presentation1.pngOh! Oh! Not again!  Another meme.

A lot of stuff that comes into my in-basket is spam, and a fair portion of it suggests in one way or another that I am a winner.  Well, the truth is that I am a winner!  However, few people ever tell me that using that word.

These days communications are cheap, and too many good natured folks (like me), have too much time on their hands.  So we communicate, and I have just been notified that I am the winner of the following award by Katherine Gotthardt, the writer at Poems from the Battlefield.  See Thank you for the award!  So now what?

Here are the rules.

To accept this award, I must:

1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award;
2. Copy the award & place it on my blog;
3. Link to the person who nominated me for this award;
4. Share 7 interesting things about myself;
5. Nominate 7 bloggers.

Number 1

Thank you, Katherine Gotthardt.

Number 2

Number 3

Thank you for the award!

Number 4

Seven interesting things about myself.   Errrr…, this blog is not about me.  Well, that is not entirely true.  So what do the people who visit here need to know?  Most of what is relevant about me is on the About Citizen Tom page.  What can I add?  Well, here it is in no particular order.

  1. I do not take compliments well.  Some people can compliments gracefully.  That is, they can make the person giving the compliment feel good about giving it.  My guess is that those people have gotten more practice than me.
  2. I am still learning about me.  There was a time I would have described myself as average and ordinary.  That time is in the past.  Why?  As I grew older, I began to understand there were still things I did not know about myself.  No, I was not finding myself or discovering myself.  I was not lost — at least not in that sense.  I was just learning that God made me unique.  Each of us is uniquely made for a unique purpose by our Creator.
  3. I do not pray enough.  Jesus gave us a great gift of hope, but He also said we must become perfect.

    Matthew 5:48 (Today’s New International Version)
    Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Without lots of prayer, how am I suppose to become perfect?

  4. After studying history in the public school system, I think they are teaching it wrong.  There is only one history course that I took in high school that actually fascinated me.  What did the teacher do?  Well, with this course the American History teacher combined forces with the American Literature teacher.  We went back to period literature and studied the first moments of combat in the American Revolution.  It did not sink in at the time, but I eventually realized that history is best learned from the words of the people who lived it.
  5. I have studied chemistry and biology.  I have also read and heard what the news media and educators in the public school system have to say about the same subjects.  There is an odd disconnect.  The folks with the advanced degrees doing the research do not seem to know as much as the reporters and the public school teachers.  What explains that?  There is old adage that I think helps, particularly after Albert Einstein altered it.

    “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.” — Albert Einstein (from here)

    One way or another, we are all dangerous.   That includes me, and it includes you.

  6. I live in a wonderful country at a wonderful time.  America is a unique historical anomaly, one not of our invention.  Twenty years I did not understand that God had blessed this nation.  Ten years I could not have explained how God had blessed this nation.  Then I realized that Christianity made America different, and  I started studying the Bible.
  7. I believe it truly is better to give than it is to receive.  Note that I understand this truth logically.  I also have faith this truth is true.   Nonetheless, I still find it easier to receive than to give.  Like every other human being, I too want to be loved and admired.  Yet God commanded us to love Him and each other.  So like every other human being I must struggle to give when it seems that it would much easier and more desirable to take.

Number 5

Now for the fun part!  I get to harass seven other bloggers.  Heh!  Heh! Heh!

Over the next seven weeks I will pick seven other victims, that is, winners.  In addition to the nomination itself, each winner will be the subject of a blog post detailing my reasons for their nomination.

The Criteria (February 6, 2010)


Democrat Category (February 8, 2010)

Blue Virginia – I AM A WINNER? — PART 3

Liberal Category (February 10, 2010)

Too Conservative – I AM A WINNER? — PART 4

News Summary Blog Category (February 15, 2010)

PWC Education Reform Blog – I AM A WINNER? — PART 5

Third Party Blog Category (February 21, 2010)

Below the Beltway – I AM A WINNER? — PART 6

Editorial Content Blog Category (March 15, 2010)

TwoConservatives – I AM A WINNER? — PART 7

Republican Blog Category (April 5, 2010)

The Mason Conservative – I AM A WINNER? — PART 8

What is my criteria for a Conservative blog? (April 11, 2010)


Conservative Blog Category (July 12, 2010)

Deo Vindice – I AM A WINNER? — PART 10

2 thoughts on “I AM A WINNER? — PART 1

  1. Katherine Gotthardt – I was a military brat and transient. I went to four different high schools, and I was in that one only six months. What those teachers did made an impression, but I cannot remember their names. At the time, I did not even realize the significance of what I had learned.

    Life is like that.


  2. Yay, Tom! You have accepted wonderfully, and it is refreshing to hear more about “Tom” the person. I know you say this blog isn’t about you, but one does always wonder about authors, you know : )

    You mention how your history teacher succeeded: “Well, with this course the American History teacher combined forces with the American Literature teacher.” Your blog is a living testament to these teachers’ success. One of the things that keeps me coming back is the literature you analyze.

    Did you ever get to tell your teachers how they impacted you?


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