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I started my blog a little more than six months ago to serve as a receptacle for my various academic explorations – hence the subtitle, “Excursions in the Classroom.” I did not imagine that it would attract as many followers as it has.

This past week, A Patchwork of Perceptions reached 100 followers, WordPress and email combined.

Thank you to all my readers, both those who have stayed with A Patchwork of Perceptions since its inception and those who joined later. Your comments make writing for this site a joy.

This past March one of the blogs I follow, englepip’s world, nominated me for the Liebster Award. If you are nominated for and accept the Liebster Award, you must write a blog post in which you:

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  • Ask them 11 questions.
  • Let them know you have nominated them.

To celebrate this milestone in my blogging career, I shall at last reply to englepip’s Liebster Award questions.


1. When and why did you start your blog?

As mentioned above, I started A Patchwork of Perceptions in January of 2018 to share my academic discoveries and explorations, which take place mainly in the cultural, mathematical, and social subjects.

2. Who has most influenced your life choices?

In a way, I have most influenced my life choices because my beliefs are what have fueled most of them, both major and minor. My faith is an important part of my identity, and I believe that Jesus in me has made the greatest impact on who I am and what I do.

3. Where have you spent most of your life and what is good/ bad about living there?

As of writing this I am 18 years old. The longest time I’ve spent in any one place was 7 years, when I lived in Southern California from 2003 to 2010. A definite plus of living there was the weather. The area where my family and I lived also had a lot of solid, biblical churches, so we were never wanting in Christian community. Not many cons come to mind, though I suppose the wildfires and earthquakes were downers.

4. What is your favourite food and what makes it so special for you?

My favorite food is oatmeal. Yes, I know it’s rather boring. However, it’s also cheap, nutritious, filling, and open to an infinite number of variations. You can make it savory or sweet, eat it hot or cold, and have it as cereal or as a bar (baked oatmeal). I’ve eaten oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning for four years.

5. If you could do something for the world, what would it be?

If I could do something – anything – for the world, it would be to give each orphaned child the feeling that they are loved and valued. Myself and three of my siblings are adopted, and my family and I spent four years caring for orphans in China, so adoption and the fatherless have long had a special place in my heart.

In the past, children in China were abandoned based on their gender. Today, it is more based on physical or mental “imperfections” like club foot or autism. When a child turns 14, they age out of the system. I wonder, when they lose the opportunity to be adopted, what those children think of themselves. Do they know that they have worth?

6. What is your favourite film and who did you see it with?

My favorite film is The Greatest Showman (2017). I watched it with my parents and my six-weeks-older sister. As far as historical accuracy goes, The Greatest Showman does not score well. As far as cinematic wonder goes, it is astounding. My sister and I listen to the soundtrack on repeat. I don’t own the film yet, but you can bet that I will watch it again and again if/when I do.

7. What would be your favourite holiday?

My favorite holiday is the 4th of July, or Independence Day. It brings family and friends together in an informal setting, unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas, where you have a grand and official sit-down meal. The 4th of July lends itself to casual cookouts and outdoor fun. Festivities aside, the beginning of the American nation itself is worth celebrating. U.S.A.!

8. If you could have your life again, what is one thing you might you do differently?

If I had the opportunity to change any one event or decision in my life, I don’t think I would. Sure, I’ve made mistakes and gone down paths I would rather have never crossed. When I think of it, though, all of those mistakes and missteps have taught me so much and brought me where I am now. They’ve made me into the person I am now. I have regrets, but I wouldn’t exchange the experience gained for “perfection.”

9. If you could meet anyone from the present or from history, who would it be and why?

I would like to meet Lewis Carroll. His blending of mathematics in his writing intrigues and delights my English-and-math-loving self, and his stories are admirably clever. He had an unexpected mix of interests that I don’t often encounter.

10. How much time a week do you reckon you spend using the internet? (Include time spent using internet at work, please.)

I’d guess that I spend between 25 and 30 hours a week using the internet to update my blogs, read other blogs, write content for freelance websites, answer emails, and work on school-related business. It makes up about 25% of my waking hours. I would like to spend less time online, but don’t think that will happen, given how much of my college work will rely on internet use. Alas, the 21st century.

11. If you had three things to do or achieve on a bucket list, what would they be and why?

  1. Publish a book – I have dreamed of being a published author since I could write my ABCs. The book could be fiction or nonfiction; it matters not to me which comes first, as I enjoy writing both types.
  2. Take a road trip around the United States – Oftentimes people dream of exploring another country without considering the wonders that their own country has to offer. America has so much to see and experience, from the Grand Canyon to the simple forests of New England.
  3. Run in a race – I love running. I love the thrill and the adrenaline and the high I feel when I stop. Alas, I am currently barred from pursuing this goal.
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Rather than nominate 11 others, I’ll just leave the option to respond to the Liebster Award to you. If you accept, valued reader, I have listed below the 11 questions you can answer.

  1. If you could experience life as any person, deceased or living, for one day, who would you choose? Why?
  2. If you had only 24 hours left to live, how would you spend the day?
  3. If you could be any animal, which animal would you be? Why?
  4. What is your favorite book, fiction or nonfiction? Why?
  5. You are given $100,000. How do you use it?
  6. You can go back to any moment in time. Which moment would you choose? Why?
  7. How do you define love?
  8. What superpower would you like to have?
  9. If you could change any part of yourself, would you? Why? If yes, what?
  10. Would you rather make more than enough working in a job you despise or barely make enough working in a job you love?
  11. What would you like people to say about you in an eulogy?


Thank you again for reading my ramblings!