The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity while spreading sunshine in the blogging community.
And with that lovely accolade, I want to thank Simone, affectionately known as the wheelchair teen – https://thewheelchairteen.home.blog/ for nominating me. To think I spread sunshine would be such an honour. (And I love sun-flowers!!!)
So, now to follow the rules (I’m not good at following rules, so I have to get a bit nerdy now…)
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.
I think I’ve done 1. and 2., so now I’ll do my best to answer your questions, Simone –
What was a defining or significant moment in your blogging experience?
It’s been a bit of a plod-along for me – I’ve been on here for a long time, but I still feel like a beginner. I’m only just beginning to get ‘like’s on my posts… I think adding photographs created more interest, but perhaps I’m just not saying what people need to hear. I guest the defining moment was setting up the word press to first share my poems and my book, but every week that I go to write a new post is significant and has a little skip of glee in it, as I press ‘publish now’.
What’s your favourite place that you’ve ever visited?
I think it has to be the little simple chapel in a remote sand-dune in Llannelli, where I met Jesus, when I was 12 years old… and I went back and met Him again the following year! 😀
Who’s your favourite disabled or neurodiverse character?
My first response was Christopher Reeve, who I fell in love with when I first saw Superman, when I was about 14 years old. I didn’t know what neurodiverse meant so had to look it up, so now my answer has to be – my first born son, who is one of the most transparent, delightful characters I know.
What’s one thing about society that angers you?
One thing? Injustice! (Greed, deceit, abuse of power, discrimination, poverty, violence…)
Do you love or hate poetry (or are you somewhere in the middle)?
That depends who writes it. I write poetry. Sometimes poems come to me – I like my own! 😀 I love some poets and lyricists, because I like the intensity of imagery and the rhythm, but some poets are so complex in their big, obscure words, that they lose me. I will include a poet I like in my nominees.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
Reading that question made me smile! (I smile a lot!)
What’s your favourite quote?
I suppose it’s the only one I can remember – “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins” and I like the addition I saw on a fridge magnet – “because by then you are a mile away from him and you still have his shoes!!!” LOL.
Name one thing that’s always guaranteed to help you relax.
My deep breathing exercises.
What’s your number one tip to new bloggers?
Write for yourself only, and if others like it, that’s a bonus, but don’t write for them, even if you remain Billy-no-mates, or have just select, super-special followers, like me!
If you could choose a best friend to bring to life from any book that you’ve read or film or television series that you’ve watched – who would it be?
My favourite ever film is “The Dark Crystal” and I would love to have one of the mystics as my friend.
What makes your blog special?
That’s difficult! I write because I write and I share it as a blog in the hope that it blesses and resonates with other persons out there… so what makes it special, is people like you, who interact with me and my posts and make them significant to somebody other than me. So, short answer – connection.
Next Task is to nominate up to 11 new bloggers – not sure what ‘new’ means, so I’ll nominate at least one poet I like and some recent additions to my friends on here…
My Nominees – all who “who inspire positivity and creativity while spreading sunshine in the blogging community.”
I was challenged to write a poem about communion. I based it on the gospel of John (John 6), where Jesus had fed the 5,000, walked on the water and healed the sick, but still they asked for a sign. When He said “I AM the Bread that came down from heaven”, many of his followers left him, saying “This is a hard teaching.”
This is my response:
Lord, Often as I read the gospel accounts A veil of familiarity dims my eyes And the stories that they there recount Seem commonplace and of no surprise.
Then suddenly, in awestruck wonder The veil is lifted and there I see Radical love of unfathomable depths Knocking, calling and inviting me.
The things you did that blow my mind – And challenged customs of the day – Were downright bold, if truth be told But to the father’s heart you showed the…
We all live our lives with faith: – We believe that tomorrow we will wake from our sleep That when we open our mouth our voices will speak That turning on the tap, water will flow And planting seed, the crops will grow…
On things electric we now rely We all believe that planes can fly Even though we know not why With science and reason we can try…
We believe in science, justice and reason We hold all these in great esteem Though learned folk of the previous season Thought today’s inventions just a dream.
But faith in God or a Higher Power – There scepticism abounds – We see divisions that we have made And ignore the evidence of life around
The intelligence in the seed and brain Are mysteries we can’t explain And what of longing, valour and love They are not explained by the theories above.
Paul writes this letter to the churches in Asia Minor to address some of the challenges and conflicts arising between Jewish and gentile believers, over issues of legalism and freedom in Christ… Still relevant issues today!
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