That said, (so beautifully), ...........I'm sending it on.
This one's for some bloggers who, for various reasons, come to mind with the song This One's for the Girls by Martina McBride (using "girls" loosely here, and, with the exception of the first award below, it's not necessarily the word I would select to describe these very intelligent, emotionally mature, keenly witty, uniquely creative, and warmly responsive women).
Owen @ Helping our Planet's Endangered Species: She is a 14-year-old girl whose mother helps run the blog that supports HOPES (Helping our Planet's Endangered Species), which Owen created to raise awareness and money for the cause. She is a sensitive artist who creates drawings of the animals she is trying to save and auctions them on ebay. All donations go to WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.
Deena Stryker @ Other Jones-Journal: What a mind! and she's expanding mine. Her brilliance as a writer/political observer/journalist cannot be overstated.
Honour @ The Art of Practice: Read her magnificent poem, Blogging, and have an "ah-ha" moment that will introduce you to this dear heart.
Lisa Allender Writes: ...and acts, and publishes, and advocates, and is basically the energizer bunny rolled up in a peace sign (when she's not recuperating from major surgery).
Robin @ a little bird told me,: She's had an amazing year and all signs indicate a remarkable life ahead for this special artist/photographer/writer/philosopher.
Elizabeth @ retinal perspectives: She is "a thirtysomething girl who is slowly finding her place in the world" and what a truly beautiful way she has of sharing it with us.
I'll stop with these six gems for the Ripple Effect. O, I have more gems I'm anxious to throw into the award pond. I just don't want to create a tsunami.