Versatile Blogger Award – People who Keep Me Going


Thank you to Seabell for the award nomination, cheering me into spring!


7 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I dreamed of being a successful composer years ago and obtained my degree in music composition. I was diverted by the need for money (and lack of talent), but I love to create anything, whatever the medium.
  2. I really do try to write poems on happy topics. Sometimes.
  3. I have five dogs at home and would have more if it were not for the restraint of my wife. My wife and I also own a dog daycare and boarding business, which is a lot of fun but not a get-rich-quick scheme, so I still work my day job in banking compliance.
  4. I LOVE racing on two wheels and four wheels, with or without motors, but I should say I love WATCHING racing. I’m not a gear head, but I love contests that involve humans, machines, nature (yes, rain, dirt, ice, snow, and TREES!), and that have far more than two teams. I like human drama. I also love watching hockey and I love playing racquetball.
  5. I’m thinking of a dramatic career change and I am way too old to do that.
  6. This is my second blog. My first one, which was terminated in 2004 sometime, explored politics, racing and music, mostly politics. Politics wore me down, beat me up, discouraged me, and made me realize that there are far better ways to do life. I want this to be a place where I can write about trying to live life whether through poetry, fiction, essays, painting or photography. NO POLITICS for me but I can’t say the same for racing and music.
  7. My general impression is that I am quite undeserving of these types of awards, but I fight that impression because I want to be part of a community.


Now, here are some bloggers I’d love to honor with the award even if it’s not their kind of thing and even if they’ve received it 19 times already, which I’ve learned is the nature of these kinds of things. These people keep me challenged, keep me encouraged, keep me going, and I’d say keep me alive but you’d think me a drama queen:



Thanks again to Seabell for the nice award!


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  1. #1 by Evelyn on March 12, 2011 - 1:13 am

    You are a fantastic writer and an even better friend.
    Thank you for making me laugh and for writing with me.
    Oh Carl! You are so sweet.
    I’m such a fan of yours.
    Love your words…

    • #2 by Carl on March 12, 2011 - 8:48 am

      Thank you for being my friend!

  2. #3 by Carl on March 12, 2011 - 8:51 am

    Do you know how these things are???

    I left at least two bloggers off my people who keep me going list, and these two do it almost every day!

    Richard at ‘small stories about love:

    • #4 by y on March 12, 2011 - 4:41 pm

      Carl, you are too sweet – i feel honored. thank you!! (smile)

  3. #5 by Claudia on March 13, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    thanks carl for sharing the seven random facts about you – always good to get to know people a bit better – and i feel deeply honored to appear in your list of people who keep you going – have to check out some of the non-familar names..wishing you a wonderful sunday

    • #6 by Carl on March 13, 2011 - 9:58 pm

      Claudia, Thank you for your comment. You are more than deserving!

  4. #7 by Kathy Boles-Turner on July 29, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    I’m very honored to be on that list. Keep on keepin’ on 😉

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