A Nomination: The Versatile Blogger Award

Well here was a nice surprise… I awoke this morning to discover that Alison over at WifeMeetsLife has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award (Thank you SO much, Alison!).

I have seen the VBA Logo at a number of blog sites and I can’t say I ever expected to receive a nomination… at least, certainly not so soon after getting started in the blogosphere. Anyway, as I read Alison’s post announcing her elevation to the fold, the rules for accepting a nomination require that (in addition to thanking the nominator), I must provide 7 facts about myself and nominate 7 other blogs I think worthy of the award. So here goes….

7 Facts about Yours Truly…

  1. My wife and I have 5 cats who rejoice in the names: ‘Big Fat Kittie’, ‘Fluffy Kittie’, ‘Good Kittie’ (aka: Grey Kittie or Dumbo), ‘Little Black Kittie’ and ‘Little White Kittie’;
  2. For five years I was the most northerly practicing lawyer on the continent;
  3. I was born in England, emigrated to Canada at age 12, and have lived on 3 continents;
  4. Before moving to the Arctic regions, my wife and I raised cows, chickens and turkeys on a little 35 acre hobby farm;
  5. I have a collection of over 300 cookbooks;
  6. I have assisted at over 300 autopsies; and,
  7. I can remember all sorts of obscure facts and figures but need to keep reading glasses scattered all around the house as I keep forgetting where I set them down…

7 Really Worthwhile Blogs…

  1. Back Road Journal … A blog by a New Englander with a lovely garden and lots of nice recipes;
  2. Chow Times … The food and travel adventures of Ben and Suanne from Vancouver;
  3. CoolCookStyle … Recipes and culinary musings by a ‘savoir-vivre’ who goes by the interesting handle: Bacon Biscuit12;
  4. Domestic Diva, M.D. … Recipes and hilarious anecdotes from a newly qualified medical doctor;
  5. Sinfully Spicy … A celebration of Indian food with lovely photography;
  6. Mmm…Yoso!!! … The food travels of a San Diego based blogger; and,
  7. I love you, 2012 … Another Northern lawyer relates his experiences and chronicles 10 impossible projects he plans to complete in 365 days.

Well, there were actually several other blogs I thought should be nominated but I see that they have been so honored already. As for the last blog in my list of 7, I urge my regular readers to take a look. Malcolm (aka: Repo) who writes the blog is a regular travel companion and co-defense counsel with me on Court circuits all around the North. His projects for the year include running a Marathon on the sea-ice which will require him to be dropped out on the ice floe 26 miles from home so that he can make his own way back. I rather expect that after being cooped up for the long Arctic winter we are just emerging from, his wife will be happy to drop him off on an ice floe any old time….

Anyway… Thank you, again, Alison, for the unexpected nomination!


  1. You’re quite welcome! Keep up the great flogging, and I’ll be sure to check out your nominees!

  2. You’re quite welcome! Keep up the great blogging, and I’ll be sure to check out your nominees!

  3. Congrats! I’m checking out your last nominee right now. Also, your cats’ names are…creative, and I laughed at #7!

  4. That’s so interesting, John. Now you TOTALLY have to write a book!

    Congratulations on your award. You certainly deserve it.

    1. Thank you very much!! As for a book, I have a few more years in the Arctic, I want to see how it all turns out first 🙂

  5. Congratulations on the nomination! That is wonderful news for a wonderful blog 🙂

    And thank you so much for the nomination in terms. I feel so honored!

  6. Congratulations on your well-deserved award. lt was great to learn more about you. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Congratulations on your well deserved award. It is alway nice to learn a little more about the bloggers that we visit. Thank you very much for the nomination…it is very much appreciated. I’m looking forward to checking out a few of the bloggers that I have never visited.

  8. Congratulation with your well deserved award. Thanks for visiting my blog and I’ll be back for more of your delicious cooking.

  9. Wow– fun to read your life facts!! We’ve lived on 3 contingents too– Costa Rica (does Central America count?), Spain and back to California. Be fun to keep track of your blog.

  10. Congratulations on your award! This is my first time to your site and I’ve enjoyed poking around! I especially loved your last dish for the Pasta ‘all Amatriciana. Exquisite in it’s simplicity! I look forward to visiting again! : )

  11. Thank you everyone for the congratulations! Hope to see you all visiting again!

  12. thanks so much for visiting my blog just read a few of your posts how interesting theirs a sweet lady Patricia who is from the Artic North who comments on the chow and chatter facebook page also a lawyer, maybe you know each other. I will return Rebecca

  13. Hmmm … I actually know all the Criminal circuit Court lawyers in Nunavut Territory, most in the Northwest Territory, and a smattering in the Yukon. There are also lots of Government department lawyers in all three territories, but I know almost none of them…

  14. I am so new to finding your blog that I really haven’thad a chance to know you yet, but I do look forward to more! What a great way for me to begin…your seven things would indicate to me that you are a very interesting guy! Very cute kittie names and then a rather lengthy history of assisting in autopsies may mean I’ll discover you’re even more eclectic than I am! 🙂 Great award…I would say Versatile fits you beautifully! Debra

  15. Thank you very much Debra … I was a little worried the autopsy reference in a food blog might be a bit off-putting 🙂

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