Reality Award
By – Sheri de Grom

Earlier this month I received The Reality Blog Award from my blogging friend Patricia Yager Delagrange. Thanks, Patti, for nominating me.

You’ll find Patti’s blog here. She always writes about an interesting range of topics. Patti’s debut novel, Moon Over Alcatraz, is a great read and you’ll find my review here.

The rules for receiving the award are as follows:

Visit the blog of the person who nominated you, thank them, and acknowledge them on your blog.

Answer the questions listed below and nominate up to 20 bloggers whom you feel deserve recognition. Visit their blog and let them know.

Cut and paste the award to your wall.

The questions are different from any I’ve encountered with blog awards before.

If you could change one thing, what would you change?



Anyone living permanently in the U.S. who is not a citizen would have to leave the country. They could return to their own country or any other country willing to accept them. All children and young adults born in the United States to illegal immigrants would leave with their parents and/or guardians. The borders of the United States would be closed and any individual seeking U.S. citizenship would have to go though proper channels.

Our federal and state governments cannot continue to provide healthcare and education to a non-taxed population. Many other categories of our infrastructure are negatively impacted.

If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

Carmel, CA

Carmel, CA

I’ve been blessed with wonderful memories from every year I remember. Each year has also held its share of heartache. There are times and places I’d love to revisit but there’s not a single age I’d care to repeat in its entirety. I’d rather have an extra year to continue exploring life if someone is handing out extra time on earth.

What one thing really scares you?

I’m afraid one day within the next twenty to twenty-five years we will run out of clean drinking water. It will cost more to buy clean water than it does to buy food. Our inland and underground waterways are already so polluted they do not produce safe drinking water. The toxic chemicals that flow into our rivers and other water sources have caused the water to become so severely compromised that the fish that live there are no longer safe to eat. Domestic livestock along with wild game are now contaminated. Cancer and other life-threatening diseases are the result of years of environmental abuse.

If you could be someone else for the day, who would it be?

Katharine Graham is now deceased but, of all the women I’ve admired, Katharine Graham stands out. I’d like to walk a day in her shoes, be responsible for the Washington Post and make the decisions for upholding journalistic integrity. I’d like to have the opportunity to experience it in today’s world. She managed the daily operations of The Post when journalism was still a ‘man’s world.’

And now for my nominations:

      Mae Clair – From the pen of Mae Clair we are granted myth, mystery and Withering Rockmodern-day suspense. Her debut novel Weathering Rock recently received a five-star review from Dii of Tone Tender. Weathering Rock is being followed by Twelfth Sun in August 2013. It is a contemporary mystery/romance. The title of her WIP is The Mystery of Eclipse Lake. Mae and I have been blogging friends from almost the moment our blogs went live. Her blog is one of the most diverse I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I encourage you to read her blog of Jan. 24, 2013 here. In one concise blog she not only manages to engage the reader in all three of her novels but closes with asking her readers to disclose something about themselves. This is blog marketing at its best.

Patricia – Patty’s life centers on her faith in God and her family. We’ve become friends by way of our blogging and common experiences of being wives of retired military men, our belief that our daily lives are dependent upon God’s guidance, and our continuing hope that by living well we’ll find peace in our daily existence. Before we met, Patty and I were both advocates for military families around the world and continue to do so. We’ve found an added bonus with our love of reading and the written word. Check out Patty’s blog here where she writes of placing her life in God’s hands while battling breast cancer.

Denise Hisey – Moving from surviving to thriving is the theme of Denise’s blog. She brings a variety of subjects to her blog and I’m always guaranteed a rich and rewarding read. One of my favorites is her six word memoir: “Getting my life back. Grateful. Hopeful.” Although the November elections are long over, don’t miss Denise’s blog titled, “Your Voice Matters,” here.

