April Platform Challenge, Bends In The Road, Blogging, Blogroll, Bonnie Vesely, Carol Early Cooney, Diabetes, JustVentures, Kelly Ann Williamson, Lumped Together, MNINB, Monica Alvarado Frazier, Monique Liddle, MS, Poetry, Poets, Rebecca Barray, Robert Lee Brewer, Sarah Turnbull, Sarah W. Bartlett, Sarahscapes, Strong Women Grow Here, The 9 Inch Plate, This Is Mine...Seriously, TN, Women Writing For (a) Change, writing, Writing Inside VT
Special Addition: MNINB Blogroll
This April was incredibly challenging with folks involved with the April Platform Challenge, the PAD Challenge, ScriptFrenzy, A to Z Blogging Challenge, and an assortment of other contrivances to get our writerly juices flowing more freely and more productively. Our next group of Not Bobbers have had their fair share of life’s challenges. Surviving life’s setbacks by exhibiting plenty of personal pluck. But they didn’t stop there. They have trekked through the thicket brandishing a machete to make a wider, smoother path for those thrown into the same bunch of thorns. They have dedicated their blogs and their lives to helping others not only survive but thrive.
What will follow over the next week or so is an annotated blogroll. My space is limited, but I strive to give you a taste of what you are missing by not subscribing to these talented writers, poets, and artists. I hope you love getting to know my fellow Not Bobbers as much as I have. Please share your thoughts here and on their blogs as well. We love feedback. Everyone of us.
Monique Liddle Initially, Monique amazed me with her seemingly abundant energy and commitment to community. She and Becca are truly the hearts of the MNINBers. Through her blog Bends In The Road, I learned that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Tregeminal Neuralgia (TN) and more recently, Diabetes (DB). Always in search for the silver-linings while still acknowledging the pain, Monique focuses her blog on life’s unexpected turns. Her story is a true inspiration, but she entreats you to share your own unexpected twists and turns.
Carol Early Cooney Seems as if the Cooney household is on a Diabetes-friendly regime. Don’t despair, Carol, the matriarch of this family has plenty of down to earth fun and humor in her approach to getting her family healthy. The 9 Inch Plate chronicles their adventures as they discover that no “free radicals” are not a referent to a 1960s cultural meme but a healthy component to most unprocessed foods. Happy Kissversary! And Congratulations on completing the 5K! Share their milestones as they get healthy… together. What? Silence, Sam?
Kelly Ann Williamson What happens when a family member’s illness has taken center stage sending ripple effects through out the once solid home-base? If you’re a writer, you …write about it. If you are a blogger, you blog about it. In This Is Mine…Seriously tackles a very personal subject matter. Instead of focusing on the disease, her blog celebrates the resiliency of family members and her own personal independence. As she plants her flag in her corner of the cyber-world, she declares this to be “My Space. My Ideas. My Limitless Possibilities…”
Monica Alvarado Frazier recently retired as a peace officer for the State of California. For the next installment in her life, she is picking up the journals she wrote during her 3-decade career and applying the lessons of her writing classes to the materials. Her blog Strong Women Grow Here connects her then and now lives. Writing, her strong faith and her strong sense of community are helping her create a new life as she still helps others make better choices in their own lives.
Sarah W. Bartlett I love my life. Really I do. But I admit to a twinge of envy when I read any three of Sarah’s blogs. Sarahscapes is pure inspiration! Poems, quotes, pictures and stories of Sarah’s many adventures recharging in the natural world. Nature heals. Writing is also a powerful healer. Sarah has spent over 2 decades working with Women Writing For (a) Change. An off-shoot of this project focuses on working with incarcerated women Writing Inside VT. To find a litany of Sarah’s many hats click here.
Bonnie Vesely Bonnie shares much in common with Sarah. She is also a coach, an advocate, and a career counselor. JustVentures records Bonnie’s passion for social justice. She has helped people out of the trap of poverty to realize their full potential as positive change-agents in their communities. As a runner and general outdoor enthusiast, she is also interested in natural stewardship and in supporting efforts to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
Sarah Turnbull Is not a currently active blogger, but she is a vibrant member of the MNINB clan. Her blog, Lumped Together, chronicled her bout with breast health issues. It is a terrific reference for those in the same situation. Sarah continues to be an inspiration for me in her deft tweets and her blog-like posts to her Google+ profile. Please, for your own sake. Follow her on Twitter @thesaturnbull and check out the Google+ profile.
Miss a post in this series? Need to revisit a post? All are easy to access in the archives. Just hit the category tag for MNINB Blogroll to see what you are missing.