Hearts As One Drum Beat Award

Thank you my dear Amity for passing this award to me. I am terribly sorry that it has taken so very long for me to post it. It sat in my drafts for a whole year! However, it does NOT mean it isn’t special. It is an absolute honor to be viewed as a blogger who shows empathy and speaks from the heart.

This award was created by Sue Dreamwalker. Thank you so much Sue for creating such a lovely award. It is my belief if we all spoke our truth more often, we could develop compassion and understanding for one another, and prejudice and judgement would be unknown words.


The rules for passing this award on:

“Within their posts whether if be through Poem or Word

Caring for others is a must for this Award

Be it through laughter or Humour

Photograph or Story

Love and Compassion 



I’d like to share my Love is post here. It was an exercise that my writing sister Krissy invited me to participate in a while back. The challenge was to write about Love in ten sentences. Here is what I wrote:

1. Love can be illusory; but, it is seen with the soul.

2. Mislead people think love will make them whole.

3. Self love is the highest of good.

4. Love is often misunderstood.

5. Love is not obsessive or out of need.

6. Love should not make your heart bleed.

7. Love is meant to be given unconditionally.

8. Money can’t buy love; because it is free.

9. Whether it’s family, friends or a lover;

10. Love is an emotion like no other.

Spreading the love and passing the drum onto a few of my lovely blogging peers:

  1. https://visionariekindness.com/
  2. https://spiritualdragonfly.wordpress.com/
  3. https://therabbitholez.wordpress.com/
  4. https://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/
  5. https://teleportingweena.wordpress.com/

These and so many others here on wordpress have reached out to me and share their innermost feelings. I love you all!!! 



The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Thanks so much Ms. Ethel Duck! Your blog Diary of a Recovering Codependent is truly inspiring. I am honored to receive this award from you.

This award isn’t like the others and is special to me because it acknowledges being a loyal fan and reader. I do pride myself in trying to keep up with reading the blogs of my peers. It’s challenging at times; but I feel it’s so important to show my respect and support.

If it weren’t for the support of my readers, I am not sure I’d be blogging still. It’s their loyalty that keeps me sustained.

Here are the rules to accepting the award:


I apologize for bending the rules; but, it was impossible for me to list only 15 and very difficult to stop at 20. Whether you frequently like my posts, or comment in times of need; I thank each and every one of you that has stopped to read my words.

Here are but a few of you:

1) https://poemsandpoemes.wordpress.com/

2) https://alittlecolorneverhurtsblog.wordpress.com/

3) https://kneal1.wordpress.com/

4) https://aunnielauren.wordpress.com/

5) https://ultimatesolace.wordpress.com/

6) https://mariabrinkley.com/

7) https://postcardsfromasemi-madwoman.com/

8) https://dianereedwiter.wordpress.com/

9) https://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/

10) https://meredithlbl.com/

11) https://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

12) https://myambivalentexistence.wordpress.com/

13) https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

14) https://learningat40.wordpress.com/

15) https://theexceptionaleveryday.wordpress.com/

16) https://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/

17) https://triumphantwings.wordpress.com/

18) https://cherished79.wordpress.com/

19) https://andrewmferrell.wordpress.com/

20) https://indelibleme2.wordpress.com/

The next part of accepting this award is to list 7 interesting facts about me. I’m not sure what constitutes interesting; but, here goes:

  1. My name: I am named after the Virgin Mary. Maria is the greek version of Mary. I also don’t have a middle name, because it’s greek tradition to use your father’s name; but, my mother protested. My greek last name is Kritos; however, when my grandparents came to America it was misspelled in translation and became Kriton. I use my mother’s maiden name Fairbrother. I always thought Maria Fairbrother would be a great name if I had made it as an actress.
  2. When I was 8yrs old, I decided I wanted to be a movie star. A dream I carried well into my adulthood.
  3. I attended both Modeling and Acting school. I worked as a model for many years, hoping it would lead me to an acting career.
  4. When I was 22yrs old, my movie star ambitions derailed; and I became an exotic dancer. I climbed this career ladder for 16yrs, and worked as a burlesque style showgirl traveling across the country.
  5. I was 25 when I moved to Hampton Beach, Nh. to perform in a Hypnosis show based on Star Trek. My hypnosis partner would later become my daughter’s grandfather. We also traveled to La to perform in Star Trek conventions where I had the oppurtunity to meet some of Star Trek’s cast members! Seeing Hollywood disillusioned my movie star dreaming heart. It was not as glamorous as I pictured.
  6. When I moved to Hampton Beach I also opened up a new age shop with my mom. It was called Mystic Visions. My mom did psychic readings and I made and sold candle, soaps, jewelry and more. These were very happy days.
  7. I met my (hypnosis show) partner’s son and fell in love. At 29 yrs old, I moved to Alaska in hopes of beginning a new phase of life. My relationship didn’t work out but a week after I came back home I found out I was pregnant! A new phase of life indeed!!!

