The Very Inspirational Blogger Award

Melissa Robitille is just a delightful person; author, editor, blogger, wife and Mom. Her blog is at and really and truly, I think you should get over there and check out some of her tales. She’s also the author of a couple of books, In One Year’s Time (1998) and Blackstone Gate (1999), and is working on her latest one called Smuggler’s Justice.

Now, hear this. With all Herself has going on, she found a minute to bestow the Very Inspirational Blogger Award on yours truly! Now, I’m just pickled tink by all this. Just recently, I’ve been having trouble inspiring myself, let alone anyone else. So, you can imagine how gratifying it was to open my mail and find this astonishing award!

First and foremost, of course, I want to thank Herself, Melissa Robitille for this award. Without her generosity I wouldn’t be standing in front of you thousands of adoring fans, stumbling about for words. And naturally, my biggest debt of gratitude is to you, Gentle Reader. You come here regularly and read my cogitations, leave a few kind words, and share my posts with your friends. For that, I am both humbled and grateful!

Now then. There are rules attached to this award. Oh yes, it doesn’t come without a few strings. Excuse my fumbling as I try to gracefully open this damned envelope… Ah, yes, here we are; the rules! <cue ominous music>

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Okay, I’ve linked back to Herself. Check.

Here’s the award. Check.


Now, ain’t that just prettier than two speckled puppies under a washtub?

Seven things about myself. Now, that’s tricky. There are some things about me I’d rather not have floating about the Blogosphere. Yes, yes, I know. You’d never breathe it to a living soul. But, you never know when some scallywag is going to come through and go off yakking like his tongue is hinged in the middle! So, let’s keep this fairly benign, shall we? Now let me see…

I have the worst case of Social Anxiety! The hours leading up to weddings, family dinners, and barbecues are fraught with nerves as my poor brain offers excuse after excuse for why I just can’t make it. Somehow though, after I push myself to attend, I usually end up having a great time. Strange, odd, and curious, isn’t it?

I’m an expatriate. An American citizen, living in Amman, Jordan is a dream-come-true for me as I walk in the footsteps of the ancients to whom we can all trace our roots.

Last year, I published my first book New Yesterdays and am now working on a sequel to that tale. I’ve been fortunate enough to have received very good reviews.

I’m the product of a small country school that only went through the 9th grade. Three of us from that school are published authors. One, Rick Bragg, is also a Pulitzer Prize winner and another, Tim Childers, is publisher of his own monthly magazine!

You may have noticed by now that I have a tenuous grasp of the English language. I can also speak, with varying degrees of facility, Spanish, Latin, and Arabic and can read Ancient Greek.

Two items on my “Bucket List” are to spend a few years down under, in Australia, and to end my days in Ireland.

After smoking cigarettes for forty-one years, I finally quit four months ago!

And, here are my nominees for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award!



About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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15 Responses to The Very Inspirational Blogger Award

  1. HMCWriter says:

    Congratulations on your book and quitting smoking! Let me know when you get here, to the great land of Oz Jim.


  2. Jackie Jones says:

    Hey Jim, I enjoyed getting to know more about you. It’s great that you’ve quit smoking and I really hope you love Australia, as much as you seem to love Jordan. All the best with your new book (and the first one) and best wishes for you and your loved ones :).


  3. Lada Ray says:

    It’s a true honor, Jim! Thank you for thinking of me! 🙂

    Fascinating facts about your life! I was very interested to find out that you live in Jordan. If there is one thing that still impresses me in people, having seen it all you know ;), it is openmindedness and being a citizen of the world. So, consider me impressed, Jim! Hope to read more about Jordan from you (with pics, please)!

    That was some grade school you went to! You sure it was in the USA? 😉

    Cheers and best for your books!



  4. Sisyphus47 says:

    Thank you so much dear friend, I am honoured and grateful to count you among the readers of my own modest efforts 🙂


  5. Thank you so much Jim! I gratefully accept 🙂 As well as this award, I also share your social anxiety. I have a bad case of if-I-can’t-picture-it-in-my-head-I-can’t-do-it – leading to all sorts of anxieties when venturing into a new social situation or place. I should have kept that for my award post! Ah well 🙂


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  7. BobR says:

    Jim, thanks so much for the nomination, very much appreciated! And congrats on quitting smoking – I quit a year and three months ago after nearly 30 years. 🙂


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  10. Thank you so much for the nomination!


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