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

The Mystery Blogger Award from The Jaguar and Its Allies

I am pleased to announce that I am nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award.

This nomination came from Josh Gross of The Jaguar and Its Allies. Josh is an inspired young conservationist. Please visit his blog to read about his efforts to save the Jaguar and other species of Wild Cats. Thank you, Josh for your friendship and support.

 Rules

The Mystery Blogger Award was started by Okoto Enigma. As she puts it, the Mystery Blogger Award is for, “…amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates.” This award comes with nine rules, which are:

  1. Put the award/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and give a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post.

Three Facts About Me

  1. I am passionate about almost everything that captures my interest.
  2. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but consider myself a San Franciscan.
  3. My greatest pleasure is learning new skills.

Questions for Nominees from Josh

  1. Why did you start blogging?

    I started this blog in late 2013 to advocate for
    myself and other people with trauma related mental
    illness. It has since evolved into a showcase for my
    writing and photography.

  2. What is your favorite hobby?

    My favorite hobby is photography, especially urban art.

  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

    I’d love to spend a year in the UK.

  4. Which country and/or state are you originally from?

    I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina but spent almost as
    much time in New York.

  5. (Funny/weird question) What is the most outrageous thing you have ever done?

    The most outrageous thing I’ve ever done was dress like a Nun to pass out safe
    sex pamphlets in Honolulu’s gay bathhouses.

My best post? The post that gets the most views is After the Lovin’- Five things a Narcissist will do after a Breakup

Now for nominations:

animated give of scene from MSTK Episode Cave dwellers in which one character appears to be pressing another characters pectorals

I like to find new bloggers to nominate for awards.

If I nominate you for an award and you are award free no action required.

These are my nominees:

On a mission

Bird Flight

Life in Pieces

Teagan’s Books

On a mission

Joeyfully Stated

Crazywriterof6

Mr. Militant Negro

Boppin’s Blog

Travels with my Art

Malcolm Marsh – Author

Survivors Blog Here

CynthiaBaileyRug

fourth generation farmgirl

Mihran Kalaydjian’s Official Blog

Buckets on a Barefoot Beach

The mind spaghetti

Author Sarah Wilson

The Survivor’s Blog Here

Erika Kind

But I smile Anyway

Life of an El Paso Woman

Syl65’s Blog

Thanks again, Josh!

And Happy Holidays to everyone!

Rob Goldstein