The Sunshine Award


Thank you to my Awarder, @DonCharisma! I humbly accept!

If you haven’t had a chance to see’s awesome blog and photos, you are missing out. I really enjoy his musings and I bet you will also. To be frank, I’m living vicariously through DonCharisma travels and hoping someday to see some of the places he’s posted pics from. To the bloggers who awarded the Sunshine Award to DonCharisma, you were spot on because I’m always happy to see his posts in my feed. Great choice!

Section 1: Directions for you to accept the Sunshine Award

To accept this award, the awardee(s) must do the following:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about you

Section 2: 10 Interesting things about me

1. Food is a sensual experience for me. I love playing “Mad Scientist” in the kitchen. Mmmmmm…

2. I’m obsessed with making my own yogurt. 24 hours of incubation and I have a cream topped, silky thick yogurt that can be used to make cream cheese, sauces, sour cream, you name it. All of the awesome and none of the crap.

3. I have a serious gluten allergy and am not even remotely attracted to glutinous food anymore. One of the few weaknesses left: double-stuffed Oreos in all of their junk food glory. sigh.

4. I am a classically trained pianist and had not played for 3 years, until last week. It was like I’d never stopped.

5. I am pretty happy most of the time. I manifest my happy by goofing around at work and coming up with ridiculous schemes to harang colleagues who would be deserving, were it not all fantasy. Though the fantasies might be a little violent (e.g., shooting a certain person in the rear with a paint ball gun that contains day glo yellow paint) I would never act upon them and do not consider myself violent at all.

6. There is constantly a mixture of a monologue (think J.D. of Scrubs) and a musical score going on inside of my head. Sort of like a circus that meets Seinfeld.

7. I didn’t get Seinfeld when it first came out. [I do now, fortunately.] Happy belated Festivus BTW. 😉

8. I have been known to “rescue” perfectly awesome items from dumpsters. Has nothing to do with income/net worth, has everything to do with the fact that I can climb in and out and haven’t gotten stuck yet. [There’s a reason I always bring my cell phone…]

9. I seem to intimidate many men. hmmm…idk. ::shrugs::

10. I can remain exceptionally calm and clear in a crisis and problem-solve while others freak out. [I freak out later, in private.]

Section 3: I’m awarding this “The Sunshine Award” to :

(The order is random; the love is Universal!)

Dorothy Recovers: Dorothy is as courageous as any women I’ve ever read about. She’s real, she’s funny, and she’s honest. I have so much respect for this gal. Dorothy is the model Mom in the sense that she laughs at the ideal and presents herself, flaws and all, as what I would want to nominate for Mother of the Year. I find her blog to be a great reminder to focus on what matters instead of all of the noise.

Wonderful Shantelle: Fiercely intelligent and determined to reach her goals whilst slaying a dragon or two, Shantelle is another courageous woman who makes a beautiful, heartfelt contribution to our blogosphere. She is a gem and I so admire her focused work to be a better version of what SHE wants to be. I’m honored to say Shantelle has been a support for me during dark moments. Girl, you are impressive!

Always Your, Bee: And while we’re on the subject of courage…Bee and Bug (wife and husband, respectively) have both blogged about the challenges of marriage, raising children, careers, and life when it’s not even close to perfect. These two individuals have been human and vulnerable when it seemed like the scariest possible choice. They are inspiring. They are brave. They are everyday people and I’ve learned so much from them.

BarryWax: Doggone it, Barry is the type of guy I think I’d like to sit down and have breakfast with. I enjoy Barry’s short stories and observations. Barry’s blog makes me smile – and think. I always look forward to seeing Barry’s posts in my feed because I find his posts to be like having a conversation with a neighbor over a fence. Keep writing Barry – you’ve got stories to tell and people want to read them!

In Tenebrae Invenit: Ahhh Frank, you’re all heart man. This is one of my favorite blogs although Frank has been busy with wonderful things and hasn’t posted a lot lately. That’s OK. Being happy is THE best focus out there and blogging isn’t a priority. That’s a good thing. If you read Frank’s blog, you may conclude like me that he is an amazing person who has shown an unbelievable amount of determination to see the beautiful things in the world despite dark moments. I absolutely *love* his photography and art. Plus, he’s wicked smart and I dig that. Lastly, Frank was a huge support to me when I needed it most.

Anacephalaeosis: Speaking of wicked smart…dude…Erik is someone with whom I would like to have coffee because I think the conversation was be really fun! The mixture of compassion and scientist and down-to-earth is a gift and nobody can send me down the rabbit hole like Erik. The comments on Erik’s posts, facilitated by Erik, sometimes seem like a spiritual and existential “Who’s on First?” that provide items to ponder later and giggles in the moment.

It won’t always be bad: Ms. Bamboozled is witty, honest, and helpful. She makes me laugh and I appreciate her perspective. I get the impression that she is a unique person who would be lovely to spend time with, knowing full well the scene would somehow end up in a giggle fit with tears of hysteria rolling down our faces as we faced the good, bad, and ugly about life. She is real and I like her.

My Travels with Depression: Cat is a sweetheart and has an untold amount of courage in telling his story. During the worst part of the saga that prompted me to turn to blogging, I found Cat’s blog. While our stories are very different, there was a common thread of a good person who was working as hard as they were able to overcome life’s challenges. Cat has had some huge challenges and a rough road but if there were someone I’d place a bet on, it’d be Cat. Cat has been a source of support and encouragement and, like others on my life, has truly made a difference in my life when I desperately needed it.

Outside the Fish Bowl: Dan_Dlion you are such a great pal and your blog has been enlightening and helpful. It makes me happy to know that I’ve got a friend “out there” who has come so far and endured so much, yet always has a kind and encouraging word for me. Wow. That’s a great compliment! Dan writes about the challenges of a failed marriage and raising his boys whilst trying to be a better person every day. I admire Dan for his positive attitude and also for when he admits that he’s not feeling so positive. This provides support for the fact that super heroes are human.

Must be this Tall to Ride: Matt, what a great find! I love this guy’s brutal – seriously BRUTAL – honesty and think I’m in love! [lol, kidding! Just “blog love”!] Matt tells it like it is, mincing no words, and responding to his readers with humility and compassion. Matt is a testament to the fact that people can change. I’m so impressed with his insights and so very glad I found his blog.

Thanks to *all* of the bloggers I follow. You each make individual contributions that are important and without you, that unique footprint in the blogosphere would not exist and we’d all be worse off because of it. Thank you for sharing your hearts and your words. You have made my life better.


3 thoughts on “The Sunshine Award

  1. i am honored by your description of my work. I live in winter haven, Florida and you are invited for breakfast. I accept your award with great fanfare. Thank you for the inspiration to carry on.

  2. Congratulations, Dharma you and this blog certainly deserve such a positively bright award.

    Thank you for saying such lovely things about me in your award post….almost made me blush!

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