I don't give out many awards. Part of the reason is I hate to leave anyone out and risk hurt feelings, and it seems redundant to give everybody an award without some discrimination. So I'm limiting this One-of-a-KIND award to three people. That forces me to truly recognize people I think are incredibly kind, and hopefully, nobody's feelings get hurt because I've clearly left out more good people than I've put in.
Studio Lolo: Lolo's blog is consistently uplifting, thoughtful, optimistic, hopeful, tender, creative, articulate, and kind. She is kind to every visitor, kind to animals, kind to her friends (I could tell you stories), and kind in every imaginable way. Her paintings, illustrations, and photos show her love and reverence for animals, people, the ocean, the sky, even a simple artichoke flower. Lolo is a wonderful human being and a wonderful friend. I can't think of anyone more deserving.
Baino: She's feisty, opinionated, talkative, observant, practical, earthy, no-nonsense, to-the-point, adventuresome, brave, interesting. She's nobody's fool. But that's not all. She has a heart as big as Australia. In the two plus years that I've known her now, she's been as kind as I know a person to be. She's been there for me when I needed a laugh, a hand, a balanced point of view.
. Renee: The first time I saw a comment by Renee, back when there was snow on the ground, she signed it "Love Renee." I didn't know she really meant the 'love' part until I got to know her and noticed her incredibly thoughtful and kind comments to every single visitor to her blog. No doubt there are days Renee doesn't feel well and other days she's f-----tired, but she never fails to reach out and say something warmly specific and affectionately appropriate to everyone. Renee has a fan club and yet she manages to make each person feel special. In my mind she has this uniquely spirited way of combining kind and feisty, brave and vulnerable, traditional and outrageous.
Please feel free to share this award with whoever you'd like. If you want to follow the 'rules', do as I did and limit it to 3 people only. Kindness is a sacred quality and I feel honored to honor these three characters.