Thursday, March 1, 2012

I'd Like To Thank All The Little People...

I was given the Kreativ Blogger award for meritorious service to the world of Literature.. and of course because I think I'm the last blogger on the interwebs not to get it yet.

However.. that aside.. I humbly accept the accolades and generous cash prize that goes with the award.

I'd like to thank Alyssa for recognizing my award worthiness, and for providing the cash prize.. (So I should expect a check in a week or so.. yes?)

Now it's been requested that I give a listing of 7 things about myself that others might find interesting, so....


  1. I'm a licensed attorney in the State of Idaho, and I've worked cases ranging from Attempted Murder to all manner of drug cases, to a case that was described as a "rolling vehicle of death", as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. I've also worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho, making court appearing all over the State, and collected in excess of $1Million dollars in awards for the State.. and for a while, I got to carry a badge and a concealed weapon because the County where I was the Chief Deputy Prosecutor was a bit.. 'wild west', and we had Constitutionalists, (tax evaders) who showed up to court armed.
  2. I have 5 children, all 10 and under, and all have Hawaiian names, (Kanani, Kapono, Konanui, Keoni, and Koali'i.), as my better half is Hawaiian, (and Yes, her name starts with a K.. but we honestly didn't plan all the K names until we had 3 kids.. then it was sorta too late to stop)
  3. I am soon moving to the State of Virginia so my wife can pursue her PhD in Speech Language Pathology.  (She was accepted earlier this month to the PhD program at James Madison University.)
  4. I was a varsity college athlete for 1 year at Ricks Junior College before going on a 2-year mission for the LDS Church.. I was a track athlete. My main event was the Long Jump, with a PR of 22ft 8in.
  5. I have 2 undergraduate degrees, one of them is in Spanish.
  6. I've taught online business law courses for the University of Phoenix School of Business for the past 4 years.
  7. I lived in the same house all of my childhood and grew up 10 miles outside of a town with a population of 2100 people. My HS class had 42 people, but only 39 actually graduated.

The other requirement for this award is to nominate 7 other people.. so below is my list of bloggers who I regularly read/check.  I'm sure they've all already received this honor.. but tough noogies.  If you didn't want multiple honors, you should've just let your blogs get all ratty and nasty and uninteresting. So the blame rests with you.  

My nominees as Kreativ Bloggers:
  1. Yelena Casale:  http://yelenacasale.blogspot.com
  2. Tina Moss:    http://tinamoss.blogspot.com
  3. Erin Shakespear:   http://erinshakespear.blogspot.com
  4. Melanie Stanford:   http://daydreamertowriter.blogspot.com/ 
  5. Sher A Hart:   http://sherahart.blogspot.com/  
  6. Juli Page Morgan:   http://julipagemorganauthor.blogspot.com/
  7. Jayrod Garrett:   http://the1stog.blogspot.com/




12 comments:

  1. Aww, thank you for nominating me for this award! :)
    I love the 7 facts about you, especially how all of your kids names start with a "K" and are Hawaiian!

    I'll place the button on my blog today and will do a post to nominate others sometime next week.

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    1. Thanks Yelena. We honstely didn't start out with the 'K' plan.. but I loved Kanani, (It means Beautiful in Hawaiian), and Kapono was named for 'Koho Kapono', which is the Hawaiian equivalent of 'Choose the Right'. Kapono means righteous. Then.. Konanui was my wife's family's true Hawaiian surname, but when the White Christians came over they changed it from that to "Stone".. so Kona's name was a family name. Then after that.. we were stuck. Didn't want to have 5 of us with K names and then.. 'Larry'. Talk about feeling left out.

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  2. How fun to read more about you, Kevin! And hooooly K names... wow... and where'd you go on your mish? Someone Spanish speaking I'm assuming? Oh the joys of a crazy busy life and writing. Tricky balance!

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    1. Mission: Called to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to start, half way through my football/track damaged left knee gave out and I needed surgery. Course they don't let you back 'in country' once you come home for surgery, so I finished in Houston TX, spanish speaking.

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  3. Thank you for the award! I find it so adorable that all of your children have Hawaiian K names. And you were a varsity track athlete? WOW! I was on varsity in high school...for bowling. Heh, it's a sport!

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    1. Tina, yeah.. a year of running Track for Ricks. We were ranked in the Top-10 of JC's in the Nation. I ended up blowing my ankle out before the outdoor season and redshirted though.. only actually wore the school colors for a couple of months. Still was really fun, and fulfilled a lifelong dream to be a Collegiate Varsity athlete. Even if it wasn't my first love, (Football).

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  4. Congratulations! Ready for a move to the East Coast? It's a whole different attitude over here.

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    1. Thanks Alex.. and no, not sure about it at all. Although I've been assured by some friends that Virginia is beautiful and that the people are great.. I'm a Western boy. Born in Oregon, and lived in Idaho and Utah for all of my adult life. To call it a societal/cultural switch is an understatement.

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  5. Sounds like you have an exciting job-- I'm sure your work can offer loads of inspiration for your writing....and I think your kids have beautiful names.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. Yeah the kid's name match them.. I think they're gorgeous, and I'm pretty impartial on that so...
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      My job.. yeah some really interesting stories come out of criminal law, but some very disturbing ones as well. It takes a special breed of person to do that sort of work as a profession. I did it for a few years and then switched to civil/corporate law. Now I just mostly do some consulting and occasional legal appearances for old clients. Now that I live in Utah but are not licensed here.. I'm actually playing Mr. Mom. It's been awesome, at least for me. Not sure if the kids are all in agreement with that though. :)

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  6. Oh. Wow.

    I am so honored. So. Honored. I think I'm tearing up....

    No, really, this was really cool. Thanks, Kevin. I did my post today.

    It was fun to learn more about you! But I totally beat you when it comes to the smallest high school class. :)

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  7. Thank you so much, but I don't think my readers would want to see another "about me" post so close in time after the last one, a campaign tag game about two weeks ago. I'm having too much fun doing pre-scheduled book reviews and interviews (grreat!) and too much un-fun editing my own book and doing taxes (just grrr), to research another bunch of bloggers so soon. I went through 30 to find 4 untagged!

    However, I love finding other LDS writers by accident. If you want, you can see my old answers to the Versatile Blogger Award questions here: http://sherahart.blogspot.com/2011/09/7-randumb-facts.html

    I've been meaning to declare my blog an award-free zone for a while, and not because I don't appreciate the awards; I'm flattered. But I know other small blogs could use the boost far more and would be ecstatic to have the extra publicity and the extra thing to post about, whereas I have a full schedule. I've seen a bunch but can't think of which right now. I will let you know if I come across any soon. Thanks!

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