Monday, February 4, 2013

Overcoming Adversity Blogfest, Ninja News, and My Next Blogfest!

Overcoming Adversity Blogfest

Nick at Scattergun Scribblings is hosting the Overcoming Adversity Blogfest. Entries will be compiled into a book and the proceeds will go to funding college for his son, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy.

This is my entry.

My Friends, My Heroes

The human spirit it an amazing thing. It can overcome any adversity. Those who succeed despite their situation motivate and assure us that we can triumph as well. And I don’t have to look any farther for inspiration than my blogger buddies.

Roland Yeomans almost lost everything during Rita. He’d already lost two beloved pets and everything he owned due to a fire several years before that. When Katrina hit, he took his laptop, clothes, and cat Gypsy and fled town, returning several months later to a water-damaged apartment. Once again, he had to start over. But Roland has not let that dampen his dream. He now has over twenty books to his name, and he continues to post advice on his blog to help other writers. Roland has not lost faith.

Hart Johnson experienced a really bad 2012 with many setbacks including her husband’s hospitalization. Despite the struggles, she has forged on. Her first book was released last June and this year her second book, The Begonia Bribe, will be released. But that’s not all! Hart entered the ABNA this year, plans to polish several more novels, and will participate in both BuNo and NaNo. Hart is all or nothing.

Jeremy Hawkins was in a terrible car accident several years ago. It permanently misaligned four of his neck bones and he went through months of physical therapy. Even now, cold weather and other factors will dislodge his neck bones, and he is restricted in what he can do. Despite all of that, Jeremy continues to post for Howlin’ Wolf Records and does freelance artwork for clients. He’s published two books and contributes every day to the A to Z Team. And he never complains. Jeremy takes away all excuses.

Karen Walker underwent emotional and sexual abuse as a child. Her self-image took quite a hit and she made some poor life choices as a result. Living with those choices, one of which involved estrangement from her only son for many years, was devastating. But Karen didn’t give up. She began working on her memoir, Following the Whispers, and found her peace. Today she dances, sings, and travels with her wonderful husband. She still struggles, but she fights back.

Charles Gramlich’s’ wife Lana was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. At one point, she was so miserable it was as if they both just wanted to die. They persevered though, and eventually Lana recovered her strength. In November, they received the word that Lana was cancer-free. Through all of this, Charles has continued to work and write. And he is blessed that his wife is there to watch him do it. They are both incredibly tough.

My own struggles seem so small in comparison. But no matter what the challenge, I know I can overcome because they overcame. Thank you for not giving up, my friends. You are my heroes.

(And there were so many more I could’ve mentioned, but I ran out of room!)

Ninja News

The Indelibles are hosting the INDIE-Kissing Blogfest on February 14. See their site for details.

EJ Wesley’s blog tour begins today!
There will be giveaways and free books, so check it out.
Have a great tour, EJ!



My Next Blogfest!

The first blogfest I ever hosted was The Movie Dirty Dozen on June 21, 2010, and fifty-eight people participated. I had less than two hundred followers at the time, so most of you missed it. Which is why I’ve decided to revisit it with:


Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest
March 18, 2013
List your top ten favorite movies!

Told you this one would be fun and easy! Now, who’s with me? Grab the badge and sign up below.



Who’s overcome adversity in your world? Give that person a shout-out here! Joining the Indelibles’ blogfest? Ready to list your favorite movies? Don't forget the IWSG on Wednesday. And did you watch the Super Bowl? Best commercial was…? (Outside of movie previews, I only counted three good ones.)

190 comments:

  1. Cap'n Ninja!! My poor heart! I am weeping again!! reading about these amazing bloggie pals - amazing!

    p.s. you are the THIRD blogger going on about the ads for this superbowl thing!?!? WHAT is it about these ads!? I don't understand...!!!

    pps. my Monday is now complete - I have the blues (see above!) Sigh!

    Take care
    x

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  2. Those are moving stories. the resilience of the human spirit is amazing. I hope all those people you mentioned keep moving ahead.

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  3. Your list of bloggers' who have overcome adversity is an inspiration to us all! Congrats to each of you for getting through these hardships, and bravely telling your stories. Julie

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  4. And there I was, seriously stressing about Wednesday and IWSG and now I have no worries...

    If these amazing people can overcome what they have and *still* make it all the way to becoming a published author, well then, "Lawds yes," (as Tom Cullen would say :) so can I.

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  5. Excellent post!

    Signed up for the new hop - w00t!

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  6. What truly amazing, and inspiring people. Thanks for sharing their stories, Alex. :)

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  7. Wonderfully inspiring stories to start out my Monday! Thanks, Alex.

    Sounds like a great blogfest!

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  8. Wow, those are some amazing stories and bloggers Alex. Thank you for sharing them with us. And your new blogfest looks like a heap of fun. Think I might even get on board with this one, and I almost never dare to try blogfests!

