“Shower of Awards” …. like Patty says!!


~~February 10, 2014~~

This “new” year has started with a bang! I want to thank some of my fellow bloggers who have considered “It Is What It Is” – the blog – for a series of awards.

I’ve said before that I consider these awards as motivators to improve the content and quality of the information that is posted on these pages. My goal is to share the knowledge that I may have and present it in an understandable manner. The intent it to educate, clarify and share. I hope that I’ve been able to do so. 

It Is What It Is” is honored, humbled and motivated.


The first set of awards comes from … Sheryldine from …. http://strongwordshavepower.wordpress.com/

Thank you Sheryldine. 

…. she calls it a “Bouquet of Awards“.

This is inspiration and motivation to continue this journey that I have started and has proven to be a wonderful one.

~~The included awards in this bouquet are the following~~




The second nomination for an award comes from …. Kitty ….from …. http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com

Kitty has nominated “It Is What It Is” for the “Sisterhood of Bloggers Award“.

Thank you so much Kitty.

Coming from you, this award means the world to me.


The rules are:

Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
Answer ten questions.
Nominate blogs that you find a joy to read.
Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
Include the award logo within your blog post.


The “Inspiration Bouquet” comes from a wonderful friend and blogger … Patty … from http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

~~This bouquet includes the following awards~~

The Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award


As you can see I was running “a bit” behind. I’m trying to “catch up” and acknowledge all the wonderful nominations.

My dear friends, this makes my heart warm. 

Since this is a grouping of awards, I’m bending some of the rules …. I think I can, I’m “older” …..

7 things about me:

  1. I love dolphins … would love to be able to swim with them sometime
  2. I am a very loyal friend … once I open myself, my heart … it’s for life …. unless there’s disappointment
  3. I had a full-time job …. retired … blogging has become my “new job”
  4. I love music …. most of it.
  5. I love to watch people … find it very interesting and revealing
  6. I like rainy and gray days … to stay at home
  7. Did I say I love music???


My nominees for all of these awards are:

http://strongwordshavepower.wordpress.com/ …. Sheryl

http://jullianiskool.wordpress.com/ …. Julian

http://kevs-domain.net …. Kev

http://hunt4truth.wordpress.com …. Eric

http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/ ….. Amelia

 http://words4jp.wordpress.com/ …. Kim

http://kstreet607.com/   …. The 5th Column

http://moorbey.wordpress.com/ …. Moorbey’z



I have nominated you for several awards. If you do not wish to accept it – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration and for sharing your wonderful posts with us all.


Geminid Meteor Shower Time-Lapse 2012 … Here is your shower of “stars”


Published on Dec 30, 2012

Headed out to Big Sur to watch the Geminid Meteor shower of 2012!

We ALL are connected through this wonderful WEB!! 


We ALL are ONE!! 

How a Gay Football Star Could Change Black America for the Better

Good for coming out!!!


184220418-michael-sam-of-the-missouri-tigers-recovers-a-fumble Michael Sam of the Missouri Tigers recovers a fumble for a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs on Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES)

On Sunday night, Michael Sam made history. The college football standout and likely top NFL draft pick publicly acknowledged that he is gay, which would make him the first athlete in a major American professional team sport to announce he is gay at the very beginning of his career. Sam’s announcement is already one of the biggest sports stories ever, but the timing of his announcement could make it one of the biggest cultural stories ever as well.

Some of you may be scratching your heads right now trying to figure out why this story matters in an age in which the president of the United States is on the record supporting same-sex marriage, and NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay…

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Put Him Behind Bars –Not A Boxing Ring

For real!!

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Orlando Sentinel and other news sources report that another promoter has come forth to place George Zimmerman in the ring.  Billionaire David Alki owns streaming service FilmOn.com.  He told TMZ.com that he is working on obtaining the rights to a Zimmerman fight, promising that it will be “bloodier and more fierce than the other event would have been.”

