Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sunshine On A Rainy Day

It was a cold and dreary day here in Portland, Oregon, when a bright spot of sunshine came my way in the form of the Sunshine Award, given to me by a great writer and humanitarian in South Africa whose blogs I’ve been enjoying for some time. Check out Sarchasm 2 ( ) or any of Roly Clulow’s other blogs. ( I particularly enjoy Beelzebug (http://beelzebug.blogspot/. )

The rules of the Sunshine Blog Award are simple…

#1 Thank the person who nominated you with a link back to their blog.

#2 Answer a few questions about yourself.

Favorite color: Alizarin Crimson (It really is a color and painters adore it.)

Favorite animal: Whales, even though I have yet to actually see one.

Favorite number: 74; for 1974, the year I got married.

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: grapefruit juice. I could drink it by the gallon if it wasn’t so loaded with sugar since I’m a diabetic.

Facebook or Twitter: Both strike me as narcissistic, but if I had to choose, Facebook.

My passion: Venice, art history and telling stories.

Favorite flower: Iris…Bird of Paradise is a close second.

Favorite movie: The Lion in Winter. Historical, but one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

Favorite painting: Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer by Rembrandt.

And finally, nominate a few other blogs and include links to them:

#1 Abroad with a View ( )

#2 Charlotte’s Menagerie ( )

#3 In Search of Balance ( )

#4 Laurel’s Quill ( )

#5 Oddball Observations (

Feel free to paste this pretty award on your blogs to show that you’re held in high esteem. I hope I get more awards because there are other great bloggers I’d like to nominate.

Mission accomplished.


  1. Thank you so much, Stephen!!! I am touched. I do enjoy your blog immensely!!! Laurel

  2. Stephen I am really touched. Thank you!

  3. I really appreciate it Stephen. I will post my Sunshine Award with pride. I love reading your clever posts.

  4. Kudos to you! I just mentioned you on my blog and have a link back to you. Expect about oh, maybe one MILLON more readers. HA!

  5. congratulations :)
    bird of paradise is indeed a rare beauty.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and Congratulations on your Sunshine Award. I'm sure there's a lot more on the way. I'm following you now and hopefully you can drop by my blog again.

  7. Congratulations Stephen!

    Also I appreciate the links to some other interesting blogs.


  8. Congrats my friend! You've shared some very interesting things about yourself. I always smile when I see you have a new post up. :)


  9. It's nice to read these types of "award posts" to learn a few things about the authors of the blogs we read. I think there is a gap between the posts and the real people behind them. Interesting answers to the questions, Chatterbox. I saw Lions in the Winter on one of my dates with boyfriend/now-hubby when I would have been in either the 9th or 10th grade (depends what part of 1968)...can't quite remember. I was bored but then-boyfriend loved it. That same year, I would have seen Yours, Mine and Ours, and Funny Girl which both would have amused me. I tend to draw my taste in things from the bottom of the deck.

  10. Congrats! I look forward to checking out the other blogs!

  11. I checked out the Hammer blog and enjoyed it. I wish I could just write about one incident. When I write it seems like I'm in a waterfall and can't write fast enough, so I don't develop characters.
    BTW Real men only see red... Just kidding.

  12. Congratulations on your newest award. Well deserved.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  13. Congratulations!

    Now off to check out the blogs you nominated.

  14. Congrats!
    We have the same favourite colour and flower.
    74 was the year I was born.. hehee!

  15. congrats...
    interesting to know more about my blogging friend!

  16. Thats an interesting way of thanking :) btw my fav color too is the same as yours...but dint know it had a name called Alizarin Crimson!!