None of these intriguing tidbits beat the fact that at 38yrs old, I lost my mom and had my nervous breakdown, leading me through the most interesting journey of my life. I am grateful you are all here with me. 🙂


The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Charitha Subramanyam for nominating me to receive The Sunshine Blogger Award! Please visit her blog to follow her “adventures.”

The rules for accepting this award

1) Thank the person who nominated you.

2) Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.

3) Nominate some other bloggers for this award.

4) Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.

5) Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Here are Charitha’s questions :

1) Given a chance what is that one thing you would change about yourself ?

I’d like to say that I wouldn’t change a thing, because it has taken me an entire life to try and accept myself the way that I am. I guess it would be to change my lack of self love. 

2) What is that one thing you are proud about yourself ?

For most of my life I’ve beat myself up; but, I’ve learned to be proud of myself for even just being here on this earth still. After all I have survived, it is a miracle that I am intact.

3) What is the reason behind the name of your blog ?

Labeled Disabled represents not only the fact that I am on disability; but, the feeling of being labeled (&forgotten). I hate the fact that we humans label and categorize everything and everyone! It’s part of my journey to break free from the labels and move beyond the disability.

4) Which is the last movie that you watched ?

Frances, Excellent movie portraying the story about Frances Farmer, starring one of my favorite actresses Jessica Lange.

5) While answering these questions which site is open on the other tab of your browser?

Yahoo Mail

6) What is that one thing… if you loose ..will drive you crazy ?

My compassion

Here are my nominations;

1) https://andrewmferrell.wordpress.com

2) https://acuriousmind2013.wordpress.com

3) https://diaryofarecoveringcodependent.wordpress.com

4) https://indelibleme2.wordpress.com

5) https://kneal1.wordpress.com

6) https://dobetteralways.wordpress.com

7) https://lunareport.wordpress.com

8) https://christinastrigas.wordpress.com

9) https://eyewillnotcry.wordpress.com

10) https://proudlybipolar.wordpress.com

11) https://kelzbelzphotography.wordpress.com

12) https://cherished79.wordpress.com

These are my questions:

1) Who is the person you admire most? This person can be anyone; dead or alive, known personally or a celebrity, superhero, etc.,

2) What has been your most difficult challenge in life?

3) What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

4) What motivates you to blog?

5) What annoys you most?

6) What brings you joy the most?


The Premio Dardos Award

A big warm Thank you to Amity for this nomination!

Please visit their blog, Amity Out Of This World for some incredible poetry.

Premio Dardos is a Spanish word for “Prize Darts.”

It’s an award given “in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.”

I am deeply honored to have my writing recognized in such a manner.

The rules for this award:
Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and link to his or her blog.

2. Include the image of the “Premio Dardos” in the post.

3.Pass the award to 15 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment.

Here are my 15 nominations:
















The Encouraging Thunder Award

My friend Darren Scanlon of The Pen And The Page nominated me for this award last month. I had been feeling pretty down and this news helped lift me back up.

Thanks so much to you Darren! If you haven’t checked out his blog, you really should. From poems to protests, his blog always entertains!

Part of accepting this award is to explain why I blog. Initially, it was just to share my story and hopefully inspire a few people along the way. The mission is the same, only more pronounced.

It took me two years and a blogging course to move beyond my About page. My journey has been overwhelming at times; but it’s led me to finding my authenticity, and believing in who I am.

This award and the continued encouragement I receive helps me get through the tough times and persevere. I am determined to really open up and share what I’ve been through and where I am going; because now I know for a fact that I am inspiring people. That is why I blog; to know that my words helped another person.

