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Awards, Recommendations & Thank Yous

One of the things I really enjoy doing in our green & sustainable living blogosphere, is to bring disparate groups together. Our work will be more powerful if the simple living, frugal living, local food, green, and community building bloggers all come together to fix the world’s problems by inspiring change and compassion.


So, when I receive these awards, I have been attempting to bring new websites into our world here. I have mixed feelings about memes in themselves, so I hope that any recipients will not feel obligated to pass on these awards, but to do so if they would like.


Lemonade Award



We received this award from Shannon, because we are “positive, show gratitude, and of course: make lemons out of lemonade!” Thank you.


Butterfly Award



This award comes from Chessa, who writes,


I don’t often comment on this blog, but I am always learning amazing things from Melinda. She is also in Seattle, and she’s compiled a wealth of information on eating locally here. Thanks so much for your words of wisdom, Melinda!


Very kind words – thank you!


Premio Dardos Award



The Premio Dardos Award comes from Belinda:


This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day… I chose these blogs because they are writers that challenge me to evaluate parts of my life, almost every single time they post. I can only hope they do the same for you.


This award also comes from Daharja, who writes,


To Melinda who runs Elements In Time: One Green Generation, a blog that is truly amazing, informative and life-changing.


I’m honored. Both of your words moved me very much.


Here are five blogs to whom I’d like to pass on these wonderful awards. They are all blogs that I’ve recently discovered:



Thank You.


While I’m linking, I also wanted to thank these top referrers to the blog in the past couple of weeks:



And finally, thank you all for reading. This year our readership has grown quickly, and I love what all of you bring to this site. Please don’t be shy about commenting. I do read every comment, I respond to as many as I can, and comments often inform future posts. Plus, with conversation, we all learn more.  I enjoy this community very much. Thanks for participating!


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