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Many thanks to all the considerate people who gave me these awards.

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Texas Precancel Award8/06/01

" This site makes me want to go to Yosemite, but I can't do that unless my family moves there. (I'm using my vacation time for visits.)

Score: Design:25/30, Navigation:27/30, Content:35/40 = 87% "

Thanks so very much for this great award!


"Hi J.R.,

I am pleased to announce that your web site, "" has won the iNet Bronze Award! Congratulations!

The iNet Award is not an easy award to win at any level. An applicant must score 5 skills out of 5 in order to collect each of the i's. There is not a lot of margin for error. Winning the iNet at any level is quite an accomplishment. Here's how your scores are broken down:

iMagination: 4/5
iNterest: 5/5
iNtuitiveness: N/A
iNteractivity: 4/5
iNgenuity: 5/5

iBonus: 4/4

Award Earned: Bronze

Our only question after visiting your wonderful site was ... why didn't she think it was iNtuitive? (You didn't include that "i" on your list) We found it to be most intuitive, interesting and fun. Your content is written with a great sense of humor and love for your subject(s) that is contagious. One can't leave your site without feeling extremely good about themselves. You certainly have a a way with the written word. (Oh ... and your photos and art ain't bad either! :-)) Your tutorials, backgrounds and, of course, your wonderful awards program certainly give something back to the Web Community and are most appreciated. We congratulate you on a job well done and look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work in the future (including an upgrade try!)"

Oh my gosh. Thank you so much! Bless your heart!

Visions Award8/07/01

"Dear J.R.,
thank you for visiting my site and applying for one of my awards. I´m pleased to inform you, that your site has won my Visions Silver Award. I really did enjoy my visit! Your photography, well done with heart and a very professional eye , your beautiful paintings, your very useful Photoshop Tutorials.

For someone who loves art like me, it is a "must see" website.
Final - congratulations to your great site!
Best wishes, Doris"

What a wonderful award! Thank you so very much!

High in Sky Award8/09/01

"I am very pleased to announce you that your website has been awarded "The High in The Sky Award", White Seal.

Your site, for the nature of its content and for the quality of the design and implementation, presents an undeniable excellence that puts it well above the remaining ones, making it worthy of being publicly designated as an example to be followed and as a true knowledge and information source."

Thank you very much! What a lovely award!

The Beacon Award8/12/01

" J.R.:
Your web site, "," has qualified for the Beacon Award Silver. What beautiful photographs! Makes me want to jump in the car and drive to California. I look forward to checking for new pictures frequently. Very well done."

Thank you very much! I am very honored.

BTDesign Awards8/12/01

"Dear J.R., 
Congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to announce your website has won the BTDESIGN BEST SITE AWARD!
I had a real great time visiting your site and I thank you very much for your invitation. Your site is so rich in great content and I really enjoyed every part of it. Your pottery is great (I live in Faenza, which is one of the world's most important pottery and ceramics centers!) and your portraits too.
I cannot say how much I enjoyed the trip to Yosemite. Your descriptions and photos were so lively I seemed to be there for real, trying not to let the bears destroying my car! *g*
Your site shows how much you love nature and beauty and I think it is really a resource to recommend."

Thank you so much! What a beautiful award, and what an honor!