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Where’s Lenny Lee . . . Birthday Bash

Oct

20, 2014 |

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Today, a special friend of mine is turning 15, and I wanted to give a shout out:

Happy Birthday
Lenny!

I have known Lenny (via blogging) for almost 5 years now, and it has been a privilege to be even the teensiest part of his life. He spreads sunshine wherever he goes. I only have to see his name to start grinning because that’s how powerful his influence is. He inspires me to be better. To be happier. To see the good in others. Thank you, Lenny! Thank you for being my friend!

If you don’t know Lenny, you should go meet him (he blogs HERE). Like, now. Okay, maybe like in a few minutes, because you don’t want to miss what comes next.

Lenny, just for you, because I love you that much, I have prepared a vlog. A VLOG! I’m afraid it’s hard to hear, for which I apologize, but anyway . . . ENJOY! (Seriously YouTube? You made THAT the thumbnail? *sigh*)

We all love and miss you Lenny! Please (super pretty please with sugar and a cherry on top!) come back to blogging!!

Or, as my personalized-license-plate-infatuated-self would say:  CUMBACK

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Lenny’s Birthday Bash

Oct

20, 2012 |

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If you haven’t noticed from all the blogosphere love, today is Lenny Lee’s 13th birthday. Happy Birthday Lenny! So I wanted to share my Lenny Top Ten. You ready for this?

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned from Lenny
  1. Be yourself. If you’ve had contact with Lenny, you know that his bright soul shines through all his posts and comments. He’s so purely him,
  2. Be positive. A corollary to #1. All the positivity not only makes others happier, but it makes you happier, too.
  3. If you want to improve your writing, study hard then share what you learned with others. If you haven’t read Lenny’s posts on writing, you are missing out. I learn a ton from him!
  4. Old-fashioned snail mail letters never go out of style. I have gotten a letter or two from him, and gosh they put a goofy grin on my face!
  5. Raccoons are cute. Well, not so cute when they tear open your garbage and throw it everywhere, but I can love them anyway because Lenny does. 🙂
  6. Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner is awesome. I read this book because Lenny so highly recommended it. A very fun read!
  7. You reap what you sow. Okay, this is a corollary to #1 and #2. Lenny gets so much love from the blogosphere because he gives so much love.
  8. It’s always a good time to eat Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups. Okay, I knew this one before I met Lenny, but he really reinforced it for me. 🙂
  9. Southern charm is real! And Lenny has it. What with his “Miss” Janet (or whoever), and his “hugs” . . . Gosh it’s all so charming it just melts my heart.
  10. You’re never too small/young/insert-other-limiting-adjective-here to make a difference. Lenny has influenced so many people, it’s amazing. I hope to be like him when I grow up. (Though, do children’s writers ever really grow up?)

Happy Birthday Lenny! I hope it is a happy one. 🙂

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short – Lenny Fest

Jun

06, 2011 |

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I totally missed the boat with the Lenny Fest, but my admiration for him overcomes silly things like time, so I am joining the Lenny Fest anyway.

If you haven’t met Lenny, you should go meet him. Like now. He is a ray of sunshine. A slushee in melting-hot weather. Rain boots on a puddly day. A letter from a long-lost friend. A  gift-wrapped present on a regular, old day. Well, you get the idea.

Since I’m no good at poetry, I’m offering several personalized license plates for Mr. Lenny. Appropriate, don’t you agree? I get 8 letters:

What do you think? Which one should Lenny pick?

Hugs, Lenny! We’re all thinking of you. 😀

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Fulfilling My Promise

Oct

18, 2010 |

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Friday, I promised to finish off those awards by sharing 5 tidbits about myself then passing them along. So here goes:

  1. I once dressed up as a piece of gum on the bottom of a shoe for Halloween. My roommate and I had matching outfits: pink sweats with a sneaker-shaped slipper for a hat.
  2. I played soccer on my high school soccer team. All three years. SO much fun.
  3. When I was two, I fell out of a second story window and walked away without a scratch. I CRIED like a banshee, but otherwise, fine. (And I better not hear any “THAT explains it!” comments.)
  4. My thumbs are double-jointed. Pretty cool, eh?
  5. I hate chili. Like a lot. Sorry to all my Texan friends, but I think this disqualifies me from ever living near you.

Okay now for the more interesting part. Just so you know, I only give low-stress awards. You need do nothing with it. I’m good with that. This is just my way of telling you that I think your blog is cool. So you can choose the Versatile Blogger or the Creative Blogger Award. Or none, of course. 🙂

First, Shallee McArthur at Life, the Universe, and Writing. I recently found her blog and have been loving the open friendliness I can feel shining through her writing. Go visit. You won’t be disappointed.

Next, Terri Tiffany Inspirational Writer. I’m always so impressed every time I visit. Her words really are inspirational and uplifting. Her title fits just perfectly. And she gives some pretty awesome advice, too.

Jemi Fraser at Just Jemi. You should see the buckets of awards she recently got. And all deserved. She isn’t afraid to share her frustrations, and she’s everywhere with her upbeat comments. Who couldn’t help but love Jemi?

Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares. This is who you WISH you had as your English instructor. She is hilarious! Under her tutelage, grammar is no longer scary. It is fun. I see the doubt in your eye, but seriously. You want a laugh? Go visit.

Finally, with two days from his birthday, how could I not include Lenny Lee at Lenny’s World? A little spot of sunshine and happiness that is incredibly infectious. His posts and comments always, always, always make me smile.

Honestly, I could give you all awards. It was really hard to choose just 5. But thank you so much for being my friend and visiting my humble little blog, and thinking what I write is worth reading. I don’t know how I made it so long as a writer without the support of the amazing writing blogosphere (that’s you).

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License Plate Deciphered

Oct

08, 2010 |

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I know you’ve all been dying to find out what kind of car had the license plate SUSHIBX. I admit, having seen the car, I didn’t realize how hard this one would be. But all the more fun, right?

Okay, so we had a couple of great guesses:

Sandy Shin randomly guessed (her own admission) a dark-blue Toyota Highlander. She got two of the three features right. It is not a Highlander.

Lenny Lee deciphered the coded license plate with the skills of a true detective. Sushi for a Japanese car, and Box for a box car. I know you’ve seen them . . . Honda Element, Nissan Cube. Literally boxes on wheels. But it’s neither of those.

For the candy bar, Bob, the answer is a dark-blue Toyota Scion xB!

I have contacted both of the winners, and gleaned their favorite candy bar. Twix for Sandy, and Reeses PB cups (minis) for Lenny. However, in a twist, he has chosen the surprise option. Sorry, you’ll have to wait until he gets it. I can’t spoil the surprise.

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