Liebster Award

Dear readers, I’m thrilled to have been nominated for the Liebster Award, by Isha Garg , whom I’d like to thank for this humbling and encouraging recognition and honor.
From the name and tagline of the blog, to the fresh, varied and expressive writing, this blog is a treat to readers and writers all over the world! The link through which you may visit this wonderful blog is :
Liebster Award recognizes and celebrates bloggers, their content, skill and contribution to the blogging community. The RULES for accepting the Liebster Award are :
Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
Answer the questions.
Nominate 11 other new bloggers to encourage them.
Ask them 11 questions
Let them know you have nominated them.
Without further delay, I’d like to move on to answering the asked questions.

  1. When did you embark on the journey of writing?

My father passed away on my 9th birthday. In order to deal with the trauma I began writing about my feelings. Poetry was my outlet. Later I would journal. It just became part of me and how I deal with life’s stresses.

2.  If you could live in and write about any era or planet, which would it be?

It would have to be the era of the Texas fight for her independence from Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna of Mexico. I would write it from the point of view of my ancestors who were there, particularly my third great-grandfather, David Bullock who fought under General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto which ended the war and claimed independence from Mexico while avenging the deaths of all who were massacred at the Alamo.

3. What inspires your art?  


4. If you could be immortalized as a painting or a poetry, what would you choose and why?

Poetry. My explanation is in answer #1. That’s how I started writing.

5. Is there  is a movie you could watch over and over again? If so, which?

Every Christmas I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart. I’ve also habitually watched “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Princess Bride” with grandchildren. For spiritual inspiration I also watch the “Son of God” on occasion.

6. If you could meet any author or artist, who would it be?

Samuel Clemens a.k.a Mark Twain. I know in politically correct circles my choice may be frowned upon. Yet, to me he is the master of story telling through his command of dialogue. I find his work fascinating and again it is that era which I love. He his lifespan was 1835-1910. I’m drawn to  19th century literature.

7. Have you ever been through the ‘Writer’s block’? If so, how did you come out of it?

I have started writing and found that the subject just did not develop the way I wanted it to, so I’ve put it on the shelf for another day, and I’ve started following another idea for a story or poem which presents itself in my mind more fluidly and completely. I jot down things I want to write about when I think of them. Sooner or later they come to fruition. Inspiration is everywhere in life and literature.

8, Which one book would you recommend everybody to read?

Although it is one of the most misunderstood and misused books, The Bible is a unified literary work in its final finished form from Genesis through Revelation. It is a linear narrative which is the only literary work which claims to be the word of God. It must be read on its terms and not ours. We cannot impose our own cultural values on the bible. The main character is God. The conflict is sin (which we all struggle with). And the theme is redemption.

9. If you could go anywhere and do anything, where would you go and why?

I’d like to go on an African Safari. I’d also like to take a tour of the Holy Land.

10. Who is your favorite poet/poetess?

Robert Frost

11. How has the blogging experience been for you so far?

It has been a wonderful experience since I started last summer. I have enjoyed following so many others. I tend to reblog when I run across a post that I find exceptional or that I find interesting. I love to follow cooking, photography, poetry, country life, religion and philosophy, science, painting, and many other subjects.


The 11 bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award are:

Aubrey’s Arch

Ancient Skies:

Beverly Parkison

Miti Pius:



Katy Boyer:



Soumya Somani:


I wish there were more than 11 to nominate.

My questions to the nominees are:

  1. Where do you live and for how long?
  2. Who has had the biggest positive impact on your life?
  3. Your favorite book ever, either fiction or nonfiction?
  4. What/who inspires your writing more than anything/anyone else?
  5. Where was your favorite trip or vacation?
  6. Which is your favorite book genre?
  7. Your favorite music genre?
  8. How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?
  9. What other interests do you pursue outside of blogging/writing?
  10. If you could interview anyone whose ever lived, who would it be?
  11. What would be your most exciting adventure if it were possible?

Thank you, once again, Isha Garg for such an honor!
The official rules for the Liebster Award can be found in this link :

Thank you, once again, for such an honor!  




  1. Congrats on your award! May you receive many more for your lovely blog! I love the way how you outlined the Bible , that was my fav answer from you! When Jesus returns you’ll see your Dad again🙏❤ God bless you! Xxoo much love!

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  2. Oh how sweet of you, but…I try to stay away from the award trip. I love reading all of your answers and will be glad to answer some of your questions but I am not a writer and really don’t even protean be.
    1 I live in Leake Co. Mississippi USA 20 years ( longer than any other place.)
    3.Of course the bible is most important but I loved the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Perfect little town to be from.
    5.Family vacation as a young girl on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. Beautiful clear water…made me want to learn Scuba..No…never did.
    8.& 9. Writing isn’t my thing…crafting ( paper crafting) is and it consumes most of my time along with gardening and grandchildren.
    10. Tasha Tutor wonderful elderly woman who was an artist, gardener and lover of the old way of life.
    11.An African Safari with a camera.

    I hope to read some of the others. Thanks again for thinking of me.

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  3. I am extremely grateful that you have thought my blog sufficiently warrants a nomination for the Liebster Award. I’m afraid, however, that, for a number of reasons, I am not able to comply with the necessary requests to forward all the information required. I do love following your own ‘Life On The Lake’ publications and will remain an avid follower. Not the least of my reasons is that, being a full-time carer for my wife, I do not have the time to do justice to reply as I would wish. Nor
    would I be able to submit the asked for 10 further nominees. I thank you again, Phyllis, for your choice of ‘Roland’s Ragbag’ for this award.

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    1. I totally understand. It was a nomination, but does not require an acceptance. I was reluctant to accept it as well, but I decided maybe someone will be helped by my participating. However, there are two others who so far aren’t able to accept as well. God bless you and your lovely wife.

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  4. Totally encouraged to see what book you recommended and also encouraged to see your view of the Bible that it is one unified story rather than a bunch of disjointed word. God’s Word is so amazing in leading us to Christ, grace and the Gospel!

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    1. Amen. It is surprising the so many people don’t know how it is a linear narrative and the only book out of place is Ruth as related to time. It is also surprising that so many people distort Revelations. It is a lot easier to understand if you’ve read the whole story up to that point.

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      1. I agree; Revelation makes more sense from understanding God’s previous revelation in Scripture and not to be read in a vacuum! All kinds of problems arise when we read Scripture divorce from previous truth from God’s Word. Blessings to you Phyllis, appreciated your interaction on my blog witnessing to that strange guy by the way!

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