C. J. Knottscj has changed the focus of her blog and the title is now Woman at the Well. With each post she shares her own story and what God has taught her. Each blog incorporates life events integrated with scripture. CJ challenges her readers to live as God would have them live on a daily basis. Woman at the Well is one of my favorite faith blogs and often serves as a daily devotional. Read CJ’s challenge to love everyone here.

Paula – Two sisters, Renae and Paula, lived a few miles from each other for thirty years and then were separated by many miles. The sisters, along with their supportive husbands, made their life-changing event work. Along with a good phone plan, ‘thestuffitellmysister’ blog was born. The blog covers many interesting topics and offers thoughts for interpretation. Reflections on life may be as soothing as a Sunday drive in the country or as in-the-face as how our economy has changed the work lives of loved ones across the United States. Please read the blogs here and here.

Tameri Etherton – Tameri recently published what I consider the best author interview ever. Let me just say it was an other-worldly experience and you may read it here. A previous post of Tameris’ sent me straight to Amazon to order three books. You may read that blog here. She is one persuasive lady. Tameri is your go-to lady for any and everything writer-conference-related. See her post here. Don’t get too comfortable reading blogs and thinking about writing conferences, Tameri also has nifty craft ideas.

Len Williams Carter – Len is a relatively new blogging friend. I’ve come to look forward to reading her blogs posted under what she titles, ‘my true self and my insanity.’ Len’s blog often opens my heart when I least expect anyone should have the ability to cause me to remember years gone by. Her blog is one of facing life head-on. She writes of children and a longing for little hands. Read here. Len also addresses her faith and writes exquisite poetry. You may read her poetry here. One of my all time favorites is titled, ‘What Has Become Of Me.’ You may read that post here.

I’ll close with a special thank you to my friend Patti for sending me this award, and now I’ve passed it on to Mae, Patricia, Denise, CJ, Paula, Tameri, and Len. Thanks to all for being my blogging friends.

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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23 Responses to REALITY AWARD

  1. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

    Congratulations Sheri, you are so worthy of this award. Even with accepting this award and answering the questions you have a way of informing us on what is going on. I did not realize that drinking water was in that bad of shape, although I know it had be declining over the years. I am always learning from you. Thank you for the nomination…this week I will be acknowledging the award. Blessings to you and hubby – Patty

    • Hello Patty – I’m happy to see you hear. You gave me a scare in your last blog. I thought the questions in this blog were some of the best I’ve seen in the blogging world. I always look forward to hearing your comments. Did you get caught in the blizzard? Blessing to you and hubby – Sheri

  2. Glad to see you honored with an award, my friend.

  3. Congratulations on another well-deserved award, Sheri!

  4. Mae Clair says:

    Huge congrats on the award, Sheri! You’re right, the questions are really thought-provoking and require more than just a quick passing thought. This is the first time I’ve seen this blog award. Thank you for thinking of me, and nominating me. I loved your answer about age, and how each year has blessed you with many good memories. Would I want to repeat an entire year of my life over? Hmm…I shall have to think on that and the other questions as well.

    Thanks for the kind words about my blog and for nominating me. I’ll work on putting a post together!

    • Mae – You know, I had to really think about the age thing. At first I jotted down the year I met Tom and then the year we married and then the year I won my first writing contest (age 10) and on and on – but I suddenly realized each of those years contained profound losses that I had no desire to repeat. I much prefer the fresh approach and now that I’m older and hopefully have more wisdom – with the new year I’d have the wisdom to put every moment to best use — maybe more evening sunsets, hand holding with Tom, scratching my dogs ears whenever she wanted, and going on that long last voyage we have mapped out. I’m looking forward to your answers – but no rush my friend.

  5. Congratulations on your award, sheri. 🙂

  6. Sheri congratulations my friend so well deserved!!! Thank you for honoring this humble blogger with your wonderful nomination and accolades of my work. I am truly humbled that someone of your stature and education would consider me worthy. thank you my friend and God Bless! ((xx))

    • Len – Don’t be silly. I’m just another blogger out here in space putting words out to the universe. We all have different experiences in life. We all learn from life (hopefully). I’ll be looking forward to reading your response. I also haven’t forgotten about your virtual cup of coffee–I’m looking for that special cup to pour it into right now.

