Premio Dardos are like Cupid’s Arrows sent to me


This gift from Kim was extraordinary, since I had been feeling a bit

behind on my reading, posting and keeping up with my blog. It just

seemed like the familiar friends had all produced so many pieces of

literary genius, I was not ever going to get through all of their posts.

So, being nominated for the Premio Dardos just made my day, my

week and my Valentine’s Day, too.


The meaning behind this award nomination is to give people awho

form of recognition to fellow bloggers who are striving to touch the

world through their writing. The word, “premio” means prize or reward.

“Dardos” means darts. Spanish spells it one way, while I believe the

Italian form would be “primio.”


How easily I could picture my friend Kim playing Cupid sending me

darts of Love into my heart. This act of kindness warming my heart

to accept and include everyone with this radiance and light.


“Chronic Conditions and Life Lessons” is the title to Kim’s

blog but there are so many layers to this lovely woman who is

a blessing to all who meet or read her. Please check this out:


You know those candy hearts that have messages?


The Necco Company has been making Sweetheart candy hearts

with imprinted messages since 1901!


Instead of passing candy through the imaginary internet

connection we have made through our blogging, I would

like to share my ‘fortune.’


I chose four Chinese fortune cookies at the International Film

Festival, celebrated on Baldwin Wallace University campus over

last weekend, to nibble on during the movies.


Don’t you love how these little folded bits of  crunchy sweetness,

provide you with the Chinese characters for words? I think this is

such an interesting part of the paper inside your fortune cookie. I

am not sure you could learn the language through this process of

eating cookies though.  One of the four words I could have learned

to copy the intricate letters or characters was:



The little slips found tucked into your dessert cookie display

‘your lucky numbers’ and then share a piece of philosophy

with you.  I used to save these and put them in one of my

Chinese bowls with designs of flower gardens and pagodas

painted in pretty blue and white. These little bits of wisdom

may remind you of the old movies with the Chinese detective

who would intone the beginning words of what he had deduced

to be the crime’s solution,

“Confucius say . . .”


Just a short ‘sidebar’ about Detective Charlie Chan, who was

created in fiction by Earl Derr Biggers after a trip to Hawaii.

Biggers was inspired by an actual Chinese police officer who

served in Honolulu and loosely based his character on a man

named Chang Apana.


Biggers’ first book was called, “The House without a Key.” The

first Detective Chan characters were portrayed by Asian actors

from 1926 until in 1931. These films were not as popular as the

next ones produced with a Swedish actor named Warner Oland

who played the benevolent, wise and intelligent detective. The

movie series Warner Oland performed in continued until 1937

when he passed away.  The parts of his last movie  had already

been filmed also included the character of Detective Chan’s son.

The actor who played his “Number One Son” (as the character

would call him) in many of the movies, Keye Luke, completed

the movie which had scenes already filmed with Oland. If you

wish to learn about the next series of Chan films that started in

1942, which actor portrayed him,  along with any Charlie Chan

television series, you may investigate further on your own.


I would like to share some choices for you to consider your

‘future’ or fortune from. Instead of the candy hearts saying,

“You’re Sweet,” “Be Mine,” or  “You Rock,” I found each of

these to be particularly meaningful to me.


Aren’t these ‘fortune’ forecasts wise and wonderful?


1. “When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.”


2. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”


3. “You will always be prepared for the future, but never forget

what you’ve learned from the past.”


4. “You are a person of culture.  Cultivate it.”


I used to love the white and yellow candy Sweethearts the best. The

yellow tasted like bananas and the white tasted like cinnamon.


Here is a List of  the Nominees for the special Premio Dardos Award.

I call them my “Baker’s Dozen” (13 fine blogs). You are special since

you are new, haven’t been awarded by me before and like my posts!

1. Priyan for new music:

2.Khorhmin for social commentary and prose:

3. A mixture of thoughts and pictures. I liked the funny parts,too:

4. I liked the different emotions shown in she writes of life:

5. Holley tells it like it is at:

6. Photography with prose at:

7. Fun and makeup tips at:

8. Shelley has been around the world and into some ‘fine messes,’

showing humor at all times:

9. Everyday Zen, meaning simple and deep messages given:

10. Yolanda has deep discussions generated by interesting subjects:

11. Leslie is writing music, always sharing a good time at:

12. Sheila shared recently her personal romantic story about her life

but I go visit her for the dogs, especially Red:

13. It is nice to finish this baker’s dozen with an international woman

named Lis. You will find photography, art and poetry on her blog at:


Those who are nominated are not expected to write a post if you are

not interested in this process.

I just wished to share my “Premio Dardos”with some bloggers who

I haven’t awarded before.

Kim who nominated me, suggested giving 15 nominations away, along

with finding the logo of the award located on her blog site listed above.


Thanks to all those who picked up a ‘lucky fortune.’

Let me know if you have any of the predictions come true or if any of

their messages meant something special to you.


Hope your Valentine’s Day is spent with someone special and if you

don’t celebrate, hope there is a treat of some kind for you very soon!


You Are Special to Me!


