Snow on Snow?

A snowless Christmas Eve, 2011
Despite the fact that I want to be writing about a winter wonderland and waxing poetic about Ms. Rossetti's bleak masterpiece, I find the ground bare and brown.  So I'll just move on to Happy New Year to each and everyone of you!  The 13th of January, 2012 will be the 2-year anniversary of Sage Parnassus.  I find that hard to believe.  It started simply by the encouragement of some friends and that is exactly what keeps me writing.  Your comments and personal emails are wonderful and confirm that someone, somewhere is actually reading all this.  I also love the suggestions you send about topics you want to see here.  They have been jotted down in my Ideas Journal for the blog.

Gillian over at Explorations in Learning has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you, Gillian, though I'm not sure what it means.  Here are the rules:

  • Thank the award-giver who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs you enjoy reading (not happening, I'll just nominate 5)
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
  • Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post.

Random things about me:
1. My maiden name is Ozinga. 
2. Growing up, I had a dog named "dog". We couldn't agree on a name.
3. I now have a dog named "Tasha". Can you guess who we named her after?
4. I'm reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.  More, please.
5. I shook hands with President Reagan.  1984, I think.
6. I really like coffees made by the other members of my family. 2 per day, please.
7. I've never been to Mt. Rushmore. I've tried.  Maybe this year?

Here are my five nominees:
1. The Passionate Homeschooler
2. Golden Grasses
3. Homeschooling in a Bilingual Home
4. Little by Little
5. Fisher Academy International Teaching Home

Admiration, Hope and Love,



  1. Synonyms: versatile, all-around, many-sided, multifaceted, multifarious.
    Because you are so well rounded and capable of doing many things with excellence, I don you, Madame Parnassus, Versatile blogger of the year.

    lol. Can't play, but you have my vote! God bless.

  2. versatile blogger. yep, according to Pam...'s definition, you are! ah... you're so nice to nominate me. is this a confirmation that we're versatile friends too?


    i have yet to decide if i am versatile enough to participate, but i sure am honored that you consider me so...


  3. PS. seriously? with Reagan? and to think I've met you...


  4. Oh, I'd agree with the ladies! Congrats on your award. I'm so glad you did start this space. Praying you and your family have a blessed and happy 2012!!

  5. Hey Nancy, love your blog and I'm looking forward to dropping in more often in 2012! Happy New Year to you too! :)

  6. Nancy, Thanks for passing this along. It's been a joy to "find" your blog this year. If you make it to Rushmore, lmk. We're on the way, I'd love to meet irl ; )

  7. What a lovely family picture! We should do one too... we are kind of bad for it. I am seeing my nomination here before I read about it, and you, my dear friend, are the only one who make me do this memes! It seems short and sweet, I have enjoyed reading yours, so maybe others will enjoy reading mine. Congratulations on two years of a wonderful and cozy blog.