Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
2. Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.
3. Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
4. Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.


Thank you, IshmaImroz! You are the sunshine!


(I put the icon-logo on my blog.)

Seven things about me that I haven’t shared before:
1. I have curly hair. I guess the blog photo shows that. But, genetically speaking, the hair came from my father who got it from his mother. My grandmother (my father’s mother) I met once, when I was two. I never saw her again, for she died young. But when I came across a photo of her when she was a young adult and I was a young adult, I thought, My goodness, we could be twins. So my hair—maybe in a strange way—reminds me of family I never got to know.
2. I have scars from surgery. They are big and puffy and painful. And they itch!
3. I drive a small car in a big-car world that is the USA.
4. I have four siblings. I am in the middle of five.
5. My mother made me take a typing course in summer school. She was smart.
6. I love oral interpretation—reading texts aloud in a public setting. It’s not that I love the sound of my voice (I don’t, in fact, though others have told me that they do). It’s that this reading is a way for texts—poetry and short stories, say—to have the chance to live in a way that draws folk in, maybe into reading.
7. I live in a house that’s a hundred and fifty years old. In the USA that’s old. The house is haunted, though not my part. Or maybe the ghosts and I get along.
Nominate five bloggers. Only five? How about
What the Woman Wrote
Invisible World
Jacki Kellum Juxtapositions
A Reading Writer
Okay, I’ll stop with five.  And I’ll contact you five.  Anyone reading here generally might do an easy search to find their blogs.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy the comforting glow of sunshine, literally or metaphorically speaking?  I guess returning the nomination to the originator is not bad form but more or less unnecessary (or I’d give the award to IshmaImroz). These folk (above) and their blogs are especially optimistic. I value pessimism, as I value skepticism. And cynicism is a smart quality to employ when analyzing things. But those who have optimism that’s unswerving—well, that’s appealing and inspiring.
And more you than me. You (six) bloggers rank me.
Thank you! Thank all!