About reocochran

I am experiencing crazy and hapless adventures in dating that may interest people over fifty. I am now approaching 62 later this year and enjoy taking photographs, incorporating stories or poetry on my blog. I have many old posts which are informative and written like essays. I have several love stories collected from family and friends. Even strangers spill their stories, since I am a grown version of the girl next door. I have been trying to live a healthy lifestyle with better food selections and active hiking and walking. I have written four children's books and illustrated them. They are not published but a battered women's shelter used one about neglect and abuse for their children's program and a 4H group used my "Kissing a Bunny is like saying a Prayer" as a coloring book. Please comment or respond so I may get a chance to know you. Sincerely, Robin

27 responses »

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day, Robin! Oh, I always loved those little candy hearts with the messages. I remember a boy I liked in grade school left one on my desk. It said, “Be Mine.” 🙂 I freaked out. Even though I liked him, boys still had cooties. 🙂

    • Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Jill!
      I would not have eaten it but maybe glued the candy heart into one of my scrapbooks. I was always saving things, Jill. Thanks so much for sharing that you had a grade school crush and you still considered he had ‘cooties!’ This made me laugh!
      I sold an album of t.v. guide covers that had David Cassidy from “Come on, be happy” fame and the Partridge Family, “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and all the cute men from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” t.v. show as part of my collection of things I kept for years. I found out all the dolls my Mom collected and the porcelain items didn’t go for as much as paper products like my matchbook covers and my t.v. guide collection. Strange. Oh, my Betsy McCall paper dolls cut from the magazine collected money, too. Do I wish I had them? Sometimes I miss the weird things I collected but don’t have the space for them in my 1 bedroom apt!

    • I pushed Charlie Chan and wikipedia had a whole lot more to say about the movies and the racial problems, issues about their not sticking with Chinese or people from the Asian countries to play him. My own personal memories of “Number One Son” and “Confucius say. . .” were special because they came flooding back once I read about the first movie and how it came about. When I started to write about Chinese fortune cookies, this led me to the Chinese detective and then, to find out about Sweetheart candies coming from the Necco candy company. My mind is crazy sometimes and makes rather long and convoluted posts, my friend!

  2. I am chuckling. I just received a photograph of a Kindle propped up on a cool little reading stand and I teased the person who sent it to me that I couldn’t tell what she was reading because of the angle. She replied she was rereading “Charlie Chan. ” So i was JUST reading about him not five minutes ago. LOL!!

  3. There are no coincidences, I believe! Barb, this is so amazing, it had my arm hairs standing up on end. Thanks for the small case of the ‘heebie jeebies!’
    When I was in Spain, on an elevator with some of the girls from Spanish Club there was a man who was about our parents’ age. He kept looking at my blonde girlfriend, (who in Spain always got a lot of compliments from waiters and storekeepers), It turns out he asked her if she were from Ohio. Yes, she replied. Then, he said she reminded him of someone he went to high school with, well she was her daughter!
    Another ‘small world’ incident, my first husband’s parents went to college in Colorado. At the wedding receiving line, as I introduced them to my Godparents, adding they had gone to college out in Colorado… well 3 hours later those four were talking about all the connections and people they knew in common. It was hard to even get them to stand up and circulate at the reception! Funny how this woman was reading Charlie Chan! Wow! Thanks for sharing this, Barb!

    • Thank you, Mark! I came in and spent too much time writing my next post, didn’t get to all of my comments and then, Yesterday! Snow Level Two Emergency and kicked out of the library! Hope you and Karen had a wonderful and safe one, too. Smiles, Robin

    • You are very welcome, Lis! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and the coming week will go smoothly and happily for you. Take care and we are going to stay in touch! Hugs, Robin

      • Thanks Robin for this message.
        Valentine’s day with plenty rest of end.
        Tomorrow starts a new week again…
        I wish for you all the best with love Lis

    • You know I meant it when I said we are connected. I am so glad you were happy to be nominated. When I was starting my blog, these awards really brightened my day, since it brought new friends to visit and stay. I had a fun Valentine’s Day will probably post about it, since it includes four grandchildren (who I call ‘grandies’) and a silly kids’ movie. Thanks for the hearts and love, Robin

    • the #1 quote has always been one of my favorites. congrats on the award, it sounds like a really cool one and thanks for the intro to bloggers who are new to me ) i always loved charlie chan too, and didn’t know the backstory, you are so good at filling in the blanks on many things i’ve always wondered about. happy v day tomorrow )

      • I love that you feel I fill in some of the blanks, Beth. This is such a compliment and I did have a great Valentine’s Day, just didn’t expect the Snow Emergency Level Two and it meant I am more than a day behind on commenting… Hope you had a great one, Beth! Hugs, Robin

    • I am so glad you enjoyed being nominated and hope you will have some new people visiting you. Thanks for the kind wish for a happy Valentine’s day, too. I appreciate your liking this quote, it helps us to see how simple things can be. Our lives do get dark, but we need to look for the positives! Smiles, Robin

  4. I think culture is very important and plays a deep role in our lives. The 4th quote rings with me. Congratulations on this award, much deserved 🙂 And thank you so soo much for the nomination. I’m very glad to know you enjoy reading what I write 🙂 This is most encouraging and very kind of you my friend 🙂 Thanks again!

    • I am so glad you enjoyed the Chinese fortunes and yes, Culture is intriguing and involves the world with all of its beauty and differences. Hopefully, bridging cultures and differences one day to have World Peace. I am so glad you found this to be encouraging. Do you remember when I gave you an award? I always remember the ones I did, since it means that you were on my mind and hoping others would visit you from my posts to yours. Smiles, Robin

      • Yes, that’s the only way to attain world peace, I agree and second it. It’s really thoughtful and kind of you to think of me for the award 🙂 I thank you deeply. Wish you a wonderful day 🙂 -Kabir

    • I am always happy to read your special and appreciated comments, Mike. I hope you see yourself in one of my next posts, I didn’t list your blog, although others can connect with you anytime by reading your additions and meaningful comments to my posts. I wrote this on the work blog. How you always think it could be made into a situation comedy, Mike! Thanks and smiles sent your ways, as always!

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