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  9. Great post on Overcoming Adversity!
    They are truly amazing people and I wish them well.

    I have signed up for the Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest for March, sounds like fun!

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  10. Awesome, the blogfest will be fun! But how to choose just 10?!?!

    Those are some very inspiring people you mentioned for the blog hop. I too have some very inspiring friends, and sometimes I just don't understand how they COULD have survived. Their stories of survival strike awe into my heart.

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  11. This is an amazing group of people outside in the world... the strength comes from people like you and Nick... finding great reasons to move forward. I feel we all struggle, we all have that thing... we also have great support, some from miles away and people we my not ever met.

    My brother and his family as his oldest son Alex struggled with an ailing disease for his whole life. Not meant to live past 10 years old, he pushed and survived until 21... and he will be remembered as our superman. Sorry really short version... makes me sad to think about it...

    I say "PEACE" to those who need it and "STRENGTH" to those who need it and "HOPE" for those who need it... and those who don't save it for later when you might.

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  12. It's inspiring to hear your friend's stories. Actually my family went through a really difficult time. My husband who has chronic lung problems fell outside our hotel room in San Antonio about 5 years ago and broke his hip replacement, femur, and severed a nerve to his hand. He almost died and came home in a wheelchair. We knew no one there but luckily my father in law was with us and took my daughter home with him. My daughter who had just finished 5th grade had to give up her summer when we got back to take care of my husband so I could go back to work. Thankfully my husband is now walking and his nerve grew back. That was definitely an experience I never want to repeat.

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  13. I feel lucky now after reading about the trials of the others you've listed. It makes you feel fortunate for the everyday things you take for granted.

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  14. Sorry, Kitty! Didn't mean to make you cry. And companies spend billions on the ads for the Super Bowl, which is why we all watch to see which ones are best.

    Mark, you can do it!

    Imogen, please join us.

    Trisha, ten will be difficult.

    Jeremy, I'm really sorry about your nephew. You're a Superman as well.

    Natalie, that is very scary!

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  15. Roland, Hart, Jeremy, Karen, and Charles - you all truly embody the spirit of never giving up.
    I can do this movie blogfest! Once upon a time I saw a movie or two...

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  16. Wow talk about no warning. I'm in the Overcoming adversity blog hop too.

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  17. Alex, thank you so much for your inspiring contribution to my blogfest. It certainly puts things into perspective. We are blessed that Andrew is happy and healthy, as many of his peers suffer from health complications and some have sadly passed away.

    And I will sign up for your movie blogfest. It won't be that easy for me - I really struggle picking faves - but having ten is probably easier than narrowing it down to just one!

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  18. These were some very touching stories, Alex. I am getting ready to start hopping around too.

    Ugh, most of the ads last night were terrible. I loved the Clydesdales (as always) but so many were such a disappointment.

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  19. Some people are just so strong... I am thankful every day for all the good in my life and I try to learn and grow from the not-so-good.

    Signed up for the blogfest!

    Didn't watch the Superbowl - watched Paranormal Activity 4. Not bad but not going on my list of faves. :)

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  20. Hi Alex! New follower. I've overcome adversity big time- check out my post: http://morgankatz505.blogspot.com/2013/02/overcoming-adversity-bloghop.html

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  21. There are so many heroes in our midst.

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  22. and I was just poppin in to say hi and tell you I responded to your Metal Grammy nominees.

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  23. Each person we pass bears invisible wounds, shouldering emotional burdens that seldom show on their faces. Often those with the widest smiles are those with the deepest cuts.

    Thanks for the mention, but there are many more in my city who lost so much more and are struggling still. May this help Nick's step-son onto the path of healing and a new stage in life. :-)

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  24. Laura, I bet you can!

    Nick, thanks for hosting.

    Elsie, they were awful.

    Madeline, not in your top ten, huh?

    Lass, thanks!

    Roland, I'm sure there are, but you are the hero I know.

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  25. Ooh, March 18th is a Monday so I can join in. Whoot!

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  26. Great way to highlight the blog hop and some fabulous bloggers who've had to deal with adversity in their lives. Very inspiring.

    And I'm going to think about this movie challenge. Sounds fun. :)

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  27. Alex, thank you so much for this loving tribute to your blogging buddies, including me. Learning to overcome adversity is a lifelong lesson, one I continue to work on. You, my dear friend, inspire me to keep trying with your positive attitude and your way of helping everyone else with your blog.
    Karen

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  28. I love that you posted and recognized others for their journey!

    I came across this blog hop late, but what a worthy cause.

    10 movies -- not sure I have a list that long, hmmmm.....

    Have a great week!

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  29. Wow, man! Thanks so much for the kind words and support. Lana and I both appreciate it very much.

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  30. Definitely inspiring stories.

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  31. Hi Alex,

    These are amazing stories of overcoming adversity and it's for such a good cause. As a special educator, individual with disabilities are very close to my heart.

