Now, with the hottest January on record here in Sydney, and no relief during the nights, I am creating this post on a very humid day with a high of 35 degrees celsius to announce a blogging award.
A highlight of 2016 was travel to the cooler climes of Croatia and Bosnia Herzogovina for a week in their autumn (October), followed by another week in freezing (for us) Budapest and Copenhagen.
I have recently spent some time uploading videos that I took during these unforgettable holiday destinations (posted on Vimeo and YouTube). The video below shows the breathtakingly beautiful harbour of Cavtat, where we stayed in the award winning Hotel Croatia, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. My husband was there to lead the 3rd International Symposium on Stuttering, held at this gorgeous hotel. From the sea, it resembles a dazzling white cruise ship, perched on the cliff of “the Mediterranean Sea like it used to be” at the southern most tip of Croatia.
Now, while posting this video of a perfect summer’s day in Coogee, I am forced to scratch beneath the surface of the beauty and the pleasure of the sand, sea and sky, to suggest a problem we need to look at…
Environmental Degradation (Blogging) Award?
I realise that many countries in the Northern Hemisphere, including beautiful Croatia, are experiencing freezing conditions at the present time. Extreme polarities between highs and lows in different seasons and locations are part of global warming (or climate change), which is one of the biggest challenges that we on earth will face in the coming years. We must all join together, at least in acknowledging this reality: of our precious earth’s atmosphere being degraded. We cannot afford to put our heads in the sand like the inimitable ostrich, or like Donald whatshisname, and rest in denial. Actions are needed on all fronts, from Paris to technological research and beyond. Which countries and individuals will take up the challenge and receive awards for fighting and solving ecological degradation? The Goldman Environmental Prize
is known as the “Green Nobel” and is awarded annually to countries and individuals who are heroes in the fight for the earth and its resources.
The Craft of Writing
That said, I am pleased to upload this, my first post for 2017, focusing on climate records broken on a global scale, and a small blogging award for me.
I am proud to announce this Blogging Award for my website, “The Craft of Writing”, which has been placed among the 20 best writing blogs online according to Feedspot.com. As well as being a wonderful incentive for me to start the new blogging year, this award lists other exceptional creative writing sites, some of which I have been following.
Visit the Feedspot Award page by clicking here or by clicking on the badge in the margin of this site.
Topics for 2017
Apart from creative writing and environmental issues, I would also like to continue to write about the other previously stated topics of interest to me, which include psychology, especially destigmatising mental illness; spirituality in its broadest sense; travel; mythology and supporting minority groups.
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