Share Your World, 2014 – Week 38

GLOBE - PIECE OF THE WORLD W. TEXT. - green - pink“Share Your World” invitational, hosted by Cee Neuner, gives bloggers an opportunity to get to know each other better. Follow the link to join in the fun.

Question # 1: If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I think I would love to be a huge Maple tree.

Question # 2: If you could have a servant come to your house every day for an hour, what would you have them do?

I would request an experienced carpenter, and I’d have him spend that hour every day installing floor to ceiling cabinets and shelving in all the room except the kitchen. (It already has plenty of storage space.) When you live with thousands of books, cassette tapes, CD’s, VHS tapes, manuscripts, and art supplies, you MUST have shelves and cabinets — and more shelves and cabinets — many of which have doors that close.

Question # 3: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

Well, since I would feel terribly guilty choosing chocolate, I’ll choose my other favorite food: Cheese.

Question # 4: What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery).  

Actually, I never did any babysitting or newspaper delivering, so I don’t have to consider those. One of my first jobs that made me significant money was working in an ice cream stand, and that was followed by working as a waitress in a bowling alley restaurant. I waited tables, but the most fun was waiting on the counter, being a grill cook, and making old-fashioned sodas and malts. That was undoubtedly my favorite job as a teenager.

Bonus Question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that one of my cousins made a huge pork roast and insisted in bringing me some of it, along with all the trimmings.  Mmmmm. I do love pork roast, but I almost never do one myself.

Next week, I will be helping a gifted, anointed friend create her first blog so that she can feature many videos of her music and ministry in order to bless the world through them. I am grateful to get to be a part of this brand new adventure with her.



Share Your World – Week 35

When I was a child, I bought a little banner at a community fair that said, “Slow But Sure.”  So, okay, I’m sometimes slow about getting around to stuff — like the “Share Your World” project that Cee hosts every week. I see a lot of my blogging friends responding, but I just never got around to getting started. You know what I mean?  Well, maybe you don’t because maybe you don’t procrastinate the way I do.

Anyway, I decided it’s time I at least jumped in and tried to get involved. In this project, Cee Neuner post an article every week in which she asks bloggers four questions about themselves or their lives. That helps all their readers get to know them better. If you’d like to take part just follow this link or the one connected to Cee’s name above, and you’ll find all the details.

Now, for question # 1:  Have your blogging goals changed?

No, I started blogging for three reasons — which is why I have more than one blog. My ministry blogs are there for the purpose of helping people get to know the Lord Jesus Christ and His love for them, and those goals are still the same.

My patriotic blog was born out of my desire — or maybe my need — to vent on a number of issues that are important to my country and its future.

And my author’s blog (the one you are on now) is my attempt to connect with other like-minded people from all over the world and share our love of writing and our desire to touch people with the deepest things from our hearts as we express them in those tiny little black marks on paper.

So my goals are exactly the same as they were in the beginning, and the nicest thing about all of it is that I am reaching those goals in a very satisfactory way.

Question # 2:  If you were to perform in a circus, what would you do?

That’s easy: NOTHING. I absolutely hate circuses, so I wouldn’t be caught anywhere near one.

Question # 3:  If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18, what advice would you give yourself? Or if you are younger than 25, what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 45?

The advice I’d give is to tell myself (or anyone else) that you can make it on your own, with the Lord’s help. It’s terrific to have good friends and family. And life can be sad when we don’t have those blessings. But it’s important for all of us to believe — to know — that we are not dependent on another person to make us valuable or to help us make something beautiful of our lives.

Question # 4:  What is your favorite comfort snack food?

CHOCOLATE.  Hands down, no questions asked, no mulling it over in order to make a decision.  It’s chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up:

I’m grateful I got through the grueling dental work I had to have done last week and that I am well on my way to being back to normal.

This coming week, I’m looking forward to the new fall term of my writing classes at the junior colleges. This fall I am starting a brand new class on writing poetry.




Sending You a Song

I “borrowed” this video link from Gerry at

I’m sending it out to all of my terrific blogging friends. Thank you for adding so much to my life by becoming part of my cyberspace family. Gerry and I were just discussing the other day the fact that we wouldn’t want to have to deal with communication the way it used to be — without the Internet and all it’s blessings — which include all of YOU!




Super Sweet Blogger Award — With No Rules

SUPER SWEET AWARDOne of my very first — and best — blogging friends — Gerry Ainger, from “Restawyle” and “Writing Hell” — has awarded me the “Super Sweet Blogger Award.”  Now, Gerry and I have an understanding concerning awards. We both agree that awards to bloggers should honor them and not put them in a place of having to obey a long list of rules in order to receive the award. If a blogger is being honored, they have already done the work required to receive that honor. I have written an entire blog post concerning this problem with blog awards, which will explain my reasoning more fully.             

