I do not have a large vocabulary. As I read more and more blogs, I find myself accessing Merriam-Webster more frequently. The fact that I look-up words other bloggers use humors me, because I typically don’t look-up words when I am reading books.
More often than not, I can figure out the general meaning of the word in a book, based on the author’s use of the word and the storyline. Understanding the words used by bloggers takes greater effort because fewer words are used; plus, I need to have a clear understanding of the post, if I want to leave a comment.
Today, while reading Val’s Absurd Old Bird blog, I found out she tipped her hat to me by honoring me with a Liebster Blog award. Of course, when I first read ‘Liebster’ I read Lobster. (I blame my lack of vocabulary and short attention span.)
Once I realized I was not awarded a creature from the ocean floor, I took to my trusty Merriam-Webster (MW) link to see if I could find meaning in the word ‘Liebster’. Interestingly enough, the word was not in the dictionary, though MW suggested I try the word ‘lobster’.
Now, for the record, the purpose of the Liebster award is to acknowledge blogs with fewer than 200 followers. Seeing as the number of my followers doesn’t break 100, I fit the bill.
Okay, to continue jumping from thought to thought, I wanted to find out more about Liebster. The word seemed special to me. For whatever reason, I couldn’t just run with the award and not research the name. So, I Googled it.
Come to find out there is a foundation called “The Arnold Liebster Foundation“. Imagine my surprise when I read the first few words included in the Google search results: “Purpose of this foundation is to promote peace, tolerance, human rights and religious freedom through education..”
Intrigued, I went to the foundation’s website and read their mission statement, which I am sharing with you here:
“The Arnold-Liebster Foundation seeks to promote peace, tolerance, human rights, and religious freedom by peaceful and nonpolitical means. Building on the Holocaust-era experiences of its founders, Max Liebster and Simone Arnold Liebster, the foundation supports historical research, teacher training, educational seminars, scholarly publications, roundtable discussions, museum exhibitions, film showings, and similar projects.
Through these activities, the foundation especially aims to help young people to repudiate racism, xenophobic nationalism, and violence, and to learn to listen to the voice of conscience. The Liebsters have addressed numerous audiences at schools, universities, museums, and public events in more than 60 European and North American cities.
The Arnold-Liebster Foundation is based on the founders’ lifelong commitment to peace education.”
The timing and coincidence of the award is perfect. Yesterday, I wrote a post about the upcoming ‘anniversary’ of September 11, 2001. In my post, I mentioned how we have forgotten about racism, among other things. And, I mentioned how our lack of tolerance is kindling for a fire of violence. In addition, I’ve written about a documentary film released earlier this year titled, “The Interrupters“.
I don’t claim to be perfect. In fact, this morning I was far from peaceful, as I battled with my boys and husband over various things. No, tolerance was not in my heart this morning. And maybe this is why I write what I write …
Perhaps I am inspired to write about peace, acceptance, and tolerance, because I struggle with those actions in my own life. As long as my eyes remain open to my own weakness, I believe I am better equipped to change myself and accept others. (Though honestly, having tolerance (and patience) at home seems far more challenging than having tolerance (and patience) in the outside world.)
In any case, the above is a long winded way of accepting Val’s nod graciously, while also taking the time to acknowledge others with the non-lobster-related Liebster Blog Award.
Now knowing about the Arnold Liebster Foundation, I feel it necessary to give a nod to bloggers I believe promote peace, tolerance, human rights, and religious freedom. Fact is – all of the bloggers I follow write about the good stuff. Furthermore, I think I’ve mentioned everyone in prior posts. Still, in case you are new, let me point you to some specific posts, and check out my blogroll for other winners.
HavocandShine: I’ve mentioned Leslie in previous posts. I met her in the blogosphere, and I admire her resolve with the struggles of daily life. Having lost her brother this year to Cancer and raising her three awesome boys, while living the life of a married single Mom due to her husband’s work schedule, Leslie keeps her humor active and her insight sharp. Here is a post she wrote earlier this week about autism.
As A Linguist: I need Merriam-Webster when I read Ms. Linguist’s posts. Her writing challenges me, because she provides such wonderful detail. I mean all of this in a good way, too. Her post about Dorothy Parker is so informative, I felt as though I was a fan of Dorothy from the start. L is a linguist; according to my MW dictionary… this means she knows languages and stuff like that.
The Monster in Your Closet: Deb has a category within her blog titled: Thankful. When you access ‘Thankful’ you will find several motivating, enlightening and transparent posts. Deb’s readers gain a great deal from what she shares.
Young American Wisdom: Nancy has three kids. In the form of quotes, Nancy shares the random craziness that stems from three kids. When I took my boys to school today, they whined and argued with each other in the backseat. I shook my head and did my best to ignore them, rather than snap for no reason. Then I thought of Nancy and her boys. Suddenly, I did not feel alone.
* The feature painting was created by Val Erde. You can find other examples of her work in her blog, as well as this particular post: Free Paintings.