    I entered The Movie Dirty Dozen Bloghop. Sounds like it's going to be a blast!

    -Chary Perez

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  32. Shari, that's good@

    Karen, thank YOU, and you are most welcome.

    Charles, you're welcome.

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  33. I think everyone I know has faced real tragedy in their lives. Maybe that's why we're all writers - writing is a good outlet for all that comes with having to deal with that kind of adversity.

    Signed up for your blogfest. Now to whittle my list down to 10. Sheesh!

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  34. What a great idea for a blog fest and a great thing to do with the results! I'll pop by and have a look at it.

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  35. Alex, your friends' stories are very inspiring. They have all been brave and have overcome adversity and tough situations in life.

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  36. Thank you for sharing these amazing stories of triumph!
    Congratulations to these bloggers... you are an inspiration to all!

    Top Ten Movie Countdown fest? I think I have about 3 favourite movies... well, I have about six weeks to watch extra movies and maybe I'll find 7 more to add to the list... LOL. I suppose, if I think hard enough, there are other movies that have made an impression on me... let me put on my thinking cap...

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  37. Alex - You rock! Thanks so much for mentioning the Indelibles. Very cool.

    Such great writers and bloggers to highlight on your blog.

    Hope you have a happy Monday. =)

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  38. I think all my movies are for children but since you're not specifying genre, I'm in.
    A lot of courageous people you know. There is so much to learn from such wonderful hearts. :)

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  39. There's a lot of inspiring stories online today, and it's great!

    I'm in for the blogfest!

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  40. All five of those people are overcomers.

    Signing up for the blogfest. I remember the first one, too.

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  41. Great inspiration today - I love this blogfest and wish I'd heard about it sooner so I could participate! And I like the movie countdown blogfest that's going to happen next month!

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  42. A great post, Alex, and as I'm reading the adversity of others I think much the same thing as yourself. Others have had it so much worse than I have by comparison. That's the real adversity. I've only had minor setbacks.

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  43. Thanks for sharing these stories, Alex. Like you pointed out, it's amazing what other people go through and survive. Makes my challenges pale in comparison.

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  44. Fun blogfest! I'll be doing it for sure! I'll have to check out the people you mention in the Overcoming adversity hop. Wonderful stuff here :)

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  45. There are heroes in our midst. Thanks for acknowledging them Alex. Second time round to participate in this bloghop.

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  46. Wow, those are some truly inspirational stories you shared, Alex. Thanks for the encouragement this morning!

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  47. My in-laws are all fighters: 90-something Mamaw, FIL - who walked away from an accident this last weekend that should have ended his life, MIL's husband - a triple-amputee of the Vietnam Era.

    I'm also posting the movie hop to my "Friendship Friday" post this week to spread the love.

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  48. Love what you said about your friends/heroes. That was lovely Alex. Thanks. Sometimes this world seems very unfeeling. Then I read something like this. Inspiring to say the least.

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  49. I was a bit underwhelmed by the overall quality of the commercials this year. Some were pretty good, but again, as a group I was not thrilled. Great game though.

    And some very inspiring stories. I might complain a lot - about everything - but real adversity, I can only tip my hat.

    And I signed up for the blogfest this morning. Looking forward to it.

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  50. Excellent 'Overcoming Adversity' post.

    Excited for and I'm in on the Movie Hop.

    We lost the 'signal' near the end of the 3rd quarter of the SB (just when the game was starting to get good-life in the islands) BUT of the commercials I did see I was almost on the floor over the tough guys playing dress-up with the little girl, while eating Doritos. And what's not to love about baby horses.

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  51. Loved your entry Alex. So many of our blogging friends have faced challenges that I'm not sure I'd have the strength to overcome. They're an inspiration, and keep me from having pity parties on a regular basis.

    Thank you for sharing news about my tour! :-)

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  52. Amazing stories of overcoming adversity. Great post and although our favorite team didn't make it to the Superbowl I am happy for the Baltimore fans.

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  53. Great entry, Alex. I agree. The human spirit IS an amazing thing.

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  54. A lovely adversity post, Alex.

    I'm all signed up to the movie blogfest - although I'm not sure I'll be able to put any films in order, they'll all be Number 1 :-)

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  55. Inspirational post! Just what I need to jump start my week.

    I'm in for the blogfest, ISWG. As for commercials, I loved the M&M's one.

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  56. Top Movies again? Yay for that!:) I'm happy with anything that involves movies, you know.

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  57. I overcame adversity of being Epiletic(it still has a stigma attached to the illness) by saying on being diagnosed back in the 80s "Epilepsy is going to live with ME, And not me with IT" otherwise I would have not travelled, not seen Daniel, but sit around and wait for the next seizure.
    Great post as usual and the CHROME problem has now been sorted.

    Yvonne.

