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8 January 2008 11 comments

You Rock My Socks Award
When Jon of El Gigante Verdoso presented Jos @ NoDirectOn (not: NoDirection)
with the "You Rock My Socks Award",
Jos then passed it on with his additions

Bloggers for Peace

I also joined the Peace Train at NoDirectOn (not: NoDirection)

"Now I've been crying lately,
thinking about the world as it is.
Why must we go on hating,
why can't we live in bliss?"

Carol of My View of "It" started this new Peace Train. Here's what Carol said about this: "It is the start of the New Year. Bush is still in Office, we are still at War. I can no longer sit idly by without letting the World know that I am opposed to War and can only think of one way to spread this message. Won't you join me by placing a badge in the sidebar (or somewhere on your site) to let the world know that we are United against the War and looking for Peace in this the New Year?"You can leave a comment at this post on Carol's blog My View of "It" when you join and you will be listed there. You can pick up the Peace Train Link List and the badge at Carol's blog, or you may use the alternate ones in the scroll box at Bloggers for Peace: Join the Peace Train , or you can create your own if you like. Do regularly check Carol's Peace Train to update your link list!

Join the Peace Train:•
My View of "It"Our Hep ChatMy Reviews and Finds Along the WayBeth Allen II Writing 5 to 9 Positive CommunicationNoDirectOn (not: NoDirection)Additional BlogLOveBlue Ribbon BloggersOgenDicht/EyesClosedThe Painted VeilSanta's Community BlogTwisted SisterlaketreesPoeARTicaNew England Lighthouse TreasuresObservations From the Back 40Lynda LehmannSuch Simple PleasuresLifePrints - Good News for a More Compassionate World Blogging SueblimelyLifeAmori,poesie,arte,chat virtualiAngela’s Art DiaryThe Lavender LoftA To Z BloggingPeripheral Vision - Inner Sights by Lynda LehmannSue’s ViewsJourney of A Spirited StriderHappy TilerBinding Ink III by Nom de plume The PoetressOzlife BeginsEveryday LifeKikayRants and RamblingsThe Creativity in MePhilip Edson1,000 Faces of Mother HennaA Peace Of…Golden-eBooks BlogShoshana’s Diary Of A DancerAll About Health

Better Blogging Meme

this meme was passed on to me by Sue @ Blogging Sueblimely

The instructions are:
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The Blogging Better Meme by
The idea of this meme is to:
Help us stop and think about how we could become better bloggers and what we need to do to achieve this.
Share our blogging knowledge and experience.
Please answer these questions in relation to your blogging (in as little or as much detail as you wish):-
The most important thing I have learned over the last year.
What I would like to achieve within the next year.
What I wish to learn more about.
How could I be more productive?
One new thing I plan to try.
The blogging tip{s) I have found the most useful
The 4 (or more) people I am passing this on to. (please include someone quite new to blogging if you can - to help them along by introducing them to your own readers and giving them some backlinks).
You can use this to give yourself ideas, approach the meme in a completely different way and add or change the questions to suit what you would like to know. You can even choose not to take part at all if you are not keen on memes.
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well here are my responses:
1. I believe in the YOU COMMENT IREPLY movement and I will continue to follow that policy in 2008
I learnt last year there is really no point in commenting at other peoples blogs if they
a. do not respond to your comment at all
b. they never take the time to visit my blog and leave a comment
c. respond to some of the commenters and ignore others...very rude IMO
I'm sorry but I'm all for plain and simple manners and common courtesy
2. Ignore people who tag me and don't bother to let me know.....and even worse never visit my site or comment
3. Less involvement in several blogging Facebook...simply because it takes up too much time and Stumble Upon which is torture to navigate...
4. Continue to update my 101 Top Artists' Blogs List each month
5. Continue to paint and involve myself with Art every day
6. Continue to used my trusty blog resources list for all things technical
7. Enter my art in more competitions than I did last year
8. Check all of my blogrolls and link lists and remove the blogs who have not reciprocated

New Year Resolutions…or NOT?

