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!