      • Isn’t life wonderful ? Lord knows we all burdens we have bore and bear but we could be a mouse caught in a trap, fed to a snake or some such awwful thing, although a fly on the wall sometimes….LOL look forward to you finding that cyber cup I am still looking too;)

  7. Denise Hisey says:

    Congrats your your award, Sheri! Your answers to the questions were so thoughtful and deep, they really made me think. I so appreciate your perspectives and the honesty in which you portray them. It is refreshing and all too rare.
    Thank you for the shout out to my blog! You are incredibly sweet to include me…I am honored.

  8. Sheri … you deserve every award you receive, dear friend. I loved all your answers but one was a bit difficult. See?

    I am the product of an illegal alien. My dad was terrified to go through Ellis Island and so as a merchange seaman, he merely decided to “jump” ship one day and not return. Two years after I was born, my mother finally convinced him to go to immigration. He was the most faithful and avid “citizen” I have ever known. He taught me all I know about what should be right with our country and discussed politics and news from the three newspapers he read daily.

    Sorry … but often there are no real blanket solutions to major problems 🙂

    Heck, I don’t care. Being a crazy first generation Italian has given me more than all of Mom’s apple pie could have. Yeah, and he was a nut for American sports !!

    • Florence – My own ancestors came to the states with fear and trepidation. You are correct in that one size does not fit all but our United States has allowed this problem of immigration to go on to long. Your father loved his new adopted country and read three newspapers a day. He immersed himself into politics and sports and I bet he worked and provided a living for his family. I’m tired of trying to pay the taxes for schools we can never rebuild and a healthcare system that’s overtaxed beyond redemption. Public hospitals are closing because their emergency rooms cannot turn patients away and what happens if a patient with full-pay insurance shows up and they can’t get help either. We have to close the door sometime and hold everyone accountable. I supported the efforts of the boat people although I lost a husband and 2 brothers to the war. I knew from what my brothers and husband had told me about the people that would be on the boats would do more good for our country than harm – and from what I’ve seen – they have. They are some of the best doctors and scientist we have. I also watched them work double and triple shifts that no one else would consider doing in California. The comment section is far too short for me to go on and on but this is a legal problem that’s tearing our country apart. One day we will have a civil war because there’s not enough for everyone and we will not know who are enemy is because we all live in the same country.

      • I must admit, Sheri that even my dad would say ditto to all that. He would be ashamed at what has happened to the state of labor and immigration. He and my mom were very proud to tell us that they never took a dime and refused to join the “bread” lines during the Great Depression.

        I suppose all we can say is that when things went down hill in our country, they really crashed and burned. So sad.

        • I can testify to the crash and burn. My dad and I debated for hours on end about the possibility of civil war within our country and all the facets that drive it. We have far too much greed and not enough people with meaningful labor. However, in years gone by – our generation often worked at less than meaningful labor when we had to, just to survive. I remember plenty of 2nd jobs and even 3rd to pay for my education. It was worth it but I don’t regret what I gave up to get it.

  9. Sheri, this is a great way to get to know someone, don’t you agree? I’ve never heard of Katherine Graham but what a trip it would be to be in her shoes. And I love the fact that you’d just like to add more years instead of repeat them. I never thought of it that way, yet I’d do the same.
    Thanks for the new people/blogs for me to look at.

    • Patti – I think you’d like Katherine Graham’s biography. It’s a no-holes-barred read. She overcame some of the toughest adversities of any woman, in modern history, I know of. And, I totally agree it’s a great way to get to know people and formulate terrific friendships outside of what could be a lonely ‘virtual’ existence. Thanks for thinking of me.

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