I was tagged by Lynda @ lynda’s loft and Netster @ Netster’s Blog

Mel - Attitude,the Ultimate Power and Complain,Complain, Complain , has brought us another meme which hosts the time of reflection, the New Year...Do you make New Year's resolutions, or do you not? Everyone has some form of setting forth ideals in the New Year, what are yours?
Please join this meme, the last one Mel did was quite well received, and, the numbers at Technorati proved the worth of it... If you are tagged, just read the instructions, copy from start copy here, tag some more people and that is that~!
Badge created by Sandee aka
Comedy Plus

Title: New Year’s Resolution, or Not
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When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we seem to fall into four categories:
1) quite serious about them,
2) be flippant about them,

3) do it because we feel pressured to, or
4) do not do them. So, the purpose of this little game is to let us know which category you are in. Copy from “*Start Copy Here*” through “*End Copy Here*” and post it. Before "*End Copy Here*" tell us who you are, your site(s) (with link) and your New Year’s Resolution, or not.Then tag as many others as you like, from one to your entire blogroll, your choice.If you like, create an intro paragraph to your post that also acknowledges who tagged you.


    Juliana – Juliana's Site - My New Year's resolutions are looking for a part time job, keep blogging, and learn to cook and bake.
    Michelle - Rusin Roundup - 1. Learn to be happier and accept myself for who I am, 2. Is to lose about 25 lbs., and 3. Is to stop smoking.
    Karen - Grow Rich Along With Me - My resolution for next year is to achieve $3K per month passive income by the end of 2008.
    Mel - Attitude, the Ultimate Power & Complain Complain Complain - “I don’t need no stinking resolutions.” I never hold to them anyway so why frustrate myself by starting them now.
    Sandee - Comedy Plus - I don't need no stinking resolutions either. Years and years ago I did them because everyone else did, but not once did I follow through. Why set yourself up for failure?
    Lynda - lynda's loft - My resolution is to see resolve to that which needs resolution. Like Mel and Sandee, I feel that resolutions give us more stress, however, being a person who sets goals each year, isn't that the same thing as a resolution??? Goals vs. resolutions? Goals are more general and allow for more time to complete them, a resolution requires a mind-set and immediate action, which is not always feasible... Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it...
    Amelia - Amel's Realm - This is a list of my New Year's Resolution:
    1. Health: Continue exercising twice a week, eat enough veggies and fruit, have enough rest, take vitamin C regularly and women's multivitamin during my period.
    2. Spiritual: Improve my Daily Bread reading routine and my prayer life and learn more from God's Word.
    3. Financial: Continue to make money online (my goal is getting €100 per month at least), be more creative in writing posts, and save most of the money.
    4. General Life: Continue to learn Finnish AND practice it as best and often as I can, try out more baking and cooking recipes, continue to maintain and share positive thoughts, continue to learn to control my thoughts, continue to learn to catch myself before I start complaining and count my blessings instead, continue to stop and cherish all the little moments in life that oftentimes go unnoticed, and continue to feed my inner child and last but not least, continue to ENJOY my life thoroughly.
    Max - MAX - My New Year's resolutions are to dedicate more time to my friends; to finally be able to read "Der Spiegel" in German; to be calm when organizing my marriage; to go one last time to my favourite club and dance the night away; and continue to be happy!
    Eric - Speedcat Hollydale - I love chicken. Problem is that I really never get to have enough chicken! My New Year's resolution is to enact "Chicken Tuesday". On this day I will eat only chicken, blog about chicken, and promote chickens all over the world. (hormone free) Join me, won't you?
    Marzie - Mariuca & Mariuca's Perfume Gallery - My resolution for 2008 is to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and to expand my Perfume Collection.
    Sindi- Life Is A Roller Coaster - My resolution is to complain less, pray more and be a little more thankful for what I have.
    Judy - Sugar Queen's Dream - My New Year's resolution is:
    To take better care of my health. To eat better, well at least 3 meals a day, I'm lucky these days if I stop for one meal a day....To help make the world a better place to live, I love the human race, but think there’s always room for change. To be generous until it hurts.To live each day as if it's my last. To make a book of our personal family recipes and traditions for each of my 3 my children, so that the traditions and family cooking can be passed on in my family line long after I'm gone and finally....... To help more with the local Human society, Animals like little kids can not fend for themselves so it's up to each of us to take care of our pets and to step in and care for all animals.....I hope that through me I can encourage my Children to be better adults and in turn to raise the Children they have or will have, to be good people with good, sound & solid values.... Peace!
    Adrian - First Time Dad - My New Year’s Resolution for 2008 is to be a better father…now I don’t usually make New Year's resolutions because I never keep them but this one I better keep! Happy New Year to one and all!
    Colin - Life - New Years Resolution? No way...Better to achieve more throughout the year rather than pander to the whims of a one day 'wishful thought'
    Mauro - 1 Million Love Messages - My resolution for next year are: 1. Change my job (maybe work online). I'm really unhappy in the actual one. 2. Dedicate more time to my family and girlfriend... maybe start to get ready for our wedding :-) 3. Work hard in 1 Million Love Messages and reach 2500 Love messages (or more) in the end of 2008.
    MidgetManOfSteel - Mental Poo - To get out of dealing with people who I have no desire in helping at the job I’m doing…catch the eye of someone who can see that I can write and be funny…and get my own ticket to happiness from my humor….and a Ferrari. While I’m doing this, I resolve to get a Ferrari.
    Stacy - My Thoughts - My New Year’s Resolution for 2008 - Is to be more understanding to my children and to other people, Not to curse at others while I am driving, try to eat right and exercise, try to volunteer in my community, and to believe more in my spiritual side.
    Jason - & - Although, I normally don't do New Year's Resolutions (because I find it as an excuse to actually do something I should've already been doing), this year I will plan on giving back to the blogging community, especially my audience. I'm not sure how I will do it yet, but I definitely will.
    Kesa - Little Aussie Cynic - My New Years Resolution is the standard..... to finally get off the smokes and to loose 8kg.... both which are possible just difficult.....Happy New Year to you and yours….
    AussieAnn - A Nice Place in the Sun - "To let the rest of my life begin as soon as possible."
    Netster - Netster’s Blog - My New Year resolution is to “FAIL” more! I am learning the new meaning of “Failing” to succeed in life! That’s including blogging! *hehehe*
    Kim - laketrees & PoeARTica - to paint my best portrait..... everything else should just fall into place if I can keep this one resolution !