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  58. do I want to share some of my favorite movies? You betcha!

    Did not watch the superbowl but didn't miss it either - not a football fan. I prefer baseball and basketball :)

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  59. What a wonderful entry Alex- you did a great job highlighting those special bloggers.

    I know a long list of people who overcame adversity, couldn't even begin to list them all here.

    Looking forward to the movie blog hop. The hardest part will be narrowing my choices down to ten!!

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  60. Hey, thank you so much for the shout out today! I wish I'd known about the blogfest--I love the theme! (and signed up for your movie one!)

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  61. Jay, you can do it!

    Michelle, post as many movies as you want!

    RaShelle, you're welcome.

    Al, favorite movies, any genre!

    Beer, that's me as well. I've actually had a really good life.

    Denise, that is cool!

    LuAnn, that is incredible!

    Robyn, appreciate that.

    Rusty, most of the commercials were lame...

    Faraway, we always need a Budwiser horse commercial. It's the law.

    EJ, you're welcome.

    Annalisa, that's fine!

    George, knew you'd like it.

    Yvonne, good for you!

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  62. Nathan Bransford just did his top 100 movies. And I'm blogging about Hayao Miyazaki movies all week.

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  63. What a great idea to spotlight other bloggers...that was so touching AND inspirational!

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  64. I'm in.

    You're choices are well deserving. They are great bloggers and writers.

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  65. So may hops so little time. Great entry Alex.

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  66. Thanks for the updates, Alex! And please, please don't feel bad about my cover reveal last week. You already do so much for the blogging community!

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  67. Excellent post for Nick's bloghop. Survivors like them amaze me. And yay for your new bloghop! I've signed up. :)

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  68. Stories like that are a great reminder why I should, one, never feel sorry for myself, and two, never give when adversity gets me down. I have a friend who's contended with adversity for over 30 years, yets he's always cheery & upbeat. I don't know how he does it. Anyway, I signed up for your blogfest. I love movies, but I'm not so good at recalling the ones I love best. Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten it was IWSG time. As far as commercials go, I watched the game at a sports bar so I didn't pay much attention to the commercials, but that Taco Bell one was hilarious.

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  69. What a beautiful blog hop entry! Those people are truly heroes! Thanks for sharing.

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  70. my trials are sooo miniscule compared to some of the ordeals i've seen today!
    and you did a wonderful job recognizing those guys! as you always do here!
    thanks for the fun fest. like my silly entry? ha!

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  71. Love this blogfest.

    Looking forward to your movie blogfest too. :)

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  72. TOP 10 of All-Time? Committed to paper permanently???? I don't know, Alex. This is serious.

    I didn't see all of the Superbowl commercials, but I did see one pre-Superbowl on Yahoo. My mom was watching them on her computer. She calls me in so I could watch it. It made me cry. So, I think that was probably the best one. Not many commercials make me cry. Movies? Yes. TV shows? Depends on the show. Commercials? Very rare. I will unveil it on my HERE'S TO YOU post... so I won't make you wait forever.

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  73. I definitely signed up for the blogfest.

    We have a wonderful community of bloggers, and I am encouraged every day through their actions.

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  74. The people whose stories you wrote about are true heroes in life. They kept getting up. That's what counts.

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  75. Very lovely tribute to your blogging buddies who experienced adversity. Their stories are very inspirational.

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  76. Thanks for the updates. :) Looking forward to reading EJ's books and following the tour. The movie blogfest sounds fun- might have to add to calendar... I'm loving all the stories for Nick's blogfest. I agree with Michael- what an amazing community so full of wonderful inspiration and support. Love it :)

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  77. This post sends such a great message: keep going. Kudos to you for pointing out how strong these people are. It's an inspiration to all of us.

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  78. My mother-in-law, who died of pancreatic cancer, but she went three times longer than the normal 6 months that most people live, and she had one of the most severe types.

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  79. I know this will sound odd, but I sometimes think we are given adversity in our lives to help and inspire others. I know that's how I feel when I read things like this and it makes my own problems seem a bit less problematic.

    I'm totally in for your blogfest...anything to do with movies always gets my attention. Should be fun :)

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  80. Alex, thank you for the shout out on these amazing people. Needed the shot in the arm today. Awesome post.

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  81. It's unbelievable what the human spirit can endure. Your wonderful examples inspire us and lift us up, Alex. Thank you.

    I gre up on a farm, so my favorite commercial during the Super Bowl was the Ram truck tribute to farmers. Just hearing Paul Harvey's voice deliver those words again brought tears to my eyes.

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  82. Jaybird, all part of the challenge!

    Hart, you are welcome.

    Lydia, I will help you when the book is released!!

    Nancy, your friend has a great attitude.

    Tara, that's great!

    Robin, I am serious! And can't wait to see that commercial.

    Andrew, she didn't want to admit defeat.

    Mark, not odd. I think you are right.

