You like me! You really, really like me!

The wild and precious LJ and the talented JohnieB have honored me by nominating my blog for the Arte y Pico award. I am deeply humbled by their kind words about my occasional chicken-scratching, and am grateful for their giving me an opportunity to nominate some other blogs I deeply admire.

Here are the rules:
1) Pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte Y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award which is here: Arte Y Pico.

I've tried to choose those I haven't seen nominated before, so I'm limiting myself to four:

Closeted Pastor--Cecilia is fiercely honest in her self-examinations, and I admire her courage immensely. It has been, and continues to be, a joy to see her come into her own.

Caliban's Dream--I also admire Alcibiade's courage, his integrity, and his faith in the face of events that would have stripped me of mine. I wish he could be a priest in my parish---he's the real deal.

Boobs, Injuries, and Dr. Pepper--Crystal has experienced things from which most of us pray daily to be spared---and she shares her life with knock-em-dead writing. She's vulgar, funny as hell, and pulls no punches. I like that in a woman...

Grendel, the Misanthropic Dog--Grendel is a fine writer and theologian. And he once labeled me a "goo-person." What's not to love?