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Dreaming of Love

I have been tagged by Shoshana @ The ARTisT iN YOU Museletter
who was tagged by Kris Cahill @ Art & Clairvoyance.

Here are the "rules".
Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Fun Fabulous and also Weird Facts About Me:
1. I started school when I was 4 years old
2. I retired from teaching (16 years) last year in December
3. I was the part time manager of a Kentucky Fried Chicken shop when I was at Art School
4. I was the manager of two clothing boutiques when I was 42 (in between teaching positions)
5. I have been painting full time since June 2006

Happy New Year Bloggers Around The World

from Colin @ Life

Colin's words
The blogosphere has expanded to include all countries and nationalities, where barriers and borders do not exist. We have all come together to create a truly universal family, which I am proud to be a part of. You all know who you are, and I thank you for making me feel so welcome. I wish each and every one a Very Happy New Year, and hope that you enjoy good health, peace and prosperity throughout 2008.

You may copy this to ALL of your blogs and post it, and include any text you like.
Left click and hold button down from ‘Start copy’ , ensure that in scroll box you scroll to the very last number 303, then continue to ‘End copy’, right click and select ‘Copy’ or Ctrl and C on keyboard, on your post page right click your mouse and select Paste, Ctrl and V on keyboard, then paste it into Visual or Compose mode NOT html or code.
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An Award for you ALL.

Link Love Rules - Make Blogs Not Wars.
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And now for the tagging....
I am tagging everyone in my 2008 Blogroll to choose ONE of these awards or memes...
and pass it on ....

