#Awards: The Sunshine Blogger Award

I got the Sunshine Blogger Award in November 2018 from Emotional Abuse Hurts.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer appreciation award given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Thank you to emotionalabusehurts.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back
    to their blog.
     
  • Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you. 
  • Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions. 
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

    Here are the questions I received and my answers:

    What was the driving force behind the creation of your blog? 

    I started this blog as a way to advocate for people with mental illnesses and to provide information about Dissociative Identity Disorder. As I get healthier, the blog evolves. I now use Art by Rob Goldstein to discover who I am as an artist and writer.  

    What was your vision for your future in blogging/writing when you first started this blog? How has that vision evolved?

    My goal in 2013 was to get well enough to return to full time work.  I now realize this is not going to happen. My vision for this blog is that it will continue to serve as a repository for information about mental health and Dissociative Identity Disorder and as a showcase for my art and writing.
     

    What age were you when you realized you loved writing? 

    I was eight.  

    How has your life changed as a result of the electronic age? Is it better/worse/the same?

    My life is better because of technology; It gives me a way to break through the isolation that seems inevitable for people with a chronic illness. New technologies offer an infinite number of ways to create content. 

    What was the very last website you visited today? 

    YouTube. I use it to watch news and documentaries. 

    What was the first website you visited when you woke up four days ago? 

    Bing. I use it to collect points. I currently have enough points for a two hundred
    dollar shopping spree at Target.

    If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

    I wish I had been properly diagnosed with DID when I was in my 20’s. I may have had a more productive life.

    How would your life be different today if that one thing from your past were to change?

    I might be more accomplished.

    If you have children, tell me…how did your parenting change from the time you had your first child until the time you had your last?

    I’ve never had children but I think that all adults are responsible for protecting and nurturing America’s children, even if it’s just by paying taxes to fund schools, housing, and medical care.

    Tell me about the funniest experience you’ve had in the past month.

    Alec Baldwin’s Saturday Night Live take on Trump’s ‘State of Emergency’ speech.

    What do you have planned for the upcoming holiday season?

    Easter is a time for meditation.

    If I nominate you and you have an award free blog, please view the nomination as a compliment: you are under no obligation to respond. My questions are the same as those posed to me.

    My eleven nominees:

    Dan Anton

    Boundless Blessings by Kamal

    Retired? No one told me!

    Syl65

    Ivor.Plumber/Poet

    The Write Stuff

    Mary Smith

    Erika Kind

    Teagan’s Books

    Annette Rochelle Aben

    The Write Stuff

     

     

     

 

The Blue Sky Tag from D. Wallace Peach

The Blue Sky Tag comes to me from D. Wallace Peach.

The rules are:

Use the Blue Sky banner  (Designed by Rachael Ritchey).

Answer the 11 questions set by your tagger.

Make up 11 original and interesting or funny questions for those you tag.

Tag 11 people.

Thank you for the tag, Diana. 🙂

The questions:

  1. What country have you never visited but would love to, and why?

I would love to visit Spain, my family is Sephardi, and so I’ve always felt an affinity for Spain and for the Spanish language.

 

A Public Domain Photo 1900 photo of a Sephardi couple from Sarajevo
1900 photo of a Sephardi couple from Sarajevo


2. What person in your life (not including family members) has most shaped who you are today?

Gee, that’s a tough one. My first impulse is to say my partner of 27 years; but the person who most shaped who I am today was my literary mentor, Harold Norse.

3. List three things that make you happy?

My Partner, the City of San Francisco, and the spiritual energy I feel when I write or make art.

  1. What’s your favorite genre to read?

I’m re-reading ‘Miss Lonelyhearts‘ by Nathaniel West and and ‘Trout Fishing in America’ by Richard Brautigan, I’m also reading the Physician’s Desk Reference (seriously). The side effects and adverse reactions sections are a hoot.  

 

This is the front cover art for the book Miss Lonelyhearts written by Nathanael West. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Liveright, or the cover artist.
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West.

5. What time period in history most intrigues you, and why?

This period in history is damned intriguing.

Americans face two clear paths. We decide to move forward, to join a global community that uses technology to enlighten and empower the many, or we decide to create a hellish dystopia, a barbaric high-tech dark ages ruled wealthy tyrants who control us with lies and fear. It’s fascinating because we’re still a democracy, so it’s a choice.

6. If you could add a new talent to your repertoire, what would it be, and why?

Animation.  I’d like to use it to perform.

7. Where is your favorite place in the world, and why?

Home. Home is the best place for a time of introspection. 

  1. What animal best describes your personality, and why?

The Cat.

animated gif of a cat batting its owner's face
found on GIPHY

Cats are loving but not servile. 

  1. What’s your favorite recipe (and please share it)?

Oatmeal made with chocolate soy-milk and cinnamon. Pour water and chocolate soy milk into a saucepan, add oatmeal and cinnamon, soak for an hour, add some banana, and bring to a boil while stirring.

  1. Hiking boots, sneakers, heels, or flip-flops?

Hiking boots. 

