Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Welcome Warmth

Thanks to the ever-sunny Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff for the "Sunshine Award!" I’ve been wiped out by a very nasty cold, and it brightened my entire week. I’ve said before that I think some people have what I call “Writer’s Aura”—where everything the person writes has a warmth and brightness to it. Lisa shines in that way.

First, I am required to answer these questions:

Favorite color: Depends on what it’s for, but the colors on my blog are biggies. Especially warm, sunny coral.
Favorite animal: Love most animals, but this one’s a no-brainer. Dog.
Favorite number: 4.
Favorite drink: These days, tropical flavored iced green teas are way up there. Salada makes one that to me tastes exactly like a spring day feels.
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook.
Your passions: I’m one of those people who have way too many passions. Some of them are: my children, writing, friends, pets, nature, drawing and painting, and gardening. Had a much longer list, but I cut it down because I sounded like a nerd. Oh, and making nerdy lists.
Giving or getting presents: Have to agree with Lisa’s response: Both!
Favorite day: Saturday.  
Favorite flowers: The traditional gardener’s response is “whatever’s blooming right now.” So that would be the orchid that a dear friend gave me a couple of birthdays ago.

My instructions are to pass this "Sunshine Award" on to two bloggers who cheer me when I visit. So I pick Sioux of Sioux’s Page and Val the Victorian of Unbagging the Cats. Neither one is truly  someone I would categorize so much as “sunshiny”—at least in a Brady Bunch kind of way—because with these bloggers, there will be the occasional sunburn. Which is exactly what makes them both so real and so fun.

Thank you both…and thank you, LisaRicard Claro!!

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.~Aristotle


  1. Congratulations on your award. It's fun to read lists on blogs like yours. I agree with you about dogs. And I love your quote from Aristotle.

  2. You're baaaaaaaack! Thank goodness. I pulled something out of my anal sphincter on Wednesday, trying to fill the void you had left, and it wasn't like the phenomenal pieces YOU pull out. It smelled like --it and looked like --it and sounded like --it, so I guess it was --it.

  3. Ha! That was fun. So glad you are feeling better. We really do miss you!

  4. Thank you, I think. It makes me remember the time a student referred to another teacher as Mrs. Sunshine. She said she hummed "You Are My Sunshine" under her breath every day in that class. I assumed she was truly inspired by the positive aura of that teacher. Until I found out that she did it because, "Her head is so big and round that it reminds me of the sun."

  5. I think Lisa made a great choice for this award, Tammy. Congrats!

    Critter Alley

  6. So glad the timing was just right to cheer you! Thanks for the kind words, too. :) I'm glad you accepted the award. It is great to learn more about you. And now I have to check out that Salada tea.


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