    Patricia, that commercial was great.

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  83. Thank you Alex! I was really moved to read about all those people struggling through and not letting circumstances take control of their spirits. What a nice Monday gift.

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  84. That was incredibly inspirational. There are such great and strong people all around us. This is truly a wonderful post.

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  85. Hats off to each and every one of those folks! Your stories and your strength to keep going are amazing and affirming to hear.

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  86. That sounds like a really fun blogfest, Al. I'll give it some thought.

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  87. Amazing list of overcomers to look to when we all have are days of adversities. And another blogfest to boot! What treats you've supplied.

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  88. You got me...I'm all choked up over here, reading these descriptions about your heroes. They sound like such neat people and bloggers. Can't thank you enough for sharing this!

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  89. Karen and Roland, the two I know, both of them my awesome heroes too! And my thoughts and prayers are with Andrew also.

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  90. You have an all-star collection of bloggers who overcame adversity!!

    And I'm on-board for the Movie Blogfest. I missed it last time!

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  91. Gosh how will I pick 10? :) Will think about this carefully (and check it's a week I'm posting :)) Great topic!

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  92. Joined the linky list, Alex. Will add it to my blog later today.

    Roland's story and the others you mentioned show that many of us deal with strife and adversity every day. My elder daughter has to deal with a chronic illness which can be debilitating, and comes without warning. We deal with it when we have to.

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  93. # 50 on the blog hop! Huzzah!

    Wow those are some incredible peeps up there. Makes everything I think is tough seem trivial. But that just means I'm blessed. As are you.

    Thanks for giving this bloghop a twist by including our friends.

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  94. Great plug for Nick's blogfest, very inspirational guy:)

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  95. I love this bloghop, and I know the stories of Roland and TH. I did not know about the other three, but it's truly inspirational to read their stories. Here's hoping all the best for them. *BIG hugs*

    P.S.
    I'm such a movie lover, I think my head would explode trying to narrow the list to 10! :D

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  96. Signed up for the Top Ten Countdown blogfest! Should be a fun one! :D

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  97. Suze, hope you can join us.

    DL, the first one WAS a long time ago.

    DG, I'm sorry.

    Thanks everyone for your kind words about the individuals I highlighted for this blogfest.

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  98. I didn't know those bloggers had gone through such traumatic times. I'm glad they chose to keep writing.

    I've joined the blogfest. Sounds like fun.

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  99. An inspiring post Alex. I knew a little about Jeremy's story but not the others. Best Superbowl commercial was "Babytopia". I like the new blogfest! Now to figure out what genre...

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  100. Alex - Your mentions were just wonderful. You're right, looking at those situations makes my small trouble look miniscule and makes me want to try even harder. Thank you to you and to them.

    I'm all in for the movie list!!! I've got to start working on it now!!!

    SuperBowl commercials sucked for the most part. Getting the 'tug on the heartstrings award' was the Bud Clydesdale commercial, the Dodge Farmer commercial and the Wounded Warrior PSA.

    Love the Trek and IM3 but they were so short. :(

    HMG

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  101. HI, Alex,

    Wonderful tribute to our blogger buddies' strength and dedication to overcome their adversity!

    Mine are locked away.... I have mentioned them once or twice, but since I like to be positive with my posts, I don't dwell on it.

    I plan to post something in a few minutes. But what? I want to do a FF piece. At times like these we need a bit of magic.... don't you think? LOL.

    Looking forward to your blogfest! And another IWSG on Wednesday.... Man the week just fly, don't they?

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  102. Powerful post on overcoming adversity. Glad you shared it.

    Fun blogfest. I'm in!

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  103. Thank you for sharing about those whose experiences with overcoming adversity has helped inspire you. Reading those stories makes me think that determination and diligence can go such a long way.

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  104. Excellent, inspiring post and I love that you used the blogfest as an opportunity to praise some blogging pals who have overcome such tough times!! Everyone you listed is definitely an inspiration.

    And...I have to touch on the commercial question. haha. I LOVED the Clydesdale commercial. By far my favorite one. It actually choked me up. haha. Little embarrassing, crying over a commercial, but it was SO cute!!

    All signed up for the next blogfest. Can't wait!!

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  105. Those were inspiring stories of people who overcome or cope with their pain; a wonderful entry for the book.

    My daughter lost her son a year and a half ago and she has leaned on God for strength and help. Instead of falling into despair, she has grabbed hold of God's hand and is making it through the pain.

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  106. Let me think on the Movie Blogfest--hmmm. Can I just replay my Dirty Dozen list? No, I may have to put a twist on this.

    I've known many people who have faced adversity. Most of us have to some extent I guess.

    What SuperBowl? You mean it was already on?

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  107. thanks for the mention of the Indie-kissing blogfest!

    I guess that's movies from all time? Or just in the past year. Just the past year, I'd have a hard time coming up with a top ten list. I'm getting pickier as I get older!