11. Would you rather have tons of love and little wealth, or tons of wealth and little love?

Tons of love and little wealth is what I chose, so I guess I have what I want. 🙂

I tag you, whoever you are and I like these questions so here you go.

Thanks again, Diana.

Let’s have some Ella!

 

 

Rob Goldstein 2018

I do not own the images in this post

 

The Liebster Award-2018

This Liebster Award comes to me from  The Jaguar and its Allies

Thanks for the Award Josh

Rules of the Liebster Award

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the award.
  5. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer.

Let nominees know they have been nominated.

Questions from Josh:

If you had an extra 30 minutes of free time each day, how would you spend it?

Napping.

What does success mean to you?

Peace of mind.

Are you following the World Cup? If so, which team(s) are you supporting?

Not

Which mythological creature would you most like to encounter in real life?

Pegasus

What is your dream job?

Psychologist

If you could travel back in time, when and where would you go? Why?

I would go back to November 1963 and save John Kennedy’s life.
I think his assassination damaged our country in ways we still
don’t understand.

Would you rather read a book or watch a movie/television show?

At this point in my life, I’d rather watch a well written film.

Out of all the cities you have been to, which is your favorite?

My home town, San Francisco

If you could be any animal for a day, which one would you choose and why?

A cat. I just love cats.

Would you prefer to live in an area with extremely hot summers or cold winters?

Cold Winters

If you could spend a year in another country, where would you go?

Canada, I want to see what a functioning democracy looks like.

As I understand it, the Liebster Award is an award to recognize new
bloggers and introduce them to the community.

My nominees are mostly new to me, with the exception Danica of Living a Beautiful Life, who nominated me for my first Liebster Award in 2015.

My 11 Questions are the same one’s Josh asked of me.

If your blog is award free please accept this nomination as my way of saying thank you for being a WordPress blogger.

My 11 Questions are the same questions Josh asked of me.

Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored

Circadianreflections Blog

thewallgalleryblog

Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

newauthoronline

dragonsinmycoffee

Riddle from the Middle

Cloud Walker

Have You Ever Noticed?

Living a Beautiful Life

 

 

Rob Goldstein, 2018

 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award comes to me from the Have You Ever Noticed? blog.

The rules are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award and link to their blog.

Many thanks for the award.

List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post.

Answer the 11 Questions asked of you.

OK:

What is one dish you like to cook?

Water. I’d really like to learn how to cook water.

How would you describe your favorite pair of shoes?

My favorite shoes are always the ones I need to throw out.

What is the best thing that you did last week?

I had dinner with an old friend.

If you could have lunch with one author (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Gertrude Stein, I’ve always wanted to have a cubist chat with someone.

What kind of snack do your like to add to your ice cream?

Vanilla wafers

If you could return to any decade, and visit a movie set, which would you like to do?

I’d visit the 1949 set of the ‘Siren of Atlantis’ so I can turn all the male cast members into transsexuals.

What is a song that makes you smile?

Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Get over it!

What is one food you just can’t eat?

Kentucky Fried Chicken. It tastes like bread wrapped in Play Dough
to me.

If you can earn a gold medal in any sport, what would it be and why?

Speed sleeping.  And I want that gold because I deserve it.

What is something you wish you could add to your blog and why?

Umm…A book launch, but I’m working on it. 🙂

Write a new list of 11 Questions for your Nominees

Nominate 11 Bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award

I use awards as a chance to give a shout out to my followers and to interesting new blogs.

Many of the blogs on my list of nominees are award free blogs so those bloggers can smile or curse me and ignore the award.

For those of who accept the award I hope you’ll find my questions interesting:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What most frustrates you about blogging?
  3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  4. How do you define success?
  5. What is the one thing you most want from your followers?
  6. What is the one thing you most want to give the people you
    follow.
  7. How do you define the difference between positive and negative criticism?
  8. How do you deal with moments when a blogger you like posts something you don’t like?
  9. Is your blog a journal, a literary experiment, performance art or none of that?
  10. What is success as a blogger?
  11. By your definition, do you consider yourself successful?

    Here are my nominees and shout outs:

    Teagan’s Books

    Robbie Cheadle

    Death, The Life Story

    YesterdayAfter

    Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

    Mr. Militant Negro

    But I Smile Anyway…

    Dream Big Dream Often

    Giggles and Tales

    Erika Kind

    swo8

    laurelwolfelives

    A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales

    Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

    Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary

    I’m Sick and So Are You

    The Real Reality Show Blog

    BrewNSpew

    LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT BLOG

    Buffalo Tom Peabody’s blog 2

    yadadarcyyada

    Sheldon Kleeman

    roads bel travelled

    Frank Morelli

    doodling panda

    Living a Beautiful Life

    michnavs

    A Momma’s View

    The Bag Lady

    From the Pen of Mae Clair

    Jacquie Biggar

    thewallgalleryblog

    Syl

    The Jaguar

    Circadianreflections Blog

    Retired? No one told me!

    Aquileana

    sonofabeach96