I keep meaning to post the award-free blog symbol, or at least my caveat about being nominated. I will probably (at some point) do the things suggested by the award, but I won’t nominate/pass it along. If anyone is intrigued by the task set by the award, then play, on. Otherwise, the link stops with me. (Wish a buck or two would stop here on my desk and stay awhile!)

So, thank you to Astrid of A Multitude of Musings: Writing Myselves Whole for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger award. Here are the award criteria:

  • Thank to the person that nominated you.
  • Link the post back to them.
  • Display the picture on your post.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Provide 11 questions for your nominees.

Here are Astrid’s questions with my answers.

1. What is your passion?

Of the moment, hour, day, . . . . ? I am passionate (in my case, the word “rant” could be substituted) about injustice at any level, the environment, reading/writing (mine and others).

2. How long have you been blogging?

First toyed with blogging in 2009; have created, dropped, forgotten many blogs since then.

3. What characteristic do you like most about yourself?

My therapist asked me a similar question awhile back. You know, it depends on the day, mood, circumstances. On negative days, while there is not much I like about myself. On days when I can be more positive, I suppose it’s my “cursed” uniqueness. Which is also the characteristic I often like least about myself, hence the “cursed”!

4. What is your favourite colour?

You may begin to notice a trend here. I’m not that easily pinned down! Or, I can’t make up my mind! Or, I can’t give a short answer. My favourite colour is autumn – all the golds, reds, oranges and spring with it’s million shades of verdant green. Watching the colours wash over each season.

5. How would you describe your taste in music?

You guessed it: eclectic and eccentric: folk, world, classical, jazz (specific genres/performers/singer-song writer/composers within that genre – I’m not great about expanding the repertoire!)

6. What was your favourite picture book growing up?

Just one? Can’t do it! A “short” list which I would read in a box, with a fox:

From my father’s childhood passed on: Ernest H. Shepard illustrations in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh storybooks; also pictures in stories about animals by Thornton Burgess (which I gleefully coloured in. Ooops!)

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham; Little Golden Books for example: The Little Engine that Could; What Happened to George?( the Pig who ate too many donuts!)

And, must include Classic Comics/Classics Illustrated, from which I learned “To be or not to be” by heart. The only kind of comic book I was allowed. Maybe that’s why all this Marvel/DC Comics superhero/world stuff in movies and television has little appeal.

I really can’t remember pictures without words; words without pictures.

7. What is your favourite scent?

Lemon! (followed by orange – had to add something!)

8. What country tops your travel bucket list?

Patagonia (technically an area of Chile, not a country all it’s own) since grade school geography class and New Zealand (long before Bilbo and Frodo took journeys there {and back again}) since the 1974 [British] Commonwealth Games were held in Christchurch.

9. In what ways are you still child-like?

Oh, the mother lode of questions! Imaginative, playful, silly; what I see as “good” child-like qualities I still possess. I’ll leave it at that!

10. What’s a joke or one-liner you like?

Hmmmmmm . . .

And, for the heck of it – here’s a list of questions you might want to answer; or pick and choose as a topic/prompt for a future blog.

1. What are the most influential books in your life – (at any point from first book-realization to tomorrow)?

2. What do you seek: inner peace or outer contentment?

3. What was your last completely silly, laugh-til-you-cry moment?

4. Which do you prefer: baths or showers, and why?

5. Name one of your phobias? (If you only have one, lucky you!)

6. If you could remind your future self of one thing, what would it be?

7. Have you ever had a/been a mentor?

8. Is there someone from your earlier life have you reconnected with? How/why?

9. What is your tao of healing?

10. What is your guilty pleasure?

11. Why do you write/blog/post/instragram/face book? Choose one/any/all.

illustration: E. H. Shepard