Versatile Blogger Award

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The year is coming to a close, but it isn’t quite over yet!  I am very honored and excited to have been nominated for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award by Britta whose blog I thoroughly enjoy.  I encourage you all to check out her posts!

The stipulations for accepting the award are as follows:

1.Show the award on your blog.
2.Thank the person who nominated you.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 blogs.
5.Link your nominee’s blogs & let them know.

I’m never very good about speaking about myself, but here are seven things you may not know about me…

1. I have never traveled outside of the U.S., but I’ve been to over 35 of the states here.

2. My favorite sport to watch is hockey and I’ve been able to attend three games of my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. My favorite sport to play is soccer. I played for close to 11 years.

3. I was in my first play at age five (I was a polar bear) and had a monologue. Since then I’ve been involved in over thirty productions in some capacity, including assistant directing a play festival.

4. It has always been a dream to see my writing in print. I recently submitted a poem to a county publication and it was accepted. My poem should appear in print in an upcoming 2015 issue!

5. I have written two plays and have been able to see both of them performed.

6. My secret dream was to become a singer when I was little. I sing all the time and most of the time I don’t even know I’m doing it.

7. Despite having a parent in the military, I have only ever remember living in one state.

I nominate the following blogs for the ‘Versatile Blogging Award:’

1. The Haunted Lullaby-  Jarrod always writes a variety of engaging and poignant posts that include poetry, pictures, and thoughts on life.  I always look forward to his next post.

2.  Writing in Airplanes-  I enjoy the captivating and beautifully written pieces Daniel shares on his blog.

3.  Michael T. Coe- Michael always posts short inspirational pieces that always brighten my day.

4.  O at the Edges- Robert’s blog contains a unique and engaging blend of photography and poetry.

5.  Cape Cod:  A Journey Through the Eyes of a Naturalist- I absolutely love the photography Sean posts alongside his poetry.

6. redgladiola–  This blog by T. wong is always filled with beautiful thoughts, imagery, and poetry.

7. 2 Helpful Guys- I only recently discovered hits blog, but check it out when I need an extra dose of positivity.

8. Another Bad Conversation– This blog provides an interesting perspective on a variety of topics and the author writes poetry as well as longer thoughtful pieces.

9. Before I Became a Great Writer- Dante’s poems always pull me in.  His pieces are very well written and offer unique perspectives.

10. Charlotte Cuevas, Author–  Charlotte has many poems to share!  She is one of the most prolific writers I follow!

11.  H. Squires Novels- Heather finds amusing images and quotes that illustrate many universal truths all writers encounter.

12.  sethsnap- Seth posts absolutely beautiful photographs of the world around him.

13.  Retkon Poet- Nicholas posts thought provoking poetry on a regular basis.

14.  J.C. L. Faltot– Josh writes thoughtful posts on a number of subjects including education, writing, marketing, publishing, and thoughts on being a writer.

15. Storytime with John– John’s blog contains a variety of humorous posts on travel and life.

 

I want to thank Britta again for the nomination as well as all of you who read my blog. Your views, comments, and your posts have made an enormous impact on me in 2014. I look forward to sharing 2015 with you all.

Happy New Year!!

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Winter’s Arrival

I was going to put this poem up until I realized I already had….so I wrote a new one this morning.  I hope you enjoy!

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Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2014

Shy autumn has blushed herself bare.
The heat from her flush
flees from the air,
and through the bite of the breeze
we are all made aware
of a new bolder season,
so ready yourself and prepare,
for winter’s deep freeze,
her winter white snare,
that will have you yearning
for a place
near a warm fire’s glare,
with a cup of hot chocolate,
in a big comfy chair,
and the time to slow down,
the time to show we care
to the one’s who are always,
and will always be there.

Taking a Chance

You don’t know me,
but you know what I should be.
The things you want spelled out
in black and white.
And I’m never quite right.
My efforts, journey,
determination, ambition, dreams,
passions, drive-
don’t even give you pause
because
my path is not a straight one,
but I’ve tried and learned and grown.
It’s true,
my destiny is still unknown,
a hazy clouded grey,
(Certainly not black and white)
but if you take a chance on me
I know you’d find
I’m definitely right.

