“Woman is opaque in her very being; she stands before man not as a subject but as an object paradoxically endued with a fleeting subjectivity; she takes herself simultaneously as self and as other, a contradiction that entails baffling consequences.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
Thank you Miss de Beauvoir…. I think.
Awards now, to but a few of my favourite ladies and gentlemen of letters:
* Palabras Como Rosas *
I would have liked to pass this award onto everyone whose blogs I follow so avidly, but to follow my obligation to give this award to nine people whose words are truly like the lingering and sweetly scented petals of a perfect rose I choose these bloggers:
Beth of Beth Kephart Books
Lori Ann of lori times five
Ces of Ces And Her Dishes (Artist and writer supremo - a newly discovered delight)
Lola of Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino
Renee of Circling My Head
Erin of Woman In A Window
Mama Shujaa of Mama Shujaa
Janelle of Ngorobob House (Whose blog contains not only her rose scented words, but which also resonates with the heat and dust and drama of my Africa.)
* The Renee Award *
This award was created by the collaborative talents of two awe-inspiring artists and writers, Bella and Ces, only a short time ago in honour of my dear friend, mentor and muse Renee of Circling My Head. Renee, whose courage and humour, whose wit, eloquence and generosity of spirit flies in the face of a life-threatening and debilitating illness, hosts a blog which is at once stimulating, provocative, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny.
The acorn depicted in the award symbolises strength and growth and regeneration - along with all the attributes Renee herself possesses in abundance. I would like to pass this gift on with pride to the following bloggers, all of whom I admire enormously and whose art/humour/prose/writing I love.
Irene of The Gossamer Woman
Anna of Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder
Zumar of Amanecer en la Habana
Polly of Sotto Voce
Priya of the plum tree
Adrienne of Adrienne Trafford Art
Maithri of The Soaring Impulse