Let’s Talk About the Letter… “E!”

E for Excellent BadgeE is for Excellent! I certainly never expected anything like this! But, I guess we discover that we are read and that we may actually have an impact on others from time to time.

Sandy Renshaw included me in an article she posted at Around Demoines. Many people are more familiar with Sandy as the Purple Wren. You’ve got to love a purple bird! Sandy is a talented lady and that just makes her recognition of my little corner of the world quite an accolade for me. Thank you, Sandy!

The fun part of these things is that you then get to bestow them on others. So, at the risk of continuing to sound like Sesame Street, I’m taking the letter “E” and passing it on! I’m passing it on to people who, for whatever reason, have had an impact on me and may or may not even know I exist. That makes this cyber gift even more of a surprise and that’s the fun part!

These are in no particular order. If any of you have gotten one of these already… well, what does that tell you?!? Aside from saying that I have good taste I mean. 🙂
Larry Geller over at Disappeared News always seems to know just what I want to hear and learn about. He finds these news tidbits that always strike me as something I really want to know. Not many people can say the same, trust me. I’m referring you all to this particular story for a variety of reasons. I’m headed in an all-too-similar blogging direction shortly — I’ll share it all later. Thanks, Larry!

David B. Dale actually writes Very Short Novels… very, very short! They are all of 299 Words — “Anything more is waste.” How does he do it? I have no idea! He is an extremely gifted story teller who has always been able to elicit emotional responses from me every time I read his blog. It’s just good literature! Honestly! He says, “Character, conflict, emotional impact. And sentences! Everything you want in a novel, without one extra syllable.” Yep. I included this link mostly to let him know I’ve done this to him and because it is eerily where my mind is right now… sort of. I guess that means he’s done it again!

Skeet has a great following at Skeet’s Stuff. She is consistent and consistently fun to read. I fail to post often enough sometimes but I aspire to have the same kind of diligence about it that she does! In addition, she’s a good friend who is always willing to help and offer suggestions. I always have things to think about after reading her blog or talking to her. I guess that makes her inspirational too!

Jason Boom at JasonBoom.com is a new discovery for me, thanks to Entrecard.com, and I’ve been quite interested in watching him come up with some neat ideas. Jason has a nice, friendly style and a… a different way of looking at things that I kind of like.

Sheila over at GoVisitHawaii.com warms my heart because she loves my home as much as I do! In addition, Sheila is always supportive and likes to join in with us whenever she can! She keeps up on the other islands so I can just read her blog to stay informed! I think I just gave her added pressure. Oh well, she’ll forgive me!

Auntie Lynn, aka Auntie Pupule, at AuntiePupule.com is always interesting. If she’s not being fun, she’s being serious about things that matter. They matter to me because we live only four or five miles away from each other. She has taken steps to try and fix the things around her and she takes us along! Written with a pidgin flavor, her blog doesn’t waste time or space trying to let us know she’s not arrogant or presumptuous — she just tells it like it is.

Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward is another Entrecard discovery. It’s enough to make any English major drool! Okay, so I like to be reminded of things I have forgotten about. Give me a break! Thanks, Melissa, I think you’re great.

Bobbie over at The Right Blue is a great writer and writes about one of my favorite topics — the ocean! Bobbie and Skeet are both divers. I never learned to dive. Darn it! So, I just have to live through their stories. Bobbie’s pictures are wonderful and make you stop for a while to admire them.

Carole at The San Diego Beat The San Diego Traveler has been my sister blogger for a long time. Okay, a little over a year is a long time in blog terms. We were part of the same blog network and I still think of her this way but she has been “adopted” by b5media. This is not a bad thing (at least I hope not), it just is. Carole has always been consistent and I’m hoping that her new home will bring her even more success! Hey you Honolulu/Oahu darlings, follow the link above and look what San Diego just started! I think I’ll lean on Carole to keep us informed on the good, the bad and the ugly of their new rail. Yes, rail — they just started theirs. I wonder how long it took to get theirs off the ground and running. I wonder how much it cost them! Hmmm…

Daily Blog Tips is something that I ran into but I can’t quite tell you how. I just know it’s worth subscribing to and reading. Another consistent place — both in content and in quality.

Quite an eclectic conglomeration of really good reading. There are so many places that I enjoy visiting and benefit from reading but, we would be here all day if I included everyone! I’ll just save the others for a later time! If any of the links don’t work, somebody slap me!

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carole // Mar 11, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Oh Evelyn, I’m so very, very honored to be included in your “Excellence” list. Yours is the first place that I refer people to when they’re thinking of going to Hawaii. I even take my own virtual vacations on your site, at least until I can come and see you in person. Thanks so much, sis!

  • 2 cw // Mar 11, 2008 at 9:17 am

    auntie pupule made the list! she’s gonna be so hyped 🙂

  • 3 Evelyn // Mar 11, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Hey, Christa! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your comment may have as much impact on Auntie as my comments! 🙂 That was nice, thank you!

  • 4 Evelyn // Mar 11, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Hi Carole! I actually thought about Jon, The DC Traveler, while I was writing this. I haven’t been keeping up very well with everyone’s blogs. Tsk! I guess that means there is just too much sharing going on — I think that’s a good thing! I know you’re keeping busy and I hope they will be good to you! I’m sure they will but they just need to be reminded from time to time about how wonderful you guys are. 🙂

  • 5 Sheila // Mar 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Wow! I’m honored in so many ways. First, I think so highly of you and Homespun Honolulu, so for you to mention GoVisitHawaii as being the “E-word”, well, wow! Next, it’s an honor to be mentioned along such great company. One last thing I’ll mention is that it means so much that you as a lifelong resident of Hawaii, reads GoVisitHawaii. I’m so glad that my sincere love of Hawaii comes through in the articles I write. You’ve just made my day! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • 6 Evelyn // Mar 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Awww, Sheila! You’re such a mush bucket! Just like me! 🙂

  • 7 davidbdale // Mar 12, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Well, aren’t you sweet! Thank you, Evelyn, and congratulations on the well-earned honor.

  • 8 Evelyn // Mar 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Hi David! I was trying to explain your work to my husband and I think I just confused him. 🙂 I still say you should just compile your blog posts and call it a book! You are the one, my friend, that has earned and deserves that Letter “E!”

  • 9 Bobbie // Mar 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. And thank you for the award. When I saw this post on your feed I got all choked up.

    I’m glad you like my ocean stories and photos. Even though some of them are not about Hawaii, my true inspiration always is here — right outside my window — our beautiful Pacific. (“Lucky we live Hawaii!”)

    Thanks again.

  • 10 Evelyn // Mar 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    You’re a gem, Bobbie. I’m just lucky we were all able to link together at one time or another! What can I say — you’re a blogger with good taste and a great mind. 🙂

  • 11 Melissa Donovan // Mar 15, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Wow, thanks for the kind words and thoughtful review! And thank you for sharing some new blogs and sites to explore!

    Suddenly I miss Hawaii…

  • 12 Evelyn // Mar 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Hi Melissa! I was just very taken by your blog when I stumbled on to it so I subscribed via email and enjoy the reminders and thoughts you share. Come visit anytime! 🙂

  • 13 Hawaii Vacation News Roundup for March 17th // Mar 17, 2008 at 9:07 am

    […] Visit Hawaii was awarded an honor by Homespun Honolulu.  This blog was rated "E – for Excellent".  Mahalo, Evelyn, for your support […]

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