversion. Thank you.

Hello, Karen Beth! Welcome! I took a wander over to your blog and enjoyed it very much. It's cool how one wonderful person can lead to another. :)

Ace - HA! You crack me up.
You're right - I basically told the wondrous Talena "Look. I'm short on awards over here. The baked goods for that thar gold star." And she went for it. Still can't believe my luck. ☆

Hi Son! How are you? That's good. Whatchya doin'? Oh yeah. Cool!
Yup, Cat's neat. :)

15 October 2007 at 21:43  
Anonymous clara said...

I've just stepped into Cat's world and I'm going back. I need cool blogs in addition to this one. :-)

How did you know my actual meaning for the cheese recipe...but seriously I don't mind tasting it.

16 October 2007 at 03:17  
Blogger Colleen said...

Hi Clara! How did I know? I guess I didn't. Did I? I'm so confused. (Don't worry, it's not you. I confuse easily.)
I like how you phrased that - stepping into one's world.

16 October 2007 at 10:46  

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