Sunshine Award Shines On

I was surprised and a little intimidated to be nominated of  for the Sunshine Awards, and I had planned to push this off till later. But the post I was planning is still brewing. I was stuck, so I decided that a little reflection might get me unstuck.

Vicki Vinton of To Make A Prairie honored me with this nomination. Her questions made me think, as usual. Thank you Vicki, this was a great fun and has helped get me get a bit unstuck!

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 first off here are the “rules” —

Acknowledge the nominating blogger.

Share 11 random facts about yourself.

Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.

List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!

Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

eleven random facts about me…

1. I was a media buyer for Lexus when it was first launched in 1989. I recommended Lexus not advertise on the internet, who would look for a car there. In all fairness, it was 1990.

2. I love superheroes: Marvel comic superheroes over DC. Sorry Batman, I got over you in first grade.

3. My mom taught me to write by telling me to just write and not worry about what comes out. Best advise ever.

4. I’ve have relatives who fought in the American Revolution, Civil War and both World Wars.  Yep, I could be a member of the DAR.

5. My father is first generation. He went to kindergarten in Philadelphia speaking Yiddish.

6. I love routine, and as a consequence I haven’t travelled enough.

7. I am terrible at following directions, so don’t ask me to bake anything.

8. I would wear flip flops 100% of the time. Athletic requirements, weather conditions and social conventions stop me from attaining this goal.

9. I am a bit compulsive, exercise wise. I get up early, to swim or run…everyday.

10. I love radio theater/story – This American Life, The Moth, and Radio Lab from NPR are favorites.

11. I am a lapsed gardener. Indoor obsessions, like raising children, writing and reading, have taken over this past love.

now for Vicki’s questions…

  •  What book would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island? Pride and Prejudice. I love everything about this book. The dialogue, the characters, the sarcasm, the humor, and yes the love story! Jane Austen simply rocks.
  • What did you learn from your mother? So many things, but mostly how to mom. RIght now my daughter sleeps, recovering from knee surgery. It is painful and I have to be there for her every step. The other mom thing though is learning to step away when they don’t need you and do it with grace. After you’ve given everything within you, you step away with nothing owed. You step away because they are ready to fly without you, without any debt. My mom taught me that.
  • Where do you write? Anywhere I have quiet and space, but mostly at my dining room table. The table is big and two big windows flank me. I love this space, but it makes my husband crazy, probably because it is a public space. Agreed. I probably need a space of my own. Selfish me, but this is my favorite space.
  • Where do you find joy in your classroom or work? Reading student’s writing. It always makes me smile, sometimes laugh. It brings me closest to who they are willing to be and what they are willing to share. It aways fills me with purpose for the next steps.
  • What do you do to recharge? Write — but in all fairness this is linked to reading. The two feed each other.
  • What was your favorite book as a child and why did you love it? There are two, sorry I can’t narrow it down to one.  The Secret Garden was the first time I really was lost in a book, truly in the story. It created a benchmark that all other books were to be measured against. The second was a book on women athletes. Mind you this was prior to title nine. Women typically weren’t in sport. I loved this because I loved the consuming passion that athletes possess, and I wanted to be one.
  • If you could have dinner (or coffee or drinks) with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you want to ask him or her? My mom’s dad. He is a mystery to me. Based on her stories, he was creative, physical, a bit wild, Italian and passionate. From what I can tell he had dreams deferred by the depression. I’d ask him, what does he wish he had done in his life?
  • Do you have a quote that you keep (in your mind, a notebook, a pocket, your desk, etc.) that captures something that seems important to you? If so, what is it? Keep calm and carry on.
  • What are you afraid of?  Pain. Not just for myself but in others. It scares me because I feel like it could lead to chaos and oblivion. Nurses are in my mind the bravest of souls. True angels.
  • How do you feel about being the age you currently are? I want to stay this age for for a while. I like it. But that’s how I’ve felt for the past 30 years. Since I came into what I consider adulthood, I’ve always liked my age. Not to say there haven’t been bumps, but I can honestly say I’ve liked where I’m at. The only change now is that I feel like there is less of that in front of me, which makes choices more important. It’s noteworthy that 30 years marks the time I’ve been married this March. I’ve been extremely lucky to have found someone who allows me to be me. Lucky isn’t a great word, but blessed makes me feel like I was chosen. I think lucky is a little closer.
  • If you could go back to one moment in time, when & where would that be & why? When I was 20. I had just moved away and didn’t keep in contact with Mom and Dad.  I was so afraid of being held back, I pushed away too hard. I know now that it hurt and it wasn’t necessary. I’d like to go back and give a little kindness. They deserved that.

my nominees

Quite a few of these wonderful bloggers listed below have already been nominated. Hopefully this will seal the deal, and they will be compelled to write. Many are from the Slice of Life community that has opened up a world of blogging support. I nominated or re-nominated these thoughtful bloggers because I love their writing and they have added to my blogging/teaching life. in immeasurable ways. Don’t feel compelled to answer all or at all, only if you find something inspiring, interesting or fun.

Raise a Literate Human  — Stacey Shubitz

A Teaching Life  — Tara Smith

Resource-ful — Fran McVeigh

Inside the Dog — Steve Peterson

A Year of Reading — Mary Lee Hahn

Today is a Great Day for Learning — Hugh McDonald

Reading to the Core == Catherine Flynn

Teacher Dance — Linda Baie

A Day in the Life -= Leigh Ann Eck

Learning to Be Readers and Writers — Anita Ferrari

 Just for a Month — Terje Akke

and my questions…

1. What did you like about school?

2. Who was your hero growing up?

3. Name one guilty pleasure,

4. What is your favorite film and why?

5. What motivated you to start blogging?

6. What do you find exciting and challenging about growing up today? Why?

7. What are you most proud of?

8. What is your next challenge?

9. What technology has made your life better?

10. Why teaching?

11.  How have you grown in the last year? How do you know?

Enjoy the process if you so choose,and thanks so much for blogging!

9 thoughts on “Sunshine Award Shines On

  1. […] Three Sunshine Award nominations later and a return to my laptop have finally induced me to respond. Thank you, friends!  In order my first nomination was from Jamie Fath and is included here in her blog “On My Mind.”  Then over Christmas, I was nominated by Vicki Vinton in her blog To Make a Prairie” and today I received my nomination from Julieanne Harmatz in her blog “To Read To Write To Be.” […]

  2. Enjoy the award fully. Your random facts and 11 answers were interesting to read. I hope that you will get a space of your own for writing. Thank you for the nomination.

  3. Julianne thank you so much for nominating me. It has been fun reading so many new things about people I only know through blogging. Have you seen ESPN’s Nine for Nine videos? They are about nine different women. you might want to check them out. i got them for my daughter for Christmas. I hope your daughter is doing well.

  4. This Sunshine thing has been so much fun. But in trying to read all the posts it’s spawned, I’m behind on responding. But I love discovering things we have in common—like all those great NPR programs—and, with some guilt and regret, I’m a lapsed gardener, too, which means that my poor Brooklyn garden has suffered as my blogging life has blossomed. And, yes, to this being the year of wonder! It’s a wonder-ful word.

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