you make me think, i give you a rose

And an award! Don’t forget about the award!

In my absence from the Internet, I was named by the lovely Bella at Public Musings of a Mama as a Thinking Blogger.

Grazie! Grazie! Thank you! Thank you!

Now what’s this all about you ask?


There are 3 rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the “Thinking Blogger Award” with a link to the post that you wrote.

So here are five bloggers that make me think, and that I highly suggest you visit as well:

1. Sara at Moving Right Along. Sara writes beautifully and honestly about tough and light-hearted subjects alike, all while keeping a fantastic sense of humor.

2. Corey at Tongue in Cheek. Corey shows us France, California, and wherever else she lands through gorgeous photos and words.

3. Judith at Think on It! Whether it’s about food, fashion, culture, or anything really, Judith truly does make me think on it.

4. Ninotchka at cease cows, life is short! Ninotchka always has an awesome photo and story to share about her life, husband, children, and Charlie the Chocolate Lab.

5. goodthomas at, well, goodthomas. Beautiful writing mixed with unique, thoughtful observations–can’t ask for more in a thinking blog.

Honestly, it was difficult to narrow this list down to five; I could’ve given out many, many more of these awards. In fact, if you see them in my sidebar, they make me think. So take some time and visit those folks as well, would you?

Ah, I promised flowers! Here are 5 shots for the winners to share, and also for all of you to enjoy–we’re all winners today!

My roses as seen this morning.

Have a lovely weekend, and keep thinking!


[tags] blogging awards, thinking blogger, roses, flowers[/tags]


22 Beans of Wisdom to “you make me think, i give you a rose”
  1. tongue in cheek

    Roses say thank you. Good minds think alike?

    Thank you for the honor, moreso Congratulations to you and your generous blog!!

  2. Britt-Arnhild

    Congratulations with your award.
    Lovely orange roses.

  3. Giulia

    You deserve this award, all the way!

  4. Judith in Umbria

    Gasp! Gorgeous! Yours are so far ahead of mine.
    One of mine pierced an artery last week… no joke. Blood spurting all over and I was just making it healthy and pretty.
    No one ever asks me to do memes. I was feeling neglected– not that I want to do a LOT of them!

  5. Enza

    WOW! Those roses are gorgeous!!!

  6. BecsLifeOnline

    Thanks for the comment AGES ago asking if I was ok ha ha. I seem to have vanished off the face of the earth for a while (oops!). Now I’m behind on my blogging and it’s going to take me YEARS to catch up to date with all the blogs I read as well ha ha.

  7. Judith in Umbria

    OK, I done it, girl. I was going to do strawberry jam making for the chicken-hearted, but figured that would take a bit of time on a day when I’ve to play nurse to a sick cat, cook supper for returning snowbirds and get all the manure out of the car.

  8. sognatrice

    TICheek, well thank you for making me think πŸ™‚

    Britt-Arnhild, thanks for visiting and commenting; I’m checking our your place now.

    Giulia, aw, thanks πŸ™‚

    Judith, this is actually the second group of roses this year–crazy! And I love your veal breast tips in response to your award!

    Enza, thanks. I couldn’t resist taking the photos once I saw they had water droplets and everything.

    Bec, woohoo! You’re still around! Good to see you back in the blogosphere πŸ™‚

  9. Erin

    What beautiful pictures of your roses. They are gorgeous.

  10. Poppy Fields

    What a beautiful color of rose.

  11. Anonymous

    Beautiful roses!! It is cold and bleak in Ohio. I can’t wait until the roses start to bloom.

    Congratulation on the award. Your blog has made me think many a time.

  12. Ninotchka

    You’re such a sweetheart! Thank you. Those roses are absolutely divine.

  13. Sara

    Oh, jeepers, Sognatrice. I’m so flattered.

    I’m going to have a heck of a time finding five of my favorite bloggers to nominate who haven’t already gotten it, too, though. πŸ™‚ Nice problem, right?

    Thanks for thinking of me.

    (Oh, and gorgeous roses. I can practically smell them. Thanks for sharing them.)

  14. Expat Traveler

    love the water drops, beautiful colors!

  15. Cherrye

    Yea, Michelle! Congrats and thanks for the new links to check out!

    PS – I think my hair is gonna turn red from all of the strawberries we’ve been eatin’!

  16. Shan

    First off, congratulations on the award. Well deserved I say.

    Secondly, those roses are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Gil

    Congratulations on your award! Beautiful pictures of some beautiful roses.

  18. Vanessa

    those roses are wonderful!

  19. steven wilson

    The roses are spectacular.
    Steven Wilson

  20. sognatrice

    Erin, Poppy, Anon, thanks for the compliments on the roses, in particular their color. I had absolutely nothing to do with it, as I didn’t even pick out the plant! In fact, last year (and early this year), the roses were all light pink….

    Ninotchka, Sara, you so richly deserve the recognition; I hope some of my readers who didn’t know you before will check out your blogs.

    Expat Traveler, thank you much. I love the water droplets too πŸ™‚

    Cherrye, thanks; I think you’ll be OK on the red hair thing, though, b/c you eat so darn many kiwis to balance it out πŸ˜‰

    Shan, Gil, Vanessa, Steven, thanks so much for your compliments. Nature is beautiful, and capturing it is truly a pleasure.

  21. goodthomas

    A very well deserved award, Sognatrice. Your blog is always thoughtful and thought-provoking, insightful and inspiring. A truly lovely read.

    And thank you for the honor. You are most kind.

    And the roses, oh dear goodness me, the beautiful roses . . .

  22. sognatrice

    Goodthomas, thank you, and you know how I feel about you and your place πŸ™‚

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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