Blogging With a Purpose

Last week, L.A. Mitchell bestowed upon me the Blogging With a Purpose award !


I'm always delighted to hear from someone who gets any good out of my ramblings and was tickled to get this bit of recognition.

The original rules(which she says she loosely altered) 1. Nominate 5 blogs which haven't had this award before 2. Each of the blogs must have a purpose 3. The nominated blogs must make a link back to this page 4. The logo from the award must be put on their blog and it must link back to this blog. ...I'm going alter as well, not 'alter' really, but I'm only going to follow #s 1 and 2.

I have to admit I've been working on this for a couple of days now. :( We've been busy here...

But I'd like to name some blogs that I frequent. It's hard to pick just five, but I'll try. And these are not in any order. I have too many 'must reads' to have any real favorites, so I'm trying to pick a variety.

First, I'll plug the Hero Rats. We have pet rats, and they are sweet as can be. Now I know that a lot of people who haven't been around them, just can't imagine what great pets they are, but they really are wonderful. They're loving and very playful. And clean. They clean themselves all the time, like little cats. Back to the Hero Rats. This is an organization that uses trained rats to demine at-risk areas. They sniff out the buried explosives and they are light enough they don't trigger the mines when they find them. They are also using trained sniffer rats to identify positive TB samples. One rat can test as many samples in ten minutes as a human technician can test in an entire day. They're amazing little animals. If you've never been around them, spend a few minutes checking these two links and give them a chance to win your heart.

Next, I'm going to give you a couple of places I 'hang out', just because they are interesting people. Val is a cancer survivor, a vet, a horseman, not to mention a mom and a long list of other stuff - and she's an interesting person. As is Leah. Leah is one of my long-time crit partners and I have the greatest admiration for how she keeps writing though all of life's travails. She's an endless source of inspiration and support for me when life gets me down and my writing slacks off. She always gives me a hug or a slap - whichever is needed. :)

An Arabian horse blog that I follow, Daughter of the Wind, and a website that has not just modern show and race horses, and the ever elusive Pure Desert Horse.

oops. That's more than five already - ok, I'll stop there, but I'm not taking one of those down.


L.A. Mitchell said...

Very deserving, Sue. Loved the hero rats site :)

Becky Burkheart said...

Thank you LA.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Hero Rats. They really are amazing. When you think of all the labs and all that rats have done for us - I think most people just don't have any idea...

I love what the Hero Rats are doing, I love that these little guys are being given a chance, instead of just poked and prodded and all the awful things rats go through in a lab, I love that these are able to actually be proactive and through postive action, make a real difference in so many people lives.

Leah Braemel said...

Wow, I blog with a purpose? Okay, if you want to spin it that way.

That makes me work that much harder at trying to come up with 'worthwhile' spots other than the usual whining I do.

Val said...

Interesting?!? I prefer "fascinating" myself, heh heh!
But thanks for the plug - now I need to sit down to type w/"Purpose" in mind?!? [mostly I blog to keep from losing my s#%t w/family/friends/employees & the like!]

Becky Burkheart said...

*shakes finger* at Val and Leah.

I included you both here because you keep me sane. I have a lot of admiration for how you keep balance in your lives with all that you have to deal with, and I find your posts help me keep some balance in my life.