Former promoter Damon Feldman is said to be selling the rights to the Zimmerman fight to Alki. Feldman purportedly received threats via Twitter, one saying, “Somebody should kill Damon Feldman’s son and ask him would he put his son’s killer in a celebrity boxing match.

alki-david David Alki

Alki has said that the opponent will not be DMX.

The Greek immigrant with a net worth of about $1.7 billion is trying to make the appeal to money in Trayvon’s name, saying that all proceeds will go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. …

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“Award for Love and Kindness” …. “It Is What It Is”!


~~February 10, 2014~~

It Is What It Is” has been nominated for this newly created award by the “Idealistic Rebel …. visit her awesome blog here:




In her own words: 

“I have created this new award, The Award for Love and Kindness, to honor acts of Love and Kindness and to encourage acts of Love and Kindness.  I am a believer in the idea that Love and Kindness promote Peace in the world, and I give my respect and appreciation for all who promote these important values.  It is important for us to remember that we are One Family living in One World; we are Sisters and Brothers, no matter how we look, what culture we live in, what religion we practice or who we love.  In many ways, blogging removes some of the obvious barriers between us, and helps bring those of us from all walks of life, ethnicities, creeds, colors and ideals together as One Family.”

The Rules:

  1. Share an act of kindness another blogger has done for you.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you for the award and link back to  your blog
  3. Nominate those bloggers whom you feel practice Kindness and Love — you choose how many!”


There is more than one blogger who has done an act of kindness for me:

Shaun …. from http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/ … helps me every time that something happens with my blog, when WordPress doesn’t work correctly, he guides me

Patty …. from  … http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/ …. helped me by creating by blog’s badge. We have a continued communication and support each other unconditionally. We belong to the same “Wolf Pack”

Jueseppi .. from … http://theobamacrat.com/ …. helps me by teaching me on how to place the Twitter feed on the blog and educates me with the varied content of his blog

I can truthfully say that the bloggers that I have met have all done an act of kindness one way or another for me.

We interact, we communicate, we comment, we reblog ..

.. this is a wonderful web we weave.


~~My nominees for “The Award for Love and Kindness”  are~~

http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/ …. Barbara … Paying it back because of all the love and kindness you show through your writings

http://thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com/ .. FatherKane

http://davidkanigan.com/ …. David

http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/ …. Cher

http://theboipoet.wordpress.com/ …. Sir Jeremy

http://hulshofschmidt.wordpress.com/ …. Michael

http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/ …. Kitty

http://deodatusblog.wordpress.com/ …. Deo

http://bishoptatro.wordpress.com/ …. Bishop Eddie Tatro

http://isurvivedamurderattackmyfamilydidnt.com/ …. Becky

http://jadereyner.com/ …. Jade

http://arlenshah.wordpress.com/ …. Arlen

http://joynpain2.wordpress.com/ …. Joy

http://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/ …. Xena

http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/ …. Tazein



I have nominated you for an award. If you do not wish to accept it – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration and for sharing your wonderful posts with us all.


♫ – I am Love – Karunesh -♫


Published on May 20, 2012

“It is beyond my understanding to understand who the creator is. Yet, there are signs, words, images , senses, that give a little bit of understanding. And who knows if all of these are my perceptions.

But the truth is that I think of this and feel this invisible touch.”

May there be love and peace always.


We ALL are connected through this wonderful WEB!!


We ALL are ONE!! 

“Sunshine Award” Blog Award … for “It Is What It Is”!


~February 10, 2014~

My dear friend Carina over at the blog http://telania.wordpress.com/om/ … Wolf is my Soul …. has nominated “It Is What It Is” for this award.

Please visit her awesome spot.

This is information about Carina:  “In her own words“:


“I live in Sweden with my partner and our three dogs. I love nature and animals and I’m passionate about animal welfare and establishing animal rights, especially in nations that do not have any such laws implemented as of yet. Once Sweden was known for having excellent animal welfare laws but today my country has fallen behind many other nations. We need to upgrade old regulations and laws to tighten protection for animals even more. I also love wildlife, in particular wolves, and I find it heart-breaking that so many countries are decimating their wolf populations, my own country included.”