Since I know that Gerry agrees fully, I feel free to accept this award and pass it on as I see fit — which means NO RULES.  So, all of you dear bloggers listed in my 2 recent posts of ‘favorite’ bloggers (see links below)  please be advised that you are recipients of this “Super Sweet Blogger Award” along with me.  I do mean that sincerely. If I did not consider you worthy of such an award, I would not have specified that you are one of my favorite blogs. I also absolve you of any responsibilities for carrying out rules in order to receive. You have already EARNED the award, so your work is done. Feel free to come over here and copy the award logo and then post it onto your site if you choose to receive the award. (Many of you have it already.) Then pass it on to anyone you feel is deserving — without following any particular regulations.

My thanks to Gerry, whose nominations are always sincere and sincerely appreciated.

Links to the posts listing some of my favorite blogs:



More of My Favorite Things

SMILEY -- NO CIRCLE - GREENOkay, here’s my next list of favorite blogs to visit. Last week I gave you 12, and this week I’m offering 12 more. Each of these places has something unique to offer. Some are built around a primary theme or purpose, and some are more like a pot luck dinner, with a little of this, a little of that, and several varieties of everything else. Hope you find some new friends on these sites –as I have.

Rochelle, Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple:

Julia’s Place:

Colline’s Blog:

The Remissionary:

This Man’s Journey:

Jake Sprinters’ Sunday Post:


For His Glory:

Pure Glory:

A Walk in the Word:

Jon Lilly:

The View From Granny’s Porch:


A Few of My Favorite Things: More to Come

It’s been about a year since I posted a list of some of my favorite blogs. So I think it’s past time I did that again. However, I’ve discovered so many new ones and made so many new friends in that time that the list is HUMONGOUS!!!  What to do?  What to do?

So here’s the plan:  This week, I will list 12 of those blogs — in no particular order.  And, yes, some of them will be blogs I mentioned last year as well — because I have so many new followers who may not know them. Next week I will list more of my favorites.  I won’t tell you individual things about each one. I’ll give you the links, and you can have the fun of checking them out.

I figure this is better than an award, because this way there are no rules and absolutely no obligations for the recipient. So here goes.


Lucid Gypsy:

Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus:


Hearing His Voice:

The Lint In My Pocket:

The Dorset Rambler:

The Bard on the Hill:

Sunday Post:

The Poetry of Dennis N. O’Brien:

Northwest Photography:

Cee’s Photography:

This, That, and The Other Thing:



HURRAY! I’m Fixed!

BALLOONS VERTICLEThank the Lord, thank WordPress, and thank all of you who prayed!  I’m fixed, and I can now get back into my blogs normally.

I really thought it had to be a glitch of some kind connected with the Chrome browser, but I couldn’t be sure. I was sure I hadn’t posted anything that would get me suspended, and I knew I could still get a minimal connection through Firefox. But with Firefox, I couldn’t see everything on the site.

My computer is very old and has some problems working with Internet Explorer and Firefox both, so I can’t access the blogs enough to use them normally with either of those.  And, considering the fact that I have four blogs on here, that was a lot to lose.

However, all is well now. It’s nice to be back home!

No Access To WordPress

Dear Readers,

I’m posting this little note to let you know that I suddenly lost access to my WordPress blogs this morning through my main browser. There is no legitimate reason for that fact, and I can still access a partial page through my Firefox browser. That’s how I’m communicating with you right now. But unless I can get the connection restored through my main browser, Chrome, I won’t be able to communicate with all of you here any longer — or on my “Hangin’ Out With God” blog, “Happy Patriot” blog, “Merry Christmas” blog, or “Healing From Jesus” blog. 

I have contacted WordPress about the issue. I would have considered the possibility of the problem being in my own browser, except that I got a WordPress page filled with advertisements, and then a WordPress page saying I was suspended from WordPress. What?????

It’s very weird, because I can access the blogs from Firefox. Unfortunately, I can access only a limited section of the pages through Firefox (Some kind of fluke with my computer’s Firefox connection causes that issue, and that’s why I use Chrome.) 

But since I cannot see most of the page, I cannot tell what’s showing up and what isn’t.  So I’m not going to try to interact from here — other than sending this message — and I just hope my readers can see this post even if I can’t.

I would appreciate your prayers that WordPress can get the problem fixed. I love and appreciate all of you and will certainly miss you greatly if WP cannot get everything restored.