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  108. Oh, and I wanted to say that any adversity I face is nothing, when I hear about people fighting terminal illnesses.

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  109. It is interesting to see how life's challenges can make us stronger and even at times, more productive. Thanks for sharing these inspirational stories!

    Only caught a few minutes of the Super Bowl. Did see the Jeep/USO commercial online (my son told me about it) and thought that was good. I heard most of the rest were pretty lame.

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  110. What a great way to participate in the Overcoming Adversity blog-fest! Thank you for sharing, Alex. :)

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  111. Maurice, whatever you like!

    Heather, a sad year for commercials...

    Michael, always best not to dwell.

    Tamara, anything with those horses is always good.

    Belle, that's so sad!

    Lee, knew you couldn't resist...

    Laura, all time! And you're welcome.

    Karen, that one was done well.

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  112. I agree that a lot of our fellow writers are very inspirational.

    I told Husband Unit my favorite commercial was the Calvin Klein one. He rolled his eyes. lol But I had just finished a discussion I started on man boobs. So I'm thinking he might not want to watch football with me anymore.

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  113. It's always inspirational to read of other's struggles and how they persevered. The human spirit is amazing. thanks for sharing.

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  114. Your entry is beautiful. Those bloggers and writers are truly inspiring.

    Yay for revisiting your movie blogfest. I loved the one in 2010...gee was it that long ago???

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  115. There are so many amazing people around us. The key is to slow down and listen to their stories, and then learn a valuable lesson from them.

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  116. I love how you focused on how others have overcome adversity.

    Can't wait for the blogfest on March 18th!

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  117. Thanks for sharing the inspiring stories of these blogger buddies. It is wonderful to hear the strength of the human spirit. Glad they are all persevering.

    Excited for the new blogfest!

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  118. I commented earlier, but it doesn't look like it stuck! Can't remember what I said... I'm sure it was heartfelt and profound... :)

    But really, all this is so lovely. Alex, thank you for being such a light. It truly is a privilege to "know" you.

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  120. Aaaand so like I missed the Super Bow and the commercials cause I was busy doing...yeah so I forget what I was doing. Not a football fan. Can't wait to list my Movies!!!

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  121. What a great tribute to our blogger friends. Nice job Alex.

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  122. I think it's great that you shared the stories of these inspiring individuals. It's a great entry for the bloghop.

    I told myself I wouldn't sign up for any bloghops in March UNLESS, it was a super easy one...so I'm good to go for March 18th! (;

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  123. I'm so in for your Top Ten Movie Blogfest! I love the theme! It's right up my alley. Now the hard part is compiling the list - oh man, it's gonna be tough because I see movies in theatres and on DVD constantly. But I know for sure Titanic will be on there :D

    I love your blogfests, Alex! I mean yours are the BEST of the BEST! But that's what the Ninja Captain does perfect! And it's an honor to co-host the A to Z Challenge alongside you - I don't know if I can top you ;)

    And you have an excellent entry for the Overcoming Adversity blogfest! I love how it's short and sweet. Those are the best!

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  124. I'm always humbled and feel lucky when I read about other people's problems. Hart is so strong and focused, she amazes me, as do the other writers. Good luck and blessings to them all.

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  125. Mary, did he like the Hardees commercial then?

    Lynda, thank you. And yes, it was a few years ago.

    Morgan, thanks, and sorry you comment went missing.

    Elise, I promised easy!

    Livia, I knew you'd dig it! Can't wait to read your entry.

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  126. Oh man! I need to post my adversity entry! EEK!

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  127. Wow, I was really inspired by the stories of your blogger buddies. What amazing people.

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  128. Love your adversity post, and how you continually highlight and encourage others! I have a number of real life heroes and heroines in my life - it's hard to choose just one.
    Best movies ever? It's going to be tough to pick just ten. See you on IWSG!

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  129. I'm always encouraged by those who have overcome great odds or have suffered something traumatic. Rather than sit around playing the victim card forever, they move on and live their life.

    I have a young friend who lost everything. Like I told her, things can always be replaced. Each adversity we face and overcome build an awareness of our inner strength and our endurance.

    Movies...hmm. Have to think on that one Alex.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  130. It is always inspiring to see those that could have given up, choose not to.

    Hey, I remember that blog fest. I wonder if my list has changes since then...

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  131. That's very cool how you highlighted some folks who have overcame real adversity. I was really impressed with Stina Lindenblatt's post about living in the NICU with her firstborn. Talk about living a nightmare and coming out on top. Very inspiring! I'm totally going to check out the indelibles hop for some Valentine's day fun.

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  132. Leigh, you have until tomorrow!!

    Tyrean, look forward to it.

    Sia, stuff can always be replaced. People can't.

    Pat, you'll have to look...

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  133. Pick only ten movies! That's more difficult than it sounds but I'm in.
    Loved Paul Harvey, very touching for a farm girl.

