I'm humbled and grateful to have received The Dardos Award, which was bestowed upon me by Jim Leonard, the creative force behind I'm Learning to Share.
In presenting me with this wonderful award, Jim wrote of the ephemera blog: "Beautifully crafted, I always enjoy a visit to the rarefied atmosphere of Marty Weil's world. Amazing."
The Dardos Award is given "in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."
With this honor comes the responsibility of selecting five of my favorite bloggers to whom I may pass the award along, in accordance with The Dardos Award rules:
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the Dardos Award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.
Here are the blogs I've selected for this honor:
DarkRoastedBlend. Avi Abrams has been a supporter of this blog since early in its development. His thoughtful links to several of my posts has brought a myriad of new readers to my site; this blog wouldn't be what it is today without his kindness. DRB is a true blogger's blog.
DailyPoetics. Kariann Burleson's blog embodies the Flaubert quote she uses--to such wonderful affect--in her blog's "bio" line. The DailyPoetics blog is a poetic feast. If there's a blog that deserves a Dardos, it's this one.
Ashevegas. When it comes to keeping up with what's going on in Asheville, there's only one source. Ashevegas, baby. This blog, produced by Jason Sandford, is one of the few I read daily, and it has become my primary source (above all other media) for the real news in town. Asheville wouldn't be the same without Ashevegas.
Scrutiny Hooligans. Gordon Smith's Scrutiny Hooligans blog is what blogging should be. Gordon's solid, sincere grassroots commentary and insightful, thoughtful reporting is a standard that all who blog should ascribe to meet. Gordon is a central figure in the Asheville blogging scene and an all around great guy (in spite of never having added a single one of my blog's to his blogroll).
Ptak Science Books. John Ptak's blog is what my blog would be if I did research and put my heart and soul into every post. John has a seemingly unlimited supply of genius to share with the world. His blog is a work of monumental brilliance. Amazing.
There are many others that I'd like to bestow awards upon. And I've mentioned many of them in other similar posts. These few that I've selected by no means take away from my admiration for so many others.