Seems that Carina and I have share several common interests. I also love nature and animals. I have posted some information about animal welfare and animal abuse. The main connection is her interest in wolves. This is a new interest that I have started to develop.

I’m happy to say that I “belong” to a “wolf pack”.

Thanks to Shaun Gibson, Patty Wijnants-van Delft, Eddie Tatro and Jade Reyner … my main group of bloggers who I’ve met through this wonderful web we weave.


Here’s the link to the nomination post:


It is an honor to be considered and nominated for this award. It’s always humbling to see that there are others that find the topics that one writes about interesting enough to be considered for an award. To me personally, they serve as a motivator.

Thank you Carina for this nomination and indicating that you consider “It Is What It Is” worthy of this nomination.



Here are the rules:

Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
Link to the person who nominated you.
Answer 10 questions about yourself.
Nominate 10 bloggers.
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.


My 10 questions:

Favorite food: Rice and beans, chicken wings
Favorite actor: Vin Diesel
Favorite TV show: Survivor and The Amazing Race
Favorite tear-jerker: The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas
Favorite sport: Basketball … to watch only!
Lucky number: 8
Tea or coffee: Tea … coffee never!
Holidays: Christmas
Twitter or Facebook: both, mostly Facebook
Favorite Christmas movie: The Santa Claus series


My nominees for this award:

http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/ …. Patty

http://jadereyner.com/ …. Jade

http://hopeandloveradio.com/ …. Stephanie

http://glorialana.wordpress.com/ …. Glorialana

http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/ …. Cher

http://radiatingblossom.wordpress.com/ …. Carol

http://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/ …. Xena

http://terry1954.wordpress.com/ …. Terry

http://holley4734.wordpress.com/ …. Holley

http://arlenshah.wordpress.com/ …. Arlen



I have nominated you for the “Sunshine Award“. If you do not wish to accept it – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration and for sharing your wonderful posts with us all.


We ALL are connected through this wonderful WEB!!


The Beatles – Good Day Sunshine – Lyrics


Uploaded on Oct 11, 2011

A marvelous, feel-good Paul McCartney song from the 1966 REVOLVER album.


We ALL are ONE!! 

Something to think about …..


~~February 10, 2014~~ 

Ah, the drama and the fake people!!

How much of drama and how many fake people are there?


The sad thing is when you realize that you have been fooled all along! 

Lesson learned! 


We ALL are ONE!!! 

10 things you need to know today: February 10, 2014

Updated summary for today!

The Fifth Column

The Week

College football star Michael Sam comes out as gay, a second round of Syrian peace talks begins, and more

1. Mizzou linebacker Michael Sam comes out
College football standout Michael Sam revealed Sunday that he is gay. Sam, a first-team All-American defensive lineman for the University of Missouri, is expected to be picked in an early round of the NFL draft, which would make him the first publicly gay player in professional football. “I want to be a football player in the NFL,” Sam said. “I’m not afraid of who I am… I’m an openly, proud gay man.” [The New York TimesBleacher Report]

2. Second round of Syria peace talks begins
Syria’s warring sides began a second round of peace talks on Monday in Geneva. United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is meeting with opposition leaders and government negotiators separately. The first round ended…

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10 Reasons Why George Zimmerman’s Celebrity Boxing Match Was Cancelled

Sorry!! Have to share ….

List of X

While many sports fans are paying their attention to Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, another momentous sports event has been scheduled right here in the United States.  Specifically, George Zimmerman, known for killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 and acquitted in the 2013 trial, had announced that he would participate in a boxing match against another celebrity. As his opponent, the match organizers picked a rapper named DMX (no relation to List of X. DMX also, apparently, once collaborated with a rap group L.O.X. which still is not related to List of X, though I am less sure of that). However, this weekend the match promoter Damon Feldman has announced that the fight has been called off.  Here are 10 reasons why Zimmerman-DMX boxing match had been cancelled.

1)  George Zimmerman was fearful for his life, but the organizers wouldn’t allow him to bring a gun to…

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