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  134. What wonderful people you wrote about Alex, makes me wonder what I ever grouse about.

    OK, I don't do movies like you do movies, but I have signed up anyway.


    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  135. Hello! Such inspiring stories. It never fails to amaze me the powerful people out there in our community.

    Just stopping by for a brief visit while I have a little comp time. I'm hoping to have a new computer this weekend. Love the idea of a movie blogfest,but it will be a challenge to trim to ten . :)

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  136. You know I'm down for anything movie related. I wonder if my choices will be different this time around? Wow that blogfest was in 2010?!? How time goes by so fast.

    You always have such nice things to say about people.

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  137. What a post! These people deserve the best~ I am touched! I think blogging and all my online friends saved me!!!
    Cheers to the best bloggers on the planet ;D

    Thank you Captain....best commercial..the dudes dressing up in pink feathers and make-up for Doritos ;D Yeah, yeah...I know which one you guys favored ;D lol

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  138. I will be posting my entry for Nick's blogfest tomorrow. Man those are some adversity snippets you laid out there. How heartbreaking.

    I love the movie idea again! Can you believe I reread my entry from the Dirty Dozen again about 4 days ago! And I'm going to see Top Gun in IMAX 3-D nest week. They are only showing it for 7 days so I have to see it!

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  139. I love the way you highlighted other writers in this post--all of them inspirational. Well done and thanks for sharing those titles with us!

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  140. Quite a list there. I hope someday I have time to read again outside of academia!

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  141. Very touching post. My problems are definitely small in comparison.

    Loved the Clydesdale commercial but my favorite was the Tide one with the Joe Montana stain.

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  142. I'm touched by your entry for the adversity blogfest. Thanks for sharing those stories, Alex. Those people are true inspirations. I had no idea the struggles they've been through.

    I only watched a bit of the Superbowl and the commercials were bad.

    xoRobyn

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  143. This post was very moving... a great reminder to never give up. Thanks:)

    I'm joining your movie blogfest, but I linky tools won't work, so I can't add my name.

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  144. Signed up! Can't wait to get stuck into this one :)

    Jamie

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  145. I know so many who have overcome adversity, including myself, my husband, my mom, and so many family members. I'm having trouble figuring out who to write about (definitely not myself), but am leaning toward my father-in-law. I think it would be a nice tribute to him. Yeah, I think I've decided. :)

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  146. Jo, glad you signed up!

    Melissa, and we are happy to see YOU.

    PTM, wild that you remember that first one.

    Ella, you mean the Hardees commercial? No, it wasn't my favorite. But I'll not complain about it either.

    Chuck, what are the odds!!!!! And wow, go enjoy Top Gun in 3D.

    Melissa, you'd be that mean wife who'd wash the shirt, wouldn't you?

    TF, I'll make sure you're entered.

    Shannon, that would be nice.

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  147. So many inspirational stories. I love to hear people overcoming so much. I've signed up for the blog fest.

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  148. Hi Alex - great posting for Nick's Overcoming Adversity blogfest ... and the three bloggers you mention are quite extraordinary people .. and as you say there are others ...

    I've seen one commercial so far - I'm sure the others will appear somewhere along the line ..

    I'm debating taking most of March off - just to finalise and restart my life ... I'm definitely doing the A-Z ... we'll see ...

    You are amazing you do so much for so many .. cheers Hilary

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  149. FANTASTIC post, Alex! I am so in awe of these bloggers' strength and so glad you mentioned them.

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  150. Yes, you are the hero Ninja blogs.

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  151. Always a pleasure coming over to see you, Alex. What wonderful nods you gave to these folks who overcame adversity. I must go see Karen more often. And goodness! Roland has been through hell.

    I signed up for the movie fest. Sounds fun (and easy, which I'm looking for right now with these).

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  152. I signed up for the Top10 movie blogfest. I still have time to decide which films go to this list.

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  153. Alex, those are truly inspirational stories. Good luck to them all.

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  154. Friends have the greatest way of helping each other and getting under each other's skin, but in the end, it all comes full circle and everything works out. Your heroes are amazing, Alex! :)

    I'm in like flynn on that movie list!

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  155. I participated in Overcoming Adversity last year and donated a book to his auction. This year I have to focus closer to home, but I'm glad everyone is still supporting the cause.

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  156. Hilary, taking March off might be a good way to prepare!

    Thanks, Leovi!

    ML, I'm all about the easy. Wait, that sounds bad...

    David, and I won't let you forget.

    Lee, there were so many that signed up this year!

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  157. You've come a long way...took me forever to scroll to the bottom just to comment!
    Great adversity post. I've been blessed with a smooth life too, but it's important to remember we aren't all so lucky.

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  158. Hi Alex,

    This posting, poignant and timely. And those mentioned who have overcome adversity, had so many reasons to be overwhelmed, yet the motivation of their spirit, kept them going.

