The Stars Align
By – Sheri de Grom

I couldn’t believe my good fortune when Kitt Crescendo surprised me with the Blog of the Year Award for 2012. You’ll find my friend Kitt at: Many thanks, Kitt. You’ve enriched my life with your writing and music day after day.

Three days later, my good friend Patty awarded me my second Blog of the Year Award for 2012. Patty’s known for spreading blessings and good cheer. You’ll find my friend Patty at: Thank you, Patty. I always look forward to our open and honest exchanges. Your Christ centered blogs help me stay focused on my daily walk. I love the idea that I can give both Patty and Kitt a star to add to the 2012 Blog of the Year Award they have each already received. It’s special having the privilege of passing this award on to each of my special friends.

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once—this award is different. When you begin, you will receive the ‘1’ star award—and every time you are given this award by another blog—you can add another star!

There are a total of ‘6’ stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs—and even if they have already been given the award by someone else—you can still make your opinion count and pass it on to them again and help them reach the maximum of ‘6’ stars.

The rules of this award are simple.

  1. Select the blogs you think deserve the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with this award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page, Blog of the Year 2012 Award. include these ‘rules’ in your post. (Please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here Blog of the Year 2012 Award http://Blog of the Year Award 2012′ Facebook groups/Blog of the year and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

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My first nominations for Blog of the Year 2012 Award are a result of my award from Kitt Cresendo. Please refer to Kitt’s link at the top of the page.

Patty Patty is so much more than just a blogging friend. Patty and I share common interest but most important is our belief in walking daily with Christ. We also believe our active duty military and veterans deserve respect and assistance and recognize that often families don’t know where to go for help. We attempt to make their lives a little bit easier. We’ve both been active duty military wives and once you’ve had the privilege, it never goes away.

Mae Clair I’m positive it’s my early association with Mae that led me to Kitt. Mae was one of my earliest blogging friends. I’d rather tell you about her magnificent debut novel, Weathering Rock. The genre is romantic suspense with elements of time travel and the paranormal. I’ve learned recently Mae is writing a sequel and I’m thrilled.


Marcia has another blog titled ‘Who’s Your Granny’ but on this blog, Marcia discusses authors, cover art, release dates, and more. Her reviews are spot on and she covers a wide range of genres. I’ve been tempted by Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus at least once a month since its release. Marcia’s review convinced me I must have it. I love descriptive writing and unusual time line treatments. Marcia promises me I’ll find both in Night Circus.

Robyn Lynn –

Robyn’s exquisite words are accompanied by gallery quality photographs. One visit to her blog and I was hooked. The link above walked me through footprints in sand and I remembered a time long ago. I went to that time free of chronic nerve pain. Robyn’s presentations provide a time of relief and reflection occupies my mind. It was okay with me that daydreaming took over and I was unaware of shooting needles of the pain that haunt me.

Patricia –

Patti is a champion of every writer’s dream and an advocate of animals everywhere. Her debut woman’s fiction novel, Moon Over Alcatraz, is a must read.

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My second list of nominations for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award is a result of my award from Patty. Please note Patty’s link at the beginning of this blog. My nominees are:

Kitt Crescendo –

I’m thrilled to have the honor to add a star to Kitt’s already existing Blog of the Year 2012 Award. Kitt’s everything an individual could want in a blogging friend.


Florence is a true blogging friend. She picks me up when I’m down and has just the right words to cheer me on when I’m celebrating. She’s been with me from the start and stayed the course. Thanks, Florence. She also has spectacular plans in place for 2013, so don’t miss out. Follow her blog.


Nic H. Vidocq is the penname and author of Nic’s work is tireless and almost always goes on behind the scenes and without thanks. I hope the victims of unsolved crimes know that Nic and others like him are working on their behalf. Unfortunately, our world has far too few Nics’. We’d have far less justice without the work of cold case squads and individuals such as Nic. Thank you, my friend.

CJ –

I discovered the magnificent words of CJ as a result of following another post. CJ’s words equate to tranquility. Other times the prose is powerful and thought provoking. I found CJ’s blog when exploring a blogging friend’s list of awards she had passed on.

Vincent Desrus –

Vincent presents information simply but in the most eloquent way. His words have the ability to make our national debt sound like a good thing. His is a blog without limitations.

Scott –

Scott has posted a warning on his blog. It reads: This site contains emotionally charged and graphic accounts of a soldier’s experiences concerning combat PTSD. You may suffer if you are suffering from a psychological injury and others may equally be affected. Nevertheless, IMO – the blog contains more valuable resources than any other PTSD site I’ve explored – to include hundreds of professional sites.

Prego –

I’ve been following Prego and the loon for a few months. It’s one of the best advocacy groups I’ve seen in many years for any subject matter. This one happens to be for victims of spousal abuse. The writing is a joy to read. The author, by way of telling her own story, has made it possible for others to step forward and speak out. I never miss reading this blog. It doesn’t matter what issue you may wrestle with in your daily life, there’s something on this site for everyone.

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    This is my first year of blogging. I started December 2011. Thanks to everyone for supporting me. I cherish all of my blogging friends and would name each of you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award if I could.

Thank you, Kitt and Patty, for nominating me for Blog of the Year for 2012.

About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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28 Responses to BLOG OF THE YEAR FOR 2012

  1. Fabulous, Sheri! What a great award and so well deserved.

  2. Congratulations on this award 🙂

  3. Sheri, I wasn’t able to comment on this before. Just got back my computer yesterday and I’m playing catch up with posts and mail. Thanks so much for your generous comments. I’ll try to live up to the honor and post something in a week or two when I get back to blogging again 🙂

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    • Kitt – And the thanks goes right back to you. I love the way you’ve taken the time to do these blogs everyday. You’ve made Christmas last all month instead of bundling everything together everyday. I also truly appreciate the fact that you take the time to tell us what makes each blogging nominee special. It guides me when I’m selecting individuals I might want to follow. Then, I’ll ferret out their selections when they post their award and find even more great blogs. I’m not finished with my search – but this has been a wealth of happy searching and information galore. Thank you. And, a special congratulations to you for earning all six stars. You are a true champion.

  5. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

    Sheri you are so deserving of these awards – and thank you for your kind words, yes God has blessed us in the friendship we are forming. I am also thankful for that.

  6. Robyn Lee says:

    Thank you so much Sheri ~ such lovely words about my “Healing Lens” ~ and blog. I also extend the warmest congratulations to you — and wish for you many many more days free of this haunting nerve pain. Of course, I so much understand… and extend a huge healing hut to you ~ Much Love and warm wishes for a 2013 filled with Joy and Peace ~ x Robyn Lee

  7. Mae Clair says:

    Thank you so much for such a lovely honor, Sheri, and congrats on your award. You’re a sweetheart and your award is well deserved.

    Um . . . one little oops though. My book is Weathering Rock (not Heights). I can see where the confusion would come from. ‘Twould be nice to be compared to a classic. 🙂 Have a marvelous day and I’ll have my post up, paying nominations forward over the weekend. Can you believe 2012 is almost gone?!?

  8. *champagne corks popping* – Congratulations, Sheri, for your well-deserved awards! ~clink~

  9. Oh my goodness, Sheri, I am totally surprised that you nominated me for Blog of the Year 2012 and I am so honored to have received it. Thank you so much. I will write up a blog soon and pay it forward.
    Your virtual friend,

  10. I am humbled and grateful for friends like you, Sheri.

  11. Thank you so much for the kind words and the honor, my friend!

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