Blessings on you all,


Happy Birthday!

BIRTHDAY CAKE 1Happy Birthday to “Sandra Conner … By the Book”!  Yes, it has been one whole year today. I know that because February 1st is my personal birthday as well.  I had not deliberately planned to begin my third blog on my birthday, but it worked out that way.  As I was posting my “About” page for this site last year, I thought how appropriate it was that I was giving birth to a new extension of myself on this particular day. 

So mainly I just want to say, “Thank You!” to all of you readers out there who have made this blog an adventure and a great joy this past year. So many of you have become friends whom I cherish, and several of you are brand new acquaintances I am genuinely pleased to meet and will hopefully get to know very well in the near future.

BALLOONS VERTICLEI do appreciate the connections and communication with so many creative, talented people.  It’s the creativity in each of us that fosters, nourishes, and edifies the creativity in one another.  I have had the privilege this whole past year of being the recipient of your encouragement, your stimulation, once in a while your correction, and always your affection. That blessing adds greatly to my happiness as I celebrate this birthday.

I also want to specifically thank my life-long friend Terry Valley for the artwork that serves as my header photo this week. Terry is a professional photographer and graphic artist, and he created this piece and sent it to me for use on my blog.

Well, I’m ready for a party. I hope each one of you has a day as happy as mine.



CLOSE-UP WEB - SANDY # 1Hey, Blogging Friends, I’d like to do some straightforward talking about blog awards.  During my time at WordPress, I have been the happy recipient of a number of awards and have gladly passed them on to other very worthy bloggers. And just this past week two other blogging friends graciously nominated me for new awards:
Gerry at  and
LubbyGirl at

I had just finished the very involved tasks of following the rules of accepting an award two weeks prior to that, and I simply did not have the time — with all my other online responsibilities — to accept and follow all of the rules accompanying those two new ones. I felt bad, but — you know what — the truth is that I should not have to feel bad, because the problem here is not of my making.

I’ve found that several of my blogging friends are in the same situation. And most of those people have felt terribly frustrated because they do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings by turning down the award or by explaining their own feelings. A few have already determined to just turn down any awards at all because they know they cannot deal with all the work involved. So I’ve decided that it’s time we see these facts in black and white here on our WordPress platform.

It’s not that we are not honored to be considered so kindly by our peers. It’s just that there is an inordinate amount of work involved in acceptance rules: answering all the questions, determining who should be a new recipient, visiting every one of their blogs to scour them carefully to make sure they do not already have that award, notifying them, and then making sure to put a link to everyone’s site on our own. It is not that those bloggers are not worth that effort. That is not the case.  The point is, quite frankly, that the awards themselves are not worth all that effort.  And here’s why I feel that way.

While I understand that the idea of passing on the awards and posting the links is based on the attempt to help us get to know more bloggers and interact with them, the truth is that if any person is worthy of an award — for any reason — then he is worthy of receiving that award without having to perform any other tasks in order to accept it. He either earned the award or he did not. Period. And there are many other ways to encourage bloggers to interact with new bloggers. Some of us have simply posted lists of several blogs that we find worthy of attention and encouraged others to visit them. Or we re-blog articles from other sites. That accomplishes the same purpose without causing the bloggers themselves to have to “work” for the honor we’ve paid them. They have already done that.

I’m never sure who originated these awards. And everyone who receives an award feels obligated to keep obeying every rule, so the people we have received awards from in the past year probably have nothing at all to do with making those rules. It’s worth stating again that I feel sure that the original awarders had in mind trying to get more interaction among folks in the blogging family. But people who become very popular in that family sometimes find themselves with so many awards that they have no time for their own blogging responsibilities because of having to do all the work involved in accepting those awards. Well, I think it’s time we admitted that this situation is based on faulty reasoning and needs to be changed.

So — hoping that all of you can understand my heart in this matter — I am announcing that, as of today, I am not going to be accepting any more awards that require me to comply with a list of rules and extra work in order to receive them. The problem  has to stop somewhere, and for me it stops here. However, I fully intend to continue promoting blogs that I find a blessing and encouraging others to visit them. And, frankly, I have in mind a couple of awards that I want to grant to others in the future, but they will be in honor of the fine work they are already doing — without requiring anything else of them.

Please know that I am truly grateful to all of you who have considered me worthy of an award. And please be assured that, if I nominated you for awards, it was because I genuinely believed you deserved them. However, I will not be accepting or passing on any future award unless it is one that has no strings attached.

Please feel free to comment in agreement or disagreement and let others know how you feel on the subject.