    I think you know I understand.

    Peace and hope, my friend.

    Gary

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  159. Wow, I had no idea these fellow bloggers has overcome so much. Very inspiring!

    Love the idea for your next fest. I didn't really care for any of the Super Bowl ads, none stood out to me. Exciting second half though! I really wanted the Niners to pull off the comeback but oh well.

    See you tomorrow for the IWSG!

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  160. Beautiful blog.

    My hero would be my mom. She suffered with paranoid schizophrenia most of her life, never knowing for sure if the things she saw, heard, felt, etc. were real or the product of her illness. Still, she managed to raise two children who are absolutely sure of her steadfast love.

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  161. Hey Alex! I wonder if you could do me a favor...I'm currently in the process of transferring my blog to my own domain, and will hopefully be over there by the time the two blogfests I joined take place.

    I'm actually doing the A to Z! Didn't think I'd have time, but I've chosen a good theme that will make for relatively short and sweet posts. Also, doing the movie one.

    Anyhoo...I put my new domain url on both the linky lists, but it only sends them to the static "Welcome" page. I should have used the "Blog" permalink:

    mlswift.me/blog/

    Do you think you could fix them for me? All you have to do is add "/blog/" to the current link.

    I'm still at blogger for the time being, and will make a announcement when I officially "move," and hope everyone will follow.

    Thanks for doing that for me. Both fests are going to be fun!

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  162. Compared to those people's problems, mine are nothing!

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  163. Such amazing stories. Thanks for sharing. Never underestimate the human spririt, that's for sure.

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  164. Those first three are three of my favorite reads. Awesome feature.

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  165. Yes, your great participation in The Movie Dirty Dozen.

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  166. Goodness, Alex--such adversity. I am thankful for the good things in my life.

    I loved the Clydesdale commercial. I just saw they are naming (one of two) "Stan". That was what I hoped! The other one is Hope.

    Monti

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  167. I'd love to know your 3 good commercials for the Super Bowl. I liked the Amy Poehler/Best Buy one, but I don't even think that was new. Overall the commercials were disappointing.

    Your overcoming adversity post was beautiful. What amazing people you know.

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  168. Elizabeth, thanks!

    Gary, I know you do, and you were almost included in that list.

    Julie, I was hoping they'd win as well. See you tomorrow!

    LD, that is wonderful!

    ML, glad you are doing both! And I already have you fixed on one list (Ninjas are fast that way) and will fix the other one right now.

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  169. Thanks Alex! A true ninja warrior!

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  170. Thanks for sharing those inspiring stories.
    I don't think I've ever participated in a movie blogfest before - I'll start with this one!

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  171. Wow. Look at all your comments from this post. Very touching and inspirational stories. You show us how strong people can be. Thanks.

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  172. What a nice entry for the overcoming diversity blogfest! There are certainly some amazing people out there that have faced tough times.

    And oh man, how could I ever pick my top ten movies?

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  173. I love your inspiring stories. :)

    Only have to pick your top 10 movies... ONLY? I like a lot of movies. This may take some serious thought. Glad I have a month to figure it out! :) Can't wait!

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  174. You always have the best perspective, Alex. I love your OA post. :)

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  175. I'm with you, Alex, my own struggles seem so small compared with the adversities faced by those you spotlighted today...and how resiliently they've overcome.

    Made sure to remember IWSG or tomorrow and will see about the blogfest as I'm hoping I'll be planning something small around that same date.

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  176. Very powerful stories of overcoming adversity. I find extra motivation with hearing stories like theirs. Looking forward to your next blogfest!

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  177. Those are some awesome bloggers, and people. Thanks for sharing their stories, Alex.

    And the fact that you know so much about your blogger pals shows what an awesome blogger you yourself are.

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  178. Thanks for sharing about the blogfests out there. And top ten movies? I think I'd have a hard time choosing!

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  179. What a great post, really enjoyed reading and learning about these inspirational bloggers, thank you so much for sharing.

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  180. Wow, such heartbreaking but inspirational stories. Wishing all of those bloggers many blessings!

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  181. Top 10 movies.... this should be fun! Looking forward to the blogfest.

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  182. Great take on the blogfest. It was inspiring to read about all the bloggers who have overcome their own challenges!

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  183. Nick bloghop had some great contributions!!! And it's for a wonderful cause!
    I love me some movies!!!

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  184. That was perfect Alex. Thanks for sharing.

    ......dhole

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  185. In the middle of organizing and scheduling my top ten list...at the last minute! However, I'm running out of battery juice and internet access, so it looks like I'll have it up sometime tomorrow morning between 10:00am and 1:00pm EST depending on where I can use a computer.

    ~Nicole

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  186. Dang! So bummed I missed out on your top movie blog! I'm a total movie freak and love talking about them. You really should do it again. Soon. :)

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