The Liebster Award!

Keri, Jane, and Sarah

The Liebster Award has been passed around for several years – a sort of peer recommendation system for up-and-coming blogs. Thanks to Rachel at The Sagebrush Sea for nominating three harebrained college instructors – people like you keep us writing and thinking!

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11 Random Things about Us

  1. We are three very different women, with roughly the same job. 
  2. Jane’s favorite color is blue.
  3. Sarah has lived in Italy and Eastern Montana – they are not the same, at all.
  4. Keri is a classically trained musician who plays the Swedish fiddle. She lived in Sweden; it’s not Montana either.
  5. We are all distracted by junk food and bad T.V.
  6. We spend more hours together grading papers than we do with our families – at least during the school year.
  7. We have a secret coffee pot in an adjunct office; we hide out there some afternoons.
  8. We all love a good argument, especially when it is reasoned and insightful and involves students who are thinking independently.  We encourage respectful dissent.
  9. Keri is still technically a newlywed
  10. Jane teaches science fiction and Othello – sometimes in the same semester
  11. Sarah loves to backpack and wear sparkly nail polish, usually at the same time.

    Rachel’s Liebster Questions, answered by us.

    What do you hope your legacy will be?

    Keri:   I want to leave the world a nicer place than when I got here. That means teaching my students to think for themselves, seek understanding, continue learning, and help other people. I hope that they pass on these traits so that these lessons continue for generations.

    If you cook, what is your signature dish?  If not, what is your favorite dish?

    Jane: People seem to love my roast turkey.

    If money and time were no object, where would you travel and why?

    Sarah: I’m such a cliché: I caught the same travel bug as every other privileged college kid with a backpack.  I’d go anywhere.  India, Nepal, and Machu Picchu top my current list – followed closely by a return trip to my favorite haunt and former home: Sicily.

    Where or what do you consider home?

    Keri:  For me, home is more of a feeling of comfort and acceptance. If I had to pick a place, I guess the Southwest United States is home. The moment I see red rocks exposed in the sun, I feel the stress melt from my shoulders and I feel welcomed. I experience this most as I drive to visit my parents in Arizona. On the Nevada-Arizona border on the banks of the Virgin River, there’s a rest area where I stop and allow the sun’s warmth, the red rocks, and the sound of water to embrace me. After that stop, I am giddy with the feeling of coming home.

    Do you place importance upon selecting the right name for your pets?

    Keri:  For me, my pets are my children, so their names are very important. At the same time, I like their names to reflect my life when that pet comes along. For example, I had a dog named Valpen, which means “the puppy” in Swedish. This was significant because of a certain boy I liked in Sweden who had the biggest puppy dog eyes. My friend and I nicknamed him “Valpen,” so when I saw this scrawny black and white puppy looking at me with these big brown eyes, I had to name her Valpen.

    What is your favorite book?

    Jane:   The Cheyneyville Incident and Austerlitz

    What is your idea of an ideal celebration?

    Sarah: I married an introvert, but I love a party.  When I was a military wife I attended lots of formal parties we called “mandatory fun.” Now I prefer a small group of friends, simple real food, and a good stout beer.  Every celebration is made richer by profound words – I love a heartfelt read-a-loud.

    What is your favorite breed of dog?

    Sarah: Old. I have a new puppy.

    What song makes your heart happy?

    Jane: Some Enchanted Evening

    What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

    Keri:  My favorite hobbies and pastimes change depending on the weather or time of year. Currently, during these cold winter months, I enjoy listening to books on my phone while working on my latest cross-stitch project. During warmer months, I want to be outside in the mountains enjoying fresh air and the wind in the trees—even if it’s just sitting on a rock with a fishing pole in hand or hiking a new trail. It really doesn’t matter, as long as I’m outside.

    Name one thing you are thankful for.

    Sarah: I am thankful that this question is impossible because the list is sooooooo long!

    Our nominees:

    BigHorn Mountain Mama: One Mother’s Quest to Finally Give Birth to Her Self

    Taking Fences: Regular writing for irregular people.

    DIY College Prep: Academic advice and study tips for the college-bound

    The Bamboo Project Blog: Career Conversations, Clarity and Creation

    Inspiration Lane

    Questions for our nominees:

  1. What inspired you to begin writing your blog?
  2. What do you hope your legacy will be?
  3. What is your favorite city in the world?
  4. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  5. What do you like about blogging?
  6. What’s your favorite weather?
  7. What questions nag at you?
  8. What do you find beautiful?
  9. How do you answer the standard “what do you do” question?
  10. What is your biggest regret?
  11. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
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