Hidden Gems in the Rain

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I got tagged by the fabulous Diane Aurit (Hi, Diane!) to pick a “Hidden Gem” from the ranks of AR.  This was started by our lovely Melissa Grant (And Hello, Melissa!) to try to help draw attention to some of the lesser-known but deserving AR bloggers. 

This is really, really hard.  Believe it or not, writing a Meme is easier!!  (Seriously!)  There are so many people that I admire and like here that it’s a VERY difficult thing to pick just one!  I have a list of about 100 that I’d like to just print and say, “Here, read these.”  

But when I sat and let myself just go quiet for a second, there was really only one choice.

My “Hidden Gem in the Rain” is Lysa Napolitano.

Lysa Napolitano

Lysa is an amazing person, caring and knowledgeable and FUN.  The way she writes would be a good lesson to nearly everyone in AR – she writes about what has meaning for her. 

She’s not trying to write about what she thinks you want to hear and hope it comes out OK.  She writes about what she loves, and in reading her blog I feel like I’ve been offered a chair and asked to stay a while.  She’s not fishing for business, she’s just communicating with people who share her interests. 

This is an important thing for you to understand: Do not try to please everyone.  Just being who you are is a niche all it’s own.  Writing about topics that have meaning for you will connect you with people you’ll enjoy talking to and possibly even working with.  Your blog does not have a formula you have to obey – follow Lysa’s lead and write about what you love.

From Lysa I have learned all about Florida wildlife.  (Little One is using Lysa as a reference in a report at school this very afternoon, and is so impressed that I have a friend who knows all about whale watching!)  Her pictures are amazing.  Imagine the patience she must have!

Lysa speaks honestly about her past, exposing personal pains in the hopes of helping someone else.  She has a true volunteer’s heart, knowing that it’s enough to help even if you don’t see the results.  I believe that she has touched many hearts through her words.  She writes about riding, fundraisers, protecting children and her own experiences moving.  We know her pets, her favorite hangout and her Sweetie.  (Does Steve mind if I refer to him as Sweetie?

Lysa just does it RIGHT. 

The pictures below are Lysa's and are used with her permission.  (I asked and she gave without even knowing why I wanted them, you see how sweet this girl is?)  Click the pictures to go to their corresponding posts.  The graphic is Lysa and me on the MV Sparrow, which is currently traveling from Danger Bay to visit actual Active Rain members in their towns.  This graphic is used with permission from Jack Boardman of the New Codgers.

 

Lysa's Racoon    Lysa's Heron
 
Lysa's Whales     Sarah and Lysa, New Codgers Graphic

And I suppose I'm supposed to tag two more people to write about their Hidden Gems.  I choose Brande Bradford and Harold Watts.   Go on, get to work!  :)

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Rainmaker
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
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Hey Sis!  Your choice is a great one!  I haven't read Lysa in a bit, but I have read her posts here and her outside blog, and you're so right about how you described her - I'd love to meet her in person!

Miss you posting around here.....

Ann

Feb 07, 2008 09:40 AM #19
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Thanks - I'm going to check out Lysa's blog now.  Good to see you're still here!
Feb 07, 2008 09:51 AM #20
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Ann Cummings
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Sarah - I just went and read posts on Lysa's blog - thanks for reminding me I needed to go read the rest of her series......

Ann

Feb 07, 2008 10:29 AM #21
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Missy Caulk
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@sarah, you know you miss us here.
Feb 07, 2008 10:58 AM #22
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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
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Great pick, and I love the photographs.  I just subscribed so I'll get to enjoy your hidden gem.  I love adding someone new to my must read list!

Feb 07, 2008 11:22 AM #23
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Kathi Frank
Kate Writes Right - Houston Heights, TX
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It's great to be a part of a community that recognizes their peers for the "heart" of what they say.  Congratulations Lysa and Good Job Sarah.
Feb 07, 2008 11:29 AM #24
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Lysa is a sweetheart. Great choice for a gem. I will now go back and read the blogs to the photos and try to figure out where the whales came from?!? We don't see them on this side of Florida BUT we have a ski store.

Feb 07, 2008 08:57 PM #25
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Trace Galle
Designs by Trace - Kelowna, BC

Hi Sarah,

I have to agree with you Lysa is a sweet person. I have read some of her posts and thought to myself wow what a brave woman to post some of the posts she has, but also knowing that posting these experiences may help someone else realize that the jam they are in is possible to get out of.

I have to say I miss seeing your blogs on here. You are one of the first blogs I read and I really enjoyed them and your sweet personality. You and a few others are what have kept me here. We went through some changes in our plans last Oct. and I have to put my plans of home staging on hold for right now. So I thought I should leave the site but I thought of the friends and their blogs I would be missing and couldn't make myself do it. But you left......   

