accepting the Shine On award

Thanks to Lorraine Reguly for nominating me for the Shine On bloggers award. I met Lorraine via the Bloggers Helping Bloggers sub-group on Linked In. Many of the readers of this and my chocolate travel blog are members of that group and I thank you all for reading my posts, sharing your thoughts (via the comment thread), your friendship, and providing your professional services and support as is the case of Sherryl Perry who is definitely helping me Keep up with the Web.

Lorraine has two blogs. She’s posted about the Shine On award here: post:

7 things you should know about me

1. I have a new kitten named Jimmy who is 10 weeks old today.


Jimmy at nine weeks.


2. I am an eternal optimist.

3. I always look forward and not back.

4. I am afraid of very little and welcome new challenges and experiences.

5. Travel is my biggest passion as I love to meet new people and experience new cultures.

6. I have difficulty learning new languages.

7. I am immersed in the world of fine chocolate and never want to get out.

You can learn much more about me from reading past posts on this blog. You may figure out that I’m a bit of a rebel-rouser, and like Lorraine, I don’t like to follow rules. So I’m sharing seven of my favourite bloggers (and not 15) as that’s all I have time for.

7 of my favourite bloggers

The 7 bloggers I am saluting are all insightful bloggers who have touched, entertained and educated me via their blogs. There are no strings attached with these nominations. They are bestowed simply because I value what each of these bloggers brings to the blogosphere, whether it is because of their writing abilities, because they have established an amazing connection with their readers, or because they are all-round good people deserving of your attention.

1. Charles Gulotta is an author who operates an insightful and humorous blog called Mostly Bright Ideas. You’ll find him at

2. In her blog, Write From Here, you’ll quickly learn that Suzanne Boles has an amazing talent to write straight from the heart. You’ll find her compelling posts at

3. Treat yourself and follow Linda Paul’s blog at She is a super photographer, has a terrific sense of humour, and is a supportive online friend.

4. Tracey Arial is a writer from Quebec and an all-round great gal. She blogs about social justice, technology, writing and more at

5. I love Molly Campbell’s sense of humour. Be sure to check her out at

6. Mary Walters is an an author who offers great advice and insights on self-publishing and the writing life on her blog “The Militant Writer.” You’ll find Mary at

7. In her blog, WithHumour and Hope, Christine Peets gives us access to what is important in her life. Please visit Christine’s blog at

I have many other blogging friends who are worth mentioning, but who have already won numerous blogging awards. So I’m going to end my list here, knowing I’ve shared some excellent writing with you to inspire and entertain.

Please join us back here the week of July 8th for our next new post.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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  3. Fatima says:

    The only issue I have in this article is with the cat. I loathe cats! But, congratulations on getting the award!

  4. Aayna says:

    Congrats Doreen for the achievement, an award is always a welcomed in the family. Also, I loved Jimmy, he is way too cute. He must be keeping you busy and always on your toes. I am myself a lover of such furry creatures. Glad to read this post. Thanks for the share.

  5. Kim Goldberg says:

    Congrats, Doreen! And what a beautiful new kitten! 🙂
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  6. Catarina says:

    Congratulations Doreen. You really deserve the Shine On Award!! Keep up the good work!

  7. Jeri says:

    Congrats! I know Lorraine will be happy you claimed your award. One of my cats is also a yellow one a bit like Jimmy, though Luka’s 20-pound size makes him anything but a kitty. He’s more like a shag carpet mini-tank 😉
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    • WizardOfWords says:

      Hi Jeri and thanks for your comment. I had a 22-pound orange and white doll named Goldie. One of the most amazing cats I ever had. I shall never forget her. Here’s hoping that Jimmy will turn out to be a real charmer and wonderful companion as well.
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  8. Irene Gordon says:

    Hi Doreen,
    Congratulations on your Shine On blogging award.
    I agree with everyone who commented on how cute your new kitten is. I also smiled when I heard that you have named him Jimmy since that is my brother’s name. He is not a cat lover, though he is a wonderful brother.

    • WizardOfWords says:

      Thanks for your comment, Irene. Not sure whether I explained that I chose the name Jimmy b/c the kitten has such huge ears that he reminded me of Jimmy Durante! He’s also got that cute feistiness that Jimmy Durante was known for. Does that describe your brother as well?
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  9. Congratulations, Doreen, and thanks for the mention! Very generous. Your kitten is cute as a button!

