Liebster Award!


Thanks to Anne Murray at The Main Focus (, who was kind enough to nominate my blog for this recognition. It’s actually quite refreshing and exciting to be nominated. So thanks!

Here are the official rules for the Liebster Award nomination:

• Each nominee must have under 200 followers
• Thank and link to the nominating blog
• Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
• Nominate 10 blogs and tell them that they’ve been nominated
• Write a post containing the questions
• Include these rules in the post

Here are my assigned questions:

1. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

I would have mastered a foreign language by the end of my undergraduate days; either Spanish or German. 

2. What is your fondest memory? (Don’t be raunchy or offensive here).

Either hammocking in the Grand Tetons with a bottle of wine and my future wife, or the several days I dwelled in the monasteries at Mount Athos in Greece. 

3. What is the most important lesson you learned in life?

Do not worry: anxiety will not help you. If it is a bit too easy to quite something, than it is probably worth doing. Truly valuable things cannot be purchased at a store; they must be developed from within. Humour is the best response to anything. Fear and hate are twins and simply mark ignorance. I realize that this is more than one important lesson. 

4. What was the best advice you received?

Do one painful or hard thing everyday and learn or do something new every day. Also, keep your socks dry when hiking and camping. 

5. If you knew that tomorrow was your last day on earth, what would you do today?

In the back bone of the Rockies in Colorado, there is a deep valley that I occasionally pass by. Looking up this wooded valley, you can see, far in the distance, a high, angular snowy peak, whose name I have never quite been able to discover. The contrast between the woods and the hills, which is pleasant, and the snowy peak, which can only be described as Sublime. This peak has come to represent a true wilderness for me: the something that is really out there. So I would take a pair of cross country skies, and ski up the valley and climb that peak. 

6. What is the weirdest dream you have ever had?

I was trying to accomplish something at my high school. There was a problem, and I had to go talk to someone else or get something to accomplish this task. But this someone else or something else only led to another task, so I was stuck in a sort of Sisyphusean nightmare. Most of the dreams that I can recall have this element unfortunately.

7. If you could only take 3 things with you on a trip, what would they be?

I good book, the correct map, and wine. 

8. What holds the most value (person, thing, or place) to you here on earth? Why?

My wife and my parents. Mt. Rainier and the Grand Teton: mountains in general. But I also love my books and skis. Honourable mention to my tea and coffee making accoutrements. 

9. Who did you admire most as a child? Why?

Winston Churchill. I constantly read history books, and they unanimously praised the guy. It was hard not to feel like he was pretty great. He had style. He had guts. He had brains. 

10. What is your dream job? (Get creative here).

 Ah, so travel writer, wine connoisseur, and chocolate taster are out. Heli skiing guide then? Owner of a surprisingly successful small business, like a bookstore? Historian? Tea connoisseur? I got it: owner and operator of a tea house in the mountains. 

Here are my nominations:


Aamil Syed.

Yeah, Whatever.


A Writer’s Outlook.

Bentley Hensel.

History Chick in AZ.

Submitted For Your Perusal.

Went Looking.

This Is My Chapter 30.

And here are my questions:

1. Do ends justify means? Why?

2. Who is your favourite historical figure and why?

3. If you could have a long lunch and conversation with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

4. Favourite Book?

5. Favourite Movie?

6. If you knew that tomorrow was your last day on earth, what would you do today?

7. What is the most important lesson you learned in life?

8. If your where the Supreme Autocrat of Planet Earth, what would you do?

9. What is your bliss?

10. Do you think the universe is fundamentally orderly and meaningful or chaotic and absurd?


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