Mental illness still has such stigma and people who suffer with it have an impossible time to believe they are good enough and strong enough to survive. I am here to tell them they can!

I have met many wonderful peers here and by reading their stories of survival, I am inspired. Here are my nominations for the Encouraging Thunder Award.






Thank you for reading and sharing!

Rules for accepting the award

Post it on your blog.
Add the Encouraging Thunder logo.
Grant other bloggers the award.
Mention your purpose in blogging.
Thanks the person who nominated you .

You like me! You really like me!!!







I’ve had a pretty dry spell lately, blogging wise. There were complications after my surgery, and I was in too much pain for awhile. My depression kicked in and kept me down. When I finally felt well, the words didn’t come. Hence, my blogger’s block post, and adding to the frustration, I spilled a drink on my computer and had to get a new keyboard.

Feeling pretty discouraged and dispirited, I needed an emotional boost. Suddenly something exceptionally special happened! My wonderful peers have nominated me for four awards in three weeks! I can hardly believe it! I am deeply honored and extremely grateful for this acknowledgement. Each meaningful award arrived at a time when I desperately needed a cheerful thought. Sharing my inner emotions and memories is a challenging task at times; but, when I am informed that I have inspired, I am brought to tears. It is the number one reason I am here.

I’ll be busy for the next week or so writing my individual “acceptance” posts. Meanwhile, I just have to give a shout out and big loving thank you to The Pen and the Page, Amity and Charitha  Subramanyam, for not only renewing my inspiration; but, for your beautiful words as well.

I believe we all have a unique story to tell and in sharing that story, we all connect not only as writers and bloggers, but as human beings. Thank you all for being a part of my journey.




The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!!


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

Thank you!!! I am deeply grateful and honored to receive this award. When I was taking the Blogging 101 course,  I met an incredibly awesome and supportive community. The blogging course may have ended but the loving support continues.

I have met so many wonderful peers that are inspiring to me, including Nicole Davis whom bravely blogs about her life with lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome. I thank her for nominating me for this award. Check out her blog Triumphant Wings.

The Very Inspiring  Blogger Award is especially important to me. I feared for so long in beginning this blog. It took me two years to work up the courage. Various thoughts of anxiety plagued me; but I finally did it. I thought to myself if even only one person is inspired by my words, than I’ve succeeded. I did not expect this amount of encouragement. It’s  because of my “dream readers” and this award that I am evermore inspired to keep writing and sharing. Thank you and Blessings!

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

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The  rules in accepting this award is as follows:

  • Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Hmmm, it’s a little challenging to come up with something new. I’ve previously stated 22 facts about me in accepting my Liebster Awards.  The facts in my first Liebster were heavy and intense; while the ones in my second Liebster were trivial and light. Let me see if I can come up with a happy medium 🙂

7 irrelevant facts:

1) First of all, one of my favorite numbers happens to be 7, along with 3, 11 and 13.

2) I have an addiction to books and magazines. I have stacks of them everywhere.

3) I have two tattoos. A dragonfly on my right shoulder and a black cat on my right ankle.

4) I am half Greek; the other half is French, Scottish, Irish, English and a splash of Native American.

5) My two favorite shows when I was little were Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

6) I have a scar on the right side of my neck.  I was 13 yrs. old when I overheard the doctors talking about me possibly having cancer. When the doctor removed my lymphnode  he laughingly told me it was Cat Scratch Fever. I got several Ted Nugent albums during my recovery.

7) I have burn scars on my neck too. Embarrassed to say, they are from trying to use a curling iron with a broken hand.

Okay that’s enough of me, onto my nominees. I find many of my blogging peers inspiring, whether they are sharing their art, poetry, photos, stories or struggles. Here are 15 very inspiring bloggers:

1) This Sick Foundation

2) My Experience with Lupus

3) Maria Brinkley, artist

4) Perspectives on life, universe and everything.

5) Prayer For Anxiety

6) Living, Learning and Letting Go

7) 50 Shades of Me

8) Disordered Self

9) Otrazhenie

10) An Ever Changing Writer I am

11) Nitya Nata

12) Human Relationships

13) Kelzbelzphotography

14) The Bipolar Bum

15) Birth of a New Brain


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