  • Anand
  • Archie
  • Art News Blog
  • Ascender Rises Above
  • Boyd
  • Brad
  • cicekci
  • Colin
  • Cooper
  • Debbie
  • Deborah
  • Diane
  • Eric
  • Ev
  • Hanna
  • Jafabrit's Art
  • Jeremy
  • Jos
  • Kimmy
  • Kris
  • Leigh
  • Life cruiser
  • Lisa
  • Lyn
  • Lynda
  • Mary Ann
  • Netster
  • Pearl
  • Renny
  • Santa
  • Shoshana
  • Should Be Famous
  • Sue
  • Sully
  • Suzanne
  • The Artist's Magazine
  • The Mobile Factory
  • Walter
  • williebaronet

  • are you in my 2008 blogroll?
    if you are not please let me know and I will add you .....

    Kim's signature


    11 comments: to “ Christmas and New Year Memes so far...

    • Netster23 9.1.08

      hug hug kim :)

    • Diane 9.1.08

      I'm going to take the 'Dreaming of Love' meme! Mostly because it is the shortest! I can't do scrolling boxes like you so these mega-lists take up pages of blog as I just found out :)

      I hope your shoulder is feeling better Kim and you are soon back painting.

      *hugs better* (carefully) :)


    • Debbie Dolphin 9.1.08

      Good Grief, H.M. Kim OMG,

      Seems like you have been buried in a few Memes?
      And, I thought I got tagged by the Meme to end all Memes!

      I hope posting Colin's Award meets your rule at my Bloggers of The World for Peace post, posted today?

      Because many moons ago, I resolved never to make New Year Resolutions!
      This way, the invisible Resolution was easier to forget without the stress of trying remember which Resolution needs to be resolved :)))

      Thanks to OpenID issues, my true virtual signature link is:

    • Kim 9.1.08

      *hugs* to you too Netster :)

      good thinking Diane
      I have a code that might work for you as the code I use is different to the one that most people use ...
      I'll see if I can email you with it ...
      thanks ...I'm seeing my DR tomorrow :)

      hello Miss Debbie (efficient) Dolphin...
      I have added you to the Peace Train....and will pop over to check out your coloured scroll boxes...meeeouwww...
      LOL...Invisible New Year Resolutions sound like my cup of tea atm... :))

    • fihanna 10.1.08

      Quanti Awards!!!!
      congratulations Kim!!!
      hugh embrace!
      ciao from Italy!

    • Anonymous 10.1.08

      Hi Kim,
      Just a little post then lol
      Hope that your shoulder is better soon.
      Many many moons ago...I won't say how many...I was a manager for KFC too lol.
      memes I must catch up on too...but I'm not making any resolution about that :)
      Have a wobderful day my dear friend, Hugs to you,
      Colin :=X

    • Anonymous 11.1.08

      Kim: this was the best link love meme I've ever seen and thanks for including me in all this!

      I will work on a similar post the coming weekend (I hope!) and of course blogging for peace match my sayings: 'Blogging connecting people' and 'Make blogs, not wars'!

      See you around and in the mean time: have a wonderful end to your week :-)

    • Kim 11.1.08

      LOL and do you still eat KFC nowadays Colin....I know I don't even like the smell of it now...but my son is quite partial to it every now and then...
      thanks for the best wishes re the shoulder
      a great weekend to you :=X

      hah...Renny...this is the little meme that simply grew and grew...
      I think the Peace Train is a great initiative....goes perfectly with your motto...
      have a terrific day ! :)

    • Kim 11.1.08

      Hi Hanna !!!
      hah many awards !!!
      thanks for calling by...
      and have a fantastic weekend :)

    • Anonymous 18.1.08

      Wowsa! Talk about meme trains, this is the end all and be all ;-) I even learned some interesting facts about you that I hadn't known before.

      Don't know how you managed all that with the condition you're in with your shoulder! Sending healing vibes to figure out what the prob is and get you back on the mend :-)


    • Kim 19.1.08

      hi Deborah
      I'm getting a lot of help with the typing from my "secretary" Charlotte ...she has been a trooper the past few weeks and I will owe her a big shopping day if my arm doesn't get better soon ...

      *cool* thinks Charlotte...

      ps I have to book her in advance and I don't know how I will manage when she goes back to school :)

    About The Author
    Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news