As Promised… Item #2

A post about the aforementioned kitten is forthcoming… but I feel I ought to make note of this first.

Before I go any further, though, a very happy fourth day of Christmas to you!  (There are twelve, btw…  What’s today… four calling birds, as the song goes.)  I’m glad to be on vacation and back in action here.

So, I have had the honor of being nominated for an award!  XD  XD  It’s the first such award I’ve been… awarded, although I’ve seen these floating around the blogosphere in the past.  I always figured my blog was a little too unfocused to be worthy of such a thing, but Cora over at Apricots and Cream has graciously nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  So… *straightens bow tie* …to her, we (me) here at The Window Philosopher are quite grateful.  Thank you very much.  (P.S.   Bow ties are cool, and my goodness, the Doctor Who Christmas special the other night… but I digress.)

So, here’s how it works;  THE RULES:

Nah… “rules” is such a strict word.


(I’ve seen several variations, but here they are per A&C)

1.  You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.


2.  You must list the rules and display the award.

In the process… and will do soon.

3.  You must add 7 facts about yourself.

Now, this is the tricky bit.  I want them to be good ones…

  • I’m an INFJ.  (This page will go a long way in explaining what that means… although its description doesn’t fit me like a glove and it idealizes things a bit.)
  • Music is my life.  I love it.  I love it.  l love it.  ❤  Singing, playing, writing, listening, all of it.  It is the very reason I would rather be blind than deaf.  If I had to choose, that is.  I’m quite glad to be neither.
  • I very much value having things organized.  Ironically, this seldom happens for more than brief periods of time in my house.  You should see my room…  (Actually, you shouldn’t.)
  • I enjoy a good, long, old novel.  However, I am a slow reader.  Perhaps I’ll get faster one day, with practice.
  • I honestly am not sure, but if I were to ponder it, the number of true friends I have would likely be rather small.  However, those people who are, they are awesome beyond belief, and I would stand by them to the ends of the Earth… and the end of the Earth for that matter.
  • Whenever they appear, I fancy myself one with the wind, the rain, and the stars.  They are my closest companions when I venture out into what wilderness remains to the suburbs of Virginia.
  • When I was little, I used to have something of an obsession with redheads.

Mom: “You still do.”


Okay… there’s that.  Seven small windows into my life, which I hope you have enjoyed.

4.  You must nominate 5 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.

This took some thought.  Upon looking up the precise definition of “lovely”, this was my favorite one: “having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye…” (, def. 2).

So with that in mind, here are five bloggers that fit that description, and whose posts I verily enjoy reading, in the order I followed them.  (Looking at the list of blogs I follow, I wish I could remember or discern the common thread that led me to each one.  I seem to recall that’s how it usually happens: one blog leads to another, so to speak.)


  • Tabula Candida.  A collection of doodles from “a distracted historian”.  Always witty, always sensible; it always give me joy to see one of them pop up in my WordPress feed.
  • Rajiv Chopra.  His blog is a fine collection of photography and writing, and a fascinating painting of the world through his eyes.  He’s quite the artist of both styles.
  • Audrey Dawn.  She writes some absolutely splendid poetry, which I always enjoy.  I also admire the familial atmosphere that permeates the comment threads on her blog; everyone seems to know and love one another.
  • Taking the Mask Off.  I doubt many other bloggers could write 3000+ word posts of which it is well worth reading every word.  Its author’s unique perspective as “a provider and a patient” of the mental heath system makes it a powerful reminder of the unnecessary and arbitrary stigma surrounding mental illness, and it’s especially informative for people like me who have no experience and little knowledge of such things.
  • Professor VJ Duke.  He weaves a series of vignettes between eccentric characters into an entire world tucked away into the blogosphere.  I admire his creativity in doing so, and I enjoy reading the tales of such fantastical figures as Daddy Salami and the celebrated V. Shnodgrate.

Gah!  There’s one more I really must mention.  But I’ve already got five.

Aw heck.  I’m adding a sixth one.  SO SUE ME!

  • Days of the Dalek – A 2014 iPhone 365.  If you are a Whovian, this blog is a must read.  Unfortunately, it looks like the Daleks’ antics will soon come to a close with the turning of the year, but even so, there are 365 posts to read here, each with its own photo and ridiculous pun.  It’s a neat idea for sure.

Y’all will be hearing from me.  Thanks for your awesomeness.  🙂  (You, dear reader, should follow them all.  IMMEDIATELY.)


5.  You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Once I find the logo I shall… and I’m already following A&C, so we’re good.

We’re good.  Oh.  We’re done.  That’s it.  The end.  If you are still reading, then thanks a million for your patience.  I have a feeling this post has turned into a speech: much too long and terribly dull.  At the same time, it’s something I’m glad to do, and I think awards like this stand as a testament to the sheer volume of awesome people out there in the blogosphere.  They are like the vast expanse of the universe in that I will never see most of them, but through the seemingly never-ending ripple effect of things like this, we’re all connected in a way.

