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 2017 Respect Award

I give this award out once a year as a way to acknowledge
and show respect to fellow bloggers.

I respect you because, you’re compassionate, witty, interesting,
rebellious, imaginative, patient, open-minded, and creative.

I respect you because you are generous with your words and
support; you walk your talk.

I respect you because you raise my spirits and make me smile.

I respect you because you make me a better blogger.

I respect you because you make me feel human.

Nominees don’t have to do a thing.  Nada.  Nothing.

I’ve done my best to avoid nominating people who don’t accept
awards.

But again, this is a no obligation award.

Death, The Life Story

YesterdayAfter

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

But I Smile Anyway…

Dream Big Dream Often

Giggles and Tales

Erika Kind

swo8

barsetshirediaries

laurelwolfelives

A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales

Lonely Keyboards

Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Bird Flight

Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary

I’m Sick and So Are You

The Real Reality Show Blog

Daisy in the Willows

BrewNSpew

LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT BLOG

Buffalo Tom Peabody’s blog 2

Sheldon Kleeman

Teagan’s Books

As Ali G. would say:

Respect!

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Ali G

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

from laurelwolfelives

laurelwolfelives nominated anyone who wanted to take up the challenge.

So, thanks to laurelwolfelives

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Add these rules to your blog
Answer all the questions below
Display a picture of the award
Nominate up to 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most of all, entertaining.

Questions Asked:

 Why did you start to blog?

I started the blog to advocate for people with Dissociative Identity Disorder; it broadened to include art, writing, and the evolving interests of my alternates.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is the ‘Blind Owl’ by Sadegh Hedyat

What do you dislike the most?

Hypocrisy and militant ignorance.

What is your favorite food at the mall?

I don’t go to the mall

What is your favorite pastime?

Photography and Writing

End of questions

I use award nominations as an excuse to point folks toward
blogs of interest and as a way of saying thank you to friends.

No one is under obligation to accept the award.

now,

my nominees who are informative or entertaining or both:

S. K. Nicholas

Jazz You Too

A Momma’s View

Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

Paul Militaru

joeyfullystated

Erika Kind

It Is What It Is

yadadarcyyada

Living a Beautiful Life

Cloud Walker

Beauty Beyond Bones