  10. Tracey Arial says:

    Congratulations Doreen, on winning this fun award. It’s nice to see your habit of spreading sunshine everywhere recognized. Thanks for mentioning my blog in your list of favourites too. You’ve listed others there that I haven’t seen before as well. I’m going to check those out too.

    • WizardOfWords says:

      Thanks, Tracey. Yes, these awards are great in that they encourage us to look at other bloggers we know and respect and try and put their names out there for recognition or acknowledgement. I was happy to do that for your blog, as you always write with integrity and realism, no matter which topic you choose to focus on. Keep on blogging!
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  11. Congratulations Doreen, a well deserved award. I have to say, Jimmy is sooooo cute. I love orange cats, there’s just something so friendly about them.
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    • WizardOfWords says:

      Thanks, Debra. And yes, I love orange and white cats, too. I had “Goldie” from 1982-1998 and still miss her. She was SO loveable and so smart. Jimmy is a holy terror, but I’m sure he’ll settle down once he grows up a bit more. Right now … everything is new!
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  12. Cassi says:

    Congrats on receiving the Shine On award!

    I find it easy to speak languages rather than writing them, especially character-based writing such as Japanese. I wish I could travel like you do.
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    • WizardOfWords says:

      Thanks for your comment, Cassi.

      I definitely hope to learn to speak Spanish at some point in the near future as much of my research will take me to Spanish-speaking countries.

      Travel is my life. It makes me who I am. 🙂

      • Cassi says:

        What languages do you already speak (at least somewhat)?

        • WizardOfWords says:

          Hi Cassi: Being a Canadian, I took French in school for 8 years, as French is the second language of Canada. I also took some additional training in French after high school, but I really have trouble with verb conjugations. I was a volunteer with the Pan Am Games when they were held in Manitoba in 1999, so I learned a bit of Spanish. It gets me by in a very elementary way in Spanish-speaking countries. Growing up, I had some training in Ukrainian b/c of my Ukrainian-Canadian heritage, but that’s pretty much now all gone due to lack of use.
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  13. Linda says:

    Congratulations on the Shine On award. You shine on anyway, reward or not! Knowing what a huge pool of prime bloggers you have to pull from, I am honored that you found space for my humble little mess. Thank you. When’s the first book party going to happen? 😉
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    • WizardOfWords says:

      Hi Linda, and thanks for your kind words. I’m picking up the book from the printers today.

      We have a launch planned for July 18th, a chocolate and wine event planned for Aug 20th, and I’m sure I’ll put together something else over the summer. Will kick into high gear come fall. And will have the “buy the book” page up on the Chocolatour site by next week. Cheers!

  14. Thank you for mentioning me, Doreen. I feel so honoured. You are an amazing blogger. You set deadlines for your posts and we look forward to reading them. You never disappoint with new and insightful ideas and sharing things in your personal world too. I’ve know you for years but had no idea you have difficulty learning other languages (as do I) yet you travel all over the world without blinking an eye. And you make friends wherever you go. Your nomination is well deserved!
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  15. Jay Remer says:

    Congratulations, Doreen! This is a well-deserved award! I wish you every continued success. Keep blogging!

  16. I am so honoured to be named one of your seven favourite bloggers, Doreen! You’ve been a great inspiration to just keep blogging, and you’re always so supportive.
    You’ve taught me to follow my passion, and it’s great to be along on the journey as you follow yours.

    • Thanks, Christine. I am happy to be your inspiration. I like the way you share random thoughts in your blog and try to spark a conversation. To me, that’s what blogging is all about! It’s a piece of life, and hosting a party or gathering that you hope all will enjoy. Blog on!
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  17. Susan Cooper says:

    What a very fitting award for you to accept. I love your new fur kid, he is really a pretty little boy. BTW: I’m very excited about your visit. :)))
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  18. Harry Hobbs says:

    Congratulations Doreen on a well deserved award. I love the picture of Jimmy Give him a kiss and cuddle from me. He does have some of the classic tabby markings I mentioned in a previous post but is more white in the face than our Farley

    • Thanks, Harry. And yes, Jimmy is definitely a sweetheart. He has 2 switches: ON or OFF. He’s either racing around getting into everything, or he’s passed out from exhaustion. That pic was taken in a rare moment when he was awake, and sitting still!
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