So many voices… I wish I could hear them all.  Thanks again for listening to mine.

(Now I’m going to sit quietly and wait for the One Lovely Blog Award Police to arrive and arrest me for breaking the rules…)


30 thoughts on “As Promised… Item #2

  1. Congratulations! ! Hip hip hooray! ! This is one of my very favorite posts from you, Luke. I very much enjoyed learning more about you….you really should apologize to your mother for screaming at her, you know. She was only stating the obvious. I don’t think enough is written about redheads, but what do I know. I enjoyed this little fact about you. I’m quite sure that I am also an INFJ, you know. Hmm. Very interesting. Anyway, I think you are a delight. I look forward to hearing you sing! *taps her toe impatiently* Get a move on, Mister. I want to see your kitten and I too, enjoy the wind and stars. We make suitable friends.

    I’m glad you like my poetry. I’ve enjoyed our conversations. You said something so very lovely about my blog. Thank you… xx

    Thank you for the award, Luke. I’m honored to be listed among such talent. I’m super excited to see your blog growing and flurishing. You are a delight. You have taught me so much through your window. I am blessed to know you.

    I’m so diggin’ the color change, as well. A Christmas change or an overall change, I wonder? I truly hope the police are enjoying a coffee, possibly tea, and a donut.


    1. 😀 😀 Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. Yes, I probably should apologize… 😦 ‘Twas only in jest though; the redhead thing is an inside joke. What do you know? Probably a lot; you’re a redhead, aren’t you? Yay for INFJ’s! I hope you don’t mind that I think all INFJ’s tend to be a little weird. (Well, I tend to be weird anyway…) Maybe I’ll sing something, someday.

      Oh my, that reminds me, I never commented on YOUR singing! *applauds wildly* And you did it a cappella. Quite impressive.

      I appreciate you saying that a lot, Audrey. 🙂 I don’t know what I could have taught you. I am blessed to know you as well.

      I figured the red would be good for Christmas! I was hoping there would be some yellow, but alas… The red works well though, since the tag cloud stays green regardless.

      No sign of the police yet. I wonder if they–
      *loud banging at front door*
      Uh oh. Imma go hide in Grandpa’s gun safe now…


      1. You know I was only poking fun at you about apologizing to your mom, right? I bet she adores your sense of humor. Redheads generally like being part of a joke…you know the one about the redheaded step child, right? There’s a long list of jokes. What do I know? Tons! Right or wrong, I know tons. And not just in weight. Giggle. *shocked face* Weird? Me? As if….yea, I am, but how’d you figure that out so soon? (I guess weird gravitates to weird.) You could share a bit of singing, you know.

        I’m not talking about said song, Luke. Shhh. It was horrid.

        You have taught me plenty. Even ideas for poetry.

        Tis beautiful, I think.

        *unlocks the safe* Hurry!! (Hahahahaha) You crack me up!


      2. Do they? 🙂 Yep; the red-headed step-child. My brother always calls our dog Roscoe that because he lives outside, and Molly lives inside. I wonder why this hypothetical stepchild is specifically a ginger though.

        Well, you’re not that weird I guess… 🙂 I think we all are, in our own way. But that’s kind of what’s awesome about humanity.

        Shhh. ‘Twasn’t horrid.


      3. Hah! I’m surprised. You have favorite numbers? 😀 Which ones? I always liked 4. And 2. And 12. And 11. And 24 since it’s my birthday. And I guess I’m obligated to like 42.
        But mainly 4, I think.
        Aud the Bod? What was that supposed to mean? Or is it just ’cause it sounds funny? 🙂 Being Luke can be odd too.


      4. *leaps back into reality* Hi there Aud! Sorry it’s taken me sooo long to get back to these here comments. Hope you’ve been well though. 🙂

        Sounds familiar? Whaddya mean? Hah! Luke just is odd. He’s very odd indeed. But he tries to be good and make people laugh. 😀


  2. *bows* I do thank you bunches, my good man! I’ll get to this as soon as I get back to blogging. Which should be soon, I’d say.

    I understand that about redheads, for sure. You know, growing up, my best friend was (is) a redhead. He’s a fine fellow.


    1. Sure! Whenever you get a chance; no rush. 😉
      XD Red hair is so… interesting. Sometimes I wish I had it, but I dunno if I could pull it off. I’ve never met a ginger of unsavory character, that’s for sure.
      Many blessings to you for the new year! I hope it’s a splendid one for you.


  3. Haha I just realized I forgot to post the logo of the award….. Oops….. Now about them award police people you were talking about, have they come to haul you off yet?? And if so *whispers in strained voice* don’t give me away 0.0


    1. Yeah… I just Googled it and found one of suitable resolution. 😉 But you can probably copy the image URL from here.
      The haven’t come yet. Maybe they’re on Christmas break… I won’t. The rebel faction must stick together.


Comments are closed.