Feb 07, 2008 10:46 PM #26
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Allison Werner
To Be Announced - Middletown, NJ
Great pick for a gem Sarah, had to stop in when I saw you posted :) I like Lysa's posts too, but I am sure she will be picking up a few subscribers since this was posted.
Feb 08, 2008 01:44 AM #27
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Great choice, Lysa is a wonderful blogger.  She is a great advocate for her community.
Feb 08, 2008 03:09 AM #28
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Hi, Randy!  I could learn a lot from Lysa.  She takes care of people AND animals.

Hi, Allison!  That would be cool if she picked up a few more subscribers out of this!

Hi, Trace!  Ooooh, I haven't TOTALLY left.  At least, I keep getting dragged back for this or that.  ;)  Come visit me at the Scoop, or play with us on Twitter.  Are you in Flickr?  And don't leave AR if you don't want to.  You have as much right as anyone else to be here.  You DO.

Hey, Chris!  The whales follow Lysa around.  Seriously, they do.  They love her and just want to be near her.

Hi, Kathi!  I think having your heart show through in what you write is the most important part of blogging.  But if you asked around, you'd get a different answer from everyone.  (Good idea for a post there -- run with it!!)

Hi, Norma!  Her pictures are just gorgeous!  I haven't even been able to get a good shot of a cardinal and they're all over the place -- I can't imagine the patience she must have!

@MissyCaulk I do miss you.  :)

Hi, Ann!  Hey, Sis!  That's a powerful series, isn't it?  I hope I get to meet her in person!

Hi, Georgina!  How you doing?  Eh, I'm kind of here.  :) 

Feb 08, 2008 04:39 AM #29
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Allison Werner
To Be Announced - Middletown, NJ
BTW... Just noticed the new picture with the new hairstyle... LOVE it!
Feb 08, 2008 06:13 AM #30
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
:-)!!  Thanks, Allison!
Feb 08, 2008 06:24 AM #31
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Trace Galle
Designs by Trace - Kelowna, BC

Hi Sarah,

Love the new hairstyle!! I certainly will come visit you on the scoop.  I am sorry but I don't know what Twitter is and I am not on Flickr.

Feb 08, 2008 07:14 AM #32
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Sarah Cooper
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Thanks, Trace!  I've had the hair cut a couple weeks, but the picture is from this morning. 

Twitter is just a place to chat, tell whatever you're doing, share cool links you find or learn stuff from the people you're "following".  You talk to each other in little bursts, 140 characters or less, and it's called a "tweet" when you talk.  You'll have to join and then ask to follow me (I'm wvagent) because my tweets are private.  (If you pick a weird name, make sure I know it's you so I add you!)  That just means you can't read my tweets unless I approve, for security.  If you see people with a little red lock at the end of their tweets, that means they're private -- but if you're seeing them you're already added.  :)  You'll be able to look at the people I follow and probably find some people you know.   Hope to see you there!

Feb 08, 2008 10:33 AM #33
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Sarah- Wow, I was in Sally's Group and saw your picture on the Featured, and thought hey that looks like Sarah.....and lo and behold it is you :)  I too love your new look.....  and as far as your pick, I saw Lysa a few times, but not consistently.  I remember her sense of humor.  Thank you, and I hope all is well with you and your Team.......
Feb 08, 2008 01:53 PM #34
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Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

First, I LOVE the new haircut!   How gorgeous!!!

Second, I have not had the pleasure of meeting Lysa, but will now have to go check out her blog.  She sounds wonderful.  Thanks Sarah!

Feb 08, 2008 09:25 PM #35
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Donna Paul
Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast - Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate

Sorry Sarah.. I have to check out lisa's blog.. I also love the pictures.. I guess her pictures are worth a thouand words without her saying anything...

Sarah I also love the new look.... 

Feb 08, 2008 10:19 PM #36
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Donna - Her pictures are simply gorgeous -- on her outside blog she has video of robins and I was swept away.  Up here they don't flock, but she had a whole flock of them, and it was weird to see them this time of year.  I thought, "So THAT'S where they go!  They're visiting Lysa!"

Kris - Thank you!  I got it cut a couple weeks ago so it's kind of weird to have people mentioning it now, but I guess nobody online saw it until now, huh?  :)  Lysa is amazing, as are you, so I would expect you'd make wonderful friends!

Kathy - I got featured?!  :D!!  Lysa does have a good sense of humor, I bet she's loads of fun to work with.  

Feb 09, 2008 09:08 AM #37
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Trace Galle
Designs by Trace - Kelowna, BC

Hi Sarah,

I have and I am Trace29. Thanks. 

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