When I set out to do a blog, I really had no idea what I was getting into…though I don’t mean that the way it sounds. What I do mean is that I had no idea of the pleasure I’d receive from writing about and sharing my unremarkable riverbank life. I love to share, to give, to make others happy. The revelation of one of life’s greatest secrets is when you learn that no matter how much you put out, when done in the right spirit, you’ll always be rewarded many times over. So the writing and photos here are done as much for me as you…though my gratification often comes subsequent to the posting, when you let me know what you think via a comment. Another revelation—and of even more importance to me—has been the blogs I’ve discovered. And to me, they aren’t just blogs, but places where friends reside—little online windows into their world and life. Reading and commenting is like sitting across the table at a shared meal, having a few moments of conversation. Maybe this comes from the culture in which I was raised—one where friends and neighbors and family thought nothing of dropping in on one another for a visit. No invitation was ever necessary. If you could stay an hour, fine; if you only had five minutes to hang around, say hello, make a comment or two, that was also okay. The welcome mat was always out, the screen door unlocked. If it happened to be mealtime, an extra plate would be put on the table and a chair and space provided. Many of my favorite blogs are like that—warm and open, friendly, homey. A place where you don’t feel out of place dropping by, and always leave feeling better for the visit. Wanda’s “Moments of Mine” blog is one of those spots. A kindred soul and fellow Buckeye, who delights in sharing the wonders and blessing and joys of her life. Her blog is a premier example of what a blog should be, and how good and comfortable such quality turns out. Not just words and photos, mind you, but spirit…Wanda has a heart for people and knows how to make you feel at home. This morning, when I logged on to her blog, I found she’d presented me—that is to say, Riverdaze…—with an award. I’m honored and more than a bit humbled. I will add it to my layout with pride, and take great pleasure in it because of who gave it to me. Thank you, Wanda…you have made my day!