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I HAVE A NEW SET OF SPECTACLES FOR MY COLLECTION

The 51st pair of eyeglasses has been submitted for my collection of spectacles, and they came in from Karen Shanley.

Her about page on her weblog describes her thusly:

Karen is a Life Mentoring Coach and writer. Her passions are her family, her dogs, her organic garden, and writing, as well as the pursuit of the understanding of human nature, and working to create better, more meaningful educational experiences for children. Additional interests are physics, biking, cooking, building stuff with her hands, and going on walk-abouts when the spirit moves her. She lives with her daughter, Caitlin, her husband, Andrew, and her dogs and the family cat in Upstate NY.

She is also an inveterate lover of dogs and has written a book about her experience with them, Dogs of Dreamtime: A Story About Second Chances and the Power of Love:

Dogs of Dreamtime is the story of one woman's deep connection with her three very different dogs, and the extraordinary emotional journey they embark on together. Ultimately, it's about how the unexpected events in our lives shape who we are and who we will become.

Karen Shanley

It's no wonder that her glasses are pictured perched on the nose of her australian shepherd, Kiera. What we obviously have here is an A-1 human being. She loves animals and children, she's a published author, she knits. You can't go wrong.

So, go take a look at Karen's websites (weblog and professional), because she is so freaking nice, and then come back here to submit your own eyewear to the collection.

AND THEN, BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR ME, YOU WILL GO VOTE FOR THIS WEBSITE AS THE 2006 WEBLOG AWARDS BEST CANADIAN BLOG, BECAUSE I AM CANADIAN, AND I'M THE BEST.



Between December 7th and December 15th (approximately), if you would like to support this website and urge the voting public in my direction, feel free to post the following link in your blog entries or sidebar, and then e-mail me to let me know of your awesomeness:
<*a href="http://2006.weblogawards.org/2006/12/best_canadian_blog.php">Vote for Schmutzie's <*i>Milkmoney Or Not, Here I Come<*/i> as the 2006 Weblog Awards Best Canadian Blog<*/a>

Of course, remove the asterisks (*) so that the code will work, and if you're feeling thoroughly inspired, you can pair that link with one of these eye-catching badges.

The Syndicate of Schmutzie Stalwarts, despite being somewhat bitter about the terrible name chosen for their awesome collective endeavor, support the Schmutzie vote, and their sites are, in alphabetical order:

  • Fannfare
  • Greeneggsandtam
  • Gypsyhick
  • Hey This Is Me...
  • Karen Shanley
  • Lala Land
  • Whaling Season

  • Post that link code and get on this list!