Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello Fellow Bloggers, I am pleased to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award from Cassa Bassa, poet extraordinaire at Flicker of Thoughts. Ms. Cassa, thank you for thinking of me and giving me this nomination.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The award is driven entirely by the community, passed from blogger to blogger in recognition of their inspiring, creative and motivational blogs. Each nominee passes it on to 11 of their favorite bloggers, and round and round it goes. This is a great way to give recognition to new bloggers and those who may otherwise fly under the radar of many people.

For accepting the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination, there are a few suggestions:

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.

• Answer questions the blogger asked you.

• List the suggestions and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

• Nominate new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees new questions.

Cassa, thank you for the nomination!

My Answers For My Friend Cassa:

  1. What drives you to blog?
    •  The reasons I blog: (1) I hope to reach people who do not know Jesus with the Gospel and to reach Christians with new/fresh views on Scripture. (2) I hope to be a published author one day, so I use my blog to exercise my writing muscles and to get feedback from others.
  2. What is the one thing you wish you will do without?
    •  Although I do like my job most days and I’m at a position now that it pays well, I hope to be free one day. I hope to be an accomplished enough author and/or own my own business so I don’t have to be a slave to others. So, I do like working and I work hard, but I wish I could do without having to work for others.
  3. What is one of your funniest memories?
    •  Okay…so I was in college. I used to hang out at the Multicultural Center as my mentor was the Director of the center. It was an old house that had been converted to this office. Several of us students would hang out in the Living Room. Anyway, I was leaving one day and there were several young ladies in the Living Room hanging out. The sidewalk in front of the building ran adjacent to the large Living Room window. So, being the cool guy I was – with my boots not laced properly per cultural style – I strolled real smooth down the sidewalk, until. Well, what had happened was … … there was a small spot in the sidewalk that was uneven. Being that I was walking with so much swagger, and not picking my feet up properly, I hit that small spot, and went tumbling down in the grass…in front of this window. I feel so hard, both of my boots fell off of my feet! Of course, initially mortified, I did my best to hop up, slip my boots back on and play it off. When I went back later, no one mentioned anything. So either, they were being very gracious, didn’t see it all “go down”, or, just didn’t care! Now, I find it hilarious.
  4. How do you take your coffee if you drink it?
    •  Many ways! Usually, with agave or raw sugar and whole milk or breve.
  5. What is the one thing you are proud of yourself?
    •  Persevering through the growth God has granted me. Also, for the husband and father I strive to be – hope I get close to being that guy one day!
  6. What is your favourite movie?
    •  Oh sis, this is a tough question! So many options and for so many reasons! In this context, I would say Finding Forrestersince this is the one movie that really enticed me to want to write. When this movie came out, I had just picked up trying to write poetry. It had a big impact on me. Actually, I need to watch this one again…
  7. Chocolate, Celery or good old steak?
    •  Yes!


My Nominees

Okay, I know that people are so crazy busy. I will make some nominations, but if this doesn’t suit you or you can’t fit it into your schedules, I will not be offended. Here we go.

Suchie – when I revised my blog and really started working at it last year, she was one of the first writers that I really connected with, what I call a “blogging buddy”. She was really encouraging and spurred me on. Also, very creative and versatile.

Ritu – I am always impressed by her faithfulness to her posts in terms of posting consistency and themes. She has some great weekly themes.

Mama X – the growth she gets from her journey is inspiring and she communicates this well. She communicates her faith in God well.

Pooja – Great variety and creativity in posts. Uses gifs in her posts so well!

Luna – for her poetry work, but also for sharing so many other people’s work.


I know I am leaving many folks out, but I will leave it here for now.

For those that I nominated, here are my questions for you.

  1. What is it about writing that you enjoy?
  2. What sparked you to start and keep your blog?
  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you pick and why (can be fictional)?
  4. What do you like to listen to when you write?
  5. You are stranded on a deserted island. Excluded one religious text, you can have as many books as you like, but only one author. What author do you have with you?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. It’s been a long tough week. You finally have some time to yourself and you decide to write. You go to a local coffee shop. What do you order?

Congratulations! I look forward to hearing your answers!

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Derailed; I blame YOU!

I had plans for today. Oh yes indeed!

I was going to do a piece of satire; a tongue-in-cheek post touching the fringes of abortion. I know, I am going to get everyone stirred up in their feels on a Wednesday morning – at least where I live that’s what it is.

I also realize that I am a man, and I am not supposed to have an opinion on that topic … well it turns out that I do have some thoughts about it. As with any other topic, I am certainly open to having a robust – and respectful – conversation about it. But, I also know many of you are probably thinking …

But it doesn’t matter anyway! You see, my plans were derailed – by you!

And you can be sure, it was a collaborative effort! However, it was our blogging buddy Ms. Suchie who decided to push me over the edge with her interaction of yesterday’s post, last night!

I get a notification last night from good-ol-Wordpress and this is what I see!


The audacity!

Okay, but seriously, I was not expecting to see this. You all are wonderful! I know that I do hold some thoughts and beliefs that I share here that certainly may not be popular among the general populous. Like all of us, I am trying to figure out how to stand for what’s right, in a way that is articulate and creative. I appreciate all of the support that you all have given along the way.

I have been very blessed with many of the interactions on here and you have brought creativity that I didn’t even know was there! I certainly look forward to the next 500 – and beyond!

May we all continue to grow in creativity and expression as we share our love of words!

Thank you for thwarting my plans today and blessings to you all!
© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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