The Liebster Award

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I am extremely pleased and honored to announce that The Ripple’s Edge has been presented the Liebster Award by The Haunted Lullaby!  I wish to thank The Haunted Lullaby for the nomination and I encourage you to visit and take a look!  It is a fantastic blog of poetry, thoughts, and provides unique perspectives on a variety of subjects.

When I first started posting, I never imagined that my blog would be presented with an award.  It has been an incredibly rewarding six months of writing, reading, and interacting with all of you and I look forward to what the future holds!

There are several stipulations for accepting the award, including answering a series of questions which I have posted below:

1. Why did you start blogging?
I have been a writer ever since I was very little, I actually started writing a story in fifth grade and I had a few of my friends read and critique it!  I still have their reviews in an old journal somewhere, so I guess that is when I first began being interested in sharing my work with others.  There was, of course, a period where I was incredibly shy about what I wrote and I wouldn’t show anyone.  In the past year I began sharing some of my poetry on my Facebook page and I received a lot of encouragement from my friends about my writing.  It gave me a little boost of confidence in my little pieces I considered poetic ramblings.  Then, at the beginning of this year, I met someone who had blogging experience who showed me how it worked, gave me a few tips, and encouraged me to take a leap of faith and give it a try.  The rest is history…

2. What inspired or influence you to write initially?
I have always been a voracious reader and have loved language ever since I can remember.  I will say that I was very encouraged to write more often than just for school assignments when one of my little stories was chosen to be ‘published’ in fourth grade.  I was given computer paper (a special privilege) to write and illustrate my tale.  It was then ‘bound’ between two pieces of cardboard covered in contact paper, published, and made available for the whole class to read.

3. Why did you choose the name of your blog?
Like many of my pieces of writing it came to me in a dream.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure when I would start a blog but I woke up one morning with the name, ‘The Ripple’s Edge’ AND a tag line, ‘Where words make waves.’ I bounded out of bed, frantically searched to see if anyone else had already used the name, and when I discovered it was unused I signed up, wrote a post, and then got ready for work.

4. What do you want to achieve with your blog?
I want to use my blog as a way to express myself and share my creative efforts with others.  I want to meet other people with the same interests and through the interactions available through this platform grow and develop as a writer and artist.  It would be wonderful if this blog somehow provided some unexpected opportunities to me!  I have secretly always wanted to have something published in print, but I think I have a ways to go before that might happen.

5. What is your greatest achievement?
Hopefully I haven’t yet reached my greatest achievement.  As of right now however, I would say my greatest achievement would probably be that I was able to complete my Master’s degree in just under a year while holding a job.  My greatest artistic achievement would be that I have received both a Best Actress and a Best Supporting Actress award from the Virginia Theatre Association.  I am very proud of those awards.

6. What has been your biggest challenge?
In life my biggest challenge has probably been to open up and talk to and meet new people.  I am quite the introvert.  It takes a great effort on my part to meet new people because even though I adore language, I often forget basic words when put into new social situations.  I’m not very good at making small talk either.  It’s something I’ve recognized and have been working on, like anything in life it will just take some practice.

7. What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is that I will not be able to overcome some of my shortcomings, step outside of my very defined comfort zone, and that it will negatively impact my ability to fulfill my dreams.

8. What is your dream?
I have many dreams so it is hard to choose only one.  I’ll choose the one that most closely relates to this blog.  I hope to someday find my work in print, in a book on a library shelf.

9. How do you want to be remembered by people?
I’d like to be remembered as someone who was always friendly and kind, someone who provided a positive and uplifting influence and was able to put a smile on your face.  I want to be remembered as caring, compassionate, and generous.  I’d want people to say I was persistent and determined in fighting for the things I believed were important.
I would also like to be remembered as being funny, but since I’ve inherited my Dad’s sense of humor I will most likely be remembered as someone who always tried to be funny and make others laugh.

10. What did you want to be when you grew up?
The easier question to answer would be what didn’t I want to be when I grew up.  I considered being a vet, teacher, singer, actress, writer, restaurant owner, zoologist, librarian, lawyer, musician, journalist, TV broadcaster….

