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Sunshine Blogger Awarding

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Thank you, GiftedandChilling, for the nomination!  You should read her work, which is timely and spirited:

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https://giftedandchilling.wordpress.com/

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(her questions—)

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Here are the questions for my nominees! I tried to come up with a diverse range and hope you enjoy answering them. Her work is a treat for engagement.

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  1. What are you looking forward to in 2021?
  2. Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
  3. What is your favourite season and why?
  4. What was the last song you listened to?
  5. What is your blogging schedule?
  6. If you could change your blog’s niche, what would you change it to?
  7. What game show would you like to be a contestant in?
  8. Which fictional character annoys you the most?
  9. If you had a warning label, what would it say?
  10. What is your favourite thing about your career?
  11. How would you describe your perfect day?

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My responses—

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1 – I look forward to more living space because I’ll have relieved my life of hundreds of books I don’t need now and lots of household kinds of things will also have been donated.  I hope, with billions hoping, for enough of an end to the pandemic that we may have more normal lives.

2 – My younger siblings are especially accomplished.  I respect, and am inspired by, their strength and innovation.

3 – Fall is my favorite season.  The coolness and the colors.  The turn from summer.  Even the melancholy in the world as it starts to die or go to sleep is appealing.

4 – Probably a jazz song whose title I can’t recall.  I did watch Going My Way not so long ago and so heard several songs sung by Bing Crosby.

5 – I work on blogging first thing each day.  That is, I draft poetry until I think I might have something to post.  Then I look for an image to go with it.  Throughout this time I am having breakfast, which often goes cold through inattention.

6 – Well, the blog is poetry now.  And while I write about spiritual matters often, I wouldn’t mind having a blog in prose about spirituality, one that would have a great deal of interaction on basic but fundamental spiritual truths and questions.

7 – Jeopardy!

8 – Well, Hamlet’s pretty annoying.  (So is Lear.)  I mean, Hamlet’s supposed to make up his mind about doing something and then do it.  He’s a prince, a leader, and should be good at decisive action.  Admittedly, the stakes are huge and his life is on the line.  But he doesn’t seem to care much for his life or the lives of those he should care about, say, Ophelia.  Yes, the play would be shorter if we had last actions sooner.  Knowing what we know, though, would we mind a shorter play?

9 – “Still Waters”

10 – I learned how to interpret things, and think I do it well.  So when I get to deal in interpreting literature, say, as a college English teacher (which I’ve been), I think that’s pretty good, even fun.  When I’ve worked in churches, I’ve enjoyed conversations about faith, not because I think I own special revelation or anything but because I find faith sensible and many people don’t.

11 – I wake up not feeling an extra headache, and my tinnitus noise is down.  I have an enjoyable breakfast of croissants, coffee or tea, and juice.  In the morning, I write with energy.  Lunch is cheese and crackers and Coca-Cola.  In the afternoon, I drive to nowhere in particular but really to a bookstore or maybe two bookstores or three or four.  I find a few promising books to read and own.  Dinner could be out or in.  There should be some protein in it, and if someone else is there or I am in a public space then I may enjoyably have some beer or wine.  Good conversation in the evening would be ideal and then going to bed because I’m tired.

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Really fine questions—thank you!

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questions for me to ask—

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  1. How are you?
  2. What is something you want that you don’t have yet?
  3. What are you optimistic about?
  4. When you’re outside, what do you like to do?
  5. What is your main medium of expression?  Describe, please, an example of what you create.
  6. What is an important relationship in your life?
  7. What are you reading?  (or What were your reading?  or What do you want to read?)
  8. What has been an especially fine travel experience for you?
  9. Where would you like to go (budget notwithstanding, even though it is)?
  10. If you could make a wish—not a genie wish but one that works out all right—what would you wish for?
  11. What do you like about keeping a blog?

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I’m going to nominate bloggers I’ve recently gotten to know.  Please don’t feel pressed to participate, though it is an exercise that evokes reflection and gratitude.  I think I’m supposed to make pingbacks for the blog links of these folk, but I might not know how to do that.  Or know what pingbacks are.

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infoexposure: Find more, learn more

The Dog Training Blog

PhoebeMD: Medicine + Poetry

imnobodywhoareyou

Nine Cent Girl

lemanshots

1On1Wisdom

Clanmother

puppiesandpooches

ebonyandcrows

Colorful Sisters

Thank you for your inspiring work!

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Here are some rules and an image:

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About the Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award within the blogging community – given to bloggers by their peers. Those who are nominated, inspire and spread positivity through their blogs.

There are a few rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post and/or on your blog.

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(near as I can tell, the rules are pretty universal–the award is in the nomination, so to say, so the process of nominating is the main transaction; images like the image below are easily found on line by typing a search such as “sunshine blogger award free images”)

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There are many image out there; I searched “sunshine blogger awards free images” and hopefully (as well as I could try to know) this image is (freely) available.

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C L Couch

(Christopher)

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Photo by Hector Marquez on Unsplash

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Last year I quit my job to travel around the world and I started learning about photography. I switched from sitting in front of a desk to sit in front of mountains. One destination that changed my life was Patagonia, I’ve never seen so much beauty around me. I was amazed how all the forces, elements, atoms on this universe come together to create beautiful things like this every day. I printed this image and have it hanging on my room to remind me the beautiful world we live in. I hope you like it as much as I like it.

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