11. What is your favorite post on your blog and why? (Be sure to link to it so we can check it out!)
The hardest questions for me to answer are those that ask me to pick a favorite.  I’m going to choose ‘Castles in the Trees’ because it always helps to give me a bit of perspective.  Sometimes I can get so caught up in life’s busy pace that I can lose perspective and feel a little lost.  Whenever I slow down, reflect, and think about the younger version of myself I can usually regroup, refocus, and feel better overall.

*Please provide 11 facts about yourself*

1.  Although I took violin lessons for five years and held first chair in my school’s orchestra I can not read music.  I play everything by ear.
2.  I have four pets, including two cats and two rabbits.
3.  I love learning languages.  I took eight years of Spanish, but have no one to practice speaking with.  I’m afraid I’m going to lose what I’ve learned!
4.  I have never been outside of the United States, but I have seen nearly every state.
5.  I am very interested in genealogy.  One record I found states that I am related to Thomas Jefferson through his grandmother’s sibling.
6.  I have only ever been to one concert.  It was a show by Teddy Geiger.
7.  I was asked to come up onstage and dance part of a number in a show in Atlantic City.  Afterward a random stranger came up and danced with me near a water fountain outside the theatre.  It was a very cool moment.
8.  I do not like staying in hotels.
9.  Single solitary pieces of hair on a bar of soap give me shivers and I can’t touch the soap until the hair is removed.
10.  I am almost always cold and have a sweater with me nearly always.
11.  I am always discovering there is so much I do not know.  It keeps me humble.

I nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award and encourage you to discover them as well!
  
A blog that explores and appreciates the world around us through photography, poetry, and short narratives of discoveries found in nature.
 
A poignant blog that provides intriguing poetic perspectives on all manner of subjects.

This blog presents thought provoking and emotionally engaging poetry that is often coupled with beautiful artwork.

If you choose to accept my nomination, then YOU must follow these rules:

1) Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog that nominated you.

2) Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your blog.

3) Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

4) Answer the 11 questions posed to you by the person who nominated you.

5) List 11 random facts about yourself.

6) Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers.

7) List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.

8) Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

 

11 Questions for the nominees:

1. What inspired or influenced you to write initially?
2. What do you want to achieve with your blog?
3.  Besides writing, what are you passionate about?  Why?
4. Describe a moment in your life that has changed you.  Why did you pick that particular moment?
5. What is your greatest achievement?
6. What has been your biggest challenge?
7. What is your biggest fear?
8. What is the hardest question you have ever had to answer?
9. What is something you have always wanted to do, but haven’t yet?
10.  If you could go absolutely anywhere tomorrow where would you go?  Why?
11. What is your favorite post on your blog and why? (Please provide a link!)

Broken Butterfly

I had an extremely vivid dream last night. Not much happened, but it left me feeling very peaceful and it was still as vivid in the morning as it was when I slept so I decided to write about it. Please note the butterfly was huge…about the size of an eagle.

Last night a broken butterfly
visited me in sleep.
I was unaware of her approach
so silent did she creep,
until with sudden movement
the air began to beat
with strokes of vibrant wings
as she settled next to me.

The wings shimmered and reflected
all the colors of the sun
and she paused

and I paused

as if time had just begun.

So beautiful this creature was
with a wing torn half away.
How steady and resolved she was
to somehow find her way.

Last night a broken butterfly
visited me in sleep.
Her unexpected visit somehow brought me comfort,
brought me silence, brought me peace.

Everlasting Summer

Image Copyright:  Kati Bergman 2014

Image Copyright: Kati Bergman 2014

I made a wish for you.
That when the skies fade to winter grey
and the sun grows tired from a year of play,
when the air frosts and freezes the world,
and each leaf has long ago dropped and curled,
I wish you summer.
I wish you the warmth of sun kisses against your skin
of salty sea breezes to breathe in,
I wish you the peace of days spent outdoors,
and the excitement of barbecues and concert tours.
I wish you longer days and shorter nights,
I wish you comfort and warmth and light.
That’s my wish for you tonight.

Dedicated to those who hope for an everlasting summer.